Review – Perfume Samples – Tory Burch & Prada

The Tory Burch Bel Azur sample and Prada Candy sample came with my last Sephora haul. The Tory Burch perfume was a perfect summer scent with notes of citrus. It came in a mini spray bottle. It reminded me a little of Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue. The Prada Candy sample was a mini roller ball. It’s similar to a musk – it’s scent is heavy and more appropriate for colder weather. I liked it, and actually preferred it. However, the packaging is misleading – it has lipstick graphics on it so for a hot minute I thought it may be a lip gloss. 


Review – Serum & Cream Samples

I scored a TON of free samples in my last Sephora haul. One of the upsides of that haul was it was paid for entirely by gift cards I redeemed my credit card points for. So, I noticed I was breaking out this week. It was due to stress. I was working at my church’s Greek festival, and on top of that I pulled a muscle in my upper back so I got very little exercise. I had gone makeup free a couple of days and started chugging as much water as possible in hopes of clearing my skin. I ran out of my Burt’s Bees spot treatment stick (which is basically tea tree oil), so I was SOL. Anyway, night one I tried the Hope In A Jar cream by Philosophy. I really liked the scent and it seemed to dry up my pimples. However, it seemed like the cream would kind of peel off, if that makes sense? The next morning, I could tell my zits were smaller and less noticeable. A couple of nights later, I tried the Ole Henriksen serum. It’s a Vitamin C serum, so I was nervous it would bother my skin too much. While it did tingle a bit, my skin felt much tighter. I would be open to definitely trying the Ole Henricksen product again. 

Highlighters Review – Essence vs NYX

The one thing I hate about reviewing highlighters is that I can’t seem to ever get a good picture of my swatches. I chose these two highlighters while I was at Ulta this past weekend. The Essence highlighter, which is a pink-gold, is pressed powder and cost about $3. The NYX highlighter is a very light gold liquid and was more pricy at $7. They both blend very well into the skin, they’re both cruelty free, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy them. (Seriously, I don’t get why makeup has to cost so much.) 

Anyway, I really liked both you guys! I’ve been searching for something to replace the Laura Geller highlighter I’ve been using. These were both super great. I would buy either one again.

Review – Andalou Naturals Face Masks

Sorry for a short post, you guys! I purchased these masks by Andalou Naturals, and tried them a while back. They cost about $3 at Whole Foods (of all places). The pumpkin face mask definitely felt tingly, like it was tightening up my skin. I remember that my skin did feel a little dry after I washed the mask off. My favorite of the two was the soothing mask. I liked that my skin felt softer after I used it. Would I buy again? Eh. Maybe. I wasn’t sold on the tingly feeling I got from the pumpkin mask and they do run high compared to other masks on the market. 

Review – Wine Face Mask

I’ve been having a rough time lately, which I will probably write about later. I felt the need for a face mask to help rejuvenate my skin, and I found this baby at Ulta for about $5, which is a little more pricy than what I normally pay. 

I’m not a yuuuge fan of paper masks. Like at all. I think they’re annoying and feel like they’re about to slide off my face. They also kind of make you look like an alien:

Besides my misgivings, I enjoyed this mask. It didn’t cause my sensitive skin to break out, and it pretty well moisturized my face. I was a little let down it didn’t look like a shade of Pinot Noir or smell like a glass of Cabernet though. Oh well, ya can’t win them all. 

P.S. Stress is a killer, don’t forget to take your makeup off at night. 

Review: Lolita Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick

LOLITA COSMETICS Y’ALL. NUMERO UNO – Their products didn’t cost a damn arm and a leg. Their Laconic Collection runs about $12. And you know what? The color lasts pretty much all day. I didn’t have to touch up or anything. I was surprised. The formula isn’t drying. I bought two of their lipsticks – Weirdo, which is a bright purple, and Berry Berry, a dusty, dark pink. I really like both colors, but I can’t get away with wearing Weirdo to work. Bummer.

Lolita Cosmetics Laconic Liquid Lipstick in Weirdo a bright purpleLolita Cosmetics Laconic Liquid Lipstick in Berry Berry

Review: Aromi Lip Color

aromi swatch in sassy and sweet marsala

Since most popular so-called indie brands are headed by complete douche canoes AND are stupid expensive for no discernible reason, I was please to discover this brand Aromi. I came across them via a Buzzfeed article mentioning the best under-the-radar makeup on Etsy. I decided to try two of their products, a regular lipstick in Sassy, which is the top swatch, and a liquid lipstick in Sweet Marsala. Sassy comes up pretty nude. It’s got a slight pink tint, and I had to really try hard to get it to appear on my ghostly white arm. It was like your average cream lipstick, moisturizing with a bit of color. Sweet Marsala…ah…I loved the color. It’s a berry red. The formula wasn’t as drying as Jeffree Star Cosmetics, which is a problem among long lasting liquid lipstick in general. However, by the end of the regular work day, the color faded considerably. Both lipsticks run about $17. I wasn’t stoked on the price. I would consider buying from them again though, even to have another alternative to the Instagram famous beauty brands out there.

Aromi Liquid Lipstick Sweet Marsala