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June Favorites

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This is actually my third June favorites post (check out 2017 and 2018)! Happy three year anniversary to me! I’ll be doing a post soon reflecting on makeup I loved three years ago, but for now, let’s take a look at makeup I’ve been loving recently.

I don’t know about you, but my quarantine makeup routine has gone through three distinct stages.

  • Stage 1: Everything is normal, I’m going to keep doing a full face of makeup to pretend that the world isn’t on fire.
  • Stage 2: F*ck it. I’m not wearing makeup to walk 3 feet from my bed to my zoom class
  • Stage 3: The world is on fire, and a little bit of eyeshadow is how I plan on dealing with it.

Welcome to stage 3! Not the COVID stage 3 (that’s not happening for a few months), but the part where I start wearing makeup again, even if I’m only going to the grocery store. Lately, I’ve gotten really into the “foxy eye” trend. I started doing it after watching Kathleen Lights’ video, although the version I do is a lot more everyday, and less full glam. I’ve also fallen in love with extra bronzy face makeup. The best way I can describe the look I’ve been doing is “what guys think no makeup looks like.” This favorites post will be a little different because I’m going to be mentioning things that I’ve included in other favorites too.

So let’s get into it!

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Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm Review

Reviews, Test Drive

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I have seen this balm literally all over my Instagram feed. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a first scoop of a balm, so it’s very instagram friendly. Luckily, I got a sample of this cleaning balm a month ago at the Sephora VIB sale, so I’ve been testing it out for a bit.

The Farmacy Green Clean balm is a cleansing balm designed for removing makeup and cleansing your face. There are two sizes: a 3.4oz jar for $34 or a 1.7oz jar for $22. The larger size comes with a spatula. The product won an Allure Best of Beauty award in 2017, and it also has the clean at Sephora checkmark (which, y’know, doesn’t mean a whole lot as far as the safety of the ingredients, but I just wanted to include it). It’s also vegan, cruelty free, gluten free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

I’ve been trying this out for the past few weeks to take off everything from my everyday swipe of mascara and brow gel, to a full face of baked and set makeup because quarantine is getting to me. So, I have a pretty good sense of how this works with my skin.

Let’s get into my thoughts on it!

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Glow Recipe Watermelon AHA sleeping mask Review

Reviews, Skincare reviews

Ciao bella!

This mask was one of those products that seemed overhyped, but I couldn’t talk myself out of buying it. When I saw this was all over my Instagram, I’m not exaggerating. Every other post featured this mask in some way– which makes sense given how beautiful the glass packaging is.

I kept coming back to this mask while I was shopping at the Sephora VIB sale. I couldn’t justify spending $45 on a face mask that may or may not actually work, so I went for the mini instead, which was $22. It’s still pricy, but it’s less money upfront.

I’ve used it around 5 times, and I feel like I’ve formed an opinion on it. Keep reading for my thoughts!

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Glossier Futuredew: Primer or skincare?

Reviews, Test Drive

Ciao bella!

So, Glossier futuredew? Oh boy.

I didn’t take any notice of this when it came out because it seemed like a gimmicky product. All of the reviews I could find were pretty torn: Glossier reddit called this a mess of a face oil, but everyone on Instagram seemed to love it.

However, I never picked it up both because of the price, and because despite the really aesthetic pink bottle, oily glitter is not really my thing.

I ordered from Glossier a few months ago and I got a sample of this with my purchase, so I decided to try it out. I’ve been using this sample for a few weeks (the small packet actually lasts for a while!) and I think by now I’ve formed an opinion on it.

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Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Serum Review

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Ever since quarantine started, I’ve been focusing a lot on skincare. I don’t really like doing a full face of makeup just to sit in my room, but for me, skincare is more of a form of self care than just part of a beauty routine.

There’s something really relaxing about about putting on skincare– and I love how dewy it makes me. After doing a ton of research on skincare and serums, I picked up this serum at the Sephora VIB sale. Sephora recommend this for me based on my skin type, which I would consider to be combination: my cheeks are normal/dry and my t-zone is normal/oily. My skin isn’t acne prone, but I do have redness on my cheeks and occasional milk breakouts.

Dr. Jart is really well known for their entire Cicapair line, but I’d never actually tried any of it myself. After a few weeks of testing it out, I have to say, it lives up to the hype.

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April Favorites

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So my last favorites post was in December…of 2018. It’s been a little while.

I’ll be honest. I’m calling this an April favorites post, but I really didn’t wear much makeup this month, and by that I mean I put on lipstick maybe twice? At best?

But, I have been focusing on skincare much more this month since I have more time for it, and I’ve found that skincare is a really relaxing part of my day. I’ve never been a person who has a dedicated skincare routine, but it’s been nice to have something to do every night.

I’ve also been using a lot of cream cheek products because they brighten up my face with minimal effort. There’s no brushes or blending involved, just a swipe of a cream and I’m done.

So let’s get into it!

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Rouje lip palette review

Makeup Reviews, Reviews

So I’m back!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an actual review, but here I am with my latest red lip product! After stalking Rouje’s instagram for months , I bought this palette on vacation in France last summer.

Rouje is a brand by French model Jeanne Damas that basically sells the “French Girl” stereotype. They make clothing, as well as a small beauty line which sells nail polish, lipstick, and of course, this palette. Rouje describes themselves as “a brand for girls who apply lipstick with their fingers, who ride up their skirt to let the sun kiss their legs, and who eat French fries and drink red wine.”

So, take a guess how you’re supposed to apply this palette.

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Best cream eyeshadows

Blog, The Bella Edit

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In my opinion, cream eyeshadows are severely underrated. In the last few months, they’ve become my favorite product (following what I’ll call the great cream blush obsession of 2018). Cream eyeshadows are often knocked down for being sheer, simply glitter, or impossible to blend, which is why I’ve compiled the following list of four amazing cream eyeshadows that are pigmented, blendable, and stay in place.

Cream eyeshadow is amazing because it’s super adjustable. Everyday makeup? Lightly swipe on some eyeshadow and blend it out with a finger. Night makeup? Apply a bit more, smudge out the edges for a dramatic look. The same eyeshadow can look completely different depending on how you apply it.

I also have oily eyelids, which means these five eyeshadows are extra great at staying put. Unfortunately, I’ve had to put back many cream eyeshadows (like the RMS eye polish), because I put them on, and five seconds later they were under my eyebrow. Don’t fear- this list is perfect for oily and dry eyes alike.

However, if your eyes are extra oily and you want to use a primer anyways, my go to right now is the Fenty Beauty eye primer. Let’s get into it!

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Yes to cucumber sheet mask

Reviews, Skincare reviews

Ciao bella!

So I absolutely love Yes To skincare. I generally don’t buy a lot of sheet masks because they’re expensive no matter how you cut it. I mean, even the most expensive face mask you can use multiple times, which makes sheet masks always feel like a bad deal.

With that being said, these are the cheapest, good, sheet masks I’ve ever found, and I love them. I’ve already reviewed the grapefruit mask (brightening) here, and the charcoal mask (clarifying) here, both of which are my all time favorites that I’ve repurchased multiple times.

So let’s get into the review!

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Life update: Italy

Blog, Lifestyle

Ciao bella!

So, I’ve been gone for a while. My last post was way back in January, which means I haven’t been active here for three months. Whoops. So much for New Year’s resolutions.

On the bright side, I did manage to complete the Best of 2018 series (which you can check out here), and I have been somewhat active on Instagram (follow me here!), but otherwise, my posting has been pretty limited. So, here’s a life update on what’s been going on!

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