Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer 

It’s going to be winter soon! This means that moisturizer is going to become extra important in any skincare routine (although, it really should be important year-round). I recently tried a different moisturizer: the Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer which can be purchased from Sephora for $30.

One great thing about the Clinique brand is that they have great, quality products for more affordable prices than other Sephora-based brands. I find that this moisturizer is no exception. It does a great job at moisturizing and would work well as a primer. The “blur” effect is noticeable and allows makeup to sit really well on the skin. It fills in all the nooks and crannies that pop up on a face to create a smooth canvas.

I do think that this is a lighter moisturizer. Some people with dry skin might find that it doesn’t quite pack enough of a punch for them. My skin is pretty normal/combination and does not get extremely dry, so I find that it works well for me. I would think that it would be a good moisturizer for oily skin as well because the “blur” properties also make it look a bit mattified even though it’s moisturizing.

Have you tried this one? What’s your current go-to moisturizer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Beauty, Skincare

Tonymoly Hydrating Lotus Sheet Mask 

Sheet masks are a fun way to relax at the end of a hard day. They provide lots of skincare benefits, but they tend to be very gentle on the skin. Recently, I tried this adorable Pokemon-themed sheet mask: the Tonymoly Lotus Hydrating Sheet Mask. You can get this sheet mask for about $5 at Walmart and similar retailers.

First off, I really liked this sheet mask because it actually made my skin feel incredibly moisturized. It had a very soothing quality and left my skin looking more supple and feeling more hydrated. Anyone with dry skin will definitely love this one!

There were two drawbacks though. First, it was kind of hard to unfold this mask and apply it because it was so slippery and wet. Secondly, also in relation to the wetness, I found that this mask dripped a lot which is not something I’m used to with sheet masks. I didn’t mind that it dripped from my chin to my chest, but it was irritating how it dripped in my nose area. I felt like I was inhaling it, and I kept trying to brush it away from this area. I’m not sure why there was so much product saturating this mask. I haven’t noticed this in other Tonymoly masks that I’ve used.

Have you used this one? What’s your favorite sheet mask? Please, let me know in the comment section!

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue 

I love lip products! There’s just something about putting color on the lips that makes a makeup look feel put together. Recently, I obtained the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Quench Lip Rescue in the shade Nude. This product can be purchased from Sephora for $19.

This one is quickly becoming one of my favorite lip products. It glides on so easily and covers the lips with a  sheer wash of color. It definitely helps lips to feel more moisturized and nourished. Long after the color has faded, the lips feel softer and healthier. The color doesn’t last a terribly long time, but that’s the trade off of having a nourishing formula. I definitely don’t mind reapplying this one throughout the day because it also has this amazing minty smell that I love.

Overall, I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a moisturizing lipstick with just a touch of color. I would love to purchase more shades of this one, especially the shades Rose and Cherry. Tarte is also one of the more natural brands at Sephora, so I always love when I find one of their products that I love because I know it isn’t filled with tons of chemicals.

Have any of you tried this one or any other Tarte lipsticks? Please, let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Halloween Homegoods Haul 

I’m so excited that it’s almost Halloween! Autumn is my favorite season because it contains my birthday, cooler weather, and Halloween. In honor of Halloween, I’m watching a horror movie every day in the month of October. Most of them, so far, have provided me with some fun, campy entertainment! I don’t know why, but I think I love the cheesy B-movies just as much as the “good” horror movies.

Anyway, Halloween also gives me a reason to decorate my tiny apartment, which is something I wanted to share with all of you. Here are three pictures of some of my favorite decorations. The first two were purchased at JoAnn Fabrics and the glittery pumpkins were purchased at At Home.

It’s actually really easy to decorate on a budget. Joann Fabrics and At Home are just two stores with great deals on decorations. One place that also has cute and cheap Holiday decorations is Walgreens. I saw some cute festive plastic pumpkins there yesterday, and lots of my small Christmas decorations are from there.

Where do you like to buy your Holiday Homegoods? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Skincare

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield 

Primers are essential to makeup application. They smooth out the canvas and allow the makeup to sit on top of something other than bare skin. Primers fill in little imperfections that would otherwise be magnified by makeup so that your finish can be flawless. Now, not everyone uses a traditional primer but many people use moisturizers or other products that still act like primers. I decided to try a skincare product that could double as a primer, so I chose the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield which can be purchased from Sephora for $65 per 1 oz container.

This product claims to do a whole lot for skin. First, it contains 30 SPF to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. No matter what season it is, SPF is an important ingredient for skin. Just because you’re not getting a sunburn in winter doesn’t mean that the sun’s rays aren’t affecting your skin condition.

It also is supposed to create a blurred effect on the skin by blurring imperfections. This works by smoothing the skin and filling in all the pores and crevices. I will say that this does a good job at creating that canvas. My makeup does look better when I use this under the makeup rather than applying makeup to a bare face. It has a great, velvety texture which may feel heavy to some, but I happen to really like it.

Finally, the formula is supposed to help the overall texture of the skin and prevent aging. Now, I think that these claims are maybe a bit much. I haven’t noticed any change to the actual texture of my skin. Once I wash my face, my skin doesn’t look smoother or less dull. I would say the overall skincare benefits of this product feel a bit exaggerated.

This works really well as a primer, but I don’t think I can justify the $65 price tag. There are lots of other primers that are half the price that do the same thing. I’m glad I splurged on this once just to try it out, but I won’t be repurchasing when I can get the same look for less by using the Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer.

What primer do you usually use? Is there one that you can’t live without? Please, let me know in the comment section!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipgloss 

I tend to gravitate more towards lipsticks than lip glosses, but I do love the look of a gloss. I like shiny lips, and I love that lip glosses don’t seem to dry out my lips like long-wear lipsticks can. However, I hate when glosses are too sticky in texture. Recently, I was able to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss. These can be purchased from Sephora for $16.

Anastasia Beverly Hills is a brand that rose to fame because of their great eyebrow products, but recently they’ve been putting out more and more other products that are getting rave reviews. I’m so glad that I tried this lip gloss because I’m pretty sure it’s become one of my favorite lip glosses of all time. First, it doesn’t feel very sticky on the lips. My lips just feel a bit slick with moisture after using this gloss, but I don’t find that they feel sticky. Also, the pigmentation is incredible. One little swipe packs a huge punch of color. It totally looks like it has the opacity of a lipstick. Finally, these are incredibly long lasting. After the wet feeling has faded, and even after eating a whole meal, there is still color on my lips – and it still looks even! I’ve been ridiculously impressed by how well this lip gloss works, and I definitely would like to buy more colors.

There are some cons to this product though. For one, the color selection is disappointing and filled only with neutrals and berries. I’d love to see more pink, red, and coral options to round out the line. Also, I don’t care for the smell of the product. It smells like a strange mix of cake batter and chemicals. I can definitely live with the smell, but I just wanted to let everyone know in case you feel very strongly about scents in your makeup products.

Have you tried this gloss? What’s your very favorite lip gloss? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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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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Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask 

I feel like I take pretty good care of the skin underneath my eyes. I’ve been using undereye cream since I was 16, and I try to be very gentle with the skin around that area. Still, I was excited when I received the Sephora Green Tea Eye Mask which comes with two fiber patches to place underneath the eyes in order to relax and refresh the skin. This one-time use mask can be purchased from Sephora for $5.

I was surprised at how easy this product was to use. I was afraid that the small fiber patches would slide around or fall off, but they really stayed in place. I was able to move about and sit up and watch TV with these patches underneath my eyes. After about 20 minutes, I decided to remove them. I rubbed the excess product into the skin. I can’t say that anything dramatic seemed to happen for my skin. It maybe seemed a bit more moisturized but no brighter than before. I don’t tend to have puffy undereyes, but I could see how this formula would be able to help with that.

Overall, this was a fun little product because it felt luxurious to have a specific mask for under the eyes. Still, I don’t think it really did anything, so I’m not sure I can recommend it as anything other than a novelty.

Have you tried an undereye mask? What did you think?

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Herbivore Blue Tansy  Resurfacing Clarity Mask 

I’ve been wanting to try Herbivore products ever since they appeared at Sephora. They are made with really natural ingredients and have amassed quite the cult following. However, they are also pretty expensive, so I waited to buy one until I had something to celebrate. Recently, I allowed myself a celebratory splurge after getting a raise at work, so I decided to indulge in the Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask, which is supposed to be great for acne-prone skin. This mask can be purchased from Sephora for $48.

My first impressions were kind of unpleasant because I realized the moment I opened the container that the stench was overwhelming. It smells really bad. I’ve been struggling with how to describe the scent, but I think it kind of smells like something sour mixed with menthol and sulfur. It’s bad, but I can honestly say that after using this mask several days in a row, I kind of got used to the scent. The first few times, the scent was so powerful it made me angry, but the next few times, I didn’t really notice it after I applied the mask. So, at least it’s something you can get used to, and you don’t smell it after you wash the mask off.

As for the results of the mask, I was very pleased! This contains natural AHA and BHA acids, which promote cell turnover. After using the product every day for a week, my skin seemed clearer and smoother. It definitely helped my acne over time. Still, though you don’t get instant results, I like that this mask is gentle enough to use every day, although they suggest using it three times a week or once a week. This mask reminded me a lot of the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, which smells better and is possibly more potent. So, if you can’t handle the smell of this mask, I would recommend trying that one instead.

Overall, I like this product because of the results. AHA and BHA acids are really important parts of my skincare routine since they help reduce the appearance of acne scars over time. I do like the results of this mask since my skin feels smoother, and I like that it is gentle so I can use it daily if I want to. I think I’ll repurchase this when it runs out, especially since I know now that I can handle the smell. I swear it doesn’t last after the mask is washed off!

Have you tried this product? What is your favorite high-end mask? Please, let me know in the comment section!

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The Porefessional Primer

Benefit is one of my favorite brands at Sephora. I think they have some really fun, innovative products, and I appreciate that they’re less expensive than some other brands at Sephora. Recently, I tried Benefit’s The POREfessional Face Primer, which seems to be a very polarizing product among beauty bloggers. This primer can be purchased at Sephora for $31.

This primer is supposed to smooth skin and reduce the look of pores. It also contains Vitamin E which is great for skin. Now, I don’t really have overly large pores, so it’s hard for me to judge that, but I do love primers that smooth since I have some acne scars. I thought that this worked really well. It feels quite silky and definitely smoothed my skin. It also is oil-free which is great for acne-prone skin. I’ve used it under several different foundations, and it seems to perform well for me no matter if the foundation is dry in formulation or luminous. The reason I test primers with different types of foundations is because some primers that have a silky texture (like this one) don’t always work well with foundations that have similar textures. So, adding two silky products might cause skin to look overly oily and they may melt off during the day which would make them less long-lasting. However, that did not seem to be the case with this product. It performed well with several different foundation formulas.

Will I purchase the full size when my two deluxe samples are used up? Probably not. There are just so many primers out there and this one isn’t amazing. However, I did like it and it’s not terribly expensive for a primer, especially since a little goes a long way. So, I definitely recommend it for people who are in the market for a smoothing primer.

Have you tried this one? What’s your favorite primer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section.

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