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MAYBELLINE DREAM FRESH BB CREAM || MEDIUM/DEEPI first tried this BB cream out because I was looking for something lighter than a foundation and because tinted moisturizers break me out.  I have severely sensitive skin, so I have to be really careful when choosing face products.  I watched many youtube videos from people who state similarities with my skin type before purchasing it.  
I’m not quite sure how this product compares to “actual” BB creams from the Asian brands; however, I do know how tinted moisturizers are and I don’t think it compares.  The only thing that does compare is the texture.  
After using this product for a few months, it became one of my favorite semi-daily products.  I am already on my third tube.  I have dry to normal skin (depending on the season).  This product did not break me out what so ever.  It blends seamlessly.  The only problem I have with it is the selection of colors.  I literally was comparing the two middle colors for a good 45 minutes because I wasn’t sure which one matched better.  Since it’s from the drugstore, there are no testers.  I have seen a great improvement in the redness in my skin after using this product for a year, more or less.  It is also very moisturizing.  I used to have severely dry skin before using this product.  It keeps my  skin moisturized throughout the day.  The tint in this product doesn’t fade or transfer (I set it with MUFE HD powder).  I love it love it love it! If you’re looking for something light & inexpensive, this is the product for you.
Quality: 4/5Price: 5/5Packaging: 4/5Overall: 13/15

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MAYBELLINE DREAM FRESH BB CREAM || MEDIUM/DEEP
I first tried this BB cream out because I was looking for something lighter than a foundation and because tinted moisturizers break me out.  I have severely sensitive skin, so I have to be really careful when choosing face products.  I watched many youtube videos from people who state similarities with my skin type before purchasing it.  

I’m not quite sure how this product compares to “actual” BB creams from the Asian brands; however, I do know how tinted moisturizers are and I don’t think it compares.  The only thing that does compare is the texture.  

After using this product for a few months, it became one of my favorite semi-daily products.  I am already on my third tube.  I have dry to normal skin (depending on the season).  This product did not break me out what so ever.  It blends seamlessly.  The only problem I have with it is the selection of colors.  I literally was comparing the two middle colors for a good 45 minutes because I wasn’t sure which one matched better.  Since it’s from the drugstore, there are no testers.  I have seen a great improvement in the redness in my skin after using this product for a year, more or less.  It is also very moisturizing.  I used to have severely dry skin before using this product.  It keeps my  skin moisturized throughout the day.  The tint in this product doesn’t fade or transfer (I set it with MUFE HD powder).  I love it love it love it! If you’re looking for something light & inexpensive, this is the product for you.

Quality: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Packaging: 4/5
Overall: 13/15

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation

Let me start off with my first impressions of this product.  When you just look at the color without swatching it, you might think it’s too dark.  Even the worker at Sephora said she thinks it’s too dark on me, but when she swatched it, it was a perfect match for my face.  So MAKE SURE YOU SWATCH IT!  My first thought about the texture was that it was really thick & I didn’t like it that much, but I heard soooo many good things about it & because Sephora has such an amazing return policy, I decided to give it a go.  I am so glad that I did.  It blends out so effortlessly & seamlessly.  It doesn’t feel as thick on your face blended out as it does when you just squeeze it out of the bottle.  
This foundation really lives up to it’s claim of being long-wearing, it says 12-hour, but I believe it lasts longer than that.  I was once up & running around like a chicken with my head cut off for 38 hours straight, and I had to touch up ONCE.  It also lives up to it’s claim of being water proof.  My friend and I had decided spontaneously to go swimming & I had makeup on that day (normally, if I plan to swim I don’t wear makeup).  It was still perfectly in tact by the time we were done swimming, however my eye makeup was smeared but that’s a different story.  I LOVE the staying power of this foundation.  

One of my favorite things about this product is that it has SPF 15.  I have extremely sensitive skin & I can’t wear sunblock on my face for that reason — So I have to find moisturizers and foundations with SPF that DON’T make my skin react….a giant scavenger hunt if you ask me.  So when I do find things that don’t make my skin react, I buy it, because it’s rare.  

I really recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a full-coverage, light-weight, long-wearing foundation.  It’s a bit pricey, but I think it’s worth the $40!  
I hope this review helped out in anyway.  Please send any requests you may have in my ask, and I’ll do my best to get to each and everyone of them! Thanks <3

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation


Let me start off with my first impressions of this product.  When you just look at the color without swatching it, you might think it’s too dark.  Even the worker at Sephora said she thinks it’s too dark on me, but when she swatched it, it was a perfect match for my face.  So MAKE SURE YOU SWATCH IT!  My first thought about the texture was that it was really thick & I didn’t like it that much, but I heard soooo many good things about it & because Sephora has such an amazing return policy, I decided to give it a go.  I am so glad that I did.  It blends out so effortlessly & seamlessly.  It doesn’t feel as thick on your face blended out as it does when you just squeeze it out of the bottle.  

This foundation really lives up to it’s claim of being long-wearing, it says 12-hour, but I believe it lasts longer than that.  I was once up & running around like a chicken with my head cut off for 38 hours straight, and I had to touch up ONCE.  It also lives up to it’s claim of being water proof.  My friend and I had decided spontaneously to go swimming & I had makeup on that day (normally, if I plan to swim I don’t wear makeup).  It was still perfectly in tact by the time we were done swimming, however my eye makeup was smeared but that’s a different story.  I LOVE the staying power of this foundation.  

One of my favorite things about this product is that it has SPF 15.  I have extremely sensitive skin & I can’t wear sunblock on my face for that reason — So I have to find moisturizers and foundations with SPF that DON’T make my skin react….a giant scavenger hunt if you ask me.  So when I do find things that don’t make my skin react, I buy it, because it’s rare.  

I really recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a full-coverage, light-weight, long-wearing foundation.  It’s a bit pricey, but I think it’s worth the $40!  

I hope this review helped out in anyway.  Please send any requests you may have in my ask, and I’ll do my best to get to each and everyone of them! Thanks <3

Does your lipstick contain lead? (via Yahoo)

Lead in Lipstick: 10 Worst Brands, Better Alternatives


"Could a pretty pucker be the kiss of death? According to Reuters, about 400 lipsticksrecently tested by the FDA contain traces of lead. In 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmeticsran its own tests on 33 red lipsticks and found that one-third exceeded the FDA’s limit for lead in candy. Lead levels have gone up since then.

Related: Safe Skincare Guide

The FDA pushed back in its latest report stating that: “Lipstick, as a product intended for topical use with limited absorption, is ingested only in very small quantities. We do not consider the lead levels we found in the lipsticks to be a safety concern.” However, Stacy Malkan, of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics disagrees. “We know that ingestion of lipstick happens,” she told Reuters. She also points out that lead accumulates in the body over time.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is particularly concerned about lead exposure for children and pregnant women. The CDC’s Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention recently stated that there is no safe lead level for children. Lead poisoning causes a wide range of problems from low IQ and slowed grown in children to memory loss, mood disorders, and miscarriage in adults.

The FDA found the highest levels in lipsticks made by Procter & Gamble (Cover Girl brand), L’Oreal (L’Oreal, Body Shop and Maybelline brands), and Revlon. The lipsticks containing the most lead (measured in parts per million) are:

1. Maybelline Color Sensational, Pink Petal (7.9 ppm)

2. L’Oreal Colour Riche, Volcanic, (7.0 ppm)

3. NARS Semi-Matte, Red Lizard (4.93 ppm)

4. Cover Girl Queen Collection, Ruby Remix, (4.92 ppm)

5. Nars Semi-Matte, Funny Face (4.89 ppm)

6. L’Oreal Colour Riche, Tickled Pink (4.45 ppm)

7. L’Oreal Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor, Heroic (4.41 ppm)

8. Cover Girl Continuous Color, Warm Brick (4.28 ppm)

9. Maybelline Color Sensational, Mauve Me (4.23 ppm)

10. Stargazer Lipstick, #103 (4.12 ppm)

California, which has the nation’s most stringent laws about lead in consumer products, has imposed a safety limit of 5.0 ppm for lipstick. If you are concerned about contaminants in your lipstick or other cosmetics, the Environmental Working Group rates over 1000 cosmetic lip products on its searchable database. Because there are thousands of lipsticks on the market, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics says its impossible to test every one and the best thing you can do is support an outright ban on lead. However, here are 11 products they have found to be lead-free.”

11 Lead Free Lipsticks (via the daily green)

  • Avon
  • The Body Shop
  • Clinique
  • Dior
  • Estee Lauder
  • MAC
  • Revlon (3 types) 
  • Tarte
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild

 

New goodies! I love gift cards (:In order from left to right. 
Maybelline Dream Nude Foundation (new product)
Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara
MUFE’s HD Finishing Powder
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
CoverGirl Lipstick in Delish Regal
L’oreal Infallible Lip Color in Linda’s Beige
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush (new product)
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Concealer
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Cream Blush
I will be doing a review of the Maybelline foundation in a couple weeks after I’ve used it for a few days/weeks.  However, my first impression of this foundation is good so far.  It gives my face a nice natural glow! (:

New goodies! I love gift cards (:
In order from left to right. 

  • Maybelline Dream Nude Foundation (new product)
  • Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara
  • MUFE’s HD Finishing Powder
  • Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
  • CoverGirl Lipstick in Delish Regal
  • L’oreal Infallible Lip Color in Linda’s Beige
  • Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush (new product)
  • Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Concealer
  • Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Cream Blush

I will be doing a review of the Maybelline foundation in a couple weeks after I’ve used it for a few days/weeks.  However, my first impression of this foundation is good so far.  It gives my face a nice natural glow! (:

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I know, I know&#8230;there are about a million reviews on the Make-up For Ever (MUFE) HD Liquid Foundation already.  I was in a very lengthy debate with my conscience about whether or not I should splurge on this bad boy.  Well, luckily for me, I had store credit and a Sephora gift card and only ended up paying $12 out of pocket instead of the usual $40.  Thank goodness I didn&#8217;t fork out the forty bucks, because honestly it wasn&#8217;t even worth the $12 that I paid.  Yes, the consistency is amazing, the coverage is excellent, and it looks extremely flawless.  HOWEVER, I get the same results from my Maybelline Fit Me liquid foundation and the Maybelline one is about 1/3 of the price of the MUFE HD foundation.  Don&#8217;t get me wrong, I do love my MUFE because yes, it gives my make-up for that day the oomph that it needs, but if I can get the same results from something waaaaay cheaper, I&#8217;d choose the cheaper of the two.  I&#8217;ve honestly gotten more compliments when wearing my Fit Me foundation than my MUFE foundation.  Do I love this product? Yes.  Would I repurchase this product? No, unless Maybelline discontinues the Fit Me or if MUFE becomes cheaper, which I doubt will happen haha.  Thank you for reading (:
Quality: 4/5Price: 0/5Packaging: 4/5Overall: 8/15

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I know, I know…there are about a million reviews on the Make-up For Ever (MUFE) HD Liquid Foundation already.  I was in a very lengthy debate with my conscience about whether or not I should splurge on this bad boy.  Well, luckily for me, I had store credit and a Sephora gift card and only ended up paying $12 out of pocket instead of the usual $40.  Thank goodness I didn’t fork out the forty bucks, because honestly it wasn’t even worth the $12 that I paid.  Yes, the consistency is amazing, the coverage is excellent, and it looks extremely flawless.  HOWEVER, I get the same results from my Maybelline Fit Me liquid foundation and the Maybelline one is about 1/3 of the price of the MUFE HD foundation.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love my MUFE because yes, it gives my make-up for that day the oomph that it needs, but if I can get the same results from something waaaaay cheaper, I’d choose the cheaper of the two.  I’ve honestly gotten more compliments when wearing my Fit Me foundation than my MUFE foundation.  Do I love this product? Yes.  Would I repurchase this product? No, unless Maybelline discontinues the Fit Me or if MUFE becomes cheaper, which I doubt will happen haha.  Thank you for reading (:

Quality: 4/5
Price: 0/5
Packaging: 4/5
Overall: 8/15

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Biotin is a MAJOR part of my skin care and hair care routine.  The directions on the bottle state, &#8220;take one tablet daily, preferably with food.&#8221;  I usually take it with breakfast along with my other multivitamins.  The bottle also states that this product supports hair and nail growth and strength, along with hair strength.  I have definitely seen an improvement in all three areas.  At the end of high school to the beginning of college, I would get acrylic nails often and my nails became brittle and broke easily.  My nails have gotten stronger and have started growing faster than normal after using this product.  My skin used to have patches of hyperpigmentation and patches of hypopigmentation.  I have no idea what caused it, but with my new skin care regimen that includes Biotin and other products I no longer have discoloration in my skin.  The texture of my skin has also improved.  It used to be &#8220;textured&#8221;&#8230;not sure if that&#8217;s the right word to use, but that&#8217;s what comes to mind.  My skin, now, is smooth and not dry.  And my hair (which I have been growing for the past six years) has definitely improved as far as health.  I used to get split ends quickly.  I use biotin along with other products in my hair care regimen, and I don&#8217;t get split ends as QUICKLY, I&#8217;m not saying I don&#8217;t get split ends, I just don&#8217;t get them as often and as quickly.  Delaying split ends has encouraged growth of my hair instead of ceasing it.  
I believe, but I&#8217;m not 100% sure, that this product was under $10 at Target.  I have had Biotin as part of my hair/skin/nail care regimen for well over a year now and it&#8217;s probably one of the products I will continue to use, and keep it in my regimen.  
I hope this helped!

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Biotin is a MAJOR part of my skin care and hair care routine.  The directions on the bottle state, “take one tablet daily, preferably with food.”  I usually take it with breakfast along with my other multivitamins.  The bottle also states that this product supports hair and nail growth and strength, along with hair strength.  I have definitely seen an improvement in all three areas.  At the end of high school to the beginning of college, I would get acrylic nails often and my nails became brittle and broke easily.  My nails have gotten stronger and have started growing faster than normal after using this product.  My skin used to have patches of hyperpigmentation and patches of hypopigmentation.  I have no idea what caused it, but with my new skin care regimen that includes Biotin and other products I no longer have discoloration in my skin.  The texture of my skin has also improved.  It used to be “textured”…not sure if that’s the right word to use, but that’s what comes to mind.  My skin, now, is smooth and not dry.  And my hair (which I have been growing for the past six years) has definitely improved as far as health.  I used to get split ends quickly.  I use biotin along with other products in my hair care regimen, and I don’t get split ends as QUICKLY, I’m not saying I don’t get split ends, I just don’t get them as often and as quickly.  Delaying split ends has encouraged growth of my hair instead of ceasing it.  

I believe, but I’m not 100% sure, that this product was under $10 at Target.  I have had Biotin as part of my hair/skin/nail care regimen for well over a year now and it’s probably one of the products I will continue to use, and keep it in my regimen.  

I hope this helped!

"5 Foods for Glowing Skin" (via Yahoo)

1.  Sweet potatoes

  • "They are rich in beta-carotene and, when ingested, are converted into Vitamin A, a prime factor in keeping skin touchably soft", according to Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, and nutritionist.

2.  Kiwi

  • Kiwi contains Vitami C. “Vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis and protects against wrinkles.  In a study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women who had a diet high in Vitamin C foods had noticeably less dryness and fewer wrinkles.”

3.  Dark Chocolate

  • "Drayer says enjoying a small piece of dark chocolate will provide high levels of cocoa flavanols which have been associated with softer, more hydrated skin."  Key word: small.

4.   Yogurt

  • "Yogurt makes your skin and nails glow, according to Paula Simpson, international nutritionist and beauty expert.  It’s a good source of protein and has been found in clinical studies to help stimulate fat metabolism and whittle your waistline.  Added bonus: Drayer says thanks to biotin found in yogurt, it helps increased nail strength."

5.  Nuts and Seeds

  • "They contain antiinflammatory and immunity-enhancing nutrients, including Vitamin E, that help reduce skin flare-ups."
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This is the ONLY mac product I own, and the only mac product I will ever own.  I&#8217;m not a huge fan of mac.  My skin reacted badly to their products after I got my make-up done for a wedding.  I have been using this product for a little over four years now.  I started using this in the beginning of my senior year because one of my friends recommended it to me and I haven&#8217;t found anything better, YET haha.  The consistency of this gel liner is so so creamy and extremely pigmented.  It doesn&#8217;t dry out and it lasts long; for the four years I&#8217;ve been using it, I&#8217;ve only had one container.  I know, I know that&#8217;s probably extremely unsanitary but I only use it for me and it hasn&#8217;t dried out, yet.  Until I find something as good or better, I&#8217;ll be sticking to this one (:
Quality: 5/5Price: 4/5Packaging: 5/5Overall: 14/15 

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This is the ONLY mac product I own, and the only mac product I will ever own.  I’m not a huge fan of mac.  My skin reacted badly to their products after I got my make-up done for a wedding.  I have been using this product for a little over four years now.  I started using this in the beginning of my senior year because one of my friends recommended it to me and I haven’t found anything better, YET haha.  The consistency of this gel liner is so so creamy and extremely pigmented.  It doesn’t dry out and it lasts long; for the four years I’ve been using it, I’ve only had one container.  I know, I know that’s probably extremely unsanitary but I only use it for me and it hasn’t dried out, yet.  Until I find something as good or better, I’ll be sticking to this one (:

Quality: 5/5
Price: 4/5
Packaging: 5/5
Overall: 14/15 

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Now, onto the review.  I&#8217;m sure many of you have, know of, or have heard of this product: Urban Decay&#8217;s Naked Palette.  I&#8217;ve seen and read many reviews (most of which were positive) about this product, like the quality of the shadows or how it&#8217;s a good deal for the price, etc.  However, I&#8217;ve never really seen &#8220;personal&#8221; thoughts about it, besides &#8220;i love it&#8221; or &#8220;i use it everyday&#8221;.  So here&#8217;s my two cents (:
Pros
pigmentation, as mentioned by millions of people
quality, as mentioned by millions of people 
range of colors; i love that there&#8217;s a range of light, medium, and deep colors 
the shadows blend easily, and is extremely buildable (is that even a word? lol)
Cons 
there&#8217;s only a few matte shades; if you&#8217;re like me and you&#8217;re not a huge fan of shimmer or glitter, this palette might not be the best choice for you; however, I do use the lighter shimmer colors as a highlight color sometimes
the price - even though the price is reasonable for the brand, I feel like I&#8217;m making an investment and not a purchase; if you&#8217;re going to purchase this product, ensure that you&#8217;ll use it often or else it would be a waste of money
the availability - i know that it&#8217;s being offered more now in Sephora stores, but it&#8217;s still almost always sold out or there&#8217;s only one left in stores and mostly sold out online 
Overall, I do like this product and I am able to use it often.  I just got lucky that the matte shades are shades that I can use everyday.  
Quality: 5/5Price: 3.5/5Packaging: 4/5Overall 12.5/15
I hope you enjoyed this rave and rant! (:  If you want to request product reviews, drop it in my ask box!  Thanks, guys. 

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Now, onto the review.  I’m sure many of you have, know of, or have heard of this product: Urban Decay’s Naked Palette.  I’ve seen and read many reviews (most of which were positive) about this product, like the quality of the shadows or how it’s a good deal for the price, etc.  However, I’ve never really seen “personal” thoughts about it, besides “i love it” or “i use it everyday”.  So here’s my two cents (:

Pros

  • pigmentation, as mentioned by millions of people
  • quality, as mentioned by millions of people 
  • range of colors; i love that there’s a range of light, medium, and deep colors 
  • the shadows blend easily, and is extremely buildable (is that even a word? lol)

Cons 

  • there’s only a few matte shades; if you’re like me and you’re not a huge fan of shimmer or glitter, this palette might not be the best choice for you; however, I do use the lighter shimmer colors as a highlight color sometimes
  • the price - even though the price is reasonable for the brand, I feel like I’m making an investment and not a purchase; if you’re going to purchase this product, ensure that you’ll use it often or else it would be a waste of money
  • the availability - i know that it’s being offered more now in Sephora stores, but it’s still almost always sold out or there’s only one left in stores and mostly sold out online 

Overall, I do like this product and I am able to use it often.  I just got lucky that the matte shades are shades that I can use everyday.  

Quality: 5/5
Price: 3.5/5
Packaging: 4/5
Overall 12.5/15

I hope you enjoyed this rave and rant! (:  If you want to request product reviews, drop it in my ask box!  Thanks, guys.