Review: Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Recently, I have been using the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in the travel mini size. In general, I have some mixed feelings about this product. It was definitely something that I grew to like more over time but did not have the best first impression of. So, I thought that I would share a review here!

First Impression

The wand is HUGE. This is by far the biggest wand I have EVER seen for a mascara. Thus, it makes it difficult to apply mascara because I tend to always get it on my upper lid and I find myself always having to clean it up afterwards. However, I noticed that after a couple sweeps of this mascara, I got some great length and so I did not entirely reject this mascara after the first use.

Pros

This mascara does a great job at lengthening and separating. It’s easy to build up layers and doesn’t look TOO clumpy after multiple layers. I feel like in general this is probably the best lengthening mascara I’ve used. It’s also a very black color. If you find a lot of drugstore mascaras to barely show up on your lashes, this one will definitely make your lashes pop! It’s pretty easy to take this mascara off so no worries about taking too long for mascara removal.

Cons

Like I said earlier, the wand is massive so it gets messy easily when applying mascara unless you just have great control and have the time to make your mascara perfect. For me, I have to do mascara in a rush so it’s not always convenient. I also don’t find that it provides the most volume, although some people think it provides great volume. I guess it’s just something that I didn’t see with this mascara! This also does smudge slightly on the lower lash line over time so you may need to do check ups throughout the day. Finally, this is NOT a waterproof mascara, so it does run. However, this isn’t a waterproof formula so I can’t really complain about that.

Overall

I did like testing out the mascara with this travel size. I’ve never used any Smashbox products before so I was quite excited about this. I didn’t have the best first impression of it but I came to like the dark color, lengthening, and separating properties over time and I got used to the massive wand. If you’re very picky about your mascara and have little time to do your mascara then I do not recommend purchasing this. However, if you’re open to trying new products and really like doing the mascara part of your routine, I’d say give this travel size one a shot. A lot of people swear by this product so maybe you’ll like it as well! I personally do not think I’ll be repurchasing this unless I can’t find another mascara that provides the lengthening properties that this mascara gives.

What is your favorite mascara?

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Review: Origins A Perfect World

First off, apologies for the lack of blog posts lately! I have been extremely busy with schoolwork but I have some new posts that I am excited to share you all! Recently I have been trying a lot of new products so I thought that I should share a few review blog posts!

For this post, I’d like to focus on the Origins A Perfect World moisturizer. Lately, it has been quite cold and my skin has gotten extremely dry. I normally have more combination/oily skin and as a result, I have been using oil-free lotion that worked beautifully. However, with the colder weather, the oil-free lotion was only drying my skin even more and I really needed a product that would provide moisture again and combat the cold weather. After using this moisturizer for a few weeks, I can definitely say that this stuff is AMAZING. It is definitely on the pricier side but if you have skin that just needs some refreshing and some moisture, I highly recommend this moisturizer.

Since my oil-free lotion absorbed extremely quickly into my skin and was much thinner and lightweight, I was not used to using a moisturizer that was so rich and creamy. This stuff is definitely thicker but it goes on beautifully and does not feel overly greasy or heavy on the skin. My skin instantly felt smoother after applying this and felt better almost immediately. Since it’s quite rich, you can lather this on extremely well and I could literally feel the softness and the intense moisture for hours after applying it in the morning. Seriously, I felt like I didn’t even need to reapply at night because my skin felt like I had just applied it.

On top of all that, I don’t know if this moisturizer is even supposed to do these things, but I found that a lot of my blemishes on my face seemed to fade away. I don’t wear foundation or bb/cc cream on a daily basis but I noticed that my skin tone began to even out more and that some of my acne scars on my forehead began to fade.

So if you’re seeking a new high-end moisturizer, I highly recommend this! It’s definitely worth the splurge if you want to really make your skin healthy and refreshed again. What skin products have you been loving lately?

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Currently Loving: Origins

 

Recently, I went on a big Origin haul. There were some amazing deals about a month ago and around Black Friday time, so I managed to get a lot of products! I have been using a couple of these products lately and thought I should share some of my opinions on them.

First, the famous Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask. I have heard great reviews about this product in the past and since I don’t have any face mask products, I thought that I should give this a shot. I have been using it once a week and honestly, I love it. It’s a pretty unique texture and it took me a while to get used to putting it on haha but it honestly works! It dries on the face and gives that slight tight feeling that most masks give. After I wash it off, my skin really does feel silky smooth! I have also noticed that my pores have gotten smaller, which isn’t really something I focused on before, but I have definitely noticed a significant difference.

My everyday face moisturizer has been the Zero Oil Oil-free Moisturizer Lotion. This stuff is great! I have a mix of combination/oily skin and this seriously absorbs instantly into the skin and is extremely lightweight. Something I’ve noticed about Origin products is the slight herbal scent to it. It’s quite hard to describe and although some people may not be a fan of the scent, I personally find it very soothing. I always use this right after my mask as well and it really is a perfect combo.

My everyday cleanser has been the Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash. I think it works great and it does a great job of giving me an overall refreshed, clean feeling. The scent for this also has a subtle herbal scent but I find that this is much more appealing and smells very fresh.

Finally, I just received two more Origin products from my Black Friday haul: the GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer and the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I will probably start using the moisturizer once I run out of the one I am currently using, and will probably start using the overnight mask on the weekends as well! I’ll have another post focusing on those two once I try them out.

Overall, I love Origins as a brand and so far, I have been enjoying all their products! Have you tried out any Origin products? I’d love to hear some other opinions/recommendations! 🙂