I'm a 26 year old mother and wife with a beauty and makeup addiction. I'm a professional makeup artist that hopes to make a full time living doing what I'm passionate about one day. A couple months ago I realized my honest and in depth reviews could possibly help some people make a decison on whether or not to purchase these products so instead of just reviewing them on companies sites I started a youtube channel, a beauty blog, a snapchat, a twitter, an instagram and a Facebook all dedicated to beauty and makeup and my opinions on all of the latest products. I also add my daily makeup of the day, nails of the week and hair of the day on my instagram with a full list of products so you can see what these products are like in action. I am the buzzybee25 on IG and most other places. my blog is YARNANDBEAUTY.BLOGSPOT dot com. I love girly things with a bit of an edge I guess would be my style. my scent profile is more of a sweet candy or natural floral scent. I do not like patchouli or smokey scents. I am in the process of growing my hair out and am currently going through that journey with my damaged, thick, curly, color treated hair. I've come a long way and I'm happy to be able to share with you what products work and which don't.
Um probably, definitely, nope. So we have wanted to try kinder eggs for quite some time and can't get our hands on them as they are illegal in America. But they are pretty famous on YouTube and so my 3 year old has seen them many times being opened in toy and play videos since he loves those. He's always wanted one but its not something I can just run to the store and grab as I said. So when i seen these in my local Kroger I just assumed they were the egg. When I picked it up I immediately realized it wasn't but that he probably would love it anyway because he's got an insane sweet tooth and he would recognize the shape, and the packaging and title design. I was going to put it back because at 1.49 USD that's a bit ridiculous for one egg shaped anything when it comes to candy but since it had the toy I went for it. So we opened it to find two seperate halves once separated both with their own seal on each side. One side has the candy and one side has the toy. It's a bit hard to tell which is which but its actually the side with the "spoon" that has the toy. The toy can be completely random as ive read but we ended up with a small, easy to assemble k'nex type robot thing. On the other side two ball wafers in white cream with chocolate on the bottom. Eating this or crushing the ball isn't easy with the flimsy and flat and tiny spoon type thing. It is super sweet through and through and hard to eat. Even my 3 year old sugar fiend couldn't finish it and I couldn't take more than one taste which was also crazy because I have a sweet tooth as well. So I think it's an acquired taste. Overall its too expensive for what it is and it's nice looking but that's about it. Nice one time novelty but thats about all it has to offer.
I absolutely love these. Rollers and I never seemed to be able to work it out in the past. Granted I probably wasn't using them right since I was trying on wet hair and thats probably not what self grip rollers are meant for but now that I've finally worked out how to style my hair perfectly every time with a gorgeous blow out and flat iron these are a definite must for setting my volume and adding that gorgeous feathered look on my long and short layers and fringe bangs. I absolutely love them. I blow dry section by section and with each section I roll it up in whatever direction pulls my roots up or out the most and then leave them. Then when I'm done with that layer of hair I go back through with a cool shot of air over the rollers and they hold up to the highest setting of air flow so thats pretty amazing. Move onto the next layer and just take the one thats been in the longest out and put it in the New section and just repeat until finished. I leave them in the last layer, which happens to be my bangs and top layer of hair the longest. Even after the cold shot of air I do my makeup and leave them in to truly set all the way before I flat iron to get max volume and omg does it help. For really full volume I skip the flat iron completely which honestly would have never been possible without my hair being able to set in these before. I mean people have asked me if I was mixed my entire childhood purely because of my super spiral curls. I no longer leave the house like that or without flat ironing, blow drying or using a curling iron but these have made the straightening process so much easier, so much less damaging and it somehow makes it so I don't end up with a ton of frizz the moment there's any moisture is in the air. And that's amazing because even expensive frizz control products couldnt save me before. Also, it holds the look of my blow out and the volume for days! Literally. I just can't rave enough. If you use heat use these. Even if you flat iron use these after each section to set your style for days of just done looking hair. At $10 for 6 you can buy enough for your entire head without breaking the bank. They are high quality and easy to use. They are great priced and so adorable with that buttercup yellow. Each size is useable on all hair lengths. These are totally necessary in my book. Thank god for drybar and alli webb and her book good hair for all. It literally changed my life. For reference I have very thick and super curly, frizzy hair that's just past shoulder length. It starts to curl up even after a flat iron after a few hours and I had to redo it a few times a day before these. I have split ends and some damage that you can't even tell i have when I use these. Plus they help me avoid damaging my hair more. They stick super easily with little to no effort. I'm obsessed. Definitely going to stock up.
This is a really decent conditioner. I like using as a regular conditioner rather than a mask although left on for a bit longer it is a decent mask. I'm usually a brand snob if I'm honest. I still haven't found my holy grail hair mask but I've spend hundreds on the search in the last year. I had damaged my hair bad for years since I was 13. I dyed it weekly or more from black to bleached to black with bleached then red and Every thing in between. I did that for years. I washed my hair daily and flat ironed daily as well as blow dried. I switched up my hair regimen the last five years. I maybe highlight or low light once every 6 months. I wash my hair every 4 to 6 days. I blow dry on that day and flat iron. I run a flat iron through my hair every other day quickly and maybe curl on the last day for volume. I use a ton of moisturizing products for my extremely dry hair that has a lot of split ends and breakage and flyaways from breakage. I use hair oils, masks, two conditionings in the shower, soft shampoos, heat protectant, if protectant, vitamin sprays, etc. This conditioner is thick and smells great. A little goes a long way and its super quick to use at 3 to 5 min per treatment. Longer if u want but as directed a couple min. Much better for weekly treatments for busy moms than overnight or hour long treatments although I wouldn't completely replace those with this. This does give moisture and brighten and deepen my color. It doesn't make me oilier any quicker or make my hair have any less volume. But it does smooth my hair out and make it look more healthy after one use although I don't really see continued benefits more than the first time I used it with continued use. The scent is clean and somewhat sweet and lasts for a good day or two. It does keep my hair from getting super dry for about a day. It isn't mind blowing but for the price it is pretty good and overall I would recommend it. Received complimentary for reviewing purposes.
I absolutely love this brush. I've had it for about 3 years and its just now starting to fall apart. By fall apart I mean the brush is coming detached from the handle but its nothing a little glue won't fix I think. I use it 1 to 2 times a week for about 10 to 15 min of blow drying. I used to kind of rough dry with this brush just using it to brush through with my blow dryer to shorten drying time and it did. But its so amazing now that I know how to blow dry my hair straight with rolling the brush and sections, etc. Thank you Drybar The Drybar Guide to Good Hair For All book. Using it either way its much better than some expensive brushes like the ones from the drybar and way better than cheaper brushes. It keeps my hair shiny and heats up quickly and easily without burning me or my hair or damaging my hair. The bristles aren't too rough or hard and never hurt even the most sensitive scalps. It cuts my drying time more than in half as opposed to using a paddle brush or fingers. It has adorable coloring and is made well. Its stylish to use and its great for amazing volume and rolling your hair in to set with the brush. Its really just the all around perfect brush for blow drying literally all lengths of hair. My hairs just past my shoulders and I have bangs and layers. I have no issues doing any length of my hair with this brush as it holds the brush perfectly without getting stuck. It is a bit of an investment but it does last years, is generally easy to clean and stays in great shape and just as effective as day one years later. I completely recommend.
I'm actually super surprised at this eyeliner. My entire life I slowly learned the more you spend the better the makeup and that's generally true. This thought was solidified by the phase of my 11 year old self digging for change in my couch to find money for makeup and only being able to afford this brand and always being dissapointed and never going near it again for years. I was in a pickle. I had somewhere to be. A romantic moment. And my expensive kat von d waterproof tattoo eyeliner was fading fast after more than 16 hours on my watery eyes but I was broke. No money in the budget for makeup so I ran into my local Meijer and grabbed the cheapest eyeliner I could. That was this. I was super surprised at how creamy and soft and super pigmented this is. If you've ever tried my go to marc Jacobs highliner its similar. This is more smudgey and a tad bit more oily than that but it works. It's black, so black and it's the only thing that can go on my eyes when they are watering so bad no eyeliner will go on. It does smudge a lot so that's annoying but it can be good for a certain look and honestly it's so black. The kind of black girls like me love. Love it. And for 1 dollar. Can't beat it.
This stuff is amazing. Now I'm a brand snob for sure. You can see that from my reviews. For every drugstore review I have 250 high end makeup reviews (I'm a collector). this stuff had ended up at the bottom of a bag for a while. I just didn't like it initially I guess or probably most likely found something I liked better. Well I've finally fine tuned what works for me when it comes to concealer, primers and foundations on my super excessively oily skin. I really love my matte, full coverage concealers. If you want to do your makeup like a drag queen (aka Instagram and youtuber style) then you go for it but technically concealer is to be worn under makeup in all the places you need either color correction or really full coverage. That way you can wear a medium coverage or less foundation and not look like you're wearing a cakey mask. It's gross looking outside of pictures. Especially in sunlight. So I love my NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer and sometimes even my Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer rivals that one but I have acne and fine lines under my eyes from no sleep. I pick at my face and pop my acne (gross I know but it matters pertaining to this product) and i end up with scabs. This would be the equivalent of a dry skin patch I suppose. My two go to concealers tend to cling to those dry skin flakey pieces and sink into any lines. They are meant for extremely oily skin and they work well for that purpose. I couldn't live without them. But for these two purposes I need something with a thinner base that still has great coverage. That's what I get here with this product. It's amazing for my under eyes as it immediately counter acts the blue/ green from tiredness and brings me back to my natural color and in turn giving me a well rested look. It's also got a watery base but its not super wet. Its just thin but concentrated at the same time. So it doesn't sink into lines under my eyes at all. And for my acne and scabs it feels really cooling with that ball. I feel like it counteracts a bit of the inflammation and redness. It also doesn't cake up onto these dry flakey areas and looks completely realistic while moisturizing these areas just a tad. But not so much that I can't wear it or that it breaks me out. Its just literally in the perfect middle area and I completely recommend this product. Its one of 2 drugstore makeup products I would recommend. The only thing I don't like is how unsanitary this is. I really do like the metal rolling ball applicator. It's always cold so it does sooth whatever area youre putting it on BUT you're basically assuring that germs go right back into the concealer and get mixed in really well. That's gross and you will need to replace every 6 months at most after first use. Probably every 3 if you have acne unless you apply it to a brush first and then to your face. It has amazing coverage. Full coverage for sure. It's got a fantastic amount of product for the price and its easy to find and cheap to purchase. I totally recommend to anyone and everyone.
Oily, Sensitive, Mature
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Sun Damage, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
I really liked the sample I got of this but when I bought the full size its like the color was different. Its a great bb cream but it is very pasty looking. I'm usually the 2nd color in from the lightest foundation in high end collections (I say that because idk about drugstore make up much anymore) and this is almost too light for me. It says light to medium skin tones but this would probably be best for porcelain skin. I can make this work for me by using blush and adding more color to my face with bronzer and stuff but I usually do that anyway since our faces aren't just one colour and I like it to look real. So its pretty high coverage for a bb cream. I like that and I think it lasts throughout most of the day with a primer
Oily, Sensitive, Mature
Acne, Blackheads, Dullness, Large Pores, Puffiness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Sun Damage, Scarring, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Ive always spent most of my money on flat irons that do the job well. I would spend 200-250 depending on the iron. Now I'm using the ghd platinum. In turn I would buy the cheapest drugstore blow dryers, curling irons, wavers, etc. Then after 2 years of spending ungodly amounts at sephora I redeemed my 10k points for the drybar reward. I got a 500 dollar gift card for drybar, an autographed book by alli webb good hair for all, and the entire capsule collection of clothing. I knew I was going to buy the buttercup I just wasn't sure which. The baby or the full size. They are exactly the same watts and everything else. Even have the same size opening and everything so every attatchment made for one fits the other. I was going to buy that one but I wanted the brush so the bigger, better blowout box was my best bet and cost the same as buying the travel and brush Seperately and it came with more than that. So this blow dryer used just on a rough dry hkw I would have normally done it and then flat ironed it dries it so much faster and keeps it healthier, shinier, and a lot less staticky than any cheap drugstore dryer. But when you add all the techniques from the book its an amazing transformation. This dryer was so worth it. It dried my hair so fast. It gave me shine and finally was able to fully dry my hair and keep that frizz that always comes back no matter how many times I run over it with my iron finally was gone about 90 percent. It isn't a super light iron because of all the technology and the size but its not too heavy at all. I had no problem holding it for a half hour with one hand. It has eight ionic beads. Thats amazing. Ions stop frizz. Its a scientific reaction and it works. Well. Another thing that I absolutely love, love, love is the cord. It is thick and very durable and sturdy. This cord getting twisted up and ruined even with no wrapping and just regular use isn't going to happen with this. Also, this cord is so very long. Longer than the usual professional length. I love that. I love not being tethered 2 feet from a wall. It gives me more range of movement than I could have ever asked for. This dryer is beautiful, stylish, fashionable, and very high quality with high functionality. This is something I will recommend over and over again. This is something I will buy for years and years to come. The manufacturers warranty doesn't hurt either. But I do recommend buying the book or at least watching some videos by drybar about how to use their blow dryer for best results. Its more amazing than you could ever imagine if youre coming from a drugstore blow dryer especially.
This is an alright conditioner. I used this as a teenager when I was going through a phase of dying my hair weekly or bi weekly, washing it daily and using at least a flat iron daily if not a blow dryer as well. I was damaged and all I wanted was super soft and luscious hair. But I needed mending. This isn't for that so I didnt get much out of this. For me it smelled great and it was a good conditioner that did soften my hair a bit and gave me that silky slippery feeling in the shower. It didn't weigh my hair down at all so I still had a ton of frizz and flyaways as it had no smoothing properties. I have very thick, tight curls that are very frizzy and damaged with breakage and split ends. It was very bad then. Much more so than now. For me this wasn't a game changer. Not like the redken extreme line. But it was ok. It just wasn't worth the price to me and I didn't repurchase. It smelled great though. I wish there was more product in the bottle for the price but the bottle is nice and practical and easy to travel with. This would probably work well for thin hair.
I have spent over 11k at sephora alone in the past 2 years on mostly makeup but also a plethora of skincare and haircare products. Im a quality snob. It took me years but I finally realized famous people and even when you leave the salon is not because we aren't as talented. Its because we don't use as expensive and high quality products. I've tested my theory over the years and I'm definitely right. The 250 hair iron does things for my hair the 30 dollar iron could never. The 200 dollar blow dryer and 40 dollar round brush does things my 10 dollar dryer and 3 dollar round brush could only dream of. My drugstore hair masks and conditioners only gave me the feeling of helping when the expensive ones showed a difference immediately and so on. But one thing I've realized is that there are only 2 types of shampoo. Cleansing conditioners/co washes and regular detergent based suds type shampoo. No matter what you spend this is true. This is one of the best shampoos I've ever used. The fact that it smells amazing (not too far off from the infamous early 2000s commercials that enticed us all initially) doesn't hurt either. And that scent lasts for 2 days. I have very thick, very curly, very frizzy hair with damage. Breakage and split ends. Wash every 4 to 6 days the day after my roots are so oily i can see it. This clarifies my hair while giving its smoothness and healthy shine. Its a great shampoo. It does what its supposed to. Its cheap and easy to find and I completely recommend it.