Moisturizers -La Mer - The Moisturizing Matte Lotion

on 10/19/2017 3:09:00 AM

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It is the replacement of the Oil Absorbing Lotion from La Mer.
Let me point out the biggest difference from the previous product. The first ingredient is water, while the original lotion did not contain water, only seaweed extract (Algae), which is the part of the "Miracle Broth". Unfortunately it is impossible to know whether the amount of the Broth is the same as in the original formula and then it contains much less oil (emollients) or the concentration of the Broth is the same (or just above) the next ingredient (Squalane). I believe that this lotion contains between 5-10% Squalane which might mean that the concentration of the Broth is just as low.
Does it then worth the same price as the other moisturizers in the line that contain the Broth in a much higher concentration?!

Otherwise, this lotion is basically formulated on the same base emollients and emulsifiers as the previous version. Although I believe that the new version contains lower percentage of emollient oils than the previous one. Hence the much lighter feel on application.
It contains excellent actives and cell-communicating ingredients. It seems that this product has much more actives than the Soft Lotion. Maybe to compensate for the lower concentration of the Broth?
It has oil absorbing powders in higher concentrations that give a matte finish to the product.

What I find lacking in this formula is the choice of the emollients. It is based basically on Squalane and two synthetic esters. While Squalane is an excellent moisturizer, it is comedogenic. Not the greatest choice for acne-prone skin! The two other synthetic esters are very fine in this respect but they leave a way too shiny and tacky feel on the skin.

While the feel is very light and perceptively moisturizing, I believe that the choice of other emollients would have resulted in a more elegant product.
I think this product can be a nice choice in humid, warm climate for those who need a matter finish that lasts at least for some hours. (But there are plenty of moisturizers you can choose from that deliver the same benefits and cost the tenth of the price!)

Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau, Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Propanediol, Squalane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, SesamumIndicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, PrunusAmygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Sodium Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Tocopheryl Succinate, Niacin, Sesamum Indicum(Sesame) Seed Powder, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Extract, Nylon-12, Sucrose, Salicornia Herbacea Extract,Hydrolyzed Rice Extract, Sea Salt\Maris Sal\Sel Marine,Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract,Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Spirulina Platensis(Algae) Powder, Plankton Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin,Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, Glycerin, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, DipalmitoylHydroxyproline, Caffeine, Glucose, Caprylic/CapricTriglyceride, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, TocopherylAcetate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Isohexadecane, Lecithin, Potassium Stearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Kaolin, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance (Parfum), Xanthan Gum, Alcohol Denat.,Disodium EDTA, BHT, Limonene, Linalool, Citral,Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol continued >>

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Lip Treatments -RoC - Enydrial Lip Balm

on 10/19/2017 1:53:00 AM

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So so sad they changed it. Has anyone found anything even remotely comparable?


Foundations -The Body Shop - All-In-One Face Base

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I really like this powder. I apply it dry with a makeup sponge and it provides good coverage quickly. I have normal/dry skin and it doesn't leave my skin dry or flaky. my only complaint is that after a while it can settle in my pores and lines but it's not too noticeable. also, they have a pretty good range of shades.

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Top/Base Coats -Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

on 10/19/2017 1:29:00 AM

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It has an unsurpassable ability, it pays a lot, I always use it in my videos





Mascara -Clinique - Naturally Glossy Mascara

on 10/19/2017 1:21:00 AM

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I already used and liked it, follow video tutorial





Cleansers -Marcelle - Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel (non-foaming)

on 10/19/2017 1:07:00 AM

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I decided this was worth a try because it is cheaper than my previous favourite non-foaming cleanser (Cerave Hydrating), and I'm really glad I did. In spite of being labelled a gel, this is a lotion textured cleanser, but one that rinses clean. I've never really used a cleanser that removed makeup so well and rinsed so cleanly without stripping my skin. In the evening I use it by itself if Ive used only a little makeup or none at all, and I use it after makeup remover if I've worn a full face. It is also my morning cleanser. Really impressive stuff. It's made me try more of Marcelle's skin care line.


Loose Powders -NYX - HD Studio Finishing Powder

on 10/19/2017 12:38:00 AM

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Good product. Great price. Don’t go wasting your money on some expensive powder. This one does the job.


Scrubs -Freeman - Charcoal and Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask

on 10/19/2017 12:37:00 AM

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This is an amazing mask/scrub to use 1-3 times a week. If you have very sensitive skin I would avoid this scrub as the sugar crystals are very coarse and might lead to excessive redness and irritation.

I've been using the mask for about two weeks now and my skin has gotten noticeably smoother and stubborn blackheads on my chin have gone away.

When I use this scrub I usually do leave it on as a "gel mask" for five minutes while I shave/shower and then scrub it off before washing my hair. The sugar and charcoal do not stick to the floor or sides of my shower which is a big plus.

After using the scrub I apply a witch hazel toner prior to using either aveeno daily cream moisturizer with spf during the day, or at night use Clinique' moisture surge and Josie Maran's argan oil under my eyes.

I really love this mask/scrub and you get a lot of product for your money. I paid under $4 at Walmart.

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Loose Powders -Kat Von D - Lock-it Setting Powder

on 10/19/2017 12:26:00 AM

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I received a pretty big deluxe sample of this at Sephora when I made a big purchase a few weeks ago... Not impressed. The only real true loose setting powder I ever use is Becca or Laura Mercier, even then I don't pack it on, or bake persay, as I'm 47 yo, and heavy powder doesn't suit me.. I could see younger girls that don't have dry skin, really loving this, I'm sure I would have loved it when I was super oily in my 20's, not worrying about powder sinking into any fine lines etc.. I still think even for younger girls, there's better options available like Born This Way Ethereal loose setting powder, or Laura Mercier loose powder. I won't be purchasing, and gave the large sample to my 22 yo niece and she likes it.

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Polishes -Milani - Paradise Pink

This is my go to color. It does take two coats but ultimately most polishes do. Unfortunately milani doesn't sell it anymore as far as I can tell, but it's the perfect any occasion color. A similar color would be milani's angel pink.

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Cleansers -CeraVe - Hydrating Cleanser

on 10/19/2017 12:17:00 AM

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This cleanser would be good if it was more cleansing. For people who don't wear products on their face and just want to freshen up, this is a good product.

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Bronzers -Too Faced - Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer – Peaches and Cream Collection

on 10/19/2017 12:16:00 AM

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Purchased this a few days ago.. I love the packaging/presentation, and I had to have it! It's marketed as a radiant bronzer, but for me it really looked best when worn over top of another bronzer that's matte, as a sort of radiant topper to give some glow.. So really, it's not a true, stand alone bronzer product for most people, but it still looks nice on its own. I could see someone with a great tan using just this product as a radiant blush/bronzer. I'm definitely happy I purchased it, and will definitely use it up, and enjoy the cute packaging.

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Cleansers -CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser

on 10/19/2017 12:14:00 AM

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This is a solid cleanser, though I wish it was a tinge more gentle/less drying. I will continue my HG cleanser search but this is the best I've found thus far.


Foundations -Laura Mercier - Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder

on 10/18/2017 11:37:00 PM

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Can't believe no one is raving about this powder.. I went to Sephora to get my regular Hourglass Powder in Dim Light, when the salesgirl asked me what type of foundation I normally wear under the Hourglass. I told her I never wear full coverage foundations, and wear light/luminous types.. She suggested this Laura Mercier powder, instead of the Hourglass, and said it will do the same thing, but also add a little more added coverage, without feeling OR looking like I was wearing anything full coverage, just perfected.. I'm so glad I trusted her! When I use this over my MAC Water Weight, MAC Face and Body, or Becca Aqua Luminous, I just look glowy and flawless, which at 47 yo I will gladly take! If you love Hourglass luminous powders, you will love this even more! Im NW25 and I purchased CandleGlow2, and it's the perfect color for my skin tone. I still went back and purchased my Dim Light, but I use each for different reasons, and the Laura Mercier provides a glow from within, AND a little extra coverage for nighttime looks. Definitely recommend.. It's also about $9 cheaper than the Hourglass, check it out at Sephora! 😊

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Palettes -Too Faced - Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette

on 10/18/2017 11:33:00 PM

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I bought it because I've wanted it forever. I tried to swatch all the colors and a lot of them swatch bad (chalky and bad pigmentation) even if I use a base. I am just disappointed. I also have makeup geek eyeshadows (my first high end purchase) which swatch and apply beautifully. It took me buying this to realize how good they are.


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