Eye Shadow -Urban Decay -Beached Eye Shadow Palette

on 7/20/2018 7:06:00 AM

As much as I contemplated the Born to Run palette, there are about 5 of those very pink/orange/red shades in it which are total "no go's" for me, so I decided it wasn't a good purchase for me (we'll see how long that decision lasts!) I'd seen very high quality photos of the Beached palette at Temptalia and thought it might be more for me in terms of the colour selection but thought it was out of reach as an ULTA exclusive until I learned that it is available at select Shopper's Drug Mart stores and so off I went to purchase it.

Beached is a smaller palette (8 colours) and similar packaging to the Basquiat palettes in that it opens from the "short end" rather than the way most traditional palettes do. Packaging is cardboard with a mirror the full length of the lid. The palette itself is much as the name would suggest - a very "beachy/summer/poolside" vibe. The quality of all but one of the shadows is typical of UD - buttery, almost "liquid" feeling shimmers with only 1 matte shade (and that's also the only colour I'm not wild about as it is that sort of orange that is ubiquitous but which I'm not wild about, although I can use it in my crease)

The colours are:
Salt: an ivory with a nice sheen - not shimmer but a brightening sheen (I love this sort of shade for all over my lid)
Blaze: this is also in the Born to Run palette but the Beached version is a bit darker, more pigmented and slightly warmer - a very pretty "all over the lid" type shade
Heatwave: a shimmery coppery shade that has that almost "liquid" look to it. It reminds me of a deeper version of L'Oreal's Amber Rush
Daybreak: the matte orange shade; if you like this type of colour, Daybreak is a great version of it as it has even pigmentation and no fallout
16th Street: the one disappointment for me. I love this sort of bronzey brown shimmery shadow but this has loose glitter that I wasn't expecting and can be messy and tricky to apply
Double Dip: a gorgeous, shimmery blue shade, the kind of shade that UD does so well. As much as I love this sort of colour, I only use it in small doses as I'm a neutrals gal and at my age, a full on blue eyeshadow application looks a bit "much" but I love this pressed under my lower lashes (great with brown eyes like mine) or used in small doses on my outer lid.
Plunge: a deep peacock blue/green shade - absolutely stunning! Again, something I use in small doses though.
Wedge: not to be confused with MAC's well known shadow of the same name, this is a deeper bronzed brown shade - sort of like a darker version of 16th Street and it's similar to MAC Mulch, which is one of my favourite eyeshadows. Its quality is fantastic.

This is by no means a "must have" palette and it's not really a "basic" palette (not like Naked, for example) but is a really nice novelty palette to add to your collection and liven things up a bit. You can certainly use it on its own but generally, it's not the sort of thing you'd rely on every day or for work-related travel unless you took some other shadows as well.

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Mascara -Yves Saint Laurent -Volume effet faux cils the curler

on 7/20/2018 7:06:00 AM

This is the worst mascara I have ever used!
I never usually leave reviews but I am so displeased with the product that I had to say something!
I used babydoll mascara for years, when went on to re-purchase it a sales lady said it was discontinued and offered me this one. She was so excited about it, pointed out that she was wearing it and it looked awful (that should've been a red flag) I bought it anyway.
It is absolutely impossible to apply it as you have to go over and over the lashes until it all ends up in clumps. Then it dries out and so difficult to take off, I feel like I'm pulling my lashes each time.
It is a lovely brand and I love other products, but this one is a major miss.

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Brows -Sephora -waterproof retractable eye brow pencil

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Really good brow pencil. The selection of shades seems to cater to most brows I can imagine. Got the shade Midnight Brown, which works well for me. The comb on the end of the pencil isn't very useful, you would be better off with any kind of spoolie for brushing the brows and blending the product after application. Bought the product the day before leaving for what turned out to be a very hot summer holiday in Norway. Wore this pencil every day and it lasted through sweat, rain and applications of sunscreen. No other brow pencil I have owned has managed this.Only detractor is the unhelpful comb, with a better brush/spoolie on the end this pencil would get 5/5.

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Tinted Moisturizer -Chanel -Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 / PA++

on 7/20/2018 6:06:00 AM

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Les Beiges tinted moisturiser is a gorgeous product! As it is a tinted moisturiser, it has a very lightweight feel on the skin. It feels very soft and spreads easily. I get a light-medium coverage from this product. It covers my redness and dark circles but allows my freckles to show through. It simply perfects the skin, and gives it an even colour and a healthy glow. I use my fingers to apply this, as it gives good coverage and prevents product wastage. It lasts well on the skin, without separating or caking. It does transfer though, so I recommend to set with a light dusting of powder. It also has quite a strong scent, the sales associate told me it is a mix of watermelon, jasmine and peach. To me, it smells like watermelon candy. The scent is quite strong and lingers, though disappears in about 20 minutes. All up, this is a gorgeous product, I love how it makes my skin look and feel. I would highly recommend it.

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Bronzers -TheBalm -Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder

on 7/20/2018 5:54:00 AM

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I have used up my old one and repurchased Bahama Mama about a year ago. To use up the first one it took me 4-5 years, so you definitely get your money’s worth out of it!

I like this bronzer but I have to be in the mood for it if that makes sense. I don‘t use it all the time but I have periods where this is the only bronzer I wanna use. And at other times months go by without me touching it..

It‘s a matte cool toned bronzer that is relativey dark. I‘m about an NC20 and I can *just* get away with it. It’s not a super pigmented and powdery bronzer, but due to the colour I still have to be very careful. I like using it as a contour powder as well and it works wonderfully for that.
It’s however definitely not your „glowy, bronzed goddess“ bronzer - too matte, too cool toned and dark for that.

All in all still a great product, but not my favourite. I have repurchased it once but probably wouldn’t a second time.

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Eye Shadow -Maybelline -Lemonade Craze

on 7/20/2018 5:29:00 AM

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The Lemonade Craze palette contains the following 12 shades of powder eyeshadow: Old Fashioned (chocolate matte), Icepop (mid-pink matte), Strawberry Lemonade (pink champagne shimmer), Berry Ice (ballet pink matte), Citrus ( champagne shimmer), Sweet Tea (fawn matte), Sherbet (peach-toned cream matte), Main Squeeze (ice lemon shimmer), Sugar Coated (copper shimmer), Coral Punch (peach-toned coral matte), Lemonade Craze (canary yellow matte) and Sunnie's (ivory matte). The shadows have a delicate sweet & fruity fragrance (lemonade?), that is so soft that I need to have my nose up against the palette to detect it, and after the palette has been opened a few times there's hardly any scent left.

The strongest point for this palette is that the none of the shades are neither too warm or too cool once applied, so they'll work with any undertones. Most of the neutral-leaning shades have a subtle fruity undertone, so aren't as 'boring' as I'd first dismissed them as being. I also really appreciate that the majority of the shadows are matte, as I have hooded eyes so the shimmer shades do transfer on me a bit. I've tried some of Maybelline's single matte shadows in the past and didn't care for them, whilst the matte Gigi Hadid contour palettes have great formulas, and I think that the mattes in this palette are somewhere in between; they aren't very pigmented and feel a bit powdery, but they do still build up and blend fairly easily and last all day with very little colour fade and no to very little creasing [there's no change if I bother with a primer or not]. The shimmers all have better pigmentation and a smoother feel to them, and wear as well as the matte shades do - a special shout out to Sugar Coated, as it is a gorgeous shade and has a higher formula quality compared to everything else in the palette.

[this is a review based on the UK edition of Lemonade Craze, which has a different palette layout to the US edition] The eyeshadow pans are split into three quads, with the central quad being larger than the other two; a bit of a waste in my opinion, as the largest quad is the one with the most easily dupeable shades in. This is a limited edition themed palette, so I do think that Maybelline should have put one of the actual 'lemonade' themed quads in the larger pans. On the subject of two pan sizes - why? Couldn't all of the pans have just been slightly larger and uniform instead?


The shades in the Lemonade Craze palette are pretty, the formulas are the average quality for the price and the amount of product you get is good for a drugstore brand [12g in total], so I don't regret getting it and have been using it a decent amount of times to the point that I'd miss it if I lost it and would be highly likely to replace it if I could. If there is a 3-for-2 or another offer on somewhere and this is available, I'd say "get it" to nearly everyone as it is a cheerful mix of shades that is nice to play around with. If buying it alone at full price I'm going to have to say "approach with caution" if you have any depth to your skintone, because if you're don't have a fair-to-light skintone I'm not sure how/if the shades would work on richer skintones, since the majority of the shades are on the lighter end of the spectrum and the pigmentation is a bit poor on some of the matte shades.

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Liquid -Estee Lauder -Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

on 7/20/2018 5:02:00 AM

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This foundation is heavy as frick but it's great if you've got a pizza face like mine. It really does not move. I'll always fall back on this when my face is a disaster, as it usually is

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Concealers -Hard Candy -Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer

on 7/20/2018 4:57:00 AM

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I really thought this was great when I first bought it, but now when I wear it to cover acne around my jawline, my boyfriend always points out that my chin looks weird-- no matter how little I use. And it does look weird and chalky. I guess that's the price you pay for trying to cover enormous cystic acne

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Masks -GLAMGLOW -Supermud Clearing Treatment Masque

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Got the sample size as a birthday gift from Sephora. The scent isn't too bad. When applying it to your face, it hardens quickly. It will feel like you have a thin layer of cement on your face. Some people may or may not like that. I decided to wash mine off after 5 minutes since I have sensitive skin, my face immediately felt super soft. I used it daily for a week and didn't notice any other drastic changes to my face. I did, however, decide to leave it on for 10 minutes one day to see if it'll cause more drastic changes and I broke out. Not worth buying, in my opinion.

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Eyeliner -BeneFit Cosmetics -They're Real Push-Up Eyeliner

on 7/20/2018 4:01:00 AM

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From today, Benefit brand is officially on my black list.
I tried their mascaras and brow products, now the eyeliner and every one gave my eyes serious irritation and redness.
I put the eyeliner on, last evening, just to try it out and an hour later my eyelids were red, itchy and puffy.
I got this in a travel size, tested on my hand about a month ago and yesterday used for the first time on my upper lash line.

First issue: When if firt tetested it on my hand, the consistency was like a silky-smooth paste, which glided easily, leaving smooth line, however afetr one month, even properly sealed, the eyeliner dried out, so it looked more like an eye pencil impossible to use - it was breaking out, flaking, etc. I needed to squeeze a lot of the rubber tip to get into the smooth paste inside.

Good thing: the application was easy after I got into the proper consistency. I could draw a precise, thin line or a bold, graphic one. Great.

Second issue: after an hour or so my eyelids started to be very itchy, red and puffy

third issue: After this hour it started to smear all over my eyelid. I did a test with Marc Jacob gel-pencil eyeliner and this one, the Marc's was far more resistant to smudging.

Fourth issue: I tried to remove this stuff, and it is not that easy. Bioderma and La Roche micellar waters failed, Nivea bi-phase makeup remover (in a black bottle) also failed. MAC oil remover performed the best, but still, after cleansing my face I got black circles around my eyes.

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

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Brows -Essence -Brow Designer

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I am obsessed with this! I honestly don't think I can ever go without it! And for the price!?! It works better than every expensive pencil I ever tried! It is SO pigmented so that I can finally draw short strokes and not press down hard like I had been doing with previous pencils. I have medium brown hair and I got the shade dark chocolate, which I like because it isn't reddish or black. The pencil also has a spoolie on the end, which is so convenient so you can brush them out when you are done. This is even better than Nyx and cheaper! I am shook!

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Brows -Essence -Make Me Brow

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I love this so much. I am in awe of how good this is for such a cheap price! I have brown hair but got the shade 03 Soft Browny Brows. I use a darker pencil underneath and since this is lighter, it helps balance it out. The brush is tiny, which I love, I do not like bulky brows because I have thin brows. I also have sparse brows and this helps fill in the bald spaces. You really should try this for the price. It saved me shelling out cash for more expensive options that would work half as well!

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Treatments (Eye) -Dr. Hauschka -Eye Contour Day Cream

on 7/20/2018 2:47:00 AM

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This is an odd product with consistency of rich eye balm.
I does not contain any turbo ingredients like retinol nor peptides, thus the effects are not spectacular.
When using it, you have to bear in mind the holistic Hauschka's philosophy to avoid using anything fatty on you face for night. Thus this cream is only meant to be used as a day cream (as any other Hauschkas creams).
I got mine jar and used it almost for a whole year, and then used remainings as a lip and nail balm (as I was worried the cream could gone sour, thus too risky to use for eye area).
All you need is a tiny amount of the product to pat under you eyes. Surprisingly this stuff works ;) I have no idea what is the secret ingredient behind it, but my crow's feet were less prominent and the crepey skin under my eyes was gone. Moreover the whole area brightened and looked more relaxed and rested.

If you use too much, then your make up could melt - just to warn you.
Overall I'm not sure if I would buy this again, as with time I moved to more high-tech products. But on the other side I remember, that when I had been using the Hauschka products, my skin was in better condition (but it could be the case I was younger ;)).
Currently I'm switching back to his products, as I am disappointed with pricey, super-tech products or luxury products in my bathroom.
I replaced creme de la mer with Hauschka rose cream (muuuuch better and cheaper), mascara with Hauschka volume mascara and my skin is showing the results ;)

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Moisturizers -MAC -Strobe Cream

on 7/20/2018 2:41:00 AM

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This product is amazing as a primer before makeup application. I have combo skin which can be very dry but can also become oily and acne prone. A total nightmare! No matter the condition of my skin this product works! It is hydrating and moisturizing, smoothing and provides the skin with a beautiful glow. Makeup application is improved 100% after using this. I would suggest letting it sit and absorb for 5 minutes or so before makeup application for best results.

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Liquid -Kat Von D -Lock-It Foundation

on 7/20/2018 2:36:00 AM

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This foundation is extremely full coverage. I have combo skin, which is sometimes dry around my mouth/eyes and oily on my forehead and cheeks. I also have mild acne/acne scarring. This covers absolutely everything and has such a beautiful finish I don't even have to powder! The packaging has a pressurized chamber which means the product isn't exposed to air so will not oxidize and nothing will go to waste. There is a huge shade range, which all seem to be very yellow toned which is great for me but may not suit people with pink undertones, however. If you have acne/acne scarring or oily/combo skin this will be your bestfriend!

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