Ashleigh G.
Review for The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane - 7 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I had read, on some skincare blog, that Squalane is the way to go. Apparently rosehip oil and other natural serums oxidize on your skin, which contributes to aging (this won't stop me, no!). Regardless of the threat that other oils pose to my face, this Squalane oil wins because of it's versatility. I can apply this to my face alone at night, slather on with moisturizer for ultimate hydrations, or add a few drops in the morning for a smooth makeup base. It has no smells and blends seamlessly with just about everything. Finally, it locks in moisture AMAZING so if you apply a facial spray beforehand, you will be able to reap the benefits all day!
Dark
Dry, Sensitive
Dullness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Dark Circles, Dry Eyes
Beautiful in it's simplicity. That's how I'll refer to this product for the purpose of this review. It is quite literally nothing but aloe vera, yet it functions better than most night moisturizers I have tried. it's soothing in the morning, cooling at night, and it makes for a great based underneath moisturizer, after you've applied your serums.
At such a low price, this is honestly a steal!
Dark
Dry, Sensitive
Dullness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Dryness, Eczema, Scarring
Review for Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser - 7 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I would have loved to love this product. It had so many good reviews! However, this broke me out, on multiple occasions. Overall, this was pretty disappointing and I can't say much more beyond my first few uses, because the product continued to break me out. I can say this: no gunk was removed from my pores. For years, I actually thought I was allergic to charcoal. Ha!
Dark
Dry, Sensitive
Dullness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Review for Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask, 1.7 fl oz - 7 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This face mask was a huge disappointment. I purchase it during an organic kick, when I wanted to be able to read most of the name that appear on the labels of my skincare goodies (joke: I still can't!). This mask was very hyped up, and I was intrigued by the idea of stem cell revitalization.

A week later, this comes in the mail and I slap it on. Nothing happens. Actually, a bit of burning occurs, but besides that nothing miraculous goes down. I try again, applying more than I did the last time and taking extra care to rub in layers as I went. Still, nothing. In fact, there was only more stinging. 

Safe to say, this product hasn't done much to moisturize my dry skin. There is no chance of me repurchasing the product and for those reviewers who say they use this as a leave-on, I also can't relate because the product does have a soapy element to it. I would in no way confuse this with a dual use moisturizing product, nor would I want to leave it on for an extended period.
Dark
Dry, Sensitive
Dullness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Review for essie Nail Polish - 7 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: after school boy blazer more...
Essie nail polish is actually one of my favorite brands. It is relatively affordable, compared to OPI and other "higher-end" brands. However, it lasts longer than ELF or Sally Hansen. Their color range is also massive. Essie has a variety of gorgeous jewel toned blues and deeper colors that compliment my skin tone well. 

I honestly can't remember the names of all of the colors I own/ have owned so I've chosen one at random, but the formula is relatively consistent across all of the shades.
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Brown
Review for eos™ Organic Lip Balm Summer Fruit - 7 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
EOS... where do I begin?

EOS was a fun phase while it lasted. However, the sphere shape is highly impractical, not only for transport, but also once the dome begins to flatten out. Further, the flavors are nice, but they begin to smell a bit off over time. Not to mention, I'm not sure if this was an allergic reaction, but I like many others experienced that rashing around the lips because of this product. These bumps do not appear when I use other lip products so that is also something to note.

Overall, I am glad I had my phase and tried it so I am no longer tempted. Though they were relatively moisturizing, I will not be purchasing these balms again.
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Brown
Black
Review for Pixi Glow Tonic - 7 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: 100 ml more...
I bought this after hearing amazing reviews on YouTube, Influenster, etc. Thinking I was getting a great deal, I paid the full price for the mini size (haha!). At that, it was a great way to test out the product. May I just say, it is fantastic! I have also tried the Mario Badescu Toner and I currently own The Oridnary's Toning Solution, but this Tonic blows them both out of the park. 

How so?

1) The smell: This smells so lovely, that I don't realize I'm putting a relatively harsh chemical on my face

2) The packaging: I am sure the packaging has some influence as well. it's so cute and cheery, how could it not affect my perception?

3)The Sting: Unlike The Ordinary's Solution, this has never burned or stung my skin, which again reassures me that it can't be all that bad for it. It's actually kind of soothing.

4) The results: Though I use this in conjunction with other products at night, I can tell a difference between my face when I use this and my face when I use either one of the other product Ive mention. Pixi works miracles for me every time.

10/10 Recommend.
Dark
Dry, Sensitive
Dullness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Review for The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution - 7 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Like many other reviewers, I bought this to see if it is a dupe for the Pixi Glow Tonic. The glow tonic is lovely, miraculous even, but it is EXPENSIVE.

The Ordinary on the other hand, is very affordable. I would say there is room for improvement, as the product can burn when you use it. Not always, but sometimes - yes. Also, it smells a bit harsh, which is a shock compared to the floral-type fragrance of the Pixi Tonic.

At that, I have noticed that once moving back downstate I have not experienced any burning, and the Ordinary Glycolic Acid Smells better as well. I had been contemplating the Mario Badescu Toner as a replacement after this one ends, but now I'll have to reconsider.

Ultimately, if I do not see results from this Toning Solution, I will return to Pixi, because although it is WAY more expensive, it produces great results in the end.
Dark
Dry, Sensitive
Dullness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Dark Circles, Dry Eyes
Review for The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG 1 oz/ 30 mL - 7 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I like this. I was hesitant to purchase, as I had seen reviews saying they weren't sure ttis was going to work. I am not sure what miracle people expect, but this was miraculous enough for me!

I don't have major bags or puffiness so I can't say this will help with that. However, i do have undereye darkness. I had gotten to the point that I truly believed these were genetic, and thus inevitable - no matter what I tried over time.

Suffice to say this is not true! Even if they are genetic, this product has helped me lighten the darkness under my eyes and it helps the skin there stay moisturized, so I'm not as affected by my perpetual dryness.
Dark
Dry, Sensitive
Dullness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Sun Damage, Uneven Skin Tone, Dark Spots
Dark Circles, Dry Eyes
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