Favorite Drugstore & High End Products

Foundation:

I have been a Covergirl fan since forever. The brand was one of the first makeup brands I started using. I love how their color selection has a wide range to choose from. Their products don’t hurt my skin or don’t make me break out. I have been loving the Covergirl Clean Matte line. This foundation is perfect and prevents me from getting oily throughout the day. My favorite all time foundation is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. This foundation is lightweight while also providing full coverage. Although this is a little pricer, I would definitely invest in it.

Powder:

In addition to the Covergirl Clean Matte Foundation, the Clean Matte Powder is my favorite drugstore powder. The color I have is a little lighter than my skin tone, however, it blends into the skin nicely.  Compared to my favorite powder, Mac Studio Fix Powder, the Clean Matte Powder works just as well. The coverage the Mac Studio Fix Powder provides is amazing. It is designed to be a powder foundation, however, I find it to work better as just a powder. Also the color I have is spot on.

Mascara:

Another Covergirl favorite of mine is their So Lashy Mascara. The wand for this mascara is unlike any other I have tried. It is formulated to get into the inner lash and give much volume. It took  me forever to buy the Benefit They’re Real Mascara. This mascara is amazing. I love how the brush is thin but also gives a lot of volume.

Lip Product:

Although you cannot buy this at the drugstore, Colourpop prices are unbeatable! I absolutely love the formulas. The mattes are my favorite and they slide on perfectly. Out of any lipstick I have ever tried, Colourpop lip products last the longest. Literally will last the entire day! My all time favorite lipstick is from Mac. This color goes with anything and thats what I love about it. Only con I have, is it gets on my teeth, which is really annoying.

Setting Spray:

I hated the ELF Setting Spray for the longest. However, after forcing myself to use it (so I didn’t waste my money) I realized I loved it! This spray is a little watery, however, it dries pretty fast. Compared to the Urban Decay Setting Spray, they both make my makeup last for about the same time. The Urban Decay Setting will always be my favorite because I feel as though it is formulated better than any other spray.

 

 

Bath & Body Works Haul

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I have never done a Bath & Body Works Haul before. Well thats because I haven’t shopped there in years. Literally years. Roughly around 4 years, I have been without the addicting scented products. The reason I have gone so long without shopping there is not because I don’t like the products or the brand. It’s actually the opposite, I was obsessed! And that is not an understatement. I shopped at Bath & Body Works too much. One shopping trip could last me for 2 years. At some point, 4 years ago, I made the decision to remove myself from the brand. 4 years later, I’m back and have been really loving the brand like I once have!

Cinnamon Spice Vanilla Candle– OMG!!! The packaging of this candle is so beautiful. The marble is so fancy and adds spice to my room. In addition to the beautiful marble package, the scent smells so good. Cinnamon & vanilla are my top 2 scents and having a candle that has both, you know I had to get!! When lit, it is beautifully warm looking and has a gold trimming along the top. Honestly, this might go down as my favorite candle ever. It smells that good.

Copper Coconut Candle– When I spotted another candle that had the marble design on it, I had to get as well. This marble has gold undertones to it. Coconut can be a hit or miss scent. I love this coconut scent! It reminds me of a warm coconut that is sweet and creamy, and not too strong. I rarely purchase coconut, but this candle smells amazing.

Warm Vanilla Sugar Lotion– Another vanilla scented product. As you can see, it is my favorite! This lotion is the best thing ever!!! A pure vanilla scented lotion. I would definitely use this all over my body. I hate fruity scents. Many fruits are high in sugar and when I saw that this lotion had sugar in it, I didn’t expect to like it. However, this is my favorite lotion ever! This product has been around before, however it has a new packaging. So you may have smelt this scent before.

Blue Skies & Blooms Foam Soap – Normally I tend to stay away from nature scents or anything with blue in it. The first thing you notice about the soap, is that the design has flowers and trees on it. I do not normally like scents that portray nature. I have no idea why but I do not like the smell. This soap is very strong, however, it does not give me that nature scent. The scent is very foral. I only get foam soaps from Bath & Body Works, so I was very excited to find a nature scent that I actually enjoy.

 

Vanilla Bean Car Fragrance – I really haven’t been to Bath & Body Works in years. When I saw that they had car scents now, I had to try. The scent I got is no other than vanilla. It really is hard to smell the scent because you can not open the product. I will have my room smelling like vanilla, my body, and now my car!

Car Air Freshener Vent Clip-To hold the car freshener, I bought a car clip. I really love the design on the clip. It will make my car look fancy while adding a nice scent. I’m not sure where I’ll place the clip, however, I probably will place it in a vent. The clip is reusable, so all I have to do is replace the car fragrance refill.

Urban Decay Makeup Haul

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There are some makeup products that a makeup lover continues to buy. For me it is the, Urban Decay Setting Spray. During Black Friday, Urban Decay had 20% off the entire website. Normally I would purchase the setting spray from Sephora, however, I had a birthday gift for urban decay that could only be redeemed at UD. I decided to grab the setting spray, eyeshadow, and I received a free sample!

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I love this setting spray so much!! A couple of squirts onto my face and my makeup last all day. I normally wear makeup for an 8 hour period. This setting spray helps to ensure that my makeup will stay in place throughout the 8 hour period. I know a lot of people who touch up their makeup throughout the day. I simply do not have time to constantly touch up. If using this spray, you could go without touches up.

I have never tried Urban Decay shadows before. I have always been obsessed with their Naked Palettes and how beautiful those colors were. I finally got my hands on one of their single shadows. Shopping online for eyeshadow is very hard, because you can’t not get the real effect of the color. I looked at a lot of swatches and decided to get “Buck”. I really wanted to get this color because it looks like a really pigmented crease color. Crease colors are my favorite and this color would go well with any look. Buck can also be found  in Urban Decay’s Naked Palette.

Another single shadow color I picked up was, Sideline. This color is absolutely pigmented. It looks more pigment than Buck. I like this color for the lid. I can add a little for a shallow effect or add a lot for more of a dramatic effect. Sideline is also great to use as a highlighter. Using eyeshadows as a highlight, is my favorite way to add sparkle and shine to my routine. Sideline may seem to look gold, however, it is more of a yellowish gold color.

 

I also picked up the Urban Decay Vice Lip Sampler as a free sample. This sample is one of my favorites. There are 24 lip colors to try out. My favorite colors come from the last page. Nudes and pinks are becoming my favorite colors to wear on the lip.

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Tips on Time Management

Agenda/Planner

The #1 thing I hope to accomplish this year, is learning how to plan better. When your life is very busy, it is hard keeping up with important dates and activities. Writing things down is the best thing you can do in order to help with time management. Since I started using a planner, I have been stress free. It’s amazing how much of a difference a planner can make. I use a planner for my everyday activities, due dates, and appointments. I use an agenda for school activities. It also helps if you find an agenda or planner that is really cute and will motive you to use.

Notebook

In addition to my agenda and planner, I also use a notebook. I use a notebook to write down things such as: passwords and information for sites, quotes that I love, things I want to accomplish, and other similar things. The notebook is less stressful and is used for me to be open minded.

Color Code

I love writing in colorful pens. I rather look at something colorful then dual. It also helps you to not get bored easily because your eyes are use to seeing the typical black or blue ink. Color coding is not for me, just because I don’t see a difference in it. However, for a lot of people, it is really helpful to look at your agenda and automatically know what to do or is due.

Use the Notes App

There have been many times when I am out and I do not have my planner with me. I quickly write down things in the notes app on my phone. It took me a while to actually start using this app, but I love it so much! Whenever I am in class and the teacher is leading a discussion, I’ll joint down key points on the app and later I can easily access it.

Set Due Dates & Times

Mark the final deadline on your calendar, but you should also set another deadline a week before. This will help your mind know that you have a week to complete the task and also it will help you know what you should be doing that week. It helps you get projects done faster because you may try to complete the task before the week is over. If you do meet the early deadline, more time for relaxation!

Don’t Let Social Media Distract YOU!! 

This is my hardest thing when it comes to time management. I normally do not get distracted easily. However, social media always finds a way to distract me. Turn off notifications or even your phone completely when trying to complete the task. If you can’t do this, try placing the phone away from you.

Most Importantly, DON’T STRESS!! Finding a routine that works for you is very important. I suggest trying out different techniques and seeing what tips will work for you and help you.

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Problem Solving Makeup Products

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SOS!!! Ever run into a dilemma. Maybe in need of a product, but not really sure how to use or even what to use. Below is a list of makeup products that are made specifically for a purpose.

Color Corrector-I am a newbie to color corrector. During the summer of 2016, I felt the makeup world drift into this idea. There are so many different ways and techniques to color correct. However, they all have the same goal. Color correcting is used to combat your skin concerns such as acne, dark spots, tattoos, or redness using makeup products. Now the most common makeup product to use to color correct are concealers. Now what makes this unique is that you use colored concealers to correct. There are about 6 popular color corrector concealer colors. Orange is used to cover acne or dark circles. Green is used for redness. Pink is used to brighten the skin. I definitely recommend checking out color correctors if you are trying to combat your skin concerns.

 

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Concealer-I have to have this product in my makeup routine. Conceal is used to get rid of any imperfections such as acne, dark circles, or under-eye circles. I use a concealer for acne spotting. I use before I apply my foundation to cover up any skin concerns. A lot of people would say to find a concealer two shades lighter than your skin color, however, I like my concealer to match my skin perfectly.

Lip Balm- There are many different lip products that are design for different things. Lip balms are made for moisturizing lips. Exfoliating your lips is also good to do if you feel your lips getting chapped. My favorite lip balms are from Burt’s Bees. The brand is a little pricey but their products really do work!

Eye Brow Gel-Ever have little hairs on your eyebrows that will not stay in place or want to keep your brows looking good all day, eyebrow gels are what you need. I am honestly obsessed with eyebrow gels. My favorite gel to use is the Ulta Eyebrow Gel. The gels can come in many different colors, however, I like to use clear ones so you are not able to see the product.

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Makeup Primer & Makeup Setting Spray- Both products are great for those with oily skin or for helping your makeup last all day.  A primer should be the first thing applied in your routine. It is basically the foundation of your routine because it holds everything together. A setting spray should be the last thing applied in the routine. Setting your face is crucial! If you have never tried either, I suggest give it a try because these products truly help with oil control and makeup lasting.

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Toner- I know this is a skincare product, however, it is a problem solving product that works. For those with oily skin, this is a must. I have been using toners for about a year now and I can tell a difference when using it and when not using it. A toner can be applied at the end of your skincare routine. It helps to control and minimize oil. When I go without using this product, I can tell a difference in my skin, my face gets oily. It is important to stay consistent with this product.

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Sephora Haul

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Makeup Forever Skin Equalizer Primer– I have seen this product everywhere. Anytime I watch a video on controlling oil skin, this primer is always recommend. I am content with my current primer, however, that has ran out and I want to try something new. This primer is a little more pricy than other primers I have tried. The formula may seem a little heavy, however, once you apply it onto the face, it feels like there’s nothing there. The first time I tried this primer, it literally sucked my dry. My face started to peel. I hated it. I decided to give it a few more tries. It has not peeled my face anymore. As for controlling my oil, I have found that it does. However, I have not tried it on a hot day. That will ultimately be the decision maker if I decide to keep the primer or not.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer-I currently use the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. I am obsessed with that foundation and love how much coverage it gives. I wanted to try the matching concealer and add it to my routine as well. From my research, I found that this concealer is very full coverage. When I first tried this product I hated it. The formula of the concealer and foundations are not alike. The concealer is very thick. As for the coverage, it is okay. I have honestly found better coverage in drugstore concealers.

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder-I can not believe I bought this! I never imagined I would ever buy this product and actually like it. I really do not like to buy overly hyped products. It took me forever to buy this and now I see why there is a big hype. I have not found a good way that I like to apply the powder, I’ve tried out some techniques, but I’m still learning on how to use. This does help to control your oil and helps to set your face. The powder is a little messy, but it works so well that who cares if it is!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer-I recently got this product in my Sephora Mini Haul. However, the color I got was too light so I decided to get another color. The color I decided to try was medium brown. This color matches my brows perfectly. I really love this brow pencil and I can honestly say it is worth the hype.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara– This mascara is great! I love the volume it gives and how natural my lashes look. This is my second time repurchasing this product. It last for a while. However, I suggest trying sample sized mascara before purchasing full size bottles. Sephora has many sample sized mascara to choose from.

Birthday Gift- I picked up my birthday gift when I got these products. Since my birthday is in December, I get to see how others like their free gifts from Sephora. A lot of people got the Marc Jacobs gift set, which includes a lipstick and an eyeliner. 2015 was the same gift just a different brand so I decided to choose the alternate. The FRESH Cleanser & Face Mask. This free gift is actually a nice size. I can get multiple uses. I have never tried the FRESH brand, however, I have heard great things. The smell is amazing! Both the mask and the cleanser smell like cucumbers!

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Best Drugstore Acne Products

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I LOVE face masks. There is nothing better than coming home and having an at home spa day. I love putting on a mask and relaxing while it works it’s magic. However, there are some products that I love to use and that really help my skin. But there are certain products that I just cannot use. I refuse to spend  money on facial masks and acne products when drugstore products work perfectly. Below are some of my favorite face products that have helped with my acne. Now all are not face mask, but I would definitely recommend all.

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Olay Toner-Acne and oily skin is my two main skin concerns. The first toner I ever used was from my local spa. The toner costed $38. It worked really well and lasted for a few months. When it was time for me to buy a new toner, I decided to try the Olay Toner. This drugstore toner works just as well and is more affordable. I like this toner in particular because it controls my oil!! Finding a product that does this and actually works is super hard. If you are struggling with oil control, give this product a try.

Sephora Face Mask- I know this product is not from the drugstore. However, the price of these mask are super affordable and work great. There are so many variations of the face mask to choose from. Each serves its own purpose and that is my favorite thing about these Sephora mask. I also love how I can get many uses with these!

Neutrogena Foundation- I was sent these products to try out and I was very excited. First it was from one of my favorite brands and secondly it was also makeup! For a while I was really unsure about how to use this product. I recently have found the perfect way to incorporate it into my makeup routine. I first apply my primer, next I use this product, then go in with my other products. This product is designed as a foundation that helps fight acne. This concept is hard to find in other products. The coverage is very light, however, the product works very well.

Neutrogena Face Products- For the longest my skincare routine consisted of ALL Neutrogena skincare products. I really credit those products for helping me fight acne. There are so many skincare brands out there, that its hard to find one that really works. I will continue to praise Neutrogena as the best skincare brand. If you are struggling with acne and have not found the right products, definitely give these products a try. My favorite include the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Cleanser,  Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot GelNeutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask., and the Neutrogena On The Spot Gel. My all time favorite face mask is the Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask. This product can be used a cleanser or a mask. Multi purpose products are great when you need one product for different task.

Burt’s Bees Anti-Blemish- I had ran out of moisturize and I didn’t know what to do with my life. I was freaking out. I decided to invade my mom’s drawer and found this. I love Burt’s Bees products!! Previously I have never tried this product before and decided I would. The packing was really pretty and different than any other moisturize I have used. For one is was a squirt bottle instead of squeeze. A little goes a long way with this product.

My favorite tool to apply these products is the Conair Facial Scrub Brush.

 

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Influenster Twinkle Voxbox

 

Covergirl So Lashy Mascara-I have been a fan of Covergirl products for forever! Covergirl was the first brand that I used and to this day, I continue to use. The brand caters to all skin types and skin colors. I love using Covergirl Mascara because they provide amazing volume. This is my first time trying the So Lashy Line. The first thing that stood out to me about this mascara was the mascara wand. The brush is very unique and can be used to style your lashes in many ways.

Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo-I have heard of this brand and have always wanted to try their products. I normally do not use dry shampoo. However, now that I have this product to try, I am so eager to see how it works. I really like how this shampoo is unscented. If I need this product and am in an emergency, I can just pull this out and use.

Hills Bros Hot Cocoa-I love hot cocoa and coffee! I drink coffee throughout the year and enjoy hot cocoa around the holidays! I love K-Cups and I’m so excited that I will be able to use it with the hot cocoa. In the box there are two different flavors: milk chocolate and dark chocolate. I may pass along the dark chocolate to my aunt and enjoy the milk chocolate myself.

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Oreo Thins-Oreos are my favorite snack. I love oreos and milk after a long day. I have heard of the Oreo Thins before and have always wanted to try them. I really like them. There is no difference between the taste, however, I have notice that the oreo thins are not as messy. Great to enjoy on a car ride.

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Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets-I am definitely giving this to my mom or dad. They love to bake especially since its holiday time. We use other Reynolds products but have not tried the Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets. Its also a plus that the sheets are already pre-cut.

Aquation Daily Moisturizing Lotion-Lotion is an essential that everyone needs. I normally use the same brands of lotion but I love trying different brands. I normally prefer unscented lotions rather than scented ones. When I use this particular lotion I can really tell that it is helping my skin and restore it. During these winter months, it is important to stay moisturized and this lotion helps!

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AXE Body Wash- When I first saw this body wash I was hoping it would be for women’s. I honestly have always wanted to try this out. However, once I smelled the scent, I knew it was for men. This scent is very strong, however, is does smell like the typical AXE products.

I am so happy I was sent these products to test out and enjoy. Every product given to me are all products I will use! So glad I had the opportunity to test out products I actually enjoy and can really use.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Favorites of 2016

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I am so happy to do this post and even happier to see other’s post as well. I love yearly favorites because you are able to see which products you used most and have actually enjoyed. This year I have found products that I actually enjoy and don’t harm my skin. Most of these products I use daily and can honestly give my opinion on it. Check out my favorites from the year and please share your post as well!

Benefit POREfessional Primer-I have to use primers in my makeup routine. My face gets oily throughout the day. Finding a primer that controls my oil is really hard. However, the Benefit POREfessional primer does exactly the job. The formula feels thick, however when you apply it to the skin, it is very lightweight. At times when I apply the primer, it feels as though its making my skin oily. However, once I apply my makeup, I don’t feel that way.

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Urban Decay Setting Spray-I never realized the importance of setting sprays until this year. I didn’t really believe this makeup product would work. I was so wrong. I can not go a day without setting my face. Wearing makeup for an 8 hour period, I need my face to stay since I do not have time for touch ups during the day. The Urban Decay setting spray is not too runny, which I have found in other sprays.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara-I have tried so many mascara’s throughout my makeup journey. I have only a hand full of mascaras that I truly love. The most important thing I look for in mascara is volume. I have to have volume!! This mascara, gives me amazing volume while making my eyelashes look natural!

Colourpop Lip Products-By far the best lip products for the price. Colourpop is super affordable and the quality is worth way more! I love that they have many different lip products to choose from. The quality is amazing. I can eat and drink and the color is still there.

Anastasia Bevelery Hills Brow Definer-This hyped about product never interested me. My drugstore brow pencil worked just fine and I haven’t felt the need to venture out and get another brow product. However, recently my drugstore brow pencil ran out and I had to get a new pencil. I decided to give this product a try and see what all the hype was about. This product is amazing and works wonders. I like the shape of the brow definer. It is not like your usually pencil shape, but instead the pencil is shaped at an angle.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation-I have been using this foundation for over a year now and it is the only foundation I have used. I love this foundation so much! The coverage is amazing and the formula is not too thick or heavy. Also I love how my color matches the foundation perfectly. It is an oil free foundation, however, I wish it also controlled my oil throughout the day.

Tarte Tarteist Mascara-I love Tarte Products! This is not an understatement. The formulas of their products are just amazing. The Tarteist Mascara is one mascara that I love to use on a daily. The volume this mascara gives is amazing! The only con I have about the mascara, is that it is super messy. I have never used a mascara as messy as this one. However, because it works so well, I will continue to use.

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Morphe 439 Brush– Makeup brushes are items that I do not typically purchase. I currently have a good set and I really only like to use those brushes. However, when I purchased the MAC Studio Fix Foundation, I knew I also wanted to get a new brush to use for it. After doing my research I found that the Morphe 439 brush would be the best. I can honestly say this brush is amazing. It is a multi use brush that can be used for different task. I normally use the brush to apply foundation or powder.

MAC Studio Fix Foundation-I have always enjoyed MAC’s Studio Fix line. However, MAC has changed the formula’s so much that its hard to really enjoy one while it last. I remember a couple of years ago I was obsessed with the MAC Studio Fix Foundation. However, MAC changed the formula and I no longer used it. I really wanted to give this foundation another chance. I love love love this foundation. The coverage is amazing and helps to control my oil through the day. I find this product goes well with other MAC products and also non-mac products as well.

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara-The one thing that really stood out to me about this mascara was the packaging. The pink champagne tube is beautiful! It really took me a while to like this mascara. For a while I didn’t think the mascara was giving me the volume I wanted. Now I love this mascara! I can go weeks with only using this mascara and no other ones. This is my mom’s favorite mascara and now I can see why!

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Mini Sephora Haul

 

This year for Black Friday, I didn’t do as much shopping as I normally do.However, I saw something on Sephora’s website that I had been dying to try. The Smashbox primer & setting spray was on sale for $12. Now the website said that the kit was a sample size, however, the products were super tiny. I also have been wanting to try the Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Definer. Check out the rest of the post to see my opinions on these two makeup products!

Smashbox Primer & Setting Spray- In my makeup routine, it is essential that I apply a primer and setting spray every day. I have oily skin, and a way for me to prevent that, is to apply a primer before my makeup, then set it off with a setting spray. The smashbox primer is  gel like. Not too heavy and not too thin. When you apply it to your face, it is vey light weight. I would definitely use this product every day in my routine. The setting spray was surprisingly not what I expected. The spray was very watery and ran down my face. Although the spray was watery, it dried really fast, so the formula was not dripping for too long. Overall, my face did not get oily as it normally does. I will continue to use and buy these products.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer-The packing is so cute! I’m so in love with it, very classy and glamours. I never was really into the hype for Anastasia brow products. I constantly heard great reviews, however, I really enjoyed my drugstore brow pencil. I am so happy with this brow pencil. It is for sure worth the hype. I really love how easy it is to just twist the pencil instead of having to sharpen it. This pencil really defines by brows because with the pencil, I am able to outline and shade in to get the perfect shape. The shade I bought was Dark Brown.