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Mary

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General Information

  • Ethnicity: East Asian
  • Skin Tone: Medium
  • Skin Type: Combination
  • Hair Thickness: Medium
  • Hair Type: Straight
  • Hair Color: Brown

Personal Information:

  • Beauty Interest: Beauty blogger
  • Age Range: 25-34
  • Location: United States
  • Are you a mommy to be?: No

The Party Ready Eyeshadow contained a mixture of hits and misses for me. This palette includes 10 different shades with matte, satin, and shimmer finishes. About half the palette is filled with gorgeous basic, neutral shades for a natural day look, while the other half is composed of darker, more sultry shades to create the ultimate smokey, night look! The shimmery shadows are decently pigmented and easily blendable, but most of the mattes, especially the purple and dark blue shades, were duds out of all the shadows; they turned out be sheer, somewhat patchy (so pack on the color), and a bit powdery/chalky. The rest of the shades, however, performed really well! The shimmery shades are my personal favorite from the e.l.f. eyeshadow palette. The color choices in the palette are ideal for shading, highlighting, and defining the eyes.

The sleeping mask applies almost effortlessly -- The moment you start massaging it in, it melts on contact with the skin and gently glides onto the skin. It drenches the skin with moisture, leaving behind a "wet" feeling that's very hydrating, but does take a while to dry. It's really easy to accidentally get too much, so be careful to only apply a little at a time because it goes a long way! Once it absorbs, it feels silky on the skin, not stick or greasy. Applying too much does make it feel sticky though, so be cautious during application! I woke up to a brighter complexion and supple skin, but I didn't notice a huge change in my pore size.

The Original Pore Pack is meant to cool, tighten, and soothe the skin. It has a thick, smooth, and creamy texture that applies really easily. When applied, it has a unique cooling sensation that feels both relaxing and soothing. It feels just slightly tingly because of the cooling effect, but it's very gentle and non-irritating. I personally love how the cooling sensation lasts throughout the whole time you have the mask on and doesn't end until it's rinsed off. Unfortunately though, the scent isn't my favorite. It contains menthol which makes it minty and it does smell natural, but for some reason it sort of smells like a very faint mix of mint and Vicks. However, the smell does leave after it's applied, so it's definitely not a huge setback. Unlike typical clay masks, the Original Pore Pack doesn't dry out the skin. It made my skin feel more revitalized and my complexion was brighter.

The Blackhead O2 Bubble Pore Pack bubbles up almost instantaneously after it's applied. What makes the Blackhead O2 Bubble Pore Pack different from other carbonated masks (*ahem* like the Elizavecca Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask) is that this one is extremely gentle on the skin. It's non-irritating to the point where I could barely feel the bubbles popping up. There's no itchy or uncomfortable feeling, but instead it's a very faint tickle as the mask foams up. Within a minute, the bubbles are active and it reaches its peak at 2-3 minutes. Because of how quick the Blackhead O2 Bubble Pore Pack bubbles up, you have to be quick with application, so it can get a bit difficult but the results are definitely worth the extra struggle. There are little bits of natural oat particles that help gently exfoliate the skin as you massage it in. After rinsing, I noticed that my skin felt a lot smoother and baby-soft. With extended use, my pores were a lot cleaner and clearer. The sebaceous filaments, or blackhead look-a-likes, on my nose were disappearing more and more with each use and by the end of the month, my pores were mostly clear (with consistent use)!

The Chitosan Foam Cleanser is hands-down one of the best cleansers I have ever used. It's a foam cleanser, but not like your typical foam soap that's made of bubbles -- this foam cleanser is a thick mochi-like foam that builds up and gets thicker the more you massage/rub it in. Because of its ability to build up so much, a little truly goes a long way and this guy will definitely last a while! The thick foam cleanser clings to dirt, makeup, and all the grime, which disappears the moment it's washed off, leaving the skin refreshed, clean, and hydrated. Plus, it's extremely gentle to the skin and isn't overly drying! My complexion has become so much clearer and I noticed a huge decrease in my sebum production. This is my holy grail cleanser as of late and I have already purchased a back-up!

 

The Aqua Rush Cream has a gel-cream like formula that gives the skin a major boost of hydration upon application, however it's not long lasting and wears away after a few hours. It feels really heavy on the skin, which I don't like, but after rubbing it in, it transforms into a water-like texture that the skin soaks up. It takes a while to dry, but once it does my skin feels plump and supple.

I usually hate jumbo mascara wands, but I am in love with the huge brush head in the Eye Opening Mascara! It actually grabs each and every lash and coats it in an ultra dark black formula that's not drying or flaky whatsoever. The lashes are left looking thicker, more volumized, and a lot longer. Plus, the formula is lightweight enough to hold a long-lasting curl that lasts all day (8+ hours)! There's no smudging or budging and my lashes were clump-free all day!

The True Cream Aqua Bomb is my ride-or-die moisturizer especially during the winter! I have gone through 3 tubs of this cream now and haven't found one that tops it yet. It has an ultra-hydrating gel-cream formula that penetrates deep into the layers of the skin leaving you with hydration that lasts all day. Every time I use this cream, my dehydrated skin doesn't have any flakey or rough patches in sight! I definitely recommend this to those who need a major boost of hydration especially those who suffer from dry skin.

The Banila Co Clean It Zero is my go-to first-step cleanser for removing makeup. It easily removes all traces of my makeup including sunscreen, foundation, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and even waterproof mascara! It gently breaks down the makeup without tugging on my skin or eyes. The Clean It Zero has a thicker oil formula once it's melted that prevents it from being a drippy mess and running down my face and arms. Overall, I'd highly recommend this cleanser for removing makeup and using as a first step oil cleanser!

The 3CE Liquid Eyeliner comes with a super thin brush tip that's easy to maneuver on the lids. It has a smooth, fluid formula that doesn't drag or tug on the lids which makes it easy to achieve a smooth and sharp wing. My only problem with this is that though it's buildable, you have to work quickly because it dries to a weird elastic-like film that can rub off if you take too long to apply. 

I have the Creamy Cheek Stick in Pink Factory which is a bright babydoll pink that blends out seamlessly to give the cheeks a natural flush. It comes in a convenient stick formula, so all you have to do is swipe some on and blend it out. Personally, the color payoff looks much better when blended out and applied with the fingers. Overall, it's a great blush to use either for traveling or for everyday wear!

The Gradation Bold Blush in Plum Candy contains a pink and purple ombre blush. To the eye, it's absolutely beautiful and while the idea is fun and unique, it doesn't work that well. It's very hard to get the gradient look with this blush because the pink and purple shades are very similar to each other. To achieve the gradient look, it requires you to add on many layers of blush.

The 3CE Highlighter is one of my favorite highlighters for a natural, subtle glow. It's very finely milled so there's no chunky glitter or bits of shimmer, only a subtle but luminous sheen. It's subtle enough for everyday wear and gently enhances one's features, like the cheekbones or nose, without being over-the-top. It's definitely much more subtle and gentle than compared to the flashy western highlighters. 

The White Milk Pack to Foam from 3 Concept Eyes is a multi-functional product that can be used as a daily cleanser, a spot treatment pack, or a full-on mask. I personally find it more effective as a mask or a spot treatment. It lifts away sebum and dirt from my pores making my pores appear noticeably smaller. My favorite thing about this pack is that it's extremely gentle! It doesn't leave my skin feel stripped of its natural oils or overly dry. Instead, it makes my skin feel supple to the touch after use! 

I have the 3CE Eye Shadow Palette in #Up Close which features a mixture of bohemian-inspired shades like pinks and purples! The formula of these shadows overall have decent pigmentation except Twinkle Pink which is much too sheer for my liking. The rest of the shades have rich color payoff which is surprising for a Korean eyeshadow! The shadows wear for about 5-6 hours without any primer, but with primer, it lasts all day without fading!

The 3CE Triple Shadow in #MORE BROWN is a trio of eyeshadows that are color-matched to compliment one another. More Brown contains a mixture of a champagne beige, light golden bronze, and a chocolate brown that all have shimmery, pearlescent finishes. It goes on a bit sheer, which makes it perfect for natural makeup looks, but is also easily buildable by adding on more layers for a richer color payoff. This is my go-to eyeshadow for everyday wear because the color combination of neutral browns makes it school and work friendly!

 

 

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