What It Is: A hydrating and moisturizing face cream that helps plump up the skin.
Active Ingredients: Bakuchiol, Malachite, Ceramides, and Hyaluronic Acid
Verdict: This moisturizer is everything I love and look for in a moisturizer – it’s nourishing and thick without it being greasy. I use this at night and I tend to gravitate towards moisturizers that don’t quickly disappear after a few seconds. A little goes a long way and I recommend using this for the face and neck as it really helps plump up the skin without weighing it down. I have oily skin and this moisturizer was perfect – drier skin would definitely benefit from this one too.
MAC has always made some excellent limited edition cosmetics, either inspired by fictional icons or real ones, and their collections have never disappointed. Whitney Houston is the newest icon to finally get a limited collection for, and just in time for her biopic that came out on Friday, I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
I was a huuuuuge Whitney Houston fan when I was little, so much so, that the first album I ever bought was Whitney Houston’s Whitney album that had the hit I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) and Where Do Broken Hearts Go. I know that her later life was littered with personal struggles and her death was tragic, however, I like to remember how she was best, beautiful, upbeat, and with a voice of an angel.
That being said, the moment I realized MAC launched this collection I knew I had to get my hands on a couple of items. I decided to go for the lipsticks (there are four shades in all but I purchased two).
Nippy’s Rose Lipstick looked prettier in the tube than it did on me (at least that’s how I feel about it). It’s a frosty pink, but with a slight blue/violet tint (at least that’s how it looks on my ultra pale lips). I like how it feels and it does last well and it isn’t drying, but I don’t know if I’m a huge fan of the actual shade for me.
Nippy’s Moody Nude Lipstick is a brownie pink nude, which is the sorta nude I prefer, plus it’s creamy, so the lipstick is soft and nourishing. It won’t last all day and will need touch ups, especially if you eat and does leave lipstick marks on cups, but overall I’m very happy with the shade and this is one that I would wear on most days.
The other two lipstick shades they had were red shades, and they look absolutely beautiful. The only reason I didn’t purchase them is because I have many red shades and wanted to try out some new pink and nude shades instead.
What It Is: This SquishKit 2 contains: 3 x Cheeky Cherry Masks, 1 x Flower Power Acne Patch Pack, 1 x Jelly Lip Gloss, 1 x Hair Bobble, 1 x Squish Pouch, & 1 x Postcard.
Review for Cheeky Cherry Masks:
First of all, just look at the cuteness! Also, these feel amazing and although Charli Howard (model and founder of this amazing brand!) claims you can reuse them up to 3 times – I was only able to use my eye masks twice. However, maybe if you keep yours on for the recommended 20 minutes you may get three uses out of this, but I loved how much these masks felt that I didn’t want to remove them, so I kept them on for an hour. I personally don’t have an issue with puffiness but I do think the serum was soothing and smoothed out any fine lines from my perpetual lack of sleep. So I do recommend these if you need to look fresh-faced right away, plus these eye masks come down to your cheeks so if you have puffiness there, it also tackles that.
Review for Jelly Lip Gloss:
Charli told me in a comment that this lipgloss was underrated and definitely NOT sticky, so I was eager to try it out. But I also took that comment with a grain of salt, as I’ve always been let down by glosses in the past, even ones claiming to be not sticky, ultimately were still tacky. I’m happy to state that I was most definitely proven wrong meaning that YES THIS GLOSS ISN’T STICKY in any shape or form. First of all, this gloss feels more like an emollient cloud of softness on your lips, much like a rich lip balm. But the best part is that this gloss has shine for days! Finally, a gloss that manages to give incredible shine without the stickiness that 99.9% of the glosses I’ve ever tried had. You’re gonna want this if you’ve always been a gloss lover but hated the feel of gloss, now you can have the best of both worlds.
Why Choose Squish: Cruelty-free, vegan, and female-owned company
Ed Note: I wasn’t able to review the Flower Power Acne Patch Pack cause fortunately I haven’t had any pimples in the past month, so I’ll write a review as soon as I have one! But can we admire how incredibly adorable these patches are though? I can’t wait to try them!
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What It Is: A detoxifying eye cream that helps visibly plump and tighten, fill fine lines, and restore clarity to tired eyes.
Active Ingredients: Rose and Vegan Collagen
Verdict: I love how this eye cream feels both applying the cream and how it feels on my skin. This is why I’m conflicted – I love how it makes my skin feel – it dries fast – and yet I don’t feel like it hydrates as much as it should. Maybe it’s best suited for humid summers when you need a lighter cream, but as far as dry winters go, I don’t feel that it’s as hydrating as maybe one needs for this time of year. However, I do love how luxurious it feels and will probably use it during the warmer season for sure.
Active Ingredients: Lactic Acid, Jojoba Oil Beads, and Mint.
Verdict: I’m a big fan of clay masks because having oily skin it’s the only type of mask that truly leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean. I’ve been a recent fan of Kinship after falling in love with their Brightwave Eye Cream and I expected to love this product as well. This mask does an excellent job of unclogging and clearing pores – but also leaving one’s skin feeling refreshed but not dry. The mint really creates a pleasant sensation one that leaves skin feeling refreshed and invigorated. If you’ve been looking for a clay mask that will clear up your skin but not completely strip it away from its natural oils, then give this one a chance, you won’t regret it.
What It Does: Hydrates oily skin without clogging pores.
Active Ingredients: Green Tea, Rice, Algae, Leopard Lily, and Wild Rose.
Verdict: This cream has been hyped so much, and usually when there’s too much hype it goes in two ways, either it’s overrated or the product actually really is that good. Having oily skin, it’s always hard to find a moisturizer that isn’t heavy, but at the same time isn’t watery too. This hydrating cream, despite its name, isn’t watery at all. It actually is very hydrating and rich but in a non-oily or heavy way, which is perfect for all of us that deal with oily skin and breakouts. I use it at night and wake up with nourished, moisturized skin in the morning. I recommend it if you have oily to combo skin that’s prone to breakouts.
What It Does: Promotes relaxation and depuffs eyes.
Verdict: Cold compress masks never seem to work for me, and I always grab those that self-heat over any of those that are made to stick in the freezer. This mask not only helps you relax, but if you use it when you have a headache or head cold, it really helps alleviate the pain. I recently used this while having a headache and it really worked wonders. Not to mention that the heat was so cozy, that on a cold November day it really felt like a godsend. There isn’t a time limit for how long the warmth lasts, but for me, it actually lasted past an hour, enough time to relax and take an afternoon nap.
Bonus: Female-found and run brand, Cruelty-free, designed in London
What It Is: A soft, cleansing wash for all skin types.
What It Does: Exfoliates in a non-abrasive way.
Active Ingredients: Japanese Rice Powder, Okinawa Algae Blend, and Hyaluronic Acid
Verdict: I’m picky when it comes to cleansers, but this one is really good. Not only does it leave your skin feeling hydrated after you wash it, but the gentle rice bits also help exfoliate the skin in a way that doesn’t leave your skin stripped. Many people love this brand and I was very excited to try it out since so many people have sung praises for their products. If you’re looking for a milk exfoliator or want a cleanser that won’t leave your skin feeling like the Sahara Desert, then this is your best bet.
What It Does: Moisturizes and depuffs the eye area
Active Ingredients: Vitamin C
Verdict: This eye cream is lightweight but at the same time feels so satisfyingly rich. I love how refreshing this eye cream felt after a 12-hours flight. It has helped restore and reset my tired eyes, waking up to completely recharged skin that was line free and incredibly hydrated. I recommend this for all skin types, but especially if you’re on the dry side, it’ll be very beneficial. If you suffer from puffy eyes, this will work miracles on you too.
What It Does: With 31% pure pigment it cover and conceals imperfections.
Active Ingredients: Green Tea and Rose extract
Verdict: I wanted to love this product because the quality is excellent – however, it doesn’t perform the way I need a concealer to perform. Sure, this concealer perfectly blurs dark under eyes circles and blemishes but the formula is terribly unblendable, which means that it easily cracks when dry. I even tried to use a wet Beauty Blender to ease the blending process – but nope! Maybe if one only uses this for blemishes it can work for you, but it cracks and creases way too much to be placed under the eyes. Not to mention, that I always use an eye cream prior to putting concealer, and I’d hate to see someone try to use this without eye cream prior because it would completely dry the skin out. It’s a pity because the shade was a perfect match for me. C’est la vie.