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Things I Love to Read: Sephora’s God Damn Fake Reviews Edition

Maybe you read /r/SkincareAddiction and saw the revelatory post about Sunday Riley making their employees post fake reviews on Sephora’s website. Maybe you saw the Vox article. Fake reviews aren’t exactly a shock, but seeing concrete evidence from a luxury brand like Sunday Riley sure is something (not mention the fuckery of their bungled response).

Well, last night an intrepid user (/u/wrongcolornote) added a new chapter to the Sephora fake review scandal. They made a spreadsheet! They took notes! Four Sigmatic is totally faking their Sephora reviews. Read it and enjoy.

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Monthly Empties

September 2018 Empties

I’m a big believer in using the things that you have. Vast makeup/skincare collections filled with crap that gets used once or twice before it expires are upsetting and dark in a multitude of ways. This is my corner of the internet where I celebrate what I finished each month.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray used to be my absolute favorite thing in the world. I stopped buying it when I stopped wearing foundation and doing a full face every day, but this summer in New Orleans I thought I might as well give it a go again. I’m a little sad to say, but not really because fuck spending money on a god damn spray for your face, that it doesn’t hold up to that Louisiana humidity. I saw 0 difference between the days I wore it and the days I didn’t. Ooops.

Would I buy it again? I mean, I’m a moron so yeah. I’ll probably buy a mini bottle to use when I visit my family in the North East. Consumerism is my vice!

I bought It’s a 10 MIracle Leave In after working as a receptionist at a fancy barbershop where everyone recommended it. I used it in a multitude of ways. It did nothing for me.

Would I buy it again? No.

This isn’t the first time I’ve finished Glossier’s Hydrating Face Moisturizer. There’s plenty of other moisturizers I like more, but this baby does the job.

Would I buy it again? I mean, I only ever buy it when I’m buying something else from Glossier* and I’m also out of my daytime moisturizer. Yeah, I’ll probably buy it again.

Every few years I rebuy FAB’s Ultra Repair Cream, luckily this time I got it as a deluxe sample. It’s a great basic moisturizer, although it might break me out. For that price point, I say go with something else. It’s a drugstore moisturizer with fun branding.

Would I buy it again? Hopefully not!!!

Caudalie’s Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet has ingredients that are a little similar to resveratrol in it so every time I use it I think of Brooks and Vicki’s cancer scam on Real Housewives of OC. What more could one want from a moisturizer? In all seriousness, this has become my new go-to daytime moisturizer. It’s light as air and sinks it beautifully all while leaving my skin moisturized and glowing. Love you Caudalie.

Would I buy it again? Girl, I already started using my replacement.

Obviously, I got a Caudalie sample set, which is why I also finished their Premier Cru Eye Cream. Unfortunately, the eye cream was a major disappointment. I’m pretty sure it made my bags worse and did about 0% moisturizing (don’t worry, I apply eye cream the correct way, around my orbital bone and before I apply any serums).

Would I buy it again? No.

La Roche Posay’s Anthelios SPF 60 is my favorite drugstore sunscreen. Neogen’s Daylight sunscreen is my #1, but I always grab Anthelios when I’m in a pinch and need some sunscreen. It’s very light and watery but not drying. I have no issues with a white cast (I opt for the non tinted version), but I know that some people do. I also get an insane amount of rewards dollars every time I buy it at CVS. Get those coupons!

Would I buy it again? Forever and always.

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Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love to Put on My Face: VIB Sale Edition

Sephora is seriously one of the worlds greatest evils. Once upon a time, I was VIB Rouge. I WAS SO POOR. Why did I allow this store to take so much of my money?

Anyways, I’m out of a couple of very important key components of my skincare routine, so I took the VIB Sale as an opportunity to try out some fancy products. Normally I use this blessed time of year to restock on the expensive products that I love, but it’s been a long summer and I’m keeping my wallet extra tight.

Here’s what I bought. But you should get whatever you want. Or don’t get anything.

Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo $23

I’m out of Vitamin C serum. I’ve been hunting for a perfect Vitamin C serum (my favorite is no longer sold at CVS and TBH I’m not buying one tiny ass bottle of vitamin C from Hylamide, especially since Deciem is going through some drama). I used Drunk Elephant’s a million years ago and I think I like it! But I don’t remember. I also constantly need moisturizer. Even after moving to swampy ass New Orleans I still had dry skin.

Sunday Riley Flash Fix Kit $28

I’ve had a year+ long love affair with Differin but it has come to a bitter end. I started getting acne again last month and started supplementing my Differin with some lactic acid from The Ordinary. Differin and I are over, lactic acid and I are hot and freaking heavy. Why not try the world’s favorite lactic acid? Also, I’m almost of my face wash and clay is fun!

That’s it! I’ve toned down my skincare routine a lot and, honestly, my skin does not look worse. Soon I’ll be making a big ol post about my favorite budget skincare, but for now I just have this for you.

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Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love to Put on my Face: Just Some Crap I Recently Bought Edition

Cool Cool. It’s been a minute. Life is an emotional roller coaster! Here’s a low effort post of things that I’ve bought recently to make myself feel better.

I re-upped on Boy Brow and Perfecting Skin Tint. Boy brow is the best brow product I’ve ever used (I still love my ABH brow pencil but, like, I hate actually filling in my brows). Someone on reddit described Skin Tint as “homeopathic,” which is a lie. It’s very, very subtle, but it does even out my skin tone!

I got Nars’ Radiant Creamy Concealer and Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Chimere when I ran out of my Maybelline lumi concealer (it’s a good concealer but it did not last long at all, I might as well shell out for high-end concealer if I’m gonna finish it in a month). I got the Nars in Chantilly, but it’s actually a little too light for my skin tone, but the darker shades don’t have the correct undertones. I refuse to return makeup so I’m wearing this ish until it’s done. The formula is great and it stays all day. I’m obsessed with the Dior eyeshadow and have worn it nearly every day since I bought it. It’s great as an all over shadow or an inner corner highlight.

My quest to stop buying as much crap online has led me to CVS and Skinfix Hydrating Lotion I typically use Embryolisse for my AM moisturizer but it’s basically impossible to get in person in Maryland and I didn’t need anything else from Beautylish (I don’t trust the ones on Amazon!). I grabbed this Skinfix stuff because the ingredient list seems great. It’s a very, very light moisturizer, which is perfect for humid summer days. I’m big on light moisturizing layers during the summer. I’ve used this for a couple of days now and I’m into it. It’s much thinner and waterier than embryolisse, they’re essentially completely different products. Since this is so light I recommend this lotion for people who are moisturizer adverse. It doesn’t play super nice with my Neogen sunscreen, I’ve noticed some slight pilling if I don’t wait long enough between applications. I’m definitely going to go back to embryolisse when I need to reorder some bioderma or TO facial oils but this is a great drugstore option.

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Things I Love to Put on My Face

Things I Love to Put on My Face: Sephora Spring 2017 Sale Edition

It feels really gross that every beauty guru and blog is picking out what you should buy at Sephora during the Beauty Insider sale. Have we all stooped so low and are willingly providing free advertising in celebration of a measly 15% off?

That said, here’s my post on the sale.

Don’t buy something unless you need it. For the most part, my general rule is: don’t buy something on sale that you wouldn’t buy full price. So I am making two very conscious purchases during this sale and nothing else.

This Surratt Beauty eyeliner is shockingly expensive, but it’s refillable and the cartridges are only $18. After I left my big girl job I was on the hunt for a less expensive version of the Stila Stay All Day Liner (I love you Stila) and, guess what, all the drug store versions suck balls. NYX repeatedly has let me down. Elf is a joke. I used L’oreal’s in high school. In came Surratt Beauty. Their cartridges are less expensive than Stila’s single-use pens. Which means I am creating less waste with my makeup and saving money. Buying this during the sale because it’s a one time purchase and I might as well make the most of it, yeah? I haven’t actually tried it yet, it’s online only, but Katie Jane Hughes says it’s the best. Who needs to try something before you buy it?

This Belif Moisturizer is a cult favorite for a good reason. I first heard about it on Stephanie Nicole’s Channel (my favorite youtuber). I had used the aqua bomb before and was not that big of a fan, I have really dry skin, you guys (have I mentioned that before?), so the moisturizing bomb was really intriguing. Well, I have blown my way through ever sample that Sephora could give me while I tried to clean out my moisturizer stash and I have fallen in love. By the time the sale starts I’ll be able to justify buying a new moisturizer.

And that’s it. Don’t buy stuff because I’m buying it. Buy some face wash and use your discount because you’re out of facewash. Buy a new red lipstick because you’re almost out of your regular red lipstick. Chill out. You don’t need another eye palette filled with neutrals. You definitely don’t need more contouring products.

 

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