Lotions/ Creams -Lac Hydrin -Lac Hydrin 12 Cream


Was so bummed out this product was disocuntined but Shopperks Drug Mart recommended Derma Lac to me which is the exact same thing!

Gels/Soaps -LUSH -Sexy Peel Soap

on 3/19/2018 12:35:00 AM


Wonderful sweet lemony scent and cleans gently. It is uplifting on bleary days and I can use a little piece at the time.

Eyeliner -Maybelline -Master Graphic eyeliner

on 3/19/2018 12:14:00 AM


The marker is a decent idea, but poorly executed. When it works, it's a good, controllable way to get different shapes and thicknesses of eyeliner. But it has several problems:
1. The 'ink' does not go on opaquely, it looks streaky and grey, and trying to build it up to opacity is messy and unpredictable.
2. Since it's felt, the point of the marker disintegrates. Sometimes it does this while you're using it and it messes up your precise lines.
3. Since it's felt, the point of the marker does not stay pointy.
4. The packaging isn't great - the lid is hard to get off, and whenever I use it, the lid comes off but the plastic 'sleeve' inside the lid, that's meant to protect and keep the marker moist, gets stuck on the actual marker. It's really hard to get off. I have to use my teeth. And then I splatter ink everywhere. This is my fault, I know, but the lid should come off properly in the first place!
5. It fades and runs with wear and moisture.

I tend not to use this eyeliner and I won't buy it again. Fun to play around with, though.

Lotions/ Creams -Gold Bond -Ultimate Restoring Skin Therapy Lotion with CoQ10

on 3/19/2018 12:03:00 AM


I like that it has QoQ10 in the product, along with vitamins, green tea, and moisturizers! However, the product, to me, is greasy, or at least it feels kind of greasy or heavy to me. It for sure makes my skin soft and healthy looking and feeling, but its a tad heavy and greasy feeling. Not everyone may feel that way, it probably is just me, or it may not just be me; however, I do give it a good review overall because it does moisturize, contain antioxidants, and is fairly inexpensive. If you are looking for a moisturizer that really hydrates, softens, and anti-ages the skin, this product may be worth your $$.

Lip Treatments -Carmex -Lime Twist Stick SPF 15

on 3/18/2018 11:54:00 PM


I would buy this again if I ever saw it. I got it off Ebay 1 for me & 1 for my Momma $4 ea compared to $1 for the pot at Kroger. I don’t know what Mother did w hers—she’s not much on cosmetics not withstanding but she always had a jar of DHC I think it’s called it’s a Carmex type product but she into’d me to Carmex when I got my first fever blister pre pubescent to try in vain to heal it faster to avoid classmates’ merciless ridicule. Oh it helps & then some!

My normal lipbalm has been MAC Lip Conditioner for the past 2 years but after recently getting a cold sore w sinusitis I picked this stuff back up in the Lime stick && Original In The Pot living in my bag & cherry stick lives on my nightstand. & the Lime is amazing.

Unfortunately the SPF (I think I’ve isolated it to SPF—this happens in other non-medicated lipbalms) makes my body chemistry turn it bitter. It doesn’t start bitter but this familiar bitterness comes after about 30 seconds. It’s only certain SPF bcoz the 1 MAC uses I do not react to but I react to the Lime/Cherry Carmex, coppertone lipbalm, wetnwild had some jumbo lipbalms w spf etc I never reacted to chapstick (brand), bonne Bell lipsmackers, EOS/Revo; maybelline baby lips (except for medicated I react to), Burt’s bees, rosebuds [all], & Carmex In The Pot are all good! It’s some ingredient not the medication in the balm because coppertone is high spf & not medicated & I react, and Carmex In The Pot is medicated and I don’t react. Capeesh ? Got it? It’s a shame because I wanted to like Lime Carmex & im still rating it:
5/5 generally
1/5 price (good deal! But the pots are $0.99USD)
4/5 packaging some of it oozes out that’s extra when you cap it if it’s at all twisted up extra.
I would “probably” buy this again esp if I need spf for an occasion like a horse show or the pool/beach.

I’m concerned I wouldn’t be able to find Lime again thou, I haven’t been to the lip care aisle in Kroger in a few weeks. I buy my Carmex pots In bunches of 4 or 5 so I always have 1 in case i get a fever blister coming on & i can’t get to a store they tend to have little legs causing them to “walk off” LOL but this bitter taste isn’t something I want to use w regularity so when this fever blister is over with (it’s drying up sorry graphic TMI but there are stages), I will relegate this to my bed stand table & keep the pot stuff in my bag.

I want to start using Carmex more reg basis as an empirical experiment. I know what my lips condition is in currently w using MAC so I’m going to quit MAC for like, a month, & only use cosmetics (lipstick/gloss) & Carmex & see if my lips state improves. If so then I’ll have my answer on which is better, a $0.99 pot of drugstore lipbalm or a high end $16USD lip conditioner. It will be interesting to see.

I signed up for Carmex.com’s mailing list too they have 1, yes, read their FAQ...they claim your lips cannot become “addicted” to Carmex which was 1 of my real concerns but, um, no your lips can’t become addicted which is a relief to know, their FAQ contains a lot of great useful info I highly recommend going to carmex.com & poking around the site. Like for instance I did not know they had new flavors or had pulled the plug on the lotions; I try to learn something new daily. They wanted to concentrate on lip care it says.

Carmex isn’t just for fever blisters/cold sores whatever you call them they are caused by HSV-1 & cause a lesion, call it what you will a Rose by any other name is just as sweet (lol nothing sweet about having a herpes outbreak lol), I also use it as cuticle cream, on small cuts (eg paper cuts), burns/blistering, sunburnt lips & the blistered skin around lips from sun, wind burnt & severely chapped lips, small dry patches of skin on my face, & 1 of the best uses I can think of when you have been wiping your nose a lot is apply to the red skin that’s dry around my nostrils it heals it so much faster.

I use handkerchiefs not Kleenex since I switched it’s been better since I switched & better for the environment but I’m not lazy but it was annoying having to get up & throw away Kleenexes. My new parsons jack Russell terrier likes to chew up Kleenex esp used ones she particularly favors so those aren’t good for her to ingest eat. My daddy uses handkerchiefs too my mom still uses Kleenex & guests & I use Kleenex to clean out the water from my shower in ears/eyes/nose & occasionally to clean my glasses if I can’t find my glasses cleaning cloth & I’m in a hurry but that’s confined to the bathroom far out of my 7 week old puppy’s reach. I feel like I’m doing something good for the environment using a frilly handkerchief instead of a Kleenex & they are a fashion accessory/convo starter.

Anyways back to Carmex I will report back in a few weeks & let you know how my Carmex-as-my-only-Lip-balm experiment & let y’all know how it worked. I’m doing all mouth breathing right now due to sinusitis so I’m applying it more often than if I wasn’t sick. Mouth breathing chaps my lips something fierce so

Carmex has got some big shoes to fill w MAC I was happy w MAC but it does nothing for fever blisters & I like doing Beauty experiments I want to know if there’s something out there better then more power to ya it wouldn’t break my heart if a 99 cent product were to zip circles around a $16 MAC product in fact it wouldn’t surprise me & I predict it to happen. In MAC’s defense it is a good product that had served me VERY WELL when I had sun poisoning (helped tremendously).

C U!!

Nails -Essie -Treat, Love & Color in "Power Punch Pink"

on 3/18/2018 11:45:00 PM


This was a toughie to decipher as "Treatment" or "Polish", so I just put it in the general Nails Category; that being said, this product is versatile, but packs more of a "Treatment" punch, than a color punch. Why?
First - I can see that it's more sheer than it appeared in the bottle. It has an indescribable "nourishing" quality (it dries to a softer shine, but it looks like it does somehow "moisturize" your nails). This is why I think of it more as a treatment. But conversely, as a color polish, it's not as high in quality.

The claim from Essie is that it will serve all on its own, it does not require a base or top coat. It also is intended to be a treatment AND a color.

In a nutshell: If you have damaged nails, and your main goal is to get them healthier in appearance and feel; I think this does the trick. But, the application isn't perfect.

About the colors: "Laven-dearly" was one of the first of 3 they launched, and it hardly provided any color; the line now includes a rainbow of options. "Power Punch Pink" is described as carnation pink creme, which is accurate. Once applied, it seems to have a less opaque finish, and can be a tiny bit streaky. The bottle appeared to me as a cooler-toned pink, but when applied, I actually seem to get a warmer tone. Obviously, lighting and skin tone can make things look different for all of us.

Factors to consider:
Sheerness: it does apply less pigmented, and more sheer. Great for a "wash" of color with 1 coat. On coat 2 - at least for me - I had patchiness. I did let the polish dry, and I try to not over-swipe the polish, but I'm admittedly not a polish-applying expert, either!

Color dupe: It reminds me of a coveted color I loved, L'oreal Chicklette. I really think this could be that exact polish, with treatment thrown in. (I understand Essie took ownership of all of L'oreal's polishes, so this is a remote possibility!)

If you are looking for a classic creme finish, you might bet on 2-3 coats and definitely have your tools ready to fix any issues (NP remover, might even want to apply a base coat to see if that helps; I did not.)

The price: $10; that is slightly more than regular Essies, and less than the Gel Couture line ($1 in either direction :-)

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Sunscreen -La Roche-Posay -Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid


I only tried a sample of this and was ultimately put off by how horrid it looks under makeup. If you didn't want to wear makeup on top of it, at this stage in my HG sunscreen search, I would recommend this product. Having said that, I would still say it is too expensive for what it is.

- Didn't leave my combination to dry skin feeling greasy if NOT worn under makeup; it really does feel light on the skin (AND I applied it over moisteriser)
- Didn't leave a white cast on my skin
- A little goes a fairly long way
- I only put it on once and it lasted the whole day in the sense that I didn't get even the slightest bit burnt (I was at the top of the mountain skiing with full sunshine in spring the whole day long)

- Under makeup it turned what is usually beautiful foundation into a cakey-looking MESS instantly. It then clung to the dry patches while leaving the t-zone oily, which never normally happens without sunscreen, and looked DREADFUL
- Not good enough/ too small a quantity for the price; I'm sure there must be better products out there for the same price.

Treatments (Face) -Clinique -Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

on 3/18/2018 11:22:00 PM


I bought this to help with acne scars. I haven’t noticed much of a difference in the month that i have been using it. I use 1 pump in the morning and 2 pumps at night between toning and moisturizing. It does make my skin feel nice and glowy. But no visible effect on scarring. I only purchased it because I had a gift card and this brand has such a good reputation. I think it is very overpriced. An okay product. I would only purchase again if it was on sale. The packaging is annoying. I cannot tell if there is anything left inside. The pump is very inconsistent.

Masks -Deciem -The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

on 3/18/2018 11:08:00 PM


I have used this over 6 times now. I have mixed feelings on it.

PROS: It's an insanely good value. Using it once or twice a week means it will last quite a long time. It also gives me a quick fix in the brightness department. I use this and the next day my skin usually looks a little less pigmented. It also doesn't make a mess or anything like you would expect from a traditional clay mask. Love the fact that it's red too, it

CONS: It doesn't cause skin peeling and I don't feel it's that exfoliating either. There isn't that immediate gratificiation smooth feeling after use I get with scrubs or leave on things. The first like 3 times i used this too, nothing happened. Sometimes there is a little stinging, but there was nothing when I began. Nothing good or bad. It was like I had used a placebo product. I have since left it on longer than the 10 minutes and another time, applied it to slightly damp skin as an experiment. Results were similar, however a little bit of dehydration was creeping up on me. Unless your skin is really sensitive or compromised, I don't think this is that intense of a product even though it does have a lot of acid. I tried it on two other people though who are not experienced with acids and it was "get this off my skin now" and the other one could only stand less than a minute LOL. This is not my skin's first time with acids.

OVERALL: If I were to judge it by how it describes itself, as a superficial peeling mask that exfoliates, I would say it's not living up to that (2 or 1). However, it is easy to use and gentle enough that I don't need to worry about it, so I've continued to use it. Over time I feel that it is working better, but it's not going to get those quick smooth feeling results from a leave on AHA or exfoliating cleanser or device. Over time it's been working better. I'll keep using it for maintenance or because it's WAYYYY cheaper than sheet masks and such.

Lotions/ Creams -Aveeno -Skin Relief Moisturizing Cream

on 3/18/2018 11:08:00 PM


Love a good cream that comes in a tub. This is my go to body moisturizer during winter in NY. Nothing else I try compares during dry, cold, windy weather. It is a bot expensive, but worth the price.

Skincare - Body -Bio Oil -All Products

on 3/18/2018 11:00:00 PM


Just purchased this a few days ago. A small amount goes a long way to make your skin feel nice and smooth. I bought this to help moisturize my skin during this dry NY winter. It did its job and kept my skin feeling good after a day of walking around outside on a windy day. The scent is kind of spicy. That may or may not be a dealbreaker, but it doesn’t bother me.

Scrubs -E.L.F. -Gentle Peeling Exfoliant

on 3/18/2018 10:33:00 PM


This is a dupe for Peter Thomas Roth's Peel Gel. I swear but you get almost twice the amount for 1/5 the price, because that Peter Thomas Roth's Peel Gel costs $50!!!! Amazing!!! And this stuff does just as an amazing job!!!! And I would go CRAZY if I EVER ran out if it!!! So asap I'm going to stock up on this stuff so I have a stash of it!!! This, and oh Diptique's candles!!! You can't go wrong there either!!!

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BB Cream -Clarins -BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 25

on 3/18/2018 10:25:00 PM


This review is for the BB detox spf25. This is a really good BB cream and I tested it for several months. Its on the matte side so its perfect for combo/oily skin. Doesn't cake or crease and stays put most of the day. In the winter I recommend to moisturize well with a rich cream or lotion before applying to ensure a smooth application. Anyways, I use BB cream over moisturizer all year round as for me, its makeup and not skincare. The lightest color (00) is not that light so for a porcelain complexion, I think there is no options unfortunately. It conceals redness and pores on my fair skin and I don't apply a lot to get a natural coverage. If I plan to stay outdoors I use sunscreen underneath because I don't apply a uniform and generous coat so I think that I don't get the spf25 protection. I think the price is right because a little goes a long way and the pump makes it very hygienic.

Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand -Dr. Ci Labo Super Moisture

on 3/18/2018 10:13:00 PM


That stuff is GOOD! I ordered it on Dokodemo website last fall and I liked it a lot so I asked my friend from Japan to bring me some more during the holidays. Its a cream-gel, very moisturizing even in very cold and dry weather like we had in Canada this winter. Its good as a night cream or a day cream under makeup. Its good over serums, after exfoliating treatment, whatever. It does leave my skin shiny and a bit sticky, but the stickiness goes away after its absorbed by the skin (around 10 minutes). It does not irritate or cause pimples on my skin. I have sensitive, dehydrated skin with a slightly oily t-zone. I'm usually very picky for the moisturizers I use on my face and this one is a product that I would repurchase without any doubts. I think it will be too rich for humid summer days but I can say that I will use it for most of the year. The price is right for a product that excellent and it would be even better if it was offered in a pump instead of a pot.

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Loose Powders -Urban Decay -The Velvetizer Translucent Mix-In Medium


I love this stuff and am on my second pot. It’s annoying I have to buy from the boutique rather than Debenhams but I’ll get over it. So I tried this mixed with my foundation and didn’t like it. It just made it harder to blend and I didn’t find that it increased the longevity of my foundation. Used as a setting powder however, this is the best thing for my skin. I have rosacea on my cheeks and regardless of how I prep my skin, or what foundation I use, unless I use this powder in particular I have patchy wear half way through the day. Using a fixing spray genuinely keeps my face looking flawless all day. PS I don’t know what it is about my skin that seems to make things slide off the redness but it’s not oil! It’s expensive for what it is so I want to try something a little more affordable although I’m not sure what. I’d also prefer the packaging to be a compact just for ease. Other than that I’d buy again if I can’t find a cheaper replacement.

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