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Lipstick -Urban Decay -Vice Outspoken

I bought Outspoken not long after it was launched, and it is very lovely. It is a warm, semi-metallic mauve on me, and since the UD Metallized formula is a little bit drier, it does last pretty well even without liner. On its own it looks great, but it looks amazing with a clear or mauve gloss blotted on top as well. I also like that the proceeds benefit a charity for women, so I have zero regrets at all about this purchase.

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Lipstick -Urban Decay -Vice Lipstick - Rapture


I bought Rapture due to how well-loved it is on the makeup board here on MUA, and I do not regret it. It is a lovely, shiny, medium-pigment mauve that looks great with so many different looks. It is a non-nude neutral that can be work to work easily for most people, and it feels so luxurious on the lips. The packaging is very nice as well. Overall, this is another gem from the UD Vice line, and I am glad to have it in my collection.

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Skincare - Face -Julep -Boost Your Radiance Reparative Rosehip Seed Facial Oil


I actually found this in a basket of skin care stuff someone left on top of our recycling dumpster! Most things were sealed, including a pack of towelettes. I grabbed some items, including this. It looked expensive from the packaging. It's not something I'd buy new for myself, and I never even heard of the brand. I wanted to see what the fuss about facial oils is about. I was sure it would be some greasy mess!

Not so...1 or 2 drops is all you need to make your skin soft and smooth. I've used it around the lines under my eyes, on my forehead, and at the corners of my mouth. I let it sink it, then apply moisturizer and make up. The oil smooths out my lines and seems to minimize my foundation "settling" into my lines. I've been using it daily for over 5 months now, and I'd definitely recommend it to someone. It is just part of my morning routine, since nobody sees my skin while I'm sleeping, LOL. I'm 56 with dry skin, lines, and lots of spots. :-( The fragrance is subtle, kind of citrusy-pine like. Be careful not to tip the bottle over, as it's pretty easy to do.

Only reason I wouldn't get it again is because of the price. I wouldn't pay that much for any cosmetic.

I like that the bottle is clear so you can see how much you have left though.

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Skincare - Body -Egyptian Magic -Healing Cream

on 9/8/2018 2:21:00 PM


I had to chuckle when I read a review comparing Egyptian Magic to Aquaphor. One has to just take a quick look at the ingredients to know (hopefully) that you cannot compare a truly remarkable skin healer to this petrolatum (aka mineral oil) laden garbage you should never put on your skin in the first place.

Egyptian Magic is all natural, while Aquaphor is most definitely not. The first one, although of an "oily" consistency, will not clog your pores, while the other will, which then usually result in huge pores and breakouts.

Anyway, long story short, I find Egyptian Magic to be the go-to skin and hair product, and never had a reaction, or a single pimple (and I do have combination to oily skin) develop from using it. When I over-process my hair, I use Egyptian Magic to restore the shine and silky feel. Once a week hair "mask" of Egyptian Magic, wrapped in a warm towel, seem to work wonders on split ends as well.
I also apply Egyptian Magic on my GSD's skin issues; he is an older dog, not as active as he used to be, and he sometimes develops very bad hot spots that seem to also get instantly infected with resistant bacterial strains... The poor guy has to take antibiotics for that but, when I add Egyptian Magic to the treatment, the hot spots heal much faster, and without scarring.

Egyptian Magic might be a bit overpriced but, for what it does for me and my pet, I highly recommend this product.

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Lipstick -Urban Decay -Vice Lipstick

on 9/8/2018 2:19:00 PM


I've purchased two shades from this line so far, in crème formulas. Both glide on easily with your typical crème shine that wears down within about an hour to a matte look. Long lasting enough, leaves a slight color stain if you don't have a chance to reapply. Not drying to the lips, but stays put, no feathering. To the colors...

1) Ravenswood. Are you looking for a mid-toned MLBB shade? Neither too dark nor light, the beauty of this particular shade is hard to pin down, I can only compare to other crème lipsticks with a similar depth of color. It's not nearly as mauve as Revlon's Mauvy Night, not as reddish as Maybelline's Rum Raisin, not as brown as Revlon's smoky rose. It's described as a warm plum. Whatever - the shade is frickin' perfection, really pretty and wearable day or night. Great color payoff in one swipe.

2) Tryst. A hot coral upon application, it dries down pretty quickly to one of those super bright happy summer pinkish reddish orangey shades. LOVE. I had a similar color in a Lancôme lipstick which I immediately tossed, this formula is so much better. Not an everyday shade, but super vibrant and fun.

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Hair Treatments -AVEDA -Invati Advanced Scalp Revitalizer


The final part of the 'Invati' hair loss & hair thinning 3-step system. Unlike the shampoo and conditioner which I've reviewed separately, this one is designed to be used daily. I use this in the morning, spraying approximately a dozen times as I find that much is just right to cover my scalp completely.

I cannot comment on the stand alone benefits of this as I've used it alongside the rest of the system whilst on a short break from my usual hair loss product, however used together it is working quite well. The Revitalizer in particular gives my hair volume at the roots and a lift which makes it appear thicker. It has the same fragrance of the other 2 products but with a strong overtone of alcohol and also a bit more 'earthy' if that's the right word. Personally I don't mind it, but it definitely isn't for everyone! I do find the alcohol a bit strong for my scalp and can irritate it if I use too soon after dyeing or bleaching my hair, whilst my scalp is still sensitive. On a daily basis though it doesn't seem to cause any issues, most likely due to the long list of botanicals in it that I'm guessing counteract the drying effects of the alcohol.

All in all an effective range, now updated and better than the previous version which I also tried many years back. One of the better hair loss products out there although a little pricey in the long run, especially this one as it has to be used daily, forever.

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

Styling Products -Alterna -Caviar Repair Multi-Vitamin Heat Protection Spray

on 9/8/2018 2:12:00 PM


This is a great product since it doubles as a leave in conditioner and heat protecter. I don't heat style often, but do not have any damage since using this product. A little bit goes a long way.

Foundations -Arbonne -Perfecting Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15


One of the best foundations I have ever used. Being an air hostess my skin is constantly dry and I'm always using different foundations to keep my skin hydrated, anti-aged and looking healthy. Its very light and you don't need to much to cover your face and does provide long lasting full coverage.It even lasts the a full flight, without even topping up, but this would vary on skin tone. Even after removing the makeup, my skin feels healthy and moisturised. One of the many bonuses is that it isn't that expensive, and its not full of chemicals that are bad for your skin.

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Liquid -Urban Decay -All Nighter Foundation

on 9/8/2018 12:51:00 PM


This foundation is a pretty mattifying one and controls oil more than any other foundation that I've tried. A little goes a long way and I must say that you can get the porcelain finish that it promises and a full coverage. The staying power is great. The cons are that I feel that it causes acne like the most foundations I've tried Mac studio fix and you feel like your face is not breathing. Also a problem is that if you have golden undertones like I do you can't really find your shade. They have a range of more pink and neutral undertones. I got the 7.75 which in the winter fits just fine especially when it oxidizes a bit but the 8.0 is far too dark and grayish even after tanning in the summer months. It's also a bit pricey. What can I say. I'll still be on the hunt for the best foundation.

Treatments (Eye) -Tatcha -Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream

There's nothing special about this eye cream...just another overpriced Tatcha item. It's thick and takes a while to really sink in. I got it in a kit from QVC, which is about the only way this brand is affordable.

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