Moisturizers -Deciem -The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

on 9/25/2018 8:28:00 PM

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I had high hopes for this but I should have read reviews. I imagined it'd be a light gel as most HA formulas I've tried in the past have been, particularly as it said oil free. What I got was a heavy thick immobile paste that felt icky and caused clogged pores. I was reticent about ordering anything by The ordinary as I assumed it'd be overhyped. And it's been a horrible introduction. Yes it's cheap but I wish I could get my £7 back as I can never use this cream. Maybe as a foot cream but I don't think I'll even like it for that. It feels horrible and chalky with a weird film left behind. I won't be going back to the ordinary again.


Fragrances -Commodity -Book

on 9/25/2018 8:21:00 PM

A good Le Labo Santal 33 dupe. Figgy and woody .


Moisturizers -Deciem -The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

on 9/25/2018 7:50:00 PM

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I really tried to make this work, I really did. When you first apply it on your face it doesn't feel like much, HOWEVER it works like magic and somehow keeps the face moisturized throughout the entire day, making it look plump and glowy (but not too greasy) and hydrated. So that aspect of it is GREAT.

However, for some reason it triggers milia (tiny bumps) to appear all over my face. I don't understand why since it doesn't feel like a heavy moisturizer and I tried using it lightly but every single time I would come back to it, it would do the same. While it keeps my face looking very plump and hydrated, it makes my skin texture terrible. It might be some kind of ingredient that my skin just doesn't get along with, I also tried the Ordinary HA serum and the same thing happened. I'm really disappointed this didn't work out because like I said the hydrating aspects of it are great, but unfortunately I will have to give up on this product.

That being said, I still recommend you give it a try, I think it's something that works for all skin types and maybe your skin won't react badly and if it does, the ordinary has a great returns policy ;)


Lipstick -Dose Of Colors -Matte Liquid Lipstick

on 9/25/2018 7:33:00 PM

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I was looking for a new berry colored lipstick and stumbled onto Dose of Colors matte liquid lipsticks after hearing a lot of positive reviews. I decided to try Berry Me, which costs $18, a price on par with the most popular non-drugstore liquid lipsticks. It also has attractive frost-glass packaging and a very nice scent. The tube is a good size and the applicator shape is also user-friendly. The lipstick is super creamy and feels very soft on the lips initially, but dries out fairly quickly. When using the lipstick without exfoliating my lips I very quickly experienced product crumbling off. I have discovered with this lipstick that exfoliating is an absolute must to avoid crumbling, although a tiny bit on the inner part of the lip will continue to do so and leave lipstick on the teeth. I would not consider this lipstick a safe bet for all day wear, as it can survive one meal okay, but it will not survive reapplication after two. While reapplication after eating appears okay on the surface, it feels incredibly uncomfortable as if it will crumble off at any moment. I also found the product to be slow to fully dry on the lips despite how dry it felt in terms of comfort. The issues I have had with this lipstick will lead me not to repurchase it.

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Powder -Catrice -nude illusion loose powder transparent matt

on 9/25/2018 7:06:00 PM

I bought this one because I ran out of my trusty loose transparent powder from Mary Kay, saw it in a store and thought for that price I´d give it a go. I was using it for nearly two weeks, partly waiting for my other powder to arrive, partly out of spite and hoping I could make it work.
So I used it over my cc-cream using a large powder brush, primarily in my oilier T-zone. When I ran out of the cc-cream (just my luck) I just used the NYX concealer wand and used the powder over it.

Pros: It really keeps me matt. Haven´t noticed any drying neither.

Cons: It comes in a very flat powder tin with the tipical holes in the lid it, no buffer or anything. And I wasn´t able to get it out of there, because it was very tightly packed! I ran out of time that morning and put it into the empty jar of my former powder, so I could get it into the lid and start working. It really highlights every single hair in my face, and I´m quite a blond peach. It was nice to get all the eyebrows shown for plucking, but the powder also leaves a white cast at the sides of my nose I don´t fancy. So I tried setling it with the ELF setting spray which helped, but gave me just a dry uncomfortable feeling I hadn´t noticed before using this spray.

All in all? At least it was cheap. Will keep it, just because I plan to use it for plucking XD


Pressed Powders -MAC Cosmetics -Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light Plus

on 9/25/2018 6:57:00 PM

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i am a nc20 and a c2 in face and body this is a tad bit light for me but perfect for my undereyes. when im in a hurry i use a small brush and brush it over my undereyes and i literally look like i used concealer and its not drying at all i have very dry undereyes. I also use this to blend out harsh edges of eyeshadow or my paintpot in groundwork, it works like my mac brule eyeshadow. Very versatile powder and great formula. Ive used this since i was in highschool thats over 8 years ago. It does has jojoba oil in it though if you are sensitive it will break you out but if it doesnt then your in luck! its a nice powder thats skin like. I want this in the shade medium after im done with the light. Hopefully i am lighting in the winter to be able to use this all over the face. I have dry skin now because of benzoyl peroxide, i remeber i did het oily using this in the tzone back in highschool so if you are very oily i wouldnt recommend because it is not oily controlling.

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Lips -Unlisted Brand -Gerard Cosmetics Brand

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“Wine Down” Hydra Matte liquid lipstick. I’m thankful I had a 50% off coupon for this because it was definitely not worth the $20 price tag. I’d followed the company for some time and loved this color they kept posting. I decided to order and see for myself. Shipping was very slow - a week to come from CA. The product smelled great and packaged beautifully (even the shipping box) but those were probably the best parts of it. Consistency was thin and watery. I had to use three layers to try and get a good coverage. Left my lips feeling incredibly dry and gritty. I was self conscious all day that my lips looked dry and the color patchy. Even after three coats, the color was nowhere close to how it was portrayed on the Gram. I was left feeling very disappointed. The function to leave a review on their website is not working and I really didn’t want to blast them on their Instagram page. I’ve worn this twice but probably won’t wear it ever again. :(

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Fragrances -Lancme -Tresor Midnight Rose

on 9/25/2018 6:33:00 PM

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I am endlessly confused as to how and why this fragrance isn't more popular. It is sweet like most of the modern popular perfumes. It has a pretty purple bottle with a pretty purple rose bowtie. It is around $83 for a full bottle at Sephora and Nordstrom, which is very reasonable given that most fragrances are over $100 now. It is very longlasting and projects well without being cloying and suffocating. And what's really great is although it is in the same vein as other sweet perfumes (La Vie Est Belle, Flowerbomb, Coco Mademoiselle, Armani Si, etc), it has an interesting raspberry note that sets it apart. Think Givenchy Hot Couture minus that smoky cigarette note. There's a good chance that you could wear Midnight Rose as your everyday signature scent and that no one else in your friend group would be wearing it. I'm sure the people at Lancome scratch their heads wondering what they did wrong. They chose Emma Watson for the ad campaign thinking she would attract the teens and 20somethings they wanted to capture, only to have the fragrance all but dismissed.

Well, I'm not sure why Midnight Rose hasn't taken off like the other sweet perfumes, but I really think it's worth at least a sniff. I have a full bottle and have never regretted the purchase.

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Bronzers -bareMinerals -Invisible Bronze

on 9/25/2018 6:29:00 PM

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like another reviewer said, this is not that pigmented, and for that reason, i love it. this allows a beginner like myself to use it without worry of being uneven. the powder is very finely milled and feels very soft, theres a tiny bit of shimmer in here that i really like and enjoy, i prefer shimmery products vs matte


Foundations -Dior -Backstage Face & Body Foundation

on 9/25/2018 6:13:00 PM

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This foundation is like the higher coverage version of MAC Face & Body but for oily skin. It controlled my oil well, keeping me fresh and matte all day! Impressed with how it wore. So lightweight!

I don't like the packaging; I find it gets messy quickly.

The coverage is beautiful and makes your skin look velvety smooth. I would recommend, mainly because the price makes it a pretty good deal compared to other high-end foundations.


Treatments (Face) -Unlisted Brand -Verso Night Cream with Retinol 8

on 9/25/2018 6:13:00 PM

I am 31 and have combination skin, I have only used this night cream twice and love it my skin was so soft, clear and smooth when I woke up. My skin was not oily at all it was a beautiful texture normally night creams can leave my skin very oily in the morning. I can’t believe the difference this has made in two applications. I am very interested to try other verso products if they’re anything like this night cream I am very impressed.


Mascara -benefit Cosmetics -Roller Lash

on 9/25/2018 6:07:00 PM

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I'm probably the last person on earth to try this mascara, and I'm so glad I decided to give it a try!

I love the application; I love how much it separates and lengthens my lashes, I love how it wears! My lashes stayed nice and curled all day.

If you prefer more volume, this might not be for you, but as someone who prefers separation and length, this mascara is just perfect!

New HG for me! I also love that you can buy it in a smaller tube.


Body Scrubs -Dove -Exfoliating Body Polish - Crushed Macadamia & Rice Milk

on 9/25/2018 5:27:00 PM

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This is delightful. I like a gentle scrub, but I find that sugar scrubs dissolve before they're really done scrubbing. These particles don't dissolve - you can scrub for as long as you want, they're very fine so not too rough. The texture is very creamy. The granules were plentiful. I think the scent is like fresh almond and the scent does linger. Pleasantly surprised with this impulse item.

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Brows -ColourPop -Precision Brow Colour

on 9/25/2018 5:26:00 PM

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I got this in Blondie, & love it! The formula is so smooth and creamy, and easily apples to the brush and brows in seconds. There’s a decent amount of hair on my brows, but they still need filling in, especially at the heads where’s there’s hardly any hair, and definition in the tail. This does the job well. It makes the brows look defined, yet really soft and natural at the same time. It doesn’t have any hold, just a cream to add dimension and colour. It lasts well throughout the day. The packaging is a tiny glass jar with a white lid & colourpop logo. Very simple but works. You’ll need your own brush. I’ll see how long it takes to dry out. At USD$6 (Around $9 NZD) this is a bargain, especially in New Zealand where even drugstore products retail for $NZ20 and up. It’s also made in The USA! I couldn’t get anything else of this quality for this price here. I’d def repurchase!


Self Tanners -SUN Laboratories -Luxurious self tanning milk

I have tried so so many different tanning products because I have really pale skin and this is the best product I have tried! Not only is it not streaky, it is so easy to apply especially when you use the glove and there is no odor. I have really oily skin too and this makes me feel hydrated instead of feeling oily. I definitely recommend!


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