Review The Body Shop Vit E Intense Moisturizer


The Body Shop
Vit E Intense Moisturizer
Price $20

Since I moved to California, I find myself in a state of very, very dry skin.
First off, I would recommend this for dry skin use as it is a thick moisturizer.

I really like this moisturizer as it’s unscented and my skin drinks moisturizer.
I find it to be gentle and it doesn’t sting when my face is washed or irritated.
It does provide a lot of moisturizer as the lotion leans more towards a cream consistency.

It’s a bit on the higher end scale as $20 for 1.7 oz.
But I use it daily and a tub lasts me about 3 months. So I find it is worth the cost.
Plus the Body shop is always having deals and sales going on.

Feel free to ask a Body Shop employee for a sample to try at home ❤

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Cheap Thrills – Forever 21 Love & Beauty Makeup Review


(Love & Beauty Line are all FINAL SALE item at Forever 21)|

There’s something both alluring and fatal about buying cheap makeup.
Often it can really suck but it’s so cheap that the dent won’t be big.
Yet when you do find a goodie it’s just extra great because you saved so much!!!

Now the question is are these worth the worth the risk?

Well I’m trying to figure it out.  ( read on)

Here I am in the crowded store with my hands clutching these new makeup items from the Forever 21’s makeup line.
I haven’t seen many reviews on Love & Beauty products.
I also find many of the items have non-descriptive names making it incredibly difficult to research.
Yet they are so reasonable priced even compared to drugstore prices  it’s hard not to want them.

Forever 21 / Love & Beauty Makeup
– Love & Beauty Eye Shadow Palette in  Natural / Multi $3.80
– Love & Beauty Eye Shadow Palette in Brown/Multi $3.80
– Love & Beauty Blush in Pink $1.80

* I want to thank my good friend Emily for giving me the Love & Beauty – Brown/Multi palette.
All other items were purchased by me.*


Love & Beauty Eye Shadow Palette in  Natural / Multi $3.80

It comes with 4 Shadows, tool and case (no specific labels)
– Pale Pinky with a white sheen
– Light dirty gold with a golden shimmer
– Toned Olive Grey with a golden flecks
– Rustic brown with a golden shimmer
– Double Ended Sponge Applicator
– Slim clear cover, hinged with black base


(Swatched on Hand – Without Primer – In order of Palette Layout)

The eye shadows are very easy to swatch and appear smoother than expected.
They aren’t chalky. However they lack the buttery texture of higher end eye shadows.
I find the colors to be true to pan with except of the olive green which appeared duller.
There’s no glittery but it has a shimmery/sheen based formulation.

(Swatched on Watercolor Paper – Without Primer – In order of Palette Layout)

I think these colors would be great as stated for a “Smoky Eye”.
I can see myself using the two lighter shades for brow and inner corner highlight.
The two darker shades can be used for all over the lid and crease definition.

The difficulties I experienced with this eye shadow palette were minimal.
For the price I am I found the eye shadows definitely better than standard $1 shadows or large 88 palettes.

[Pro]
I really like the slim and simplistic packaging
I like the size of the pans (quarter)
I felt it was fairly pigmented and easy to use for the price
It’s a cheap thrill, priced better than drugstore item

[Con]
I felt the olive lacked depth in the color
The texture wasn’t spectacular but use-able.
I felt you needed to wear primer as the color fades quicker (3hrs)
Caution – you need to dust underneath the eye area after application because in direct sunlight I did notice small amount of shimmer fallout

Overall Would I buy this one again – No b/c I mainly got it for the olive shade. I think it’s a fair price and a – ok product


Love & Beauty Eye Shadow Palette in Brown/Multi $3.80
This is amusing because my friend Emily originally got this eye shadow as I convinced her mattes are the way to go.
Unfortunately for her it didn’t really jive with her very pale pinky toned skin.
Yet I found that I really enjoyed this palette a lot more than that previous one due to the light brown tones.
Ha – perhaps next time I’ll just have to switch with her 🙂

It comes with 4 Shadows, tool and case (no specific labels)
– Pearlscent Shimmery White
– Matte Soft Tan
– Shimmery Pinky Peach
– Matted Dark Brown with a hint of reddish shimmer
– Double Ended Sponge Applicator
– Slim clear cover, hinged with black base

(Swatched on Hand – Without Primer – In order of Palette Layout)

They are formulated exactly the same as the 1st set with the except of the matte tan.
The tan to have a soft quality about it, a bit powdery if you press your brush harder.
Personally even though I felt they showed similar feel and texture. It appears this set is a hint more pigmented.

(Swatched on Watercolor Paper – Without Primer – In order of Palette Layout)

I found these to be great for my Asian skin tone that leans a bit more yellow and tan.
I like to use this quad for work as it simple, neutral and easy to carry.

I didn’t experience any fall out or chalky texture from this palette.

[Pro]
I really like the slim and simplistic packaging
I find it pigmented
I think it would be great for work environments
I really like the matte soft tan color

[Con]
I felt you needed to wear primer as the color fades quicker (3hrs)
Caution – you need to dust underneath the eye area after application because in direct sunlight I did notice small amount of shimmer fallout

Overall Would I buy this one again – Yes, I really like the color combination with matte / shimmer.


Love & Beauty Blush in Pink (clear plastic outside packaging) $1.80

Currently, Love & Beauty offers many different blush options.
It’s sort of hard to differentiate between them as they look very similar with slightly different exterior packaging.
The packaging is simple, sturdy and easy to view.
I found the pan size to be generous close to wide bottle cap.


(Swatched on Hand – Without Primer, Love & Beauty Blush in Pink)

This blush is pretty.
It comes off a light pink with a pearly sheen. It’s not glittery or shimmery.
The texture is smooth and has strong pigmentation.

[Pro]
– Easy and Simple Packaging
– Large Pan size
– I like the satin sheen finish rather then shimmery
– Pigmented
– Super Cheap!

[Con]
– Wear time (3-4 hrs) you will likely need to reapply during the day
– Line not distinctively labelled

Overall, Yes I would buy again.

Was it worth the risk? Yep, I would do it again 🙂 …actually pretty soon I have a really awesome Forever 21 dupe post!

Hard Candy First Flush Kit (Living Doll Blusher)


Hard Candy First Flush Kit
Living Doll Baked Blush
Glow All the Way Face Luminizer
Sheer Envy Primer (not pictured)
Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss ( not pictured)

Can be purchased exclusively at Walmart here
Retails for $8 dollars
All items are mini-sized (deluxe samples)


Living Doll Baked Blush
I was really interested in trying Hard Candy’s baked blushes and Living Doll was on the top of my list.
It’s a hard pressed baked powder.
Net Wg 5 grams 0.18oz (1 inch pan)

The color appears a hot pink fuchsia in the pan however applied to the skin gives a very soft flush.
It has build-able color  gives a sweet pearly pink sheen.

( Glow All the Way Face Luminizer, Living Doll Blush)

Glow All the Way Face Luminizer
This is a great cheek highlight!
It’s comes with a easy squeeze tube with a shimmery cream consistency.
It’s very easy to use, blend and a little goes a long way.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer
This is a silicone based primer that is white mousse texture and it applies clear.
It does have a distinct silicone smell but the smell fades.
Previously I have owned the full size and it does makes my face really smooth for application.
I would use this for drugstore makeup primer.

Hard Candy Lip Plumping Serum Lip Gloss – Pink
Unfortunately, I’m very sensitive to lip plumpers so I didn’t review this.
It comes in travel friendly packaging, doe foot applicator and is a opaque light pink.
In general I think the color not that flattering due to opaque color.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Travel Size
  • You are able to try 4 Hard Candy products for the Price of 1
  • Color is very build-able

Cons

  • Lip Plumping Gloss ( I don’t enjoy lip plumper/color is too opaque)Would I repurchase > Yes if I didn’t already own it but maybe on re-buying because…
  • I say maybe because these products will last me a long time as little bit goes a long way.
  • I do recommend buying this product if  you are interested in trying at least 2 out of 4 products.
  • This set is great value for testing out new products and to give you a innocent pink flush ❤

Makeup Fails: Skin 79 BB Cream Sampler

BB Cream stands for Blemish Balm. It’s suppose to give your coverage between a tinted moisturizer – foundation. BB creams also offer natural coverage, concealing properties, anti-wrinkle power, skin regeneration ability, skin lightening and UV protection! It’s a hefty list of things to do for just 1 cream.

[Note] Do to it’s formulation, bb creams are usually recommend for light & fair skin individuals.

Anyways, I was piqued to try it. So I ordered some on Ebay and it shipped from Korea. BB creams can be hard to find in USA but it’s all the rage in Asia due to couple of celebrity endorsements.

Skin 79 Sampler Set ($10 dollar shipped)

1) Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm (Whitening + Wrinkle Care + SPF25PA++)

2) Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm Triple Function (Whitening + Wrinkle Care + SPF25PA++)

3) Skin79 The Prestige Beblesh Balm (Whitening + Wrinkle Care + SPF25PA++)

4) Skin79 Luminous Pearl Beblesh Balm.

The swatches are from L-R are Skin 79 Super BB Cream, Skin 79 Triple Function BB Cream, Skin 79 Prestige, Skin 79 Pearl.
The bottom swatch is my normal foundation in Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour Foundation in 102 Warm Ivory.

Skin 79 Issues
-Color
-Shimmer
-Coverage
-Application

I know there’s a lot of  ‘hype’ about Skin 79 products and BB creams in general but I found it just doesn’t do the job for me.
The coloration was off as forewarned. Despite oxidation, it was either too gray toned or too pink. Something was just off.

I wasn’t interested in the Prestige or the Pearl as I found it had a lot of shimmer.

I didn’t feel like the BB cream provided any real coverage compared to a foundation. It was a lot closer to tinted moisturizer as it was very light. However, I’d prefer a tinted moisturizer because with BB cream it’s still makeup and you have to wash it off or you can break out and stuff.

Lastly the most disappointing factor was the packaging! I know this is just for the “sampler” but the tubes were awful.
Some reason as soon as I opened the tube the BB cream would come rushing out. It wouldn’t stop and it made quite a mess. I felt like I lost a considerable amount of product. I’m not sure if it was this particular seller or if during the shipping there was elevation/pressure change. I was not a happy camper. X_X

Anyways, I wouldn’t recommend this product. I think I have to try out some more BB cream to tell you more.
I just sort of hesitant to believe any product can do all the things that BB creams claim. If you have suggestions feel free to comment.

If you want a good foundation I’d recommend Rimmel Lasting Finish. That’s great coverage without being cakey. If you think it’s too much coverage you can always sheer it out by mixing with some moisturizer.

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Makeup Fails : Physician’s Formula Baked Bronzer

First off this is not a review on the Physician Formula brand. I really like the brand and I think they offer some great products.
So sometime last month, Rite Aid was having a Buy 1 get 1 free on Physician Formula bronzers so I decided to pick this product up. It looks really gorgeous in the packaging. It’s a light tan with spirals of gold through out the baked formula. Since I’ve been watching a bunch of you tubers rave about baked bronzers I thought why not.

Well Physician Formula offers an extensive line of bronzers.
However I would NOT RECOMMEND the PF baked bronzer.
It looks pretty …here in the picture doesn’t it? I wanted to love it.
It entices you with it’s shimmer and easier to handle price tag.

Cons:
1. The shimmer comes off on your face like GIANT flakes of chunky gold glitter
2. Bronzer is very light, almost not noticeable
3. Consistency of the product isn’t very good. It’s patchy and glitter doesn’t allow even application.


Sorry the photo is a bit blurry but even so you can see the golden glow on my face. If you click on the photo you can actually see the chunks of glitter. I tried different ways to apply it but nevertheless this product is going back to the store. X_X