Blush -Sleek MakeUP -MakeUP Blush - Rose Gold

on 10/14/2018 5:39:00 PM


I bought this because a lot of people say that it is a perfect dupe for Nars Orgasm, and I can't afford that stuff!

The packaging is nice, it comes with a little mirror in the compact, and doesn't come with a useless brush. Very cheap, nice formula.

The colour is like a soft peach and has a kind of gold sheen if you put a lot on. Good pigmentation.

The problem is that it shows up imperfections under my skin, even when I've covered them up with foundation, so I can't put it on unless my skin is flawless underneath.

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Moisturizers -Weleda -Skin Food

on 10/14/2018 5:25:00 PM


I bought a small tube of this after seeing Katie Jane Hughes raving about it constantly on Instagram and I have completely changed my skin care routine because of how good it is.

It smells (to me) strongly of gin and tonic. The consistency is like an oily cold cream, so it's best used warm (I put it on the back of my hand for a few minutes). On the first night i used it in place of a night cream over a serum and it was hard work rubbing it onto my face and i wasn't happy about the consistency, but it did sink in after a while. On the second night I used it as a night cream again but without the serum and it was easier. When i woke up on the third day my skin looked noticeably better. It's the fastest I've noticed such a significant improvement using a product for the first time. My skin looked clearer, blemishes seemed smaller, I had no dry patches and I looked refreshed.

Since then I've been using it every day and experimenting with different uses and I now use it every night (nice thick layer an hour or two before going to sleep), and i use it under heavy makeup. It makes watery foundations look great and makes your skin glow. I hardly ever use serum now because nothing I've tried is worth bothering with now that I use this. It's going to save me a fortune in moisturizers, serums and primers.

I've tried using it on my hands, which are often dry and slightly flaky, and even though I've not been consistent with it (once every few days) I've noticed a small improvement. They're still sometimes dry but never flaky any more.

I've also use it on my elbows a few times because they were so dry that they were starting to crack, and since then they've really improved, almost back to normal.

This is miracle cream. I will never be without it again.

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Fragrances -Jo Malone -English Oak and Hazelnut

on 10/14/2018 5:18:00 PM

unisex and super sophisticated, i always get compliments on this. jo malone is always pricey because it's not edp but this particular scent has enough body that reapplication is just a couple of sprays, if any.

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Lip Treatments -Bonne Bell -Lip Smacker Dr. Pepper

on 10/14/2018 5:15:00 PM

bonne bell lip balm is usually the first cosmetic a girl uses. they're cheap and they smell delicious.

this one is a tad harder to find than it was, say, two or three decades ago, but i find it at walmart. some grocery stores probably carry it as well. it still smells and tastes like dr. pepper, and it gives your lips a wash of moisturized color that fits in with a makeup look otherwise comprised of expensive brands.

a complaint you always get with lip balms is the use of petrolatum (basically vaseline) and my understanding is that even the hallowed la mer does not deviate from this practice with their $45 lip balm. if you're looking for something natural or organic, this isn't it. but just enjoy the childhood nostalgia and the unexpected decent quality for what it is.

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Gels/Soaps -L'Occitane -Amande Cleansing and Soothing Shower Oil


I love this shower gel- it doesn’t foam a lot but foam soaps typically dry my skin out. It has a subtle and pleasant scent. It is one of the only soaps that clean my skin and makes it baby soft. I use it to shave my legs too. It is a little pricey but truly a unique product so I will continue to repurchase.

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Shampoo -PANTENE -Pro V clarifying shampoo

on 10/14/2018 4:57:00 PM


I usually love Pantene Shampoo and I especially love their conditioners, so I trust the brand.

I bought the clarifying shampoo because I've moved to a hard water area and it's ruining my hair, so I thought this might help, or at the very least, make my hair feel a bit cleaner and lighter.

It's clear, and it lathers up quite well, but it doesn't have the usual lovely smell that the other Pantene shampoos have, and it doesn't feel as good either. It hasn't helped recover my hair and doesn't seem to have done anything that a basic shampoo wouldn't have done. There wasn't much point switching to it.

Foundations -Yves Saint Laurent -All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation

on 10/14/2018 4:57:00 PM


this new ysl foundation is hardly a value (20% less product than a standard foundation bottle from ysl or pretty much any other brand) but it's also my favorite foundation that i've ever tried.

my skin is a sheet of grease and i've never seen oil control like this. my forehead might still get a bit shiny by the end of the day but nothing like the oil slick i've always been accustomed to. i'm noticing some of the worst reviews here are from people with dry skin - this product isn't for you lol

the packaging is nice enough but i don't like that the bottle is opaque. feels luxe but isn't practical in terms of seeing how much product is left.

i apply two pumps, one at a time, with my fingers, and then i even out with a beauty blender (i HATE beauty blenders but they're a necessary evil).

any smudging onto clothes or elsewhere is no different than most foundations

coverage is ok but i also have a lot of scarring and remains of old blemishes. i do love the shade selection; i'm very fair but require a deeper tone to help with coverage.

get a sample or try in-store before your purchase

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Lip Treatments -Blistex -Relief Cream

on 10/14/2018 4:50:00 PM


This is the only lip balm that really works for me. It's definitely meant to be a cure for dry or chapped lips rather than a daily moisturizer or something to wear just for comfort.

It's an opaque white cream which smells quite medicinal (really nice). It does leave a slightly white hue on your lips if you put too much on but it's not too noticeable and it settles in over time. It has a plastic applicator nozzle in the shape of a lipstick with a hole in it where the product come out but it's not very good so I just squirt some onto my finger instead.

Whether you have slightly dry lips from cold weather or extremely chapped and cracked lips, this works within about a day. I often buy a tube, use it once or twice and then forget where I've put it because I don't need it any more after that until the next time the weather changes.

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Eye Shadow -Too Faced -Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette

on 10/14/2018 4:42:00 PM


i never really dabbled much with eyeshadow in the past but with time i'm expanding my makeup comfort zone.

too faced was a name i recognized and understood to be a fun brand that still was on par quality-wise with department store products. i chose this specific palette for its color selection; i like shimmer but i also need to look professional. most of these shades suit that purpose. i also like the subtle cocoa scent - gimmicky, sure, but why not, right?

my issue is the fallout. oh my the fallout. now some have said that a primer could be useful but a primer isn't necessary to boost the pigment or prevent creasing. you can eliminate fallout 90% of the time by applying with your fingers as opposed to an eyeshadow brush (i was using a mac brush). i apply foundation with my fingers, but it seems finger paint-y in this context. it's also that much harder to wield control of the color.

all that said, i have received countless compliments from using this palette and my lids are still fresh after ten or more hours of wear. i don't think i'd repurchase this specific one (it'll probably last ages anyway), but i'll revisit too faced in the future.

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Polishes -Essie -Gel Couture

on 10/14/2018 4:37:00 PM


I purchased a set of Gel Couture polishes upon the recommendation of the sales person at Sally’s. I chose ‘rock the runway’ a candy apple red, and the top coat. The first time I applied on my nails I wasn’t super impressed. I had some chips after a couple of days and the color stained my nails really badly even though Essie stubbornly claims it doesn’t. On the plus side, the top coat is awesome and made my nails really shiny just like a gel mani. I was going to return it all to Sally’s but hung on to them, mostly for the shiny top coat which I was successfully using on other brands of polish. I started using ‘Rock the Runway’ again but this time on my toenails, and I have to say this is the best pedicure polish hands down. It lasts for weeks without chipping. The last time I used it the only reason I had to redo my pedi was because my nails had grown out - the polish was still chip-free and looked nice. I figured out a few tips that make this polish better which I will share here. The first tip is to use a base coat - I use Essie Millionails, haven’t tested other base coats with gel couture so I can’t vouch for them. This makes the polish last longer and prevents staining your natural nails. The second tip is to apply a fresh layer of the platinum top coat the first 2-3 days after the mani or pedi. After that i didn’t need to apply more. Last you need to allow enough drying time between coats, or else it takes forever to dry. This polish is absurdly expensive - however I found a nice selection of gel couture colors on Amazon Fresh that are selling between 6-7 dollars a bottle. I took advantage and bought almost all of them, at that price they are definitely worth it!

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Foundations -COVERGIRL -Simply Ageless 3-in-1 Liquid Foundation

on 10/14/2018 4:27:00 PM

Purchased this twice thus far. I'm 41w/ normal & sometimes stubborn combo skin. 1st off the scent is quite pleasant. It glides on smoothly w/ any application including my hands when I'm in a rush in the mornings. It melts right into my skin rather than sitting on top of it. The color match is perfection as well. My skin looks younger and less dull. I find at even half a pump I'm fine. The coverage is a medium which is what I prefer. It's pricey in Toronto Canada, but I try to get it when it's on sale as I think it's worth it.

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Mascara -Maybelline New York -The Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer

on 10/14/2018 4:16:00 PM


I bought this at Shoppers Drug Mart for too much $$ for what it's "worth" at 13.50 CAD not incl. taxes. I could've gotten a Benefit sample mascara for just a couple of dollars more Arg!... I guess I don't really see the point as all. It's the same as just layering regular mascaras. I'd compare it to a mediocre mascara that one would use before putting on a better one afterwards. I liked the packaging and never used a black tinted primer. I did not notice any difference to length, nor could locate any fibres. I do however give it 2 stars as it's black and I do notice it helps in holding a curl. Next time I'll just buy the raved about L'Oreal white primer when it's on sale.

Dry Shampoo -Not Your Mother's -Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo

on 10/14/2018 3:58:00 PM


This stuff is truly awful. It gets rid of 0 oily at the roots but leaves your hair like you have product in it. I would never purchase this again.

Brows -e.l.f. Cosmetics -Instant Lift Brow Pencil

on 10/14/2018 3:53:00 PM


I never thought my favorite brow pencil would be a $2 one from Elf. I purchased Taupe, and I don’t know why Elf was able to get this shade right, yet other companies continuously make taupe shades that turn my eyebrows orange-red. The consistency is perfect. It’s not so dry that it ends up tugging on my eyebrow hairs and pulling them out, but it’s not so creamy that it smudges everywhere. I am legitimately terrible at filling in my eyebrows (and doing my makeup in general) but this pencil makes it pretty foolproof. The point is on the finer side, and the color practically blends itself onto my little bald spots. Love it!

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Polishes -Orly -Pinky Swear

on 10/14/2018 3:31:00 PM

This nail polish is trash. It's horribly thin, streaky and a mess to apply. I had to apply 3 coats just to have it look somewhat normal, and even with a top coat, the polish still shifted. I had to remove it the next day, which was also a gummy mess. Into the garbage this polish goes, where it belongs.

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