Lip Off: Lip Oil EditionI heard lip oil is the new lip gloss, so I put four best-selling lip oils to the test.
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you! There's a high chance that I purchase a new gloss every week. I am so incredibly happy that lip glosses have come back into style because this whole matte lip situation was not a friend to my dry, flakey lips. Now, we love lip glosses for their high-shine impact, but they do tend to be a bit of a sticky situation—literally. We also love lip balms for how moisturizing they are, but they don't always give us that 'oomph' in our look (read: they're kinda boring). Enter lip oils, the latest trend that combines the best of lip balms and lip glosses. What makes a lip oil?Lip oils' main claim to fame is that they provide both a lasting shine AND soften your lips. So you can replace your lip gloss and balm duo with just one, high-performing product. Lip oils also contain, well, oils, which most glosses do not. So, to see which lip oil really lives up to the hype, I tried out four best-selling lip oils at Sephora. When testing these lip oils, I rated each product for four main points; shine, stickiness, hydration, and overall look. A winner in my eyes is a lip oil with high shine, very little stickiness, leaves my lips moisturized so I don't need lip balm, and, of course, looks good on me!
The Lip Oils, RatedKosas Wet Lip Oil in MalibuThe Claim: "100% treatment, 100% gloss". Plumps and hydrates lips with Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides, and Evening Primrose Oil. Shine: 3/5 STARS. This gloss isn't incredibly shiny BUT it is incredibly pretty! I think since this is a pretty pigmented lip color, some of the shine is sacrificed. Stickiness: 5/5 STARS. Not sticky at all! Throughout the day and even through reapplication, this product stays soft on the lips. Moisture: 4/5 STARS. This lip oil does keep your lip hydrated and soft, but I wouldn't say it's a treatment. I wore this when my lips were a bit drier than usual, and I wouldn't say this helped them. They didn't dry them up even more which is much appreciated, but they didn't treat them either. Four stars because in any other situation (AKA lips not so dry) this would be wonderfully moisturizing. Overall Look: 5/5 STARS. This color is incredible! Malibu is such a perfect pink and I love how it works with my skin tone. Dior Glow Lip Oil in PinkThe Claim: Cherry oil nurtures and protects lips while Color Reviver Technology enhances lips natural color.Shine: 4/5 STARS. Lovely shine! It's glossy enough to look good on a night out. Stickiness: 3/5 STARS. Not super sticky at first, but once I started reapplying, my lips got sticker. I think it might be because it never dries off fully, so the product continuously compiles. The wear is really comfortable though, and it doesn't feel heavy even when it gets sticky towards the end of the day. Moisture: 4/5 STARS. Come through, cherry oil! I loved that this did a great job hydrating my lips, and even when it wore off at the end of the day, my lips stayed soft. In comparison to Dior's Hyaluronic Acid Lip Maximizer, this lip oil is sooo much better. Overall Look: 5/5 STARS. I was kind of obsessed with applying this lip oil. First, the wide applicator is amazing; it feels so luxurious going on my lips! Second, the color is perfect! Because Dior's glow line is meant to adapt to each person's pH balance, you always get your perfect pink.Artist Couture Diamond Lip Tease in Sugar BabyThe Claim: Hemp seed oil moisturizes lips while diamond-like pearls add a luxurious shine.Shine: 2/5 STARS. This gloss was NOT poppin'. The shine is non-existent, and I just want to know... where are these diamond-like pearls?? Stickiness: 1/5 STARS. I did not want to keep reapplying this lip gloss because it was so sticky! I honestly was ready to reach for my lip balm after using this :/ Moisture: 0/5 STARS. Hemp oil didn't seem to do much. My lips shriveled up pretty quickly, not to mention the wear on this was not a thing. I want to say I had this on for about an hour before I needed to reapply again. Plus, at the end of the day, my lips were noticeably drier than it was that morning. Overall Look: 2/5 STARS. The color I got (Sugar Baby) is super pretty in the component and when I swatched it on my hand. On my lips, though, it's barely noticeable! It might be because the applicator is bad. And I mean, bad. It's flimsy and feels like it's going to fall off when I put the gloss on. Overall, Artist Couture Diamond Lip Tease is a no from me. Tower 28 ShineOn Lip Jelly in FireThe Claim: "Never sticky, always shiny lips!" Five nourishing oils protect and treat lips with high shine.Shine: 5/5 STARS. GLOSSYYYY. The shine factor on this gloss is so good! It made my lips look plump and performed well in all my selfies 🤗 Stickiness: 5/5 STARS. Super impressed with how soft this gloss is. The wear is comfortable, and when I rubbed my lips together, I felt like I was rubbing a lip balm, not a gloss. No stick, baby! I honestly couldn't stop popping my lips together because of this gloss and my friends got a bit annoyed of me BUT HEY! They also wanted to know what I was wearing on my lips. Moisture: 5/5 STARS. This is a hydration sensation. The gloss was actively making my lips softer, much more noticeably than any of the other glosses above. This is what I signed up for! It's truly a lip balm/gloss hybrid and I'm officially obsessed. Overall Look: 5/5 STARS. I usually don't reach for lip colors in the orange/yellow zone, mainly because I have golden undertones so they usually wash me out, but this orange gloss is it. It's incredibly sheer, so it really adds a nice warm touch to your lips, instead of a full wash of color. Great job, Tower 28! I'm a new fan.
Mascara for Allergenic and Eczema Prone Skin
I recently started having some health problems and started developing allergic reactions to most mascaras and eye makeup. Basically my eyes would get itchy, eczema breakouts, flake, and my eyelashes would fall out in clumps (I lead a glamorous life, I know). The only mascara I found I could use without issue was Lush’s mascara and I just stuck to that baby until (whomp-whomp) they discontinued it. I think I’ll do a post on my favorite discontinued products later (RIP). I heard some good things about friends about Physician’s Formula and that it’s formulated with sensitive and allergenic skin in mind. I tried this mascara yesterday and wore it a full day full of errands and sweating and it stays on and no allergic reaction!!! Like all more plant-derived mascaras, the formula is more runny and can be quite wet upon application but their brush really helps keep the lashes from sticking together. If you’re going to compare this to some other mascaras on the market (like They’re Real!, Better Than Sex, etc.) you’ll probably not be happy with these aspects of the formula BUT if you’re like me and haven’t even wore mascara for over six months due to severe allergic reactions and eczema flares this is a damn lifesaver. I have very blonde body hair and have missed having visible curled lashes! Love this product! PHYSICIANS FORMULA - Organic Wear Natural Origin Mascara In Black
How do you heal and treat your skin?
✨I’m gonna share with you my nighttime treatment my skin really appreciates, and how I wake up with much cleaner and radiant skin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ For a very long time , I would always wake up with dull skin and uneven texture. There won’t be any radiance or glow , and its sort of demotivating to start the day like that. Acne wasn’t a big problem but it did occur few times a month and would always leave scars or blemishes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨ A while ago I came across a Acne Treatment oil called ‘Meltdown’ by @blume 💕 ✨ What is it? It’s an oil for Acne Prone Skin which you can use to prevent acne, clear acne and blemishes. It’s a blend of all natural ingredients. ✨ Key Ingredients Rosehip, Blue Tansy, Tamanu, Lavender, Black Cumin Seed ✨ My thoughts At nighttime, I usually cleanse my with @blume milk based face wash ‘Daydreamer’ . I really like it because its so creamy and gentle. It doesn’t irritate my eyes or skin. To use ‘Meltdown’ , I mix a few drops of this essential oil based serum with @milkmakeup moisturizer. It calms down any inflammation I have and its a perfect nighttime treatment to heal my skin. Now I wake up with much clearer skin which I can feel confident about and start my day. It really heals the skin overnight and any acne I have goes away in a week or so. Its been amazing to clean up the blemishes, and there are only a few areas left. Also, for the people who weren’t able to use @milkmakeup vegan moisturizer because its too rich, I think it would be a great idea to mix it with an oil/serum so it suits your skin. - - What’re your favourite nighttime treatments? Let me know what you think ☺️ BLUME - Daydreamer Face Wash BLUME - Meltdown Milk MAKEUP - Vegan Milk Moisturizer
Quarantine Manicure 💅🏼
Hi my name is Katerina, you may call me Kat and I’m a neutrals girl. I gravitate to anything and everything neutrals. I may have 50 shades of neutral polish in my collection already. But that doesn’t stop me from adding more! I found this pretty shade on amazon during my regular quarantine browse. I never tried the miracle gel line and decided to give it a go. Just so you know I prefer regular polish for myself. I know you may pass judgment but hear me out! I feel like gel and shellac and other long lasting polishes destroy my nails. They become dry, thin, brittle and break easily. I don’t think it’s worth it. So I prefer to experiment with different brands of regular polishes to see which lasts the longest. Also a couple of chips here and there really don’t bother me. This is my 5th time using this product so I feel like I can give an honest review about how I feel about it. The color is called ‘Little Peony #247’🌸It’s a creamy baby pink shade. It almost reminds me of the OLD Essie Fiji color (my favorite shade of all time before they changed it to a darker pink color). It took two coats to get an even distribution of color and dried quickly when topped with Seche Vite top coat. The color started chipping around day five. But before you click away let me tell you that my hands are always in water. I’m a Chef, so I’m always working with my hands. I’m also a clean freak that still gets on her hands and knees to clean the floors from a bucket twice a week. So my hands take a beating on a regular basis and this polish managed to stay intact through the daily torture. If you’re not working this much with your hands I’m pretty sure you can get away with a week of it not chipping. I’m probably going to look into more shade from this collection and see if the Fórmula holds up for all their shades this well. If you’re still a regular polish fan I highly recommend this collection but especially this color because I die over it!
an amazing line for dull skin + pigmentation
Georgette Klinger and Cherie gifted these products to me so I could review them honestly! I have been using them for ten days now, and I have thoughts to share! I supplemented this routine with a moisturizer, spf, and eye cream, as well as hydrating masks every three days. Pre-Information — I’ve used many vitamin c products in the past, and my skin likes the ingredient! I have combo skin, which is sensitive and acne prone. I also have rosacea, which makes my skin red, especially when using actives. Every product here has fragrance and all the products smell like an orchard (it’s strong!). If you are sensitive to fragrance, keep that in mind. GEORGETTE KLINGER - Vitamin C Cleansing Gel 6.7 oz I like this cleanser, and I don’t usually reach for gel cleansers because they tend to be fairly stripping. This one is gentle and doesn’t dehydrate my skin on impact; I use it as a second cleanse at night following an oil based cleanser. It doesn’t irritate my skin, but kind of soothes it instead — which is a lot to ask for from a cleanser. Not the best for daytime use for me, I find that in the mornings my skin is better off with water + toner. Three stars because it smells like dollar store hand soap and I cannot ignore it. GEORGETTE KLINGER - Vitamin C Toner I think it’s an okay toner! I don’t like the dispenser at all, because product comes out fast and it’s hard to control. The viscosity of the toner is pretty thin, but my skin feels smooth after application. It sinks in fast and isn’t sticky! I use this with a reusable cotton round and it preps my skin nicely for the rest of my routine. It’s not really a “special” product for me, and I’m the kind of person who wants skincare routines to be ritualistic and also make me feel good on the inside, so I’ll have to pass on repurchasing. GEORGETTE KLINGER - Vitamin C Complex This might be one of my favorite vitamin c serums! It’s a little tacky, but sinks in faster than some serums I’ve used, and once you apply a moisturizer, the tackiness disappears. It’s pretty gentle and I didn’t experience any discomfort, tingling, or excess redness after application. I really like the packaging on this, and it’s an easy product to slip into your routine. GEORGETTE KLINGER - Vitamin C Mask This is my favorite product out of the four! I LOVE the packaging — pump top for a mask? Revolutionary. The pump makes getting product so easy, and you can control it easily. The texture of this mask is like a thick smoothie, and it smells good, too. I noticed my skin becoming brighter when I use this for a midday pick-me-up. I can guarantee that I’ll run out of this one first. Overall, my skin looks GOOD. I can’t tell if it’s just because of my cycle, or if these products did wonders for me (ten days is a short time to tell I think). I did notice some dehydration towards the five day mark, but overall my skin looks better!
My Acne Journey (Long Story)
Hi there! My name is Chelle, and like I’m sure many of you have dealt with, I have been in a battle with acne since I was a teenager. It’s been the bane of my existence and a constant thwart to my self-confidence. About 4 years ago, I started using Curology - Curology formula which, at first, worked absolute wonders! They prescribed to me a formula with azelaic acid, and for about 3 years, I felt like I had conquered and controlled my acne issues. Of course, I still had the scars and enlarged pores, but no new breakouts or cysts. I was incredibly satisfied and for once in my life, I had gained some the self-confidence that I never had growing up. I even enjoyed not having to wear as much makeup. However, a couple months before my wedding last year, I started noticing some acne beginning to consistently form in my chin area. I at first attributed to pre-wedding stress (which honestly didn’t make much sense because I actually didn’t do all my wedding planning). But even after the wedding, the breakouts continued to worsen. I reached out to Curology and they switched my prescription to the more aggressive tretinoin. It helped to control it somewhat, but unlike before, new breakouts would surface every week. So with that being said, I’m going back to square one with my acne journey. I’ll using Cherie as a journal to document my successes and failures as I try to, again, get the zits under control. I happily welcome recommendations and feedback! I am by no means a skin or beauty expert, but my hope is that my journey will somewhat encourage another individual that they’re not alone in this battle! Here are the list of products that I am currently using. I’ll do reviews of them as I go! AM Routine: ￼Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser ￼medicube - Zero Pore Pads ￼#Beautycounter - Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream[products]#[FiveStars] ￼ Neutrogena - Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Moisturizer 50ml PM Routine ￼Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser ￼Curology - Curology formula God bless! Chelle
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