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Update: 12/26/16

I don't know any other way to say this, but I'm going on another blogging hiatus. I'm trying (but failing) to stop collecting things and actually try and make an effort to use them. I also find that I say the same thing about every product I use again, and it's not making me want to write about products. If I have an epiphany about any particular product/type of products, I'll most likely be tweeting about it as 140 characters truly sum up my thoughts. (my twitter is @LexisGuide ) 
Until next time...


Today's post is about the crease color. This month I'm using the orangey brown color in the same Ulta palette that my base color is in. 
The Bad: The fact that I don't know what the shade is called. 
The Good: I actually love this color. It's a perfect warm for the crease and it blends nicely and it's buildable! 
So, this is a great color, Ulta shadows are either awesome or suck, so this falls into the first category!


Today's post is all about powder eyeshadow base. I use a matte color from my palette of the month, and this month my palette of choice is a mini Ulta palette that was part of a free gift. I'm using a taupey shade. 
The Bad: There's a bit of fall out, but then again I feel as that happens with any darkish color that I put on my lids. 
The Good: It's pretty pigmented! It also blends nicely, but it's not an insanely wow color. It's what you expect with a product like that.
Overall, it's meh, you technically can't buy this again, but Ulta shadows are pretty okay, so I'd grab one if it's part of a deal.


Today's post is all about cream base. This month, I'm still using the MAC paintpot in Chrome Angel.
The Bad: It does crease after a bit, and it's a bit hard to blend, so less is more and be very careful with layering to make it more opaque. 
The Good: I like how it overall lightens up my eyeshadow look, and makes my inner corner highlight more intense. 
Overall, I'm not so crazy about it, but I'm still learning on how to best make it work for me.


Today's post is all about the brow highlight. This month, I'm using the Anastasia brow duo in sand/camille. 
The Bad: Maybe I have a bad one, but I find that there's wood at either end of the product and once I've uncovered it, it's hard to avoid and it's pretty painful, but I make it work. 
The Good: It really does make the brows look amazing! I forgot how much I loved a brow highlight until I used this. Also, I may be dumb, but I didn't know that you have to use the shimmer side first, and then layer the matte overtop and blend. I thought it was one side or the other. Much better look when it's combined. 
Overall, it's clear that me and packaging don't see eye to eye...but the effect that it gives outweighs the bad, so I'll keep using this. Don't know if I 100% recommend yet, I need to use powder on my brow bone again to truly decide if it's worth it.


Today is all about the brow gel. This month, I'm using Benefit's Gimme Brow in the shade 5. 
The Bad: You have to wipe off a TON of excess product that builds up on the brush. Apparently it's supposed to lessen as you use it, but that hasn't happened to me yet. 
The Good: Packaging issues aside, I love how long lasting it is and I love how it can really tint and slightly fill in the brows. 
This stuff really completes my brow look and I'll put up with the annoying bits for a result that's amazing!


Today's post is about brow pencils. This month I'm using the Anastasia Brow Definer. 
The Bad: You have to have a steady and light hand when applying. If you accidentally press too hard, your brow is just gonna have to be extra bold that day. 
The Good: I'm using a color lighter than what I'd normally pick, and this effect creates naturally filled brows. I also happen to have a light hand, so filling in is a breeze. I also like the triangle/teardrop shape as it's easier to fill in. 
Overall, if you don't have much experience, it may take a few tries to get the hang of it, but it's overall an amazing product!


Today's post is all about eyeshadow primer. I'm using a sample of Urban Decay's Primer Potion in Eden. 
The Bad: I haaattteeeee sample packaging in general. It's more than plenty for one use, but you can't reseal them, so it just hardens the longer it's open. I also don't like how it's a guessing game with how much is needed. A little goes a long way, but when you squeeze too much, I feel like I'm wasting it. 
The Good: Besides the packaging fail, this stuff really works. It still keeps your eyeshadow on for a very long time. I'm not too sure about keeping my shadow matte as I pack on glitter anyway, but I'm not too fussed about it. 
Overall, I wish I had a doe-foot applicator to apply it and my opinion might improve...


Today's post is all about setting spray! I'm using the Coola setting spray this month!
The Bad: It doesn't last very long. 
The Good: It really keeps your makeup in place, I would wear it on hot days where I was all gross from the heat but my makeup was as I had left the house! 
Overall, I found it nice, but I'm not the biggest fan now that it's nearly used up and barely even makes it to my face...


Today's post is all about dat highlight! The more the better for me these days. This month I've been using Urban Decay's Sin highlighter.
The Bad: The price? It's on the expensive side, but in general, it's what a high end highlighter costs. 
The Good: THAT GLOW THO. Honestly it's a favorite around work, and when I put it on, I feel like it can compare to any Becca one. The highlight can be seen from space!
Basically, you have GOT to try this!


Today's post is all about that blush! This month I'm using an Ulta blush from their palette that they had in the summer. I'm not sure of the name, but it's a fairly natural looking pink!
The Bad: Sometimes it can look a bit too natural, so it's okay to layer on the color. 
The Good: It's very buildable and blendable, which are both lovely things in a blush!
So, it's not too bad. It's not my favorite, but I've had harder to work with. If it's in a palette/set, I'd give it a go!


Today's post is about that bronzer! I love using bronzers to truly bring warmth to my face, and this month I'm using the NYC Sunny bronzer. 
The Bad: It is a bit on the orange side, so too much applied is a bit harder to work with, so I find it best do go with a light hand and then build up the color. 
The Good: When the right amount is applied, it's a beautiful color and the price isn't bad at all! I also find that it stays on my face for a fair amount of time, which is another plus!
Overall, this gets a thumbs up from me! If it was physically possible to run out of this, I would definitely repurchase!


Today's post is about the powder I'm using this month, which is Rimmel's Stay Matte in Translucent. Powder can truly make or break a look, so here's what I think!
The Bad: When mixed with a dewey foundation, it doesn't work it's best. It's like they mix together to form normal skin. If the matte look is what you want, then the mixture isn't a good one. 
The Good: When paired with another satin or matte foundation, it works beautifully and truly stays matte all day. 
So, be careful of mixings with foundation and powder, if like products are used, it's the maximum result of the effect you want. This still gets a thumbs up from me!


Today is about setting powder, and although I finally have another setting powder to use besides the Ulta one I've been using, bare with me one more month before things get exciting. As I just said, this month I'm using Ulta's banana setting powder. 
The Bad: It's a color corrector, so if brightness is not what you're after, this won't give the result you want. 
The Good: I have been swearing by this product for months. It's been put to the test with my Ooh La Lift from Benefit, and it truly does correct the coloring and brightens under your eyes. 
I've always been impressed by this product, try it if you can!
PS: This week is finals week, so I'm using this little gap of time to catch up on posts and the rest of this week will be back on schedule!


Today's post is about the highlight concealer that I'm using this month, which is Benefit's Ooh La Lift. Which, I've been informed by one of the Brow Bar ladies at work, that it's not a concealer, but it's supposed to lift and brighten. 
The Bad: If you use this like an under eye concealer, like I do, it has zero coverage. I know it doesn't advertise nor have the formula to suggest that, but I like a fairly full coverage concealer under my eyes. 
The Good: It does brighten, a bit. Apparently I have nothing to lift, so I see why that hasn't worked, but it does brighten. It's also a great base for any correcting powder, so that's a make-shift concealer in itself!
Overall, it's not targeted for my needs, so I don't see a ton of benefits, but what is targeted for me does work, so there's that! I just don't see me repurchasing this in the future...


Today's post is about spot concealer. Moving down my makeup routine, I love stick concealers for covering up pesky spots. This month I'm using the Maybelline Coverstick in Light. 
The Bad: If your skin has texture, it will cling to it, but I find that applying the concealer next to the spot and then blending in, works best. 
The Good: I find it to be a pretty full coverage, or at least bring the redness down, which is always good in my eyes. I'm also finding that as I'm nearing the end of mine, I've been using it like a cream concealer and applying it with my fingers and then blending with my brush and I find this almost works better! But then again, my skin is greatly improving, so of course it is going to work better now. 
Overall, you get what you pay for. It's cheap and does the job.


Today's post is about foundation. This month I'm back to using my Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation. It's quite a mouthful, but it promises to act as a primer, foundation, and concealer. 
The Bad: I love how it's a matte finish, but if there is any dry spots on your face, it will cling to them. It's not the best look, so exfoliate/prime accordingly. 
The Good: I love everything else about this foundation! It stays on all day, and keeps my skin oil free until I take it off. I had thought it settled into my smile lines before, but maybe it was just my skin at the time. But I also love how full coverage this is. I apply this with a stippling brush, but even then, it covers most of my acne scars, which I think is amazing! 
Overall, this is a great foundation for anyone who wants to mattify their skin all day.


Today's post is about what primer I'm using this month. Benefit's Porefessional is a cult favorite in the beauty world and I've had a pleasure applying this for the good portion of a year now. 
The bad: As it is silicone based, all it really does is fill in pores, which I don't mind. Also, because of the silicone, it can be slippery, so try and keep this in your T-zone, or things can disappear, but even on your nose, use it sparingly. I find that applying it on the sides and the excess over my bridge works nicely. 
The Good: It really does what it says on the tin. I also like the slippery feeling, as I feel like it truly is filling my pores. 
Overall, give this a shot! Like I've been saying lately, trial/travel sized things are always great to dip your feet in the water about a new product. Benefit always has sets with the Porefessional in it, so it's a win win in my eyes.


Today's post is all about the new things I'm using during and after I shower. It's a cheat, but the only thing I can get through "quick enough" is here's the one for this month: the Ulta Beauty Body Lotion in Nectarine Rose. 
The Bad: I am not the biggest fan of the smell (on the sweeter side, very close to the sweet peach palette if you have that), but thankfully it doesn't linger too long, or at least I get used to it after a few minutes. It's also slightly more watery than Bath & Body Works (my holy grail), so I'm not too sure that it keeps my skin soft for as long...
The Good: I hate feeling sticky after applying lotion, so because of the slight watery formulation, my skin drinks it right up. 
Overall, it's not bad. I definitely would get some in a sale, but I'm so darn picky with scents that I'll have to sniff out the best so I could like them slightly more.


Today's post is about my nighttime skincare products. It's all the same as last month: Dermalogica makeup remover, Neutrogena Scrub Cleanser, Urban Decay Mist, Murad Retinol, and Aveeno moisturizer.  There's not much to update. They're still working for me, slowly being used. I can't remember if I mentioned the Neutrogena scrub mishap, where I dropped it and the cap broke, so inconvenience aside, nothing to complain, add, or rave about.  I'm guessing that I'll be done the moisturizer at least by the end of the month, or even my scrub as well, so at least there'll be something new then...


The thing about skincare products is that they do go faster than makeup products, but they still take their time. I'm using the majority of the same products as last month, but I have switched up my morning cleanser. I'm now using the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Cleanser. 
The Bad: I'm so picky with the negatives, but I feel as if the dispensed amount is a bit too much so I feel like I might be wasting the product, but then again it's not super expensive and it's taking me a long time to even make a dent...
The Good: It doesn't completely dry out my face, which is a plus. I also don't seem to break out any more than normal, or have any reactions, which is also all good signs in my book. 
I don't have too much to say. I feel like I've tried better, but it's not the worst. A so-so product in my book only because I'm not overly wowed. As if one could be wowed by a cleanser...


Today is all about my hair care routine. Like I said on yesterday's post, I'm going to talk about anything new or different in my little updates. If any opinion about a product changes, I'll most likely say it on my empties list at the end of each month. Since I died the majority of my hair red about a month ago, I have some new products to add... It's all from Joico as it was recommended by my hair dresser, and there was also a buy two get one free deal, so I now am using a serum in my hair routine. I'm using the Color Infuse Red Shampoo and Conditioner and the K-Pak Repair Serum. 
The Bad: Besides the fact that it looks like there's been a bloody accident each time I wash my hair, I do get a bit impatient with the whole waiting a minute for the shampoo. It's a picky thing though, as the shampoo and conditioner both deposit color so it's as if I'm re-dying my hair each wash. The conditioner isn't as bad because I'm used to waiting with condi…


It's the first of the month! To save myself from repeating, I'll only mention the new things I've added/switched for this month. 
Hair: Joico Color Infuse Red Shampoo Joico Color Infuse Red Conditioner Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Restorative Styling Oil Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser Ulta Beauty Nectarine Rose Moisturizing Body Lotion Benefit Porefessional Primer Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation Maybelline Coverstick Concealer Benefit's Ooh La Lift Brightening Concealer Ulta Beauty Banana Setting Powder Rimmel Stay Matte Powder NYC Bronzer in Sunny Ulta Beauty Blush Urban Decay Highlighter in Sin Coola Setting Spray Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion Sample Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer Benefit's Gimme Brow Brow Gel Ulta Beauty Eyeshadow Palette from Summer 2016 Urban Decay's Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy Rides Again  MAC Eyeshadow in Honesty MAC Pigment in Grape MAC Eyeliner in Lord it Up MAC Eyeliner in Designer Purple