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Eye Primer -Ulta -Tinted Eye Primer

on 4/25/2018 5:55:00 AM

I have this in the shade Satin Blush, a soft pinkish color that's softly shimmery. A little goes a long way; I like the tube with the pinpoint dispenser, it makes it easy to get out just the right amount. I have dry skin and especially dry eyes; I use this over moisturizer (La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra), pat on in a thin layer. While it's not completely opaque, it does cover minor flaws pretty well.

I prefer this color for a quick eye look, with a touch of a soft matte powder shadow in the crease, quick and easy. For more complex looks, I like the Nude Matte primer better, it doesn't add texture, color, or shimmer. But for a simple look, this works quite well. Doesn't irritate my sensitive, dry eyes, and lasts several hours at least without creasing. Well worth normal price of $12, but Ulta has frequent sales on their store brand.

Fragrances -Yves Saint Laurent -Opium

on 4/25/2018 5:05:00 AM


I began wearing this in the late 70s, when I was in jr high! It is absolutely addictive. Heavy, warm oriental spice and musk and smoke and vanilla and amber and incense - Opium is spiritual *and* sexy. It is heavenly decadence. Opium transports me to a magical, elegant but comfortable place, where nothing sucks and never has. It's an incense-y room of silk-covered floor cushions, with antique wall tapestries, and it is always l'heure bleu - that magic electric blue sky of early evening or almost dawn.

I recently talked my BF into getting me a vintage EDT mini (less than $10) from ebay, and it arrived a few hours before my day suddenly got really bad. I happily sniffed at it (w/o opening it) many times. I later got so spacey, shaky and weak I needed to go back to bed, but first I dabbed a tiny bit on my throat so there'd be something good while feeling bad. That's the only time I've gone back to bed while feeling sick as a dog and smiling! I awoke a couple hours later, feeling (and smelling) great. :)

Many of the original Opium ads were in French, and I carefully tore out a particularly good one from a copy of Vogue or Harper's Bazaar for my 9th grade French class. I figured my teacher would agree it should grace her bulletin board. The model was (of course!) sleek and elegant, with dark hair slicked right back, smoky eyes and lush red lips. Her dress was black velvet, with wondrous beading at the neck. She held a good-sized bottle on the flat palm of her hand, near her solar plexus.

Madame Lombard was nonplussed - she liked the image, the French on it, and the designer well enough, but the name was met with strong disapproval. I explained that it seemed to me a most appropriate name, given its seductive, exotic, heady, sultry, opulent, intoxicating nature. She must have smelled it during our discussion. Thinking back, it's surprising that 9th grade me could be so earnest but not pushy, and maturely articulate enough that Madame Lombard changed her mind! She smiled, and put it right in the center of the bulletin board, where it remained the rest of the year. I do hope she smiled again when it finally came down.

Madame Lombard, you were the best French teacher Ever, and Opium is like no other scent - Ever.

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Cleansers -Biore -Biore Baking Soda Cleanser

on 4/25/2018 4:38:00 AM

it's drying and broke me out, even with limited usage not the best cleanser out there, definitely many other better cleansers available

Palettes -Anastasia Beverly Hills -Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette

on 4/25/2018 3:10:00 AM


this is an all time favorite. I've had it for a year now. anytime I use it. it knocks my socks off.

Palettes -Cargo -Wanderlust Eyeshadow Palette

on 4/25/2018 3:08:00 AM


I love this palette. I'm so excited that cool tones are making there mark. They do have pigment for days which means that the draw back is the fallout. I love the packaging because it's sturdy. they're keeping my babies safe.

Foundations -Marc Jacobs -Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

on 4/25/2018 2:28:00 AM


I like a good full coverage foundation. I'm that kind of foundation user that grew up thinking my skin isn't good and I need a high pigmented foundation. After searching, many roads led me to Re(Marc)able. In theory it sounds exactly like what I was looking for: full coverage, very light, "you only need 4 dots" deal, meaning that while expensive it will last long. I pulled the trigger and got it. But as always, I got a sample and I'm so glad I did. This foundation is very full coverage but it has so much pigment that if you don't have the right brushes it takes forever to blend and even then it might leave those "dots" that you initially applied. Also, I feel you need to prep your skin very well before applying the foundation, otherwise it'll not look good. I got the shade 27 for my light medium skin with yellow undertone and it oxidized and also managed somehow to look grey in some areas. The packaging is cute but I can see why some people think is a pain to use the wand or use the foundation to the last drop (which I'm sure you want because of the steep price) I returned it and won't ever repurchase it again.

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Sunscreen -Tarte -Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30

on 4/25/2018 1:52:00 AM


Strong sunscreen smell, makes skin shiny, doesn't go well under makeup. Stung my sensitive skin. The one thing I like is the bright violet bottle, its easy to spot. However the packaging performance sucks. The product is too thick and the pump doesn't suck it up. When mine was full it wouldn't pump out properly and acted like it was empty. Annoying as it is pricey.

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Mascara -Lancome -Definicils High Definition Mascara

on 4/25/2018 1:48:00 AM


Essential and reliable mascara -- I've tried many along the way including Chanel Le Volume that wears and looks best on me and most recently the greener brands (Lily Lolo). With the Defincils there is no smudging, it's easy to remove with eye makeup remover and stays put. And I love the brush.

Skincare - Face -Eau Thermal Avene -Thermal Spring Water

on 4/25/2018 1:27:00 AM


I have the travel size can.The packaging is simple white with orange writing to pop up.
I use it for setting my makeup.(I know it's not a setting spray).It works 5 by 5.It's good for other stuff like calming the skin after a long day in the sun.
Kept in the fridge it will cool you,but not for long.
Ivatherm thermal water is as good as this one(even if not better),but cheaper.It's a Romanian brand,but packed in France.You should look for it in your countries as a cheaper alternative to this product.

Skincare - Face -No Brand (DIY or homemade) -Turmeric Mask

on 4/25/2018 1:14:00 AM


I’ve tried this mask many times and I love it. It leaves your skin glowing, hydrated and soft but make sure not to get them in your eyes as it'll extremely burn. Now if you have a fairer skin tone this mask will leave some yellow stains on your face so be careful. Many people have noticed the change of my skin because of this mask.

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