Mascara -Too Faced -Better Than Sex Mascara

on 7/20/2018 10:17:00 AM

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After all the hype I was very disappointed. It flaked and smeared so bad I am shocked there was even any product left on my lashes. Even though Too Faced is cruelty free, they are owned by Estee Lauder, who is NOT. Total disappointment.

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Mascara -Milk Makeup -KUSH High Volume Mascara

on 7/20/2018 10:06:00 AM

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I bought this in the travel size to try it out. The cruelty free options seem to be shrinking so I stumbled across Milk Cosmetics and decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. I am not a fan of the small mascara brushes and this one was nice and fluffy. With 2 coats it give great length and volume. I had no flaking and even after 105 degree heat no raccoon eyes. It is a little on the pricey side and it seemed to dry out quicker than other mascaras but again, I got the travel size.

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Shampoo -Unlisted Brand -Hempz Original Herbal Shampoo

I bought this for personal use on whim because I love the scent of the original lotion, and I've done well with other skin/hair care products with hemp.
I'm really impressed by this shampoo and conditioner! These are the perfect amount of cleansing and moisture for my fine, lightened hair. I stopped bouncing around between shampoos and conditioners every time I washed and just used these, which never happens.

I will say, either the pumps I got on mine were both faulty, or the product is just too thick for the pumps they chose, as I had to replace them. The shampoo and conditioner are both incredibly thick and I ended up diluting them quite a bit when my bottles were on their last legs, and I'm still using them 2 or 3 months later with about 95% of the same efficacy as the 100% strength. My next bottles I will dilute a bit from the get-go for ease of use.

The shampoo alone is a VERY thick almost gel-cream with a nice scent (I'm scent sensitive and it's not too overpowering, but could be lighter). It is incredibly concentrated and you don't need a lot of product, it lathers nicely. It cleanses well without stripping the hair. A great, basic shampoo that I think just about anyone could use and love.

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Conditioner -Unlisted Brand -Hempz Original Herbal Conditioner

I bought this on whim because I love the scent of the original lotion, and I've done well with other skin/hair care products with hemp.
I'm really impressed by this shampoo and conditioner! These are the perfect amount of cleansing and moisture for my fine, lightened hair. I stopped bouncing around between shampoos and conditioners every time I washed and just used these, which never happens.

I will say, either the pumps I got on mine were both faulty, or the product is just too thick for the pumps they chose, as I had to replace them. The shampoo and conditioner are both incredibly thick and I ended up diluting them quite a bit when my bottles were on their last legs, and I'm still using them 2 or 3 months later with about 95% of the same efficacy as the 100% strength. My next bottles I will dilute a bit from the get-go for ease of use.

The conditioner alone is a very rich cream, nice scent (I'm scent sensitive and it's not too overpowering, but could be lighter), moisturizes well and provides good slip for detangling. This is one of the few conditioners I've used that I don't feel I need to work hard to get the best results, I don't need to leave it on forever in the shower to get better results. Would compare the moisturizing level to the old Biolage hydra- line conditioning balm, circa 5-10 years ago. I don't feel like the current biolage line offers the same level of moisture as they used to.

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Styling Products -TRESemme -Keratin Smooth Brushable Hair Spray

on 7/20/2018 9:24:00 AM

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Decent hairspray


Lipstick -Urban Decay -Vice Lipstick

on 7/20/2018 9:19:00 AM

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I feel like the formula for the Vice lipsticks varies greatly not only from texture to texture, but also from shade to shade. That being said, I do feel that these are consistently good across the board.

I most recently picked up "Faith", which is what I'll be focusing on today. This is a gorgeous metallic bronze with a slightly coppery look to it, and it's perfect for a summery, glowy glam look. I absolutely adore this shade, as it doesn't wash me out like a lot of bronze lip colors can. It's not too light, but it's also not dark enough to make it look stark against my light olive complexion. It also doesn't create any kind of yellow cast on my teeth, which I appreciate. In fact, my teeth look a little whiter when I wear this!

The formula is in the "Metallized" range, which is my favorite of the Vice lipsticks. It's creamy, yet stiff enough to last for a good long while on the lips without sliding around or migrating outside my lip line. I get five hours easy out of this shade if I'm not eating. It withstands drinking coffee and water and the occasional snack. I can't really expect any lip color to last through lunch or dinner, so no points off for that. It's also lightly hydrating, which is wonderful coming from a metallic shade, as I usually find lipsticks of this ilk to be rather drying.

The price at $18 is high if you're used to drugstore prices, but it's lower than most other high-end lipsticks while performing just as beautifully. The packaging is attractive, simple, and very sturdy.

I'm likely going to explore the sheer and sheer shimmer shades next, but I'll definitely continue to purchase from the Metallized range.

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Treatments (Eye) -Clarins -Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate

on 7/20/2018 9:15:00 AM

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I had a sample of this that I was able to use for a long time, as just a little bit is needed. The texture is light and absorbs quickly but also feels substantial. It's definitely smoothing to the eye area. I have natural dark circles that no cream will help, so I can't speak to that issue, but overall I really liked this product. The full size price of $85 is a bit daunting but I think I will probably splurge for it!

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Blush -MAC -Powder Blush - Blushbaby

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Recieved this as a gift from a good friend a while ago and I surprisingly love this blush. At first it didn’t pick up much colour on my brush and I think it wasn’t as easy to blend as I expected though I got used to the formula. The colour is beautiful and it sheers out onto the skin and compliments my colouring, features and pale skintone well. It creates a natural flush I enjoy and steals the show in pictures. I can imagine this would work with most if not all looks. I wore this for maybe two hours and it lasted. With a more heavy hand, I’m sure one could turn this from natural and daytime appropriate to intense and eye catching for the night.

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Polishes -OPI -Frenchie Likes To Kiss?

on 7/20/2018 7:19:00 AM

In my opinion the 2018 OPI Grease collection is an epic fail. I've tried many, the colors are interesting but it doesn't make up for the awful formulas of the polishes. I don't know why OPI feels the need to mess (being polite!) around with their product.
The latest one I've tried is Frenchie Likes to Kiss, a pale lavender with microglitter.
The application of this polish was so difficult. It's a thick, yet runny, consistency. The 1st coat was incredibly streaky, the second coat covered so-so, but it needed a third coat to look at all decent. It doesn't self level as most good polishes do, so be very careful with your application. A top coat of Seche Vite helped this along.
I don't like doing 3rd coats, but these newest OPI's make it necessary. I won't be buying any new OPI's without reading reviews first. I'd rather go back to my older, tried and true!

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Eye Shadow -Urban Decay -Beached Eyeshadow Palette

on 7/20/2018 7:06:00 AM

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As much as I contemplated the Born to Run palette, there are about 5 of those very pink/orange/red shades in it which are total "no go's" for me, so I decided it wasn't a good purchase for me (we'll see how long that decision lasts!) I'd seen very high quality photos of the Beached palette at Temptalia and thought it might be more for me in terms of the colour selection but thought it was out of reach as an ULTA exclusive until I learned that it is available at select Shopper's Drug Mart stores and so off I went to purchase it.

Beached is a smaller palette (8 colours) and similar packaging to the Basquiat palettes in that it opens from the "short end" rather than the way most traditional palettes do. Packaging is cardboard with a mirror the full length of the lid. The palette itself is much as the name would suggest - a very "beachy/summer/poolside" vibe. The quality of all but one of the shadows is typical of UD - buttery, almost "liquid" feeling shimmers with only 1 matte shade (and that's also the only colour I'm not wild about as it is that sort of orange that is ubiquitous but which I'm not wild about, although I can use it in my crease)

The colours are:
Salt: an ivory with a nice sheen - not shimmer but a brightening sheen (I love this sort of shade for all over my lid)
Blaze: this is also in the Born to Run palette but the Beached version is a bit darker, more pigmented and slightly warmer - a very pretty "all over the lid" type shade
Heatwave: a shimmery coppery shade that has that almost "liquid" look to it. It reminds me of a deeper version of L'Oreal's Amber Rush
Daybreak: the matte orange shade; if you like this type of colour, Daybreak is a great version of it as it has even pigmentation and no fallout
16th Street: the one disappointment for me. I love this sort of bronzey brown shimmery shadow but this has loose glitter that I wasn't expecting and can be messy and tricky to apply
Double Dip: a gorgeous, shimmery blue shade, the kind of shade that UD does so well. As much as I love this sort of colour, I only use it in small doses as I'm a neutrals gal and at my age, a full on blue eyeshadow application looks a bit "much" but I love this pressed under my lower lashes (great with brown eyes like mine) or used in small doses on my outer lid.
Plunge: a deep peacock blue/green shade - absolutely stunning! Again, something I use in small doses though.
Wedge: not to be confused with MAC's well known shadow of the same name, this is a deeper bronzed brown shade - sort of like a darker version of 16th Street and it's similar to MAC Mulch, which is one of my favourite eyeshadows. Its quality is fantastic.

This is by no means a "must have" palette and it's not really a "basic" palette (not like Naked, for example) but is a really nice novelty palette to add to your collection and liven things up a bit. You can certainly use it on its own but generally, it's not the sort of thing you'd rely on every day or for work-related travel unless you took some other shadows as well.

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Mascara -Yves Saint Laurent -Volume effet faux cils the curler

on 7/20/2018 7:06:00 AM

This is the worst mascara I have ever used!
I never usually leave reviews but I am so displeased with the product that I had to say something!
I used babydoll mascara for years, when went on to re-purchase it a sales lady said it was discontinued and offered me this one. She was so excited about it, pointed out that she was wearing it and it looked awful (that should've been a red flag) I bought it anyway.
It is absolutely impossible to apply it as you have to go over and over the lashes until it all ends up in clumps. Then it dries out and so difficult to take off, I feel like I'm pulling my lashes each time.
It is a lovely brand and I love other products, but this one is a major miss.

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Brows -Sephora -waterproof retractable eye brow pencil

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Really good brow pencil. The selection of shades seems to cater to most brows I can imagine. Got the shade Midnight Brown, which works well for me. The comb on the end of the pencil isn't very useful, you would be better off with any kind of spoolie for brushing the brows and blending the product after application. Bought the product the day before leaving for what turned out to be a very hot summer holiday in Norway. Wore this pencil every day and it lasted through sweat, rain and applications of sunscreen. No other brow pencil I have owned has managed this.Only detractor is the unhelpful comb, with a better brush/spoolie on the end this pencil would get 5/5.

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Tinted Moisturizer -Chanel -Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 / PA++

on 7/20/2018 6:06:00 AM

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Les Beiges tinted moisturiser is a gorgeous product! As it is a tinted moisturiser, it has a very lightweight feel on the skin. It feels very soft and spreads easily. I get a light-medium coverage from this product. It covers my redness and dark circles but allows my freckles to show through. It simply perfects the skin, and gives it an even colour and a healthy glow. I use my fingers to apply this, as it gives good coverage and prevents product wastage. It lasts well on the skin, without separating or caking. It does transfer though, so I recommend to set with a light dusting of powder. It also has quite a strong scent, the sales associate told me it is a mix of watermelon, jasmine and peach. To me, it smells like watermelon candy. The scent is quite strong and lingers, though disappears in about 20 minutes. All up, this is a gorgeous product, I love how it makes my skin look and feel. I would highly recommend it.

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Bronzers -TheBalm -Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder

on 7/20/2018 5:54:00 AM

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I have used up my old one and repurchased Bahama Mama about a year ago. To use up the first one it took me 4-5 years, so you definitely get your money’s worth out of it!

I like this bronzer but I have to be in the mood for it if that makes sense. I don‘t use it all the time but I have periods where this is the only bronzer I wanna use. And at other times months go by without me touching it..

It‘s a matte cool toned bronzer that is relativey dark. I‘m about an NC20 and I can *just* get away with it. It’s not a super pigmented and powdery bronzer, but due to the colour I still have to be very careful. I like using it as a contour powder as well and it works wonderfully for that.
It’s however definitely not your „glowy, bronzed goddess“ bronzer - too matte, too cool toned and dark for that.

All in all still a great product, but not my favourite. I have repurchased it once but probably wouldn’t a second time.

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Eye Shadow -Maybelline -Lemonade Craze

on 7/20/2018 5:29:00 AM

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The Lemonade Craze palette contains the following 12 shades of powder eyeshadow: Old Fashioned (chocolate matte), Icepop (mid-pink matte), Strawberry Lemonade (pink champagne shimmer), Berry Ice (ballet pink matte), Citrus (peach-toned champagne shimmer), Sweet Tea (fawn matte), Sherbet (peach-toned cream matte), Main Squeeze (ice lemon shimmer), Sugar Coated (copper shimmer), Coral Punch (peach-toned coral matte), Lemonade Craze (canary yellow matte) and Sunnie's (ivory matte). The shadows have a delicate sweet & fruity fragrance (lemonade?), that is so soft that I need to have my nose up against the palette to detect it, and after the palette has been opened a few times there's hardly any scent left.

The strongest point for this palette is that the shades are neither too warm or too cool once applied, so they'll work with any undertones. Most of the neutral-leaning shades have a subtle fruity undertone, so aren't as 'boring' as I'd first dismissed them as being. I also really appreciate that the majority of the shadows are matte, as I have hooded eyes so the shimmer shades do transfer on me a bit. I've tried some of Maybelline's single matte shadows in the past and didn't care for them, whilst the matte Gigi Hadid contour palettes have great formulas, and I think that the mattes in this palette are somewhere in between; they aren't very pigmented and feel a bit powdery, but they do still apply and blend fairly easily and last all day with very little colour fade and no to very little creasing [there's no change if I bother with a primer or not]. The shimmers all have better pigmentation and a smoother feel to them, and wear as well as the matte shades do. A special shout out goes to Sugar Coated, as it is a gorgeous shade and has a higher formula quality compared to everything else in the palette.

[this is a review based on the UK edition of Lemonade Craze, which has a different palette layout to the US edition] The eyeshadow pans are split into three quads, with the central quad being larger than the other two; a bit of a waste in my opinion, as the largest quad is the one with the most easily dupeable shades in. This is a limited edition themed palette, so I do think that Maybelline should have put one of the actual 'lemonade' themed quads in the larger pans. On the subject of two pan sizes - why? Couldn't all of the pans have just been slightly larger and uniform instead?


The shades in the Lemonade Craze palette are pretty, the formulas are the average quality for the price and the amount of product you get is good for a drugstore brand [12g in total] - it's just that I know that I can get a better quality for the price (or less) that's putting me off Lemonade Craze. If there is a 3-for-2 or another offer on somewhere and this is available, I'd say "get it" to nearly everyone as it is a cheerful mix of shades that is nice to play around with. If buying it alone at full price I'm going to have to say "approach with caution", exspecially if you have any depth to your skintone, because if you're don't have a fair-to-light skintone I'm not sure how/if the shades would work for you since the majority of the shades are on the lighter end of the spectrum and the pigmentation is a bit poor on some of the matte shades.

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