YES, NO, MAYBE SO | SEPTEMBER 2016 PRODUCT REVIEW

Hello lovelies! It’s Friday and the last day of September, so you know what that means! We’re going to be heading into October, so before the new month begins, let’s do a product review!

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This is the NYC bronzing face powder in Sunny. It’s been a cult product in the YouTube and blogging world, and I can see why. This bronzer is a warm brown shade that adds a natural contour to your face as well as bronzing your skin quite nicely. You can create a light contour or build it up to be a little heavier and it shows up nicely in photos.

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The only downside to this bronzer in my opinion is that sometimes it looks a little bit too warm on my face as a contour, so I might try looking for something more cool-toned in the future. But that’s why it’s called a bronzer in the first place; it’s not necessarily meant to contour, but to add warmth to your face. So keep that in mind if you’re thinking about picking this up!

Otherwise, it’s a great product for the price and I do enjoy using it, so it’s definitely a safe product to repurchase if I try out other products and don’t like them as much. Plus, I’m not one to splurge on the whole contouring and highlighting trend, so this is a good affordable product for me.

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I mentioned this lipstick in my Kissing Summer Goodbye postΒ Β a while back, but I’m mentioning it here today because it’s the lip color I’ve been reaching for quite a bit this month. I like to change the lipsticks I wear quite often, so I didn’t wear this all month long, but I do remember reaching for it more than other ones recently.

This is Sugared Grapefruit from Clinique’s Different lipstick collection. I believe this was the first lipstick I ever bought and I’ve repurchased since then. As I became addicted to lipsticks and expanded my collection, this kind of stayed in the back and didn’t get much use, but it definitely made a comeback this summer for me.

It’s a beautiful mix of coral, pink, and orange and I think it’s a unique color. It looks natural but also gives such a nice flush to your lips and brightens up your face. It has a shimmer in it that usually I wouldn’t like in a lipstick, but it works for me here.

I’ve been wearing this lipstick on days when I want a more natural makeup look or at events where I don’t want to wear too much makeup, like family gatherings or a kid’s birthday party. I feel like it’s always better to look more “naturally beautiful” (because we all know how judgmental relatives can be, ya feel?) on these occasions since there are all these cute makeup-free kids running around and I want to mimic that youthful feeling in my makeup.

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This is Nutty from Wet ‘n Wild. It’s a single eyeshadow and I was reaching for this a few times during the month as well. Although my Maybelline eyeshadow quad in Give Me Gold contains my most used eyeshadows right now, I did stray away from it a couple times this month for this shadow.

Nutty is a warm brown color with gold shimmer in it. It’s a great shade to use alone for a slightly smokey eye during the daytime because the gold shimmer and deeper brown creates several dimensions that allow it to be a smokey color on its own. Basically, this shadow creates its own highlight and contour, which I think is so cool.

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You could also add other colors to build it up and make it more intense if you want to, but I like it for days when I’m in a rush and need some dimension to my eyes without trying too hard.

It’s also super cheap; I personally think that Wet ‘n Wild’s eyeshadows are well worth their affordable price. Their single eyeshadows are less than a dollar, and they’re so pigmented! Also, I tried to edit the photo above to show its true color, but it came out more gold than brown. It’s definitely darker in real life, so keep that in mind if you want to get this shadow!

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I wanted to talk about an eyeshadow primer I’ve been using for the last few months. It’s from Milani and I picked it up after my Wet ‘n Wild one ran out. I might do a comparison post on them, so be on the lookout for that if that’s something you might be interested in! However, the Wet ‘n Wild one I had was from the limited edition Fergie collection so they no longer sell it (I hope they bring it back one day!).

In comparison to the Wet ‘n Wild one, this primer also works pretty well. It keeps my eyeshadows on and looking nice and my eye makeup applies well with it.

However, as I kept using this product, I noticed some downsides. The main one is that I finally realized that my eye makeup didn’t stay on as long as when I used the Wet ‘n Wild primer. I personally would prefer 8-10 hours of wear because I tend to wear makeup for 10-12 hours but this begins to make my eyeshadows crease after around 6 hours.

Then one day when I squeezed the tube, oil came out instead of the primer, which was 1) a little gross and 2) I’m not sure why there would be so much oil in a primer that’s supposed to keep your eyelids from getting oily (but maybe that’s just me not being educated enough on the ingredients). This was fixed easily just by shaking the tube a little bit, which is what I do now in case that happens again.

Overall, it’s not a bad primer, but it’s not something I would be running to repurchase or buying backups of. I would come back to it if I can’t find anything better, but I’ll probably look into more primers after this one has run out.

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Here’s a skincare product I’ve fallen in love with in recent weeks. This is the Nature Republic sheet mask in Aloe and oh my goodness, I love it. I never understood why people liked them so much, but now I do.

I haven’t tried any other masks, but these are very saturated and leave your skin feeling so moisturized afterwards. This one does smell a little bit more like chemicals than aloe vera, but I don’t mind too much because there is some of the aloe scent there.

I don’t really know what else to say about them except that I love them and I love treating myself to one whenever I feel like my skin needs an extra boost. They’re quite inexpensive as well. Nature Republic sells them in packs of 10 for about $13, but they do have sales where they give you 10 more for free if you buy 10, so that would mean each mask is less than a dollar!

They come in other scents, so I want to try the other ones, but this one is my favorite so far!

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I wanted to throw in a fashion product at the end of my review, so here’s the backpack I’m using for this school year!

If you didn’t know, I’m currently in my last year of college, so I wanted to upgrade to a cute backpack, and I really like this one. I still wish I had an Everlane one, but I guess it’ll just stay on my wishlist, haha.

I got this backpack from Kohl’s online. At first, I was scared that I wouldn’t like it since I didn’t see it in person, but this backpack really does look the same on the website as it does in person. It’s a little roomier than my previous backpack which is what I was looking for and I love the design of it.

I basically searched all summer for the perfect backpack and although Everlane was at the top of my list, this was much more affordable. Everlane’s quality is most likely better, but I realized that I just needed a backpack to get me through my last year of school (if I end up going to grad school, then that’ll be a different story, haha). I also wanted a Jansport backpack but for some reason, most of the straps were really weird on me.

This backpack is a burgundy red color and it’s been quite sturdy so far. It also came with one of those black pom pom balls, but I decided to use that for my purse instead. Unfortunately, I just checked the website and I think it’s completely out of stock and not being sold anymore, but there are lots of backpacks with this design at the moment, so it’ll be quite easy to find one similar to this.

So that’s my product review for this month! I know literally everyone says this, but I can’t believe another month has come and gone and now there’s literally only 2 months before 2016 ends. That’s some crazy sh*t. All of a sudden, I feel like I’ve done a lot this year and not enough at the same time, but that’s a topic for another day.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you lovelies next week!

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