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L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color in Coral Encore




L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color in Coral Encore

I was lucky enough to be chosen for an Allure survey to try out L’Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color (what a mouthful). They sent me a tube in Coral Encore, and I’m really pleased with it. The packaging is really nice and makes me feel a bit fancier than I really am. The doefoot applicator makes putting it on easy, and the formula is opaque and glossy without being sticky and gloopy. It also has a faint fruity smell, no if you don’t have an aversion/sensitivity to scents it’s a plus!




The pros are that the color selection is very broad, the formula is saturated so it only takes a swipe or so, and it lasts a couple of hours (if you don’t eat a lot with it on – that’s a downside). The cons are that it does have very fine bits of glitter that are more apparent once it’s worn off and it doesn’t leave much of a stain. There’s no dreaded ring of color around the lip line, but if you don’t have a chance to reapply you’ll be without gloss after an hour or two.


I got so tired of trying to take serious photos of the color, so have a smoldering outtake with my unfilled brows for your trouble.

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PIXI Beauty Shea Butter Lip Balm in Pixi Pink


PIXI Beauty Shea Butter Lip Balm in Pixi Pink

I don’t know if I’ve ever taken to a tinted lip balm so hard and so fast. I’ve definitely never felt the urge to review something so fast! I got this in my Birchbox and everything else was okay, but this little tube of lip balm is a game changer.







The color is so amazing and bright and springy. I have a hard time with lighter pinks, but this lays on such a healthy wash of color while at the same time letting enough of my natural lip color through to make sure it looks right on me. It’s lightweight too! The moisture and pigment lasts a long time but it doesn’t dry out my lips and it leaves an amazingly even stain that lasts throughout the day.

It’s hard to put into words how much I love it and how good it feels and how cute I think I look with it. If I didn’t already have so many lip products, I’d be tempted to pick up some of their other shades. I hope that the other colors are just as flattering and don’t dry out or feel bad. If I ever make a dent in my lip color treasure trove, I’ll be picked up some additional colors. I got mine in my Birchbox but they’re also at Target if you want to get it from a storefront.

P.S. I’m wearing the Dr. Jart+ BB Cream (from this last post) here, so you can see how it looks if anyone’s interested. I don’t have any other skin products on minus some under-eye concealer so you can see that’s it’s good at evening out skin tone while still looking natural. I’d say the finish is halfway between matte and dewy.

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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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