Beauty Review // 02

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To help get me back on the blog-writing wagon, I wanted to give a beauty review of some of the products I’ve been using on a regular basis (issue 01 found here). I’m not in love with all of them, but they get the job done and that’s good enough for me. I’ve been using all four of things products pretty regularly over the last few months so I feel like I am able to give a pretty good review of them.

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The Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo in Mango Beam is meh. I don’t love it, I don’t hate it. Compared to the price tag of high-end blushes, this one is on what I would call the middle of the road. At $17, it’s certainly not cheap. I like to think I love backed products, but I think I’m honestly just telling myself that I do. This blush is very pretty and goes with all looks, but doesn’t tend to last very long on my cheeks even when I’m wearing powder over my foundation. Also, I purchased it online, and it’s way more pink that I thought it would be. If I ever use it all up, I will not be repurchasing.

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Filling in my brows a bit is one of those steps that I just cannot skip. I started experimenting with my brows a few years ago, and bought my first brow pencil back in 2013 I believe (a Tarte pencil). I had a really hard time using a light hand, so wanted to give a powder a try. Everyone and their mother is obsessed with the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow whiz, and since I’m such a loner, I decided to go with their Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown. I just had to look up the price of this, and I almost let out an audible groan. TWENTY-THREE DOLLARS?! WHAT?! Now, in it’s defense, this stuff will probably last me a lifetime. I definitely don’t use it every day (I prefer my Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil) but I’ve still barely even made a dent. Another product that definitely does the job, is super easy to use, but just doesn’t wow me.

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I’m sure everyone who is involved in the makeup world at all has heard of the BeautyBlender. I saw it all over YouTube and was super intrigued by it, but couldn’t bring myself to spend $25 on a sponge. I started to accumulate brushes and when I started using foundation/tinted moisturizer, I noticed that I would get some cakeyness between my eyes. No matter how much I exfoliated and blended my makeup in, it was always there. I don’t know what finally lead me to the Sephora checkout line with a BeautyBlender in my grasps, but when I first brought it home I was scared to use it. I was really freaked out about cleaning it (and still am to this day if I’m being honest) but did pick it up a couple of times. Lately, it’s all I use. No matter the base, I find that this is absolutely the best way to blend in your makeup. Also, did I mention that it is super soothing and enjoyable to use? When you dampen it with cold water and wring it out, it remains so light and bouncy and I find that my skin looks so much more natural when I use it instead of one of my brushes. I’ll definitely be getting another when this one kicks the bucket.

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Speaking of bases, I have found a favorite. I’ve been researching foundations for a long time, and was about to take the plunge and get the NARS Sheer Glow but for some reason just kept hesitating. I’ve been so against foundations for so long and was really freaked out about buying a base in a glass bottle. I started hearing YouTubers talk about the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint and on a spur of the moment trip to Sephora, I bought it. I think it’s a great color match for my pale, pinky skin, and I love that it’s SPF 30. I’m almost convinced that my t-zone is a bit more oily when I wear this, but it’s so comfortable and natural looking, that I don’t mind. I’ve been making my rounds through the various tinted moisturizers, so I’m not 100% convinced that I love it enough to repurchase, but we shall see!

If you’ve used any of these items, let me know what you think! I’m also always open for suggestions on new products so recommend away! I’ll continue with a beauty review post every few months, so be on the lookout for upcoming posts.

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