Hi guys! I am a 41 year old single mom, who works full time as a certified ophthalmic assistant. Some of my passions are writing, marine life, anything ocean related really, and well, make-up. I am just someone who loves skin care, and make-up. I truly and honestly believe that make-up can literally change a persons confidence! I am also very interested in skin care, and makeup that is geared towards women who are NOT old, lol, but not 20 years old anymore. I love to share my tips, and tricks with friends and family members. I find myself posting on my instagram or facebook when I find something that wows me. I love to help people find their best selves!
Ok, so I am not a fan. It smells like old woman cold cream, and wet mushrooms. I have very large pores, dry skin, but still tend to break out now and again. The night after I used it for the very first time I woke up with TWO big deep cystic acne bumps. I gave it another chance, because I did want the hydration, and the ingredients seemed great. Nope. Just nope. I AGAIN woke up with raised deep cysts on my cheeks. I tried it on my hands and elbows, and loved it! It's just not for the acne prone. I feel like it clogs pores, like BAD!
I was surprised by this one girl. It goes on so soft and smooth, and when it dries you really don't have that typical dry bu**hole lip that you get literally every time you put on a liquid lip. My only complaint is that it does start to wear off in the center after only 2-3 hours, and that is without eating, or drinking. Overall, it's smooth, soft, and after re-applying it looks great on! If you hate a liquid lip, girl...do a lip mask, and scrub, and wear a balm every night! You'll feel different about them real quick.
Girl. No. I got these in my August Boxy Charm, and I am not sure what the absolute sh*t they actually do. I used them totally as directed, and saw no results. Girl, they didn't lighten, they didn't tighten, they didn't make my eyes feel hydrated. However, the entire time on my under eyes my eyes burned like someone threw cayenne pepper in them, they DID do that! I'm glad that I didn't pay for these wastes of plastic and paper. Oh, and they aren't GOLD, so don't think your putting those cool little gold pads that you seen Tati, or Jeffree Star use, girl no. These are gold tinted foils soaked in some sh*t that burns you eyes. Pass.
So I bought this as a substitute for the Pixi Glow Tonic, since everyone said it is comparable. I just want to clarify one tiny thing for those that might do the same, this is NOT the same. This is far more concentrated, and far less watered down. I think other ingredients take control in Pixi (are at a greater % than the glycolic) where as this is mainly glycolic acid. It is not just your "ordinary" (pun totally intended) toner, and should be used as such. Firstly this is a great toner for people who aren't 25 years old anymore (I'm 42), who has a drier complexion, but also still might be struggling with breakouts, or an oily t-zone, and pore issues. This is toner stings when you apply it, people seem to think that is a bad thing, but it's not. It should NOT burn, and it should NOT cause redness. If it does that, you may want to ease up on usage, or only apply it to only to problem areas 2-3 times a week.
I apply AM, and PM. I wash my face with a non drying facial wash (think CeraVe gentle formula) I exfoliate with a soft gentle facial pad. I apply toner, then let it set for 10 minutes I then apply a ceramide serum (I like niacinamide) I then apply Rose hip oil infused moisturizer I apply SUNBLOCK in the PM I then apply makeup, after I let those set for at least 20 minutes.
My skin not only GLOWS like I was literally just born, but my fine lines have seriously diminished, my pores have shrunk, and I experience less breakouts. Also makeup looks less cakey, and that is a HUGE plus.
Oh my, but she's shimmery! She's also thick, and creamy, and soooo moisturizing! My skin has never felt so buttery soft. The scent is the most wonderful light coconut infused floral scent, I could literally just bathe in it. The shimmer isn't so shimmery that you look like someone threw up glitter on you, it's just the right amount to create a natural "sheen". I am in love!
Okay, I had two concealers in my hand at Walgreens, the other one being L'oreals ProGlow concealer. I'm not a fan of the foundation, so I decided to go with this one. The word "glow", and "radiant" are so over used in the beauty world, that I actually want to vomit. This is NOT glowy, nor does it create a radiant eye. Infact, your under eye looks very matte. It started to crease almost instantly, I had to quickly powder to set it. It wasn't glowing to start with, and indeed looked very powdery, so setting it didn't do much. It helped a little with creasing. Let's talk about coverage....umm, there is none. My eyes looked like two powdery dark circles. Skip it, go with something else....this is a waste. Especially if you're over 40.
What in the LIVING F*********CK did I put on my under eye?? Ladies and gentlemen, let me give you the tea, because the tea is HOT, the tea is spicy, the tea is burning my skin off.
Okay, so I read some reviews before I went on, and apparently most people do say that it stings the under eyes, so I'm not having an allergy, whew. It says "needles no more", but I feel like there are ACTUAL needles in this weird orange gel-like cream. I'm not a 20 something year old, I have real bags that come from 41 years of life lived, and the pigment there is dark, but more of like a shadowing. It did "lighten" the shadowing, but if you have bags that are just part of your face ( I was born with that sunken look) it WILL NOT GET RID OF THOSE BAGS. That is your skin, and nothing but actually cutting your skin and sewing it back up tighter can change that, even then your bone structure may prohibit that from even working. Oh...I digress. So, the eye gel lightened my pigment, burned my skin, and I felt like it dried my under eyes out even though I applied a pretty heavy cream beforehand. If you're already battling fine lines, why in the actual f*uck would you want to apply something that makes wrinkles worse?
I'm so glad I didn't purchase this for 42$, and got it in my BoxyCharm.
So gawd bless YouTube, and all the MANY influencers/gurus that have TOLD us to buy Morphe brushes, and get 10% with code blahblah. Firstly, yes, Morphe crushes are incredibly affordable. You get the impression that Morphe is a "luxury" brand because it's mentioned by big time YouTubers so many times. Really Morphe brushes are just really cheap brushes, that are synthetic (bonus) and aren't that great a quality. This brush, as well as a eye shadow blending brush that I picked up are perfect examples of cheap, but brushes that actually work OK. Here's the just of it though. They are incredibly POKEY on your skin. What's pokey you ask? Well, if you touch the brush to your skin straight on, it feels like tiny needles. When your blending, it does the trick, and actually does blend foundation nicely, but it feels like any other cheap brush out there. This brush is very dense, and really does make your makeup full coverage. I actually use it daily, but it isn't soft, it does poke your skin, and I can't believe that gurus of the world don't know this, they DO, but they don't tell you that because well, they make money off Morphe, and Morphe collabs with a lot of gurus, so they're NEVER going to be honest about Morphe. Just know that.
This setting spray is OK. It dews you up like it says, and "kind of" makes your makeup last maybe a little bit longer. I'm just an ELF kinda girl, and you can get their dewy setting spray for like $3, and it literally is the same as this one....but cheaper. I actually prefer the ELF one, I feel like it sets your makeup as well as dewing it, where as this one from NYX seems to just dew you. LOL....