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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Review

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Review







NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Review

From the Brand:
Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish. Soft Matte Lip Cream is surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing.


Retails for:  $6.00



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Where to Buy:  NYXCosmetics.com, Select Target stores and Target.com, Ulta stores and Ulta.com, Blush.com


My Thoughts:  It feels like everyone is using these lately, and maybe it's just the fact that I'm not a huge fan of matte lipsticks, I just can't get myself to like these.  I feel like it looks way to chalky on my lips, and it settles.  I'm the kind of person who uses chapstick 24/7.  As in sometimes I wake up out of a dead sleep to put more chapstick on my lips if they're feeling dry.  So it's not like I should have flaky dry lips, but when I put this on I feel like I can see every last line and texture to my lips.  It ages me, and I'm not a fan of products that make me look anywhere close to my age.  I'm super proud of the fact that I'm 31 and look 21 thank you!

Maybe I'm just too used to wearing gloss and the NYX Butter Gloss, which is probably almost as addicting for me as the EOS lip balms I've been using non-stop for the past few months.  It's also summer, and a matte lip can just look off during summer in my opinion.  It's too "formal" I guess.  To me, a matte lip is more for fall/winter or special occasions. 


Final Verdict:  Not a fan of these for my lips.  Kudos to the girls who can rock this look!


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. This article contains some affiliate links provided through Viglink.com. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Monday, August 4, 2014

It's A 10 Miracle Hair Mask Review

It's A 10 Miracle Hair Mask Review







It's A 10 Miracle Hair Mask Review

From the Brand:
Developed to respond to the demands of today's color treated, heat styled, and otherwise processed hair, It's a 10 Miracle Hair Mask is a simple-to-use, conditioning treatment made to enhance softness and smoothness. Flexible enough to be used as a daily conditioner and also intensive enough to be used as a periodic deep-conditioning treatment, the Miracle Hair Mask delivers unparalleled results for dry, damaged, or over-processed hair.

Retails for:  $30.00


Where to Buy:  You can find this in some beauty supply stores or places like Target, but like professional brands of haircare, this is supposed to only be sold at authorized retailers that have a salon on site.  Ulta sells this in stores, but it's not available online at Ulta.com.


My Thoughts:  I got my hair ombre'd back in March, and instantly I realized I needed to switch up my hair care plan to accommodate for the seriously parched ends.  A hairstylist friend of mine recommended this hair mask, and I'm so thankful she did!  I wash my hair 1-2 times a week only, and instead of using a regular conditioner I use a hair mask to rehydrate and protect my hair.  I've done this for about five or six years now, so even in the summer my roots don't really product much oil at all anymore.  While this is great on the one hand that I don't have to constantly wash my hair which strips it, it also means I have less oil to naturally condition my hair.

This mask really helps to leave my hair feeling amazing after I wash it, very silky, soft, and detangled.  This is the longest my hair has been since I was maybe six or seven years old, and I'm not quite used to having to spend so much time brushing it out all the time.  It seems to tangle within minutes, and if I use a different conditioner I notice I spend even longer combing out the tangles when I step out of the shower than if I use the It's A 10 mask.  I've gone through two tubs of it already and need to go pick up a third.  I also like that I can use this on the entire length of my hair without it making my roots greasy.  Some conditioning masks really should only be used on the bottom half of the hair, but this I can get all the way up to the scalp to nourish and protect my strands.


Final Verdict:  An obvious buy for me, since it's on my shopping list to pick up a third!  Highly recommend!


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. This article contains some affiliate links provided through Viglink.com. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Friday, August 1, 2014

No 7 Beautiful Skin Dry Skin Rescue Review

No 7 Beautiful Skin Dry Skin Rescue Review










No 7 Beautiful Skin Dry Skin Rescue Review

From the Brand:
This intensely hydrating multi-purpose balm, formulated with nourishing shea and cocoa butters and enriched with skin-loving vitamins and minerals, provides an instant and long lasting moisture hit to relieve, soothe and visibly improve dry patches.

Not tested on animals.

Retails for:  $16.99


Where to Buy:  Target stores and Target.com, and Ulta.com


My Thoughts:  Like the Boot mask I reviewed the other day, this was a product I bought in the winter to combat my dryness, but I've actually been using it a lot lately.  I traveled to Canada earlier in the month for a two week vacation visiting family and friends, and the air there was much drier than here in muggy Virginia.  The flights there, between, and back (six total!) also majorly zapped my skin of any moisture.  I've got flaky red patches on either side of my nose like I haven't had since that polar vortex hit Virginia in January.  This moisturizer has been a life saver.

The consistency is like a creamy balm, and it's very soothing on my skin.  You only need a tiny little bit, as it's very emollient and actually hard to squeeze from the tube. At first I was frustrated you have to work it to get it out, but then I quickly realized that's a bonus since I didn't want to waste any.  A pea size amount is plenty to sooth the dry patches on my skin.  You don't need to use this everywhere.  It's more of a spot treatment rather than something for the whole face.


Final Verdict:  A great cost effective solution for dry scaly patches on your skin or areas where you face needs a boost of hydration and calming.


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. This article contains some affiliate links provided through Viglink.com. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Maybelline FIT Me Concealer Review

Maybelline FIT Me Concealer Review








Maybelline FIT Me Concealer Review

From the Brand:
Blends seamlessly to cover under-eye circles and imperfections. Matches natural tone, never blotches, never cakes.

Retails for:  $6.99


Where to Buy:  Anywhere drugstore makeup is sold, such as Ulta stores and Ulta.com, Walgreens.com, CVS.com, Target, Walmart, and grocery stores


My Thoughts:  I bought this with a bunch of excitement, because I'd seen it everywhere compared to the NARS concealer.  I certainly hope that for the price of the NARS one it lasts longer than this one does.  I loved that it was easy to find a perfect match for my skin.  That's definitely a huge bonus for this concealer, but that's about where the praise ends.  It didn't last at all on my skin.  It settles into the fine lines under my eyes and makes me look tired and old after about two hours- even setting it with powder.  It doesn't stay at all on my breakouts, just slips off and settles around the edges.  It's much to creamy for a breakout, and the doe foot applicator will just mean I'm transferring bacteria into the tube if I use it directly on the zit.



Final Verdict:  I wasn't expecting too much from a drugstore concealer honestly, so I wasn't too disappointed to find that while the color is perfect the formula isn't.


**Disclaimer: As with all my product reviews, I was not paid by the cosmetic company to provide feedback or review/promote their products. This article contains some affiliate links provided through Viglink.com. All the opinions expressed in this article are my own. These items were purchased with my own money. For more information on my policies, please view my Let's Chat page.

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