Cleansers -Balm Balm -Frankincense Deep Cleansing Balm

on 10/16/2018 3:29:00 PM

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This cleansing balm works reasonably well as far as oil based balms go. I like to use balms as my only cleanse, including makeup and around my eyes, with a hot wet cloth. This works fine for that and the light frankincense smell is really different and pleasant. However, the jar I had was very gritty and took some work before it melted and became smooth, taking away a lot of the pampering massage factor I like with other balms.


Mascara -essence -Lash Princess False Lash Effect

on 10/16/2018 3:24:00 PM

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I love the way this looks on my lashes. It is very black and thickening on me. However, it smudges like crazy, to the point I cannot wear it without tubing mascara over it. I have long lashes, so it smudges where my top lashes hit my brow bone. I haven’t even attempted on bottom lashes! If you have shorter lashes, it might work better with less smudging.

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Mascara -L'Oreal Paris -Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

on 10/16/2018 3:04:00 PM

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This mascara has the potential to be a clumpy mess. I always wipe all excess product off the wand before use. I've also noticed that some mascaras work best when you really work the wand inbetween all the lashes from root to tip, and others work best lightly swept over the lashes just enough to coat. The latter method has amazing results for me with this one. I do two coats. I do notice a teensy bit more length with BTS, if you're comparing, but I have no smudging with this one like I do with Too Faced. I JUST LOVE YOU, LASH PARADISE.

It does dry out quickly, but if it works better than other mascaras at twice the price, then it still ends up being a better value, in my opinion.

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Mascara -Urban Decay -Perversion Mascara

on 10/16/2018 2:51:00 PM

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Received a sample of this after wanting to try it for a long time. Welp, now it's in the garbage after only a few uses! I am not prone to smudging and this was everywhere by the end of the day. Also just did not provide as much volume or length as I can get with other, cheaper mascaras. Just dreadfully average.

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Mascara -COVERGIRL -Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast

on 10/16/2018 2:42:00 PM

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Looks like absolutely nothing. Coat after coat... nada. If that's what you're going for, then sure.


Mascara -essence -Lash Princess False Lash Effect

on 10/16/2018 2:35:00 PM

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I wanted to give this mascara a chance because I'd love to have a cruelty free replacement for L'Oreal Lash Paradise. However, this was just awful and spidery. It did not provide much volume and became clumpy way too easily. The first time I tried it I thought I must've done something wrong and tried again the next day to no avail. I've seen it work for some, but on me it looked awful.

Side note: I did cry in this on the second day and had no black tear streams down my face, so... points for that?

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Nail Tools -MUJI -Nail Clippers

on 10/16/2018 2:22:00 PM

I've never bothered to buy branded nail clippers before, but Sali Hughes reviewed these somewhere and said that she is never without them. Whether or not that's true, I've never seen anyone review nail clippers before so I thought they must be worth it.

I do my nails myself, apply polish once a week, etc. I cut them short and let them grow until they're impractical and then cut again.

These nail clippers are astonishingly good. They cut your nails like a hot knife through butter, catch the clippings in a removable pouch and leave your nails smooth and rounded off - absolutely no need for a nail file! I haven't used a file since I bought these, which I know can only be a good thing.

No matter how long I leave it between clipping, my nails never snag my clothes (I can put tights on immediately after with no problems!)

The ONLY down side is that the lever has a nail file on the side that you press down on, which, by the time you've finished, irritates.

I can't believe I'm so mad about a nail clipper...

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Lips -Paula's Choice -Paula's choice lipscreen SPF 50

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In some ways this is a perfect lip balm. It's emollient but not greasy. It has a very high SPF. It's double the price of most lip balms but it is far better.
However, it didn't quite do it for me. I have extra dry lips particularly in the winter and I keep having to reapply this product if I take a sip of water or have a bite to eat. Jack black's 25 SPF balm is far more effective and moisturzing for dry lips.

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Hair -Unlisted Brand -Zala Clip In Hair Extensions

on 10/16/2018 2:13:00 PM

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So in love with my ponytail! i am so pleased with my whole order process i found the customer service so helpful! Thye were able to give me a perfect colour match


Top/Base Coats -Seche -Dry Fast Top Coat

on 10/16/2018 2:07:00 PM

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The best


Moisturizers -Josie Maran Cosmetics -100% Pure Argan Oil

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Most oils, in fact most skincare full stop breaks me out eventually, but the two times I've used Argan oil for extended periods it has calmed my skin down completely. Hydration is pretty good although not as potent as an actual crème moisturizer and yet it's not oily - any Argan oil on the surface of my face has more or less vanished in half an hour or so of application. Coming from someone who used to have excessively oily skin when using this, this is quite unbelievable!

The very first time I tried it was straight after a reaction to Clinique's DDMG many years back and by accident as I didn't expect I could get away with using this on my face but lo and behold it was the only thing available to me at that moment that was pure, fragrance free and natural. I cautiously applied a couple of drops to my flaky forehead on a night and checked the mirror first thing in the morning. What a surprise! No bumps, no increase in flakiness and my skin felt less tight. I then thought "what the hell" and used a few more drops that morning. I did this every AM and PM. Each passing day my skin became restored more and more to its former condition - clear, flake free and breakout free. I eventually stopped using it only because my skin was 'reset' and I was itching to try some new products again (nothing new there!).

I have just one gripe with Josie Maran's version and that is the price...$48 for 1.7 fl oz is very steep for Argan oil as this is all that's in the bottle. You can get it for a third of the price at least, also cold-pressed and organic. If it had anything added I could understand but it is literally 100% Argan oil. So is the bottle at my local organic food store and it contains double the amount for less than half the price. As I do like JM's bottle and dropper I think once I run out I'll just refill it rather than purchase another.

Simplistic, but a good safety net product for me whenever I need to get my skin back to its normal self. Also perfect for my hair (a couple of drops) daily and on cuticles. A very versatile product.


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

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Fragrances -Burberry -Brit

on 10/16/2018 1:36:00 PM

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Burberry Brit EDP was the first perfume I ever fell in love with. When it came out in 2003 I could never find the money for a bottle. In hindsight I wish I had found the money because it probably would have been my signature scent all these years. I finally purchased a 3.3oz in 2015 before they changed the design on the bottle. I’m so happy to have it in my collection, for both scent and nostalgia purposes. Brit EDP has such a pleasant scent. I’ve always described it easily as Italian almond biscotti cookies drizzled with fresh lime juice. It’s sweet but balanced with the tart freshness of the lime. It’s not too sweet, not too foody, not too tart, not too citrusy. Also, Brit EDP works year around. Most people think it’s best for Autumn, but I think the freshness also makes it fitting for spring and summer while the gourmand aspect makes it great also for winter. You could wear Burberry Brit to work or school during the day and also to parties and dates in the evening. It’s youthful but not immature. Burberry Brit really has no age and it also doesn’t seem dated to a specific period of time.

Sillage and longevity are moderate. Burberry Brit EDP isn’t too strong and shouldn’t offend anyone. I can faintly smell it on clothes in the hamper, so it does have lasting power on fabrics. I’ve noticed that Nordstrom no longer carries Brit online and that Sephora is cutting back bottle size offerings. Ulta and Macys still carry all the Burberry fragrance offerings including Brit, so that’s nice to know. I hope Burberry isn’t planning on discontinuing Brit or any of their other perfumes. IMO Burberry makes pretty good fragrances.

Burberry Brit EDP is a great fragrance and will always be close to my heart. I think it’s a safe blind purchase for yourself or as a gift.

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Mascara -Seventeen Cosmetics - X-TRAORDINAIRE

on 10/16/2018 1:27:00 PM

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The best mascara in the world.! 💕
Volume: 10!
Length: 10!
Color intensity: 10!
Separation of lashes: 10!
Duration: 10!
Knots: 0!

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Hair Treatments -Unlisted Brand -Olaplex step 3 (Home treatment)

on 10/16/2018 1:18:00 PM

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I wish I would have read more reviews on this product. I did the 3 step treatment. I clarified my hair first as directions state and I left on 1 and 2 overnight because everything I read said the longer the better. The next day I did a deep conditioning treatment after shampooing. My hair felt rough and course immediately, and now 4 days later it's breaking off in chunks. It must've reacted to my hair somehow. Don't do this yourself. If you really feel you need to try it just go to a salon. I did research it a lot and everything I found said it was completely safe, but obviously something went wrong. I am so pissed.

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Primer/ Corrector -Sephora Collection -Beauty Amplifier Set and Refresh Spray

on 10/16/2018 1:00:00 PM

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The most fantastic thing in this world ... !!!
Even the driest skin looks moistured and fresh.
Prevents greasy appearance and locks makeup.
Excellent for all skin types...♥️

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