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Sonia Kushak Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette

soniakushakconcealer-2  Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette in Light 07 // Real Techniques Detailer Brush // BareMinerals Touch Up Translucent Veil

This is my new favorite concealing palette! In the past I’ve tried those clicking, touch up pen kind of under-eye concealers (like L’Oreal’s Magic Lumi Highlighter), but most days I need something tougher to combat my hereditary under-eye circles. They’re mainly bluish purple, so I finally did the smart thing and pick up this Hidden Agenda palette because it utilizes color correcting shades.

The top right hand corner’s yellow/orange shade fights purple under-eye circles, and the greenish bottom left-hand corner covers red blemishes/discoloration. I often have redness around my nose, so this is exactly what I need. The top right-hand corner is supposed to be a neutralizer/brightener that you can mix with the other two to get the right shade. The last part of the quad is a setting powder. They all some in a very sturdy plastic case that stays shut in travel, but the brushes that come with it are not very high quality, so I’d recommend using a concealer brush if you have one.

soniakushakconcealer-1Ugh I hate the top photo of my so much because it’s close and I didn’t realize how awful it looks till I had put the camera away, BUT I love you and it does show how I have discoloration beneath my eyes even after applying a light BB cream. The second one shows how much more even and bright the skin in the corner of my eye/underneath is once I’ve touched it up with the top right-hand corner of the palette. It doesn’t get cakey and the coverage is good. My purplish bits are very deep so it’s hard to completely cover them without my skin looking like it’s swamped with makeup, so this is a great product for me. The palette does come with a setting powder, but it’s not sheer enough for me, so I always set it with my BareMinerals touch up veil.


Here’s me looking kind of weird but all covered up! Besides the concealer I’m using Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm, NARS Lipstick in Tolede and MAC Lipstick in You’ve Got it. I think on my eyes I have Nyx’s Flamigo and the mascara is Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Flashes.

ALSO I’m growing my bangs out officially now. So you can look forward to my awful inbetween hair in the meantime. I’m stocked up on bobby pins and Biotin so we’ll see how it goes. Wish me luck!

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GlamGlow Super-Mud Clearing Treatment




I took a hint from my good friend Becca and picked up the GlamGlow Super-Mud Clearing Treatment mask that I sampled a month or so back. You can get it for almost half off on Amazon, and that’s what I did. Here is a play by play recount of what happens when I wear it for your viewing pleasure. This mask sucks the junk right out of your pores, so if you’ve got a lot of pore congestion like I did when I used it, you can see it all right out in the open. It’s kind of gross, so be warned, but if you like to see a product with immediate results, this is extra fun (and effective!). If you have trypophobia or a fear of pods/clusters, some people don’t like the exaggerated look of the pores, so be careful going forward if you’re sensitive to that!


Here’s me straight out of the shower, wet hair and all. I’m hiding as best I can while still showing a little bit of my nekkid face.


Here’s the mast right when you put it on. It goes on a dark gray but starts to dry down to a light gray-green almost immediately. Even though I got this at a good price, I still only spot treat on my worst areas (nose and chin).


This is the 5-minute mark. It works fast, especially if you’ve got gross stuff hiding in your disgusting pores like me.


Ten minutes in and it’s getting good. The sides of my nose are always the worst along with a few spots on the bridge and bulb.


I waited it out until the 20-25 minute mark for the last set of photos. You can see how much oil and greasy gunk came out of the crease above my nostrils. It’s not even the little circles above the pores. They all join together. Nice.

I hope everyone can still look at me the same after seeing all my dirty grossness. When I was looking for product reviews on this I really wanted pictures like this so I hope I can do someone out there a favor. This mask is kind of pricey for the amount you get, especially at full value, but if you use it as a spot treatment and not a full face treatment every time, you can make it last quite awhile. It has other benefits besides clearing out congested pores, like helping with texture and discoloration, but I love it for the pore clearing properties.

When I first wash it off my skin is a little red and my pores are still a little stretched out, but once my skin has few minutes to recover, my pores are noticeably cleaner and smaller-looking.  They stay that way for days and with repeated uses, it takes longer for them to fill up. I use this about once a week to keep them under control.

If you’re interested, definitely soften the blow to your pocketbook and looking on Amazon.com for places that offer it cheaper than Sephora or department stores!

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Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser



This was another Ross find, and even though I’ve had some let downs from the Yes to line, I’m always willing to try something new if it’s a bargain. Luckily for me this one paid off very well.

I’d just run out of my precious Cetaphil (off-brand) gentle face cleanser, so I hoped this would be able to replace it. It has a nice refreshing smell to it and has a very similar consistency to Cetaphil. It doesn’t foam and it doesn’t have any parabens like Cetaphil, so if you’re looking to avoid SLS and parabens AND you have sensitive skin, this might be worth a try. I’ve used it for two weeks now and my skin doesn’t feel dried out or irritated. My skin is almost always a little red unless I’m wearing make-up, so even though this claims to be calming, it hasn’t reduced my redness. It hasn’t made it worse though, so that’s all I need.

I’d repurchase this at the full price of $8-9 once it runs out because it’s really similar to Cetaphil but is made of more natural ingredients, and I’m a sucker for that.

This doesn’t clean really deep into pores, but neither does my Cetaphil. My Mia helps with that, but my nose and chin have been really congested lately. Still looking for a miracle product to pull the junk out of my pores.

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Boscia Bright White Mask Review


Boscia Bright White Mask ($38)


Watch out for my unruly eyebrows.

I got a sample of this at Sephora, and I’m always down to try a new mask. This one is very different than any mask I’ve tried before because you actually peel it off. I was even more excited when I read that it’s especially beneficial for dull and dry skin. Hello that’s me!

On the Sephora site, it claims that “the peel-off technology instantly smooths the complexion for a healthy, youthful, fresh glow.” You apply it liberally and evenly to clean, dry skin and let it sit for about 20 minutes. I did 30 cause why not? Be sure to avoid your eyes/eyebrows and hairline. If you have baby hairs by your ears like me (let’s be honest, they’re sideburns), avoid those too. It dries down to a rubbery finish and the only discomfort the mask causes is if it gets ahold of any face hairs.

Peeling it off was fun, and it really helps if you apply it thick and even. If you don’t then some bits just won’t roll off and you have to wash it off with warm water. I thought I would feel like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho but I didn’t feel like a crazy serial killer peeling the mask down.

I didn’t really see any change in skin evenness, but I DID notice a huge improvement of my skin’s texture. I used this twice a week and after the second go my face was like baby butt skin. I’d actually consider buying the full size of this. I want to try the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask  too and see which I like better. The white one tightened up my pores pretty well but I’ve heard good things about the black one so I’m torn.

Are there any masks you’re loving lately?

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Cute It Up


Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Coral Reef & Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling



Bring on all the springy colors. I try not to worry about seasonal colors but I’ve been wearing out the corals, pinks and sheer reds like crazy.

Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Coral Reef // I was really nervous about this cream blush because it looks so bright in the pan but as you can see, it’s really forgiving and easy to blend to a natural flush. Blushes are a pain to photograph so I actually looked like a clown in real life, but this photo is accurate about how I usually wear it. I apply it with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush but I’ve put it on with fingertips in a pinch and it didn’t come out streaky. Don’t be fooled by the brightness! It’s a great basic blush, and cream blushes are more natural looking in my opinion.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling // I was really hoping this would come off as some kind of bright, opaque lilac like the tube, but this is a stain so of course it’s more sheer. It’s beautiful though! It’s a nice cool pink, and it’s very buildable. It’s pinker the more you apply it, and when it fades it leaves enough color that you don’t have to panic about reapplying it.

I think I need a bang trim.

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