Review: Wet-n-Wild CoverAll Collection

A reader asked me to review the Wet-n-Wild face products I hauled in January, and I have tested these wonderful little tubes and pots of goodness for months. There really isn’t a product I don’t adore at least a little bit (though one I still haven’t figured out how to use…) and so without too much preamble, find to follow my thoughts on the Wet-n-Wild Cover All collection, and the new(ish) setting spray.

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Primer: Excellent. A lotion-like consistency and face-feel, though as it sets it gets a bit velvety and tacky like a serious silicone primer. I think it smooths out my imperfections and helps keep me a bit more matte. I also think it makes a nice base on which foundation can stick. Repurchase? YES!

Color Correcting Palette: I don’t know how to use this. I picked it up after digging so hard on the other CoverAll products and because color-correcting is all over Sephora for waaaaay more than the $4.99 I paid for this little disk. It is very thick and very creamy and I get the whole green on red cancels out the color…purple on yellow cancels out the color…etc. But I feel like I put this stuff on my face and blend it out to nothing and then I’m right back where I started only sticky. Repurchase? Probably not.

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Cream Foundation: Excellent. This has become my second favorite drugstore foundation. It is inexpensive, sits so nicely on my skin, wears well throughout the day, is a good color match, doesn’t oxidize, and helps keep my face a little more matte. It is comfortable to wear and it doesn’t break me out. Repurchase? Most definitely.

Pressed Powder: Very soft, but very dry and delicate, so putting a brush in this compact kicks up a lot of product. But it sets the cream foundation very nicely and adds just a little more coverage. Repurchase? Maybe, but there are so many other pressed powders I want to try, and I don’t really dig the packaging on this.

Setting Spray: I like this some days and I like it not-so-much other days. When it works, it works well and smooths out any powdery look my products have produced while sort of suction-cupping my makeup to my face for all day (slightly dewy) wear. It feels like hairspray for my face. But when it doesn’t work it comes out of the spray nozzle in huge, uncomfortable drops of tackiness, smears my mascara all over my face, and muddies up my look…and I haven’t been able to find a rhyme or reason for why some days it does wonderful things and some days it underperforms. Repurchase? Maybe. But like the pressed powder, there are other setting sprays and fixing mists I want to try. This one is small and cute and inexpensive though, so I won’t rule it out.

Have I missed any Wet-n-Wild Cover All products? Any other face staples I should rush out and find? Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations.

More soon,

Girl

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Makeup Haul: Limited Edition Kiko x Lovegrove Summer Collection

Gah! The words “Limited Edition” get me every time. I need to stay away from Instagram before it destroys me and my will-power completely. But for now, I have a few items from the beautifully packaged summer collection which was designed by Ross Lovegrove and inspired by wanderlust. It is all rose gold and elegance and I recommend you get your eyeballs on it, if not your hands.

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These are baked highlighting pearls (not too different it might seem from something lovely and much more expensive by Guerlain…) in the shade “Desert Moon” so I couldn’t resist. Throw in limited edition and I’m done for. I wish there was more than one shade in the collection, so I could justify owning more than one of these beauties. I haven’t used it enough to know for certain if it is compatible / comfortable with my excessively oily skin but I am happy to add this gorgeous little pot of goodness to my collection.

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With these lip oils, however, I have less gushing to get on…I just cannot figure how they are worth $14 monies. They smell and taste pleasantly enough (coconut, vanilla, and grapefruit are at the top of my list of flavors ideal for lippies) but they just don’t feel like anything special on the lips. And they most certainly do not LOOK like anything on the lips. The different colors are not detectable (not even by palest wrist swatch) and the shine dissipates within a few minutes and as beautiful as they look in that packaging, the goop on the inside should count for more, no?

More soon,

Girl

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

MAKEUP HAUL: WET-N-WILD Limited Edition 2016 Summer Collection

So in my absence from Girl Doesn’t, and on the tail end of my self imposed no-buy, I went a bit makeup crazy. I bought so many tinctures and potions I didn’t need that I’m almost embarrassed, and I can still feel the slow painful wail of my bank account shriveling up in sadness AND YET I DID IT ANYWAY AND DAMN IF I’M NOT STILL GOING.

Get ready for my return to blogging to be one unnecessary haul after another.

I have no excuses. Except. Egads is this sparkly shit beautiful.

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These highlighters are so creamy and lovely and perfect.

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The Metallic Liquid Lipsticks I found to be a little less impressive. They swatch beautifully and I dare you to look at that stunning metallic sheen and think “Nah, I probably don’t need that in my life,” with any sincereity but they aren’t a forgiving product. It pools in any lines on your lips, clings to every dry patch, and doesn’t evenly coat your pucker in color or metallic goodness. It can be a patchy mess, but it can also be really pretty. Which is to say, I do not regret getting my paws on these, but I’m still trying to figure out how to make them work.

More soon,

Girl

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

 

 

Girl Doesn’t Like This Stuff

This is going to be a quick one, so I can’t even call it a review. I got my hands on the new Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation ($10.99 at Ulta) and got the foundation on my face and was immediately disappointed.

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I have very oily skin, and large pores on my cheeks and nose, and the stubborn scars left by acne and this foundation accentuated every one of those trouble issues, settling into and exaggerating every imperfection while simultaneously sliding around my face until I was a patchy, cakey mess. This foundation made me miserable to be wearing it, and I couldn’t even be bothered to give it a second chance.

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Here are swatches of the two lightest shades, for your viewing pleasure. The texture was moussey and soft, and reminded me of a thinner version of the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation (surprise, that foundation was awful for me as well) and there seemed to be a decent color selection.

I had high expectations for this foundation (Velvet Matte anything should be my jam) but it was really just an unmitigated disaster. 0/5 would-not-reccomend.

Makeup Haul: Wet-n-Wild

Just in case all the makeup I received over the month of December (and the holiday deals of which I took advantage) weren’t enough to satisfy my makeup cravings, I walked in to a drugstore as a way to pass time waiting for takeout (Boyfriend is hungry for actual food like I am hungry for new lippies) only to find several new displays of Wet-n-Wild products.

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This is a brand I’ve always passed over, in part because celebrities plastering their names on products is not appealing to me, and in part because the prices have always been “too good to be true for good products” in my opinion. How wrong I was.

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I went monochrome and passed on colored products in favor of face. I was so blown away by the primer, which I liked after initial application and LOVED after it kept my very very VERY oily face matte for the better part of the day–something no other primer I’ve used (high end or drug store) has been able to do.

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In fact, I loved everything I played with so much…I went out the next day and immediately bought a liquid and powder foundation from the same COVERALL collection. Which impressed me just as thoroughly as the primer.

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Let me know if you’d like in-depth reviews on any of these products. Most of them have been around for a while, but the mascara / fiber set and the setting spray are brand new.

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.

Girl’s Summer Favorites

It’s finally September. The nights here are getting cooler, my sweaters are coming unboxed, pumpkin spice everything is on its way. And while I don’t have enough makeup (yet!) to make monthly favorites worth the post, I can more than fill you up on seasonal favorites. These are the things I’ve really enjoyed over the course of my summer:

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Books and beauty products are two of my most loved functional art objects.

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Stay, Illusion by Lucie Brock-Broido is a book of really stunning, eerie poetry. “Each child still has one lantern inside lit. May the Mother not / Blow her children out.”

And the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eye Shadow Palette…really soft, nicely pigmented, totally wearable matte shadows. I really really like these colors, even if they are housed in a weirdly puffy fleshy pink velvet palette.

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is also a breathtaking and eerie book, this one fiction set in the late 1600s. Highly highly recommend if you like historical fiction, or poetic prose, or mystery, or magic realism.

Luna Sleeping Night Oil by Sunday Riley is worth every penny. I saw results in a couple days and my skin only continues to get better.

L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte 24HR Foundation is my very favorite foundation. Ever. I have to mix two shades to get a match but totally worth the hassle.

Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette isn’t something I needed in my life but with Ulta points and coupons I got it for a decent discount and I’m glad I’ve gotten to play with it. The shadows are pretty and soft and the palette travels well.

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At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson is a collection of strange and haunting short stories, each one more bizarre and heart-breaking than the next.

That H&M gold spike necklace has rarely left my neck.

My two favorite nail polishes for the summer were L’Oréal 109 Orange You Jealous and Essie Cashmere Matte in Comfy in Cashmere. The coral color I wore on my toes almost constantly, but the Essie Cashmere Matte colors chip within only hours of drying so I wore that color only when I was prepared for the upkeep.

The Malin + Goetz mojito lip balm came in an Ipsy and it is by far the best lip treatment I have ever used. It has a gel-like texture and I only wear it at night because it is thick…but it smells and tastes delicious, and it restores my lips to their full health in a single night, despite whatever moisture sucking liquid lipstick I wore that day.

Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder in translucent is a new product to me, even though it has been a cult favorite for so long. I don’t like caking powder on top of my foundation, I always feel like it makes my makeup look unnatural and heavy. But I’m giving this one the chance to change my mind. I think it’s working.

Last are the two lip colors I have been wearing most often, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes (a mauvy nude) and Jordana Modern Matte in Matte Bare ( a dusty pink nude). I loved both of these (very similar!) colors even though they seem to be more Autumn-appropraite than summer-bright. But Girl does what she wants.

More soon,

Girl

Review: Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads and Night Pads Extreme

Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads 12.99 at Ulta.

Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme 12.99 at Ulta.

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The short of it: These are a staple in my skin care routine and I love every. single. thing. about. them.

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The claims: Facial Pads–radiance-boosting, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid, retexture and resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone, moisturizing formula with hyaluronic acid and soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter and smoother looking skin. Night Pads–concentrated acid blend of AHAs and BHAs help to improve the skin’s natural exfoliation process, decongest dull skin, pores appear more refined and the complexion brighter to rival results of an acid peel.

The long of it: I cannot say enough good things about these pads. I use them like a toner; the Facial Pads in the morning after my shower or any time during the day after I’ve washed my face or used a face mask, and the Night Pads after I’ve washed the day off, before my night oil. They smell a little bit like herbs and a little bit like flowers and a little bit like citrus. They feel soothing and cooling and moisturizing, they never sting or burn. One side of the pad is textured just enough to feel exfoliating but not enough to feel irritating (like many drugstore pre-soaked facial pads) and the other side is smooth. The pad is big enough and saturated enough to get my whole face, neck, and décolletage. If you were feeling thrifty, it would be easy to cut these pads in half and still treat your whole face.

There are 60 pads in the plastic container, so if I use one pad of each type every day, these should in theory last me two months. At $12.99, the price point is fair. Especially if you take into account that Ulta almost always has a $3.50 off $10 coupon running. Making these more often than not $9.49.

And most importantly, these WORK. They keep my skin decongested and bright, and have over time helped even out my skin texture and tone. They aren’t the only “treatment” type skincare I use regularly, so the degree to which they’ve aided in my skin clearing is hard to pin down, but really no other toner or treatment pad can hold a candle to these.

Note: Pictures taken in natural light. Products purchased by Girl.