Leanne W.
Review for Sally Hansen® Insta Dri Top Coat™ Nail Polish - 1 week, 5 days ago
This is my favourite top coat! It really does dry quickly (I like to let it set for at least 10 minutes before doing anything with my nails, though) and extends the wear time of my nail polish for up to a week. I've repurchased it at least 5 times and will continue to do so! 
Review for Too Faced Lip Insurance Smoothing Anti-feathering Lip Primer,0.15 oz - 1 week, 5 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I recommend this primer if you like to wear lipsticks that are creamy or slippery but want to extend their wear time. It works great for this purpose!!

Application is easy - you only need a little bit of product spread over your lips. I've tried it with satin lipsticks, watery stains and glosses, and it works great for those. I'd caution against pairing it with matte formulas, as it might get too dry - but this lip primer is a hidden gem.

Some formulas I've had success with are Bite Amuse Bouche lipsticks (even after eating I had a cohesive layer of colour left on my lips and fading was minimized), YSL Tatouage Couture lip stain (turned the texture into more of a liquid matte with great staying power throug a large meal), Essence Water Kiss lip colour (prevented patchy fading), and an orange Wet N Wild lip gloss (helped it stick to my lips). 
Review for Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Primer - 1 week, 5 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I was surprised that this primer works so well! Influenster sent it to me for free along with the Velvet Noir mascara. Pairing it with the mascara actually made my lashes look TOO bold and defined, and veered into spidery territory more than I would like. But it definitely added a lot of length. I'd only pair them together if I really wanted intense eyes, but it's too much for everyday wear for me. 

I've tried this primer with a few other mascaras, and it works well without being too intense. I don't know if I'd repurchase it given that the price is out of my comfort zone, but it worked great for me. 
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Review for Essence I Love Stage – Eyeshadow Base - 1 week, 5 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This eyeshadow primer worked well to intensify colours, prevent creasing and extend the wear time of my eyeshadow. It's easy to use and very affordable! I think there are better primers out there, but this one is very usable. 

If you're looking for a drugstore eye primer I would recommend the Milani eye base over this one because it's more effective, but for the price it can't be beat.
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Review for Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara - 1 week, 5 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Influenster sent me this mascara to try, and having used a sample of it in the past I already knew that I liked it. 

It's very good at lengthening and volumizing my lashes, and can be layered for a VERY bold effect if needed. I find that it's fine for everyday wear if I stick to one or two light coats. I have naturally long lashes, but I love how this mascara makes them look. 

My only negative comment is that for some reason this mascara leaves dark smudges under my eyes after a day of wear. This is a problem that I NEVER have, so I was very surprised. I'm still wearing it daily because it makes my eyes look so nice, but this would stop me from repurchasing it. 
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Review for OGX Ice Berry Queen Conditioner - 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I received this conditioner free from Influenster for testing purposes. The scent on this conditioner is very very sweet, but I don't find that it lasts long in my hair after it dries (which I prefer!). It does a good enough job on my fine hair, but I don't think it's hydrating enough for the dry winter weather. I might be more willing to reach for this in the summertime.
Brunette
Straight, Fine
Dryness, Volume
Review for NEOSTRATA Dual Acid Clarifying Peel - 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Influencer sent me this peel for free with the understanding that I’d share my thoughts on it.

According to the bottle, this peel contains 10% glycolic acid and 10% polyhydroxy acid, and can be used 1-3 times a week. I’ve never tried a PHA before and I don’t often use this type of chemical exfoliant, so I was excited to try it.

The peel has a thin, runny texture and smells like peppermint oil (one of the ingredients). You apply it to dry skin using a cotton pad and rinse it off after 15-20 minutes. I use it for the full 20 and never notice any tingling or redness at all, just the sensation of product drying on my face. It rinses off easily. I can't tell that it's made a huge difference to my skin since it's been pretty bad lately, but I think that using this peel every 2 or 3 days has helped minimize my blackheads and clogged pores, especially on my chin. It's hard to say for sure since I try a lot of skincare.
Combination
Blackheads, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Review for NEOSTRATA Exfoliating Face Mask - 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Influenster sent this to me for free. I love the convenience of this mask because it can be left on overnight, so I can apply it before bed and rinse it off in the morning. I haven’t used it consistently enough to know whether it’s made a significant difference to my skin, but I can confirm that it hasn’t caused any irritation whatsoever on my combo/oily skin, and that it's comfortable and easy to use. I’ll continue to use the sample up, but this brand is a little outside of my price range so I probably won’t repurchase.
Combination
Blackheads, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles
I was sent a few samples of this body wash free from Influenster in exchange for a review, and I enjoyed trying it out. This body wash smells fantastic - it's really fresh and zesty and energizing. It is gentle as advertised, and cleans effectively... I don't ask for much from a body wash, and this ticked all of the boxes for me. Whether or not I would repurchase hinges on where it's available in Canadian stores and for what price... I haven't found it anywhere yet. But if you like citrus scents, keep an eye out for this!
Stretch Marks, Dryness
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