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Review for SEPHORA COLLECTION Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer - 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Review for: 10.5 Blondie - medium with yellow undertone, 07 Custard - medium with neutral undertone more...
I've been using this concealer for a long time, since it is one of few that is relatively affordable and actually matches my skin tone (very, very yellow undertones). However, I cannot say that it is good, especially compared even just by swatches to other concealers that don't match me.

Pros:
- Great color selection!
- Easy to blend
- Comparatively (in Sephora) affordable

Cons:
- Very little coverage
- Makes undereyes and any dry or flaking patches look scaly and leathery
- Strange scent...I'm not sensitive to smells at all, but there is a faint sweet smell to this that really bothers me, more than any other makeup scents I've experienced.
- Even the slightest bit of powder on top makes the leathery-ness look even worse.

I have tried applying this with sponges, my fingers, brushes; with and without undereye primer; with and without powder; and it never has worked well for me. Aside from the color range, I would not recommend this.
Light
Combination
Acne, Dullness, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Scarring
Brown
Review for e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Lipstick - 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Review for: Black Out, Bordeaux Beauty more...
I am a huge sucker for black lipsticks, and I have tried a LOT of them. Black Out is the best in the lower price range; the color in one swipe is powerfully pigmented, very deep and opaque. There is no patchiness in application. I personally am a fan of satin-finish lipsticks, because matte ones dry my lips out a lot, and this delivers; it is a little bit on the shiny side and is not transfer-proof, but it is very hydrating and doesn't leave my lips wrecked the way a lot of other lipsticks do.

The line in general does vary a bit in quality. For whatever reason, Bordeaux Beauty applies a little more see-through, and it takes more building to get more color. I may just have a bad batch, because other people I know who have this lipstick have not had the same problem, but others have agreed that the colors vary in application. Definitely play with them if you can before ordering or buying.
Light
Brown
Brunette
Review for e.l.f. Bronzer - 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Review for: Cool more...
I bought this product out of curiosity and hoping for a bronzer to use as contour that I could customize a little bit. Since my skin is really, really yellow-undertoned, I have to play around a lot with shades that are recommended to me, or even not recommended, because the results look different a lot on me. Overall, I like this a lot!

How I use this: I sweep a small brush through the upper right and left, and bottom left shades (bottom right makes it too warm for me) and very lightly trace my cheekbones, then blend it out a lot with the e.l.f. fan-shaped blending brush.

Pros:
- Very easy to layer, as long as you don't go in with a super-heavy hand immediately.
- With just the three colors I use, it's a very natural and flattering contour color on very yellow skin
- No serious fallout
- Not super pigmented, which is good for a contour newbie like me, but also easily built into a more bold color

Cons:
- A little bit warm for a bronzer labeled as "cool" (but see pros for further detail on that)
- A bit hard to blend; once it's down, it tends to stay in the spot it was placed
- Gets visually messy once you start to get colors into each other (there is no divide between the colors)
Light
Combination
Acne, Dullness, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Scarring
Brown
Review for Etude House Drawing Eye Brow - 5 months, 2 weeks ago
So good! I basically have two brow hairs, so I need to shape and fill in a lot. I own two, one Grey and one Taupe. Both of them are the perfect kind of pigmentation; the grey is more everyday for me, since it is lighter and closer to my natural brow color, and the taupe is a dark and not overly warm brown. Neither of them are extremely heavily pigmented, which is great, since I am still learning how to do brows; it also isn't nonexistent in pigmentation, so a few strokes is enough to get a good line. They both last a while; I make mistakes a lot and have to use quite a bit of product each time, but these pencils have lasted me a while (at least six months for the grey one now). It's also great that it comes with a spoolie on one end. One complaint is that the spoolie, when you run it through your brows, picks up and blends out a lot of the pencil that you put down. Definitely use a light hand.

The price is great; on YesStyle, where I am a member, it is $3.07, and while it takes a long time for orders to ship out it is easy to get free shipping. For that value (and maybe even if it were more expensive), this is unbeatable.
Review for Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner - 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Review for: Etude House - Wonder Pore Freshner (10 in 1) 16.9oz / 500ml more...
I was a little bit reluctant ordering this; I had read rave reviews on this product, but it also sounded a little bit too good to be true, and my skin is very finicky, so I was afraid of spending money to be wasted.

I ordered from YesStyle, where I am a bronze member, and it came perfectly packaged. I have a little bit of experience with Korean skincare, so what I was expecting was a gentle, light-scented, and hydrating product. That was exactly what I got; my skin dries out easily after using almost all products, then gets extremely oily within in the hour, but with this, my skin was cooler, bright in a non-oily way, and not tight or dry at all. A little bit goes a long way; I just tip it over onto a cotton square, get the middle part wet, and start in the middle of my face, then start wiping to the outer parts.

The reason why I docked one point was because it has not done much for my acne. While my face definitely looks brighter and my dry patches haven't been as bad, it has not controlled my oil or acne as much as I hoped it would. It definitely hasn't made it worse, which impressed me considering how much more plump and hydrated my face feels, but I am a little disappointed that it hasn't reduced the oil and acne on my face.

Overall, though, I would recommend this, especially for the price!
Light
Combination
Acne, Dullness, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Scarring
Possibly the best shampoo and conditioner pair that I have ever used! My hair is pretty heavily color-treated, dry at the tips, oily at the roots, and after just a week I could start to see that my hair was starting to get more shiny, more strong, and the oiliness/dryness was more evenly spread, if that makes any sense; the extremes became less extreme. My hair was overall much more visibly hydrated and softer, and I was very, very happy with the result.

The smell is something to keep in mind; while I and many other people love the smell – vanilla, sweet, a little bit like cookies – it is very, very strong. I have had people ask me what perfume I used when all I used was this shampoo. If you are sensitive to scent, then this might not be for you.

Overall, 5/5 for sure, and totally would recommend!
Brunette
Normal, Straight, Chemically Treated, Color Treated
Color Protection, Damage, Oily Scalp, Dryness, Volume, Split Ends
Review for NYX Studio Perfect Primer - 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Review for: Clear more...
I heard that this primer was a dupe for the Smashbox Photo Finish, and I wanted to try it out myself. It felt very, very similar when I played with it for the first time and compared it.

The pros:
- Smooths out skin and makes it so, so soft!
- Not irritating, so should be good on sensitive skin
- A little goes a long way, so a bottle will last a while
- Comparatively cheap!

The cons:
- Didn't make my pores disappear; fine lines and pores still peek through a bit
- Didn't make my makeup last noticeably longer
- Where I'm most oily, my nose, started to separate and slough off my foundation; probably not great for oily skin
Light
Combination
Acne, Dullness, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Scarring
Brown
Review for e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Exfoliator - 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Review for: Mint Maniac, Other more...
I have used two of the e.l.f. lip exfoliators in the past, the mint one and one with the larger grains of sugar. I'll start with the second one.

The lip scrub with larger sugar grains is effective, but because of how large the particles are, it is rougher on the lips and also falls apart, leaving a bit of a mess. If you use it vigorously, as I have to, large pieces of sugar and balm will fall off or stay in the lines on your lips, which gets a worse as you start wearing down further. If you have very dry lips, though, the bigger pieces could be very useful; they slough off the little pieces of dry skin on my lips very quickly. It smells great, by the way!

The mint scrub, overall, is better, in my opinion. Its sugar particles are much smaller, so it takes me a longer time to exfoliate – and a note, I have Sahara desert-dry lips – but it definitely is gentler than the larger sugar particle one. It doesn't fall apart the way the other one does, so there is less of a mess, and it has more of a moisturizing property. It smells great, too, but more artificial, if that makes any sense.

Overall, I would highly recommend these!
Light
Brown
Brunette
Review for Too Faced Born This Way Medium-to-Full Coverage Foundation - 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Review for: Light Beige - Light with Neutral Undertones more...
I heard so many rave reviews of this foundation that I decided I had to try it myself, but I found pretty quickly that there were two areas where it fell short.

First, I have combination skin where my T-zone is VERY oily but the outer rim of my face can get very dry. This foundation sits very nicely on the drier outer parts, but on my forehead and nose, I've found that this foundation breaks up very quickly, no matter what primer or setting products I use. It does have a nice natural finish that doesn't give a "I'm wearing sooo much makeup" look, but if you have any texture or more-than-normal oil, that might work against you.

Secondly, the undertones across the line don't work perfectly on very yellow skin. I have light but very yellow-undertoned skin. Too Faced is supposed to be very good at undertone inclusivity, and I have had many friends with yellow or golden tones find their holy grails in Too Faced, but I find that even the foundations with "golden" listed as an undertone have been slightly too pink on me. This is a point that I am maybe a little pickier than most on, but if you have "Asian" or yellowy skin, you might want to be careful.

There are definitely pros, however; this foundation is very lightweight, and on normal or slightly dry skin I can see this being amazing. Powders and other makeup items play well on top of it, not moving around too much or looking strange. It doesn't oxidize heavily, so the color you swatch will for the most part be what you get. Overall, I would recommend this.
Light
Combination
Acne, Dullness, Large Pores, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Scarring
Brown

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