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Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 Review*

*Product was sent for consideration. Contains affiliate links which will result in commission. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

For the longest time I’ve been looking for an SPF that I can reapply throughout the day and not interfere with my makeup. I previously tried Pixi Beauty’s Skintreats Sun Mist SPF 30 and that was a huge fail to say the least.

So when I received Coola’s Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 I knew I had to put it to the test. There’s no better way to test a setting spray than to wear it on a long hot day at Disney World which is exactly what I did! I put my makeup on early in the morning around 9am. My makeup consisted of a thin layer of foundation and concealer, blush, mascara, brows, and chapstick. I applied the makeup setting spray at the end. What I really like about this setting spray is that the mist is very fine and it sprays evenly. The packaging recently had a remodel but the ingredients are still the same. Some of the key ingredients are cucumber, aloe vera extracts, and hyaluronic acid. I usually get eye irritation whenever I use anything with cucumber but thankfully I had no problems with this spray.
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June 21, 2017

My Moisturizing History & Journey*

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my moisturizing history journey

Coming from a Cuban background, the ladies in my family were always really into skincare. My grandmas would have several lotions on hand and different moisturizing body washes. Honestly, I can go into my grandma’s room right now, check her drawer, and find a good three or four bottles of lotions. I never really understood the importance of moisturizing when I was little.  Being scolded by my grandmas and my mother because I didn’t use lotion as much as I should’ve was like a ritual in my home as an early teen. “Your elbows are too dry,” my mom would say to me and I would just pass it off as her exaggerating. It wasn’t until I turned 18 that I realized I had dry skin, how important it was to moisturize, and that I actually should’ve listened when I was younger. Read more…

June 12, 2017

Beauty Products I Will Not Be Repurchasing

Hi everyone, today’s post is all about a few beauty products I will not be repurchasing and why. I thought this might be helpful to some of you out there who might be looking into these products. Obvious disclaimer: if you love these products then that’s perfectly fine, they just didn’t work for me. So without further ado, here comes some negative reviews!

Wet n Wild Icon Glitter Eyeshadow

Beauty Products I Will Not Be Repurchasing and Why
Beauty Products I Will Not Be Repurchasing and Why
Beauty Products I Will Not Be Repurchasing and Why
I thought these shadows were going to be a powder formula; however, these seem to be made out of glitter and some sort of Vaseline. They are extremely sticky and as you can tell from the swatches above, they don’t swatch well at all. I remember working with the silver one a few years ago for a New Year’s look. Every single time I would layer the shadow, the glitter would just remove some that was already there. Unfortunately, this is probably the worst product I’ve ever tried from Wet N’ Wild. Do not recommend at all and I really hope they discontinue this product or reformulate completely.

NYX Chunky Dunk

Beauty Products I Will Not Be Repurchasing and Why

Beauty Products I Will Not Be Repurchasing and Why

If you remember back in the day, I actually did a full review on these Chunky Dunks when I first started my blog. I still really enjoy the formula of these since they’re moisturizing. They’re one of those lip products I just throw in my purse and reapply throughout the day when I need that added moisture. The main reason why I won’t be repurchasing is the packaging is just so frustrating. There is not one cap that hasn’t cracked. This is extremely inconvenient because when I put them in my purse, the crack makes the cap fall off and then I have lip product all over the inside of my purse. Not good, not good. So it’s a huge bummer since the product itself works well and even in that post, I say I won’t repurchase because there are other products that moisturize more which I still agree with three years later.

Blistex Complete Moisture

Beauty Products I Will Not Be Repurchasing and Why

I don’t think I’ve ever used a chapstick that actually does the opposite of what it’s supposed to do. Blistex’s Complete Moisture actually leaves my lips drier after using it. Also, the taste that this chapstick has is not pleasant in my opinion. When applied, my lips felt the nice slip that most chapsticks and lipbalms have, yet for some reason they would always still be extremely dry. Instead of buying this one, there are better chapsticks on the market that actually hydrate the lips by brands like Burt’s Bees and Aquaphor.

Pixi Skintreats Sun Mist with Chamomile with Bamboo Extracts

Beauty Products I Will Not Be Repurchasing and Why

I did a separate full review on this Sun Mist by Pixi Beauty. So here’s a quick rundown, I love that this is SPF 30 and in a spray bottle BUT when it sprays, it’s not a fine mist. The bottle tends to loosen and some of the sunscreen spills out. I wanted this to be a sun mist that I could have in my purse and just reapply throughout the day over my makeup but since it sprays unevenly, there’s no way to apply this without having to blend it onto your face. Thus, ruining your perfect base. To top it all off, this 2.7fl oz bottle is $18!! Nope, definitely not rebuying.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Waterproof Gel Lip Liner – Natural

Beauty Products I Will Not Be Repurchasing and Why

Beauty Products I Will Not Be Repurchasing and Why

Lastly, we have this lipliner by Bellapiere in Natural. It’s a lovely color but the formula is not great. The pencil itself feels hard and when I tried to apply it to my lips I really had to apply a lot of pressure to get any pigment. I don’t want to use a product that I feel I have to stab myself with just to get some color. Also, this pencil is $18!! Unless they reformulated this product, there’s no way it’s worth that much money!

So there you have it, just a few products in my collection that I won’t be spending any more money on and some I’ll be throwing away. What are some products you won’t be repurchasing and why? Also, are these posts something you would want to see more of? Just let me know on Twitter or Snapchat which are both @girlwithglamx. Oh and one last thing, I’ll be posting all about my blogging journey in the next few weeks since I know some of you have been requesting this 🙂 Until next time, peace out!

May 31, 2017

Pixi Beauty Skintreats Sun Mist SPF 30 Review*

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Pixi Beauty Sun Mist SPF 30 Review

Hello everyone and welcome to my Pixi Beauty Sun Mist review! If you don’t know, I’m a sunscreen addict. I drench myself in sunscreen every day, all day, even when it’s a rainy day. On the days that I wear foundation, it’s hard for me to reapply sunscreen after initial application. That means I would have to apply it on top of my finished makeup. Your girl here works really hard to have flawless blended face makeup so I’ve always been hoping beauty companies would come out with a sunscreen that works like setting spray. A sunscreen that you just spray on your face with no need to rub the product into the skin. Pixi Beauty came out with this sunscreen which I thought was going to be the answer to my prayers.

I went to my local Target and searched the shelves for this item. I finally found it and BAM, $18 for SPF 30 with only 2.7 fl oz!! Was I looking at the right product? Was Target playing tricks on me? Yes, I was looking at the right product and no Target wasn’t playing tricks on me unfortunately. Thankfully, a gift card brought the price down to $6 but seriously this is really overpriced for a sunscreen. I can get Banana Boat or Coopertone sunscreen sprays for $10 less with more than double the SPF and volume!! The Pixi Beauty Sun Mist has extra ingredients like Chamomile, Bamboo, and Aloe leaf extract that supposedly add extra benefits to the skin. These ingredients probably raise the price up a bit but honestly, in my opinion it doesn’t warrant the $18 price tag.

I’m already thinking this sun mist has to work a miracle in order for me to love it with all my heart. I like the packaging, it’s small enough to fit in my purse and the nozzle is actually round. I don’t like that the top easily unscrews while taking the lid off and while shaking. Once I had sunscreen spilling all over my hand because the top became loose while shaking. The way the nozzle sprays is just okay. I prefer regular sunscreen nozzle sprays because the product releases with a nice constant flow. The spray for this product is a bit more abrupt and you can’t just hold down the nozzle for as long as you want expecting the sun mist to be released like you would with a normal sunscreen mist. You have to actually press down every single time you want to spray.

My first time using the sunscreen, I forgot to shake well and was shocked when all I saw was white specks everywhere on my face and hair. I began patting it into my skin as softly as possible without ruining my face makeup. The next few days, I did shake extremely well, yet, sometimes the sunscreen would be clear and other times as white specks.

Overall, I had really high hopes for this product but I was seriously let down. I’m going to keep using it during days I go makeup free and can constantly be reapplying throughout the day. I’m not going to be repurchasing this once it runs out. It’s too expensive for what it is and it just doesn’t spray the product as a fine mist. Until next time, peace out!

April 11, 2017