Jessica C.
Review for SUNDAY RILEY A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum - 5 days, 18 hours ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I started using this two weeks ago and I already know this is a product that I'll continue purchasing. The last time I tried a retinol serum, I quit after a week because the peeling and sensitivity were awful and I wasn't prepared. This time around I've got an arsenal of moisturizers and sunscreen and separate AM and PM routines to keep interactions to a minimum. This serum is a dream. I have texture from eczema and allergic reactions that is rapidly disappearing, a childhood scar that is looking less deep and obvious, and the beginnings of laugh lines that look a little plumper and filled in. I have experienced some peeling and some breakouts have been rushed to the surface, but with copious moisturizer and time, it's clearing up. Even with the handful of closed comedones hanging out on my cheeks, my skin is glowing. I'm looking forward to seeing how good my skin looks a month from now! My skin is used to a certain amount of exfoliation, so I didn't start out as slowly as I should have. I've used it every night since I've gotten it, starting with half a pump, working up to a full pump. I apply it after cleansing and toning, before moisturizing.
Dry, Sensitive
Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Scarring
Dark Circles, Fine Lines, Dry Eyes
Review for DevaCurl Low Poo Delight, Weightless Waves Mild Lather Cleanser - 5 days, 18 hours ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Holy Grail shampoo for me. Honestly, after years of co-washing and fighting eczema and product build-up, I like a little lather. This makes my scalp look and feel clean without making it feel dried out. It doesn't give my hair that plastic doll hair texture and it smells good without smelling strong. This and the corresponding conditioner are my ride-or-dies.
Brunette
Dry, Wavy, Curly, Thick
Anti-Aging, Frizz, Dry Scalp, Curls, Dryness, Volume, Brittleness, Hair Loss
Review for IT Cosmetics® Confidence in a Cream Moisturizer - 5 days, 18 hours ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Oh hello new Holy Grail, how are you? This is everything I want in my top moisturizer (I like to layer a thick moisturizer over a thinner one.) I’ve been really into that borderline greasy dewy skin finish recently (not for everyone, but it literally looks like a glass of water to my thirsty dry skin), and this gets me closer to my goal. I can see why some people wouldn’t want to use this as a daytime moisturizer, but I’m like “cover me head to toe like J. Lo in La Mer pls.” I also think this has helped tremendously with keeping my face from looking like a mess during the peeling phase of new retinol use. I will definitely repurchase this. Also: the bottle is so dang hefty that you could put it in a tube sock and ruin someone’s day if you really needed to.
Dry, Sensitive
Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Scarring
Dark Circles, Fine Lines, Dry Eyes
Review for WANDER BEAUTY Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask - 5 days, 18 hours ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I didn’t like this the first time I tried it because I applied it with a light hand and it peeled off in dime-sized bits. Someone on Reddit said that it peels much better when applied thick, so I gave it another shot, and yeah, it was a much more satisfying attempt. It came off clean in one sheet! Applied thick, it took about 40 minutes to dry. The results were okay, my skin felt smooth and that’s cool. The bottle itself feels about half-full and with the way I had to apply it to get it to peel nicely, I think I only have about two usages left. I don’t hate it, but I definitely won’t repurchase this.
Dry, Sensitive
Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Scarring
Review for Pixi Glow Tonic - 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I'm really happy with this product. I avoided toner for years (YEARS!) after burning my face with Sea Breeze as a teenager and having equally rough luck with a Clinique toner during my early twenties. However, I had an opportunity to try out a sample of this and fell in love! I immediately went out and bought a full-size bottle; I've been using it 1-2 times a day for the past three weeks and I've already seen quite a difference. I didn't experience a purge period, but I use a Clarisonic Mia every day, so my skin is used to regular exfoliation. My skin feels smoother and looks brighter, and the areas where I typically have some texture and hormonal breakouts are much calmer than usual. I really like this and will definitely continue to purchase!
Dry, Sensitive
Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Scarring
Review for M.A.C Cosmetics Strobe Cream - 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Pinklite more...
It’s very subtle but pretty. Beaming, shining, sparkling, shifting highlighters are great and everything, but they tend to look better on film than in-person. This is the exact opposite; it doesn’t photograph as anything special, but it just makes the skin look so fresh and hydrated in-person.
Fair
Dry, Sensitive
Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Scarring
Review for Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I can see why this is loved. It looks good with just one coat, I don’t have spider legs, and I can coat my lower lashline without getting half of the product on my face. The only downside is if your eyes water, it's game over. I made the mistake of yawning too hard a couple times and had black tracks running down my cheeks. It’s definitely better than bad sex.
Full, Long, Straight
Review for NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Color - 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Copper Foil (copper penny w/golden shimmer) more...
This isn't something I would have picked out on my own; I got it in this month's BoxyCharm. It’s pretty! I don’t gravitate towards copper; sometimes it can be too warm and make me look feverish, but I don't have too much of an issue with this shade. I like how this is easy to apply and that it sets crease-proof. I’m going on a cruise in October, so this would probably be good for traveling.
Fair
Full, Long, Straight
Review for Pretty Vulgar Bronzed B Powder Bronzer - 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Bronze Mannikin more...
I was worried Bronze Mannikin was going to be too dark, but I’m actually really glad I got this shade. I think, had I gotten the lightest shade available, it wouldn’t have done much for me. I’m light but I don’t glow in the dark or anything, and I like to get a little sun in the warmer months. I was also concerned this might run a little orange, but it doesn’t on me. It blends nicely, isn’t shimmery…a little kick up in the pan, but it’s okay.
Fair
Dry, Sensitive
Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Redness, Sensitivity, Scarring
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