There are SO many strange products people find with similar ingredients to high end beauty and skincare products and everyone seems to want to slather it on their face like it’s magical. Here are 5 products not meant for skincare. We have all heard about those household products that are cheap dupes (and I use that term VERY loosely) that are supposed to work FABULOUSLY as makeup/skincare (and maybe they even do!) but realistically, they aren’t meant for those purposes and the damage in the end will outweigh the short-term benefits.

I think it’s important that people pay really close attention to what they’re putting on their face, and what ingredients are in these products and how your skin will react to them. Anyone can have a reaction to an ingredient in a product, and even if a product you use has one of these ingredients or another harmful one, they’re always at varying concentrations -you may be able to tolerate it at a lower concentration as opposed to a higher one. Keep in mind, products also have additional ingredients that are used to carefully balance out others.

So please refrain from using the following products as cheap dupes for actual skincare products.

Here goes!

Lemon/Lemon Juice in Skincare

I have seen lemon or lemon juice recommended everywhere – beauty magazines, YouTube, Beauty Bloggers, Instagram, Pinterest. I have seen it recommended to clear acne, as a blackhead treatment, to lighten hyperpigmentation, reduce oil – you name it. I have seen it recommended in different forms – add lemon juice to moisturizer, put it on a cotton ball and use as a toner, I have seen someone recommend rubbing half of a lemon on your face. Um, what?

Here’s some insight.

Everyone’s skin has an acid mantle which is a film that is meant to keep things (like, bacteria and viruses) from penetrating the skin. This is, essentially, your skins barrier from everything that’s harmful to our skin. The normal pH balance of human skin is between 4.5-5. Going below 4.5 makes your skin too acidic and above 5 makes it too alkaline. These changes in pH could make your skin more susceptible to bacteria and can result in irritation or make a person more prone to break outs.

Why is this relevant? Lemon carries a pH level of 2.5 which will bring your skin to an unhealthy, acidic pH level. While I understand that some products do have a pH of 2.5 and we still comfortably put those products on our face, we have to remember that these products are carefully formulated by chemists for a very specific purpose and….a lemon is just a lemon.

If that doesn’t convince you – lemon can also be used as a hair lightener in the summer, put it on your hair and sit in the sun and it will turn those beautiful caramel locks of yours lighter. It will also dry them out beyond belief. Imagine what it’s doing to your healthy skin.

Milk of Magnesia

This is actually a MIRACLE product to use as a primer under your makeup. It works fabulously. It’s dirt cheap in comparison to high end primers and works 10 times better. I definitely see the appeal. It’s also extremely disgusting when you actually think about it. I read about this as a primer in so many places, and the beauty blogger in me told me that I HAD to try this out to see what all the hype was about. I have really oily skin. Makeup and my skin just don’t mix – they separate, and then my makeup slides down my face. It’s so attractive. I read that a lot of professional makeup artists use this trick for bridal makeup to keep makeup from sliding around. I wouldn’t believe everything you read though, that’s probably not true.

Using MoM kept me absolutely OIL FREE all day – not a drop of oil broke through that solid barrier in 12 hours. It was quite honestly just MAGIC – left my makeup beautiful and flawless.

Funny side story: This was at least 5 years ago that I tried it. I used it before going into work one day, to see how my makeup held up and my FedEx guy looked at me and said, “well look at you all fancy today and wearing makeup” I always wear makeup to work. Yup.

Would I ever use it again? Not if you paid me!

The beauty (see what I did there?) behind this product is that the ingredients create a solid barrier – that my friend, is the purpose of the product when you use it correctly.

Remember that pH spiel I gave above, where the normal and healthy pH of human skin is between 4.5 and 5? Well, the pH level of milk of magnesia is about 10, highly alkaline. Let me put this in to a little better perspective for you…Milk of Magnesia is only ONE – just one, ladies – step down from PURE AMMONIA which has a pH of 11.6. In other words, it’s fairly damaging.

This product doesn’t have DUAL purposes. It has just one and it’s not as a primer.

Rubbing Alcohol

On your facial skin – this product has absolutely no place. Your facial skin is very delicate and rubbing alcohol is VERY harsh and drying. I personally try to avoid alcohol in my skincare – even diluted. However, I can’t imagine using it straight up on my face. That’s a disaster. However, alcohol is contained in most skincare ingredients (as a preservative) and some people do have a sensitivity to it, and most times it’s a lower concentration.

Baking Soda

I use this as a stain remover with Dawn to scrub stains out of clothes – works fabulously. This has been recommended so many times as an excellent facial scrub to slough off dead skin but only if you want to take the healthy skin with it! Sounds legit. Not only are the baking soda crystals very rough and harsh – it will irritate your skin, make it red and angry (it may not forgive you!). The pH of baking soda is also very high between 8 and 9. It will eventually damage your moisture barrier with continued use. There are other fabulous products on the market that will also effectively exfoliate your skin – try those!

*Disclaimer: Physical exfoliation in any way can be harmful to your skin. I wholly recommend considering chemical exfoliation for the purpose of removing dead skin cells.

Bleach

Please. Please. Please don’t put this on your skin. This is absolutely not an effective method to lightening acne scars, or curing acne. Using this is beyond damaging to your skin. There are other perfectly safe, and perfectly effective methods to lightening acne scars. This is NOT one of them. I honestly can’t even comprehend putting something so harsh anywhere near my skin.

Right back to the pH spiel I was on about earlier – this product is one step ABOVE Milk of Magnesia. By using bleach, even diluted, for long periods of time you are damaging that moisture barrier and will make your skin susceptible to gross bacteria. Not only that, it will surely dry your skin out beyond belief.

I wrote this post with a permanent cringe face – the whole time, every second. It astounds me every time I see them recommended – I’m literally like…

5 Products Not Meant for Skincare

My face. Every. Time.

Please be very careful with the products that you put on your face, if you’re unsure…google it and find out how harmful it could be. I get it, some may be miracle products…short term, but they truly are bad things to put on facial skin.

 

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Cleansing with Oil/Oil Cleansing

Oils in skincare have become immensely popular as of lately, and people are slowly letting go of the horrible idea that it’s bad for your skin.

It is no secret at all (I will scream it from the top of the CN Tower!) that I’m completely, and totally in love with oils when it comes to skincare/hair care. I use it to shave, as a makeup remover, in my hair, as a moisturizer – it is so versatile! This is the only thing in my skincare routine that I have ever stayed loyal to.

The theory behind Oil Cleansing is that like dissolves like – oil breaks down oil. This is such a controversial idea (or theory) in this here beauty world and anyone who tells you that there is no place for it in skincare – well, they’d just be wrong. Granted, I am no doctor. Or a dermatologist (not that they do much anyways – at least mine don’t). However, that’s besides the point. Most people are so set on the idea of oil-free because that’s what they’ve been told their entire life – I was one of those people for a long time. Thankfully, I no longer believe that oils ARE NOT beneficial to oily skin or any skin. I’m proof of that.

The reality of it is that most cleansers are actually fairly harsh on your skin, and some even contain harsh soaps and even detergents. They’re very drying and most will completely strip your skin of all the natural oils that keep your skin balanced, moisturized and youthful. Continued use can make your skin very dry, and it will overcompensate and produce more oil. Using an oil as a cleanser, gently removes all makeup, excess sebum, and will soften clogged pores.

Please keep in mind that all oils are very YMMV (your mileage my vary). Like any other product in the world, what works for one person may not work for you. There is no product in this world that is one size fits all. This should not discourage you from discovering the BEAUTY of beauty oils. Using oils means a lot of trial and error, and you may break out, but I truly believe it’s a matter of finding what oils work for your skin. I strongly recommend that you patch test any oil, prior to using it in order to avoid reactions. I use oil as a makeup remover, and if I’m feeling rather dry – I opt to not use a cleanser after to keep the moisture. This does not make me extra oily.

Benefits of Cleansing with Oil

  • Effectively removes stubborn makeup (sunscreen, foundation, waterproof eyeliner/mascara) without harsh tugging.
  • Cleanses skin without stripping healthy, natural oils.
  • Will dissolve the excess sebum in pores, and unclog skin for those who are acne prone.
  • Provides excellent moisture to those with dry skin.

What’s the Difference Between Cleansing with Oil and Oil Cleansers?

Cleansing with oil means to use a straight carrier oil on damp skin and wiping it off with lukewarm water.

Cleansing with an oil cleanser is very similar, in the sense that you are still cleansing with oil – the difference being it’s on dry skin and the oil rinses way.

What Oil Should I Use for Oil Cleansing?

I won’t get into the science of it all (because, literally – I can’t) but Linoleic Acid and Oleic Acid are unsaturated fatty acids that are found in almost all oils. Oleic acid is an omega-9 fatty acid and can be obtained through foods. Linoleic is an omega-6 fatty acid, which is necessary for the human body yet cannot be created by the human body. Oils rich in oleic acids tend to be heavier and richer, which can cause someone who is acne prone to break out. Oils rich in linoleic acid, tend to have astringent properties to them. I’ve created the table below to show popular skincare oils and their percentages of Oleic and Linoleic Acid.

Higher in Oleic Acid

OilOleic AcidLinoleic Acid
Sweet Almond Oil70%21%
Safflower Oil72%17%
Avocado Oil65%14%
Emu Oil50%11%
Olive Oil55-83%3.5-21%
Macadamia Seed Oil53.8%1.8%
Marula Oil70-80%4-7%
Shea Oil73.15%13.7%
Sunflower Seed Oil72%5%

Higher in Linoleic Aicd

OilLinoleic AcidOleic Acid
Grapeseed Oil66.8%20.9%
Evening Primrose Oil72%8.4%
Rose Hip Seed Oil44.1%13.9%
Wheat Germ Oil58.4%12.1%
Passion Fruit Oil77%10-20%

Balanced

OilOleic AcidLinoleic Acid
Pumpkin Seed Oil36.3%47.2%
Castor Oil
3.93%4.32%
Sesame Seed Oil39.21%45.69%

If you are prone to acne – the best oils you can choose for your skin type are those that are higher in linoleic acid because they will be a tad lighter for your skin and less likely to break you out. I have seen so many people recommend coconut oil for pretty much almost everything – as if it’s the cure all for acne and all skin conditions. It’s not. It is one of the most clogging oils and if you’re acne prone, I would try to avoid using it. Like I said earlier though, oils ARE very YMMV and what may work for one person, may not work for you and vice versa.

How to Cleanse With Oil

Cleansing with oil is, most often, using a straight carrier oil – or a mixture of 1 or more – massaging the oil into damp skin for at least 1 minute – I’ve done less, I have lazy moments – and removing with a warm damp cloth. I like to use a soft microfiber cloth to remove the oil because it softly exfoliates. You can, if you’d like, use a gentle cleanser after to remove the residue left behind if you’re unsure.

How to Use an Oil Cleanser

Oil cleanser is very similar, in a sense that you are still cleansing with oil – with a change to the method. Oil Cleansers will contain an emulsifier which causes the oil to mix with water, instead of separating. For this method, you massage the oil into dry skin, and add water so that the oil forms a milky cleanser and rinses off clean. The trick to oil cleansers, is to massage for a minute or so, add a little bit of water, massage, continue to add water – don’t massage and then just rinse it off. That won’t be nearly as effective.

There are tons of high end brands that carry oil cleansers. MAC has the Cleanse Off Oil, Boscia’s Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil, Shu Uemura, Philosophy – there are tons of different options out there for Oil Cleansers.

There’s a lot of cheaper drug store options as well, in case you don’t want to spend upwards of $35 on an oil. Garnier has the Nourishing Cleansing Oil, Neutrogena has one available as does Burts Bees.

Oil as a Moisturizer

I have been using oil for years in tons of my routines. I use mineral oil to shave, I use argan oil, macadamia oil, and jojoba oil for my hair. I’ve been using oil to remove my stubborn foundation and sunscreen. I also use it as a moisturizer as well. A few drops in my moisturizer at night definitely adds an extra boost of moisture. Sometimes I used the Tarte Maracuja Oil, or a drop of Rosehip oil.

Popular Oils and Cheaper Alternatives

The use of oil in skincare has certainly sky-rocketed over the last few years – considering most people spent their whole lives believing oil was the enemy. If you’ve gone to a Sephora in the last year or so, you’ll notice that a lot of major brands now have an oil cleanser or a face oil in their product lines. These face oils also come with major brand prices and any beauty blogger or makeup addict knows it gets very pricey. Even though face oils do last for long periods of time, and a little goes a long way, a big price tag on a product you get so little of…kind of sucks. Just like clothes though, you’re paying for the brand name on that cute little bottle you just bought. Some brands may give you the value of the product, by adding anti-oxidants and other beneficial ingredients – others won’t.

Tarte Maracuja Oil

I have this product and I do use it – it came with a Tarte value set that I purchased a while back. It comes in a cute little dark purple dropper bottle (mine broke by the way, boo). It’s sold at Sephora in 2 sizes – the larger is about $53.00 CND. The ingredients: Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Tocopherol. Simply put, Maracuja Oil by Tarte is Passion Fruit Seed Oil and Vitamin E.

A great resource that I buy my oils from is Garden of Wisdom. You can get Passion Fruit Seed Oil – a 4 oz bottle for $17. That’s a little over 3 ounces MORE than you get with Tarte. Experiment a little with adding some Vitamin E and it can absolutely be a cheaper alternative.

Josie Maran Argan Oil

I have never tried this product – it’s too heavy of an oil for my skin. I do know that her product is 100% pure argan oil which you can buy from Garden of Wisdom or any natural/vitamin shop for around $7.

If you’re ever looking for cheaper alternatives, I definitely recommend googling the ingredients and finding out what oil is actually in a product.

I think oils can be beneficial in skincare for almost anyone  if you take the time to trial and error. Finding the right oil is the hardest part. Keep in mind, they are YMMV and you may break out so I suggest spot testing prior to using any oil and see if you have any kind of reaction. A great resource for those new to oils is Garden of Wisdom. They offer tons of information on oils, recommendations on which oils are better for different skin types and conditions and they have oil sample packs – so if you want to try more than one the option is available to you.

There are also TONS of drug store options for oil cleansers as well.

Garnier Clean+ Nourishing Oil Cleanser

MYTH: Baby oil and Mineral oil are NOT the same thing, and they are not interchangeable. While Baby oil CONTAINS Mineral oil, it also contains fragrance. Mineral oil is straight Mineral oil.

Disclosure: I do not follow the “Oil Cleansing Method” and I don’t recommend it. This method requires the use of very hot water and/or steam to open your pores. This “method” could cause broken capillaries or damage to your skin.

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Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

I discovered the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops one day browsing the Sephora site like I do so often when I’m bored and I was intrigued by the idea of it – almost like creating your own foundation that is perfectly customizable. THAT’S SO COOL….in theory.

What it is:

Cover FX Custom Cover drops are supposed to be a revolutionary product in this here Beauty World. It’s a dropper bottle that contains concentrated, pure foundation pigment. This product is not intended to be used alone in place of foundation, but it is designed to be mixed with any liquid product you’d normally use on your face: serum, moisturizer, oil, primers, foundation, tinted moisturizer. You can mix it with any base as well – sillicone, water or oil. You can use this to increase coverage, change the finish to what’s preferred, or colour correct an existing foundation.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

First of all, in Canada this product is NOT available in any store – it’s only available on Sephora’s web site and Cover FX’s web site. If you’ve ever tried to purchase foundation from a web site and you don’t know your shade – it can be quite difficult.

I ended up ordering 2 different shades – G20 and N20 – a yellow toned and neutral toned, respectively. In Canada, these are $44 CAD. I tested both shades out and decided to stick with G20.

I found the texture of this product to be almost identical to that of a foundation – if a little thinner.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Swatch

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Swatch

What I love:

The idea.

What I don’t love:

The dropper bottle that the product comes in is actually quite messy and I found that the product ended up all over the sides and my hands and foundation really doesn’t come off clothing if you should happen to get it on your clothes. Really, it wasn’t as much fun as it seems.

For me, it didn’t matter what I mixed this product with (and maybe it’s just a matter of experimenting some more) it never seemed to cling to my skin the way that I wanted it to. If I used my beauty blender, my FAVOURITE Sigma F80 – it always just seemed to wipe away with every pass.

I experimented with the coverage aspect of the product and sadly, it didn’t seem to work out for me either. If I mixed one drop with foundation to colour correct – it came out cakey. If I mixed 3 drops with moisturizer for medium coverage – it came out cakey.  If I mixed one drop with moisturizer – it actually did nothing.

I don’t feel like it ever increased my coverage to what I EXPECTED it to. I feel like there was so much hype for this product, and so excitement behind the idea for me. Sadly, this product just hasn’t worked for me yet. I will keep experimenting with other things to mix it with – if you guys have any suggestions. I’m definitely up for that!

This product has so many fantastic reviews, and I’ve seen so many beautiful before/after pictures using this product – so it does work, I won’t debate that. Just for my skin, at the moment, I prefer my MAC Nourishing Water Proof Foundation.

I definitely recommend you give it a try though, because if it works for you – the idea is still incredible. Definitely give it a try.

I’m very sad that I haven’t found a way to wear this product yet, but I will.

 

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Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm - Oil Cleanser

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – Oil Cleanser

To say that I love oils (except the naturally produced one’s that are the bane of my existence) would be a vast understatement. There’s such a wide variety of oils on the market nowadays since every one is bandwagon jumping and no longer clinging to the idea that oil is bad for your skin – they are becoming extremely popular with most brands and tons of products are formulated to include many essential/carrier oils. And now, people are no longer making that horrible WTF face when you mention using oil on your skin – like you’ve just told them you committed a crime.

This product got tons of good reviews over at MakeupAlley and most of the people over there love it. I generally prefer using a straight carrier oil – Grapeseed Oil – most often. However, this method isn’t always all that convenient, so I like having an oil cleanser with an emulsifier  (so it washes off clean) on hand for those times.

What I love:

I love the idea of this product, mostly because it isn’t a liquid – it’s a balm that turns to an oil when you warm it in your hands. The beauty of this is that it’s great to travel with. I never have to worry about it leaking and getting over everything in my bag – oil sucks when it’s all over your clothes. Side note: It’s never melted either.

I have really sensitive skin at the moment, and it gets really red, dry and irritated so I have to pay extra close attention to what I’m putting on my skin, as not to exasperate it further. I do not like putting product on my face with fragrance, IF I can avoid it.  Clinique formulated this product completely fragrance free – there is no scent whatsoever. This is great for those who have skin like mine.

For the most part, this product worked for me. It did exactly what it claimed to do and removed all my makeup, eyeliner, mascara with very little tugging. It went on smooth and washed off clean. I didn’t find it to leave any kind of residue.

What I don’t love:

I love the balm, but it is also something that I don’t like. I like the idea, but the idea also means that it would need to be kept in a jar of some sort – this is almost a game changer. I tend to stay away from products in jars because it’s not very hygienic and like I said, very sensitive skin.  It’s a love/hate kind of relationship.

I found that this product made my dry patches just a little bit worse, as opposed to using straight oil with no emulsifier. I don’t by any means have “dry” skin. Even in those dry patches, my skin is quite oily. Keratosis Pilaris makes your skin feel rough and scaly, and I try not to use products that make it feel more rough. However, this one did just that.

Overall

I still absolutely love the idea of Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – it’s a mess free alternative to using straight carrier oil.  I still wish it didn’t need to be in a jar – but thems the breaks. It does what it claims, removes everything right down to my glued to your face, hard to remove sunscreen and a little goes a long way (like with most oils) so it will last.  It’s $35 CAD, which I find to be reasonable in comparison to others I’ve seen. It claims to be for dry/sensitive skin – I honestly can’t substantiate that claim for you. I have sensitive skin and it didn’t make it horribly worse, but seemed to cause some dryness. If you’re oily, with no weird skin conditions – this should work normally for you or even dry with no drying skin conditions.

I still use this product when it’s convenient (that’s bad, probably) until I find something better – or go back to my MAC Cleanse Off Oil.

 

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April Ipsy Bag Unboxing, Review & Swatches

April Ipsy Bag Unboxing, Review & Swatches

If you read my previous blog posts – then you know that I am NO stranger to Beauty Box Subscriptions and I haven’t had very good luck with a few of them – Glymm Shuts Down. After the fiasco with Glymm a few years ago, I decided to give it a rest with beauty subscriptions. I was in school and I was crazy busy with other things going on – so I stopped subscribing to the one’s that were available in Canada (which by the way, was very slim at that point).

I decided a few months ago to subscribe to the Glam Bag by Ipsy, and give it a shot. I heard a lot about it from people on my Facebook and I figured I would jump back into it.

April’s bag is probably my 4th or 5th with Ipsy and let me just say, I thought this months bag was absolutely the BEST bag yet. I am so impressed.

I didn’t really care for the bag that it came in – bohemian theme, wasn’t really my style. I have subscribed to so many BB subscriptions that I have no shortage of makeup bags – literally giving them away as gifts. Want one?

The one thing that surprised me the most was the sample sizes that were included – they were either full size products or deluxe samples. They were definitely not one time samples. When it comes to BB Subscriptions – this is a deal breaker for me. I’ve had so many that give one time samples that are, for lack of a better (or appropriate) word, useless. You cannot tell if you like/dislike a product by using it once – that’s not enough. This was definitely a winner for me for that. Michelle Phan, girl you are on the ball!

Pandora’s Blush in Pink Carnation

The first thing I got was, Pandora’s Blush in shade Pink Carnation. The blush I received is 4g which is a full sized product  – and very generous at that. It’s a gorgeous rose pink colour and it’s very pigmented and I have to say, the picture below really doesn’t do it justice. The retail price is $14.00. I have been using this blush ALL week and it has a gorgeous smooth texture. I love that it’s just the pan – I can slip it right into my Z Palette.

Pandora's Blush Pink Carnation Swatch - April's Ipsy Bag

Pandora’s Blush Pink Carnation Swatch – April’s Ipsy Bag

Jor’el Parker Femina Perfume

The second thing I got was an 8.8 mL sample of Jor’el Parker Femina Perfume. I have never heard of this brand before – or person, whichever. Ipsy describes the scent as Meyer Lemon, White Grapefruit, Satsuma Mandarin, Summer Forsythia, Pink Plumeria, Wild Verbena, Tahitian Vanilla, Sensual Musk. I have to say is this..I AM IN LOVE with this scent. In love. It just smells like summer. What really impressed me was the fact that this sample was a large sample – with a rollerball! Clever. So darn clever. It seems like such a simple, OBVIOUS thing to do..but I really dislike when I receive the tiny spray bottles of perfume. This I can throw in my person and take it with me – everywhere.

Jor'el Parker Femina Perfume - Ipsy - Review

Jor’el Parker Femina Perfume – Ipsy – Review

Ziaja Goat’s Milk Day Cream for Dry & Wrinkle Prone Skin

I also received Ziaja Goat’s Milk Day Cream for Dry & Wrinkle Prone Skin – neither of which I actually have. However, I was still incredibly intrigued by the name of this product which implies that it contains Goat Milk. I can’t remember where I heard this (Sephora SA, I think) but goat’s milk is apparently great for calming rosacea prone skin – which is me. Ladies, I look like I went out tanning with sunglasses and burned. No lie. Like the rest of the items in my bag, fairly generous size…0.35 fl. oz. My first impression of this product was that it has a very very strong cold cream smell. It gives me the feeling of Halloween when I was little and wearing HEAVY costume make up and my mom slathering on cold cream to remove it. Gross. It has the same consistency of cold cream – fairly thick in texture. Like I said earlier though, I don’t have dry skin – my skin is oily but it did moisturize fairly well but it’s too greasy on my skin and I didn’t find the goat’s milk to help in my rosacea, always-red, skin battle.

Ziaja Goat's Milk Day Cream - Review

Ziaja Goat’s Milk Day Cream – Review

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara

This next brand, I’ve always had a lot of luck with..with their blushes (God, they’re so cheap, so smooth and SO pigmented!) Admittedly, never tried their mascara though – still haven’t actually. I’m still on a Maybelline kick – their mascaras have always been fabulous for me. The one thing I do NOT like about Essence  (any of their makeup) is that it’s NOT sealed. I do not like buying any kind of make up that is not sealed – you never know who’s touched it before you bought it. I know this is my being picky – but mine was a tad dried out. In all seriousness though, LOOK HOW CUTE THE PACKAGING IS! (insert emoticon with cute heart eyes).

Essence Lash Princes Volume Mascara Review

Essence Lash Princes Volume Mascara

The Balm Nude Dude – Mini Dude Eyeshadow

I have only ONE word to describe this product – GORGEOUS. Gorgeous, pigmented gold shade. Gorgeous, smooth, silky texture. Just gorgeous. I was shocked at how pigmented this eye shadow was. I have a few gold eye shadows, that just don’t have that bold pigment. The packaging was so adorable as well, and I can absolutely appreciate the use of magnets in the packaging.

The Balm Nude Dude Palette - Ipsy

The Balm Nude Dude Palette – Ipsy

 

The Balm Nude Dude Palette - Swatch

The Balm Nude Dude Palette – Swatch

I have gone through A LOT of Beauty Sub. Services – and this one has not let me down yet. I’ve continued to get full sized and deluxe (multiple use) samples.

I definitely recommend Ipsy!

 

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