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Black Opal: True Color Stick Foundation SPF 15 Review

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to share my review on the Black Opal True Color Stick Foundation with SPF 15. I was really excited to try my first Black Opal product. I really want to start giving money to cosmetic companies who really push diversity, and I thought Black Opal was the perfect place to start. They have the perfect shades for women and men of color. I’m Indian, with a medium-olive complexion and I was able to find my perfect shade, which is Cashew.

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First of all, the packaging of the product is the most convenient packaging I’ve ever witnessed. FYI, this is my first stick foundation ever, so I didn’t realize how nice and easy it was. It’s basically a small cylinder, all black, with the company and foundation information on it. It has a cap that’s clear at the top, and you just have to turn the cylinder to get the product to come up. It’s so easy, hygienic, and not messy at all.

To apply this product to my face, I basically drew lines all over my face with it, since the product is in a nice compact case. It’s a cream type of product, and the description states it gives you a velvety-matte finish.

I applied this product two different ways: one half of my face I did it with a brush, the other half I used a beauty sponge from Real Techniques. I don’t recommend a beauty sponge because for me, it didn’t blend very well at all. I liked how it blended out with a regular face brush, but I did spray my brush with the Mario Badescu rose water and aloe spray.

The coverage is medium to full. I have quite a few dark spots from acne, and I did about two layers and they were all covered up. Also, my redness was perfectly covered as well.

Unfortunately, this product did not work for me. In the pictures below, you can see that it left my skin looking streaky, dry, and very bad overall. Before applying the foundation, I moisturized, applied primer, and I have oily skin, so it doesn’t make any sense as to why my skin looked like that. I’m not sure if it’s because I have textured skin and large pores.

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Black Opal Dry on Cheek/Jaw Area

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Black Opal Dry on Cheek/Jaw Area

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Black Opal Dry on Temple Area

I really wanted this foundation to work out, so I waited a couple days and tried it again, thinking maybe it was something I did wrong, but I still received the same result.

I found the Black Opal brand in a Walmart near me, but this is the only Walmart around me that it’s in. From what I understand, it just varies by area, and it could be found in Walgreens, RiteAid, etc, depending on where you are. You can also check out their website by clicking here. I paid about $10 for it, which I think is good for the amount of product you get and how creamy it is. If it had worked for me, it would be even better.

Just because this product didn’t work out for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. The reason I purchased this one specifically is because of all the great reviews, but because of my bad luck, it didn’t work for me. If I looked at myself from a couple feet away, the foundation looked really good. Like a better version of my skin, but up close, it was obviously streaky and dry looking.

I will definitely continue trying more Black Opal products, because just because one product didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean the others won’t. If you guys have any recommendations for Black Opal or from any cosmetic company similar to them, I would love to hear it.

Thank you for reading!

Curél: Body Wash and Moisturizing Spray Review

Hello everyone!

I received two products from Influenster that were free, to test and share what I thought about them. They are both products from the brand Curél. I had never heard of this brand before, so I was really intrigued. From what I understand, their specialty is a variety of lotions. They’re a dermatologist recommended brand and many of their products are approved by the National Eczema Association.

First, let’s start off with their Itch Defense Body Wash. It says that it’s a “calming cleanser for dry, itchy skin. Clinically proven to stop the itch before it starts”. On the back it says, “this soap-free formula is a unique blend of gentle cleansers and skin conditioners that creates a rich lather to gently cleanse and soothe itchy skin”. I was really impressed by this! My arms and back are usually very dry and my arms are always rough because I’m usually to lazy to moisturize. After I used this in the shower and dried off, my arms were very soft and smooth. That was surprising to me because they’re usually very dry, right after the shower. I love that it hydrates while you’re in the shower. The two ingrediants that seem to make this possible are jojoba and olive oils, which are in various moisturizing products. I also really like that it smells normal, like how you expect an unscented lotion to smell. My other shower products are heavily scented and sometimes give me a headache, so this was a nice change.

Curél Itch Defense Body Wash

The only downside to the body wash, is that it doesn’t lather well for me. No matter how much I put, I couldn’t build it up. So I just used my regular soap, then tried my best to scrub this after and it worked really well. Other than that, I have no complaints.

The second product they sent me, is the Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray. The front of this says, “clinically proven to instantly relieve dry, itchy sky with cooling hydration”. The description on the back talks about it’s Advanced Ceramide Therapy, “Ceramides are naturally found in skin’s vulnerable outer layer and help skin retain moisture. When skin’s ceramide levels are low, skin has difficulty retaining moisture.” It goes on to say the Curél moisturizers replenish skin’s ceramide levels. My favorite thing about this is that it’s a spray nozzle! I hate regular lotions where you have to put them on your hands and then your hands get all sticky. You have to press a little harder than usual on the nozzle, but other than that, it works great. I like the cooling feeling of the spray, it provides a nice cooling sensation. It also doesn’t have any added fragrance. Compared to the body wash, this has more of a lingering “lotion” scent, though. It doesn’t bother me, but if you’re sensitive to that maybe try a sample.

Curél Itch Defense Instant Soothing Moisturizing Spray

I do like how well it moisturizes my skin, but it doesn’t last long for me. After about two hours or so, I need to apply more. I’m not sure if it’s because my skin is too dry or what, but it’s not long-lasting.

Overall, I was really happy to be able to try out these two products. I really like learning about the company and the fact that they have and are continuing to make products that help people with skin problems, such as eczema. It can make their days much easier, having something to alleviate the dryness/itchiness. I love the body wash and will definetely be purchasing that, but the moisturizing spray isn’t my cup of tea.

Let me know what you guys think and if you’ve tried this brand out before!

Thanks for reading!

Review: Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Concealer

Hello everyone!

Today, I wanted to share my new holy grail concealer. Before, I was using the Tarte Maracuja Concealer, but it didn’t work too well with my oily skin. Then, I used the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, which I like, but it made my fine lines look really bad. It also exemplified the tiny pore-like bumps we have on our under eye area, which caused my concealer to look super cakey. So I had to find something for oily skin, but dry under-eyes. After lots of research with reviews and videos, I came across the Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Concealer and I absolutely love it!

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The packaging describes it as an “industrial-strength concealer”, which is referring to the fact that it’s full coverage. I used this primarily for my dark under-eye circles, and occasionally on breakouts/dark spots. My under-eyes are dry, and this concealer is perfect because it conceals without showing how dry my under-eye area is. I have olive/medium skin, and I use the shade 2, which is light-medium. It would be too light as an everday blemish concealer, but for my under-eyes it’s perfect and as long as I blend it out well on my blemishes, you can’t tell the color difference. It also says you just need to use your finger to apply it. I know that many people find that unsanitary, but I like it. I make sure my hands are clean, don’t worry! But, a small concealer brush would work too! It’s a very matte concealer, but has a unique texture so it doesn’t dry your under-eyes out. I’m also a huge fan of the packaging! It’s super small and circular, which is perfect for my handbag and traveling. The package holds .1 oz of the product, which doesn’t seem like much, but it’s definitely enough. I usually need just three thin swipes with my finger and I’m done, and trust me, my dark eye circles are no joke.

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After four hours, I usually check up on it because sometimes it settles into one specific line under my eye. I don’t know if that line is just deep or what, but it’s always the same eye/line that the product settles into. My other eye is perfectly fine and normal, so it’s not a big deal for me. Also, I bought mine from Sephora for $20, which is pricey for such a small amount of product, but I feel like this is going to last me a long time. But, whenever it does finish, I definitively will be repurchasing.

Hope you guys liked this review! Let me know if you’ve tried it!

Thanks so much for reading!