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I know, I know! I’m really behind on these posts, but it’s taken me awhile to test these products out. Partly because I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup the last several months and partly because I kind of forgot about them. I hope you can forgive me.
Now that I have apologized, let’s see what I got in April and what I thought about them.
This month’s theme is Step It Up and I was not super excited about the products. I thought a lot of them were pretty lame.
Here is what I received:
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream: This was the only product I was happy to get because I had heard good things about it beforehand. I found that I really enjoyed using it, but I also like to try out skincare products for at least a month to really get a feel for them and see the results. The texture was nice. It is gel-like at first, but then you rub it in and it turns watery/liquidy. It absorbed quickly because of that. It has a slight scent. Kind of fruity. I’m not usually a fan of scented skincare products, but seeing as this one wasn’t overpowering I let it slide. The last thing I found is that you need very little of it, which is good because this stuff is expensive!
philosophy Made Simple Face Cleanser: I am not a fan. I felt like I had to double cleanse because it didn’t really do the job the first time. This product is a 3-in-1, so that might explain why I wasn’t happy with the results after one try. This too has a scent. It’s a light, lemony one which I was not a fan of either. Like I said with the moisturizer, I don’t usually like scented skincare. I like to have some kind of lather when it comes to my face washes and this one just didn’t cut it. It didn’t lather enough, even when I used my cleansing brush.
Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover: Before this one, I hadn’t used an eye makeup remover in ages. I have been fully invested in my beloved micellar water. I actually semi-liked this one. It didn’t leave my skin feeling oily or greasy, like some do. It also removed my makeup pretty well. That could be because it is one of those you have to shake up. Meaning it has the liquid at the bottom and the oil at the top. The only thing I wasn’t too keen on was the packaging. I had to be careful when pouring it onto a cotton pad because the bottle didn’t have a spout. Now, I don’t know if the full-size packaging is better and does let you control how much product comes out. If it doesn’t, there’s something to think about Sephora.
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer: I have used one of these primers before, in fact I received it in this subscription. I liked that one, this one not so much. I found it to be too silicone-based and now because of that I’m put off silicone-based primers. When I first applied it, it felt pretty greasy but it then soon absorbed and wasn’t too bad. I wore it on it’s own to get a really good feel for how it felt on the skin. I think I should have probably tried it with makeup to see how it works. However, it did keep my skin feeling matte all day (8 am to 8 pm). It didn’t dry out my skin, which is always a plus. The only thing is that it didn’t blur my pores, but again I didn’t try it with makeup.
Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner: At first, I wasn’t that thrilled to get yet another eye liner. But then I used it the other day and changed my mind quickly. I am super bad at applying eye liner of any sort, but this one was easy. I used it to smudge into my upper and lower lash lines to make a grungy, undone, messy look. I liked the consistency because it made the above easier. I had it on for most of the day and it lasted pretty well. Some of it had come off, but I was okay with that. I also found that my eyes started to itch towards the end of the day, but that could have been a number of things. I have been suffering from allergies and I am in front of screens all day for work. Usually waterproof beauty products are really tough to remove, but I found this one easy. I used the Pixi+Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse Solid Cleansing Oil and it came off just like that. I think micellar water would work as well.
MIU MIU L’Eau Bleue: This scent was and is not my favorite. It reminded me of cologne. It was such a heavy, strong smell that I don’t think I would wear it in the spring/summer months. I think it would be better suited for the fall/winter months. Though, I will say it does eventually mellow out. That being said, I just think I would ever purchase the full-size. Finally, because I’m rubbish at describing scents here are the notes:
Fragrance Family: Floral
Top Notes: Lily of the Valley
Middle Notes: Honeysuckle, Jasmine, and Rose
Base Notes: Akigalawood
I hope you enjoyed reading about what I thought. Let me know in the comments below if you receive this subscription service and what products you received. If you don’t get this subscription service, let me know in the comments below if you would try these products out of if you have already and whether you like them or not. I would love to hear what you have to say.