Friday, August 26, 2016

bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-to-Oil Cleanser Review

Last week's arrival of my Bioré Glam Box, which contains a tube of Baking Soda Pore Cleanser, reminded me that I had a half-written review for bliss' Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-to-Oil Cleanser sitting in my drafts. So earlier this week, I put the Bioré product on hold and gave the bliss one another shot.

I was quickly reminded about this cleaner's good qualities. The "gel-to-oil formula" is applied to dry skin and instantly melted into a warm oil that felt wonderful on my skin. That great feeling continued as I rinsed the product off. According to bliss, this product leaves skin, "...feeling completely clean, silky-smooth, and perfectly nourished, with a gorgeous afterglow." I completely agree about the "feeling" part. This cleanser did leave my skin feel soft, hydrated and very clean. However, a close look in the mirror revealed that while this product left my skin feeling fantastic, it wasn't cleaning it as thoroughly as I needed it to.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Glam Sense Bioré Tube

Last week was a great mail week as I received my August Topbox and my latest Glam Sense tube. Run by Topbox, Glam Sense is a speciality program in which selected participants get to try out a collection from a chosen brand. This time around that brand was Bioré.

My tube contained two products: A full-size pack of Bioré's signature product, the deep cleansing pore strips, and a new product, the baking soda pore cleanser. I've already started using the latter item as I need to submit my thoughts on these products to Glam Sense in early September and I want to maximize the amount of time this cleanser has to impress me.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

My August 2016 Topbox

Overall, 2016 has been an above average year for my Topboxes. Box after box has been fantastic, filled with a wide variety of products, some of them full-sized.

Unfortunately, my August box was a bit of a letdown. At first glance it seems okay. There are four items, one of which is a full-sized makeup product. However, as you'll see below, it's actually kind of a boring box:
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer (7ml)
  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics Radiance Split Pan Bronzer and Highlighter Duo (full-size)
  • Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Night Capsules With Advanced MI˟ Concentrate (almost 2ml in total)
  • Novex Argan Oil Deep Conditioning Hair Mask (100g)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

QUO Faux Glow Powder Review

Products that replicate tans are a must-have summer item unless you're me. On me, these products always look at best fake and at worst, really cheap and tacky.

I'm telling you this to provide a bit of context for my review of QUO's Faux Glow Powder. I think I received this product as a freebie in a swag bag; I certainly didn't buy it. But since it entered my house, I decided to give it a shot. Hey, maybe it would be the one fake tan product that I could pull off.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

bellápierre Cosmetics Waterproof Gel Lip Liner Review

This is going to be a shorter than usual review because unfortunately, I can't find my bellápierre Cosmetics Waterproof Gel Lip Liner. I swear I had put it in one particular bag but I can't it in there and that's a real shame because this might be the first ever lip liner that I actually like.

I received this item as a bonus in my July Topbox and at first I was like, "Hmmm... Another lip liner? I still haven't reviewed the other lip liner they sent me." But I liked the colour so I decided to give it a shot.

Prior to receiving this liner, I'd never heard of bellápierre Cosmetics. It turns out that it's a US company that "...is one of the fastest growing mineral makeup companies in the world." Personally, I'm indifferent to mineral makeup but some people swear by it. If you're one of those people, you probably want to take a closer look at this brand.