Liquid -Charlotte Tilbury -Magic Foundation

on 12/11/2017 2:02:00 PM

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Now that I have a better color match, I like this foundation a LOT better. This is a matte, full coverage self setting foundation. Not quite as drying as Fenty. I have normal to dry skin in the winter, and really have to moisturize when I use it. I do like this, and would repurchase. The only thing I didn’t like was how tricky the shade was to get right. Get matched at a store and let it sit on your skin for a bit!

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Eye Shadow -Tom Ford -Private Shadow in Loveshade (Suede Finish)

on 12/11/2017 1:57:00 PM

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This is a beautiful warm rose petal pink with pearl. The Private Shadows come in several finishes: Ultrasuedes are the most matte followed by the Suedes, which have more of a satin finish. Sateens are more shimmery followed by the Vinyls, which are also quite shimmery, and the Pailettes are glitter shadows. Loveshade is deeper than Exposure, a pale pink Sateen.

I have been pairing many of these singles with shadows I already have in my collection. Videotape, another Suede Private Shadow, is a plum with gold flecks. It works as a crease color with Loveshade as a wash from lash to brow. Another good crease shade is the burgundy “enhance” shade in Charlotte Tilbury’s Dolce Vita quad. That shadow will shift the eye warmer overall. The closest color to that in the Private Shadows would be the cranberry Agenda Rouge. Another good crease shade is the berry color in the Honeymoon quad, which you can deepen with the plum brown beside it. And one of my favorite crease colors to use with Loveshade is actually from the “I Want Kandee” palette by Too Faced, a rosy taupe matte called Raspberry Cocoa.

The Private Shadow case is sturdy. It’s great for trips because it clicks securely closed. The quads have a magnetic closure that does not provide the same confidence in a suitcase but those do come with a velvet pouch to slide over them when traveling. The singles do not come in a sleeve.

The shadows cost $36 each and they are smaller than the shadows in Tom Ford’s quads. Each single is 0.04 oz. (or 1.2 grams) versus the 0.35 oz. pans used in the quads. Therefore it’s a much better value to buy a quad. However, if you find a unique color you love, these limited edition singles are adorable. The quality is not as consistent as I hoped – some have better pigmentation than others. Loveshade and Agenda Rouge are two that show up well and have a buttery texture. If you want Loveshade to pop more, using a primer such as Too Faced Shadow Insurance makes the color more vibrant.

Some of the Private Shadows are easy to dupe and other colors are more distinctive. The closest thing I own to Loveshade in another brand is MAC Expensive Pink which is more shimmery, more of a duo-chrome, and brighter. Loveshade is more subdued, a warm tea rose that isn't glittery.

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Concealers -Unlisted Brand -Thin Lizzy Concealer Creme

on 12/11/2017 1:49:00 PM

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This is a VERY full coverage concealer. I found It too harsh for the delicate under eye area, but could see this being good for scars, imperfections, acne & deep pores. You have to work fast with it, it drys quickly & once it sets it really stays put. I wouldn’t purchase it again because of the packaging. It’s in a horrid squeeze tube which squirts too much product out like crazy. Last time I used I was super careful, however it still squirted about a foot away & got on my favourite sweater. In a panic I tried to wash it out & being the formula it is took me hours of scrubbing and soaking to get it out. I was so cross and threw it out after this. With the packaging it’s also hard to get the last bit of concealer out near the end so it’s very wasteful. Save Your money & don’t get this.


Eye Shadow -Juvia's Place -The Nubian Palette

on 12/11/2017 1:43:00 PM

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If you really like warm neutrals, this palette is worth the price tag. They also seem to have sales on their palettes all the damn time so I'd suggest waiting for one of those. The colours are pigmented, they blend well, and they aren't overly soft (i.e. not a lot of fall out!). They also have awesome packaging when they ship these (bubble wrap IN the product box and around it) to make sure everything is nicely padded.

I would like to see more mattes in their palettes. There are a ton of shimmer/glitter options but the practicality of life is that I typically dip into matte shadows far more than shimmers on a day-to-day basis. I did hear a rumour that they were coming out with a matte palette so if that's the case, I'm probably making another order soon.

If you like the colours, I'd definitely give it a shot.


Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand -Derma Roller

on 12/11/2017 1:22:00 PM

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The only thing that can cure my acne marks and hyper pigmentation along with glycolic acid from Neostrata <3


Makeup Brushes -Wayne Goss -Brush #3: Large Eye Shadow Crease Brush

on 12/11/2017 1:04:00 PM

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I own two of these. The first eye set Wayne Goss released was made with blue squirrel hair. Later he came out with white goat hair brushes similar to MAC's eye brushes. This brush is from the original series, so it is incredibly soft.

The brush has a lightweight handle so it's comfortable to work with. I prefer to use Brush #4, a narrower crease brush, to apply color to the crease but Brush #3 is ideal for sweeping a base shade over the entire lid from lash to brow. When I'm almost done with my eye shadow, I like to take a clean, fluffy brush with no product on it to blur any edges, and Brush #3 is the perfect size and softness for final blending.

This brush has the largest head among the eye brushes, so it's also a good size for precise highlighting. For highlighting I sometimes use the #2 face brush, but for very small areas such as the bridge of the nose or the browbone, it's nice to have #3.

It's a very silky brush, and one I reach for daily. It costs $32 but it's worth the splurge.


Styling Products -Got2B -Mess-Merizing Hairspray

on 12/11/2017 12:56:00 PM

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This stuff does, in fact, give hold and texture. In fact I loved the grip it gives to my slippery, fine, wavy hair. Really makes the waves pop and the hold seems to last. If you don't use too much, you'll get good volume and texture to the hair that looks great. Unfortuanetly, there are 2 deal-breakers for me that aren't worth the great results. ONE: IT STINKS. The smell is strong, chemically, and horrible. I can't stand it. Seriously, I can't even describe it other than very fake perfume and toxic chemicals. TWO: After using this for a couple of days, I noticed my hair was horribly tangled. Like, tangles Ithat WON'T COME OUT. This is coming from someone whose hair is so NOT tangly that I don't even have to comb my hair once I'm out of the shower.
So sad. I may have kept using it and put up with the tangles, if not for the godawful smell. I haven't tried the more expensive texturizing sprays yet, like Oribe. But one of those will likely be my next purchase.


Makeup Brushes -Kat Von D -Shade+Light Eye Contour Brush

on 12/11/2017 12:25:00 PM

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I bought this brush when I was looking to upgrade my collection. I found this one for $27. I was initially annoyed with the price tag, but now that I have used the brush I have found it to be worth every penny! It applies everything well and has two different brush ends, so you are getting two brushes in one package. I also greatly enjoyed the coffin-shaped case it came in, although this obviously will not appeal to everyone. It is less important than the brush itself, which I believe most people will find helpful and easy to use. I would definitely repurchase this brush!

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Liquid -Rimmel -Match Perfection

on 12/11/2017 12:18:00 PM

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I Love Love Love this foundation! I have tried everyone out there from high end to high street stores. I love the fact I can buy this anywhere including my local supermarket at a great price and often on offer under £5. The colour light porcelain matches my skin perfect in winter being so pale, and mixing light porcelain with ivory in summer. I find it glides on over my nivea q10 day cream and spf never looking cakey just perfectly natural with a slight dewy finish covering any imperfections without causing breakouts or dryness. I also use the match perfection loose powder over the top which sets it all day, and if going out in the evening without having to touch up. I have dry skin but prone to spots around my chin. This makeup never fails me... 5/5 😀.

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Treatments (Face) -SKII -Facial Treatment Essence

on 12/11/2017 12:11:00 PM

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i didnt personally use this but my mom did for 5 years straight and her face is as soft as a baby's butt. it's the only skincare product she used for a long time and i think that really made the difference. it is insanely expensive, but she highly recommends it. she did get comments that she doesn't look 45 -- despite her having bad skin back in her 30s

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Highlighters -Cover FX -Custom Enhancer Drops

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I've just bought the second of these illuminating drops, mix with your foundation, just a little to get a soft glow all over. You'll never need highliter again! Of course you have to add a little definition to it, but it's the best mix in I've tried. Better than any other highlighter, it brightens up your entire face, leaving a subtle glow over all your face. It's totally adjustable too, so it works if you just want to add a touch of glow, and you could mix it in with your moisturizer for targeting only the high points of your face, if you want a more focused glow.

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Shampoo -Paul Mitchell -Shampoo Three

on 12/11/2017 11:44:00 AM

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[For reference my hair is fine and dry with an oily scalp and a few highlights]
I live in a hard water area, use various heat protectants and oils in my hair, and regularly go swimming, so as I'm sure you can imagine this has been a lifesaver for me! I use this once a week after my usual anti-dandruff shampoo and before a conditioning treatment to remove any mineral, chemical and product build-up that's accumulated in the intermission. My hair before this was often dull, with a "sticky" yet straw-like feel to it, but after using this the shine and bounce is back again. Yes, it can be very drying which is why I follow it up with a deep conditioner, and it isn't the cheapest clarifying shampoo on the market, but in my opinion it is the best and well worth the money. I'll keep repurchasing this as long as they continue make it.


Crème -Physicians Formula -Le Velvet Foundation SPF 15

on 12/11/2017 11:32:00 AM

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I don't like creme foundations because I have oily, acne-prone skin. This covers really well, and hasn't broken me out yet. The cream ivory is a close match, but a bit too orange, so I might try ivory. It goes on easily with my fingers. I may use this as a undereye concealer instead, because of the peach tone.


Treatments (Eye) -CeraVe -Eye Repair Cream

on 12/11/2017 11:31:00 AM

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:( has great ingredients so in theory it should work but my undereyes really did not like this cream. It’s only the third time I apply it (I was doing it twice a day) and I got small red bumps all over my undereye. I even have really small pimples from it in that area! I was waiting to see if it went away but it’s staying so I will stop uskng. Not sure if it’s an ingredient or if maybe it’s outdated? it seems like it works for some people but if you have sensitive skin you may not agree with this product either.


Sunscreen -Shiseido -Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector for Face SPF 42 PA+++

on 12/11/2017 11:04:00 AM

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This product reacted very bizarrely with my skin. I have acne-prone and very oily skin. I was previously using the Clarins UV 50 Sunscreen Multi-Protection SPF 50 which I still do looovveeeeee, but it just doesn't have the proper ingredients for full broad spectrum sun protection which is why I turned to this one.

When I first put this on over moisturizer it mattifies my skin a bit, but also makes my makeup go much smoother over my pores which is amazing. My makeup looks much more flawless and air-brushed. The weird part w this product is that it reallyreally messes up my makeup for the rest of the day. My ELDW can last me 6+ hours (including blotting once or twice), but with this that time diminishes to about 3-4 hours. I start to look shiny, and my makeup turns cakey, patchy, and begins to separate. Really unfortunate since I need my sunscreen to work with makeup and I love the ingredients in this sunscreen. But it's just a horrible combination when paired w very oily skin.


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