How I Cleared My Skin Without Using Harsh Chemicals

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Hey beauties! Today, I thought that I would do a blog post on how I cleared up my skin and show you the products that I’ve used to get my skin back to it’s normal, healthy state. Most people forget that our skin is the largest organ in our bodies. Not only does it protect us, but it helps keep us looking radiant, youthful and young.

Here’s a little back story: about a year and a half ago my skin broke out worse than it ever had. It was worse than the typical middle school pimples that I had back when I was what, like 13 years old. I was so devastated and embarrassed, and wouldn’t step foot outside without covering every square inch of my face with concealer. It took such a toll on me mentally and physically – these weren’t just any pimples. I seriously had between 5-6 large, cystic pimples on my forehead at any given time. This lasted for about 5 or so months.

I tried everything. Researched skin care every single day and watched YouTube videos any moment that I could. First, I cut out dairy from my diet (goodbye cheese and ice cream 😭), that didn’t help. Next, I took a probiotic thinking that what was going on with my skin was a result of bad bacteria build up in my gut – that didn’t work either. I doused my skin in tea tree oil and witch hazel, praying that it would work some miracle on me.

I vividly remember running across the street in college with a hood up. I went to this all-natural health food store that also sold healthy/vegan/organic/whatever-other-names-for-it-there-are products. I asked the lady working if she could give me everything she had for natural skin care – this was my last resort.

I bought a pimple popping kit on Amazon (sorry that sounds gross, lol), leaned my head over a boiling pot of water so the steam could open my pores, hung upside down for an hour to circulate blood, did 100 jumping jacks, spinned in circles, twirled my thumbs. Yadda, yadda, ya.

Eventually, I grew tired and defeated and called up my dermatologist. I went to a derm back in high school, was put on some sort of steroid/antibiotic (I don’t even remember what it was) and it really cleared up my skin. So I thought, hmm I’ll try that again what’s the harm. Well, after about a month of waiting for an appointment, it was finally my chance to see the dermatologist. I was in her office for all of about 5 minutes, she barely even analyzed my skin. Next thing I know, she wrote me a script for some steroid or antibiotic to take and another script for a topical treatment. I can’t even begin to explain how disappointed I was. Here I was, grasping for some sort of an answer or reassurance and I got nothing of the sort. When I got home, I researched the steroid that she gave me and read so many bad reviews. Everything from it making their acne worse, to crazy side effects like dizziness and red, irritated skin. Needless to say, I threw away the bottle and never took it.

It was at that moment that I decided that it was time to go to an esthetician. I wanted someone who knew skin, could really analyze what was going on and help me take better care of my skin. So, I called my local Hand & Stone at college and went in for my first ever facial. As a disclaimer, I will say that each individual’s experience and skin is different, I’m just letting you know what worked for me. Together, we came to the conclusion that I was improperly removing my make up and it was clogging my pores. I wasn’t getting all of the residue off, and my skin was so clogged because of this. She worked on my skin, removing the clogged pores and getting rid of any breakouts. I think that I went to her for about three or four sessions, each session my skin became clearer and clearer.

The esthetician combined with properly removing my makeup at night (which I detail below on how I do that) completely changed my skin. Oh, and by the way… DRINK WATER LADIES. Seriously, gulp that up. It keeps your skin revitalized and helps clear out toxins in your body, that will eventually come out on your skin.

CLEANSE

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Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser: ($4.99 Here)
This stuff is my savior. It removes everything, even the most caked on foundation. My freshman year roommate turned me onto this stuff years ago. I’ve always kept a tub of it in my shower, but I used to only use it to remove mascara. After this whole fiasco, and watching tons of YouTube videos of girls “double cleansing” their skin, I decided to try this out all over my face. GAME CHANGER. I put this cream cleanser all over my facelips and eyes. Then, I run a washcloth underneath hot water for a few seconds, and drape it on my face. Next, I gently remove EVERYTHING (yes, I capitalized, underlined, bolded, and italicized that). Please, please if you don’t take anything away from this post please take away the fact that you must remove allllll of your makeup.

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash: ($4.69 Here)
I have been using this stuff for years. It’s the only face wash that I’ve used in probably 10+ years. Ever since I first went to a dermatologist, he told me to stop using all of those harsh chemical washes that they sell at the drugstore. All you need is a clean, clear soap – everything else actually hurts your skin. Most other face washes contain salicylic acid, a chemical that is meant to clear skin. However, this actually dries your skin out and you become immune to the positive implications of the medicine. Another good cleanser is the Cetaphil Skin Cleanser, it’s so gentle and essentially the same product as this Purpose face wash.

 

MOISTURIZE

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COSRX Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap ($19 on Amazon)
This was a product that I bought while my skin was breaking out. I wanted a moisturizer that was oil-free, and pretty simple. COSRX is a Korean Skin Care product – a huge trend in beauty these days. But in Korea, skin care has always been highly coveted and prioritized. This stuff is amazing – the smell, lightweight formula and non-greasy feel makes this stuff such a winner. It hasn’t broken me out, and replenishes my skin with the vital nutrients it needs.

Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence 100ml ($14 on Amazon)
One of the biggest problems that I had while my skin was breaking out was hyper-pigmentation. Basically, my skin was being scarred by the pimples after they would clear up. This was due to me popping them (don’t do that), or the fact that they were so swollen that the skin was stretching and getting red. This is another Korean Skin Care product, and if you’re not familiar with K-Beauty basically Essence’s are your “specialty treatments”. The products that you apply after your skin has been cleansed and moisturized – I put this on after my moisturizer and it helps any clearing blemishes not scar my skin. 

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream ($52 at Ulta)
Alright, so I was basically conned into buying this by the Ulta lady 😐. Lol, not really but she told me that this stuff was amazing and I had no idea that it was $52. It’s the craziest texture, it’s super light weight and basically evaporates on your skin minutes after applying it. This stuff is my savior in the warmer months, because my skin gets oily in my t-zone. My skin is so balanced and evenly moisturized because of this stuff.

TREAT

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Clindamycin Phosphate and Benzoyl Peroxide Gel (Prescription, Dermatologist).
This was seriously the only good thing that came out of me going to the dermatologist. This stuff is magical. I’m not a dermatologist, but if you’re struggling with your skin right now I really encourage you to talk to your doc about this stuff. It’s non-irritating and the only thing that can eliminate a pimple in 1-2 days.

Glam Glow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment ($24 at Sephora)
Whenever I feel like my skin needs a little extra love and attention, I put this mud mask on. It dries almost instantly, and when it does dry you can see the ares of your face where the SUPERMUD is really going to work. It will come up with darker spots, for me it’s generally on my forehead and nose area. You quite literally see the toxins being pulled to the surface. If I feel a break out coming on, I’ll put this on as a spot treatment and then apply the Clindamycin gel. It’s quite the dynamic duo.

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I hope that this post helped you guys. I know how disheartening it can to be to struggle with acne, blemishes and skin issues in your early 20’s. You feel like you’re the only one and every one else has clear skin because they went through their bout with bad skin in high school or middle school. Hang in there, and give some of these products a try. Remember, that beauty starts from within!

IPSY – My Thoughts

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January was my first ever month subscribing to IPSY — a monthly cosmetic subscription service that sends you 5 full and travel sized products inside of makeup bag. I’m probably the last person on this planet to test this out, but I’m so glad that I did!

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What I Got:

Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo
WIN. Did I ever mention the fact that I’m slightly addicted to dry shampoo? I try to only wash my hair about two times per week. Since I color treat my hair, I find that this is the most efficient way for me to preserve the color and integrity of my locks. Dry shampoo is my best friend and this stuff smells amazing! I’m not too sure what the “gold lust” part about this particular product is, because it comes out white/clear just like any other dry shampoo. However, the smell is amazing — SERIOUSLY, it smells like heaven in a bottle. Typically, I like dry shampoo that volumizes and lifts the root of my hair… this product doesn’t necessarily do that. That being said, it does make your hair feel clean and smell amazing.

Absolute New York Artiste Shadow in V.I.P
I wore this shadow all day and there was only slight creasing — FYI, I wasn’t wearing any sort of primer or concealer underneath the shadow, just bare skin. However, the color lasted all day/night and did not fade. I love this shade, it’s a neutral light brown with copper undertones. I love shades that are universal, something that will look good on any skin tone — this stuff falls under that category.

Global Beauty Care Charcoal Mask
I LOVE CHARCOAL MASKS! Lately, I’ve been using the Glamglow SUPERMUD and the Clarins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask — both of which have really helped me clear up my skin. I’m excited to try this one out & I’ll update this post with my thoughts on it!

So Susan Liquid Matte Lipstick in Pumpkin
Okay, I seriously need to find out where I can buy more of these liquid lipsticks. This stuff is amazing. It stays on your lips, doesn’t dry them out or make them look crepey, AND it’s so smooth. I only had to reapply this once throughout 12+ hours of wearing it. The color is beautiful and the perfect shade to wear both during the day and at night.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
Seriously how cute is that name?! I can’t begin to explain how excited I was to get this mini sample size in my IPSY bag. I’ve been dying to try this highlighter for years, but never got around to purchasing it. It’s the most beautiful icy, neutral shade that you can wear any time — I apply mine using a damp beauty blender. That trick has been a life savor for me, it allows me to place the color where I want it to and it really makes the pigments that much more vibrant.

Overall

I’m absolutely going to be keeping my subscription. I love how IPSY includes “hard-to-get” brands — they’re all so unique, some of which I’ve never heard of before. For $10.00 a month, this is well beyond worth it. Not only do you get a really cute makeup bag (that would probably cost $10 at the store, anyways) but you get 5 full-sized and/or travel sized products.

This subscription service is amazing — if you know someone who’s birthday is coming up soon, definitely think about gifting them this service! Or, get it for yourself as a little treat every month 😊.

Have you guys tried IPSY yet? What are your thoughts — leave them in the comments below! 

First Impressions: Tarte Matte & Glossy Lip Paints

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Hey guys!!! I’m so excited to give you my first impression of Tarte’s Matte Lip Paints + Glossy Lip Paints — I got these eight trial sized colors in Tarte’s limited-edition posh pout quick dry & glossy lip set from their holiday collection.

I bought it online during their after-Christmas sale 😍. I actually got one of these sets for my friend a few weeks before at Sephora. I saw it again on Tarte’s website and wanted to try it out for myself. In this purchase, I got a few of Tarte’s other holiday collections and sets — I’ll be reviewing all of them in the weeks to come!

This set comes with eight different products — four matte lip paints, and four glossy lip paints. There’s an almost identical shade for both the matte and glossy formulas, which I personally LOVE! Depending on your preference, the products can be worn on their own or layered on top of each other.

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THOUGHTS

Matte Lip Paints
In all honesty, these are alllright when applied by themselves — I’d give them a 7/10. When it comes to formula, I don’t think that these are the best on the market, here’s why:

PROS: The colors are definitely pigmented and come out true-to-color. They’re vibrant and bright, not losing any of their integrity when applied on the lips. The matte finish is close to perfect — they don’t dry out your lips or make you look dehydrated. The staying power is pretty good! I did the “water bottle” test, and while some of the pigment got onto the rim of the bottle, the color was still pretty much intact.

CONS: The colors are splotchy, this is my biggest gripe with them — they don’t spread evenly on the lips. There were points when I would rub my lips together to disperse the color and it would leave see-thru patches in some areas. I’m going to have to play around with them a bit more to give a conclusive, “yeah, I really don’t recommend these”. I think that if I were to put a lip liner on underneath it would really help the pigment cling to the lips.

Glossy Lip Paints
I loveeee these, I give them a 10/10! They’re definitely full-on pigment and look amazing overtop the matte lip paints.

PROS: They give just the right amount of shine — the finish is glossy but doesn’t make you look like a walking disco ball. The best part? They’re NOT STICKY! My biggest pet peeve when it comes to lip glosses is that some of them can be way too sticky. I love a gloss that’s smooth like buttttta!

CONS: This comes down to personal preference, but I don’t think that I’d wear these on their own. When a gloss is as pigmented as these are, I always find that they look better on-top of a matte liquid lip, or even a lipstick.

COLORS 

LOL — FOREWARNING: I’m really bad “staying in the lines” while applying these, so I apologize in advance for these poor swatches. I promise that I’ll improve with time 😂.

Valor + Cast

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I’m obsessed with this combination. This cool red duo is definitely something that I wouldn’t go for on my own. The only time I have ever worn red lipstick is for themed parties in college — YIKES! I usually stay away from intense colors like these because I used to think that they were too bold. In reality, it was just me being afraid to step outside of my comfort zone!

Novel + Eager 

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Hmm, I’m still trying to get used to this color — pinky nudes are definitely not my thing. With time I bet this could grow on me a bit more, however these aren’t the colors that I think work with my skin tone. But for those of you that do love these types of shades, this one is beautiful! It’s definitely got a nude vibe to it, but the hint of light, baby pink adds some life and dimension to it.

Reign + Gifts

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Love it! This one is most likely going to be my most worn combination — I’m all about these deep mauve shades and this look is so beautiful! I think it’s appropriate for both night and day, can you say helllllo #WorkThenPlay. It adds the perfect amount of color to a more relaxed makeup look, making you look more lively and fun.

Crown + Spice

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WOAH, I’m shocked I even tried this combination on! But I’m so glad that I did — it’s seriously stunning. Obviously this isn’t something that you’d wear on Sunday to the grocery store, but it’s definitely going out worthy. Next time I have a fancy event — or just want to get overly-dressed up — I’m going to wear this combination!

OVERALL

I’m so happy that I purchased this set! It pushed me outside of my color comfort zone, giving me the encouragement to try out new more bold shades. When the two products are used together, they’re beautiful. The color range in this set is pretty awesome — there’s a little something for everyone.

After realizing how bad I am at applying these, I think it’s time for me to experiment with some lip liners! Do you guys have any recommendations for me?!

All Time Beauty Faves — The Necessities

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Hey guys! 💜 While getting ready this morning, I had a realization that I’ve been using some of these makeup products for years! There’s some realllly good stuff here that I keep repurchasing whenever I run out.

There was a time in my life *COLLEGE* where I stopped buying high-end beauty products. I sort of fell out of love with makeup — I just wasn’t as passionate about it as I once was. Maybe the fact that I was a broke college student played a role in it. Trust me, buying $70 foundation definitely wasn’t at the top of my priority list at that time.

I remember when I consciously made a decision to stop excessively buying expensive make up. I was sitting at my desk-turned-vanity in my college bedroom, pulled open my two drawers filled with make up and it hit me. I don’t need 8 different mascaras, all I need is one really good one. And in my opinion, the $7.00 mascaras were so much better than the $25 dollar ones.

So that’s when I really started to pair down my makeup collection, but in reality it was more of like an addiction. Through trial and error, moving 3 times and basically living out of a suitcase at one point in my life — I’ve finally found the goooood stuff. It’s a mix of high-end and drugstore products, things that all fit into one makeup bag that I bring with me no matter what — these are my all time favorite necessities.

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FACE (Foundation, Concealer + Powder)

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Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup (Here)
This stuff is amazing. It’s medium coverage, but definitely buildable. About a year ago, my skin started breaking out baaaaad. Seriously! There was a point in time where I had between 4-5 large pimples (ugh) on my forehead — and they HURT! I was devastated, and couldn’t figure out why my skin was acting up. I thought maybe it had to do with my diet, so I changed that and also started taking a probiotic. Nope, that didn’t help. I wanted to so badly blame it on my hormones, but the pimples were on my forehead (typically, hormonal acne appears on the chin so they say). My skin has calmed down since, BUT this foundation was my savior. It was so lightweight with a natural finish that didn’t emphasize the pimples, I could build the coverage on the spots that I needed, and leave the rest of my face normal looking, lol (by normal I mean not look like a cake face). However, this foundation does contain salicylic acid, something I NEVER use on my skin, but it doesn’t seem to irritate my skin due to how small of an amount is in here.

Estee Lauder Double Wear (Here)
I can’t rave about this stuff enough, it’s my go-to anytime that I’m going out at night or to an event. This stuff DOES. NOT. BUDGE. Seriously, it will last you all night and it helps all of your other makeup stay on. With this underneath, your blush, bronzer or highlighter will look flawless alllll night long. I have combination-oily skin, and my forehead gets the brunt of that. This stuff helps me stay dry in my oilier spots, and gives me a natural glow in my dryer spots. (Sorry if this whole post is TMI — I’m just trynaaaa keep it 💯 with you guys).

Loreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder (Here)
Alright, I have been using this stuff since I was legit like 13 years old. I think it was one of my first makeup products, ever. And here I am almost 10 years older and still using it. I can’t express how amazing this product is — it’s just like the name, super-blendable. There’s a wide color variety for every skin tone and undertone, I use the shade W7 in the summer and W6 in the winter. No matter what foundation I put underneath it, this stuff makes it that much better. It adds the most natural looking finish while helping to keep my oilier spots dry. Did I mention that it’s under $7.00 — yeah, it is and I would absolutely pay double for it. If you only try out one product from this post make it this one.

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer (Here)
So I originally bought this because I was tired of using up my NARS Creamy Concealer on normal days (seriously, that stuff is $30 for a tiny tube). However, this Rimmel concealer quickly became one of my favorites.  I use it to highlight under my eyes and it’s perfect. It’s super blendable and buildable, depending on the amount of highlight you want for that day. Not to mention that it’s only $4.99.

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RANDOM

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Maybelline Lash Sensational (Here)
Remember how I said earlier that the $7.00 mascaras are better than the $25 ones — yeah, I was talking about this one. I’ve probably bought 5 different tubes of this stuff, replacing it every time it runs out. It’s quite literally the only mascara I own, because it gets the job DONE! It lengthens and volumizes my short, thin lashes to the point that you can actually see them :-)! Yay for that, right?

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade (Here)
My LIFE SAVOR — if you know me you know that I wouldn’t be caught dead without this stuff. REALLY THO, if I was on a deserted island and could only have one makeup product it would 10/10, 20/20, 100/100 be this stuff!!! I’ve worn it to bed, out to dinner, in the shower, in the pool, in the ocean, in the car, on my couch, eating fries, drinking water and it doesn’t budge. It’s a little tricky to learn how to use at first, but seriously — if you’re looking for an amazing brow product TRY THIS OUT.

Vaseline (Here, lol)
I use this stuff religiously. It’s my chapstick, it’s my best friend, it’s my everything. I don’t go anywhere without it… It’s sort of like my security blanket. Try it out, put it on and let me know how much your life is changed forever. YOU’RE WELCOME (in advance)

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BRONZER + HIGHLIGHTER

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette (Here)
I’m not even going to show you guys the inside of this palette because I have seriously destroyed it (as you can probably tell from the outside, lol). I’ve hit pan on every single shade because it’s that good. There are 3 different highlighting shades (banana color, light neutral color, and an orangey shade) and 3 different contouring shades (dark, neutral and cool/ashy shade). Usually, I just mix them all together and make my own weirdo shades but I’ll absolutely be repurchasing this. I’ve had it for probably 2 years now and I still have a ways to go, even though I’ve hit pan on all of the shades. I love higher-end products like this that you can really get good use out of.

Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop (Here)
YAAAAAAAS! (in my best Jaclyn Hill voice). Obviously I bought this highlighter because of my love for Jaclyn Hill, but seriously it’s so beautiful. I use it every single time that I go out or want to get really fancy for an event. It’s the most beautiful color, ever. It makes your skin look like a diamond, not to mention that it stays on forever. You only need the smallest amount of this stuff for it to look amazing. Becca’s formula is so smooth, creamy and blendable.

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I hope that you guys enjoyed this, let me know if you try any of the products out!

 

First Impression: ColourPop

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Hey guys! Ahhh, I’m so excited to do this post—I’ll be hauling the ColourPop products that I ordered online + giving you my first impressions of them!

What I Got
Gimme More! Highlighter Palette | $18.00
Rom Com Blush | $8.00 (On Sale for $6.40)
Glass Slipper Blush | $8.00 (On Sale for $6.40)
Aquarius Lippie Stix | $5.00 (On Sale for $4.00)
Tight Fit Ultra Glossy Lip | $6.00 (On Sale for $4.20)
Fairy Floss Ultra Glossy Lip | $6.00 (On Sale for $4.20)
Times Square Ultra Matte Lip | $6.00 (On Sale for $4.20)
951 Ultra Satin Lip | $6.00 (On Sale for $4.20)

So… All of that came to $54.00 flat, WITH free shipping. Naturally this was a no brainer for me—not only do I love trying out new cosmetics brands, but I love when they’re affordable.

FACE (Higlighter + Blush)

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I’ll admit it… I’m a highlighter junkie, I just think that they bring so much life to my face because I generally keep the rest of my makeup pretty matte. When looking for a new highlighter there are some key things that I look for: long lasting, smooth shimmer not chunky glitter, + pigmentation. The Gimme More! Highlighter Palette comes with 6 different shades:

Extra: Pale Gold
Upgrade: Baby Pink
Bottomless: Tangerine With Gold Undertones
Full Service: Pink With Gold Undertones
Bigger and Better: Champagne
Total Package: Metallic Rose Gold

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As you can see from the photo above, the initial color pay of these babies is GOOD. I swear, I only lightly dusted the pans with my finger! However, when I went to try them out on my forearm they definitely weren’t as pigmented as I was hoping for—they lost a little bit of their integrity. Nonethelesss, the colors in the palette are all super unique—I love the Bottomless, the tangerine color and Total Package, the metallic rose gold. Both colors are extremely unique, + unlike anything that I’ve seen! I will say, when I received this palette + took it out of the packaging I was a little unsure of how the quality was going to be. The bottom left shade, Full Service, looked like it was cracked at the top of the pan. Luckily, it wasn’t—it’s probably just the way that it was pressed by the machine.

I used Total Package on-top of Glass Slipper blush + love how it turned out! The colors compliment each other well because they’re both deep, plummy shades. While this palette doesn’t compare to some of my other favorites like the Becca Highlighters or Mac Highlighters—I still give the Gimme More! palette two thumbs up. You can’t beat the price of it OR the color variety. The payoff is good—not great—but it gets the job done!

Color Variety: ★★★★★
Pigmentation: ★★★☆☆
Amount of Product: ★★★★★
Texture: ★★★★★
Longevity: ★★★★☆
OVERALL: ★★★★☆

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As far as the blush goes, I’m INLOVE with both Glass SlipperRom Com—the color pay off is just as good as any NARS or Tarte blush. You seriously only need one or two dips into the pan to get tons of color pay off. These blushes are only $8.00 ($6.40 on sale), + I would happily pay double or triple—they’re THAT good! To me, blush is one of those things that you don’t need to splurge on. As long as they’re long wearing + have good color pay off, they’re a win in my book. Additionally, I believe that it’s the foundation under your blushes, bronzers + highlighters that REALLY make the difference when you want your makeup to last all day.

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LIPS

Let me preface this by saying that when it comes to lip products—I’m probably the least high maintenance person you’ll meet. I rarely ever do anything with my lips, except smother them in Vaseline or Chapstick. Every now + then, I’ll put some gloss on (my favorites are the Buxom Full On Lip Polishes!) but for the most part, I keep it lowkey.

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I’ve experimented with Matte Liquid Lips before, + always end up quickly wiping them off because I think that they look too harsh on me. So I was excited to give them another try—I got the Times Square Ultra Matte Lip + the 951 Ultra Satin Lip (Seen 2nd + 3rd from the top in the photo above). I’m happy to report that I didn’t run to the bathroom screaming after I put them on, both colors are pretty neutral. I first applied 951, and then layered Times Square on top—this gave me the perfect nude-ish lip with a pink undertone.

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The best part is… THEY DIDN’T DRY OUT MY LIPS! Which is something that makes me terrified of Matte Liquid Lips—I never want them to look wrinkly and gross. Some liquid lips that I’ve tried in the past have made it look like I haven’t drank water in like 5 days. It’s safe to say that I’ll definitely be purchasing more of these. I want to try out more berry colors and deeper pinks (I avoid nudey-nudes at all costs, I think they make me look like I’m dead, lol)

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The Ultra Glossy Lip Glosses are amazing—not too thin, but not too thick. There’s nothing worse than applying a lip gloss that makes you feel like you’re back in kindergarten + just ate a stick of glue (c’mon, I can’t be the only 5 year old that did that). But seriously, I want to feel like I just applied the smoothest, creamiest gloss EVER, not glue my mouth shut. Although, some people may be happy about that. So these are definitely a win in my book—I tried both of them on individually, and then mixed the two together + that’s definitely how I think I’ll be wearing them. Tight Fit (4th from the top in the picture above) is a little too nude for me—again, I wanna look cute not like a zombie—so mixing it with Fairy Floss (bottom shade in the picture above) is the way to go.

As for the Lippie Stix… All I can say is that you HAVE to try them out. If you’re a lipstick fan, these will quickly become your go-to. They’re so smooth and so creamy with great color pay off. I’m not too sure about the longevity of them, so I’ll let you guys know how I feel about them once I wear it for a full day.

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All in all… It’s safe to say that I’m obsessed. The quality is so good that I’m shocked that they’re as affordable as they are. Beauty + experimenting doesn’t have to be expensive, + ColourPop makes it that much easier to try new things out. I’m currently on their website again, ordering more stuff + FYI, they’re having tons of great deals right now. Your whole order ships free, as long as it’s over $30 (c’mon, who really wants to pay for shipping).

Have you guys tried any ColourPop products that you think I should try out? Let me know!

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