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Treatments (Face) -Unlisted Brand -Differin Acne Treatment Gel

on 12/14/2017 1:25:00 AM


I used this product for 10 months. It had no effect on breakouts or blackheads (however, I don't suffer from severe symptoms; I'm just chasing that unicorn of "perfect" skin). Differin did give me an "orange peel" texture on my forehead and cheek area, which still hasn't completely gone away. I will not purchase simply because it was an extra step in my routine that did nothing beneficial for me, unfortunately.

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Polishes -Essie -Plumberry

on 12/14/2017 1:20:00 AM


Amazing red creme that looks like it should be basic but is actually quite special. It looks a little dull and unpromising in the bottle because of the plummy undertones (hence, probably, the name), but on my hands turns into a complex red that defies categorization. It’s too velvety and ripe to be merely a bright, but too glowingly juicy to be ever described as vampy. Too red to be really seen as any other color, but has enough pink in it to be modern and avoid a too-literal retro vibe.

It’s both youthful and sophisticated at the same time. I think the purple undertones make this shade especially suited for skin with yellow overtones but cool-to-neutral undertones... and no, it’s not just Asians and light-skinned POC who have this kind of skin, I’ve seen it in a lot of pale blondes and redheads as well.

Application is good... Essie shades have rarely given me trouble, but this is on the smooth and velvety side even for Essie. Quite opaque at two coats, though it builds beautifully to three. Lasting power is also good, especially with a good top and base coat... I’ve seen the reviews that say this chips more than other creme nail polishes, but I don’t think that’s been the case for me. I also like that this comes in the old bottle with the “essie” mark embossed into the glass, rather than printed on.

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Polishes -OPI -Royal Rajah Ruby

on 12/14/2017 12:38:00 AM


I would buy this forever if I could, so curses on OPI for dc’ing this!

A beautiful vampy deep chocolate red, lit with a thread of shimmer like Dorothy’s ruby slippers. In regular lighting, the shimmer adds depth to what is normally a dark and often dreary color, making it feel special. In bright sun, especially glaring, low-angled winter sun like we frequently get this time of year, the ruby lights catch fire and blaze spectacularly.

I initially bought this expecting a red-burgundy color, but it definitely isn’t. It reads more like a dark than anything else, so if you’re going to be disappointed by that, don’t waste your time buying this. Leave more for me.

The brush is too thick for my liking (sure, it’s easier to apply streak-free, but it results in a much messier look around the cuticles that’s more troublesome to clean up, and the width of the brush dwarfs my pinkie and ring fingernails) but that’s just OPI for you. One of OPI’s smoother formulas, especially for something with shimmer in it. But the color, oh the color...

I’ve been on the hunt for a dupe, and the best ones seem to be Chanel Malice and Deborah Lippmann Bitches Brew. But considering that A) both are phenomenally more expensive and B) at least the Chanel is also limited edition, it would be stupid to consider replacing an unattainable polish with one that is just as unattainable and ruinously expensive to boot (Malice goes for upwards of a hundred bucks per bottle now on eBay, if you can even find it anymore), I guess I’ll just have to nurse this bottle that I have and cry.

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Polishes -Zoya -Jane

on 12/13/2017 11:45:00 PM

I've been looking for the right "my nails but better" polish for years, and while I've not called off my search by any means, I'm pretty happy with this one and I could use it forever. Zoya applies beautifully for me (far superior to Essie or OPI or even Chanel), they don't discontinue their products nearly so frequently, and I love the shape of the bottle.

As for the reasons why I love this particular shade... I see a lot of complaints about how sheer / boring this is, but to them I would say, if you're looking for a nail color with good opacity / coverage, or a more exciting finish / color, you're really barking up the wrong tree. It's intentionally sheer, that's how it was made to look in the first place, and there's nothing stopping you from going for a true-to-bottle look with this, but again, that's not what it was made for. What it's really for is a french-mani-in-a-bottle, which I like because I'm attracted to the idea of French manicures but usually hate how they look in person. Zoya Jane adds a veil-like effect (like a sheer layer of chiffon / illusion over skin) over the main nail, while making the nail tips and half-moon appear cleaner and softly white (not glaringly, artificially white). It blurs the boundaries between the pinks and the whites in the nail and makes the separation look less harsh, while at the same time making the differences between the colors more distinct.

I apply two coats, as one is too streaky even with the best of application skills. Two is still a little bit streaky, but I'm willing to live with it because Zoya polishes apply beautifully, and the unobtrusive color (on my skintone, obviously) means that no cleanup is required even if you get it on the cuticles or surrounding skin. With this kind of color, it's more about the overall effect than nitpicking the details anyway. You do have to be good about cleaning out dirt from under the fingernails, and it still looks bad if you flood the cuticles. But overall, this is my favorite color to wear when I don't want to go without polish, but still want a break from my usual reds and darks.

A tip for people who have had trouble in the past with these milky nude sheer shades a la Essie Mademoiselle: I recently found the problem comes in large part from the color of my nail bed, which has a perpetual blue tinge, especially toward the base. With sheerish polishes like this, it makes the white tint pick up on the cyanotic color, so the end result is somewhat corpselike. My solution is to use a base coat with a slight warm tint, and it makes polishes like this look peachier and more flattering.

A lot of it also comes down to your general skin tone... a big reason why so many of these nude polishes exist, even though they're all basically the same concept, is because the color needs to be so finely tuned to your undertones. I have strong yellow overtones, but below that my skin is fairly light and not colored, so a barely peach-kissed neutral whitish shade like Jane works well. If you have tawnier skin, you will want a more peachy, golden, or richer shade (often in a more opaque finish) for the same effect, like OPI Samoan Sands. If you have more pink / flushed undertones, even if your overtones are different, you might want to go for a more strongly rosy sheer, like Chanel Tendresse or Essie Sugar Daddy (god, that name makes me cringe, but it's a nice color) or Essie Not Just a Pretty Face (for a slightly darker, slightly less translucent version).

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Stick -Maybelline -Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Stick

on 12/13/2017 11:26:00 PM


I tried this until there was none left. This foundation washed me out and made my skin weird and oily near the nose and under eyes area (think big pores) which is the opposite of what it says it does and left me dry and patchy around the chin and temples. Not a fan :(

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Cleansers -Kiehl's -Ultra Facial Cleanser

on 12/13/2017 11:25:00 PM


I tried this cleanser only Bc someone had left it in a hotel I was staying in & so I used it just to see how it was & I wasn't impressed with it despite it being a Paula's pick for best cleanser! the texture is very thick & gluey which I didn't like it takes some effort therefore to actually make it foam up & despite having some oils in it after rinsing it still left my skin kinda dry it did rinse off fairly clean but it did make me feel dry ! the texture of this wash reminds me of the oil of Olay sensitive face wash in a pump I had used many decades ago! & I check the price for this! It's expensive! I would never buy this stuff

Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

on 12/13/2017 11:14:00 PM


Have had mild rosacea since I cld remember. Bought it via Hush app after reading reviews here and over at SkincareAddiction thread in Reddit. As soon as the product arrived, I eagerly dabbed it into my cheeks, nose, and chin. A few hours later, the redness actually went away. I would say about 80 percent gone. So grateful I found this info from you all! Yes it stings or burns a bit but it goes away after a few minutes. A must for those who struggle with mild rosacea!

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Top/Base Coats -Orly -Glosser

on 12/13/2017 10:45:00 PM


It's similar to every other top coat I've used (other than CND, but I've already made it clear in my review for that product how intensely I hate it), but marginally outperforms all of them on all counts, which is usually the best you can ask for in the world of beauty.

It's thin, but easy to apply and self-levels nicely. For a formula that isn't SUPPOSED to be quick-drying, it dries fairly quickly (enough so I can wash my hands and start doing household chores REALLY CAREFULLY within half an hour of application without messing up the manicure... this is important to me because I don't like to do the jazz hands / T-rex hands thing for too long) and hardens really nicely too so that what you see with the just-completed manicure is more or less what you get for the rest of the life of that manicure. And it does seem to help the longevity of the manicure too... a few extra chip-free days, and an extra 5 days or so before the manicure has to be redone all over again.

All in all, a solid purchase. I find this well worth the modest (for me, at least, at this time in my life) price increase over the average generic drugstore topcoat, and find it hard to imagine a really expensive top coat being significantly better than this.

Masks -Andalou Naturals -Instant Lift & Firm Hydro Serum Facial Mask

on 12/13/2017 10:43:00 PM


Absolutely love this, I swear by this for hydration. My mom and sister love it too. I always keep a stock of them now and use them weekly. I wear them while I fall asleep and wake up glowing. Even my husband said so — without my prompting!

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Top/Base Coats -Creative Nail Design -Super Shiney High Gloss Top Coat

on 12/13/2017 10:31:00 PM


I tried this because an acquaintance swears by it, but for me it's a nightmare. I get that it's popular because it's nice and thick and gives a really plush glassy shine, but on the flip side, this "my fingertips look like Venetian glass" effect requires the topcoat to be thick, and that is what makes this coat so awful for me, despite that obvious benefit.

For starters, the formula is so gloopy and thick, that it takes FOREVER to dry. And I really do mean forever. When I give myself manicures, it's usually around 3 hours before bedtime. I go to bed feeling satisfied and great with the way my nails look, and three hours should be enough for the nail polish to be dry, right? But then why do I wake up time with the pillowcase fabric stamped into my nails? This never happens with any other topcoat I use, with any polish ever. The only solution is to cover the marks with more topcoat, but that's like borrowing money from a loan shark to repay a bank loan: it's a terrible idea, and it only makes the problem worse.

But then for being such a slow dryer, it manages to start setting EXTREMELY fast. Because the formula is so thick, I have to assiduously remove extra polish from the brush, which causes the brush to stick to the polish and drag on the nail when you apply, which actually sometimes results in a previously applied coat COMING OFF and dissolving into the top coat. And since it has almost NO self-leveling function I end up with not just ridges but bumps and DIMPLES in my manicure when I use this, especially on my right hand where I have trouble with application in the first place. If I try to leave just a little more polish on the nail, to prevent this, I more than not end up depositing a giant glob on the nail that not only floods my cuticles (resulting in that unsightly cuticle-ridge, assuming I manage to fix this and don't have to redo the entire nail over from scratch), but often the entire tip of the finger, dissolving the nail color and taking it into the neighboring skin. Like, I know everything about manicures takes practice, especially judging the amount of polish on the brush at any given time, but this is ridiculous, especially as I've been giving myself manicures for years and I've never had this much trouble with any nail varnish, whether color or top or base coat.

So yeah, thick topcoats suck. Like I said, this does give a lovely glassy finish if you manage to use it correctly (though the shine isn't particularly long-lasting, I've found... it gets dull SURPRISINGLY fast for something with a finish like that) and if you prefer to work with thick formulas, it may be more of a positive for you than a minus. But as for me, nuh uh. I'd rather forego topcoat entirely than use this, thank you.

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