Liquid -Too Faced - Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation

on 10/22/2017 9:39:00 AM

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This contains 1.6 oz which is much more than most foundation- so the value is quite good for a prestige brand. I find that this goes on looking more natural than matte. I hardly notice the fragrance,and I thought it would bother me. It wears well for 12+hours on my normal to dry skin. I like this a lot.


Mascara -Clinique - High Impact Mascara

on 10/22/2017 9:33:00 AM

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My holy grail. First off, no gimmicks with the brush - it’s a regular normal sized brush. The product itself doesn’t emit the “fumes” that most others do which have always irritated my eyes. It’s lengthening, separates well, doesn’t flake and washes off easily. I’m perfectly content with this for life.


Lip Treatments -Tatcha - Camellia Gold Spun Lip Balm

on 10/22/2017 9:30:00 AM

I highly recommend if you want to try the Tatcha Camellia Gold Spun Lip Balm that you purchase the Tatcha Skincare for Makeup Lovers Obento Box since it includes a full size lip balm as well as The Water Cream, The Violet C Mask, and a full size Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. The inclusion of gold in this lip balm is problematic since gold can be a skin irritant. That said, I am on to my second jar of this lip balm. Not all people people have metal allergies, but if you do this is one product to avoid.







Skincare - Face -Olay - Sensitive Skin Lotion

on 10/22/2017 9:01:00 AM

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I'm still on the search for a moisturizer that works for me! I do like how this is a lotion and feels light on the skin as you are applying it, making it easy to spread compared to some other lotions and creams I've tried- but even then, I feel like it doesn't sink in properly. Either that, or it is leaving a weird film on my face. I don't like the feeling that something is just sitting on my face! I can't figure out what it may have been- but this lotion doesn't make my skin soft! It didn't do anything good for me. I also got some little pimples after only 2 days of use.


BB Cream -Urban Decay - Naked Skin One and Done

on 10/22/2017 8:25:00 AM

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Love this tinted moisturizer. Finished one and repurchased already. Do not expect it to cover blemishes or pigmentation issues, there is concealer for those. This stuff is there for you to even out the skin tone. The one and done has a natural, skin-like finish. It is not dewy, but also definitely not matt. I feel the skincare ingredients in it did make a difference over the time. I also find it performs best when applied with fingers in one, max two, thin layers. And well, that's the only foundation that I don't sweat off at high temperatures in summer.


Mascara -Clinique - High Impact Mascara

on 10/22/2017 8:14:00 AM

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It is a nice mascara. It does not flake, stays on the lashes, is easy to remove and causes no irritation. Same do my MaxFactor or Maybelline ones. Not the best value for your money.


Concealers -Tarte - Shape tape

on 10/22/2017 8:08:00 AM

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Best concealer I have ever used !
Use several tiny dots & get a good concealer brush like # 57 sephora to apply . I love it for my inner eye corners & occasional redness here & there. It is expensive but lasts forever & is really well packaged to keep product fresh. It is quite thick & lasts all day. I like the hard tube as opposed to the soft squishy tubes. I had to order online. You are not likely to find this at your neighborhood mall or drugstore!

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Primer/ Corrector -Clinique - Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector

on 10/22/2017 7:42:00 AM

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This is a product to be used specifically on the areas of your face where your pores look big and visible and it does the job perfectly! I have used this perfector for several years and I apply it after my moisturiser only on the specific areas of my face where I feel my pores are visible and look big, the trick is to apply a small amount and gently tap it in / gently smooth it over - you do not want to wipe all the product off, it fills in your pores sort of like polyfilla and lasts all day. Visible and large pores become tiny pores with this product on. I have extremely sensitive skin and this product has never ever broken me out or resulted in spots/ lumps or bumps, even at the times when I have used it every single day. I am shade NW 20 in MAC and quite often use self tan on my face and I use this in the colour invisible deep, it looks really dark when it first comes out of the tube but once you smooth it over it blends perfectly.
I think it's a real shame that some people have mistaken this product for a regular primer to be used over your entire face and have given it a bad score because that is not what this product is. That's a bit like 20-year-olds giving bad reviews for anti-ageing products meant for 40-year-olds.
Yes the price is quite high but it does last for an incredibly long time and even when you think it's running out you can usually squeeze at least two more weeks worth of use out of the tube. I have tried a few cheaper options from High Street brands but they don't come close to producing the same result.

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Cleansers -Paula's Choice - Perfect Cleansing Oil

on 10/22/2017 6:14:00 AM

I have been a loyal user of Clinique’s “Take the Day Off” cleansing balm for years. I do find it pricey and so have been branching out to cleansing oils for the past 9 months, as I find them a better value for money. I have been using a german drugstore brand one by Balea which costs all of 2.45€ and loving it. Pure sweet almond oil works really well too on my incredibly dry, skin on which I also use retin-a. Because I adore Paula’s Choice products, I ordered the new cleansing oil as soon as I received notification of its launch. This is unfortunately, one of THE WORST products I have ever put on my face!! I like the packaging, and the pump is fine. Two pumps, on dry skin and holy mother of god....the stinging, the burning, the eye irritation!!! My skin is not SUPER sensitive, but this stuff on my eyes felt like acetone on them! Coupled with the fact that it couldn’t remove my non-waterproof mascara had me puzzled. I did my double cleanse using my PC Moisture Boost cream cleanser and the oil made my skin so squeaky clean that the moisture boost cleanser burned like hellfire! I applied my retin-a and then a super thick, german pharmacy night cream with Omegas and that too burned. I was surprised but thought my skin was freaking out from something else. So...two more tries and I’m done! I don’t feel like paying $8 to send this back so will use as a shaving oil. The oil rinses off and completely strips the skin. The skin barrier is destroyed and so everything else just stings and burns! Products I have used for years with no adverse effect hurt like crazy. This lasts into the next day! I use Clinique’s Super Rescue antioxidant cream under my sunscreen in the morning and it turned my face bright red and stung so much my eyes watered!!! All because of this new cleansing oil stripping my skin so much! If you have crazy oily skin, this may work. Dry skins and especially sensitive skins, I say proceed with extreme caution! I used my sweet almond oil last night to remove my makeup and all was well again. Very disappointed in this new product.


Styling Products -Aveda - Control Force

on 10/22/2017 6:14:00 AM

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Love it! Keeps my hair up! OK, so it gets sticky and hard if I spray too close or too long. But it works! In fact, it works so well that my son is stealing it from me! But this is such a huge bottle, I think it'll last a long time.


Lipstick -Lakme - Nine to Five Day Perfect Lip Color

on 10/22/2017 6:05:00 AM

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An excellent product. I have a brown/nude shade and love it! Does not smudge/transfer easily, which is great for anyone who wants lasting colour. A bit drying - I would have liked a slightly creamier consistency but it's a superb colour at a good price.


Conditioner -Schwarzkopf - Gliss hair repair with liquid keratin oil nutritive conditioner

on 10/22/2017 6:05:00 AM

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Just bought this but didn't see reviews on it. I will update this with my results. I have oily roots but I have dry ends due to bleaching my hair. I'm giving it 3 stars ✨ in hopes that it'll work nicely & will update.


Nails -Nailene - So Natural Flex For Comfort

on 10/22/2017 5:59:00 AM

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I started out using the Nailene Salon nails, glue on nails after my nails became extremely weak from one application of CND Shellac from a nail salon (they filed my nail beds down way too much!).
I found because I’ve got flat nail beds that I needed to by the thinner more flexible range of Nailene Nails - the Ultra Flex. Unfortunately these come in only one colour and two lengths, medium and short. As a Remedial Massage Therapist I need to keep my nails relatively short else I pinch or scratch clients. I found using the Nailene Ultra Quick Glue helped my nails last up to 10 days, usually just needed to re-glue my thumb nails once or twice due to my flat nail beds. I got lots of compliments on my nails with most people thinking I’d had acrylic done. I wouldn’t bother using the adhesive stickers that come in the kit for anything but one day wear if you want a quick glamour look for a night out, they certainly don’t stay on when I’m contact with massage oil!


Liquid -MAC - Studio Waterweight Foundation SPF30

on 10/22/2017 5:58:00 AM

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Deleted my initial review for this foundation and decided to write a new, updated review entirely. Since my skin has been pretty clear lately, I was looking for a lighter coverage foundation. I also found that the matte finish, long wear foundations (ie. EL DW, Tarte Amazonian Clay mousse, Revlon Colorstay) I normally wear have been looking very cakey on my skin and I wanted something more light weight and natural-looking. Initially I didn't like this makeup as I thought it felt and looked too greasy on my skin. However after reading so many positive reviews from people with all different skin types, I decided to give this foundation another shot and after experimenting with application methods, (tip: if you're having a hard time with application, try watching youtube application videos for this foundation) I found that it applied and looked beautiful. I have very fickle, oily-combo-dehydrated skin so it is difficult for me to find a foundation that works well. For reference, color-wise I am fair-light neutral-cool, 115 Ivory in MUFE HD, Ecru in EL DW. I ordered both NC and NW15 in this foundation and I've been trying to decide between the two. NC20 was way too dark and yellow for my particular skin tone.

Pros and tips:
-I love the natural-satin finish as it does not cake up on my oily-dehydrated t-zone and looks incredibly skin-like
-One layer of foundation will give light coverage, and two will give light-medium coverage which is perfect as I no longer wanted a foundation with medium-full coverage
-Coverage is enough to even out skin tone without it looking like you are wearing a mask, in fact when applied properly it hardly looks like you're wearing makeup. I checked it out in an outdoor mirror at 1PM in the sunny afternoon yesterday and my face looked beautiful, even-toned but without any trace of a mask-like appearance
-Applies smoothly and evenly. As an application tip, I like to dab it on my t-zone and then blend it in by dabbing with a beautyblender. Since my t-zone is oily with large pores, but at the same time dehydrated, this method avoids "micro-exfoliation" which is what causes dehydrated skin to look flakey and it also avoids wiping away the primer I use underneath.
-I smooth the rest of the foundation onto my cheeks with my fingers or a tightly packed synthetic foundation brush (I use the Real Techniques foundation brush which is a great inexpensive brush) and then blend with this brush or a beautyblender. This allows the foundation to really "meld" with the skin and takes away the sheen that was what made me dislike this makeup when I first tried it out. Then you can do a second layer.
-Read on a blogpost that this makeup looks even better when used with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural pressed powder, and also saw on youtube - the girl's skin looked phenomenal when she used this as a setting powder. Being the makeup junkie that I am I went ahead and bought the Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Plus and it really looks beautiful with this makeup. It adds a little extra coverage and gives a beautiful, healthy satin finish that mattes slightly without looking the least bit heavy or cakey. That being said, you certainly do not need both products (I know they are both pricey) for this makeup to look good, but a setting and/or finishing powder is needed for this to last and not transfer
-Did NOT oxidize at all for me which is a huge plus! For some reason, even with a primer SO many foundations oxidize on my skin.
-Pretty glass bottle and I like the dropper. Make sure to shake before applying.


Cons (why I look off one lippie):
-Lasting power could be better. I work a full time job and at the end of my 8 hour shift it no longer looked freshly applied and my skin looked a little flaky. The flakiness could be attributed to me over-powdering throughout the day, though. I find that there is a trade-off with foundation; those with good lasting power tend to be cakier and have heavier coverage and those with a natural finish tend not to last as long
-Didn't really control oil breakthrough, but again this is a trade-off for a more natural finish. Even with oil-control foundations, I still have to blot throughout the day so it didn't really make much of a negative difference for me.
-A setting and/or finishing powder is necessary for lasting power and to avoid transfer, but I use both regardless so again this isn't really a con for me personally
-Application can be a little tricky, at least for my finicky skin. Takes a little while to apply, for me it's defiantly not a "slap on and go," makeup, but I'm sure with practice application will get easier and faster.

Overall, I really enjoy this foundation. **It has to be said: if you have either dry or normal skin this foundation is a yes. If you have oily or combo skin but you are looking for a natural, light-medium finish this foundation is a yes. If, however, you are looking for med-full coverage or a matte finish foundation this makeup is not for you**

One other thing to be noted: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water is literally the exact same product at a higher price.


Nails -Essie - Cocktail Bling

on 10/22/2017 5:56:00 AM

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Cocktail Bling is a classic Essie shade. It is a very pretty pale grey with blue tones - cool and icy. It has a creme finish and is opaque in two coats, drying quickly to a shiny finish. It has an excellent formula, applying very easily with no streaks or patches. Only a light hand and thin coats are needed with this polish. This colour is very classic and pretty, I believe it would suit all skin tones, particularly those with cool skin tones. It is suitable for conservative environments. It lasted on my nails for 4 days, less than the 5 days I expect from Essies, however I was heavy on my hands while I was wearing this and believe that on a normal week it would have lasted the 5 days very well. I can happily recommend this Essie cult favourite.


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