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Cleansers -Shea Moisture -Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing Oil

on 12/15/2017 11:03:00 AM


I wanted to love this so badly. I’ve tried it off and on for months. I love oil cleansers. I have combination oily skin and oil cleansers work well for me... until they don’t. I don’t know what exactly is in this stuff but it Stings! Even when mixed with my L’occitane Shea oil cleanser, it still manages to sting. I tried to use it up since I paid for it, but nope. I think Shea Moisture needs to go back to the drawing board with this one. It has a lovely smell, though.

Lip Treatments -Laneige -Lip Sleeping Mask

on 12/15/2017 10:59:00 AM


This may be the best lip balm I ever bought. I got it on a whim at the Aritaum shop in Las Vegas but now my local Sephora has it. It's very thick and soothing, with a delicious subtle fruity scent. It may seem a bit pricey but there's quite a lot in the container. It even comes with a little silicone spatula for the germaphobes out there. One thing to keep in mind: as the package says, it's really meant for nighttime as it's too thick to wear during the day under/over lip color.

Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand -Dermastamp

on 12/15/2017 10:19:00 AM

This review is for the Koi Beauty Dermastamp that I bought off Amazon. Please, please keep in mind...I am not a dermatologist and the internet is FILLED with warnings against DIY microtear therapies (ie dermarollers, dermastamps, etc.). All that being said, here is my thoughts on this product:
I had acne in my younger years that was bad enough to leave ice pick scarring...something I didn't even realize until I was able to get the acne under control. I had previously tried dermarollers mostly because there wasn't any treatments on the market for WOC that would help with deep scarring for a reasonable price. I used both .25 and 1 mm but it didn't really do much...kinda helped with smaller pits but I could see large scars that seemed to have no change.
That's when I came across the dermastamp. I was intrigued because it cited that with the rolling motion of the dermaroller, you tend to drag the pins and create wider tears, whereas the stamp is more concentrated and in and out. Admittedly, I was terrified because nearly every review said it hurt more (dermarolling at 1 mm didn't hurt me at all, barely made me red...yay, melanin!) and there were so many reviews saying its dangerous and can do more damage...but I had to try. I went for 1.5 mm because anything less was not as effective but anything more came with PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY warnings and I wasn't ready to take on that risk just yet.

So, I cleaned my skin and very gingerly applied it to the largest scar. It did sting and it did make me red...but nothing if you get a pin prick...but a cluster of them. I didn't do it anywhere else, just to see if it helped or made it worse. The next day I noticed that my skin was fine, not red but also not healed. Logically, I wasn't expecting an overnight miracle but I also didn't want to see my skin inflammed and angry. I waited a month or so (I read that overdoing it can also be bad for your skin) and this time went for the whole cheek that was scarred. Again no angry skin the next day so it was ok. After a couple more months, I noticed my skin was smoother, my scars less defined and smaller scars entirely gone! I am so freaking excited and I wish I could do it more often but I don't want to mess up my skin so I will continue to be cautious.

Also, the packaging said that it would make your skin extra absorbent of anything you put on your skin for the next 24 not to wear it if you are going to wear sunscreen the next day. Oops! I don't know when they think I will NOT wear sunscreen but I did and it seemed to be ok.

So, overall, I would say try dermarolling first if you have ice pick scars from bad seems to work for a lot of people but if it doesn't work for you, do your research and then maybe try this, slowly and carefully!

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Liquid -Maybelline -Superstay 24HR Full Coverage Foundation

on 12/15/2017 10:17:00 AM


- high coverage, medium-plus-plus with 2 pumps in one layer (by no means, neither Estée Lauder Double Wear nor Revlon Colorstay reach this level of coverage with the same amount of product),
- truly matte finish,
- comfortable (no tight or stiff feeling, unlike Double Wear or Colorstay),
- does not suck the moisture out of your skin,
- natural looking shades (at least the one I use) with a decent choice of undertones,
- true pale shades (in UK, the shade Ivory used to, and still is, something so dark and orange on pale skin it’s just a fucking joke),
- long-lasting, thought not as un(re)movable as Double Wear,
- thick liquid, almost mousse-y (which won’t separate in the bottle, so no need to shake), but very easy to pick up and dot onto the face (the consistency reminds me of the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse, but has a much better staying power),
- eye-catching square glass bottle with white cap and white pump (that works pretty well, the foundation doesn’t drip so the pump stays clean),
- alcohol-free and fragrance-free.

- the matte finish is almost dull at first, but this soften as the day goes on,
- dries too fast to be comfortably spreadable,
- drags a bit during application,
- creases a tiny bit (in the fine lines around my eyes and in the lines on my forehead),
- poor oil-control, but stays softly matte (except on my nose which, by itself, produces ten times more oil than my whole face),
- not really transfer-proof (but, to be fair, it doesn’t claim to be so), unlike Double Wear this one won’t stand up a light scratching (but does not transfer onto your fingers with a light touch)
- oxidizes in two ways : the shade slightly darkens and warms up,
- only 16 shades in US (and around 8 shades in Europe, SIGH) which is poor compared to the Fit Me Matte & Poreless 40 shades selection.

- use less product than you think you need,
- work in sections (because it dries fast and becomes unblendable),
- SPREAD IT first with your makeup sponge (preferably a Beauty Blender or any good dupe of your choice), roughly, without tweaking, then come back and use the regular bouncing method to blend,
- then set with your favourite powder (my HG is the It's Top Professional Touch Finish No Sebum Pact fro the Korean brand It’s Skin, a white pressed powder that applies as finely as a loose powder and has strong oil absorbing power with a lovely soft focus effect).
>>>>>>>>> This way you’ll use less product and get less creasing (the thicker the layer, the more it creases and settles into lines).

Superstay had three incarnations : the very first Superstay, then Superstay Better Skin and finally Superstay Full Coverage. From these, the first had my preferred finish : dry to the touch and very powdery but the lightest shades were way too dark and too pink/orange. Better Skin was a total fail : gummy feeling, dirty finish and dull shades. Actually, except for my personal taste for a very powdery finish, the Full Coverage offers the most beautiful results of the three formulas.

I use the UK shade 03 True Ivory, which is close to a MAC NC15 (but a touch less yellow, more on the neutral side), it begins at the right level of lightness but has a slightly too pink cast and, as the oxidization takes place, becomes a touch too dark but has a more yellow undertones which matches my skintone better. I’ve ordered the US shade 110 Porcelain (true yellow undertones) to compare and will update once I receive my order.

I also tend not to use any primer as (except for NYX #NoFilter Blurring Primer) they tend to produce just the opposite results of what they are meant to do : my foundation creases and transfers onto everything. So, as I'm used to, I wear the Superstay Full Coverage over just moisturized skin. And, as always, I remove it at night with a cleansing oil (I tend to wear only long-lasting foundations due to my oily skin, so removing with a cleansing oil is an unavoidable process).

Once you’ve mastered your best way to apply this foundation (like I’ve found mine), you’ll be amazed with the results.

I’m glad that Maybelline kept the US shade 112 Natural Ivory (which was first launched within the Fit Me Matte & Poreless range) and let the 115 Ivory out because 115 was obviously pink while 112 is much more natural-looking. Kudos to Maybelline for working hard on the shades during the last decade, especially creating pale shades with beige and yellow undertones (and stopping believe that pale skins are always pink or orange). I hope they will expand the shades range, and match the Fit Me Matte & Poreless line (which has an impressive shades selection, the darkest ebony shades are gorgeous).

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BB Cream -It Cosmetics -Your Skin But Better SPF 50 CC Cream

on 12/15/2017 10:07:00 AM


I got roped in to buying this on a weekend while watching a certain shopping channel before it was available at Sephora. I was piqued by the claims and as a foundation flip flopper, I decided to cave. My skin is oily, sensitive and dehydrated which is the trifecta of doom for most foundations I try.

I liked the pump when it worked and didn't spray the product everywhere. The colour selection is dire and didn't quite match as per usual I would have to buy two shades. I purchased light and would probably need medium for the summer to match my light warm olive impossible skin. I appreciated the sunscreen even though I wear a separate one. The scent was pleasant and as a lemon connoisseur, it was tolerable. It didn't burn my face off but there were times that it definitely had a tingle.

Coverage was pretty good and what I would expect from a CC cream. The problem was that it would never set and transferred like crazy despite different methods. I could feel it on my face and I looked slick and not in a good way. I ended up mixing it with other foundations and it was ok. It is probably my finicky skin and I can see why others like this as it would be nice for a get ready and go product. If Pixi's Skin Tint had more coverage, I would choose that even though I have to become a mixoligist with that too.

I'm on the fence with this product and for the price point, I would rather purchase another foundation or even Garnier BB for oily/combo even though it makes me look like an Oompa Loompa.

Lipstick -Korres -Guava Lipstick (Any Shade)

on 12/15/2017 9:51:00 AM


I’ve always been a big fan of Korres’s makeup and skincare but this did not quite meet my expectation. The smell and the texture remind me of Essence lipsticks. It’s creamy but not sticky, yes, but it is not very smooth when I apply on my dry lips, so I don’t see it to be as moisturizing as other reviews have said. This is a standard lipstick in small volume. I bought it as a trio kit where I got natural purple, wine red and rose. In total it costs £13 and delivery for £2 from tk maxx so each lipstick is £5 for me. I’d say it’s an acceptable price considering that it is hard to get hands on Korres makeup in the uk. The best things about this are the pigmentation and the color. But to be honest, it is not to be used on its own as a balm; it does not make lip lines disappear like some other moisturizing lipsticks e.g. YSL’s do. It is a lipstick that doesn’t dry lips out but won’t moisturize chapped lips. I am only disappointed because I expected too much. Packaging is so-so because when I opened my lipstick the lipstick itself was damaged. It is not that it’s been used because the top part is fine so I imagine that it’d look horrible after sometime. The container is slim and the design is pretty, just like other Korres products. Might not buy again but when it’s on discount I’d buy, only for the color.

Eyeliner -Clinique -Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

on 12/15/2017 9:42:00 AM


So, in my search for an HG eyeliner, I quickly realized just how hard it can be to get a solid cat eye. Yes...yes, I had seen the memes but I had only previously used cheap drugstore eyeliners and figured that it wasn't was the cheap products to blame! I got Kat Von D's Inked liner which was really pigmented but on my oily lids a bit hard to control at times. Once it started running dry I knew I wasn't going to repurchase and read the reviews on this one.
I don't understand what they did looks the same but it is so much easier to manage!! I love very minimal, delicate cat eyes that give you a subtle look and I could very easily draw it one with this one! It is not necessarily as pigmented as the Kat Von D one but tbh, I can at least layer this one on (that's right...LAYER it! I was courageous enough to go back after I had achieved that elusive, perfect swoop because it was just that easy) to get a darker line. Also, I can go back in and add the Kat Von D to areas that I'd like to be a big more pigmented.
Honestly, I don't think I will be looking for any other eyeliners. This one meets all the needs and I'd rather give up a bit on pigmentation in order to have it be easier to manage. Nice job, Clinique!

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Blush -Stila -Convertible Color Magnolia

on 12/15/2017 9:38:00 AM

I've just finished my first pan which lasted me about 2 years, but I only use it as an everyday winter blush. I'm about NC 25 during the colder months but in summer I easily become NC35 so this blush wouldn't show up at all. I love the shade, just about the perfect balance of brown, mauve and pink, very natural, a tad lighter than Bobbi Brown Blushed Rose. It's sheer but buildable, doesn't leave a greasy finish and on me (dry skin) lasts easily 5 hours. I have managed to order it again from the Stila website, I believe it's not always available and sometimes pops up in the sesonal sales. A great repurchase and a staple.

Eyeliner -Essence -WATERPROOF eyeliner pen

on 12/15/2017 9:36:00 AM


I really enjoy using this eyeliner as the colour is matte and I can obtain a subtle flick. I have oily lids and sensitive eyes so its a struggle to find a decent liquid eyeliner in pen form.While it is not entirely waterproof for me, it is a better price point and beats KVD and Stila. One of my favourites is the Physicians Formula Eye Booster pen which wears like iron and lasts forever!

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Hair Treatments -Aphogee -Two-Step Protein Treatment (formerly Treatment for Damaged Hair)

on 12/15/2017 8:58:00 AM


This is not for afro textured hair. It will jack your hair up. You have been warned.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

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