Nars Has Liquid Blush & It. Is. ON! Torrid Review & Swatches.

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Ugh! Why did they have to do this to me? Because I don’t have enough damn blushes? Seriously.

I’m not like a huge Nars stan, honestly I like their blushes and I like their foundations,, and I own a ton of their lip pencils. Ok, maybe I need to re-evaluate my original statement. Anywhoo, I’ve gotten a couple of eye shadow palettes that I didn’t care for. Not in terms of quality or consistency, I just found them to be exceedingly boring. I’d gotten a sample of the All Day Luminous Foundation and loved the hell out of it, but have never pulled the trigger on it, even though I keep threatening to.

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Crushing On Some Julep Skin Care.

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I started doing Julep Maven boxes again when I bought a new subscription last September. Before that time I hadn’t done a Maven box in probably two years. I had stopped because working at Starbucks, I was unable to wear nail polish and at the time that was the bulk of their subscription model. Fast forward a few years and they not only offer all manner of nail items, but they’ve branched out into makeup and more recently skin care.

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Ole Henriksen Skincare Try-out

 

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Ole Henriksen is one of those brands that people rave over constantly. It’s lauded for it’s clean organic ingredients and also for how well the products supposedly work. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but I’ve been wanting to dabble for a bit. Like when my skincare comes to me like this rather than me having to work for it, yeah well know I’m lazy.

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Valentia Does It Again!

 

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Remember last year when I did that post in the Valentia Vitamin C serum that set me over the moon? Yeah, it was wonderful, and so when the company reached out to me again to test s few of their new products, I was thrilled.

I was sent two items, the True Glow Eye serum and the Ultra Plumping Hydration Mask. One of the things that I really love about Valentia is their ingredients list. Like, seriously everything used can be listed on the back of the box in regular sized font. No names that I can barely pronounce and things that are already familiar. The ingredients list on this is ridiculously simple, Japanese, Aloe Vera, Seabuckthorn Oil (that I’ve previously raved about), Japanese Green Tea and Rosehip Seed Oil. Yeah, just that.

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Out Damned Spot! AKA Valentia Is Where It’s At.

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Listen, the hype is real ya’ll.

You ever read reviews from bloggers or a website and you’re all like “nah, all those reviews can’t be legit” ? Let me just put it this way. The day Valentia sends me a product that either doesn’t work or I have an allergic reaction to it, my world is gonna implode. Flowers will cease to bloom, puppies and babies will no longer be adorably and cuddly and I’ll give up on beauty entirely. Ok, well maybe not that last part, that’s just too drastic. What I’m trying to say is everything they’ve sent me so far has been wondrous.

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Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter Cleansing Oil Balm.

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I’ve been kind of skin care crushing lately. Not for any particular reason, since my skin has been phenomenal lately. The reason for that? I recently went freelance, that means that I’m no longer wearing makeup to work everyday. It also means sadly that I have less time dedicated to writing on the blog since now I’m writing other peoples stuff. Because I’m not wearing makeup daily though, it means that my skin has more time to recover when something goes wrong and the odd issue crops up. So I’m basically crushing on maintenance items like scrubs, masks, serums and such.

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Throw Out All Your Expensive Serums. This Is All You’ll Ever Need.

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She’s back! It’s been a rough couple weeks, and I’m still trying to hack up a lung most of the time. But I’m lucid at least.

But seriously, about that title, I promise it’s true.

You all know that I love serums. To death. I’m always up for trying a new one. I’ve used everything from $10 NYX serums, to the $150 Michael Todd Knu Serum. The latest serum that I had been using was the Lancôme Visionnaire which clocks in at a lovely $89 plus tax. It was so good though, that after I finished the bottle that New Beauty sent me, I was more than willing to fork over the loot to Sephora to have a new one of my very own.

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When The Hype is Meh…

Skin care samples can save a life.

I mean it, skin care samples can literally be a way to save face sometimes. Particularly when you happen to get deluxe sizes that you can use for a week or more, so you can get  decent idea of how well a product will or won’t work for you. I’m lucky that my skin is very reactive and will let me know within a use or two if something is for me, others aren’t so fortunate.

Maybe you’ve been eyeing the newest hot skin care items on the market, but you’re reluctant to pull the trigger on purchasing because they’re hella expensive. For me this is a good route to take because I rarely return things, so I’d rather not get stuck with a hundred dollar jar of something that I can’t use. Usually Sephora point perks do not excite me, but when I got the Becca x Chrissy Teigen Palette there were a few from brands that I had wanted to try, so trigger pulled.

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IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Blushing Bronzer.

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I like the idea of IT Cosmetics. The reality is often something else though for a couple of reasons. If you follow Jackie Aina on YouTube, she details how the foundations are too light for her. The one foundation she had been able to use, left her looking corpsey. I can use the last shade in most of their lines, Rich, pretty well. However I do get the grey cast that she talks about as well. The undertones on their foundation products for deeper complexions are…lacking.

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@Ulta BareMinerals In Store Event. Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream.

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Last week my local Ulta had a Bare Minerals event in store, I’ve been on a bit of a Bare Minerals kick since around November so when they asked me if I’d like to attend, I said yes. The brand has done some updating of their products that make them a bit more appealing to me. It’s one of those events that they don’t seem to tell everyone about, and you have to make appointments for.

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