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Product Review: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

It’s been months now since the introduction of the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. I saw a number of YouTubers that I watch review the foundation, and it was mostly positive with a few negative comments about how the foundation skewed a bit on the dry side. I ended up with a big sample of it in a Sephora order, and luckily, I managed a color match on the first go! I tried color 150, which is in the image below.

While I ended up with the same conclusion about the foundation’s behavior when interacting with dry skin, I absolutely LOVE it.

The first wear day for the foundation was an odd choice, as I then spent 5 hours cleaning out a storage unit with my husband. A true endurance test! By the end of the day, it looked a bit rough in my t-zone, but my cheeks that don’t have sweat glands looked good.

The next day, I tried again, as it was a normal day of going to the office and enjoying a climate-controlled environment. I noticed almost immediately that some small patches of my skin looked pretty flaky. I do not have dry skin in general, and certainly didn’t notice any of the tiny bits of my skin that were dry until after I put this foundation on. I had used primer, and I’m not sure if I just missed these spots or if they were already experiencing dryness. Either way, I wasn’t happy about this, as I was continuing to enjoy the excellent full coverage and the finish of the product.

The next day, I was very deliberate and thorough in my moisturizing and priming, and it definitely improved my experience. I didn’t notice any standout dry patches on my skin, and the finish continued to be amazing!

The biggest downer about the Fenty foundation is that I am suddenly disappointed with my ride-or-die Covergirl 3-in-1 Foundation. I have been back on my regular foundation in the past few days and it is not holding a candle to the Fenty Pro Filt’r.

I can buy 4 bottles of the Covergirl 3-in-1 for nearly the same price as 1 bottle of the Fenty Pro Filt’r, so I might buy a full-size bottle of the Fenty foundation and use it on days when I want to look extra flawless and amazing.

If you like a full-coverage foundation with a matte finish, I cannot recommend enough that you try the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. It is available exclusively at Sephora and on Sephora.com, for $34.

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I have moderately dry skin, but do not moisturize it nearly enough. Mostly this is because of the inevitable greasiness that comes with covering yourself with cream/body butter/etc. I have used body oil in the past, the Bio Oil that was recommended to me ages ago by a friend, and it did make my skin feel good, but there was a long period of feeling like I was covered in oil for too long after application. I stopped using that and have tried lots of moisturizers since.

Enter the Kiehl’s Since 1851 Creme de Corps Nourishing Dry Body Oil.

I wish I could remember who recommended it or which YouTube channel that I heard about it on, because this stuff is amazing. I purchased the small bottle from Sephora to try it out, and I’m a third of the way through it after about a month.

I either spray it right onto my skin, or into my hand, for more precise application. I rub it in with my hand, and the speed with which it soaks into my skin is incredible. It definitely leaves me with a bit of sheen, but nothing like I’ve experienced with oils in the past, because it doesn’t feel wet. (The dry oil thing is no lie!)

This product is a game-changer for me, because the texture of my skin is markedly improved after regular use. I’m not sure that this wouldn’t be the case with another moisturizing product, but the issue there was that I never used them regularly enough to find out because I was too irritated about being greasy.

If you also have this problem, I cannot recommend that you try this product enough. I am definitely a convert.

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Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip | Product Pick #16

by Jamie Sanford on May 25, 2017

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During a random span of time a few years ago, I won a few different contests online. One of them was a Twitter giveaway of Pantene products, and today I want to talk about what has become one of my favorite hair products of all time.

Pantene Silky Moisture Whip

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have perhaps noticed that I change my hair color pretty regularly. My stylist highlights my hair and sorts out my roots on occasion, but the rest of the time, my hair is refreshed in whatever color I’m going for that day with Arctic Fox haircolor. The Arctic Fox is really moisturizing and conditioning, but obviously, the hair that has been highlighted is a bit damaged.

I had forgotten about the Silky Moisture Whip until I cleaned out my bathroom cabinet with all of the hair products. I immediately moved it to the front and started using it, and noted an immediate difference.

After towel-drying my hair, I squeeze the mousse-like product into my hair and brush through for full coverage. I then air-dry or blow-dry, and follow-up with heat spray before using the Tyme Iron to straighten and/or curl my hair. The difference was much greater than I would have expected, and especially for a drug store product that has an incredibly reasonable price.

The official product description is as follows:

Pantene’s Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip contains a Moisture Protection complex that acts like hair’s natural lipid layer to help: leave hair feeling moisturized for up to 48 hours, protect hair from heat styling damage in just one use and regulate hair’s natural moisture and gives silky hair that shines.

The Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip is available on Amazon. If you feel like your hair is lacking in moisture and shine, I highly recommend trying it out.

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This was going to be a product review, but my experience created questions that I think are better fitted to a brand experience post.

I am a big fan of Kat Von D Beauty products. I have a number of eyeshadow palettes and powder foundation, all that I greatly enjoy. During a random trip to TJ Maxx a few weeks back, I was super excited to see some Kat Von D Shade & Light blushes in the beauty section, and quickly scooped up a “Bonnie & Clyde” blush.

Here’s where things get unfortunate.

So much promise.

The focus here is questionable, but you can see the swatches of these 2 blushes on my arm. I expected a LOT more pigmentation than this.

Wow. This is how they looked after I blended over them with a brush. Where did they go? This is a major quality issue.

Beyond this, the product packaging was also a bit disappointing. I am going to directly compare the packaging of this blush with my Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation.

It certainly looks like a lot more thought went into the packaging for the foundation. There is a lot more detail.

The sticker is actually pretty good on the blush, especially with 2 shades of product in the compact.

The packaging quality on the foundation looks much more expensive.

So, if I were reviewing this blush, it would be 0 stars. If I try to put it on my face and it just disappears, is isn’t actually blush. I went online after discovering the issue with this product, and found out that it had actually been pulled from both Sephora and the Kat Von D Beauty website.

Also found this on Reddit:

Here’s where I get to the heart of my issues with my experience.

Why did this product that had CLEARLY been identified as sub-par, get sold to a discount store? As a Kat Von D Beauty fan, I was excited to see what I figured was just excess stock being sold to TJ Maxx, and so I scooped it up. It didn’t occur to me that I should be looking online to find out that this is crap. I know what they say about assumptions, but I didn’t expect a Kat Von D Beauty product to be this terrible.

This makes me REALLY wonder who at Kat Von D Beauty decided to let this product into the wild in discount stores. Excess stock is one thing, but to release product of terrible quality to a discount store is a huge miss. Shoppers in a discount store might be really excited to see Kat Von D Beauty products at a discounted price. This could be a gateway product for someone who is interested in the brand but doesn’t think that they want to spend X dollars on a makeup product, and that opportunity to convince them that the cost is valid would be ruined by this product. The idea of samples from Ulta or Sephora, and perhaps even selling excess stock to discount stores, is to increase exposure of those products, to convince a shopper who isn’t sure about the brand or who isn’t sure about the price that the quality of the products is well worth the attached dollar amount. This blush is going to have the complete opposite effect.

I would love to hear comments from anyone on what you think about placement of problematic products into discount stores. Do you shop in a store like Marshall’s or TJ Maxx with a thought in your mind that you might be getting X product from a well-known brand because it might be of lesser quality?

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Tyme Iron Review | Product Pick #14

by Jamie Sanford on August 24, 2016

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I can’t believe I haven’t written this one earlier, because I have been raving about the Tyme Iron to anyone who would listen for the past few months.

I have owned at least 10 curling irons since my teenage years, and it’s always been something I never got the hang of. I have thick hair, and to get it to hold a curl required a lot of product and a lot of commitment. I needed to curl tiny sections at a time an then spray them a lot to get them to last. I had also tried the “curling with a flat iron” method, but that didn’t work for me at all. It was just another situation of needing to take at least an hour to curl my whole head, and for that great effort, I would generally have curls that would be mostly gone by the end of the night. I’m not desperate enough for a perm—the spiral perm in 7th grade was enough to turn me off of that idea for life.

I started seeing sponsored posts for this hair tool on Facebook at least a year ago, and quickly clicked through to check it out.

It’s a bit strange for a hair iron, particularly when you are used to seeing more traditional flat or curling irons.

Here’s a look at it laying down. Still weird.

Anyway, it took me seeing the ads again and again, and watching videos multiple times, before I took the plunge. The price of this device is $190. I paid over $100 for my last CHI flat iron, so I was obviously not averse to buying expensive tools. This just seemed like a lot of money for a mysterious tool. However, there was a return policy, so I decided that if I received it and would be able to do my own hair for an upcoming wedding, instead of paying someone else, that I would be able to justify the price. If I couldn’t figure it out, I would just send it back.

I clicked the purchase button and patiently waited.

Soon enough, my Tyme Iron arrived! I sat at home that night, and watched instructional videos while trying it out. Having used traditional flat and curling irons for years, this is a totally different process.

This video is good, but I was doing something wrong, because my piece of hair was coming out a frizzy mess.

I looked around for another video.

This is a funny video of the Tyme founder having a Skype call with someone who was having trouble figuring it out. I found this one to be the most educational, and I immediately started getting amazing curls in my hair. Better yet, they lasted until I washed my hair again, without requiring any hair spray. (The only thing I have been using is a heat spray before I get started.)

While I was most excited for the curls, the Tyme Iron is also the best flat iron I have ever used. I still have the CHI, but it is stored away. I don’t know if I will ever go back to it again, because the Tyme Iron straightens my hair on the first pass, and it looks much healthier than when I was using the CHI.

Proof!

This particular day, I used the iron quickly to turn the ends of my hair up after straightening it. Not “curls” exactly, but a quick and easy way to add a bit of messy texture.

Straightened, but you can see a little bit of curve in my bangs there.

It’s a bit dark, but you can see it from the side. I largely curled here from the middle of my hair to the bottom. Next to me is my lovely sister Robyn, who I totally sold on the Tyme Iron during this weekend.

This was the event I mentioned earlier, the wedding of my brother-in-law. I did my own hair for the wedding, and this was how great my hair still looked, even after riding a ferry over Lake Ontario to get to an island! Full disclosure though, I did spray these for insurance. I can promise that my previous efforts at curling, even with spray, would not have survived a windy ferry ride. These held up perfectly all night.

The Tyme Iron does have a learning curve, and I have tried to be honest and forthcoming about that with everyone I have told about it. Once I got the technique down though, I had it, and I have only been getting better at curling ever since. I can now do a quick curl in less than 10 minutes. This is largely due to the fact that I can curl much bigger pieces than I ever was able to in the past.

Click here and buy the Tyme Iron right now.

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