Foundations -Wet 'n' Wild - Coverall Cream Foundation

on 10/17/2017 3:17:00 PM

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I forgot how much I love this foundation. When it stopped being sold in stores (replaced by the PhotoFocus line) I thought it'd been discontinued. I was as sad as it's possible to be about a makeup item being phased out. Then I realized that this product is still on Wet n Wild's website but I was hesitant to purchase. I'm weird when it comes to online shopping and try to avoid purchasing things online at all costs. After trying a few other foundations though (drugstore and high end) and not being impressed with any of them, I decided it was time to bite the bullet and re-up on my HG foundation.

When this came in the mail and I opened the box, I was a little disappointed right off. The packaging seems smaller to me for some reason. But there's always been 1fl oz of product, so maybe they just made the squeeze tube itself smaller? It may just be me, but if you get this and wonder if they're selling less product for the same price, they're not.

Speaking of the packaging... this is my favorite packaging for foundation ever. I had a bad experience with a drugstore foundation that comes with a pump, which makes me appreciate the fact that this comes in a plastic squeeze tube, even more than I did before. Yeah this foundation is pretty cheap ($3.99), but you'll never have to worry about crappy packaging malfunctioning, because this product is packaged like a dream. You can get every last bit of the product out too, which is important to me.

Onto the foundation itself. The shade range is terrible as a whole, but 815 Fair matches me perfectly. I have "normal" skin... gets slightly oily in the summer, slightly dry in the winter, and is slightly breakout prone year-round. This stuff just works. With or without a primer... with or without a setting powder... it lasts all day. It's so low maintenance. I saw a reviewer below me talk about how bad this smells and I completely disagree. I don't notice a scent to this at all.

This foundation isn't too liquid-y at all. It's a cream foundation that blends easily, doesn't get soaked up in your blending sponge too badly, and provides medium to full coverage depending on how much product you use and what look you're going for. The finish isn't matte and it isn't dewy. It looks like natural, flawless skin. I've never broken out from this stuff. When I got it in the mail and put it on again I could've cried. My skin looks beautiful again (the other foundations I was testing out over the past 6 months or so left much to be desired.)

Since this stuff is so cheap, I'll probably buy 10 tubes next time I place an order. I've tried out lots of foundations in my day, and nothing compares to this one.

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Hair -Unlisted Brand - Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

on 10/17/2017 3:10:00 PM

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i received this in a sephora play box a few months back and have absolutely fallen in love with it. i scoop a small quarter sized dollop out and mix it in with a clear shampoo and use it as a deep detoxifying shampoo treatment about 1-2 times a week. the scrub melts nicely as it lathers so it doesn't feel chunky at all. this really gets my hair fresh and clean. it is a little drying (it is a sea salt scrub after all), but a bit of conditioner remedies it easily. for reference, i am one of the lowest maintenance people when it comes to hair. the only things i use on my hair are drugstore shampoos and conditioners (that i wait for sales to buy). before this, i have never purchased any hair care item above $5. but i have just repurchased this in the sephora sale.


Polishes -OPI - Worth A Pretty Penne

on 10/17/2017 3:05:00 PM

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A gorgeous, glittery, rose gold shot with microfoiled metallic shine. Opaque after 1 or 2 coats. Super long wearing - and actually bit hard to remove. Very "on trend" this fall (2017)- but actually released in 2015 or so. Lurve.

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Highlighters -BeneFit Cosmetics - Watt's Up!

on 10/17/2017 2:58:00 PM

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It applies very easily and blends like a dream. It is a true cream to powder formula, which I love. It's a natural highlight that is not sparkly at all. It's a very nice colour on my pale skin. It lasts well on even an oily 12-hour day. It's expensive but the product will last you forever!


Lip Treatments -Eve Lom - Kiss Mix

on 10/17/2017 2:53:00 PM

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Best lip treatment I ever had for my extremely dry, sensitive lips! The only con is the price which is very high for a lip product but it definitely does wonders. I love the smooth texture and the cooling effect after applying it. Lips feel soft and nourished and plumped. Works amazing as a primer for lipstick, leaving enough time for it to be absorbed. Wish it was coming in a chapstick packaging rather than a pot just for convenience. Before I always had to exfoliate my lips using lip scrubs just to remove all those dry flakes but after finding this balm, I no longer have to do it or at least not as frequent because dryness is not an issue anymore. Definitely repurchasing


Hair -L'Oreal - Feria Haircolor Hi-Lift Browns

on 10/17/2017 2:53:00 PM

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This is absolutely phenomenal, and I'm not overstating. I've been to several salons seeking this color. Two colorists told me my hair wouldn't take that color well, due to the fact that my natural color is the darkest of dark browns. One colorist said she could attain that color on my hair, but it would take three return trips at $125 per session...not including the first trip. For over $400 I said "uhhh..NO thanks!"

Feria B-61 is *amazing*. That said, I'm seeing a lot of reviews for this product with hair that looks very red in hue...mine turned to a dark ash blonde (extremely close to the picture on the box). I have red and orange undertones in my hair...so I'm not sure what I did differently. That said, I hate red in my hair so I'm glad mine didn't do that.

I will definitely continue to get this product for as long as it's available. However...I *highly recommend* using Joico's new Blue Shampoo for dark hair in combination with this product...or any product you use to lighten your super-dark hair. Purple shampoo is **NOT** the way to go for dark brunettes...I learned that through trial and error, and there aren't many blue shampoos out there.

I'm still trying to figure out how and where to enter a picture, but will add one if I can figure it out.

...and I saved $395 to boot.

Edited to Add: Please do *not* write whiny complaints about this hair dye if you haven't even let your hair grow out from the last box-job you did. I'm reading a lot of complaint-reviews from people who *frequently* color their hair. It's fine to be a color-addict, but it's not okay to write diss-reviews on products, when they all clearly state that you shouldn't be using the product on hair that's been recently colored. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that *natural blue* and *natural yellow* make green. If you start throwing colors on your hair when it already has a color added...you'll end up with split pea soup; that's no product's fault - it's yours.

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Moisturizers -CeraVe - Skin Renewing Cream Serum

on 10/17/2017 2:52:00 PM

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This is definitely one of the better products by CeraVe which really surprised me. I got a free sample with my latest purchase of the hydrating cleanser.

I was having a bad skin week - texture, bumps, acne flareup, flakes, dry fine lines on my forehead and around my eyes so I gave it a shot without checking the ingredients. It does go on more like a lotion than a serum. I applied it in a thin layer under my usual moisturizer, the CeraVe lotion. It left my skin feeling soft, supple, lines were plumped up again, and no flakes once everything dried down. It's been a few days now and my skin is looking baby smooth and the other issues have gone away almost overnight. I'm impressed with how much this boosted hydration of my skin, I'd given up on anything working. Typically I turn to Sunday Riley when my skin gets bad but this is way more affordable and weirdly more effective.

I have very sensitive skin and don't like everything by CeraVe. The foaming cleanser and eye cream both give me a rash. I'm happy and pleasantly surprised that this wasn't a dud.

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Lip Treatments -It Cosmetics - Vitality Lip Flush, Je Ne Sais Quoi

on 10/17/2017 2:49:00 PM

I really like this for those days when I don't want to wear full-on lipstick or gloss, but still need some color on my lips. This product is particularly helpful because it is a 2-in-1 deal, you get color payoff + moisture for your lips, so there is no need for lip balm.

The color is such a pretty one too, a very natural pinky flush, that doesn't turn into that terrible shade of fuchsia some similar lip products tend to do. Compared to Dior Lip Glow for example (which I hated), this IT stick is much more natural and much more moisturizing (the Dior one actually dried up my lips).

I also like the cherry-like scent.

It is on the expensive side, yes, but it is well worth it IMO.


Masks -Unlisted Brand - Mediental SNAIL Aquaring SOS Solution Mask

on 10/17/2017 2:46:00 PM

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This mask is a two-part system. You firstly apply the ampoule to your face, then use the sheet mask. We bought a ten pack from Winners for about $10.

It's a little hard to rip open the mask part for step two because your hands will become covered in goo :) The masks are generously sized for a typical lady face (haha) and stay on well, but the eye area is a little tight. It's not heavily scented. It leaves you feeling hydrated. It's not a bad mask, but not my favourite. I didn't love the two-step system enough to want to reapply.


Liquid -Shiseido - Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation

on 10/17/2017 2:36:00 PM

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I can't praise this foundation enough! Tried so many drugstore/high end foundations and never found anything comparable. First of all, I am amazed about the gorgeous neutral shades it offers, which is so hard to find in other foundations (most of "neutral" shades in other brands tend to be too yellow). N3 is perfect match for summer when I am tanned and N2 is also great match for winter. It doesn't oxidize so you can be certain to have a perfect colour match right after trying it. The formula is like none other foundation, liquid serum type, gliding on the skin very smoothly, yet giving a really good buildable coverage without looking cakey. Initially I wasn't sure if it would work well on my combination skin because I tend to get shiny in my t zone, but I didn't even have to powder, it looks so well on its own, without breaking out or causing extra oiliness. The skin just looks healthy and smooth after applying it and it doesn't crease or sit in the pores, even applying it without primer (which I find unnecessary for this foundation anyway). A little goes a long way, for someone who prefers light to medium coverage, I find 1,5 pump more than enough for the whole face. I always apply it using my fingers because I find brushes never give me even application with most foundations and I find beauty blender to absorb too much of the product because of it's runny formula. This is my holy grail foundation at the moment and I doubt I will ever come across the substitute for it. Highly recommended!


Brows -NYX - Micro Brow Pencil

on 10/17/2017 2:35:00 PM

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i've been using makeup for years, but just recently got into doing my brows routinely a few weeks ago. i've sporadically tried other brow products in the past but never really like the results enough to continue doing it on a daily basis. however, ever since i started using this product, i've been hooked. the fine point on the pencil makes it super easy for a brow novice like me to fill in the sparse tail end of my brows as well as filling in the rest of my brow to make my brows look related to one another. the price point is just right ($9.99 at ulta, but they run NYX deals all the time). it doesn't smudge or fade through my days or 12 hour shifts at work. easy to remove. doesn't cause any breakouts. i'm so happy with this product that i would happily repurchase over and over again.

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Other -Unlisted Brand - FabFitFun

on 10/17/2017 2:31:00 PM

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OVERVIEW
FabFitFun is an American gift box subscription service company based in Beverly Hills, California founded by 4 business men. It’s $49.99 USD a season or you prepay a year for $179.00. If you’re Canadian like me you have to pay an additional $8 USD per box so it about $53 USD per box- or $211.99 USD/year. You get 4 boxes/year (1 per season).

FabFitFun is notorious for being huge on Social Media and having famous people unboxing/promoting. Each box they partner with a different charity but I have no idea what that entails and I assume they are all US charities. I generally don’t read the full magazines, I just flip through and look at the photos :}

PRODUCT BREAKDOWNS
I paid $211.99 USD for the year long subscription. According to my summary spreadsheets, I received about $1135 in products. On average the boxes contained $285 worth of products (7-8 items per bag), so each item was worth about $35. The average star rating (out of 5) that I gave each product was 3 stars.

I received 32 items total. 31% of the items were lifestyle, 28% were skincare, 19% makeup, 9% jewellery, 6% hair, 6% fashion. The boxes, not customizable based unless you have an annual subscription and then you have the option to do a little bit of customization like colour, jewellery, or themed lifestyle items. You can fill out a survey on all the items you prefer but I don’t think you can tell them to not send you a type of item (like nail polish).

100% of the items were full size. Occasionally I received a few other sample sized options that were “sponsored items” and I didn’t count them in my numbers. Off the top of my head, I remember disposable wipes and a sample of food protein collagen additive thingy.

To break down makeup and skincare I received a face sunscreen, a highlighter, an eye cream, nail polish, a lip kit, an exfoliator, face peel, body cream, eyeshadow palette, body wash sponge, night serum, brow gel and a mascara. In the year there were no repeat types of items.

Of the 32 products I received I ended up decluttering (or getting rid of) 6 items - that’s 18% of the items. I ended up completely using 7 items (which is the end goal, right?). That’s about 21%. And I’m currently using the other 20 items (about 60%). Remember, my year just ended ~1.5 months ago. I discovered a total of 4 HG status items (12.5%) - the same as a year of Ipsy.

Let’s break down my average rating of each item. As I said before I gave each item on average a 3-star rating out of 5 stars. Looking at the Product Breakdown chart you can star ratings - about 22% of the items I received a gave 5 out of 5 stars. I gave about 53% of the items a rating between 3 and 4.5 stars. I gave about 15% of the items a 2.5-star rating or what I consider a passing score. 9% of the items I received I scored between 0 stars (the item was broken) and 2 stars. The only item that “broke” is this Gorjana chain which gets twisted and is unwearable. A 3 star average per item is a pretty good rating, I’d say - on average I liked most items I received.

The 4 HG status items I discovered were: Toesox from Spring 2016, bf even bought a pair for himself off Amazon ModCloth blanket scarf from Spring 2016 Moleskine Planner from Winter 2016 Michael Stars Ruana from Summer 2017
My favourite box was my first box, Spring 2016.

SERVICE & VALUE
I hadn’t used any products from these boxes before so I can credit the FABFITFUN service for introducing me to these brands and products. Every single item I received was from a unique brand.

Although the numbers add up to me receiving $1135 of product total or $285 of product each month I feel more like I received about that but each month I feel like one or two of the items seemed a little overpriced. Stand outs were some of the jewellery and the Milly bag. I think my biggest pet peeve is that I feel like I received the boxes really late compared to everyone else on social media and the makeup items weren’t really super standout. I really loved receiving the fashion items and some of the lifestyle items.

I was always able to track my boxes online and never had any problems. I received one broken item (eye concentrate), contacted support and they replaced it right away no issues. I have decided to try it for another year so I have not had any experience with cancelling my subscription on the website.

Speaking of the website - the website itself is decent. It does keep a list of which boxes you received but unfortunately not of all the items contained within those boxes. They do send out surveys of the boxes overall and each item individually if you are up for it, but it is a lot more work than the Ipsy setup, which I much prefer.

The online store is pretty good. Before your box is sent out you can add-on other items you want to be sent out at the same time. I ordered two items - a full-size Briogeo hair conditioner for only $12 and a bento box for $7. Both of those items were awesome, felt like a great deal and had no additonal shipping.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS
By the end of the year, I did feel like I was down for another year with FabFitFun. I like that everything is full size and that there are cool fashion and jewellery accessories I would never purchase for myself. I did enjoy this year of subscription.

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Masks -Unlisted Brand - Mediheal I.P.I Lightmax Hydro Nude Gel Mask

on 10/17/2017 2:25:00 PM

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The outside packaging on this mask is beautiful, an eye-catching gold! We bought a ten pack at Winners for about $10. The masks inside is a two-piece gel mask with a plastic protector. The plastic helps you apply the mask and peels off the gel mask easily once it's in place.

The mask is suuupppper drippy and slimy as it is gel and not a traditional "sheet" mask. Be prepared for it to get everywhere. If you readjust the masks be careful because it's easy to "rip" the gel. Although it slips around at first, once it's on for a while it adheres well to your skin because it has a bit of texture. The size of the mask is generous and extra customizable because it's two pieces.

It leaves you feeling very moisturized! I really like this mask - feels great, is fun to use, and you can be quite mobile when you are waiting for it to do its thing. Great price, great value, I would do these masks again!


Styling Products -Organix - Weightless hydration coconut water oil spray

on 10/17/2017 2:24:00 PM

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This product works great on my long fine hair. I spray a good amount all over my freshly washed hair then comb it out. Then I blow dry. My hair comes out smooth and soft. Although it doesn't work great in super humid weather but then what does?
My boss touched my hair one day and she said it felt so soft.
I love that it doesn't weigh my hair down but gives it a smooth, soft, shine and nice texture.

This is HG for me. Been using it for a couple years already.


Lipstick -MAC - Russian Red

on 10/17/2017 2:20:00 PM

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As I much prefer to buy from cruelty free brands I bought the mini version of this for a specific reason: it fit in my clutch handbag. That said, this is the perfect red for my complexion. I adore the formula, the non oxidizing pigment and longevity. I felt the $10 price was a bit steep for the size however given the amazing quality and color payoff the price is irrelevant. Not too cool (blue reds turn purple on me) and not too warm ( no yellow teeth here!) but an amalgam of both. Russian Red is elegant, classic, sexy and perfect for a black tie gala or worn with a crisp white shirt and jeans. Now, if this were cruelty free I'd buy far more.

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