Amelia R.'s (b_e_a_you_tiful) Beauty Product Reviews
This stuff never makes me cakey, I use it to set my Garnier BB cream around my T-zone and it works really well. I bought the transparent shade because it'll work with whatever shade my skin gets.
Now that I finally have the right shade, I love this BB cream. They recently extended their shade selection beyond 2 colors, so if you had trouble finding one before, you may want to look again. I enjoy this for everyday wear, when I'm looking for something light that will moisturize my skin with SPF. I haven't noticed extraordinary skincare benefits, but it still works for me.
"They're Real"'s Drugstore Dupe!
I, like many makeup connoisseurs, rarely repurchase mascaras. As the most frequently replaced makeup item in one's collection and with so many different types to choose from, few of us are faithful to any one mascara. Or, at least, that's how I was before I found this.
I found this mascara in Walgreens after the release of Benefit's "They're Real" mascara. After hearing all this hype about the traditional/torture ball fusion wand, I was intrigued. This was the most widely loved mascara since Covergirl Lashblast. I really wanted to try it, but for $22, that was not happening. So imagine my excitement when I found this, it's $8 twin.
I am not really a believer that a mascara's formulation can do nearly as much as the brush, and this was just further proof that I was right. This mascara performs like no other. It separates my lashes like nothing I've ever tried before, and the "torture ball" tip really does make a difference when I'm trying to get at the corners of my eyes. Typically, this is problematic with a traditional mascara wand, and I end up with mascara gunk all over my inner corners. I love everything about this mascara, so much so that I - get this - haven't bought any other kind of mascara in over 6 months, and I don't see myself trying anything else in the near future.
Bizarre Product but Really Works!
I did not know what to expect from this but it seemed interesting so I wanted to try it. I had seen a blog post about the Clarins trident-shaped eyeliner and heard that was great, but this version was less expensive. Essentially what it does is, instead of making a solid line at your lash line, you wedge this eyeliner at the base of your lashes and dot it along. This results in very full, thick-looking lashes. Now, honestly I am a big fan of traditional liquid liner, but this is nice for days that I want to keep it simple and still really define my eyes.
Great Affordable Option
As everyone else is saying, this is a great palette. There are great colors, the formula is amazing, and the black shade is the darkest black I own. In addition to just how good it is, this palette is also way more affordable. Although it retails for about $30 (still way cheaper than a lot of other neutral palette options), the Balm is often available on Hautelook, where I got my palette for $18. I also love this packaging as it's very thin and sleek and fuss-free. The balm always does a great job not over-packaging their products which makes this palette ideal for travel.
I heard rave reviews about this brush on Youtube, but when I bought it, I found it way too dense for my liking. I figured meh, it was only $3, it's not like I made a huge investment. Then I saw one guru talk about self-tanner application and how she uses this brush from bare escentuals which was a dense, flat brush. Instead of buying that brush, I used this one and it is incredible! I apply the self tanner to the brush and buff it onto my skin and it's never streaky, I absolutely love it!
I found this at TJ Maxx in a The Balm gift set. I bought it mainly for the eyeshadows in the set, but this blush is definitely the show stealer. It is as pigmented, if not more, than my Nars and Benefit blushes and the color is absolutely beautiful. I used it on every one of my friends for prom so I know it looks good on different skin tones. I can't say it lasts particularly long, but it's nothing unusual for a blush.