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Mascara -wet n wild -megaslim SKINNY MASCARA


Was hoping this would be like NYC sky length or insta lash. But like there no product on this matter how many times I had dipped and repeat.

Treatments (Face) -Unlisted Brand -Hibiclens

on 8/11/2018 3:53:00 PM


This stuff is amazing. I had a reoccurring outbreak of folliculitis on one of my temples and my derm recommended that I was the area with hibiclens. I purchased it that same day, washed with it that night and by the next morning there was no sign of the folliculitis. It was like it had never been there at all, my skin looked flawless. I was so impressed that I came on MUA and read all the great reviews about how people use it for acne so I decided to give it a shot. I was having a small hormonal breakout on my cheeks so I massaged the hibiclens into just the areas where I was breaking out, left it on for a few minutes, washed it off and let it air dry. By the next day my breakout was flat and no longer inflamed. A true miracle worker, I will never be without this.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

Palettes -Essence -Spice Up Your Life Eyeshadow Palette

on 8/11/2018 3:48:00 PM


Gorgeous shades! Love this palette so much! There is not ONE shadow in it that doesn’t swatch beautifully. 16 shadows for $12.99 CAD, what a steal! There are a few more shimmer shades than matte ones but the balance works well for any eye look. Pigment is good, easy to blend out, not patchy at all. A tiny bit of fallout but nothing problematic and the packaging is oh so cute! A good variety of shades so you can get many different looks from this palette, particularly well suited for fall. I’m not one to wear much in the way of eyeshadow but my daughter is and she has created a wide range of looks with this palette.

5 of 5 people found this helpful.

Fragrances -Donna Karan -Black Cashmere

on 8/11/2018 3:46:00 PM


I don't get much from Black Cashmere, just thin incense on a cold woody base. Interesting in theory but it didn't "speak" to me.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Treatments (Face) -Neutrogena -Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot Gel

on 8/11/2018 3:37:00 PM


Purchased for my teenaged daughter in conjunction with the Rapid Clear Foaming Scrub to help her with hormonal acne breakouts and this has truly been a winning combination for her. She applied the spot gel to her blemishes (after cleansing) twice a day. The gel absorbs and leaves skin feeling as though you are wearing a smoothing primer which also makes any concealer or other makeup apply evenly and blemishes are less noticeable. Bear in mind this spot gel has 5% benzoyl peroxide so a bit stronger than the typical 2.5%. Product claims to reduce size of blemishes in as little as 2 hours. After the first day her acne was significantly reduced and after day 2, it was gone. Her skin is smooth in texture and I’m just glad she is no longer tempted to pick and cause damage leading to scars. Now she is using less concealer and foundation, rather having fun with makeup again instead of using it to cover up blemishes.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Cleansers -Neutrogena -Rapid Clear Foaming Scrub

on 8/11/2018 3:35:00 PM


Purchased for my teenaged daughter who is experiencing hormonal acne breakouts and her usual cleansers and treatment creams weren’t helping to clear up her skin which of course means she started to pick at her blemishes. This scrub contains salicylic acid and as a first step in her skin care routine it leaves her skin soft and clean without drying it out. She is super happy with the results. Her skin has cleared up and is completely blemish free but this is only one half of the equation. She paired this with the Neutrogena Stubborn Acne Spot Gel (see separate review) and it has not only cleared up her skin but buoyed her spirits and self-confidence in the process.

Fragrances -Guerlain -Mon Precieux Nectar [DISCONTINUED]

on 8/11/2018 3:01:00 PM


Sadly, I'm not a fan. I expected an ethereal white floral laced with almond which I normally love but this is WAY too sweet, dare I say artificial smelling. I get a mix of sugared blossoms and plastic doll, the overall impression is very juvenile and I don't get any of the usual Guerlain quality. Call me disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Fragrances -Serge Lutens -A La Nuit

on 8/11/2018 2:57:00 PM

Ah, a beauty! If you have a soft spot for jasmine you can't go through life without A La Nuit. Yes, it's a soliflore, the most realistic jasmine perfume I've ever smelled. Not green, not a white floral bouquet, not virginal or shy; just pure true to life unapologetic jasmine. Smells like peaceful summer nights with the bush nearby in full bloom.

The opening can be slightly overwhelming but it calms down soon afterwards. I prefer to spray somewhere lower on my body and not the wrists as I enjoy it more wafting around than up close. That said I'm not sure why you should buy A La Nuit instead of jasmine oil since you would get exactly the same result and longevity s mor the greatest either. Still I enjoy the perfume very much and I'm happy to have it in my collection.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

Hair Styling Tools -Rusk -Speed Freak Blow Dryer

This is my first non-drugstore blow dryer, and it really disappointed me. I started blow drying my hair again almost two years ago, and for the first year I used the Conair Infiniti Pro. I actually liked it, but figured that if I'm blow drying my hair twice a week I should invest in something better. I chose the Rusk Speed Freak based on the MUA reviews.

I've used the Rusk now for about a year and I really, really wanted to like it, but it has slowly dawned on me that it...isn't that good. For one thing, all the settings are hotter than they need to be. The highest setting on the Rusk is *way* too hot to use, so that gives me one less option. I think I tried it a couple of times and my hair looked dull, dry and awful - it clearly was doing some damage. I occasionally use the medium setting, but that's still pretty damn hot so I only use it for short blasts on hair that's more damp. Even the lowest setting is similar to the medium setting on my Conair. And the "cool blast" button on the Rusk is actually still kind of warm, so I'm not sure it has the same effect as a cool button that actually results in cold air. I almost exclusively use the lowest heat setting on the Rusk, because it's the only one that doesn't feel like it's scorching my hair (or make my hair look scorched afterwards).

Even using the lowest setting on the Rusk, I think my hair looks duller than when I used my cheapo Conair one for blowouts. Does it dry my hair faster than the Conair? Sure, but honestly, not by that much. It's pretty fast I guess if you use the hottest setting, but the resulting blowout is not really want you want, especially if you already have damaged hair.

I bleach my hair so damage from heat styling is a concern, and recently I did something dumb and my hair is more compromised than usual. I'm not going to stop blow drying my hair, but I knew I had to abandon the Rusk blow dryer and go back to my cheap, trusty Conair one, where I can actually do most of my blow drying with very low heat and minimal damage. And, I really do think my hair looks silkier and healthier in general after a blowout than with the Rusk.

I think the only reason I continued using the Rusk Speed Freak until now is that I didn't want to believe I wasted money on a blow dryer, but it is what it is. This one *might* be a good bet for people with really strong or virgin hair, but I don't think I'd recommend it for those with color treated or otherwise compromised hair who want to limit the damage of heat styling. You'll probably find, like me, that you pretty much have one usable setting with the Rusk Speed Freak.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Lotions/ Creams -Etude House -Moistfull Collagen Cream


I got this as part of my recent 'Asian skincare haul' after reading some good reviews about it online, plus the fact that it is one of Etude House's best-sellers. As a bonus I got it at promotion price - only $10.40 which is about half the normal cost! As a moisturizer I find it to be quite hydrating, without being oily or greasy, even though I use a decent sized amount. It is perfumed but not overly so, although I admit I actually like the fragrance. What I'm not too keen on however is the long list of unpronounceable ingredients, only a couple of which appear to be natural in any way. I'm quite conscious of what I apply to my skin and therefore wouldn't use this long time, unless it provided outstanding results (which I can't really say it does). I like it but would probably not purchase again.

On a side note, from the remainder of my Etude purchases I did really like 'Wonder Pore Deep Foaming Cleanser', 'SoonJung PH 5.5 Relief Toner' and also the 'Drawing Eye Brow' and would highly recommend these to try. Will try to do a review for them later, once I get a chance.

Selena x

~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. 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)

1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy
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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