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Treatments (Eye) -Dior -Capture total 360 light-up open-up replenishing eye serum

on 7/14/2018 10:17:00 AM

AMAZING!!! This serum absorbs mega fast, brightens and tightens the eye contour on a whim. I do not know about the long-term benefits, but it does wonders for an instant boost effect. One (small) negative comment: pump dispenser would have been better/easier to use.

Eye Makeup Remover -Clean & Clear -Oil free Soothing Eye Makeup Remover [DISCONTINUED]

on 7/14/2018 9:31:00 AM


I only bought this because I ran out of my shoppers drug mart brand remover (which I'd bought when they were out of my favorite L'Oreal brand, and found the SDM to be very close for a lower price).

Begin my review with how I don't usually expect to have to read directions when buying an eye makeup remover - it should be apply, soak a few seconds, wipe off, done.

This stuff is shake first to blend magical emolients and diverse ingredients, wipe, wipe, wipe, amd then wash it off and still find makeup residue with the last few precious droplets of my SDM remover.

Then add on how I was expecting an OIL FREE remover to not only *be* oil-free, but not to feel oily either.
Silly me.

This product leaves a slippery residue around my eyes that definitely feels oily-to-the-touch on my face, which must be washed off.

Honestly if I wanted to have to rinse with warm water and work at getting off my mascara with a second product, I would stand at a sink with a facecloth and gentle soap to get it off, not spend 11 bucks for something that feels so much like oil it might as well be. Add that I use a makeup table away from a sink - I'm not returning to the days of a wash bowl and jug of water to get mascara off.

***Edit to add:
ALL THAT SAID, if you use baby oil to remove 24-hour wear lipstick, this product does it quicker, and more thoroughly. I discovered quite by accident - I use both sides of a large cotton pad and thought I was using the side with SDM remover to take lipstick from my upper lip that didn't go on just right - I ended up stripping it off completely with one swipe.

So I guess I will keep it after all, not for eyes but for lips.

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Brows -Kat Von D -24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade

on 7/14/2018 9:28:00 AM


As an avid user of pomade, I picked up the new Kat Von D pomade as soon as I could get my hands on it. One jar costs $19. I was very impressed with the shade range, as it covers most natural hair colors, except for naturally red hair, and a few fun colors like blue, green, pink, etc. The packaging for this product is very pretty and the color of the top also matches the product inside, which is particularly useful if you have multiple shades from this line. The product is very easy to apply, especially with the pomade brow brush that was released with the brow products line. This pomade is definitely waterproof, having tested it in the shower, and has held up more than 24 hours through sleep and sweat. The product does dry quickly, so I recommend keeping the cap on tight when it's not being used to make sure the product lasts for a long time.

One of the biggest questions people had upon the launch of this product was how it would compare to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. Anastasia's Dipbrow was my go-to for years. I will say that I prefer the Kat Von D packaging as they are color coded and seem to lock better, which will prevent the product from drying out. The Anastasia Dipbrow is cheaper, but only by a dollar, though this may vary depending on what country you live in. The Kat Von D pomade seems creamier than the Anastasia one, which seems thicker to me. I think that the Kat Von D pomade is easier to work with because of this, but this aspect of the product and how it works for the user will vary and is more of a personal preference than anything else. Ultimately you cannot go wrong with either product, but the Kat Von D one is currently my preferred pomade of the two. I would absolutely repurchase this brow product.

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Concealers -Catrice -Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer

on 7/14/2018 8:52:00 AM


For this price, I'm not complaining about this concealer for my undereye. It does not crease, lasts, and leaves a non-cakey finish under my eyes. Comparing with the Tarte Shape Tape and the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, this is less pigmented than those options, but it's awesome because it's still cheaper than your typical Maybelline and L'Oreal concealer (especially if you pick this up on sale).

Blends nicely
No creasing
No caking

Limited shade selection
Not super pigmented

The reason why one lippie is knocked off is because there are only three shades available (as of the date of this review). Would love to see darker shades in their collection.

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Eyeliner -Estee Lauder -Double Wear Stay in Place Eye Pencil

on 7/14/2018 8:44:00 AM


I’m on a fence about this pencil. I have it in shade 08 Pearl which is a warm-toned (champagne) pearl without any shimmer/glitter at all. The pencil has a quality soft silicone smudger at the end (with a cheap plastic cap covering it :P) with a slanted and rounded shape which actually is great and very handy. I wish I could find a separate tool just like that. So, all that is great. But it is this “gel/liquid pencil” formula which I totally hate for its texture. It has become so popular that it even gets hard to find “normal” non-gel pencils to the point when many brands carry only kajal/kohl pencils with a classic formula/texture - and they rarely go in a variety of shades. So, for me the gel formula of the pencil doesn’t work, and each time when I decide I could use some pearly accents in my eye makeup and I pick up the pencil from my stash I kinda cringe a bit. I’m definitely biased against the formula.
Longevity-wise it seems alright but not really special - but mine is a light pearl so doesn’t really show the fading/going patchy. I have no problem with removing it tracelessly with my mild organic foaming cleanser (unlike a MUFE gel pencil that I receved as a gift-with-purchase and totally hated). I’ve had it for 1,5 years and it hasn’t worsened a bit. 5 lippies for the packaging (that smudger!), normal department store price, 3 lippies for the texture ( personal bias alert).

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Makeup Brushes -Sigma -P80 Precision Flat

on 7/14/2018 8:44:00 AM


Spot conceal is something that takes the most time during my makeup routine. I have tried so many blending brushes for concealers, including eye blending brushes, concealer specific blending brushes, face brushes, etc. The problem that I have had with other brushes is that it sweeps away too much product and takes the pigment off the spots. With that said, sometimes pressing your finger into the spot works the best. However, I feel like too much product end up on my fingertips when I do that. This is where this brush solves my spot concealing problems.

Great quality, has not shed after a few washes
Flawless finish, doesn't streak or leave brush marks.

Expensive for a small brush

This brush gives me a flawless finish with spot concealing. I dab a tiny dot of highly pigmented concealer on the blemish. To keep the concealer locked in, I swirl and tap away some loose powder on the P80 brush before blending, then I stipple/pat the brush onto the spot to blend out harsh edges. I usually don't sweep or buff because that would take the product too far away from the spot itself. Other uses of this blush include blending foundation under my nose and hard to get areas where there is dispersed redness. While I prefer a bigger flat top kabuki for foundation in general, I could use this brush for foundation if I'm desperate (but it would take longer to blend everything out).

I picked this up on sale so I didn't pay near the retail price of $20.00. I would pay $20 for it, but they so on sale a lot, so don't pay full price for it.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -Ascorbic acid 8% and Alpha Arbuthnot 2%

on 7/14/2018 8:26:00 AM

In my never ending quest to conquer my melasma I have used countless serums, toners, lotions and creams that claim to brighten, fade, lighten the brown patches on my cheeks and upper lip only to see them continue to spread and darken. In the last year I strictly used La praire and Skinceauticals in my effort to erase them. I was spending about $800 every 3 months for very minimal results. However, 2 days use of The Ordinary’s Ascorbic Acid and Alpha Arbutin did more to fade the marks than one years use of Skinceaticals’s CE Ferulic.

I rated this product 4 lippies because it’s only been two days. I will evaluate further in about 2 weeks. The consistency is thicker than other serums due to the base, therefore very little is needed. There is no noticeable scent.

I’ve also added Bioloque Recherche’s Lotion P50 about 5 days ago, which is an amazing product and I believe does bring my skin to the proper Ph in order to make all other products to follow more effective.

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Scrubs -Michael Todd True Organics -Tropical Fruit Enzyme Exfoliant Scrub

on 7/14/2018 7:52:00 AM


A combination physical & chemical scrub with a juicy tropical scent (pineapple and orange?) that makes it fun to use. Vegan and organic. The texture reminds me of Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula, and the ingredients list and the results I get are very similar. Very creamy and moisturising with enough scrubbies to be effective and gentle enough to be able to use everyday. Not harsh feeling. This also has the addition of extra chemical exfoliant enzymes, so you can leave it on after scrubbing as a mask while you shower. I find results similar to the Clinique in that I get lightly deflaked and smoothed skin, without feeling tight or stripped. Its not a super peel for a huge difference, rather it works gradually over several days so it can be used on older skin without removing too many layers.

I won't buy again for two reasons. One is that the moisturising base gives me a few tiny whiteheads and blocked pores. I took a look at the ingredients and it is (same as for the Clinque) highly comedogenic on susceptible people. If you are older this may not be an issue and you can enjoy the moisture, but for acne prone I would say give this a miss.

The second reason is that the scrubbies are very hard to rinse off as they stick to your skin like and any little peach fuzz hairs you have like glue. I have to spend several minutes in the shower vigorously rubbing away at my hairline and face to get the little grains off. Needless to say if this in the bath my body ends up covered with little grains and rinsing at the sink is useless as I just can't get them completely off my face.

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Brows -Maybelline -Brow Precise fiber volumizer

on 7/14/2018 7:40:00 AM


I like how this makes my brow hairs look thicker. I can use this alone during my lazy days and it would still make my brows filled in. However, there are TINY GLITTERS on it when you reaaaally look closely, which makes the eyebrows look “wet”

Masks -Tatcha -Violet-C Radiance Mask

on 7/14/2018 7:35:00 AM


I really like this mask, I routinely use it on the tail end of my rosacea flares. It’s soothing, has never irritated my sensitive skin and actually works to brighten my complexion. I usually leave it on for the allotted 20 minutes, but I have forgotten about it and left it for over a half hour before. I will definitely repurchase as I’m a fan of several Tatcha products.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

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