I would say that July seems to have flown by, but it hasn't considering I'm taking summer classes and basically spending all my time writing papers and reading. BUT I do have some favorites to share. And some unfavourites, including the spawn of satan, otherwise known as Benefit's Push Up Liner.
Starting off on a lighter note though, I really enjoyed the Wet n Wild Coverall foundation. I did a whole review on this product so you can check that out here. I don't really have anything new to add. It's a great, budget friendly foundation that performs better than many high end ones. As long as you can match one of the shades, you're good to go.
Another favorite is the NARS Creamy Concealer in Chantilly. The shade is very very light, as you can see on my swatches below. But there is a reason this concealer is so raved about. It's divine. You can use it for under eye areas as well as blemishes. And it blends in so well. I don't think I'll be purchasing any concealer other than this one in the future.
I also really liked the Smudgeproof Primer from NARS. I have oily lids, and my eyeshadow usually disappears even with a primer. But this stuff really helps keep it in place. It is clear though, so not ideal for people with veins on their eyelids that they prefer to cover up.
Wet n Wild Coverall foundation in 815 and NARS Creamy Concealer in Chantilly
Next up I have some Real Techniques brushes. I'm an awkward child who included the Multi Tasking Brush in my last favorites post, but what can I say, I really like it. It distributes powder without disturbing my foundation and concealer. I also really love the Setting Brush for putting powder under my eyes. I find that extra powder under the lash line really helps my mascara from smudging.
Next up I have some skincare. I decided to try out some Asian sheet masks and the consensus seems to be that My Beauty Diary makes the best ones. This is the Imperial Birds Nest mask. I tend to use it when I have some acne and redness, and it really helps to calm my skin down and hydrate it.
Then I have the Hada-Labo UV Creamy Gel. Spoiler alert, this might be my new holy grail foundation. I'll probably do a whole separate review post on it. It has SPF 50+, PA ++++ (the highest one, which is over 16 I believe) and a wonderful finish. And there is no oxybenzone or anything that irritates me. Such a good find.
And lastly for skin, I have a popular favorite, the Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid. This is such a great option for someone who wants a BHA exfoliant. It feels like water. There is no stinging, tightness or dryness associated with it. And it absorbs into the face relatively quickly. This really helps my acne and sebaceous filaments. In case you're interesting in trying it out, you can get $10 off your first Paula's Choice order by clicking my referral link here.
And now for some things I really hated. Spot number 1 definitely goes to the Loreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm. I had heard such good things about this. Youtube bloggers rave about it. I had to have it. But it dried out my hair so badly. I most certainly did not see repair of 1 year of damage within one use. My ends felt crunchy and like straw. Such a no go.
I also didn't care for the Maybelline Full n Soft waterproof mascara. I'm not a huge fan of waterproof formulas to begin with, so if I wear them, I expect the mascara to be smudge free. And it was not, it smudged just as much if not more than my regular mascaras. And it was hard to remove. So it gets a thumbs down from me.
This next one might be a surprising miss but I didn't like the Rimmel Scandaleyes in nude. I found the color to be really visible on me, like I was wearing peach eyeliner. And the staying power was not impressive at all. Maybe 2 hours. I do have other Scandaleyes though, and they're better. But I don't put those in my water line.
And last but not least, a product that I hate so much, I have trouble writing about it. First of all, I got the sample size from Sephora and I'm happy because this thing is not worth $24. In fact, I wouldn't use it if someone paid me. I don't believe that Benefit could have come up with this. It was probably a competing company who wanted them to fail.
Gel eyliner is fine. Liquid eyeliner is fine. If those two were not available, I would have a better result using a toothpick and mascara than this. It comes out as a gel, and it dries very quickly forming little balls. This tiny balls of liner fall all over your face or attach themselves to your eyelashes. You can also only go over any section of your eyelid once because going over twice will pick up the product you previously put down, and you guessed it, form more little balls. I have to take a q tip to my face and my entire body after I use this. And it smudges everywhere giving me raccoon eyes.
Also. I am not bad at doing eyeliner. I wear eyeliner a lot. And I could probably get a straighter line using lipstick on my eyelids. I don't care how much advertising Benefit does, or how much they pay youtube gurus to review it, this is a shitty product that you should not buy.
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