Cleansers -Philosophy - the microdelivery exfoliating wash

on 10/17/2017 9:34:00 PM


Purchased when ULTA had a great sale on this wash. This is not a wash for sensitive skin. This is a tad gritty. I only used it once a week, twice tops. I find the formula also to be a little thick. Hate that there is no pump, but with the thicker consistency and grit, I am uncertain if a pump would even work with this product. I ended up designating it for use in the shower for my body, too harsh on my face.

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Masks -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Exfoliating Clay Mask

on 10/17/2017 9:29:00 PM

So disappointed with this mask. I have large pores on my nose that tend to get congested. I usually need to use a pore strip once a month to keep the pore "clean". I love Purity cleanser, so I gave this mask a try. First this mask has grit to it. I don't like to use any harsh gritty masks or scrubs. I did stick with it, due to great reviews on ULTA and Sephora online. Mask applies with grit, dries in about 10 minutes. Rinses with warm water easily. Due to the exfoliating nature of this mask I do not use a separate scrub when I apply this mask. It does save me some time in that regard. It did nothing special for my pores. I finished a whole full size tube prior to this review.

PRO: saves time as it is a combination of a clay mask with exfoliation
didn't cause break outs.

Cons: I think it's too harsh.
Didn't help with my congested pores.

Mascara -Lancome - Monsieur Big Volume Mascara

on 10/17/2017 9:28:00 PM



Mascara -Cover Girl - Total Tease Mascara - Waterproof

on 10/17/2017 9:26:00 PM


My oily eyelids make using mascara a huge challenge. Blinc tubing, and Bobbi Brown Zero Smudge, and Estée Lauder Double Wear No Smudge mascaras gave me a full day of wear, but the price!

No more.

Today, on my first day of Total Tease, I have been out and about, at work, appointments, driving, picking up gas, milk - LIFE. I rushed to the bathroom to peek in the mirror when I arrived home - fifteen hours later. One tiny fleck. That's it! Oh, my goodness, the mascara stayed put! Hallelujah!

Yes, the comb/wand is silly. This isn't a wand for hung-over or coffee-first girls. Being sure to use the curved side of the wand for first application, then you can turn the wicked business end towards the corners of the eye and c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y accent the tiny inner and outer lashes. You don't need a pilot's license to use this wand. You just have to be careful. If I'm convinced that those spiky things on the end aren't super useful after a few uses, I'll probably snip them off with fingernail clippers.

Otherwise, on first use, I'm pleased. A good day of mascara at half the price. What's not to love?

Moisturizers -Belif - The true cream - Moisturizing Bomb


I have been using the moisturizing bomb every night. I love that it is heavy and doesn't irritate my skin. I use it over my retin-a, and have never had a problem with flakiness. I do switch to the aqua bomb version in the summer, because it is more of a lighter weight gel, but at least 8 months out of the year I use this heavier version. This is a higher price point than ds moisturizers, but I feel that its not outrageous for what you get. I wish it came in a pump bottle, but its not going to make me not buy the product.

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Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths

on 10/17/2017 9:16:00 PM


This is an ok facial wipe. I'm not a fan of wipes in general, but in a rush this is way better than going to bed with a face full of makeup and spf. I don't purchase this product, but I have received "gwp" when I buy jumbo philosophy skin care or bath/body items. They do an ok job. I feel a drug store wipe for a fraction of the cost would work just as well.

Cleansers -Clinique - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm


This thing is pricey if you see it just from the price point, BUT with the amount of product that you get and a little bit goes such a long way to clean stubborn yet wonderful makeup. No matter how many layers of products that I have on, cleaning it with this balm is such a joy. Usually I will be just putting 5 dots on my face and massage the balm thoroughly even to my eyes. Wipe it off with some tissue and as final check, I take a cotton pad and soak it in Bioderma Micellar Water. Then I wash my face, and voilaaaaa.... fresh face, ready for bed. Such an amazing product! I will definitely repurchase!

Mascara -L'Oreal - Voluminous Waterproof in Black

on 10/17/2017 8:44:00 PM

The formula gets dry and clumps on the wand after a few uses making application a little more difficult. Does not stay put. Even the waterproof formula rubs/flakes off. I look like Rocket the Raccoon by the end of the day.

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Toners -Mario Badescu - Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

on 10/17/2017 8:39:00 PM


I'm so mad I didn't find MakeupAlley before I bought this. I literally have seen COUNTLESS Instagram posts, skincare threads, Youtube videos, and glowing reviews just raving about this product for a little over a year now. Literally people saying this stuff was the end all be all, a godsend, the best cheap way to keep your skin glowing. I read you could use it whenever and as much as you needed & blah blah blah. We've heard it all by now, you all know what I'm talking about. This stuff broke me out in little bumps all over my skin. Literally tiny little bumps everywhere. I was so disappointed. I searched far & wide on the sites that sold this & almost no reviews mentioned how this broke them out. Even on Reddit, people were going in about how amazing this is. Luckily I was able to return it to Ulta and I ended up exchanging it for the green one, the Green Tea & Aloe spray. I just sprayed some on my face so hopefully I have better luck.

I'm really glad though that you guys are honest about it but I wish the site got more visibility on Google. I would have not bought it if I had seen the reviews here. The reason I did 2 stars as opposed to 1 is because clearly it works for others and it really is something I want to work. I want to have a spray that I can spritz occasionally throughout the day that leaves my skin feeling hydrated & refreshed & helps maintain a clear complexion. In love with idea but not the product.

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Lipstick -Smashbox - Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Shockaholic


I love this bright pink, magenta lip colour. It stays on for a really long time & dries kinda dark -- but not too dark. Dark enough that it doesnt leave you with obnoxious barbie pink lips. I really love it because it brightens up my olive skin tone & depression.

Liquid -Cover Girl - Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation

on 10/17/2017 8:25:00 PM


I had to return this foundation. I have combination skin and this foundation gave me really streaky and oily finish( even that its says oil free). It didn't really absorbed on the skin and was very tacky .


I've tried every purple shampoo out there. I have found a few i like, but I grabbed this after seeing someone post before and after pics that were quite impressive, and I'm also very impressed! I washed my hair with normal shampoo then leave this in for 5 minutes, wash out, apply conditioner, blow dry, and wow! Not only does this knock out all brass, but it doesn't dull the color to a dingy tone. It also leaves my hair suuuuuper soft! I'm definitely buying more. This is my new favorite.

Liquid -Chanel - Perfection Lumiere

on 10/17/2017 8:16:00 PM


The negative reviews on here astound me. Perfection Lumiere isn't meant to be a high coverage foundation - if anything it's very low coverage and only meant to even out skin tone - so all the comparisons to full coverage foundations like EL's double wear make zero sense. You should understand your skin type before blindly buying foundations. This is meant for combination skin, so those with dry or very oily skin aren't going to like it at all. If you have normal skin but get a bit shiny in the t-zone, then this gives you a very nice skin like finish, evens out the skin tone and basically pushes you over to perfect skin territory. It is not meant to make you look made up, or cover acne or rosacea. You need higher coverage foundations with more oil control properties for those conditions. It is pricy and the shade selection is poor but the foundation itself and the pump packaging is excellent.

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Palettes -Tarte - TARTElette In Bloom

on 10/17/2017 8:11:00 PM



First of all, the packaging is a work of art; a gorgeous gilded palette with a lovely floral cover and a good sized mirror. The shadows themselves - 9 mattes and 3 shimmers- are beautifully pigmented, blendable and smell divine too. I love the range of neutral/warm shades ranging from light to dark with hints of peach, bronze, aubergine and chestnut that would suit practically every skin tone in some way or another. It's a great palette for those who like more muted and wearable eye looks- perfect for both work and parties. It costs around £41 which is a bit steep for an eyeshadow palette but at least you get 12 shadows.

All the colours are easy to work with, blend like a dream and stay put all day without feathering or fading away. Of course, if you have oily lids like I do, I'd recommend an eyeshadow primer (I use a MAC paintpot: Soft Ochre) and the eyeshadow does not budge.

This has got to be one of my all time favourite palettes, it's aesthetically and practically a truly great palette.

Polishes -Essie - Chillato

on 10/17/2017 8:11:00 PM


I had been lemming this colour for a long time, when a lovely person ended up finding it an sending it to me. I was a little nervous about how it would perform after seeing the low rating it has on here, but I was actually very happy with how it looked and applied - so I'm surprised so many had bad experiences with Chillato. Chillato is a very unique shade which certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea. It is a pale shade of banana yellow. On my NC15 skin it doesn't pull at all green, staying a pastel yellow shade. I had no issues with the formula, it applied easily with no streaks or patches and was fully opaque in two coats. It dried quickly and to a shiny finish, and lasts around 5 days when paired with base and top coat. I can see why some may struggle with this colour, it is definitely unique, and I personally believe it looks better against warmer skin tones than cooler ones. If you have warm skin and want to try a unique pastel shade for the spring or summer, I can definitely recommend this one - just be ready for something a bit different.

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