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Eye Primer -benefit Cosmetics -Stay Don't Stray Eyeshadow Primer


If you'd asked me 6 months ago if I liked this primer, I would have enthusiastically endorsed it. I've used it for so many years as an eyeshadow primer as well as a concealer primer under my eyes to cover dark circles. I was happy enough until I went to buy it online one day and saw the reviews weren't as good as I expected. It made me think twice, and I decided to branch out and try something different and now I can't look back.

I think I used this so much because it seems to be the ONLY primer that markets itself as a concealer primer. My under-eye circles have always been really bad, so I wanted that extra layer of coverage, and this seemed to be my only option.

As a concealer primer:
Being the only known one of its kind, I think I have to say it works just fine. It DEFINITELY provided an extra layer of coverage that I needed, otherwise my concealer just wouldn't cut it. So for that and the yellow tone to cut through my dark circles, I liked it, and more than other drug store colour correctors. But I still found my concealer faded throughout the day no matter what brand of concealer I used, so this might be the culprit.

As an eyeshadow primer:
Not good. I'm using up the tube now and comparing it to others, it barely works. Colours go on well but the vibrancy seems to fade throughout the day, partly because the colours seem to mingle together and get muddy. And the creasing is not terrible, but it definitely happens after about 8 hours of wear.

One big con that I've always hated - even when I loved this product - is the oil. As it gets towards the end of its life, it will become oily and the oil will almost be its own element and make it hard to use. This was really bad when it was a pump, so the wand helps to cut down on that.

FYI for those wondering what products I switched to - I now use Bobbi Brown Undereye Correcter as my concealer primer and Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden for my eyeshadow.

Powder -PUR Cosmetics -4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup (new formula)


Been using this for so many years! I don't like to wear foundation as my skin doesn't need a lot of coverage, and I love how this evens out my skin tone without making it look like I'm wearing a lot of looks natural, mattifies, evens out skin tone, and the SPF (combined with my SPF moisturizer) has really saved my skin on days when I forget sunscreen.
I wanted a mineral powder makeup that wouldn't clog my pores if I didn't wash my face every night, and this has never made me break out or flare up. There are other comparable mineral makeups on the market, but I always go back to this one because it's pressed. So many of them are loose and make such a mess every time I use them, plus they're hard to travel with. I keep one of these in my purse at all times, and it's never broken or gotten powder everywhere.

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Treatments - -Surgeon's Skin Secret Beeswax Moisturizing Cream

on 11/19/2018 3:40:00 PM


Surgeon's Skin Secret by Jamark Labs is an effective moisturizer....for hands, cuticles, any part of your skin that is very badly chapped or dry.
It is made of beeswax and lanolin. It is thick and applies a shield to the skin.
I usually wait until I'm desperate to use this push up tube that I've had for years and yes there is a reason!
The beeswax/lanolin formula provides a shield over the skin, but it also leaves a film that transfers on to eyeglasses, almost anything you touch.
Recently my cuticles were so dry and cracked that they hurt (I had neglected them). I used the stick form of Surgeon's Secret and rubbed the smallest bit over my nails and cuticles. They feel better already, but I'll sleep with cotton gloves on. They will be fully restored and I'll go back to using Gold Bond.
I only gave it 3 lippies because it's almost impossible for me to use during the day.

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Liquid -CHANEL -Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup SPF15

on 11/19/2018 3:36:00 PM


For noe, I can say this is my number 2 foundation. I am not a makeup artist, but have spent a good deal trying out differebmnt foundations, mostly high end. This includes some rather obscure but highly regarded brands. I am NC25-ish and shade 30 works well for me. It gives a real medium coverage, buildable to some degree. I like this, as I believe in most cases, medium is sufficient. The finish is satiny matte, which renders it skin like. The lasting power is great - I use this at work and never find the need to re-apply, though I blot out excess oils in my oily t-zone area (my skin is naturally combination- oily) mid-day. No shifting, no piling up on creases. Truly a great performing foundation - definitely outperforms even newer foundation releases. And I get the same outstanding result regardless of how I apply, though I like applying with a wet sponge best. Definitely highly recommended

Concealers -Kryolan -DERMACOLOR Camouflage Cream

on 11/19/2018 3:31:00 PM


Ordered Kryolan DC Camo refill shade to try - first of all, their photos of shades are HUGELY mis-represented and don't bother calling them about it; they don't care. Plus this concealer is thick and creases badly (on me) even with primer. Had to toss it.

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Highlighters -MILANI -Strobelight Instant Glow Powder

on 11/19/2018 3:14:00 PM


I bought this product in Afterglow and I adore it. I want to go back and get it in other shades. Afterglow is a pretty cool shade with slight lavender undertones. I chose it because I wanted to try something pretty for winter and thought this was appropriate. My favorite part about this highlighter is that it is super buildable and doesn't look like a disco ball at initial application. I can get away with wearing this during the day in a professional environment. It also does not make my pores look big which is a problem i have with most shimmery products. I plan to get this in several other shades!

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Cleansers -L'Oreal Paris -Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal to Dry Skin

on 11/19/2018 2:53:00 PM


Yes, i've already repurchased, this is a wonderful micellar water and takes off all my makeup including mascara with no hassle at all.

It has no fragrance, does not sting my eyes, is well priced and has sensible packaging. I would not bother buying any other brand now - I have tried Bioderma and this is better in my opinion, I have also tried Garniers various incarnations including their oil infused variety and this still beats it hands down.

I don't know what the versions are like for other skin types but i'll be sticking to this one as there is no need to stray when this works so well. If you are looking for an affordable micellar water/eye makeup remover then you will not be disappointed.

Fragrances -Lancôme -La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum

on 11/19/2018 2:26:00 PM


Several months ago I wrote a scathing review of LVEB, accusing it of being the ultimate in generic, formulaic "mall" scents. I mean, how many candied fruitchouli scents do we need, especially for >$100 a bottle?

I'm back with a different take on this perfume, because I've kept using my little bottle of LVEB... and it's really grown on me!

Ever since I smelled Angel on my beautiful neighbor, I tried and tried to make that fragrance work for me, but on my skin it has always smelled like sweaty armpits + stewed prunes. Coco Mademoiselle has many of the same notes as Angel, and it smells good on me, but I just find it trite and overly squeaky-clean. As it turns out, LVEB is "my" perfect Angel! It's clearly an Angel derivative, with the whole vanilla-caramel-praline-patchouli drydown and fruity topnotes, but it actually smells heavenly on me and gives me that sugar/patchouli contrast I so love about Angel.

Angel was a groundbreaker and is daring to this day-- and I'll always love it from afar. Some may argue LVEB, by contrast, is sanitized and annoyingly synthetic. I get that, but I cannot deny that it smells GREAT on me and makes me feel good all day. If I have to smell a bit generic and recognizable, so be it. Some things are popular for good reason.

BTW, the InStyle/Perfect Scents dupe of LVEB sold at Walgreens and CVS is really quite close to the original. It wears more lightly, which some may even prefer. I wear the "imposter" version to work and the real thing at bedtime and on dates :)

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Skincare - Face -SHISEIDO -Facial Cotton

on 11/19/2018 2:19:00 PM


Since I have oily skin, I've always had some type of cotton pad to use for applying toners. I purchased these from Sephora online in an attempt to get to free shipping. I like them, but not enough for repurchase. First of all, I don't find them to be that much better than other cotton pads stocked at drugstores. Secondly, they are expensive. Because of that, I used to limit myself to using them in an attempt to make the pack of them last longer. However, I have found ways to make the package last longer by either cutting them in half or separating the pad into two halves. While browsing through CVS, I discovered the dupe that others here have found. They are very similar. In my opinion, the quality is the same. Here's the link:

They are not restocked often or in a large quantity at CVS. When I found them, there were only 2 packages left which came to a total of $7.00 US. CVS often has sales on their brand so these can be purchased for even less than what I paid. I will definitely repurchase CVS' brand of these squares.

Lipstick -NARS Cosmetics -Sheer Lipstick - Gipsy

on 11/19/2018 1:25:00 PM


The Nars sheers are among my favorite in the entire world of lipstick. They’re been around for a long time and are now overshadowed by newer formulas and brands, but the ones I own (Gipsy, Shrinagar, and Damage) are absolutely perfect lipsticks. I feel like a broken record, but the older Nars lipstick line has some of the most wondrous and interesting colors. Every shade has something special about it that differentiates it from possible dupes. It’s real artistry and it makes me feel like they were created for love vs money.

Anyway, Gipsy is a muted neutral red that’s so easy to wear and perfect for both work and going out. You can manipulate it from a light rosy flush to medium-opaque with how many layers you apply. It feels comfortable on, is moisturizing—doesn’t last crazy long but it’s not bad at ALL for a sheer. It sinks in a bit and leaves a slight stain. It leans more rust than berry, but overall it’s just a sheer browny red. I see why someone compared it to MAC Hot Tahiti (another one of my absolute favorites tbh) but I think HT has more of a berry tone. It’s easy to apply, reapply, and wear all day without having to stress about it. It’s not cheap obviously.

Gipsy is a conceptual shade; I’m sure it was literally inspired by all the name conjures up. It makes me feel exotic and sensual without feeling like I’m trying too hard or like I look too made up. For reference, I have dark hair/eyes and pale olive skin and prefer a medium-natural look. It gives a juicy and mysterious aura to your face.

These are all the NARS sheer lipsticks (for my reference and yours!):

Many, especially the lighter shades, are very very sheer. The deeper shades are definitely more robust. If you have darker skin, I strongly urge you to try Tanganyka!

Belle de Jour
Dolce Vita
Fast Ride
Roman Holiday

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