Concealers -Laura Mercier -Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer

on 9/22/2018 2:15:00 PM

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I tried out the 1n shade and the color was great, matched my complexion. The concealer went on smoothly and blended well on top of my foundation. I was pleased... until i looked into the mirror 1 hour later, mind you i used 24/7 setting spray and primer, the product melted too much into my creases and pores. Looked cakey and made dry patches super obvious. Definitely not a longwear formula.

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Eye Shadow -benefit Cosmetics -Velvet Eyeshadow Where There's Smoke

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This might be my favorite eyeshadow formula ever, just for the silky smooth texture and the way it blends so effortlessly. Pigmentation is good, but no, the sheen isn't crazy intense like a lot of these foiled shadows are now, but it's not supposed to be.

Where There's Smoke is not only one of my all-time favorite taupes, but just one of my all-time favorite eyeshadows. For some reason, this color always leans a bit green to me. I guess it's a khaki taupe, but I love that. I have very warm brown eyes and this cool khaki taupe really emphasizes and makes the most out of them. I'm always looking for ways to wear green on my eyes without looking like a St. Patrick's day parade, and this color is perfect. If anyone has any recs for a dupe, please message me!


Mascara -Maybelline New York -New York Total Temptation Waterproof Mascara

on 9/22/2018 1:56:00 PM

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Definitely waterproof and stays on, I found it works better as a second layer over another mascara and it’s not great for length or grabbing each lash and seperating! Good for thickness and dark black colour however but does not make lashes appear long! When used over a non waterproof mascara with a comb brush it acts as a non budge waterproof mascara and stays on even if slept in 🙈


Palettes -Too Faced -White Chocolate Chip Palette

on 9/22/2018 1:49:00 PM

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I’m hit or miss with this one. I really wish it was more pigmented (totally agree with the other reviewers). The only shade I really like is the black one, as I use it for my eyeliner.


Palettes -Too Faced -Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette

on 9/22/2018 1:45:00 PM

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I bought this at Ulta during their 21 Days of Beauty sale. I’ve been quite impressed with the quality of the shadows. I like how smooth and matte they are—definitely different texture from the Urban Decay palettes. I’d say this one is my favorite and I’m loving this brand!


Blush -NYX Professional Makeup -Powder Blush - Peach

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I have trouble finding blushes since I'm just so pale and cool toned and look like an Oompa Loompa Clown with most. So I wouldn't expect a blush with the name "peach" to work with my blue undertones. That being said, this blush is clearly a really pretty doll/rosy pink. So whoever works for NYX's product naming department should reconsider their career. Despite the poor naming choice, this blush is great! The formula has just the right amount of pigmentation - a little goes a long way on my fair skin and I'm sure this will last several months since I just use a light hand every day and blend thoroughly.


Hair -Unlisted Brand -Zala Clip In Hair Extensions

on 9/22/2018 1:20:00 PM

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The first time i ordered with zala was two years ago. I expected the quality to be average due to the low cost but to my surprise the extensions were an excellent quality. Ive spent $1500 on extensions in the salon before and these even exceeded the quality of those. I was able to use the same set of these for years. I love them!!! Incredible quality, and durable!! I straightened and curled them often and they never got ratty, always stayed their thickness like how i had them day one. I would highly recommend zala! I have recently made a new order for


Lip Gloss -C.O. Bigelow -Ultra Mentha Lip Shine

on 9/22/2018 1:09:00 PM

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This is one of my “comfort products”, something that I love the feel and smell of, an old standard I’ll swipe over a stain or over nothing when I’m working at home. I love the minty feel and taste. So, so worth it! A real mood-booster.


Moisturizers -Clean & Clear -Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

on 9/22/2018 12:24:00 PM

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Smooth gel like texture that moisturizes well. Particularly for oily skin and for hot and humid weather. Creates a smooth base for makeup, especially if you only wear powder. I use this ever morning.

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Eye Makeup Remover -Koh Gen Do -Cleansing Spa Water

on 9/22/2018 12:20:00 PM

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I got this as a sample that lasted four uses, so for long term analysis this won't be very useful.

Overall, this was okay. I used it as a makeup remover. I don't have any complaints, but I don't have anything great to say either. I didn't notice any strong scent. It's pretty gentle and gets most of my makeup off with a cotton pad, but my Bior Perfect Oil makeup remover does a much better job. I always washed my face afterwards and followed with my regular toner. It's a very average product, so I don't think it's worth the price.

I'd say it's worth trying if you need something gentle and don't mind the price, but I won't be buying it.


Moisturizers -Josie Maran Cosmetics -Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 with Sunboost ATB

on 9/22/2018 12:16:00 PM

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I'm giving this 5 lippies for one reason: NO CLOGGED PORES.

It seems like every other mineral sunscreen I've ever tried has left me, at the end of each day, with a nose full of clogged-up pores. This one does not. In fact, it leaves my skin beautifully soft and conditioned. I'm also prone to acne around my chin, but have not experienced any such problems while using this product.

Others have mentioned a white cast. I can't detect a white cast on my golden-olive skin (NC30). In this respect, it performs better than sunscreens from Clinique, Cerave, EltaMD, Coloressence, and Coola.

So far, the only downside I've experienced is that it leaves my oily skin very shiny. I'm currently looking into finding products that I can use to control the shine without clogging my pores, because I can't see myself using any other sunscreen. This is my HG.

The texture is light and silky like an upscale face lotion. It is very rich but I don't mind it because it melds better than most sunscreens that feel like a mask on top of my skin. As the name implies, the base is argan oil. I can't detect a scent or odor. (Some argan oils have a funky odor, but this product does not.) I can use it around my eyes without irritation. As far as I can tell, it provides good sun protection. (I don't burn easily.) Overall, the benefits outweigh the one drawback (shiny face) and I will repurchase.


Hair Color -Garnier -Olia

on 9/22/2018 12:10:00 PM

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I wanted to go back dark and had mad CVS rewards for this — this in soft black and also I got Natural Instincts midnight black. I’m fair and rosy and old 39.5 years; nw15; natural color dark brown. Bleach was eating my hair alive and I want my dark brown/soft black bob back w no ammonia. I also will retry henna & indigo if I decide I permanently want this color. Since I went from blonde I filled with orange, started w this ammonia free perm color so it sticks and will retouch with the natural instincts and/or hendigo. (But can color oops this out just in case). It seems though now that reading reviews I should’ve went straight to natural instincts midnight. I called the hotline it’s 20 volume developer with soft black.

Anyway, I gave 4 stars although I did love the color and shine. Deducted one for amount given (barely enough for my pixie!) and for the inane shape of the bottle which gets slippery as you use it and shoots across the room like a crazy staining ink cartoon dart of blackness. Omg please rethink this bottle Garnier! It’s so un-user friendly it’s CRAZYYY

To sum up, I will not buy this again. Definitely going with natural instincts which is lower developer deposit only and reviewers say lasts longer than perm dyes with even less damage and more shine!!! Please pour contents in a bowl and use brush. Do not use that stupid bulbous bottle!


Sunscreen -CLINIQUE -Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face

on 9/22/2018 11:47:00 AM

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I've finished 2 bottles of this, both purchased within the last year. I thought this product worked pretty well and it applied nicely. I have golden olive skin (NC30) and almost always have a problem with white cast from mineral sunscreens. This one did lighten my skin tone a bit, but it didn't leave an obvious cast, and it was easy to blend in. I was able to wear it without foundation over it, and my face still looked natural.

The two-star rating is for its pore-clogging effects. Although I didn't experience any inflammatory acne breakouts, I did end every day with clogged-up pores on my nose. That is a deal-breaker for me. I know that this product was the culprit because I've since replaced it with another product (from Josie Maran) that yielded different results.

Another downside is that this product leaves my skin very shiny. That would not be a deal-breaker, but it does require me to use powder and to check and retouch throughout the day, more so than I normally would.

I won't repurchase.

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Gels/Soaps -Shea Moisture -Organic African Black Soap

on 9/22/2018 11:22:00 AM

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I purchased this because I have very sensitive skin and cystic acne. After one week my face cleared up! This is the only cleanser I’ve used that has cleared my sensitive skin up. I am definitely keeping this as my HG!

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Liquid -Too Faced -Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation

on 9/22/2018 11:15:00 AM

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This is one of my favorite foundations. This lasts all day on me, gives me very good coverage but not too full and thick. It feels comfortable on the skin. Comfort matte is right!!! The scent is mild and goes away in a few seconds after I apply. I use this in the shade Almond (i am nc20 in MaC).


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