Hit or Miss: Bobbi Brown’s Bobbi To Glow Highlighting Trio

This is another product I had purchased on sale from Sephora for $35, original is $70.
The packaging looks amazing! But once in the hand, there’s no weight to it and feels kind of cheap. Also you can really see any fingerprints or  smudges left on the palette.
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Feels smooth to the touch, not gritty. The highlighters are quite glittery and the glitter flecks are kinda big, which is why they don’t swatch as smoothly compared to other highlighters.

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(Blended out)

But it looks really nice on the skin. I personally really like it. It’s not Bam! in your face but it does give you that glow. It’s closer to a subtle glow. If that’s not your cup of tea then this isn’t for you.

Price wise, it is more expensive than I would have liked. But if you compare to Becca which costs $38 for a 8g product, while this palette costs $35 for 18g and you get 3 different highlighters. It’s not too bad. I do recommend this but not for full price.

***I just checked Sephora (1/1/2018) and they raised the price to $52!! But you do get an additional 20% off (code: SALEONSALE), which makes it around $42 ***

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Unboxing: Sephora Play! Box December 2017

I finally got my Play! box a few days ago! It was late due to the holiday season, which was fine with me. Before opening, I was really hoping for something special in box since it’s Christmas and whatnot. But once again they have disappointed me. First up is the….
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They sent me yet another shadow stick, even though I had received three other very similar champagne cream sticks earlier this year! In March 2017 I had received the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow stick in Golden Pink, in May 2017 I had received the Trestique Highlight + Perfect Multipurpose stick in Maldives Luminescent, and sometime earlier this year I had received the Laura Mercier Caviar Shadow stick in Rose Gold. Come on now, they should of at least spread them out more.

Second….
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Why a hot pink lip stick?! Ugh, how many people actually wear a hot pink lipstick on a day to day basis? Not many…  I honestly don’t feel like they are putting an effort into picking their products. Can we please get something new? Maybe a nail polish? Or even some falsies would be great.

Third…
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I don’t need this spray since I have decent voluminous hair already. I will most likely pass this along to a friend.

Fourth…
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The eye cream is easy to apply and doesn’t have any strong scent. Since it is a cream, the product is a little thick and will leave your skin feeling tacky.

Fifth…
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I’m glad they included the Clinque liquid liner. This is the only good thing I’m excited about using. I haven’t tried it yet since I still have two opened liquid liners I still need to use up first. But this will be next in line to use.

Lastly…
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I’m pretty sure I’ve received this one particular perfume before because I recognized the packaging and scent. But I don’t mind receiving this twice since it has a nice floral scent. If you like Tommy Girl perfumes, you’ll like this one.

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I honestly wish we could personalize our boxes more. Or at least tell them which color lipstick we would prefer. How do you guys feel about your Play! boxes? Are you going to stay subscribed to them? Let me know in the comments down below!

Hit or Miss: Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Trio Palette

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while since I’ve done a makeup review, I’ve been on a no-buy. But since it’s the holidays I thought I would let myself splurge on a few items. One of the items was this Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Trio Palette.

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I had purchased this on sale online at Sephora for $25, original price was $58.  This is my first purchase from the brand Kevyn Aucoin. I’ve never tried any of his products before and was quite excited when I saw this item on sale. A lot of Youtubers have raved about his products, especially his bronzer and contour powder. I thought to myself, hey for only $25 that’s a steal! I have to get it. But unfortunately it wasn’t what I thought it would be.

First, the packaging came in a cheap broken plastic bag. Mine couldn’t even close!
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Why include that at all?! The actual palette packaging itself looks decent and is magnetized. But you can’t stack it on top of each other without it being crooked, due to the different polarities of the magnets.
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Second, the Neo-setting powder (the white powder) and the limelight (highlighter) are both very powdery. The setting powder has a sparkly over spray, which is gone after one use, and contains small golden glitters within the actual powder. I personally like my setting powders to be completely matte. If anything it’s more of a highlighter than a setting powder. Another thing was these two powders did not work for my skin tone. I have a light-medium skin tone and the white from the powders really shows through even after blending.
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What they look like once blended. I’ve used white and lilac highlighters before but these just look weird on my skin.

Third, the Neo-bronzer contains a highlighter, blush, and bronzer.  The highlighter and bronzer part is very small. It will be very hard to just pick up only the bronzer or highlighter without touching the blush. Once blended together it was just an average pink color blush. Nothing special.

Lastly, the first three ingredients in the powders are Talc, Mica, and Dimethicone.  Dimethicone can cause some irritation to the skin and eyes especially after prolong use. If you have sensitive skin you are at a higher risk of having an allergic reaction to it. So you might want to stay away from this if you sensitive skin.

Overall, this palette was miss! I really wanted to like it but it just didn’t work for me. Did you guys pick this up also? What was your opinion on this? Let me know in the comment box down below!

December 2017 Love it, Like it, Or Leave it

Hey!! I’m back with my usual empties blog where I tell you whether I love it, like it, or am leaving it.

Now onto the products:

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Shower Gel
I got this for around $5.99 at TJ Maxx. It lathers up well, a little goes a long way. Has a nice scent, almost like eucalyptus. The scent does linger on your body longer than your average shower gel. Overall I like it!

The Body Shop Moringa Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub
I purchased this in a set with 4 other items for around $15 at TJ Maxx. The scrub is okay, it’s too gentle for me. When I use a scrub I want to be able to feel it! Also this has a strong floral scent. The scent was nice at first but it got overwhelming and tiring rather quickly. After a few uses, I was completely over it. Overall, Leave it!! There are better scrubs out there like Tree Hut’s sugar scrubs!

Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner
$18 at Ulta. I’ve gone through so many of these already. This is my 6th or 8th one! It works great for oily and sensitive skin. It refreshes my skin and remove any dirt or makeup left behind from my cleanser. I absolutely LOVE this toner!

Murad Acne Clearing Solution
For a full size, it’s $42 at Sephora & Ulta.
This is another product I love. I actually see results overnight! If have a pimple, I put this on and BAM! the next day it’s practically half its size! This is a miracle worker for me.

Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths in Brightening
$8 at Sephora for 10 cloths. Has a nice citrus scent, almost like orangesicle. The wipes are tiny in size, thin, and not the softest. It didn’t do a good job at removing my makeup. I had to go in with two cloths and makeup remover just to remove my everyday makeup. These wipes are a complete FAIL!

H2O+ Black Sand Body Scrub
(Discontinued)
This was another okay product. It’s better than the Body Shop Moringa Body scrub but nothing special. Just your average body scrub. I’ll say leave it.

H2O+ Face Oasis Ultra Hydrator
The packaging I have for this is the old one. H2O+ recently revamped their packaging. I prefer their old packaging, I though it looked classier while the new packaging looks very simple and cheap. But hey, that’s just me. This product is currently sold for a whopping $42! I bought mine at Ross for $9. It’s a fantastic moisturizer. I saw a difference in my skin after only a few days of continuous use. My skin has become more hydrated and softer. I love it!