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Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm Review

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Ciao bella!

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

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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?

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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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Rouje lip palette review

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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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Yes to cucumber sheet mask

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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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I was wrong: glossier milk jelly review

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If you’re looking at the title of this post and going “hang on, you already reviewed this,” let me explain. 

When I visited the Glossier showroom last year, I got a sample (key word: sample) of the Milk Jelly cleanser with my purchase. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t exactly a fan of it. You can read my whole post on it here, where I go over my original thoughts. In short, I thought it was overrated.

So what did I get right in that review? What did I get wrong? And why on earth did I buy an apparently overhyped product again? 

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Test drive: The benefit POREfessional primer

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In my most recent Sephora haul (posted here), I got a ton of primers. I ordered the BECCA first light primer, which I love, and then Sephora sent me a Smashbox set with 4 samples, and this primer. Essentially, I ordered 1 primer and got 6. 

Yay, I guess?

Anyways, this is such a popular primer, so I’m glad I got a sample of it because until now I’d never tried it before! The Benefit Roller Lash is my all time favorite mascara, so I had high hopes for this. 

Let’s see how it measured up!

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Nabla Dreamy Eyeshadow palette review

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Ciao!

Welcome to my new favorite palette! I’ve been wearing it literally non stop since I bought it. Nabla is an indie cosmetics brand from Italy and I recently placed an order from them online back in February and I’ve been enjoying it ever since.

This palette reminds me a bit of Colourpop Yes Please because it’s the first palette from an indie brand, but it’s more expensive and more luxurious. It’s got a full-sized mirror, thick cardboard packaging, and a beautiful star design.

Enough babbling; I’m going to get into the review and all the photos I took.

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yes to grapefruit brightening mask

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Ciao!

I raved about the other Yes To mask I’d tried, a charcoal one, here, and I was a huge fan of it. So, when I saw more types of Yes To masks in my local drugstore, I grabbed this one and one other mask, and I was super excited about it.

Unlike the charcoal mask, this one is supposed to add glow to my face instead of purifying it. It’s also a sheet mask. The only thing I don’t like about sheet masks is that they can only be used once, and even at $3, it’s too expensive for it to be a regular thing. However, I do like that there are drugstore companies that make sheet masks so I can indulge every now and then without it being way too expensive.

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