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CLAIMS VA THOUGHTS | Kinship Self Reflect
**The Kinship Self Reflect Moisturizing Sunscreen does not have a tag (3/5 stars) This product was kindly sent to me by Kinship and honestly I had higher hopes. I use SPF everyday so I’m always looking for a good one to add to my routine. It smells lovely for a zinc oxide sunscreen which can have that typical sunscreen smell to it. I love that this has sparkly reflective pieces in it because it adds a subtle glow go the skin. This is definitely sheer! Which is amazing for zinc oxide which can leave a white case. This didn’t have any white cast instead it leaves a dewy glow ✅ This is also moisturizing! It feels like a traditional moisturizer and I felt like I was deeply hydrating my skin in the process of applying it. It’s almost too moisturizing to be honest, and sometimes made me oily underneath foundation. But for dry skin types, this could be a holy grail!✅ Lightweight. I didn’t feel like it was lightweight! It felt a bit heavy in my skin and like it didn’t sink in. It definitely moidturzed my skin but it never felt like an effortless SPF. I alwas had to blend it in for a while to make sure it sunk in. ❌ Blends effortlessly. I’ll give it this though! It didn’t leave a white cast at all which is why I’m saying it blended well. The finish is beautiful once it’s blended in and you can’t tell that you’re wearing a zinc oxide sunscreen at all! ✅ I just wish this sunscreen didn’t feel so heavy on my skin! It might be because of some of the coconut derived ingredients in this. Coconut can be pore clogging to some people and I think that’s the issue for me. For dry skin types this might really work though!
WORTH IT | Tatcha VS. Catrice
TATCHA - The Silk Canvas Protective Primer NOTE: *I could bot find the Catrice Prime and Fine Primer product tag (5/5) ** This Tatcha primer is the trial sized version, not the full sized Tatcha: Such a famous product! I was excited to try it so I bought the trial size. I honestly love it so much. It definitely smooths my skin without the use of silicone (which is great). It doesnt make my pores disappear but it does smooth them out more. I love that it makes me less oily throughout the day without leaving me completely matte. I can still achieve a glowy look when using this primer underneath foundation. I can even bring this primer under my eyes and it still feels hydrating yet smoothing. It helps prevent my underyes from creasing. I understand the hype of this product 100%! The only issue is the trial size for $22 is very small and I’ll probably go through it in about 2 months. That’s a lot of money to keep repurchasing that frequently. Catrice: I’m surprised not many people are talking about this primer because I think its a dupe! It’s bigger than the Tatcha trial size for only $6.99. In my opinion it does almost the exact same as the Tatcha primer and it is also silicone free. They both smooth the skin out and leave a nice base for foundation to go on too. I wish this one smoothes out my pores a little bit more but for this price, I feel bad complaining about anything! Everyone should definitely try this out! Because of this dupe, the Tatcha one isn’t worth it! I believe there are way more dupes to this product that can be tested out before someone goes and spends a lot on the Tatcha one. It is good don’t get me wrong, but for those with a smaller budget it’s definitely better to try the Catrice one first!
TATCHA-The Silk Canvas Protective Primer
MY GO TO EYESHADOW PALETTES
LORAC - Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette HUDA BEAUTY - Rose Gold REMASTERED Eyeshadow Palette NATASHA DENONA - Mini Nude Eyeshadow Palette Huda: (Please note I have the older formula of this) I love the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette! I’ve had it forever but it still remains a favorite for those glam looks. I especially like it for this reason because of the foiled shades. They are so unique and look like glitter on the eyes! Definitely not my everyday look but I love the darker shade Dubai for a smokey foiled eyeshadow look. It’s my go-to glam look! You could also use this for everyday purposes but in my opinion, the foiled shades are better than the mattes. Natasha Denona: This cute little palette is amazing! This is everything I need when I travel! I like that it has a light brown and a deep brown. I often mix these two as a crease color and use the darker one as a liner. It’s so convenient to be able to mix brown shades in a small palette for travel. The shimmers are also convenient because you can easily step up your look into a smokey eye with these. I love how this pakette is neutral yet diverse because of the possibilities for different looks in this tiny palette! Laroc Unzipped: I’ve had this palette for so long but it remains my everyday palette! I love using the white shade for setting my concealer before eyeshadow. It’s the perfect base. The mattes are so creamy and neutral shades are perfect for my everyday. I also like to use the shimmer shade “unbelievable” on my lids almost everyday. It’s such a pretty neutral pink shimmer that goes with any outfit and looks amazing even when applied quickly. This pakette is perfect for me because I can use the black shade too as eyeliner. I should really buy another one of these palettes becUse I love it to much! Definitely an underrated eyeshadow palette in my opinion
NATASHA DENONA-Mini Nude Eyeshadow Palette
MY GO TO BODY LOTIONS
KORRES - Guava Body Butter KOPARI - Coconut Body Milk (Athen Club Dewy Body Lotion does not have a tag 5/5 stars) Korres: This product is my go-to for special occasions because it really does feel luxurious and smells wonderful! I want to save this for when I want to smell really good because the scent is so unique yet sweet and pleasant. This lotion claims to be a deeply hydrating body butter. I agree with this claim because it is super moisturizing and thick. I really enjoy that because it leaves my skin with a glow! I love putting this on my legs when I’m wearing a skirt or dress. Kopari: The coconut body milk is advertised as a quick absorbing body lotion that keeps your skin soft all day long. I definitely agree! I chose this as my intense hydrating body lotion because it really absorbs into your skin. Because of this, you can layer the lotion to create an intensely hydrated effect. I layer this every night with another moisturizer and it works amazing! It locks in the moisture so I wake up with super soft skin! The scent on this is subtle yet a sweet coconut that I enjoy very much. Athena Club. Their Dew Body Lotion is advertised as a fast absorbing lotion with skin-loving ingredients. I love the natural scent of this! It’s not too overpowering. I also love how it doesn’t leave your skin too sticky. For this reason, it is my everyday lotion that I reach for almost every morning! I am also obsessed with the dewy glow as rhe name suggests. It gives me the look of well hydrated skin and I cannot get enough of it!
KOPARI-Coconut Body Milk
CLAIMS VS THOUGHTS | Boscia Cactus Water
boscia - Cactus Water Peel-Off Mask I enjoy this mask, but I’m not sure about some of the claims! This is marketed as a gel peel off mask which hydrates the skin, boosts elasticity, hydrates and firms the skin. I enjoy the experience of using this mask. It is very cooling on the skin and immediately feels hydrating. It dries down to a gel, not completely hard, and peels off very easily. This is one of the least painful peel off makss because it doesn’t dry down completely. I do agree with the hydrating aspect. My skin immediately feels hydrates after this mask and for the next few hours after ✅ I don’t see any brightening effects! This mask has vitamin C but in my opinion the concentration isn’t high enough to see any results! ❌ Maybe it’s just me, but I didn’t see any elasticity change in my skin. I think any bouncy effect to the skin was from the hydrating ingredients. I doubt that the ingredients in this mask penetrate the skin enough to help elasticity ❌ Not sure about this one! It is a fun mask to use occasionally and I love the hydrating effects but as for anything else, it doesn’t do much.
boscia-Cactus Water Peel-Off Mask
CLAIMS VS THOUGHTS | Maybelline Fit Me
MAYBELLINE - Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder Don’t get me wrong, I love this powder! But it doesn’t live up to some of its claims. I love this as a heavier full coverage powder. It is a loose powder that is very finely milled and feels high quality to me. It definitely brightens my underyes a lot because of the light shade. I love the price that its very affordable and readily available at most drugstores. They also have a good shade range of this powder. It mattifies my skin very well! ✅ It smooths out my pores to make my skin look flawless ✅ However, this product gives a lot of coverage! For that reason, I would not call it translucent. When I first used it I left it on for too long and it made my underyes white! I can only leave it on for a few seconds now before wiping away and it still leaves behind so much coverage ❌ Even though it doesn’t live up to all of its claims, I love it for its coverage and smoothing effects. So this one is a win for me!
MAYBELLINE-Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder
My Cleanser Awards
HOLI FROG - Tashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash HOLI FROG - Shasta AHA Refining Acid Face Wash, 148ml CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin I love all of these! ✨ HOLI FROG Tashmoo: A soothing nonfoaming cleanser. Great for the mornings! I love this because it’s very gentle yet effective at cleansing. It leaves my skin feeling clean yet moisturized. I wouldn’t use this after a full day of wearing makeuo just because I have other cleansers that work better for that. Wins the superlative because it’s great on sensitive skin HOLI FROG Shasta AHA: A nonfoaming cleanser with chemical exfoliating AHA’s. I love how this cleanser is gentle yet includes AHA ingredients to exfoliate the skin. It doesnt feel too harsh. This would be great for people who want to start using exfoliating products because of its nourishing properties. I use this at night almost everyday! It’s gentle enough for daily use and I still see great results with this. Wins the superlative because it’s a great everyday cleanser for every skin type! CeraVe Foaming: A gentle cleanser for oily skin types. This is great because it feels really effective at removing oils while not stripping the skin. It has niacinamide which is a great ingredient for evening the skin and removing oil. I always loved how I can use this everyday day and night without experiencing tightness or dehydration. I would recommend this for anyone with normal to oily skin types that want a fragrance free option with other beneficial ingredients. This wins the oily skin award because it’s in my opinion one of the most effective cleansers out there for oily skin types. CeraVe Renewing SA: A foaming, fragrance free cleanser with salicylic acid. I love how this cleanser foams up because it feels like a deep clean! The addition of salicylic acid feels amazing on the skin and I really feel smoothing effects with this cleanser. This would be great for people with acne or acne-prone skin!
CeraVe-Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin
Two of my favorites vitamin C products. @drunkelephant C-Firma and C-Tango. 1- C-Firma- Is a day serum that has a powerful antioxidant complex, essential nutrients, fruit enzymes, and more. This helps to even out skin tone. It also helps with loss of firmness and elasticity, dullness and uneven texture. 2- C-Tango- Is an eye cream that brightens, firms and helps the fight against fine lines and wrinkles. It’s gentle enough for AM and PM.
DRUNK ELEPHANT-C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum
Oh wow do I love this sunscreen! It’s a thick milky texture that soaks into the skin after a nice massage. It looks like it’ll have the worst white cast ever, but it soaks in and completely disappears! I feel like it should have a higher zinc content for coverage, but it’s still a good protection. I also think this needs to be in Canada. I am dreading when I run out because it feels the BEST on the skinFARMACY - Green Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen
DRUNK ELEPHANT-D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops
𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐇𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞’𝐬 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐬❣️ I wanted to share some first impression thoughts on @fresh Limited Edition Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum for the #lunarnewyear that #freshbeautygiftedme ! 🖤 𝗪𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐩 𝐢𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐝 & 𝐠𝐨𝐥𝐝 not only is this packaging stunning but It contains more or less the same ingredients that I love so much in their 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐓𝐞𝐚 essence. Not to mention, some other incredible ingredients like honeysuckle leaf extract & firming peptides time keep your skin looking fresh & 𝐩𝐥𝐮𝐦𝐩! It’s only been a couple weeks since I’ve been using this serum... however, so far I can say my skin really absorbs it so well. On nights I don’t find myself getting enough sleep it really helps de puff my eyes & eye area which is a huge plus! 🖤 I can’t wait to keep using it and really let you guys know how well this gorgeous serum works more 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦!
fresh-Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum
✨The Perfect Blush ✨
One of the most beautiful blushes I have ever used is this one from NARS in the shade “Deep Throat”. This super silky, finely milled powder blush is the most gorgeous shade of life! It effortlessly blends into your cheeks, creating the most effortless, healthy, sexy skin glow. The shade “Deep Throat” is described as a peach shade with tiny flecks of gold throughout. In comparison, the iconic NARS blush “Orgasm” is described as more of a peachy pink. So in essence, “Deep Throat” is strictly peach in tone compared to “Orgasm”. I feel this blush is very natural looking; it’s just the most perfect flush of color, that can be built up. Even then, when built up, it never strikes me as being overpowering. I have been on the hunt for the perfect blush for the longest time & I truly feel this is it. It’s absolutely stunning & to be honest, my husband seems all the more amorous when I wear it. Which is not a bad thing at all 🥰 This NARS blush retails for $30 & I more than love it so much ✨NARS - Blush
NEW from Glow Recipe! 🍉
A product I’ve been obsessing over since I received it! The Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Lip Pop 😍 What it is: a three-in-one scrub to balm that smooths, hydrates and tints lips in a universal pop of pink. Made for all skin types and those who experience dryness, dullness and uneven texture. The innovative formula that is made with watermelon extract to hydrate and deliver essential vitamins, flower-derived AHA to gently smooth, soften and hydrate and coconut flower sugar to provide physical exfoliation to gently remove dead skin while moisturizing. First impression: IM IMPRESSED! You right away feel the exfoliation but quickly melts to a smooth and moisturizing balm. I love the scent, not an overbearing watermelon scent. Smells sweet and yummy! I love the natural pink color it gives my lips. You can also apply more to build up the pink! I use this probably everyday and I’m pretty sure I’ll finish this one up quickly 🙈 price: $22.00
GLOW RECIPE-Watermelon Glow Lip Pop