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My current favorite sunscreen is @eltamdskincare UV Physical.  It checks all the boxes for me at the moment and I’ve been choosing it over all my other sunscreens every day since I bought it. ⬅️ for a before / after on my face and the ingredients.
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UV Physical is a mineral based sunscreen with a whipped texture. It has a sheer tint and evens out my skintone just a little. I don’t think it would work on someone much lighter than I am - you can see that it’s too dark for my inner arm, though not for my face. I don’t know if it would be ashy on darker skin tones.
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I have dry skin and apply over my regular skincare. It doesn’t seem to add hydration or dry me out.  No scent.  I dislike the feeling of some silicones (e.g. the classic Smashbox primer), and although this contains silicones, it doesn’t have that heavy feeling. It spreads easily and I have no trouble applying a sufficient amount, and then it dries down quickly and stays in place all day.
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I’ve been a fan of Japanese sunscreens for daily wear and Euro sunscreens for outdoor activities for a while, but I’m really happy with this for both! It’s $30 for 3oz, which I consider very affordable for a face sunscreen (plus Dermstore carries it and frequently has 20% off sales).
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I bought this myself (not an ad!) and plan to repurchase.
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#eltamd #eltamduvphysical #physicalsunscreen #mineralsunscreen #sunscreenreview #skincarecommunity
People say that Clinique Black Honey and Burt's Bees Red Dahlia are dupes, but the pigmentation levels are very different. I've also heard that the (discontinued but still available online) Revlon lip butter in Fig Jam is similar, but it definitely isn't.  Swipe for swatches of these three plus Lipstick Queen Medieval - the top of each swatch is one swipe and the bottom is built up, though none of them build particularly well.
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#sheerlipstick #clinqueblackhoney #blackhoney #burtsbeesreddahlia #reddahlia #revlonfigjam #figjam #lipstickqueenmedieval
The lovely and generous @makeupwithdrawal gave me a bottle of her collaboration polish with #rescuebeautylounge (which no longer exists). It's so beautiful - a jelly finish blurple that leans blue on me in most lights but purple is some, with a gorgeous purple/pinky shimmer. I've had it on for a few days now and it's holding up well, only a little bit of tipwear. ⬅️ for swatches.
I met @makeupwithdrawal and she brought presents! 😍 Sheet masks, an amazing-smelling mist, a cream, a modeling mask and a bubble mask (I haven't tried those types of masks before!), and her makeupwithdrawal collaboration polish with the now-defunct rbl (!!!). And a super awesome multichrome snake for my daughter that I borrowed for the photo 😊
Physician’s Formula Butter Highlighter in Pearl: I was surprised that this is a cream, since the butter bronzers and blushes are powders. The formula reminds me of Colourpop super shock products.  It’s a very pretty highlighter with subtle multicolored shimmer - very multidimensional. It’s bit more intense than I usually go for but can be sheered out easily. Very long wearing. It has the same beachy coconut scent as the other PF butter products, but isn’t quite as strong.
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#physiciansformula #physiciansformulabutterhighlighter #butterhighlighter #butterhighlighterpearl #drugstoremakeup #drugstoremakeupreview #makeupreview
Glossier haloscope in quartz - swipe for swatches. It's pretty 😍 though I haven't really tested it out enough to give a verdict.
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(Both swatches are quartz. Purchased with store credit earned from my referral link.)
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#glossier #haloscope #haloscopequartz #glossierhaloscope
People bought things with my @glossier link so I bought things with my store credit. This is rose balm dot com, haloscope in quartz, and boy brow in clear.
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I've used balm dot com before though not in rose - I wouldn't spend my own money on it, but it's nice. I like boy brow but the colors don't work for me, so I think the clear over pencil will better. Excited to try out the haloscope - I prefer a subtle highlight so it seems like it'll be just right.
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#glossier #haloscope #boybrow #balmdotcom
Swatches of some light olive foundations (and some less olive ones). The first photo is more color-accurate; the second gives a better idea of how green some of them are.
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Someday I will put together a blog post with swatches of all my foundations.
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MUS is Make Up Store, which is a Swedish brand; KGD is Koh Gen Do. I think everything else is clear from the labels, but please ask any questions!
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#olivefoundation #olivefoundationswatches #oliveundertones #rolivemua #sculptexcellence #sculptexcellencecoconut #kgdaqua
I decided to cancel my #sephoraplay subscription. my February box has a really nice selection of products, but I own or have tried too many products for the subscription to be worth it for me.
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I recently bought the #farmacygreenclean balm (though the mini is nice to have); I've used up multiple mini #freshsugarrose balms (I like them enough to use but not enough to purchase); I own a Laura Mercier caviar stick already and love it, but I'm not drawn to this shade; I have zero need for another red lipstick; I rarely use perfume samples. I am excited to try out the #belifeyebomb - I generally don't use a separate eye cream but I like to try them and wonder if someday one will change my mind!
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#sephoraplaybox #sephoraplayfebruary #sephoraplayfebruary2018
I bought two Sonia G brushes (designed by brush queen @sweetmakeuptemptations) and they are so beautiful - the handles are gorgeous and the construction quality is 👌🏼. The left one is Crease One, it's sort of like a longer pencil brush with an airy tip. It's a bit denser than I expected and made of ultra soft blue squirrel. The other is Sculpt Three and is a great size and shape; it's also the softest goat hair brush I own. I have a lot of brushes from a lot of brands and price points, and these are special - unique shapes and again, just so luxurious and beautiful.
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#soniag #soniagbrushes #soniagcreaseone #soniagsculptthree #fude
Influenster sent me Murad's new Nutrient Charged Water Gel to try (free) and review. I've been using it most days for the past three weeks.
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It's a lightly fragranced, light-textured gel cream (oil free, contains silicone). I have dry skin and it’s super cold and dry here so I’ve been using it layered with other skincare. It dries down to a soft, slightly velvety finish so I like it as a final skincare layer in the morning or after serums / before heavier creams in the evening.  It’s soothing and lightly hydrating without being heavy; I think that oilier skin types might appreciate it more than I do.
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I’ll finish the jar and would happily use up samples if I were given them, but wouldn’t repurchase at $60 for 1.7oz. I also dislike the jar packaging - I’m not worried about contamination (I use clean hands, though it did come with a mini spatula which I immediatley lost), but I know that some ingredients deteriorate faster when exposed to light and air.
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Swipe for ingredients - it has ceramides, peptides, niacinamide, and some interesting ferments.
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#WaterForDays #MuradSkincare #complimentary #contest @MuradSkincare @Sephora @influenster #nutrientchargedwatergel
And another #1empty1newbie - there are a couple uses left in the "empty," but close enough. The empty is a Matsuyama cleansing balm that feels like Vaseline going on but emulsifies and rinses off easily - I posted about it on Instagram a couple months ago.  I would repurchase. The newbie is, of course, Farmacy's cleansing balm - I've used it twice and am enjoying it so far.
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Thanks to @vanity.rex for blogging about the Matsuyama cleanser and @makeupismycatnip for convincing me to try out the Farmacy!
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#oneemptyonenewbie #matsuyama #matsuyamacleanser #farmacygreenclean #cleansingbalm #skincarecommunity