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Elizabeth C.
Review for Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray - 17 minutes ago
This was about the only really awesome item in this months boxycharm. I think that's where many of us got it. Because as great as this brand is, and its a really great and highly under rated brand there are just some really amazing setting sprays out there so I just don't see this being chosen by the majority because most just follow the hype.
Now I've loved high end makeup since before it became trendy. Because of that I know better than to follow the hype because if thats all I did I'd miss out on some really great gems that I've found that no one uses really.
Still, I don't think I would have ever purchased this. As I said I love the brand so its nothing against it but I have extremely, massively oily skin and so thats strike one and then I have an already really great setting spray that I love and that really works for me all day long which is so hard to find with my skin type since my makeup likes to slip right off of my face in an hour.
I go full glam daily. Probably more than most. From the Korean 10 step skincare system to primer to setting powder and setting spray and literally everything in between. I don't do the full on drag makeup that's popular with trendy Instagram and YouTube people today as it only looks good on camera and not in sunlight where no filters and pixels exist. I adore a more pretty girl type look.
Because of that something like this may work really great for me because I really dislike the whole mask like and powdery matte layered makeup look that just kind of happens with layers. To combat that I usually get my beauty blender wet and just kind of blend every thing in the end, then spray some mac fix plus on the bb and do it again all over my face, then spray a couple sprays of the fix plus then use my all nighter or deslick setting spray and it usually takes all that powdery look away for me without making me oily or ruining my makeup.
So if this could help me avoid all those steps I'd be ecstatic.
So its very important to shake before use as directed. I love how this sprays. It's different from any setting spray I've used. And trust me I've tried a lot! But this stuff is super fine and light and feels almost like it's not there. I'm not worried it's too wet ever but I do worry theres not enough but that's probably because I'm used to a more wet feel. It is a very silky type application if that makes sense.
there's no real scent to it so that should be a relief for those with sensitive noses or who know spraying basically perfume all over your face, which is what fragrance is, is bad for your face no matter how amazing it smells.
I do notice it keeps my makeup in tact very well from my eyeshadow to my eyeliner to foundation, blush, highlight, brows and more which is pretty amazing because theres usually nothing I can do to make my brows last this long.
It starts to wear off for me before end of day. Probably around the 6 to 8 hour mark but if I just use a couple touch up sprays I can make it the rest of the way.
It gives me a nice glow look without being glittery or shimmery at all or too dewy for my oily skin. This would be great for any skin type as it wont moisturize or dry you out. It's a simple and light setting spray that does a decent job.
You get a good amount for the price and it's priced similarly to compareable products in the high end makeup industry.
I haven't decided whether or not I will repurchase or stick to my urban decay but when I finish the bottle and/or make up my mind I will come back and let you know.
Overall I do recommend. Its a great product and I don't really have anything bad to say about it.
Fair
Oily, Sensitive, Mature
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Sun Damage, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
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Review for Knc Beauty Collagen Lip Mask Set - 10 hours, 57 minutes ago
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It's annoying at best. Received in my November boxycharm and I used my first one tonight just to test it out. I was surprised at how it was so big! No ones lips are that big. And honestly I wouldn't mind a bit of moisture immediately surrounding my lips to prevent lip lines and Overall smooth everything out but to go as far as it does around my mouth and down on my chin its worrisome for acne prone skin like mine.
Especially considering this is a lip plumping product.
I didn't know that when I put it on. I just read the directions and applied. It felt cool at first and quickly warmed to skin temp where it stayed moist almost the entire time. It had no taste to it.
It started to leave a warming and tingling sensation that worried me a bit because I didn't know it was lip plumping at the time and that feeling continued for a while after I removed the mask.
I seen no results though.
Opening it was irritating as there was no warning that this thing had a bunch of water type product in it that spilled all over. But this can be useful as it makes the product reusable. Just clean it carefully and shove that mask back in there and fold up.
And the very worst thing about it is that it won't stay on for anything. It keeps slipping and falling off and falling down. You'd have to lay down and that's fine but again there should be some sort of warning or direction.
The price isn't horrible but in my opinion these aren't worth a penny. They aren't even worth the paper used to package them. Hard pass.
Fair
Oily, Sensitive, Mature
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Sun Damage, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Review for Too Faced Mascara Melt Off - 19 hours, 26 minutes ago
I wasn't too interested in trying this as it seemed gimmicky and a way more expensive version of what I already do and I was right.
It does work really well amd that's why I'm giving it the stars I am. It removes even the most stubborn and layered mascara. Even layers of waterproof mascara in a matter of a minute or two if that.
But my issue is this is nothing more than your average oil of any type. Any oil based makeup remover would do the job of this and even better pure baby oil is literally all this feels and acts like. A little baby oil on a tissue or cotton pad and everything including water proof makeup and mascara and your most stubborn matte lipstick Come off completely. And it does a much better job than this.
Like the convenience of the brush going through your lashes and melting it off in a minute or so clean off any old mascara brush, put baby oil in the cleaned out tube of mascara and just use that or just dip the brush in tge baby oil bottle and use just as you would this stuff. I swear it works much better.
Im a huge brand and quality snob because quality is something that can't be faked and must be paid for. I don't do diy make up ever and I only use one drugstore makeup item.
But when it comes to this its a total waste of money at 17 dollars for like .3 oz vs 1 or 2 dollars for 8 or more ounces and it works the same or better. To me its no contest and at least I know what's in the baby oil and know its great for moisturizing my eye area, anti aging and is great for my lashes.
If I were you I'd pass unless the novelty and ease of use is worth the 17 dollars it costs for it to you which is completely possible. Its just not to me.
Fair
Oily, Sensitive, Mature
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Sun Damage, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Review for IT Cosmetics Bye Bye 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm - 21 hours, 6 minutes ago
This stuff is absolutely horrible as a make up remover and cleanser. It may be a good anti aging serum. Especially for those with extremely oily skin and acne and finicky skin who's skin can't handle a serum or similar and thats really how thet should market this.
My first issue is with the marketing. The pictures make this look like an almost whipped product and It's not at all. It's like wax from a candle that's almost hardened but not quite. It melts as soon as it hits the fingers though so it's pretty easy to get out.
Rubbing it on the face is irritating at best. Its like you can never have enough and at like 2 oz for 38 dollars that's not something I want acting that way.
I rubbed it in and rubbed rubbed rubbed some more. I rubbed in circles, in harsh up and down fast lines, in randomness to try and make this work. I added water after and repeated. Then rinsed and dried my face.
I looked like a racoon. Ive never had a cleanser or makeup remover work so horribly. And yes I wear a lot of makeup. Especially on my eyes. But none of it is waterproof.
I wash my face twice just to be safe and to get it all off but I had to wash my face 3 times with this stuff because it like made my smeared make up waterproof.
I'm halfway through it and I can honestly say there's nothing more I can try. It can't do whAt it promises. Its decent to use after cleansing for the moisture and anti aging benefits but thats it. Its not good for anything else and it doesnt last.
It was a very dissapointing product but its a great anti aging serum and moisturizer for excessively oily skin that gets attacked by alcohol and acne products a lot.
Fair
Oily, Sensitive, Mature
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Sun Damage, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Review for Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream - 1 day, 2 hours ago
This is an expensive moisturizer for being a moisturizer which normally I would take a star off for but it's so wonderful for my skin type which is extremely hard to find so I had to give it 5 stars.
I have adult hormonal acne. The same acne I've had since puberty with only my age changing it to adult hormonal acne. I'm extremely oily. So oily I can fill up 2 to 4 blotting sheets an hour after washing my face. I have dullness, redness and enlarged pores. Cystic pimples, regular pimples and whiteheads and blackheads. Those are just my major issues.
I have been starting a new routine similar to the Korean 10 step routine sans the essence currently so I'm focusing on trying to have the new trend of "glass skin" along with preventing Acne scarring, preventing aging and acne and shrinking pores, calming my skin, etc.
So because of all the layering and especially after a serum I need a light moisturizer that won't clog pores or make me so greasy its a huge mistake that takes days and days to get back to normal.
Idk what type of products I'm going to end up loving in the end and that will work well together because right now I'm still in the testing phase but I've used this multiple times and I do like it a lot. I finally ended up with an almost 1 oz of lotion and its given me long enough to truly get a good feel for it.
So basically you only need a tiny amount. There's no need to be wasteful here as to add a lot is just putting more lotion on top of lotion instead of your skin that will rub or wipe off.
It sinks in very quickly and doesn't leave a greasy feeling at all. It doesn't feel tacky and just feels like soft and clean skin on you and to the touch. That should be the same for everyone.
After sleeping with it or using it during the day I notice I'm not a lot more oily and days later after using it I have no new break outs caused from clogged pores. I can tell the difference because those are more painful and small and full as gross as that sounds.
It doesn't bring on any natural break outs either.
During the day its harder to use as I am so oily i do have to use only mattifying products and I do wear a serum, but since I go full glam daily with the makeup I can't have too much moisture or its just going to make my make up slide off quick like it does with my normal skin and no matte toners or lotions so I do have to reserve this for night.
I honestly haven't seen these brightening and other effects but it does help everything else sink in and stay there and it does moisturize my dry under eyes that age brings since there are no oil glands there and all in all my skin feels great without any heaviness.
It is a bit expensive but when you're like me and you need specialty skincare especially for moisturizers for extremely and excessively oily and acne prone skin.
I would definitely recommend this and probably will end up purchasing.
Fair
Oily, Sensitive, Mature
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Sun Damage, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Dark Circles, Puffiness, Fine Lines
This stuff seemed a little weird to me at first. I wasn't sure how it was or scientifically how it was supposed to work. I assumed it was kind of like a clay face mask without the having to sit on the skin because it would leave a residue like soap and the scent from soap does. Invisible but effective is what I was hoping for.
I have a super oily face but pretty dry skin on my body. At least up until the last couple years. I'm still dry but get a few pimples here and there in my cleavage and on the top half of my back along with a couple red raised bumps on my decollatage that wouldn't go away.
I tried this stuff and immediately I noticed the almost wet clay scent. Too bad. Just smelled almost like wet dirt but it doesn't smell strongly so its not unbearable. It comes out thick and almost smooth. You have to use a good amount to get your entire body. It has very fine and a light amount of grit to it that would be great for sensitive skin and those who don't like a strong exfoliate.
It does help the blood flow and help slough off dead skin but I'm not so sure it clarifies at all since it didn't help any of the spots.
It felt nice and like a little pampering in the shower.
It makes me glowy and gets rid of any tight feeling or scaly looking skin from dry skin but I've tried better and I wouldn't re purchase this. Its just not anything special and at this cost I expect it to be.
Review for Fresh Umbrian Clay(R) Purifying Mask 1 oz/ 30 mL - 4 days, 13 hours ago
No. Just no. I love the fresh brand but this was a total fail. This brand is expensive and I don't mind spending real money on good products but this is not one of them.
Sadly I think we get caught in this cycle where we look close in the mirror and see results that aren't really there because what are you even comparing it to? Do you look at your face that close after a normal wash? How do you know its not the same?
And then we think well maybe the results will show after continued use but no. With a mask the results need to be there right then since this isn't a daily treatment. I have spent thousands on high end makeup and skincare over 2 years and I've experienced things that truly work like the glamglow supermud mask.
Unfortunately like 90 percent of products dont work because even the small percentage that are totally good for your skin use packaging that kills the active ingredients.
This just all around did nothing for me.
It was easy to use and not crazy costly but it did nothing for my acne, oily skin, dullness, uneven skin and large pores. Literally nothing. So I can't recommend.
Fair
Oily, Sensitive, Mature
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Sun Damage, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Review for Ole Henriksen Truth Serum - 4 days, 13 hours ago
This is something I had been hearing great things about from the acne community. I wasn't sure it was for me as I can barely get rid of my acne quicker with really expensive masks and skincare.
But as I get older I get increasingly worried about aging. I would rather prevent than actively treat wrinkles since there's never been a scientifically proven something you can put on your face to get rid of wrinkles and about the only thing that can is medical.
So anyway, like I said my theory is prevention.
I have extremely oily skin with hormonal acne that isn't severe but it is constant. I have acne scarring and large pores and light smile lines starting at my eyes. My face is so oily that I have to use 2 to 4 large blotting sheets every hour if I don't use any serious mattifying products.
So I use the Korean 10 step skincare method. So I use a mattifying toner (Sunday Riley Martian gel) after an acne toner like Clearogen or clinique clarifying lotion 3 then after martian I am trying my serum and then I use a moisturizer that also mattifys me (glamglow volcasmic). Then I use a mattifying primer as well like cover fx blemish control, boscia white charcoal, too faced primed and poreless and a few more.
Some serums still make me super oily and are super heavy despite being day serum and some can work with my routine without counteracting everything.
This one wasn't the worst but despite every thing it was still able to make me pretty oily pretty immediately.
It also gave me two white head type zits overnight. Hadn't experienced that side effect yet. My pimples are usually big, sometimes cystic and they come in slowly and grow and are substantial because they are coming from the inside. There is no outside treatment that can cure them from the outside of my skin. That wasn't the case with these two though. They were very superficial and not something my skin would do on it's own since that's not my reason for acne (food, dirty face, clogged pores from not exfoliating or washing enough,etc.)
Also from the research I did, and I know how finicky vitamin c serums are, this isn't a good one.
Vitamin c serum needs to be in an opaque air tight bottle. This is air tight but its transparent. The light that gets in kills any vitamin c that may actively help. And not just that but it has a scientifically proven irritating plant extract and fragrance which has been proven to not only irritate but cause advanced and early ageing.
And trust me I love fragrance. I'm no granola muncher at all. But according to science, no matter how good it smells it shouldn't be rubbed all over your face but instead placed on sensual points behind the ears and on the wrists, and if I'm honest I spray it on my chest and clothes daily but never on my face.
Basically for the price there's better vitamin c and collagen boosters out there like one that keeps winning and showing up at the top of lists that I personally love and spent 88 dollars on a set where this was the only full size thing since this was the reason I bought it, so basically paid full price ($80 for 1 oz) for it. The Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum is amazing. I thought most of their products were just hyped up bs like a lot of skincare and makeup since it got trendy but if a sample pack and 3 days can make me spend that kind of money its got to be as amazing as everyone says and this truth serum sadly is not.
It made me more oily despite mattifying products that can always control my extreme oily face below and on top of the serum. It broke me out. And it did nothing it promised at the end of my small bottle. For what this costs I not only expect real science and correct packaging but also real results and this gives neither so sadly I cannot recommend.
Fair
Oily, Sensitive, Mature
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Sun Damage, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Dark Circles, Puffiness, Fine Lines
Review for Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum - 5 days, 2 hours ago
So I have avoided this brand pretty harshly. I have loved high end makeup and skincare since before it was trendy and then when things got trendy the quality dropped and everything was hyped up. Even in skincare companies weren't worried about the quality and performance they just wanted to churn out the next hyped up must have. Usually those things only stay wanted for about 5 min before every one figures out it wasn't all they said it would be and move on to the next thing.
I felt this brand was overpriced and gimmicky and I spend a lot of money on my skincare but it's usually with more well established brands like dior.
So anyway I have adult hormonal Acne that hasn't changed since the start of puberty so its basically teen acne that never went away. Its not severe but I am constantly breaking out. I also have such oily skin that I have to use 2 to 4 blotting sheets every hour. But aside from that my pores are large and I'm getting fine lines around my eyes when I smile.
I'm 27 but I believe preventing aging has got to be easier and more likely to work than anti aging products meant to take away current signs of aging.
So I received a sample of this from sephora during my bday shopping spree and there was enough I this little packet for 4 days use. That will give you an idea of how far this will go if used sparingly.
So doing my own research I found that this is an amazing product because vitamin c serum is known for being notoriously ineffective because its usually not in an airtight container so once its opened it slowly loses all its active ingredient and it just dies. Thats not an issue here. Nor is fragrance. Fragrance smells amazing but its not something you want rubbed all over your skin. It can actually cause premature aging according to science. Then there's no alcohol which causes cell death and advanced aging.
So everything about this product, including the measurable amounts of active and helpful ingredients that aren't just window dressings on the bottom of an ingredient list in immeasurable amounts.
So this will explain why after washing and a toner it works amazingly and a moisturizer goes on well on top of this because it sinks in fully quickly.
I personally use an oily skin face wash, a mattifying toner before and a mattifying moisturizer after the serum. Id have to or I couldn't use it and it works so I had to find a way. It makes wearing this and not becoming oily easy as pie and I still get all of the benefits. I was glowing after one day and after 3 my skin was plumper and healthier. Thats just after a couple days. Imagine what it would be like with continued use?
Well I just bought a gift set that included a full size c firma so I will come back and let you know as soon as i finish it.
As of right now it was amazing enough for me to spend 88 dollars on a full size and some extra half sizes of other things so I paid almost full price all in all. I wouldn't have done that had I not truly experienced great things. Especially when it comes to a serum since I have to be so careful with my skin.
The reason I'm giving this 4 stars is because of the price per ounce. Its a little much for just one ounce but thats just my opinion. I still bought it because there's nothing else quite as great and good for you for cheaper so it works.
I fully recommend this.
Fair
Oily, Sensitive, Mature
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Sun Damage, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Dark Circles, Puffiness, Fine Lines
Review for AmorePacific The Essential Creme Fluid - 5 days, 14 hours ago
I know someone said they hated ruining an overall good reviewed product but I on the otherhand don't. I'm probably going to be in the minority here with my skin type but oh well. 
 So I'm super oily. Blotting with 3 to 4 sheets every hour oily. BUT with my martian gel and volcasmic moisturizer i stay matte all day so adding an anti aging type serum is an experimental part of my routine. Ive had a good experience with drunk elephant c firma and had this laying around so I thought I'd try it.  
 Now I'm not sure of the purpose. If its just for moisture than it's way too expensive for that. If it's supposed to do anything else it doesn't.  
 The air tight bottle will keep any great ingredients active but the fragrance thats so overpowering in this ages your skin so it wouldn't matter anyway. It smells amazing yes, but you wouldn't rub perfume all over your face would you? No. Because that's not where it belongs. And skincare needs to get on board as there's a ton of science proving it ages us along with alcohol being a main ingredient. 
 It made me massively oily despite a mattifying base product and moisturizer on top so unless your face is a dry patch its probably going to make you somewhat oily too. 
 Overall with the price and the science its not worth it. Theres much better products out there for slightly less money like the drunk elephant serum I mentioned earlier.  So while it smells amazing, I would never recommend it. 
Fair
Oily, Sensitive, Mature
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Sun Damage, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Dark Circles, Puffiness, Fine Lines
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