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Fragrances -Elizabeth Arden - Untold

on 1/23/2017 4:01:00 PM


I LOVE Untold. Untold Absolu is even better! You can find full bottles at TJ Maxx for between $7.99-$9.99. The only downside is longevity. Lasts about 4 hours, but at that price, who cares? Spray away 3-4 times a day! Just don't pay full price because you will go through it quickly. In my opinion, the Untold line is way underrated. I have about 70 perfumes, most of which are big names like YSL, Chanel, Armani, Bvalgari etc and I find myself reaching for my little $8.00 blind buys more frequently than them lately!

Untold is fresh and clean without being soapy. It starts off "cold" but warms up and gets almost creamy on the dry down. This is not a linear fragrance. It takes twists and turns and blooms with time. If you like a little sweeter and want even more warmth and creaminess, go for the Untold Absolu. It also lasts slightly longer in my experience. Good fragrance. Four lippies, would be five if longevity was better. Silage is decent while it does last though and the bottle is absolutely gorgeous which was a shock from Elizabeth Arden which has put out some of the cheapest, ugliest bottles in perfume history.

Powder -Tarte - Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

on 1/23/2017 3:54:00 PM


I was looking for a setting powder and a saleswoman at Sephora recommended this. She took an eyeliner pencil, drew a line on the back of her hand, and then smudged the liner with her finger. Then she repeated the mark, dusted it with the Tarte powder and it didn't smudge! I thanked her and bought it that second! I've purchased this several times and will not live without it. But remember this powder 'sets' makeup. I use MAC Blot Powder for touchups during the day. It doesn't break me out and doesn't cause a prickly feeling on my face like Bare Essentials can do.

Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original

on 1/23/2017 3:51:00 PM


I have oily eyelid, hooded eyes and sensitive watery eyes. I'm forever in search of a primer that allows me to use eyeshadow. Already tried TheBalm, Smashbox and Nars. All of the failed and UDPP is yet another disappointment.

With the other primers, the eyeshadow creases. UDPP (original) goes a step down. It creases and forms a goop mess that makes me feel like there is even more oil in my lid.

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Bronzers -NYX - Matte Bronzer (All)


I have this in shade light, which is perfect for fair/light skin tones, I recommend if you're in the fair/light skin tone range that you find this shade because it has a medium coverage and the darker shades won't be as forgiving if you're heavy handed. This is definitely a more affordable choice for a matte bronzer, but it does have a little bit of a pink undertone, which most definitely warms up the cheeks but makes it a poor choice to use as a contour shade. I think, for the price, this is a welcome addition to any makeup collection to use when you want something in between a blusher and a bronzer.
I'm uploading a picture of this next to the Too Faced milk chocolate soleil bronzer (shade light/medium) so you can see what I mean about a pink tone...

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Skincare - Face -Pixi - Nourishing cleansing balm

Don't care for this. I love cleansing balms and have used a fair number in my life. This one is just okay. I find that even with a washcloth, it leaves behind residue. I found I had to have a few go's with the washcloth to really get my skin feeling clean, which irritated my sensitive skin, and that's just no something I've had to do with other cleansing balms that are a routine part of my skincare rotation. I've used it a few times and every time I wish I hadn't. Maybe for someone with rhino skin that isn't prone to clogging, this might be a good option, but it definitely isn't for me.

Treatments (Face) -MISSHA - Time Revolution Night Repair New Science Activator Ampoule

on 1/23/2017 3:37:00 PM


So I have just finished my purple bottle of Time revolution. I started it about 6 months ago with great enthusiasm but I can feel that this excitement has sort of vanished and I had to force myself to finish the bottle and move on. It's not a bad product but if you look around in 6-12 months there are lots of new brands, top ingredients, new improved formulas and I feel that this ampoule has worked it magic at the start on my skin but now it does pretty much nothing. It is a decent serum at a better price to the one to which it is always compared to and whose formula is quite similar. As a basic approach, it is ok. For serious antiaging, this doesn't stand a chance though.

Bronzers -Too Faced - Milk Chocolate Soleil


The lightest shade of brown in the Too Faced matte bronzer line, perfect for fair / light skin tones as it doesn't give a whole lot of color (some may find this shade doesn't give enough color payoff.) This is definitely the most brown shade of bronzers I have ever used, as most have a bit of a pink undertone that makes it more of a blusher. I like that it doesn't have any pink because it can be used to contour with as well. As it is matte, it mattes my cheeks, which I am not sure I care for when I have on a foundation or bb/cc cream that is intended to give a little illumination. On a face with a matte foundation, it adds a little bit of a glow that warms the complexion. I am considering how it would look as a super light finishing powder in the summer when I've gotten some sun, will try this for sure...
The smell is not exactly chocolate, but more like someone had it stored next to something with fragrance, so you may want to see & smell this in person if you don't like scented products.

Liquid -MAC - Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF30

on 1/23/2017 3:28:00 PM


After reading all the reviews and trying this foundation I'm going to wager something: when a girl complains that this "takes 3 layers to build up to medium" and then goes on to say that this "looks cakey, moves around etc. etc." that is not a product problem. It is a user problem. This is not a medium coverage foundation, and if you use too much of the product trying to build it up, it will not act as it should because you have too much on.
If, however, you use foundation the way it should be used (imo! IMO!) then you are using a little amount to cover your face and you are getting sheer, light coverage that looks like skin. You are using concealer to get heavier coverage where you need it. The finish is lovely, so natural looking. You can't tell I'm wearing anything when I have this on, except that it has evened out my base slightly. I get that shine on the forehead by the end of the workday, nothing that a little blot won't handle. This will not cake or have any problems if you don't attempt to build it up; if I want more coverage, I go for my L'Oreal True match. Always one layer.

Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - AG Thikk Wash Volumizing Shampoo

on 1/23/2017 3:22:00 PM

At first I did not see volume but after my hair was completely dry I noticed my hair felt thicker. My scalp felt slightly odd but maybe because this contains scalp healthy ingredients to promote growth. The next day i used a completely different shampoo but some how the thickening effect lasted even after washing with something else. I am not a fan of the scent which is a light orange cream ( like the candy) scent

Palettes -Tarte - Maneater Eyeshadow Palette


The Tarte maneater eyeshadow palette offers, in comparison to both tartelette palettes, a few most welcome shades that are missing from these 2 palettes. It has a great color combination to put together both a modest mauve or bold berry & gold eye look.
I think the palette itself is lacking in quality, it is vinyl wrapped cardboard with a magnetic closure. The magnet seems strong enough that it won't come open in your bag, but I wouldn't hold confidence the exterior will hold up from abuse. The eyeshadow pans are set into a plastic frame, and the mirror is shrunken in size because of the way the palette is put together. The black inner part lining the palette and used to hold the mirror in is satin, and so far comes clean of makeup. Smells of vanilla, which I like, but the palette gives off a chemical smell no doubt from the glues used to put it together, but this has faded.
There are 3 shimmers (foxy, hypnotic, and lace) and the rest are matte. I found the 3 darkest shades a bit patchy when applied with an eyeshadow brush, but they blended well and performed good otherwise, similar to the performance of the tartelette in bloom colors. Foxy is supposed to be rose gold, but I'm a latecomer to the rose gold fad and found it to be more gold. I think this palette can hold it down on its own or be combined with the tartelette in bloom.
p.s. sorry for the poor swatch photo, I wanted this second & the product pic first...

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