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Video Review: Trader Joe’s Enrich Facial Moisturizer 

Hello everyone!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful Friday! Below is my video about my experience with the Trader Joe’s Enrich Facial Moisturizer, where I actually show the breakouts it caused. If you’d rather read about it, click here. 

Hope you guys find the video informative and feel free to leave any comments down below! 

Review: Trader Joe’s Face Lotion SPF 15

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share my thoughts on the Trader Joe’s Enrich Moisturizing Face Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 15…whoa, is that a mouthful or what?

I purchased this around March because I was interested in a moisturizer with SPF. Most of the time, my makeup has SPF in it, but there were some that didn’t and I wanted to add this to my daily routine. I purchased this from Trader Joe’s for about $10.

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It is in a nice little bottle and the product is white. It feels like your basic moisturizer, nice and smooth. It’s easy to apply and after giving it about 10-15 minutes to absorb, I find that it doesn’t leave too much of a greasy feeling. I only feel it in my super oily spots like my t-zone and cheeks. Nothing a little bit of powder can’t fix.

Unfortunately, this product did not work for me. I didn’t notice until two weeks ago that it was causing breakouts on my forehead. I tend to have acne on my cheeks, but I’ve never really broken out on my forehead. It was just a lot of really small pimples, which would take forever to come to a head.

At first, I didn’t put two and two together. My mom asked if I tried anything new, and then I thought about the lotion. But I thought that it couldn’t be because the rest of my face was not breaking out as bad. Eventually, I decided to test out not using it for two days, and lo and behold, my forehead breakouts started healing.

It’s so odd, because I put it all over my face, but only my forehead was affected. But the lotion was the culprit and now my forehead is virtually clear.

I’m not sure why it did that, but I’ll let you guys know what type of skin I have and maybe if you have the same issues, you can avoid this product. I have oily skin, prone to acne on my cheeks and chin. I’ve used many products and have almost never had breakouts from them, only the NYX color corrector palette.

I hope you guys found this helpful! Let me know if you’ve tried the lotion and if it worked out for you.

L’Oreal Foundation

Hello there!

Today, I wanted to share my thoughts on the L’Oreal True Match Foundation. Just so you guys know, I have oily/combination skin. My cheeks, areas around my nose, and t-zone get really oily. But, my under eyes and chin are very dry. It’s seriously the worst combination ever.

I’m in the color Buff Beige N4 (neutral). I really like this color because I have a lot of redness and it neutralizes it. I usually used a green corrector, but not in any of these pictures, so you guys can see the actual coverage it gives.

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I don’t know why I look so mad…lol

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Also, it blends extremely well! I used the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer under my eyes, and I am able to seamlessly blend the two without much effort. A lot of my regular foundations are matte, so I have to work extra hard to blend them because they dry so fast. But not with this one.

I do have super large pores and even though I use a primer, the foundation still settles into them after only a couple hours. That’s the main downside I have.

A smaller issue I have with it, is that it has that “makeup smell”. I’m sure you guys know what I’m talking about. It’s that smell that when people add a lot of powder to their face or something, and it’s super strong but doesn’t have any recognizable scent, besides makeup. I only smell it when I first apply it, and then it tends to fade away.

I bought mine from Ulta for about $10, which may be pricey for a drugstore foundation, but the price doesn’t bother me because I like it. Though I don’t like that the bottle is glass, because I’m a super clutz, I do like that you just need to pour it out. Some people may not, but I like pouring small amounts onto my blending sponge and adding as I go. And as long as you’re careful, your bottle shouldn’t look messy at all, like if you had a pump.

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I really like this foundation for when I want a natural look. But, if you have oily skin, just be sure you set it very well. It made me oilier on my cheeks, but didn’t do much with my other oily areas, like my t-zone or forehead.

Overall, I would give this foundation a 7/10. Positives: Great texture, easy to blend, packaging is simple, medium coverage, and there are a lot of shades available. Downsides: Not the best for oily skin, settles into pores and lines, and doesn’t last all day.

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Dead Frida Kahlo Halloween Tutorial

Hello all!
I thought it would be fun to do a Frida Kahlo inspired Halloween look, so I hope you guys enjoy. My video on how I did it is below!

I already had my foundation and concealer done, so I started with my eye makeup. 

I primed my lids with the NYX White Eyeshadow Base. I used to NYX Dubai palette to create a gold look, with some burgundy that added depth. You can check out the video to see the exact colors. Then, I used a dark brown eyeshadow as a false liner, to add some smoke to the look. I also added some lashes from the Dollar Tree.


I moved onto the distinct Frida Kahlo brows. I used my Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ebony to achieve the look. In the middle of the video, I was going to leave a little gap, but at the end, I decided to go all out and make it a unibrow. 

The next step is optional, depending if you want a haunted look, or just be a normal Frida Kahlo. If you want the haunted look, skip this step. It’s the contouring/blush part. In her pictures, Frida has a strong affinity for her blush, and contour/bronzor. So I used my Elf Blush and Bronzor duo to achieve this look, as well as adding more a pink blush with my Mac Blush in Pinch Me. 

For the haunted Frida look, you need white and black face paint. I used a cheap makeup sponge and applied the white paint to the bottom half of my face and neck. 

As I waited for it to dry, I did my hair. I did two low pigtails, then pulled each pigtail to the opposite side and secured then with a bobby pin. If you look at (time) in the video, that’s where I do the hair.

Then, I moved onto the flower “headband”. I just cut the stems off of some fake flowers from the Dollar Store and stuck then in my hair, to create a fake flower headband. It worked very well!


Back to the face, I used a small, liqud liner applicator, and created a long mouth, and added vertical lines through it. I also blacked out my nose.

And that’s about it for the look. My outfit was just a simple, black maxi dress. I added a large scarf, as my shawl, because Frida wore shawls a lot. I added some gold, dangly earrings and called it a day. 


Hope you guys enjoyed the look! Happy Halloween! 

Review: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Hello everyone!

Today, I have a review on the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. Recently, my skin has been breaking out on my cheeks. I had a couple cystic pimples and a couple regular ones. I was trying everything I knew, from going back to my Clinique 3 Step-System, which helped me in middle school, to toothpaste. Nothing was helping and they just kept coming back. So I decided to try out the drying lotion, which I’ve seen used quite a bit by Youtube beauty gurus.

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The ingredients that make up this product are very unique. One of the ingredients is calamine and that might attribute for the color, which is pink. If you have itching or irritation, it will help soothe it. That’s why people use it for poison ivy, chicken pox, and other uncomfortable skin issues. Another important ingredient it has is sulfur. The sulfur helps the pore become unclogged by drying it up. The product also has camphor, which gives a nice cooling sensation. It also has salicylic acid, which is popular product in acne medication. It helps clear out pores, which prevents breakouts.

It is a spot treatment, that is to be used at night or on days when you’re only staying at home. The reason for this is that the product is very pink and obvious. The pink part is thick and almost sediment-like, and stays at the bottom of the bottle. But there is a yellow liquid (the camphor), that fills up the top half, and they are not meant to be shaken up. There are two different bottles, the glass one and the plastic one. In the plastic one, the top half may seem clear, but it’s not.

It has directions on how to use it on the back. All you have to do it dip a cotton swap all the way in, making sure to pick up the pink part, and just dab it onto your zits. This is to be done after you’ve cleansed and moisturized. The picture below is what it looks like after I’ve dabbed it on with a cotton swab.

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It does have a scent, which I personally don’t mind. Since it’s only meant to be used at night, it doesn’t bother me. If you’re sensitive to smells, this has a strong sulfur/camphor type of smell. After I dab it onto my acne, I let it sit there for about fifteen minutes, before I go to sleep, so that it has time to dry and not rub off on my sheets. In the morning, the spot will still be there. Either wash it off with water, (which may take a little bit longer than usual), or exfoliate with a gentle cleanser. I prefer the latter method.

The pictures below are areas where my face had been breaking out, and what they look like now.

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This was after eleven days of applying the drying lotion straight on my acne. I’m not wearing makeup in any of the photos. As you can see, it really helped calm it all down and lessen the redness. I was surprised after seeing my pictures side by side, how much it actually changed. Obviously, there are still spots that show where the acne was, but it doesn’t seem like dark spots. I’ve noticed them fading each day, so I’m not worried about it. I was impressed, especially with the pimple that was closest to my nose, because it was really large and inflamed. But after about the third day, I noticed it starting to going down and now it’s just a little blemish, fading away each day.

I highly recommend this product is you have mild acne breakouts. By that, I mean you have a couple pimples here and there, but they aren’t consistent and there all the time. Before I purchased it, I had looked up reviews for myself, and people had said they noticed a different after the first night. That didn’t happen to me, but I did notice a difference after the third day, which is still really good!

I don’t really see any negative about this product, except for the price. It is $17 at Ulta, which is quite pricey for 1 ounce. But, seeing as you only use a cotton swab and dab the product on, I think it will last a pretty long time, so it’s worth it. Another part of the products some people may not like is the smell, but like I said before, it’s only at night when you should use it, so no one but you will be smelling it. I think it’s worth it, seeing as it actually does work.

Let me know if you guys have tried this product out! Feel free to leave any comments or questions! Thanks for reading!

 

Get To Know Me| 25 Questions

Hello everyone!

I thought I would make a little “Get To Know Me” video because I want you guys to know a little more about me and I’d love to know more about you! Hope you enjoyed and feel free to leave any questions or comments!

Dark Spot Treatment Update

Hello everyone!

I recently had success with treating my dark spots that I received from pimples I have popped. I know…gross, but that’s real life. Lesson: Try not to pop your zits. If you’re like me, sometimes you just can’t help it. But, because I have a dark and olive complexion, popping pimples almost always leaves a dark spot. I decided to find a treatment a couple months ago and it actually works! I wanted to share what helped my dark spots and hopefully it can help any of you guys who are facing the same problem.

Around the end of October, I had shared my first few experiences with the Annie’s Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightnening Jelly Mask. I had seen results the first couple times, which encouraged me to continue using it.

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I’ve used the mask about eight times and these are the results. About two months and a couple weeks is the time span. Ignoring my super large pores, you can see that the top mark is gone! I was so happy seeing these pictures! The bottom one is still there, but has faded drastically! I used the mask usually every week and a half, sometimes every two weeks. I used it as a spot treatment on those marks too. Overall, I’m really happy with the outcome of the mask! I got it for $19.50 from Beauteque. I’m sure if you look for it on Amazon or something like that, you’ll be able to find it! Click here for my full review on the mask!

I hope this helps some of you! Feel free to comment or ask questions!

Thanks so much for reading!

Annie’s Way: Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share my thoughts on the Annie’s Way: Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask. I had mentioned this in my Beauteque Mini-Haul. It says, “whitening, moisturizing, minimizes fine lines, leaves skin radiantly bright. Suitable for dark and dry skin”. It comes with a little spatula, which you’re supposed to use to put the product on your face.

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The directions first want you to cleanse your face as you normally would. Then, use the spatula to put on the product, about .3 to .5 cm thick. Then, after 30 minutes, use the spatula to scoop the mask off.

The first thing I noticed about this mask, is that it stinks. I absolutely hate the smell, and I’m usually very tolerant with the smells of certain masks. This was definitely one of the worst I’ve smelled. So if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing, maybe this is not the right mask for you. It is very cooling to the skin, which is a nice feeling. I felt that “tightening” feeling, which is always good. I did have to use a lot of the product though. You get 250 ml of product, but it’s supposed to be layered to be about .3 cm- .5 cm thick, so I had to use a lot of it.

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As you can see in the picture, the spatula is a good applicator, but you can’t really smooth the mask down. When I took the mask off though, I could see a difference! I didn’t put it all the way up to my hairline, and the part I missed was darker than the rest of my face. I’ve used the mask only a couple of times too, and to see a difference that fast is amazing. I’m using this to help my dark spots, and it’s been helping a lot. I’ll show you guys when they are as faded as they can get.

The only complaints I have about this mask are it’s smell and after you take it off. After I took it off, my skin was so dry! Around my lips, I had very obvious dry patches and my forehead had some too! I find it interesting the packaging says it’s suitable for dry skin, I feel like it would make it much worse. If you want to try this mask out, definitely keep a good moisturizer readily available to apply, as soon as you take it off. I paid $19.50 for this, from Beauteque.

Overall, I am going to continue using this mask. Even though it has a couple downsides, it does do the main thing it claims. I’ve been looking for something to help my dark spots for a long time, and this worked in a couple uses. If you want to check it out, you can find it on the Beauteque website here, or try Amazon.

Thanks so much for reading!

Esfolio: Gold Mask Review

Hello everyone!

I apologize for not posting a lot lately, I’ve been really busy with classes and such. But it’s time for a new mask review!

I decided to try out the Esfolio: Gold Mask that I had received from my Mask Maven subscription.

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This masks’ main ingredient is Colloidal Gold. It’s basically just tiny, nano-particles of gold. The mask says that the gold provides elasticity and purification for skin. It’s supposed to give skin a healthy glow.

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I usually feel like the majority of sheet masks feel the same, but this one really impressed me. Usually, when you put a sheet mask on, you don’t feel anything really afterwards, maybe a cooling of the skin, but that’s it. With this one, I could feel my skin actually tightening. It’s hard to explain, but I felt it working. Also, the material of the mask is different from any other I’ve tried. It’s thicker and more cloth-like, while other masks feel more like paper. After you take off the mask, you’re supposed to rub in the remaining residue.

Overall, I highly recommend this mask! It definetely did what it said it would, promote elasticity and help your skin glow. I noticed my skin wasn’t its usual “dull” self after this mask.

Let me know what you guys think and what your favorite mask is!

Thanks so much for reading!

Beauteque Mini-Haul

Happy Friday everyone!

Today, I’m so excited! My package from Beauteque came and I wanted to share it with you guys! For those of you who don’t know, Beauteque is a company that sells makeup and skincare items. The majority of them are Asian products, most of the ones I received are from Korea. Let’s face it guys, Korean products are probably the best. Have you seen their flawless, plump, skin?

I’ve been having some trouble with dark spots lately, and I know that treating them early is vital to getting rid of them. So, I browsed through Beauteque and found some products I thought would help.

First off, is the Cosrx Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser, which costs $12.00.

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It’s supposed to reduce breakouts and promote clearer skin. According to its description, it cleans thoroughly, pores and all.

Next, is the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, which cost $16.00.

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I bought this one because I wanted a moisturizer that would really help my skin, not just moisturize it. It not only moisturizes, but is supposed to prevent bacteria, stopping acne.

The one I’m most excited about is the Annie’s Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brightening Jelly Mask, which was $19.50.

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It’s so beautiful guys! It even comes with a spatula! I’ve been obsessed with this mask, because I’ve seen it a lot on Bubzbeauty’s youtube channel. When I saw it, I just had to get it. I’m hoping that this will help out a lot with my hyper-pigmentation. I’ll definitely let you guys know if it works!

Beauteque also sent me four skincare sample products, with my order.

Banana Hand Milk

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Aloe BHA: Skin Toner

Overall guys, I’m so happy with my purchase! I also love their shipping time. I ordered this Monday and received it Friday, which is pretty good. I didn’t even pay for shipping because my order was over $50.00. Let me know down below if you’ve tried any of these products!

Thanks so much for reading!