Tuesday, July 11, 2017

MASCARA | L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise

I've seen some people say the wand is similar to Too Faced Better Than Sex, which I recently tried. I think the Too Faced is bigger but the two mascaras are quite similar.

Unfortunately neither of them wow me, they are good mascaras though.

$9+ for 0.28 oz / 8.5 ml
Natural looking lashes, could get a little clumpy (esp if your lashes aren't nicely separated)

Smudgety smudge

Monday, July 10, 2017

LIQUID LIP | Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Loyalist (Nude)

Left: Milani liquid lipstick in 10 Adorable
Right: Maybelline in Loyalist

Lip swatch
Idk if you can tell but I think it makes my lips very textured, almost too much so.
With a Jouer pink lip gloss

The wear of this product is no joke. Unfortunately, all the color are too unnatural for my taste. This nude is too light, and the other colors are too bright or too dark. The packaging is actually pretty cute, if they expanded the range I would try a different color

Sunday, July 9, 2017

SPF | Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense SPF50+

As you can see it's one of those liquidy sunscreens
The tinted version in particular has a bit of a grey ish color on my skin. If I'm too pale during the year and I use this, it often comes out as bit of a darker pink-beige on me.
Since it is sheerly tinted it doesn't matter as much, but if you're very dark or very pale, it could be a problem.

I used this all the time for a while until I moved on to the Paula's Choice SPF moisturizer, which I can use without a moisturizer beforehand. I like that the Kiehl's is a mineral sunscreen, but I wish they would make a non-tinted version (although, it may be hard to not get a white cash, so that I understand). There's also a slight mineral odor, which isn't unpleasant but it's noticeable.

I stopped using this bc I noticed my t-zone gets extra oily when I use this product, compared to other sunscreens I own. I used to wear this without a moisturizer, but it dries in a way that shows your flaky skin or the dryness on your skin's texture, plus in the winter a moisturizer is ideal no matter what kind of skin you have.

$38 for 1.7 oz / 50 ml
This is quite an expensive sunscreen in my opinion. I mostly got this because Kiehl's was having a sale/deal. I generally don't buy beauty products unless it's on sale, considering I really don't need more beauty products than I already have.


Would I recommend it?
I feel like for the price you could do better.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

MICELLAR WATER | Garner SkinActive Pink Micellar Cleansing Water

Fragrance free

 I recently noticed I have a bad case of forgetting to review stuff when you use it everyday
I've had this for maybe a year, possibly longer, and I mostly use it to remove eye or lip makeup, which is probably why it's lasted me so long.
I am not a micellar water for face makeup girl, I feel like it doesn't remove face makeup as well compared to makeup removing cleansers or cleansing oils. But the Garnier is decent for lip and eye makeup. Admittedly, I don't think this is AMAZING for makeup removal, because sometimes I have to go over my lips twice to get rid of all the lipstick. But for eye makeup it seems ok, definitely good for sensitive skin.
I've used this on occasion for my face as a refresher or get rid of oil, it makes my skin feel pretty refreshed.

I got a small sample of the Bioderma so we'll see if Bioderma is worth the price.
I think if you're into micellar water, this is definitely worth a try as I think it is better than the Simple Micellar Water.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

LIQUID LINER | Maybelline Line Stiletto

I still vaguely remember this line coming out when I was in high school (maybe early college?)
I think any product that sticks around after 2 years must have something about it. I usually enjoy liquid liners more than gel/cream or pencil, it just doesn't smudge on me if it's a good liner (however, some do, like the Wet n Wild one [review here] and the Stila liquid pen [I was so stoked to try this but it does smudge on my lower lash line, review soon]).

This Maybelline liner resembles the L'Oreal Lineur Intense felt tip, which applies color more thinly than a brush tip liner. I was looking for a brown liquid liner and my options were quite limited. This is definitely a decent liner, the application is smooth
However, it seems to rub off easily and flake a bit if you rub your eyes. Luckily, I do not rub my eyes, but my eyelash curler will touch the corner of my eyes sometimes and rub a bit of the liner off.
I do not curl my eyelashes everyday so it doesn't pose a huge problem for me

I continue to use this as I am fond of it, but the flaking might be inconvenient for some people.

$6+ for 0.05 oz / 1.5 ml

After some vigorous rubbing - you can see the faint flakes

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

SPF MOISTURIZER | Paula's Choice Resist SPF 50

Paula's Choice description:
An innovative water-light formula that contains a vital selection of antioxidants and broad-spectrum sun protection to fight visible signs of aging and prevent premature aging of skin.
  • Promotes a healthier, younger-looking appearance 
  • Fights against environmental stressors
  • Fluid formula leaves a matte finish
  • Use as the last step in your AM skincare routine

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2.0%, Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octocrylene 2.0%
Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Silica (absorbent agent), Dimethicone (hydration), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Matricaria), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidants), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidants), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract(antioxidants), Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract (antioxidants), Sambucus Nigra (Black Elderberry) Fruit Extract (antioxidants), Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract (skin-soothing), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract(antioxidants), Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract(antioxidants), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring), Titanium Dioxide (texture-enhancing/texture-enhancing), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (hydration), Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate (hydration), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancings), Sodium Carbomer (texture-enhancings), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative), Sodium Benzoate (stabilizer), Potassium Sorbate (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Another product I use literally every day
One of my favorite skin care products to try is sunscreen. This one is lightweight and slightly moisturizing. In the winter it's not moisturizing enough to use by itself, but in the summer it's perfect, esp if I use a moisturizing serum beforehand.
When I first started using it I thought it helped my skin produce less oil, but after using it for a while I don't notice that effect anymore. I do think this is a good base for makeup, it has no white cast but it doesn't help with my huge pores, so a primer helps a lot.
I love this SPF the most because I can just put it on in one step, instead of a moisturizer then SPF.

The only thing I'm iffy about is I can't tell if the sun protection is really effective. My face rarely gets sunburnt, but over the last year I noticed I've gotten a lot of freckles on the tops of my cheeks. Maybe it's genetics or it comes with aging, maybe I don't reapply enough throughout the day. 
I have other sunscreens to try out after I finish this one, but if I don't find anything better, I can see this being a staple in my skincare 

$33 for 2 oz

Monday, July 3, 2017

MASCARA | It Cosmetics Superhero mascara

Happy 4th of July!

Sephora Description:
What it is:
A game-changing mascara that gives lashes the appearance of volume, length, and elastic stretch in just one coat.

What it does:
Developed with plastic surgeons, Superhero™ mascara is like skin care for your lashes. The proprietary Elastic Stretch Technology stretches the look of your lashes wider and longer, and wraps each individual lash in a volume-boosting, lengthening, ultra-conditioning coat of support and color for the strongest, thickest, most defined results. Powerful lash-lifting polymers, volumizing collagen, strengthening biotin, proteins, and peptides combined with super black pigment and the Lash-Changing Power Brush work together to coat every lash from base to tips. Lashes are lifted and separated to create a fuller lash line and to ensure that no lash is left behind. The super-buildable formula takes your lashes to new heights. Simply apply more coats for additional volume and length. 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product was developed with surgeons and dermatologists. It is clinically tested, talc-free, and cruelty-free.

I got this mascara in the last ipsy bag
This mascara gives quite a bit of length and volume, I would actually consider buying the full size of this. It still smudges unfortunately, but this is definitely worth trying if non waterproof mascaras work out for you.

$24 for 0.3 oz from Ulta, Sephora, etc.

Sidenote - I am obsessed with alpacas. Aren't they absolutely adorable?
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