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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Karuna Melting Boost Collection

Karuna is a prestige skin care brand sold at Sephora. They recently came out with a line called the Melting Skin Boost Collection. As shown above, they have the Clarifying, Brightening and Reviving masks; each one for different concerns. They retail for $12 a piece. 

Sheet masks have been a huge hit lately. They've been all over social media and all the YouTube beauty gurus have been loving them. I personally love them myself because they make me feel so luxurious and relaxed. 

These masks work a little differently than your normal sheet masks because there's an extra step to it. Before you put the sheet mask on, there is the spot melting boost. Basically you put this on the areas you're targeting and they do exactly what the name says, melts into the skin. After you apply the melting boost to the targeted area you can then put the sheet mask on and leave it on until the Boost dissolves. It's actually a genius idea. 

The clarifying mask is by far my favorite for obvious reasons if you know about my skin problems. I have an issue with acne and this mask is a spot treatment for acne. 
The brightening one is to even out your skin tone, brighten any dullness in your skin, and target sun spots if you have any. This mask is good for normal, oily and combo skin.
The Reviving duo is an anti aging mask and the spot treatment targets the eye area. According to Sephora's website, this one is good for all skin types. I love this one because putting the eye patches under my eyes makes me feel like I'm at a spa doing the ultimate pampering. Plus, who likes crows feet? Not me. So the more I can prevent it, the better. 
 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Too Faced Melted Lipstick Dupe

Too Faced Melted Lipsticks are really popular in the makeup community as well as their new liquid matte lipsticks, but they can get a little expensive. They are priced at $21 a piece. Luckily for those of you on a budget that want the shades of the Too Faced Melted lipsticks, there are 2 dupes for nude/pink shades that I think you guys are going to love! The dupes are from Maybelline from their Color Jolt lipsticks which are priced at $7.70 a piece. Thats a $13.30 difference! You can basically get 3 Maybelline Color Jolts for the price of one Too Faced Melted. 
So lets first compare packaging. Both are in squeezy tubes, the Too Faced ones are just a little longer and slimmer. Another difference is the gold details on the Too Faced tubes. 
The applicators are also super similar. The only difference is the Too Faced one (top) has multiple tiny holes that the product comes out of and the Maybelline one (bottom), as you can tell in the picture, has one where the product comes out. The formulas are also very similar. I would say the Maybelline is a little bit thicker than the Too Faced. 
Above are swatches and you can see the similarities. L to R is Too Faced Nude, Maybelline Stripped Down, Too Faced Peony, Maybelline Never Bare. There are slight difference as Stripped Down is a little darker than Nude and Peony is slightly darker than Never Bare. Still I would consider these to be dupes because of how close they are. Below is a picture of the swatches without natural lighting. 



 

 

 


 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ulta Haul: Makeup, Skincare, Haircare

I went into Ulta for 2 things and came out with all of this... Story of my life lol 

I've been loving my DryBar dry shampoo and dey conditioner but I heard the Living Proof dry shampoo was lifeeee so I decided to pick up a travel size plus I got this travel size freebie as a gift with my purchase! 
This is one of the things I actually went into Ilta for lol. These are the under eye gel mask. PTR has gold ones but I heard they dont do anything special they're just like any other ones plus theyre super expensive so I decided to pick these up because ot was only $15 and you get 4 sets. I'm excited to try these. Has anyone tried them before?
The hydrating masks are repurchases. I love hydrating sheet masks and my dry skin needs them lol. These also came with a free gift which is another sheet mask so I thought that was awesome. 
These I purchased based on a recommendation. I posted on Facebook I would be doing a haul and one of the girls said to pick these up, so of course I picked up the 2 nudes from the collection. I actually heard these are dupes for the Too Faced Melted lipsticks so I'll be doing swatches for you in another post!
FI-NA-LLY! I have wanted this bronzer since it came out and I finally purchased it. I seriously cannot wait to try this. I know I'm so late on the bandwagon with this one but I hope it's worth the hype. As a first impression I'm not 100% sure that I'll love it because I noticed it does have some shimmer in it and I like my bronzers to be matte, but we'll have to see!
This was a re-stock. I took this on vacation with me and by the time I got back it was gone. Once I run out of this one I'll have to purchase the full size. I LOVE this body butter.
This is also a restock as I ran out of my kiwi one. I wanted to try a different scent this time and I loveeee mangos so that was an easy decision lol.

I also purchased 2 bath bombs (the second item I went to Ulta for lol). I was debating on getting these or the cupcape bath bomb but these were on sale 2 for $10 and I think the cupcake was $10 alone so I figured I'd get more for my money with this deal. But I definitely want to try to cupcake bath bomb soon!
And lastly I ran out of shampoo and conditoner so I had to pick some up. I have never heard of this brand but the packaging caught my eye and it's sulfate free so I had to pick it up! My hair is dry and damaged which I why I purchased this specific one but they have shampoo and conditioner for all hair types. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Amazing Cosmetics Hydrate Concealer Review

Hi loves! I'm back with another review for you. This time it's Amazing Cosmetics' Hydrate Concealer. The packaging is soo luxurious on these! They're pretty heavy and have a beautiful metallic pink finish to them. The shades I have are Ivory (left) and Fair (right). These retail for $32 each and you can get them at Sephora. I found Fair to be a little darker than I expected especially for my pale complexion. I like my concealers to be about one to two shades lighter than my skintone so I can highlight with them. 
I'm typically not a fan of concealers in stick form because they tend to be very dry and harder to blend but the formula on these is so creamy and extremely blendable. The formula is also weightless so it doesn't feel like anything is there. 
Below are swatches Ivory (left) and Fair (right). 
When blended out, I would say this formula has light to medium coverage, making this perfect for no makeup-makeup days. These would even be good for just evening out your skintone if you dont want to wear a foundation and you have a little bit of redness or any discoloration.