YES, NO, MAYBE SO | JANUARY 2018 PRODUCT REVIEW

As another month comes to an end, it’s also time to review products that I’ve been trying out once again!

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GERARD COSMETICS SLAY ALL DAY SETTING SPRAY

I wrote a review on this setting spray recently, but I thought I would mention it in this month’s product review because it’s all I’ve been using since I bought it.

I purchased it because of Nikkia Joy (I mentioned her in my current favorite beauty YouTubers post!). It’s one of her holy grail products, so I wanted to see if it would work for me as well.

Ever since I started using it, I think my makeup lasts so much longer and wears on my skin better throughout the day. I haven’t had to worry about my makeup because when the oils do come through, it looks dewy instead of oily.

I recommend this if you have oily skin; check out my review if you’re thinking of purchasing it and to see all the scents that it comes in (mine is green tea)!

Verdict: yes!

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TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY BLUSH IN PAAARTY

This was part of Sephora’s free birthday gift sets for 2017 and it’s actually really good. It’s a beautiful pinky nude and it goes with virtually every makeup look.

It’s not too strong and adds a natural flush to the skin. This was a great gift choice from Sephora and I’m really happy I got this.

Verdict: yes!

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REAL TECHNIQUES MIRACLE COMPLEXION SPONGE

Yes I know, where have I been?? I’m so late to the game on this one, but I’ve always been curious about trying out makeup sponges.

Ever since I started extracting my blackheads, the skin on my nose has started to peel, and using a foundation brush accentuates that more. I finally decided to turn to a sponge because I thought that a damp sponge would be able to smooth out my nose. And it does!

Not only does it help with my peeling skin, I feel like I get a more natural base and I almost look airbrushed. I don’t know how the original beauty blender holds up to this, but this Real Techniques sponge works really well. I’ve actually recently purchased another one so that I can alternate when they get dirty!

Verdict: yes!

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MAYBELLINE COLOSSAL CAT EYES MASCARA

I’ve used the Maybelline Colossal mascara for years and I’ve always liked it, so I wondered if the other versions were actually different or if it was a sales strategy. Shortly after purchasing this, I realized there was a difference between the two. This mascara has a skinnier, curved wand compared to the original product and the bristles are a little shorter.

I find that this product lengthens and separates, but doesn’t give too much volume. It holds a decent curl, but I don’t see the cat eye effect that it claims to give, and it can clump when you work with the lashes for too long. I know some of us like that spidery effect (me included), but the clumps can look uneven sometimes, which isn’t a very favorable look.

I have mixed feelings about this mascara, probably because I haven’t found my holy grail mascara yet (although it could also be that my lashes are a lost cause, haha). Overall, I don’t think it’s a flop, but people with fuller but shorter lashes might benefit more from this mascara.

Verdict: maybe

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HOOP EARRINGS

I started getting into hoop earrings sometime during 2017. I feel like hoops have their moments, but they’re also a classic accessory. The different sizes and styles always add something different to an outfit and in my case, they tend to make me look less “sweet and innocent” and adds just a bit of edge.

This month, I wanted to mention my small hoop earrings from Urban Outfitters because they’re an accessory I never thought I would wear myself. I’ve slowly gotten used to regular hoops, but I thought small hoop earrings weren’t for me. However, I was totally wrong and I really like wearing them when I don’t want to commit to my regular-sized hoops!

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Here’s what I look like wearing the hoops; this is part of an upcoming post!

Verdict: yes!

I can’t believe the first month of 2018 is almost over! For some reason, this month did seem quite long, but that might be because I haven’t been able to do much (if you missed my post on how I ended up on bedrest, I’ll link it here!)

I hope you found this post helpful; thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you lovelies soon!

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