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Foundations -Too Faced -Dew You Fresh Coverage Foundation


I got this in the 2nd lightest shade, Snow. The shade wasn't great but it was the closest they had, and the performance and finish of this is garbage. It smells great, but goes on patchy and thick and chalky--not a moisturizing dewy finish as advertised. I immediately had to wash it off and return it.

Masks -Kiehl's -Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque


By far the best Kiehl's face mask I've had the pleasure of trying so far. After cleansing I leave this on for about 10 minutes, and then remove with warm water and a wash cloth. Granted the Cranberry seeds in this don't do much for exfoliating (I use a separate scrub for that) and are a bit of a nuisance to remove, but when the results are mattified clearer skin, smaller pores and a nice glow, its a small trade off. I use this just twice a week as I find it can be drying when used any more than that. A good clay mask that has the bonus of not needing to be timed, well at least in my case, as my skin starts to tingle and I realize that means its time to take it off!
No issues with staining for me, I think this occurs more frequently in paler skin tones. If you are pale then definitely best to try out a sample first.

Selena x

~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)

1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Gels/Soaps -Up & Up -Shea Butter and Oatmeal Body Wash

on 9/11/2018 1:51:00 PM

Up&Up is a Target brand I think. Anyway, I thought I'd try this body wash as it was cheap and I'm a big fan of shea butter. The scent was nice, but a little faint. It lathered up well and didn't leave my skin with any soapy residue. Definitely do not get it in your eyes as I can attest to the fact that it does sting. After a few weeks my skin did feel a little dry compared with the Jaqua Shower Syrup I normally use. My only other issue with the wash is the ingredients. It's loaded with sulfates (SLS is the#2 ingredient) and artificial colors. Overall it's not a bad wash if your on a budget, but if you can afford it, I would choose a more natural product.

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Primer/ Corrector -Lise Watier -Lip and Eye Base

on 9/11/2018 1:37:00 PM


Terrible as a lip primer. Very greasy and despite applying liner and blotting, lipstick will be gone or bleed within 5 minutes.

Polishes -China Glaze -Flying Dragon

on 9/11/2018 1:19:00 PM


Biggest disappointment ever in a polish! I bought a bottle of this several years ago, around 2010 and I remember using it back then and getting compliments on the color. I pulled this out to wear it now, 8 years later, and it was horrid. It turned out a completely different color than in the bottle, it dried an ugly matte, and where did those beautiful blue shimmers go? They are so evident in the bottle. Soo, thinking my old bottle had turned bad, I bought a brand new one last month. It did the very same thing. I was soo disappointed as I expected the color I saw in the bottle. I especially did not like the look of it once it dried. It looked like a deep pink plum shade and not at all close to the color in the bottle which was more magenta with strong blue shimmers. The photo here shows a purple and mine is not anything close to the one shown here. Neither of my bottles look at all like the purple shown in the photo above. The formula on this was fine and it only took 2 easy coats on my nail to get the look I wanted. I don't know the wear time as I only wore this one day as I didn't like the color it turned out to be when dry. I tried this again only using a white base coat and only 1 coat of polish that I floated on slightly heavy and once it dried it still turned dark and matte but the blue shimmers were still visible in the dried polish, only they were matte and didn't shimmer either, so I don't know what the point of adding them to the polish was. This actually is not pretty at all when dry. It turns dark and drab and those blue specks make it look dirty. I've tried numerous times to like this one, but I just don't. Giving it a shiny top coat helps, but it still has that darkened dirty look. No, thank you to this one. It simply isn't a good fit for me, but maybe someone else will absolutely love this one. I don't.

Skincare - Body -Kai -Kai Body Buffer

on 9/11/2018 1:16:00 PM


I've used the Kai body buffer for several years. I was able to buy it in stores, but haven't been able to find it for a while. I received an email that it is back and I was able to purchase it from the company website. It's as good as ever. Of course I love the Kai fragrance, but the exfoliating sponge is high quality and it lasts a long time. Just add some water and it lathers nicely and leaves my skin smooth. When the body wash inside the sponge runs out I just add a little Kai body wash to it. It is expensive, but not a bad overall value when you consider how long it lasts.

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Fragrances -TokyoMilk -Bulletproof


This scent was love at first whiff for me, and has become my signature fall/winter scent. I feel like a a mysterious, sexy woods witch whenever I wear this scent. Everyone’s different, but for me, the initial bright aspect of the smoked tea note wears off quickly and leaves behind a gorgeous, sultry-sweet incense-y scent rife with ginger, cedar, and a touch of coconut, just enough to make the scent firmly feminine. I’m often complimented on this scent when I wear it, and two gentle spritzes last me roughly six hours before needing to reapply. Hands-down, Bulletproof is my favorite TokyoMilk/MargotElena offering, and at the $28 price point, who could go wrong?

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Eye Shadow -Anastasia Beverly Hills -Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

on 9/11/2018 1:04:00 PM


This warmer neutrals palette is a holy grail if, and *ONLY* if:

you're a more mature person, well into your thirties and upward, looking for an amazing, super-versatile, everyday palette for work. If you fit into this category, you'll enjoy the mattes and shimmers immensely. You won't get bored, as you can combine these in so many ways, always staying within that safe, work-appropriate spectrum. You can also dial these up for a sophisticated but intense smokey look for night.
If you belong to a younger crowd, this is a wonderful staples palette. If you can afford it, go for it- but consider this a base for your eyeshadow collection and not the star. You can count on this for perfect crease mattes and very chic metallic toppers. It will work great with other, more adventurous, palettes. You don't get exciting looks with this. If used alone, it will enhance your natural features in a soft glam way (yes, the name is very spot on), and that's pretty much it. But there's a lot to be said for excellent basics, so don't rule it out. If, however, you are looking for an affordable alternative so you can build your eyeshadow collection, Wet n Wild Color Icon palettes are great!

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Lipstick -Makeup Revolution -Chauffeur

on 9/11/2018 1:01:00 PM

Chauffeur is a mauve-based nude shade, with a satin [nearly matte, with a slight bit of slip] finish. The shade is a great everyday/all seaons-type of nude for people with fair/light skintones. There are two versions of this lipstick - a regular black tube and a LE rose gold tube. The shade is the same, so don't get caught out by the different packaging.
Chauffeur is very similar to Revolution's Soph Nude Lipstick in Cake; it's not a dead-on dupe, but is close enough that if you own one then you don't need the other.

Yep; there are already a ton of nude shades out there already, but what you're paying for here is the formula - it is the perfect balance between being a slippy-and-weaker creme and a bit-too-dry matte finish. I think it applies easily in one swipe and sets very quickly, so you are getting the strong colour, [almost] traditional matte finish with good pigmentation & staying power, minus the tight & drying feeling you can get from a fully matte lipstick. As a partway-to-creme formula you get a more comfortable & slightly-moisturized feeling, minus most of the slip and weaker staying power. This'll usually wear for around 4 hours before I'll need to refresh it; TBH I have got lots of lipsticks that wear for longer, but not any from brands that cost less than many magazines.

The only reason that I've clicked on 'no' for repurchase is because of the closeness to Cake; I already own that and only bought Chauffeur because the online swatch looks different to how it looks on the lips, so the brand needs to update their swatches. Out of the two shades I'd recommend Chauffeur to people - you get an extremely similar shade to Cake, with the same finish and wear time as it, but for less money.

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Foundations -Catrice -HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

on 9/11/2018 12:31:00 PM


This foundation has become my HG liquid foundation. For so many reasons:

- it looks natural, not cakey
- easy to apply, it is a serum foundation, the cap has a built-in eyedropper, I just put some drops on my foundation brush
- long wearing
- medium to heavy coverage, it is very pigmented
- matte finish, can make it dewy by combining with a drop of facial oil

The bottle says it is mattifying. I can't tell because I have normal skin.

I'm an NC20 and use the shade 30 Sand Beige.

The Catrice website ( has 18 shades. Ulta only carries four shades.

I love the way this looks on my skin because I have textured skin and this has a slight blurring effect. Best of all, it costs $10.99.

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