Beauty, Makeup

Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Lip Gloss – Goliath Grape 

I am so picky when it comes to lip gloss! I like high-shine, shimmery colors that are mid-opacity and never ever sticky! That’s a tall order for a lot of glosses, but I found one that I really love: the Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Lip Gloss in Goliath Grape. This product can be purchased from Clinique’s website and select retailers for $17.50.

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There are so many great facets to this product. Let’s take a look at them:

*Color – I like this purplish shade that’s a fun mix between a berry and a violet. It’s relatively sheer but still is very noticeable. I love that it’s not too opaque because I think that makes this one more versatile. Also, it has a lot of shimmer, which is perfect for me!

*Texture – This one is not even a teeny bit sticky, which is so ideal for a gloss. It goes on smooth and lasts for quite a while. You’ll need to reapply after eating, but that’s really standard for a gloss.

*Benefits – While this product claims to plump the lips, I didn’t see this any more than I do with any other lip gloss. Any shiny, glossy product is going to create the illusion of fullness. However, it is noticeably moisturizing, so that does set this product apart from some glosses. After a day of wearing this product, my lips still feel supple and smooth. So, this one scores some bonus points for not drying out my lips.

Overall, I loved this gloss and I would definitely try more shades in this range. Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite gloss you want to share? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Dior Glow Palette 

It’s no secret that I adore Dior! Whenever they have a new product, I immediately rush out to get it. Recently, they launched their backstage collection, and I was really excited to try the Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette. This product will cost you $45 at Sephora and similar retailers.

So, first things first, this is NOT a contour palette. It’s not marketed as one either, but I know some people get confused when it comes to bronzers. To truly contour, you need an ashy-toned (preferably matte) bronze or brown shade. Anything with shimmer (like these shades) will make the hollows of the cheek look swollen rather than sunken. So, products like this one are designed to be applied just to the apples of the cheek (for color) or the highest part of the cheekbone (for highlight).

I was so impressed by these shades. They’re all really pretty and very pigmented. The top two shades are a white and a champagne highlighter. I was initially a bit scared of how white the white one was, but it blends so well and has a very luminous, ethereal finish. It wasn’t chalky or garish at all. The champagne one was lovely and added a nice glow without being too warm. The bottom two shades were blushes: one rosy and one bronze. They’re also really pigmented but blendable and will compliment most skin tones with a bold pop of color.

As far as texture goes, these are very smooth. However, they contain some rather chunky glitter, and I know that’s not what everyone prefers. However, I love this palette when I want to really stand out. It’s not the most neutral, daytime palette. This one is geared towards night drama instead!

Overall, I adored this palette, although I admit the price is a bit steep for something that’s a special occasion and not a daily palette (still, powders last a long time before they need replacing).

Is this one you’ve tried or are interested in trying? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Shiseido Eyelash Curler 

I sometimes dream of long, luxurious, perfectly curled eyelashes. Of course, what I have are lackluster and stick straight out. Because of this, I thought I’d try the Shiseido Eyelash Curler.

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This eyelash curler is available at Sephora and similar retailers for $20. I must say that while this doesn’t make my eyelashes look perfect, it does make them significantly better. It’s a sturdy curler with a strong grip, and that makes a big difference. It also is shaped well and allows me to get really close to my lash line for the ideal curl. Overall, I’ve been really happy with this product. I would say it’s one of the best I’ve tried.

Have you tried this one or do you have a favorite eyelash curler? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Marc Jacobs Lip Gloss 

The other day, I got a fun surprise in the mail from Allure: the Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Gloss in Moonglow. This product is available at Sephora and similar retailers for $28.

This is a fantastic gloss! Moonglow is a very soft pink nude shade, which is pretty much universally flattering because it just adds a glossy boost to your natural color. I don’t know how the more dramatic shades perform, but this one really is the perfect neutral.

From a texture standpoint, I love how smooth this gloss it. It’s not sticky at all! I really hate sticky glosses, so I’m thrilled by this one. There’s also a teeny bit of tingle and plumping action, which is a nice bonus. Plus, the scent is very minty, which I love.

Overall, I adore this gloss. It’s definitely a bit pricier than I would normally go for when it comes to a basic, sheer lip gloss, but I’ve still been really enjoying this product!

Have you tried any Marc Jacobs makeup products? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation 

Summer is in full swing, and with this extreme heat has come a change in my skin texture. Every year, it seems like my skin gets very dry in the winter and very oily in the summer, and this year has been no different. As I’ve worked to keep the oil at bay, I’ve found a new favorite powder foundation: the Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation. This product can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for $40.

I don’t always love powder foundations – they often look cakey and the powder can settle into pores and fine lines. Some also tend to wash me out, which sucks since I’m already so pale. Thankfully, this powder performs like a dream. The texture is very fine, which makes it feel very lightweight. It also applies very smoothly and seems to instantly blur my imperfections. The shade range includes the shade “light” which matches my skin tone perfectly.

This is actually a relatively hydrating powder, which is one of the reasons that I think it balances my skin out so well. The powder absorbs the oil, but the hydrating quality (caused by the aloe ingredient) prevents the product from settling too much and looking overly noticeable.

The coverage of this product is also fantastic. I can’t believe how much one swipe can cover. Occasionally, I use this over a lightweight foundation, but it also works really well by itself. I find that most powder foundations really can’t stand on their own, but this one truly does what it’s supposed to do.

I have no regrets about this purchase, and I definitely plan to repurchase when I’ve used this one up!

Have you tried this product or do you have a favorite powder foundation? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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St. Tropez One Night Only Gloss 

I have given up on getting a tan. Over the years, I’ve realized that I must be at least a quarter vampire because really nothing can make me look less cadaverous. I literally repel the sun (I don’t even burn!) Still, sometimes I find myself desiring to look a bit less ghostly, so I was excited when I received a sample of the St. Tropez One Night Only Gloss. This product can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $25.

I have tried self-tanner before. It’s so hard to get even, it always fades in strange ways, and it has a propensity to turn me either orange or yellow. This product, however, isn’t actually self-tanner. It’s a bronze gloss that washes off and doesn’t stain your skin or clothes. Unfortunately, this one was still not a winner for me.

I was glad that I did not look orange with this product, but I also didn’t look bronzed either. It took a huge amount of product to make a difference, and after using a bunch, at best I looked really shiny with a bit of bronze glitter mixed in. The product did smell like plastic though, so I didn’t like how I smelled after I used so much of it.

I will admit that it did not transfer, but that could be because there was very little tint to transfer. Keep in mind, I’m extremely pale, so I imagine that most people could use a ton of this product and not see any difference at all.

I think that this gloss might do a good job at enhancing an existing tan, but it’s not going to do anything to create the illusion of one.

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Dior Backstage Cool Eyeshadow Palette 

Eyeshadow palettes are a big seller for cosmetics companies, but I hate when I buy a palette only to discover that I can’t used a significant portion of the colors. Whenever I’m considering buying an eyeshadow palette, I really look at it and make sure that the majority of colors are ones that I could wear pretty frequently. I was so excited when Dior launched their Backstage Makeup Collection, and I was browsing Sephora’s website. I discovered that this collection included a cool-toned shadow palette filled with light pinks, mauves, purples, and taupes. The moment I saw it, I knew that I could rock every single color, so I jumped at the chance to purchase the Dior Backstage Eyeshadow Palette in Cool. This palette is sold for $49 at Sephora and similar retailers.

First, let’s discuss the price. Yes, it’s a really hefty price, especially when you only get 8 shadows and 1 square of primer. Upon reflection, this palette is not worth the price, but I do still really like it for those who have the urge to splurge!

The shadows are gorgeous, and there is a nice variety of both matte and shimmer shades. When choosing eyeshadows in the morning, I have been finding myself grabbing this palette over and over again because these shades are all cool-toned but also neutral. Not only can I use every shade in this palette, but I can also use them daily for a variety of subtle looks. The shades are all pretty buildable, but even when using the darker shades, the looks aren’t going to get more dramatic than maybe a daytime smokey eye. Overall, this palette is a great daily palette with a fun spin on neutral shadows that really enhance the green in my eyes.

I was surprised by the sheer quality of the shades, but as I mentioned, you can build them up until they’re as bold as you want. The texture is pretty consistent for each shadow, and they apply quite smoothly and evenly. I was pleased that none of the shadows seemed chalky or patchy. Rather, there was almost a satiny finish to the shadows.

Now, let’s talk about the built-in primer square. It was not good. I found that using this primer before the shadow did not result in long-wear and there was still quite a bit of creasing by the end of the day. When I used my Urban Decay or Too Faced shadow primers instead, I was much more pleased with the overall look – there was no creasing and the shadows were far more vibrant and long-lasting.

To be honest, I do love this palette even though the price tag was exorbitant. I’ve been looking for another daily palette with purples (since my other daily palette – UD Naked 3 – has more pinks/beiges) and I’ve been pleased with the look of these shades!

Would you consider buying this one? Do you know of any dupes for this palette? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Pretty Vulgar – Bury Them With a Smile Lipstick 

I’m such a sucker for pretty packaging! Recently, as I browsing Sephora’s website, I came across the Bury Them With a Smile Lipstick from Pretty Vulgar and was just enamored with the fun name and adorable design on the lipstick tube. I couldn’t help myself – I just had to buy it. But I’m so glad I did! This product can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $24.

Not only is this a fun lipstick to look at and carry around in your handbag, it actually performs really well too. I purchased the shade, “Darling, Be Daring,” which is a great cool-toned fuchsia. It applies pretty opaquely and very evenly in just one or two swipes. The finish is matte, and I’ve been so impressed by how this holds up throughout the day.

This is a long-wear lipstick, and it wears very well. There is minimal transfer when eating and drinking. After a big meal, you can tell that it’s faded a bit (and not completely evenly if you look closely at the inner portion of the lips), but it still looks pretty good after eating. Still, I tend to reapply after a meal, although I think I could get away with not reapplying and it would still be passable.

The product description of this lipstick claims to keep your lips moisturized with hydrating butters and oils, and I do disagree with this claim. While I’ve been pleased that it doesn’t seem to dry my lips out too much and never settles into any lines, it is certainly not moisturizing. My lips are definitely a bit dryer at the end of the day (as is normal for any long-wear lipstick) and I require a thicker balm in the evening to remedy this for the next day.

Overall, I’ve been really pleased with this lipstick. The shade is so pretty, and it’s been so easy to maintain throughout the day. I highly recommend this one!

Have you tried anything from Pretty Vulgar? If so, please let me know in the comment section. I don’t know much about the brand, and I’d love to try another of their products.

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Lâncome Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara 

I finally found it! After going so long feeling ambivalent towards most mascaras, I’ve finally found one that takes my lashes from lackluster to luxurious: the Lâncome Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara. This product is available from Sephora and similar retailers for $25.

I love the tight brush with sturdy bristles in this mascara wand. They seem to comb through my lashes so well to create a dramatic (and not spidery) look. I don’t know how this formula does it, but my lashes are finally keeping a curl and staying nice all day. Typically, I would avoid using a waterproof formula daily since that can lead to damage of the lashes, but I just can’t get over this one. I think I’m going to have to try the non-waterproof formula to compare the two. Still, even with the waterproof aspect, it’s been easy to remove with my normal eye makeup remover. This truly is the best of both worlds: it lasts all day but is easy to remove. Plus, my lashes are looking fantastic.

Have you tried this mascara or the non-waterproof version? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask 

I’m such a sucker for a face mask. They feel luxurious, but they also pack a powerful punch of skincare benefits in one concentrated treatment. Recently, I tried the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask. This product retails at Sephora for $62 (with a mini version available for $25).

I loved this mask! According to its product description, it’s supposed to help with: dullness, rough texture, uneven tone, dryness, and congestion. I can honestly say that it does what it claims. Using this mask a few times a week has definitely improved the overall state of my skin. My acne was reduced and my skin looked smoother for sure! It’s definitely worth the price. It’s also packed with some great skincare ingredients like seaweed, red algae, and lotus flower. I can’t believe that a mask so gentle on the skin can give such great results too. I highly recommend this one!

Have you tried this one or do you have a face mask that’s great for acne? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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