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Ashley S.
Review for bareMinerals® MADE-2-FIT Fresh Faced Liquid Foundation - 1 week, 2 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Y'all, I don't even know where to start with this. I guess I should say that bareMinerals was one of my first "adult" makeup purchases. I remember buying their powder foundation at ULTA and being in love with it. In fact I still use that foundation 15+ years later. I have a multitude of other products from them as well. Ranging from loose eyeshadows, pressed shadows, lip colors and blushes.  It's easy to say that I love the brand. I trust it, I know I can usually find my shade in their lineup.

So when I was asked by Influenster to try out bare Minerals new Made-2-Fit foundation, I was excited. Foundation matching in the comfort of my home? Yes Please! I downloaded the app and went through the song and dance of being color matched. The app was easy to use, with clear instructions. Based on the colored blob it showed me, on my phone screen, it seemed like it would be close match. As much as you can tell based on a screen picture. I put it in my cart and waited for my special code so I could get it for free.

All seemed well till I got my code. When I went back into the app it crashed. Continually. When it didn't crash all I would see is a white screen. I deleted the app and re-downloaded it close to 20 times. When I would reopen it, directly after downloading it again, it would show me the app properly, but when I'd go to my cart, it would once again crash. Leaving me with errors every time I reopened it, unless I did the delete/download dance. I went to my husband with the issue, as he has some background in coding. He's assumption was there was an issue with the app reading what was in my cart. That maybe the "hold time" on the item expired, but didn't get dropped from the cart properly, so it was throwing errors. Awesome. So I had to create a whole new account to work around this issue. I then redid the color matching process in natural light. The coloring seemed off from the color blob it showed when I was done. So then I went to different lighting in my house and had the same issue. I finally found an area of natural but defused light and the match seemed okay. I sent off my order and waited.

Today my box showed up. I eagerly opened to be greeted by a bottle that looked a bit too dark. But we all know that the colors inside the bottles lie. So I opened it up and just about choked on my laughter as I looked at a color that was nowhere close to correct. And I don't mean a color that was maybe a bit too warm or too orange. I mean I color that isn't even remotely close to being mine.

Now of course this could be chocked up to user error. But I'm not an idiot. I read all the instructions and walked through it numerous times. I used correct lighting. Cleaned the camera off. Took off my phone case so the camera could easily touch my skin. The first color match I got, before the app crapped out, seemed like it would be close to something I could wear. This color seems to almost be spot on to the color of my freckles. Which is odd, because I did my best to pick areas that were clear of freckles.

So here we are. I have a foundation that I can't even pretend to use. Does it feel good on? No idea! Does it wear well? Maybe. Does it work with my skin type? Who knows! So now I have to get in touch with bare Minerals to see what to do, because I got this for free, but they do also have a color match guarantee.This is so ridiculous that I can't do anything but laugh. It happens. And hopefully it can be fixed. Especially on the app side, because the idea is very cool. Even if it was causing major issues for me.

So for now I have to give it a lower rating. I hope I can come back and change that in the future. 
Oily, Combination, Dry
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Uneven Skin Tone
Review for Head & Shoulders Complete Scalp Care 2-in-1 Anti-Dandruff Shampoo + Conditioner 40 Fl. Oz - 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I actually don't use this shampoo because it's not great for color safe hair. So it's something I passed onto my husband, because he uses it! In fact he had just run out of it right when this came in, so it was perfect timing. My husband likes Head & Shoulders because it helps stop his dandruff issues. He says there's a night and day difference when using it. He particularly likes the Almond scent, because it's light and not overpowering. The price point is good too, especially for the larger bottles. My husband's hair also feels soft after using it. All and all I think it's a great shampoo that does what it says it will. I just wish it was color safe so I could personally use it (that's my one strike and why it didn't get 5 stars). 
Review for LUSH No Drought Dry Shampoo - 10 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I bought a bottle of No Drought from LUSH a few years back. Honestly, the size of their large bottle (4.6 oz) for the cost ($15.95) is what really sold me. I figured it would take forever to get through the bottle. I was right, just for the wrong reasons. 
I had used a powdered dry shampoo before, so I knew what I was getting into mess wise. Yet somehow the mess was even worse. The pop open nozzle either allows an overflow of product, or it gets clogged. I have yet to find an in between point. There's not really a graceful way of applying this. It's mess and makes puffs of powder as you rub it in. You end up with powder all over yourself and any clothing you are wearing. So it's not a dry shampoo I'd recommend to use if you are already dressed for the day. 
I could over look the mess if it worked well, but it just didn't for me. I never felt like it ever absorbed much of the oils in my hair. Instead it felt like I hadn't applied anything at all. Though clearly I did because of the noticeable white cast in my hair. I felt like I had to add way too much to my hair to get it to do anything of use. Even then it just made my scalp feel gross and my hair look slightly less greasy.
I ended up putting No Drought away and started using something else, only to bring it back out for one more chance. After more of the same the bottle went off to live out its life elsewhere. I will say, for the price you pay you are getting a lot of product. It's impressive. It does have a nice, bright citrus type smell that is not overpowering at all. I really wish this had worked for me, but there's just other dry shampoos that work much much better for my hair!

Dry, Normal, Straight, Thick, Chemically Treated, Color Treated
Color Protection, Dandruff, Damage, Frizz, Dry Scalp, Dryness, Volume, Split Ends
Review for Naked 100% Juice Mighty Mango Smoothie 64 oz - 10 months, 1 week ago
Naked Mighty Mango has become a staple in our household recently. Picked it up on a whim while in Costco while looking for things to use in smoothies. Quickly discovered that it is amazing. It has a thicker consistency, though not as thick as a smoothie. It is sweet, but it's easy to tell that the sweetness comes from the mangos, which I have always felt have a higher sweetness to them that most other fruits. The mango flavor on it is lovely and feels like you found the most perfectly pure mango of the bunch. While I love mixing it into my smoothies, I also just love to drink it as is. It's great for a sweet tooth, but doesn't leave me regretful. It's also great that the juice includes other fruits such as apples, oranges and bananas. All in all, I am so happy that I gave this drink a try!
No Special Diet
Review for Origins Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment - 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
One of my favorite hand creams (I have a few). This is an OG for me. My mom used this hand cream and from there I started using it. Even when I get distracted with trying to work through other hand creams, I always find my way back to this one.
I live in a very dry climate, so hand cream is a must for me. I have hand creams all over the house, my purse and car. Due to this I have tried a lot of hand creams and over the years have found a few that are truly amazing for me andy skin. Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment is one of those hand creams. I love how hydrating this cream is. It feels slightly thick, but not heavy, and soaks in quickly. There is no greasy feeling left behind. Just soft, moisturized hands. I notice that the softness lasts for a good amount of time after application. It doesn't disappear right away, which is impressive to me. I also love the smell, it's fresh, almost spa like. It's not overpowering and leaves a nice scent behind a few minutes after application. It is on the pricier side, especially for a hand cream. Though I do find a bottle lasts for a nice amount of time, so that does help make the price hurt less. Personally I'll pay the higher price because it works so well for my hands. Worth a try if you're on the hunt for a nice hand cream.
Oily, Combination, Dry
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Uneven Skin Tone
Dark Circles, Puffiness
Review for Yes To Tomatoes Acne Fighting Paper Mask - 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Im gonna have say a big no to Yes To Tomatoes Acne Fighting Paper Mask. Which is disappointing because I enjoy their makeup wipes and they put out consistently well reviewed products. The price tag, at $2.50, is the best thing about this mask quite honestly. I believe I grabbed these at Target when they were having some sort of 3-for deal. I picked them up because I have an ongoing battle with acne, so I'm always game to try out new acne fighting products. Especially in sheet mask form. 
Right off the bat, upon opening, I notice a strong alcohol smell with a fake tomato scent. Bummer. With there being alcohol in this and so far up in the ingredients list, there's a good chance that it's going to be drying. And it is. There are some really good ingredients in there though. With things like aloe juice, witch hazel, tomato extract, tea tree and pumpkin. Yet, even with all of those wonderful ingredients I still feel very meh about this mask. The essence is liquid-y and bubbles up when massaging it into the mask. For how liquid-y the essence feels, it doesn't drip or run too much which is nice. 
The mask material has a papery feeling and only feels slightly softer as it dries down. Then there's the fit...oh man. It's probably one of the worst fitting masks I've ever used and I have used a lot. It's a little too narrow for for my face and just barely reaches my chin and forehead properly. There are little tabs on either side, by the cheeks, that are there to help with application. While it seems like a smart idea, they weren't that helpful to me. The eye holes are cut very long with equally long flaps of the mask material that you have to fold down onto the mask. Really it's just a waist of material when you think about it. Especially because you are warned not to get the essence in your eyes. Shockingly the nose portion is WAY too long, and this is coming from someone who is constantly dealing with the nose portion of masks being to short. I have to scrunch it up to make it fit properly. There are notches cut into the mask to help with fit, but they are shallow and don't help much. Due to this, I have to bunch the sheet mask up along my chin and jawline. 
The mask does seem to dry out fast, but it is only recommended to wear for 10 minutes. So I can't be too disappointed at that. After removal of the mask I pat the essence into my face. I'm left with a stick feeling for about 5-10 minutes. It does dissipate mostly, with only a touch of stickiness once absorbed. I do notice my skin feels tighter, but not hydrated or moisturized in any way (that would be the alcohol). My skin and acne do look less red and there is a touch of softness to the skin. Overall though, I've seen much better results from similar products. 
At the end of the day this is not something I will repurchase. There's just too many misses with this to make me feel like it's worth it. Especially when there are similar products on the market that cost the same or less and have much better results. 
Oily, Combination, Dry
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Uneven Skin Tone
Review for Farmacy Hydrating Coconut Gel Mask - Deep Moisture (Cucumber) 3 masks - 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This is a really nice mask. I find it to be highly moisturizing for me and notice a nice plumpness and softness to my face after I use it. The essence soaks in quickly and doesn't feel sticky. There is a light fragrance to it. It's very fresh and not overpowering at all. Like others have mentioned there is a lot of essence left over in the package. This is due to the material and not wanting it to dry out. While some will apply it on to of the face mask (once applied), I know others will use it on their arms/chest/neck/etc. I personally save the essence in a jar and add a compressed face mask, giving me a second face mask with the essence. The mask itself is very thin, but surprisingly strong. For a one-size-fits-all kind of deal, the mask fits well on my face. Due to the thin material it is sandwiched between two sheets to help both with keeping it safe and with application. You remove one protective sheet, apply the gel side to your face and remove the other sheet. I will say if you're not big into sheet masks, there may be a learning curve for applying this. With the mask being a thin gel like material it doesn't want to come off of the second sheet easily and you may have to fight it a bit. Nothing too crazy, but it may be an issue for some.

The masks come in packs of three, though I do know at some Sephora stores you can buy them individually. Compared to the multitude of other face masks on the market Farmacy masks are pricy. To the point that I would probably only buy and use these for special occasions. It's one of the reasons I can only give them four stars. Between the price and the ease of use, I know I probably won't purchase unless they are on a good deal. But other than those two things, I truly enjoy using these masks. They are absolutely lovely. 
Oily, Combination, Dry
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Uneven Skin Tone
Review for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer For Nintendo 3DS - 10 months, 3 weeks ago
I grabbed this when I found it on sale and because I am such a fan of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. This is a cute game where you get to build and decorate houses of various villagers based on their preferences. It's very easy to get into the get play. The design styles are very easy to follow, with all​ of the the furniture and decorations either already in your inventory or given to you for the specific house you're working on. You can also revisit villagers to add on additional rooms or redesign their current set up. The game does use the Amiibos and Amiibo cards. And while not necessary, it does add a fun component to the game.
I'd say the biggest let down of the game is the villagers reactions to the room(s) you have decorated. I don't know if you can really upset them. They always seem happy, even if the room feels lack luster or doesn't fully convey what they wanted. The game can also feel a bit monotonous in that all you can really do is decorate. Yes you can visit your towns village and wonder the buildings you've helped build and decorate, but that's about it. I find that I play this game in very small bursts. Overall though, it's an enjoyable game that is relaxing and easy to play.  
Review for Nintendo Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS - 10 months, 3 weeks ago
This game was one of the big reasons I got the 3DS. I had heard so many positive things about it that I wanted to try it out. This game is right up my alley. I enjoy easy games that are relaxing and this game is very much that. I love that, at the beginning, you get to pick your town map, town name and person. Watching your city grow as you do tasks is enjoyable and engaging. There's something so wonderful about watching your town center as more an more shops move in and grow. This game is engaging in so many ways. Between growing your town, talking to villagers (and helping them with tasks), shopping, fishing, catching bugs, digging up things, planting and chopping down trees and plants, visiting other towns, enjoying festivals, tournaments, and visiting your island there is always something to do. I find that I can play this game for days on end or go months from playing it and I can always easily come back. I'd say that the most annoying part of the game is not being able to skip some of the dialogue. It gets a bit monotonous after the 100th time of hearing the same thing from the villagers in the library and such. But other than that it still is a gave I very much enjoy playing after having it for a few years.  
Review for Nintendo 3DS - 10 months, 3 weeks ago
I upgraded from a pink DS to the 3DS XL around the time they were originally released. It was a nice change, mostly because of the larger screens. The screen size upgrade made it much easier on my eyes over time. Probably the only thing I don't ever use on the 3DS is the 3D. I get motion sick very easily, so no matter how many times I try out the 3D on the system, I can't handle it for every long. I'm also a light gamer for the most part. I pick up my system when I need something to do or to take a break. I only play a handful of games, mostly sticking to more relaxing things. My system has held up well over the years. Coming with me on trips over seas or up the road. It doesn't hold quite the charge that it used to, but that's kind of expected after having it for a few years. It's not awful, but noticeable to me. I personally didn't mind it not coming with a charger as I had one from my other DS. I know it was annoying for some, but the price also reflected that it didn't come with a charger. Overall I've been happy with the upgrade. It works well for what I use it for and has held up over time. I've very much gotten my moneys worth from it. 
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