23. Finishing up my degree as a lawyer’s assistant (paralegal) and marrying my fiancée this October! I'm a proud momma to my reptiles, my cat, and my corgis. I love experimenting with makeup and finding new vegetarian recipes to try!
IF YOU HAVEN’T USED DIRECT ACIDS ON YOUR FACE BEFORE, LOVE YOURSELF AND READ THIS WHOLE REVIEW! Do your research! Beautylish and The Ordinary do a great job of slapping caution labels all over this product and it’s webpage, and this peel is INCREDIBLE, but treat your skin right and be careful before you dive right in or you’ll end up with more problems than you started out with. That said, this peel is rather miraculous. I may have been slightly terrified to use it after reading all the warnings, but I’m so glad I did! It’s like a time-release eraser for your skin. I’m going on 4+ months of using it. I’ve had mild breakouts in my early adulthood (it used to be worse; I’m 23 now), and thanks to the severity of them when I was younger, I have significant scarring and large pores. My face stays pretty oily. This stuff has, over time, evened out my skin tone and made my scars become more faint. I do use it with a pretty hefty skincare regimen, but I’m 100% sure that the fading of my scars has to do with this product. Now, when you get it, it literally looks like blood in a dropper bottle! You don’t need to use much of it - a little goes a long way. It has a pleasant, faint scent to it. Make sure you use it on completely dry skin. If it’s your first time, follow the directions carefully - this doesn’t belong anywhere near the thin sensitive skin near your eyes. Don’t leave it on for more than about 5 minutes on your first use - this product needs to be used gradually. The Ordinary recommends not using this more than twice a week, and I think that’s perfect. (You can work up to 10 minutes but it doesn’t belong on your face any longer than that! You’re slowly healing your skin, not trying to zap it off.) I believe one of the cautions was not using the product along with other products containing retinoids, so check yourself! Mixing the two could cause a lot of sensitivity and in the worst case, a bad reaction. After rinsing it off with a warm cloth, I moisturize. I have oily skin, so a thin layer of moisturizer (I use one from Lush) works great for me. If yours is more dry, try a moisturizing mask instead. I know this all seems like a lot, but if you follow the directions, this peel works wonders for imperfect skin like mine. It’s not expensive and definitely worth a shot!
I originally heard of The Ordinary on Sephora, where the products were briefly carried. The first thing that caught my eye was the price tag, and initially, I ignored this entire line because there’s no way skincare could/should be that inexpensive AND effective. After they were discontinued from Sephora, I saw them again on Beautylish and added this serum to my order on a whim. I’ve been using in consistently for about two months, and I have been totally proven wrong about how affordable skincare can be! I’ve always struggled with my skin. When I was about 13, I had terrible acne, and I saw several dermatologists who prescribed me different diets and medications. Nothing worked. I’m 23 now and my face is still oily, I have large pores, blackheads, and the occasional breakout or two. This serum, in less than a week, started to help my breakouts. A little goes a long way (two much will cause it to pill up on your skin), and I use it every evening after toning and before applying eye cream. I’ve had ONE pimple in the last month and honestly, my stress levels have been out the roof, so I can’t say I blame my skin. I still can’t believe how cheap it is. I’ve never used any products that didn’t make my face worse before it started improving. In conjunction I’m also using their The Ordinary AHA + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, which looked/sounded scary at first, but this is the best combination of skincare for my skin type I’ve ever found. Even if you have different skin concerns, I would recommend looking through the guide on Beautylish to figure out an easy regimen from the Ordinary. I’m working and in college, so this was a lifesaver in more ways than one!
This is the BEST nude and neutral glimmer eye palette I didn’t know I needed! I also have Kat Von D’s regular Shade+Light palette (the matte version), and picked this up from a friend to try out. I liked it so much I had to buy my own. My main thing here is the color selection. I have dozens of odds-and-ends glitter pans and tubes for my eye looks, and while that’s fine for more “fun” colors that I rarely use, it’s a hassle finding good sparkly shades for my more neutral eye looks. It’s why I love this palette so much. Some of the shades look similar in the pans, but there is enough of a difference that you can find EXACTLY the right one you need for the look you are creating. It includes your basic white, brown, and black shades, plus 9 more variations of it, some with more glimmer than others. With a dry brush there is a forgiveable amount of fallout (so I recommend using with a small rounded damp brush). Once applied however, it doesn’t budge. I also love that this is housed in the same sturdy plastic casing with a huge mirror. Kat Von D has some of the best palettes out there, and this is one you should think about adding to your makeup bag!
I finally got my hands on this now-discontinued palette from KVD Beauty. This is the warm-toned version of the Chrysalis palette (which was pretty but unsuited for my skin tone). I am super impressed with the formula and the color selection! There are some gorgeous shades here ranging from cream to terra cotta to black, and you can create a wide variety of looks with this palette. I appreciate not having to reach for another palette for my “basic” colors, but it has more of a creative appeal due to its color selection. At first glance it may appear to have similar colors as tarte’s Toasted palette and Urban Decay’s Naked Heat palette, but I prefer the formula and shades of Monarch. (They did it first!) While I wasn’t as enchanted with Chrysalis, Monarch will be a staple in my makeup drawer from now on.
Where has Roller Lash been all my life?? After tiring a little of tarte’s tarteist lash paint, I tried a couple of drugstore formulas. I was so disappointed in them that I ran to my nearest Ulta the next day and grabbed this. A friend had recently bought it and her lashes looked fabulous, so... why not? And after one use, I’m hooked. They’re not joking about curling and lifting! I LOVE the wand. Yes, it’s rubber, but it’s the perfect shape - curved, and not too long that it’s difficult to use. I applied two coats and my eyelashes look long and thick, and stand up/curl better than they ever have. No flaking or clumping either. I don’t usually pay too much attention to the favorite picks from celebrity-status MUAs, but now I know why Jeffree Star loves this so much. Get yourself some!
Soooo much pigment! And what gorgeous colors! The OG Venus palette is the first Lime Crime product I’ve ever tried (in spite of following them for ages and admiring their lipsticks). I don’t know why I didn’t buy this sooner. The shades on this palette are so intense, buttery, smooth, and easy to apply and blend. It’s an excellent mix of matte and shimmer shades so you can customize your look. The amount of fallout is forgivable; I always do my eye makeup before my base just in case. Creation is my favorite shade on the palette; i don’t own another shade like it and it looks so gorgeous. I love the size and feel of the palette as well. I will definitely be looking at other products from Lime Crime - super impressed with their quality!
If you don’t feel like reading long reviews: just don’t buy this mascara. I was out of my usual tarte mascara and picked this up along with another mascara from covergirl (which actually worked, you can read my review!) because my lashes were stranded without a Sephora in sight. Maybe the promising packaging caught my eye? It promised long, voluminous lashes. Even if it didn’t make it with the volume part, my lashes are a decent length and I was hoping this mascara would accentuate that. Well, it didn’t. There is nothing I liked about this stuff. The wand is pretty trash - the shape was so awkward that I couldn’t see how I was supposed to use it to apply mascara to my eyelashes. It was super flimsy with extremely short bristles so as I was trying to comb it through my lashes, it felt like it was slipping right off of them. The formula is thin, which I suppose is good for no clumping, but if the mascara won’t build on your eyelashes, obviously there will be nothing TO clump. It also fell ridiculously flat. No volume. No length. Nada. It tinted my lashes a little darker than they usually are and that’s about it. I literally tossed the entire tube in the trash because I don’t think anyone should have to go through that kind of letdown. Do yourself a favor and try something else!
I was out of my usual favorite mascara (tarteist lash paint) at a terrible time - when I was out of town visiting relatives, with the nearest Sephora about 45 minutes away. I picked this up on a Walgreens run in the hopes of finding something that would work similarly. And honestly, this mascara isn’t bad! I don’t typically like drugstore mascaras (with the exception of Rimmel), but if you had to pick one, Flourish is a decent product. The wand is skinny and has a rubber applicator. Rubber wands are fifty fifty for me - obviously i like tarte’s lash paint, which has a rubber wand, but some are too flimsy and don’t work well at all (like covergirl’s peacock flare mascara). This one works pretty well to coat your lashes evenly. The formula didn’t clump or flake at all, and I was surprised that it also didn’t smudge under my eyes, which is the #1 thing I struggle with in mascara! The only downside was that you have to spend a lot of time building the product up. If you have thick, long, luscious lashes, a coat of this will do the trick, and it looks really natural. However, if you don’t, you’ll need about 3 coats to get better volume and length. If you’re pressed for time you might as well reach for a mascara that will do the job quickly. I would buy this again to use for my bottom lashes just because I really like the lack of smudginess. Otherwise it’s not a bad deal if you’re searching for a new drugstore mascara to try!
Nyx is one of the best drugstore brands I have come across in terms of quality (I’m more of a high end makeup kinda girl). I was pretty impressed with this palette! Some of the shades are definitely better than others - the reds and purples worked very well and were very pigmented, but I had trouble with the yellow and lighter blue shades. Not something that would deter me from using this palette, but you may have to build them up a little more than usual. It’s a great price for the color selection you get! I would definitely use it with your favorite base/primer - I recommend their pigment primer (check out my review for it) which is AMAZING! If you need a vivid bright palette, this is an excellent one for your collection.