I realized that I use the same brow products everyday and hardly experiment with new brow pencils or brow gels. I’ve seen amazing reviews online on this brow pencil so I was excited to give it a try!
First off, the packaging is decent – it is a mechanical pencil that is “self-sharpening” which basically means it’s very thin so there is no need for sharpening. Once you twist the product up it won’t go back down; lots of mechanical brow pencils are like that so watch out! I like that it is very thin so I can draw “hair-like” strokes; the end result is much more natural than a brow pomade or a thicker pencil. The downside of the packaging is that it doesn’t contain a spoolie on the other side which I think is essential.
The color that I got is described on the website as “brown” with no indication of the undertone so I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, this brown has a slight warm undertone but isn’t as pronounced if you run this very lightly on the brows. The actual product is slightly dry and waxy so you need decent pressure to get pigmentation which isn’t so bad in my opinion because it prevents the infamous “sharpie brow”. The lasting power of this brow pencil is great – doesn’t fade or smudge the entire day!
MAC Eye Brows Crayon in “Stylized”. One layer on top swatch, multiple layers on bottom swatch.
Overall, I think this is a good brow pencil but I think I prefer the Etude House brow pencil over this; better price and a better shade for me.
What is your current brow routine (products)?
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I’m back with another foundation review! If you have read my other posts; you already know about my struggle with oily skin and how I haven’t been able to find a foundation that can withstand separating and looking cakey on me after a few hours. This foundation lasts the best on me then any other foundation I have tried thus far; and trust me when I say I have tried a lot of different ones!
So, I should probably mention that this bottle is my second one, after seeing what this can do I can not go back to my other foundations! Starting off with the packaging; I really like how this comes with a pump; I hate having to pour out foundation – I always pour out too much, and this is more sanitary. The bottle contains 30 mL of product which is standard for foundations and the product is housed in a frosted glass which feels very luxurious.
The formula is a liquid/cream consistency; it is slightly runny but is creamy. It has a demi-matte finish; more so matte, which is my preference because of my super oily skin type. However, it isn’t a flat matte (their website describes it as a velvet-matte) – it looks like skin that has been blotted. It blends out so easily and nicely; while your blending it may look a shade or two lighter than your skin but once it sits for a few seconds it looks seamless (this is because it contains color-true NAI pigments). It sets on it’s own after 30 seconds or so but I always follow up with powder so that it can prolong the wear time. I find that using a mattifying primer also helps with the longevity; so I never skip primer and powder.
This foundation is oil-free and has a medium build-able to full coverage. It doesn’t feel heavy at all on the skin and doesn’t sink into pores or fine lines. It contains silica and perlite which absorbs oil throughout the day – no wonder it lasts so well on me! It is also fragrance-free which is great since Lancome products tend to have a strong fragrance in them.
Shade 100 Ivoire N – slightly blended out with finger below. This is a fair shade with a neutral undertone.
Shade 100 Ivoire N again below but with flash photography. It does have flashback because it contains SPF 15.
I absolutely love this foundation – it has a nice finish, lasts decently on me without separating and looking cakey, bottle has a pump, doesn’t make me breakout, blends easily, and is the right shade for me! The only downside is that it won’t look very flattering in flash photography because it contains sunscreen and that it is on the pricier side ($55 CAD) but it’s worth the price for me and I would definitely recommend this foundation for oily skin types!
What is the best foundation you have tried?
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I’ve been reviewing so many skin care products lately and so I thought I would do one more before I turn the focus back on cosmetics. I ordered this on eBay a while back; I needed something for the random blemish I get every now and then.
I have used a bunch of Etude House products in the past and loved every single one, so I was confident about choosing this brand from the other Korean ones. I’ve seen many different acne treatment formulas but this one stood out since I’ve never seen a balm with Salicylic acid; the acne treatment ingredient. I also like that this is targeted towards spots rather than an entire face treatment.
Etude House always has the cutest packaging; this jar has a nice weight to it and doesn’t feel cheap at all. The product itself has a strong medicine scent which doesn’t bother me but I rarely get bothered by fragrance in products. It feels minty and cool upon application and instantly helps with redness however, I don’t seem to notice it doing much for the actual blemish. I also read that this product helps with lightening dark spots and I really haven’t noticed this doing much of that either.
I would recommend this for getting rid of redness if you don’t like wearing makeup to cover a blemish; this is a nice option. Other than that, this product wasn’t effective in actually getting rid of the acne or the acne scar.
What product(s) do you use for acne?
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I’m always interested in trying out different products that claim to shrink my pores. I have noticed that my pores definitely look less visible from using products that really deep clean my skin but in terms of shrinking my pores; no product has been able to do that yet.
This product claims to minimize the look of pores, unclog pores, control oil, regenerate and repair cells, brighten and firm the skin. It contains lots of beneficial ingredients such as niacinamide which promotes collagen synthesis, normalizes sebum secretion and control acne. It contains vitamin C, A, E and lastly, salicylic acid; which helps acne and soothes the skin.
After using this regularly I didn’t really notice a difference in my pores but I did notice smoother, healthier looking skin. It definitely improved my skin texture and brightened my complexion. It has a pleasant slightly floral scent and the formula is very water-y; absorbs instantly. It has a demi-matte finish and sits nicely under makeup.
Overall, I enjoy this as a vitamin serum to help skin texture and give radiance however, since I didn’t notice it doing much for my pores I wouldn’t recommend it for that.
What product(s) would you recommend for shrinking pores?
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Disclaimer: I received this product for reviewing purposes. All my reviews are my honest opinion whether I bought the product(s) or it was sent to me.
These clarifying lotions (toner & exfoliant) had/have a huge part in getting rid of my acne. I never thought that a toner could have such a huge impact on my skin.
I started using the #3 clarifying lotion which is meant for combination oily skin type and after a few days of use I noticed that all the little bumps on my forehead were disappearing, I was getting fewer breakouts, my skin was glowing and fresh and not to mention super smooth feeling. I was using this product in combination with the Clinique foaming facial soap (review here) and the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, which I will do a review on very soon.
This product claims to get rid of dead skin cells, which helps get rid of build up. It helps your serum, moisturizer, etc. absorb better into the skin because there are no dead skin cells in the way. I use this twice a day and every evening after I have used a makeup wipe to take off the majority of my makeup and washed my face afterwards when I follow up with this toner I can still see makeup on the cotton pad! This meant that I wasn’t properly taking off my makeup every night and many of my breakouts could have been caused by that.
I highly recommend this product to everyone! There are different formulas for every skin type. I got the #4 clarifying lotion (very oily) and I think I will be repurchasing that for the rest of my life!
Have you tried this?
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As you can probably tell, I’m very much into testing out different face creams at the moment and I have found some good ones and some not-so-great ones.
This face cream claims to help with wrinkles, plumpness and radiance. It has a very strong fragrance which I know many people steer clear of however, I actually really enjoy the fragrance that Lancome uses in their products. I received this in a gift with purchase set a while back and I started using it immediately. My first impression of this product was very positive because I really liked the feel of this cream. It made my skin instantly soft and smooth and almost blurred my pores; and not to mention it looks great under makeup as a base. However, after a few days of using this I noticed that my skin texture changed; it made my skin look bumpy and I even had a few breakouts (cystic acne) that toke weeks to totally clear up.
I stopped using it and after a few days I could see that my skin was improving. However, I decided to give it another shot because I absolutely loved the way that it made my skin feel – only this time I started using it as an eye cream and have been doing so for over a month. It creates the perfect base for concealer as it hydrates and plumps; the strong fragrance does not bother my eyes at all but if you are sensitive I do not recommend using this under the eyes. I’m not sure what ingredient was making me breakout but I’m glad I found another purpose for this because I really do like the cream and it does meet all of the claims.
Overall, I would not recommend this if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Have you tried any Lancome products recently?
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I will be reviewing another Estee Lauder lipstick; if you missed my last one click here to view it. This is a more “wearable” shade compared to the other one; it also has a cream finish unlike the 450 Insolent Plum shade that was very glossy.
I really like the packaging of these lipsticks; they are very sturdy and won’t break apart in your purse. This lipstick has such a creamy pigmented formula; it is one of the best in terms of “creaminess”. This one doesn’t move around a lot like the other formula however, it does leave a slight stain after it wears away. This one wears much longer and will only wipe away if you eat or touch your lips. I love that this shade has a mauve undertone; that is usually the color that I reach for when wanting an “everyday” shade.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick – 410 Dynamic.
Overall, this is a better formula than the other shade; it isn’t patchy, it’s more pigmented, and doesn’t move around nearly as much. I definitely recommend the cream formulas over the glossy ones from Estee Lauder.
What is your favourite lipstick formula?
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