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Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - The Ordinary - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA


I had high hopes for this one, as I have used many products with Arbutin in the past. However I don't believe this made much (or any) difference in my acne scars. I found that their lactic acid 10% and azelaic acid made much more of a difference.

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


Skin type: sensitive dehydrated acne-prone skin, oily t-zone and dry cheeks that can get flaky when I go too crazy with acids (sounds lovely I know)

Currently really liking this one! I found it helped heal some of the congestion in my skin, as well as some minor breakouts. Definitely see some slight brightening effects from this, although I am using in conjunction with other brightening products. I'm so glad The Ordinary came out with an affordable azelaic acid, it's pretty hard to find in Canada. I didn't have any initial breakout with this, and I usually have some sort of initial breakout when start a new product (just my weird skin which doesn't do well with change). The one thing I don't really like with this product is the weird matte, primer-like texture, which I assume is because of the silicones. Some of my skincare products don't layer well over it, but I don't really want to put it as my last step cause it feels like it won't absorb as well. I haven't had any issues using it under my bb creams/ foundations, which all have satin or semi-matte finishes.

Overall a great product for acne-prone skin, and I am definitely repurchasing this!

Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Flavour Crystals Lip Balm

on 3/27/2017 7:45:00 PM

Really bad. I couldn't decide between the Sweet Orange flavour or the Raspberry, so I bought both. Ugh. As soon as I swivelled the tube I knew it would be bad. Looks dry and scratchy...and it is. No slip or slide or glide, just a dry waxy scratchy film for your lips. The orange feels slightly creamier than the raspberry for what its worth, and it smells really good and juicy whilst you're applying-but that's it. I'm not even sure what the deal is with the "flavour crystals" anyway...first of all there is no flavour...secondly, why would that even be a selling point? Its lip balm not chewing gum. And thirdly...why are the crystals necessary? And why are they so dang scratchy? Feels more like a lip exfoliater than a balm. Honestly I only bought them because I thought the packaging was cute. I was prepared to be disappointed and I was. I love certain Burt's Bees balms and hate others...this ones a dud

BB Cream -NYX - BB Beauty Balm


Have re purchased the lightest shade twice. This replaced my expensive Dior bb. I use it as foundation and it is awesome. Granted if my skin was broken out o would need more coverage. But for clear skin it's great. Looks so natural.

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Hair Treatments -L'Oreal - Total Repair Extreme Ultra-Concentrated Urgent Repair Care

on 3/27/2017 7:29:00 PM


I purchased this recently during a trip to Canada, having never seen this product in US stores. I use a deep conditioning treatment on my fine, color-treated hair at least once a month, and this product worked well. It applied easily and also rinsed out well. The smell is very pleasant, and though the tube is small, it is very concentrated so I did not need to use a lot, and still have enough remaining for a second application.

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Mascara -Essence - Lash Princess Mascara

on 3/27/2017 7:01:00 PM


Definitely conflicted about this mascara. One one hand, I like that it's super cheap at Ulta, and I like the little grips on the handle of the wand. The formula itself is pitch black, and I got tons of volume and drama with just one coat. However, I had to make sure to wipe the brush off very well before I applied, or else I would get huge clumps from hell. And it's almost impossible to remove without scrubbing your eye, which I try very hard not to do. I would have to use my Pond's cold cream to get it off (which I usually only bust out for more complicated eye looks), and sometimes I would still wake up with black smudges under my eyes.

To sum up: I don't have the energy to mess around with this mascara. But if you like dramatic lashes and don't mind the extra steps to apply/remove, then you might want to try it.

Shampoo -LUSH - BIG

on 3/27/2017 6:56:00 PM


Was gift shopping for daughter in law when i found this. Love it. I'm 63 with thinning hair, so you wouldn't think it would work well, but the it does. I have near constant hot flashes, with drenched hair, and whew boy, summer is not even here yet. This both helps clean out scalp and it a mood lifter. Hair seems to stay cleaner, longer and it less limp.

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Pressed Powders -L'Oreal - Infallible Pro-Matte 16HR Powder


This is a very good powder - although not perfect, it definitely does what it says: makes you MATTE! Dare I say, almost too matte!? Being so oily myself, I never thought I'd EVER see the day where something was too matte, but this one might take the cake, at least for the first few hours. As a preface, I am currently using this powder with the L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte liquid foundation. The foundation is a revelation! It is as close to perfection as you will get at a drugstore. I was expecting a similar wonderful experience with the powder - but so far it's more average than I anticipated. The main thing is first, how incredibly matte it is. While inevitably the very oily gals will get a bit oily by mid-day, when you first apply it, it's intensely matte. You must USE IT SPARINGLY! As a person who admittedly loves to go crazy with the powder, this was an adjustment. We're talking 1 or 2 blots on the powder and then onto your face, for your entire face. I found that even a bit too much made my skin look very dull and flat. But it does keep it's promise of keeping skin matte. I am not sure what the deal is, a part of me thinks that the powder isn't as finely milled as it should be. It does look cakey if you put on too much, and definitely settles in any fine lines. I also think a touch of something pearlescent to create the facade of demi matte, while being actually matte-to-touch, would go a LONG way. Because if you apply it, your skin looks very parched and dull. As I said, use sparingly. When I used TOO MUCH, my skin looked very cakey BUT it stayed matte ALL day. When I used it sparingly, as I suggest, my nose got shiny but nothing else (and it is generally oily ALL over my face). So it keeps it's promise. I finish my face with L'Oreal Setting Spray (which is a miracle in a bottle).... I feel like the setting spray would help any powder, so I am not sure how good this powder is on it's own. Summary: my skin is extremely oily and the only shine I got in the whole day was on my nose when used sparingly. So this powder works, but it needs a bit of a tweak. I am not sure if I will re-buy but I do give others a thumbs up to give it a shot. :) I might try another L'Oreal powder before trying this one again.

Lip Gloss -NARS - Velvet Lip Glide

on 3/27/2017 6:09:00 PM


This lip glide in Bound is one of the most perfect MLBB daytime lip products I've ever used for when I want to throw something on, look professional and put together, and not have to worry about a thing. It fades evenly and nicely, but it also can easily be touched up - no weird caking if you add to it throughout the day, like some liquid products. It's comfortable to wear and doesn't accentuate lines or chapped lips. I think the color would be flattering on just about anyone. I have heard that the darker shades aren't as good, but can't say from personal experience. Scent is negligible. A lip liner is helpful with this. I'd say the formula feels like a mix between a gloss and a liquid lipstick; it's not sticky like gloss, but it's not as thick as a lipstick; it's also not 100% opaque, which might be why darker shades are problematic. Has a tendency to get on my teeth more than most lip products, but it's not awful. Bound will definitely be a staple in my workday makeup routine. Overall, I wish there was a better shade selection and the price is a little unreasonable (it's good but it's not revolutionary), but it is a good product.

Masks -The Body Shop - British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

on 3/27/2017 5:55:00 PM


It is a wonderful mask, the scent is really lovely. My skin feels fresh after using this mask and I like to rinse my face with cold water. I wish the mask would be cheaper, but I would definitively repurchase it.

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