Sunday, July 16, 2017

Retail Therapy

It's been a while since I've done some sort of haul post. This here is everything I got for my birthday gift to myself: an It Cosmetics CC cream, a travel size Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, a Tarte sampler (free gift from Sephora), Lush Rehab shampoo, Lush Lust perfume, and CosRx Centella Blemish Cream. So far, I'm incredibly happy with everything here, so there's not too much I want to write about. Nevertheless, a few comments.

» It Cosmetics CC cream in Light ($38)
I've always had problems finding suitable foundations for my skin tone and texture, but this CC cream is the best I've tried so far. It doesn't feel heavy but still does a good job on coverage (you can see that it covers my tattoo quite a bit). It also has more yellowish undertones than my Maybelline Fit Me foundations, which does wonders to prevent me from looking orangey. It's probably one of the priciest items in my makeup drawer, but I feel like its important to have a good quality foundation because it goes on your skin all day, and I hate having clogged pores. My only complaint is that it doesn't blend into my skin perfectly and can be a little streaky, but that's also likely because I have really dry skin (I've had this problem with every foundation and concealer I've ever tried). An added bonus is that it has 50 SPF.

» Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara ($12)
I'm don't typically use mascara because my lashes are so short and straight that they don't show up with mascara anyway. Even more concerning is the cost-effectiveness of buying expensive $35 mascaras, which a) I wouldn't wear often, and b) would need to be replaced every three months if you're going by the book. Nevertheless, I started to wonder if high end mascaras would make a difference at all. This one is nice; I like the formula which isn't too goopy or clumpy, and the brush is dense enough that it covers all my lashes all the way. Out of the tube, a little bit of formula does stay on the tip of the wand, but that's easily wiped away on the edge of the tube.

» Tarte Gift Set — Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Paaarty and Tartiest Lip Paint in Birthday Suit
Even though these are small sample sizes, they still pack a lot of product. I'm a huge fan of both of these because the colors suit me and they wear extremely well. You can see the swatches on my arm, the blush on the left and the lip paint on the right. They're both really great for a natural look.

» Lush Rehab Shampoo ($14)
This is usually much more than I would ever spend for shampoo, but I bought it toward the end of the summer in DC when I was running out of shampoo but didn't want to waste a huge new bottle. I enjoyed this shampoo formula. It has peppermint and is super clarifying and fresh feeling, perfect for humid DC, but again it is much more than I would be willing to regularly spend.

» Lush Lust Perfume ($17)
I typically don't wear perfumes because lotions and such are more than enough to take care of daily scents already. However, these perfumes are not available in California because they don't meet the emissions standards (or something like that) so I had to get one at the Georgetown Lush. This one smells of straight up jasmine, one of my favorite scents. It is incredibly strong, so I don't use it often, but that means it will last and last for a while.

» CosRx Centella Blemish Cream ($15)
This one came at the recommendation of my smol child (check out her blog!) and I've been using it on the stubborn acne that's taken up residence on my cheeks and jawline. So far I haven't noticed a huge difference in my skin in the long term, but at night after my skin is irritated from washing my face, this calms it down right away.

That's it for now. There are a lot of products that I want to try in this upcoming year, so hopefully I'll have the opportunity to do more of these review posts in the future. ◊

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