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Eye Shadow -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Eyeshadow - All Colors

on 7/25/2017 2:12:00 AM

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loveeeee loveeee loveeeee Estee Lauder!! Their collection just Wonderful. Cant live without them. ❤️


Liquid -Younique - Mineral Touch Liquid Foundation

on 7/25/2017 1:27:00 AM

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I was really excited to try this product but when i applied it it was so oily and shiny and as the day went on it became dry and patchy wouldn't bother again its awful!!


Liquid -Dior - Diorskin Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Makeup SPF25

on 7/25/2017 1:27:00 AM

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I do like this product a lot. It gives my skin a semi natural looking medium to full coverage with a satin finish. Last all day which is a huge plus, it doesn't break down on the oilier areas of my face even though the oil does come through after I've already been wearing it for several hours. It's easy to apply and blend and I love the packaging, so pretty!

My problem is with the shade range, I am very fair and this foundation doesn't have a decent match for me so I have to use a white mixer to make it usable for me. I have the shade 011 since it's the lightest warm toned shade (couple shades too dark for me), the neutral shades are too pink for my skintone.

Otherwise a great foundation, would repurchase and recommend.


Polishes -OPI - She's a Bad Muffuletta

on 7/25/2017 1:26:00 AM

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She's A Bad Muffuletta is a tough colour to describe. It's a mixture of bright pink, red and coral which is very bright and dries down to a shiny finish. This colour would look good on all skin tones, especially those with a bit of a tan, and it also makes a lovely pedi colour. However, whilst I can sing the praises of the colour, the formula is a different story. I really didn't like it. I found it to be thicker than my other OPIs, which usually I don't mind, but it was tricky to work with and manoeuvre on the nail. I found it to be streaky, and not particularly good at self-levelling which meant I had to apply three coats. It was opaque at two coats, but too streaky to leave alone. It did dry quickly and to a shiny finish. The application of the third coat helped get rid of the streaks and the finished product looks quite pretty. However I wouldn't reach for this polish nor recommend it. For a similar colour with an amazing formula, try OPI's Aloha From OPI.


Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Stratia - Liquid Gold

on 7/25/2017 1:17:00 AM

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After obtaining a small 5ml sample of this, I was very stingy with its usage. I'd do my normal skincare (cleanse then hydrating toner) and then add Liquid Gold just on my undereyes and nose where it's the driest. The dry patches disappeared within just a few days of usage.

So I started using it all over my face when I didn't want to use my rosehip oil, usually in the mornings because the oil is too greasy under makeup. Never broke me out, super moisturising and I love how I'm still getting a little bit of rosehip oil from Liquid Gold because it's on the ingredients list. I'll repurchase, but I still have so many moisturisers to use and test out that I probably won't be buying this for a while.


Primer/ Corrector -MAC - Matte

on 7/25/2017 1:14:00 AM

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Although it's named "matte" and therefore implies that it is more than just a primer because it will provide extra oil control, it doesn't hold up on very oily skin.

I've used multiple matte gels and primers and this one ranks low for oil control. Now, if it didn't claim to be 'matte,' that wouldn't be a problem. But it does. It likely works for slightly oily skin, but not for super oily.

As a regular silicone primer, it is a solid product. I have a tube and mix it with my foundation to thin it out and it works well. If I buy it again, it will be for that purpose. But I can probably buy a less expensive primer that does the same.

So if you just want a decent primer that will reduce shine a bit, it may be perfect for you.

But if you need hard-core oil control, get Becca Ever-Matte primer. THAT is the miracle product that all other mattifying products wish they could live up to.


Moisturizers -She Australia - Skin Brightening Vitamin C Cream

on 7/25/2017 1:07:00 AM

I wish I'd found this cream years ago and I wish I'd bought boxes of it because SHE does not manufacture it any longer. :(
I was lucky enough to find a tube in a chemist clearing sale and once I tried it, went back immediately and bought the last 2 tubes they had.
It evened out and brightened my skin tone, moisturized beautifully, was light to apply and had a pleasant fragrance. Also excellent value for money.
I looked for more for over 5 years, checking every chemist and make-up shop in every town I've travelled through but never found any. I eventually contacted SHE directly and found out it had been discontinued. Bummer.
The ABSOLUTE. BEST. SKIN. CREAM. I ever spent money on.


Primer/ Corrector -Becca - Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

on 7/25/2017 1:03:00 AM

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OMG - THIS IS THE HOLY GRAIL FOR ALL-DAY OIL CONTROL.

I have never been so inspired to write a review. If you have seriously oily skin and your top priority is long-lasting oil control, this mattifier WORKS. It's the most effective product I've ever purchased because it actually DOES what you dare hope to DREAM.

My 'Before Becca' routine: Apply Hour Glass Veil Primer. Then Laura Mercier Secret Finish Mattifying Gel mixed with MAC Studio Fluid Fix foundation, applied in one layer. I mix mattifier with foundation because it reduces steps, decreases the amount of product used and thins out foundation to avoid the 'heavy coverage' look. LM was a decent mattifier, but I'd still get oily after a few hours. Next, I tried MAC Matte clear primer. It's an OK primer but doesn't do much for oil control.

I ordered a Becca sample and was blown away! Per instructions, you lightly pat on a small amount with fingers. Only use in oily areas. I use in the T-zone. After washing, I apply Algenist Regenerative Anti-aging Lotion (a very light moisturizer), then Becca. I let it set for a few minutes before applying foundation. This product adds time to my regimen, but it's worth it. I don't often use Hour Glass Veil Primer on top of Becca because it's mineral-based and can create a more dry, whitish look if not carefully and sparingly applied.

TIP FOR SMOOTHER LIQUID FOUNDATION APPLICATION: Try my trick of mixing together liquid foundation with a clear, silicone-based primer INSTEAD OF applying them separately. I put equal amounts of each in my palm and mix up with a broken-off Q-tip stick. This will make the foundation thinner and easier to apply. If you feel you're losing coverage, up the ratio of foundation to primer. Try this because Becca does make applying foundation more difficult. Foundation will dry more quickly and can look cakey. I definitely recommend a silicone primer over Becca, applied as its own layer, if you don't want to mix primer and foundation. Without the primer's silicone slipperiness, you'll need to get more adept at applying foundation quickly and evenly. But again, it's still WORTH IT.

I have very oily, red, sensitive, easily irritated acne-prone skin. I have used Becca every day for a week. This product has not caused any irritation or breakouts so far.

It's true, this doesn't really minimize pores, and if you have very large pores, it could emphasize them. Another good reason to use a silicone primer on top of Becca.

But I am beyond thrilled at the oil control. I have NEVER found a product that could keep my makeup matte all day. Around 7-8 hours, I now see a little shine, but nothing compared to the oil slick I used to be. I could use 4 blotting papers across my face and soak them, a few times a day. I don't need to blot anymore. Great for eye lids so your liner doesn't smudge. Absolutely incredible oil control. If anyone has found a product even remotely close, please let me know. This one is a giant quantum leap over everything I've ever used.

It's probably best for very oily skin. It can likely work for slightly oily, but be careful to apply only the tiniest, thinnest amount or it can make skin look over-dried and aged. Not recommended at all for dry to normal skin. Enjoy your heavy, creamy moisturizers, ladies! Finally, there's a miracle for us super-oily chicks!

Yes, it's expensive. But I didn't knock off stars, because if you need hard-core oil control, it's worth it. You will use less than regular primer, so it probably ends of costing less because a tube will last longer.

I suggest that they re-name this as a "mattifier." It is not really a primer because you can't simply swipe it over your face with a brush. It is a true mattifier because it provides the most outrageously effective oil control I've ever experienced.

If you have super oily skin and want industrial-strength oil control that gives you an all-day matte finish, please try it. I'm a skeptical buyer, but Becca has been a true game changer.




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Cleansers -Glossier - Milky Jelly Cleanser

on 7/25/2017 12:53:00 AM

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Disclaimer: bought a 5ml sample of this from a lovely lady on Reddit via /r/asianbeautyexchange and my review is based off one week's usage.

Pros:
- Doesn't leave my skin tight and dry after rinsing!! Most water-based cleansers do, and they dehydrate the crap out of my skin. This is one of the 3 or so water-based cleansers that I know do not.
- Smells nice. Like actual roses and not the artificial rose smell you usually get from products. Personally I don't care for scents in my skincare because I prefer to use something that works regardless of smell, but if smell matters to you, this one smells nice.
- Texture on the skin is nice. It doesn't foam up at all but I still felt like my face was being cleansed. Didn't leave a film after rinsing at all.
- The full size seems like a lot of product (6 fl ounces = almost 200ml whoa)

Cons:
- Glossier's marketing made me skeptical about the efficacy of the cleanser. Yes, their marketing game is spot on but sometimes you just can't help but think "is their stuff too good to be true?" Idk about their other products because this is the only thing I've tried of theirs, but their cleanser exceeded my pretty low expectations.
- Includes a personal trigger ingredient for me (isopropyl myristate). Fortunately, it didn't give me any bad reactions... probably because the ingredient is one of the last on the INCI list.
- Personally not sure how well it removes makeup. Tbh I don't expect this to be a sole makeup remover anyway because I prefer to double cleanse when I'm wearing makeup anyway. I only used it in the mornings. I'm keen to see how it fares as a second cleanser but since I only had a 5ml sample, I didn't really wanna try doing that because I tend to be generous with my cleanser application when I'm removing makeup!
- Doesn't ship to very many countries, including where I am. Unless I decide to use a third party shipping system to order from Glossier, I don't see myself repurchasing this until they start shipping to where I am. Sadly.

TLDR: good cleanser in the mornings, MAY work as a second cleanser if you double cleanse your makeup away, just wished it was more available internationally.


Brows -Unlisted Brand - Wunderbrow

on 7/25/2017 12:08:00 AM

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I think I might have found my new holy grail, this stuff is way better than I expected! Not gonna lie, at first I thought it was a bit of a gimmick, and based on reading a lot of negative reviews and my friend telling me she hated it, I was super skeptical to buy it. However, I was desperate to find a brow product that would stay in place all day and not smudge, because my eyebrows are a bit sparse so I need to draw on a longer tail and do some filling in. I've tried lots of brow products including ABH dipbrow yet it still smudged with my oily skin. I tried it as soon as I got it in the mail, and first off the color black/brown is the perfect color for my dark brown hair and light skin. The consistency is gel-like, and it comes with a weird brush tip applicator that I would never even attempt to use, and a spooly brush. I used a small amount on an angled brush and kept building it up until it looked opaque and then i brushed it out with the spooly and they looked perfect. I must say, it does take a little bit of skill to use, but once you master it your eyebrows literally stay on all day. I put it through a couple tests, last night I slept with it on and they looked perfect in the morning. Today I sweat buckets in Zumba class, had a shower and cleansed my face and they are still there! A little worn but good enough that I'd still go in public with them. I'm super happy I bought it, it's literally going to be a life saver.



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