Sunday, April 5, 2020

Love It Or Leave It; Review 2.0: bh Cosmetics Aurora Lights Palette

Hello folksickles. As a makeup junkie and blogger you may have realized that I review a LOAD of eyeshadow palettes and I like to think of myself as being largely an eyeshadow junkie. In order to de-clutter a bit  I've decided to pick out a palette or series of eyeshadows for the month and have that be my monthly selection for those instances where I'm not doing a tutorial for the blog. Every month I'll do a recap on the eyeshadows - how I feel about them and whether I'll be keeping them or giving them away (and why :P) as well as if I think it's worth its price tag. Yes there's two a month now (at least during most months)! I figured maybe I could get through more this way :D
bh Cosmetics Aurora Lights Palette

These are the looks I created this month:




















This palette is definitely a keeper. The shades here are buttery, blend easily and are well-pigmented, the palette is easy to use and create looks from and I like its versatility in being able to create all sorts of looks from soft and somewhat neutral to highly colorful. I love that all the shades work well wet and that using them wet doesn't compromise their quality as they dry down nicely and don't develop a weird crust. I would say my one and only beef with this palette is its lack of mattes - I personally don't mind (as you can clearly see) using shimmery shades in the crease as long as the colors themselves are deep enough to create depth. That said, I would prefer a matte brow-bone shade (I did end up pulling my beloved Inglot 353M to highlight thr brow in all the above images) and overall do prefer using mattes in the crease if I can. I would say that this can be a standalone palette but I personally would pair it up with maybe a palette that's completely matte that could use shimmer to spice it up.

Disclaimer:  My best friend purchased this palette for me.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

March 2020 Departures

Ok folksickles. Departure blogs will contain items that aren't empties but that are going to be given away for one reason or another. I'm working hard to curate my makeup collection and want it to include only the products that I think truly work well, that I reach for often and do what they're supposed to do.
1. primera Clean Berry Lip Mask: This has an odd texture and I just don't find it hydrating enough.

Disclaimer: This was provided for review purposes by Influenster.

Friday, April 3, 2020

March 2020 Arrivals

Ok folksickles! Arrivals feature items I bought this month that are joining my collection; a haul if you will. Without further ado.

1.  Sheet Masks Galore: This is what happens when I'm allowed a Korean skincare store while and the sheet masks are only $1-2 each - granted I'm running a bit low so now was a good time to stock up - you'll see some repeat favorites as well as some new ones I decided to try out:
A'pieu Coffee Milk Air Pocket Sheet x2
A'pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask in Watermelon
A'pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask in Hanrabong
A'Pieu Fruit Vinegar Sheet Mask in Pomegranate
A'pieu Banana Milk Air Pocket Sheet
A'pieu Green Tea Milk Air Pocket Sheet
A'Pieu Fruit Vinegar Sheet Mask in Pomegranate x2
berrisom Cocktail Recipe Mask in Kahlua Milk x2
Etude House Lotus
Etude House Olive
Etude House Madecassoside
Quret Lifting Care Mask Collagen

2. Colourpop Lashes: So I thought I was running low on lashes and, since I was getting one of my friends a birthday gift, I decided to pick up some lashes for myself. I got the following styles:
Bae
Chick
Mami

3. Boscia Vegan Collagen Booster Serum: Influenster sent this to me for testing purposes and so far I really like it; it has a nice refreshing texture and leaves my skin looking and feeling silky.

4. Duo Quick Set Strip-lash Adhesive: The glue I'm currently using is starting to get all clumpy so I decided to pick up a new one.

5. Youth to the People Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial: I'm running a bit low on exfoliator so I decided to give this a try since I've really enjoyed everything I've tried from Youth to the People thus far.

Disclaimer: I purchased everything listed above with the exception of the Boscia serum.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

March 2020 Favorites

Hey folksickles,
Alright, all the goodies I've been enjoying in the month of March :) 

1. Bath & Body Works Scented Candle in Sun Washed Citrus: I absolutely adore this palette and actually meant to mention it last month, but alas, it smells so perfectly sweet-tart and refreshing yet also citrusy. I highly recommend giving it a sniff if you're someone who likes citrus scents.

2. Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Oh are we back to talking about shows? Because the answer is an enthusiastic yes! I spent most of January and February watching the Devilman franchises and while, from what I briefly saw, I had this notion that because Kipo was set in a post-apocolyptic world I hoped for something uplifting given the haunting heaviness of Devilman. That said, Kipo was this uplifting, hopeful show and I highly recommend it to all of you. I think it's a show meant to target kids/a younger overall audience but that doesn't make it not enjoyable, the world is post-apocalyptic, sure, but colorful much like the world of Futurama, but more... kid appropriate, if you will. There's a pig, which already made me love the show and Kipo being a fan of said pig... makes me a fan of Kipo; she's such a hope oriented, positive, bubbly character who I absolute LOVE. So yeah, definitely worth taking a look into. I hope Season 2 comes quick so I have more to say but so far it does a good job of conveying the age-old power of friendship/willingness to learn will unite folks whereas fear divides them themes while also exploring the impact of humanity on animals in a interesting way. Well I shall not spoil the plot further.

3.Sonia Kashuk blending crease brush: For years I've heard great things about Sonia Kashuk brushes and just hadn't invested until, that is, I was in Target and I needed a brush for applying transition tones with, given that the one I had fell apart. This brush is absolutely fantastic - despite being synthetic it picks up and diffuses color just absolutely beautifully. I've had it for a year now and it still looks, and performs, as though it were brand new.

4. bumble and bumble Thickening Full Form Soft Mousse: I haven't had this in years and still remember why I love it so much. It is meant to be used to be used with heat styling, which I typically don't do, but it still gives my hair a bit of a thicker texture while still retaining a smooth, soft, and silky finish. I find that a lot of mousses tend to leave my hair crunchy but this doesn't!

Disclaimer: Everything  mentioned here was paid for by yours truly.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

March 2020 Empties

All my monthly trash on display for you to see. :P

Sheet Masks Galore:
Etude House Air Mask in Olive - Firming & Moisturizing: I can't really speak to the firming benefits of this but I did find it very hydrating.
lune+aster Nourish 5 Minute Rescue Mask: I'll be honest that, unless there's acids or some kind of mud/clay in a sheet mask, I usually leave them on for 20 minutes unless the instructions suggest they be left on longer - I find this mask hydrates the skin nicely without being very heavy or milky. 
patchology Flashmasqur in Illuminate: Another mask I really enjoy for its lightweight hydration and because it gives my skin a beautiful radiant glow.
Quret Beauty Recipe Mask in Brazil Nut: This is a hydrating mask that left my skin smooth, dewy, and radiant without having a heavy hydrating essence. I really liked it.
Quret Beauty Recipe Mask in Banana: This is a hydrating mask that left my skin smooth, dewy, and radiant without having a heavy hydrating essence. I really liked it. It has a nice banana scent to it too.
Quret Beauty Recipe Mask in Tomato: Again, this mask is lightly hydrating and smoothing, it has a bit of a powdery scent to it. 
Quret Beauty Recipe Mask in Eggplant: I found the idea of an eggplant mask quite curious but it did leave my skin hydrated and smooth. This has a floral scent to it.
Quret Beauty Recipe Mask in Brocolli x2: Typically I really like broccoli-based K-beauty but I found this mask not as hydrating as the other ones, which are all lightweight as is, it kind of wasn't enough for my skin. It worked ok but I won't be picking it up again, even though I got two to begin with. :I
Skinfood Propolis & Bee Venom: This mask has a lovely floral, lightly honey-esque scent.
A'Pieu Coffee Milk Air Pocket Sheet Mask x2: This mask smells so strongly of coffee - which I personally really enjoy! It left my skin feeling soft and smooth, and, as you guys know, I simply adore this particular mask. I highly recommend giving it a go.
A'Pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask in Watermelon: This mask was lightly hydrating and left my skin feeling smooth; it has a strong artificial watermelon scent to it.
A'Pieu Fruit Vinegar Sheet Mask in Pomegranate x2: This mask left my skin feeling lightly hydrated and has a nice pomegranate scent.
A'Pieu Icing Sweet Bar Sheet Mask in Hanrabong: This mask left my skin feeling soft and smooth, it's lightly hydrating but the serum is thin and watery. It smells like yuzu (although I think the "hanrabong" is specifically a Jeju prange) and I think it would be really nice for the summertime.

2.  Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango:  This has a nice sweet tropical mango scent to it. You guys know I love these and have been using them for years - my #1 body scrub because it's super scrubby but isn't oily so you won't be slipping and sliding all over your shower or tub. This was actually the first scent I ever got so it's got an element of nostalgia for me.

3 Bioderma Sebium Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution: I found that this did a nice job of removing my makeup and enhanced the work of the microfiber towlettes I use to remove my makeup. It didn't dry out my skin either, which I appreciate.

4. Lovely Me:ex Mini Pet Hand Cream in Sweet Fruits : So because I gathered quite the collection of hand creams I've decided to use them up as body creams instead. This did a fairly good job of hydrating my skin and has a nice, light, clean scent to it.

5. blendercleanser solid pro:  I tell you it lasted me a year and a half when I paired it with my beloved castille soap - I use the castille soap to pre-cleanse face brushes and on eye brushes because powder makeup usually comes off with it, whereas this is fantastic for getting liquid and cream makeups out of brushes and sponges. What a deal!

6Trader Joe's Clay Detox Mask: Overall I would say this mask did a good job of making my skin feel clean and deeply cleansed but it also left my skin feeling dry and tight; it was alright because I'd follow it up with a sheet mask but because it left my skin so tight I don't think I'd get it again.

7. L'occitane Hand Cream in Honey: This smells absolutely divine - it truly smells like honey and left my skin feeling soft and smelling delicious.

8. Colourpop Precision Blending Sponge: I really quite enjoyed using this sponge; it's got a nice squishy texture to it that really blends makeup in beautifully and I find both the beveled edge and the more pointy bits of the sponge to be excellent for getting into small or more detail-oriented areas of the face. At $5 I definitely think it's worth checking out.

9. Now Solutions Refreshing Rosewater Concentrate:I used this for scent in my diffuser and it smells absolutely lovely. It's got a very traditional herbal/plant-like rose scent but I mixed it in with both lemon and lavender and it played well, and softened out a bit, when paired with either one.

10. Incendio Beauty Lipstick Potion in Allure: Unfortunately my lipstick just dried out.

11. Tocca Hand Cream in Stella - Italian Blood Orange: This has a nice, refreshing citrusy scent.

12. patchology Warm Up Best Foot Forward Softening Foot & Heel Mask: Frankly I didn't find that this warmed up more than any other foot mask I've ever used (I usually will put socks over it to enhance its effects) BUT this mask really did softening and smooth out the soles of my feet (shockingly, because many things don't!) although I wore it for an hour, not the recommended 10 minutes. It also left my feet smelling like honey, which I think is a plus, it was quite a nice smell.

13. Bath & Body Works Scented Candle in Happy Easter: This had a nice, cozy, chocolaty scent to it.

14. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea: This is actually my favorite, scent-wise, of the Mario Badescu facial spray collection because, as you guys know, I LOVE tea scents. So good! I find that this has a nice mister on it that refreshes my skin and helps my makeup look radiant.

15. tarte tarteist lip paint in swamp family: This is a really beautiful red but unfortunately my lipstick has dried ot and goes on super clumpy.

16. Tocca Hand Cream in Giulietta: This is another cream that I used on the body - I will admit it does a good job of hydration and has a nice, clean, floral scent but I don't think I'll buy it because it's pricey.

17. BROWFOOD Clear Brow Enhancing Gelfix: This brow gel does a great job and combing and holding the brows down without any flaking. That said, I find that it gave me an abundance of stra hairs, so it does work for hair growth, it just didn't work to fill in the patches I have in my brows that are naturally sort of bald. :/

18.Odacite Green Ceremony Cleanser: I have such mixed feelings about this cleanser. Overall, I really like it, it left my skin feeling baby's butt smooth and while it isn't necessarily meant to be used daily, I did with no adverse effects. It smells like a matcha latte which I personally love. However, I found that I went through it in under a month, it's hard to regulate how much you need because it's a powder and, toward the end, it all clumped together at the bottom of the container and I thought ok I'll just add water to it and it'll melt/become slushy and I'll use the slushy to wash my face... no... it just became this weird damp clump with a fish-like odor that was highly unpleasant. Soon after that the cap of mine fell and broke into chunks at which point I took it as a sign that I should just discard the remainder of the product (that there isn't much of).

19. Enesti Apple & Honey Shea Butter Hand Cream: I used this as a body moisturizer and I loved it so much, it hydrated wonderfully and has a lovely scent that reminds me of apple-flavored oatmeal.

20.  Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: I find that this primer does a lovely job of smoothing the skin and helping foundation to stay put throughout the day without being drying

21. Sween Lotion Coloplast Hand and Body Lotion: Not gonna lie, I feel like my parents swiped this from my hospital the last time my grandma was there or the hospital gave it away as part of some departure package of care items... either way they gave me it (don't worry, grandma has plenty of doctor-approved lotion!) to try and I figured eff it, I'll review it. This has a nice, readily absorbed gel-cream texture. It's lightweight. Unfortunately if you're super dry, like say on the soles of the feet, this doesn't do enough. That said, it did great on my legs and I love its texture.

22. Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt: I really loved this stuff as a scalp scrub because it was intense and that meant it stopped dandruff and product buildup in their tracks. Plus this tub lasted me nearly a whole year, the product is not at all cheap but I feel like it's worth the investment.

23. Bath & Body Works Deep Cleansing Hand Soap in Coconut Lime Verbena: This scent is such a throwback and it's a nice tropical scent. It's a nice soap that foams up well.

24. Dove winter care nourishing body wash: I really like to use these body washes for shaving because they hydrate the skin and give my razor a nice glide but because I am lowkey a hairy beast they last a month, unlike shaving gel, which lasts a week so I'm happy to use them and have them.

25. Garnier Whole Blends Hydrating Mask in Coconut Water & Vanilla Milk Extracts: This is a really nice hydrating hair mask - it left my skin looking smooth and silky without feeling too heavy or weighing my hair down.

26. Indie Lee De-Stress Body Wash: This was a really nice lightly hydrating body wash that smelled strongly of eucalyptus. Personally this isn't scented in a way that I find de-stressing but it does open up the sinuses nicely.

27. Bath & Body Works Scented Candle in Sun-Washed Citrus: This candle has such a lovely, uplifting citrus scent. I really loved it!

28. patchology Poshpeel Pedi Cure: The last time I did this my feet peeled in quite the disgusting and intense manner but were so wonderfully soft after that I've decided to do this again. In my opinion, it is, by far, the best foot-peeling treatment I've ever used.

29. Flower Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Makeup Nude Skin Feel: I really liked this foundation - it gave beautiful coverage and a nice glow to the skin but could also be sheered out. I think that I personally still prefer the L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup but this is a close contender. It just feels a bit heavier and the L'Oreal is easier for me to get my hands on.

30. Oribe Flash Form Finishing Spray Wax: I used this as a hairspray to tame fly-aways and was told by one of their brand reps that this was an acceptable way to use the product. That said, I found it a bit too heavy for my hair to the point where it occasionally left my hair feeling waxy or oily

31. Supermood Youth Glo Luxury Peel: This mask truly left my skin feeling smooth as a baby's behind but I hesitate to recommend it because, especially at first, it straight up burned my face. I'd be so inflamed after its use that my face would be red for hours afterward. I mean, the mask does warn you that this is a thing, but alas I still think you could get good exfoliation out of gentler products.

32. Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Bohemian Escape - Turmeric:  This has sweet, slightly sour scent with just a hint of turmeric. You guys know I love these and have been using them for years - my #1 body scrub because it's super scrubby but isn't oily so you won't be slipping and sliding all over your shower or tub. This was actually the first scent I ever got so it's got an element of nostalgia for me..

33. Crown Brush Deluxe Precision Crease Brush: I really love this brush for, as its name implies, precision crease work or for highlighting the inner corner of the eye but unfortunately the paint chipped off near the ferule and the whole brush sort of fell apart. Given that I've had it for over 5 years I think it's just time to say goodbye.

34Pampers Baby Wipes: As I've mentioned before I use this to wipe surfaces, especially those of my makeup collection, and to remove swatches off my hands/arms.

35. Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Sundae: This is a beautiful matte hot pink shade with a blue-ish pearl. Unfortunately mine has dried out so I have to say goodbye.

36. Youth to the People Kombucha Toner + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner x2 (one was a mini bottle): Unfortunately my full-size bottle of this, while only being just about halfway through, decided it wanted to fall and shatter all over the bathroom floor. 😢😭 I actually really enjoyed this product and found that it was a really great exfoliator that left my skin baby smooth. That said I really don't like the way it smells.

37. Christophe Robin Detangling Gelee with Sea Minerals: This product is meant to be used in conjunction with the salt scrub and it does do a fairly decent job of lightly hydrating and de-tangling the hair. That said, I wish it were more hydrating as it is meant to be a follow-up to salt scrub which, truth be told, does tend to dry the hair out a bit.

38. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair Beige: I finally tried this to see what all the hype was about and I personally think the hype is warranted - this gives great coverage while being luminous and blendable. In fact it blends beautifully into the skin, creating quite a natural-looking finish while still hiding imperfections flawlessly. I will definitely be picking it up again as I genuinely feel that it is worth the investment. The tube lasted me about 6 months.

39. Nature's Truth 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil: I used this in my diffuser and I find it to be a lovely-smelling, soothing, lavender scent.

40. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day triple detox shampoo: This is quite a gentle clarifying shampoo - I will say, it won't be gentle on color and I find that it can be quite stripping in that regard. However, it's gentle when it comes to the fact that it doesn't dry out the hair or scalp.

41. Boldface Muse Collection Lashes in Thrill Seeker: These lashes are absolutely beautiful and lasted me three weeks (about 15 uses) before getting gunky or gross. They're $10 a pair and I think they are definitely worth the investment. They give a pretty, fluttery, full effect without being overly gigantic.

42. The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane: I really love this oil as it's super lightweight and inexpensive yet it really makes a difference for my redness and for the texture of my skin. I will definitely be restocking when I run out of my other facial oils.

43. Kat Von D Outlaw Everlasting Liquid Lipstick: This has developed a really odd unpleasant musky scent so I think it's time to part ways.

44. Bath & Body Works Turquoise Waters Deep Cleansing Hand Soap: This soap was alright but, admittedly, the scent isn't my favorite - it's got a hint of cologne to it which makes it skew a bit masculine-ish. I wouldn't get it again.

45. bliss fat girl slim arm candy: Spoiler alert - I didn't use this on my arms - I used this on my legs. I have had this sitting around for ages and since I haven't really been working out lately, especially not my arms, I decided to just use it as a moisturizer. I'll be honest in that it doesn't really do much in the way of toning or firming the skin, especially not long-term, but it moisturizes pretty nicely and is lightweight and non-sticky. It also makes the skin tingle a bit, nothing painful or crazy intense.

46. Aveeno Moisturizing Bar: The reason you won't see a review for this, even though it's technically designed to be used as a face cleansing bar, is because I used it exclusively for hand washing. If you'd ever like me to get another one and use it on my face I'll gladly do so. Now you may ask why I only used this to wash my hands and the answer to that is that I had a really bad bout of eczema toward the end of February/beginning of March and I knew that this would help soothe and moisturize my hands, which it did. Unfortunately I found that the bar went really quick.

Disclaimer: I purchased all of the above with the exception of the Bioderma, Tocca, patchology (the foot mask), Oribe, Youth to the People, Kat Von D and  Christophe Robin products. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Serum Review: Odacite Pe+C Peach-Cypress Combination Skin Serum Concentrate

Odacite Pe+C Peach-Cypress Combination Skin Serum Concentrate








AvailabilityThis is available at bluemercury.com, nordstrom.com, birchbox.com, spacenk.com, detoxmarket.com, and bloomindales.com as well as their physical store locations along with beautyhabit.com, and eskinstore.com. The retail pricing is $36 for 5 ml (0.17 oz)

Would I buy this? No

What is this product? What is it supposed to do?
Product info according to beautyhabit.com:
Light, penetrative serum that helps to balance sebum production without over- drying skin.
Why it is so effective:
Peach oil marries precious Sea Buckthorn to help even out skin texture by minimizing excess oil and diminishing the appearance of pores.
Antiseptic and astringent properties of Cypress and Grapefruit oil help to decongest combination skin and restore a matte, healthy complexion.
In aromatherapy, Cypress is known to help combat fatigue and improve concentration.

Does this contain any special/beneficial ingredients?
Again, according to beautyhabit.com
Highest-grade cold-pressed certified virgin Peach (Prunus persica) kernel oil, Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) oil, Cypress, Pink grapefruit
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Has anti-inflammatory properties.
Bisabolol, Vanillosmosis erythropappaHas anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
Ylang ylang, Cananga odorataBalances oil production in the skin and reduces skin inflammation. 
Certified GMO-free Vitamin E (Tocopherols) oil: Has anti-oxidant properties

What is the texture like?
This has a fairly lightweight dry-oil texture.

Is this scented?
This has a sweet woodsy scent. 

What has my experience with the product been like?
I would say overall that this provides nice, lightweight hydration and a beautiful glow to the skin. Personally I didn't find that this hydrated my skin enough.

Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.

DisclaimerThis was provided as a sample at my workplace, I am not obligated or being compensated to mention it on this blog. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Serum Review: Odacite Ma+N Marula-Neroli Elasticity Serum Concentrate

Odacite Elasticity Serum Concentrate








AvailabilityThis is available at bluemercury.com, nordstrom.com, birchbox.com, spacenk.com, detoxmarket.com as well as its physical store locations along with beautyhabit.com, and eskinstore.com. The retail pricing is $46 for 5 ml (0.17 oz)

Would I buy this? No

What is this product? What is it supposed to do?
Product info according to beautyhabit.com:
Deeply restorative serum that creates a protective and healing layer on skin's surface to ensure long-lasting elasticity and hydration.
Precious Marula oil creates a protective coating on the surface of the skin, preventing transepidermal water loss (TWL) and helping to restore lost elasticity.
Extraordinary oils of Neroli & Rose help regenerate skin cells and promote youthful, smooth and healthy skin.
In aromatherapy, Neroli is known for its relaxing effect on the mind and body.

Does this contain any special/beneficial ingredients?
Again, according to beautyhabit.com
Highest-grade cold-pressed wild-crafted certified virgin
Marula (Sclerocarya birrea) oil: Has hydrating and anti-oxidant properties
Neroli: Has antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving properties.
Lemon-Myrtle: Has astringent, pore-tightening, and antibacterial properties. 
Petitgrain: Helps balance sebum production.
Rose (Citrus aurantiu, Backhousia citriodora, Pinus sylvestris, Rosa damascena) essential oils: These oils have hydrating and brightening properties.
Certified GMO- free Vitamin E (Tocopherols) oil: Has anti-oxidant properties

What is the texture like?
This has a lightweight oil texture.

Is this scented?
This smells really earthy to me. 

What has my experience with the product been like?
I would say overall that this provides nice hydration and a beautiful glow to the skin. That said, I can't speak to the elasticity benefits of this because I personally don't have issues with skin elasticity. I personally really do not like the way this smells.

Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.

DisclaimerThis was provided as a sample at my workplace, I am not obligated or being compensated to mention it on this blog.