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This Wet n Wild #zombieblush looks super gimmicky, but surprisingly works well as a blush! Swipe for swatches - left to right is a fingertip swatch wet, brush swatch dry, and brush swatch diffused. It blends out to a sort of sunburned rust with a subtle green highlight. I like it!
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This is definitely better as a blush than an eyeshadow due to semi sheer pigmentation, but it's workable as either. I want to do a monochrome look using it on my eyes, as blush, and patted on my lips too.
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#wetnwildbeauty #wetnwildzombieblush
My first @sephora order. I added the brush to get free shipping.
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I saw a couple YouTube videos where people looked back at their first online Sephora order, and though I'd join in. I very clearly remember ordering this! The Naked Palette and been released not that long ago, and kept going out of stock, so I was really excited to get it.
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I still have the palette but haven't used it for months or perhaps years. I have a single of Smog - my favorite from the palette - and I do use that.
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#sephora #firstsephorapurchase
I am a big fan of YSL'S Glossy Stains and Lancome's L'Absolu Lacquer is quite similar - perhaps a bit thinner in texture. Like the Glossy Stains, these are glossy but have minimal transfer, last well, and leave a stain. This is 306 Infra Rose - I thought it might be too cool for me, and it does initially apply as a cooler / purpler pink, but within a few seconds it warms up a bit. I tried to capture the color change in the second photo, but no luck. I've really been enjoying this as a super easy lip product to keep in my bag. One downside is that it is fragranced - the scent bothered me at first, but now that I'm used to it I barely notice it.
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Purchased by me. I smoothed my skin in the third pic because I didn't want to stare at my pores, but didn't otherwise edit or change the texture of my lips.
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#lancomelabsolulacquer #labsolulacquer #306infrarose #labsolulacquer306 #glossystain #yslglossystain
This #sephorafavorites kit has been in my cart since it launched a month or so ago, I finally decided to go for it. It's the rare kit where I would actually use every item in it! I'm especially excited about the Laura Mercier and Hourglass highlighters and the Becca bronzers, as I've wanted to try those for a while but definitely don't want or need full sizes.  Let me know if you want reviews, swatches, or comparisons of anything!
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#lauramerciermatteradiance #lauramerciermatteradiancebakedpowder #hourglassvanishflash #hourglasschampagneflash #beccacapricoast #sephorafavoritessunkissedglow #makeupminis
This is a neat little device I got a while back. It makes tons of foam out of any foaming cleanser with minimal effort. #skincaretainment
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I used the same amount (a half pump) of the same cleanser (CeraVe Foaming, my favorite foaming cleanser) for the second and third photo - second is lathered by hand, third is about 5 seconds in the device.
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I bought this one at Ulta. It's by the brand Nooni (which I think is made by Memebox)but others brands have them too - iirc, the original is by a Japanese brand.
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#skincarecommunity #nooni #noonimarshmallowwhipmaker #memebox #kbeauty #rasianbeauty
This is my favorite shampoo ever, it was reformulated a couple years ago and is no longer any good. I found a pre-reformulation bottle when I was cleaning out a drawer, and I had forgotten just how good it is! It's gentle on my hair and scalp, yet I get an extra 2-3 days before my hair looks oily vs every other shampoo I've ever tried. RIP.
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#discontinued #lador #damageprotectoracidshampoo #kbeauty
This deodorant smells SO GOOD - it's a very true jasmine green tea.  I would totally wear the scent as perfume. I'm not against aluminum at all; I use an unscented anti-persperant at night and this during the day. A+ combination!
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#schmidts #schmidtsdeodorant
Deciem Petrowhat? is clearly inspired by Glossier balm dotcom, but they're actually not very similar aside from being multipurpose scented balms in tubes. And having somewhat obnoxious marketing.
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Deciem's Petrowhat? in Rio/Guava smells great but tastes kind of salty - the sales assistant at the store where I bought it says that's the aminos in it. It is smooth and glossy, with a texture akin to lipgloss - but absorbs fast and moisturizes well (the first ingredient is squalane). Due to the taste, I don't love it for the lips. I do really like it for my cuticles.
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Glossier balm dotcom is much thicker and less glossy, though still has a bit of a sheen. The first ingredient is petrolatum, which is an excellent occlusive (and totally safe). I love the fresh, green Rose scent of this version. It doesn't have any taste. I like this best on my lips. 💋
#deciem #deciemabnomaly #petrowhat #deciempetrowhat #glossier #glossierbalmdotcom #balmdotcom #rosebalmdotcom
I'm in Toronto this week, and @deciem is one of the few brands that's cheaper in the US than in Canada, so I decided to try out a few new things.
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Let me know if there's anything I should look for while I'm here - I have a couple of Annabelle and Marcelle items I want to swatch, and I've already looked at some Shu Uemura (which all available online from the US, but not in person).
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#deciem #theordinary #abnomaly #petrowhat #canadianbrands
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.