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Cleansers -Philosophy -when hope is not enough creamy cleanser

on 3/12/2019 4:29:00 PM

Meh, nothing special, high foaming creamy cleanser. Not as good as Shiseido or the Mac Coral Glass cleansers. Not very remarkable, I ended up finishing as body wash. I recommend you try first.

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Mascara -Unlisted Brand -Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

on 3/12/2019 4:29:00 PM

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This is one if the most popular mascaras in my country.if you ask 10 girls to name their HG mascara,I bet at least five of them would say Doucce (another popular one is Deep Romance,but that's another review)
now the point is that,is Doucce Punk really that good?well,it's a pretty good mascara.it volumizes lashes very well without getting clumpy.one can use it for daily makeup with one coat,also can create dramatic lashes whenever needed with more than one coat.but it wasn't a favorite for me because I have straight lashes and my lashes couldn't hold curl whenever I used this mascara and that's very important for me
It also has a huge wand.I like mascaras with big and fat brushes but this may be a negative in some people's book
However I won't repurchase,I believe it deserves four lippies as I've seen it on my sister in law's lashes.she has pretty good and curly lashes,this mascara made her lashes look like false lash but not in a bad,trying too hard,insect legs kind of way and it looked awesome even after a busy 12 hour work night( she's nurse),so I agree that it's a very good mascara just not for me.it's priced 10$ not expensive but not very cheap either
Unfortunately in my country it's fake is very common.so one should be careful to find and buy an original

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Treatments (Face) -Unlisted Brand -Holy Snails Shark Sauce

on 3/12/2019 4:16:00 PM

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I just finished my first bottle of this and I love it! I am going to try The Ordinary Niacinamide next, but if that one is a fail, I'm going to return to this. I'm 1/2 Asian and as a result, I am susceptible to sun damage and hyperpigmentation. I also have large pores, oil and some lines (I'm over 40.) This did not irritate my skin at all, sinks in immediately, and smells like nothing. It's just a lightweight gel. I used two drops every night all over my face. The Ordinary has twice the Niacinamide, but doesn't have the other ingredients that this has, so it may not work as well, but we shall see. I would not hesitate to repurchase this product. Just for reference, my night time skincare routine is: oil cleanse, foaming cleanse, tone, Vitamin C serum, Niacinamide serum, moisturizer, eye cream, and lash serum. I have been doing this for about 6 months and I can now wear very lightweight foundations and my skin looks great.

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Polishes -Unlisted Brand -Lemming Lacquer - Equniox

on 3/12/2019 4:04:00 PM

#11 2019 - Equinox was Lemming Lacquer’s contribution to the December 2018 PPU. The theme for the month was Enchanted Forest. It is a mossy green jelly with fiery shifting shimmers and purple to blue to gold to orange to pink shifting iridescent flakes. The iridescent flakies really stand out making this a pretty and unique polish.

As this is a jelly formula the 1st coat is sheer but became fully opaque with the second coat. My nails are short, so if you have longer nails you might need another coat. It applied smoothly and evenly with no running or pooling. The gorgeous flakies spread evenly across the nail bed with no manipulation on my part. It dries a bit on the shiny side but with a glossy top coat the color and flakies really stand out.

Equniox comes packaged in a standard polish bottle with a standard brush. It isn’t innovative but it works well.

I love this polish and would definitely repurchase, however there were only 125 bottles available and those sold out so I doubt it will ever be available again. The cost was $12 which is about average for Indie polishes.

I will update in a few days on wear, removal and staining.

UPDATE: Great wear - 5 days no chips. I only removed because I wanted a color change. Removal was easy and there was no staining.

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Lip Gloss -BECCA -Glow Gloss

on 3/12/2019 4:00:00 PM

These are pretty standard but nice glosses. I have Beach Nectar and Lilac Geode. The first one is a bronzy rose shade, and the second one is a light golden nude pink (there is no lilac as the name suggests.) They are both nice and last about as long as a typical gloss, which is not that long. They feel smooth, not sticky, and are moisturizing. Both are quite sheer but add a little something to your face, so these are a good option to wear with a bold eye. They are not scented but have a very mild minty quality that's a bit refreshing. I would probably buy these again, but maybe in different colors.

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Lip Treatments -NYX Professional Makeup -#THISISEVERYTHING Lip Oil

on 3/12/2019 3:54:00 PM

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I bought this at Ulta as an impulse purchase. I've been into really natural looking makeup lately, so I thought this would be a nice moisturizing tinted gloss. I bought Sheer Berry. I normally carry a regular Chapstick in my purse, but recently during an overnight trip to NYC, I forgot to pack one. I had this with me, so I used it as my Chapstick for 2 days. It failed on a few counts. It's not as moisturizing as the name 'Lip Oil' would lead you to believe. It's more of a gloss, although the first ingredient is mineral oil. In case you don't know, mineral oil is an occlusive: it doesn't moisturize, but it holds in moisture that's already there. (Interestingly enough, I once attended a skincare demo where the presenter submerged a saltine cracker in mineral oil to show its properties. 10 minutes later, instead of being soggy, the cracker still snapped in half.) It also doesn't last on the lips and I found myself reapplying frequently. But the color is very sheer and natural, which is the only good thing about this product. In the future I will need to wear a moisturizing balm underneath, which defeats the purpose of this product.

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Loose Powders -e.l.f. Cosmetics -High Definition Powder

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Packaging:

To be honest nearly all of them have the same packaging a plastic jar with a lid and a different name on it. I even think it’s the same company who is creating them

Longevity:

It does what it should it keeps my makeup on and prevents it from running of my face. The powder is very fine and soft which I do enjoy!

I also would recommend using less powder since it will give you the best finish! I do not like to bake with it because it will show dry areas on your face, but it still does a good job and keeps the makeup flawless all day long!

Pros:

- It feels smooth similar to silk.
- Keeps my makeup stay put during the day whole day (I live in the tropics we have 30-40degrees!)
- Mattifies my skin and gave it a very smooth finish.
- Able to close the opening part from the jar + lid to keep and protect the powder from losing some of it.

Cons:

- $16aud for about 8g of product isn’t cheap and isn’t crazy expensive but I thought that I would get more product for that price as I read lots of people saying that it’s so cheap and it’s good value for that price. I don’t think it is!

All in all I am very happy with this product, it can’t compete with the Kryolan HD powder which is in my opinion the best translucent powder that you can get..

However, I do think that the product can compete with most high end products and to be honest it does a really good job for the price!






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Lips -RIMMEL -Lasting Finish Lipstick

on 3/12/2019 3:38:00 PM

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I have Heather Shimmer (browny pink) and Amethyst Shimmer (muted purply-pink). Both have a pretty glossy, lightly shimmery finish. The colours are very pretty, Heather being quite natural looking and Amethyst being a little bolder but wearable.
Applying the lipsticks is fine, they go on very softly and are reasonably bold, but bleed a little bit, so don't expect razor-sharp precision without a liner. However, the moisturising illusion totally wears off within a few hours, at which point my lips looked quite shrivelled! Lip balm is a must before you apply. The lipstick also transfers easily but is quite long wear regardless.
I bought these in a third-off sale. I do not think I would want to purchase these full price- I'd rather go hunting for something a little better quality. But they were a good buy for £3.30!

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Treatments (Eye) -KORRES Natural Products -Black Pine 3D Sculpting, Firming & Lifting Super Eye Serum

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I received a deluxe sample of this whilst purchasing some of Korres' full size products (shower gels and body butters) which I loved! According to the SA, both the Black Pine eye serum and face serum contain by far the most 'pine' actives from that specific line up, meaning if I want to truly put pine extract to the test, then it's one of these I should opt for. I chose the eye serum and so far I'm so far liking it! It has a thin and runny consistency that goes on and absorbs easily, and without feeling tacky. I dab a very small amount under my eye and on the upper lid, both AM and PM, patting it in until it's absorbed. Keep in mind you should use an eye cream over this for best results (apparently you can use any!).

Early days still as I'm only on day 4 of my sample, but in this short stint it's definitely helped very lightly brighten my eye area and also makes me look more awake if that's even possible!? I don't really have fine lines or pufiness around my eyes (which it also purports to tackle) so I can't comment on that, but the effect I'm seeing so far is great. Most eye area products I use don't do much for me so it's nice to see something different. Love the sleek packaging and applicator too which I checked out whilst the SA demonstrated how to apply the sample. 


Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled 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. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment 


Lipstick -MAC Cosmetics -Satin Lipstick - Twig

on 3/12/2019 2:55:00 PM

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I really wanted a pinky-brown lipstick that actually looked natural (the much sought after "my lips but better" look) against my medium-brown complexion. So I bit the bullet and decided to buy a MAC lipstick for the first time, and after a lot of research, I chose Twig!
It wasn't exactly what I was aiming for because the colour pulled a little too pink to look absolutely natural, but it's still a beautiful, casual colour. I've never really found a non-bold lip colour I've loved as much as this one. You might also recognise it as the lipstick worn by Rachel from Friends and Captain Janeway from Star Trek- both fashion icons! Sharing something with them is super fun.
As for the formula. I was instantly impressed by how it even covered my dark-ish top lip with just one swipe and while it does transfer when I drink, it stays on for hours and hours. But I always prefer satin formulas because they are soft and generally not too drying, yet this one was pretty brutal in terms of its lip-shrivelling factor. I feel like I have to wait for days when my lips are having a good day in terms of moisture to wear this lipstick, which is a real shame for something so pretty!

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