Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer Review

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I have a long lasting love-hate relationship with Lorac Cosmetics. I love the formula of every product that I’ve tried from them, but I hate that they play that game where they pretend it’s impossible to carry more than 10 shades of foundation. Luckily, this review is of a more flexible product: the Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer! When I was first starting out in the bronzer world, this was what I turned to first. For a mere $8* I picked up this bronzer online from Ulta and have been rocking with it ever since.

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The initial thing I noticed about this product is that it has a slight packaging flaw. Instead of being in a compact shape, it swivel open in a circular motion and is super hard to open. I remember spending 15 minutes on google and watching tutorials to figure out how to open it. On the positive, it is much sturdier than other bronzers, in part due to the fact that it’s a baked product, but also because the plastic is thick and ready for clumsy hands like mine.

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The actual product is stunning as well. I’ve never truly managed to bronze with this product, because it’s a bit too light reflecting on the deepness of my skin, but it works amazing as a highlight. There isn’t any chunky glitter in it, and the deep bronze looks very natural on the cheekbones of us deeper skin divas. Because it is baked, it feels a bit hard, so you will have to swivel your brush around in it a bit more than you would in a pressed powder. I honestly think that lends itself more toward making sure you keep your highlight in check, which is great for those more subtle days

I’m all around a huge fan of this product. The packaging is not the best, but it’s sturdy, the product is beautiful to highlight deeper skin, and it lasts for ages. If you’ve seen it at Ulta and have been asking yourself, “Should I go for it?” the answer is yes.**

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*I purchased the travel size version which is $8 for 1.9g. The full size is $33 for 9g.

**If you do buy it, I recommend going for the travel size. I’ve been using it for about 2 years now, and haven’t even got half way through it. Seeing as makeup does expire, I don’t think it’s worth spending $33 on the full size version, when it takes forever to even use up the travel size one.

Rimmel London Colour Precise Eyeliner Review

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All I need in life is a wing so strong and fierce that it wards away all of my enemies and student loan debt. I’m not the best at the ultra-watery liquid + pot combo and gel liners aren’t the most portable, which is why I am a huge fan of pen liners to help me achieve my sharp winged goals. Currently, I’ve been testing out the Rimmel London Colour Precise Eyeliner pen. I picked mine up from Ulta for a money saving $5.99 and have been taking it for a spin over the past month.

The liner is in a sleek black packaging, like most of them are, holding 0.0338 fl oz or 1 ml of product. It’s pretty standard, though the section of the pen that meets the cap has a slightly rougher texture to it, which I believe is to make sure that the pen doesn’t slip out of your hands if you get the sweats from concentrating too hard on making those clean lines. The tip is a normal conical felt tip, though it is longer and slimmer than the Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner pen’s.

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While the specs of this pen set it up for standard use, I find the actual product to be a little lackluster. As mentioned before, the tip of the pen is very long and narrow. That should help you achieve a straighter, slimmer line, but the tip of the pen does not have the same amount of saturation as the base. At one point I thought that meant I needed to press down harder, but that actually led to part of the tip crumbling off. I’m used to being disrespected by pens in this way, so I’m well versed in angling them to mainly use the base, but even the base of this product does not perform well. It was highly pigmented on day 1, but any time this liner is paired with anything but a matte shadow, it loses its color intensity.

I don’t believe this pen lives up to its claims. The color isn’t intense, it transfers into the creases of my eyelids, and fades off by the end of the day. The ease of use of the pen loses to the poor formula of the product. This one wasn’t a winner for me, but if you’ve tried it and enjoyed, be sure to tell me down below how you get it to work for you. Also, feel free to leave your pen liner recommendations down below.

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Underrated Beauty Products

What do you do when you don’t hear people talking about the products you love? Well, you talk about them yourself, of course. Whether it’s because the product is perceived as belonging to a niche group or because the stars don’t always align to let you have a Mary Kay consultant in your life, here are the products that you’ve been missing out on!

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Back to School Lookbook

Typically when I do a lookbook, I’m afforded the opportunity to get super liberal with my outfit choices, but this year I decided to take it back to my high school experience, and make one that I definitely would’ve been happy to rock then. Goodbye tank tops, shorts, and ultra-mini skirts that have wedged a tight space into my college wardrobe, and hello to mid-thigh and covered shoulders!

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Easy Back to School Makeup

While I may have mixed emotions about going back to school, I have wholly positive feelings about the world of back to school makeup. Generally, my classes over the last couple of year haven’t began until about 10 in the morning, leaving me with loads of time to make my face look however I want it to. I don’t believe in the idea that school equals “no makeup-makeup,” which is why I decided to make a tutorial with a slightly more dramatic look. Buckle up, kids. This is going to be a shimmery ride.

If you watched this video and would love more step by step guides on my non-MUA quality makeup, you should definitely subscribe to my YouTube channel. It’s lit!

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Rimmel London Provocalips Lip Color Review

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What has two wands for the price of one and wants you to pucker up? The Rimmel London Provocalips lipsticks, of course! Now, these products aren’t necessarily new to the drugstore, but just because it doesn’t have that “just released” shine to it doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy of a test. With that thought in mind, I picked up this $6.50 lippie from Ulta in the shade 750 Heart Breaker. After, a month spent with this product, the verdict is in and it isn’t all that positive.

The product works in 2 steps. In step 1, you apply the liquid lipstick for a nice and bold color , and in step 2, you apply the gloss to “lock and shine.” The actual lip color applies evenly and is true to color in about 2 swipes. The gloss part, to me, is a bit of a gimmick. As a person that isn’t a glossy lip enthusiast, the only purpose I find for it is that it makes the actual lip color more wearable. On its own, the liquid lipstick dries to an incredibly tacky, almost sticky, finish on the lips. If you mush your lips together, it won’t necessarily rip your color apart, but it does take “my lips are sealed” to a new level. The gloss merely allows your lips to glide together tug-free. The “lock and shine” label makes it sound as if it holds the color in, but the longevity of the lipstick is the same with or without the gloss.

The actual wear of this product isn’t anything to brag about either. Every time I apply it, it feels like I’m putting a thick film across my lips. It doesn’t try to move with your mouth, but still manages to seep into all of its fine lines after about 2 hours of wear. Then, as the day passes, it begins to both crumble and fade from the lips. In fact, you’ll know it’s crumbling because the lipstick flakes will begin to adhere to anything your lips touch – water bottles, mugs, your sandwhich, etc. After about 8 hours of wear, it also began to lift up and peel off of the outer corners of my lips. While I don’t expect any lipstick to show an undying loyalty to staying on my mouth, I definitely expected more from a product that claims to have 16 hour, kiss-proof wear.

I’m all around not the hugest fan of this lippie. It would probably work better if allowed to rest uninterrupted on the lips all day, but a girl’s got to eat. Plus it’s not completely horrible. A majority of the product does stay on the lips, the packaging is cute, and $6.49 is a really decent price. It applies evenly, dries in about 3 minutes, and works well mixed with other lipsticks. Of course, the downfall is the lie of 16 hour wear and the gross crumble of the product.

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Skincare Favorites

When it comes to skincare, there are many products that I find to fall into the category of “just okay.”  There are very few repurchases or holy grail products in my collection. While I’m not sure whether or not these are worthy of the acclaimed holy grail status yet, here are some skincare products that are giving me some positive vibes.

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1: Nivea Creme Moisture Body Wash: This my body wash, shaving cream, and ultra-mild moisturizer in one. While it’s definitely no replacement for an actual moisturizer, it doesn’t dry out my skin or leave any gross residue behind. It works, and I would definitely buy it again.

2: DG Body Deep Cleaning Astringent: Sometimes my facial cleanser just isn’t enough. I need an extra pow, a nice boost, a safety net for my lazy scrubbing habits.

3: Mary Kay TimeWise Even Complexion Mask: I have endless facial mask frenzy, and this is one of my top picks. It’s of a much thinner consistency than I’m used to dealing with, which is great for when you hit the bottom of the bottle. The packaging is very simplistic, and doesn’t crack after intense use. Plus, it helps calm down my breakouts.

4: Elizavecca Milky Piggy Bubble Clay Mask: What can I say about this mask that I haven’t already said about this mask? It’s a light exfoliater and is gentle on the skin as it works its magic. It breaks down makeup and dirt left on the face, leaving baby soft, smooth, and clean skin underneath.

5: St. Ives Naturally Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Lotion: This is my tried and true, my one lotion love. I’ve been rocking this since early high school and it’s the only body lotion that I’ve visited on multiple occasions. In addition to calming down the reptilian dry patches that pop up on my skin, it’s also great for mosquito bites!

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