Review: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser primer

I was so super excited to find this product at WalMart last week. I’ve been hearing about it online for a few weeks now. Like Baby Lips before it (which I actually could not stand), Maybelline Baby Skin primer has been eagerly snatched up and reviewed by beauty bloggers everywhere. So I’m on the bandwagon, even though at first glance, there are several aspects of this product that just aren’t my thing.

First is the name: Baby Skin? Those freakin’ babies with their perfect skin. So smooth and poreless and good-smelling and they aren’t even self-aware enough to appreciate it. I don’t know, there’s just something a little bit creepy about it to me.

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My Foundation Routine

My Foundation Routine

I don’t wear foundation in the summer, but in the winter, I find my skin gets splotchier and grayer, and I do need it more. Even so, I’ve found ways to cut corners because I don’t like the feeling of foundation all over my face.

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On Feet… *shudder*

Julep Mint Condition Pedi Creme

I don’t like feet and I’ve never met anyone who openly does. I feel like feet are generally a polarizing thing: either you love them or you hate them. I’ve met few people who are like, “Feet? Meh.” It’s usually either “Ew, feet!” or “Ooh, feeeeet *suggestive eyebrows*” (as evidenced by the fact that whenever you go to google any female celebrity, the first result is “(female celebrity’s name) feet”. It’s a thing, try it. I was just looking for other things Kate Mara has been in after watching House of Cards and the top Google suggestion was “Kate Mara feet”. Not my thing, Google. Not my thing.)

That aside, it’s important to take care of your feet. I don’t like socks, which means I spend a lot of time barefoot. I’m convinced that has something to do with accelerating the formation of calluses (and wow, it didn’t take long for this post to get gross).

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Review: OPI ‘Make Him Mine’ Liquid Sand

OPI Make Him Mine Liquid Sand

In the world of nail polish, matte, shimmer, creme, and glitter are no longer sufficient to entice us beauty addicts to buy. In response, the ever-innovative OPI has been releasing new and gimmicky nail polish finishes in an attempt to coax our dollars out of our pockets. One of the latest in this line of gimmicky finishes is liquid sand.

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The Importance of Toner

Origins United State Toner

Today’s post is on the importance of toner.

I feel like it’s a thing that a lot of people skip, and that it’s generally a misunderstood product and step in a good skincare regimen.

The purpose of toner is to remove leftover dirt and debris after you cleanse. Even with a product like the Clarisonic – which I use daily – you’ll usually still end up with dirt and makeup left on your face. Because it’s a liquid, toner can penetrate the pores and clean them out really well. When I tone, I still see lots of dirt coming off on my beloved Shiseido cotton pad. (…and I have to admit, in a gross way, it’s really satisfying…like pulling off those old Bioré pore strips!)

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Rave: The Body Shop Body Butters

The Body Shop Body Butters in Almond, Peach, and Coconut

Today’s post is about a product that doesn’t get much love in the beauty community: The Body Shop’s Body Butters. I don’t think it’s because they’re not great and loved; I just think that in an industry where everybody’s looking for the next big thing, they get overlooked because they’re not necessarily new.

I rediscovered these maybe three years ago. They come in tons and tons of flavours (scents?), so no matter what you’re into, you’re bound to find a variety you like. The first one I got was a Vanilla Duo. It was packaged just like a regular body butter, but inside it was divided in half: one half housed the regular formula for most of your skin, and the other half was for extra dry bits like elbows and knees (or, in my case, like everywhere…). After that, I got a Coconut one, which I ended up repurchasing recently, but not before trying out the Almond one and the Chocomania one.

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Review: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Total Knockout VoxBox

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure All Three Polishes

Last week, I received my first Influenster VoxBox, which featured Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Polishes*. The VoxBox itself was called the Sally Hansen Total Knock Out VoxBox, and before receiving this box, I hadn’t really tried many Sally Hansen polishes. I looked to SH for nail tools and treatments (I adore the Instant Cuticle Remover), but not really for actual colour. I must say, then, this opportunity was exciting.

The box contained three polishes: ‘Red My Lips’, ‘Jaded’, and ‘Pat on the Black’. Immediately, I knew that ‘Pat on the Black’ and ‘Red My Lips’ were right up my alley; ‘Jaded’ was less so. I’m not a fan of greens or blues because I find that they tend to look a bit sickly on my skintone.

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EpicProduct!Review: Benefit Gimme Brow

Benefit Gimme Brow

Before trying this product, I had never used a brow gel. My thought was that setting them wasn’t necessary because the few hairs I have weren’t likely to rebel.

Then I came across a brow gel that is supposed to beef up your brows, not just set them. Benefit Gimme Brow is kind of like a fibre mascara for your eyebrows. It’s got teeny tiny tinted fibres in the formula that adhere to your natural eyebrow hairs, making brows look fuller. Since I’m crazy about fibre mascaras, I had to give this brow gel a shot.

I had high hopes, and I was not disappointed!

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Review: Benefit Rockateur

Benefit Rockateur box

Today marks the beginning back-to-normal, daily blogging. I had a nice holiday season and am super excited to be back. Hooray!

To kick off a new year of regular blogging, I’ll be reviewing a fairly new product that’s still quite hot at the moment: Benefit Rockateur blush.

Benefit Rockateur is marketed as a rose gold blush. Like other Benefit boxed powders, it is scented and it comes with a flat but slightly fluffy brush in it (that I don’t use it and don’t find to be particularly good).

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Review: Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in ‘Role Play’

Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel Collage

I am not a lipgloss person, nor am I a lipstick person day-to-day. I like lip balm, and not even tinted ones at that. Sometimes, if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll try a lipstick that feels like a balm, like a Chanel Coco Shine or a Revlon Lip Butter. Generally, though, for me, it’s either lip balm or bright lipstick. All or nothing.

But recently, I became interested in a lipstick colour that I could wear every day that would even out my lips and just make me look more polished and put together. I’ve never really had a lipstick like that. So I went into Sephora and asked for an MLBB colour: My Lips But Better.

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