Beauty, nails

Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream 

Recently, I’ve been trying to take better care of my hands, especially the nail bed region. My cuticles get so dry and tear easily, so I wanted to try a product just for them. I ended up selecting the Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream. This product is available at most drugstores and online for just $5.

First off, this product smells amazing. It’s fruity with top notes of apricot. That was definitely my favorite thing about the product. Other than that, I was a little disappointed. The formula felt so stiff, which surprised me. I was definitely expecting something creamier. As it was, it was a bit hard to use since you kind of have to dig in to get the product out. I suppose it wouldn’t be as difficult if you just wanted to rub your fingertip over it and use the light residue. That would definitely make the product last longer, but you also wouldn’t get as much moisturization power that way.

The product just didn’t moisturize as much as I had hoped. I’ve used cuticle oils in the past that worked much better, so maybe I should go back to that instead of using a cream like this one.

What do you use for your cuticles? I’d love to know! Feel free to tell me in the comment section.

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Beauty, Skincare

Degree MotionSense Deodorant 

I tend to wear a lot of black. What can I say – it’s classic and slimming! There’s nothing worse than getting white streaks of deodorant on a black garment. We all have to wear deodorant, but no one wants to see it on their clothes! Thankfully, I’ve found Degree MotionSense Deodorant. This is available at most drugstores for under $4.

This is a fantastic antiperspirant. It keeps everything dry, smells amazing, and doesn’t leave any white streaks on my black clothes. It truly lasts all day (although the 48 hour protection advertised seems pretty impossible for any deodorant!)

The scent pictured is “Pure Rain” and it’s a wonderful neutral scent. I also really love the scent “Sexy Intrigue” which has warm undertones of vanilla, jasmine, and amber. It doesn’t go with all of my perfumes though. I don’t care for the “Shower Fresh” scent which smells too baby powdery for my tastes.

Do you have a favorite deodorant? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Physician’s Formula The Healthy Lip 

I love lipstick, but I tend to hate most longwear liquid lipsticks because they can be difficult to apply and very uncomfortable as they tend to really dry out the lips. It’s not a good look at all when you have patchy, flaky, cracked lips, and that seems to be the result of wearing too much liquid lipstick. However, on a whim I picked up The Healthy Lip from Physician’s Formula while I was grocery shopping, and I was so incredibly impressed! This product is available at select drugstores for just $8. Pictured below is “Vitamin Beet” but I loved it so much that I also picked up a true red called “Fight Free Red-icals.”

There are so many positive traits with this product. It’s opaque and easy to apply – just one little swipe and you’re good to go. The tear-shaped doe-foot applicator makes it easy to swipe along the natural curves of your lips, so the application is a cinch. The formula applies smoothly and evenly in just one coat.

The product wears so evenly throughout the day, although there seems to be a difference in wear depending on the shade. The berry shade I purchased fades more evenly and doesn’t seem to transfer as much when I’m eating versus the red shade that I purchased. I don’t know why reds are always messier! Still, I was pleased with both shades in how they wear because I only ever had to touch up when I had a full meal. Other that that, this would stay in place all day.

All-day wear is usually very drying in a liquid lipstick, but this one was so much better than I expected. While my lips felt a bit dry by the end of the day, it wasn’t uncomfortable at all. Best of all, my lips didn’t look dry. The formulation has a velvet finish, so it’s pretty matte but soft and comfortable.

The one big drawback that I have with this product is that the shade range is extremely limited. Of the 13 shades that they offer, 9 of them seem like a variant of berry. I would love for them to come out with some more colors in the future for sure.

Have you tried this product, or do you have a favorite liquid lipstick? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Jordana Cosmic Glow Holographic Lip Gloss 

It’s no secret that one of my vices would be buying new lip products. I have way more than a person ever needs, yet they keep catching my eye. The other day, I was walking around Walgreens and saw the Jordana Cosmic Glow Holographic Lip Gloss. It was mesmerizing and only $5, so I decided to give it a chance, having no expectations whatsoever.

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Truth time: I’ve always avoided this brand because it seemed cheap and I’d never read good reviews. But I knew I wasn’t going to care if a $5 lip gloss ended up sucking. Still, I was extremely impressed! I went with the shade “crystallized pink” which shows up as a sheer medium pink wash of color with some blue holographic sparkles (fun fact – blue and blue undertones make teeth look whiter!)

Overall, I actually loved this lip gloss. It was super easy to apply evenly with its doe-foot applicator and just a swipe or two provides enough coverage. It’s pretty but also kind of whimsical with the holographic/glittery finish. Texture-wise, I was so pleased that it was not sticky AT ALL. As for wear, it’s pretty typical for a gloss. The glossiness will fade within 2 or 3 hours, but it still left an even stain of light color which was nice.

I can’t believe how well this product performed for $5. I think I’ll actually repurchase it and get a few more shades to try soon!

Have you tried anything from this brand? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Makeup

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse 

A while ago, I went through a period of desperately trying to find a drugstore foundation that could compete with the high-end $50+ foundations. I never did find one that could replace my MakeUpForever or Charlotte Tilbury or Lancome foundations, but I did find one that came pretty close: Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse. This foundation retails for about $7 at Target and similar retailers.

I couldn’t believe how great this was for $7. The texture was great – somewhere between a satin and a matte (probably leaning more towards the matte). It kept me from looking oily but it didn’t make my skin look dry either. It was best applied with a beauty blender, but it was okay when applied with fingers too. I found myself grabbing this one over and over again even after I had enough information to review it because it just worked so easily. I will say that it doesn’t last as long as I’d like it to. By the end of the day, most of it had worn off, which isn’t something that usually happens with higher-end foundations, but again it was very impressive for a $7 foundation! Just know that you’ll need to have a  touch-up option in your purse if you’re going to be out for more than 6 hours or so.

Overall, I was really impressed by this one. I did notice that my acne was a little worse after using this product for an extend period of time, but it wasn’t dramatically worse, so I’m not sure if it was actually due to this product or just hormones/stress. This was definitely the best of the drugstore options I tried, and I would definitely recommend it to people with combination to oily skin.

What’s your favorite drugstore foundation? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Skincare

Soap&Glory The Righteous Butter 

It’s officially Spring, but my skin still thinks it’s Winter. I don’t know about you, but I’m still battling dry patches of itch skin, so I’ve been looking for thicker lotions to use. Recently, I had the opportunity to try Soap&Glory’s The Righteous Butter. The full-size of this product retails for about $14 at Target and similar retailers.

This is such a good lotion! The texture is quite thick, but it still dries very quickly and leaves the skin soft and moisturized without any greasy residue. It’s perfect for the really dry areas like elbows, knees, and hands too! There’s shea butter as a main ingredient in this product and it really goes to work for your skin.

The fragrance is also really interesting, but I can’t quite describe it. It just smells clean. Maybe there’s a bit of a citrusy note, but I’m honestly not sure if that’s it. Still, the scent is not overpowering, but it is fresh and uplifting.

Overall, I’ve been loving this lotion. I’ll definitely be buying more when I run out!

What lotion do you swear by? Be sure to let me know in the comment section.

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Beauty, Makeup

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Powder 

For some reason, my skin has started getting a bit oilier over the past few weeks after months of feeling really dry. I decided it might be time to try a powder with my makeup routine, and I wanted to see what was available at the drugstore. I ended up trying the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Skin-Transforming Powder. This product is available at Target and similar retailers for about $11.

First, I’ll just admit that this product did not live up to its claims. I feel like I’ve been disappointed with every makeup product I’ve used that was made specifically for people with acne-prone skin. They never really make my skin better but they do tend to dry the skin a bit and get rid of oil. Maybe there’s something about salicylic acid that impacts the texture of makeup.

I found that this makeup didn’t blend well and just kind of sat on top of the skin. The texture was awfully chalky which didn’t help when it came to blending. I have found that the best way to use this product is to just absorb a little oil by gently dabbing the product on to skin with a sponge. Applying a very small amount of product definitely works better in this case.

Have you used a drugstore powder that you loved? Be sure to let me know in the comments section! (Bonus points if you have acne-prone skin and it didn’t break you out!)

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Beauty, Makeup

Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation 

A while ago, I mentioned that I was trying a bunch of drugstore foundations to review. It’s been an interesting experience because I’m just so used to ridiculously expensive foundations from Sephora, but I’ve found a few gems. One such gem is the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, which can be purchased from Target and similar stores for only $6.

Now, this foundation is not without its flaws, but I’m just stunned that something can perform so well and cost only $6! I was very impressed by the range of shades in this foundation line. They also have two different formulations. I purchased the Matte + Poreless one because I hate looking oily, but they also have a Dewy + Smooth formula if you’re someone who has drier skin or you just prefer a dewy finish.

There are two drawbacks to this foundation. First, it doesn’t last all day. I do find that about halfway through the work day, I feel like the foundation has pretty much completely faded away. Also, I find that I have to apply quite a bit of this foundation in order to get my desired look. But, still, it is only $6 so I don’t mind having to put on a few extra coats.

Overall, I do like this foundation. It blends very easily with the assistance of my damp beauty blender. It creates a medium-coverage, natural-looking finish. Also, it covers my acne pretty well, so I don’t need to use as much concealer afterwards. If you’re on a budget and you need a great foundation, I think this one is a pretty safe bet!

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Skincare

Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Cleanser 

The other day, I was at the drugstore walking through the skincare aisle. Of all the expensive and inexpensive cleansers I’ve used over the years, I’ve never found one that I feel particularly loyal to. I have never used a cleanser that seemed to be solely responsible for helping my skin. In fact, most of the time, nothing changes about my skin when I change cleansers. Because of that, I’ve become a bit disillusioned when it comes to cleansers. As long as my skin feels clean at the end of the day, I’m pretty happy. Because of that, I decided to take a chance on a $5 cleanser from the drugstore: the Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Cleanser.

This cleanser promises a tingling sensation which I thought was odd. Usually, you don’t want your skincare to burn you or cause tingling sensations. However, this just kind of makes your skin feel cold and minty. I don’t know if it is cleansing my pores more deeply, but I do love the scent. It’s kind of minty mixed with something else (maybe eucalyptus?)

The main attraction of this cleanser is that it is oil-free. I know that lots of people with acne-prone skin find that certain oils can help their acne, but I find that almost anything with oil breaks me out further. I’m happy to report that this cleanser has not caused my acne to get worse at all. I don’t think it’s making it any better though either.

Overall, I like this cleanser. My skin feels clean after I use it, it smells great, and it’s only $5. Will I repurchase it? Probably not. As I said at the beginning of this post, I don’t yet have any loyalty towards one specific cleanser.

What about you? Do you have a holy grail cleanser that you absolutely swear by? I’d love to know!

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L’Oréal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender 

In high school and college, my brows were a little overplucked and thin. Lately, however, I’ve been embracing bold brows and enjoying using different products to fill them out. Recently, I tried the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender. This product can be purchased from Target and similar retailers for about $9.

There are two sides to this product: a flat, dense brush on the one end and a creamy brown crayon for pigmentation. Overall, while I’ve been liking more defined, bold brows, this is just a bit too much for me. The crayon portion adds a lot more pigmentation than I expected. I prefer brow products with a lighter texture that I can build up for my desired look, but this one is just a streak of bold drama that is hard to blend. The blending brush on the other end is kind of awkward to use, but maybe that’s just because I’m so used to brow products having a spooly on the end instead of a flat brush. After a lot of practice, I think I have a handle on this and I can make it work, but I definitely won’t be repurchasing this one. It’s just such a dense product and it’s more noticeable than I prefer. Also, the difficulty with blending knocks it down on my list too. I would only suggest this one to someone who REALLY wants extremely bold brows.

What’s your favorite brow-enhancing product? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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