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Moisturizers -Vichy -Aqualia Thermal Light

on 10/8/2018 2:01:00 PM


Used this for one night and the next full day.
Not sure what happened; wrinkles that were not there before appeared and were awful.
Since discontinuing and returning this product the pronounced lines have not returned.
This is probably great for some, however, I'll stick with Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Cream.
In addition, the Vichy 89 serum was equally as uninspiring.

Shampoo -Live Clean -Apple Cider Detox Shampoo


Used too frequently (3 x weekly in my case) this was too stripping and made my hair brittle and dry. However if I use it once a week it's perfect. Helps to clear any build up and leaves both my hair and scalp in a healthy, refreshed state. As I love ACV as a health supplement and been drinking it for years, this shampoo was something I just had to try. Plus it's organic, cruelty free etc, literally a whole list of good things to its credit. Also liking the 'Apple Cider Refresh Conditioner' which restores my hair condition and works perfectly with the shampoo. If you find once a week usage of the shampoo too much for your hair, I'd definitely recommend using the conditioner straight after - leaving in your hair for at least 5 minutes to get the softness and shine back which the shampoo when used alone tends to remove to some degree. One of my current favorite shampoos and one I will definitely be repurchasing.

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

Fragrances -CLINIQUE -Happy

on 10/8/2018 1:25:00 PM


What a refreshing treat! I don't know if Happy changed, or I did. I used to HATE this fragrance, and even gave it a 1-lippie review on MUA a few years back as I found it to be sour, high-pitched, and annoying. But I got yet another of those 0.14 oz sample sprays in my recent Clinique bonus and gave it another go. I LOVE HAPPY NOW!

Yes, it is very sharp and soapy when you first apply. But it dries down quickly to a delightfully fresh citrus-floral. I detect primarily tangerine/satsuma + fresh-cut jasmine & gardenia. There is not a hint of heaviness or sweetness to this. It came out 3 years after Estee Lauder Pleasures and reflects the same hyperclean spirit. Just makes you feel uplifted and smelling like you showered with a wonderful boutique soap. My little sample bottle has come in very handy when I've had to work a double shift at the hospital without time for a shower.

Maybe the difference is that Happy is officially 20 years old now and qualifies as a true classic, not just a '90s trend that played out. As for it not being "sexy," well, I love those sexy thick Oriental and woodsy fragrances but my spouse does not. He thinks I'm sexiest when I smell clean and fresh! So sexy is in the nose of the beholder I guess.

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Treatments (Face) -Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare - Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel

on 10/8/2018 1:07:00 PM


This medi-spa peel makes my skin brighter with a beautiful glow! The ingredients are stronger and even better than the extra strength peel, so I only use this peel once a week on Saturday night. I wash my face, then apply the pad to my face, neck, décolletage, and the back of my hands until it’s dry. I wait the full five minutes to apply step two (the firming peptide milk). I’m African-American with very sensitive skin so I don’t use any other treatment products the day prior and the day after using this peel since the ingredients are highly advanced. There is a slight medicinal scent to the peel, but it goes away immediately and the firming peptide milk doesn’t have any fragrance. I always apply sunscreen before going outside to protect the benefits of this product. I’m trying to get my skin so flawless that foundation will be optional and I’m getting there! I love the results of this medi-spa peel and I will continue to use it as part of my skincare routine.

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Brows -Maybelline New York -Brow Drama Pomade Crayon

on 10/8/2018 1:05:00 PM


Sampled this in Blonde shade. My natural brow color is an almost perfect match for Anastasia Taupe, so I have trouble with drug store brand products being too dark, too red or too yellow. This blonde shade falls into the too yellow family. The texture is smooth and a little sticky. I applied directly from the tube but I read another review where someone used a brush. The problem is the shade is not a good match, and I'm not fond of the color (you can tell where my natural brow, medium fullness, begins and ends, and I like a MBBB look). I wouldn't purchase again and I wouldn't recommend. I'd try ELF or NYX.

Treatments (Face) -Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare -Ferulic Acid+Plus Retinol Brightening Solution

on 10/8/2018 12:57:00 PM


I use this in conjunction with the medi-spa peel and the results are amazing! This serum makes my skin texture smoother, my spots from breakouts are fading quickly. The serum makes my overall skintone brighter. I use this Monday-Thursday, then I use the Dr. Dennis Gross Medi-Spa peel once a week on Saturday night. I’m African-American with very sensitive skin and I noticed slight irritation when I used this serum the day after using the peel so I don’t use this the day prior and after using the Medi-Spa peel. Sunscreen protects the benefits of this so I always apply SPF before going outside. I love this and I will continue to order it.

Palettes -BH Cosmetics -Desert Oasis Palette

on 10/8/2018 12:40:00 PM


I must say that the BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette is my favorite eye shadow palette that I've bought in the last year, and I've bought a lot of palettes! I recently went out of town for a week and this was the only eye shadow palette I brought with me- and that says A LOT because I usually bring three or four with me whenever I go out of town. This palette has everything going for it, good price, great dark matte shades, great light matte shades, nice shimmers, and a few colors that look metallic. The awesome thing about that is that all can be applied with a brush with no issues- no having to use your finger to apply these. They are all one swipe color shades that are creamy, blendable, highly pigmented, and no fall out. I cannot say enough good things about this palette- it is well worth picking up! My video review and swatches can be seen here:

Shampoo -Ion -Color Solutions - Color Defense

on 10/8/2018 12:39:00 PM

This review is for the formula WITH sulfates as I only wash my hair 2 times a week and I really need something that will protect my level 5 light chocolate brown hair color that I get done in a salon while throughly cleaning my hair of all of my built up dry shampoo from the days I don't wash. This works for exactly what I need it to do. It's a light, pink gel consistency that lathers very well but keeps my ends moisturized at the same time.

Liquid -Younique -Mineral Touch Liquid Foundation

on 10/8/2018 12:14:00 PM


This foundation is without a shadow of a doubt the worst I've ever tried! I won '£100 worth' of Younique makeup on a £1 raffle and received the foundation, concealer, a lip gloss & primer. Didn't seem like a lot for £100 but I thought I'd give it a go! The primer feels greasy and very siliconey on the skin - doesn't blur pores and isn't even very moisturising. I let it sit for a few minutes and applied the foundation... I was appalled!! It's so watery, it has a foul smell and makes your face look and feel like an oil slick 🤢 the coverage is extremely light! I tried to powder it down but ended up looking like a dry cakey gross mess!
I took it off as the smell was so off putting! I tried it again a couple of weeks later but this time with the concealer - OMG that stuff is disgusting! So thick that it doesn't blend - gives you creases you never knew you had.. Also it isn't transfer proof at all, most of it had rubbed off onto my shirt collar after an hour of wear. & As for the lip gloss - when messaging the "presenter" my shade , she told me I'd be getting a mystery lip product and asked if i had any colour preferences. I told her anything nude & I prefer a matte lip - she didn't even know what matte meant so I ended up with a clear lip gloss 😩 you can get similar ones from the £shop for superdrug for less than £1 :/ in conclusion - never ever ever waste your money on this ladies! Even though I won these for £1 It's not even worth that.. it seems to me like Younique prosucts in general are nothing but cheap Chinese imports with a high end price tag! (All ended up in the bin) To think you can buy Estée Lauder, Mac, Marc Jacobs & Charlotte Tilbury for a similar price point is absolutely absurd to me! Stay away from Younique...

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Brows -benefit Cosmetics -24 hour brow setter

on 10/8/2018 11:13:00 AM


Cute packaging, great product. I like that there is no colour to this gel and the applicator is AMAZING for getting all the brow hairs in place. 24 hr? Not so much but overall it is a good brow setting gel. The only thing I feel the need to point out is that this gel has the weirdest and worst smell ever. It smells like the fluoride trays the dentist puts in your mouth, which I find extremely offputting in the morning. If you can get past the smell though this is a great product and I would definitely recommend.

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