“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful”
-Joshua J. Marine
Hello my lovelies!
And we’re live! I have not been able to do a first impressions post in SO LONG, but thanks to gift cards and coupons galore, I was able to snag some skincare and makeup goodies to try out. Most of the products aren’t necessarily new to the scene, but they are new to me and when you are on a budget and not being sent PR, you pick what you want/need, not what you are sent. Nevertheless, I am very excited to talk about the new products I have picked up and how I initially felt about them throughout my day.
Let’s Get Started:
Mount Lai De-Puffing Jade Facial Roller –
I know that a lot of people think facial rollers are overpriced crap, but as your friendly neighborhood Esthetician, I am here to tell you that they can be incredibly beneficial if used properly. I loved the look and feel of this Jade roller and also enjoyed using it in tandem with a sheet mask from my Facetory subscription box. I will be doing a full How-To blog post on using facial rollers and their benefits, so stay tuned this Friday for an educational extravaganza.
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution –
I’m still not a huge fan of The Ordinary’s products, but this peeling solution did feel like it was working some magic when I applied it. The real test will be continuing to observe any changes to my skin, but so far it seems like a fairly decent product and I am pleased with the AHA and BHA percentages, as this is one of the strongest combinations in a chemical peel that you can safely use at home.
Origins Original Skin Matte Moisturizer –
I have not been a huge Origins fan in the past, but I have been eagerly searching for a matte moisturizer and stumbled upon this during my Sephora search. I will have to continue trying out this moisturizer in order to develop a fully formed opinion, but based on the first use and in combination with a new matte foundation, I feel that this moisturizer did a great job at keeping my skin much more matte than usual after a long day.
Laneige Lip Glowy Balm in Berry –
I have been obsessed with the overnight lip mask from Laneige since my Accutane days and was able to snag this lip balm via Sephora early access, and I am so happy I did. This has the same awesome scent profile that my lip mask does, and have an amazing gel consistency that keeps my lips soft, smooth, and hydrated. It is a little on the pricey side for something as simple as a lip balm, but I could be convinced to restock this lip balm in the future.
Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation in Cloud –
I was very pleased to pump this foundation onto the back of my hand and see it was actually a workable and near perfect match to my skin tone, however I am currently on the fence in regards to how I feel about this foundation overall. The strong peach smell was very off-putting, but I am glad it did not linger once the foundation dried down. I also had a small issue with the foundation clinging to a few rare dry patches, but I do suspect that had more to do with my skin’s need for a deeper exfoliation in that particular area. I did very much enjoy the longevity of the foundation and its ability to keep my oiliness at bay, but I also have to wonder if my new moisturizer was the superhero in this scenario instead of this foundation.
Smashbox Studio Skin Flawless 24 Hour Concealer in Fair Neutral –
I honestly have no idea why I had such mediocre expectations for this concealer, but I was absolutely wowed by the color, coverage, consistency, and wearability of this concealer. This concealer barely creased on me at all, something virtually unheard of when you are as expressive as me and wear all of your emotions on your face. I am very excited to continue using this concealer in my beauty routine, and it might quickly catapult to a favorite.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette –
I am a tried and true fan of ABH shadows, and this palette was no exception. I do agree that the newer post Subculture formula has its quirks, but if you have the patience to blend and an overall acceptance of the colors not being 100 percent true to pan color (I actually prefer that in this case), then you will thrive with this palette in your collection. The colors are very out there yet somehow feel cohesive within this palette. I do not feel the need to reach for a separate palette to complete a full look, which I have grown to expect from higher end and pricier shadow palettes. While I do concede that the formula can be difficult at times, I find the overall quality of this palette to be worth the effort.
Too Faced Melted Gold Liquified Lip Gloss –
This gloss is DEFINITELY on the warmer, more gold toned side, but does look slightly washed out depending on lighting. I loved that this gloss is pigmented and very comfortable to wear, but the color was a little deathly-looking on me by itself. If you are similar to my complexion, I would pair this gloss with a lipstick underneath, however if you are darker complected and have deeper golden tones, I think you would be able to pull off this gloss by itself beautifully.
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