Lotions/ Creams -L'Occitane -100% Pure Shea Butter

on 1/17/2018 8:36:00 PM

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For me this product is better suited for the dry harsh winter months and/or if you’re constantly hand washing. It’s effective at keeping hands well moisturized++. It has a lovely soft shea scent not over powering. I love the tin packaging, keep this in my handbag. That being said it is not my favourite hand balm/cream by this brand but it’s still a good product overall. First and foremost not crazy abt the consistency of the product, it’s a densely packed preparation, I really need to work at it, just to pick up enough product for my hands, although a lil goes a long way, I don’t really need too much product to cover my hands for it to be effective. At a glance, product appears dry, almost waxy in the container; but becomes quite emollient after application. That said, tbh after application my hands do feel and look greasy, needs time to absorb. Therefore this would not be not ideal for the workplace. Lastly, it hardens if left outdoors in the cold winter air (ie car, walking outdooors etc) it needs to be warmed up before I can actually retrieve some product. For me, I prefer cream/lotion type consistencies because of ease. This product does deliver when it comes to keeping hands protected from constant hand washing, leaving them soft and hydrated but the application/product consistency is not for me...


Fragrances -Jean Patou -Joy

on 1/17/2018 8:31:00 PM

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This is matronly good for a spinster like myself. I’m 40. “I will live my life as I will undoubtedly die, alone.” This is classy. For the woman who knows herself & knows what she wants. Classique & floral I smell a lot of different flowers smushed together but I love it. It’s distinctive & elegant. I got it from the Vermont country store catalogue. The man on the phone raved about this to my mom (blind buy) when she was buying me arpege (also blind). 101% Heavenly. If elegance could be bottled this is it!! I love the shape of the bottle. Def rebuy!!


Lip Treatments -First Aid Beauty -Ultra Repair Lip Therapy

on 1/17/2018 8:12:00 PM

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One of my least favorite FAB products, and one of my least favorite lip balms. The spearmint was refreshing and enjoyable to smell but seemed to irritate my lips, and I found that the product separated, with the oils squirting out of the tube, so application was uneven. Since it irritated my lips it was counterproductive, so I stopped using it. If you do like it, it's a pretty generous size tube and would likely last quite a while. It does have a glossier finish than some balms.

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Cleansers -First Aid Beauty -Face Cleanser

on 1/17/2018 8:08:00 PM

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I've been using this for over two years and while it's not my all-time favorite, it's close. I have dry, sensitive skin, and this doesn't irritate it or leave it feeling tight and dry. It removes my makeup and dirt without leaving me feeling stripped. I also really like it for travel, as you can get a small tube which is sturdy yet easy to get the product out of. For me, it could stand to be just a bit more moisturizing, but that's my only complaint. Cruelty free as far as I know. Definitely a good value, worth trying.


Liquid -Sisley -Phyto-Teint Eclat Liquid Oil-Free Foundation

on 1/17/2018 8:02:00 PM

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When you buy foundation for so much money you expect it to be amazing, but it wasn't amazing on my skin.
It applies nicely with fingers, beauty blender or brush. It has a strong but not an unpleasant floral scent that lingers for hours. Applied in the morning I still can smell it by the evening. Surprisingly it's a first-ever heavily scented foundation that did not irritate my sensitive eyes. It lasts well and doesn't change its look through the day.
My biggers complain are the shades. I've picked up the Nude at first, but it was way too orangy-yellow and I always thought that my skin tone is kind of warm. The Ivore is very pink. Too pink for me. The salesperson advised me to take a Porcelain shade (lightest neutral), which I did and ended up with somehow ghostly complexion. I always look for a perfect match in the foundation, but to buy a Porcelain, an Ivory, and a Nude shades to mix them all up to get a decent match for my winter skin (nearly 400$ of foundation) I consider a way too extra.
Lightest shades roundup:
Porcelain - neutral light (not suitable for very fair skins, doesn't oxidize)
Vanilla - light pink undertone
Nude - light-medium very yellow undertone (I found that it does oxidize on my skin)
Ivory - light-medium with strong pink undertones

The foundation didn't perform extremely well on my dry patches and made my upper forehead slightly oily. Doesn't worth the money in my opinion. Even Revlon ColorStay performs better.

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Liquid -MAC -Studio Face and Body Foundation

on 1/17/2018 7:46:00 PM

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I tried this because it seemed to be the most recommended foundation for people whose skin "flakes up" as soon as liquid foundation touches it.
It in fact is better in that regard than anything I can remember trying. I think that's connected to its sheerness/translucence. It has less powder (titanium dioxide specifically I guess) making it quite translucent, but also "cling" less to dry skin.
It might also have something to do with it being "water-based", i.e. having more water than silicone or oil/esters. Silicone-based primers and foundations do sometimes seem to flake up more on me. (Note however that the second ingredient after water is dimethicone - it's not silicone free by any means.)

The sheerness makes it easy to blend and fade out nicely, and also means I almost get away with N1 actually being too dark and somewhat too yellow for me. (*Almost* as in, I was doing only my face this way for a week until I encountered a full body mirror in daylight at work, and realized my neck was looking awfully white...)

The sheerness also means I use a LOT of it to even out/cover redness on nose, and that pimples and such aren't covered in the least.
Another reason I use a lot because it sets crazy fast. I'll squirt out a few drops, on, say, my left cheekbone and start blending, and it might set before I've covered the whole left undereye area. It's hard to tell, but I feel like I must use at least 4X my usual amount of foundation, just to actually get everything covered somewhat evenly. If the color matched my skin better I'd probably use a lot less though. I'm experimenting with Nyx white foundation mixer, but it's tricky for so many reasons - I really recommend against it.


Treatments (Face) -Unlisted Brand -Global Beauty Care Collagen Mask

I love these masks. Cheap but works! I use twice a month. I actully put gloves on and squeeze the yummy gooey stuff in another container. The masks it self is too much IMO and i perfer to just take a brush, paint it on, let it sit, and than rinse it off. and get the same results
It not drying just brightness and renewal feeling. No break outs,


Eyeliner -Revlon -Colorstay Eyeliner

on 1/17/2018 7:29:00 PM

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Revelon cosmetics are not available in my country.I saw it's stand in a trip to Tbilisi.I had read numerous raving reviews for it's eyeliner pencil in different forums so I immediately bought one
Mine seems to be different with the ones in pictures.It's revelon colorstay 2in1 angled kajal..eyeliner/crayon.It's fatter and has a brush in one of it's ends
I asked SA to give me dark brown.It's shade is "102FIG" and it's a very very dark brown.so dark that it's difficult to distinguish it from black.I'm ok with it's color as I have very dark brown,almost black eyes and don't like light brown eye pencils but if you want a real brown eyeliner look elsewhere
I have nothing bad to say about it's packaging and I like it's brush.I expected it to be a great eye crayon but unfortunately it's far from a good one
It has great pigmentation and is not dry and goes on very smoothly but unfortunately it doesn't stay in it's place and smulges terribly.my other problem is that after couple of uses,it's very thick now,I can't use it for fine lines and I don't know how to sharpen it. it could be a great eyeliner if it dried down and stayed still
It was just 10$ but there are better ways to spend it,unless someone likes panda eyes!


Palettes -L.A. Girl -Hypnotize

on 1/17/2018 7:19:00 PM

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$7.00

There are 16 quads in this collection and it was very tempting to order a bunch of them. I got Hypnotize, Tropicalize and Tranquilize.

Hypnotize is fabulous. II really love this one. The colors all go so well together and create a really pretty look and all of the colors in this one are super nice. The berry/burgandy color alone is worth the price of the whole palette. All of the colors are amazing, well pigmented, very little fallout and blend well. The colors in this one all perform as well as most high end shadow. Application is smooth, easy to blend and they last all day for me. Very nice quads with surprisingly nice quality shadows for the price..

Description from the website:

This luxurious, long wearing and intensely pigmented eyeshadow collection inspires dazzling looks. EyeLux Mesmerizing eyeshadow is formulated to be extra smooth and silky in a mix of matte, satin and metal finishes. Available in 16 exhilarating quads sure to capture your imagination and inspire beautiful eye looks.

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Styling Products -Redken -Quick Tease 15 Backcombing Finishing Spray

on 1/17/2018 7:12:00 PM

My hairdresser used this on me with great success. So, I decided to buy a can for home use. It's very hard to use if you're not a hair care expert. I sprayed it on my roots, and too much came out, and my hair looked stiff. The name for this product is absolutely spot on. The hair absolutely looks and feels backcombed within an inch of its life. Combing this stuff out was nearly impossible, and it has to be damaging to your hair. I recommend leaving this product to the pros.


Palettes -L.A. Girl -Eye Lux Eyeshadow - Tranquilize

on 1/17/2018 7:04:00 PM

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$7.00

There are 16 quads in this collection and it was very tempting to order a bunch of them but I just got 3.

Tranquilize has 2 gorgeous blues and 2 equally as pretty neutrals. The darker brown is nice but nothing special and was a bit harder to work with than the others and not as pigmented. All of the others are well pigmented and blend well. Most of the colors perform as well as any high end shadow. .All of the colors had very little fallout, application is smooth, easy to blend and they last all day on me.

Packaging is about what one would expect for a 7.00 quad, not great but not bad. Similar to Wet n Wild but it looks a bit nicer. I have no problem doing a nice look with this palette alone but I do usually go to another also for a matte white or off white as a base. I LOVE both of the blues in this one and also the lighter of the 2 brown tones. I also got Tropicalize and Hypnotize. If I use Tranquilize and Tropicalize together I got some very pretty looks. I prefer the blues in Tranquilize over the Tropicalize blues but both are nice very quads with surprisingly nice quality shadows for the price..

Description from the website:

This luxurious, long wearing and intensely pigmented eyeshadow collection inspires dazzling looks. EyeLux Mesmerizing eyeshadow is formulated to be extra smooth and silky in a mix of matte, satin and metal finishes. Available in 16 exhilarating quads sure to capture your imagination and inspire beautiful eye looks.

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Lipstick -Maybelline -Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color - Blushing Pout

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This is an awesome, different color - almost too different to describe in words, but I'll have a go at it:

Blushing Pout (#682) is a creamy matte mauve. But unlike most mauves, this one is predominantly a light muted purple which I love (most mauves are too brown for me). This is a perfect fall color! Even though it's a purply mauve, it also has pink undertones to it which makes it wearable. This is another one of those universally flattering lipsticks that pretty much anyone can wear.

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Lotions/ Creams -L'Occitane -100% Pure Shea Butter

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This is a good, yet expensive choice if you are interested in trying out a nut butter for skin care but don’t wish to deal with the odor shea butter sometimes has and are looking for . This version has been refined so it doesn’t have any noticeable odor, this is why this one is white, where unrefined shea butters are yellow/brown and smell nutty, sometimes smokey. If you have access to a store where they sell health foods and natural body care & cosmetic products, chances are good they will carry shea butter and most likely an unrefined one, so I highly recommend you take the time to go and smell it to see if you can tolerate its nutty odor - sometimes a batch will have issues and smell bad. I say to do this as the L’Occitane version is 3-4 times as much $ as unrefined brands, but well worth it if you don’t care to or can’t stand the natural odor of unrefined shea butter. It also doesn’t go rancid as fast, an aroma that would scare most people iff from shea butter altogether.
Putting the smell & appearance aside, shea butter is excellent for the skin and something I’ll always keep around because it works miracles on dry, chapped and irritated skin. This version comes in a pretty tin that opens like shoe polish and is softer in texture, thus spreading better and elegant enough for facial use. A little goes a long way so the big tin will last a long time, even if you dip into it generously to use on the body.


Lip Treatments -Vaseline -Lip Therapy Petroleum Jelly with Aloe Vera

on 1/17/2018 6:54:00 PM

I used plain Vaseline on my lips for years, but my husband did not like the smell. I tried the Vaseline lip in plastic container and it did not feel moisturizing. I tried this and was amazed how well it moisturized my lips overnight. I have really dry, cracked, and sometimes bleed lips. I will forget to wear something during the day and end of the day it is bad. This brings life back to my lips, I was shocked. Next time I will try a different flavor.

The container might be gross to some people, just make sure to dip you CLEAN finger into the jar and re-seal. The smell is very minimal. Your lips will be super shiny, but you can use as base under lipstick for when you need extra moisture, but lipstick will slide off.



Conditioner -Unlisted Brand -Aromatherapy Associates Conditioner

on 1/17/2018 6:46:00 PM

I originally tried this shampoo at a JW Marriott. I forgot to pack mine and was why not try the hotel shampoo. Some Marriott even carry Aveda, so this might not be bad. The smell is very manly scented. I was really put off since I smell of men aftershave. But, my hair felt so clean and clarified of products from the day. Okay, it felt great and clean. The smell does go away once the hair is dry. The next morning, I was able to run my comb through my hair with no problems. Minimal knots on the back of my head, but nothing that was unmanageable. It gave my hair bounce and it kept a curl all day. I really like it. I did use the matching shampoo.

I have been using this off and on for a year now. I really enjoy this product and no flakey scalp or itchiness. It is pricey, but worth it.


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