Review: Kinship Mint Mud Deep Pore Detox Mask

What It Is: Detoxifying and clarifying clay mask.

What It Does: Unclogs pores and balances oil.

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.

Price: $25

Where You Buy It: Ulta, Sephora, and https://lovekinship.com/

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Review: Huda Beauty The Overachiever High Coverage Concealer in Marshmallow

What It Is: High coverage concealer

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.

Price: $30

Where To Buy It: https://hudabeauty.com/

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Review: Pili Ani Self-Care Night Recovery Oil

What It Is: Face Oil

What It Does: Smooths the appearance of wrinkles, neutralizes redness, and minimizes the appearance of pores.

Active Ingredients: Pili Fruit Oil, Elemi Oil, Calendula, and Lavender

Verdict: A lot can be said of face oils and often I’m not a big fan of them if they tend to be too oily or have an odd lingering scent. Fortunately, this oil is neither of those things. The oil is soft but never greasy and is quickly absorbed by the skin. The hint of lavender is so subtle that it’s never annoying. All in all this is a very effective oil that hydrates and leaves your skin feeling well nourished and supple.

Price: $80

Where To Buy It: https://www.piliani.com/

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Review: Beautaniq Beauty Raindrench Serum

What It Does: A soothing and hydrating serum to keep skin soft, smooth, and healthy-looking.

Active Ingredients: Niacinamide, Vitamin B5, Hyaluronic Acid, and Zinc.

Verdict: This serum is excellent if you’re looking for a serum that targets the following concerns: pore minimizing, removal of dead skin cells, and hydration. I like that the serum is thick, and not watery, so it makes it easier to apply, and it leaves your skin feeling plump, smooth, and not oily. This serum is suggested to wear at night, and it makes sense when you have such powerful ingredients that would benefit from penetrating in your skin at night when the skin does most of its repair. Zinc, one of the ingredients used in the serum, helps acne-prone skin to remain pimple-free as well as helping with aging skin. For the price point, this serum delivers and I recommend it if you’re looking for a night serum.

Price: $24

Where To Buy It: https://beautaniqbeauty.com/

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Review: Beyou Caffeine Eye Cream

What It Is: Morning and night eye cream

What It Does: Firms & brightens eye area

Active Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid and caffeine

Verdict: This eye cream is the wake up call your tired eyes need! The cream is lightweight, not thick, so if you’re more into thicker creams, this isn’t the one. However, if you want a lightweight cream that can also be used underneath makeup and concealer, then this does the trick. I do feel that this cream accomplishes in what it sets out to do, firm and brighten. I recommend this eye cream if you want an efficient one, but also one that won’t break your wallet.

Price: $18

Where To Buy It: Target and CVS

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Review: Shani Darden Retinol Reform

What It Is: Retinol Serum

Active Ingredients:

  • Encapsulated Retinol contains a more gentle slow-release retinol that helps reduce visible signs of aging.
  • Lactic Acid exfoliates to smooth and brighten for immediate results.
  • Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract provides antioxidant defense against visible sun damage and pollution.

Verdict: For many this is dubbed the holy grail of retinols. I’ve tried various ones in the past and for me, the majority of them have been far too harsh. This one performs well especially under a moisturizer. It zaps away fine lines like you wouldn’t believe and hyperpigmentation is a thing of the past. You can start seeing results by the third week, one of the fastest working retinols there are! I highly recommend this if you’re looking to invest in a retinol that will give you results and dramatically change your skin’s look and texture.

Price: $88

Where To Buy It: https://www.shanidarden.com/

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Review: Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator

What It Is: An age-defying exfoliator that gently polishes, smooths the look of skin, and buffs away dead surface skin cells for a smoother, brighter complexion in minutes.

Active Ingredients: Lactic Acid

Skin Types: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dullness and Uneven Texture, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Acne and Blemishes

Verdict: This very well might be the holy grail of exfoliators. I’m usually not a huge fan of exfoliating creams/cleansers because many tend to be harsh and create actual lesions/cuts on the skin (I’m looking at you St. Ives), however, these exfoliating beads are so minuscule and so delicate that it manages to rid your skin of dead skin cells AND be gentle enough for sensitive skin. I was pleasantly surprised by this exfoliator because I’m usually not a fan of exfoliators, but this one really does what it promises to do. It leaves your skin feeling smooth like silk and incredibly soft. I recommend this if you’re looking to amp up your skincare routine.

Price: $79

Where To Buy It: Ulta or Sephora

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Review: Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara

What It Is: A vegan voluminizing mascara

Verdict: I’m not really a fan of Selena Gomez’s music, but I was curious to try out her beauty brand when it was included in one of Allure’s Beauty Boxes recently. I’m picky when it comes to mascara because so many things can go wrong, from the formula of the actual product to the wand’s construction and bristles. I must say that I really love everything about this mascara. The formula is excellent, it provides both volume and length and doesn’t flake throughout the day. The formula is also gentle, so it doesn’t take much to wash it off by the end of the day. Now, the mascara wand itself is excellent too. The bristles are that of a more classically standard mascara wand and there’s nothing wrong with that because it actually helps both boost the lashes’ volume while also lifting the lashes to high lengths. This is an excellent product and am curious to check out any of her other beauty products after this.

Price: $20

Where To Buy It: https://www.rarebeauty.com/

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Review: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pillow Talk Original

What It Is: Nude Pink Lipliner

Verdict: I’ll be honest, I’ve been wanting to try this out ever since all the It-Girl’s of the past decade have always relied on this lipliner/lipstick shade. Alexa Chung was always seen wearing this shade and looks wonderfully effortless in doing so. My only problem is that the price tag is kinda high if you’re unsure whether the shade will look good on you or not, so I was very excited when this showed up in my latest Allure Beauty Box. I’ll admit that this shade is AMAZING, and the lipliner is very soft and has a smooth application. I decided to apply clear lipbalm over it to help the liner to not look so matte or dry out my lips, but I will be purchasing the lipliner and lipstick in this shade now, as it has become my go-to shade to wear every day. I recommend this if you wish to look put together as in “your lips but better.”

Price: $24

Where To Buy It: https://www.charlottetilbury.com/

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Review: Christophe Robin Hydrating Leave-In Mist With Aloe Vera

What It Is: Leave-In Mist

Active Ingredients: Aloe Vera and flaxseed extract.

Verdict: First things first: this spray smells what you would imagine Kate Middleton’s locks would smell like – elegant and expensive. Secondly, this spray left my hair feeling incredibly soft that I could help but to want to keep running my fingers through my hair. If you have frizz-prone hair (like I do) this really helps with keeping the frizzies at bay and helps your strands stay smooth as silk. It also helps nourish your hair and prevent split ends if used regularly. If you’re going to splurge on a leave-in spray, then this should be your top choice.

Price: $39

Where To Buy It: https://www.sephora.com/

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