Newest Reviews


Liquid -E.L.F. - Flawless Finish Foundation

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Not for the ultra pale: the lightest shade of this (porcelain) is too dark for my skin. It *might* work in summertime, if I can stand the strong odor! The pluses: it contains SPF, it's a thick, creamy formula (which I prefer to a "runny" foundation), and the packaging is nice with a pump bottle.


Scrubs -LUSH - Ocean Salt

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Ugh. This is one of the most gimmicky products I've used. I'm new to Lush, so maybe I'm just not buying into all the hype, but I'm so glad I only got a sample of this and didn't waste my money on it.

I'm an every-other-day physical product exfoliator, and needless to say, I was extremely disappointed when I used this product. The salt crystals were far too large to see any real exfoliating benefits -- other than the few giant crystals on your face, it doesn't get into the nooks and crannies, and most certainly does not gently buff away any dead skin cells.

Naturally, with those large crystals, there's nothing gentle about it. As many other reviewers mentioned, the large crystals scratched my face, and left it a stinging, red mess. I was hoping that for the pain, there would at least be some nice oils or moisturizing properties of the scrub that left my face soft or smooth. Sadly, there are not, and instead, my face is left a dry, red, overheated, scratched mess.

If that wasn't enough, my face is radiating the smell of a margarita so strong I might be getting drunk off of it.

At this point, I don't even know if I want to use it as a hand or foot exfoliator.

I'm highly disappointed, and I will definitely be sticking to my Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, which has tiny granules that DO gently buff, and colloidal oatmeal to sooth skin. And it doesn't stink.


Loose Powders -NYX - HD Studio Finishing Powder

on 2/26/2017 5:51:00 PM

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Overall a nice product. Keeps my face pretty matte for a good while, and even keeps my rather oily nose matte for about 5-6 hours (I have combo skin).
I used it the other day before going to a party, and it lasted from around 1pm till 3am with minimal caking and oiliness. (Disclaimer: I was a little drunk at 3am so it might've looked better through my beergoggles, lol)

The container is quite messy, because you can't "lock" the powder in the inside, like you can with the GOSH Prime'n'set (if you're familiar with the packaging), so you'll most likely get white powder everywhere - so stay away from it if you're wearing a black top.

It's very finely milled in my opinion, especially when compared to the GOSH Prime'n'set which feels kinda heavy on the skin, and isn't suitable for baking, if you ask me.
I haven't tried baking with this product yet though, so I don't know if it's suitable for that.

All in all a nice setting powder, which I'll likely repurchase once I run out of it, if I don't find a better one.


Treatments (Face) -Unlisted Brand - Deciem The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

on 2/26/2017 5:49:00 PM

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So incredibly sad this did not work for me. I saw an article on gurl.com listing different things to use for uneven skin texture. This is my main problem after having loads of painful, horrible breakouts last year from taking fish oil. I do get some breakouts but nothing crazy, so what I really wanted to combat was the pitting/scarring I have. I'd never heard of this ingredient before, but the article said it was supposedly magic if you give it some time. Now, the website says it's more for oily skin and reducing the appearance of blemishes. But, I figured I would buy it and see what happens because it's literally $6. With shipping I may paid $11 total. Worth it to me if it worked on my skin. Also, my skin is not very oily, it's normal really in that sense. Used to be oily but it's dried up now. Usually normal, sometimes dry but nothing crazy. I bought this in December and have used it almost every day & night and have a little less than half left. I don't mind the bottle/dropper, I like the simplicity of the design and the dropper controls how much you're using. I would dispense about 3-4 drops and mostly use this on my cheeks/chin area where I have the issues. Sometimes I would put on my temples and forehead if I had any left. Almost 3 months later, I can say I see no change. Still got break outs, still have visible pores and the texture. I'm disappointed, yes, but am glad I didn't spend a whole lot on this and was able to try it out. Plus, the website description of it was way different than what the article I read was saying it was for. I have since bought a mandelic acid toner and serum from MUAC that has great reviews and am hopefully this will work for me. I think i'll keep the rest of this in my cabinet to apply to a breakout if I get one and see if it does me any good. If not, i'll toss. All in all, I think the ordinary seems like a great brand and if the mandelic acid doesn't work for me, I may go back to them and try the lactic acid.


Toners -Alba Botanica - Acnedote Deep Cleaning Astringent

on 2/26/2017 5:45:00 PM

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I bought this due to a recommendation of a coworker who mentioned this when I was asking her for products for acne. Someone on Cafe also mentioned it was a holy grail product. I found this at TJ Maxx for $6. When I used it, there was a stinging sensation momentarily. I used it at night and when I woke up, my face felt sticky. I've used this from time to time but it seems to give me more pimples.

I think this is one of those products that works for some and not others. My skin type is Asian, 40's, constantly has mild, non-cystic acne. The toner is inexpensive but that was pretty much the only bright side for me. It didn't seem to cause any problems when I used it on my chest.


Moisturizers -Dr. Jart+ - Tiger grass cream

on 2/26/2017 5:23:00 PM

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I have very sensitive skin on my cheeks and in the winter time, they would turn super red and give me very uncomfortable bumps. This cream saved my skin this winter and it did what it promised to do. I have acne prone skin and so I was hesitant to try this product as it is on the heavy side and made my skin look shiny at first. However, after a week use, the redness decreased and my skin has never looked better. Give it a try if you have itchy dry and very sensitive skin - don't worry if you also have oily skin as well because oily skin is just dry skin trying to protect itself with more oil.

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Moisturizers -Yves Rocher - Derma-Calm Day Cream

on 2/26/2017 5:17:00 PM

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I used this as a night cream to treat my very sensitive skin. It worked well as a normal moisturizer but it didn't decrease redness like Dr.Jart's Tigar Glass Cream. I would recommend if you have mild sensitivity and just looking for a simple moisturizer for the winter months.


Skincare - Face -Biologique Recherche - Extraits Tissulaires Sérum Authentique

on 2/26/2017 5:16:00 PM

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A hydrating and revitalizing serum with embryo extract.


Moisturizers -Yves Rocher - Sebo Vegetal Mattifying Gel Cream

on 2/26/2017 5:15:00 PM

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This is the cheaper version of Clinique's Mattifying Lotion. I think this one works just as well and a little bit more moisturizing and cheaper by a whole lot. It makes my foundation stay on for the entire day (8 hours) and smells wonderful. I would totally recommend for summer months. I do not recommend this for winter or people with dry skin.


Polishes -Pacifica - Swamp Thing

on 2/26/2017 5:14:00 PM

Dark and shimmery blue-leaning teal. Reminds me of Zoya's Olivera, a similar shade with a frosty, metallic-y, shimmery finish. But I didn't care for the color itself. I didn't think this polish was cute or fun to wear, and it just looks black in some lighting.

Excellent formula though. Very smooth application and it's practically a one-coater.

But I didn't enjoy wearing this one and I wouldn't buy it again.



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