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Gels/Soaps -Trader Joe's - All for One One for All

on 10/12/2017 11:02:00 AM


I am extremely impressed with this product. It's a great bodywash and shampoo. I skip shower-conditioning and just use a leave-in so it's perfect for me. A family member used it in our shower and bought it he loved it so much. Leaves hair feeling clean and soft while also rinsing clean from skin. Really pleased. I hope they never stop selling it.

My only gripe is I'm not in love with the fragrance but it's inoffensive enough.

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Makeup Brushes -MAC - #217 Blending

on 10/12/2017 11:00:00 AM


When I first set out to buy nice brushes, I was recommended the Hakuhodo J5523 as an upgrade to the 217 or the sigma e25. I bought a few Hakuhodo brushes and used them all the time, but the 5523 was scratchy on my hypersensitive eyelids. I thought the 217 would be even worse, so I didn't bother trying it until I needed something that shape in my travel kit. I bought the 217SH (Short Handle) and I was amazed at how *not scratchy* it was! So the next time I had a MAC code, I bought the full length version, and again, much softer than my 5523. Since then, I've put the 5523 in my backup drawer and switched to the 217. I feel like MAC gets a bad rap much more than they should, because I love so much from the line, and this brush is a perfect example of how MAC is unjustly maligned these days.

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Mascara -Essence - All Eyes On Me - Multi-Effect Mascara

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

I have the waterproof version of this. It claims to be a "multi effect mascara which gives extra volume, length, curl, thickness and separation". It only really does one of those things, and it thickens lashes by being ridiculously clumpy with just one light coat of the stuff. It also smears badly after it's applied and flakes quite badly after a few hours. The brush is much too small for my liking (and i hate big mascara brushes). It's quite easy to prod yourself in the eye when applying and i always end getting it on my eyelids. I think it weighs down the lashes too.
I know it's only cheap (£2) but a useless product is a waste of money. Plus nowadays I only ever buy mascaras that are under £3 and there are some great ones out there. On the plus side the packaging is cute and it's fairly waterproof.

Mascara -Maybelline - Volum Express Mascara

on 10/12/2017 10:52:00 AM


Well deserve 5 lipsticks!
Gives amazing length & separation, didn't smudge/ clumps. even pass my tough "nap test" - when I wakeup and the lashes are still put together- no spidery/ clumpy/ messy looking lashes like most mascaras do! ❤️✨

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Lip Treatments -LUSH - Bubblegum Lip Scrub

on 10/12/2017 10:23:00 AM


I have been using this scrub for about two months now and I must say this is the best lip scrub I know of. I'm using it 1-2 times a week and my lips are now constantly soft and smooth. I apply a very small amount of the scrub on slightly damp lips (over a sink!) and massage it in for about 15 seconds, then wash it off with warm water. That's it. Very easy and quick, and the result is so satisfying.
The only thing I'm worried about is that it might gradually dry out since there is a lot of product in that glass pot! After 2 months of use, I barely scratched the surface of it. I wish Lush sold it in smaller amounts (I would not mind buying a fresh one once a year without wasting any product).

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Foundations -Rimmel - Wake Me Up Foundation

on 10/12/2017 10:21:00 AM


Truly amazing foundation! ( I'm reafaring to the new formula that enhance with vitamin C & SPF15)
Gives a really good coverage, with a dewy finish, but feels & looks like a second skin! 🤗
throughout The day my skin looks even better!! I've never experienced something like this..
(I'm guessing it's the vitamin c properties that kick in) I own three of Rimmel foundation and this is my favorite.
* take into consideration that the shades throw the bottle appears darker than they actually are.

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Lipstick -MAC - Matte - Chili

on 10/12/2017 10:14:00 AM


This is a matte warm rusty red with lots of orange tones. It is the lipstick equivalent of the Burnt Umber Crayola crayon.

It's a beautiful shade. I highly recommend trying it on first though - it looks very different on me than in most pics I found online. (I have olive skin, and dark hair/eyes.) It can look like a straight up orangey red in photos, and it does feel like that when you apply it tbh, but it is more of a rust-brown-red in the end. This shade is super beautiful and flattering on me, and unique in my stash. It's exactly what I am into at the moment. The MAC matte formula is hit or miss in my opinion, and Chili is in the hit category. It applies easily (almost too easily, be careful!), opaquely, smoothly. It has a silicone-y feel to it, which makes it slippery and prone to smearing/transfer, which is why I am not giving it full marks - however a liner VASTLY helps. VASTLY. There is a matching MAC liner (Chicory I think), but I have a Revlon one in Sienna which is perfect, and there is a NYX one (I believe Ever is the shade name) that is supposed to be good too.

I don't find this lipstick *too* drying, and this is from a girl that literally cannot wear any liquid lipstick formula. I always wear a smidge of balm underneath; it doesn't ruin the wear of this one. But Chili is a knockout shade. It's vampy but not too much (I hate feeling like I'm walking behind my lips, if you know what I mean), and it just makes me look hot, which really, is all I can ask for. Also, I got this as a Back 2 MAC so it was a gooooood day :D

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Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous - Rum Raisin

on 10/12/2017 10:02:00 AM


I think this shade of reddish-mauvish-brown is very good, incredibly flattering and versatile, 'on trend' if you care about that, but lacks that bit of magic that would make it next level. That being said - I wear it very frequently: it's a total workhorse, and the Revlon Creme formula is one of the most trustworthy on the market (high-end OR drugstore). Smooth, creamy, opaque, easy to apply, wears incredibly well, doesn't dry out your lips, inexpensive. The main reason I trust it (you know what trusting a lipstick means lol) is that the pigment sinks into your lips, so even though there is transfer happening, you don't lose too much color and your lips don't look otherwise grody as the day goes by. No settling into lines or clinging to dead skin. I like to smudge these into my lips - the Revlon Cremes end up looking skin-like and satiny, it's really very nice. Also, the color range is no joke. ANYWAY.

I am a particular fan of the shape of the Revlon bullet for some reason. It nearly eliminates the need for liner. However (I promise this is relevant), I bought this as a possible dupe for MAC's Chili (which is a matte and I prefer cream/satin formulas), but it's definitely not the same shade. However, I also picked up a Revlon lip liner in Sienna, and using it with Rum Raisin warms it up a bit into a more rust-like territory, while using a liner such as MAC's Whirl or NYX Mauve tones down the warmth if you prefer that. It seems to have enough neutrality in it to pull it both ways. This shade is great for fall, for an easy deeper lip you don't have to think about all day (or night). It's especially nice if you want to dip your toe into an autumnal lip situation without going full goth. There's a lot to love about this lipstick! Check it out. Otherwise, why did I write a novel on it??!! Haha :)

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Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Zote Soap

on 10/12/2017 9:36:00 AM


Don't let the price fool you: you can get this for less than $1.00 at Walmart in the laundry aisle. The bars come in white, pink, or blue, but they're the same formula but the color of the bar is different. Thanks to MUB I picked this up to clean my BeautyBlender and other makeup sponges after taking too long with washing my sponge with dish soap. This soap works wonders with makeup brushes and sponges and laundry too. It smells like citronella, which is just fine as I don't mind (and like) the smell.

For sponges: I simply get my sponge super wet, and gently rub the dirty areas into the soap (it helps if the soap is a little wet too). Foundation stains are gone after that, even ones that (what I thought was) stained on. This stuff works so good that the pink dye on my BeautyBlender is also leaving with it (I don't have a problem with this at all). Being a daily sponge washer I can really appreciate this soap as it only takes me about 30 seconds to clean my sponge now. Before Zote, I would take at least a few minutes with dish soap.

For brushes: I used to use baby shampoo with a BrushEgg to clean my brushes but Zote basically replaced both of those things. Now I simply dampen the top of the Zote bar, wet a brush, and then swirl the brush into the bar. You'll see the color from the brush go straight onto the bar. It only takes about 10 seconds per brush to clean, then rinse (longer if you have face brushes).

For spot treating stains and laundry: Zote cleans of days old stains like it was never there in the first place. Get the clothing spot wet, get the surface of the soap damp, rub the clothing into the soap and days old food stains is gone. As I'm writing this, I sound like I should be the ShamWOW guy yelling at you about how amazing this stuff is, but it really is. I will be taking this bar of soap with me everywhere I go when I travel, you can even grate this into little tiny chunks and throw it into your washing machine as a laundry booster or without laundry detergent if you're in a pinch.

Storage: Zote is easy to cut, so I cut a piece off and put it into a travel soap container with the lid and keep that in the bathroom. The rest of the bar goes into the laundry area wrapped in saran wrap. I'll cut more chunks off for my sponge and brushes as needed. Though the bar is huge, one bar should last a while.

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Lotions/ Creams -Crabtree & Evelyn - Gardeners Nail & Cuticle Therapy

on 10/12/2017 9:26:00 AM

I love the original hand cream in this scent, so I decided to try this and I love it. It's a bit thicker in texture and the small opening is great for applying small amounts of product precisely to the cuticle area.

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