PRODUCT REVIEW: DIOR CRÈME DE ROSE

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Dior Crème de Rose 

Hi there! Happy Super Tuesday I guess? Do people say that? Anyway, wouldn’t ya know, the day after I talk about how awkward this time of year is, I wake up to snow. I guess it just proves my point. March is weird y’all. Today, I want to do a little product review of Dior Crème de Rose lip balm. While perusing the various and sundry lip enhancing products that Dior has to offer, I bought this thinking it was a lip plumper. I mean the package reads “Smoothing and Plumping,” so I was like “Ok, here’s $30,” because I’m such a practical person, of course. When I didn’t exactly get the Kylie Jenner treatment (but I will when my #kylielipkit comes because I’m nuts and bought one of those too muahaha), I actually did some research, read some reviews, and learned the emphasis is on “smoothing.” This product is meant to nourish and soothe lips, you know, like a typical lip balm. What sets Crème de Rose apart is that it fills in fine lines, leaving lips smooth and full. Though it doesn’t produce the effects of getting shot up with collagen, my lips definitely appeared “plumped” in the sense that they were nourished and looked healthy. It is enriched with Damask Rose essential oil which is incredibly moisturizing and has anti-aging properties. I’ve found Crème de Rose to be a fantastic lipstick primer, especially for matte formulas, as it provides the perfect foundation. I also slather it on before bed for super-soft lips in the morning. So, even though this product didn’t do quite what I expected, I’m a convert. If you’re just in the market for a basic lip balm, you probably don’t need this. However, if you’re looking for a smoothing lip primer that’s also restorative, moisturizing, and anti-aging, put this on your list (and lips too lol)!

Emily

PRODUCT REVIEW: URBAN DECAY EYESHADOW PRIMER POTION

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Happy Monday! I recently featured this product in a #weeklywishlist and just had to give it a whirl. In a word, I’m obsessed. I once had a beauty counter girl tell me that I didn’t need eyeshadow primer and to just use my foundation. This was seriously years ago, but for some reason I let it stick with me, and never really considered using a primer on my lids. Now, this wasn’t a huge problem in my life because on an everyday basis, I didn’t wear much eyeshadow. I’m lazy and (until very recently) by midday, my eye makeup would look like it had had a wild night out. This primer, from Urban Decay, eliminates all creasing, smudginess, and provides the perfect canvas for both eyeshadow and liner alike! Even after a full day of wear, eyeshadow looks fresh. You can even use any of the three shades on their own for a natural, even look. This product will be especially useful during the holiday season, which comes with darker, shimmery eye palettes. I picked mine up in the anti-aging version because, I mean, gotta start somewhere. Maybe it’ll even prevent an eye-lift in 20 years, who knows?

Emily

Product Review: Big Sexy Hair Full Bloom

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While paging through the June issue of InStyle, I discovered my newest obsession: Big Sexy Hair Full Bloom. Along with several other products boasting longevity, it was tested by beauty editors and passed the test. It offers 72 hour volume, shine, and smells amazing. Apply to damp hair, from root to tip, and blow dry. After I first used it, I literally felt like I had just walked out of a Dry Bar. My hair was shiny, super soft, super voluminous, and honestly didn’t feel like there was any product in it. You know how mousse or other volume-boosters can leave your hair feeling sticky, heavy, or even “chunky?” Not an issue with Full Bloom. Also, if you’re like me and skip washing your hair for a day (or two), I found my hair was less greasy and had just as much body as the first day! You know what they say, the higher the hair, the closer to Heaven, so run out and pick up this little miracle!

Emily

Product Review: Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion

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I have really dry skin, so I was pretty jazzed when I saw commercials for Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion. I seriously loathe the feeling of regular body lotion, it feels so weird. For this reason, I kind of expected a miracle product, so maybe I set myself up for a bit of disappointment. After using it for several weeks, my skin is still quite dry from the long Wisconsin winter. I thought this product would be the key to never slathering on lotion again, but to see real improvement in my skin, I’ll probably need to. On the bright side, it smells really fresh! I’m going to keep using it, along with regular lotion, so hopefully that’ll do the trick. Has anyone else tried this product? Part of me hopes I’ve just somehow been using it wrong, so I’d love to hear your opinions!

Hope y’all have a great Wednesday!

Emily