To be fair, I'd like to start off by saying that I'm not really a "lip product fan". In fact, the most product I wear on my lips would be either a clear or lightly tinted lip balm/gloss. Thus, when it comes to highly pigmented products, it's a stretch outside of my comfort zone. Nevertheless, with the Fourth of July Weekend coming up that week, I decided to try this product out at my family's fireworks & BBQ party for fun. On first application, the product feels great and glides on very smoothly. However, after a few seconds, my lips immediately felt very dry and the product became very sticky. The feeling left from the product was unpleasant and had decided to go ahead and remove it from my lips before the Fourth Of July Party had started. Unfortunately, when attempting to remove the product, I understood why the words "Super Stay" was within the name. In fact, the product would not budge even a little from my lips! After using water, soap + water, micellar water, makeup remover, and even baby wipes, I was left with a stained mouth and stained hands. Needless to say, we had a lot of laughs at the party because of my horrible experience with this product but, overall, am pretty dead set on never purchasing this product again.
Both my family and I have been on the hunt for a great spray to take with us on our upcoming trip later this month and like to test out products before doing so. When testing out this product, each of us instantly agreed that it was a great choice as it not only has great lasting power for any odor but also provides a subtle scent in the air that is not too overpowering or strong. One of the things that my family and I dislike about spray products are that they tend to become too strong and, at times, can provide headaches to those with sensitivity (like my mom and myself) so finding a spray to use has always been a struggle. After testing out two scents with this product (Mandarin & Bamboo) for the last two weeks, I can honestly say that this product brings a nice, freshness to the air that is very subtle and NOT overpowering. I've found not only myself but my mom spraying our bedrooms before leaving the house as we enjoy both the Bamboo and Mandarin scents very much! Once I come home from work, I am still able to detect the soft scent of the product in my room which is definitely an A+ in my book for household cleaning products. With that said, if you are in the market for a spray product that not only has lasting effects but also leaves just a slight fragrance, I recommend you give the Febreze ONE products a try! After testing out both of the Mandarin and Bamboo fragrances, my family and I are excited to see what other fragrances are available!
While I had received these Carefree Acti-Fresh Liners complimentary for testing and review purposes, this is a product that I had already continuously purchased for my "everyday use" routine. These liners are lightweight and easy to use for those mornings that you wake up and want to either (A) keep that area fresh or (B) use for the end of a woman's monthly visit. I have used these liners countless of times between the scenarios mentioned above as well as even for when I'm running half marathon races & am looking for something a little extra to help absorb any sweat that occurs in those areas. These liners do have a little bit of a scent to them at times which is very "fresh" and "powdery" but overall, isn't too overwhelming for those with sensitive noses. I have never had any irritation or rash occur when wearing these liners and am an avid fan for life of these liners which stay with me in my handbag, my "on the go" makeup bag, my daily gym bag, and even at my office desk at work for those "just in case" situations. Overall, I greatly enjoy this product and always recommend to anyone that asks!
I had received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes but can honestly say that this was a life changer for my hair this Winter Season! Each Winter Season, I find the ends of my hair becoming very brittle and dry as well as needing extra attention to make sure the split ends do not continue to ride up to the roots of my hair. When receiving this product, I was VERY surprised to find that it not only helped in leaving my ends soft and manageable but also left it feeling hydrated and moisturized after each use. I only had to place a drop of the oil between my palms and then smooth within my ends to notice an incredible difference that not only felt light weight but was not sticky (nor tacky feeling) as other hair oils have been for me that I've tried in the past. To make the product even more enjoyable, it had a very sweet scent to it which was something I definitely enjoyed as most oils have the same natural "oil" scent rather than the sweet, candy-like scent that this one provided. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this product and definitely recommend to anyone looking for a breakthrough in finding a hair oil that is right for their hair. Trust me, I was one of those people that could not find any oil to work with my hair but this one left it hydrated, satisfied, non-greasy, and lightweight; which was an A+ in my book for this haircare item. Love this product and the fact that a little DEFINITELY goes a long way with this product!
I really wanted to love this shampoo but found that my hair chemistry just didn't work well with the product each time that I had tried it. It's a great shampoo in that it's free of the harsh chemicals that most hair products contain and it also made my hair feel very soft, supple, and moisturized after getting out of the shower. Unfortunately, while it worked great for the first couple of days, I noticed that the "great feeling" didn't last long come day three. On the third day of using this product, I found that my hair had a some sort of buildup that I hadn't had before and overall, caused my scalp to feel very itchy throughout the day. When seeing these results, I had stopped use of the product and used a different shampoo/conditioner set until the thick buildup and itchy scalp felt more at ease. Once I verified the itchiness and buildup was gone, I attempted at trying the product once again. Lo and behold, my scalp began to itch right after using it and saw that the buildup was there after I had finished blow drying my hair. I'm not sure what it is about my roots but it appears to hold the shampoo rather than completely rinse out of the hair which caused issues in having an itchy, flaky scalp. Overall, the product smelled great and felt very refreshing when using in the shower. As others have mentioned, the container was a little difficult to close but wasn't a deal breaker with the product. I just wish the product would have worked well with my hair rather than provide the itchy scalp & product buildup. If I didn't receive those reactions, I would absolutely purchase again! While I have received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing and review purposes, all opinions are honest and my own.
As a HUGE fan of skincare, I am always on the lookout for the next brand and/or product to try. Thus, when I had received my Voxbox from Influenster, I must have been hiding under a rock all this time as I was surprised to find that E.L.F Cosmetics actually had a skincare line! Within that box was the E.L.F. Hydrating Bubble Mask and couldn't have been more excited to try it out! I've heard many things about "bubble masks" and even have a competitor K-Beauty brand that I've tried before and was curious to see how this had compared. After using this product, I can honestly say that this works amazingly in not only supplying more soft & supple skin, but also nourishing to the point where it feels satisfyingly hydrated! I like how the mask felt cod as I applied it across the skin & it was very smooth without any grit or beads like some mask products contain. Instantly, I began feeling the mask work it's magic in bubbling on my face so you do not have to wait 20-30 minutes to see results. The great thing about this mask is that while it bubbles, it does NOT make the product become thick. The weight stays the same in lightness and your skin does not feel weighed down. I've found with the other lead competitive "bubble mask" brands that the product would become thicker as it bubbled and this one actually felt quite light and refreshing! Overall, I great enjoyed this product and would consider purchasing it after using my full size sample from Influenster (especially with being marked at a great price)!
However, I would note that there are a couple cons that I could found in this product (which is why I had marked one star off of the rating). These cons are not necessarily "deal breakers" but thought it would be good to mention.
CON #1: The product dispenser. In my opinion, this is not the best way to disperse the product as you have to use two hands in squeezing down on the top lid. After squeezing a few times, the liquid comes out but gets all over the top and causes a little bit of a mess. I think having a regular squeeze bottle and/or at least having this product in a jar that you can scoop the product out with your fingers would be a better design as I wasn't too fond of the way we have to use this container to get the product out.
CON #2: Face feels a little tight afterwards. I tend to get this with a lot of skincare products (especially masks) but thought it would be worth to mention that around 15 minutes later, my face felt very tight and needed to apply moisturizer. My skin did not feel dehydrated and the skin still felt hydrated within but the top layer of the skin felt a little off & always found myself having to apply moisturizer each time I used this product. This is something that I had experienced, however, and not everyone may find that this happens for this.
Other than that, I really enjoyed this product and definitely recommend!
When reviewing over the products that were selected as the top winners for the Best In Beauty Skincare category, I could not believe that this item was not a chosen as a winning product! This product is, hands down, my new favorite skincare item to use in my everyday routine that not only removes makeup efficiently but also completely without leaving the pesky left over mascara on your lashes & waterline.
A few months back, I had made the decision to over-haul my skincare routine in finding products that contained less and/or zero of the well known harsh chemicals. At the time, I was just getting used to the Garnier Micellar Water but found that the product had been banned in other areas due to a few harsh chemicals that were inside of it. Due to having sensitive/acne prone skin, I was very hesitant to change due to being excited that I was able to find the Garnier product to work without causing irritation or breakouts on my skin, but, decided to branch out in seeing if there was another product just like Garnier to try in it's place. I had heard that many people were raving over the micellar water from Simple so I decided to pick it up on a whim while on a Target run to see if I noticed any difference.
In all honesty, after using both the Garnier and Simple Micelllar Water products, I had found that they both provide the same exact results and worked exactly the same. In fact, the transition from using Garnier to Simple was very easy & quick and didn't notice any difference in sensitivity to my skin! The only difference? Simple did not have the harsh chemicals that Garnier was storing within theirs! I was able to use the same number of cotton pads and the same amount of liquid within the bottles per each brand and receive the perfect results that I expect each time. Thus, if you are worried about changing brands from Garnier, I'd definitely recommend trying Simple!
With that said, the product itself is WONDERFUL! I use this product anytime I am removing makeup right before I perform my morning & nightly cleanse. If you have not tried using this product before using your cleanser, you are sorely missing out, as I've never felt like my cleansing products did anything until using a micellar water product before hand! It truly gets all of the dirt, oil, makeup, and any other pollution that has been placed on your face throughout the day leaving it clean, fresh, hydrated, and soft to really allow the cleanser to penetrate deep within the skin. There are no drying agents within this product that irritated my skin and it always feels refreshed and well nourished after each use.
Overall, I absolutely recommend this product and wish it could have received the praise it deserves in that Best In Beauty Skincare Category! I am never without this product and always make sure I'm stocked with no less than two bottles in my skincare drawer at all times!
As mentioned in my last few reviews, I had received this product (alongside a few others) from Influenster's Kat Von D Vox Box complimentary for testing and review purposes. I am so glad that this had come within the box as it has recently become my new favorite "big brush" used for all of my highlighter and blush compacts! While it is meant to be used for the "Lock-It-Setting-Powder", my sister has since stolen the Lock It Setting Powder from me (as she absolutely loves the application and finish of the setting powder), I decided to use this brush in other ways to see how it applies on the skin. Overall, it provides such a beautiful finish for both highlighters and blushes. I love that it does not apply a large thick layer so that, if you have a very heavy hand like myself, you can freely use without issue. Thus, it allows any product to become a more "buildable" and "layerable" product on application. Overall, the softness of these bristles are to-die-for and my face really enjoys the feel of it as it glides across in sweeping motions. Absolutely LOVE this brush and just like the concealer one, has become a new top favorite in my current makeup brush collection. Definitely recommend if you are looking for a new large, soft bristle brush, to try out with your everyday makeup routine!
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I had received this product complimentary for testing and reviewing purposes and can honestly say that this is, yet again, another great product from Kat Von D. I will start off by saying that I don't tend to enjoy the "Matte Look" when it comes to applying makeup. In fact, I enjoy having a more "dewy" complexion than anything. Thus, when I had received this product, I knew coming into it that I more than likely will not enjoy it since I do not like having a matte finish. With that said, I did find myself enjoying this product after using a couple times. While it did remove most of the shine form my face (as expected), it worked very well in providing a long lasting shine-free complexion. My sister had tried this product alongside me and found she greatly enjoyed it. In fact, I haven't had it in my possession for the last couple of days since she took it from my makeup bag to wear while out and about. Overall, I'd say it's a great product but would have enjoyed it more if it were a "setting spray" product rather than a "setting powder". Sometimes, I just feel like powders appear a little too "cake-like" to my liking and this one had applied just like other powder products I've tried in the past. However, with that said, it did provide a more lasting power than the other powder products which is a great benefit to see!