Candles -Yankee Candles -Fresh Cut Roses

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Fresh Cut Roses Not As Good As TRUE ROSE

Fresh cut roses smell nice, however True Rose which Yankee Candle decided to remove and replace it with Fresh Cut Roses just does not smell better! I've emailed Yankee Candle, however it's clear that they truly do not hear their customers, Even though they "approved" my review - they did not post it as they choose the reviews they wish to post, which is fine! But True Rose has a definite stronger, richer true rose scent; fresh cut roses just DOES NOT! The Fresh cut roses smells nice, it's just not a staple strong smell like True Rose. One thing I can tell you - that Henri Bendel has a Rose Candle to die for! The scent will make your house smell lovely.


Eyeliner -MAC -Phone Number eye kohl

on 4/18/2018 11:09:00 AM

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This liner would have been my HG if it wasn't for the fact that it contains micro glitter. I will not purchase.


Shampoo -L'anza -Healing Pure Clarifying Shampoo

on 4/18/2018 11:06:00 AM

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I bought this on clearance at Ulta and I'm pleased with it. It did not dry my hair, slid through my hair, and clarified well. I would repurchase.


Foundations -Tarte -Shape Tape Matte Foundation

on 4/18/2018 11:05:00 AM

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I love this foundation. It goes on smoothly, is easy to apply with brushes, sponges, or fingers, and lasts most of the day. (I say most because I have some fine lines around my mouth that need touching up after eating but this is with all foundations on me, even powders).

I have somewhat sensitive skin while doing a natural retinol treatment and this foundation hasn't caused any breakouts or weird patchy areas. I've worn it every day for the past 2 weeks and no issues. It also plays well with all the other different brands of powder, bronzer, blush, and highlighter I've put on top. No oxidation either!

I'm between NC20 and NC25, leaning closer to NC20, with very yellow undertones. I got the shade Light Neutral which is probably about an NC27. It's just a hair darker than my skin right now so I just mix with a little of my shape tape concealer is Light Sand and it's perfect. I originally swatched the foundation in Light Sand and Light Neutral next to each other and thought Light Sand was going to be the winner. While it is indeed more golden, it was far too light. I would put Light Sand between NC15 and NC20. Light Neutral is described as having pink AND yellow undertones but still works to correct redness and spots without making me look too pink.

The price point is a bit high but you get a LOT of product. Since I wear this everyday it's worth it. Tarte is also cruelty free so that seals the deal.

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Moisturizers -Eau Thermal Avene -Extremely Rich Compensating Cream

on 4/18/2018 10:43:00 AM

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Despite some cons, this is a great product. For me, it has certain uses and I am really loving it.

I use after Derma-rolling, when my skin is red and inflamed. I use after waxing my lip. I use it on any irrited spots. I also use it as an occlusive last step on nights when my skin needs extra TLC. It is extremely calming and soothing, and works fantastically on getting rid of redness. It is also quite moisturizing thanks to the Shea butter and plant oils, which are very high up on the list, right after the first ingredient (thermal water). Many creams, even some Avene sunblocks, irritate my sensitive eye area. This one absolutely doesn’t, it’s so soothing.

Consistency is thick, but it’s not super dense. It warms and pats on easily, unlike La Mer which has been my go-to rich cream for a while. It sinks in nicely, but not fully; it does leave a tacky feel on the skin, but it is not greasy. It’s an intense moisturizer and IMO it’s for those with very dry skin, or very irritated dry skin, skin with a compromised moisture barrier. The best way I’ve found to apply it is to put a pea size or two in my palms, and rub my hands together quickly, then pat on everywhere
It has a light fragrance that’s dissipates quickly.

The cons might be a dealbreaker for some: When applied over serums, it can pill/ball up a bit. (I find when I apply it over a light layer of oil, it behaves just fine. On its own, applied to dry skin, it behaves just fine). Some of the ingredients may be comedogenic for some folks. I’m not acne prone and don’t get acne, so they’re fine for me, but still worth mentioning.

I’ve been looking for a suitable replacement for Creme de la Mer since 2015. This is the closest match I could find so far. I’m quite happy with this cream.

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Mascara -Physicians Formula -Eye Booster Lash Contortionist Mascara

on 4/18/2018 10:26:00 AM

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I've been using this mascara for about a week, and curl my lashes first. It adds noticeable length and makes my lashes more noticeable in general. At first, I noticed that because the brush is twisty, pulling the wand out misses some spots in clearing the brush of excess product. So much comes off if you do a full scrape against the opening. I don't recommend doing this, though, as it makes the mascara go on extremely clumpy. I just pull the wand out and apply, and it goes on well. I am not sure if I'll repurchase because I'm still searching for my HG cruelty-free mascara, but this one is good and I may come back to it some day after I finish it up.


Foundations -It Cosmetics -Confidence In A Compact SPF 50 Solid Serum Foundation

on 4/18/2018 9:59:00 AM

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Way too heavy and accentuates the few lines that I have (I'm 61). Colors aren't that great either - the medium was way too orangey.


Lotions/ Creams -Philosophy -Pure Grace Perfumed Body Lotion

on 4/18/2018 9:45:00 AM

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Pure Grace is my favorite scent, but the edt barely lasts 2 hours on me. I was ordering a mini bottle of it for purse touch-ups at Ulta and noticed that for only $3 more, I could get it in a set with the lotion.

I don't normally wear fragrance lotions as they make me itch and dry out my skin. I prefer natural products when it comes to bath and body and require heavier butters for moisture. Still, I thought I'd give it a shot.

As far as moisturization, I have problematic dry skin and like any light lotion, this gives me no hydration in winter. Maybe in the summer, it could be just enough to help keep ashiness off my arms. What it does give me is an amazing scent that lasts. Very surprisingly, this lingers much longer on me than the spray! I actually rarely use the spray anymore and my everyday scent is this lotion.

I don't think the lotion is totally identical to the spray. The spray smells slightly soapier, where I can smell a little more sunscreen in the lotion. I hope that description doesn't paint it in a bad light as it isn't a cheap chemical sunscreen smell. It's more of a lazy, sleepy day at the beach where wake up from the most delicious nap and the first thing you can smell is the comforting and nostalgic subtle scent of the sunscreen and the sun on your arm. That, coupled with the soapiness of Pure Grace spray. My husband actually does not like the pure grace spray as he thinks it smells like old ladies, but he loves the lotion on me.

The 8oz bottle can be difficult to get product out if, but when it runs out I will certainly be buying the full sized bottle with the pump.

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Hair -Head and Shoulders -Head and Shoulders Green Apple Dandruff Shampoo

on 4/18/2018 9:40:00 AM

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My hair has never reacted as quickly to a product as the 2-in-1 head & shoulders product. I've been getting some mild/moderate dandruff and was really looking to get rid of that, so I went to buy this product. The first day there was still a little bit of dandruff left, but my hair felt soft and fresh. The SECOND day, however, my hair feels disgusting. It's distinctly sticky to the touch and looks as though it hasn't been washed in three days. I hopped back in the shower in case I hadn't washed it out thoroughly, but even this didn't help. I'm heading to the store today to find a new shampoo, I can't WAIT to get rid of this. I'm just frustrated that I spent a whole 7 dollars on a bottle I can't use.

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Makeup Brushes -e.l.f. -Studio Angled Eyeliner brush

on 4/18/2018 9:32:00 AM

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I made my own angled brush by bending an old Gwp NARS brush that I had lying around. It made application of my liquid liner so much easier but one day the part that I bent snapped off. I decided to treat myself to an already-made brush.

I think this works fine with gel eyeliner. But, with my extremely oily lids, mac Liquidlast and milani infinite liquid liners are the only thing that don't end up sliding off my face, so I really needed this brush for liquid. And for that, this brush pretty much sucks.

I can't seem to get the right amount of product into the brush. I might get like a dot of product on my face at a time and then when I start moving the brush around, the bristles will start erasing and dulling what I just did. It is good at depositing globs of liner, or eating up your product so you end up with some streaky light gray fade marks. As far as drawing on a nice black cat eye - it's not happening.

I have taped back together my makeshift NARS brush until I find something decent.

3 stars just because it is fine for gel.

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Lotions/ Creams -Acca Kappa -White Moss body lotion

on 4/18/2018 9:30:00 AM

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Accra Kappa’s White Moss scent is by far my favorite in this line and the Hand Soap, Shower Gel, Shaving Foam and Body Cream are all fantastic smelling, elegantly formulated, high quality products. So I thought it was no risk to order the body lotion untested. Big mistake. I’m very sad to say, for me the only positive about this product is its packaging and general formulation.
Pros:
- nice pump packaging
- rich, smooth lotion, hydrates well, sinks in nicely, no sticky residue
Cons
- the smell!! Like chlorine water in a swimming pool and it lingers
This lotion is extremely unpleasant to my nose, especially considering all the other products in the line are so well done. The scent of this body lotion has nothing in common with what I love about their White Moss fragrance. Expensive miss, and I will definitely not buy again. In fact, sadly I had to toss the rest of the bottle because the nauseating scent bothered me so much. What a waste! So take heed if you’re a fan of the White Moss fragrance, I strongly recommend sampling this lotion before buying.


Pressed Powders -Rimmel -Stay Matte Pressed Powder

on 4/18/2018 9:24:00 AM

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It's ok, makes my skin mattte for about 5-6 hours without touch ups, but it does not minimize the appearence of pores as much. In some dryer areas can exagerate texture, so use it only in places, were you getting oily or use a good hydrating primer. One star deducted for the fragile packaging. Will use this up, but next time I'll probably try something else. I think, this powder will work only on people with oily skin.


Liquid -Estee Lauder -Double Wear [old formula - REFORMULATED]

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Excellent product delivering great coverage and fantastic staying power. No smudging, redness seeping through or discomfort. Simply loving it. The color "Sand" is perfect for my NC20-25 skin.


Eye Shadow -Essence -Metal Shock Eyeshadow

on 4/18/2018 8:59:00 AM

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I have a shade 02 stars & stories. The packaging is nice, but the label comes off really quikly. Altough Essence is a cruelty free brand, this is the only colour that cointains carmine. I like the applicator, it's flat on both sides and it's easy to apply. This colour is surprisingly wearable and looks really pretty, but it comes off really easily. I feel like these are very similar to Catrice liquid eye shadows, because they are sister companies, but Catrice eye shadows last on the eyes longer, so I suggest buying Catrice over these. Overall, Essence ones are not horrible, I will use it but that's not something I would buy again


Moisturizers -Peter Thomas Roth -Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

on 4/18/2018 8:47:00 AM

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I am really enjoying this! I have oily, sensitive/reactive skin prone to dehydration. I'd say this is about on par with Clinique DDMG in terms of moisturizing capability, but with the added benefits of ceramides and such. I haven't experienced any irritation or clogging, and it provides plenty of moisture for my skin. Main gripe is that they could have easily put this in a pump container - - right now I'm using a mini jar, but if I purchase the full size I'll decant it into a pump bottle because I hate jar packaging unless the texture absolutely calls for it. Overall a very nice option for normal to oily skin (in my opinion) that has lots of beneficial ingredients and low chance of causing irritation for sensitive folks.


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