Put your torches and pitchforks down Bank of America, I’m still sticking to my college budget. Kinda. I never do product reviews while I’m in the process of trial, partially because I prefer to wait until I have a fully-formed opinion to give the most in-depth information but this time, I thought I’d do something new.  I picked up a few bits here and there, some products I have had a bit longer of a time to test but I feel like I’ve got a good idea about their pros and cons.

NYX Total Control Foundation: $13.99
Now I do have to confess, I’m not usually one to buy what’s considered drugstore foundation. It’ nothing to do with price or quality, I just tend to have very sensitive skin and I’ve had a few issues with somw drugstore foundations so I’m a bit wary. It’s taken me a while to venture back to the world of drugstore foundation and I think this product has restored my faith. I bought it on a reccomendation from a friend who is a makeup artist becasue i had just run out of my higher coverage foundation and there was aboslutely no way I could spring for another bottle. I joked about about pitchforks and tourches but in reality, my bank account would have gone full Michael Myers on my ass (it’s October people, Halloween is upon us). So out of pure desperation and blind faith, I purchsed the foundation.

I love it. There, I said it. I am absolutely, positivly in love with this foundation. I want to marry it and have its babies. Too far? Anyway, you get the point. I’m not usually a high coverage user becasue there are few things I hate more than cakey makeup. Actually even just the reminder that I’m wearing makeup becasue I can literally feel it sitting on top of my face is so gross that I’m even a bit uncomfortable thinking bsout it. Gag. I ‘m very much the kind of person who likes to forget the wearing I’m makeup until I’m  reminded by looking in the mirror or I accidently rub my face and end up resmebling a racoon. Good times, yes? The weightless, natural vibe is very much up my alley but some times, your girl just needs somthing with a bit more of a magic power. Abracadabra, bye bye zits and redness, hello perfect skin. The reason I really like this foundation is becasue it’s very much high coverage –beware: a little goes a long way– but it’s super lightweight. It’s a rather runny fomrula but I’m honestly completly okay with that becasue it allows the foundation to apply in thin layer which counteracts cakey sterotype that comes with most high-coverage foundation.

Olaplex Hair Perfector N. 03: $28.00
This is the least tested of the products I have on my list but it’s probably one of my favorites. A quick bit of background: I have naturally curly hair, but due to of years of continual heat use, it’s extremely damaged. I also have a history of dying my hair which hasn’t helped its condition in the slightest. Over the summer, my hair got to an absolutely disgusting quailty and I decided that it was time to do something about it. I had heard whisper of Olapex throuhgout the years but never really looked into it. After doing a bit of research, I decided to purchase this bottle which is the third step in teh Olaplex process but the only step available to the public. The first two steps in the process require a hair dressers lisense to purchase, which was my first clue that this stuff actually works. So like the unliscensed scrub that I am, I went ahead with only the third bottle and did a treatment. I left it on for about an hour –apperently the longer the better– and when I washed it out I coukd immediatly feel the difference. Granted, it’s not a miracle worker and honey, my hair needs a mircle but it’s progress. I can work with progress. I’m hoping with some more treatements over the next few months, I’ll really be able to salvage my hair.

Frank Body Creamy Face Scrub: $21.95
I was in desperate need of a exfoliante becasue my pores revoluted and decided to all get clogged and gross. I’ve tried a couple of exfoliators in the past and learned that I have to be careful becasue while I don’t have massivly senstive skin, exfoliants can easily dry it out. Harsh scrubs can destroy our moisture barrier which is what helps us produce good, natural oils in proper proportion. With the destruction moisture barrier, more oils are produced out of proportion and this can either create a large amount of bad oils or it can decrease the amount of oil produced in general, drying out the skin. My body tends to gravitate towards dry, so any sort of exfoliant that I use needs to be on the lighter and gentler side of the spectrum. This face scrub has quickly become a favorite of mine becasue it is semi-gentle formulation — I wouldn’t go so far to call this a gentle formula becasue my face does feel sightly abused after I use it, but in a good way — and it smells so, so good. It’s a coffee based scrub so it packs a triple punch of feeling good, smelling good and working well enough that I can actually a difference. My face feels a lot smoother which is a godsend becasue I’ve been struggling textural issues for a while and since the scrub is coffee based, it helps to detoxify my skin as well. Side note: use this product sparingly though, a little goes a long way.

NARS Climax Mascara: $24.00
So I’m a bad beauty blogger in the sense that I veimently refuse to try new mascaras. Why? Becasue I’m genuinly terrified that I will never find one as good as Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara. It’s ridiculous, I know. I have no issue trying literally any other type of makeup (skincare is a whole different ballpark) but for some reason, mascara is a no. Even the idea just gives me the heebie-jeebies… My therapist has seriously got her hands full, man. In effort to take charge of my life, I’m making myself branch out and try to mascaras –this is such a stupid problem to have, my god– so in my last forey to Ulta, I picked up the NARS Climax Mascara. I put away my loyal Better Tha Sex and have only been using this mascara for the last month. Overall, I really like it. I’m not sure I can say with full certainty that it will be my new staple but I think it’s the first step in getting me past my mascara rut.

 ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray: $29.00 (full size)
While I’m all about blogger cult produts, this was one I was seriously unsure about. It’s one of those products that you hear about and you’re kind of just like that sounds dumb and unnecessary but I want it. But at the going price of $29.00, I refused to buy it so I have just been contently sitting in my curiosity. I recieved a travel size version of the product in a subscription box, and was super excited to try it out but I was also a bit apprehenisve becasue I was about 90% sure it was just a gimick. After about a week of afternating nightly sprays, I’ve come to two conclusions. Conclusion one: I love, love, love this smell. Conclusion two: I don’t think this product makes a huge difference but it’s such a nice, little luxe product that makes you feel bougie. And who doesn’t want to feel bougie?

I’m undecided if this is a type of post that I’m interested in doing more of in the future so if you liked this — or hated, but let’s remeber constructive critisicm– let me know. Overall, I think all of these products fall into the thumbs up category, which rarely happens so I’m quite happy abuout that. If you think I’m missing out on any amazing products, whisper it down in the comments so I can sneakily take a look without my bank account coming for my head. Cheers.


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