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.

Hair Masks Review

If you love coloring your hair then you know how damaging it can be. I’ve bleached and dyed my hair blonde, grey, blue, dark violet, and magenta all within a time span of  2 and a half years. To keep my hair healthy and hydrated I’ve gone through a bunch of hair masks. These are the latest I’ve tried.

20170617_185648Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Hair Mask
-12 oz
– Contains Marula Oil & Biotin
-Cruelty Free
-No Sulfates
-No Parabens
-Leave in hair for 5 mins and then rinse out
-Has a fruity/floral scent, smells really good
-You can feel the difference after one use
-Made my hair super soft and silky for two days straight
-Weighs down the hair a little
-It’s a great value, one jar should last you at least 6 months
-Retail $12-$15

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Pureology Colour Fanatic
-1 fl oz
-Deep-conditioning Mask
-For normal to thick colored hair
-100% Vegan
-Made with Camelina Oil
-Leave in hair for 1-3 mins then rinse out
-Smells a little bit like playdough and soap
-This hair mask works amazingly, even better than the Shea Moisture’s mask
-It didn’t fade my colored hair
-Made my hair silky smooth and soft
-Felt light weight
-My favorite out of the 5 masks here
-Retails: $26 for a 6.7oz bottle

20170617_185712Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment
-I was very skeptical about using this product since I hated their Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 styling treatment, it was heavy on the hair and greasy feeling. But to my surprised this product works.
-1 oz
-Deeply nourishes hair
-Leave in hair for 5 mins then rinse
-Has a strong perfume scent
-Leaves your hair feeling soft and smooth
-This tiny jar lasted only 6 uses, and I have short hair, about shoulder length
-A little pricey
-Retail: $12

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Dry Bar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot
-15 ml/ 0.5 fl oz
-Super concentrated treatment
-Single use bottles, you’re supposed to use up the entire bottle each time
-Leave in for 3-5mins, then rinse
-Has a herbal scent
-Leaves the hair soft and silky
-Lightweight
-Very expensive
-Retail: $38 for 4 bottles

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Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair!

-1oz
-No Parabens
-No Silicones
-No Phthalates
-Contains avocado, sweet almond, and Argan oil
-Has a green/natural scent
-It’s supposed to repair damaged hair and enhance shine
-But it did absolutely nothing for me! My hair didn’t even feel soft or smooth.
-Would never use again
-Retail: $9

Korean Skincare: The Cure Collagen Essence Sheet Masks Review

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I’m currently on the hunt to find some good quality sheet masks at a discounted price. I came across a bunch of these The Cure sheet masks at Ross, Marshalls, & TJ Maxx. So I decided to buy a few of these to try out for you guys. Each box costs $5.99 for 5 masks, so about $1.25 for each mask including tax. They have a bunch of different masks you can choose from, depending on what you are looking for.

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Unfortunately these masks were a hit and miss.  There were a few that I liked: the Brightening and Argan Oil. They smelled great and refreshing. My skin felt smooth and soft afterwards. While there were a few that didn’t quite work for me. The Tea Tree and the Pearl masks had a very strong, almost overwhelming scent to them. I honestly had to force myself to finish the box. The Collagen and the Vitamin left a sticky residue. Also the Tea Tree and the Coenzyme Q10 masks broke me out. Only a few hours after doing the masks, I noticed small white bumps all over my face.

It’s definitely one of the cheaper Korean sheet masks out there but the real question is, is it worth it??? Did the masks even do as they claim? No. My skin did not look brighter, firmer, nor did it calm down my troubled skin. All the mask did was moisturize my skin, which gel mask sheets are supposed to do. They were maybe average at best. I would not repurchase these again since a few broke me out and the scent was too strong for me to handle. But hey, if you have dry skin and looking for some moisturizing masks, these might work out for you. You never know.

If you are trying to save money, buying a mask in a squeezed tubed or bottle will average out cheaper, since you can use it more than just 5 times. With these sheet masks you really are paying for the convenience and the materials.

**A little background info:  I have very oily skin (usually have to blot after 3 hrs), sensitive, and acne prone. Just because a product didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. We all have different skin types.**

What Makeup I’m Currently Using

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FACE PRODUCTS:
PRIMER & SETTING SPRAY: Cargo Activating Face Primer– it’s a clear gel that leaves the skin a little tacky. Overall just an average primer, nothing special.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray– one of my absolute favorite setting spray! Enough said.

FOUNDATIONS: Clinque Even Better Foundation (25 Buff )- very yellow tone, oxidizes, apply unevenly, and there isn’t any difference  with my skin even after 2-3 months of use. I would not recommend this foundation.
In order to make this foundation work, I have to mix it with my Cover Girl 3-in-1 (832 Nude Beige). This one of my go to drugstore foundations. It applies smoothly, lasts all day, doesn’t make me any oilier, and it’s only a few bucks.

POWDER:  Airspun Loose Powder – it’s light weight, finely milled, easy to buff in, and it’s cheap! The only downside is the strong powdery scent.

CONTOUR/BLUSH: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit – This product was overly hyped and personally I don’t care for this palette.  Java got hard pan after only 2 uses,  the powders didn’t blend very well/or easily, and can look muddy if not blended properly.
Estee Lauder Blush All Day Natural Cheek Color (in Raspberry) – Great blush for everyday wear.

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EYESHADOW PRIMER: Bearminerals 5in1 BB advanced performance Cream Shadow (in Candelit Peach) – It contains too much glitter for my liking. Also my shadow still creases at the end of the day.

EYESHADOWS: Naked Basics- I’m just trying to finish Foxy up before selling this palette. The other shadows are too cool toned for me.
Tartlette in Bloom – I’m currently working on the last row of this palette. All of the shadows I’ve tried so far are pigmented, smooth, and easy to blend except for Funny Girl. For some reason the shadow is rough/grainy, not very pigmented, and got hard pan very easily. The only way to make the shadow work is if I foiled the shadow or use a cream base.
Jouer Creme Eyeshadow Crayon – Very creamy, goes on smooth, a little goes a long way, and you have to set it with a powder shadow.

EYELINER: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2 in 1 Eyeliner– One of my go to eyeliner. It’s pigmented, goes on smooth, easy to use, and the serum does make my lashes longer.

MASCARAS: My holy grail mascaras for length and volume.
Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant
Clinque High Impact 

BROW PENCIL/GEL: Ck brow pencil & gel duo – Smears easily
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel- I’m not a big fan of this because of the thick wand and the gel tends to flake off throughout the day.