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Moisturizers -Neutrogena -Hydro-Boost Gel Cream Extra-Dry Skin

on 7/15/2018 2:08:00 PM

This is a great new drugstore item for really dry skin like mine. It was given to me by my MIL who found it was too "gloppy" for her taste (and even tho she's 92, she has less dryness than I do!). I really like this as an add on either before my AM routine or at night. It's particularly refreshing and soothing for me in the summer heat. Affordable, too!

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Masks -Mary Kay -Clear Proof® Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask

on 7/15/2018 1:48:00 PM

My 13 year old uses and enjoys this $24 (for a 4 oz tube) charcoal mask for spot treating acne blemishes. Do not use all over as it will dry you out. Very effective and sucking up oil and helpful for an acneic teen.

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Cleansers -Mary Kay -Clear Proof Acne System

on 7/15/2018 1:46:00 PM


This is just a review of the Clear Proof® Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask which my 13 year old uses and loves.
We also like Origins Charcoal mask. Very good for spot treating "zits" and drying out excess oil. Do not use all over unless you really need to be dried out.

Very helpful for a teen with acne.

$24 for a 4 oz. tube.

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Primer/ Corrector -Charlotte Tilbury -Hollywood Flawless Filter

on 7/15/2018 1:40:00 PM


Like a lot of people I saw so many pics where MUAers' skin looked great and sprang for it. I live in a hick town in a hick state so I bought it off Nordstrom as they have a good return policy. It was $44.

I have a problem with layering all my face stuff: heavy duty European high PPD sunscreen + foundation + a light layer of powder to set it. It just doesn't work - things get cakey and somehow every layer does nothing to improve the way I look. I'm also not a fan of seeing someone's foundation vs their skin. I've had many years of trying to cover acne/red spots/brown spots and after about 3 years of my current regimen I'm able to go without all that, thankfully.

Going down to sunscreen + this + the smallest dusting of powder in my t zone makes me look 1000x better. I am 46 with a smattering of light spots toward my ears/neck from not-quite-good-enough sunscreen use in my youth and few wrinkles. The shallow ones I do have around my eyes aren't really visible if my eye area is moisturized, and this doesn't ruin all that when I use it the way foundation will.

It just gives an overall nice glow and it makes my skin look better than it is and like I'm wearing no foundation at all. It has the slightest sheen to it the way lightly applied highlighters do but after a bit of blush and bronzer the rest of your makeup is on, it just becomes overall nice without that silly BAM! HIGHLIGHTER! look.

I tried it over and under It Cosmetics CC cream and now I don't bother. The CC cream never dries down, ever, even when my skin is quite dry, and I have to powder it and it sort of ruins the my-skin-but-better look I'm after. This gives me that look with little effort. I'd prefer a pump but oh well.

I'm about an NC15 and I got the 2. It is an odd product - it doesn't add color the way foundation does and I think this would work for people in the 10-20 range. I think of it as a gel-foundation hybrid in texture. I'm fairly sure the 2 is for yellow undertones but I am very pink undertoned and look ill with warm makeup and it works great for me.

If I lived somewhere where it's sold in person, I would have gone and swatched a few shades and gotten the correct one - if I could use a darker one that still worked with my skin, I would. Overall I'm very happy with it.

5 of 5 people found this helpful.

Brows -NYX Professional Makeup -Control Freak Brow Gel

on 7/15/2018 1:25:00 PM


I bought this because Emily Noelle on youtube recommended it. I disagree with her recommendation. This is not a good product and I would not purchase it again. When I first opened it it seemed like no product would be on the brush when I pulled it out of the tube. Emily touted this product as not being goopy and having too much product on the wand... well, she's right about that. It almost seemed like nothing at all. Over time more product would be on the wand after I had used the product for around a month. It doesn't do a good job of holding brows in place. It also doesn't travel well. I packed this in my makeup bag and the makeup bag was surrounded by soft items (clothes) to protect all the makeup inside. This is the only product that broke.

I also think in the future I will only buy brow gels in clear packaging. I don't like not being able to see inside the product. The gel eventually turned to a whitish color after only 2 months of use (and that's not using it every day as I don't wear makeup every day).

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Eye Shadow -Stila -Eyes are the Window palette - Spirit

on 7/15/2018 1:24:00 PM


I like this palette more or less. It has a lot of popular classic Stila shades from the 2000's that I wanted to pick up again (at half price of course) for nostalgic reasons. The formulas don't totally feel the same but that's okay because every single pan I have ever had of Kitten has fallen apart, whether in a palette or a single pan. This hasn't yet so I am happy about this. I would say the quality is slightly below the old singles. Stila has been sold a few times and dropped from Sephora, so again not surprising.

I have mixed feelings. The colors are very wearable, not particularly exciting (even for this neutral girl) but like I said, this is a best of peak 2000's Stila. (Remember when all the Charlie's Angels actresses were pushing this brand hardcore?! RIP: The ridiculously over priced lip glaze and its gross click up, un-hygenic brush tip.) This is a solid "basic" palette and if palettes were allowed to stay on shelves long enough to be repurchased anymore; this would be an amazing choice. I think the fact that there is such a high volume of releases coming at you from every angle, now buries a palette like this from a brand too old to be considered "lit."

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand -Stratia - Liquid Gold

on 7/15/2018 1:14:00 PM


What I want: a lightweight hydrator with ceramides that isn't tested on animals or sold in China, where they mandate animal testing even for products that claim to be cruelty-free. For some reason this is near-impossible, as many cruelty free brands are just full of cheap oils and without the really good stuff proven to work.

It's lightweight and you can layer it over and over if you'd like more hydration. I use it under my sunscreen on some days, even in summer, and it's not too much. It doesn't *feel* as hydrating as it is, if that makes any sense.

On a scale of 1 - 10, 1 being very oily skin and 10 being so dry your skin is cracking or patchy, I'd recommend it for 1 - 6 alone, and from a 7 - 10 as an additional layer under a heavier moisturizer.

I think of it as a hydrator rather than a moisturizer, if that makes any sense. For an oilier face it's more than enough, and for a dryer face it's a great additional layer. The ingredients are top-notch, as is the bottle and pump combo.

Primer/ Corrector -Too Faced -Hangover Rx Replenishing Face Primer

on 7/15/2018 1:13:00 PM


Smells really nice (if you like coconut water) & has very cute packaging. However I'm not sure it does anything and I've been using it for months., for the price I was expecting to see a big difference. Not a pore minimizer, but it does a great job of brightening the skin and hydrating however many cheaper face creams would do the same. Not sure if it helps my foundation last longer.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Liquid -Kat Von D -Lock-It Foundation

on 7/15/2018 1:09:00 PM


I love this foundation!!! I wore it to my graduation, which was outside in the summer in NYC so very hot & humid- however it didn't budge at all !!! My face looked just as good by the end of the day as it did right after application. It is incredibly thick (definitely not a natural look) and absolutely full coverage, a little goes a long way and you probably won't need to use concealer with it. I would suggest using the testers at sephora to find your shade & using a flat top foundation brush to apply it. I did not have any problems with this oxidizing either.

Polishes -Rimmel -60 Seconds Nail Polish

on 7/15/2018 1:00:00 PM


I bought Coralicious,which as the name suggests is a lovely summery coral colour. What I found is the consistency was much thinner and the colour less intense than normal nail polish, in effect a watered down version but the drying time is not much faster and certainly not 60 seconds.

Not one would buy again

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