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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

Hello everyone! I’ve been pretty MIA these past few months and that’s solely due to my own procrastination and laziness LOL. So I’m back with a review about my absolute favourite lip product, the soft matte lip cream by NYX. I’ve seen and heard a million things about them but I only managed to pick one up from Target this summer. And needless to say, I fell in love with it.

photo (2)I got it in the color Antwerp which is this kind of fuchsia pink but doesn’t look like it online. I find that all of the colors are a bit off online when it comes to these lip products so it’s best to check them out in store. Here’s a swatch of what it looks like:
photo (5) I really love the color and consistency of this lip cream. It’s very pigmented in my opinion and the staying power is AMAZING. It dries to a matte stain and doesn’t come off for hours. I’ve seriously fallen asleep with this on and woke up with it still on my lips. It’s easy to apply and as long as your lips aren’t dry or cracked, it will look very smooth and natural. You can make the color more vibrant by layering it but if you want a natural look, one swipe is enough. They also come in a variety of colors so my next pick will be something with a bit of orange in it.

One thing about it though is that it finishes pretty quickly. Well, that may be due to the fact that I’ve used only this product on my lips for the entire summer LOL. But I wasn’t expecting it to finish so quickly and kind of look a little dry in the tube. However, since it’s only $5.99 at Target, it’s affordable to keep replenishing when you run out. I’ve also heard things about the NYX Butter Gloss so I might check that out when I’m at Target again.

Rate: 4.5/5

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Clinique Moisture Surge Review

Hello all! Today I’ll be reviewing the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturizer that I’ve been using for quite a while now. I’m finally done with finals and the semester so now I’m just ready to kick-start summer! Anyways, back to the main point, this moisturizer is intended to be a light moisturizer that’s not too heavy or sticky. It is gel based and has a gel like consistency but sort of  little bit thicker. It is hydrating enough for use during the spring and summer and when the weather is really humid and hot. However, if you have dry skin or combo skin I wouldn’t suggest using this moisturizer. I have oily skin but even so I have my dry skin phases and I’ve used  this moisturizer when my skin has reacted really terribly to the change in weather. That being said, this moisturizer alone will not do it if you have dry patches or have dry skin in general. It is best when layered with a serum or essence. Image

Here’s what it looks like on my hand

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And here’s a swatch

A lot of people have said that this moisturizer soothes redness and inflamed skin and from my personal experience, it doesn’t really do exactly that. Maybe it does if you really pack it on but I find that a little bit goes a long way to cover my face. In my opinion, it’s a basic hydrating moisturizer best suited for those with combo/oily skin and definitely not something that’s to be used alone. I like this moisturizer but I haven’t seen any extremely drastic changes to my skin when using it.

Rate: 3.5/5

 

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The newest addition to my fragrance collection

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Oh yes, La Vie est Belle by Lancome, how amazing you smell. I’ve been wanting this fragrance for ages since I’ve smelled it in Sephora and I finally got it!

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Words cannot describe how amazing this perfume smells. It’s very sophisticated and in my opinion, can be a winter and a summer scent because it has that note of patchouli which is warm. It’s very strong so only a spritz or two will do and last for the rest of the day. And if you spray it on your hair? It will last for days between washes. It’s main notes are Iris, Patchouli and Gourmand and together they smell heavenly. This is the perfume that gets compliments and stares from people who are wondering what you’re wearing (believe me, it’s happened). It is pretty pricey but you only need about 2 sprays everyday so it will last for a few months at least.

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Products I’m currently trying!

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I got these two samples in a Clinique beauty bag that came as a free gift when you ordered more than x-dollars from Clinique or something and these were included in the cosmetic bag. I’ve heard a lot about the Clinique Moisture Surge and I just so happened to have run out of my Josie Maran Argan Oil, so I decided to start using this instead. So far I’ve been really liking it, as well as the Repairwear Laser Focus serum, which I use at night. The Moisture Surge, though it’s a gel-like consistency, is very hydrating and thicker than most gels and doesn’t leave my skin feelings parched. I haven’t seen much of a difference from using the Repairwear Laser Focus, so I will have to keep using it and get back to you guys on that.

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I picked these makeup remover wipes while standing in line at Forever21 and decided to give them a try. Now I didn’t expect amazing things from these wipes, but they were $2.80 and so I thought “why not?” They’ve been pretty good at getting my makeup off and they’re extremely gentle on my sensitive skin. Usually makeup wipes leave my skin burning, which is why I never used them. But these seem to work for my skin and so I’m glad.

I will try to do a more in-depth review of these products if I end up really loving them and if you guys want reviews on them, I will of course do my best to review them 🙂

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Hand and Body Care

So I went into this cute little store called Sabon the other day and ended up walking out with these two goodies. The shop is so quaint and pretty, with old wooden floors and a standing sink made of white rock. And not to mention, the BEST smelling body scrubs ever. Image The packaging is also very vintage and super cute! I got the Patchouli Lavender Vanilla hand cream, which smells ABSOLUTELY divine and if you have them email your receipt to you, you get a free sample of their shower oil! For a store so small, I honestly spent at least half an hour in there because everything just smelled so good! From the moment you walk in, you’re greeted by a sales associate who directs you to the sink in the back in order to try out their body scrubs. You can hang your coat and bag up on the rack at the side and step on the pedal on the floor to get water pumping out of the pipe. Now this was all a marketing ploy to lure you into buying something and honestly, it worked. However, their body scrub were amazing! It left your skin feel super soft even after a few seconds of scrubbing. However, it had a pretty nice price tag on it so I admired but didn’t buy. ImageBut this hand cream I couldn’t pass up on. It smells absolutely amazing and it doesn’t contain any parabens or mineral oil and has shea butt and aloe vera in it. They had differently scents but this scent called to me! It smells exactly as it’s named; like patchouli mixed with lavender and vanilla to create this euphoric scent. Honestly, if they had the perfume of this scent I would have bought it. Anyways, this hand cream other than just smelling great, leaves your hands feeling super soft and silky. And went paired with the scrub, you won’t be able to stop touching or smelling your hands! 

The shower oil is just a fancy way of saying body wash and it has a pretty fresh but basic scent to it, probably because it’s jasmine based. Sabon also sells soap, bath bombs, skin care, fragrances, and basically everything related to body care. It is considered a ‘luxury’ shop because some of the prices are pretty steep, but the quality is great! 

I sound like I’m reviewing the store instead of the hand lotion and shower oil, but I can’t help it. The experience was fantastic 😀 They also have a website which is just Sabon.com and they do have stores located in big international cities a lot of stores located in NYC alone. If you’re near one, you should definitely check it out! 

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The Body Shop Tea Tree Concealer

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Hello everyone! I hope you guys are having a good day; we got blasted with another winter storm today and thus classes were cancelled and outside looks like a winter wonderland! I’ve been meaning to review this concealer but wanted to wait until I’ve used it a lot so I’d give a thorough review of it.

I bought this when I bought a bunch of products from the Tea Tree Line from The Body Shop. I needed a new concealer because I’ve been using my MAC Studio Fix as a concealer (it works better than you think) since I ditched my Stila concealer. I was surprised because this concealer comes in a lipstick tube and is shaped like a lipstick itself. At first the smell was a bit off putting, it smelled kind of like old makeup and I could get faint hints of tea tree here and there. After getting over the initial smell, I decided to try it and I ended up really liking it. The consistency is very good and it’s very creamy and easy to blend. It has medium-full coverage and it’s very build-able. I got mine in Shade 02 which is darkest of the 2 shades that The Body Shop offers.

Image                                            Here’s a swatch of it on my hand

It’s kind of hard to see but the consistency really sinks into your skin. One of the reasons why I like this concealer so much is because it is very hydrating and creamy. So if you try to apply it on blemishes or dry patches on your skin, it does a good job of moisturizing the dry skin and makes it pretty invisible to the naked eye. This concealer is also very easy to apply; it’s just like applying a lipstick. Take off the cap wind the tube up and start marking away. I like that I can just hold the tube and dab it on areas that need concealing and just use my finger to blend. It really is a no-fuss application.

The main point of this Tea Tree Concealer is that it contains tea tree oil which helps to heal blemishes and reduce redness. Since most people concealer blemishes and breakouts with regular concealer that may contain additional oils and parabens, I think this is a very genius idea to have a concealer that contains a blemish fighting ingredient so it acts as a spot treatment as well as a concealer. I know regular spot treatments cannot be worn with daily makeup because they are usually white gels or tinted and don’t blend with makeup; therefore this is a great alternative that could be worn when going outside.

Pros:

– Very blend-able

– Creamy and hydrating consistency

– Helps heal blemishes and conceal redness

– Easy application

– Very travel friendly

– Medium – Full coverage

– Affordable

Cons:

– There are some issues with winding the tube

– People who are sensitive to smells will not like it

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The Body Shop: Tea Tree Oil

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One of my New Year’s resolutions was to take better care of my skin and so I got right on that by ordering a bunch of products from The Body Shop’s Tea Tree line. Now I have previously used the Tea Tree Toner from The Body Shop but it was just way too harsh for my skin and so I never repurchased. I needed a spot treatment and picked up this little bottle of tea tree oil. The reviews for it are great; many people swear by it and its abilities to combat breakouts. Here’s my two cents. 

In terms of controlling and helping acne blemishes go away, it does a decent job for new blemishes now popping up under the skin. But for pesky ones that like to stay a while and not go away, it doesn’t work as well. I find that it doesn’t actually perform as well as the Etude House AC Clinic Red Spot Balm and it doesn’t last nearly half as long. There’s only 10 mL of product in the bottle and after using it everyday for the past 2-3 weeks I’m about halfway through. It’s tricky to put on because you have to either use a cotton swab or your fingertip and place it on the head and tilt it so enough product comes out. That being said, you don’t really know how much you’re pouring until you see it dripping down. So the packaging is a bit iffy, in my opinion. 

It smells strongly of tea tree oil and once you put it on, it stings a bit then goes away. I do like that it’s a clear liquid so when you put it on your face you can still go about normally without having to worry about white or tan spots from other spot treatments all over your face. I know we’ve all been there and probably have freaked out a bunch of people as well. Aside from it’s decent job of clearing blemishes, I would not repurchase this product. It was nice to try to see if it works but in the end, my skin needs something a bit better and stronger. 

Pros:

– Made from Community Fair Trade organic tea tree oil

– Clear spot treatment 

– Does a decent job of combating pimples 

Cons:

– Dries out the skin

– Packaging is a bit difficult

– Finishes quickly

– Does not work as fast

Rate: 3.5/5

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Stila Brighten and Correct Concealer Review

ImageWhen I ordered this from Stila, I had pretty high hopes that it would do all that everyone who raved about it said it would do. I thought it was interesting that the concealer itself was made up of swirls of two colors that would mix to give your intended shade.Image On the box, it says that the coverage is medium and that it blended to a velvety finish. I like that it is formulated without parabens, oil, lanolin and fragrance. It wouldn’t irritate sensitive skin like mine. But I hated how I had to brush it over what I wanted to cover up, (blemishes) and would have to keep using the same brush head even when I didn’t have any blemishes; which would transfer oil and bacteria and all that other good stuff, and result in clogged pores and more blemishes. Kind of seems like a never-ending circle, no?
Image I got this color in Tan because Deep was incredibly dark for my skin-tone and the Light was way too light. So Tan seemed like a good choice. Upon taking it out and testing it, it has a twist cap so you’d have to twist and twist and twist until you see the brush head become tinged with makeup. This actually look a long time and a lot of twisting. But that’s understandable since it was brand new and never used. However, I noticed that I’d have to twist a lot to get even a bit to come out everyday. Now the tip of the concealer pen is a brush with very plastic-y looking bristles. It was weird when the concealer came out that I’d have to either dab the brush on my hand or put it directly onto my face, which turned out to be a problem. The colors never mixed well enough and so I ended up having to manually mix it with my fingertip, then apply it onto my face, which in the process, used up most of the concealer and I would end up having to use more. 

Also, I noticed that the coverage wasn’t all that great, the color didn’t really mesh well with my skin and so it would leave the spots I was trying to conceal looking reddish-brown; anything BUT tan…which I think is because the colors never swirled and came out properly out of the pen. I like the concept and idea of this concealer pen but unfortunately it would take a lot of tweaking to actually perfect it. The brush head is way too soft so when you try to apply it on the skin, the concealer just kind of goes back into the bristles. You guys know what I’m talking about? And the shade selections aren’t all that great as well; very few people would be able to use the shades Deep, Tan and Light without having to mix with another concealer. All in all, I ended up getting so frustrated with this concealer that I started using my MAC Studio Fix powder as concealer…and it ended up working out as so much better! If you guys really want to know how I did it, I’d be glad to share 😉 

Rate: 2/5 

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Sephora Intensive Instant Moisturizer Review

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This has been such a long awaited review ever since I got my Sephora haul ages ago. I’ve been completely swamped with midterms and school that I couldn’t devote much time and attention to my blog. Honestly speaking, ever since the 2nd week of school there hasn’t been one week where I didn’t have a midterm. Crazy I know. This is finally the first weekend I’ve had where I don’t have a midterm the following week. And to tell you the truth, it feels SO damn good to sit around and catch up on all my TV shows and shop online and just…do NOTHING. Anyways, let’s get right into the review! 

This moisturizer is the thicker more hydrating version of the Instant Moisturizer, which I have previously used before and loved. It was perfect for spring and summer because it moisturized well and didn’t feel heavy on the skin. However now that the weather has took a drastic turn (It snowed really hard last week already) I needed to up my skincare routine and go for a more hydrating moisturizer. This moisturizer did win out over the Josie Maran Argan Oil Light and the original Argan Oil! For starters, it smells really good! However, when you apply on your skin it absorbs and doesn’t leave your face smelling like Sephora. It is very hydrating; it’s perfect for oily/combo skin that need moisturization as the weather gets colder.  

It is pretty gentle on the skin, as it says on the box, it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. It has little iridescent particles in it that kind of leave a shimmer on your skin so it illuminates, but it is a VERY subtle effect. You’d have to stare at yourself up close and personal in the mirror to tell. It is non-comedogenic and formulated without parabens and oils so it hasn’t made me break out. I can always trust Sephora brand products to not break me out because they don’t contain any parabens and other harmful ingredients. Also, it’s thick enough to be worn as a night cream and light enough to be worn during the day. It all depends on how much you put on.

It comes in a jar container without a spatula, so it’s not as hygienic as pump moisturizers or the ones that do come with spatulas. However, I always put my moisturizer on as soon as I get out of the shower, making sure that my hands don’t touch a lot of surfaces to collect bacteria. 

All in all, I really like this moisturizer. It’s affordable and it moisturizes well if you have oily/combo skin. It doesn’t leave your face oily or tacky and doesn’t feel heavy. 

Rate: 5/5

 

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Stila Haul!

Hey guys do I’m back with another haul and I’m so excited to share all of these goodies with you! So Stila was having their incredible Fall sale and I couldn’t resist getting my hands on these!ImageSo I picked up their long wear lip color in Serenade, Coquette, Flushed and Lover.ImageI also got the prime pot in Taffy. This stuff literally doesn’t come off after you put it on!IMG_2908-tileAnd since I recently ran out of concealor, I grabbed their Brighten and Correct ConcealorIMG_2931And a white smudgestick waterproof eyeliner and convertible eye colorIMG_2929 Here’s what the lip colors look like out of the boxIMG_2924-horz

And of course, here are the swatches of everything except for the concealor (will be doing a review of it later on).IMG_2935The colors are amazing. Lover is so pigmented but I personally love Flushed and Coquette. I think they’re perfect for Fall and Winter when you don’t want to be wearing really bright colors on your lips. Super natural and moisturizing as well!IMG_2920Stila was also kind enough to throw in a samples of their skincare set and a sample of their color balm lipsticks.IMG_2919Overall, I’m happy with this haul. Can’t wait to use all of these products now!