First Impressions: Glam Glow Blue Sonic Mask

Once again, my curiosity has been peeked after seeing the same product all over Instagram. It seems every beauty gurus out there uses or promotes the Glam Glow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment, which is a shiny blue peel of mask. Glam Glow is known for their high end masks, which will cost you a pretty penny.

This is the .5 oz unit which retails at $22. The larger unit is $69 for 1.7 oz. I purchased my mask through Sephora, also for sale on the Glam Glow website. Like always, let’s break this down and find out if it really is worth the hype!  

Packaging

Obviously this is a special product because of the packaging, being that it’s a collectors edition. I got the Tails container; there was also a Sonic one and a Knuckles one.

Smell & Texture

I don’t like the smell of this AT ALL, however I think I may be alone on that opinion. This has a very tropical scent, to me I smell coconut alcohol  and sun screen. I know, most people love that scent but I personally do not and I didn’t expect it at all.


The texture is thick and gel like at first. It spreads pretty far on the face as you rub it in, so I suggest going in with a little and add from there.

Application

The package does say to avoid the eyebrows and hairline, so be mindful when using this, don’t rip your hair out!

This dried pretty quickly. Because it said to leave on for 30 minutes, I thought this would stay wet for a while, or at least be tacky. However, within about 5 minutes this was dry to the touch. Running my fingers over this was interesting. The mask did not budge, slide, or even come off onto my fingers. It was completely locked in place on my skin. The mask was very smooth all over except for my forehead, which felt rough to the touch. I wonder if this is because my forehead is my oily area? 


This is a firming mask, so expect a tightening feeling when wearing this!

Removing the Mask

This peels off very easily. I used the pad of my finger to roll the edge of this until I was able to get a good piece lifted off of my chin. From there I slowly pulled the mask away from my skin and it very gently peeled off. I was a little nervous to remove this, but it wasn’t painful or difficult, much to my surprise! When I pulled this off of my face, you could literally see indentations from my pores on the strips of mask. That shows you how this really penetrates pores to remove dirt and oil.


My skin felt very tight and smooth when I took this off. I rinsed with warm water, dried my skin and then followed with a moisturizer.

Results

Being that this is a first impression, I’ve only used this product once. Most of the time, with skin care, you need to try the product out for a few solid weeks to see any results. From my first use of this product I can tell you my skin already looks improved! My pores look smaller and clean. My skin looks refreshed and less dull. And the weirdest thing, my skin still feels tight like when the mask was on. It’s been about 20 minutes and my face feels tight and plump!

Worth the Hype?


I am truly impressed with this mask! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced immediate results with a skin care product, at least not the this level. I would 100% recommend this product, this may even become my new skin care holy grail! I cannot wait to do this again next week and see how my skin improved over time. Now I understand the hype on Instagram, this product works; totally worth the hype!

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Ipsy vs. Sephora Play: July 2017

One of my favorite posts to share with you guys and gals are the monthly Ipsy and Sephora Play unboxing! If you are unfamiliar with these, they are a month subscription service that mails 4-5 products to your doorstep! The products range in size from sample, deluxe sample and full sized. In Ipsy, there is a mixture of high end and drugstore brands; Sephora Play is high end only, found in Sephora stores.

The items pictured are sample sized, unless otherwise stated. The prices listed along side the products are for FULL SIZED versions. The retailers vary, as I look up where to find these the cheapest, incase you do not have an Ipsy subscription. If you are in Ipsy subscriber, make sure to check their website as they do offer sales and coupon codes.

Let’s jump right in! These are the bags that I received this month:

Cosmetics Bags


These are both cute bags.. nothing I’m jumping for joy over, but they are cute nonetheless. The zippered bag, with the cartoon egg thing was from Ipsy.  The pink plaid Glamp Out bag is from Sephora. Now for the important stuff.. what’s inside?!

Sephora

  • Ren Clear Skin Care Ever Calm Global Protection Day Cream
  • Clinique Chubby Stick in
  • Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioning Masque
  • It Cosmetics Super Hero Mascara

Ipsy

  • Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer
  • Windy Lux Double Matte Whip
  • Ciate Wonderland Eyeliner
  • TonyMoly Im Real Sheet Masks in Green Tea and Lotus
  • M Princess Pressed Eyeshadow

 

Individual Item Breakdown

Sephora Play Items:

Ren Clear Skin Care Ever Calm Global Protection Day Cream


This moisturizer is suppose to help the skin purify from environmental issues like smoke, pollution and weather. I have used a variety of moisturizers, but none that have made this claim. I am interested in how this would work but I feel like these are the type of products you need to use daily for a while to see it is really pays off.  ($22.97, walmart.com)

Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon

I have used a few of these before, in different shades and I do like the feel of them on the lips. These have very little color pay off  in these lighter shades like this. Since I already have a few of these in similar shades, I will be including this in an upcoming giveaway. ($17, sephora.com)

Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioning Masque

I’ve been more into hair care lately, so I will be trying this out for sure. My hair is chemically treated (bleach, color removers, and a ton of color deposits) so I could definitely use a refresher! I don’t typically use hair masques but that’s what these subscription boxes are all about- trying new things! ($32, sephora.com, currently out of stock)

It Cosmetics Super Hero Mascara

I have gotten this before in a subscription box and used it in the past. This isn’t my favorite mascara in the world, but I dont hate it. This does add a bit of length and volume, but nothing too dramatic. I do like that the formula being that isn’t too drying and it doesn’t flake. ($24, itcosmetics.com)

Ipsy Items:

Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer

I have heard a lot about this bronzer, it seems to be pretty hyped up on Instagram, soI was very excited to see this! I am not huge on bronzers, being that I have pale skin, but this gives such a nice glow-y feel that is perfect for the summer. I apply this with a large angled fluffy brush to my temples, cheekbones, and down the side of my neck. I love how this wears on the skin! The packaging on this is really cute too, with a faux crocodile skin on the compact. The pan size is good sized and I see this lasting my quiet a while! ($30, tartecosmetics.com)

Windy Lux Double Matte Whip in Angel Food 

This product is a rose pink matte liquid lipstick. The packing and name is super cute, although it doesn’t seem like a very big sample compared to the same of most liquid lipsticks. The full sized in so adorable, it has little ice-cream cones on it , so cute! I did swatch this on my hand and it was tacky at first and then dried down completely matte. This is so long lasting, the swatch stayed on my hand the entire day until I removed it with soapy water! I am impressed with the staying power of these and would like to try other colors! ($13, winkylux.com)

Ciate Wonderland Gel Kohl Eyeliner Pencil

This is a cool concept, one side is eyeliner and the other side is an angled brush. The brush is insanely soft and flexible. I definitely thought it would be stiff and was really surprised at how well it blended the liner out with the bendable bristles. I haven’t tried this on my eye yet, so I dont know how well it would hold up in the water liner, but I will give it a whirl soon. I swatched this on my hand and the liner is a bit rough, not super creamy, but it does have good color pay off. The pigment is definitely bold and blends down softly, so I like that you could do a different looks with this product! ($18, sephora.com)

TonyMoly Im Real Sheet Masks in Green Tea and Lotus

I love receiving sheet masks in my subscription boxes because I always find new brands or mask types that I’m unfamiliar with. I am excited to try these out, I saw this brand listed on a makeup website recently and I was intrigued! These are really inexpensive for sheet masks, so if they work out for me, I will definitely be repurchasing. Who doesn’t want affordable skin care?! ($3 each, macys.com)

M Princess Pressed Eyeshadow in Biscuit

I am just not a fan of single eyeshadows. I typically throw them in a random drawer and forget about them. I am a palette queen all the way. I know, I know, just get a Z palette to hold all of my singles, I keep telling myself but haven’t actually done it. This color on this looks nice, but upwards of $15 seem like a lot of money for a single shadow. I did not open this or swatch it because it will be in an comping giveaway (possibly this week so keep you eyes peeled!) ($15.45, http://www.emmprincess.com.au)

Overall

The winner this month is clearly IPSY! I was really excited with the variety of products this month. It was 6 products total, since it came with two different sheet masks!  For $10 I am really ecstatic to receive a lipstick, eyeshadow, two face masks, bronzer and an  eyeliner!!!

Sephora Play on the other hand was a little underwhelming. I will likely use some of these, but I just wasn’t super excited the way I was when I opened my Ipsy bag. As you may have noticed, there are only 4 items listed for my Sephora Box this month, because I did not receive one of the items listed on my information pamphlet, so I know I was suppose to receive it… Also, the fragrance sample I received leaked…. so not great showing this month for the Sephora Box.

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What I Found at TJ Maxx

Lately I have seen a lot of TJ Maxx Hauls! Its been really surprising seeing the brands people have been finding, so I had to take a trip to my local store. I was amazed to see brands like Marc Jacobs, Kat Von D, MAC and Stila.

There were a lot of MAC liquid lipsticks and Stila blushes but there was only one shade of each and  the colors weren’t for me, so I had to pass. What I did get isn’t too shabby, although it wasn’t easy finding everything. The beauty aisles of the TJ Maxx I visited were an absolute wreck. A lot of the packages were tampered with, rip open/empty, or broken. The products weren’t displayed well, they had been piled on top of each other so it took me a good amount of time digging and sorting.

The Items I Picked Up:

Luxe Beauty Care Signature Retinol Spa Treatment Masks- $3 (originally $9.99)

I love face masks so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw how many options there were to choose from. I haven’t used the brand Luxe Beauty Care before but the packaging was nice and it came with 5 masks for only $3! That’s only 60 cents per mask!

Velour Silk Lashed- $9.99 (originally $26)

I have seen this brand at Sephora before, so when I saw the $9.99 price tag, I was sold! I haven’t used these before but I am excited to try them out.

Joico Body Luxe Root Lifting Volumizing Foam- $6 (originally $16.99)

I have used multiple Joico  products in the past, but not this one specifically. This smells so amazing, like a tropical vacation!

Kat Von D Lightening Metallic Liners in Hyde & Poe- $7.99 (originally $26 each)

These are AN ABSOLUTE MESS! I highly recommend running in the other direction if you ever see these! I opened the copper one, Hyde and it exploded all over me. There was product all over my chest, arms and face. I figured I got a bad one so I very carefully opened the other shade, Poe, and although it didn’t explode, it did leak all over my hand immediately. I don’t have a photo of these because I returned them! These have been discontinued by Kat Von D Beauty, they are no longer for sale and I can see why.

Faith in Face Pink Clay Foam Facial Cleanser $3.99 (originally $11.99)

I really wanted to try a new cleanser and this says “makes pores pretty” on the bottle therefore I had to grab it! I haven’t tried this yet but I am excited to see if it minimizes the appearance of pores at all.

Joice Co Color Therapy Shampoo & Color Endure Conditioner $7.99 each (originally $14.99 each)

Joico is the color line I use so when I saw a color care shampoo an conditioner by this brand I was really excited! These smell really nice, but I feel like I need to use them for  a while before I’ll see results.

Estee Lauder Scumptous Knock Out $5.99 (originally $10)

This is a travel sized item, definitely not a full sized tube. I am currently using Estee Edit skincare, so I figured why not try out the mascara for $6?

Buxom Liquid Lipstick in Wandress $4.99 (originally $21)

I keep telling myself “stop buying liquid lipsticks, you have to many” but this was only $5 and I knew Buxom was a well known brand sold at Sephora so I couldn’t pass up on this!

Overall

Between digging through the shelves and getting broken/messy products, I just wasn’t feeling this haul. I do think I will do this again, being that TJ Maxx gets new items frequently and I did save a lot of money. Maybe I just picked a bad time to go, or maybe the location near me just isn’t maintained well. If I had paid full price, I would have spent $177.95. All together, I spend $65.92 and saved $112.03, so I really cant complain!

I will say if you purchase makeup from a store like this, SANITIZE EVERYTHING BEFORE USING. It goes without saying,  people can be gross; a lot of fingers could potential touch that makeup before it gets to you. Another thing, I feel like these products could be past their expiration dates, especially since they are selling discontinued items. Just be caution when purchasing!

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Urban Decay Velvetizer: Worth the Hype?

Urban Decay recently launched a new product, the Velvetizer Translucent Mix In Medium! This is a super finely milled powder that you mix in with liquid foundation! It’s is said to give extra coverage and make the skin look velvety smooth. I had to try this out since I’ve never tried a mix in medium before. I wanted to do a in depth review of this since it’s so new.

Purchasing/ Shipping

I purchased this from Urbandecay.com for $34 on July 5th. I recieved an email that night saying my order “was being prepped”. By the 12th the package was sitting on my doorstep! Thats 7 days total, but only 4 business days. I’m very impressed with the speedy delivery and how everything was packaged so nicely. The items were carefully wrapped in purple tissue paper which has little Urban Decay logos all over it! (I did order a few other products as seen in the photo)

Packaging

The box this came in has velvet detailing and so does the jar! It is super cute, although not that practical. The velvet on the jar seems to get covered by powder after just one use. Not a huge flaw, just something to point out.

The sifter is shaped like the Urban Decay UD logo, such a nice touch!

Color

There are so many “translucent” powders out there that are not translucent, so when I see something labeled as such, I’m hesitant. I was nervous that this would oxidize my foundation when mixed in, and give me the wrong color, however I was pleasantly surprised when this was actually translucent!!!! Yay!

Texture

This powder is the most lightweight, finely milled powder I’ve ever touched. It is so lightweight that it’s messy if you don’t pay attention. This will end up everywhere if you open the jar all willy-nilly, so be careful! Although, I really like the feel of this powder, it doesn’t work for baking the under eye because it’s so fine.

Things to Know Before Using

This product doubles as a setting powder and/or a mix in medium. If you are using this as setting powder, just keep in mind that this does not attach well to sponge. I wouldn’t recommend applying this with a beauty blender or trying to bake the under eye; the powder is just too fine to adhere to a sponge-like applicator. This is best applied with a large fluffy brush which will pick up the product and distribute it evenly.

To use this as a mix in medium, you need a liquid foundation. I’ve used a few brands with this powder and so far, the Wet n Wild Photo Focus is my favorite to combine with this. It mixes well with the Photo Focus and looks really nice on the skin.

How To:

Step 1: Pour out a dime sized amount of powder onto a glass palette or mixing bowl. This comes out quickly, be mindful!

Step 2: Add Liquid Foundation

Step 4: Mix Together (I used a brush handle)

This does thicken up the foundation immediately so it’s less liquid-y. Even thought this makes the foundation thicker, it doesn’t  change the blendability. The foundation still applied very smoothly and blended out nice.

I will say I had no hope for this product, why would you mix a powder into a liquid foundation?! I figured this would be weird but I WAS WRONG!! This really does give extra coverage!

Wearability

This looks so beautiful on the skin! It makes everything look soft and velvety. My skin looks so smooth and angelic! This does make my foundation Matte, but not dry or cakey. I love the way this look and it does seem to keep my skin from getting oily throughout the day. I have used this everyday since I purchased it. I will say one more time, be mindful when using this! A little product goes a long way and the more I have been using this, the better I have gotten at mixing the perfect ratio. In these photos I when a little heavy with the powder and because of that I had a some creasing under my eyes.

 

Availability

I purchased this from urbandecay.com for $34. I have also seen this listed on Sephora.com -although last I check it was sold out. That is a little pricey for the amount of product you receive, but a little goes a long way. If you struggle with your complexion, this is definitely worth the price.

 Overall

I am so impression with this product. It’s a very new concept to me and I am loving it! If you aren’t into full coverage or matte finish, then this probably wouldn’t be your cup of tea. But if you have discoloration, acne or uneven skin, like me, you might fall in love with this as hard as I did.

Has anyone else tried this? I’m curious on everyone’s thought! Let me know in the comment below.

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Collagen Hydro Gel Gold Mask Review

I see so many beauty products, both makeup and skin care, that use gold in them, so I was really intrigued when I saw a gold mask at Walmart. I was super excited to try this out and wanted to share my thoughts with all of you!
This Collagen Hydro Gel Gold Mask is made by Masqueology. The packaging states “the gold and collagen will help hydrate and revitalize dull fatigued skin while detoxifying the impurities in the skin to give an overall glow and life to the skin”.

The directions say to clean your skin and then apply the mask for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes, rather than washing off the excess, this says to massage it in the face and neck.

So, like always, lets break this down into categories: packaging, appearance, texture, smell, productivity and price/availability.

Packaging

This comes in a black and gold flat unit. You can feel the gel consistency when you squeeze the package, the mask slips around inside. It is a sturdy package that would hold up well if you were traveling or have this kicking around for a while before you use it. The top has a notch on the side to make opening the unit easy peasy.

Once you get this open, the mask itself is folded with plastic separators in between the layers. This is kind of tough to unfold, so be careful!

Appearance

I expected this to be solid gold, like the photo on the label, but it isn’t. This is a cloudy translucent mask with gold sparkles in it. The packaging it very misleading, being that it shows a golden full face mask. Besides the color, the mask itself is kind of weird, but also kind of genius. This is two pieces; one piece goes across the mouth/chin and then the other piece covers from the upper lip to the hair line. I applied the bottom piece first and totally looked like Hannibal Lecture! After putting the top piece on it felt secure on my face, although I did rip the mouth and eye holes a little bigger so it was more comfortable.

Texture

This is a gel mask, so keep that in mind. This is pretty slippery and feels like a thicker version of saran wrap that’s covered in liquid, that sound weird but it’s true. The mask is very thin so, be gentle to not rip this! The texture is definitely completely different than a paper sheet mask. Because of the bendable plastic-y material, and how wet this is, it really clings to the face. I love how this hugged the contours of my face and really stayed in place for the 20 minutes. I was able to do work on my computer, with my head kind of tilted down, and this did slip or slide at all.

Smell

There is no odor to this mask at all! Yay! I really like odorless mass, being that it sits right under the nose and I’m not huge on strong fragrances.

Productivity

After wearing this for 20 minutes, it peeled off really easily. There was a good amount of the serum on my face still and I rubbed that in all over. It felt silky and lightweight, similar to a facial oil. It wasn’t sticky and slimy at all! I didn’t notice any immediately tightening but I did feel very moisturized and refreshed. I applied this right before bed so that I could really let the serum marinate on my skin over night. In the morning, my makeup went on smoothly and my skin looked so glowing and hydrated! I even got a few compliments on my skin that day and I don’t have great skin so I never get compliments on it! I would say this definitely helped with dullness and hydration. I did wash my face the next morning before doing my makeup, so I don’t know how this serum would layer underneath.

Price/Availability

I purchased this at Walmart for $2.50.. can you believe that?!?!!? This mask is really great and I cannot believe it’s so inexpensive and readily available.

Overall

I will absolutely be using these masks again! The package does say its good for all skin types so I highly recommend checking these out, especially since it’s only $2.50!

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Unicorn Glow Box by Wet n Wild, First Impressions

Everyone is unicorn obsessed lately, and that mean makeup brands are capitalizing on the trending fashion. Wet n Wild is one of the brands that released a limited edition Unicorn Glow line. This line includes highlighters, loose pigments, lipsticks and a super cute highlighting brush. These items are sold separately or in a full set, which is what I got my hands on! This box is available on wetnwild.com for $30.

Lets start at the beginning. I ordered this on 07/03 and it was on my doorstep by 07/15. That’s 12 days total, 8 business days. That’s not terrible for shipping, but it’s not Sephora fast. I did look at multiple stores to find some of these items but none of the retailers, like CVS, Walmart, etc had these in stock so I ordered online instead. This was packaged really well, with ample bubble wrap to secure the products inside the box.

The product packaging is really cute, with a holographic unicorn embellishment on the front of the box.

When I opened it up there was another layer of bubble wrap which made me very excited! I’m glad them take the time to make sure the products are secure!

NOW, FOR THE INSIDE….


Ugh, tell me this isn’t adorable! This is packaged so well and looks so professional! I am really loving this vault style packaging!

Now let’s jump into my first impressions on these products. I have played around with these and swatched them on my face and hands, however I haven’t worn these for a full day so I don’t know how ell they hold up. I will definitely let you know as I become more familiar with the products.

Brush

This brush is the reason I looking into this line and purchased the box. The brush alone is listed for $5. It is really adorable with the oil slick/ metallic colors in the handle, which is shapes like a unicorn horn. The bristles are soft, sturdy and have a great rounded shape that picks up and distributes product really well. My one complaint would be the weight of this brush. The handle is very lightweight plastic feeling and just seems kind of cheap. It would be nice to have some weigh in the shaft of the brush. With that being said, the brush itself is great and that’s what important. The bristle texture and shape is prefect for highlighting.

Loose Pigments (3)

  • Unicorn Wishes, a deep cobalt blue with gold sparkle
  • Pegasus Flutter, a shimmery baby pink with silvery undertones
  • Mythical Dreams, a shimmery purple with blue undertones

These are beautifully pigmented! I am not typically a fan of loose pigments but the colors are fabulous and the texture blends out so smoothly. The container on these is so genius havening a flip up cap over the sifter! This will help so much when you open these, being that the product would fly around and get stuck in the cap to create a giant mess.

Highlights (3)

  • Everlasting Glow, a pink/champagne with silver undertones
  • Unicorn Glow, green, silver and yellow undertones when mixed (rainbow)
  • Bronze Over the Rainbow, a blinding gold

These highlighters are insanely blinding and I LOVE IT! I would probably say Everlasting Glow is my favorite. These swatches are the highlighters swirled all together. The fun thing is you can use your brush to target a certain part of these highlighters for a certain color rather than swirling. The texture of these are really nice for a drugstore highlight but there is a ton of fallout, so it’s a little messy. 

Lipsticks (2)

  • Immortal Soul, (white band on packaging),  white/lavender holographic
  • Unicorn Tears (blue band on packaging),  pink/blue holographic

These are really pretty holographic lipsticks with a creamy consistency. I will say they look different on the lips than swatched on the hands, much more subtle on the lips. I tried to layer these over a dry liquid lipstick thinking these would transform the color, and work like a lip topper, but it didn’t work. It ended up looking muddy and weird. Maybe I didn’t have a good base for it, so I’ll try again with another formula and see how it works.

Overall

I really give Wet n Wild credit, they are stepping up their game a lot lately. I couldn’t ask for more from a affordable, cruelty free brand! I am excited to play around with these more and explore some brighter makeup looks! Has anyone reading used this line yet? Let me know in the comments what items you are loving, I know I am digging these highlighters!

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 Sephora Haul, Free Makeup?!

I did a little online shopping with the Sephora app and scored big time! By using my VIB points and utilizing the ‘Mobile Rewards’ offer I was able to get a bunch of free deluxe sample sized products in addition to the two skin care items I purchased. I spent $54.57 total, including tax.

Items I Purchased:

($22) GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment Sonic Blue Collectable Ediiton- Tails

($29) The Estee Edit Guest Editor Skincare Picks Go Glow

Received for free*:

Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Deluxe Sample Set (free with any $25 purchase)

Tarte Happy Birthday Gift, Lip & Cheek Set (free with purchase during your bday month)

Tarte Pro Glow Liquid Highlight in Stunner (100 points)

Henriksen Truth Serum (100 points)

Laura Mercier Velour Lipstick in Devotion (100 points)

PLUS: 3 SAMPLES— The app lets you pick the samples you want receive, but I always end up with completely different samples altogether.

*If you are unfamiliar with how Sephora points work or how to use the mobile app to the best of its ability, check out my blog post ‘Sephora App Perks & Haul’.

I have never tried any of these products so I am really excited to test them all out! I will be doing quiet a few reviews like ‘First Impressions’ & ‘Worth the Hype’ blog posts soon with some of these products in addition to the new Urban Decay items and Wet n Wild items I recently picked up. There will be a lot more posts coming regularly so keep an eye out!

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Milk Blur Stick: Worth the Hype?! 

I’ve heard soon much hype about the Milk Blur Stick! Mostly on IG, there are millions of tutorials with beautiful full faced looks, all starting with this product.  I personally like high end face products because my skin breaks out, so this was something that really peeked my interest. Luckily for me, the Milk Blur Stick was in one of my Sephora Play boxes, so I got to try it out without buying a full sized version.

What’s all the hype about?

This product is listed for sale on sephora.com for $36. It is said to reduce the appearance of pores & fine lines all while keeping your makeup looking great all day long! I had to know if this is something that was just hype on IG or if it was the real deal. Let’s dive a little deeper into packaging, application, texture, similar products, and most importantly does it live up to the hype?

Packaging

The packaging on this is pretty straight forward, nothing too cute. This type of packaging is similar to deodorant, where you twist the bottom to reveal the product dispensing at the top. I absolutely love twist up products like this, they are super easy to use and quick to apply.

Application

This does seem to glide right over the skin, but almost the effect that its not transferring the product on. I swiped this along my forehead and cheek area and it almost felt like there was nothing on my skin. I know that sounds like a good thing, lightweight makeup, but its not. I feel like this is just so light and subtle that I wasn’t getting the payoff I wanted. I did reapply over the same area with a few swipes to make sure it was rubbing onto the skin. I know it did transfer on because you can see the product dwindling in the package but it jut felt like nothing was happening.

Texture

This is a solid product that I am just not use to. Typically, primers are a similar consistency to lotion or a gel like serum. This is smooth to the touch and feels like it would dry down to a soft powder finish. I do like the way it feels on my fingers when I swatch this, but I just don’t feel that same texture on my face. I will say my skin feels smooth after gliding this over, but it doesn’t feel insanely improved and there was no visible difference in my pores or fine lines.

I did follow up with foundation and concealer to see if maybe this just didn’t blur by itself and had to have product layered over it. Even still, I didn’t notice any blurring effects and my pores were still gigantic.

Similar Products

Some similar products that I am familiar with are Benefit Porefessional and Urban Decay DeSlick Complexion Primer. These two products are a more gel/cream like consistency rather than a solid, like this Milk Blur Stick. I much prefer these two products over the Blur Stick, because they actually work. The Benefit primer is very soft, velvety texture on the skin and definitely helps with pores. This is available in two sizes at Sephora, listed at $12 or $31. The Urban Decay primer is a dry, matte primer that hold all day to keep the skin from getting oily, and also helps with fine lines and pores (I do not recommend the Deslick if you have dry skin). This primer is $34 at Sephora.

Does it live up to the Hype?

Nope! This really feels like a joke, did I get a bad batch or something? I feel like this didn’t do anything to improve the look of my skin, nor did it make my makeup last longer. I am sooooo happy I receive this in my Sephora box and didn’t drop $36 on a full sized container. Save you money! Or better yet, go pick up some Porefessional or DeSlick, they work way better.

Side note

This is my personal opinion. I am not trying to bash companies or products, I just want to give my honest review on a product in hopes I am helping others save there money and time on products that are just Instagram popular and not actually amazing items. If this products works for you and you completely disagree with me, that’s totally okay! Everyone has different skin with different need and wants.

Let me know in the comments below how you guys and gals feel about the Milk Blur Stick. Am I applying it wrong on layering it incorrectly? I truly want to know why people love this so much because I thought it was a total let down.

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Walmart Beauty Box: Summer 2017

If you are unfamiliar with the Walmart Beauty Box, it is a quarterly subscription box showcasing items sold at Walmart stores. Walmart charges $5 per box, so all together it’s $20 a year to receive these beauty boxes. The items range from sample, deluxe sample and sometimes full sized products. Everything is pretty budget friendly, being that it’s from a company sold at Walmart stores.

Again, this is not a monthly subscription, this comes out every 4 weeks and is themed per season. This season was the Summer Box, lets dive in!

Packaging

The packaging on this box is super cute. The paper inside has adorable little fireworks. I really like that Walmart does this top of box, where the lid comes completely off. I must say I prefer boxes over cosmetics bags, like you would receive in Ipsy. I reuse the boxes to store things in my house, to wrap gifts, to ship giveaways etc. The cosmetics bags I receive from other subscription boxes usually dont get much use from me, but I digress. I love the colors scheme so much on this box, it just so happens to match my hair!

Simple Cleansing Wipes

If you are familiar with my blog, you know I am OBSESSED with Simple wipes. I use these every morning before I do my makeup to remove any excess oil and dirt. I also use these every night to take my makeup off. I just love the formula of this product; the wipes are soft and gentle but effective at removing stubborn makeup. Such a great product to receive in this box!!

Impress Press on Manicure One Step Gel

This is such a cute item and I love the idea of it but my natural nails are longer than the press ons. I will hold on to these because I would love to try them out and see how they work when my nails are shorter. I am very curious about the adhesive on the back of these nails.. would it actually hold up compared to nail glue? The color/design is gorgeous, the package I received has white nails, along with 3 different accent nails: one is solid glittery gold, one is a diamond shaped pattern of glittery gold and one says “love” is glittery gold. I do like these a lot and this is the first time I’ve receive a full sized product in one of these boxes! I looked up the price, and this sells for $7.99!!!!

Pantene Pro-V Dream Care Shampoo & Conditioner

I don’t use Pantene products so I wont personally be using this, but my boyfriend travels for work, so this is perfect to throw in his travel bag. I did pop them open and they smell good, so thats a plus! Just because I wont be using these doesn’t mean I think its a bad product. These are travel sizes that you would buy for like $1-2 each anyway so I think its a good product for a $5 subscription box.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

SOOOO this product is totally haunting me. I obviously got this in this season’s box, hence why were discussing it, but I also receive TWO of these in my winter box… AND I already have a full bottle in my bathroom that I never use. I’m just not a fan of this product. I use to live by Aveeno as a kid/teen because I had a lot of skin issues. The older I go the more oily my skin got and I stopping using Aveeno because I just didn’t need it anymore. If you suffer from any kind of skin irritation, this product would probably work really well for you, I’m just not a fan for my skin.

Eco Tools Mask Remover Sponges

This just seems like the most genius invention ever! I hate taking off mud masks because they are so thick and just seem to cling to my skin ruthlessly. I haven’t used these sponges yet, nor have I ever used a product like this. I typically remove mud masks with a warm face cloth and it works, but I like gimmicky so I’ll totally be testing these out. The package says you can ring these out after you use them and dry them, which means they are reusable! It also states these are a gentle exfoliating sponge which you can use with you regular face wash. There is nothing I love more that a multi-purpose beauty product. I have a feeling I will love these! I did check the price because I was curious if this was a full sized product and the sponges are the actual size you would receive in a full sized package, but the full sized does come with 3 sponges for $3.97 at Walmart.

Wally’s Natural Organic Body Oil

This sample comes in a tube very similar to perfume testers. It looks like a tiny amount of product but being that oil goes a pretty long way, maybe it will stretch. It does say is reduces the appliance of scars, stretch marks and dry skin, I happen to have all 3, so I will give this a try. I do get nervous about oils, being that I already have oily skin but I am going to use this as a spot treatment on my scars and see if the discoloration goes away.

Schwarzkopf Got2B Glued Spiking Glue

This is one of those, no thank you products…. I don’t use spiking glue in my hair so this isn’t the type of product I would get excited about. This is also not something my boyfriend or brother or anyone I know could use so maybe I’ll save it for a giveaway. I will say, it smells good! Quick side story, when I was 14 I had beautiful natural chocolate brown hair down to my waist and I chopped it all off so that my bangs came down to my chin, and the rest of my hair was short spikes. Back then, a product like this would have been so perfect for that grudge-y/punk look I was trying so hard to achieve. I wish I had a picture of my 14 year old rock and roll self to share with you guys, talk about a glow-up.

Overall

That is everything I received for the Summer Walmart Beauty Box, I have to say, this box is fan-freaking-tanstic!!! Seriously, this has to be the best Walmart Beauty Box I’ve ever received. Last seasons box was kind of womp-womp, so I am pleasantly surprised with the goodies I got this month! I am really impressed that there were so many products (and such a high value) for a box that is only $5! If you are on the fence of subscribing to a month beauty box like Ipsy or Sephora, this could be a great place for you to start!

Do any of your guys and gals receive these Walmart boxes? Let me know in the comments what products you received this season! I am curious about the Target subscription box too, but they sell out so quickly, and you cannot enroll for a subscription to have it automatically sent to you.

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