I have spent the last week testing these products as much as possible. Some of them might need a little more time to get my final opinion but I’ve got my first impressions listed below.
- Boscia Baby Soft Foot Peel – $20 I had bought this for myself about a month ago before my trip to Florida. You soak your feet for 60 – 90 minutes in the booties that are filled with the product. Then over the course of 2 weeks your feet shed their skin like a snake. It is quite a disgusting process, but when it’s over you really do have baby soft feet. Eric was so impressed with what he saw that he wanted me to get one for him. Hopefully he doesn’t see this!
- Eric struggled to keep the booties on his feet for the full 90 minutes. It does feel really weird but his feet are starting to peel now. It will be worth it in the end.
- Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette – $48 I have seen so many people rave about this product that I had to try it out for myself. It is all matte shadows that are supposed to be very pigmented and blendable. They have come out with new packaging. It used to be cardboard and now it is a nice solid plastic packaging.
- They are just as pigmented and blendable as I had previously heard and mentioned. The quality is great but these colors aren’t for me so I am going to return it. One thing to note is that there is a lot of kick up in the pan. I find that all of the really blendable eyeshadows have this happen.
3. Kevyn Aucoin The Eyelash Curler – $21 I needed a new eyelash curler and I know that Kevin Aucoin is a good brand.
- I really love this eyelash curler! It gives my eyelash a nice curl without putting a kink in them. My old Revlon eyelash curler just kinked my lashes instead of curling.
4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Single in Fresh – $12 My Z Palette has a lot of single eyeshadows but it was missing a shade to set my primer and brighten my inner eyelid. This shade is an ivory – pink color that is exactly what I needed.
- I have not gotten a chance to use this yet but I confidence that it will do what I need it to.
5. Chosungah 22: 24H Raybeam Highlighter – $28 This was on an end cap at Sephora and since I was perusing I decided to try it. I was so impressed at what it looked like on my hand that I knew I had to have it. It gives the skin such a glowy, dewy and wet look. I got it in the Pink Glow shade and it is beautiful.
- I really liked this product but ultimately decided to return it. It gives your skin this glowy, wet, dewy glisten. I applied this to the highpoint of my cheekbones. It doesn’t disturb the foundation underneath, but it does stay sticky on the skin. I would find myself accidentally touching it and then it would mess up my foundation. I also tried mixing it in with my foundation. It looked great but as soon as I set it with a powder, I lost the glow. For the price I decided that it just wasn’t something that I needed to have.
6. Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder in Petal- $25 I have tried a few under eye brightening powders but none have worked for me. I have really dry under eyes and the only powder I have found that works is the Make Up Forever HD Powder. I am hoping this will be as good as that but add the brightening aspect.
- I LOVE THIS! As I mentioned finding a powder for under my eyes is very difficult. This is so finely milled and smoothing. Don’t get me wrong, my fine lines are still there and this is still a powder, so it is somewhat drying. However, it is just as good as my MUFE powder but it has no flashback and is brightening.
7. Bite Beauty Prismatic Creme Lip Gloss in Rose Pearl – $22 The metallic lip trend has been everywhere and these glosses caught my eye. I tried many shades but this one seemed the most versatile.
- This takes multiple coats to get the color that you see in the tube. If you use multiple coats then your lips are very goopy. I have tried it over a matte liquid lipstick but I wasn’t a fan of that either. I am still undecided if I am going to keep it, but I think I probably will just to have it on hand for whenever I do want that look.
8. Tarte Tarteist Double Take Eyeliner – $24 I was intrigued that it has a pencil liner on one end and a liquid liner on the other end. It would be good for traveling since I can get the water line and a winged liner done with one product.
- The quality of both of these liners is great. The pencil is creamy and very pigmented. It stays in my waterline and doesn’t bleed down my face. The liquid liner is also very pigmented and stays in place. The best part is that it doesn’t skip when you apply it.
9. Blinc Mascara Amplified -$26 I have been wanting to try a tubing mascara and when I saw this one I deiced to get it. The idea behind a tubing mascara is that it doesn’t transfer or smudge. When you want to remove it you just need warm water and you gently rub your eyes and he it comes off in little tubes from you lashes.
- This is another product that I am pretty torn about but will probably return. I do like the concept of a tubing mascara. When you wash your face at night, it comes off your lashes in little tubes off each last. It does make a mess in your sink, however your eyes aren’t left looking like raccoons. Why I think I’m going to return it is because it doesn’t give me a lot of volume to my lashes. For the price, I want really great looking lashes and this is just ok.
10. Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 in Color 2 – $48 The Natasha Denona eyeshadows are supposed to be some of the best eyeshadows on the market. Unfortunately, they come with a hefty price tag. Since I was already on a roll in Sephora I decide that I would treat myself and see how great they really are.
- These colors are gorgeous and the formula is great. They are very pigmented and blendable. However, I think my Colourpop and Make Up Geek shadows are just as great. I would rather spend money buying twice the number of single eyeshadows then a pre-made palette that is crazy expensive.
11. Lancôme EFFACERNES Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer in Shade Porcelain – $31 Angie on Hot and Flashy tried out a ton of mascaras and chose this one as the best. I really liked the one that came in second place so I wanted to see if I liked this on better too.
- This was too dark for my fair skin so unfortunately I wasn’t able to give this a real chance. I had to mix it with other products to make it light enough. Therefore, I don’t want to comment on the formula since the effects could come from what I mixed it with.
12. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick SPF 21 in Shade 90 – $42 I have been traveling a lot so I have wanted to find a good stick foundation. They are quick and easy to use which is great when I am always on the go.
- This was too pale for me, which hardly ever happens! I did try it out and just used a darker powder to make it look ok. It blended easily and goes on the skin like silk. Unfortunately, it just did last long enough for me. I need a foundation that lasts at least 12 hours and there are few that actually do that.
13. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Color Corrector in Green – $31 I have tried so many different green color correctors over the years . Never have I seen one that is as pigmented as this one. This product is very green and thick. I am hoping that it will really cover the redness and layer well under foundation.
- No matter how hard I tried to apply a thin layer of this product, I never succeeded. It was so thick that it ended up making my foundation look cakey. While I think it is great that it is so pigmented, you need a FULL coverage foundation to cover the green. If you are already using that full coverage foundation then you really shouldn’t need the green color corrector.
14. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Porcelain – $46 I got this one for the same reason as I got the Lancome stick foundation. However, this one has rave reviews from the YouTube community.
- I have used this a few times now and I am going to return in. It gives a waxy look to the skin that I don’t like. I set it with a powder, but it still transfers throughout the day. I don’t have oily skin but this makes me feel oily. Finally, it didn’t last very well throughout the day. This looks beautiful when it is first applied, therefore this would be better for special events and not all day wear.
15. Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum – $80 I was waiting around for a Sephora employee to make me some samples and I started playing around with the Drunk Elephant products. I have heard such great things about them and when I read that this one was firming and brightening, I was sold.
- I have never used a Vitamin C serum before so I don’t have anything to compare this to. However, even with being sick my skin has been looking pretty great. I’m going to keep this and give it a real try. With skincare it can take up to a month to see the true effects.
16. Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel – $52 The same thing happened with this one. The difference was this mentioned how hydrating it was.
- I find that I need to use 2 pumps of this to coat my face. It is really important that you let this fully dry on your face. If you don’t, any product you put on after will make it pill. Once it dries, I feel like it doesn’t feel moisturizing on the outside. Since this is a hydrating gel and not a cream you aren’t left with a greasy face. However, my face does feel smooth and products go on top of it well. I am going to keep this and see how it work over time.
17. SEPHORA COLLECTION Take Me Away Travel Jar Set – $8 aA lot of my skin care is in jars that do not travel well. I thought these pots were very cute and the spatula was perfect for filling them.
- I haven’t used these yet but if there are any problems (leaks, loose lids, etc. I’ll let y’all know)
I hope these reviews help you determine what products you might want to try for yourself. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments section.