Palettes -Anastasia Beverly Hills -Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette

on 1/15/2019 5:20:00 PM

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I absolutely love this palette. The colours are right fit for me but also all their eyeshadows are very pigmented. It makes much easier to blend and the product lasts much longer.


Mascara -COVERGIRL -Lash Blast Clump Crusher Water Resistant

on 1/15/2019 5:05:00 PM

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I was so happy when Cover Girl was recently certified as cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, and was eager to try one of their well-regarded mascaras.

My mascara has to be:

- cruelty-free

- priced < $10

- waterproof; able to hold up on my very oily skin

- able to hold a curl

- dark brown

I'd been happily using Pacifica Aqua Force for years, but when Cover Girl went cruelty-free I decided to give one of their mascaras a try, especially since Cover Girl products are more widely available than Pacifica's.

Clump Crusher is okay, but hardly thrilling. It does lengthen and define well, but it doesn't impart much volume, an, rather ironically given the product's name, it seems to make my lashes stick together a bit. Worst of all [for me],doesn't seem to hold a curl especially well.

In all, Clump Crusher is a respectable everyday mascara; I'll use it for the standard three months, then I'll probably go back to Aqua Force.

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Lip Treatments -Lanolips -101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm

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I’ve never used pure lanolin before, I didn’t know such a product existed until I got a tube of the strawberry 101 ointment fruities and looked up Lano online. This is an excellent all purpose product that can be used on every square inch of the body, even in your hair if it needs a bit of taming. Because of this I like carrying a tube in my purse because it’s small and doesn’t take up much room. I use it primarily on my lips and hands and find it to be quite soothing and very moisturizing,
The only possible thing I could complain about is the tube needs to be a little warm or else the ointment is impossible to squeeze out. It also takes a bit of massaging to work it into the skin, but it keeps things well moisturized for a longer time than traditional lotions. I already have a backup in my stash.

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Cleansers -Rodan + Fields -SOOTHE wash- soothing facial cleanser

on 1/15/2019 4:56:00 PM

I have eczema and usually flaky skin, and most face washes I have tried strip my skin too much and leave it feeling very tight dry and itchy requiring much work and moisturizer to try to repair. But I also don't like oil cleansing. I got a sample of this from a friend and found it to be very pleasant to use and wasn't overly harsh or drying. They gave two methods to use, one where you rub it on and wipe off like a cream cleanser. But since my skin wasn't too bad at the time, I used with water and rinsed it off for about a week.

I do think it's too pricey, but over a good product that I would continue using if I could afford it.


Scrubs -Rodan + Fields -RADIANT Exfoliate Microdermabrasion Paste

on 1/15/2019 4:39:00 PM

As an eczema sufferer with constantly flaky skin I've tried a lot of scrubs, and have become very picky about them. As this was called "microdermabrasian" I was really expecting the grain/grit of the product to be more fine. That is what Micro implies here after all. But it was just like any other salt/sugar body scrub (which if you ask a dermatologist they will say is not good because the shape of the crystal formations leave it very sharp edged) I could definitely feel that here. While the ingredients list looks nice, and the cleanser the granules were suspended in was alright, the granules seemed too big for a facial product. I felt that they just scratched up my skin a bit rather than rubbing or exfoliating the flakes away. There was also more cleanser to grit ratio than I expected for a product of this supposed caliber. Different skin types might have better results but I wasn't impressed.

Even though I don't think it's a great product ingredient wise, something like St Ives green tea scrub feels much gentler the particles in it are more dense, smaller, and feel more rounded edged and seem to work much better for me for exfoliation.


Cleansers -Este Lauder -Take it Away Makeup Remover Lotion

on 1/15/2019 4:34:00 PM

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I received a sample 30ml of this. It’s heavily scented so I don’t think it’s suitable for sensitive skin. I feel it doesn’t actually take off all my makeup either without having to use a fair amount of it.
So it’s a thumbs down from me 👎🏻


Lotions/ Creams -CeraVe -Therapeutic Hand Cream

on 1/15/2019 4:19:00 PM

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I really wanted to like this hand cream. I was on the lookout for a new un-scented to carry in my purse over winter. I am a big fan of Cerave body cream, so I had high hopes for this product too. It's a good size for on the go and very reasonably priced. But I have eczema with tendency for the backs of my fingers to flake and crack so I need something pretty rich, and I felt it was a bit too thin and just a tiny bit greasier than I prefer. It's not bad so I used up what I had at home, but likely won't purchase again. I prefer something like Aveeno Eczema Therapy (much richer and less greasy) or Gold Bond ultimate healing for my hands.


Hair -Shea Moisture - Coconut and hibiscus co-wash conditioning cleanse

on 1/15/2019 4:10:00 PM

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I'm looking for the perfect cruelty-free co-wash. This is not it, for one simple but important reason; my hair feels super greasy after use. It simply doesn't do what I need it to do, so I will never repurchase.

Scent: Coconut. Not my favourite, but perfect if you're into that.

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Moisturizers -Plant Apothecary -Å Face Oil for Dry Skin

on 1/15/2019 3:28:00 PM

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I was lucky/unlucky enough to snag this Å face oil with sea buckthorn on clearance on it's way out. So while I got a great deal on it to give it a try, I am now I'm at the bottom of my bottle, looking to buy another, and can't find it anywhere.

As the second specific 'face oil' blend product I've tried I'm pretty impressed with it. As a long time dry-flaky skin sufferer I found it to be a great night/winter moisturizer. Put a few drops on after I wash my face or shower at night and it doesn't sit oily on my skin like others I've tried or straight coconut oil, etc. Since so little is needed the bottle actually lasted longer than I expected it to as well, I would buy again, even at full price. The argon/buckthorn blend feels like a great balance and texture and does wonders to lock in moisture (better than argan alone). It has a slightly earthy smell that I find pleasant, but it's not strong and doesn't seem to linger.


Liquid -NARS Cosmetics -All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

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It contain Isostearyl Isostearate, which is totally bad for acne skin.


Brows -e.l.f. Cosmetics -brow pencil

on 1/15/2019 3:10:00 PM

The "lead" is pretty nice in use and application. I bought Taupe and it's a good color match with light to medium brown hair. HOWEVER, whoever designed the mechanics of this pencil did a mighty poor job. You have to retract the "lead", else the cap smashes the lead when you close it back up after using it. And that made one heck of a mess - smeared all over my hands when I took it back out again, fortunately at home, and not out or at work.


Cleansers -CeraVe -Foaming Facial Cleanser

on 1/15/2019 3:05:00 PM

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The dermatologist recommended this. I can see why. My irritated, oily skin has not been this well behaved in _decades_.
It's a little flaky right now, in the dry winter indoor heat and outdoor cold, but I'm a-okay with that.
Very little goes a loooong way, and rinses away fairly easily.
Has been great taking my makeup off, including eye makeups.


Moisturizers -CeraVe -Facial Moisturizing Lotion - AM SPF 30

on 1/15/2019 3:00:00 PM

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Reading these reviews makes me think two things -- first, I'm glad I'm not the only one who has problems with this moisturizer and second, I wish I'd read these reviews before purchasing! I had the same problems as many others with the product pilling/flaking off when I put something on top. I thought it was my makeup or serums I was using before, but I found this moisturizer didn't really work with anything I tried. I found that putting foundation over it (even using a sponge or my fingers) the foundation just sort of moves around and ends up looking patchy. I didn't mind the scent (didn't find it noticeable) and I like that it has spf. I'm usually a stickler about using up products, even if I don't really like them, but I tossed this bottle still half full.


Lotions/ Creams -Avon -Foot Works Cracked Heel Relief Cream

on 1/15/2019 2:38:00 PM

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Loved this foot cream, for years it was the only go to that I felt really helped keep moisture in and keep them smooth. As an eczema sufferer that can mean a lot! I was dissapointed after it was discontinued, I've tried other creams but they seem to not be as thick or take a lot more frequent application to get the same effects. Most days I could take or leave the lidocane in it so I might be willing to try to new formula (that I just heard about in other reviews today).

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Treatments (Eye) -Aveeno -Active Naturals Smart Essentials Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment

on 1/15/2019 2:33:00 PM

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Loved this under eye roller it was the most effective of those I tried in this price range or under. Easy to apply, good herbal smell. I loved the cool tingling sensation the product gave. Definitely helped reduce puffiness. Would buy again but cant' as it's been discontinued. Have tried at least a half dozen similar products since, anything labeled natural didn't do anything for me but feel cool, and the only thing I've come close to being happy with is Bliss - Eye Do All Things hydrating eye gel which is a bit more expensive than this product was.


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