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Concealers -NARS -Radiant Creamy Concealer

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It's pretty rare for me to come across a concealer that agrees with me and gives good coverage too. Like Mac it's fairly easy for me to find a good match for my skin tone and helps to cover under eye area without any creasing. I have this on stand by during colder weather as it's quite hydrating, but during warmer months stick to my trusty Mac Studio Finish Concealer which works out well seeing as that one contains the SPF whilst the Nars one doesn't. I don't use daily, only use from time to time as it's a silicone-heavy formula which would break me out if I used every day, unfortunately.

Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled hundreds of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I love trying out new stuff all the time - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. Thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation + Anti-ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Aveda' Purifying Gel Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Palettes -Urban Decay -Naked Ultimate Basics

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I prefer more natural-looking makeup without shimmer, glitter and suck, so this palette is simply ideal for me. I have neutral skintone, maybe leaning slightly more to cool tones, and, to my surprise, every single shade looks good on me. I really like how buttery and matte these eyeshadows are, with one satin-finish lighter color.
The colors are not chalky at all, very easy to blend, stay put all day (I do always use a primer, for the record). Really easy to do makeup.
The packaging is nice and sturdy, easy to open- don't need to worry about breaking nails, and has a nice useable mirror.
Very happy with my purchase. Highly recommend this set to all those who love no-makeup makeup, and are tired of shimmery eyeshadows.

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Cleansers -Perricone -Alpha Lipoic Acid Nutritive Cleanser with DMAE

This cleanser smells like something purchased at a dollar store, really really awful. Something sold for this kind of a price shouldn't smell this bad.
I have normal/combination skin, and it left me very dry and tight. Disappointing cleanser, surprised to see the good reviews of this, I bought mine directly from Perricone MD, so it isn't a fake or something gone bad.


Blush -COVERGIRL -Cheekers Blush - True Plum

on 7/17/2018 1:50:00 PM

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This is such a nice blush! It gives the prettiest, pinky-plum glow to my cheeks, without any glitter. Yes, the packaging and the brush are very underwhelming, but that's forgivable for a $3 blush that out-performs high end ones I've tried. Sometimes even when I don't wear any other makeup, I'll pile this on my cheeks, and it brightens my face up so much! The staying power is excellent too.

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Eye Shadow -The Body Shop -Shimmer Cubes

on 7/17/2018 1:18:00 PM

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I like the light natural look. These pallets are the nicest I have found for that look. Even though they look small. They last forever. I also love the fact if you own more than one pallet you can swap out colors and make a pallet that works better for you. It would of been nice if the body shop brought them back and did pallets with matte colors.

Over all I would trade the colors I do not use with a friend for colors I would use. I also have small eyelids. So make sure you find a primer you like so that you can place the color right where you need then blend. Because some pallets are so simmular in color that blending can make just one color.... Sad.... I have done this often. Ha ha ha


Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand -Ultrasun Sports Gel SPF20

on 7/17/2018 1:06:00 PM

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This seems to offer very good protection and I believe only needs to be applied once a day. That said, I did not find it suitable for everyday use. The smell of alcohol is overwhelming, and leaves a clear, oily residue on the skin that feels like it could eat through a furniture finish. The experience of wearing and applying this reminds me of deep woods insect repellant, so for a daily sunscreen it's a no from me.


Contour -Tarte -Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette

on 7/17/2018 12:54:00 PM

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This was an impulse buy at ULTA and I regret nothing. The packaging and smell of these powders is divine! I'd say this is wayyyy more practical/staple piece than the Pro Glow palette (which I received in my FFF summer box). These powders are pigmented, the first time I applied this without tapping off the excess it looked like I had a huge bruise underneath my cheekbones. The left two shades are great for setting concealer, and the middle two bronzer shades are great for both contouring but also bronzing. I sweep a huge kabuki brush across all four bronzers when I want to bronze my neck and chest, although I have used the shimmery bronze shades on my face and by the time I'm done blending you can't see the glitter/shimmer, more of just a slight sheen. I'd repurchase if I ever ran out!

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Hair Treatments -Unlisted Brand -Orofluido Beauty Elixir

on 7/17/2018 12:41:00 PM

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Come on Girls, you know this is a 5* all the way.
Your not going to get better.
I know some are saying a little thick, but if it was thinner it would absorb quickly and weight hair down and it would be runny and less therefore less product and use more quicker.
None of my friends or I have messed up a 2nd time using it and I didnt the first. I just went lightly and still went back for more and more.
I love it - right consistancy, smell, bottle lovely!, uses - loads.
I've used it for years and bought for my daughter in law. We all love it.
I think to find fault on the product is being picky - I've seen similar products much more expensice and last less as really thin.

Manufacturers - please do not change the ingredients - I dont want to start looking elsewhere for something! x


Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand -Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm

on 7/17/2018 12:27:00 PM

This is more like a lightly moisturizing serum than an actual moisturizer on my normal/combination-leaning-oily skin. The ingredients list is like a super-appealing salad bar but would probably be irritating for sensitive skin. Overall a perfectly decent product, but not at all close to what I expected and definitely too $$ to be so far off the mark.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.


Fragrances -Child Perfume -Child

on 7/17/2018 12:16:00 PM

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This perfume smells almost IDENTICAL to the original "Rapture " by Victoria's Secret; the one from the 90s that was discontinued. I know that sounds bizarre, because it doesn't have the same notes, but it's the same exact scent. Another combination of scents if used together, will smell exactly the same, are Kuumba Made Pikake Lei oil combined with "Clean" Warm Cotton. This perfume is extremely strong, with overwhelming sillage, so I recommend applying it only behind your knees and ankles. If applied close to the face, it can cause headaches. It also reads like it's a tropical, summery fragrance, but I'm thinking it might be less overpowering if worn in the fall/winter. That's when I used to wear Rapture by VS, and it was divine.

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