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Recent Beauty Hits & Misses


True life: I'm a beauty product junkie.  All it takes is one glowing review of a product, and there is a 99% chance that I'm going to purchase it and try it out for myself.  You never know when you're going to find your next 'must have' and there's no hurt if it's a dud because I always make sure to buy from stores that have awesome return policies (Sephora, Ulta, Target).

Unfortunately, my skin has been a-w-f-u-l lately and I've been trying anything and everything to help the teenage like pimples and blotchy red skin subside.  I'm thinking it's hormone related, but if you have any recommendations, feel free to send them my way because I'm a desperate lady.  Combine that with the Sephora VIB sale back in November and Christmas gifts/money, I have lots of products to review today!  Let's get right to it....

H I T S
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask | Despite the high price tag, this is a product I won't be without now - it's that good.  I use it a couple of times a week and it really is like a facial at home.  It makes my skin so smooth, soft and glowing and helps clear up some of the blotchy redness.  I also love that it's free of a lot of scary ingredients found in so many cosmetics these days.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Creme | LOVE.  This is not your typical creme/lotion, it's more of an all over concealer that you apply after your moisturizer.  It's tinted and completely 100% covers up redness... it's actually kind of amazing.  The only downside is that it only comes in one 'tint' so I can see how it wouldn't match everyone's skin tone.  It's actually a little dark for mine in the winter, but since I apply my foundation over top of it, it works for now.  I think it'll be a perfect match come summer!

NYX Wonder Pencil | This is a great little multi-tasking product for under $5.  I like to use it to on the rim of my eyes to brighten them up (doesn't bother them at all and my eyes can be sensitive), under my eyebrows to define them, and as a nude lip liner. 
   
Ole Henriksen Brightening Cleansing Cloths | I've always been a big fan of the O.H. brightening line and these cloths don't disappoint.  I love to use them first thing in the morning to brighten up my dull skin - the orange scent is also perfect for the AM.  They're super nice for traveling, I brought them all over during our Christmas travels! 

Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo | This shampoo is great for getting rid of the build-up that products can leave in your hair.  It really does leave your hair feeling silky and soft, maybe a little dry but just make sure to pair it with a good deep conditioner <-- the best.   I use it once every couple of weeks and I can tell a HUGE difference in the volume of my hair afterwards - it just feels so must healthier and lightweight.

Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Gloss | We're all familiar with the Fresh lip balms, but their newest product is this lip gloss that's pretty awesome.  It's super moisturizing and provides just the right amount of color and shine.  You can use it alone (usually what I do) or on top of a matte lipstick.  I have the berry shade, but want to get all of them!

M I S S E S
Becca x Jaclyn Hill Highlighter | So this was just okay.  I didn't think it was anything super special (especially for the price which I thought was high) and honestly reminded me a lot of my Bobbi Brown shimmer brick.  I returned it to Sephora.
 
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads | I love the idea of toner pads, but so far they just haven't worked out for me.  I've also tried the Arcona ones and both have irritated my skin.  I'm a huge fan of all of the other First Aid Beauty products that I've tried though, just not the pads!

Hot Tools Thermal Hot Brush | I've tried to use this thing so many dang times with all bad luck.  I want to love it so bad because lots of other people use it and their hair looks awesome (Karly!), so I think this is more of a miss because I don't know how to use it, haha.  
 
Clarins Toning Lotion for Normal/Dry Skin | The reason this is a miss: the scent.  I just can't get past it, the stuff smells like FRUIT LOOPS.  No joke, I was literally craving Fruit Loops after using it for a week and yes, I did buy some ;)

What are some recent hits or misses for you?!  You know I'm always looking for new product to try!

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35 comments

  1. Oh man, the yucky skin during pregnancy is the worst! I found that using almost nothing but BB/CC creams and a bit of blush kept my face from breaking out & I've stuck with that the whole way through, haha. I really want to try that IT Cosmetics concealer though because I've heard great things about the brand ;) Thanks for sharing your recommendations, friend! xo

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  2. Misses are JUST as important as HITS, thanks for sharing both. One of my big misses is the ELF makeup wipes, they sting the face and eyes and that's just no thank you!

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  3. Glad that you found a bunch of hits along with your handful of misses! Always good to know what worked and didn't work for people!

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  4. Sad you didn't like the highlighter from Jaclyn Hill! Did the brush not work with your hair length as well - that's my one concern before buying it! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. Dang girl you really are a product junkie! My skin has been sooo different this winter since being pregnant and it needs help (like BAD) but my facial skin is so sensitive that I am just such a chicken to try new things!! That first face mask sounds like just what I need, though!

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  6. This is so funny - I just looked at the Sunday Shampoo at the salon this weekend. I am going to go back and get it now!

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  7. I'm still obsessed with Bumble & Bumble's Sunday Shampoo as well, that line can do no wrong! *Hugs* hoping your skin clears up soon gurlie, it's probably just your hormones going crazy preparing for the little one <3
    Green Fashionista

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  8. I have really gotten into wearing masks in the past few months so I will have to check out the Tata Harper one! Thanks for sharing these misses too...super helpful!

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  9. I just got the NYX wonder pencil and it really is pretty good for the price! Love this post.

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  10. I need to get that NYX pencil asap! I fully agree that the smell of a product can be a make it or break it for me. I just started using the Tata Harper mask and it really is amazing! That is the best find ever!

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  11. Pregnancy skin is no fun. Mine cleared up somewhere around my 2nd trimester though! I ended up switching to some acne skin care from Clinique while I was pregnant. I really want to get a Fresh Sugar lippie! The price point is killing me though. Love reading your reviews! xo

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  12. Thanks for sharing all these! I am always keeping my eye out for great product reviews!

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  13. i love tata harper products! i need to try that mask! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  14. I'm pretty much the opposite of you when it comes to makeup- I find something I like and rarely deviate. Maybe soon I'll get a job and won't feel guilty for buying makeup. I love a good mask though and will definitely be checking out that one!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

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  15. Thanks for sharing some things to be on the lookout for and a few to avoid too! Have a lovely day, Katie!!
    xo - Brenda // ChattingOverChocolate.com

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  16. Hot Brush? .. .that's a shame it didnt work. I think only hair dressers know how to weld that kind of magic :)

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  17. I hope you watch my tutorial today before you return the hot brush! I promise you can do it. :) I've heard so much about that B&B shampoo, and boo to the Jaclyn Hill highlighter! Everybody raves about it like its the best highlighter to ever be created - I'll definitely be skipping the price tag on that one.

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  18. Ok, so now I need to try that Sunday Shampoo because it sounds great. And I have never heard of Tata Harper, but after your recommendation, I am very interested!:) Always love this kind of post, sweet friend!

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  19. I'm the same way girl my bathroom drawers are full of products and it takes a lot for me to actually finish something. I love reading about hits and misses!

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  20. I will have to give that shampoo a try, it sounds amazing! Thanks!

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  21. oh bummer about the hot tools thingy, i did see Karly do a tutorial today so i am gonna watch that before buying it, because her hair is always so fabulous! i'm sorry to hear about your skin as well, i have definitely heard thats a thing when pregnant, womp womp! hope you find a solution soon!

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  22. I'm going to have to try some of these! I have been having the worst time with my skin lately! Thanks for the tips!

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  23. Oh man, that brush would be awesome but I feel like I wouldn't be able to use it right and it would just be awful...

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  24. Thanks for sharing! I want to try that hot tools brush but I worry that I won't be able to use it right either!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  25. That's so disappointing that the hot brush didn't work for you!! I've been seeing that around and was curious about it. But now I am definitely adding that wonder pencil to my wish list!

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  26. I am so excited to try the Fresh lip glosses! I love the look of the berry one even though I'm a chicken to wear too much color haha :)

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  27. Pregnancy skin - sounds like you're having a girl!! I really need to go into Sephora and get a makeover and use all their products. I really want a cream highlight and contouring kit but haven't found one that seems awesome yet.

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  28. I need to branch out and try new things more! I tend to stick to what I know and love and it makes getting ready just a tad bit boring.

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  29. Oh man, hormones definitely affect my skin! I can only imagine how much more it would be during pregnancy! If you find a miracle for redness, let me know!

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  30. I love this round-up of hits and misses! I definitely need to check into this Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo! How did I not know this was a thing?!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  31. The face mask!! I’ve been looking for one – definitely adding that to my list. My goal is to take way better care of my face this year – I’ve been terrible aka lazy in the past. Nyx too! I love the nyx pricetags – it makes trying new things much more fun and easy!

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  32. The scents on things can be absolute deal breakers for me too!!! I can't stand things that are overly strong... or smell like fruit loops. Good call!

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  33. I'll have to add that eyeliner to the list. I want to try that brush, but I'm afraid I won't have good luck with it either! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  34. Absolute ditto on the Tata Harper resurfacing mask- game changer! I am excited to try some of your other suggestions!

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