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Lips -Three Custom Color Specialists -Custom Blended Lipstick

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I reached out to 3 custom with a strange request: black lip stain (like a benetint sort of product). They offer a lip-and-cheek stain in several ready-to-wear colors, but custom colors are not advertised on their website. Still, when I e-mailed them they told me they could do it for their regular fee.

Their lip stains work like any other: translucent washes of color that stain the lips. But they come in a solid balmy form instead of a watery form like Benetint.

My custom black lip stain arrived in lipstick tubes, and applied like a sheer glossy black lipstick. When blotted down, it becomes a nice matte translucent wash of color that wears fairly well and doesn't settle into the lines of my lips. The staining power isn't as strong as a good-quality liquid lip stain, but it looks and wears better than any black stain I've tried to create by blotting down an ordinary black lipstick. More or less, it looks like Urban Decay Oil Slick but without all the shine.

For such an odd request, they didn't do a bad job.

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Liquid -BeneFit Cosmetics -Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation

on 7/11/2018 11:27:00 AM

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Edited: I am downgrading this foundation I wore it to work the other day I used it with my usual products 2 primers (Unicorn essence & porefessional) setting powder (La Mer) Fixing spray (Fix+) setting spray (all-nighter) by the end of the day I looked horrifying. Where I work my desk is right by a lot of glass & I was super boiling but never ever has my make up looked so bad, I am downgrading & would definitely not re purchase. Which is a shame as the initial finish is very pretty.
Original review...
I really like this foundation. I usually use Dior or Sisley or La Mer foundations but when buying the Benefit blush bar & porefessional & precisely my Brow pencil the girl on the Benefit counter asked if I had a minute to try this foundation. She applied it and I loved it. I bought it in the shade 2 (I’m fair with warm undertones) it really does blur beautifully rather than full on cover. it’s a lovely soft matte your skin but better almost serumy foundation which is long wearing it’s a beautiful summer foundation. I think it is very pretty. I wouldn’t usually consider Benefit for base make up but this is lovely and I reach for it often. I do wish the packaging was a bit more classy & grown up and a pump would have been ideal but nevemind it’s what’s inside that counts. I can see myself re purchasing.


Hair -Unlisted Brand -Sachajuan - Leave In Conditioner

on 7/11/2018 11:23:00 AM

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It's not super-moisturizing, so if you have really dry hair, this isn't for you. I have curly, medium-dry hair and the only way I can use this is to spray it very generously on damp hair until it gets almost wet. This leaves it silky, doesn't give much body, but more or less OK. I'm also not a fan of silicone in the ingredients list and the smell is overbearing and very cheap-sweet.


Foundations -Dior -Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion

on 7/11/2018 11:13:00 AM

I love most Dior foundations, I adore Airflah & love Diorskin forever (both formulation’s & the 24hr full coverage version) Nude Air & love the Diorskin forever foundation powder Compact , Diorskin Star was ok too though I found like the 24hr full coverage I had to thin it with a little oil. I thought I would love this to but I don’t. It’s very sheer. I’ve had tinted moisturizers that offer more coverage. It’s very much a barely there demi Matte I have pretty good skin so just like a foundation to even me out & be unifying & skinlike. This was skinlike but just not unifying enough for me. I love the SPF factor 35 in this and the compact design itself is very pretty but the product itself leaves much to be desired. Also it only contains 15g and I found it ran out very very quickly. I’m only too happy to pay out for great products but this didn’t impress.

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Hair -Kenra -Dry Oil Conditioning Mist

on 7/11/2018 11:05:00 AM

My hair is silky the day after I wash it, but day 2,3, etc hair becomes very dry, brittle, thick and bushy. I would usually just start piling coconut or almond oil into it to keep the frizz and volume down but this meant that my hair would be plastered down and lacking movement, and my hair would still feel parched until next wash.

I got this dry conditioner at Ulta in hopes that it would give me that silky, freshly washed texture without having to re-wet my hair. I know I can always just cowash or spray with water to put moisture back in, but sometimes my waves come out just right and I don't want to wet my hair at all.

I think if your hair is in the healthy to somewhat dry range, this works wonderfully. The underside of my hair does not have the moisture issues that the canopy does and it actually re-conditions it, and even defines my waves, beautifully. Zero frizz there.

For the areas of my hair that have been bleached and Japanese straight permed - I feel like I need to unload the can on those sections. It does not give me back the very silky just-washed feeling as I had hoped for from this product. If the product is used liberally, I'd say it gives me maybe a 20%-30% increase in moisture and frizz reduction (which is still something). The good thing about it though is that my hair remains a little more touchable and full of swing, unlike the greasy oils and butters. I have been using this all over and then just lightly touching up those very parched areas with oil, rather than plastering my whole hair with grease.

I have noticed that my hair feels in slightly better condition since using this. I have also been doing Olaplex monthly and cowashing most of the time, so the positive changes could be from that, too.

A big positive to this is that the smell lingers in your hair. One struggle I have with 2nd and 3rd day hair is that i like for my hair to smell fresh. I actually got a dry shampoo to help with this but if I am just soaking the natural oils with it (the reason I am not washing my hair in the first place), then what's the point. This helps me go longer between washes because my hair smells clean even if it's not.

One negative is that this product is not travel-friendly. Traveling is definitely s time when I might avoid washing my hair and would rather just remoisturize with an easy product like this. But if you are like me and like to travel with just a carry-on, you can't bring this.

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Cleansers -Neutrogena -Fresh Foaming Cleanser

on 7/11/2018 10:49:00 AM

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I've been using this for about ten years, ever since my dermatologist recommended it to me for regular maintenance following a successful round of Accutane. Though I occasionally stray, I always come back: it cleanses thoroughly, removes all of my non-waterproof makeup, and has never given me an issue with regards to acnes or dryness.

As far as cons go, I wish it had a different scent -- the lemony fragrance reminds me a bit of household cleaning products. It can leave my skin feeling a little tight directly after cleansing, but my toner and moisturizer take great care of that. For those two things and nothing else, I'm taking off a star -- but for functionality, it's amazing.

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Brows -Maybelline -Brow Drama Shaping Chalk Powder

on 7/11/2018 10:09:00 AM

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Always on the hunt for a great brow product and with blonde hair and dark blonde brows it's often hard to find the right shade for my tone. This was labeled as shade 100 Blonde. It was still slightly too dark for me but would have been passable if I was going for Cara Delvingne brows.

Here is how Maybelline describes it :
Brow Drama® Shaping Chalk™ Eyebrow Powder
Bring on boldly filled, softly-shaped brows with Maybelline’s first ever eyebrow powder. The loose powder formula fills in smooth color, while the thick-to-thin brush applicator creates instant definition. Flawlessly shaped brows are made easy.

This is not a product that can be used on it's own and needs to be used in conjunction with another brow item like a pencil or cream to shape the edges while this fills in the center. It describes on the package how the thin edge side can do thin lines and the wide paddle side can fill in with color.

It sounds so simple and what could go wrong? Well, the powder has a LOT of fallout all over your cheeks is what. I've tried blowing off the excess and tapping it off to prevent it and it doesn't prevent the powder from falling all over with application. I've tried wiping it first to remove the extra, but then there wasn't enough to do the job so that didn't work either. Cleanup is easy and it brushes right away but I shouldn't have to clean up after. I am in a rush enough at 5 am getting ready for work and I don't have time to do extra steps like cleaning up after a messy product. It also does not do the edges like a pencil or cream can (I get that it claims softly shaped brows) but it looked messy and needed that edge created by a pencil and it needed too much fiddling with overall. This does look great once you get it on. It doesn't stay well though and even with a setting spray I was seeing patchy areas in my brows in a few hours and had to do some touch up.

I am very disappointed in this one and I did call Maybelline though and inform them why I didn't like their product so they can make some improvements. If you don't mind fiddling with this, it works okay but I don't have time for it so it's a not a fit for my lifestyle and needs.

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Conditioner -OGX -Keratin Oil

on 7/11/2018 9:51:00 AM

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I don't understand the reviews here but my experience with my long, fine, slightly ripply hair is that the product left it dry and unable to comb easily when wet. My hair did not feel soft or silky nor comb-able. Going back to Hask smoothing conditioner.

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Styling Products -Silk Elements -Strengthen n Silk Thermal Silk

on 7/11/2018 9:31:00 AM

I have spent decades looking for a product that I can leave in my hair and go. I have some waves and because of the too often coloring routines, my hair can be very frizzy. I used this without the heat and I was so surprised of how soft my hair looked and felt. I tried it with heat and noticed that my hair got straight so easily. Most importantly, this is a product that when you wash out, you still feel how soft your hair has become. No need to use curling or flat irons any more.


Lips -Unlisted Brand -Erborian matte for Lips Soft As Powder Lip Balm

on 7/11/2018 8:30:00 AM

Very, very interesting. We constantly read about and write about MLBB-but this really is... in a different way. This is a little glass pot, $20 at Sephora. It’s a very siliconey balm (took off lippies because a stick would be better ) that folks in all lip lines, tints the lips a faint red, and takes about 100 years off your lips. As we age, the lips sink a bit-this is not a plumper-but it does provide the most gorgeous, natural lip I’ve ever seen. Please, please make a berry tinted one!

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