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Kiko Milano Mini Divas baked eyeshadow review

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I recently did a whole post on the Kiko Milano mini divas collection here, and I didn’t have a lot of positive takeaways. The short reason is that I felt the entire collection as a whole was overpriced for what it was, especially this eyeshadow, and you can read that post for my explanation as to why.

So you might be thinking this:

“Okay, it’s overpriced. So what? It’s a capsule collection, of course it’ll be more expensive. Why shouldn’t I get this anyways?”

Here’s why: the quality is clearly lacking in this eyeshadow. Don’t make the same mistake as me.

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette review

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I online stalked this product for months (months!) before buying it.

And I haven’t regretted it.

I got this for my birthday back in February. The Volume 2 of this palette had just launched, but I passed on it because I felt like the colors were too harsh for me and I prefer natural looks more. The Volume 3 hadn’t launched yet, but I explain here why I won’t be getting that either.

This is honestly the perfect palette for me. There are two mattes which both blend so smoothly, and the shimmery shades are gorgeous with minimal fallout. What else can you ask for in a palette?

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Julep love your bare face oil review

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This was my first ever cleanser. Of course, I loved it when I first got it, but the real miracle is that I still really like it two years later. There’s not many things that I can officially say I’ve liked for over a year or for over two years, simply because my taste in makeup has changed so much.

Two years ago, my daily makeup included a shockingly white eyeshadow swiped all over the lid, a highlighter brushed onto my cheekbones and my temples, a clumpy brown mascara, and lip balm. Now, I don’t like or use all of those products and have removed them from my collection, keeping them only for sentimental reasons (except the mascara).

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RMS Living luminizer review

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This has a HUGE hype surrounding it.

For a reason.

I mentioned in one of my recent hauls here that I grabbed this first because it was the thing I’d heard of the most from RMS. Actually, as of the time of this post there is a quad exclusive to RMS (click here) with four different versions of the luminizer in it and it retails for $48. I’ve been eying it since I saw it teased on Instagram, but I’m on a no buy right now (and trying to declutter too).

So at $38, this clocks in as the most expensive highlighter in my collection, tied with BECCA Champagne pop (and it’s worth noting that Champagne Pop comes with nearly twice the amount of product). So is it worth it?

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The best brush cleaners

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To be honest, cleaning brushes is a hassle. Even though I have a small brush collection, it takes me about 30 minutes to an hour depending on how through of a cleaning I’m doing,

However, I’ve complied a list of my favorite cleaners- one for a quick clean and one for a deeper clean.

Let’s take a look!

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Smashbox Always on matte lipstick review

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Everybody in the internet world loved these when they launched. And (of course) people like them for one of the following three reasons.

  1. They got them for free.
  2. They like Lilly Singh and want to support her.
  3. Somehow, they legitimately like the lipstick.

I fell into category two. Lilly Singh was the first youtuber I ever watched consistently and I still really enjoy watching her videos.

Her lipsticks though?

Not as much.

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Smashbox Color Corrector review

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I bought this about nine months ago, when I got my Beautyblender (review here) and the Smashbox Contour Sticks (review soon).  I’d seen some review of this somewhere (probably on allure which was my only beauty intake at the time) which was positive, so I saw it in store and decided to get it in the shade get less red (green).

At the time I…

A) didn’t have a lot of spots to cover

B) was using a more high coverage foundation than I use now

C) loved it.

All three of those things have changed.

I now use the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation (shade 1 Fair), have more red spots on my face to cover, and strongly dislike this color corrector.

It’s not as bad as the Essence one (swatch and short review here) but I think it’s unusable for other reasons.

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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick review

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Ever since I heard about Bite Beauty, I knew I really wanted to try one of their lipsticks. However I was tentative of buying yet another nude lipstick or another light pink. I wanted something different.

I didn’t want something as much of a statement as kale or as bold as kimchi. I wanted (as Bite Beauty put it) and edgy neutral.

The Edgy Neutrals line is a collection of the Amuse Bouche lipsticks featuring eight “nude” shades ranging from Honeycomb (a beige nude) to Molasses (a rich toffee). This line was clearly designed with a range of skin tones in mind, so if you’re someone who struggles to find a nude lipstick that works for you skin tone, then I would suggest trying out a shade from this line.

I picked out Cava, which is a wearable lilac named for the Spanish sparkling wine.

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The Beautyblender review

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When I heard about the beautyblender, I went through what I call 5 stages of consumerism.

  1. I don’t need or want this.
  2. Okay, maybe I want something like this but $20 is far to expensive. There’s a dupe, right?
  3. There’s no dupe for it.
  4. I am done using an old disposable sponge. Please. Save. Me.
  5. Fine. I shall buy the tiny pink sponge. I give up.

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Pai gentle cleanser review

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Prior to this product, I had never heard of the skincare brand Pai. However when my mom offered me a cleanser she’d gotten as a gift with purchase and didn’t want, I was skeptical.

Aren’t all cleansers basically the same?

Short answer: no.

The first difference is the cleanser I was using at the time was oil based, while this one is a cream. The second difference is how soothing this felt when I put it on my face. It dissolved any dirt or grime on my skin, leaving my face feeling smooth and soft.

My second question was this (and I’m sure yours as well):

Who (or what) is Pai?

Turns out Pai is a brand from England that specializes in organic, environmentally friendly skin care for sensitive skin. They are cruelty free and create products that don’t use common irritants like heavy fragrance, parabens and more (click here for the full list of ingredients they avoid).

To sum it up, Pai makes high quality skin care products specially designed for sensitive skin and to minimize enviromental footprint.

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