Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream, Review

Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream
1.7 oz- Made in USA
I’m not really a moisturizer person, just because I don’t like gooping thick amounts of smelly white cream on my face. Plus, they can get very expensive. So when I received a sample of this, I pretty much ran out and got it.
Although the name says “Gel-Cream” I wouldn’t call this a cream at all. It’s a watery, green gel. Which is nice, because unlike a cream, the gel doesn’t sit on top of your skin. It sinks right in.
It does have a smell, it’s made with grape seed extract so it does smell like grapes. The scent can be overpowering at first, but I didn’t notice it once it’s on my face.
This little 1.7 oz jar will last you a very long time. The price of the product runs around $6, but there’s always coupons on the internet for Garnier moisturizers. You need a pea sized amount to cover your entire face, so I’m projecting that I won’t have to buy a new one for 2 years, which is great for my wallet!
As for what it actually claims to do, I have found that this product moisturizes really well. Because it sinks so well into my skin, my skin looks glowy and feels softer than before.
The Pros:
Being a gel moisturizer is refreshing, and I love how it moisturizes without my face feeling goopy and covered in cream.
The Cons:
The smell might throw some people off, but it didn’t bother me much.

The Bottom Line
9/10
I think this is an excellent product and well worth your money, whether you look for high-end or drugstore products. 

elf Beauty School Blush & Bronzer Palette, Review & Swatches

Grab this before it’s gone!
I found this on clearance for $2.55 a few weeks ago at Target, but it’s still available for $3 online at elf.com, but there’s no telling for how long it will be available as I don’t think this is a permanent palette!
I have a few of the elf Studio blushes, and I thought that this palette would be a lot like those-sheer in color. But in fact, these 4 colors are the exact opposite!
Starting off with the colors themselves, the palette comes with two blush shades, and two “contour” shades. In reality, the left of the two contour shades is a skin toned one and on most skin tones would be a highlighter. The first pink is a babydoll pink with no shimmer. The second pink is a hot pink with golden glitter. The first contour is skin toned with some shimmer in the pan, but it doesn’t transfer to the skin. The second contour is an matte, orange toned brown.
The texture of these 4 shades is really nice. Not a single one is powdery. The are all extremely creamy, and as a result, blend like a dream!
The packaging is alright, there’s no mirror or any writing on the back. The only problem that I have with it is getting it to open. The bottom half is very slim, the same width as the top, so when you go to grab the side to open it, you have to work to grab just the bottom part so you can open it.
The Pros:
The texture is gorgeous, and the colors can work on all skin tones which is great. The price is great too, since you get 4 cheek colors for just $3!
The Cons:
The packing could have been orchestrated a bit better, but it’s not too bad.
The Bottom Line:
9/10
I am so happy that I picked this up! This will be a staple for me in the winter to warm my cheeks up, and if I need to travel, this is the only blush/bronzer I will grab!

Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow Duo in Sahara Gold, Review & Swatches

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There are few colors of eyeshadows I love more than gold. It’s just the perfect, universal eyeshadow shade that is guaranteed to make you look like you have your life together. Since gold shimmer eyeshadows are my weakness, I absolutely had to pick this one up. This is the Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow Duo in the shade Sahara Gold that I picked up from a Cosmetics Company Outlet for only $12.

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Bare Minerals All Over Face Color~Rose Radiance, Review & Swatch

I’m going to be honest, this is a really boring product. There’s just nothing exciting about the color, or the shimmer, or anything at all really.
I don’t know why this is called an “All Over Face Color”, because seriously, do you put pink colors all over your face? No, Bare Escentuals, no.
The color itself is very sheer. In fact, all you really see of it when it’s on your face is the shimmer it gives. It does give a nice glow, I’ll give it that.
To show the shimmer
The packaging on this product absolutely sucks. It’s the same size as their mineral eyeshadows, so around the size of a quarter, and let me tell you, smushing a blush brush in that little lid is a major no-no. It sucks. And I, as the unsatisfied consumer, should not have to endure such poor packaging.
There is a swatch above, if you can tell, and I used a TON of product to build it up to that intensity.
The Pros:
It gives a nice glow, kinda…
I guess it would be nice if you wanted to set a cream blush, but still retain the glow because this has next to no color.
The Cons:
Pretty much all above.
And the price online is like $19 or something for it (don’t quote me). Waste of money.

The Bottom Line
3/10
Just don’t bother.
You can find it online here at the Bare Escentuals website

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick~Hooked on Pink, Review & Swatch

Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in 065 “Hooked on Pink” is the perfect color for fall!
This is a cream finish lipstick (it may look shimmery in the swatch below but it is a cream!) in a berry, almost red color.
I’m really impressed with the application of this lipstick. It glides on smoothly and doesn’t highlight any imperfections. It does have a bit of a cosmetic-like smell, but it’s not too bad.
True to life color!
The Pros:
This deep berry color would go great with a bronzy, darker look for fall. It’s reasonably priced at around $5.50 at most locations, and overall it feels nice on my lips.
The Cons:
It does have a bit of a smell, but it’s not too bad.
The Bottom Line
9/10
I happen to really enjoy this color and it’s a great way to wear a darker lip color without looking vampy!