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Adela L.
Review for ka-BROW! eyebrow cream-gel colour - 2 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: 05 Deep more...
I LOVE this stuff. You only need a little bit to create a full brow which results in this product being very economically efficient. The colour I received was #5  and is a warm brown - perfect for my hair in the summer/fall months and it's not too light that it won't work for my complexion/hair in the colder months. It's super pigmented and glides smoothly onto the brows, making it incredibly easy to draw base guidelines for your eyebrow. This stuff stays on ALL DAY. Seriously. There's no smudging after a long day, even if I accidentally brush my brows with my hands or I sweat a lot - my eyebrows look the same from morning to night. If I'm in a hurry, I'll opt for a natural brow with this product, which is surprisingly easy considering how pigmented it is! You have lots of control over the product deposited and it's easy to blend out with the brush that comes with the product. Let's talk about this brush. It's packaged well with the product and it's the perfect size to control brow strokes. My only gripe with this product is that I wish it came with a spoolie. It's easy to overdo the brows if you keep blending with the brush provided, as you will just keep depositing more product. I use a separate spoolie to acheive a blended look (I prefer a natural, defined look but as my brows are already quite thick I have to REALLY blend product out!). I've been using this for a month now and it looks barely touched apart from a small dent. I can see this lasting for a long time and I think if I ever run out of this product (probably never) I would definitely repurchase. 
I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. 
Neutral
Brown
Review for Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Lengthening Mascara - 2 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Black more...
I have a love-hate relationship with this product. They're Real Mascara (Black) gives my lashes volume and makes them look black, full, and defined with every lash. It's not clumpy at all and even gives me a slight curl to my straight Asain lashes (even when I don't curl my lashes first!). With curling my lashes beforehand and using this mascara, it looks like I have falsies on. However, I have a few major gripes about this mascara. First of all, the brush is a bit stiff and hurts my lashes when I swipe the product on. The stiffness of the brush contributes to the easiness of wiggling it through the lashes to create a defined look but my eyes are really bothered by the pressure it exerts on my lashes. Secondly, this mascara is NOT smudge resistant. It doesn't give me panda eyes, but smudges onto the lower lashline in 3 hours and all over my upper lid! I was so sad when I looked into the mirror and saw the black smudges everywhere since the mascara really opened up my eyes upon application. I probably would not repurchase this mascara (sadly) because of it's short lasting staying power and the stiff brush; although if you don't have monolids like me this mascara might not smudge so much on the upper lid and may work for you!
I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. 
Neutral
Brown
Straight
Review for Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer - 2 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I generally prefer a smooth base that leaves my entire face velvety and easy to apply foundation to. This primer made my makeup stick to my face very well and my pores are greatly minimized upon first application to moisturized skin. It's a great primer for beating your face, erasing pores, and keeping your makeup on for a long time, but it's not the best for creating a smooth looking canvas. It's basically glue for your foudnation; keeping oil at bay. The consistency is almost a solid gel, which is interesting but a bit hard to blend out evenly, as I often find that my foundation starts "balling" up. As well, if my skin is especially dry, the Porefessional emphasizes dry patches and makes my makeup look very cakey. Overall, I would buy this if you are an oily skinned girl who loves to put a full face of makeup on often - this stuff will ensure that your makeup LASTS. But if you're dry/combination, I wouldn't recommend this, and I'd probably look to more smoothing primers or moisturizing primers!
I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. 
Neutral
Oily, Combination
Acne
Brown
Review for Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer - 2 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Natural Bronze more...
Hoola Bronzer is a new favorite for me. The cult favorite bronzer is such a lovely tan shade for my complexion both in the winter and the summer time and it really warms up the skin with colour. It's pigmented, but somehow looks natural upon application to the face. If you want a sharper, more defined bronzer, that's acheivable too depending on the amount of product you use! It also makes for a lovely crease colour for eyeshadow, and I find myself reaching for this when using it as a transition colour. Hoola Bronzer stays on once you put it on so it's important to use a large fluffy brush to apply it - the brush that comes with it (thin dense brush) is good for contouring! Packaging is quite cute and portable and definitely is one of the main reasons I throw this product into my travel makeup bag. I would definitely repurchase it when I run out, but as you only need a little product each time you use it (so pigmented), I can see this mini bronzer lasting for a long time.


I received this product complimentary for testing.
Neutral
Oily, Combination
Acne
Brown
Review for L'Oréal Paris Detox & Brighten Pure-Clay Mask - 7 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I'm an avid mask user; clay masks, egg masks, sheet masks, you name it, I've tried them all! I picked this up on a whim because I heard great reviews about it as a budget-friendly option to the more expensive clay masks sold in Sephora (hey Glamglow). When I first put this mask on, there is a noticeable smell, but as with all clay masks, you get used to it around the 3 minute mark. As the mask dries, my face feels tighter - but also as if the moisture is being sucked out of my skin. My assumptions were confirmed when I washed off this mask, as my skin was terribly tight and dry (although quite soft and clean) and I had to immediately apply moisturizer to remedy the situation. I have oily skin as well, so this was quite the surprise. This mask works to draw tiny impurities out of your skin, however if you're looking for a mask that heavily draws out EVERYTHING, this mask will not be your favourite. For me, it brought the large impurities out to just under the surface of my skin, causing them to be more visible and hence I had breakouts for the next few days. I would use this mask after using a more heavy duty clay mask that I love (The Sephora brand sells a fantastic clay mask), and in that order, this mask works.I wouldn't recommend this mask if you have dry or combination skin. Perhaps other oily-skinned girls like me found this mask to work, however, my skin did not like this one bit! I did not see any difference in brightening or overall cleaning in general and I will continue to look for more budget friendly options for clay masks. :( 
Neutral
Oily, Combination
Acne
Review for The Body Shop Mini Cocoa Butter Body Butter Mini - 1.7 oz - 7 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This is a moisturizer that I constantly repurchase and keep on me. The scent of the cocoa in this product is delicious, but it is not overpowering by any means. I use this to moisturize my hands when I'm on the go for the most part, however, at home I will use this all over my arms and legs to give a nice moisturized glow to the skin. It's not greasy; it's more like a thick moisturizer. It's travel friendly and really does work superbly. My skin is baby soft after using this and I can always rely on this as a moisturizer after shaving, as it does not cause me irritation or make me break out! The tub container is fantastic, as you know you will be able to reach every last bit of product without wasting any (I'm looking at you, pump bottles). However, this moisturizer does take a while to get absorbed into the skin, so if you're in a hurry and don't like the feeling of a thin film for a short period of time, I wouldn't recommend this product. This is for those times of day when you just want to relax. 
Neutral
Oily, Combination
Acne
Fine Lines
Review for Revlon Mega Multiplier™ Mascara - 7 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Blackest Black more...
I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. 

This is a tubing mascara, which is a pretty rare find at the drugstore and at the price point Revlon is selling this at. With all tubing mascaras, you must be careful to start at the root of your lashes to ensure that the product is evenly distributed along your entire lashes or else the mascara will start to ball up and become clumpy. The applicator has a nice straight edge and is tapered to one side, allowing easy application and for me to reach every single lash equally. The ergonomic handle also assists with this, and allows enough grip that I won't mistakenly deposit mascara on my eyelid. 

I naturally have pretty black and full lashes, but I do see this mascara intensifying my features and adding a little bit of volume (Blackest Black). If applied correctly, Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara will separate my lashes (I make sure to start at the roots and brush straight up) beautifully and lengthen them to a natural finish. This is definitely not a dramatic mascara, but it is great for those natural makeup days when I want to look a little fancy!

However, the number one reason I love this mascara is that it DOESN'T SMUDGE! And this isn't even marketed as a waterproof formula (water resistant, yes). This is a wonder because 95% of mascaras smudge below my lids and give me raccoon eyes by the end of 4 hours. This mascara lasts all day, and I never need to worry about black flecks on my cheeks later on in the day when I put this on in the morning. 

Even better yet is the removal process. Mascaras that don't smudge on my usually have a painful and problematic removal, which often involves ripping out a few lashes or me giving up  and leaving the mascara on (both of which are terrible options). However, this mascara comes of easily in warm water, as advertised! Micellar water and regular makeup remover wipes work easily as well. I don't know what they did with this formula, but this mascara is truly water resistant yet easily removed with water - not sure how, but it's crazy. 

Overall, I would recommend this mascara if you are looking for an everyday mascara that is smudge proof, easy to remove, and will give you a natural finish while still looking put together.  I might start using tubing mascaras more often now, and this mascara is a pleasant beginning to the journey!


Neutral
Brown
Straight
Review for Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation - 8 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation is the #1 foundation I go for when I know I'll have a long day and I need my makeup to stay on. It is extremely full coverage, and can give you a "flat" looking face if you do not add dimension back in with bronzer, highlight, etc. However, it covers and conceals the worst of blemishes and makes sure they're covered for the entire day; around 16 hours was the maximum time I've worn this for without foundation breaking down. 

However, there are a few cons to this foundation. First off, it smells terrible, like paint! You need to blend it quickly in order to not get a streaky finish (this dries down almost immediately). It's extremely important to exfoliate beforehand, as this will emphasize dry patches to no avail (this is common for most full coverage foundations). For me, it cakes up around the nose when I apply it and looks a bit powdery. A little setting spray will take this away!
Overall, this is a great budge-proof, full coverage, and long wearing foundation that is my go to for long periods of time. Be sure to remove it well at the end of the day with an oil based makeup remover; this stuff is bulletproof!
Neutral
Oily, Combination
Acne
Brown
Review for NYX Pore Filler - 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: NYX Pore Filler more...
I have mixed feelings about this primer. It comes out in solid clumps, is hard to squeeze out (you need to apply a lot of pressure), and takes a long time to rub into your skin and blend.  

Also, after keeping this primer on after a hot and sweaty day (around 6 hours), it made me break out!! Yes, it's a pore filler, but it also clogged my pores terribly. I would recommend moisturizing the skin before hand or using this on top of another primer. The silicone feeling is a personal preference, and I don't mind it that much, but a little DOES NOT go a long way! I have to squeeze the bottle around 4-5 times every time I use this. 

The pros to this is that the foundation goes on pretty smoothly over top, and it blurs my imperfections slightly to make my skin more even looking. It fills my pores pretty well, but not as well as the Porefessional. 

However, there are a lot of cons! This primer accentuates dry patches and my foundation breaks down in smaller patches throughout the day compared to if I had not used the primer. It doesn't really keep my skin more matte either. I usually put matifying primer and then this one on top of it. 

Overall, the Pore Filler has too many cons to be priced so high, around $16 CAD. Would not repurchase! It's so hard to find a good primer at the drugstore. :( 
Neutral
Oily, Combination
Acne
Brown
Review for L'Oréal Paris Infallible® 24 HR Eye Shadow - 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I have this eyeshadow in the color Iced Latte. I usually don't buy single eyeshadows (I opt for palettes) but this is an eyeshadow that everyone should run out to get.

The staying power is very strong, it begins to fade around the 8 hour mark which is incredible for a high pigment, shimmery, and drugstore shadow! I prefer applying this with my fingers to get the best color payoff, but a dense eyeshadow brush would work just as well. The packaging comes with an extra seal to make sure the eyeshadow does not create a mess, which is great when I'm travelling with this!

The color Iced Latte can be used on the lid, inner corner, and also as a STUNNING, extremely intense highlight. Honestly, using this eyeshadow as a highlighter beats even some of the high end brands! It doesn't contain huge chunks of glitter, but goes onto your cheeks as a beautiful reflective sheen. This is a very versatile product and well worth the money.

One of my holy grail items for sure! 😊 
Neutral
Brown
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