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Treatments (Face) -Estee Lauder - Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion

on 10/21/2017 9:09:00 AM


One word to describe it: GARBAGE!!!

Moisturizers -First Aid Beauty - First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

on 10/21/2017 8:55:00 AM


I used 3 sample sizes of this during the spring and summer. I havent tried it in the winter yet so Im not sure if it is great for dry skin folks during the winter. I do like it though for underneath the makeup. I use it at night as well with Tarte maracuja oil and theyre great together. There is no scent. I was definitely surprised with this product in a sense that I didnt think I would like it. Its a common find in alot of skincare value sets in Sephora. I would recommend but may not rebuy until I use up alot of my stash of skincare.

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Cleansers -Garnier - The Gentle Sulfate Free Cleanser

on 10/21/2017 8:42:00 AM


As someone with sensitive, combination skin that is prone to flaking and redness as well as clogging, I'm always on the lookout for the next best cleanser. So many products cause problems, so it's good to find one that doesn't.
Despite bad reviews for Garnier products on this site and Beautypedia, I've always been a fan. Their micellar water, wipes, and Moisture Rescue are some of my staple items and holy grails. I don't experience irritation or breakouts from them whastsoever. The lesson here is don't listen to haters, listen to your skin. I think there are different kinds of skin sensitivity, so you really need to discover for yourself which ingredients upset your skin and which don't, despite the popular commentary.
This cleanser is a refreshing change from other "gentle" cleansers on the market that leave a horrible residue (I'm looking at Olay, Cetaphil, etc) because though this is not a clear cleanser it rinses as clean as if it was. I use the micellar water first to remove makeup, so I can't speak to the makeup removal aspect. The texture is slightly creamy/gel-like and light, and it makes a light foam. There is a very slight scent, almost indetectable but lemony (which I like), and so barely-there that unless your skin is the type that must staunchly avoid all fragrances due to allergies, I doubt that it would bother you.
I've never had an issue with dryness from this cleanser either, unlike many others I've tried. So many cleansers are either too drying or else too thick/creamy and can cause breakouts, but not this one. I was a little wary of it being "sulfate-free" at first because sulfate-free shampoos dry out my hair something awful, but I don't have dryness issues with this cleanser. And, no breakouts, residue, or clogging. All I get is calm, clean, normal skin. With this product, Garnier has achieved the elusive balance.
I would have given this five stars except that I really don't like the ugly, utilitarian packaging. I know that's a shallow reason to deduct a star (it's what's inside that counts, right?!), but honestly I wish they hadn't chosen to market this beautiful, high-end-worthy product in a plain medical-looking Cetaphil/Cerave type bottle. Sensitives want to feel like we're pampering ourselves, too.

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Liquid -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 30

on 10/21/2017 8:37:00 AM


I was rooting for this product but it's a massive disappointment. I'm a fan of the original DWs lasting power, but I hated the powdery mask effect it gave me so I held off on buying a bottle of that in search of something that little better. When the lady at the counter told me about this I jumped at the chance to try a sample, but even wandering around the shops straight after she applied it to my skin I noticed it felt tacky, something I absolutely cannot stand in the slightest. It took a long time to dry down to a drier finish, but my oily skin was not controlled whatsoever. I've used my sample a fair few times, with primers, without primers, in sunny conditions, in cloudy and rain but this stuff just doesn't stay on my skin. It's such a shame because I love how it looks in the beginning, sheer, but enough to cover old acne scars and most of my rosacea, but still natural and untraceable on the skin. I really hope they rethink the formula with this in the future, because if it had the lasting power of DW it would be my hg foundation.

Concealers -Kat Von D - Lock-It Concealer

on 10/21/2017 7:35:00 AM


yes its confirmed. the hard tube concealer is replacing the squeeze tube concealer. the hard tube concealer only has a measly 6.5ml worth of product. yet it costs MORE than the squeeze tube concealer which has a generous 17ml worth of product. way to go, kat von d & co. don’t u love it when cosmetic companies cheap out on their products yet jack up their prices.

Mascara -Yves Rocher - Sexy Pulp

on 10/21/2017 7:31:00 AM


I love this mascara. It gives volume, length and definition. It stays in place all day. And the price is very reasonable - especially since YR often gives discounts.

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Cleansers -Burt's Bees - Deep Cleansing Cream with Soap Bark and Chamomile

on 10/21/2017 6:57:00 AM


I am surprised by how much I love this stuff. I took a huge chance when I got this, and if I'd read the ingredients more carefully, I probably would not have purchased it because it has menthol in it. I had an awful reaction to their sensitive skin cleanser (painfully ironic), but I was in desperate need of a cleanser and grabbed this without looking at reviews or anything.

As soon as I put it on my skin the first time and smelled the menthol, I panicked and almost immediately washed it off. I kept waiting for the intense pain I've had from other cleansers with menthol, but it never came. Instead, the menthol remained a steady, slightly tingly, cool sensation.

Since I bought this, I've had a couple of minor, hormonal breakouts and this hasn't irritated the spots, which is basically a miracle.

It doesn't make my skin irritated or dry it out.

Unlike the sensitive skin one with cotton extract, this cleanser doesn't leave a gross residue on my skin. It washes cleanly away with no scrubbing.

I'm pretty sure this is obvious, and mentioned on the packaging, but don't get it in your eyes. Menthol and the eye area aren't a good mix.

I use this after I've taken my makeup off, or when I get up, to get off either my makeup remover or my night serum and cream, and it works great. It gets any bits of makeup I might have missed, and leaves my skin feeling smooth and refreshed.

This is a 6oz tube and a little goes a very long way. I think I use a glob just big enough to go from the tip of my index finger to the top joint, and that's enough to wash my face and neck. It's also reasonably priced (I think I paid between $5 and $10), which is surprising for Burt's Bees, which I usually associate with higher prices for a drugstore brand.

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Palettes -Anastasia Of Beverly Hills - Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette

on 10/21/2017 6:53:00 AM


I don’t like spending a lot of money on eyeshadow palettes...I like versatility and many palettes only do one type of look or aren’t easy to blend. I’m still figuring out and experimenting with eyeshadow techniques and looks so I’ve usually stuck to brown and nuetral shades...a bit more forgiving but not as dramatic. I really wanted a fall/holiday themed palette and it was down to the Modern Renaissance of UD Heat. I watched a ton of YouTube videos and finally decided to try this because of the wide range of colors as compared to the more orange shades on Heat.
It is incredibly pigmented and creamy...I feel like you could be a total nube with eyeshadows and this would still blend beautifully. I even stopped watching tutorials and just played with the colors on my own (which is HUGE because I am really not that good with dramatic eye makeup and it usually ends up looking muddy or splotchy) but all of these work together beautifully and I always get’s probably because I usually don’t wear colors like this.
I noticed a few beauty gurus saw it is only for bold looks but TBH, I’ve used it for very neutral, romantic looks too! I avoid the darker and more shimmery shades and it creates a really pretty, soft look.
Regardless of your ability, this is a really nice palette, I haven’t tried the brush it comes with because I just recently upgraded my brushes to the Sigma set and I’ve been playing around with those.

Cleansers -Clinique - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

on 10/21/2017 6:39:00 AM


Meh. I said I wouldn't buy this again, but I'm not sure yet. I got a little one from Ulta a few weeks ago and have used it maybe half a dozen times and I just don't love it. It's not terrible, but I'm going to have to use it with other products to see if I like it more. I bought this partially because of the hype and good reviews, and partially because I wanted an all-purpose makeup remover.

The consistency doesn't bother me because I've used coconut oil to remove my makeup pretty often in the past, but if you don't like oils because of how they feel, maybe skip trying this.

What I do like is how well it removes most of my makeup. It actually does pretty well with my face makeup, eye shadow, and eyebrows. Anything that's left over (if anything is left over) is easily removed with micellar water, toner, or cleanser. Which I use depends mostly on how tired I am when I'm taking off my makeup, but I usually use this, then micellar water or cleanser, then toner. If I just had on BB cream and mascara, I might just use this and then toner.

But mascara and eyeliner? Ugh. It does work, kind of, but it takes forever, irritates my eyes really bad (some of that is from the product, some is the way it breaks down my mascara, which I'm getting to), and my mascara comes off in this sharp grainy bits which then scratches a bit all over my eye area. It also doesn't seem to get all of my mascara and the liner on my upper lash line off, so I end up having to use some of my Neutrogena eye makeup remover to get the rest off. I've tried this with two or three mascaras so far, and two liners. Maybe it's just the products I'm using. If I use something else and the results change, I'll come back and edit this review.

I do like that it doesn't seem to dry out my skin or leave it feeling greasy after I wash it off. That's nice. But I feel like for how little product you get, and how much it takes to get your makeup off, it isn't really worth the price. It would be, possibly, if it did a better job with my eye makeup. There's just not enough product (in the full sized or mini jar) for the price and inefficiency for me to justify switching to this.

Lipstick -Burberry - Lip velvet in Military Red


Just but it!!! I bet here's no skin tone it would go wrong for!! I tried it on at Sephora while shopping with a friend. It literally lasted me the whole night without any reapply!! Went back the next day to but it! Looks like just bitten lips. Not red lipstick. Usually the lip colors I go for due to my big lips. You more than likely won't regret it!

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