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Hair -Macadamia Natural Oil -Deep Repair Masque

on 6/17/2018 2:15:00 PM

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I have not bought the full-size container of the mask, but rather used a few 'packs' of the mask they have for $3 at Sally's. Overall, I find it a very thick, rich leave-in conditioner that gives my hair excellent slip after washing out. It also smells nice, but not too strong, and doesn't linger on the hair for too long. I typically use this mask 1-2x a week and leave it on the bottom half of my hair for about 5-7 minutes before rinsing. However, after rinsing it off and drying my hair, I haven't found a HUGE difference in the quality and hydration of my hair. Yes, it appears to be a little less dry, but it doesn't feel much softer than it would after using my normal condition (which is awesome, btw).
Of course, this could be from a variety of factors (sleeping on damp hair, using a coarse towel, drying methods), but overall, this masque is great to give your hair a little pick-me-up after a long week.

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Hair -Matrix -Biolage exquisite oil

on 6/17/2018 2:07:00 PM

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Overall, disregarding the OK ingredients list (lots of 'cones here), this oil is a very nice product for hair that's dry at the ends or just needs an extra pick-me-up.

Pros:
- The scent is very rich, luxurious, and doesn't linger too long on the hair.
- I usually apply this oil to the bottom 1/3rd of my hair when it's 75% dry after washing (1-2 pumps as I have elbow-length hair). When my hair dries, it's super shiny, soft, and moveable. I also apply a small amount to the tips on dry hair when it feels coarse or dehydrated.
- The pump packaging makes the product very easy to dispense.

Cons:
- The oil is heavy, so less is always more when it comes to applying.
- It can stick on hands in a film that has to be rubbed off after applying.
- For the volume of product, it's a bit small for the price ($18-22)

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Powder -MAC -Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

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My skin type: I really hate wearing and applying makeup because it always looks unnatural and I also can not find a foundation that matches me well. On top of that, I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin. Even things that are marketed for sensitive skin will leave actual burn marks on my skin.

How I wear it: This powder is amazing! I wear it alone as a foundation. If I need extra coverage in places, I will use the pad that comes with it for those areas, and then finish off with a regular powder brush for the rest of my face. I do get oily towards the end of the day, but I do have very oily skin, and I don't wear a primer. If I wore a primer, I could see this last all day no problem!

Coverage: This powder is Light/medium coverage and while you can definitely tell something is there, it is not cakey at all and looks about as natural as you can get! This powder does a really good job of covering redness, veins on my eyelids, and evening out my skin tone, but you will definitely need some extra coverage on zits or acne because it doesn't cover that.

How much product you get: While this powder is more pricey, it last a long time, especially if you are a minimal makeup wearer like I am! I wear makeup 2-3 times a week and I have had this powder for about 3.5 months.

I will for sure repurchase when I run out!

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Blush -NYX Professional Makeup -HD Blush

on 6/17/2018 1:48:00 PM

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I really like this blush. I have the shade Soft Spoken - peachy tones are my favorite. It has a subtle sheen which I like and it applies very smoothly. It is powdery as others have said, but that doesn’t bother me. Really nice, affordable product.

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Cleansers -Bobbi Brown -Cleansing Oil

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What it is: Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil ($44 for 6.7 oz); available at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bluemercury and Sephora.

What it does: Same as the others; a cleanse or pre-cleanse for your evening routine to remove make-up before you deep clean.

Why I bought it: This was my first interaction with cleansing oils. I bought it for nights when I wanted to do a quick cleanse, but not my more elaborate routine (or what I considered elaborate at the time). I know better than to leave make-up on when you go to bed, but there's no reason we can't make it a little easier. This was also well before make-up wipes were mainstream.

Pros: By far the most cost-effective on my list, this is a decent cleansing oil. Perhaps not my favorite, but not for anything negative. I just enjoy the texture and scent of some of the others more. This is a thinner formula, so it can spread in your hand quickly when you dispense it; I also feel like that makes me use more to get a nice emolient texture going on my face. I have also gotten this in a travel mini, so that makes is better for taking on the go or for trying out which is helpful.

Cons: As I said, for me it's a little too thin; I prefer the thicker textures these days. Ultimately the cons for most of these are going to come down to preference once you've tried a few. Some are more emollient than others, but they all work generally the same.

Will I buy it again: If i were in a pinch and it was the only one accessible? Sure; I might even buy the travel mini again just to have the bottle to decant to. If I have access to others on this list, would I buy this one again? Not likely, but only because I love others more.

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Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand -Dickinson's Witch Hazel

on 6/17/2018 1:39:00 PM

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Having used Thayers and Dickinsons witch hazel products (respectively) for the last 3 years, I've figured out that Dickinsons provided a more concentrated, simple formula for a far cheaper price than Thayers and overall worked better for my combination/oily skin. After cleansing, I usually put a few drops on a cotton pad and pat it around my face (particularly around my oily T-zone). Yes, the product smells very strong (it's the scent of pure witch-hazel, guys) but it doesn't linger on the face.

However, this toner IS NOT for EVERYBODY. I would NOT recommend this product for those with very sensitive, dry skin, as the toner can invoke stinging and irritation. It also stings like hell if you accidentally get it into your eyes or in a cut/scrape on your face. The 14% alcohol is the obvious culprit, with its drying properties, but I found that it helps with some of my oil problems. If the toner is still too potent, as it can be during my drier winter months, diluting the formula and adding a little bit of sweet almond oil or rose-hip oil will do the trick.

All in all, this product has a great value for the price and provides a potent product, no-nonsense product.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil

on 6/17/2018 1:38:00 PM

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Borage seed oil's claim to fame is its unusually high concentration of gamma-linolenic oil, an essential fatty acid that has natural anti-inflammatory properties. This oil is nourishing, soothing, emollient, and protective. It is especially suitable for sensitive, dry, and/or irritated skin, including skin suffering from eczema or psoriasis.

The Ordinary's 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil is RICH and THICK. This is not a good choice if you're looking for something that will absorb quickly or can't tolerate a heavy, stereotypically "greasy" feel. It is extremely slippery (and quite tenacious in sitting on top of the skin, at least for me) and would be great for facial massage.

My favorite way to use it is as a protective and conditioning skin treatment in the shower or bath. I have naturally very dry skin and mild rosacea. To be frank, even water can be problematic for my skin, and to make matters worse, I happen to love long hot showers and baths. I'll emerge looking like a cooked lobster with my skin screaming bloody murder... but not when I apply a generous coating of this oil first. I spread a dropperful across my face and hop in, and then at the end of my shower or bath, I massage the oil into my skin. As I mentioned, this is not a fast absorbing oil, and my skin doesn't really absorb products well to begin with, but the steamy environment + damp skin = able to massage in and really get the benefits of this oil. I believe adding this oil into my routine has resulted in healthier (and happier) skin.

A total beauty bargain at $4.20 for 30ml of pure borage seed oil. According to The Ordinary, the oil is sustainably sourced, organic, and cold-pressed.

As always, YMMV. That said, I would definitely not skip a patch test if your skin is clog prone (mine is not). A quick Google search yielded a comedogenic rating of 2 and suggested that borage seed oil's anti-inflammatory properties can help fight acne. Still, the consistency alone makes me think you would want to proceed with caution.

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Concealers -Becca -Undereye Brightening Corrector

on 6/17/2018 1:16:00 PM

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I use this under eye corrector over my moisturizer and immediately apply my concealer because I don't won't it to dry out and create creases. I want a dewy looking undereye so I don't even powder and it lasts all day long. Also, I use it on a scar under my chin to help with the redness and make the concealer last much longer. It's a wonderful product and I'll be repurchasing this again.

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Liquid -Revlon -ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex SPF 6 for Combination/Oily Skin

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I wanted to leave this review to help anyone who suffers from acne in deciding to use this foundation or not. My skin type is combination but tends to be more dry when I use foundation even though I moisturize so my skin tends toward the dry side. I had also tried the combination version of this makeup but found it to be drying. I tend to get acne on my chin area as well as forehead but this foundation made my acne worse and my skin developed clogged pores all over.

This foundation was amazing for the first month or so I used it and it did not make my skin oily but it also did not dry out my skin. If you are not acne prone and are looking for a good foundation for dry skin I do recommend this but would also say to moisturize and use a primer beforehand. It does stay on extremely well and blends well. I also found the color to be perfect. It feels good as far as moisture is concerned.

Although it does give good coverage and looks good after awhile it made my skin break out terribly and develop cystic acne on my chin. I know it was this product because I did not change anything else and also once I stopped using it it did get somewhat better.
If you have dry skin but are acne prone I would not recommend this because it will cause pores to clog and acne to form. I think it partially is because of its long lasting power but overall I do not recommend this for anyone slightly prone to acne.


Cleansers -CeraVe -Foaming Facial Cleanser

on 6/17/2018 1:10:00 PM

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This has been my go-to daily cleanser for almost two years and it has never failed to impress me. I have combination skin (a little on the oilier side during spring/summer and dryer in winter). Contrary to its name, the cleanser doesn't 'foam' up as much as a hand soap would (which is good news for us with normal/drier skin), but it still washes away any makeup residue or excess gunk on your face completely. After leaving it on for 5-10 seconds and rinsing it off, I can feel the natural oil barrier of my skin staying intact, thus eliminating the 'tightness' that often follows a harsher cleanser that strips away ALL oil. Being fragrance-free is also a HUGE plus and although it runs $10-$12 in my area, it lasts a super long time. Would definitely recommend for oily/combination skin!

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