Polishes -Essie -fall for NYC

on 8/13/2018 7:15:00 PM

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Fall for NYC is a muted yellow/orange from the Fall 2018 collection. I am not even sure this collection is out yet but I found it at Ulta.
This is a very unusual color, on the nail I think it's a little more orange than yellow but reminiscent of natural pigments/earth tones.

The formula was quite good, almost opaque in one coat and easily opaque in two coats. It dried a little dull so benefits from a top coat. This also has the new paddle brushes which take a little getting used to. I think the wide brush holds a lot more polish so wipe off the edges well. My brush had been cut a little unevenly so it made application a little tricky and this polish was a little runny.

I think this is a very fall appropriate pumpkin pie kinda color.

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Conditioner -Maui Moisture -Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Conditioner

on 8/13/2018 7:15:00 PM

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I’ve already reviewed the companion shampoo, which is good. This conditioner is just as good, leaving my hair manageable for blow drying. But the product is so thick, I leave the bottle upside down in the shower, to make it easier to use and to distinguish between shampoo and conditioner bottles which are identical.
My hair is dry and very thick. The conditioner does a good job

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Shampoo -Maui Moisture -Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo

on 8/13/2018 7:12:00 PM

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I’ve read some very mixed opinions about this shampoo on this board so here is mine.
I got this shampoo and it’s companion conditioner on an offer from Boots. I’m a sucker for things that smell nice and once I’d realised that it was for dry , damaged hair , I gave it a go.
It’s a very thick shampoo and needed a good squeeze to get out of the bottle, which as others have said, is identical to the conditioner bottle. My solution shampoo sitting right way up, conditioner upside down, it’s an even thicker consistency.
It does a good job, cleaning my hair, just that. No better or worse than most other shampoo I have tried.

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Lipstick -Bourjois -Rouge Velvet The Lipstick (All Colours)

on 8/13/2018 7:09:00 PM

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Gorgeous lipstick! The creamy texture is so luxuriant, and leaves my lips nicely moisturised. The colour is vibrant and lasts well (upwards of 4-5 hours,) and doesn't tend to exaggerate dryness or chapped lips too badly. I have shade 04, 'Hip Hip Pink,' and it is a lovely warm, rich pink. It is pretty universal, it suits all my friends (what sort of wizardry is this?!) and always earns me compliments.


Eyes -Talika -Lipocils Eyelash Conditioning Gel

on 8/13/2018 7:08:00 PM

After lash extensions, my own lashes were left super short and my lashline full of bald spots. The growth cycle of lashes should be ~8 weeks, but my lashes just stayed this way for 2 years.

I purchased lipocils and saw results in less than a week. I thought it wouldn’t be realistic to expect this gel to actually make my lashes fuller, and therefore I was only hoping for it to give them some length back. To my amazement, the bald spots are gone after just 7 days and my lashes are visibly longer.

In the past, I’ve tried 2 diff. and much more costly products that only irritated my eyes and/or eyelids and did nothing to my lashes.

This product did sting a tiny bit on the first application when I managed to get it in my eye, but with careful application, twice a day, I haven’t had any problems. Many mascaras irritate my eyes, but quite surprisingly this product doesn’t.

For what I’ve seen, lash serums don’t usually work wonders if your lashes are at their ”normal” lenght as it is, but for damaged, post-extension lashes, a conditioning product like this seems to be working well.


Lipstick -Revlon -Matte Balm Enchanting 255

on 8/13/2018 7:03:00 PM

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I love this balm! It does dry my lips out a little (be warned - it is not kiss-proof and will not stand up to a meal out with the family,) but it is well-pigmented and lasts really rather well under normal day-to-day life. I tend to find it needs touching up every 2-4 hours, and can look cakey if you don't take it off properly before reapplying, or it might settle into the lines of your lips. This shade would suit a warmer or neutral complexion well, for a nice, natural look. It's a lipstick I just can't live without.


Lips -Revlon -Colorburst Matte Balm (All Shades)

on 8/13/2018 6:58:00 PM

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The bottom line: this balm is super-pigmented and lasts fairly well, but will dry your lips out. I bought an adorable coral-nude colour (255 - 'Enchanting,) which would really suit warmer and neutral skin undertones. My trusty balm is going strong over a year later, and I use it for a natural look. If that's your kind of thing, you won't be disappointed!


Foundations -ColourPop -no filter foundation

on 8/13/2018 6:57:00 PM

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I was really excited to try this as every YouTuber I’ve seen that reviewed it absolutely loved it. I’m starting to feel as though they were paid or maybe I just got a bad batch.

As far as initial shade match was, I was so happy. I got the light 60 which had the perfect undertones and everything. Cool. So I wore it with primer, set it with powder and spray. I checked my face about an hour later and noticed that it got really weird and caked around my mouth, and settled into my fine lines. Whatever, maybe I didn’t blend it well.

An hour after that, the foundation had completely worn away around my cheeks, nose, and chin. I usually have very very dry skin so this never happens to me. I also noticed a lot of oxidization and a slight orange tint appear.

I chalked the poor wear up to maybe it being incompatible with my primer and such, so today I wore it all by itself and only set it with a small amount of powder. This made it even worse- it aged the area around my eyes by about 10 years, did the cakey thing again, settled into my forehead weird, and wore away to almost no visible coverage. It also oxidized even more than last time, and when I went to blend out an orange patch with my finger, it somehow turned into an extremely pale white streak that I had to undo by dabbing at it with a paper towel until it went away (I was at work with no brushes handy.)

My last issue with it was that just felt so greasy and uncomfortable on my face all day. I KNEW it was there.

Needless to say I have been extremely unimpressed with just about every single colourpop product I’ve ever tried, and I don’t see myself buying from them ever again.

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Lipstick -ColourPop -Lippie Stix - All Colors

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Aquarius: warm beige pink nude. I love this on top of other lipsticks. This lippiestix can lighten and transform any lip colour into a nude shade without changing the undertones of the lipstick underneath. It's the best lip top coat. I want to repurchase it. It has a gel-creme finish that is a bit glossy, super pigmented and has no significant scent. Great shade from the youtuber Kathleenlights!
Cami: is a close dupe for Anita by Nars in terms of colour. I don't love the fake chemical vanilla scent. The finish is super matte (matte X)yet comfortable. The colour is beautiful, a medium brownish pink. It stains the lips and it's quite long lasting.
Contempo: has a matte comfortable finish so does Lumiere (matte)but it changes colour on my lips after some hours of applying it, turning from a neutral mauvey pink into a bright fucshia. Lumiere is a cool toned rose mauve but it wasn't flattering on my skin tone (NC20). Both stain the lips but Contempo leaves a fuchsia stain behind as it wears off.
I highly recommend Cami and Aquarius.


Cleansers -Yes To -Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser

on 8/13/2018 6:46:00 PM

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I would not recommend this product. Whilst it does a good job of exfoliating, and feels pleasant on the skin, it is also extremely irritating and made my skin puff up and go red (not what I had in mind.) People with sensitive skin - be aware that this may not be kind to your skin!


Hair Treatments -Unlisted Brand -Olaplex No. 3

on 8/13/2018 6:30:00 PM

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I have gone through three bottles of this. It's unlike anything else I've ever tried, and I've tried about a ka-billion different hair treatments. Olaplex #3 actually REPAIRS my hair and makes a real and visible difference in my hair's health. And when your hair is healthier, it looks better cosmetically. Simple as that.

I have not tried Olaplex #1 or #2, just #3 so I can't make any comparisons. But I would like to add that I find that #3 works even better when combined with the new #4 (shampoo) and #5 (conditioner). The whole 3-4-5 routine is MAGIC for my hair!

For reference my hair is thick, wavy-textured, color-treated and I heat-style it regularly. It takes a fair amount of abuse from me, but Olaplex helps to undo a lot of the damage.

Since I started using #3, I've been enjoying smoother, shinier, more well-behaved hair overall. I love this and I will continue to buy it.

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Conditioner -Unlisted Brand -Olaplex #5 Conditioner

on 8/13/2018 6:17:00 PM

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I love it! I've been experimenting with this conditioner by pairing it with the Olaplex #4 and also with other shampoos from different brands. And I still see excellent results every time. My hair is smoother, softer, and much less frizzy and tangly from using this. It makes a difference.

(But I find I get the very best results when I do the whole Olaplex 3-4-5 routine with the #3 treatment followed by the #4 and #5 s&c.)

This conditioner has a very thick and rich texture. It provides excellent slip and detangles very easily. Rinses out nicely as well.

For reference my hair is thick, wavy-textured, color-treated and I heat-style it regularly. It has a tendency to get dried-out, so I'm always looking for good conditioners. This one is a winner for me!

I will absolutely buy this again and again. A+++++++

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Brows -NYX Professional Makeup -Control Freak Brow Gel

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I'm a big fan of the "Anastasia - clear brow gel" and for sure the NYX brow gel isn't a dupe for the Anastasia one. The "Control freak" sets the eyebrow hairs in place but it doesn't work on those hormonal days when my eyebrows are extremely unruly. The eyebrow hairs are quite soft after applying the Control Freak brow gel. The essence make me brow does the same thing with NYX brow gel but it's tinted. In other words, I haven't found a dupe for the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel and I haven't found an other brow gel that works as well as the Anastasia one but I have found many brow gels that are like the Control Freak by NYX in terms of the result they give including the Benefit clear brow gel.

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Shampoo -Unlisted Brand -Olaplex #4 Shampoo

on 8/13/2018 6:12:00 PM

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I love it! I've been experimenting with this shampoo by pairing it with the Olaplex #5 and also with other conditioners from different brands. And I still see excellent results every time. My hair is smoother, softer, and much less frizzy and tangly from using this. It makes a difference.

(But I find I get the very best results when I do the whole Olaplex 3-4-5 routine with the #3 treatment followed by the #4 and #5 s&c.)

This shampoo has a very thick and rich texture and it lathers up SO MUCH. Tons of lather! Rinses out easily, though. And it leaves my hair feeling cleansed but not stripped.

For reference my hair is thick, wavy-textured, color-treated and I heat-style it regularly. I love trying out new products and this one is a winner for me!

I will absolutely buy this again and again. A+++++++

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Moisturizers -Olay -Anti-Wrinkle Firm & Lift Night Cream 40+

on 8/13/2018 6:07:00 PM

I love this product. I had a line that was getting deeper on my forehead. I tried a couple products with no result. I finally tried this one and the line is gone. I honesty did not believe a night cream could do that but it did. Worth the money and excellent price.


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