Empties :: Bunch of Skincare Stuff

I have a good amount of empties to share! I did a youtube video on them, but I really wanted to go in depth about my likes and dislikes! Buckle up kiddies, lets ride! *I don’t know why I said that

Empties

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Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask- I actually really enjoyed this mask. It didn’t aggravate or irritate my sensitive skin, and left a nice clean fresh face. However my Elizavecca Carbonated mask does a lot better at cleaning my skin. So I am not going to be rebuying this. But this was very nice! Grade – B+

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Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream– This did absolutely nothing for me. Was alittle greasy, made my under eyes look oily. Didn’t hydrate and honey, it definitely didn’t lift! This is 99% natural so that is good, but again this did nothing for me at all. Pass. Grade- D

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Holika Holika Pig-nose Clear Blackhead Deep Cleansing Oil Balm- I talked about this on my favorite cleansers blog post. I really love this for my first cleanse of the morning, I will be rebuying. Grade – A

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Innisfree Anti-Darkening Fixer- I really REALLY wanted to love this. It feels great on, has a nice fresh smell. But I need something heavier duty for a makeup fixer. Because South Florida is a humid swamp land I need something that will keep my face from melting. Sadly this is not it. If I ever get out of this tar pit I may give this another go, but it did not hold up well and I noticed my foundation moving around, and my makeup wearing off after a few short hours. I will not be repurchasing, whomp whomp. Grade – C-

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Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray- This was both good and bad. I liked how it made my face feel. Was cooling, and felt nice. But it has a very strong aftertaste/smell of alcohol. I tried to get over it but I just couldn’t. I am glad this was a sample sent to me and I didn;t buy it because I would have been pissed. Clinique!! WHYYYYY Grade – D

Now if you want an excellent moisture mist I have been obsessed with SeaTree’s Seatree art Moisture Mist!

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Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner– I adore this toner. I use it when my skin feels irritated. It is so soothing. Cleanses well, feels amazing on, and in no way has it ever irritated my sensitive skin. Has BHA, snail secretion filtrate (yes you heard that right, but its an amazing ingredient) and instead of water it uses aloe barbadensis leaf water, which give this toner my highest amount of praise. If you have ever tried Benton products you must. I have enjoyed everything  I have tried from then. This toner is my most favorite of them all! Grade- A

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Batherapy Epsom Salt and Siberian Fir Oil Bath salts– This was a gift from my sister and I absolutely love it. Was very realxing, and helped relieve tension in my back. Plus it smells like a fricken Christmas tree! I will be rebuying this! Grade – B+

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Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum– OMG I love this. I talked about it in my last skincare blog post. It does such an excellent job of firming, and hydrating. My face can definitely feel it once I put it on, and it absorbs quickly, and isn’t greasy. If you are on the fence about spending the money on this I would recommend buying one of Tatchas ritual sets that have this in it. But I will definitely be repurchasing this! Grade- A+

Overall I liked most of these products, and will be repurchasing some of them. If you have any opinions or questions on these guys let me know in the comments section!

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Sephora Rant- Customer Service Fail

I actually did a youtube video on this rant but I wanted to elaborate. So if you want to watch the video or just read below instead either way is good

OK, this has to deal with the Paint it Pink set I purchased. I unboxed it previously. Now I absolutely loved everything in the set, and I am really happy for the most part with the purchase. But after I unboxed it I put everything back in its place and left it for about a week until I got the makeup area in my bathroom situated (I currently don’t have a vanity) so after a week I decided it might be fun to use some of the items. I immediately started using the Make Up Forever lipgloss, and ran out of it in like 2 weeks. I decided I wanted to use the Becca product and as soon as I opened it the product slipped out of the pan. I caught it before it slipped, but the whole thing broke into 3 pieces. LAME. So I wrote Sephora an email.

I want to add that I know this was a set, and I had bought the last one, AND they were no longer available online, so I figured this was it. I thought best case scenario they may have something to exchange it for (maybe another deluxe sample) or maybe a little coupon code for like $3-5 dollars, or a small discount so I could buy it full size. But even if they couldn’t do that, I was expecting at least an apology.

So I usually give companies a few days to respond (3 during the week and 5 if there is a major holiday coming up, and Mothers Day is a major holiday) so when over a week passed and I didn’t even get someone messaging me saying they will get to my issue when they can I was like “whelp maybe it got lost or had an error in sending” So the Friday before Mothers day I decided to send another email. Monday I got a response and it was just a cut and paste on their return policies. I want to add I never said I wanted to return the set. I inquired if there were any issues with this set, and with the Becca product in general, and that if there was a way to replace it I would love that, but if there was nothing they could do to just alert them that my product was damaged/defective.

I was kinda annoyed that they couldn’t even write me an “I am sorry for the product, if you want to return here is our policy, or here is how you do it” Nope, nothing.

So then I wonder if I should just call their customer service line and inquire if there is anything that could be done. I know I couldn’t return the whole set, I didn’t want to return the whole set. I kinda just wanted Sephora at this point to take alittle responsibility for selling me a defective product.

The person on the line was VERY dismissive. Not once said, I am sorry, not once asked what they could do. Just said I had to go to the store. or call the store. I was like “Ok, is there any information I should ask or know when I contact the store” then there was another dismissive reply to just call the store. Since there was no point to waste either of our time I hung up.

Quick add here. If you work in a brick and mortar store for a company, it costs a lot of money to take returns. I am not talking about the cost of the money in having a product returned. I am talking about the loss of employee productivity from dealing with returns,. and it looks bad to have a customer come in and be like “this was defective and broken”. So if you can have issues dealt with over the phone or with the customer service line at HQ its better for your business overall. I know that from experience. So saying, go waste the time of our employees we pay to sell products, who probably will get penalized for having to take this return even though it was most likely not their fault, but rather the shipping companies fault or the fault of Sephoras warehouse) seems odd to me, and also unfair to them. If its an exchange or its more convenient for the customer then yes go to the store, but the store couldn’t do anything and i knew that from the beginning which is why I went to their customer service phone line.

But anyways…..

I called the store. I waited until a time I know the mall was dead (I had worked in this mall before and I know when its busy and when nobody is there). I talked to the manager and she was, I don’t want to say rude because she wasn’t rude. She was just extremely dismissive and all like “Well what am I supposed to do” She also said there was no way I had bought it in her store because they haven’t had that set since the Holidays, and I was like I bought it like the 9th or 10th of April, check my VIB account. So I didn’t want to waste her time, and I hung up.

UGH, so at this point I decided to just give it a few days and figure out if I should let it go. Again it wasn’t about the money, more the principle of buying something and having it, or a part of it being damaged or defective. Also at this point I wondered how they treat their customers. I am a VIB Rouge, so if they treat me like this how do they treat the rest of their customers, are they more dismissive, are they so non caring about it. I firmly believe you really see a business true colors when you have to deal with their Customer service.

I was going to leave it alone but then I decided to try one more time and get some sort of real response/ or let Sephora take responsibility for the damaged item and I posted on their Facebook page. They were really good at first, but then told me to contact the store. Completely ignoring the fact I told them I had already contacted the store and that resulted in nothing, not even an honest try to fix this or to just apologize for the damage.

I wasn’t to happy about this, and let them know that was the reason why I had contacted them on FB, was because of the dismissive attitudes of their customer service phone line, and the Manager of that store.

So Now they are going to have someone in their retail division contact me. I don;t expect them to reimburse my money, to switch or exchange it. really I don;t know what they will do. But all I really wanted was for them to take responsibility and say “Sorry we sold you a damaged product”

So yeah. I know I was overreacting a bit, but this escalated because of Sephoras inaction and the dismissive attitudes of their employees. I will still shop at Sephora, but this leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I will post an update once this is resolved, or not resolved.

Sorry for the rant, thanks for reading ❤

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Update on Pat McGrath Skin Fetish

Real quick, ok I have been wearing nude nonstop for the past few days (the powder over the balm on the highest points of my cheeks), and I have never ever received compliments on my highlighter until I wore this. Id get complimented on my eye shadow, tattoos, blush, glasses, handbag. Never my highlighter. I get complimented at least 3 times a day from people when I go out. At Ulta, Sephora, Chipotle, Grocery Store, drugstore. Its been really great, and this product definitely deserves all the admiration.

I just wanted to add that in because it was such a shock to me to get people really responding to it. My makeup skills are meh, so usually I get compliments on outfit or accessories. But this highlighter is getting all the attention.

It’s still the best! And I have noticed it lasts all day.

So yeah! Thanks Pat McGrath!

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Review!

OMG OMG I died when I realized I could order these. I tried getting them off of her website but the site was crashing and they sold out super quick. Fast forward a bit and as a Sephora Rouge member I was able to buy them a week before they launched on Sephora’s site. I know these will sell out FAST! and once they are gone they are GONE, so don’t miss out!

Also if you don’t know who Pat McGrath is what rock have you been living under? She is probably one of the most talented and amazing MUA ever.

Also if you can tell by my hype that I obviously LOVED these. so yeah, lets get on with it!

The Kit

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Pictured it the gold kit. The Kit includes a Buffer Brush, a Duo Stick with the Balm and Highlighter color, and a powder highlighter as well.

Also can we take a sec to appreciate the packaging!

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SO freaking pretty and unique. I am such a sucker for fun amazing packaging, and this was something super fun to open and experience!

Swatches

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The nude set swatches

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The camera made this look really subtle on my bare arm but Left to right its the powder highlighter, the highlighter stick, and the balm

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The golden set swatches

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Left to right, is the balm, the powder highlighter, and the highlighter stick.

Here is what the golden looks like on me. I was debating actually posting this because the lights were washing out the colors but Meh….

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This is the golden. I had put on the nude earlier. Its hard to really see but it has the most beautiful shimmer and gives a beautiful glow to the skin. Its positively ethereal.

Final Thoughts

This met, and in some ways exceeded my expectations. I will go into each part separately.

  • The Stick Duo- The balm is magnificent. it gives this healthy dewy look to the skin. It almost makes you glisten and look kinda juicy in the most positive way possible. The highlighter stick is impressive as well. Beautiful colors from both the nude and the golden set. You could also use it as an eyeshadow as well.
  • The Buffer Brush- Is nice and soft, and does a good job. Only gripe is that the label for is is kinda a sticker. could have stepped up that game a bit in my opinion.
  • Powder highlighter- GOOD LORD these were the winners for me. Both were stunning, and you could build them up for a subtle glow to a show stopping strobing effect.

I would say that if you are unsure which to get, if you are paler go for the nude and if you are a darker complexion, or even have a warm undertone the golden would be best.

Seriously If you were on the fence about this don’t be. My only complaint is the packaging  for the products seems a little cheap. But the quality of the products is outstanding!

Grade – A++++

 

BATTLE! :: Benefit Pore Fessional Versus Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizer!

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Battle! So I am almost out of my Benefit Pore Fessional and I received a sample of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I wasn’t sure which I liked more, and since I will need to repurchase soon I decided to put them to the test. A battle of sorts, on my FACE! So I put the Benefit primer on half of my face, and the Smashbox one on the other.

Warning, for some reason all the photos I took throughout the day were the most unflattering ever. If you don’t want to see a puffy faced white girl click away meow.

In the morning. I decided to do my whole everyday routine, rather then not set it with powder or spray, I really wanted to see how these both worked with my normal day to day makeup. I know how the Benefit works, but I wanted to compare with the Smashbox.

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Full face on the left is Smashbox’s primer, and on the right is Benefits. They both went on very easily, and my makeup went on without a hitch.

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Benefit Side, this is 3 hours after I put it on

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Smash box side, also 3 hours.

At this point my cheeks and forehead looked similar, but it looked like the foundation on the Benefit side was showing some redness around my nose and chin. Smash box side looked the same as originally, except my highlighter had worn away already.

also dayyyuuuum my face looks puffy!

OK this is what it looks like after a full day of wear.

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Benefit Side

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Smashbox side.

So I got some major redness around my brow area on the smashbox side.

Overall

Overall they both seem to preform the same. Early on the Benefit side was showing that it was wearing away around my nose, and was almost sinking into the pores in my nose, making it look like there were white dots. The smash box side did admirably. The redness around my eyebrow was a bother but I had been touching my face in that area all day, so I can’t really fault it to much. The thing I didn’t like about the Smashbox was it felt like I had a layer of film on my face. That was annoying. But maybe I put to much on or should have let it set for a few minutes before putting on my foundation. Overall though it surprisingly preformed better then the Benefit (this is MY Opinion)

Also, little fyi- for base makeup I used my IOPE Cushion foundation and used Make Up Forever Pro Finish Powder to set, it’s a standard combo for me.

I think because the Smashbox seemed to preform better I will buy that and see how I like it, and take a little break from my Benefit. So the winner of this battle is…

SMASHBOX Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

Review :: Acure Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub

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This is a product I received in a subscription box. I was reading about it and got pretty excited to try. I love clay masks, and facial scrubs!

First Impressions

This is thick and also watery, when I applied it I noticed it didn’t have much exfoliating particles in it. I wanted to leave it on for a few minutes, but the directions say just to scrub. So I started scrubbing…… then it happened.

The Fragrance…. UGH

The fragrance of this is so stinkingly sweet. It smells like rotten mangos. I could barely wash it off fast enough. YUCK! Like I normally do not mind things with fragrance, but this smelled rancid almost.

Overal Impressions

After I washed it off my face did feel very smooth, and it also felt very clean. I can honestly say that the fragrance is unbearable for me though. I normally do not mind fragrances,. but this hit me on a smell level I didn’t know I had. The package says that it is synthetic fragrance free, but that smell is just awful.

To give it a fair review I will make a pros and cons list.

Pros-

  • Does an excellent job at cleaning face
  • Its Vegan, if that is important to you then you should definitely give this product and brand a try
  • Has a lot of really nice ingredients

Cons-

  • Fragrance. Smells like rotting fruit
  • not a lot of exfoliating particles
  • a little watery

Ok, for me this is an F product purely because of the fragrance. But it did a good job at cleansing (not so much at exfoliating though) so I will give it a better grade based on how it performed.

Grade- B-

Review :: My Serum Treatment Empties

I just finished up 3 different serums, so I wanted to share with you my thoughts, results, and if I would buy again.

Shiseido ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Concentrate

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This is supposed to have anti-aging and regenerative properties. You are also supposed to use this first to help your other serums work better.

I got 2 deluxe samples of this and just finished my second bottle. Overall it lasted me a month. I can definitely say that my skin felt smoother and felt healthier, but I didn’t see any difference when I used this. I am going to buy the 1 ounce bottle since I believe that would last me 2-3 months to really see how well this product works. I also really like the fresh light fragrance of it.

Grade – B

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum® Vitamin C Collagen Booster

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Brightening serum rich in vitamin c. Supposed to help with fine lines, wrinkles, brighten your skin and boost collagen.

Ok, I have a love hate relationship with this product. I see almost instant results. (especially the next morning because I only use this at night) My skin feels firmer, healthier, and my fine lines started to disappear. PROBLEM is, like most Vitamin C products it really irritates my face. When I apply it my face gets beet red and can feel a little burny. But the results are so dang good! So I only use this at night. I already bought a replacement, because well, the stuff works. But if you have sensitive skin to be careful. This stuff may aggravate it.

Grade – B+

RADICAL Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum

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This is an anti aging, and high in antioxidant serum.

I got this as a deluxe sample, and was able to use it for over a month. I can honestly say I saw absolutely no change. No bad reactions, no results of any kind. This formula did nothing for my skin. I will not be purchasing this. I am not saying if this is good or bad it just did nothing or me.

Grade – C

 

Those are my empties this go around!

Review :: Chosungah 22 Dual Lip Tint & Gloss

I love lip tints, and as apart of my recent Sephora haul (Haul post coming later today) I decided to try out a few of Chosungah 22s Dual lip tints. I have heard amazing things about these tint/gloss duos and I decided to see how they worked for me.

I got the colors Cashmere, and Velvet. But I will be just reviewing Cashmere today, and also give you my overall thoughts!

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First Impressions

First the product has 2 different ends (obviously) one with the lip tint, and the other with the accompanying lip gloss. The applicator for the lip tint is really nice, but the brush for the gloss is MEH. I kinda wish they had matching applicators.

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The tint is watery, and nicely pigmented, you can layer it on for a sweet light berry lip, or darken it with a few layers. It smells slightly of strawberries. The gloss is a very light nudy pink, and it applies ok, but good golly is it sticky.

I decided to wear just the tint first and see how that wore, and then later on add the gloss to it and see how I liked that.

The Tint

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This is what it looks like with one application. Its a very pretty blushing pink/red color.

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Here it is with another application. I tried to layer an additional one more in the inside center of the lips. I like to do that with tints. I dunno I really like the bitten lip look.

With the Gloss

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The gloss kind of smoothed out the color and gave the lips a very juicy look. It also softened the color up.

Overall Impressions

I have mixed feelings. First I ADORE the tint side. it’s a little watery but the applicator is really great so you can get a nice coat on with one or two passes. Its really easy to build on, and it lasts for hours. I only had to reapply after eating a very soupy lunch. However. I can’t stand the gloss. It is way to sticky, I hate the applicator, and it doesn’t do anything to bring out the beautiful shade of the tint. Yuck and nope.

Its $19 on Sephora, and the price isn’t too bad. I got another color (velvet) which I will try later, so honestly if you want a really nice long lasting tint get this definitely (its MUCH cheaper then the Benefit ones, which I also love) You may like the gloss, I dunno I wasn’t a fan. Overall though I did enjoy the tint a lot!

Overall Grade- B

**Tint is an A+ Gloss is a D

REVIEW :: Platinum Miracle Skin Pore Tightening Pack by Tosowoong

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I really enjoy using masks, and I had heard good things about this Platinum Miracle Skin Pore Tightening Pack mask from Tosowoong so I decided to try it out. I love anything that says it will tighten my skin and diminish pores!

First Impressions

Firstly I want to apologize. I had pictures on my phone, but a bunch of them got deleted the other night randomly so I am without pictures

When this comes out of the tube it is like a super rich rusty clay color. It glides on smooth, and is very cooling which was very nice. Its easy to see how much you have on because of the intense color, so you can easily put on an even amount on your whole face.

While I was wearing it Impressions

This again is very cooling which is nice. I wore it for about 10 minutes, and when it starts to dry you can see little spots where it has been pulling the oil from your pores. It gets little tight but not uncomfortable. I could talk and eat while wearing this.

Results/Final Impressions

After washing this off it left my skin feeling super firm, super clean and very nice. I was overall impressed about how soft and smooth my skin was, and my pores looked a teensy bit smaller. The next day my skin felt smooth and still firm. I really really like this and can’t wait to use it again. I really have nothing at all negative to say about it. Its amazing! Especially if you have oily skin and enlarged pores.

Grade – A+

 

REVIEW :: Pink Cherry Blossom Perfume from ETUDE House

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So from my recent ETUDE House haul I got the Pink Cherry Blossom Set. Came with their Play 101 pencils in very pretty colors, hand cream, all over spray and this Eau De Toilette. I really love sweet feminine perfumes and I thought this would be a nice one to try out. The set was inexpensive, and it came with so much that if I didn’t end up liking this I wouldn’t feel bad.

It has notes of Violet, Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Musk and is very very sweet.

First Impressions

When first sprayed out of the bottle this is VERY sweet. Almost sickeningly sweet. And a little goes a long way. One spritz was enough for me to get on my wrists and dab on my neck. Immediately the sweetness mellows out and you get a hint of musk. This exchange of notes right away is really very nice. It is a very candy sweet scent, but the way the notes are playing together it doesn’t feel juvenile (we all know this super sweet perfumes we had when we were 7) I wouldn’t say this is mature, but it  is very playful. The notes go really well together, it is very fresh, sweet and pleasant. And the little hint of musk makes it come together very nicely.

Long Wear Impressions

After wearing this for about 3 hours you have to reapply. This may because I live in a very humid environment, but it is something to consider. It doesn’t immediately dissipate but it is something you would want to reapply if you wanted to smell like this all day. The notes the longer you wear it get lighter and sweeter. You lose a lot of the musk, and get more violet the longer you wear. But it is still very playful, pleasant and nice.

Overall Impression

If you LOVE sweet perfumes this is definitely one to try! Its not an overpowering sweetness, but a very bright and playful sweetness, and the floral and musk in it make it very nice. It does go on very heavy at first, and it doesn’t stay on the body to long. But overall I think it is something very sweet, and special and would work well for most ages, especially if you like very sweet and floral perfumes. Plus the bottle is cute to boot!

Grade- B + (would have been an A if it had lasted longer)