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Lip Gloss -Wet 'n' Wild -Mega Slicks Lip Gloss - Sun Glaze

on 3/20/2018 4:46:00 PM


This is a warm, frosted light nude peach. My lips are very pigmented, but three coats gives a beautiful (dare I say angelic?) sun kissed look that's true to the shade name. I actually appreciate the sheerness, in this case, since it makes the frost wearable for me. The texture is fairly thin, and not sticky, with a slightly perfume-y candy scent; I don't like the perfume-y-ness, but I can deal with it for the results. Definitely a steal for a bit less than US$2.

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Eye Primer -Milani -Eyeshadow Primer

on 3/20/2018 4:29:00 PM


Price is about $6.00

I've gone through several tubes of this because I always go back to it. I think it's better or just as good as UD Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Benefit Don't Stray, Smashbox Photo Finish, MAC Paint Pots( horrible on me used as primer). Every other drugstore brand has been a disappointment but I do also like Ulta's Matte Eye Primer. It's around $10.00 but I catch it on sale when ULTA has a sale but Milani is my first choice.

I don't have oily lids, they are on the dry side. This applies easily and never irritates or dries my lids out. I always apply a light dusting of translucent powder or a white or very light shadow over it before applying my shadows. I use primer every day and a tube lasts me about 4 months. It doesn't crease and my shadows last all day and well into the night. It won't hide veins or darkness if you have those on your lids, but most others don't either and ones that do dry my lids out and crease or cause my shadow to look crepey.

Here is the con... as SOME, NOT ALL, tubes gets about 75% empty it can separate. Not usually, but some tubes do. So when you squeeze it oil will come out then the product. Once it begins to get low, if I squeeze the tube it mixes it back together but I do find this an annoying problem but it doesn't happen with every tube. If you shake the tube well once in a while it does help also alternating by storing it upside down then right side up. I don't find this a reason to stop buying it because it's cheap and it works really well for my lids.

Description from the website:

Intensify the color of your favorite eyeshadow and increase its wear from day into night by adding the lightweight, crease-proof Eyeshadow Primer to your beauty arsenal. It goes on nude and dries invisibly; you’ll know it’s working by the professional and smooth look of your eyeshadow. Eyeshadow Primer is the perfect base for your flawless style.

Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Mica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Trihydroxystearin, Polyethylene, Triethylhexanoin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Phenoxyethanol, Water (Aqua), PEG-40 Stearate, Synthetic Beeswax, Propylene Carbonate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Algae Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Methylparaben, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Xanthan Gum, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

shadows don't crease
lasts all day and into the night
does not dry out lids
excellent price at 6.00

Some tubes will separate when the product gets low in the tube

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Hair Color -Clairol -Nice n' Easy -new formula

on 3/20/2018 4:29:00 PM


I have been using Nice and Easy for 30 plus years. I love this new formula. My hair is smooth, soft, and shiny. It is the best it has looked in years. The conditioner is also fantastic. Is it sold seperately??

Polishes -China Glaze -Moment in the Sunset

on 3/20/2018 4:28:00 PM

I'm a big fan of China Glaze, which makes my disappointment with this polish that much worse. It's a gorgeous light salmon pink with gold shimmer. The colour is truly beautiful.

The formula, however, is terrible. I've been wearing nail polish for forty years or so (yikes!) and I've rarely experienced a formula this bad for bubbles. Ugh! I've tried wearing this polish on several occasions, and no matter what, I get bubbles. I know how to apply polish, I know steps to take to reduce bubbling, and yet no matter what, at least a couple of nails have bubbles, and since this is a shimmer, they show like crazy and completely ruin the look. I tried putting on base coat and waiting until the next day to apply this. I tried putting the coats of polish on quickly, I tried letting the first coat dry for up to an hour before the second, but no matter what, the second coat produces at least a few bubbles on at least a couple of nails. Frankly, it's damned annoying.

I want to wear this polish, I want to figure out a way to make it work, but I'm about at the end of my patience, and I'm super disappointed with China Glaze on this one. If I was a nail polish newbie, I might think it was me, but with 400+ polishes in my current collection and 35+ years of nail polish experience, I have to say it's the formula. Maybe I just got a bad batch or something, I don't know, but I don't think I'll even be putting this in my "destash" box. This is probably going to go directly in the garbage so I don't inflict it on anyone else.

Only use I can think of for this is a pedicure, because flaws and imperfections like bubbles are less likely to show on toenails, but even then, I don't know if I can be bothered to try.

What happened here, China Glaze?

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Eyeliner -Unlisted Brand -Absolute New York - Nano Liner Ultra Fine Precision Liquid Liner

on 3/20/2018 4:19:00 PM

Bought this for 10$. I usually buy kat Von D tattoo liner but it,s expensive (22$) and can only be bought at Sephora.
This is a very good eyeliner. Applies easily, stays on forever even when you have watery inner corners like me...LOL
Only thing is that it is very thin so if you want to do a thicker cat eye you have to work a little harder but its ok for me.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Treatments (Face) -Supergoop! -Defense Refresh Setting Mist

on 3/20/2018 4:12:00 PM


This made my sensitive skin sting and burn. I think the heavy sunscreen might be a factor, but I ended up scratching so much that my makeup came off. I don't think I'd try to use it again.

Lipstick -Boots -CYO Cosmetics Two-Tone Twist Ombre Lipstick

on 3/20/2018 3:52:00 PM


This ELF rival brand is now offered MOSTLY online, but they do have it in some select Walgreens (and probably Boots Stores in UK).

The brand is "CYO Cosmetics" and the duo ombre is two colors in one lipstick, which is a cool block shape. These retail for $5 USD.

They are:
- scentless
- packaged simply in chic clear packaging
- SO creamy without being slippy.
- They have great staying power.

I love and recommend this line; the 5 color options are uniquely versatile for most skin tones.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Nails -Essie -Treat, Love & Color in "Power Punch Pink"

on 3/20/2018 3:42:00 PM


This has an indescribable "nourishing" quality (it dries to a softer shine, but it looks like it does somehow "moisturize" your nails).

The claim from Essie is that it will serve all on its own, it does not require a base or top coat. It also is intended to be a treatment AND a color.
"Power Punch Pink" is described as carnation pink creme, which is accurate. Once applied, it seems to have a less opaque finish, and can be a tiny bit streaky.

Factors to consider:
Sheerness: it does apply less pigmented, and more sheer. Great for a "wash" of color with 1 coat. On coat 2 - at least for me - I had patchiness.

If you are looking for a classic creme finish, you might bet on 2-3 coats and definitely have your tools ready to fix any issues (NP remover, might even want to apply a base coat to see if that helps; I did not.)

The price: $10; that is slightly more than regular Essies, and less than the Gel Couture line ($1 in either direction :-)

Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand -Biossance Squalane + Mineral SPF 45

on 3/20/2018 3:28:00 PM


What the website claims:
"A clean, lightweight and non-greasy daily mineral facial sunscreen that protects skin from UVA/ UVB and infrared rays, while defending against environmental stressors. Plus, it makes the perfect primer for easy makeup application."

My experience:
My skin is normal/dry and I'm looking for new options for my daily wear sunscreen and Biossance's new mineral sunscreen promised to hydrate, protect, and wear like a primer. BULL. Okay, it hydrates. But this is not lightweight or non-greasy; it sits atop my skin like a sticky very white film that never sinks in. Yesterday I tried this under makeup, minimizing my moisturizer to accommodate this rich sunscreen. Whatever. I might as well have used drugstore Blue Lizard because this white mess caused my favorite foundation to look thick and cakey on my skin. And then after lunch I noticed that my blush and concealer disappeared and my foundation separated. This never happens to me with my other favorite sunscreens (Dr. Jart+ Every Sun Day UV Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is my current n/d skin favorite).

This sunscreen has no tint so the visible white cast remains after it supposedly sinks in.
Not ideal for daily wear without makeup.
Not ideal for daily wear with makeup.
Not ideal at all.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Cleansers -Skyn Iceland -Glacial Face Wash

on 3/20/2018 3:13:00 PM


This is a great cleanser especially if you have oily, acne-prone skin that is also sensitive. I love how this cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed and it also soothes my acne. Highly recommend!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

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