Skincare - Face -Physicians Formula -24-Karat Gold Collagen serum

on 6/17/2018 10:21:00 PM

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Product specs:
What It Is:
A 24-Karat Gold complexion-enhancing and plumping collagen serum.

Why It's Good for You:
Skin-rejuvenating serum with collagen and 24-Karat Gold delivers firmer, plumper and more youthful-looking skin.

Key Ingredients:
Elasticity-Restoring Vegan Collagen, Complexion-Enhancing 24 Karat Gold, Moisturizing Glycerin, Natural Protecting and Lifting Polymers, and Brightening Vitamin B3

Hypoallergenic, Paraben-Free, Dermatologist Tested, Clinically Tested, Oil-Free, Vegan, Fragrance-Free, Oil-Free, Cruelty-Free.

$13 for 1 oz at my local Walmart.
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I've only been using this for a day or two, but so far, I love it.

I saw this few months back at my Walmart when the PF Healthy skin foundation came out and I was searching for shades. I remember seeing this serum, and pulled up the PF site on my phone to look it up and find info on it, but PF didnt have it on their website. So, I assumed it was maybe something old and had gotten removed, so didnt think twice.

Months later, im at my Walmart that carries a bunch of new PF products looking to grab one of their facial oils (bright booster), and I see this 24-Karat bottle still on the shelf. Needless to say, I grabbed this and the Bright Booster organic oil elixer drops. I was looking for something light moisturizing that I could mix with my matte foundations to help them apply better, since I have oily skin, and thought either the oil or serum might work. Plus, PF is good for sensitive skin.

This serum does work as a mix in, but its a little thick (almost runny gel-like)and can reject mixing with certain foundations. It works, but the Bright Booster oil works a lot better. However, this serum works amazing as a light moisturizer if you have dry but mostly oily or shiny skin. I have always used Olay sensitive lotion on my face, but it tends to make my skin greasy/shiny after an hour and can feel thick.
This serum is great for after any treatments (I use topical BP) and goes on light, a little goes a long way, spreads easily, and sinks in. It does have some tack/stick right after you apply, but dries down in about a minute completely. Once dry, its soft skin, not greasy, and I'm finding my skin isnt near as oily/shiny like my other moisturizer. My skin isnt flaky or dry-- there is No scent, clear, with little flecks of gold that dissolve, doesnt itch...I do have to keep it off my neck but thats just my super sensitive skin. My face really likes it. The bottle is awesome and the pump works great. Works with foundation (sponge) and under. Plan to keep using and see how it goes so I cant attest to plumping or wrinkles, breakouts etc.. yet, but it does moisturize nicely with no heaviness or shine or greasiness. Soft skin!!!! If this is a hit, I'm stocking up!!!! Just the perfect light, non-greasy moisturizer/serum. I'm impressed! If it breaks me out, I'll be back to update for sure!!!!

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Fragrances -Tom Ford -Fleur de Portofino

on 6/17/2018 10:07:00 PM

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If you love this cologne, save yourself $100 and just buy the brand Para Mi Bebe baby cologne with the blue cap. Smells exactly the same and it's been around for over 20yrs, for only like $5


Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Serum Foundation

on 6/17/2018 9:57:00 PM

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I bought this in 1.0N, very fair neutral. I worried that it was too light, but I dot it on my (moisturized) face and blend with a foundation brush. I have been using a BB cream for several years, but have found that my early-mid 40s require a touch more coverage, This gives me a little more coverage but it's still my skin you notice, not the foundation. I will say that because I have extremely dry skin, I use a lot of moisturizer (with SPF) before I apply this, because one day I didn't and I felt like it settled into my lines. I was really stunned at the quality of this foundation given its giveaway price.

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Moisturizers -Derma E -Derma E Scar Gel

on 6/17/2018 9:54:00 PM

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The label says Scar Gel but this needs to be relabeled as Holy Grail Healing Moisturizer for sensitive skin/acne-prone/oily skin.

I have searched far and wide with 3 shoe boxes full of abandoned moisturizers because my skin reacts badly from 19 different oils and silicones. My skin loves watermelon seed oil but hates every other oil. I finally settled with this and it's healing up my skin well. Before this Scar Gel, I used to use Cerave in a tub for my moisturizer but I realized that the coconut derivative like ceateryl alcohol was giving me blakheads and more sebaceous filaments. I had to stop that and I noticed a significant change when I started treating this gel as a moisturizer.

It has a pleasant gel like consistency without leaving a sticky residue. It has a fresh cooling effect most likely from the panthenol. My skin feels really calm and soothed everytime I put this on. For my dry skin friends out there, you would need something more moisturizing than this. This gel is mostly composed with humecatants (glycerin) and 1 soothing occlusive (allantoin) which is ideal of normal, oily, sensitive and acne-prone types.

I suffer from PIE (post inflammatory erythema) and rolling scars so I need a moisturizer that has soothing actives. This gel has 3 actives that are soothing and healing - panthenol, allantoin (keratolytic effect) and onion extract. If you want to know more, you can always search these ingredients on google then type "skin ncbi" to view academic peer reviewed articles. This is just a nice way to know and understand how these actives work as valid confirmation.

I use this in conjunction with mildly irritating actives like retinoids and AHA to treat my scarring. As well as a monthly 30% Glycolic Peel. My atrophic scarring are significantly better when I use these in combination. Most likely it would take another few months for the texturing to be completely gone but I am very happy with the results. By itself, I doubt that this gel will soften scarring or it would just take a very long time to see results. Combination therapy always yields the best results when it comes to reversing deeper types of damage.

This "moisturizer" could benefit people who suffer from acne and other types of inflammation because the ingredient list are composed of bland and basic ingredients (Aweeeesssomme). While providing 3 soothing actives that won't cause irritation. Highly recommended! Will raise hell if they change the formulation or go back to the original or discontinue it. I just wish it comes in a squeezable tube or pump instead of the damn unsanitary cosmetic jar. That's my only con otherwise HG material here folks!

EDIT: OH this review is for the new formula without the essential oils. (Much better IMHO)

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Fragrances -Tom Ford -Fleur de Portofino

on 6/17/2018 9:53:00 PM

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Fleur de Portofino has been launched in 2015 but I just recently got around to testing it and I am surprised at how different it is from the other citrus inspired Tom Ford fragrances that started with Neroli Portofino - also note that the picture in this review entry is actually for that fragrance, and not fro Fleur de Portofino. I am usually not into wearing 4711 Cologne type fragrances, although I like to smell them in a room and on others, but not so much on my skin. Fleur de Portofino is a lot warmer and softer than the aforementioned and the honey and mimosa give it more substance and lasting power. I really enjoy this for summer, it's a happy scent that does have the fresh citrus opening but at the heart of this fragrance there is the warmth which to me evokes a relaxed afternoon in a Mediterranean garden. Vacation in a bottle!


Treatments (Eye) -Deciem -The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

on 6/17/2018 9:53:00 PM

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I love this product. I have bag and naturally red eyelids/under eyes that are worse with stress, dehydration, too much salt, poor sleep. A drop of this below each eye helps the puffiness go away. If I'm still puffy after an hour, I'll try a second drop on my finger, patting below each eye. I do not find that it dries out my eye area (and I have very dry skin), causes flakiness, tightness, etc. I do not use it on my eyelid, just under the eyes. I feel like it's possible that I use less concealer than I used to. Have been using this for about a month. I plan to keep buying and using it.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Buffet

on 6/17/2018 9:49:00 PM

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I've been using this in conjunction with the Vitamin C 23% with HA, and I'm not sure which does the "work", but I've noticed definite tone changes and whereas in early spring I felt like my skin was beginning to show its age, now I feel like I have subtracted 10 years from my complexion. I'm interested in trying their straight HA, so I don't know if I'd definitely repurchase or not, but I'm happy to have found the Ordinary.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

on 6/17/2018 9:37:00 PM

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I've been using this in combination with the buffet for about 2 months. I don't know which product is doing the "work" but some new (yay middle age) broken capillaries have faded significantly with daily use. In March/early April, a bright red mark stood out even after makeup and concealer (I'm sure no one else could really see it, but I could). Now, it's barely visible with tinted moisturizer. For $6 you can't go wrong. It does sting a bit, and it takes some time for the vitamin c granules to absorb, but it's really been helpful in minimizing sun/age spots and these dang capillaries.


Moisturizers -Philosophy -Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment & Moisturizer

on 6/17/2018 9:22:00 PM

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Smells absolutely awful to me, I despise the scent so much. Despite that this BHA moisturizer works. I apply a generous amount to my face about 2 nights a week and it helps keep my acne at bay and leaves my skin soft and not dried out at all. Great product for people with oily/acne prone skin that can be sensitive. Will repurchase.


Self Tanners -Unlisted Brand -Skinerals Organic Californium Sunless Bronzer

on 6/17/2018 9:17:00 PM

This product is high up on my top favorite self tanners list.

Some basics as an fyi: I always apply at night an hour or so before bed. I shower and exfoliate first if I am applying on my natural fair skin, but no exfoliating if adding another layer to already "tanned" skin (unless i need to bring down darker areas, like aroubd my ankles or elbows). I wait 24 hours after shaving to do my legs. I use a mitt over disposable latex gloves. I use a separate tanner for my face than body. I add body lotion to elbows, ankles, heels before and after application. I start with my legs and work up in sections. I try to add extra to my shoulders and chest because thats where i would naturally get more sun.

Ok: onto Skinerals Californium!

It is a mousse, with a pump bottle. It comes out greenish, but doesn't have a real color guard. Since my skin is quite fair I can pretty much see where I've applied it because it leaves a slightly greenish cast. It doesn't dry very fast, compared to other self tanners, and stays a little bit sticky in hot weather (90 F & up) That's the only downside i experience.

It smells like maple syrup on application and the next 4-5 hours. There is a bit of self tanner/dha smell when I wake up in the morning, but not too strong. I prefer the maple syrup smell to the coconut/tropical in other tanners.

The color is natural. My skin feels soft and smooth, and not dried out (some dry out my skin).

Price is $25 on Amazon. One bottle lasts for a few full body tans, maybe 5 to 7?

To sum up: great color, easy application with mitt, no streaks, smells okay, lasts a few days, price okay.

Also, has great ratings on Amazon.


Hair Treatments -LUSH -Shine So Bright (hair balm for split ends)

on 6/17/2018 9:14:00 PM

This is an odd product that has now been discontinued. It comes in a very small tin (the lipbalm tins) and is a solid oil type product. It's a bit difficult to apply and will make your hair hard if you overapply. If applied correctly (a small amount to damp ends) it softens and adds a lot of shine to dry coarse areas. Would repurchase if it was not discontinued.

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Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand -Lanolips - Banana Balm 3-in-1

on 6/17/2018 9:10:00 PM

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I love Lano products, but the white cast in this one is a deal breaker for me. Doesn't matter how thinly I apply it I get this weird, ashy look on my lips. And I don't like the fact that this lip balm has weird little sparse sparkles in it. I don't have a problem with glitter but it's such a small amount it gives me this look like I didn't clean my lips well enough after I wore a glittery lipstick and then topped it with a white-ish gloss.

However, it smells amazing. I've been looking for a banana lip balm for ages and this one certainly delivers. It smells like banana cream pie! Because it's Lanolips and it's enriched with lanolin so it really delivers really nice moisture. It's lighter in texture than the 101 ointment lip balms (the Strawberry or Coconutter) so it's nice.

But this just isn't for me. Maybe lighter skin tones will enjoy this more than me. I would not repurchase it. But I would love it Lano created a clear banana lip balm.


Mascara -Stila -HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara

on 6/17/2018 9:04:00 PM

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This is okay but it does smudge a little bit during the day. Brush is nice, formula is clump free, volume is good, length isn't as good as some others. Would not repurchase this due to smudgin, lack of length and high price tag for something that is not perfect or even as good as some cheaper alternatives.


Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand -Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm

on 6/17/2018 8:55:00 PM

Likes:
-It smells so yummy! It's a soft, strawberry candy sort of smell.
-It's very rich and hydrating. It cocoons the lips in a hydrating layer of moisture.
-It hydrates deeply. When it wears off my lips are still hydrated, plumped with moisture and smooth

Dislikes:
-It takes a bit of warming up during the winter. I usually massage the tube to get the product flowing.

Other details:
It retails for $19CAD and is only sold at Sephora. The product comes with about 10grams of product. The product is absolutely clear.

I would repurchase this product and I've repurchased it twice! It's my favourite winter lip balm. I'm interested in trying out the Peach and the Coconutter flavour!


Moisturizers -Tarte -Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer

on 6/17/2018 8:53:00 PM

Tarte calls this a daily moisturizer that illuminates. Stating that you can wear it alone or under makeup for a smooth radiant glow. I found this product WAY too sparkly to wear alone and under makeup it just made my makeup slide right off my face. Definitely does not work for me as a moisturizer. Would not repurchase.


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