Cody Dawn M.
Review for tarte Foil Finger Paints Shadow Palette - Rainforest of the Sea Collection - 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I absolutely LOVE this palette! Feels and applies very similar to the paint pots Tarte has out. Between this palette and the Park Ave. paint pot I am set! Super vibrant colors. The Red is very unique. The brown is amazing. The gold is very light and almost pulls silver, but its beautiful. I was hesitant on this due to the price and number of pans, but now that I have my hands on it I completely love it!

On photo - the three closest to the elbow are just bare swatches, the others are with (NYX) glitter glue. For the large pans, glitter glue is unnecessary (I was just trying it out!) as the bare pigment and longevity is awesome. Did help with the toppers.
Medium
Grey
Review for Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ - 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I had the old version. It always looked like spider lashes on me, but I believe they have improved the formula since then.
Medium
Grey
Thin, Long, Straight
Review for Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette - 1 month, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I have never been the biggest fan of Too Faced. When I first started wearing makeup I tried a couple of their palettes and was very disappointed with the lack of pigment. Recently I tried their peach setting powder, and it is amazing, so I figured I would give this palette a shot. I was looking for a very shiny palette since I have a lot of mattes. I had been debating between this and the UD Heavy Metals palette. Ultimately the cute packaging and good smell led to me choosing the chocolate gold. At this time, I am unsure if I made the right choice or not. I was expecting more bright and metallic finishes throughout. I’ll go shade by shade here.

I use all shimmers wet, and when I say “with brush” I mean applied with a wet concealer brush (Sigma F70 to be specific). In the photos, the swathes closest to the wrist are with glitter glue, and the lower swatches are on bare skin.

The consistency of the shimmer shades is VERY hard. I find it to be offputting. No creaminess here (the exception being the shade Famous).

Before I begin here please note that some of them swatched metallic looking on the arm, but wouldn’t go on the eye metallic, even using a finger.

-Money Bags. Very vibrant in pan, but seemed pretty light on the pigment. I had a hard time getting any sort of shine with brush or fingers. Not a deal breaker for me since it’s really not my color anyway.
-Love and Cocoa. This one made me sad. It was one of the colors that I was most excited about. It is pretty on and went on well with a brush. Definitely not super shimmery though. Actually, kind of dull. Beautiful color but no real shine.
-Holla For a Dolla. Not a genuine metallic by any means, but does have glitter particles. Went on well with a brush and looks beautiful on the eye.
-Chocolate Gold. This is the largest shade in the palette and it is gloriously metallic! I did not realize how yellow it would be. The pictures made it seem more true gold, but it’s a yellow metallic.
-Old Money. Did not play well with the brush. Went on as a nice shimmer with finger.
-Gold Dipped. Would not go on with the brush, at least not smoothly. Very foiled, though! Once I got it on, I was very pleased.
-New Money. Disappointing all around. No pigment, very sheer didn’t want to apply with brush or finger. The color was still pretty. Has glitter particles. Not worth the work.
-Livin’ Lavish. Went on well with a brush. A shimmer, not metallic.
-Rich Girl. Fantastic. It’s foiled and shiny. Went on with no problems with a brush. Very bright!
-Famous. Very foiled, as well. Went on with a brush. The only shade of he bunch (shimmer wise) that isn’t rock hard.
-Drippin’ Diamonds. If I keep this palette, which I am still heavily debating, this shade would be why. Went on smooth and it’s the most fantastic silver that I have ever seen. Better with finger than brush, but will work either way.
-Classy and Sassy. I was praying that this would be foiled, but no such luck. Beautiful shade regardless. Semi shiny. Went on well with a brush.
-Mattes. The four mattes are very soft. The lightest matte doesn’t do a lot for my skin tone but I feel it would be useful to someone paler than I am (worth noting that I am not very deep toned - a medium, leaning light medium since it is winter). It seemed to blend well. The darker brown also blends well, but seems to go on me kind of gray looking. I wish it were a tad warmer. The Black is soft, but I found it to be patchy, despite blending well and starting light. Each time I have used Decadent, I ended up having to supplement and go over it with Blackout from UD to fix it.

I still am not sure if this one will be kept. The hard texture and there only being 5 truly bright, foiled shades (Chocolate Gold, Gold Dipped, Rich Girl, famous and Drippin’ Diamonds) and having one of those be Too yellow toned for me to use might lead to me return. I can’t say that I am satisfied with the palette. I do think a lot of people will enjoy it, though.

Packaging is beautiful! Rated at 4 stars because even though I am displeased with the palette, I believe a lot of that to be personal preference. I see a lot of people enjoying this palette. At this point I am just not one of them!
Medium
Grey
Review for Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Powder Highlighter - 1 month, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Sin more...
This is a beautiful color! Just a lot more subtle than I prefer. Not as long lasting as some other brands, but I still enjoyed it.
Medium
Oily
Acne, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sun Damage, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Grey
Review for Ofra Highlighter Blissful - 1 month, 1 week ago
Ofra just keeps winning me over. The first one I ordered was glow goals - the most amazing one so far! I then ordered this one and Rodeo Drive. blissful is more pink toned and so beautiful when applied as a highlight or as an eyeshadow. In comparison, Rodeo Drive was a disappointment. Almost white and definitely not as blingy as blissful and glow goals. This is such an incredible Highlighter! I signed up for emails and they offer sales often. I like magnetic palettes, so I appreciate that they sell just the pans on their site for cheaper. Ulta now has some colors in just pans, but sells it for the same price. This outdoes every Other highlighter I have - UD, Becca, Tarte. All of them. The tarte pro glow does come in second though.

I have Bali and Everglow (that’s going to be awesome as eyeshadow!) coming in tomorrow. I am never going to get through a single pan as it takes the slightest touch. Should last me for years!
Review for BECCA Ultimate Coverage Foundation - 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Noisette more...
What a nightmare. I’ll start with the good: the shade was an amazing match. I like the pump and the packaging.

Let me start by saying that I gave this an honest shot. I bought it on base so I can’t return it, and I didn’t have any other winter foundation.

The first time I put it on, it somehow went great. It was on for a few hours and then I took it off to go to bed. Second application (I was using a Sigma F80) didn’t go as well. It caked up and when it set, if I made any facial expression, the foundation cracked. Ok, fine. I’ll use a Beauty Blender. Went on more even, but still cracked and seemed to chip as the day went on. I am a primer hoarder. I tried every combination you could imagine. This foundation doesn’t want to stick to your nose or any crevices in your face. It you accidentally touch it before it’s completely dry, a strip will come off. Once you get past this, it’ll look great for an hour. My skin looked smooth and flawless. Then I would smile or furrow my brows and it was all over. The situation then starts deteriorating fast. Not flattering at all.

I decided to take a gamble on this. There are so many good reviews, that I chose to ignore the bad ones. If you decide to give it a shot, buy it from somewhere that you can return it and make sure you do wear tests!

It is very pigmented. Maybe I can use it as a giant bottle of concealer.
Medium
Oily
Acne, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sun Damage, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Grey
Review for Ofra Glow Baby; Glow! Highlighter Glow Goals - 1 month, 3 weeks ago
This was my first ofra highlighter... and it completely blew me out of the water! So amazing! You can have a natural glow or be blinding. I went way too heavy the first time I tried. You barely need any product. The pan is going to last forever. It outshines Becca and Tarte (I adore the Pro Glow, though. Amazing highlighters!) This makes a beautiful inner corner highlight. I was so impressed with this shade that I decided to order Blissful since ofra was having a Black Friday sale. Blissful is more pink while Glow Goal is a gorgeous gold. Since Ofra Highlighter Blissful was every bit as amazing, I ordered Rodeo Drive as well.

I tend to get weary of very hyped up products, but this brand completely lives up to it! I am anxious to see the time difference between Rodeo Drive and Glow Goals since they are both gold. Glow Goals is something I can wear with any look. Completely recommend!
Review for Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette Warm Brown - 2 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Update- not sure I think it’s worth the price even with coupon. With a palette with mostly mattes I should be able to pull together a dramatic eye look, but I keep having to supplement the mattes with the toasted palette. That and it dyes my contacts bright orange. Review downgraded to 3 stars. I am still hopeful about the Smokey since the shimmer in this is good.

This is a good little palette! I wouldn’t want to buy full price, but with a coupon I think it’s worth it. The color selection is beautiful. The pan size is pretty big, so I definitely don’t mind the small nature of this palette.

The gold is on point! I applied with a wet concealer brush and it stayed vibrant all day. The problem is the mattes. A see a lot of reviews saying that the palette is pigmented... but the mattes definitely aren’t as pigmented as some others 😬 compared to Tarte and Lorac and UD, they just aren’t there. Now, they are super easy to blend, but you have to pile a lot on to get there. Perhaps if I had lighter skin (I am medium to tan) it would be easier for me. The dark mattes never did apply opaque enough for me in the outer corner so I had to apply some matte black from another palette.

The end looks are great, if you use another palette dark mattes to supplement. The gold is on point. The color scheme is amazing. It lasts a very long time on the eye once you get enough on there. But if you’re trying to choose between this and the Tarte Toasted, the Toasted wins by a mile.

I have the Smokey on the way. I will offer a comparison when I get that!
Medium
Grey
Review for Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer - 2 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This is a decent primer. Does well with pores, but I didn’t find it oily girl friendly. There are other smoothing/pore filling primers that I think perform better. MUFE smoothing, and a couple others. I would have given it 4 stars, but it is very overpriced for what you get.
Medium
Oily
Acne, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sun Damage, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Grey
Review for BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector™ - 2 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This product is GREAT at what it claims to do - controlling oil. My nose is an oil slick. Even with other oil control primers, Double Wear, setting powder and setting spray. I usually last 3 or 4 hours before I have to blot. I have tried every matte primer there is and there is none like this one. With this I can last all day. Might have to blot around 6 or 7, but no foundation break down.

The caveat: you can’t use this all over your face without looking wrinkly. I put this all over my nose and forehead, where I am the greasiest. I use a different primer over the rest of my face.

Overall, I love it and highly recommend!
Medium
Oily
Acne, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sun Damage, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Grey
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