Hair Treatments -Unlisted Brand -Briogeo - Don't Despair, Repair! deep conditioning mask

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Really good hair mask, only price is too high.


Foundations -MAKE UP FOR EVER -HD High Definition Foundation

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Won’t last long poor coverage


Dry Shampoo -Clairol -Herbal Essences Refresh Blue Ginger Dry Shampoo

on 11/15/2018 5:23:00 PM

Love this dry shampoo! It is different from others (aka TONS) I've tried-- it goes on a little wet but dries within about a minute and with practically no white residue. I have dark blonde light brown hair, and even though I'm on the lighter side I still have to spend time with most dry shampoos (including Batiste which is one of my absolute favorites) rubbing them into my scalp to get rid of the white cast. This one dried very quickly and my hair looked clean and refreshed. I prefer this one to the Herbal Essences Volume White Grapefruit Dry Shampoo because it's not sticky like that one was for me.

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Dry Shampoo -Unlisted Brand -Herbal Essence Bio:Renew Volume Dry Shampoo (White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint)

on 11/15/2018 5:20:00 PM

This dry shampoo definitely adds volume, smells great and does not leave a white cast. It goes on wet but dries within only about a minute. However, it is quite sticky once it dries. I will continue to use it for ponytails/ up-dos for extra hold, but I would not use it with my hair down because I often run my hands through my hair. I think this would work quite well in conjunction with hairspray for those who tease their hair or want extra volume and wont be touching their hair. I much prefer Herbal Essence's Refresh Blue Ginger Dry Shampoo- works amazingly (it might become my favorite over Batiste!), no white residue and not sticky!


Treatments (Face) -Unlisted Brand -Prescription Benzol Peroxide

on 11/15/2018 5:14:00 PM

I had a breakout flare on more forehead and oily skin areas.

It was not clear what caused the flare. I thought it was antibiotics, therefore it's a PH/skin flora overgrowth (ie yeast like eg Malassezia Folliculities) and my Dr thought it was acne so he pescribed for be Benzol Peroxide cream to apply to the area, which treats Acne Vulgaris bacteria.

Apparently it is usually a breakout is due to a combination. I did have a lot of tiny clogs come to the surface and make skin look lumpy. But I wasn't sure it was bacteria because I had taken antibiotics which tend to kill bacterial issues.

I applied the Benzol Peroxide two evenings in a row.

After the third day I noticed that my skin was starting to dry out and peel in places, which was making my rough skin look more rough and lumpy. It did not appear that my skin had improved or calmed at all. I used a hard scrub to remove the peeling skin and added a moisture mask and over night my skin seemed to settle down and return to its smoother appearance.

In short, BP may work well on the acne vulgaris bacteria, however, if that's not what is causing your breakout, it won't help obviously and seems to be very very harsh and dry the skin out very much in a short amount of time. Not for me.

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Mascara -L'Oreal Paris -Voluminous Original

on 11/15/2018 5:11:00 PM

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This is my holy grail lash product! I find that it adds thickness and length, and can be easily layered for a more glam look. I like that it has nylon bristles (not rubbery ones) because I find they separate the lashes better. Doesn't smudge at all through the day, and easy to take off with my micellar water.

The first time I tried this I hated it because of how clumpy it left my lashes. I've realized that it works much better after a few weeks of use so the mascara can dry a bit. If it worked well right out of the box it would get 5 stars, but you have to give it time so 4.

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Palettes -MILANI -Most Loved Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

on 11/15/2018 5:06:00 PM

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I love milani matte eyeshadows and found this for $15 at the big W. I've heard so much about it that I decided to give it a try before Milani no longer makes it. It seems companies come out with fantastic products and a year later they are no longer being made.
The quality is excellent, packaging is pretty with a nice big mirror. They apply and blend nicely.
So, why will I not rebuy? The colors are not very complimentary on my skin color, also these orange/brown colors are very hard for an older woman to pull off no matter what your skin color.
Also, this palette needs a black shadow.


Mascara -CLINIQUE -High Impact Mascara

on 11/15/2018 5:05:00 PM

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Feels expensive and high quality - the packaging, and the thick bristled wand. The product seems to go on a little lightly, I needed to go over lashes quite a few times to load the product up, and some lashes did start to tack together with the heavier application. Also, the busy/tightly packed wand bristles took up a lot of space so it was hard to get into the lashes to load them up without hitting parts of my lid and getting the product on my eyelid and surrounds.

For comparison, I then used my usual mascara on the other eye for comparison, and found the product more liquid and therefore more easy to apply, and the wand was curved and longer so easier to get into the lashes and load the product without hitting the surrounding skin areas, it also meant I could dab the product onto the tips more to achieve a longer looking lash.

Overall it's a decent mascara but I wouldn't re-buy or switch from my usual.


Conditioner -Unlisted Brand -Proclaim - Argan Oil Intense Hydrating Masque

on 11/15/2018 5:03:00 PM

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I really didn't like this product, I've tried it twice and both times it left a lot of buildup in my hair, making it extremely greasy within hours no matter how much I rinsed in the shower. The first time I used it all over the hair and scalp exactly as the bottle directed, the second time I was careful to only apply it to the ends and it still left a greasy mess. I had to wear a hat the entire next day because I didn't have time to wash it again, then I had to use a clarifying shampoo just to get it out of my hair. On top of that my hair was still frizzy and dry at the ends. I would never buy this again, it doesn't do any of the things it claims to do.

For background I have medium thickness wavy hair prone to some of frizz that tends to be on the dry side.


Moisturizers -Weleda -Skin Food

on 11/15/2018 4:52:00 PM

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When my undereyes get super dry during the winter, this is literally the only thing that helps. I am sooo grateful that this exists, because otherwise my undereye area would be a dry, flaky, puffy and sad mess from November through March every year. Other highly moisturizing creams just increase irritation and sting, but this is so gentle while still being moisturizing that it doesn't cause any issues.

This is a heavy, heavy duty moisturizer. I use it sparingly and only on areas that really need it. It comes out of the tube super thick, so I usually warm it up on my hands before applying. This isn't something that you apply to your full face if you have normal skin, and it doesn't wear well under makeup for me because it's so thick (it's definitely a night cream when I put it on my face). It has a pleasant, herb-y smell that I find to be very soothing. Aside from my eye area, I use it on my lips too, and any areas that are especially dry during the winter months.

Bonus is that it also makes a great, natural-looking dewy highlight on your cheekbones! Love a multi-use product ;).

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Masks -Aztec Secret -Indian Healing Clay

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Who would have that a very simple clay mask sourced from 'Death Valley' could make such a difference? Twice a week I apply a thick layer of this on my face and wait until it's dried out before splashing with warm water and then removing with a damp wash cloth. Sure, my skin looks slightly irritated for 15 or so minutes but give it a couple of hours (or better still overnight) and my skin is at its very best. I follow with a sleeping mask such as PC Skin Recovery Mask which is ideal as no fragrance in it to irritate and locks in any moisture that's depleted after masking. 

I mix with an equal part of ACV and water before applying and leave on for a maximum of 20 minutes. Have also tried with cold brewed green tea instead of ACV/water mixture and liked this equally as much if not more so. Pores are smaller, cleaned out and skin smoother too. Any acne seems to dry up in half the usual time. I would only use this if you're anywhere between normal to oily. Definitely wouldn't suggest for dry skin types unless you add honey to the mix but even then don't leave on for more than 5 minutes. 

Also be aware that clay although great for puffiness is generally too drying (if left to dry out) to use around the eye area. If using there be sure to spray with a water mist or spritzer and keep it moist, otherwise if it dries out repeatedly every time you use, this could contribute to dryness and fine lines as skin is very thin around eyes. Had to mention as I've noticed some MUA reviewers are using around eye area and probably unaware.

Can't believe I've only just gotten around to using Aztec Secret clay mask now. I never imagined something so basic (it's literally 100% bentonite clay) could pack such a punch. A new staple in my skincare routine! 


Selena x



~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora) 


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Lotions/ Creams -Eau Thermal Avene -Cicalfate Hand Cream

on 11/15/2018 3:00:00 PM

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This is an excellent water-in-oil emulsion that is marketed as a repair barrier hand cream. It has several raw-materials originating from nature. It is rich in soothing, high-mineral content Avene Thermal Water (64%).
It is an excellent moisturizer for dry hands (or face for that matter) that will provide immediate relief and lasting hydration.
Due to the nature of its composition, it will have a barrier repairing effect, hence perfectly suitable for people with fragile skin or with temporally weakened lipid barrier.

It is a fluid lotion that feels quite rich at application and will leave a semi-matte, non-oily finish after absorption. This can easily be used on facial skin too with an elegant finish.
This is an excellent product for people with sensitive skin, eczema-prone skin or dry skin in colder climate.

It is fragrance- and colourant-free and contains only the necessary ingredients.
As mentioned above, it is perfectly suitable as a moisturizer including the face.

Ingredients: AVENE THERMAL SPRING WATER (AVENE AQUA). MINERAL OIL (PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM). MYRETH-3 MYRISTATE. PEG-45/DODECYL GLYCOL COPOLYMER. DIMETHICONE. ALUMINUM SUCROSE OCTASULFATE. OCTYLDODECANOL. PEG-7 GLYCERYL COCOATE. ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE. GLYCERIN. BEESWAX (CERA ALBA). CETYL ALCOHOL. COPPER SULFATE. DIMETHICONOL. DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE. GLYCERYL STEARATE. MAGNESIUM SULFATE. PHENOXYETHANOL. SODIUM BENZOATE. WATER (AQUA). XANTHAN GUM. ZINC SULFATE.

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Lipstick -MAC Cosmetics -Matte Lipstick - Chili

on 11/15/2018 2:56:00 PM

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A very special '90s-flashback matte rusty red that's still relevant as hell today. The only reason I'm not giving this 5 lippies is that orangey shades like this make my teeth look yellower than they are. It's not MAC's fault-- but it's the reason I only reach for Chili every so often. Other than the teeth thing, Chili looks fantastic against my light golden-toned skin and auburn hair. Would not recommend this shade at all for cool-toned ladies-- it's for yellow undertones only! It is the classic MAC matte formulation, so it is extremely opaque, does not bleed outside the lipline, and does feel pretty dry on the lips once it sets. However, it's not going to give you that parched, pucker-mouth look some matte lippies can.

Ultimately, I find Viva Glam I just a tiny bit more flattering overall, so I tend to prefer that one for my matte red lip look. For comparison, VGI is about the same level of "darkness" as Chili, but has more neutral undertones (ie, brown but not orange). But, if you have perfectly white teeth and warm skin tone you may absolutely FLIP over Chili!

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

on 11/15/2018 2:32:00 PM

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I'm writing this as a first impression review, I'll probably come back in a few days for more updates (if I don't forget). The price, very cheap and convenient, nothing new. It has an odorless, gel-like consistency that feels like a weird mucus on my skin but surprisingly, it sinks in quite fast and with a moisturizer on top, it feels nice. Now, for the part that shocked me. The redness people.....the redness subsided in less that 2 hours after using it for the FIRST TIME. The difference is shockingly obvious. I'm not talking about rosacea, I'm talking about angry, painful, itchy pimples and hyperpigmentation left from their cousins


Lips -NARS Cosmetics -Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien

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cant use my usual thick pencil sharpener to sharpen it, the color is not anything special on my yellow based light skin, the formula is light and smooth feeling, it's like tinted balm with its sheerness as well and feel would repurchase but not a bad product just not my preference


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