Treatments (Face) -Sunday Riley -U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

on 1/21/2019 12:08:00 AM

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I love using this oil for my breakouts, as both a spot treatment and all over treatment. It has cleared up active acne faster than any other product I've ever used, and a little goes a very long way. I knocked off a star due to the price and overwhelming smell. I'm always paranoid that I left it open because the smell permeates the bottle like no other product I've ever tried. It doesn't seem to irritate my easily irritated face, but if they could cut down on the scent that I still smell hours later, that would be fabulous.

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Cleansers -BIODERMA -Sensibio Cleansing Milk

on 1/20/2019 11:29:00 PM

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Very "eh" product. I love cleansing milks, and Paula's Choice recommended this one so I tried it. I'm now trying to get through the bottle quickly to move onto the next thing. It feels like a dupe for Cetaphil to me, although the ingredients are better. I found it didn't really seem to cleanse my face properly, I've only been using it as a morning cleanser for that reason. Maybe if you have extremely intolerant skin this would be a good option. I would use LRP Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser for a gentle milky cleanser that actually cleanses more. Also I think this one is pretty pricey for what it is (although nowhere near the level of some insane "luxury" brands of course)


Cleansers -Burt's Bees -Sensitive Facial Cleanser with Cotton Extract

on 1/20/2019 11:21:00 PM

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Lovely thick texture like double cream, or old-fashioned cold cream. Nice to massage in at night time, I feel this might be too heavy or unnecessary for mornings. It's very gentle and takes off makeup reasonably well (I personally use an oil cleanser for that normally). Taking off one lippie as it doesn't rinse quite as clean as other milk/ cream cleansers I've used. I don't notice a film though like some people have said. Overall enjoyable, but not sure it's an HG for me (I love the Sukin cream cleanser)


Liquid -COVERGIRL -CG Smoothers Hydrating Makeup

on 1/20/2019 11:21:00 PM

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I used this as my daily foundation for years, mostly because it was one of the few drugstore brands that actually had a good skin tone match for me. I used Ivory, their palest shade. I'm quite fair skinned, and somewhere in the cool to neutral range. It was all right for the cost but never great.

The Good:

It's light coverage, and a smooth consistency that gives a nice natural finish. That's it's best feature. Also it never caused breakouts or irritation, both of which I'm prone to. It's fairly hydrating too, so those with drier skin might like it.

The Bad:

It's not long wearing. I have combination skin, and by midway through the day you could always see it shifting on the oiler parts of my face. It also transfers really easily, making it hard to blot away the oil.

My other big issue with it is it's really not buildable, and using concealer was always a struggle as it the foundation seems to prevent anything from sticking properly. Except of course in the dry areas where it gets cakey and highlights flakiness.

Bottom Line:

I can only recommend this for people with normal, zero-problem skin. If you're oily it's a big no, and even if you're dry you still have to be careful around flaky areas.

I've moved on to a much better (but sadly pricey) foundation from Coverfx, and honestly I should have done it years ago.


Moisturizers -Deciem -The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics

on 1/20/2019 11:16:00 PM

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As another person put it "my skin drinks this!". Yep! I've had the same feeling, my skin is plumped and refreshed when I use this. It's not heavy so perfect for my combination skin in the summer. It hydrates without making my skin congested. Yes, the smell is funky. But it disappears and I'm not someone who tends to get fixated on that. If something smells heavenly to me, I can't help but translate that to "packed full of irritants". TO products seem to be hit or miss with most people - for me this one is a definite hit and one I keep reaching for this spring/ summer.


Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Buffet

on 1/20/2019 11:08:00 PM

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Great price. Great ingredients. Non-irritating and fragrance free. Pairs well with other products. Waiting until I get through my serum stash and then I will repurchase!


Treatments (Face) -Andalou Naturals -Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum

on 1/20/2019 11:05:00 PM

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I bought this on sale so it was even cheaper than usual and I really like it! I have combination skin and I find this under a sunscreen is the perfect amount of hydration. It doesn't pill with products containing silicone, it doesn't make my skin congested and it doesn't irritate my skin (I have sensitive skin), it has opaque glass packaging and a pump lid - all in all, pretty amazing! It does have a slightly weird grape smell, kind of like Ribena...but it fades fairly quickly and doesn't really bother me but I know some people didn't like this. Will definitely repurchase this. FYI it now comes in a purple bottle.


Blush -FLOWER Beauty -Blush Bomb Color Drops

on 1/20/2019 11:04:00 PM

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This blush is seriously amaaaaaaazing, but took a little trial-and error to nail down. I initially got the shade Bubbly, stupidly thinking cool-toned skin = need cool-toned blush. Bubbly is a blue-based pink, almost verging on violet, and it was not a natural-looking color on me (though I'm sure it would lend itself to a certain kind of look). I went back and got Pinched, a peachy color that looked too orangey in the tube but applied more sheer compared to Bubbly, which is very pigmented. I started off using my fingers to blend but have been using a small stippling brush lately, which works just as well and gives the gel-like formula a beautiful finish. Overall, this product allows for a lot of control over application and color intensity, something I need since I can sometimes go a little heavy-handed with blush. A+!

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Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand -Reversa Skin Smoothing Body Lotion 10% Glycolic Acid

on 1/20/2019 11:02:00 PM

I couldn't love this more. After I had my daughter I got little bumps (KP?) on my thighs and buttocks. I tried everything on the market but this worked the best. Love that it's fragrance free. Once I got the bumps under control I didn't have to use it daily so it lasted a bit longer. This makes my skin as smooth as my baby's bum LOL :) Wish it came in a tube so you could squeeze every expensive drop out. Pricey, but worth it.

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Blush -Bobbi Brown -Tawny Powder Blush

on 1/20/2019 10:39:00 PM

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Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier are two of my favourite high end makeup lines, mainly because they both excel in the 'natural' makeup look.
Bobbi Brown's blushes are top quality (and so they should be for that price tag) with their strong pigment, excellent shade range and natural tones. The line tends to be brown toned with blushes and lipsticks and Tawny is no exception.
It's described as a pinky/brown and I'd say that's correct.

For my NC30 skin tone, I need to use a light hand, otherwise this blush looks too red and that's no bueno for my rosacea. I use my MAC 187 stipple brush to achieve a nice, healthy flush. Darker skin tones would look beautiful with this shade.

Sadly, I don't think I'll be purchasing Bobbi Brown products anymore as they keep getting more and more expensive and the quantity keeps shrinking. It doesn't help that the founder has left the empire she created.
But her makeup mantra is something I will always adhere to even if I no longer buy the products.
I'll use this blush up and thankfully, there are other reasonably priced lines with excellent blushes. (check out Essence's blushes)


Cleansers -BIODERMA -Sebium Purifying Foaming Gel

on 1/20/2019 10:21:00 PM

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I have combination sensitive acne prone skin. (Oily tzone and dry cheeks) many cleansers dry me out , this one left me balanced and soft. I researched PH balanced cleansers, and this was in the list and has the correct PH. The scent is light and fresh, id prefer unscented version but it’s not strong at all. This does make a nice creamy light lather that feels nice. I usually prefer more natural cleansers but atleast this doesn’t have parabens. I don’t know if it removes makeup and I use the sensibio Micelle Water for that. I like to use this in the mornings and after removing makeup.


Lipstick -Unlisted Brand -Color The World Lipstick

on 1/20/2019 9:51:00 PM

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Others may be disappointed, but I like this lipstick. Quite a lot. I ordered three tubes, one nude (Warrior), one pink (Foxy) and one red (Southern Red). I knew in advance that colors might be different that what I was expecting; I think that's pretty inevitable when you buy online. I was pleased to discover that both Foxy and Southern Red are exactly as they appeared online. The Warrior, however, is less intense than I would have liked. All three colors are more moisturizing and less drying than any other lipstick I've tried - and I've tried a lot, searching desperately for anything that would prevent the drying and peeling that's become my norm. These go on smoothly, feel nice for at least a couple of hours, and relubricate when reapplied. Both the Foxy and the Southern Red have excellent color staying power. I reapply for moisture rather than out of need to refresh color. I'm planning to order more, going for a coral color next. I do have some concern about how long the cardboard tube will hold up, but I love that each color comes in a tube with different appearance so it's easy to tell which tube to grab.


Shampoo -Nature's Gate -Nature's Gate Aloe Vera Moisturizing Shampoo

on 1/20/2019 9:10:00 PM

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I absolutely loooove this shampoo! Smells so amazing! My new favorite ♥ I was using the Herbal one from this line which I have really liked for yrs without really noticing they have many others...I love Aloe Vera for your hair, it is the best find ever... Was looking to buy some Aloe Vera online, and saw this shampoo, and was so happy! I mix a little Giovanni 50/50 in with it for more cleansing, like I did with the Herbal one..Makes my hair so shiny, soft/super healthy looking...I use Aloe Vera on my skin now also as of recently.


Concealers -Laura Mercier -Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer

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I have always loved Laura Mercier face products and this concealer fits all of my requirements.
I'll add that I don't have dark circles and I don't like heavy coverage concealers and prefer a natural finish.
I bought this concealer in the shade 2N and it's the perfect match for my NC30 skin tone. I prefer concealers that are a touch lighter for the under eye area.

I've seen YouTubers pile on this concealer and then complain about it being cakey and creasing into fine lines. Yes, if you apply a lot of this product, it will make your under eye area look crepey and it will crease into fine lines.
The key is to use just a little at a time. I'll use about three small dabs under my eyes and then blend with my Sephora #57 brush or tap with my ring finger. Then I'll set with a translucent powder (Shiseido's loose powder works for me) and it lasts all day.
I have texture and lines under the eye area and creasing into lines is one of my pet peeves with concealers.

I've also used it as a foundation by applying it where needed and buffing it with a makeup brush. The result is smooth coverage that lasts all day without looking flat or dull.
I definitely recommend getting colour matched in person as the colour system is a bit confusing.

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Bronzers -essence -Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder

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I like this bronzer for a very natural look and it's perfect for 'no makeup weekends'. There are only two shades (one for lighter skin and one for darker skin) but there's really not much of a difference between the two.
There is a slight coconut fragrance but nothing overwhelming although I'd rather not have fragrance in my cosmetics.

Staying power is good; no fading or oxidization throughout the day.
The packaging isn't that great so take care with it to avoid the bronzer from crumbling.

This is going to be in my travel makeup kit as I don't like taking my high end cosmetics when I travel.
A very good bronzer that's wallet friendly.


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