Aug & Sept 2017 Love, Like, or Leave it

I usually do empties hit and misses but unfortunately for the month of August and  September I’ve been traveling so I was only able to finish a couple of products. Therefore I’m doing a regular hit and misses of products I had used throughout August and September. Let’s get started…

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The Body Shop Moringa Shower Gel 
-$10
– Lather up nicely
-Has a strong floral scent
-It’s nice but for me the scent was too overwhelming, overall I’ll leave it 

Cherry Chree Strawberry Cleansing Towelettes
-$3.99
-60 wipes
-Has an amazing strawberry milk scent! Reminds me of my childhood
-The towelettes are thick and soft
-Does a good job of removing my eyeliner and face makeup but struggles with mascara
-I really like this product, if you drank strawberry milk as a kid you will enjoy this.

 

H2O Marine Defense Anti-aging Green Tea Face Complex
-Original price is around $38-42
-$8.99 at Ross
-Sadly this product is discontinued
-Does an incredible job at hydrating my skin, I noticed an improvement after just one use
-I like this product but I can’t use it everyday since it breaks me out. I can only use it once or twice a week. If you have dry skin, give H2O products a try.

 

 

TonyMoly Latte Art Cappuccino Cream-in Scrub
-$17.50
-First let’s take a moment to appreciate the cute packaging! It’s shaped like a coffee mug! They even have a small spatula
-There’s a subtle scent of coffee
-The scrub is gentle enough for everyday use
-It’s a nice product but it didn’t do anything for my skin and it’s not worth the high price tag, overall I’ll say Leave it 

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Gotta B’ Urban Makeup Setting Spray 
-$5.99
-the packaging was very deceiving, I honestly thought the bottle was going to be bigger
– It did leave my skin dewy but didn’t control my oil or prolong my makeup wear time, which is the whole reason I buy makeup setting spray for
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NYX HD Finishing Powder ($6.99 – $10) & Sephora Microsmooth Baked Powder ($22)
-Finely milled
-Light weight
-Gives you a smooth airbrushed finish
-Last all day
-I ABSOLUTELY LOVE these powders!  I highly recommend these if you haven’t tried them.

Revlon Butter Lipstick 
-Regrettably they’re Discontinued
-Goes on smooth
-Moisturize your lips
-Has a tint of color
-Light weight
-One of my favorite lipstick!

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YSL Baby Doll Mascara & Buxom Full and Fabulous Mascara
-Both are supposed to voluminous mascaras, unfortunately they barely gave any length or volume
-I would recommend using a lash primer with these or in conjunction with another mascara
-Overall Leave these mascaras, even drugstore mascaras are better!

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Korean Skincare: The Creme Shop Review

The Creme Shop is a Korean brand that produces affordable makeup tools, lashes, and skincare products. They can be found at Ross, Marshalls,  TJ Maxx, or on their actual website: http://www.thecremeshop.com . (Not sponsored by the way). I only bought a few items since I just wanted to get a feel for them first. I did try their Strawberry 3 Step Nose Strips but I’ll save that for a later blog comparing it to the Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3 Step Kit.
Now onto the review!

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-$2.99
-Comes with 60 thin wipes
-Contains Vitamin C
-It doesn’t have the lemonade scent
-Instead it has an alcohol and cleaning scent like Lysol
-Claims to remove dirt, oil, and makeup
-It does remove my face makeup fine, but struggles with eyeliner and mascara
-I have to go back in with a makeup remover
Not the best makeup wipes, I rather pay an extra dollar or two to get better quality wipes.

Neroli Oil Infused Cleansing Towelettes
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-$3.99
-Contains 60 thick and soft wipes
-Claims: Gently purifies skin of dirt, oils, and makeup while refreshes and moisturize the skin
-I actually agree with the claims! This is one of the best cleansing towelettes I have used! It removes ALL of my makeup easily, including mascara and eyeliner
-Has a refreshing scent,  slightly citrus and floral
I highly recommend these!

Neroli Oil Infused Face Mask
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– $4.99
-Includes 5 sheet masks
-claims: the neroli oil will promotes radiant skin, improves circulation, reduces the look of scars, and evens out skin tone
-Has a fresh citrus and floral scent, stronger than the cleansing towelettes
-The mask is smaller than most, length and width wise
-The serum/gel is also thicker
-Leave on for 10-15 mins or until dry
-Has a sticky residue
I’m not a big fan of how it leaves my face feeling sticky. Also I didn’t see any improvements in skin.

The OMG Brush
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-$7.99
-Oval shaped
-Bristles are dome shaped
-Very soft and dense
-Multi use brush (I personally tried it out as a foundation brush)
-It claims to seamlessly blend foundations and powder without streaks or patchiness
-Unfortunately the claims are false! It created so many streaks and kept moving my foundation around. I had to go back in with a makeup sponge to even everything out.
This item was a huge disappointment.
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Overall: I would repurchase from this brand again but only their makeup wipes. Have you guys tried this brand before? If so, what did you like or would recommend? Definitely let me know!

Quick Look: Sephora Play! Box Sept 2017

I had really high hopes for this month’s box. Unfortunately it was a bit of a disappointment. I had received two of the items before: the Aqua Bomb and the Sephora Pencil Liner. But on the bright side the value of this box is worth over $10! The Benefit Gimme Brow Gel mini size alone is already worth $24. In addition, I got shampoo and conditioner samples instead of a perfume.

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I haven’t been a big fan of Bumble and Bumble products, they tend to weigh my hair down. But I’m willing to give this a try.
Full Size: $32
Value: $0

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Full size: 25mL is $22
Value:$5
I’ve only tried this once, I gave the last one to my sister since she goes through moisturizers quite fast. It seems to be a decent moisturizer.

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Benefit Gimme Brow
Value: $24
It’s natural looking and your brows doesn’t feel crunchy from the gel. But there’s not much product in the tube.

Seohora Eye Pencil 12-hr wear
Full Size 0.04 oz – $10
Value: $3
I don’t use pencil liners so I will be passing this along to someone else.

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Full size 2 oz/60ml: $95
Value:$10

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Full size 5.3 ml: $18
Value: $5

July 2017 Empties Love it, Like it, or Leave it

I wasn’t able to finish too many items last month since I barely wore any makeup. But I was able finish quite a few skincare products, unfortunately  I’m saving  a bunch of those for my upcoming blogs. Definitely keep an eye out for those. Now onto the empties!

Cargo Blu_Ray Activating Face Primer
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-$32 @ Ulta
-One of the worst primer I have tried
-Barely smooth out my skin
-I was still able to see my pores
-Leaves a slight tacky feel
-Doesn’t help my makeup last any longer, if anything it shorten it. My makeup just slides off my face
-Overall: LEAVE IT!

Clinique High Impact Mascara & Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

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-Clinique High Impact $18 for full Size
-MUFE Smoky Extravagant $12 for deluxe size and $24 for full size
-I like to use these two mascaras together for remarkably long and voluminous lashes. Each mascara is great on their own but together they are just amazing!
-Overall: LOVE them both

No7 Boots Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Exfoliator

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-$18 @ Target
-Makes my skin smoother and more radiant
-I wouldn’t say I look younger like it claims but fresher
-I use this 2-3 times a week and it didn’t dry out my skin
-Overall: I Like it. It works great and it’s an affordable alternative to the Bliss Micro Magic Microdermabrasion Treatment, $48 @ Ulta and Sephora.

 

 

Murad Clarifying Toner
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-$24 at Ulta
-Great for those with acne
-It kept my acne at bay
-It eliminates oil and tighten pores
-I used this 2 -3 times a day and it doesn’t dry out my skin
-Overall: I like this toner, this was actually my second bottle. For those with acne prone skin or really oily skin, definitely try it out.

 

 

 

 


Tony Moly Natural Green Moisture Foam Cleanser with Shea Butter

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– ~$20 for two @ Ulta
-Lathers up nicely
-Easy to wash off
-Has a nice scent
-Didn’t see any difference in my skin
-Overall: LEAVE IT! It didn’t help moisturize any of my dry patches. Also I didn’t like how it left my skin feeling rigid. There are way better cleansers out there for a better price.

 

First Aid Beauty Skin rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay
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-$12 for deluxe size and $24 for a full size @ Sephora
-Has a fresh/invigorating scent
-Help remove excess oil
-The deluxe size lasted about 2-3 weeks of use
-Overall: I Like it. It does a great job cleaning my skin. Also it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I’m planning to purchase the full size whenever I finish all of my other cleanser.