Beauty, Skincare

Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask 

It’s no secret that I love a face mask. I’ve probably blogged about face masks 100 times by now, but I have yet another one that I want to share: the Hello FAB Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask from First Aid Beauty. This mask is $32 at Sephora and similar retailers.

This mask is so good for acne-prone skin! I feel like my skin always looks clearer and brighter after using this mask. The ingredients of ginger and turmeric really invigorate the skin and clean deep too. I’ve also noticed some improvement of my overall skin texture, which is really exciting. The goal has always been to have smoother skin!

I love that this mask also works for sensitive skin. It’s a great everyday mask and you can really leave it on as long as you’d like. The jelly is easy to wash off and never really dries down. But it’s also very gentle on the skin.

I highly recommend this one! I also think it’s worth noting that this product is vegan and gluten-free.

Have you tried this mask or do you have a go-to mask for sensitive skin? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Too Faced Shadow Insurance 

Eyeshadow primer is a must if you want to keep your eyeshadow from creasing. It also allows eye makeup to last longer before starting to fade away. There are so many great primers on the market, but I recently had the chance to try the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. This product can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $20.

I’ve been really loving this product! It’s a bit cheaper than the Urban Decay Primer Potion, and it works just as well. When I wear this, my makeup lasts all day and I never experience any creasing, even with cream shadows. I also love how quickly this dries down on the lids. It creates a great, smooth canvas. The only thing I might like to see would be if this could moisturize a bit like UD’s anti-aging primer. Overall, though, this product seems fantastic, and I’ll definitely be repurchasing. I love that I only need a teeny tiny amount for this to work all day, so the tube is definitely going to last for a very long time. It’s absolutely worth the $20!

Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite eyeshadow primer? If so, be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Ciaté Fierce Flicks Precision Tip Liquid Liner 

I love a dramatic cat eye, and this requires a fantastic liquid eyeliner if it’s going to last all day long and look even. My favorite is still Stila, but I’m always willing to try other brands to see how they compare. Recently, I had the chance to try the Ciaté London Fierce Flicks Precision Tip Liquid Liner. This product is $19 at Sephora and similar retailers.

Basically, the only thing I liked about this eyeliner was the name. “Fierce Flicks” is an adorable name. Everything else was a big disappointment.

First, the claim of a “precision tip” was sadly lacking. I found the tip to be too wide and not pointed enough to get a clean winged look. This might be fine if you’re just lining the rim of the upper eye, but it’s not precise enough for anything fancy.

The texture of the product was also strangely patchy. I had to go over the line so many time to try to get the shade even, and that’s something I don’t usually struggle with even when using drugstore eyeliners. Very disappointing!

Finally, this product never really dried down. It smeared a bit and parts of it flaked off and I needed to reapply throughout the work day. I hate being so overwhelmingly negative in a review, but I felt the need to be honest. I would avoid this eyeliner at all costs! Even if someone offers it to you for free, it’s just not worth the hassle.

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Boscia Luminizing Pink Mask 

Boscia is known for their luminizing black mask that can be peeled-off, but now they have a limited edition Boscia Luminizing Pink Mask. That’s right – this iconic mask now comes in pink!! It retails at Sephora for $34 (although it’s currently on sale for $22!)

This mask performs the same way as the black version. It dries down and enables you to peel it off when you’re ready. It can sting a bit when you rip it off, but the results are so worth it! While I wouldn’t say that my skin looks “luminized” afterwards, I have noticed that my acne responds so well to this product. When I have a zit, I use this mask as a spot treatment, and it always looks noticeably reduced the next day.

Charcoal is the ingredient in this mask that really packs a powerful punch. It cleanses and deep-cleans your pores and will definitely help acne-prone skin. I have noticed that when I use it as an all-over mask instead of just a spot-treatment, my skin is much smoother too. This is the superhero of masks!

Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite mask for acne-prone skin? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Dior Addict Lip Lacquer Plump

It’s no secret that I love Dior lip products. Their Dior Addict lipsticks are my absolute favorite, so I always have to try their new lip products. In the recent Sephora sale, I picked up the Dior Addict Lip Lacquer Plump which retails for $37.

I’m actually not wowed by this product, which is kind of disappointing. I bought the shade Glitterati, which is a glittery nude shade, and I was disappointed by how minimal it looked. The glitter is not very noticeable and doesn’t last for very long. The nude shade is also pretty sheer, although that is kind of expected when you buy a “nude” shade. I guess I expected it to be more of a pink-nude, but it’s a real true nude. Overall, I would be okay with the shade if the glitter just popped a bit more.

Now, in terms of the plumping results, I do think that these claims are met. My lips do look instantly fuller with this product. It’s also nice that it’s semi-matte but doesn’t dry out the lips at all. It feels pretty light on the lips and doesn’t seem to settle into any lines.

However, I have also been disappointed in how quickly the product fades. For $37, I shouldn’t have to reapply 4-5 times throughout my workday. I’m always okay with 1-2 touch-ups per day, but 4-5 is something I’d only expect from a drugstore product – not Dior.

Overall, I’m really disappointed with this new product. It’s definitely not worth the hype or the money. I still love Dior lip products, but this one was a bust!

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

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Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil 

For my skin texture, a finishing powder is pretty much always needed to complete my makeup looks. At times, when my skin is a bit dry, I reach for a light translucent powder. But when my skin is a bit oilier (during spring and summer), I’ve noticed that a pressed powder locks things in place better. Since it’s that time of year, I decided to find a new pressed powder to try, and I ended up getting the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil. This powder costs $27 at Sephora and similar retailers.

I’ve always had good luck with the Bare Minerals brand, which is why I wanted to try another of their products. However, I was a bit concerned that the shade range is limited for this product. There are only four shades, and the lightest one offered is called, “Light/Medium.” My skin tone is closer to Fair/Light and I’ve never been close to Medium in my whole life, so I wasn’t sure if this one would even work for me. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised that it is the perfect shade and blends in so well with my existing foundations.

I’ve been so impressed by how well this powder works. It keeps oil at bay for the entire day. I very rarely feel the need to touch up my makeup in the bathroom at work because this powder definitely helps extend the wear of my foundation and concealer too. In fact, I’ll often go a whole 8+ hour work day without touching up anything but my lipstick. I love how this powder locks everything in place without looking heavy or cakey. It doesn’t seem to settle into any lines or pores, and it creates this great, smooth skin surface.

Overall, I’ve been so pleased with this product. It performs well, looks great on the skin, and seems to blur my imperfections. The moment I start hitting pan on this product, I’m for sure going to buy a backup. This is one of the best pressed powders I’ve ever tried, and I highly recommend it!

Have you tried this product or do you have a different favorite pressed powder? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick 

I’m not a huge fan of stick foundations, but they really seem to be trending right now. Because of this, I wanted to try another one and I picked up the Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick. This product retails for only $25 at Sephora and similar retailers.

One issue I have with most stick foundations is that they feel kind of dry, but that wasn’t the case at all with this product. This was a very nice cream consistency. It covered things really well, even my icky acne, so that was also pretty impressive. I will admit that pairing it with a finishing powder will definitely help the lasting power, but that it usually true of most foundations.

Because of the thick consistency, I’ve found that I mostly prefer to use this product as a concealer. It works so well to cover flaws without looking cakey or overly obvious. Also, I have the shade “Intense Ivory” and it seems to blend really well with all of my other foundations when I use it as a concealer. In fact, the blendability is a huge plus in general for this product! Whether you’re using it as a concealer or foundation, it seems to just melt into the skin and instantly improve a complexion.

For the price, this is a huge bargain, especially if you use it as a concealer. It will last for soooo long! I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one when I run out because it’s become quite the staple in my makeup routine. This is another fantastic Clinique product!

Do you have a stick foundation that you like? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb 

I am obsessed with the skin around my eyes. I’ve been using eye cream for over a decade (even though I’m only 26) because prevention is always the best policy. So, I get super excited when I get eye cream samples. Currently, I do not have any signs of wrinkles or fine lines, but I do get dry skin under my eyes as well as dark circles. Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb which retails for $48 at Sephora and similar retailers.

I will say that my dark circles have looked better recently, although I think that’s because I’m sleeping more now that grad school is over (yay!!!) Still, the skin around my eyes has been kind of dry, even though my t-zone has been rather oily. This product was amazing at moisturizing that delicate undereye skin. It is so light and dries pretty quickly, but it leaves the undereye looking good and feeling really smooth. I’ve even noticed that when I use this product in the morning before doing my makeup, my undereye concealer seems to apply a lot better.

The texture of this product is kind of gel-like. It’s very cool to the touch, which is refreshing and helps with de-puffing the eye area. Overall, I haven’t found any negatives regarding this product. It only takes a little bit to cover the whole area, so my deluxe-sized sample has lasted for weeks and I still have a lot left to go. I think that, when I run out of this sample and the other eye cream I’ve been using, I’m definitely going to purchase this one.

Do you have an eye cream that you love, or have you tried this product? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Longwear Foundation  

I ran out of my beloved Make Up For Ever foundation recently, so I decided to purchase a new medium-to-full coverage foundation. As I was browsing Sephora’s website, I saw that Sunday Riley has actually released their first foundation. Sunday Riley is a skincare company that has definitely achieved cult status for their amazing products. I was so intrigued that I got the new Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Longwear Foundation in the Sephora sale. This foundation retails for $42 at Sephora.

Recently, my skin has been a bit oilier than usual, and this foundation has been amazing at combating that. This foundation has a pump that administers the foundation as a liquid. The consistency of the liquid is very medium – it’s neither thick (which can be difficult to blend) or watery (which rarely provides decent coverage). Like most foundations, a beauty blender or sponge will help with the application. However, I was amazed that one pump of this product could cover my entire face so well. There’s no need to layer with this one. It covers all redness and most acne and leaves a gorgeous satin-matte finish, which I love because it keeps my oiliness at bay without looking too matte or cakey.

The coverage is fantastic. It can be built up easily to a full-coverage, and even with only one layer, I don’t have to use nearly as much concealer as I used to. The lasting power is also fantastic, and I don’t have to touch up at work as long as I’ve used a finishing powder with it. I definitely think I’ve found my new favorite foundation! Yes, $42 is kind of high for 1.08 oz of product, but this one is worth every penny to me.

The range of shades for this product is also pretty expansive. There are 20 shades to choose from in their color spectrum. I’m very fair and I use the second lightest shade – 110 (for very fair skin with pink undertones).

This product works so well for my combination/oily skin, but I imagine that it wouldn’t perform as well with dry skin. The matte finish does feel a bit drying, which has worked well for me, but I would proceed with extreme caution if you already have dry skin. If you do decide to still try it because you like the finish and coverage, you might have to pair it with a very moisturizing primer if you already have dry skin.

Since Sunday Riley is a skincare company, of course they’ve packed this product with good-for-you ingredients too. This includes Canadian willow herb, northern truffle extract, and bisabolo. It’s also cruelty free!

I’m so impressed with this product! Have you had a chance to try it? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser 

Skincare starts with cleansing. It’s a very important step. However, I’ve never had a particular loyalty to a face wash. I like a lot of them, but I’ve never found one I needed to purchase over and over. Recently, I had a chance to try a sample of the Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser.  This product retails for $26 at Sephora and similar retailers.

I typically avoid foaming cleansers because they tend to dry out the skin, however I did like this one. First, it smelled amazing. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it seemed somewhat floral but very light and fresh. Honeysuckle is an ingredient, so that’s probably the cause of the lovely scent.

I think this would be a great cleanser for people with sensitive skin. It felt so gentle on the skin. It’s actually a soap-free cleanser, which could be why it’s so gentle. I can definitely see this being used as a morning cleanser or the second half of a double-cleanse. It’s a bit too gentle to remove makeup effectively, but it feels amazing on the skin. It’s supposed to be nourishing and great for dry skin, and I will admit that it did not actually feel very moisturizing, so I think it would be better for people with mild dry skin and not severe dry skin, who might need something a bit thicker.

Overall, I was pleased with this cleanser. I doubt I’ll buy the full-size product, but I’ll finish up this deluxe sample for sure.

Have you tried a cleanser that you love? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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