Johnston Canyon – Square Hue

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Another Square Hue. After that orange over the weekend, I wasn’t sure how this formula was going to be. But it was actually buttery and not chalky. It’s opaque in 2 coats and it’s a nude shade that doesn’t make me look dead. Bonus! I can see myself using this as an undie for nail art.

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Mask Monday – Berries, Lace, and Me as a Bear

I’ve done a little masking!

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This is a cream one. It smelled of strawberry. There was a slight cooling, tingling sensation. I rinsed it off in the shower, and afterward, my skin felt very soft. Not awesome, not terrible.

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I just want to take a minute to appreciate that Hey! Pinko Girl has the most adorable packaging ever. I feel like I need to say something positive about it because I’m about to…not.

I think this might work for someone who has a smaller everything than I do. It’s a relatively thick cloth mask that’s literally lacy so there are lots of open air spaces. The mask has two sets of ear loops – one that holds the mask to your face, and one that holds the neck strap on. That’s a lot of stuff behind the ears. I couldn’t wear my glasses and, even though I felt like I could have used a silicone mask cover on top to keep the essence from evaporating due to the lacy texture, there’s no way I could have fit one on with the ear loops I was already wearing. I felt like this was fairly ineffective because of the actual construction of the sheet. I have a few more to use, but won’t buy more.

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This one was lovely! My skin likes fruit essences and acids. The sheet itself was a medium thickness and was wide enough for my large face. It smelled like berries. There was a very pleasant tingle. It wasn’t drippy and didn’t dry out my face. Win!

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And then there’s this guy. He’s cute, don’t get me wrong! The sheet was very rigid and difficult to mold to the face. It smelled very medicinal – very much like the Montagne Jeunesse sheet masks, which I didn’t like. It performed like them too. There was some burning on the tops of my cheeks – my usual trouble spots – so I took it off early. It was, however, adorable to look at before I put it on.  Afterward, however…

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Skin(and hair!)care Sunday

I finished some bath products recently!

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I got this little shower gel from Urban Dollkiss in my Beauteque bag. It’s a little adorable and, I think, designed to be stackable because there’s a cap-sized divet in the bottom of the bottle.

It was fine. This particular one was very minty, so I had to be careful where I used it.

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Yes, I’ve talked about this guy before. I found it last year, fell in lust with the scent, and bought lots of backups. I have two left after this one. If you want to smell cake in the shower (which, honestly, I always want to smell cake), this is one to go for if you can find it on sale.

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My old standby. I finished this one and three-isn bottles of the conditioner. I keep thinking I’ll find something I’ll like better but I never do.

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Not even Living Proof. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the way this made my hair feel. Hydrated, silky, full of my natural wave. But the scent is a bit off-putting for me. And the price. My hair is almost thigh-length now. I used this bottle and a shampoo mini about 4 times and it was gone. I may treat myself again, but this is not something I’ll buy on the regular.

Temple Bar – Square Hue

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I subscribed to Square Hue back in January and I’m just now getting around to trying some of the polishes. This particular one is a warm orange. Now, as you can see, orange is really not my color. But it is, however, my baseball team’s color and they have been doing very well lately. So I’m willing to take the orange bullet for today.

I was worried at first because the formula was very chalky and streaky at first, but the second coat covered everything pretty well. It dries slightly darker than what’s in the bottle.

My Gramma’s kitchen was this color. (We are truly paragons of taste in my family.)

Which is probably why I put some glitter on it.

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Upside Round by KB Shimmer

Actually, I think it broke up the orange enough so that my skin doesn’t look quite as sallow. Yay!

This was a surprisingly okay formula for an orange. I’m looking forward to trying more from this brand!

Sample Saturday

I kind of like the worst-to-best organization to my last post or two, so I’m going to keep doing it that way!

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I got these little guys in a Beauteque bag. (They’re the Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream.) I like snail essence in skin care, but the formulas on these weren’t for me. One was a cream meant for hydration. The other more of a gel for brightening. They both balled up on me right after application. I don’t know if it was the serum I used or if my skin just said, “Nope!” Nice to try, but not for me.

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I don’t often use hair masks. Most of them are silicone-laden or too expensive to use on very long hair. Normally coconut oil does the trick. But I had this and decided to try it out. It was a thick, solidified cream that was difficult to spread throughout the hair. Surprisingly, there was enough. The instructions said to leave it in for at least five minutes. By the time I got everything done in the shower that I needed to do, it was about ten. The next three days were a struggle. My hair tangled if you so much as looked at it funny! I finally just braided and bunned it and left it up until the next washing day. I wouldn’t recommend this one for very long, fine, wavy hair like mine.

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This was just average for me. It wasn’t super moisturizing, but I used it under an SPF, so it didn’t really need to be. I probably won’t purchase it, though.

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This one intrigued me. Josie Maran has been an all around hit brand for me this year. I think this product separated in the packet, but i used it anyway. It was so moisturizing, I didn’t need anything else on top. I ended up with a deluxe sample of this in a bottle I can shake up, so we’ll see!

Those are all the samples for this week!

Celeste – Julep

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Celeste is a full-coverage glitter that contains mainly greens, blues, and bronzy golds. There are a few flashes of other colors here and there, which increases its versatility. I can see using this with a beachy sandy color, either as a topper or an accent nail.

I thought I had this opaque in two, but the photo makes it clear I should have used three!