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Julep Cushion Complexion review

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I bought this the day it launched which is something I’ve never done before. I’d been so excited about this from when I first saw it teased back in November. I love how Julep used online surveys of what women are looking for in a foundation and what shades women were looking for. As far as I know, no other brand does this and I find it super helpful that Julep does.

I was so impressed with how I was able to pick my perfect foundation shade on my first try using only their resources online. The thing that was so different then the swatches other brands provide was that Julep had women matched to each shade. So instead of looking at a pure swatch and wondering how that would match my skin, I found it much easier to look at a woman and say “I’m darker than her,” or “I’m lighter than her.” This is only available here on the Julep website, not on Ulta.

After I purchased my perfect shade (120 Linen) and used it for a few months, I was sent some PR from julep including a few things from their new complexion collection. That means that I have a fair amount of shades from this line that I wouldn’t have purchased simply because they don’t match my skin. As always, all opinions are my own and for clarification, this post is not sponsored.

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Test drive: Glossier priming moisturizer

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So a few weeks ago, I tested out the priming moisturizer by Glossier because I received a sample of it with my most recent glossier post.

However, as I sat down to write this post, I realized I didn’t have my camera with me that had all of my photos on it for this post.

Nice job me.

Luckily I had written down some notes about what I thought, so I was still able to write the review, but this post is a few weeks later than I expected. Keep reading to hear my thoughts on yet another product from this super hyped brand!

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Test drive: Sephora birthday gift

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Welcome to Test Drive, where I’ll be reviewing free samples, gift with purchases, or other forms of smaller makeup products. First up is this birthday gift available for Beauty Insiders, VIB’s, and VIB Rouges at Sephora. There are three available gifts, but I picked the makeup option from Tarte cosmetics.

First, I’m sorry to say that this is the only makeup option and it’s clearly directed at people with fair skin. It’s a light blush and a light liquid lipstick that clearly won’t work for anyone darker than a light-medium skin tone. I hope Sephora realizes this and makes two offering for makeup or a more adjustable option like a red lipstick and deeper blush that can be more universal.

I love Tarte and they’re one of my favorite brands, so I was excited when I saw this. Let’s take a look!

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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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