Styling Products -Davines -Blowdry Primer

on 1/21/2019 7:40:00 PM

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This is my second bottle of Blowdry Primer. I have long hair at 23 inches and it only takes a few spritzes of this to do my whole head. I only spray this on the length from the ears down and then when I go through it with my hands, I distribute it throughout my hair. I do about 4-5 spritzes so the bottle lasts quite a while. I have cornsilk fine straight hair that tends to frizz a lot and I live on the Gulf Coast so it is always humid here. This does not totally stop the frizzies but it helps a lot and it does protect my hair from the heat damage that blow drying and hot rollers cause. I like that this is not heavy and does not weigh my hair down and it does not have a strong hairspray type odor. It does have a scent but it is not too heavy and it dissipates quickly. I don't know the full price of this as I got it in a beauty subscription box and this is the second one I've received. I'd gladly purchase this and when it runs out ( which will be in about a week as it is nearly gone now), I will definitely be replacing it. I did look on their website and there is a locator where you can find the products available for purchase near you. This is a salon product so it isn't available at the grocery, drugstore, or online direct from the company, but I am happy that the website shows one salon here in my town that carries it. I love it so much that it's been on the last 3 vacations with me. (ever since I discovered it in August) I can't imagine living without it now that I've found it. I guess that means it's become an HG item for me. Yes, please!

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Shampoo -Unlisted Brand -Soapbox Coconut Shampoo

on 1/21/2019 7:40:00 PM

This shampoo made my head itch so ferociously that I thought I was having an allergic reaction to hair dye. When I used the shampoo a second time with no dye involved, my head still itches just as badly.


Blush -BOOM! By Cindy Joseph -Boomstick Color

on 1/21/2019 7:36:00 PM

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I am not generally one to write reviews, but I have to say that I am surprised at the negative reviews for the products. I am in my 50s and have become tired of full face makeup application every day. I was looking for something quick and easy, that still looked pretty. I do not have perfect skin and have been using Bare Minerals for over 12 years. Cream and liquid foundations have always tended to make my skin break out and I never really liked the feel of them on my skin. I still love Bare Minerals and will continue to use it when I want a more flawless look. However, I love the ease of use of the Boomsticks. I still have enough moisture in my face, so don't need to use the Glo - it tends to make my face shinier than I like. I live in Ohio and do find the Glo stick to be great for lips and that awful cracking dryness across the backs of my hands and knuckles - it actually healed up the cracks and dryness in one day of application! I love the Boomsilk for a nighttime moisturizer - again, it's a bit too heavy for me in the daytime, but I am sure would be great for those with extremely dry skin, I love the Boomstick color and Glimmer. I dab just a bit of concealer under my eyes, add the color to my cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. The color is extremely flattering to my skin. A bit of Glimmer to my brow bones. A touch of eyeliner, shadow, and mascara and I'm good to go - a five-minute get ready for work routine! I look fresh, glowing, and not overly made up. The fine lines and wrinkles are less visible since I have less on my face. I do wish the color would last a bit longer on my cheeks - one reapplication during the day. Perhaps, it would be better if I used a bit more on initial application - I'm still getting comfortable with the correct amount. As for cost, I think it will be reasonable since I see the sticks lasting for quite some time. If you want full coverage, this isn't your product. If you want a fresh look in a few minutes that is all natural, then this is your product. I will be using it for a long time to come.

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Mascara -COVERGIRL -Exhibitionist Mascara

on 1/21/2019 7:34:00 PM

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Really surprised at how good this mascara is! Thickens and lengthens my lashes with no fall out. Will definitely buy this again!


Top/Base Coats -Nubar -Diamont Top Coat

on 1/21/2019 7:32:00 PM

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I've been a faithful user of this for years, and really like it BUT it does give really bad shrinkage once you hit a certain point in the bottle, even after thinning, and even if you wrap the tips well. I've never had a problem with this drying well- I've used two coats on top of most of my manis about an hour before bed, and it dries well with loads of shine. I apply base and usually two coats of color, so can still minimally dent my nail polish for about a 1/2 hour afterwards, but I can go to sleep 15 minutes after finishing my mani with no problems, and have no sheet marks or dents on my nails in the am. I also absolutely love that when I wear a flesh-colored polish, I can easily get 7 days out of a manicure, with no chipping, and despite regular growth, my nails will still look presentable on day 7. The way I got around the shrinkage is that I would wait to file my nails and shape them the day after I polished, then dab more Diamont just on the very tips to protect, which worked fine. Unfortunately, the supplier that I bought Diamont from has discontinued carrying the product to the public, and now it's only available to licensed wholesalers. So, I won't be repurchasing again unless this changes, the shipping fees to get it from out of country are ridiculous.

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Blush -e.l.f. Cosmetics -Studio Blush Mellow Mauve

on 1/21/2019 7:17:00 PM

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A surprisingly good quality blush from ELF. I'm not usually a fan of their products, but this is super silky. Lasting power is obviously not amazing, but overall a winner.

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Bronzers -NARS Cosmetics -Bronzing Powder - Laguna

on 1/21/2019 7:16:00 PM

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Such a beautiful bronzer, but does have some fine glitter that is visible in direct sunlight. This is one of the only flattering bronzers I've been able to find for my warm olive skintone. I've moved on to Bahama Mama by theBalm for now, but this will always be one I'd recommend.

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Eye Shadow -e.l.f. Cosmetics -Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette - Nude Mood

on 1/21/2019 7:11:00 PM

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Doesn't blend well and ends up looking muddy. If you want good budget eyeshadows, go for Colourpop.

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Crème -Kryolan -Ultra Foundation

on 1/21/2019 7:09:00 PM

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Been using the 48 shade palette form of this foundation since 1997. This full coverage creme based foundation is very easy to work with and easily blends with primers even if you wanted to thin out the consistency to a liquid if you wanted too without sacrificing coverage. The pigment content is medium to high. The longevity is typical with what you'd find with other similar creme based foundations such as RCMA and Cinema Secrets, But just like all other foundations, maintaining it through touch-ups throughout the day is normal. Thankfully Kryolan hasn't changed the formulation since I've been using it. They have however have changed the names / numbers of some of the shades.

I find this foundation stands up well on the skin in most temperature and humid conditions. I find I have to powder more in higher temps and in higher humid conditions but that is normal. Surprisingly this foundation works and blends fairly well in a near frozen state. On a couple of episodes from seasons 2 and 3 on Reign, and on 1 episode from season 1 of Titans, I've used it outside in winter doing touch-ups in minus 20 and in minus 30 degree Celsius weather respectively, and the product blended and applied easily to my actors with very minimal powder to set it, without using an external heat source and not in the heated cast tent. This was in-front-of-the-camera just before they rolled. And it held up well without the dry and cracked look of a typical liquid foundation in extremely cold conditions.

The picture you see is the most recent pot version. As far as I know, Kryolan doesn't carry refill wells for the palette, so I purchase the pots and decant the product into the corresponding wells from the palette. Over the years, I've gotten pots in which the lids don't screw on properly, and I've purchased two pots in which the transparent part keeps popping out from the lid. Obviously these are manufacturing defects of the packaging, and seems to be quite rare considering how many pots I've purchased over the years. The palette is made of metal, which is superior than the plastic palettes from their competitors.

The price point of both the palette and the pots is comparable to the industry standard price point of other foundations that come in the same packaging style.

Overall this is my go to foundation for the past 22 years which I've used in editorial, fashion and corporate photo shoots and in film and television productions.

Cheers everyone.

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Lipstick -Kat Von D -Studded Kiss Lipstick - Gothica

on 1/21/2019 6:55:00 PM

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love this so different and special


Lipstick -Kat Von D -Studded Kiss Lipstick - Chula

on 1/21/2019 6:53:00 PM

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I love this, so flattering on my NC25 skin tone and has a really cool matt finish.. how is this not more popular 🧐


Powders -The Body Shop -Brilliance Powder for face body and hair

on 1/21/2019 6:20:00 PM

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I love this powder, been looking to purchase another. Lasts forever and gives the perfect amount of shimmer.


Palettes -Natasha Denona -Safari All Matte Eyeshadow Palette

on 1/21/2019 6:09:00 PM

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This palette is pricey, but I am glad I chose to buy it. The shadows are smooth and buttery and an absolute dream to work with. This is my first Natasha Denona palette but I'm so happy with it I will definitely purchase more from the brand.


Liquid -Este Lauder -Double Wear Stay-In-Place Liquid Makeup

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A super-helpful SA at Estee Lauder counter in Selfridges, London - UK told me this is the UK's best-selling foundation and it was precisely at that point I decided I just had to try it for myself! She tried a few different shades on me and in the end settled on giving me a sample of this in 3W1.5 (Fawn). I applied it eagerly the next morning in place of my CC cream. Well...it stayed put throughout the day. By the time I got back in that evening it was 9pm and other than a touch of shine on my t-zone (nothing that a few blotting papers couldn't sort out) I was happy to see the foundation hadn't settled into my pores or accentuated any fine lines. 

The coverage is buildable and somewhere in the 'medium' category. It didn't transfer onto any of the many clothes I tried on whilst out shopping and if it had an SPF higher than 10 this would be amongst one of my favorite foundations. I did find the tone slightly light for my skin tone with a noticeable beige undertone, however it wasn't too far off and if given more time I'm sure the SA would have been able to find a precise match for me. 

To put it to the test I kept what was left in my sample tube and tried it for a day in the real deal (Miami in mid-summer). Again it did not budge or transfer. The shine did increase - and not just nose, but the rest of my face too. But to be fair it wasn't a huge issue and I've yet to find a foundation that isn't gong to do that when the heat and humidity is turned up to full blast! So far I'm impressed!


Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled 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. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Moisturizers -Lancme -Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream

on 1/21/2019 5:57:00 PM

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Tried the serum and day cream with spf20. Saw no difference and makes my skin itchy. Will not repurchase.


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