Allyson G.
Review for fresh Soy Face Cleanser - 1 week, 5 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I sort of hate that I like this so much, because it's more pricey than what I'd like to spend on a cleanser. But this is just so nice and gentle on the skin, never makes my face feel dry or tight after washing it off, yet it does feel like it's doing a great job at removing dirt and leftover makeup (I always use a cleansing balm first when wearing heavy makeup). The smell is slightly odd, but not a deal-breaker by any means. If I had an infinite amount of money to spend, I would definitely use this regularly, but for now, I'll settle for snatching up sample sizes of it whenever I can and using other cleansers that are slightly less fabulous but still do the job.
Fair
Dry
Puffiness, Redness
Review for Lancôme L'Absolu Lacquer Longwear Lip Gloss - 1 week, 6 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: 306 Infra-Rose (mauve) more...
Holy crap. This formula might be my new favorite thing ever. It goes on like a gloss but has the staying power of a liquid lip, looks almost like a stain but way prettier after it's been on for a few hours. You can reapply new color over the old and it never looks bad. The glossy look and feeling doesn't last forever, but it never gets uncomfortable. I love that this has such a giant range of colors because I think I want every one. Yes it's pricey, but I pretty much don't care.
Fair
Green
Brunette
Review for Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins - 1 week, 6 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: High-Potency more...
I had a lot of success with the Origins gin zings moisturizer, so when I got the opportunity to try this one, I jumped. I was hoping it could possibly replace my Drunk Elephant Lala Retro, which I absolutely love as a nighttime moisturizer in every way but the price tag. This does have a similar thick, creamy consistency, and feels good on my dry skin. It has a refreshing scent to it, a little like citrus and vanilla, but not too strong. I still think I prefer the Drunk Elephant, but this is slightly less expensive, sold at Ulta (I'd pick their rewards system over Sephora's any day), and now that I'm not living in the frigid cold Northeast, I think this one will work just fine for me. But for dry-skinned gals in cold places, I'd recommend the Lala over this one; there's just something about that product that rejuvenates the skin so well.
Fair
Dry
Puffiness, Redness
Dark Circles, Dry Eyes
Review for Dose Of Colors Lip Gloss - 1 week, 6 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Messy Bun (cool tone mauve pink), On Repeat (warm mid-tone nude) more...
First things first: these smell absolutely incredible, like vanilla butterscotch frosting, and they actually taste a little like that too. (What? I'm a lip licker...) They are on the pricier side, but I picked mine up during an Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale. Still, I would consider buying them at full price. I'm a gloss girl, and this one is just about perfect for me. The formula is wonderful, plush and comfortable on the lips and with a nice amount of pigment, but not so much that it's overwhelming and you're leaving lip stains everywhere (ahem, ABH lip gloss, looking at you). I definitely wear On Repeat more often, and don't be fooled by its description as a "mid tone nude"; it's almost the same exact color as KVD's Ophelia liquid lip, which is my all-time favorite nude, and in fact I wear those two together a lot. All in all, I highly recommend, and definitely want a couple more shades for myself.
Fair
Green
Brunette
Review for bareMinerals Complexion Rescue™ Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream - 1 week, 6 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: Opal 01 more...
I recently took a job that requires me to leave the house rather early, meaning a full face of makeup is sadly out. But I wanted to still wear a little something, so one night while on Ulta's website, this stuff sort of just jumped into my cart. I didn't even swatch it in store first or anything, which is very unlike me, just went off the fact that Allie Glines, who's one of my favorite YouTubers, really likes it. But as soon as I tried this out for the first time, I was in love. The shade Opal is a great match for me, which is not something I've been able to find in other BB/CC cream-type products, and it goes on so easily with just my fingers (time saving is EVERYTHING in the morning!). The coverage is pretty minimal, but that doesn't bother me; I just need something to even out my skin tone a bit, since I can get pretty red in the cooler months. It has a nice skin-like finish that's sort of on the dewier side, which I love, having normal-to-dry skin. I also love that it has an SPF, so that's one less thing I have to put on in the morning (I always wear SPF since I use chemical exfoliants in my skincare routine). All in all, I definitely don't regret this purchase, and I have a feeling I'll be buying it again and again.
Fair
Dry
Puffiness, Redness
Green
Review for Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream - 1 week, 6 days ago
This stuff sounded too good to be true the first time I heard about it. A body cream that melts cellulite and stretch marks? Yeah right. But it does smell delicious, and every time I'd pick up the tester at Sephora, I'd grow more tempted. I finally caved and bought the travel size tub, just to try it out, and....wow. I am a true believer. This stuff actually works. It's not cheap, but I only use it on areas where I need the magic to happen, and my little tub has lasted a decent amount of time. Plus, I just loooooooooove the smell.
Fair
Stretch Marks
Review for Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick - 1 week, 6 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: DOUBLE DARE - COCOA BLUSH, OPHELIA more...
These aren't my absolute favorite liquid lips but they're not my least favorite either. The packaging is absolutely stunning, though the long skinny tubes are somewhat inconvenient to store. I think the color selection is amazing, even if many of the colors aren't ones I would personally wear. The formula is nice, not drying, though it does sometimes leave my lips a tiny bit sticky, and the wear time isn't the best I've ever tried. I have to say, though, Ophelia is probably my perfect light-medium nude lipstick - not too pink and not too brown, just a gorgeous neutral nude that looks good with any makeup look I might create. I will definitely keep purchasing that one over and over.
Fair
Green
Brunette
Review for Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation - 1 week, 6 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: 1CR - 1 COOL ROSY - FAIR SKIN WITH COOL PINK UNDERTONES more...
I had an awful experience with the last Dior foundation I tried, but this one got a ton of hype at launch, so I picked up a sample. When it lasted through Los Angeles heat and humidity and made my skin look incredibly airbrushed, I knew it was a keeper. I love that Dior finally made a great shade range, and I hope they go back and update their other foundations now. This one has such a nice medium coverage and natural-looking finish that's perfect for everyday wear. I prefer to use a moisturizing primer with it, since I have drier skin, but I've heard from people who are oily that this can also work great for them with the right mattifying products as well. It really does give me such a gorgeously airbrushed look, that I think this will be another foundation staple for as long as Dior keeps making it. And it's actually not that expensive for being a high-end/luxury foundation.
Fair
Dry
Puffiness, Redness
Green
Review for Becca Cosmetics Becca Gradient Sunlit Bronzer - Sunrise Waves - 1 week, 6 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I have SUCH a hard time finding bronzers that work on my fair and cool-toned skin, because they almost all pull orange on me. I pretty much stick to my Too Faced Chocolate Soleil and don't branch out. But then this one went on sale for 50% off and, well, I'm a sucker for a good deal, and for Becca products. I actually went to an embarrassing amount of trouble to get my hands on one during the sale, so it would have sucked to go through all of that and not like it. I really do like it, though, and I'd be worried about the fact that it's limited edition if I didn't know how long it's going to take to get through the entire compact. This gives such a gorgeous, healthy, glowy bronzed look when applied to the cheeks; I usually use a big bronzer brush (Morphe M527) and swirl it in the whole compact to mix all the shades together before applying. When you swatch it with your fingers, it looks super glittery and intense, but that doesn't translate onto the face in a tacky way. Best of all, it doesn't pull orange! Which I think means it will look good on virtually any undertone of fair to light to light-medium skin. (For deeper skintones, there's another shade, though of course I can't speak to that.) I still don't use this product every day, but I do keep it close at hand in my makeup drawer for when I want a nice sunkissed glow kind of look.
Fair
Dry
Puffiness, Redness
Green
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