Lotions/ Creams -Eau Thermal Avene -Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream

on 5/26/2018 7:13:00 PM

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One of the cheapest products in Avene's skincare range, but one of the best - usually goes for around £7-£9 per tube.
It's a little heavy as a daily moisturiser, but when skin is irritated and flaking this stuff is amazing. The formula isn't anything radical - mineral oil, zinc and copper compounds as antibacterial agents, and micronised sucralfate, an older treatment for stomach ulcers. But this water-in-oil formula is moisturising while acting to speed up repair of the skin's natural barrier function - the suspension of sucralfate particles helps create a mild scaffolding-type layer to help wounded skin heal. When I've been over-zealous with retinoid or AHA/BHA treatments, this is the best thing to put on my skin while it heals. I also like using it when I've attacked any spots or blackheads - which I shouldn't do, I know - and it encourages faster re-epithelialisation so it's easier to cover with make-up.
It does look shiny on the face, but hasn't worsened or caused new acne breakouts on my skin. It's not ideal as a daily moisturiser as it is so heavy but is invaluable in soothing and softening irritated, broken skin. Works well overnight when used as a sealing, protecting final step in skincare.

The packaging is nothing spectacular, has the same white background and peach coloured Avene logo. However, the tube for this cream is actually made of metal foil, rather than plastic, with a screw-cap lid. This protects the cream inside, and makes it easier to get full use out of this cream as it can be coiled and compressed like a toothpaste tube to get every last scrap out.

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Mascara -L'Oreal -Voluminous Waterproof

on 5/26/2018 7:11:00 PM

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Really not waterproof. I like the look it gives of fuller lashes, and it's definitely carbon black, but with or without the primer (Which is great btw) it is not waterproof. I look like a wannabe emo rocker, or maybe cosplay Bucky Barnes from Captain America the Winter Soldier. big fail. the search continues.


Treatments (Face) -Unlisted Brand -KAVI 25% Salicylic Acid Skin Exfoliation Mask

I have had many SA peels before, and this was absolutely the worst. The base is very high in alcohol and extremely drying. I had it on my face for no more than 3 minutes, and my skin peeled in sheets for two days, something that has not happened with any other SA peel. It was as if I had used TCA or something. I do not recommend.


Foundations -Marc Jacobs -Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

on 5/26/2018 6:39:00 PM

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Full coverage amazing consistency. Lasts all day and glides on well. Doesn't feel heavy or Cakey. I have oily skin don't need to powder much throughout day. Only downside is lack of colour range/shades. Prefer this to the shameless one which isn't very ideal for oily skin.


Lotions/ Creams -DHC -CoQ10 Neck Cream

on 5/26/2018 6:38:00 PM

I really like this neck cream. I don't find it greasy at all. The texture is not too thick or thin. My neck can be sensitive and this doesn't irritate it at all. I also rely on a neck cream to protect my neck from the serums/creams that I put on my face that some how creep onto my neck. This protects my neck. I like that it comes in a tube rather than a jar. For the past couple of years, I've been using another brand and just realized that cream doesn't have retinol in it. This one does. It also costs less per ounce than my previous neck cream.


Shampoo -Head and Shoulders -Clinical Strength

on 5/26/2018 6:38:00 PM

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Contains selenium sulphide as its antifungal agent, rather than pyrithione inc in the rest of the H&S line.
It is effective at treating dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis, and pityriasis versicolor BUT there is no getting away from that sulphur smell. It's not so obvious immediately since there is so much scent covering it up in the formula itself but give it a few hours and your hair starts to smell like fart. It also has its delightful aroma cling to every towel and sponge it touches, too.

I can't deny its effectiveness as an antifungal treatment but it smells so bad it's an effective antisocial agent, too.
If zinc-based antifungals disagree with you, try looking into coal tar or ketoconazole based shampoos.

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Conditioner -Organix -Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner

on 5/26/2018 6:29:00 PM

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This conditioner seems to be the Marmite of conditioners - hate it or love it, and no in-between.
I no longer use Organix shampoos, as my hair gets quite oily and now that it's no longer dyed there's no reason for me to use sulphate-free cleansers. I have to shampoo & rinse 2 to 3 times in the shower with sulphate-free stuff as quite simply, they are not as effective at stripping oil and build up from my scalp and hair. If I want to protect hair colour's lifespan on my head then yes, it's great - but other than that it just wastes money.

I still use Organix conditioners and leave-in oils at the ends - they just seem to agree with my fine,wavy, porous hair and don't weigh it down like crazy. If your hair is coarser and less porous (i.e. hair dyes show up on your hair less) then this probably won't work for you, and I can imagine it would be very underwhelming. It's worth a try if you have fine hair like me as it won't leave a thick "waxy" coating like some conditioners.

The organix bottle shapes though, oh my God. It's worse for the conditioners since they are thicker and more viscous than the shampoos, once they are half empty you need superhuman strength to squeeze the bottle hard enough to get some of the conditioner out. Wish Organix would sort it out!

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Hair Treatments -Cantu -Shea Butter Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream

on 5/26/2018 6:21:00 PM

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Sorry to rant after all of these raves. Let me start by telling you about my hair. Thick and rebellious. I have been working with various products throughout the years to know that there is no product to rub to my head and go. I color my hair every 10 days because it grows like grass. Don’t get me wrong, I get lots of compliments on my hair but it is high maintenance. So I tried this on wet hair and my hair got super frizzy. Curly? I don’t think so. Tried it on dry hair and the strands looked glued together. Curly? Not at all. This product didn’t work for my wavy hair. Rushing to the store to return it.


Shampoo -Organix -Tsubaki Blossom

on 5/26/2018 6:10:00 PM

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My local Boots is always selling Organix products in some kind of deal, like 2 for £10 or similar. I picked this up when they had sold out of the previous coconut water flavour I'd been using, along with the tsubaki conditioner, and was pleasantly surprised. Like most sulphate-free shampoos, I need to shampoo and rinse 2-3 times in the shower to get my oily scalp squeaky clean, so it's not the most budget-friendly option out there. The delicate flowery smell was lovely though and when used with the tsubaki conditioner, after a week of daily use it really did feel softer overall and my boyfriend noticed without me asking.

The bottle shape lets it down, like all Organix shampoos and conditioners. Why do they still sell their products in such dreadful bottles? So unwieldy and awkward in the shower.


Blush -NARS -Orgasm Blush

on 5/26/2018 6:08:00 PM

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alright, i'm super late to the NARS orgasm frenzy, but i received a free mini of this as the birthday gift for 2018 from ulta. it's a very pretty color that at first i thought was too light for my complexion (caramel brown), but after a few tries i realized that i can use this in many different ways to brighten up/top off lipsticks (adds a bit of frosty sheen to nudes, browns, muted reds). and if i apply a lot to my cheeks and/or eyelids it adds that over-the-top glowy/glam look that's fun to wear every now and then, especially when it's a warm sunny day outside! sunshine makes orgasm really show off -- this stuff just glistens in the sun. a pretty coral/pink/peach that i'm glad to have in my possession.

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Shampoo -Organix -Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo

on 5/26/2018 6:00:00 PM

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A few years ago there was a bit of a hullabaloo over sulphates in shampoos, as well as silicones and parabens in conditioners. It has to be said that a lot of the evidence suggesting these ingredients are bad for us is of poor quality and questionable validity. However, I did go through a period where I had colour-treated hair with a demi-permanent dye (Wella's Colour Touch) and the colour would fade super fast with run of the mill shampoos with lauryl and laureth sulphate compounds and the advice at the time was to try sulphate-free.

Tried a variety of products - baby shampoo, super expensive salon brands like Kerastase, kind natured shampoos, naked shampoos... and was underwhelmed by all of them. This shampoo is a little unusual as it has a jelly-like texture, something common to a lot of Organix shampoos, and does take a bit of work to lather effectively. I have oily, fine, porous hair and shampooing once wouldn't remove oil effectively, but a second shampoo and rinse would do the trick. The good thing was that it did extend the life of the colourant on my hair before it needed re-doing, so there was that. In combination with the coconut conditioner used on hair ends, it was shinier and softer. But now that I've returned to having un-dyed hair, I can't really justify using a shampoo that I have to use up twice as fast so that my hair is clean.

Overall I don't think this is a terrible product, and it's worth a try if you want to extend wear time of semi-permanent or demi-permanent hair dyes. I no longer use the shampoo but I do still use the coconut conditioner from this brand.

1 lipstick for the packaging as I absolutely hate the shape of these bottles. They are so, so bad and I can't believe Organix still uses these things. When the bottle is nearing empty, it's such hard work to get the last bits out because the shampoo is so viscous and jelly-like, and the bottles can't be stood upside-down. I'd recommend decanting it into a cheap squeezy travel bottle instead.

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Shampoo -Head and Shoulders -Smooth and Silky shampoo

on 5/26/2018 5:26:00 PM

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I don't really have problems with Head & Shoulders in general - they aren't the best shampoos out there but they are far from the worst, and are decent enough for the price. They are effective at clearing dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis, and pityriasis versicolor that arrives on my skin like an unwelcome visitor every summer. Their citrus, apple, eucalyptus and classic shampoo varieties are all pleasant enough and do their job of cleaning my hair well enough. As I have fine hair, the 2-in-1 products do not agree with me at all, as they leave a coating on the hair roots that weigh it down and make it look greasy and like it hasn't even been washed. This unfortunately happened with this shampoo, too, even though it isn't a 2-in-1 product. I'd recommend others with fine hair give this a miss too.


Treatments (Face) -Peter Thomas Roth -Retinol Fusion PM

on 5/26/2018 5:20:00 PM

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I have been using this for about 2 months now. The first thing I will praise is that it didn't break me out or dry my skin out and I have extremely sensitive skin. It's in a darker bottle which protects it however you do have to take the lid off every time you use it. It is pricey for us average folk but it lasts forever as a little goes a long way. I have noticed my fine lines being less noticeable and I always wear sunscreen.

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Treatments (Face) -The Body Shop -Vitamin E Moisture Serum

on 5/26/2018 5:14:00 PM

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I bought this today when I found it at winners and found many good reviews online about it so figured why not.
When I got home I immediately looked up the ingredients as I do with every new product and immediately was disappointed and annoyed I had bought it in the first place.
Issue #1 - Phenoxyethanol is the 6th ingredient. A proven harmful ingredient so not something I'm putting on my face!
Issue #2 - wheat germ oil. If you have acne or sensitive to products which cause bad breakouts then stay away!!! Very pore clogging and known irritant.
Issue #3 - fragrance is middle of the ingredients so again not something I'm putting on my face.

Will be returning tonight! On to the next....


Makeup Brushes -Sephora -Professionnel Platinum Blush Brush #49

on 5/26/2018 5:03:00 PM

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After getting a bronzer tutorial at sephora with this brush I am finally able to achieve a perfect bronzed tanned look and now I don't look like Trump or a pumpkin-head. I always blamed the bronzer and of course myself but it was the tool I was using. This brush is perfect for my small face. It's nothing revolutionary unless you're like me and used it and saw the light. I love its softness and perfect angle. And it was priced right.

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