Review: Urban Decay Afterdark Eyeshadow Palette

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Life has a few important questions: What do I want to be when I grow up? What kind of person am I? What in the hell was I thinking with that outfit in the 90s? Does anyone really understand what’s going on in Sense8? Is it possible for Urban Decay to make a bad eyeshadow palette?

The answer to that last one, by the way, appears to be a no for me so far, but only because I opted out of purchasing the Spectrum palette that everyone seems to hate.

I’ve been doing good with my low buy, but I did decide to catch a few things over the holidays. There are also a couple of palettes I’ve been taking a hard look at, so don’t worry… I’ve not lost my damn mind or anything.  Continue reading “Review: Urban Decay Afterdark Eyeshadow Palette”

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Review: Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Sun Damage Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30

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I’m not one of those bloggers who always gets companies sending them free stuff, but I do keep myself active on a few different product promotion websites, and occasionally one of them will send me a little something in the mail to try out, review, and hopefully promote via social media and my blog. It’s just one of those things companies do to get their products out there in sea of similar products. With the cosmetics industry being the behemoth it is, you really do have to shine to be able to succeed, and this is one way they get folks talking about that thing they’re making and would really like for you to buy. Continue reading “Review: Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Sun Damage Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30”

Beauteque Mask Maven August 2016 Review

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Beauteque Mask Maven Subscription

Mask Maven is a monthly subscription from online Asian beauty retailer Beauteque. Each month you get 9-11 masks, usually sheet masks but occasionally other kids, for $15 + shipping ($18.95 total). It’s not a great deal when it comes to retail value. Usually you’ll end up simply breaking even or maybe a bit better. This one is all about curation and introducing yourself to new brands and products. Considering how new I am to Asian beauty and how deep the sheet mask rabbit hole goes, this is right up my alley. Continue reading “Beauteque Mask Maven August 2016 Review”

Review: Benefit “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer

Everyone seems to be pushing Benefit’s brow products or mascara these days. Subscription boxes everywhere are trying to convince me that I NEED some Roller Lash (which I hate) or They’re Real (which I think is good but not enough to get me to pay $24 for a mascara) or Gimme Brow. The brow products have been featured in one way or another for the past three months, and the mascaras have become so common a find in boxes that there’s a running joke about how they need to clean out their warehouses by giving everyone mascara. And on that same thought regarding the mascara, if you have more than one beauty box subscription, chances are it’s been a while since you’ve needed to buy mascara. I currently have six tubes sitting unopened in my stash– two of which are Benefit mascaras. Continue reading “Review: Benefit “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer”

Beauteque Mask Maven June 2016 Review

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Okay, yes. I have a subscription box problem. I’ll admit to that freely. That said, I have cut a few of mine going forward due to a rapidly growing stash. I’ll be keeping Ipsy and Sephora (because they’re the best ones I’ve had and only $10 each), and I might be keeping Allure through July, depending on their offerings. Outside of that, I really just don’t need more makeup and probably won’t need much more makeup aside from replacing a few holy grail items as they’re used up for the next year at least.

But I will need skincare, particularly as I dive further down into the Asian skincare rabbit hole. I have a nice little stash of that, too, but there are some items I don’t have as much of and would like to experiment to find what I like, and that’s where my Sephora spending has been going lately.  Continue reading “Beauteque Mask Maven June 2016 Review”

Walmart Beauty Box: Summer 2016 Review

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For those unfamiliar, Walmart has a quarterly beauty subscription box for the low low price of $5 per box. (Technically the samples are free and the $5 is for shipping.) While it’s really not the most exciting boxes out there, it’s definitely a good value, and much like the Target box it usually includes things you’re likely to actually buy and use. There are two varieties: Trendsetter and Classic. You can pick which you want at signup. (I get one of each.) If you’re interested in signing up, you can do so by clicking here.

Summer 2016 Trendsetter Box

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Sephora Play! June 2016 Unboxing

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Admittedly, Sephora Play doesn’t have the highest value among my subscription boxes, and we’ll get to that breakdown shortly, but it does have what I believe to be one of the best curations with higher end items I use, and the other goodies like in-store classes and trials and bonus Beauty Insider points make this a very worthwhile subscription, particularly if you shop at Sephora. If you’re interested, there is a waitlist, but you can sign up here.

This month’s theme is “The Minimalist” and includes products to help you achieve that look. I think I had a much easier time understanding why items were included this month as opposed to last month’ theme. Sunscreen, bronzer, shimmering primer, and mascara are definitely what I’d call minimalist makeup, and the hair care item is designed to remove a step from your hair styling routine. This is absolutely a box that I’d say is designed to help you get ready and out the door more quickly in the morning. Continue reading “Sephora Play! June 2016 Unboxing”

Review: ACURE Cell Stimulating Facial Mask

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I’ll admit that while I know I purchased this in a beauty box, I don’t recall exactly which one it was that this came in. Sorry.

I use a few different kinds of masks. The first kind is for clarifying. I have big ol’ pores that demand lots of attention. The second kind is for simple hydration. This is usually a sheet mask, but I have some tube masks that also do the trick. The third kind is an overnight mask, which is another type of hydrating mask but is more like a thick moisturizer worn, well, overnight. It’s a bit more heavy duty than a sheet mask.  Continue reading “Review: ACURE Cell Stimulating Facial Mask”