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Lips -Jordana -Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color

on 7/16/2018 5:52:00 PM

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I have the shade Mango Sorbet which is a stunning shade. Unfortunately, this formula is horrifying. So patchy that it can't be applied properly at all. Not to mention that it is so drying that it burns my lips, and it flakes off immediately after application and the flakes get stuck between teeth. Absolutely disgusting. Worst liquid lipstick I've tried (and I've tried plenty). Stay miles away from this.

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Treatments (Face) -Sunday Riley -Luna Sleeping Night Oil

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I received a generous sample of this with my purchase of 'Good Genes' - a product that I loved using and delivered results. However I'm still on the fence about this one. What attracted me to it the most was the ingredients, very impressive and very natural with a good selection of Omega-rich and antioxidant oils utilized in the formulation, plus a retinoic acid ester in the form of 'Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate' - one of the newest forms of retinoids and also seen in 'The Ordinary's' Granactive Retinoid range. I was somewhat concerned about 'Blood Orange' oil being phototoxic, however a quick search revealed I had nothing to worry about. Phew! Still, just to be extra cautious I decided only to use it on a night time.

Sunday Riley suggest one of the ways to use this is to layer it apply it before 'Good Genes', something I just couldn't get my head around (why would you layer any product over another one which is composed almost totally of oils and therefore would create an impenetrable layer, preventing the other from even reaching the skin?). I decide to do it my way and use just Good Genes on one side (my left) and Luna Sleeping Night Oil on my right. Turns out although both sides were softer and more glowing, the side with the night oil was less so, although better hydrated. Nevertheless there was a discernible difference on both sides compared to the previous week when using a different product.

All in all I do like this but wouldn't necessarily go out and purchase a full bottle now that my GWP has ran out. Although it didn't break me out or cause any negative reaction it just didn't blow me away either. To be fair a good part of how I feel about it is when comparing its results to Good Genes and also my high expectations from the super-impressive ingredients list.


Selena x



~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I'm constantly trying out new stuff all the time - usually sample/trial sizes from e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. Thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation/Anti-Ageing: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Aveda' - Purifying Gel Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Masks -Dr. Jart+ -Lover Rubber Masks

on 7/16/2018 5:43:00 PM

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We tried out the Moist Rubber Mask (blue) and Bright Lover Mask (yellow). Although they are labelled as Rubber Masks, they are just a heavy duty gel-type mask applied over a serum. The facemask is two pieces which are great for a custom fit. It is a long, 30-minute facemask.

It makes your skin feel super cold, and it stays on very well. Mine did rip around the eyes at application.

Aside from the fresh experience, it was pretty standard! I bought them on sale and would not buy them again at full price.


Treatments (Face) -Sunday Riley -Good Genes

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Based on what I'd read in other reviews I really wasn't too sure about whether this was going to be a wise investment or not. I find when it comes to Alpha Hydroxy Acids my skin prefers Lactic over Glycolic anyday and this formula containing Lactic plus Licorice and a host of botanicals seemed promising...and turned out to be too! I tend not to use anything containing AHA's during the daytime as I'm never convinced I've reapplied my SPF sufficiently to protect my skin as soon as Florida's heat and humidity carry it off. For that reason I use it on a night time only. The texture of Good Genes is light and would suit most skin types I'd imagine, other than possibly sensitive types. I did receive a small sample of the Luna Sleeping Night oil with this and used in conjunction with it, but will write up about that in a separate review.
Onto the results: I found my skin tone generally brighter within a week of starting use and also smoother - definitely down to the Lactic Acid. It does contain silicones, however they are thankfully much further down the ingredients list then most silicone-containing products and therefore not a huge issue for me.

I did come across some concerns in other reviews about the essential oils in the formulation. Just to clarify in case anyone is curious there are only 2 oils in here: Meadowfoam Seed Oil which is a non-phototoxic carrier oil and Lemongrass oil which is an essential oil although not a phototoxic one either, and therefore no reason to be concerned about, unless one is allergic to them specifically. Being the beauty product junkie that I am, this has gone to the back of the (very long) line as I try the next bunch of products. If and when it does eventually get used up I would repurchase this without a hesitation based on my results using approximately half the bottle. One of the very best corrective serums I've tried so far!


Selena x



~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I'm constantly trying out new stuff all the time - usually sample/trial sizes from e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. Thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation/Anti-Ageing: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Aveda' - Purifying Gel Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


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Mascara -wet n wild -Get the Skinny Mascara - Waterproof

on 7/16/2018 5:36:00 PM

Let me begin by stating that I don't understand the love for big, fluffy mascara wands. They don't do a great job of separating and coating every lash, at least not for me. I have fair and fine lash hairs, so skinny wands really help me coat each lash, which this mascara claims to do. It really does! My lashes were darkened, lengthened and had a bit more volume. The best part was they also stayed noticeably lifted and defined. I wore the waterproof version on a hot and humid day where I was dripping in sweat outside. The mascara did not flake or become messy. I'm a contact lens wearer, and I had no problem with any eye irritation. The best part is I got two tubes for $7.50 at Walgreen's because the brand was buy one get one 1/2 off. That's amazing considering the high price of drugstore mascaras these days. I'm excited about this find and hope other people will like it so they keep making it!

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Lipstick -Sephora -Cream Lip Stain (All Shades)

on 7/16/2018 5:35:00 PM

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I have the colour Always Red, and it is a bright, exact red colour. It's easy to apply, feels dry and powdery, and doesn't transfer from the start! I don't particularly like the chemical smell, but it doesn't last very long.

Although it claims to wear all day, I did need to touch up my inner lips around the 3-4 hour mark. It's easy to touch up on the go. Not too sure why they call it a stain, because it leaves no stain behind.

It gets drier throughout the day, which makes it slightly uncomfortable, but it stays so secure with 0 transfer. I would love to try more colours in the future!


Palettes -Urban Decay -NAKED

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Back in the days this was the first palette I ever purchased for myself and I still have this. Firstly the colors are stunning and these are strong pigments which is exactly what I was looking for. However most of the colors are very shimmery and not subtle enough for day use (I can only see me pulling off the 2 mattes in the palette if applying before a day at the office). One of the downsides is the fallout can be pretty bad with these. Not only would I end up with powder on my face, but on my top too - which would be great IF I was trying to get the dress to match my face! On the plus side though: no creasing at all, even if not using a primer beforehand. The colors are very pigmented and a little goes a long way and I do find the brush and mirror which are both part of the palette really handy when travelling and don't have enough room to carry separate ones. Have read about some others' experiences of it opening but luckily never once happened to me so far.


Selena x



~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I'm constantly trying out new stuff all the time - usually sample/trial sizes from e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. Thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation/Anti-Ageing: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Aveda' - Purifying Gel Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Mascara -BeneFit Cosmetics -Roller Lash

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I HATE this mascara! It's awful I don't understand the people who give it good reviews.
Clumpy, not volumising or particularly curling at all. Also sometimes seems to never dry?! Yuck.
Thank god I only bought the small size.

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Fragrances -Stella McCartney -Stella - Eau de Toilette

on 7/16/2018 5:25:00 PM

Although MUA's picture here isn't correct for this product, I am reviewing Stella Eau de Toilette. This scent is very boring to me, a very single note fragrance when first sprayed and there is nothing complex about it. This could be a good thing since it has absolutely no staying power. 2 sprays are gone within an hour. Who wants to spend decent money on a fragrance that doesn't last? It seems to me, this may be the 'norm' for many new fragrances today - the makers rush to get any thing new out to market quickly; this is certainly not a mark of a good fragrance made with quality ingredients.


Eyes -Ardell -Magnetic Lashes - Double Wispies

on 7/16/2018 5:12:00 PM

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Magnetic lashes have been a colossal disappointment so far, and these Ardell Double Wispies are no exception. These are $17 Canadian which is sooo expensive for lashes. I picked this style because it was the only style I could buy where I live in Canada.

They are tough to apply, even if you cut them down. It's so hard to place them close to your lash line in a way that looks natural. From a far away distance they look ok, but from any side angle, if you look down, they look so fake.

Because they are two strips of Wispies, they look so dark and full in a very unnatural way. I love a single Wispie lash, but these look like a joke!

I am hopeful that one day someone will invent magnetic lashes that are amazing and comfortable to wear, but we are not there yet. Stick with the glue, girls!



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