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Brida F.
Review for bareMinerals barePro® 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer - 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Fair-Cool 01 more...
I received the shade Fair-Cool 01, which works very well for me. It pulls slightly darker and more neutral than my regular concealer and I like that. I believe I have the lightest, coolest shade so people fairer than me might not be catered for. I found this concealer had full coverage but did not appear cakey. If you wanted a lighter coverage you could just apply one swipe and blend over a bigger area, as it does not dry so quickly that you can't blend it, which is definitely a pro. It blends well with fingers and a large kabuki brush. These two facts mean it could be well suited for use in contouring too, especially as it is a stick and not a doe foot. I usually gravitate towards concealers in a tube with a doe foot instead of a stick because they're more moisturizing and thinner so they don't cake. But this formula is thin enough to blend and doesn't dry down thick. It didn't break apart on my face either. It matched my primer and foundation because it is silicone based and so are they. Makeup blends together much easier when they are all either silicone or water based and not a mix. You can tell from looking at the ingredients - water based products have water or aqua at the top of the ingredients whereas silicone based products will have dominant ingredients with -icone suffix. So that is to bare in mind when choosing this product. All in all I was incredibly happy with it and will definitely be using it in my daily routine. I received the @BareMinerals #BAREPRO concealer #complimentary from @Influenster #contest for review purposes. Bare Minerals BAREPRO Concealer is available to purchase from Sephora or the Sephora and Bare Minerals websites for $24.
Fair
Combination
Blackheads, Large Pores, Sensitivity, Uneven Skin Tone
Hazel
Review for ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - 7 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Colourpop Ultra Mattes were the first liquid lip I fell in love with. The formula is a little thinner than I usually go for (I usually prefer something almost moussey like Nyx Lip Lingerie) but as it doesn't dry super quickly, you have enough time with the traditional doe foot applicator to distribute the more liquidy formula evenly - and it is even. These lipsticks are totally opaque, non streaky, and dry down totally matte with no stickiness. They last a good 8 hours (probably more but I never wear them longer than that) and I only ever have to touch up my inner lip if I eat something oily. I have only experienced one "dud" in this range - the beautiful dark green Dr M; the formula was so dry it cracked off as soon as it was applied. It was completely unwearable unless I slathered lip balm on first which totally changed the way the lipstick worked, stopping it drying down matte. It's not enough to knock off a star for though, they are gorgeous lipsticks as a rule, with an unbeatably huge color range and a great price point ($6.50, up 50cents in their entire existence, and minimum for free shipping is just $30), and they often have great sales or free shipping on all purchases. This really is a range with something for everyone.
Fair
Hazel
Dark Brown
Review for Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - 7 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I know I'm probably THE last person in the beauty community to jump on this particular band wagon, but OH. MY. GOODNESS. I'm a convert! This little beauty, Too Better Than Sex mascara, came with my gorgeous new friend, the White Chocolate Bar, as a free gift. And what a gift she is. I tried it for the first time this morning and, as usual on morning where we are going out, it was hectic getting an 18month old washed, fed, dressed AND entertained whilst we were getting ready ourselves. THIS is my new mama's helper! Recently I've been spending what seems like an eternity on my lashes in the morning because all 3 of the mascaras I had on the go were on their last legs. This morning, I kid you not, ONE SWIPE and BOOM! I always think the "one coat" claims are BS but I swear not in this case. My lashes seemee to have curled themselves and were completely covered and long and black and separate in ONE COAT. No lie. And the bottom lashes turned out perfectly as well. I am honestly beyond impressed with this mascara. My husband thought I had lashes on! I am 100% sold on this. L'oréal Telescopic Carbon Black in still the best mascara you can get in the drugstore - but this is the best mascara you can get over all. And I am FUSSY about mascara, seriously. I have found three in my life that I actually like (the L'oréal one, Benefit Roller Lash & now this one), and many I would refuse to use at all. I don't have enough words to praise this mascara. The hype is real - I am absolutely shook! Is it better than sex? That's subjective. But it's certainly better than any other mascara.
Fair
Hazel
Full, Long
Review for Glorious Face and Eye Primer Younique Mineral Make Up Primer - 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This morning, for the first time, I used the Younique Glorious Face & Eye Makeup Primer that I won as part of an Instagram user giveaway. I accidentally used too much as I have been using a cheapie one since my Aoa Studio spray & Elf primers ran out and that one needs a bunch, but this one does not need much to do its job. Right from the start, it applies incredibly silky and spread evenly and very easily. It made my skin feel like satin and it looked like I was wearing foundation before I had even put my foundation on! It then turned a little sticky (which I like in a primer) and when I applied my foundation (Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse), I could feel it locking into place almost immediately. I felt like I needed less foundation than usual too, but I will have to see how that works with more use. I rode a bike to the Dr this morning which had me sweating and when I got there, my makeup was still locked in place and looking bomb. After riding a bike home - it's STILL looking fresh, and that's without setting spray. Bottom line - this product is AMAZING. It feels great, it works great, I love it. This is a silicone based primer, which I prefer over a water based one, so you DO need to make sure you are using a silicone based foundation and Concealer along with it and not a water based one (it's pretty easy to tell - water based ones usually say water or aqua as the first ingredient, silicone based ones will have ingredients called -icone at the top of the list). I have never tried this brand before because I think it works a little differently from just ordering online (I'm unsure on that though), but now I REALLY want to. One thing though, I believe this product costs around $40 which is very high for a primer and personally out of my price range so I probably won't be able to replace it when this one runs out - and although this is a 40ml tube and you don't need much, primer IS something you need every day. But I will savor the joy of this primer while I have it! It is genuinely awesome, and if it is in your price range, definitely get it.
Fair
Combination
Blackheads, Large Pores, Sensitivity, Uneven Skin Tone
Hazel
Review for Monster Energy - 8 months, 1 week ago
The reason I give this 3 stars instead of 5, even though it does exactly as it says on the tin, is because it acts like a drug in that your body becomes immune to the effects of it and needs more, whilst at the same time becoming dependent on it. Because of the high caffeine content, if you drink this every day, you can risk becoming addicted to it and getting a migraine if you don't have one one day. It also has a high sugar content and a much higher calorie content than other sodas, even Coca Cola. On the up side - I find this to be one of the more pleasant tasting energy drinks. I quite enjoy drinking one every now and then, and it genuinely does give you a pick-me-up. I would say this is definitely a be sensible and proceed with caution product - don't depend on them, don't drink one every day. If you drink them sporadically, they will likely work better and you won't suffer the side effects from a huge caffiene and sugar intake.
Review for wet n wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Trio - 8 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Other more...
This is a review of all six Wet N Wild eyeshadow trios - Walking On Eggshells, Sweet As Candy, Silent Treatment, Don't Steal My Thunder, Spoiled Brat and I'm Getting Sunburned. These are being discontinued and three of them (the first three) are coming back as quads (the same colors plus a matte transition shade) alongside three new ones. I have also added a photo of my swatches of each palette to compare. Wet N Wild is, to me, the jewel of the drugstore. It is quite considerably lower priced than other drugstore brands, and the quality of their eyeshadow (and a lot of their other products) blows the others out the water. These shadows are incredibly pigmented, super buttery, so soft they almost hit cream-shadow status, and they blend like a dream. I also really like the color selection offered. I know that many people complain about Walking On Eggshells and Sweet As Candy being too similar, and I can see where they are coming from, but to me the feel of the color story is different. WOE is markedly warmer, the brown crease shade is very golden, and the pink lid shade is more of a pink toned nude. SAC has more differentiation between the brown and pink - the brown is cooler and less shimmery than in WOE and the pink is a definite light pink and not a nude. The cream shade is also bolder in SAC; in WOE it is more shimmery and leans ever so slightly into the golden sheen that covers the whole palette. In my opinion, Don't Steal My Thunder and Spoiled Brat are far more similar palettes - they both contain and a silver and a black, with DSMT being completed by a white, and SB with a bright fuchsia pink with a slight blue sheen. The silvers in these two are practically identical, and although the black in DSMT has a fine silver sheen in the pan and SB has a bolder drizzle of silver glitter, the only obvious difference in these two shades on the skin is that SB is much bolder and generally performs better. The last two palettes are actually my favorites. I'm Getting Sunburned has some of the creamiest shadows of the lot - a gorgeous strong true pink with a rich gold and ultra dark brown which is a very unique color story. They surprisingly compliment eachother very well. Personally I like to go against the suggestion of the palette and use the pink on my lid instead of the gold, but that's the beauty of these palettes - you can make several looks with just one, and mix and match, because the formula is consistent across all six. My absolute favorite of all is Silent Treatment. The shimmering peach can be worn by itself for a gorgeous natural look, but when paired with the taupe shimmer they are both stunning. This taupe is one of my favorite shadows that I own. ST also has the only satin/matte shade in all the palettes - a deep brown with gold glitter to serve as a crease shade. I find all these trios so stunning, and amazing value for money. They are currently still available in the drugstore but are being marked down to clear way for the new line. They are also on sale on the WnW website right now. They will soon be gone forever - get them while you can!
Fair
Hazel
Review for Too Faced White Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette - 8 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
First let me get this out of the way: I love this palette. I think it is beautiful, the colors are exactly to my taste and I can personally think of a million looks to create with it. However - my love for it is very subjective, and objectively it *might* not be the best palette ever. There I said it.
Personally, the color story here really speaks to me. I love cool tones, I love pastel shades, I love eerily pale taupes and icy pinks, I love matte lavender shades that border on periwinkle, I love my black shadows drizzled with sparkle. It's all catered for. However, here's the thing. This palette was released over a year after it's cousin palette and predecessor, The White Chocolate Chip. The WCC as we shall call it was not overwhelmingly well received, amongst the reasons sited were lack of pigmentation and a shade range too light for the majority of skin tones. The WCC is an 11 shade palette retailing for $26 and is still available at Sephora today. Now we come to the White Chocolate bar in question. This is a 16 shade palette and retails for $49, almost twice the price of the WCC and with only 5 more shades. Granted, the pans are bigger - but that only becomes an issue if you happen to be a project panner or someone who routinely finishes and rebuys eyeshadows and eyeshadow palettes which, lets face it, most of us in the beauty enthusiast community aren't. And here's the clincher. Ten of the shades in the new White Chocolate Bar are directly taken from the WCC. The formula that people weren't impressed with is exact the same, and all but one of the shadows makes a reappearance. The only new "standout" shades, ie ones that look markedly different from the rest of the palette are the bright green and cold lavender. So it boils down to basically paying $23 more for these two shades, slightly bigger pans and a new palette for your Chocolate Bar Collection. And who am I to say that's even wrong - in a sea of warm neutral palettes I find this color scheme a serious breath of fresh air - but you have to ask yourself if it's worth it. If the answer is no, but you still need a little white chocolate in your life, I recommend buying the White Chocolate Chip for $26 instead.
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Hazel
Review for Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit - 8 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
My #GiftCrush is Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit. Now, ABH Glow Kits are notoriously amazing quality. They are buttery, the are pigmented, they leave you glowing like a dream with no fallout. And, although a little pricey (Aurora is $40), the pan size is larger than that of a closely comparable product (Aurora's sister glow kit Moonchild is often compared to Kat Von D's incredibly similar collection, Alchemist - but Moonchild has 6 shades compared to Alchemist's 4, and the pans are a lot larger too). The reason I think Aurora is a stand out product is that it is a truly unique color selection. Glow kits tend to be one of 3 things - a sunkissed gold selection, a gentle nude collection, or, less often, an ethereal set of white based shades with blue, purple and pink shifts in keeping with the unicorn trend. Aurora is none of these, but dips into all of them, and at the same time offers something totally new. Helia is a cool gold for those looking for a gold tone. A tan would also be complimented by the peach toned Lyra. A more traditional highlight can be achieved with the gentle white Luna, and unicorn fashion subscribers will be kept happy with the gorgeous sky blue Orion and purple/mauve Spectra. However, it is worth noting that none of these are the traditional shades of the afformentioned three categories. Orion is warmer than the expected white/ blue shift. Helia is cooler than a sun kissed bronze. And Spectra is pigmented enough of a purple to use as an eyeshadow or a blush. There is something for everyone is this kit and likely something that they don't already have, which is why Aurora is the perfect gift for any makeup lover.
Aurora can be purchased as Sephora, Ulta or directly from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website.
Fair
Combination
Blackheads, Large Pores, Sensitivity, Uneven Skin Tone
Hazel
Review for L.A. Colors 16 Color Eyeshadow Palette - 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Other more...
A moment of silence, s'il vous plait....
Here is my review (and swatch photo) of my recently purchased @lacolorscosmetics 16 color palette in Sweet. And Oh. My. Goodness.
I have always had a soft spot for LA Colors, I picked up a couple of their 6 pans about a year ago and they were surprisingly good quality. Recently I picked up 2 more 6 pans and some chubby eye pencils and quite honestly got bowled over, they blow more expensive drugstore brands out the window. The creaminess and pigmentation could have had me believing I was swatching a high end brand.
And then I met Sweet. I think she might be my new best friend (sorry, Nars Fathom, I still love you). The colors in this palette are stunning shimmery nudes, bronzes and (in a surprising turn of events) green/gold flips. I don't have a palette like this, and I can already see several different types of looks I can create here. I adore nude palettes, but the versatility isn't always there. That's not an issue here. These colors have seriously gilded my arm. One of the warm pinky brown shades (no.5) is more of a satin, but the others are metallic shimmers that gleam and dance with sparkle. We start off with cream, pinky nude, rose gold, pinky brown and nude and go into copper, bronze, gold-green, forest green with a gold flip, icy cream, khaki and red bronze and finish with an inky blue black and silvery white. I don't have enough good things to say about this palette. Oh yeah, one more thing. It was $4. Safe to say I'm in love.
Fair
Hazel
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