pros and cons

Hit or Miss: Exuviance Pigment Lifting Masque

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Hey, dears! Today I’ll be talking about another product sent to me via BrandBacker. As you may know, I have hyperpigmentation so I was super excited to use these babies. Here are my thoughts.

These masks have NeoGlucosamine which break up dark spots. They also have Vitamin C which amps up the brightening process. I’ve used this product 3 times. On the package, it says to use it 1-2x weekly. You basically just apply the masque onto your face after cleansing and leave it on for 10 mins. The mask has holes for your eyes, nose, and face. When I first used it, it felt sort of awkward. I’ve never used an actual mask made out of cloth material on my face. I was kind of worried it was going to fall off, but it stood put. When I removed it, I massaged the excess product into my skin and continued my normal skincare routine.

After the first use, I did notice my skin seemed brighter however I have also noticed I’ve been breaking out like crazy. Now, I’m not blaming the mask but I’m not NOT blaming it. My breakouts can be due to stress, makeup wear, etc, but nevertheless, it has been breaking out. I still used it 2 more times and noticed some great things. Even though I was breaking out, the acne scars were super light! I enjoy this product and another bonus is that it makes your skin super soft. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who suffers from dark spots. It’s definitely worth the $65.

This post is sponsored by BrandBacker. All opinions are my own.

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Hit or Miss: LA Splash Smitten LipTint Mousse

Hey, babes. So, I’m basically on a mission to try every brand of liquid lipstick there is. Why? Because liquid lipsticks are amazing. So far, I got some NYX, Kat Von D, Ofra, Dose of Colors, LimeCrime, Coloured Raine, and Colourpop. It was time to add a new brand to the mix and I decided why not LA Splash? I’ve heard a couple of things about their liquid lipsticks, but of course I had to come up with my own opinion so here we go…

I picked up the color Raven, which is a deep burgundy shade. I absolutely love the color and I think it’s the perfect vampy shade. The formula is interesting, I’ve never quite felt anything like it before. I’ve tried creamy and liquidy matte lipsticks, but this one is more gel like. Does that make any sense? Haha. It feels like hair gel, but definitely not as thick. That’s probably what they meant when they put “mousse” in the name. It’s not a bad feeling, just different. This lipstick is super pigmented as well. Another thing that I like is that it has the same paddle brush applicator, which is my favorite. I feel like paddle brushes apply product easier. Also, this baby will LAST! It can be a pain in the ass to take off. So, be careful when applying and make sure that’s the lip color you want haha. The only downside is this is probably the most drying liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried. Luckily for me, that’s not enough for me to hate it. If you’re sensitive to that, you may not like that. Otherwise, I really enjoy it. They’re not too expensive either. I think $14 is a reasonable price point.

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Hit or Miss: NYX’s Liquid Suede Lipstick

Hey, dears! Originally, I was undecided about buying one of NYX’s Liquid Suede lipsticks. The reason for that was because none of the colors really called my name. Then I realized that the shade “Vintage” was a dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills’ “Trust Issues”. That’s when I knew I had to have it because that shade is gorgeous and I didn’t want to spend $20 for it. Plus, I figured these liquid lipsticks are super popular because they are always sold out.

The description on the NYX websites says, “Doll up your lips in plush and vibrant color! Our Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick glides on and sets into a striking matte finish. Velvety soft and waterproof, this long-lasting lippie creates a positively polished look with every swipe.” Basically, this is a matte liquid lipstick. Needless to say, I expected the same outcome or similar as my other liquid matte lipsticks. However, that wasn’t the case.

As far as pros go, I love the color. The pigmentation is great. Also, the applicator is a paddle brush which makes it easier to apply. It’s definitely creamy and comfortable on the lips. However, this is not long lasting at all. If you eat, kiss, drink, etc.. it’s definitely going to transfer and fade. You’re definitely going to have to reapply. Also, it doesn’t completely dry to a matte finish. Which is disappointing. Overall, I think for $7 it’s a nice product. If you’re looking for something that compares to Colourpop or Dose of Colors, Kat Von D, etc.. I’d go with something else. If you don’t mind touching up throughout the day, then I’d definitely buy it. My final opinion is that it’s not a must have in my book, but it’s not a horrible product either.

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Eyeliner 101

Happy Hump Day :)! Let’s talk about eye makeup, specifically eyeliner – as you can see by the title. I was a huge fan of eyeliner in high school, but lately I only use it to bring some drama into my makeup looks. However, I realize a lot of makeup beginners don’t know what eyeliner to use for different looks. So, I decided to discuss the different types of eyeliners and which I prefer depending on the looks I’m trying to achieve.

  • Gel Gel liner will always be my #1 when it comes to eyeliner. I use gel for almost everything. I find that it’s easier to use when it comes to doing a winged eye. You definitely have more control and it lasts longer than liquid. The only issue is that it’s a bit more difficult to clean up if you make a mistake.
  • Kohl I usually reach for kohl liner when I want to line my waterlines. Kohl liner comes in pencil form and it’s super easy to use. It was all I used during high school.
  • Liquid I have a severe love/hate relationship with liquid eyeliner. I haven’t mastered enough hand control to use it on the daily. However, I do use it over gel sometimes to intensify the black color. I rarely ever use it for a winged eye on its own. I use it sometimes to just do a regular straight line on my lid. However, a lot of people love liquid liner for winged eyes and cat eyes.
  • Kajal Kajal is similar to kohl liner, but it’s definitely smoother and great for sultry, smoked out, and bold looks. I reach for this when I want to smoke out my liner.

What are your favorite types of eyeliners to use?

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Hit or Miss: New York Color Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder

Hey, all! I’m pretty proud of myself for being pretty damn consistent with this series. So, here we go!

I’m definitely more of a bronzer than blush girl. So, when I received this baby in my Fiesta VoxBox, I was obviously excited. However, I was slightly disappointed that it only comes in one shade! Yes, one shade. I just find that insane because one shade doesn’t fit all obviously. I’m already tan, so I need a bronzer that’s going to warm up my face and not just look like regular face powder. Still, I gave it a shot and to my surprise it was pretty good!

This powder gives you that sun-kissed glow that you need when the cold weather starts coming through. It’s not a shimmery bronzer but it definitely warms up the skin. Although it’s matte, I wouldn’t use it to contour because it’s not the perfect contour shade for my skin tone. However, someone with lighter skin might be able to use it as a contour powder. Overall, I think this product is great. I find myself reaching for it often. Needless, to say it’s a HIT. I got it for free, but you can buy it for $3 at any drugstore that carries New York Color.

Note: I’ve received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Hit or Miss: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

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Don’t think that the Emmy’s made me forget about “Hit or Miss” Mondays! Let’s jump right into this product review.

So many people have been raving about it and how natural looking it looks. The online description states, “Born This Way is an oil-free foundation that masterfully diffuses the line between makeup and skin. For coverage so undetectable, you can’t see the makeup or the imperfections—just a natural-looking, luminous, flawless complexion. The revolutionary formula is infused with a potent combination of coconut water to naturally replenish moisture levels; nature’s resilient alpine rose to brighten the skin’s appearance and promote elasticity; and hyaluronic acid for a smoother, more youthful appearance.” Anything that oil-free is something worth trying so I picked up a sample 3 weeks ago in the shade Honey.

Ideally, I wanted to use this foundation for about a week before sharing my final thoughts but after 3 uses, I already know how I feel. First off, the shade matched my skin fairly well but it just a smidge more neutral. Th coverage is medium to full and the consistency is on the thicker side. The first time I put it on, I was little taken aback by how my faced look. It looked like I hadn’t put any makeup on but I had a glow. I know that sounds weird, but I felt a little off haha. However, once I finished my full face, I liked it. The natural finish was great and it did look like your skin. The second time I used it, my oily T-zone was just not having it! The foundation was looking greasy and was breaking me out!. I tried it for the last time and noticed even more breakouts and it also faded after about 10 hours of wear. That’s not too crappy as far as longevity goes, but I prefer long wearing foundation. What bugs me the most is the fact that it has caused breakouts on my skin! My skin has been at its best for the past 2 months and I only get a blemish when my period is coming. My skin isn’t sensitive at all. So, I knew it was the foundation’s fault.

Needless to say, I was disappointed by this foundation. I really did want to love it but it’s a MISS in the books for me! If you still want to try it, pick up a sample first. The full price at Sephora is $39.

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Hit or Miss: No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream

(via ulta.com)

It’s Monday babies, so let’s get right into this review! I received this product complimentary from Influenster. I got a sample size to try out so don’t be fooled. I didn’t get a whole jar. I’ve been trying out the product for about 3 weeks and here are my thoughts.

According to the ulta.com description, this product “energizes and hydrates for healthy looking radiant skin. Created to help your dry skin behave like normal skin and provide tailored skin nutrition for healthy looking, bright and beautiful skin.” Keep in mind that this product is for normal/dry skin. My skin is far from dry; it’s skin is combo/oily. However, I gave it a shot. What I enjoy about this product is that it does absorb pretty quickly and it makes my skin feel soft instantly. However, when I wake in the morning my skin feels incredibly greasy and I HATE that.  Also, I’m not a fan of moisturizers that don’t do anything but basically moisturize. I need a product that’s going to go beyond its main purpose. Every moisturizer I’ve tried has other things that it does besides moisturize. Whether it fought acne, cleared dark spots, diminished pores or wrinkles, it did something. Unfortunately, when I use this product I feel like I can use any cream on my face and get the same results. I’m not impressed. I ultimately have to say this was a MISS in my book, mainly because I wanted more out of the product.

I do think that this product can work for people with dry skin, but oily skin people need to steer clear. If you’d like to purchase it, you can find it at Ulta for $14.99.

Note: I’ve received this product complimentary for testing purposes.

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