To Buy Again, or To Not Buy Again…

Hey y’all,

So if you saw yesterday’s post, you know that this blog post was inspired by Tati Westbrook’s video: Products [She’d] buy again. I thought it was really interesting because it’s more than a first impressions video, it shows that you’ve really used your makeup and see how it works overtime.

Below are some products that I’ve finished and loved, or finished and felt a little mehh about.

This is kind of a long post, so please bear with me!


Fresh: Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex Mini

I wanted to love this product so much. Really I did, I had heard so many great things about this moisturizer but…it didn’t work for me. If I wore it under makeup, it was fine. My makeup held in place, I felt that my face was hydrated, it was good. But if I ever wore it alone, somehow I would just breakout like crazy. It felt too greasy and heavy for my face at night so I would just save it for the morning.

I think it works well for a lot of people, and that’s great but for me this was a miss and I was very happy once I finished it and could try a different moisturizer.


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Boscia: Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser

This is my all time favorite cleanser. The minute I ran out of this, I ran to the nearest Sephora to repurchase it. It lathers on so well, it really does clean out your pores, helps even out texture and redness from your face. It is super lightweight and when I started to use it, I found an immediate difference in my skin and the way it felt.

I recommend this cleanser to EVERYONE who asks me about a cleanser recommendation because I think it’s totally worth the price and really does wonders for your skin. I got the smaller version to test out first (1.7 oz) and it lasted me about 4 months and I used twice a day.

(5 oz, US$30 | 1.7 oz, US$10)

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I did a post on other Boscia products, check it out here if you’re interested! 

Tarte: Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask

This is a great duo face mask. I loved the clay mask that Tarte provided and the other gel? gold mask. I didn’t think the gold mask did as much as the clay mask did, overall I was happy with the product. After using it for about 4-5 months, once or twice a week I was definitely happy with the results. I’m on the fence about repurchasing it, since I did really like the purple clay mask but was not blown away by the gold mask.

For anyone looking for a duo mask that lasts a really long time, I would definitely recommend checking it out and seeing if you like it. It is Tarte so its vegan and cruelty free and it did do what it advertised (tightening pores, polishing, hydrating, and brightening).


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Technically, the next two products I have not fully run out of but I thought I would include them anyways because it hard to finish eyeshadow.

But first… Primer!

Tarte: Timeless Smoothing Primer

I absolutely adore this primer. I picked it up on a whim one day when browsing Sephora and haven’t used a different primer since. It has a wonderful smell that instantly calms me down when I use it (I’m not kidding, once I sniffed it before an exam because I was so nervous and it really did help).  The formula is infused with vitamins C and E, green bean extract that gives the skin moisture, peptides and other “naturally derived elixirs” to help the skin become a smooth canvas.

I found that it really helped my skin look and feel better, and it made applying my matte foundation even easier. I really loved this primer and cannot wait to head to Sephora to pick up another one.


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Urban Decay: Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original

Damn, this eyeshadow primer lasted me for a very long time. I have mixed feelings about it. Somedays, it is wonderful and keeps my shadow locked in place but other days, everything just falls apart. I’m not sure why that happens, my routine day to day is pretty similar. It’s really not consistent for me and I don’t like that because I do wear my eyeshadow for 8-10 hours. Somedays it’ll work for 8 hours and other days it’ll work for 2. I was thankful when I ran out of it because I just won’t repurchase it again.

Sorry Urban Decay!

(0.16 oz, US$12 | 0.33 oz, US$22)

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Anastasia Beverly Hills: Modern Renaissance

Oh man, this eyeshadow palette is absolutely beautiful. The colors work for all seasons, winter, fall, spring and summer. It is really a staple in my collection of eyeshadow palettes and it is one that I reach for almost every single day. I’ve hit pan on about 5 of the 14 colors and I was already itching to add this palette to my cart on Sephora.

The pigmentation of these shadows is incredible, the wear time is also extraordinary. I find that they do not crease and wear off during the day. There is a bit of fall out with these shadows but I really don’t mind if that means that the pigmentation is strong. The velvet packaging is very fancy at first, but it does attract a lot of dirt. However, I have yet to find a palette that impresses me as much as this one does (except for the Natasha Denona Palettes…) and I really enjoy using this.

Definitely will repurchase when I use up all of these colors.


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Anastasia Beverly Hills: Subculture Palette

I don’t think anyone (including my friends) were surprised when I hit pan on this palette. It is known for its super chalky consistency and insane fallout. I do think I was one of the lucky people who got a palette where fallout was significantly less, however still a lot. When I first got this palette, I used it every day for the month because I really did enjoy the colors and I wanted to see how long it would take for me to hit pan. It did take me a couple of months, so that is saying something.

I don’t think I’ll repurchase this palette. Yes, the fallout does have a lot to do with it but this palette is also so unique in the colors that it is hard to make everyday, going to class looks with it. I tend to use the same shadows over and over again from the palette (more from restriction than choice) so for me, it’s really not worth it. I’m a little hesitant  to play around with greens, yellows and oranges so in hindsight, this might not have been the greatest palette to buy.

But no regrets, I’m glad I got to try it out and create some interesting looks with this palette.


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Check out my first impression review of Subculture here!

I hope y’all liked the post. If you’ve tried any of these products, let me know what you thought in the comments! Also, what’s on your list to purchase or not to purchase?





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