Category: Review

The Perfect Products for Smooth, Summer Skin

Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer, Murad Essential-C Eye Cream, Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Eye Gel Cream, Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating Oil Free Gel Cream Moisturizer, Murad Essential-C Cleanser, Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer, Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner

Makeup will always be my first love but skincare has definitely been growing on me over the past year. A healthy, even complexion is the key to flawless makeup so I’m always on the lookout for good skincare products that help my skin look its best. After lots of trial and error, I’ve crafted the perfect skincare regimen for my dry, sensitive skin and discovered some amazing products that work like a charm. It would be selfish of me to not share my favorite summer skincare goodies with my favorite peeps in the world so I’ve wrangled them all up so I could give you the scoop on all of them and also help you put together your perfect summer skincare routine.

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ColourPop Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Stix Review

ColourPop Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Pencil

Summer usually calls for bright, glossy lips but there’s nothing wrong with being a rebel and taking a walk on the matte nude side. ColourPop recently released a new line of Matte X Lippie Stix that sports an ultra matte, shine-free finish in a variety of shades. I picked up a couple of pinks, of course, but I also had my eye on a few nudes too. Especially Pillow Talk. I love me some brown and grey nudes so when I saw that ColourPop combined the best of both worlds with the new Pillow Talk Matte X Lippie Stix I was all over it.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow Glow Kit Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow

Anastasia Beverly Hills isn’t just the queen of brows anymore. She’s slowly but surely becoming the queen of highlighters too. The saga first began with her beautiful line of Illuminators. Now, she’s kicked it up a notch with her iconic Glow Kits which I think every makeup junkie needs to have in her stash. If not both, at least one! I just knew That Glow would be mine until I laid eyes on Gleam and realized how amazing it looks on my brown skin. I ended up adding Gleam to my collection first in hopes of skipping That Glow since I have so many gold highlighters. But there was no way I could resist That Glow for long. It’s too superb!
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Urban Decay Big Bang Vice Lipstick Review

Urban Decay Big Bang Vice Lipstick

Do you love pink? Or glitter? Yes? Then you’re going to lose your mind over the new Urban Decay Big Bang Vice Lipstick. It is literally the epitome of pink and glitter conveniently packaged into a lipstick bullet. No really. Urban Decay’s Big Bang Vice Lipstick looks like pure glitter and it’s so pink that it’ll make every girly girl pink fanatic fall to her knees. This lipstick is that serious! Unicorns may even be jealous of it. For real.

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CoverGirl Queen Collection Ebony Bronze Natural Hue Bronzer Review

CoverGirl Queen Collection Ebony Bronze Natural Hue Bronzer

There’s always that one beauty product that tons of people rave about all over but is incredibly hard to find. The CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer is definitely one of them! If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find tons of good reviews on it and even a few places to order it online. But finding it in stores? Needle in a haystack. The CoverGirl Queen Collection isn’t available in all stores so I really had to dig to find it. After lots of searching, I lucked up and came across it at my local Target. It took a lot of effort to get my hands on the CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Bronzer but I don’t regret it at all. It’s such a wonderful bronzer!
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5 Brightening Primers for Glowing Summer Skin!

Urban Decay Brightening & Tightening Complexion Primer Potion, Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer, Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm, Tarte Clean Slate Flawless Brightening Primer, NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer Serum

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million more times. Summer is all about that glow, baby! A dewy, radiant complexion is a must have for summer because it makes skin look healthy and soft versus a matte finish that can sometimes look dry, cakey and mask-like. No bueno! I know everyone doesn’t like to go quite as highlighter crazy as I do (I pile that ish on!) and that’s okay. There’s other ways to get your glow on in a more natural, subtle way. Like by adding a brightening primer to your routine to give you an all over radiant glow that backlights your makeup and adds a luminous touch to your complexion. To make your life easier, I’ve rounded up my 5 favorite brightening primers to help you glow all summer long without overdoing it. Let’s get started!

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Fancie Faves

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette, Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer, MAC Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish, Becca Topaz Shimmering Skin Perfector, Urban Decay Big Bang Vice Lipstick, Smashbox Culver City Coral L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette

Man was June a hot month! And I’m not just talking about the weather. Last month, I touched (and bought) a lot of new makeup and skincare goodies that were unbelievably good. From the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick launch to the stunning Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Collection, we were up to our ears in hot makeup releases all month long. Of course, I ended up giving into temptation for a few of them here and there (which I loved!) but I also got a chance to try a couple of not so new products that turned out to be great too. So great that I just couldn’t put them down all month long. Here’s an overview of my top picks for June:

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Summer Empties!

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser, Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner, Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask, Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Serum, Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Extra Radiance Renewer

Buying new beauty products is easy. There’s always something shiny and new around the corner that tempts us to switch products in the blink of an eye. I know I’m guilty for changing my lipstick, highlight, eyeshadow and more on a regular basis so it seems almost impossible for me to use up all my makeup. Skincare, on the other hand, is a little different. Once I find a good skincare product I stick to it until the death of it. That’s how I’ve managed to rack up a small pile of skincare empties this summer. From cleanser to serum, I’ve actually managed to make a commitment to a few beauty products until the very end. Here’s a quick rundown of all of my summer skincare empties:

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3 Bronzers for Brown Skin

3 Bronzers for Brown Skin

When you already have a rich, deep skin tone finding a bronzer is tough work. Most bronzers are a pale golden tan or barely there bronze that only work for light to medium complexions. It’s not too often that you see an actual bronzer (not a highlighter) designed to add warmth and subtle definition to brown skin. Which is a bummer because even us dark skin divas like to look warmed up and kissed by the sun too. Thankfully, a handful of makeup brands realized brown skin could use a little bronzer too and created bronzers deep enough for us gals on the darker side of the spectrum to use. Finding the perfect bronzer for brown skin can still be a bit tricky because everyone hasn’t hopped on board yet so I’ve decided to share my top 3 bronzer choices that work like a charm for my deep brown skin.

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Maybelline Nude Thrill & Rebel Red Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color Review

Maybelline 10 Nude Flush, 35 Rebel Road Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color

There’s nothing like waking up to a box of liquid lipsticks! Recently, Influenster sent over a couple of the new Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors for me to test out for you guys and I couldn’t be happier to tell you all about them. It was only a matter of time before Maybelline hopped in the liquid lipstick arena after the trend took the makeup world by storm. While it took a little time, Maybelline finally whipped up their own liquid matte lipstick formula with the new Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors. The Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color line features 10 shades ranging from nude to vampy for just $8 a pop. Do they live up to the matte liquid lipsticks we know and love?

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