Products I Regret Buying

We’ve all spent those coins where we shouldn’t. Here are a few of my most regretful, heartbreaking purchases from my most beloved brands!

  • BareMinerals BareSkin Brightening Serum Foundation
  • Elf Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder
  • NYX Avant Pop Noveau Chic Eyeshadow Palette
  • Eyelure Exaggerate No. 145 Lashes
  • LA Colors DramatiLash Lashes in Delightful 974
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara
  • Elf Brightening Eyeliner Pencil
  • Maybelline ColorSensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks (Blushing Bud & Coral Burst)
  • Forever 21 Mega Color Stick in Adobe Rose

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Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette – Review

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Hello, all! Today I come to you with another review and this one is from my favorite drugstore brand, Maybelline! I picked up their new Blushed Nudes palette and wanted to share my thoughts with you all on it. I purchased mine from Walmart for $9.99, the same price as the original The Nudes palette. Like always, if you’re feeling pretty budget savvy, you can pick yours up from Ulta with a mascara or something and use their current coupon code (or print off the physical coupon) and score $3.50 off of a $10 purchase.

The palette comes in a nice and sleek blush tone plastic frame with clear space to see all 12 shadows inside. It is very sturdy, an awesome size for travel, and overall does a good job at not falling apart (which I wasn’t expecting to be a problem, but sometimes you just don’t know). All of the shadows inside of it are primarily in the realm of ‘blush,’ living up to the name and carrying some soft pink iridescence or shimmer to them.

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I swatched these shadows on my arm with the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer as a base. Some may call that cheating, but let me tell you, primer was very necessary as these shadows apply better than they swatch. If you’re into showing off you Insta-color shadow arms to your legions of followers or if you love caressing blocks of velvety smooth shadows then this product may initially disappoint you in those departments. As a person who both loves a good swatch and feeling up those shadows, I found that those initial ‘disappointments’ are really easy to overlook, simply because the product works incredibly well for $10. I recommend using the non-matte shadows with a bit of a damp brush, but overall I was able to achieve a greater depth of color in application than on my arms and that’s perfectly okay. The shadows were blendable, buildable, and were not heavy on the creasing – though I still do recommend using it with a primer.

My only real complaint about it is that while I find the idea of blush tones x5 to be pretty awesome in theory, in reality it was a little bit impractical for my needs. I don’t need brown with subtle flecks of pink glitter; I just need brown. The color selection of this palette is very charming, especially as full drugstore palettes appears to be a recent occurrence, but everything about these shadows did not have to be bathed in blush.

Finally, this review would not be complete unless I compared this palette to my beloved The Nudes one and I can tell you right now, the quality of The Blushed Nudes is better. The shadows are more pigmented, there are less chalky shades to sort through (though some still do exist), and the color selection is fairly unique. It doesn’t look quite as sexy as The Nudes and I can’t fill my brows in with it, but that doesn’t matter because it appears that a lot of my initial concerns about the original palette were addressed in this one.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom – Review

Hello, all!

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A couple of weeks ago I woke up to a lovely text message from my mother telling me that Ulta was running a 40% off sale on Maybelline products. I had actually already put in an order for some things from there the day before, but since Maybelline is one of my favorite drugstore brands, I decided to use this sale to try out a product that’s advertisements I can’t seem to escape: the Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks. They retail for about $7.49 each, but you can pick them up from Ulta for half-price until May 10th because they are currently buy 1, get 1 50%.

Here are the 3 shades I picked up:

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They all apply sheer, but can be built up to a bolder color. They have a very smooth consistency, and apply just as such. Also, they don’t dry out the lips, which is great!

Coral Burst:

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When I initially made my purchase of these online, this is the color I was most excited about. Unfortunately, it actually turned out to be my least favorite of the three that I picked up. I still love the color, but even when I started with my one swipe sheer application, I could feel the lipstick trying to cling onto all of those secret dry patches on my lips. Come 3 hours later and the lipstick had settled into a slew of fine lines that I didn’t even know that I had. The color is nice and, while it does transfer, it manages to last at 4 hours on the lips with no touch ups. I just could not get over how much this lipstick was seeping into my fine lines and clinging to my dry patches.

Orchid Ecstasy:

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This is my top shade of the bunch! When I ordered it, I thought it would appear as having more of a purple hue because in the tube it appears as a fuchsia/magenta color. You can still see that tone within it, but all of my friends thought that it was just hot pink. That being said, this color is still gorgeous, especially if you’re just starting out with bolder colors. It applies evenly, lasts 4+ hours without reapplication, and never settles in any of the cracks in my lips.

Blushing Bud:

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This lipstick is probably the most subtle when you first apply it. It did give a slight tint to my lips, but it was so natural that it almost appeared as if I wasn’t wearing any product. I think it’s a nice subtle color, particularly if you have already done a bit of a bolder eye and want to keep the lips very low-key. My only complaint is that it does settle into some of my fine lines and cling onto some of those dry patches.

Overall, I think these lipsticks are alright but they appear to be a bit of a hit or miss. I love Orchid Ecstasy and wholeheartedly recommend it, but for me Coral Burst is a hard pass and Blushing Bud is just okay.

Have any of you tried out the Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom Lipsticks? How did they work for you?

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