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Austen G.
Review for: MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation 0.44 oz/ 12.5 g
I was so excited to try out this foundation. I've used the regular liquid version of the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation and thought it was okay (nothing bad, nothing great.)

I heard so many people rave about this and saw it look so beautiful on so many YouTubers. I expected a stick foundation to simplify my routine. I thought it would be a quick and easy application, but it wasn't at all!

I found this nearly IMPOSSIBLE to blend out. I tried a beauty blender and two different foundation brushes, as well as just using my fingers. It didn't blend out well for me at all. It was like wherever I drew the lines was where the makeup wanted to stay and it would not budge. 

When it finally did somewhat blend out, it looked AWFUL. I have dry skin and heard lots of complaints about it being too dewy for some people, so I assumed it would be perfect for my dry skin! NOPE! This makeup would not stick to my dry patches. I looked diseased when I put this on. I have a lot of redness in my skin and anywhere there was a dry patch, the makeup literally would not cover it. So it just looked like my face was covered in scabs basically. 

I used two layers plus concealer to cover the dry patches. Once I finally had everything covered and the foundation on, it just looked cakey and like it was sitting on top of my skin. I tried three times with three different primers (one hydrating, one matte, and one dewy). So I know it wasn't the primer making the foundation act this way. 

I had to set my entire face with powder because this foundation was so tacky and wouldn't dry down. It also was dewy in all the wrong places and just made me look greasy- which is VERY hard to do considering I have extremely dry skin. It looked even more cakey with powder over it. It honestly reminded me of how my foundation used to look in middle school when I was using the cheapest thing at the drugstore and poorly applying it with my fingers. 

This foundation broke up in the weirdest places on me. I very rarely have a problem with foundations breaking up (I'm assuming because I don't have oily skin) but this one started separating just on my cheeks and the top of my forehead. And my t-zone, which is typically the driest area of my face, was soooo oily with this foundation. After 2-3 hours I could just wipe it right off my forehead, nose and chin. 

This also made every product I put on top of it look horrible. I tried using cream and liquid face products with it before setting it with powder- the foundation just moved around and basically mixed together with whatever product (blush, bronzer and highlight). The next day I set my entire face and then used powder products, they were extremely difficult to blend out and looked patchy. Third day I tried using powder products before setting the foundation, it just smeared right off. I tried applying my bronzer (which keep in mind, I do very gently with a large fluffy brush) and it just completely wiped all the foundation off my cheeks and let all the redness show through. I've never experienced foundation moving around like that and I've tried a LOT of foundations. I also used tried and true products on top of it, so I know it had to be the foundations fault it looked back. 

Over all I can't say enough bad things about this foundation. It didn't have one redeeming quality for me. I spent twice as long trying to blend this and make it look good than I would for a regular liquid foundation. And it lasted for less than HALF as long. I can't imagine this being long wearing on anyone.  I have cheaper foundations that are easier to work with, last longer and look better. Maybe it's just my skin type that it didn't work for, but I hated it and can't wait to return it. 
Oily, Combination, Dry, Sensitive
Acne, Dullness, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone
Review for tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Palette - 1 month, 1 week ago
I was honestly a little skeptical of this palette, because I've heard a lot of mixed reviews, but I LOVE it!

I bought mine from Ulta and honestly I don't think $53 is that bad considering the amount of shadows you're getting. It's about the same price as a naked palette and you're getting a bigger variety.

A ton of people have said these shadows are dry, and I agree with that somewhat. I find the shadows are very mixed in terms of texture. It seem like the lighter shades are softer, while the darker shades are drier. The shimmers are also very soft and somewhat buttery. I wouldn't say the lighter shades are buttery, but they are extremely soft. They remind me of lorac shadows. The darker ones feel a bit scratchy and stiff when you swatch them, but I find that they still perform well.

These shadows are super pigmented. I'd say my least favorite ones are the shimmers, but I don't really wear a lot of shimmer so it doesn't bother me at all. I never feel like there are enough matte shades in palettes, so this one is perfect for me.

There is some fallout with these shadows, probably just slightly above average though. It's no where near as much as a Lorac or Anastasia shadow, but it's more than you'd get from a Too Faced Chocolate Bar.

I know some people think these are hard to use, but I haven't had any issues whatsoever. These blend so beautifully for me and are super easy to work with.

I love taking the shade Indie in my crease and just throwing on mascara and being done for the day. I bought three palettes at once (wouldn't recommend doing lol) and between this one, the Too Faced Sweet Peach, and the Anastasia Modern Renaissance, I use this one the most. I prefer it over both of them.

There are also so many different shades in this palette that you can really play around and get creative! It would be great for someone who doesn't have a large collection and wants a lot of options!
Review for Women's Caftan Dress - Xhilaration (Juniors') White Xxl - 1 month, 1 week ago
First off, this dress is super comfortable. To me wearing this dress is just as comfortable as wearing a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. 

I'm 5'6' and it's a great length on me- hitting about mid thigh. I would say its a little big, so stick with your regular size and if you're in between sizes, maybe go down one. I ordered this online and was afraid it would run small so I went up a size and it is a little baggy on me. 

This dress will be wrinkled 24/7 when you wear it. It came super wrinkled and I spent like half an hour ironing it. It looked great until I started going about my day. If you're doing a lot of sitting and standing, then it's just going to wrinkle right back up. That irritated me, but I think with the style of the dress the wrinkles didn't look as bad as they could have. Like it's obvious that it's just from the type of fabric it is and sort of goes with the boho style. 

The last thing that was kind of a negative for me is that it is VERY low cut.  I do not have a large chest, so cleavage wasn't an issue, but it was roomy in the chest area and I definitely didn't fill out the size I got. I wore a bralette with this and the cut in the front went down to my bralette and you could see it. Mine matched the dress, so it just kind of looked like part of it. It didn't bother me that much, until I was sitting down. I felt too exposed when I was sitting and the dress wasn't lying flat across my chest. Then again, this could just be an issue for me since I don't fill out the dress. 

Overall, I do like this dress and it is super cute and comfortable to wear. Just the overall fit and the wrinkly fabric take a few stars away for me. 
Review for Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer - 1 month, 1 week ago
I think I may have found my holy grail primer here. 

I have extremely dry skin and this primer has been a dream come true for me. It's extremely light weight and easy to apply. It feels like a light moisturizer more than a primer. 

I don't think this did anything to prolong the wear of my makeup, but it did give my foundation a great base, which is the most important thing to me. 

I wouldn't recommend this with dewy finish foundations, but it worked beautifully with natural and matte finishes. When I wore it with a dewy foundation, I just looked oily a few hours in, which is rare for me these days. When I wore it under my matte and natural finish foundations, I do feel like it added a bit of dewiness into them. Nothing extreme, but it made my matte foundations a slightly more satin finish- which I prefer since my skin is dry. 

My makeup also applied really smoothly over this primer. Nothing clung to any dry patches or emphasized texture.

I find that when I use pore-filling primers, they pill up on my skin and make my foundation look cakey. I used silicone based primers for a long time and they worked okay when I had normal/oily skin, but now that my skin is extremely dry, they just don't perform as well as they used to on me. This is truly the best primer I've tried within the past year and I think it's a must have if you have dry skin!

This also has a slight scent. It's supposed to smell like coconuts I think. I don't get that vibe and I'm not a huge fan of the smell. However, it isn't strong and it goes away as soon as you put it on. So it's really not that huge of a negative for me. 
Oily, Combination, Dry, Sensitive
Acne, Dullness, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone
Review for NKD SKN Tinted Tan Mousse - 2 months ago
I really like this self tanner. I bought this years ago in the medium shade (like probably in 2013 or 2014) and I liked the formula and how it came out, but the medium one just wasn't getting me as dark as I wanted. It only made me about 1-2 shades darker, which for someone as light as me isn't a big difference, I was still pale. 

So I decided to go back and try out the dark shade, but I saw a lot of reviews saying that the formula changed since it's a natural product now and that it wasn't as good. I decided to risk it anyways and just try it out. I wasn't disappointed! I found the formula to be even better than it used to be. 

This really didn't have a strong smell (the old formula did have that strong self tan smell) and I found it was super easy to apply. It didn't dry too quickly to blend in to the skin and didn't come out streaky at all. I've struggled with self tanners in the past, because it always seemed like no matter how well I thought I was rubbing it in and blending, it would come out patchy and streaky. I didn't find that to be the case with this at all. It came out completely natural looking. 

I also don't find this to be too orange. It really does look natural and gives a good color to the skin. For the record, I'm EXTREMELY pale, like paper white basically. So this dark color was perfect for me and made a big difference. I'm probably 4-5 shades darker after one application. If you're already pretty tan, it might not make as big of a difference on you. 

The bottle is also huge, it's almost twice the size as it used to be, so I feel like it will last a fairly long time. It's only $20, so for a cheap self tanner I can't complain. This really gives me a healthy looking glow. 
Review for tarte Tarteist™ PRO Lash Adhesive - 2 months ago
Thi is probably my favorite lash glue I've tried. 

This is the first lash adhesive I've used that came in a bottle rather than a squeeze tube and I will NEVER go back now! This is so much easier to use and the application is not messy at all. I find with glues that come in tubes, you always squeeze too much out and it just gets everywhere. It's also much easier to make sure the amount of glue applied to the lashes is even throughout the entire line with this brush applicator. 

I've always been  fan of dark lash glue, because the white or "clear" ones always leave a weird glue film behind. You cannot see the glue on your lashes with this adhesive. It dries totally black, not white, not clear, not light gray, just black! So it blends right in with your eyeliner (or if you don't wear liner like me, it blends right into my mascara/lash line). 

I also saw a few reviews saying this took a long time to dry or get tacky. I didn't experience that at all. I've been using Duo for months before I got this (which I really hate the Duo glue) and I found that one took an extremely long time to get tacky. Maybe its because I'm used to waiting several minutes, but the Tarte adhesive gets tacky for me in a matter of about 30 seconds, which is quick in my opinion. Then once I pop them on, I don't have any issues with them sticking down. The glue is very sticky once its tacky and they stay put exactly where I set them until the glue dries completely. 

And once these are dried down, they stay put! No lashes coming up in the corners! 

I will say this can be messy if you try to apply them before the adhesive is tacky, but I usually just touch mine slightly with my finger to check. Even if they are still wet when you apply them, I find the mess they make on your lids minuscule compared to the dark Duo glue, which would get all over my lids no matter what and was impossible to get off. With this, if you get a little on your lid, just let it dry then you can peel that piece right off with a pair of tweezers and it's no big deal. 

Lastly, it doesn't hurt to remove your lashes with this glue. They come off very easily and it's completely painful. 

I'm so thankful I decided to give this glue a try because it's my new holy grail. I got this from Ulta in the Tarte Maneater Set (which comes with a pair of lashes,lash glue, mini lip paint, and a mascara) but they also sell the individual bottles of adhesive for just $9 which isn't a bad deal! I'll continue to repurchase this once I've used up my current bottle. It only takes a small amount of glue, so I anticipate that this would last for quite some time. 
Thin, Short, Straight
Review for Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow & Liner - 2 months ago
I really love this product!

My aunt is a huge Trish McEvoy fan and introduced me to this makeup line. I feel like it's more popular among a more mature audience, but the products I've tried have been consistently high quality and I would really love for this brand to become more popular amongst everyone! 

I have 3 of these shadow and liner sticks in the colors Glamorous (really beautiful burgundy red with a satin/metallic finish), Dove (a bright silver with a metallic finish) and Smoky Emerald (deep brown/green with specks of gold glitter).

These are SO SMOOTH to use. I personally like to use them to line my waterline and smoke out my lower lash line. When you initially apply them, they're very soft and have an almost wet feeling to them. They're very close to a cream shadow. You can blend them out while they're soft and wet, but once these have set and dried down, they are truly a 24-hour product. They won't budge! These don't even smear. The less you blend them out, the more pigmented they will be. Once you start blending them out they lose a lot of their pigmentation (as with most eye products). I also find that these blend easiest with fingers rather than brushes. 

What I love the most about these is that they can double as a shadow or a liner and they work equally as well for both. The three I own came from Saks and retail for $31 each. While they are a little pricey, they really are great quality and if you need something really long lasting these won't let you down. 
Thin, Short, Straight
Review for NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette - 2 months ago
Review for: Brights
I was so surprised by this palette! Finding a good drugstore eyeshadow palette can be a hassle. I've had some hits and misses with the NYX brand as a whole before, but for the most part I've enjoyed their stuff. 

While I've been wearing makeup for years, I just recently started experimenting with some more interesting eyeshadow looks. For the longest I stuck to my neutrals and nothing else, but I was really interested in getting a palette with a lot of bright colors I could play around with. I looked at a few high end palettes, but really couldn't justify purchasing one when the colors weren't something I would wear on an every day basis. So when I found the NYX Ultimate Brights Palette, it seemed like the perfect thing for someone beginning to play around with color. 

This palette retails for $18 and you get 16 shadows, so thats about $1.12 for each individual shadow. I purchased this at Ulta, but found it currently being sold at Ulta, Walmart, Target and the NYX website. Depending on where you shop at, you could potentially get this for cheaper than the retail value. Ulta regularly runs $3.50 off a $15 purchase, as well as other coupons (right now they also have the entire NYX brand on a BOGO 50% off sale). In addition to the savings you could earn at Ulta, NYX offers a 20% off coupon upon signing up for their emails and often sends $5 off coupons when you make purchases on their website (I've received one with each of the last two orders I placed.) So there are opportunities to save a little bit and get this for a slightly better bargain. All in all though, I can't complain about the price. 

These shadows are soft, but they are not buttery. This is a drugstore palette and you're definitely not getting high end quality, but they are still very good. Some of the colors swatch a little lightly, but we all know swatches don't always reflect on the quality of a product. What really matters is how it performs on the eyes and I found that these really impressed me. These shadows are easily buildable so you can get the exact pigmentation you're looking for. You don't have to work really hard with these shadows. They blend very easily and look so beautiful on the eyes. 

4 of the shades have glitter in them (the lightest green, deep turquoise, darkest red and the bright periwinkle blue) while the rest are matte. However, once blended out on the eye I didn't find the glitters very noticeable. 

I think this is an ideal palette for someone who's just starting out with color. I can't speak for the other shades in the NYX Ultimate Shadow collection, but if you have a high end palette with the same colors, you can probably pass. But for what I needed, this was the perfect addition to my collection.
Review for Ardell Duo Dark Lash Adhesive - 2 months, 1 week ago
I hate everything about this lash glue. 

For one, it takes FOREVER to get tacky. You have to apply your lashes at JUST the right moment or else it's going to be a mess. If you apply them too soon, the glue will be too watery and will get all over your lid and your lashes won't stay down. If you apply them too late, then the glue will be too dry to stick down and your lashes once again, won't stay down. 

The glue is dark gray and somehow manages to dry a light gray, almost white color. No matter how much or how little I use, there is always a weird film of lash glue visible on my lash line. 

If you use too much, it will be very visible. But if you don't use enough, your lashes won't stay down. I find that my corners peel up no matter what I do. 

This lash glue is horrible, in my opinion. I don't understand what all the hype was about. It takes me five times as long to put lashes on as it used too and they always look horrible with this glue. 

Not to mention, it's impossible to squeeze the tube without way too much coming out, so you waste half the product just trying to use it. 

I had a SUPER CHEAP lash glue from the 99 cent store before this one and I could literally pop my lashes on in 1 minute and be done with them and they'd stay on and look great all day. 

With this, I'm paranoid my lashes are going to start coming off every time I leave the house and I'm so self conscious that people are going to see all the dry glue on my lash line. I wish I lived closer to a 99 cent store so I could repurchase the last glue I had, because this one isn't working for me. 

Only positive if that it doesn't hurt to take them off. Probably because they're barely attached in the first place. 

Oh, and this is super messy and I've ruined so many great eyeshadow looks by getting this gray gunk all over my lid. Wouldn't recommend at all. 

Also it smells like a fish market which really confuses me. 
Thin, Short, Straight
These have been my go to makeup removing wipes for years!

I originally was using the Neutrogena brand wipes, but then one day decided to pick up the equate ones that looked similar but you got twice as much for half the price!

They work just as good, if not better, in my opinion! I've used the ones that come in the blue, green and purple packages and the purple ones are my favorite by far! They're great for sensitive skin. They don't have a strong smell and they aren't drenched in alcohol like some other wipes.

I can take a full face of makeup off with just one wipe. These also never dry out on me and last me forever. I always buy the double pack from Walmart. You get 80 wipes for $6 which is a great deal!

I haven't wanted to try any other wipes since I found these. They'll forever be my holy grail makeup wipes!
Oily, Combination, Dry, Sensitive
Acne, Dullness, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone
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