Mascara -Clinique -High Impact Mascara

on 12/14/2017 6:19:00 AM

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I've been using this for a while now, repurchased a few times. Very happy with the way it goes on, doesn't clump the lashes, gives natural definition, volume, separation and a bit of length. I'm quite lucky with my lashes in that they don't need much extra help and naturally curl upwards, so I only need a mascara to do a good job at adding colour (I'm naturally blonde so they're usually light if I've not recently dyed them) and just giving some extra 'oomph'. I've also been buying the smaller 3.5 ml version and it's so much nicer to be able to use it up before it dries up! I've actually found that I prefer the formula once I'm about half-way through as at the start it can be just a tad too liquidy for my preference and a tad too clumpy at the end!

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2%

on 12/14/2017 6:15:00 AM

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I've been looking for something like this forever! I love this for spot treating acne as well as for eliminating ingrown hairs and smoothing calluses on my feet.

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Liquid -NARS -Sheer Glow Foundation

on 12/14/2017 6:11:00 AM

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I decided to buy this foundation after researching non-comedogenic high-end alternatives after using Revlon Colorstay pretty much religiously for about two years. The main issue I had with Revlon was that I'm very yellow and it's hard to find a match in their range, but I also loved the finish of it and it did not seem to break me out. Now as for Nars, I loved loved loved the colour match in light 6 Ceylan, it basically was the exact shade of my skin. Sadly, that was pretty much the only thing I liked about it. Usually I stay away from primers as they tend to break me out, and with the colorstay on its own I managed just fine for everyday wear. This, on the other hand, just goes on very patchy and stays on top of my skin in an odd way, so for example I can see my pores possibly even more than without foundation on and even though I do not really struggle with redness, it just leaves any redness uncovered somehow. I just can't seem to push it in so that it blends into my skin and it ends up looking super cakey once I set it. I've tried just fingers but that was too streaky, I've tried just a beauty blender sponge but it used up so much product and did not cover, and then I mixed the two methods ie applied mostly with fingers and used sponge to blend in by tapping but that left me patchy... This is all mostly an issue with my T-zone, and on the sides of my face where the skin is drier it looks fine, but nothing special. All in all I'm off to try out other high-end non-comedogenic yellow-based foundations because this has sadly not worked for me at all despite all the great reviews!


Mascara -BeneFit Cosmetics -Roller Lash

on 12/14/2017 4:11:00 AM

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Price - Pretty expensive for a mascara, but I find myself repurchasing all the time, so I guess it must not be too bad to me! Ahaha.

Packaging - When the product is new, the packaging it really cute, but I find that the rubber handle grabs onto dirt and other makeup product residue, I'm not too picky with that, but it's something to note.

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Foundations -Too Faced -Born This Way Foundation

on 12/14/2017 4:08:00 AM

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This is my ALL TIME favourite foundation, It gives the perfect amount of dew to the skin and, if anything, it hydrates my skin too!

I have to add some extra powder to my nose, as I'm sure all my combination skin pals are familiar with, but other than that, I can't fault it!


Liquid -Boots -No7 Stay Perfect Foundation

on 12/14/2017 3:49:00 AM

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Honestly one of the worst foundations I have ever used. The coverage is very poor! I have to use a ton of concealer to have my face look perfect. Second, the foundation slides off of your skin SO MUCH! To keep it in place I have to use way too much powder and that makes my skin look dry. If you ever have dry skin pealing off of your face even a little, it will become obvious because the foundation goes a few shades darker on it. It is not long lasting even though it claims to be. It lasts only about 3 hours and then you'll have to use powder again. Long story short, it is NOT worth the money. I was stupid enough to pay a grand total of £30 for 60ml of this and it was the worst mistake I have made when buying makeup. If it was cheaper then I would have been a little nicer on it, but it costs about the same amount of money as other foundations from professional makeup companies. The point is that No.7 foundation is overpriced!


Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop -White Musk Extra Rich Body Cream

on 12/14/2017 3:32:00 AM

White Musk is something of an anomaly in that it's one of the only TBS scents I can even stand, let alone enjoy... do not speak to me of their Moringa scent, nor their Moroccan Rose, for they are the bringers of migraine and nausea and all other sorts of bad things. To be quite frank, I'm not a fan of the White Musk EdT either, as it smells a bit metallic and thin to me. But I do really enjoy the way the body products in the line smell. (And I may yet enjoy the perfume oil, I've just never smelled it before.)

I enjoy perfume but don't find much occasion to wear it, especially for work. Body lotions are a good way to enjoy scents without suffocating everyone else who uses the elevator at work, and also to make it more fun to moisturize. It's nice and rich and moisturizing enough for the body (and soothing when the weather is dry), but with a smooth powdery (almost silky) finish, not greasy or sticky like body lotions can be. It's an elegant finish, and the scent makes me feel elegant too.

This review is for the Smooth Satin Body Lotion which seems to have been discontinued, but I couldn't find it anywhere else on MUA to review. I THINK the regular body lotion that they have now might be the same thing, but not having tried it myself, I can't say for sure. I also liked the subtle lavender iridescence of the bottle they used for the Smooth Satin version, and don't know if they kept it for the current version.


Lotions/ Creams -Johnson & Johnson -Baby Lotion

on 12/14/2017 3:15:00 AM

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Seasons may change, sea levels may be rising, but Johnson's baby lotion will always be there for me (in a manner of speaking, of course).

It's been with me since childhood, all the way through adolescence and adulthood. It's always been there for me even when I'm broke and can't afford to buy fancy face creams or whatnot. And most of all, it's never caused a breakout or left my skin dry and tight. Along with the extra care body lotion version, this deserves more respect than I give it.

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Masks -NARS -Aqua Gel Luminous Mask

on 12/14/2017 3:06:00 AM

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I use this less as a mask and more as a "pre-moisturizer". Toners just don't to do much for me, so I go the granny-who-is-an-adorable-living-time-capsule route and just use various flower waters... rose, neroli, or lavender, and sometimes witch hazel. But I do find I need a little something to go under proper moisturizer and face oil, and this fits the bill.

When you first squeeze it out of the tube, it looks thin (even kind of watery), and translucent, not very promising. But something happens when it goes on... it's not full of moisture but it nicely quenches the thirst my skin so often feels. It's not thick or plumping but somehow skin feels so much smoother and fine-textured after this goes on. It's not cushiony but soothes and comforts skin that is hot and bothered. It feels cooling even when I haven't put it in the fridge. Going by that and a slight tingling feeling I often feel on application, I would be tempted to say that one of the ingredients is alcohol. But I've tried other products that include alcohol before, and with very little exception, they wreck my skin... I actually break out when my skin is too DRY, I think it has something to do with the barrier being damaged. That's not what happens here.

It's a great product and a little goes a long way... I use an amount that's literally the size of a pea, and it's enough to brighten and refresh the whole face (I don't think I've seen any benefits from using any more... if anything, it tends to blunt the effect). I use it morning and evening, alone in summer (when the weather is hot and humid and my skin soaks up water from the air anyway), and during the rest of the year I layer it under moisturizer and face oils. Not necessarily every day, because I am terrible about maintaining a consistent routine, and also because I'm trying to economize because of how darn expensive this is, but this does tend to be the first thing I reach for whenever my skin feels dull and ready for a pick-me-up. On that count, it always delivers.

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Mascara -E.L.F. -Studio Mineral Infused Mascara

on 12/14/2017 2:57:00 AM

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I love this mascara. It's perfect for me. It's cheap and works well. I tend to lean towards the more natural and less wet foundation formulas. It's been a long road of trial and error and I really like this one. It separates and lengthens like a dream. Clumps are minimal and my lashes hold a curl!

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Cleansers -Unlisted Brand -Heimish All Clean Balm

on 12/14/2017 2:50:00 AM

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I've permanently switched from my former mainstay DHC to this. I like the idea that it's a solid-to-oil formulation (so personally I don't find it's too messy as you can control how fast it melts in the hand... however, I've only used this in fall and winter, so it may very well turn liquid at room temperature in warmer weather.) And it removes makeup just as well as the DHC did, which is to say, the makeup melts away without a trace, up to and including sunscreen, waterproof mascara, and lip stains.

The scent is quite herbal, maybe a little aggressively so, and I can see why some people might not like it. But personally I love the smell so it's not a problem for me. It smells almost identical to NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Mask, actually... green notes, orange blossom, and some kind of woody smell as well. It's tempting to use too much, because of the initially solid format, but if you overshoot and scoop out too much, it will drip off your face and get really messy. Start with a dollop no more than 1.5x the size of the tip of the included spatula, massage it into your face, and take more ONLY if you find yourself needing more. I like to give myself a face massage while I'm at it too... the mechanical stimulation seems to really help break up the more stubborn clumps of makeup, and because I like the smell, I find it really relaxing, almost like a spa treatment.

I have skin that breaks out like no one's business when I use products with a lot of silicones in them (which was most Korean skincare until 2013 or so, or certain primers or foundations), but is pretty insensitive to many of the ingredients (usually lipid-based ones) that are otherwise labeled as comedogenic. And my skin really likes this, other than the fact I have to moisturize a bit more intensely since I switched from the DHC to this. On the other hand, it rinses cleaner than the DHC did. (While many people are perfectly fine with the silicones that my skin is most reactive to, and can't take an excess of ingredients that mimic sebum... everyone's skin is different, and even just in my limited experience, different people react to different things.)

To sum it up, I love this cleanser, but it's not going to be for everyone. And on a final note, some of you who are having skin problems with this might want to take your local water supply into account, as Korean water is extremely soft (especially in Seoul), and I can't guarantee how the ingredients in this will react to the minerals in a harder water supply.


Toners -Mario Badescu -Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

on 12/14/2017 2:48:00 AM

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I use this product as moisturizer and as makeup primer and works really good for me, it keeps my foundation in place for many hours and my skin feels so smooth and i see that works too like pore minimizer, i just love products!

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Gels/Soaps -Neutrogena -Body Clear Body wash

on 12/14/2017 2:34:00 AM

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This is a good product to maintain clear skin. If you have severe body breakouts, I think benzoyl peroxide products work better, but this is great to use everyday to help keep your skin clear. I repurchase this whenever I run out.


Nail Tools -OPI -Crystal File

on 12/14/2017 2:12:00 AM

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Yes, yes, it takes down length efficiently without damaging your nails, it's long-lasting, all that. The tip is also good for cleaning out dirt from under the nails. But for me, the area in which I find this file most indispensible is that it's a great tool for scratching itches, if your nose or scalp starts itching while you're waiting for your mani to dry. 5/5, will repurchase forever.

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Highlighters -Becca -Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed - Moonstone

on 12/14/2017 1:53:00 AM

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Doesn’t even show up on my skin...I have to build up a thick layer to see any effect whatsoever, and then it just looks cakey. For reference, my skin tone is fair to light, but looks almost medium in the summer. I have the Becca liquid highlighter too, and it does not show up at all. I would strongly suggest keeping your receipt for this one, because this is a very pointless product to keep around if it doesn’t work for you :( Unrelated to the product itself, the packaging just feels so cheap! The print rubbed off after only a few uses...

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