Brows -Urban Decay - Brow Box

on 10/21/2017 1:28:00 AM

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I purchased this in Brown Sugar, I have medium brownish/auburnish hair, brown eyes, NW25.... This is such a great and super cute product. It's $30, but you get 2 brow powders, wax, and the adorable little suitcase has a drawer underneath with mini tweezers and brushes, with a mirror! It's a lot of product that will last ages. I have decided that at 47 yo, I much prefer the natural look of brow powder over pomades.. I have Anastasia dip brow, and MAC's gel pomade and just haven't liked the results lately, I'm definitely over the whole super fake brow look, and will just use them as gel eyeliners I guess, or give them to my niece, what a waste. But I am really pleased with this product from Urban Decay, and definitely recommend!

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Mascara -L'Oreal - Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

on 10/20/2017 11:59:00 PM

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I absolutely Love love love this mascara... it gives me full long lashes all day long. My lashes never stay curled and with this mascara I don’t even have to put the lash curler near my eyeballs 😬


Brows -NYX - Eyebrow Cake Powder - Dark Brown/Brown

on 10/20/2017 11:51:00 PM

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Is it the BEST cake brow powder out there? As far as quality, probably not, in comparison with higher-end (and more expensive) renditions from other brands. However, it is in my opinion the absolute best value. The formula of the wax and two powder colors is very good, and certainly superior to other products within the same price range. It does have a tendency to fade over the course of the day, but nothing that can’t be solved with proper priming and/or setting. On days when my skin is particularly oily, I’ve experienced some smudging, but probably would have been fine if I reapplied setting powder midway through the day. Honestly, I’d rather pay $6 for a ‘very good’ product that requires a little extra effort, rather than pay $40 or so for the top quality. I decided to buy Benefit’s new Foolproof Brow Powder ($25) in the darkest shade and granted it doesn’t come with any wax but the pigment of the powder was absolutely awful- barely visible on my fair skin. I’m constantly impressed by what I perceive as the added value NYX brings by minor add-ons that other brands overlook. Rather than just having a pot of one powder color, this products comes with the wax AND not one but two complementary shades, which when you think about it means there are many ways you can vary your brow result. Usually I dip in the wax and pick up the darker shade to define the arch and create a line under the outer 3/4, pick up a bit more wax and the lighter color to line the inner ¼ of the bottom, and then without wax use the darker powder to define the tail and the lighter one to fill in. Sometimes I’ll use their brow wand thingy first to make the look more natural. This creates a polished but not overdone effect which I prefer over all the totally painted on pomade look that is so popular these days. If my approach is too much effort (though I think it’s worth it) you can always just use one or both powders without wax to quickly fill in sparse areas. One more added bonus- if you’re not a product junkie or just don’t feel like toting a complete makeup bag or kit around, you can do a quick one-color basic eye look by using a fluffy brush to blend the powder through your crease. If only I could write papers for school as enthusiastically and in depth as I can write about NYX’s cake brow mini palette....better get back to work 😫 but hope this helps!!

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Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)

on 10/20/2017 10:51:00 PM

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I was looking for an effective cleanser, more straightfoward than luxe, and not terribly expensive. My sister uses this and swears by it. This cleanses my face without drying or stripping. I have somewhat oily skin and have not suffered any ill effects— redness, irritation, breakouts- from using this. It cleanses effectively, and mercifully, rinses away easily. I moisten skin with a little bit of water and i use a facial brush ($5 from Wal-Mart) to massage this all over into a gentle lather. Alternatively, i will use a small piece soft cloth for that allover massage. I do not get this near my eyes and would caution against this. This formula is fragranced, not strongly, but it is there. Actually, it smells identical to Princess Marcella Borghese’s Crema Saponetta- although that has a good deal more fragrance than this. Since i liked that product, i did not mind the scent using the purity. Pricewise, it is probably more cost-effective to buy the largest size (which i believe has the pump). However, i do not have the counter space for this. Also nice is that Philosophy sells small bottles of this which is perfect if you want to try this out, or for travel or to tuck into your gym bag. I would probably buy the largest size, decant into the smaller bottle (which has a flip cap), and store the large bottle out of sight. The smaller bottles are 2 oz or 3 oz, and are available stand-alone as well as sold in mini-sets paired with the exfoliating wash or their micellar water. I would re-purchase this.

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Moisturizers -Clarins - hydra quench cooling cream gel

on 10/20/2017 10:34:00 PM

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i paid a whole $10 for this cream so a bargin price as the chemist was clearing out stock. I dont like the smell and i found it did not feel cooling. if anything my skin was a little iritated for a minute before it settled down but no redness or itching. I found it soaked in quickly and was not oily or sticky at all. I worry if it contains enough moisturizing ability for me though but i will keep using it over summer and see what happens. My skin was looking good then next day but i still felt i needed more hydration.
i still find the expensive high end skin care brands deliver better results but as i managed to purchase a dozen Clarins products at $10 each which at $120 total is cheaper than one of anything else i normally use i figure i have list nothing in trying out 12 clarins products So far the masks are doing a great job Clarins is a good brand and better than many average priced skin care I have a friend who swears by Clarins you just need to find the right ones


Cleansers -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Wash

on 10/20/2017 10:27:00 PM

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I feel like it's very overdying to the point where your face is tight to talk. I'm not sure how the aloe comes in for that matter..
About 2 hours later and throughout the day after using the cleanser & serum , my skin is very very oily! I'm assuming to compensate for the extreme dryness, therefore still resulting in pimples :/
I'm going to ride it out until it's done becuase I don't want to waste . However this is not my favourite and I'm positive I'll find a holy frail face wash. It does however get rid if all your makeup, which is a great plus:) ( I use coconut oil first and then the face wash )

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Moisturizers -Omorovicza - Gold Rescue Cream

on 10/20/2017 10:07:00 PM

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after getting a slightly red face due to a sunny day my skin felt very sensitive and dried out so i thought i would try my sample pot of this.
it is a really thick cream so i understand why people think it like la mer cream as its texture when you apply it seems similar. I found it a cream that sat on my skin for hours it just did not absorb well and i am sure got all over my pillow at night. It was ok for rehydrating my skin and caused no iritation but i still prefer my Sisley. restorative cream. I am finding this cream great for extremly dry and sensitive lips though so this sample pot has been constant in my bag and i swear it helped to heal a nasty coldsore. If you have a really dry flaky patch it would be good also as it seems to help in healing. i do not know if i would spend money to purchase a full size pot but will continue to try the gift size pot


Foundations -Hourglass - Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation

on 10/20/2017 10:00:00 PM

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I ignore this product except on some special occasions because it is relatively expensive. I didn't think it was all that, But now that i'm about to run out of it, I find myself wanting to buy another one.

This is very buildable that can go full coverage. A light application on me is straight medium coverage. It stays well on the skin and helps keep my oil at bay for at least 5-6 hours. After that, I'll need to blot. It gives a flawless application and my skin looks really nice. However, it is a pretty dry formula straight out of the bottle and the consistency is very thick. I have to apply with a damp beauty blender and work fast and spread quickly. Otherwise, i'll find patches of foundation on my face that was not blended properly. It can look very ugly. So I've tried mixing with agran oil but for some reason the consistency is not as thin as I would've wanted and seems to make the color darker. Mixing it with a lighter color foundation with a dewier finish and thin consistency seemed to work better.

I also have to give props to this foundation that despite my finicky sensitive skin that is both acne-prone and clog-prone, I experienced no break outs and no clogs. So those who may be suffering from acne and needs coverage, this could be worth the price tag.

One thing I really HATE about this though is, because the consistency is quite thick and dries quickly, I always find that along the mouth of the pump, the foundation dries there and clogs it up. So you have to use more force than normal when you pump, then a lot comes out. I guess they tried to fix that by changing the packaging into a squeeze tube instead. I haven't tried that new one yet. I don't know if the formula is the same either.

All in all, this is a nice foundation. It has good coverage with good oil control. There are some areas for improvement but it is worth a try.



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Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Tinted Lip Balm

on 10/20/2017 9:56:00 PM

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It's very moisturising and colour isnt too pigmented and gives a nice slight colour to the lips, but wow, it smells pretty bad and tastes bad too, so I wouldn't purchase again.


Treatments (Eye) -Unlisted Brand - Onomie A.C.E Illuminating Eye Treatment

on 10/20/2017 9:36:00 PM

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What a pleasant surprise! I received this not really knowing what to do with it. Was it a day or night treatment? Well, the pigmentation revealed it was obviously supposed to be used as part of a makeup routine, so I put some on instead of my regular under-eye concealer (Lancome Effacernes) or YSL TE. My under eye area is usually blessed with lovely raccoon circles, but when I applied this, I found the circles concealed with as much effectiveness as a devoted concealer. The illuminating properties are just as subtle, but better than YSL TE. I have pale, cool toned skin (NW10, for reference), and the shade Love Lace Pink Pearl was perfect on me. Product texture felt light and velvety. I would describe it as whipped or "mousse" feeling. It lasted for a number of hours and wore well under a setting powder. No product balling over sunscreen and foundation. I like the 10% Vitamin C for antioxidant properties. Packaging is a slim tube that looks like a chapstick container, but actually has a pump. Very sleek and hygienic. Would repurchase this.

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Eye Shadow -Makeup Geek - Eyeshadow (All)

on 10/20/2017 8:59:00 PM

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It took me a long time to put my finger on what exactly I disliked so much about these shadows and why I wasn't reaching for them as much as my MAC shadows...

I got:
Cherry Cola
Cocoa Bear
Creme Brulee
Peach Smoothie
Cabin Fever
Tan Lines
Americano

First off, let me say that the shipping is a joke. It took forever to get my order - and apparently when you choose standard shipping on MUG, it usually will take that long to process/ship. Like, it took up to a week to process, then the shipping was the slowest method ever.

The next shipping option up was over $10, which would have taken 2-6 business days.... for a few eyeshadows? Ummm, no way.

Barring that, the eyeshadows themselves were a mess. Muddy is the word, now that I have been reading the reviews. They blend away, look dirty, clashed, unpolished, patchy, etc. Americano was the worst. It looks strong in the pan, but it blends away to a much sheerer, dulled out brown. Could NOT be applied wet as a liner. Looked greyish and dull. No depth.

I am a woman who works long hours and don't have loads of time in the morning to futz with fussy eyeshadows with poor application. I ended up purging (see: throwing away) all of these MUG shadows and hauling a few MAC neutrals during a 15% off sale and I love them so much more - and now moreso that they're priced the same as MUG. After Embark, I will never go back to Americano! I would NOT recommend MUG to women of color because the pigments will look dull and bland against those richer skintones.

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Lipstick -Kat Von D - Studded Kiss Lipstick - Sexer

on 10/20/2017 8:53:00 PM

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Beautiful neon pink with a blue sheen. Stains lips pink but wears off unevenly. This is one of the slightly sheer waxier ones that goes on patchy, collects on the dry bits, and settles into lines. If you have mature, dry or pigmented lips and like a perfect yet easy neon lip, this isn't the one. First I need to exfoliate lips and apply balm and let it sink in for 20 minutes. Then because it is sheer I need 2 - 3 swipes with firm pressure all over, then go back and forth more over the center of the lip to get it looking even. Then blend in with my finger to smooth out the line and get the coverage looking smooth and even. On the good side it does looks beautiful when applied with care on well prepped lips and it makes lips look luminous, not dry or puckery. I love the look but don't like to babysit my lipsticks that much.

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Powder -InnisFree - No Sebum Mint Mineral powder

on 10/20/2017 8:42:00 PM

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So over rated. Screwed by trusting makeupalley reviews again. It is useless. No staying powder. I was oily within an hour.


Lipstick -Kat Von D - Studded Kiss Lipstick - Lovecraft

on 10/20/2017 8:42:00 PM

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Cool toned mauve pink with a greyish undertone. Even coverage in one swipe. A beautiful shade, but looks like a corpse on my very fair golden undertone. And its one of the more drying ones, so it makes lips look puckery and wrinkly (better ones are Cathedral, Lolitta 2, and Bachelorette IMO). The tube was stiff and hard to wind up.


Lipstick -NARS - Audacious Lipstick - Anna

on 10/20/2017 7:26:00 PM

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I love this lipstick, which is reading as a neutral pink even against my yellow-toned fair skin. By odd coincidence, I first put it on with a Bobbi Brown Nude gloss over it only because I had a tiny sample of the gloss in my purse, and it was magic. (By the same coincidence, I have a Lipstick Queen Nude liner also in my bag and with my age, a liner keeps the bleeding in check.) For all you Nordstrom shoppers, right now NARS has a couple of really fun duos in the Man Ray collection and this one of them, a mini Anna paired with a very light rose colored blush (Impassioned) is being sold as the Impassioned Love Triangle set. It's the perfect way to try out this color and the duo work perfectly in a makeup bag. (The other Love Triangle has the wonderful Dolce Vita blush shade that works for darker complexions along with a more vibrant lippie.)

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