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Hello my lovelies!
I’m a little late for my monthly review, but I’ve got a few products up my sleeve nonetheless. This month’s review will be VERY skincare oriented, as the Accutane has given me a huge window of opportunity to try a multitude of new products, but rest assured, there’s still some makeup sprinkled in here.
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NIA Gold Caviar Hyaluronic Acid Day Cream –
While this is definitely not my holy grail day cream, I do think it is a solid choice for people with normal skin who want a little bit of extra moisture. The smell is definitely of the “elderly” persuasion, but the formula has a lovely gel-cream consistency that I enjoy putting on. While I only paid $7.00 for this at Marshall’s, I am not able to find an actual price listing for this product, as it is not easily accessible. This product also has very limited reviews, making it harder to assess any information on it. Despite the difficulties of finding it, I think it is a solid product that is effective and enjoyable.
Garnier Skinactive Soothing 3-in-1 Face Moisturizer with Rose Water –
I must say, I am genuinely and pleasantly surprised that I like this moisturizer so much. While I only use this as a night cream, I have noticed that I wake up with well moisturized skin and a healthy glow each day. The fact that you get 6.75 fl oz of product for as little as $10.00, and to have it work so well, is something that I rarely find in drugstore skincare products. This moisturizer does not leave me desiring any more moisture at night, and the rose water is so soothing for my extra-sensitive skin. I know that I will be repurchasing this in the future, if I ever run out, that is.
Garnier Skinactive Soothing Facial Mist with Rose Water –
First off, I absolutely cannot stand the nozzle on this bottle. It does not spray a fine mist at all and will shoot directly onto the spot you aim it and nothing more. That being said, I really enjoy the actual formula of this product and am looking to switch it into my Urban Decay spray bottle once I am finished with that product. I am accustomed to spending around $20.00 just for a facial spray, and for $7.00, I think this product is just as good as my Urban Decay B6 Spray, if not better. I do find that this formula is quite soothing for my irritated, red skin, and feels refreshing and cooling on the skin. This spray does feel slightly tacky once dried down, but this isn’t something that I find to be a hindrance. I have been really enjoying Garnier’s Soothing line and am excited to try out the rest of the products.
Real Techniques Blend + Blur Foundation Brush –
I had started off using this brush initially thinking I would dislike it. I very rarely apply my foundation with a brush, and while I try to do it on days where I’m pressed for time, it’s never my ultimate preference. This $20.00 dupe for the big guys has honestly changed the way I see foundation brushes. The bristles are incredibly soft and densely packed, so the foundation spreads easily and blends in seamlessly. I find it is best to dot the foundation on the face and then blend, in order to prevent any product seeping toward the base. Dotting the foundation instead of applying the foundation to the brush also makes the cleaning process easier, although I do find this brush on the more difficult side to thoroughly cleanse. This brush is fantastic quality and I find myself reaching for it quite often.
Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation –
Initially, I did not expect to be super impressed with this foundation. I rarely find drugstore foundations adequately provide that coverage that I want, and fully expected to have to layer this to get it to cover properly. Not only was I incorrect in my assessment, but I was thoroughly impressed. In terms of coverage and consistency, this foundation heavily reminds me of Urban Decay All Nighter, which is an all time fave. If you are on the drier side like I currently am, this foundation will still look great with a moisturizing primer, but can look a little drying otherwise. I think this would be fantastic for oily skin, and have seen the proof from peers. The only thing that bothers me about this foundation is, as per usual, shade range. While 102 is essentially my perfect shade, I still have no tolerance for a brand making only 17 foundation shades, regardless of what is included. While the shade range needs to improve, I think this is a great drugstore find and I would be happy to purchase it again.
Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Full Coverage Conceal and Contour –
This easily beats problematic Tarte Shape Tape for me any day. Not only is it far less drying, but it exists in a shade that actually highlights for my skintone. I was originally not wildly impressed with the darker end of the shade range, but am very happy to hear confirmation that this will be improved upon. Nonetheless, 20+ shades is a decent start, and for $7.00 I could not be happier that a drugstore brand is stepping up their shade inclusivity game for a good price. I do find that if you are a heavier concealer user like myself (I use to conceal/highlight the usual areas, as well as for an eyeshadow base), you will run out of this product much quicker than preferred, that said, replacing this every 2 months for $7.00 instead of $20.00 is infinitely better in my opinion. I fully intend to purchase this concealer again.
NYX Vivid Brights Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette –
I had been eyeing this palette for almost a year when I decided to finally purchase it. I knew that I wanted to add even more color to my collection, and for $18.00, this was the best deal I was going to get. The shadows themselves are slightly chalky and comparably not as smooth as other options, however they are still quite pigmented and easy to use. This is a fantastic option for those looking to experiment with color, but don’t want to break the bank.
Fig + Yarrow Palmarosa Charcoal Cleanser –
Overall, this cleanser is decent, but it’s not something I would repeatedly purchase. While it does clean the skin without stripping the face of any and all moisture, it does not do anything special outside of basic cleansing. The only thing that is notable about this product is that it smells exactly like fruit loops, which I do find appealing. While this product is beautifully packaged and feels like luxury for $20.00, it is not worth a repurchase.
Burt’s Bees Brightening Serum –
I was really bummed that this product didn’t work out for me, as it came highly recommended, both by my peers and the internet. I have been using it for about 2 months now, and see absolutely no difference whatsoever in my acne scarring because of it. I know that while I am on Accutane my scarring will fade and already has, but this serum has done absolutely nothing to aid the process. It also has a very pungent, artificial orange smell that heavily reminds me of childhood medicine. While it’s at a reasonable price of about $13.00, I would not consider it worth the buy for any of the reasons listed previously.
Sonia Kasuk Latex-Free Makeup Blending Sponge –
I wanted to like this sponge so badly, but unfortunately it doesn’t make the cut. Despite thoroughly wetting the sponge, I still find it to be quite hard and very dense. Additionally, because the sponge is far more dense than the original Beauty Blender, it is much harder to cleanse properly. I would much rather purchase the Real Techniques sponge, which is not only much cheaper, but higher quality.
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