Shiseido Benefiance Smoothing Eye Cream

I was lucky enough to review the Influenster Shiseido Voxbox which arrived this week.

I was super excited to see I’d be receiving this voxbox because who doesn’t love a good eye cream?

This cream is nice and thick and absorbs nicely into the skin. It does take a little bit longer to sink in so I would give yourself enough time to let it absorb if you’re putting on makeup over it. There is no scent to it and it leaves your skin feeling instantly hydrated without a sticky feeling.

This product claims to improve “the appearance of six types of wrinkles in just one week”. It’s good for all types of skin type as well.

This is the third day I use it, I’ve been using it in the morning and the evening and I do feel like my undereye has been more hydrated. I forgot to take initial pictures but I took some today and will compare them to more pictures in a week and again in one month.

Derma E Mist Mood Enhancing

I recently received three different Derma E Skin Beneficial Mist Mood Enhancing to try.

I’m obsessed with using sprays to prime, set and refresh my face so I was excited to try these. My favorite is the Uplift mist, it has a nice subtle citrus scent that I have been loving this season. The spray is nice and even, it feels refreshing and doesn’t leave any sticky residue.

  • Create: Contains aromatic waters, coconut essence and witch hazel. The key ingredients: Rosemary, Lemon Sage & Eucalyptus Essential Oils – energize one’s senses. Brahmi & Alma – adaptogens to help to re-focus – help to reduce fatigue and anxiety
  • Uplift: Contains citrus waters, coconut essence and witch hazel. The key Ingredients: Rosemary, Cinnamon & Cardamom Essential Oils – help to lifts the senses. Cordyceps & Long Pepper – adaptogens that have anti-aging properties
  • Calm: Contains herbal waters, fofcint essence and witch hazel. The key ingredients : Lemon, Jasmine, & Chamomile Essential Oils – soothe skin and calm one’s senses. Eleuthero & Artic Root – adaptogens that help to reduce fatigue and anxiety.

DERMA E is dermatologist recommended, proven and effective – their slogan is “Proven Clean Beauty”. All three of these mists are:

  • 100% Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Recyclable & wind energy certified
  • Formulated without GMOs, gluten, or soy

You can get yours here: https://dermae.com/search?q=mood+mist

Thank you to Derma E for sending these for me to test and review!

Makeup Revolution Constellation

The Makeup Revolution Forever Flawless palettes are some of my favorite affordable palettes.

The color stories go so well together in each palette and there is a good variety to chose from. In addition, their tin packaging makes them stand out and hardy enough to travel with.

Today I used the Constellation palette which can look a bit intimidating as a work look palette.

$15 US

I managed to stay away from the one brown color in the palette and put together a look I felt comfortable going in to the office with while using the brighter colors

The colors were pigmented and easy to blend. Overall I was impressed at how vibrant the colors showed up.

5,000 Celebration

Today my boyfriend surprised me with a cake to celebrate 5k followers on Instagram.

This gesture means so much because instagram has been an up and down ride between us.

No one tells you what it means once you decide you want to strive for a larger media presence. There isn’t a book on how it will affect your relationships and how much time and mental effort it will take. I started last year with less than 300 followers and have increased to now 5,300.

Every day I try to find balance between what I want to do online, on my phone, and what I already have in real life. My relationships, my 9-5 and my free time all require attention and it’s easy for some things to fall to the wayside between the commenting and the likes.

So, thank you to my partner for being supportive, and thank you to everyone virtually supporting me.

Morphe 18B

You guys remember my no spend 2020?

Yeah, me either. Haha!

I fell off the wagon hard this month, like, really hard so next month I’m going to have to kick it into overdrive and remind myself I have a goal.

In the meantime look at this beeeuuuuteee

I’m a sucker for names

I’ve recently been OBSESSED with green eyeshadow and have yet to find the perfect olive/army green.

Hopefully this palette can satisfy my needs!

Natasha Denona Love Palette

This is the third time I’ve used this palette and each time I love the formula, colors and ease of use so much.

This time I stuck to a purple look instead of pink.

Commitment is a dark purple with shimmer that is perfect for depending a color. It is a very soft formula, I accidentally tapped my flat definer brush too hard and I took a chunk out of the shade. The formula is like a Colourpop super shock shadow so you need to pack it in then blend.

I’ve also been using the Tati Beauty Blendiful for the last week or so and I’m really enjoying being able to do all my face makeup (minus blush) with one tool.

If you’re interested in seeing how I use the blendiful check out my video on Instagram.com/asquard 💙

5,000 on IG!

This week I made it to another “big” milestone on my Instagram.

I hit 5,000! This is something I thought I would achieve later on in the year so I’m happy to say I achieved it so soon this year.

Now I hope to achieve 10,000 by the end of the year! What are your social media goals?

Tati Beauty Blendiful

I did not order the blendiful when it was first released because, to be honest, Tati’s first release was very underwhelming and I expected this to be too.

Then as it popped up all over YouTube I was convinced to give it a try. I do a lot of traveling so having one product that could do so much was very appealing.

My package arrived Sunday, today is Monday so I’ve had three days to use it. Here are my thoughts:

  • It is not an intuitive product to use. It’s great that it’s large and can be bulky and hard to handle easily
  • It applied my Tatcha primer nicely, I enjoyed being able to really press it into my skin
  • I enjoyed that it felt like I was applying my foundation with my hands without the hassle of getting my hands dirty
  • I absolutely loved that I could, technically, do my entire face with it from primer to powder oroducts
  • Washing it is also not intuitive. Imagine washing a stuffed animal trying to get stains out of the cloth. Each time I’ve used a different soap hoping something would work easier but the most noticeable thing is that after having been washed it’s left feeling a bit stiff. It’s almost like I should have used a conditioning soap with it.
  • It didn’t seem to absorb much of the products used
This was what it looked like after my first use

I was going to hold off on a review until I felt more comfortable using the product so I could “give it a fair chance” but after Tati released her video on how to use it, I felt like I should review what my first experiences were.

Here’s a link to her video https://youtu.be/EdRICdCCNrI

Overall, the blendiful does what it claims to do, it applies your makeup nicely and cuts back on the amount of brushes you need. The price is right for the two products you get.

What are your thoughts? Did you buy it? Are you skipping it?

Natasha Denona Love Palette

I was excited to see Natasha Denona’s latest release was another mini palette and that it would be Valentine’s Day themed.

As soon as I saw the preview I was excited to try it but because of my low/no buy I didn’t think I would get a chance.

Fortunately for me, my wonderful partner understands how I feel about Natadha Denona and bought the Love Palette for me! (He has not been this understanding on previous desires, lol)

It arrived Thursday evening and I immediately took my eye makeup off to start playing with this.

Without flash
With front facing flash

I tried to use several colors to see how they applied and blended.

  • Colors used
    • Intense
    • Soul
    • Heartbeat
    • Heart
    • Trust
    • Pure Love

With the exception of Heart, all of the colors went on pigmented and were easy to blend. To apply Heart and have it show up I used a densely packed brush, once packed on, I was able to blend the color into the other colors used.

I can’t wait to continue to use this!

Are you picking it up? If not, why?

New Bite Beauty!

I received the new Bite Beauty face and reformulated lip crayon thanks to Influenster and I absolutely loved everything!

Included in my voxbox were the new Changemaker Skin-Optimizing Primer, Supercharged Micellar Foundation, Flexible Coverage Pressed Powder and Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon

The primer is a white moussey consistency that leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturized. I do need to use a pore filling primer in my tzone but you can get away with using only this if you don’t have larger pores.

The foundation is fantastic! It’s fluid enough that I only used a brush to apply it to avoid having too much product soak into a sponge. It applies wet but as it sets it gives a nice, natural dewy finish. I have oily combo skin so I had to set this foundation. It does have a slight scent that lingers, it’s not very strong but it’s good to make note of in case you’re sensitive to scents.

The pressed powder is perfect to set the foundation! It gives a nice soft matte look. I applied it with a powder blush for a light layer to set and I used the puff to tap the powder around my tzone for more oil control. The only thing I would change is the puff that comes with the powder, it’s too flimsy and doesn’t feel like it will last, but you can easily change that out.

I’ve used the lip crayons in the past and found this new formula to be soft and creamy but definitely not matte. It also has a slight scent that lingers.

Overall I would highly recommend these products!