I decided to blog about my beauty boxes and finds. I certainly love makeup and new products and thought this might be fun to do and to share with my friends. I work full time outside of the home as a programmer/analyst.
I have oily skin that can be prone to acne, but aging concerns as I am gettin’ old ~ hyper-pigmentation: damage from both sun and blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles. I have fine, straight, oily hair but lots of it, green eyes with hooded lids, medium-light neutral/warm tone. I wear Mac NW20 and Jouer Nude for comparison. My biggest concerns are fine lines and crepey skin under my eyes, blemishes on my nose and chin and old sun damage hyper-pigmentation spots.
I hope you will enjoy my finds and reviews – please comment! I would love to hear your thoughts and your favorite items too😀
Looking for some older blog posts I wrote? I am starting to archive my older blog posts, to make room for new ones! My sister site is Unboxing Beauty Archive and currently contains the following blog posts
- August 2013 to January 2014
Frequently Updated Blogposts
I have some blogs that I update as I find out more information, so I am posting those links here for a handy reference
I am not paid to write reviews and I purchase all of the items that I review and use, unless otherwise noted. The opinions here are my own and what may work for me may not work for you!
Type of Blog Posts
You will never see me label a blog post a “review” on a foil sample. Unless I have 50 of these foils and use them as a product over a course of days and weeks, not one time, that isn’t a review. That is what I consider an unboxing.
- Unboxings ~ these are blog posts that I do an unboxing of a subscription box or a haul. I may include swatches, texture, color, scent, ingredients and any “adverts” with additional information It is not a review, but just an informational blog post to introduce you to a product. Those products may turn up in an initial impression or product testing review. Unboxings is how my blog began, hence the name of my blog🙂
- InstaReview ~ InstaReview means just that ~ an instant review. I’ve used the product a few times and feel based on the product type and its usage, I can write up a bit more about how it worked on my skin. Usually one or two skincare products or a mini haul of makeup items
- Initial Impressions ~ This type of blog post is when I have tested a product for a couple of weeks and I can give you a better understanding on how it worked for me. It is similar to an InstaReview but a bit more in-depth
- Product Testing ~ I usually try to do these for extended periods of time ~ from 4 to 8 weeks and I will have multiple items in my PT blog post. I want to show how all of these products worked together and I carefully select the products before hand and introduce them slowly into my skincare routine, as to troubleshoot issues (if any). At times, if a product is exceptional, I will have a blog post devoted to it.
- Sponsored Reviews ~ on occasions, I may get a product for free and will do a review on that product. Depending on the type of product, it could fall into any of these categories: InstaReview, Initial Impressions, Product Testing. I will always disclose when I get a product free for review and I will always be honest in my review. Just because I received it free, doesn’t mean I will give it a glowing review if it doesn’t deserve one. Currently, the e-tailers who have generously supplied me with products for review are (in alpha order): BBCosmetics, Beautibi, Jolse, Melody, Memebox, Q-Depot, RoseRoseShop, Skin18 and W2Beauty. I also am in Brandbacker and Tomoson network, where bloggers can get opportunities to review products.
- Beauty Zen/Hauls ~ I am starting a new type of reoccurring blog post called Sunday Beauty Zen, where I fuss around with the composition on products that I really love and want to share with my readers. I called it Sunday Beauty Zen because I release the posts on Sunday morning, it focuses on beauty (skincare/makeup) and it is relaxing for me to set up these types of photos without the need to write up an extensive review on them! In some cases, you will see that I have written something on those products and it will be linked in that blog post. I also may include any hauls that I received the past week in the blog post, instead of cluttering up my blog with haul after haul. I do spend more money than I should!
Want to know what I am currently testing or will test? Check out my “On-Deck Circle” page ~ I will keep it updated regularly.
Some of my readers ask me why I rarely give a negative in-depth review. Writing reviews are very time consuming and I would rather spend the time testing and writing reviews on products that work for me, not ones that were abysmal failures. If a product is really really (and I mean really) bad, I might write up a review to warn others, but since testing products usually mean I have to commit to a month long process (at least), I would never stay that long with a product that doesn’t work for me.
I use a lot of products but I don’t write up reviews on every one of them. It is more enjoyable for me to write about a product that was wonderful to use or that I think is interesting (horse oil, bird poop mask) than to spend hours over a crappy product. Like you, I read other opinions on products to help form a better idea of how a product worked overall. That said, you can find blog posts here where I rant negatively about a product!
I do use affiliate and referral links and make a small commission when you use my links. It is greatly appreciated if you do click them on as any monies that I receive from my commissions are put back into my blog, upkeep, fees, reviews and giveaways!!
If you are looking to send me sample boxes or items for my honest review, I will be happy to accept! Please use the contact form below.
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