Hey friends, I wanted to start on a new series for my blog where we can discuss, rant and share our experiences with similar issues from topics that aren’t really discussed. I want to welcome both creators and also non-creators to join me on this topic.
Disclaimer: This post was made to open a discussion and allow people to whether influencer or not, see the ugly side to social media reviews and what to look out for.
Today’s topic, I will be shedding some light on product reviews. Whether it’s on youtube, Instagram, Makeupalley, Sephora or Influenster. There are billions of reviews on the internet, some are helpful… some, not so much. I specifically want to target Instagram reviews today. I personally don’t trust Instagram review for multiple factors.
I hope this helped you and if you’re curious to know more about this subject or want me to share something along on the lines to this topic, please feel free to suggest it in the comment section or DM me on Instagram. I love hearing from you all! I hope you all have a fantastic and blessed week.
It’s been a long while since I’ve done one of these and well, I can tell you guys one thing – all the things I’ve said in my previous anti-hauls are things I still stand by. I’ve purchased a ton of things in the past simply because I fell into the hype of things and they turned out to be products I don’t care for nor reach so I think it’s important to share these sorts of things to remind ourselves and others that we just might not want it as much as we thought we do.
Disclaimer: Some of the products I will be mentioning are owned by controversial people however, I’m only speaking about the products themselves, not the people behind them.
KYLIE SKIN (ENTIRE LINE)
I’m not even sure why I’m listing her on my anti-haul but I’ve tried her lip products in the past and quite like them. Would I repurchase them? Absolutely not, I prefer Colour Pop lippies and they’re super affordable compared to hers. There’s so much controversy over her walnut scrub when people forgot that Ole Henricksen has one out as well and there doesn’t seem to be any negative/backlash on that scrub; makes me question if consumers are just biased and use to bashing on celebrities. I also find it quite odd that she doesn’t have an oil cleanser/cleansing balm or even an SPF product. Anyway. I wish her the best for this skincare line.
HUDA BEAUTY NEON OBSESSION PALETTES
I would be lying to all if I didn’t admit that I was going to purchase the Neon Pink one. That was the very first one that attracted me from this line however I already own one of her mini obsession palettes in gemstone and also her desert dusk palette. They’re both nice products however I just don’t reach for them and I’ve tried better shadows. I would not recommend anyone to get her standard palettes. You’re better off getting the mini palettes because there’s quite a bit of product and usually really fun, neutral colours to work with.
BODY SHIMMER PRODUCTS
There is way too much buzz on body shimmer products from Patrick Ta to ABH and Huda Beauty. Guess who’s not buying those products? -points at self- I get the whole idea of wanting to look like a shimmering, glowing goddess for summer but if anyone who knows me, I am pretty much anti-tanning. Although I respect those who enjoy tanning, I’m not a fan of it. You will likely see me hide under shades, wearing pants/mostly long sleeves and holding a UV umbrella. I know, I’m quite extreme but this is coming from someone who is a hermit and also doesn’t want to tan.
ANY COLOUR SPRAY TEMPORARY HAIR DYES
I know this is a fun concept, I get it, however, I don’t think it’s worth damaging your hair. Remember when hair chalking was a thing? I don’t think this is any different from hair chalking. What it is basically depositing pigment into the hair and it washes right off. Sounds harmless right? Wrong. The U.S. FDA announced that “the products may contain ingredients such as dyes or colorants, chemicals, and preservatives, which are not allowed and may cause allergies and adverse reaction on the scalp, head, eyes, and skin.” I’ve had my fair share of moments dying my hair whacky, bold and fun colours but those days are over for me. I think if you want something temporary, just wear a wig. I personally would never put an aerosol can with hair dye in it anywhere near me. It most certainly wouldn’t be healthy to breathe in.
If you liked any of the products that I mentioned in today’s anti-haul, please continue to enjoy them. This is just my personal take in what products that simply don’t interest me.
Anyway, that’s it for today, folks! Until next time. 🙂 Please feel free to share what things you will be anti-hauling this month/year.
I recently went on a mass declutter and actually took out my drawers and got rid of more makeup that I imagined to get rid of. During the process, I found myself quite eager to get rid of the products. I assumed I would be uncomfortable and sad from it but guess not. It was about time to declutter anyway. As a small beauty influencer, I still do receive quite a bit of PR and that quickly can accumulate a lot of space. So what I did for myself was, I kept products that were new aside so I can pass it forward to family and friends. I threw away old, expired makeup because no one wants to use that! Some products were only used once, which sucks!
For those of you who are social media on a regular daily basis or with friends who are shopaholics, I know how hard it can be at times to not give in but just remember that if it does not spark joy or something you will use for the long term for yourself, why buy it? I’m always on social media because it’s part of what I do. I sometimes fall into the trap of buying things I don’t need because I saw it on my feed. I follow a big mix of different beauty accounts; some are drugstore, affordable beauty and some are boujee/high-end accounts. The high-end ones always get me because either the packaging looks great or it’s super popular on social media where you would see it at least once a day.
I hope you found this helpful in some shape or form, I thought I might shed some light on a topic that people do not normally talk about.
Hello friends, I’m back with another review and it is another Rovectin product!
Thank you Jin & Sungman from Rovectin for sending over some goodies for me to try. This is the 2nd product I have been testing out this past 2 months.
Rovectin was originally created for cancer patients suffering from dermatologic side effects caused by anticancer treatment and radiation therapy. Recommended by doctors and dermatologists, Rovectin offers the most advanced skincare formula developed by global cosmetic producer, HCT Group, upheld at the highest level of efficacy and safety standards, even on the most vulnerable and sensitive skin.
Rovectin truly believes that beautiful and healthy skin plays a huge role in a person’s quality of life. They strive to successfully address skin-related concerns and individuals who suffer from irritated skin conditions and provide them a solution to enhance their confidence. In addition to contributing a portion of profit to cancer-related NGOs, Rovectin has closely worked with patient groups and has held educational sessions at specialty care centers for cancer survivors.
1. Prep your skin with toner or essence.
2. Dispense a moderate amount of the serum and spread evenly on your face.
3. Pat for better absorption.
water, propanediol, glycerin, 1,2-hexanediol, niacinamide, isononyl isononanoate, adenosine, arginine, sodium hyaluronate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, caprylic/capric triglyceride, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, amodimethicone, trehalose, pvp, butylene glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, acetyl hexapeptide-8, disodium edta, tocopheryl acetate, peg-11 methyl ether dimethicone, malachite extract
Combination | PIE | Congested | Dehydrated | (Occasionally) Sensitive
Firstly, I wanted to comment that I really respect this brand and for what they stand for because there aren’t really that many brands that are specifically available to the public where they cater their products to medically treated patients. Most products for medically treated patients are mainly prescription based so it’s really refreshing to a brand so passionate on not only helping patients recover and heal but also offer them a better quality life. When we are comfortable in our own skin, we start to feel a lot happier. Specific ingredients were picked to formulate these products to ensure that they are effective and mild enough where it doesn’t irritate the skin.
My initial reaction to this packaging was how awesome it looked! It had nice frosted packaging and the choice of font, design of the bottle looked really cool. I also liked how it had a pump to it and how easy it was to control the amount of product you want to be dispensed. I found the serum VERY cooling and hydrating! It has such a lovely gel consistency to it applies beautifully into the skin. Although there is no visible residue to this product, I found it leaving a slight tack consistency to it, nothing unbearable but I thought I might want to point that out.
TIP: If you ever stumble across any tacky products, simply apply moisturizer on top of it and the tack/stickiness should go away.
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Hello friends, I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far! I’m back to share two fantastic and affordable beauty tools with you all!
If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I posted on these goodies a while ago and in case you missed a post, here it is! INSTAGRAM POST 🙂
There’s a lot of beauty tools in the market from facial massagers, LED skincare treatments, makeup application tools and etc. I think most of us use a beauty tool in our life. Before we had ACTUAL beauty sponges, I was using my fingers to apply foundation/face products because it worked and they’re completely free! What I mean by actual beauty sponges, there is a lot in the market that absorbs far too much makeup. I find the ones that have the ability to expand, absorb less makeup. Correct me if I’m wrong but I’ve had better experiences with those than the traditional makeup square sponges that you can buy in bulk; those absorb pretty much all the product I tried to apply on my face.
Brill Communications x Conair was kind enough to send out some of their new makeup applicators to try out and share with you guys. I wanted to show you all how I use them and how they’ve made my makeup application game a lot easier simply because they are multi-function and are not limited to only foundation/bb cream application.
Let’s start off with the brush set first, this is my favourite out of the two products simply because of the interchangeable heads and the fact how travel-friendly it is. It’s compact and the powder brush applicator is really soft. The sponge applicator head allows you to blend in foundation, cream blush, and cream bronzer. How awesome is that? It just melts right in the skin and you can also wet it so it can expand. The brush applicator allows you to evenly apply powder-based products. I used this with my face powder and powdered blush and I liked how it had an even and seamless application.
As for the beauty sponge, it may look like a standard sponge but it’s actually battery operated and offers a one-speed sonic advantage. Top it off, it has a stand! I know for sure I have trouble storing my makeup sponges because they pretty much bounce off everywhere and with this stand, it makes things easier and you can easily find it too. Now if you’re a fan of the concept of an oscillating sponge, you can simply just remove the stand/battery and just use it as a regular sponge. Like any beauty sponge, this can be wet and is super easy to clean; it’s not stiff like some generic brands and I find it’s quite comparable to my favourite Danielle, Real Techniques and Eco Tool Sponges. I find this expands really easily and it’s really bouncy, making application super easy.
TIP: For control and precise application, place your finger in the sponge’s hole and apply makeup throughout your face. You can also wet this sponge and it expands quite a lot. A lot more than a competitor brand. It also absorbs a minimum amount of makeup so you’re wasting that much product when using this.
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I’m sure everyone has heard of this brand at one point in their beauty journey. Glossier is known for its minimalist and natural makeup. Their skincare products never really intrigued me however their beauty products such as the wowder, balm dot coms and last but not least… their cloud paints! I only own 4 of them and I must say, I think I made some fantastic choices.
Glossier Cloud Paint
10 ml ~ $22 CAD or buy the duo set and save $8 ($32 CAD)
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The shades I own are:
Storm – red, brick plum shade ~ this my HG, it makes my cheeks look flushed and radiant. Be very careful with this one, I would apply thin layers of this because it’s extremely pigmented and can quickly give you that clown-like appearance. I think this shade would be best for fall-winter. Maybe even spring.
Haze – cool tone magenta ~ out of all of them, I find this one the most difficult to use. I have fair-light skin so I would have to apply really SMALL amounts of this at a time to blend into my skin. It’s really dark and I find this would be best on deeper skin tones.
Beam – light coral ~ I think it’s safe to say that this is my 3rd favourite and it’s definitely perfect for spring and summer.
Puff – cool tone baby pink ~ this is my 2nd favourite out of the 4 I own and it gives me that innocent, youthful appearance.
Hello friends! I hope you all are having a fantastic week so far, today’s blog post is going to be a bit different from what I normally post. I wanted to step aside from my usual weekly review posts and try to share some tips and my experience with my skincare journey. I hope this can help you.
I was never too serious about my skincare game until I reached my early 20s. I use to rely on makeup wipes and just a cleanser to do the trick however I wasn’t wearing that much makeup back then so I can give myself some slack for that. Between the ages of 15 to around 20, all I used was a foaming cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Remember those drugstore skincare gift sets? Neutrogena? Olay? Yeah, I got those as gifts so I would use those. I actually got into skin care when I noticed changes in my skin around when I was 22. My skin was not as clear/healthy as it was during my late teenage years. I also had a terrible history of picking my acne in my early teenage years where they would scar up. During the time, it didn’t bother me but man, I quickly regretted it as I got older. Around the age of 23, I started to introduce double cleansing into my routine and also serums. Just adding double cleansing in my routine was a huge game changer itself simply because it removed so much makeup off my face. I almost felt disgusted to think back all the previous years of not removing my makeup properly. Anyway, why dwell in the past when you can make a change moving forward, right?
is combination, dehydrated and PIE. I have very mild texture and some blackheads on my nose that can be very difficult to get rid of.
I stated one of my skincare sins and that was not double cleansing earlier but honestly, during that time – the learning tools that people had back then were mainly on youtube and even YouTubers made mistakes as well. I remember I would reference an entire regimen a youtube shared because I thought it was best for my skin type. Keep in mind that Youtube back then was a whole different ball game than it is now, there were a lot of amateurs who were enthusiasts and also all about DIY.
One of the worst products I used on my skin that I’m almost for sure damaged my skin was St Ives. Apricot Scrub, and I’m almost positive you have heard or have seen this before. This product has probably been around for decades and to be quite frank with you, I don’t see this effective by any means as a facial scrub; Perhaps it would be more effective as a body scrub of some sort.
Another skincare sin I used to do quite a bit was to wipe and towel dry my face with a used towel. Now, I don’t mean like a week old but I’ve used the towel at least once or twice and have been guilty of using it again. This may seem harmless but all the trapped bacteria, oil, and gunk from the previous use are likely to still be on it. It’s always good to towel dry with a fresh, clean towel. I would suggest you buy 5-7 facial towels/cloths for your face and wash them once a week so you have a fresh towel every time. They’re relatively affordable and you can find them pretty much everywhere. I get mine from Miniso and they usually come in cute little patterns or characters on them.
We need to keep in mind that youtube/influencers/peers are not medical professionals who can assist you with your skincare needs. You would have to go visit a dermatologist and have a proper consultation because as much as you love and trust your peers, their feedback and suggestions may not be right. The last thing you want is to damage or irritate your skin because you used the wrong product on your skin; your skin is so fragile and you should treat it with respect. This is not limited to skincare only, diet is very crucial and even environment can have irritants to irritate the skin.
Whether you have the time now or not, I want you to look at your skin closely and describe to yourself what you see. Texture, spots, patches, dryness, oiliness, redness, dehydration, whatever that might be and write it down on a piece of paper. Of course, there are skin types and I’m sure most of you understand or have an idea what your skin type may be but these are skin conditions. You need to be specific on what you see to be able to understand what you can do to treat your skin.
Here are some examples I would ask myself.
You see spots on your face.
The questions you should be asking:
Are they different colours?
What colour are they?
What region of the face are they in?
You have oily/combination skin but you have dry patches on certain parts of your face.
The questions you should be asking:
The more specific you are, the better because the chances of you being able to find images on online that match to your skin condition are higher. I’m not saying to self diagnose your skin condition but to have a better understanding of what it could potentially be. I know not everyone can afford the time and money to see a dermatologist so it’s better to do research and have some understand than none whatsoever.
I am still quite guilty for still doing these from time to time. I still rub my face against a towel to dry my face after cleansing and I still take scorching hot showers because I can and I will. I know it’s bad for you and dries out your skin terribly but that’s probably the only skincare sin that I will continue to do. From time to time, when I see a breakout appear and it’s raised… I have the tendency of trying to pop it if a pimple patch does not resolve it.
I’ve learned to exfoliate 2 times a week and not to do it so frequently. I’ve been also avoiding overusing/or using any AHA based products in general because it can do more harm than help my skin. The last thing I want is to have a weak or broken barrier then having to repair it because we all know how much that can be a pain.
Here is the list of products I have been using and have been working out for me:
If you have any questions or wanted to know something I did not cover in today’s post, please feel free to drop your suggestions below! Til next time, bye for now!