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Lip Gloss -C.O. Bigelow -Mentha Lip Shine

on 11/19/2017 3:19:00 PM

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I have this in pink. It's a light pink, shimmery gloss that glides easily and compliments any of my lipsticks. I use it on top of lip tints when I want them to last longer and I don't want my lips to dry out. It's very minty, which is great: feels refreshing on the lips, especially if they're chapped. I don't think the ingredient list is the best, but it does a good job, and I love the shimmer.


Brows -Glossier -Boy Brow

on 11/19/2017 3:11:00 PM

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First up this product is TINY, like a sample size, half the size of a regular mascara but costing £14. It was quite an insult to receive it to be honest. Having read the reviews I was expecting wonders for my sparse typically Chinese brows-the dark brow was a perfect colour for me but the product was so tricky to apply with what is essentially a mascara wand. I ended up with clumpy brows, and needed to brush through to smooth them out. It was also difficult to get any definition on the inner brows and I needed to touch up with my regular eyebrow pencil (Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Pencil £7.99). The product does stay but it hasn't really changed my world in the way I had expected. Perhaps if you have more brow to start with it would be great to enhance them but unfortunately it doesn't work for me.


Liquid -Maybelline -FIT Me Foundation (Matte + Poreless)

on 11/19/2017 3:10:00 PM

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First of all, this product does not come in my shade. I’m from Southeast Asia with light yellow undertone skin and I’ve tried about 5 different shades. The closest shade I found was classic ivory, but it was still too cool for my skin color. This was very disappointing because the product itself wasn’t that bad. It blends well, but it does get oily after a while. I tried this product out because of all the hype and it was pretty decent. However, I’m not a huge fan of the bottle because when I threw it out I felt there were still some product left inside. I would definitely buy this product again if it has my shade!


Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

on 11/19/2017 3:07:00 PM

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I wrote a review before but had to rewrite it as the effects of this product changed for the better. This review will be useful to those acne-prone who don't want to have all the retinoid uglies at once, and need to minimize the effects of this product, which is well-tolerated by a majority of people but will cause problems if you tend to break out a lot, or are sensitive to retinoids because you never used any before.

The first time I started using it, I applied it every other night, which is too much if you have never used retinol or retinoids before. Within days, my skin had become a very sensitive mess, and my face was covered with small, painful pimples. I wasn't too pleased and I knew I had to stick to it for several weeks, but I didn't have the time or courage to go through this. I went back to my AHAs and serums with a sigh of relief and stored this in a bag with a bunch of stuff I don't want to use/ consider to give away.

A few months later, I was PMSing and starting to get really tired of my hormonal acne, which was still bad (I don't use any specific long-term treatment). It comes and goes and makes life difficult, especially because I teach to students who are slightly younger than me and still have better skin than I do. Also, the anti-aging benefits sound very appealing. Although I don't need them right now, I'm sure I'll appreciate being preventive when I'm in my 30s. So I decided to re-introduce this product this very progressively in my nighttime routine. This is my retinoid timeline:

Week 1: 1 time /week
Weeks 2-3-4: 2 times/week
Weeks 5-6: 3 times/ week
Week 7 and after: Every other night.

3/4 drops will suffice!

At the beginning, my skin was sensitive and felt irritated. I got a few pimples, but nothing too crazy or noticeable: I just used a full coverage foundation, or heavy-duty concealer.

It felt extremely dry soon after: thirsty like never before. For reference, I'm usually super duper oily. I made sure not to use a very rich cream (they're usually too occlusive and therefore pore-clogging), but instead I started layering a hydrating serum and a face oil/ a nice moisturizer which I know doesn't clog my pores, like MV Oxygen Moisturizer. I did a lot of moisturizing masks, made sure to drink a lot, used mists and sprays, and stopped using oil-free foundations in favor of richer complexion products that were usually too dewy, like Cle Cosmetics CCC cream, or Zelens Youth Glow. Always use SPF- either replace the moisturizer/ oil with a good SPF Cream, apply some on top of it, or make sure your complexion product has SPF in it.

After a full month, I started appreciating the effects of this product. I now use it every other night. I wake up to a smooth, clearer, brighter complexion. I'm still a bit dry but not flakey, and never irritated. Also, I had to stop using AHAs so much, I now do around once a week on nights where I don't use the Advanced Retinoid 2%. I make sure to moisturize well on other nights, taking time to re-build my skin's barrier.

All in all, I think this is worth it. I have some discoloration that I hope will fade completely. I'll probably start using the Vit C cream from the same brand in the morning for added brightening benefits, and I'll try a more potent retinol product such as Shani Darden's when I'm finished with this.

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Body Scrubs -Earth Therapeutics -Tea Tree Oil Cooling Foot Scrub

on 11/19/2017 2:58:00 PM

This stuff is garbage for me. Not powerful enough and not cooling.


Shampoo -Suave -Biotin Infusion Strengthening Shampoo

on 11/19/2017 2:51:00 PM

Any of the gold suave shampoo or conditioners are a thumbs up from me. It is still surprising since suave has always been a line I avoided. The old stuff is still garbage but all of their gold bottles are right up there with higher end brands. I would chose suave over garnier, herbal essence, tressemme....etc.

This specific one...the biotin infusion.....iis my least favorite but I would still chose this other the other drugstore stuff. My hair is very thin and fine and this didn't really strengthen it and it felt super soft by looked greasier quicker. I will stick with the other shampoos but I would still pick this up before all the other drugstore stuff....


Moisturizers -CeraVe -Facial Moisturizing Lotion - AM SPF 30

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I actually quite like this product, but it is definitely finicky so I understand the "meh" rating.

Here's how it works for me:

After washing my face with water in the morning, I use Indeed Labs Vitamin C24 and allow it to sit on my face for about 20-30 minutes while I get ready for my day. In the wintertime, if I need some extra moisture, I will pat a couple drops of rosehip oil on my skin and let that settle in for a few minutes. Then when my skin feels ready, I use two pumps of the CeraVe AM, spread it in my hands and then gently pat all over my face and neck until it's absorbed. Another minute or two to allow this to settle and onto my makeup application.

The main complaints I notice are that this is drying and that it pills. I can definitely see the potential for both which is why I use this over top of a moisturizing serum or oil and when I apply it, I pat it in rather than smoothing or rubbing. I should also note that I don't wear any foundation or concealer, only a light powder to even my skin tone and reduce shine. So I can't make any comment about its performance under makeup.

Overall, I like this product and I think that for the price this is a kick-ass SPF lotion with a kick-ass line up of skin nourishing ingredients. I will continue to purchase and use. I removed 1 lippie due to the aforementioned finicky-ness.


Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand -Whoosh Beauty "the corner brush eye stamper"

on 11/19/2017 2:39:00 PM

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I purchased this online at ULTA when Whoosh Beauty debut it's new brushes and products. This is a dual ended brush, one side with a flat angled brush head, the other side is a flat brush bent to stamp the "perfect v". The brush is to help do a cat eye or smokey eye looks easily. I only like the "v" end of this brush. Works great, just press into pigmented eyeshadow and "stamp" the "v" in the outer crease. Then you blend out of the harsh lines. I like how I can now do a perfect v in the outcrease and does help keep symmetry. The angle brush side is just too stiff, to blend out. It's pricey. I feel you could DIY hack this brush with a good quality art brush, and with 2 pliers bend it into the "v" shape. As for repurchase, probably not, unless they lower the price.


Polishes -Barry M -Masquerade

on 11/19/2017 2:38:00 PM

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Masquerade is a glitter polish. It's a clear base loaded with teal, purple and bronze glitters. I am rarely drawn to glitter polishes, but with Christmas just around the conner I find starkly polishes more and more appealing.

This glitter is easy to work with. You can use it as a topper or by itself. If you are using it by itself you will need 2-3 coats to reach full opacity. It wears really well. The removal is a PITA, but I guess it is to be expected from a glitter polish.


Eyeliner -Urban Decay -24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion

on 11/19/2017 2:29:00 PM

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Never had to purchase this liner as I have received as GWP or deluxe sample sizes. The pigment on this pencil is amazing. Very black. Very smooth application. However it does smudge/smear. Not the best for tightlining, due to smear factor. Work well just a pencil liner to smudge out for a smokey look.

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