As you can see from the basket of empties, I have quite a few this month. So, let’s not waste any time and get started on the mini reviews!
Smashbox Photo Finish Reduce Redness Primer (read my review)- I got a small tube of this and I did not like it at all. It didn’t correct redness and it pilled easily. It was like they threw some green into their regular photo finish primer.
Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer (Smoothing) – I love the smell of this primer and it makes my skin look beautiful and it never pills on me. I bought it in a kit with the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation and a foundation brush. The mini size MUFE primers are actually cheaper than buying the full size tubes. It took a year and a half to finish the small tube (I was using other samples and products too). If I had been exclusively using the tube, I probably would’ve finished it a while ago.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Y245 – Despite having 40 shades, I had trouble finding a good match. Y245 is a bit too yellow for me. I bought this because I heard it was good, I didn’t put it through a rigorous wear test before purchasing. I loved the finish and coverage of the foundation- one layer looked beautiful and skin-like, but since it’s medium coverage, I wasn’t wearing it for my everyday makeup. Nowadays, I’d rather get a sheer coverage foundation and use a good spot concealer where I need it.
Repurchase? If I had a better shade match, I would consider repurchasing.
Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Liquid Foundation in 1025 Natural Beige (read my review) – I had to declutter this. I know I was planning to do a full review on it, but I just didn’t like it. It smelled terrible (because it’s very natural). It clung to dry patches and the shade wasn’t right. They only have 13 shades, which hopefully expands. I think it’s great that they’re expanding into makeup, but when I think of Burt’s Bees, I think of lip balms, salves, etc. I think if you’re going to spend a bit more on a drugstore foundation, you should go with L’Oréal, Maybelline or Revlon.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in 150 – As much as I wanted to love this foundation, it was a bit too matte for me. Maybe I could’ve gone up a shade, but I would still need an illuminating primer of some sort to get a naturally dewy glow. I did try it with the Erborian Glow Crème Illuminating Face Cream and it did add glow to the matte foundation, but I’d rather get a foundation that’s already dewy. I also never realized that it had a vanilla scent to it, I guess I never sniffed it when I swatched it at Sephora. I don’t mind the scent (it’s better than some foundations I’ve smelled).
Coastal Scents Eclipse Palette (read my review) – This palette has 15 shades: 1 highlighter, 3 colour correctors and 11 concealer shades. You can use the lighter shades to highlight and darker ones to contour if you want to, although the shades are warmer, so it can look muddy if you don’t blend really well. The best way to apply was with fingers so that the cream warmed up and melted into the skin nicer. I don’t recommend for really dry skin. For me, I think there were just too many shades. I’d rather spend my money on a concealer in the right shade instead of mixing one each time to get the right shade. Since I’m Canadian, the duties were really expensive (included in the order, but it was about $15 for 2 palettes and a few smaller items). I’d rather buy something that’s more accessible to me. It is a great palette to practise using cream products though.
Colourpop No Filter Concealer in Light 20 – Mine was purchased before they added more shades, so the number doesn’t match up with any in the current collection. My friend was sweet enough to pick this up for me (without being asked) when she made an order. I liked the concealer itself and the applicator (it’s a flat, flexible sponge applicator), but I noticed that it oxidized really quickly. If you swatch it on your arm and then wait a few seconds and then do another swatch, you can tell the first swatch is definitely darker. But, when you blend it out, it lightens again. I’ve never seen a concealer oxidize so quickly. I liked it enough to use the whole tube, but since it’s hard to choose the right shade, I’d prefer to get a concealer that I can shade match in store.
Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector in 02 Yellow (read my review) – This was terrible. It didn’t colour correct and the brush was hard and barely absorbed any product. I had to declutter this.
Milani Retouch + Erase Light-Lifting Concealer in 02 Light – This concealer is quite thick, but if you use a very tiny dab, it blends beautifully. The light shade was pretty light for me, but I think if I went up a shade, it would be too dark. I never got a chance to try it as a spot concealer because it’s too light, but I think it would perform well to spot conceal.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder *not pictured above – I got a deluxe sample of this and the powder kept coming out all clumpy. Hopefully, the full-sized one doesn’t do this, but it turned me off from using it because it wasn’t finely milled.
Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara – I didn’t like the wand of this. The different lengths of the bristles made me poke myself in the eye more easily (just me?). Since I had a travel-sized tube, it was hard to apply because the wand was so short. so maybe the full-size is easier, but I was having trouble. Because of this, I probably didn’t give this mascara a fair test.
Burt’s Bees Nourishing Lengthening Mascara (read my review) – I liked the brush (even though it’s a harder silicone one). The mascara made my lashes look natural and it easily washed off with water which is a pro and a con. It smells different from other mascaras because it’s 100% natural. I had to throw it out before my usual 3 month period because it started to smell different. So, if you get this, use it as often as you can.
Dior Addict Lipstick in 983 Insoumise – My mom bought this for my sister’s wedding, but it was way too pink for her and had shimmer in it, so she gave it to me. It’s a beautiful pink shade, but it’s a bit too pink for me too. I would sort of do an ombré lip with this on top of a nude/pink lipstick and it added the perfect amount of shine and pink.
Repurchase? Not this shade, but I loved how hydrating this lipstick was, so I would definitely consider getting the Dior Addict Lip Glow or purchasing a different shade.
Bare Minerals GEN NUDE Radiant Lipstick in Tutu – This was a beautiful pink shade, but the shade was a bit too light pink for my liking.
Repurchase? Undecided. I didn’t love the lipstick, but maybe it was because of the shade I chose.
Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm – The scent was a bit too sweet for me. I got a sample in a Sephora order. It’s so expensive for a balm that comes in a pot. I don’t like lip products that come in pots. I’d rather use Vaseline if I’m going to stick my finger into a jar.
Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette (read my review) – I got this palette from TopBox when I was subscribed. It’s pretty good for a lower end palette and the shades are pretty, but the fallout is pretty bad.
Repurchase? No. I’m only buying higher end eyeshadow palettes from now on.
Bella Pierre Cheek and Lip Stain in Coral – This shade was just too pink for my lips and it would settle into the cracks of my lips. I’ve never really used a cheek stain, but I think I would rather it came in a flat pan instead of a pot because it’s kind of annoying if your nails are longer and you get product under your nails.
Bioré Blemish Fighting Astringent – I actually didn’t really know this was a toner. This has salicylic acid and I sort of used it more as a spot treatment. I would use it when I felt an underground pimple and I think it would help to dry it out. I’m not 100% sure how well it worked because I was using it wrong. I did notice that sometimes it would kind of burn when I applied it on freshly exfoliated skin. Lately, I’ve been using Pixi’s Glow Tonic and most of my face has been pretty clear (hormonal acne still drops by every month, but I’ve gotten fewer breakouts on the rest of my face).
Repurchase? Probably not.
Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin 1-Minute Mask – This is very expensive for a peeling mask and it worked fairly well. I prefer other peeling masks I’ve tried that are much cheaper than this one.
belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner – This was such a small thing of toner that I didn’t notice if it did anything for my skin.
The Face Shop Clean Face Clear Away Spot Treatment (read my review) – This is a gentler version of the Kate Somerville eradiKate and Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.
Repurchase? I think I will buy the eradiKate, Drying Lotion or another spot treatment. This doesn’t work as well on underground pimples, but it works okay on the ones that have a whitehead.
The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Self-Heating Clay Mask (read my review) – This was an interesting product. I think I would try other products that are self-heating; I know Bioré has one.
Repurchase? Probably not.
Clinique Pep-Start Cleansing Swipes Pop-Ups – I got these at the MAC Warehouse Sale. They are very thin, so they aren’t really for taking makeup off, but the best use would be for after the gym to feel a little bit more refreshed until you can shower.
Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm *not pictured above (read my review) – I didn’t like this cleansing balm. It felt oily and it was so hard to wash off because you have to use warm water and a face cloth. It just left an oily residue on my hands and I’m glad I didn’t buy it at full price.
Spectro AcneCare Wash – This has 4% benzoyl peroxide. It didn’t dry out my skin like other benzoyl peroxide products because you wash it off.
Repurchase? I’m not 100% sure if it’s still sold in stores because I bought it a while ago, but I would definitely get something similar.
Live Clean Baby Colloidal Oatmeal Eczema Cream – I have eczema, so I thought I would try this since it’s for babies and super gentle. It definitely smells like oatmeal. I think it works pretty well. For some reason, a few years ago, I had eczema on my legs and hands and now I have a few dark spots from it. So, I was using it as a preventative measure. I don’t know how well it works when you have a breakout.
got2be Guardian Angel Gloss Finish Flat Iron Balm – I don’t know why it’s called a balm because it’s a spray. The spray disperses the product well. It smells pretty nice and it works well to keep my hair glossy when I use a flat iron.
REMAY Shave Gel Bar (read my review) – The shave gel bar was very moisturizing and it smells really nice. It does sound a bit pricey at $10-12 per gel bar (depending on whether you choose a 2-, 3- or a 4-pack), but it lasts a while. Since it doesn’t come in an aerosol can like most shaving creams, it’s better for the environment. You can get 20% off using my code JEN20.
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – I looooove the smell of this. I’ve only tried a handful of dry shampoos, but this one is the best smelling one I’ve used and it refreshes my hair until I can wash it. I know it’s expensive, but I think it would be worth it. It took me the longest time to use it because I wanted to save it.
Repurchase? Yes to both.
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