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Lipstick -Besame -Enchanting Lipstick in Portrait Pink

on 7/16/2018 11:44:00 AM


I so wanted to love this! The colour is so so pretty and works so well for me! I have difficulty finding good pinks, the majority will lean either too mauvy to the point of looking dated, or too orange, or too neon pink. This shade is that perfect tone.. or so I thought. The problem I find is if I apply a swipe too much, the pigment separates in a very weird way. On the surface, it looks fine and as expected, but underneath the top layer, it stains the lips this annoying bright neon-y pink! So, the wear and fading is very uneven -- once the top layer starts wearing off, that awful pink starts peaking through until the top wears off completely and the lips look stained with that nasty pink in the end. I inspected the lipstick itself closely thinking maybe I got a dud, and maybe I did.. The lipstick bullet has tiny specks of that bright pink in it, so idk if it's just a bad batch with the pigment not properly blended, or what. For that reason I give it three lippies, but if this is just how this lipstick generally is, then it's not even worth two. Especially for the price. Now I try to apply the thinnest layer possible which seems to aid this weird separation somewhat, but I would still have to reapply during the day, and the more I reapply the more it separates..

Will not risk it repurchasing even though the shade is very pretty and overall wear is fine.

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Sunscreen -bareMinerals -Prep Step Mineral Shield SPF50

on 7/16/2018 11:34:00 AM


This sunscreen is nice enough, but it's too greasy for oily skin. It doesn't feel nice when you apply it, because it feels oily, surpisingly enough, it looks alright under makeup, but I feel like it reduces the foundation wear time and the skin ends up looking extre greasy at the end of the day.

On the plus side, it protects well and does not break me out.

Treatments (Face) -Mad Hippie -Vitamin C Serum

on 7/16/2018 11:03:00 AM


I've used several C serums over the years, my previous brand ran out and i didn't want to wait for shipping. I picked this up at a vitamin store for around $30, so price wise its a about middle of the road. I've been using Mad Hippie for almost three weeks now, and my complexion does seem brighter, and skin is smoother. The texture of this particular brand is a bit different, it's very silky, yet absorbs quickly. This also contains Konjac root and hyaluronic acid. I'm not really sure what the Konjac root is supposed to do, but hyaluronic acid is always a plus in skin care. I apply 4-5 drops every morning after I wake up and smooth it over mt forehead, cheeks, chin, and under eye area. I believe this is fragrance free as well, another plus especially if you have sensitive skin. Smart packaging with a pipette dropper, and dark glass bottle to preserve the actives. I would repurchase, works well, can be bought in stores, and is less expensive than some other brands.

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Deodorants -Crystal -Crystal Body Deodorant Stick

on 7/16/2018 9:41:00 AM


This stuff is awesome, especially if you are looking for something that has no scent (ie for hiking in bear country).

I had tried this years ago and can't remember why I gave up. But recently, my husband and teen daughter were going on a multi-day hike in bear country and I was looking for a deodorant that was unscented. Many backpacking review sites and forums mentioned this product, so I got them travel sizes and hoped for the best. The key is to put a small amount of water on the rock or apply to damp underarms.

Much to my surprise, they came home after almost a week and their clothes had no odour. Nothing. Usually, my husband is pretty stinky with activity so this was definitely the product working, under extreme conditions (hot, no shower or bathing, etc).

I have since moved the entire family to this product. It works on all of us, from tweets to adults, regardless of activity. It does sting a tiny bit after I shave my underarms, but nothing unbearable. My tween with sensitive skin has been very impressed as traditional antiperspirant and deodorant make her underarms itchy and this doesn't.

I've been putting it on right after I shower, without drying off my underarms. If I am rushed getting ready, I use a blow dryer on cool but mostly don't have to bother. This product doesn't leave residue or marks on clothing.

My next step is to get the spray so my daughters can put it on their feet before dance (nothing reeks quite as much as pointe shoes!).

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Liquid -Charlotte Tilbury -Magic Foundation

on 7/16/2018 8:51:00 AM


It’s worst thing I ever try, it’s heavy , settle in fine lines and pores and it’s burn my eyes and face when I apply it. Look like cheap fondations ! And really hard to blend. I don’t like it at all its useless.

Concealers -Urban Decay -All Nighter Waterproof Full-Coverage Concealer


lasts all day (including snorkeling and gym workouts), I also have a bad habit of touching my oily skin, but the concealer doesn't budge
very full coverage, covers all my acne and redness
Oxidises a lot, I bought a shade that matched in store, but by the time I returned home it was a lot darker than my foundation, so I exchanged for the lighter shade which is a bit too light for me now, so make sure to swatch it and keep for a couple of hours before buying.
is very drying, not good as an under eye concealer
can be hard to blend out

Sunscreen -COTZ -Flawless Complexion SPF 50

on 7/16/2018 8:16:00 AM


The tint is a neutral fair compared to other tinted sunscreens that tend to be pink/orange and too dark. It does not oxidize on my face or catch and look bad on dry bits. It doesn't dry down to be matte, so I powder it. Good protection, no obvious color, no irritation, no zits, doesn't dry my skin out. So far, it's a winner (I've been using it a few weeks). I'll likely repurchase this as a good sunscreen is essential to not looking haggard. For reference, I am fair, dry-ish skin but have to blot the t-zone mid-day. In my 50s.

To compare, the Bare Minerals light tinted primer with SPF 30 is much darker (probably a good match for medium skin tones) and catches like crazy on dry bits. I'll use the BM up but not repurchase.

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Mascara -Too Faced -Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara


I dont know why other people said it smudged, i found it lasts all day (including snorkling, surfing and skiing), without smearing. Very good, makes my lashes look a lot longer and thicker. Can be clumpy if too much is applied, but I just use a clean eyebrow spoolie and run it over my lashes a couple of times and it removes the clumps, for a more natural look.

Mascara -Too Faced -Better Than Sex Mascara


Very good, makes my lashes look a lot longer and thicker. Can be clumpy if too much is applied, but I just use a clean eyebrow spoolie and run it over my lashes a couple of times and it removes the clumps, for a more natural look.

Fragrances -Elizabeth Arden -Britney Spears - Private Show

on 7/16/2018 7:58:00 AM

I'm a jasmine sambac (Arabian jasmine - also known as pikake and sampaguita) enthusiast. I grow my own for tea and homemade bath treats. I also seek it out in perfumes, and 95% of those perfumes are a grand slam with me. Favorites include BPAL Manila, Alien, and Armani Code PF. This becomes significant later on; bear with me.

Private Show is a milky, creamy, not-overly-sweet gourmand fragrance. Imagine 2/3 cream and 1/3 condensed milk, without the can, and with a brushstroke of white chocolate. The way the light but heady white florals intermingle with the milkiness at the top is truly delightful; the long lasting drydown (about 10 hours on me) is just that fresh creamy goodness. Private Show stays close to the skin, so I can really douse myself in it (and I do); it lingers forever if I spray a scarf. An excellent gourmand for people who have trouble with gourmands.

After blowing through my first bottle of EDT in about two months (unheard of), I went online to order more...and discovered that jasmine sambac is one of the notes. That explains why it smells like it's made just for me. It's hard to find really nice fragrances like this at such a low price point (~$20/1 oz.), so I'll be double stocking.

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