Grad student in applied linguistics, on track to become a teacher of English as a second/foreign language. Travel junkie, beauty junkie, bargainista (NYC's dollar store queen!), Poshmark seller (@fanzine), Instagram addict (@diamondsngrrls), radical experimental writer, copious-amounts-of-coffee consumer, lover of hip bones, crystals, incense, tarot & yoga.
I wanted to like this so bad, I don’t know why. Everyone else seemed to love it... the packaging is so cute... I love roses? Yet when I ordered a 3-pack from Amazon, I was pretty underwhelmed. It’s not too different from the rose colored Vaseline. And tiny. And pricy! Just nothing special, IMO. If you’re looking for a quality lip BALM at a reasonable price, Amazon sells a pack of 6 FULL SIZE “chicken poop” balms for $15 & they’re marvelous. If you’re more into luxe moisturizing glosses, Mac’s lip conditioner isn’t that much more than this and it’s bigger and, I think, better. So meh!
OMG! As someone who takes lip balms seriously enough to even make her own, I must say this stuff blew me away! It is SO moisturizing - instantly - and the moisture lasts seemingly forever. It’s not gooey or tacky or sticky or chalky and it’s packed with SPF without tasting even remotely like sunscreen. Bought this on a whim and so glad I did - I want to and will attempt to try EVERYTHING by this brand.
I got this free from Influenster. I’d say it does a decent job as a make up primer, goes on with a silky smooth feeling I like a lot, but as for it’s wrinkle blurring feature I don’t really know. I don’t really have wrinkles so I can’t put it to the full test, but I do have these sort of fine-line creases from the edges of my mouth to my cheek area (if that makes any sense) & foundation sometimes ceases in there, whether I wear this product or not. So all in all not a bad product, just probably not the answer to your prayers if you’re hoping for wrinkle “blurring.”
Large Pores, Redness, Sensitivity, Uneven Skin Tone
The other day I went on a splurge and bought three Buxom lip products at Sephora. This one, in the Honey Do color, is by far my favorite. I am by no means a neutral/nude kind of girl, but this color is really beautiful. The texture is not sticky at all like many glossy lip products; it’s smooth sailing. I also feel like it does make my lips appear fuller, if not exactly “plump.” My only dislike is that it isn’t transfer proof- something I look for in most lipsticks these days as I’m sick of constantly reapplying, but the staying power isn’t all that shabby- it wears down a bit but doesn’t completely disappear after, for example, eating a meal. Nobody has given me any compliments on it yet but seriously, every time I look in the mirror, I’ve been thinking “hey there, sexy lips!” Kind of pricy but I’d probably save up to buy this product in another color too.
Yum yum yum! This stuff is WAY better than regular easy Mac, and I’m not even usually a fan of Velveeta products. But this super-easy meal/snack is great for indulging in during late night study sessions and the like.
I really like almost every Shea Moisture product I’ve tried and this is no exception. Idk what all the new hype about Manuka honey is about, but this definitely does “the job:” makes my damaged bleached and colored hair feel soft and snuggly and rejuvenated after every use. I’ve heard good things about the Jamaican Black Castor Oil masque too - probably try that next.
I really like the texture of this and I feel like a little bit will go a very long way. That said, I have mixed feelings (or perhaps have done bad research) regarding facial exfoliation. I have very sensitive skin and while I don’t think this product really did anything bad to my skin, I didn’t notice any positive results either. I only use it once in a while because I feel like practically any exfoliation might be too harsh for my face skin. That said, it DOES seem gentle and appears to be a well-made, quality product. If you have less-than-super-sensitive skin or are sure that facial exfoliators are right for you regardless, I’d probably recommend this. I just need to do more research on the effects of facial exfoliators to understand how they interact with sensitive skin, because I do get random break outs or dry patches/almost rashiness occasionally, but I use a BUNCH of different cleansers and toners and moisturizers so I can’t pinpoint a certain product as the culprit. *shrug* I really wanted to like this & like I said, if your skin isn’t crazy sensitive it’s probably worth putting on your list.
Score! Buy this on Amazon right now! It’s highly pigmented and the colors are gorgeous and the price tag is low low low. Honestly think I like this better than palettes I have by Nars, Kat Von D, Smashbox & Tarte. My new go-to... it has several sparkly colors and some matte (I guess you’d call them matte, since they aren’t glittery? Idk) colors - layers great. I use an eyelid primer underneath so I’m sure that doesn’t hurt but it really brings the drama & the doll face.
I’m on my third bottle. Love the smell of this stuff and it’s a very effective deodorant. Tip: I keep finding it at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s and you probably can too. It does sting a little bit (like most spray deodorants) if you have freshly shaved armpits but it really isn’t too bad. No white residue to deal with, no gooiness... just good smell and odor protection.