I have spent 37 years hiding from cameras. It's high time that I stop hiding and embrace myself. I love makeup and how it magically turns the ordinary into extraordinary! I always very excited to try new products and share with my friends my top picks.
I'm a big fan of gel pencils so this is right up my alley. These pencils go on super creamy without tugging or skipping. And the pigmentation is wonderful. My only criticism is that, by the end of the day, they tend to fade or bleed down the lower eyelid giving a slight raccoon appearance. That being said, I still think they are a good value for the price. Just make sure to check your eye look from time to time and touch up as needed.
I love these Tarte blushes. They're moderately pigmented, but are very buildable. Since they aren't overly pigmented, you can go from a subtle blush of color to a standout wow of color. I somewhat question the assertion that they last for 12 hours, but I did tend to touch my face a lot, so maybe that's my fault. They are somewhat on the pricey end, but blush is a product that you don't need a lot of so it lasts a long time. And the quality definitely justifies the price.
I got this as part of the Ulta 21 Days of Savings. I love Tarte products, so I was excited to get such a deal. Totally NOT worth it. First, the sprayer is awful. Instead of a fine mist I got blotchy blobs of liquid coming at my face. More importantly, though, is the smell. It smells AWFUL. I suffer from chronic migraines, so I have to be careful about scented items. I checked the ingredients list and none of the ingredients listed are particularly harsh so I figured I was in the clear. Nope. It has a strong pungent odor that immediately gave me a headache. I was fearful that people around me could smell it. Unfortunately I wasn't able to use it long enough to speak to its efficacy, but I CAN say with absolute certainty that, if you have a sensitive nose, this is not the product for you. Stick with Urban Decay's All Nighter. It works very well without an obtrusive scent.
This is just another example of how amazing Coastal Scents products are. Their eyeshadow pallets are unbelievable so I HAD to get the brushes to go with them. Coastal Scents brushes are softer than any other brush I've ever tried (including Luxie and Vasanti). They feel like silk against my skin. They're great at picking up powder and you always get good, even application. They're very durable. I've washed them several times without the hairs becoming rough or falling out. And they're SO much more affordable than other brush sets. I got a whole set for the same cost as 2-3 Luxie brushes. If you're going to invest in a complete brush set, this is the one to get.
This is one of my favorite exfoliators that I've ever tried. It combines a chemical exfoliant with a natural crystal exfoliant all in one. It's INCREDIBLY effective without being too rough or damaging on sensitive skin. After only one use your skin looks and feels rejuvenated. My skin is softer, more supple, and brighter every time I use it. While most exfoliators recommend only using them 1-2 times a week, Vasanti is safe enough to use 3-5 times a week. You won't need it that often though. Your skin will maintain its smooth and supple texture for several days. It's just that good. Plus, most facial scrubs that include a chemical exfoliant have an unpleasant, chemical-ly smell. This one smells fresh and clean. Highly, highly recommend.
I suffer from chronic migraines so I have to be very careful about scented products, especially perfumes. Eau So Fresh is one of the only high-end perfumes I can tolerate without getting a migraine. It has a light, feminine, flirty scent perfect for spring. It's not overwhelming so I don't feel like I've bathed in perfume like some scents. And it's affordable compared to other products in its market. Highly recommend.
I really like this lip product. I have it in a few different shades and I always keep one in my purse. They're super hydrating so no need to worry about cracking or feathering. They have a faint, pleasant fruity flavor. They don't bleed, so there's no need for lip liner, though you could certainly use one of you prefer. They're very affordable and can be found at tons of grocery or drug stores. Also they come in a decent range of shades to accommodate a variety of skin tones. It's just an overall great product.
I cannot say enough good things about Coastal Scents products. Most high-quality eyeshadow palettes range from $40-$50. Coastal Scents pallets are around $10-$20 without sacrificing any quality. These shadows are highly pigmented, they're smooth, easy to apply, and blend like a dream. The packaging is kind of cheap, but with this type of product, I don't care about the packaging. I've traveled with this palette many times and none of the shadows have cracked or broken. The Coastal Scents pallets come with 20 highly pigments shades. That's double the average Tarte or TooFaced palette. You get a nice mix of matte and shimmer shades. You get several all over shades and transition shades which some palettes have only 1, if any. Simply put, it's one of the best pallets I own.
I had to give this product a lower rating based simply on economics. Don't get me wrong, it's a high quality product. I think we can all agree that Beauty Blender is a great makeup sponge. However, it costs $20. That's unreasonable when you consider that you have to replace it every 3 months. Why spend that kind of money when you can get sponges like Real Techniques (my favorite) that are just as good for 1/4 the cost? Also, I prefer the shape of the Real Techniques sponges better than the Beauty Blender. I just can't justify spending so much money on a product that, for hygiene process, I'm going to throw away every few months.
I think all Chapstick lip balm products are at the top of their class. They're creamy, soothing, and very healing for parched lips. They're also much more reasonably priced than gimmick products like EOS. I prefer lip balls that come in lipstick type form as opposed to this one which is in a pot, but that's just a packaging issue. The quality of the product itself is top notch.