I definitely needed a darker brown shadow for the crease, and I don’t love a cat eye. On my next self-trial, I’m going to try a regular liner with an overall darker crease. I’m also going to Nair my upper lip because I had to crop it out of the above picture. HA
My last Play! box – whomp whomp. Since I’m trying to save money, I figured I should stop automatically spending it.
|★★★★★| Too Faced Soleil Matte Bronzer ($30) – I thought this was going to be way too dark, but I was pleasantly surprised, both with the hue and the smell. It literally smells like a dusted cocoa powder all over my face.
|★★★★☆| blotterazzi by beautyblender ($20) – This is basically a flat beauty blender meant to sop up oil. It’s a interesting concept and it seems to work, but it’s not quite as satisfying as seeing all the oil on regular blotting papers.
|★☆☆☆☆| Oaui Wave Spray ($26) – No. Just no. Big frizzy hair. Picture evidence below. It also smells like perfume. I left one star here because my hair generally doesn’t work will with these types of products, so maybe…just maybe…it’s my hair.
|★★★☆☆| Citrine by NEST perfume ($68) – A nice floral scent that smells like actual flowers in nature and not like chemical-y perfume.
|★★★★★| Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay by First Aid Beauty ($24) – LOVE this. It smells like a spa in Arizona – earthy and clean. It’s a red liquid, but not thick like I assumed. The clay is suspended within it. It leaves my face really clean, no oil or shine, but not stripped, either.
|★★★☆☆| Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer by Smashbox ($39) – Smashbox’s regular primer is my favorite – better than NYX and CoverFX. This pore minimizing one is basically a more expensive version of the NYX one I have. It’s a paste meant to fill in pores, but I don’t really notice my pores too much. I also don’t use enough foundation to really warrant spending money on a primer.
Pictured Here is the Oaui wave spray and the Too Faced bronzer
|★☆☆☆☆| Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It($31)- This is a creme that is supposed to help with air dried hair. Since I hate blow drying and straightening, I’ve been looking for something like this. Leave in conditioner + mousse has worked pretty well. The first day I used this, I did as instructed and clipped my hair in a bun for awhile to tamp down the frizz, but I don’t think I left it long enough because it was hella frizzy.
The second day I left the bun in for 2 hours and the results weren’t much better. I tossed this. I have no room for products that barely work.
|★★★★☆| Bare Minerals bareSkin Bronzer($28)- This is a beautiful transparent bronze. I docked it a star because it’s so liquidy that I accidentally pour out much more than I need.
|★★★☆☆| Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara($24) – Reviewed before here. One of my least favorite.
|★★☆☆☆| Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($32) – I wore this for a run, and when I showered afterwards everything felt slimy and gross, so I can’t imagine wearing it swimming. I also tossed this.
|★★★☆☆| Becca Backlight Priming Filter($38) – Beautiful looking product with a flattering shimmer. Seems almost sad that it gets covered up by foundation. I like it, but I prefer a matte look, so the shimmer “backlight” isn’t for me.
|★★☆☆☆| Tocca Beauty Florence Perfume($68) – It’s not terrible, but still too flowery for me. I also hate when samples come in little tubes with just a cap, no sprayer.