Okay guys, I’m not even going to do an introduction, this is going to be a long one so let’s just get into it.
Tart Amazonian Clay Matte Palatte
You guys know I’m all about matte nudes and it’s sad that it took me so long to get my hands on this sweet thang. The colors are so creamy and pigmented and blends so effortlessly. It’s been my go-to everyday for a “natural” work look. Been getting lots of compliments as well, so if you’re like me and haven’t gotten your hands on one of these, go!
Milani Coral Cove blush
This one was a HUGE disappointment for me unfortunately, but I couldn’t resist buying it initially, it’s so PRETTY! However, the color pay off is just not up to par, I have to pack on so much and even then it somehow disappears into thin air before I even know it. You definitely get what you pay for – won’t be repurchasing
Cover Girl finishing powder in 110 translucent light
You guys, I’m so torn with this product! So here’s the thing, I love it because it makes my face/makeup look so FLAWLESS. My makeup is gorgeous on the days that I finish with this powder. The shade that I got is perfect if I do a full look with highlight/bake etc, but it’s a bit dark just as an overall setting powder. It may be more perfect when my skin is a touch more tan in the summer. Now, the downfall is the packaging and basically everything else. In the picture above you see the powder sitting on top of the perfect little porous petri dish, mine however does not look like this. I basically had a powder mess on my hands right before work – I was so pissed! The petri dish was bent in multiple places and that applicator is pretty much worthless. And I can’t forget to mention the smell – oh god. Have you ever smelled your grandma’s old make-up back in the days?! It’s got this very perfume-my old-fashion-ny smell (LOL). No thank you. But I can’t give up the quality of the finish and the price. I’m probably gonna give it another try and hopefully the next one won’t be a disappointment in packaging!
Loreal liquid eye liner
From the first couple of runs I was really going to throw this liner away. It smudges and runs like a mad woman! I had raccoon eyes regardless of what I did, no trick in the book helped! I literally had to sit in my office with a mirror in front of me so I can could continuously monitor it. But – miraculously after the first week or so it stopped smudging…CRAZY right?! I’m not saying it perfectly stays in place now but it’s definitely much better. The felt tip glides on pretty smooth, feels much better than my normal Kat Von D one, and applies a lot more product as well, it’s not quite as drying. I’m probably going to keep trying out new ones though.
Maybelline highlighting concealer
What can I say, besides that this is a complete BUST! So disappointed guys! I saw a couple of YT girls say how much they liked it so I gave it a try. NOPE. The brush tip doesn’t do a good job of holding up especially once the product is released, I’m either not getting enough product or getting too much. I’m all about efficiency, I don’t want to spend a couple of minutes trying to color in my triangular highlight areas under the eye. Will not be repurchasing.
Pyunkang Yul toner
I will be doing an updated winter skin care routine soon so I don’t want to share too much here but this is a toner that I started using since August and I’ve been enjoying it.
The Face Shop rice water oil cleanser
After coming off of the Beyond Oil Cleanser, this cleanser is a complete disappointment. It basically feels like oil on top of water…if that makes any sense. It’s super light weight and I have to do at least 2 rounds to get a 75% clean feeling. It’s going on my black list unfortunately
Cosrx acne patch
The Asian beauty community has been raving about this product for a long time and I just haven’t gotten around to getting my hands on it but WOW, I have been missing out. I definitely need to journal my results a lot better but I had two small breakouts on my chin last week and decided to use the patches on it. I kid you not, the smaller pimple was almost gone the following morning and the other pimple came up to the surface. I have no idea what kind of magic is in these little sticky things, but I love it! The only minor complaint I have is the variable sizes. Don’t be fooled, it just looks big in the picture. I have no need for the very small circles. This product will probably be a staple in my stash!
The Face Shop rice water cleansing foam
The oil cleanser was a disappointment but this little baby here makes up for it. I started using this over the summer and swear it’s done some pretty amazing things to my skin/face. I used to have A LOT of redness and pretty prevalent uneven skin tone but I noticed that the redness slowly went away, my skin got clearer and brighter. I’m sure it’s a combination of a couple of things, but this just might be my new holy grail! Side note – I’m actually not sure why they call it a foam cleanser because it’s not really foamy at all….
Dr. Brandt retinol serum
You all know I’m well into my 30’s – so it’s time to start easing into retinols, unfortunately. I didn’t really know where to start but quite honestly I needed to spend a couple more pretty pennies to make VIB status at Sephora so the hyped up reviews on this product convinced me to purchase it. It’s M-E-H at most. I mean I haven’t noticed any dramatic changes? or maybe it’s preventing my otherwise aging skin? IDK! What I know is that I’m not pleased with the smell (LOL). I can get pass it though and it does go away after a short time. The one thing that I do like is the packaging, it’s very sleek and elegant, very genius with a twist pump for hygiene and oxidation prevention but when I factor in the price point, the smell, and overall result it’s probably going to be on my blacklist as well!
Lancôme eye cream
So I ran out of my eye cream a couple of months ago and was in desperate need of a new one so rather than going back to my original Lancôme one, I opted to try this one out. I’m not sure if it was a mistake or not, we’ll see once I’m done with the jar. The consistency is sort of tacky (?) almost sticky, it definitely doesn’t have a cream like texture. To be honest, given my age, skin and attention (LOL) I can’t ever really tell how well eye creams are working. However – I will report that lately when I apply concealer or basically any makeup, the area under my eyes have been pretty smooth…..something may be in the works here. I will keep you posted!
Sara Chapman facial lift
I know, this little gadget looks a little bit funky but believe me when I tell you it does CRAZY things! According to the maker of this product, the purpose of this tool is to bring circulation and blood flow to the face/skin as well as lymphatic drainage. However, the Asian beauty community swears this is facial reconstruction without going under! Too bad I’m so chubby and my face/neck/cheeks are also not an exception so I’m not seeing quite as dramatic a change as some of the reviews have stated. Now I’m not claiming that this will slim your face or eliminate your double chin over night, but the results, although subtle, has been pretty amazing for me. Just the other day, I noticed how different the front view shape of my face was, specifically my chin/jawline. It had a very V like effect (I hope this makes sense). Although I had contour on, that was a change that had never been so prevalent before. I will keep you all posted though. Perhaps if I lose some weight I may see better results!
Vera Wang pants
Do you have one of these? Do you have any of her pants?! OMG – you need one, every woman does! They’re so perfect for work and comfortable enough to wear with an affordable price point too. I have 2 of the one shown above
Charter Club knit robe
This is the perfect robe! I’m not a freeze baby at all so this has just the right coverage and warmth for this season. I would have preferred an all white one but they didn’t have any available
Bandolino suede booties
These are the cutest little booties ever and it’s pretty comfortable as well. I love the block heel for walking ease and the height is just perfect! I can’t believe I’ve held off jumping on the bootie (LOL) wagon! I was once told people of my height and physique shouldn’t wear booties because it’ll make me look even shorter and stubbier. Well – I tried it, seen it, and I love it! I’m sorry, but I look DANG cute! (LOL) Will definitely be adding more to the collection next fall!
Martha Stewart quilt
Let me start off by saying Martha ain’t my girl. She just isn’t my cup of tea, I’m sorry, but for the love of quilts – does she make a good one! I’ve loved this pretty little thing since I’ve laid eyes on it a while back and just haven’t been able to justify making a purchase. However – here in America where we get crazy on the Friday after giving thanks, I was able to convince myself I deserved it this year! (LOL)
Chantelle and Elomi bras
Just pretend that gorgeous model is me because it’s exactly how this bra fits! If you’ve followed any of my blogs you know that I am consistently on the search for the perfect bra because I don’t have the average size bust. Long story short, I walked into Nordstroms and walked out a whole new woman! First of all, if you haven’t been fitted before or even if you have, you really need to go into Nordstroms and have those girls work on you. They truly know their stuff. I’ve been fitted and measured before at lane Bryant and Victoria’s and both places were obviously wrong – I know this because as soon as the Nordstrom gals told me my size and put on these bras, the fit and look was completely out of this world. I’m sure they made a nice commission off of my purchase but I definitely learned a lot. It’s now been 6 months and my bras are still holding up very well. The only down side is the price point, it’s VERY expensive, but again all investments are. You get what you pay for.
Alright that ends my list of goodies for the year. I realize that I don’t do these types of blogs as often as I should but honestly it’s because I don’t go through that much product. I’m not buying products just for the sake of reviews and blog posts and in addition, even if I do buy something I like to allow enough time to at least give it a fair review. I know a lot of bloggers post reviews very frequently but it’s just not realistic for me so I will probably be sticking to a yearly review unless I run into something super exciting or it’s part of another blog, like my skincare, then I’ll definitely share it.
As always, thanks for reading! Stay warm Midwesterners!
– Cyndie –