Hey guys! As promised, I wanted to follow up my recent Ulta haul on my channel with a review. I mean I did say, “I’ll keep you guys posted” about 50x times in that video. LOL!
A lot of these items are now a daily staple in my routine, so I wanted to share my thoughts…
Kate Somerville Toner
- Multitasking Phytic Acid and Lactic Acid, natural exfoliators, help to brighten the appearance of skin.
- Witch Hazel, a natural astringent, helps calms redness.
- Specially designed NDGA Complex helps controls excess oil production, clears pores, and creates a healthy balanced environment on the surface of the skin.
- Aloe and Rich Botanicals soothe skin.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Methyl Gluceth-10, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Phytic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Panthenol, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Oleanolic Acid, Glycerin, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin
Review: My skin is generally on the dry side, but I can have an oily t-zone on occasion. I was looking for a toner to keep oil at bay without further drying my skin out. I also wanted a double duty toner that would also act as brightening treatment. I was excited to see that this toner was alcohol free AND contained my favorite AHA, lactic acid, and a new ingredient to my arsenol, Phytic Acid. I later learned that Phytic Acid is another chemical exfoliant that works best in combination with AHA’s. OK…let’s bump up the exfoliation game!
I’ve been using this toner for about two weeks, and I’ve already noticed a brightened complexion and smoother skin. My pores seem smaller and less congested, and I haven’t needed to touch up my oily spots throughout the day. My husband also tried it on his stubborn nose blackheads, and they seem less noticeable. It seemed to even calm his eczema (witch hazel has anti-inflammatory properties).
I’ll be, most definitely incorporating this into my routine- that is, if my husband doesn’t steal it from me 😉
Jaclyn Hill Morphe The Eye Master Collection
Price: $42 ($62 value)
- JH30 Beast Mode Blender Brush
- JH32 Transition Blender Brush
- JH33 Universal Blender Brush
- JH39 Inner Corner Highlight Brush
- JH40 Precise Blender Brush
- JH41 All Over Lid Brush
- JH42 Brow Bone Highlight Brush
- JH43 Eyeliner Smudge Brush
- Master Bag
Review: I was looking to up my eyeshadow brush game, and I thought the value of this set was fantastic. I also loved that every brush had a purpose. I was especially excited to see certain brushes that have been lacking from the beauty tool department, such as the Brow Bone Highlight brush and the Precise Blender Brush. Finally, brushes I have been looking for!
Beast Mode Blender Brush– Holy blending brush! This brush is HUGE, and makes is so easy to fluff in transition color.
Transition Blender Brush– This brush is probably the scratchiest of them all, (the rest are super soft), but not as rough as say, the ABH palette brushes. I like the sparseness of the bristles, as it makes for an easy to attain gradient look.
Universal Blending Brush– This is the one brush I could do with out. It slightly smaller and flatter than the transition brush. I’ve been using it for the outer corner.
Inner Corner Highlight Brush– This is the perfect size to help detail the crease and outer corner!
Precise Blender Brush– I’ve been getting the most use out of this brush. I love the pointed taper. It allows you to detail the crease, but also allows for a soft look.
Brow Bone Highlight Brush– The PERFECT size for a brow highlight. I’ve been waiting for this brush!
Eyeliner Smudge Brush– This is perfectly narrow for precise liner application, and I love that the bristles flex as to not pull the lid.
All in all, I’m really happy with this set. They are generally super soft and a joy to use. I noticed some brush hair fallout with first use haven’t had any issues since. I’ll be using this set on the daily!
Catrice Prime and Fine
Details: The oil-free, silicone-based Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner from Catrice makes pores disappear and fills fine lines for a smooth, refined complexion.
- Smooth texture
- Easy to blend
- Leaves skin feeling silky
Review: I’ve been loving this stuff. All I need is a rice sized amount to smooth over pores on either side of my nose. It instantly blurs and smooths texture. I usually have a problem with foundation sliding off my nose, but this helps it stay in place. I was expecting it to feel heavy, but it feels surprisingly lightweight on the skin!
Physicians Formula Healthy Foundation
Details: A long-wearing, buildable, and breathable foundation that provides lightweight, medium-to-full coverage with a healthy, satin finish.
- Features Physicians Formula’s exclusive Brightening Complex and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate, brighten and improve the appearance of skin tone.
- Added boost of Vitamins A, C & E provides a flawless, healthy coverage.
- Brightening Complex (Chinese Wu-Zhu-Yu Extract)
- Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Salts)
- Vitamin A, C& E Antioxidant Blend
- Protective SPF 20
(worn here with a lightweight moisturizer as primer)
Review: First off, I’m loving the ease of application with the doe foot applicator- just a few swipes and blend! It feels really silky on the skin with a thin consistency. It gives a pretty dew to the skin (the glow reminds me of It Cosmetics CC Cream). I like a little more coverage with my foundation, as I still feel like I need to follow up with a concealer. The stand out for me is the ease of application with the lightweight feel. It will be my new “out the door in a hurry” foundation.
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Dark Magic Palette
- Poof (matte cream)
- Power Cut (metallic silver)
- Shhh (matte dusty taupe)
- Trickery (sparkling emerald)
- Diversion (shimmering gunmetal)
- Potion (matte avocado green)
- Busted (matte ocean blue)
- Inside Job (matte dark jade)
- Mojo (matte smoked hickory)
- Temptress (glinting pitch black)
(Shades worn: Poof, Power Cut, Inside Job, Busted, and Mojo as lower liner)
Review: I was really impressed by the shimmers. They are super smooth with little fallout. The mattes had intense pigment, however, they were a little more difficult to blend. My favorite way to use the mattes are for the outer corner, and I’ve been loving the chocolate brown to line the eye. I always end up loving my eye look, but the shadows just take a little more time to work with. I’m really happy with this palette-especially for the price point!
Becca Ultimate Coverage Longwear Concealer
Details: BECCA’s Ultimate Coverage Longwear Concealer is a water-resistant, full coverage concealer that instantly camouflages under eye dark circles, blemishes and discoloration while smoothing the skin’s texture.
The long-wearing, full coverage formula harnesses flexible light & pigment technology to blur the appearance of pores, fine lines and un-even texture for a flawless, yet natural finish. Featuring an antioxidant blend of vitamin E, squalene & manuka honey to nourish the skin – the weightless formula helps maintain skin’s natural moisture balance & effortlessly blends into skin for a smooth, satin and even finish. 16 shades.
Review: I really appreciate the ingredients in this concealer-especially the Vitamin E and squalene, however I just can’t get past the tackiness. I like my concealer to spread easily, and this guy is just not emollient enough for me. A dampened beauty sponge is the only way I could get it to apply evenly underneath the eye.
It lives up to the full coverage claim, as it completely covers my melasma spots. I love the coverage, but it feels pretty heavy on the skin and can accentuate texture. It seamed to highlight the flakiness in my inner corner and sink into my fine lines.
This is great for spot coverage, but it’s a little too heavy for underneath the eye on my dry skin.
Thanks for shopping my links!
Kate Somerville toner
Jaclyn Hill Morphe Eye Master Brushes
Catrice Prime and Fine
Physicians Formula foundation
Jaclyn Hill Morphe Dark Magic
Becca Longwear Concealer
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