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Kokie Cosmetics Blush Up Palette Review

Affordable beauty brand Kokie Cosmetics arrived at Walmart back in the Spring but none of the Walmart stores near me carry it (such a bummer)! So it's taken me a while to finally try some of their products...for some reason I have no problem ordering expensive products online but when it comes to drugstore I much prefer to go and pick it up in person. I think it's because I don't want to have to pay shipping on an inexpensive item (or have to place a huge order just to meet a minimum).

Anyway, I finally got the chance to try some products from the line and I'm really happy with them overall! My favorite so far has got to be the Blush Up Blush Palette ($9). I got it in the shade Blushing, which has a combination of peach, rose, and coral shades. They actually remind me a little bit of the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trios and I'll compare them at the end of this post.

New Makeup Monday 8/14/17

Maybelline has just launched a collab with beauty influencer @makeupshayla, including a brand new City Mini Palette and three shades of their Colossal Big Shot Mascara. The collection is available now at Ulta.com
Photo credit: @trendmood1 on Instagram

New Skincare Sunday 8/13/17


Welcome to the first edition of New Skincare Sunday! Each week, I'll be highlighting the newest skincare products that have landed in stores and online, and this one is a long one, so grab a cup of coffee or a snack and let's get started! 

Lorac Los Angeles Palettes Review & Swatches

lorac los angeles palettes
I was browsing around Ulta the other day and noticed that they had just put out the new Lorac Los Angeles Palettes ($24 each). From seeing photos and swatches online, I already knew I wanted to buy the Malibu one, but when I saw them in person and started swatching, I found myself torn between three of the five available shades...Malibu, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach.

3 Dupes for the Anastasia Subculture Palette

You may have heard all of the recent negative reviews on the Anastasia Subculture Palette, with many beauty gurus claiming that it was too powdery and didn't blend well. I was actually on vacation when it launched and planned to buy it when I returned home, but by the time I did, the bad reviews were starting to pour in so I decided to hold off and see if maybe they'll reformulate.

I Actually Like Wearing Sunscreen Now | Cotz Review

I know all-too-well how important it is to wear sunscreen on a daily basis...getting skin cancer at 30 years old wasn't something I ever expected to happen. It was an eye-opening and scary experience and one that I definitely don't want to repeat, and yet I still find myself skipping the sunscreen too often. The main reason is that most formulas are just so...unpleasant to wear. They're thick and sticky and smell weird, leaving my skin with a shiny film that sometimes still shows through my makeup. Even the "dry-touch" formulas have that telltale sunscreen scent and just don't do anything for my skin.

I recently discovered Cotz Face Natural Tinted Sunscreen SPF 40 ($19.99 at Ulta) and it's a total game-changer! It's actually a primer and a sunscreen in one, and it's unlike any other SPF I've tried.
First of all, it's a natural mineral-based sunscreen (vs chemical) with no preservatives, oils, or scent. It has the whipped mousse-like feel of a silicone-based primer and fills in pores and texture beautifully with a soft matte finish (no more shine!). The version I have has a hint of tint which pretty much disappears into my skin when I blend it out (they also have a non-tinted version if you're paler than I am) and I find that while it doesn't add much coverage, the overall texture of my skin looks and feels so smooth and soft, and makeup applies beautifully on top!

If you have oily skin or don't like the thicker feel of a primer, Cotz also makes another version called Flawless Complexion which has more of a lotion-like feel and disappears into the skin with no greasy feel and no scent. I also have that one as well and you honestly don't even know you're wearing it! It's dermatologist-recommended for blemish-prone skin and won't clog pores.

Overall, I'm amazed that more people aren't talking about Cotz, so I really wanted to get the word out there. I've been wearing the Face Tinted Primer for the past week straight and I actually enjoy applying it because it makes my skin look and feel better, not worse which is a first for me when it comes to sunscreens!

Currently, they're BOGO 50% off at Ulta, so it's a great time to stock up.

Have you tried Cotz? I'd love to hear about it!

FTC: This post is not sponsored.  Products featured were sent to me complimentary from Cotz but as always, all opinions are 100% my own and I'm under no obligation to post about them. 
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Physicians Formula Hypoallergenic Lipsticks Review + Swatches

physicians formula 80th anniversary collection
Physicians Formula has just released their 80th Anniversary Collection and if you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen my unboxing of the new products. In the past few days, I've learned quite a bit about the company and was surprised to find out that it was actually started in 1937 by a doctor (an allergist named Dr. Frank Crandall). His wife was suffering from Lupus and was struggling to find cosmetics that didn't aggravate her sensitive skin, so he created the line for her (how sweet is that?). 
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