Polishes -Sally Hansen -Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish

on 7/19/2018 8:35:00 PM

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The brush is way to wide for real nails so when you apply it it goes onto the skin past the nail


Sunscreen -Canmake -Mermaid Skin Gel SPF50

on 7/19/2018 8:11:00 PM

I bought this thinking it would be a good alternative to the Biore sunscreen, because my Biore one sometimes pills under makeup. Unfortunately, even though most people's reviews on the Canmake mention that they experience no pilling, I experienced pilling that was far worse than the Biore. Perhaps it's the way it's interacting with my skincare underneath, but I'm not about to stop using those products for this sunscreen. It also leaves a very shiny finish, but in a dewy way, not in a slick oily way. I find that it leaves whitish streaks and you have to try to 'blend it in' even though you're not supposed to rub in sunscreen too much.

Overall, because of the unacceptable pilling and the fact that it's not water/sweat-resistant (why would mermaids use this?), I won't be repurchasing this. Will probably use on days when I'm staying indoors and not have to put makeup on, or on my neck.


Lip Liners -Revlon -Colorstay Lip Liner in Nude 630

on 7/19/2018 7:25:00 PM

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I forgot that I bought this a couple years back and didn't care for it. This was on sale at CVS so I picked up nude. As soon as I tried to apply it to my lips I remembered why I didn't like it before. First, application took forever. I had to keep reapplying over and over before I had any color payout. The color was ok, a decent match to my lips but kind of unnatural looking. I noticed 4 hours into the workday that my liner color was bleeding like crazy. That has never happened to me before. I was using a tried and true lipstick so I knew the liner could be the only culperate. Will not waste my money again (even on sale it was 7.00!). Doubt I ever use again so likely this will end up in the garbage.


Contour -e.l.f. -Contour Palette

on 7/19/2018 6:43:00 PM

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The powders in this palette are soft and feel far more luxurious than the price I paid for them. If not for e.l.f. logo, one could easily mistake this palette for a high end product.  Although I'm a brown girl, my skin is on the lighter side of the spectrum so I opted to get the Light palette because the contour and bronzer colours seemed dark enough and I wasn't wrong! They show up on my skin beautifully and blend like a dream.  Meanwhile, I use the lighter matte powder to set my concealer/foundation and I find myself reaching for the highlighter shade often as well. This surprises me because the shade is very white so I assumed it would look chalky on me. On the contrary, this shade has a nice shimmer to it and blends right into the tops of my cheeks with a highlighter brush I got in the Tarte Holiday brush set.  All in all, this is one of my favourite e.l.f. purchases ever and I will definitely rebuy.

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Makeup Brushes -e.l.f. -Studio Blush Brush

on 7/19/2018 6:41:00 PM

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I use this product everyday, but rarely for blush! I actually use it to set my undereye and my t-zone since it's the perfect size. It picks up powder nicely, pressed or loose, and dusts it on exactly where I want it.  Additionally, I also use this for light contouring on my cheekbones and jawline and it does a great job. I can't believe how little I paid for such a versatile brush As much as I enjoy my high-end tools, E.l.f. often kills it when it comes to certain products and this is one of them.

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Skincare - Face -L'Oreal -Paris Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray

on 7/19/2018 6:40:00 PM

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This was just ok for me. Nothing particularly special. At around 16$ CA, it's not exactly cheap either. On the positive side,you have the fact that it sprays fairly evenly which feels nice against the skin, there isn't a strong scent that I can detect, and it's great for wetting my brush when I'm applying a colourful eyeshadow and I really want the colour to pop.  On the other hand, there is no way this extends the wear of my makeup because there's zero difference by the end of my work day where I use the spray or not. I'll probably buy something else once I run out of this one.

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Cleansers -Bioderma -Sebium Purifying Foaming Gel

on 7/19/2018 6:16:00 PM

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Not too bad but there are better options. I have combination skin with normal to dry cheeks, oilyish t-zone. This didn't cause a problem for any of them. I used it only once a day and didn't find it drying. My skin actually felt softer after every time I washed my face with it. Cleans well too.

But the fragrance is a dealbreaker. It has a nice, light smell but scented products often cause a pimple for me and indeed this does too. Not all the time, but I do get one pimple clearly caused by this every now and then. I feel safe to say the problem was this as all the other products I use are the same and on my face I only get pimple(s) on my chin during PMS time. Never anywhere else. After I started to wash my face with this, sometimes I get one pimple on my nose and other areas. Never more than one pimple so not THAT irritating, but still, there are other face washes that I had no problem with.

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Concealers -It Cosmetics -Bye Bye Under Eye

on 7/19/2018 5:54:00 PM

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It’s just alright. It is very thick and sticky, and you have to work fast with it. I use my fingers to spread it. I do have to powder afterwards or else it’ll stay sticky. The packaging is ok but it’s a very small tube and it will “implode” if you take it on an airplane. I dont think it’s a good value compared to other higher end concealers like Nars creamy concealer. Also, it’s made in China which really turned me off for such a pricy little thing.

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Primer/ Corrector -Dr. Brandt -Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer

on 7/19/2018 5:51:00 PM

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Well, I put this on and it did blur my pores, but I could see them clear as day on the middle of my forehead. The consistency of this primer is great, smooth - not too greasy - and not like other pore filling primers that are thick (Becca). I didn't notice a smell, either. I only purchased the mini size, which was still expensive.

First day wearing - I have inflamation forming around my nose area (both sides by my nose on my cheeks) where my pores are normally the WORST. Clear as day redness forming. I also have a little redness on the middle of my forehead between my two eyebrows. The ingredients in my version are different from the ingredients listed here, so I think something has changed - but it may be the Ethylhexyl Palmitate causing some issues (cosdna). It has a 4 level for being comedogenic. Ugh.

It also did not keep me matte - I am pretty shiny/oily, and this was okay, but not for the price. Not sure how I feel - and may test it further just on my forehead. ETA- washed face when I got home, redness and bumps all along my nose/cheeks and middle forehead. Will not use again. Also, don't know how I missed that this is silicone-based (vs water) and after using only water-based primers, I know my skin prefers them. No more silicone primers for me.


Treatments (Face) -Dr. Brandt -Skincare Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer

on 7/19/2018 5:51:00 PM

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Well, I put this on and it did blur my pores, but I could see them clear as day on the middle of my forehead. The consistency of this primer is great, smooth - not too greasy - and not like other pore filling primers that are thick (Becca). I didn't notice a smell, either. I only purchased the mini size, which was still expensive.

First day wearing - I have inflamation forming around my nose area (both sides by my nose on my cheeks) where my pores are normally the WORST. Clear as day redness forming. I also have a little redness on the middle of my forehead between my two eyebrows. The ingredients in my version are different from the ingredients listed here, so I think something has changed - but it may be the Ethylhexyl Palmitate causing some issues (cosdna). It has a 4 level for being comedogenic. Ugh.

It also did not keep me matte - I am pretty shiny/oily, and this was okay, but not for the price. Not sure how I feel - and may test it further just on my forehead. ETA- washed face when I got home, redness and bumps all along my nose/cheeks and middle forehead. Will not use again. Also, don't know how I missed that this is silicone-based (vs water) and after using only water-based primers, I know my skin prefers them. No more silicone primers for me.


Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

on 7/19/2018 5:50:00 PM

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I have both the 2% and 5% but I can say that I like the 5% more as it feels more effective. My face looks brighter the next morning and feels softer and clearer. It’s hydrating and works great under any other product

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Mascara -Clinique -Lash Power Mascara

on 7/19/2018 5:44:00 PM

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I really like this mascara. It’s definitely a day time mascara that lengthens more than it volumizes but that’s fine for me because this mascara really does not smudge. It doesn’t flake either if I recurl my lashes after they’ve dried. And even after a whole 12 hour day, I don’t have smudges or flakes. I’m still getting used to taking it off because it comes off best with warm water, but then my other makeup gets all messy if I wash with water first. On the other hand, if I use makeup remover or Micellar water to take off my eye makeup first, then the mascara gets super difficult and messy. Hence the one star off.


Palettes -Tarte -Be A Mermaid & Make Waves Eyeshadow Palette

on 7/19/2018 5:38:00 PM

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Absolutely beautiful palette and packaging! Great matte transition colors and great shade selection. The glittery shades are not as finely milled and so you will get a little bit of fallout. I loooove the blue-brown duo chrome shade (Bubbles). It does have a very faint (but pleasant) scent that reminds me of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. My only complaint is that there isn’t a brow highlight shade.

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Misc Beauty Tools -Ecotools -Total Perfecting Blender

on 7/19/2018 5:38:00 PM

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I just bought this the other day, and went right back to buy another.

This is a great sponge. It's SUPER soft, and does not absorb much product and also washes out GREAT. The only downside, I've had it barely a week and it's already got 2 cracks in the foam. I don't mind because it's so cheap and so soft. I tred this sponge a year ago and it was really stiff, so they must have updated the product because it's completely opposite of what I remember. I do also use the RT sponge, and like that one, too - but I think it's fun to switch back and forth.

I have tried the beautyblender - HORRIBLE. Waste of money and regretted the purchase the day I used it. Do not be suckered into trying one of them like I did. Ugh.

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Liquid -Boots -No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation

on 7/19/2018 5:35:00 PM

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I wore this foundation for a few months because I liked the coverage. I prefer a more full coverage and this managed to cover all my redness and post-acne hyperpigmentation, but it ended up dehydrating my skin like crazy. The more I wore it, the more dehydrated it became, and now I'm actually in the process of trying to heal from it. I found out that this foundation contains denatured alcohol which is a known irritant, and I'm pretty certain that's what sucked the life out of my face. After continued use, it also gave me serious cake face, and I still got super oily, too. I'm pretty sure the extra oil was a result of my skin being so dehydrated (which is different than DRY skin). Just awful. I'm now trying out other foundations that don't contain denatured alcohol and would highly suggest anyone who is susceptible to dehydration or has a compromised moisture barrier to do the same.


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