Masks -Laneige -Water Sleeping Mask

on 7/15/2018 3:37:00 PM

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Normally I would really enjoy a good humectant, hydrating over-night mask, which looking at the ingredients list this seems to be, but it's so highly fragranced I couldn't in good conscience recommend it to anyone. I was so excited to try it based on hype in the beauty community but was let down as soon as I opened my sample. It's really overwhelming; something I'd expect from a brand like Chanel, or Guerlain. It could very well be great, and does have gold-standard hydrating ingredients, but it is beyond me as to why a skincare company would include fragrance in something that is supposed to sit on your face all night.


Liquid -Josie Maran Cosmetics -Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid

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I'm on my second bottle, and am about to order a 3rd, and I am pretty picky about foundation. The shade "G35 Electric" somehow matches me year round (I am an NC20-30 depending on the season), and has a lovely yellow undertone. I actually don't find this overly dewy at all, and I"m combo/oily. It definitely does have a lovely brightening effect, but the finish is satin-matte IMO, although I do wear it on it's own (no primer/moisturizer), since it's summer and my skin does not need the extra layer of hydration beneath. A little goes a long way, and I can easily get medium coverage. Looks very natural, and I don't really need to powder over this to set it, although my nose/forehead tend to be oily, so I do apply some powder just on those areas. I love the bottle, somthing about the rainbow of colors cheers me up every time I use it, and of course a pump is always a bonus. I wish it had an SPF rating, otherwise I pretty much love it!

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Conditioner -Wella -Brilliance for Fine/Normal Hair

Please see my review for the Wella Brilliance for Fine/Normal Hair as well, since I do talk about the conditioner there. I like that this product nourishes the hair without gunking it up or weighing it down. It isn't enough by itself to keep my hair from getting dry, but if I use a combo of the matching shampoo, this conditioner, and a deep conditioner every few washes my hair looks and feels amazing. I think if you can catch these on sale they're a heck of a deal, and I will keep buying both the shampoo and the conditioner for the foreseeable future.


Shampoo -Wella -Brilliance for Fine/Normal Hair

I got some travel size bottles of this shampoo and conditioner around the holidays and loved it, but being the somewhat frugal gal I am (LOL), I wanted to wait til Ulta had their liter sale to buy the ginormous bottles. I am glad that I did, because even when I tried the mini bottle this shampoo and its matching conditioner were love at first wash. I have fine, wavy, somewhat dry, color-treated, abundant hair, so the list of things I want the staple hair products to do is kinda lengthy. I want it to cleanse without stripping, give shine, and not weigh my hair down with any greasiness. This ticks all of the boxes and then some; my hair feels soft, supple, shiny, and actually healthy when using this shampoo with the coordinating conditioner and a deep conditioner every 3-4 washes. I think that the liters are a great value when you catch them on sale, and of course they last for a good long time for me since I don't wash every day. The scent is light and unoffensive to me, and I don't find that it overpowers though it does linger for a while. I did not have a holy grail shampoo before, but this one from Wella may very well be it.


Eye Shadow -ColourPop -Give It To Me Straight Eyeshadow Palette

on 7/15/2018 2:36:00 PM

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I bought this palette from Ulta. It was 20% off at one point, but otherwise it's $16. Why I chose *this* one? Because I wanted to try an eyeshadow palette from Colourpop, and Ulta has a good return policy, while when buying form the Colourpop site, sales are final due to the low cost of the products. I didn't actually expect to return it though, as I've tried Colourpop eyeshadow singles before and liked most of them more than the eyeshadows I own from other brands. Note that the Colourpop single eyeshadows are a standard size, but the ones in most palettes are slightly smaller.

I did research this palette beforehand, but I was still a little surprised at how similar the colors in it were. Right away, I thought this would be a great palette for those who like to do variations of a rose gold eye look. It was possible to do a pink look, a darker pink look, a bronze one, an orange one, and a darker purple. It's also possible to foil the shadows or create matte looks (although I find the matte looks I can create with this a bit boring). The palette definitely has a theme, which can be good or bad, depending on what you like to do eyeshadow-wise. On one hand, the palette can be a little boring, on the other hand, it has colors that go together easily, and there's a a good variation of those shades. It does lack a black and a color that can be used as a brow highlight on lighter skins though - the lightest color in this has a pink undertone, which wouldn't look nice under the brow for most people.

I have tried all of the eyeshadows out at least one. The quality of almost all of them is absolutely fantastic! They blend really nicely, most don't have fallout and all of them stay put on me for the whole day, without fading, even without me using an eyeshadow primer. The more glittery shades are better to apply with a flat brush to avoid fallout. I love how pigmented the eyeshadows are. I think the quality for the price is amazing! I was a little surprised that some of the colors go on a little more orange than I would expect though... I thought Truth Hurts and Straight Up would be more neutral, but they are definitely quite orange, at least on my NC25 skin tone. Downright, Frank and Matter Of Fact looked more pink tan I thought they would. None of the shades are neutral enough to look completely natural on my skin - I can always see that it's eyeshadow, but it's possible to make lighter and darker eyeshadow looks very easily.

The packaging is made of cardboard, but it doesn't feel cheap, doesn't get messy easily, and it looks quite cute. I wish there was a mirror, but I can do without it too, as I always have *some* kind of mirror available. So, packaging-wise, this is OK, but Colourpop does have other type of packaging that is much cuter or more practical. I'm totally fine the slightly smaller pan sizes - I've very rarely managed to finish a full-sized eyeshadow anyway.

I don't regret buying my palette, but it's a bit outside of my usual style. I would recommend the palette if you like pinks and bronzes, preferably shimmery looks. I generally don't like those types of colors because they tend to match my lipstick too easily. I like colors, and I can't really wear purple, green, blue, glitter etc. on my lips without it looking out of place. I can totally wear things like that on my eyes though, and I usually like to do so. I think this would be a very good palette for those with green or blue eyes, pale to medium skin tones. I don't know how this would be for someone who has a darker skin tone.

If you like the pink looks one can do with this palette, but don't care about the orange ones, I'd recommend looking into the Dream St Palette, which has some very pretty dark teals. I think that might have been a little better for me, as I love teal

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Polishes -Unlisted Brand -Barielle - Hint of Apricot

on 7/15/2018 2:22:00 PM

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This polish was somewhat of a disappointment. It is part of the "Hint of Tint" collection from the brand Barielle. I got it as part of a duo cuticle cream + polish set. It applies more like a jellie/sheer than a cream which is how it appears in the bottle. It took me three applications for the polish to become opaque. I thought it might be more of a dusty orange than a cool coral shade which is how it appeared on my warm skin tone.

I certainly would not pay the near $10 price for this polish in a small bottle by itself. Not a re-purchase for me.

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Moisturizers -Neutrogena -Hydro-Boost Gel Cream Extra-Dry Skin

on 7/15/2018 2:08:00 PM

This is a great new drugstore item for really dry skin like mine. It was given to me by my MIL who found it was too "gloppy" for her taste (and even tho she's 92, she has less dryness than I do!). I really like this as an add on either before my AM routine or at night. It's particularly refreshing and soothing for me in the summer heat. Affordable, too!

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Masks -Laneige -Water Sleeping Mask

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I bought this in Singapore while I was travelling. I went on a 3-week tour of SE Asia, and knew I would be flying a lot. I'm from North America and not used to the kind of weather I was having, and of course, flying wreaks havoc on your skin. I tried it out, and put it on almost every night as a night masque after sweating all day and being out in the sun. Mind you, I also used SPF 110 while I was there, and keep a regular regimen of Cetaphil cleanser, Vitamin C serum, moisturizer, and facial massages/facials.

Everyone who saw pictures of my trip commented on how glowing my skin was, and that I looked fresh and dewy. So definitely would re-purchase. It's expensive but not SK-II expensive, and imo, well worth the price. I bought mine at Sephora for about $35 SGD. The smell is light and relaxing. I have the new formula -- the jar is purple, and I believe the smell is lavender. The packaging is fine, not great. I understand people's concern about having a jar, but also I like seeing how much I have left.

Definitely a re-purchase for me.

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Masks -Mary Kay -Clear Proof® Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask

on 7/15/2018 1:48:00 PM

My 13 year old uses and enjoys this $24 (for a 4 oz tube) charcoal mask for spot treating acne blemishes. Do not use all over as it will dry you out. Very effective and sucking up oil and helpful for an acneic teen.

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Cleansers -Mary Kay -Clear Proof Acne System

on 7/15/2018 1:46:00 PM

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This is just a review of the Clear Proof® Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask which my 13 year old uses and loves.
We also like Origins Charcoal mask. Very good for spot treating "zits" and drying out excess oil. Do not use all over unless you really need to be dried out.

Very helpful for a teen with acne.

$24 for a 4 oz. tube.

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Primer/ Corrector -Charlotte Tilbury -Hollywood Flawless Filter

on 7/15/2018 1:40:00 PM

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Like a lot of people I saw so many pics where MUAers' skin looked great and sprang for it. I live in a hick town in a hick state so I bought it off Nordstrom as they have a good return policy. It was $44.

I have a problem with layering all my face stuff: heavy duty European high PPD sunscreen + foundation + a light layer of powder to set it. It just doesn't work - things get cakey and somehow every layer does nothing to improve the way I look. I'm also not a fan of seeing someone's foundation vs their skin. I've had many years of trying to cover acne/red spots/brown spots and after about 3 years of my current regimen I'm able to go without all that, thankfully.

Going down to sunscreen + this + the smallest dusting of powder in my t zone makes me look 1000x better. I am 46 with a smattering of light spots toward my ears/neck from not-quite-good-enough sunscreen use in my youth and few wrinkles. The shallow ones I do have around my eyes aren't really visible if my eye area is moisturized, and this doesn't ruin all that when I use it the way foundation will.

It just gives an overall nice glow and it makes my skin look better than it is and like I'm wearing no foundation at all. It has the slightest sheen to it the way lightly applied highlighters do but after a bit of blush and bronzer the rest of your makeup is on, it just becomes overall nice without that silly BAM! HIGHLIGHTER! look.

I tried it over and under It Cosmetics CC cream and now I don't bother. The CC cream never dries down, ever, even when my skin is quite dry, and I have to powder it and it sort of ruins the my-skin-but-better look I'm after. This gives me that look with little effort. I'd prefer a pump but oh well.

I'm about an NC15 and I got the 2. It is an odd product - it doesn't add color the way foundation does and I think this would work for people in the 10-20 range. I think of it as a gel-foundation hybrid in texture. I'm fairly sure the 2 is for yellow undertones but I am very pink undertoned and look ill with warm makeup and it works great for me.

If I lived somewhere where it's sold in person, I would have gone and swatched a few shades and gotten the correct one - if I could use a darker one that still worked with my skin, I would. Overall I'm very happy with it.

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Brows -NYX Professional Makeup -Control Freak Brow Gel

on 7/15/2018 1:25:00 PM

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I bought this because Emily Noelle on youtube recommended it. I disagree with her recommendation. This is not a good product and I would not purchase it again. When I first opened it it seemed like no product would be on the brush when I pulled it out of the tube. Emily touted this product as not being goopy and having too much product on the wand... well, she's right about that. It almost seemed like nothing at all. Over time more product would be on the wand after I had used the product for around a month. It doesn't do a good job of holding brows in place. It also doesn't travel well. I packed this in my makeup bag and the makeup bag was surrounded by soft items (clothes) to protect all the makeup inside. This is the only product that broke.

I also think in the future I will only buy brow gels in clear packaging. I don't like not being able to see inside the product. The gel eventually turned to a whitish color after only 2 months of use (and that's not using it every day as I don't wear makeup every day).

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Eye Shadow -Stila -Eyes are the Window palette - Spirit

on 7/15/2018 1:24:00 PM

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I like this palette more or less. It has a lot of popular classic Stila shades from the 2000's that I wanted to pick up again (at half price of course) for nostalgic reasons. The formulas don't totally feel the same but that's okay because every single pan I have ever had of Kitten has fallen apart, whether in a palette or a single pan. This hasn't yet so I am happy about this. I would say the quality is slightly below the old singles. Stila has been sold a few times and dropped from Sephora, so again not surprising.

I have mixed feelings. The colors are very wearable, not particularly exciting (even for this neutral girl) but like I said, this is a best of peak 2000's Stila. (Remember when all the Charlie's Angels actresses were pushing this brand hardcore?! RIP: The ridiculously over priced lip glaze and its gross click up, un-hygenic brush tip.) This is a solid "basic" palette and if palettes were allowed to stay on shelves long enough to be repurchased anymore; this would be an amazing choice. I think the fact that there is such a high volume of releases coming at you from every angle, now buries a palette like this from a brand too old to be considered "lit."

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Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand -Stratia - Liquid Gold

on 7/15/2018 1:14:00 PM

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What I want: a lightweight hydrator with ceramides that isn't tested on animals or sold in China, where they mandate animal testing even for products that claim to be cruelty-free. For some reason this is near-impossible, as many cruelty free brands are just full of cheap oils and without the really good stuff proven to work.

It's lightweight and you can layer it over and over if you'd like more hydration. I use it under my sunscreen on some days, even in summer, and it's not too much. It doesn't *feel* as hydrating as it is, if that makes any sense.

On a scale of 1 - 10, 1 being very oily skin and 10 being so dry your skin is cracking or patchy, I'd recommend it for 1 - 6 alone, and from a 7 - 10 as an additional layer under a heavier moisturizer.

I think of it as a hydrator rather than a moisturizer, if that makes any sense. For an oilier face it's more than enough, and for a dryer face it's a great additional layer. The ingredients are top-notch, as is the bottle and pump combo.


Primer/ Corrector -Too Faced -Hangover Rx Replenishing Face Primer

on 7/15/2018 1:13:00 PM

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Smells really nice (if you like coconut water) & has very cute packaging. However I'm not sure it does anything and I've been using it for months., for the price I was expecting to see a big difference. Not a pore minimizer, but it does a great job of brightening the skin and hydrating however many cheaper face creams would do the same. Not sure if it helps my foundation last longer.

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