Too Faced Natural Love

I am so excited to finally get this review up for you guys! When I saw that first picture of the Natural Love palette on Too Faced’s Instagram, I knew I had to have it. Once I found out the price, I was a bit more hesitant, but I decided to take the plunge. I don’t own that many high end makeup products, and every shade in this gorgeous palette is a shade I will wear. I can’t say that for a lot of palette’s, which made $60 for thirty high quality shadows seem worth it to me.

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Tarte Tease Palette

Eyeshadow palettes are really having their moment right now, so much so that it feels like a new one comes out every day. While it’s great to have so many options and palettes to play with, a lot of great palettes in the market end up getting lost amongst the hype of the next latest and greatest. I was inspired by Catflicks & Matte Lips and one of her latest posts (check out her blog because it’s amazing) and I decided to go through my makeup collection and see what I haven’t been using a lot recently.

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Tarte eyeliner

Black liquid eyeliner is a staple in many people’s makeup collection. There are hundreds of options out there and it’s hard to sort out the good from the bad. The drugstore has some really good options (looking at you Maybelline Line Stiletto eyeliner) but I feel as if high end makeup brands covet the truly impressive liquid liners.

Tarte eyeliner

I initially headed to Sephora with two eyeliners in mind; the Stila Stay All Day liner and the Kat Von D Tattoo liner. The Stila liner was not available to swatch which was disappointing but I did get to swatch the Kat Von D one. It was impressive, don’t get me wrong, but while I was swatching it, this little Tarte Micro Liner caught my eye.

The So Fine Micro Liner is part of Tarte’s recent Rainforest of the Sea line. It’s incredibly black, waterproof, and vegan friendly! I haven’t tested the waterproof capabilities but the liner does last all day! Doing a winged liner still takes me ages so when I’m trying to do my makeup quickly I’ll just draw on a thin line and be done with it. The tiny tip makes doing so incredibly easy and fast. The formula glides on no problem and dries down to an almost matte finish.

Tarte eyeliner

The So Fine Micro Liner retails for $22 and you get .0169 fl oz. of product. I just bought the liner so I don’t know how long it will last before it dries up, but I’m hoping it will last a while. Another plus of this liner is its packaging! I love the gold and black paired with the blue and purple cap; so cute!

Tarte eyeliner

What’s your favorite black eyeliner? Let me know in the comments!

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Audrey Knizek

Welcome back to the blog! I took last week off as I was on vacation with my family. I’m so sad my week at the beach is over, but I’m really excited to start posting again. For the past month or so I’ve been testing out the Sunday Riley Good Genes treatment and I wanted to share my experience with it so far.

 

Sunday Riley Good Genes

I’ve been dealing with acne since the start of puberty, and at 21 it’s showing no sign of letting up. Like everyone, I go through good times and bad times with my skin, but there’s never a time where I’m completely spot free. Up until this point I’ve mainly stuck with drugstore products, except for my brief stint with Proactive that lasted all of roughly 3 months. I finally got so fed up with my acne that I decided to splurge on a high end product, hoping it would be the answer to my prayers. At $100, this product will certainly cost you a pretty penny. It sat in my virtual Sephora basket for weeks because I was so scared to take the plunge. After a month of using this I’m here to tell you if it’s worth it.

At a strength of 40%, the Good Genes serum is the strongest dose of lactic acid you can purchase without going to the dermatologist. I started off by using half a pump every night, and for a while that seemed to be working (the packaging actually recommends using 3-4 pumps per use). However, I was not seeing miraculous results that so many people have claimed happen right away. My skin looked a bit brighter the morning after, but my main goal with this product was to reduce the red acne scarring that is on my chin (thanks puberty). After I’d been using the serum for a couple of weeks,  I noticed that rather than helping my acne, it was starting to get worse. I took to the internet to figure out what was going on.

Turns out the daily use of such a high percentage of lactic acid can exfoliate the skin too much, and cause an increased production of oil and other acne causing bacteria. I was so excited to get rid of my scarring that I dove in head first, not realizing that I could be doing more harm than good. Since coming to this realization I’ve started only using the serum about every three days. However, if I have a bad breakout I may use it two nights in a row.

The top images are from before I used the serum for the first time, and the bottom images were taken this morning. Please excuse the bags under my eyes and the fact that they look like mug shots.

It’s a bit difficult to tell from the photos, but my skin really has improved. I have far fewer breakouts now, and slowly but surely the redness on my chin is starting to fade. I think with persistent use my skin will look a lot more clear and healthy. If you can afford this product and can get used to the smell (a mix of lemon and cat urine…) I would really recommend trying it out.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, or what your experience with this product has been like.

Thanks for reading!

XoXo

Audrey

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NYX has become one of my favorite makeup brands recently. They’re affordable and easily accessible but still feel and look high end. One of my favorite products from them is their soft matte lip creams. This matte liquid lipstick is so comfortable on the lips and lasts a long time. I could eat a bagel and then look in the mirror to see that the lipstick is still on my lips. The formula is creamy and velvety and they go on so smoothly. The one thing I will say about these lipsticks is that they take about 5-10 minutes to completely dry. Once they’re dry though, they’re not going anywhere. I also tend to forget I’m wearing lipstick when I have one of these on as they’re that natural feeling.

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From left to right: Istanbul, Prague, Antwerp, and Sydney

I love that every shade is named after a different city; I think it’s a cute touch. I really want to purchase the shades London and Paris as both of those cities hold a special place in my heart. The lip creams can be purchased from Ulta, Target, and CVS for $6-7 or from nyxcosmetics.com for $6.

What shades of the lip creams do you love, or want to purchase?

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XoXo,

Audrey