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Wet N Wild Stay Classy Nail Polish for Chic Nails

I go through phases where I get obsessed over a wearing a certain color on my nails, and now is one of those times.  If you want chic, neutral nails, but not your typical pale, sheer pinks, then this new nail polish find of mine could be your new obsession too:  Wet N Wild’s 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Polish in Stay Classy.

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How I Feel About L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara After a Month

If you follow any kind of beauty channel or blog, you’ve most likely heard about L’Oreal’s new Lash Paradise mascara.  EVERYONE was raving about this new mascara and how it’s a dupe for the Too Face Better than Sex mascara, which I’ve never tried.  I managed to get my hands on a tube of L’Oreal Lash Paradise a few weeks after it was released – it was so freaking hard because it was not in any drugstore around me.  I had to order it online from Target.com, which is highly annoying because we see all of the reviews and that it’s now released, but it’s actually nowhere in real life!  I read from another blog that drugstores are releasing new items online first rather than in actual stores to make it more exclusive….but honestly, it’s drugstore makeup.   It’s supposed to be accessible and inexpensive.  Just let the people have it.  *Eye Roll*.  Anyway, read on to see how I feel about the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara after a month of use. Continue reading

Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Review for Pale Skin!

If you’ve got pale skin and are thinking about getting the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion, read on to see my thoughts on it for pale skin!

Hera is a Korean brand of cosmetics.  I got a refill compact of the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion in the shade 13 Ivory, to try out, and also because I just love the name Hera, haha.  Any other Greek mythology buffs out there?

The pros of this cushion:

Shade 13 Ivory is light enough for me!  It is a light neutral shade.  For reference, I am in the shade Y205 Alabaster for the MUFE Ultra HD foundation, and Y215 Yellow Alabaster for the MUFE Water Blend foundation.  I have been matched to NC15 for MAC, but I think NC5 or NC10 would be better if MAC made those shades.  I have a neutral skin tone, but lean towards yellow.

Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Shade 13 Ivory

Nothing on my face except the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion in shade 13 Ivory

It is a dewy foundation.  It will make your skin glow, if you’re into that, which I am.

It offers light coverage, which I like, but this could be a con for some.

It’s moisturizing, so it’s good for dry skinned people like me.

It has SPF 34.  I would still use my regular sunscreen underneath though, as with all foundations.

It smells good.  The scent doesn’t linger on your face though.

It looks good in photos and in real life at a distance (when I see myself in a mirror, I think, the skin looks good)

Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Shade 13 Ivory

On the skin: Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Shade 13 Ivory with a layer of Maybelline Fit Me pressed powder, and Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light

The cons:

It never sets.  I find the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion always feels sticky and tacky on my face.  I definitely needed to powder or else my hair gets stuck on my cheeks.

If you touch your face without setting with powder, foundation will come off, and the foundation also slides around on your face.

If you powder, it will look cakey and bring out any lines you have.  I think it still looks good in photos and if you’re not standing too close to people, but closer up, the cakiness shows.  Not pleasant!

I think it oxidizes a shade darker.

There does not seem to be much product in the cushion.  I used the cushion for 3 weeks and it looks empty.  I’m pressing the puff into the cushion pretty hard, and not much is coming up anymore (see photo).

Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion Shade 13 Ivory

I tried storing the cushion upside down so product can drain to the top of the cushion, but that did not help. I don’t even use that much product because I prefer a sheer layer of foundation!

I wondered if the product dried up because I don’t have the actual compact to store the refill in (I just got the refill cushion to try).  But the refill has its own cap that closes securely, so I don’t think drying up is the reason.

Do I recommend the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion? I don’t.

Honestly, with all the k-beauty craze going on, I’m disappointed that I haven’t found any Korean cosmetics that I like.  When I first used this cushion, I really thought I was going to like it.  Although the shade match is great for pale skin, and it will give you a lovely glow, the stickiness, cakiness, and “emptiness” of the Hera UV Mist Nude Cushion after less than a month of use is not my cup of tea.  I guess I am happy that I finished a foundation  for my Use Up That Makeup goals though!  I got the cushion from Jolse

 

All items mentioned were purchased by myself.  All opinions are my own.

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Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Pale Yellow Review!

Summer weather has rolled in where I live (oh hello, 100 degree weather!) and with that comes sweat and shine on my face.  Though face powders are kind of a boring, blah makeup product to me,  they can become an essential product to have in the summer.  A nice pressed powder can keep the oilies and over-glow at bay.  Today I want to talk about the Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Pale Yellow.  I’ve been using it for about two months, and here are my thoughts!

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Missha’s The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover Review for Pale Skin!

I recently got my hands on some Korean beauty items and I am excited to write about my first impressions, especially the foundations.  Finding a foundation for pale skin is hard enough, but add in Asian skin undertones and you sometimes have a whole new level of difficulty.  Anyway, I thought testing some Korean brands would make finding foundations with the correct undertone a bit easier.  My first review and first impressions will be on Missha’s The Original Tension Pact Natural Cover in the shade 21.  Read on to see my thoughts!

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Review for Pale Skin!

Following my burgeoning crush on Bobbi Brown makeup, I recently got two samples of the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation at my local counter.  The foundation is supposed to give sheer to medium coverage and a very skin-like look, as its name suggests.  It is not a glowy or matte foundation, but very natural.  I was matched to both their lightest and second lightest shades, alabaster (00) and porcelain (0), and so I asked for a sample of both to try out at home to decide which one I liked more before purchasing.  Read on the see my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation review for pale skin!

Although I will always love my dewy, fresh skin, sometimes I just want my skin to look like my skin.  I’ve always thought of Bobbi Brown brand as a classic, yet modern brand that enhances a person’s natural features so I thought I could definitely find a foundation here that fits the bill.  I was looking for a sheer to medium coverage foundation with a natural finish, and the lady at the counter suggested their Skin Foundation.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in Porcelain and Alabaster

Left: Porcelain 0; Right: Alabaster 00

In terms of coverage, the first layer is rather sheer, and if I add on a second layer, I get a medium coverage that still lets my freckles show through a bit.  Note that I only apply a thin layer of foundation at a time.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation review for pale skin

Left: Porcelain 0; Right: Alabaster 00  in bright, natural light

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation review for pale skin

Left: Porcelain; Right: Alabaster in dimmer natural light

The finish of this foundation is absolutely beautiful.  I fully agree that it blends into my skin and my skin looks like skin, but so much better.  My skin looked healthy.  However, my skin is quite dry, especially around my mouth and between my eyes, so in those areas, the foundation made my skin look powdery.  This foundation is meant for people with normal to oily skin, so I know this is not really the foundation’s fault because my forehead and cheeks (the more normal areas of my face) looked awesome!  And lets be honest – there hasn’t been one foundation, even the ones for dry skin, that has made my dry patches disappear.  However, just FYI, for my dry-skinned folks, this foundation can look noticeably powdery on your skin!

Based on how beautiful it was on the less dry areas of my face though, I was willing to overlook it and just exfoliate and over moisturize my face in preparation for this foundation if I chose to purchase it later.

This foundation feels very light on the skin, and there is no discernible scent to it.  My favorite kind of foundation!  The lasting power was all day, but my skin is dry, so that is typically the case for most foundations.  There was no oxidation for me either.

Now onto the color.  I was matched to alabaster 00 and porcelain 0.  Alabaster 00 is their lightest shade  It is a light beige with a white hint and pink undertone.  Porcelain 0 is their very fair beige with neutral undertones.

In the store, the nice lady who matched me thought porcelain worked better on me, but that alabaster also worked well.  I honestly couldn’t tell in the store myself, as store lighting is usually deceptive and terrible.  I was provided with little sample containers to test out at home before making a decision.  After trying it out the next week though, I think that neither of these shades work well for me unfortunately!!

I thought at first the porcelain 0 would work for me because it has neutral undertones, which suit me better.  However, when I apply it to my face, I can tell it is a bit darker than my neck and chest though the undertone worked quite well.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation review for pale skin

Wearing shade Porcelain 0

bobbi brown skin foundation review for pale skin

When I used alabaster 00, I thought the color match was amazing. However, the more I used it, the more I could see that the undertone was not quite right – it looked a bit pink and mismatched on my skin.  In some angles and some natural lighting, it matched perfectly, but in other situations (like certain artificial lighting and some other natural lighting), it looked off!

 

bobbi brown skin foundation review for pale skin

Wearing shade Alabaster 00. Looks like a pretty good match here!

bobbi brown skin foundation review for pale skin

Alabaster looks like a good match here too!

But now it looks a little too pink/light

If only porcelain with its neutral undertones were a shade lighter!!! Can we please make something like an ultra-porcelain? haha

So all in all, the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation is undoubtedly a beautiful foundation but the color is just not quite right for me to be spending $50+ on it.  The alabaster would be perfect for my pink toned ladies, or if you’re a smidge darker than me with neutral undertones, the porcelain would be perfect.  Definitely ask your local counter for free samples of the foundations before plunking down your money for it though!

All opinions are my own.

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Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist Review

Nature Republic is a Korean brand that offers a variety of cosmetics and skin care inspired by nature.  I was walking around my local Nature Republic store the other day and they were having a big sale on certain items, so I decided to try the Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist.  It is supposed to provide nutrition to damaged hair and make it soft and tangle-free.  Read on to see my thoughts!

Nature Republic Essential Argan Hair Mist Review

When I saw the Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist, I thought it could be a nice thing to use on the daily because it seems fast and because it is a mist, it wouldn’t weigh down my hair with oils.  My hair is rather coarse, so I was hoping this hair mist would soften it a little.

The Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist comes in a typical spray bottle and sprays as a fine mist.  The liquid inside looks just like water.  I don’t see any oiliness in it at all, so I’m not sure how much nourishment my hair is going to get with this.  When I sprayed it, I did get a strong whiff of alcohol.  Alcohol is one of the ingredients listed, and I’m not sure why they would have it in there if it’s supposed to nourish and soften hair!  My hair is rather oily though so this may not be an issue for me.  Other than that, there is no other discernible fragrance.

Nature Republic Argan Essential OIl Hair Mist Review

So, per the instructions, you can mist this over your wet or dry hair.  The first time I tried this, I tried it on dry hair.  BIG MISTAKE.  My hair looked stringy and greasy, and only on the top layer where I spray it too, so it looked extra weird!  I tried combing it out and it helped a little, but a minute later, my hair would be back to stringy yuckiness!

Nature Republic Argan Essential OIl Hair Mist Review

Greasy, stringy hair after misting this spray on dry hair

Nature Republic Argan Essential OIl Hair Mist Review

After combing through, but a minute later, it’s back to intense greasy stringiness 🙁

I would never recommend using this product on dry hair, period.  Maybe if I were at the beach and could pull off a wet beach hair look, but for all other days, it’ll just look greasy.

Next I tried the hair mist on freshly washed hair because the moisture should distribute the product for evenly.  My hair does not look stringy or greasy when the hair mist is used on wet hair, but it does feel a bit weighed down after my hair dried.  I think the Nature Republic Argan Essential Oil Hair Mist gave my hair some more texture when used in this manner though, which is nice.  As for whether my hair feels softer…I honestly cannot tell!

All in all, I would not recommend this product.  It looks terrible when sprayed on dry hair, and if you spray it on wet hair, it can weigh it down once dried.  However, it does give some texture once your hair has dried, which is nice.  I also don’t know how much nourishing oils are in this product since the spray looks just like water.  It also contains alcohol, which I don’t know, but it seems like it would be damaging to hair in general.   My hair is pretty coarse and each strand is thick though, so it may be ok for my hair.  I will try to use it up since I bought it, or just save it for days at the beach, but I will not be repurchasing.

All items mentioned were purchased by myself.  All opinions are my own.

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L’Oreal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender Review!

The L’Oreal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender in the shade dark brunette is a large crayon style brow product.  It promises soft and full brows, which is what I typically gravitate towards.  The tiny kabuki brush on the other end of the crayon is used to blend the product after it is applied to your brows.  Always interested in brow products, I recently picked this up because I have never used a crayon brow product before.  Read on for my L’Oreal Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender review!

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Essie Ballet Nudes At The Barre Nail Polish Review!

I use to be addicted to ballet.  I took lessons when I was young, during college I was in a dance group, and though I no longer do ballet, I am still drawn to ethereal tulles and beautifully arched feet in pointe shoes.  I’m hooked!  When I found out Essie came out with a line of Gel Couture nail polishes called Ballet Nudes, well, needless to say, I skedaddled over to Ulta.  Yes, they looked as classic and soft and perfect as I had always thought ballet was (though ballerinas are in no way, “soft”…behind that fairy-like beauty are muscles of steel and blood and sweat!).  I just picked up one color  called At the Barre.  Read on to see my Essie Ballet Nudes At The Barre Nail Polish review!

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Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer Review for Pale Skin!

If there is one thing I feel justified in splurging, it’s base makeup.  Truthfully, if your base makeup works well for your skin, then most of your work is done, and as much as I hate to admit it, I think there is a difference in quality between high end and drugstore foundations and concealers.  Besides formula, the biggest issue for me is color.  For all pale skinned people out there, you know that the drugstore color selection is sometimes horrifically lacking!  Well, now that that schpiel is done, I am here to say that splurge I did over the weekend, on the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer in the shade Y21, the palest yellow toned concealer shade in the collection. Read on for my Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer review for pale skin!

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