Latest Reviews

Bath Treatments -Avon -Skin So Soft Bath Oil

on 8/21/2018 10:01:00 AM


I used this off and on for years with no issues. A couple of weeks ago, I spent a week in the country. Every day, after my shower, I applied this oil liberally to my arms and legs because it's said to have insect repellent properties and flies love to bite me.

It worked in that respect. However, by the end of my week long vacation I had a red dot, itchy rash all over my shins and forearms (the places I applied it the most)

Sad to say, I will not be finishing my bottle and won't repurchase.

Foundations -Tarte -Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full-Coverage Foundation SPF 15


I hate this foundation and I cannot stress that enough!! This foundations texture is a thick mousses consistency and it feels very promising and and it goes on pretty thick and smoothly! The downside of this foundation is that it’s so thick and does not cover it also fades in a few hours which to me this is a waste of money! I own so double wear and I know some of you have compres this to double wear and let me just say there is no comparison! Double wear is a runny loud that dries quickly and this is a mousse that doesn’t dry and slips around on the face and does not stay put, I have pretty dry skin and I do tend to get an oily t zone but I have acne on my cheeks and let me just say this does not cover my acne like double wear does! This also tends to rub off if I put any type of concealer on it even if it’s a trate concealer! I really hate this product and if I could lose it I gladly would and not bother replacing it!

Hair -Philip Kingsley -Elasticizer


On a trip to London last year I had a consultation at 'Philip Kingsley' clinic itself which was interesting (although expensive!) and one of the products they recommended to me was the Elasticizer. Before using any of the other products I wanted to give this a try first as I have thick and dry hair which turns frizzy the moment it's exposed to humidity (living in Florida there's little escaping that). I dampen my hair first with a spray water bottle that you can pick up quite cheap at Walmart and once it's relatively damp (but not dripping) I apply a scoop of the elasticizer to the lengths of my hair, starting at the mid section and working it through to the ends. After leaving in for about 20 minutes I rinse/shampoo out. It takes a couple of attempts to get it all out of my hair usually.

Using this twice a week has helped a lot with the texture and feel of my hair, it feels a lot silkier and smoother now. Also it's much easier to style. I used to run a brush through only to find my hair was one big tangled mess and almost impossible to manage. Now it's a lot less hassle and I'm finding my hair does not react as badly to the heat and humidity which is great.

Selena x

~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)

1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

Cleansers -Ponds -Deep Cleanser Cold Cream


It just don’t agree with my sensitive skin. It gives me tiny little rash bumps after applying the cold cream to remove makeup. I threw away the cream. My suspicion is that the mineral oil in it gave me the allergy.

Polishes -Essence -The Gel Nail Polish

I've been using this brand for a few years now along with regular gel polish as a comparison. I also use Essence The Gel Top coat and their Base Coat in conjunction. I'm thoroughly pleased with this product. One lippie off because one of the brushes fell off into the bottle-could be a fluke tho; and after some time-maybe a year, they sometimes do thicken and become gloppy. Other than that, cost is minimal, selection of colors is great, brush application is excellent, no bubbling and my manicures last at least a week, perhaps longer. I do use gloves when washing dishes to keep the manicure good and always hydrate my hands.
I like to decorate my nails with designs using sticky strips that I later take off after I've blended multi colors and I find this polish works excellently for that purpose. It seems to work best in decorating with a variety of colors for lasting versus a straight one color manicure. I've experimented with my UV lamp to see if that makes this polish last longer or work stronger-and it gives it a few more days. The final product looks like a gel finish without the work of a gel application. For those who enjoy decorating nails but don't want to use gel, yet want something a tad more lasting, this might be a choice for you. Also, I've noticed not to shake the bottle before I start, I just roll it gently between my palms for a minute or so to mix it well. That seems to keep it smoother for application. Lighter colors might need an additional coat, but that's to be expected. Smell is a normal nail polish odor. Would recommend definitely.

Masks -Unlisted Brand -Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

on 8/21/2018 9:16:00 AM


I tried this mask for the first time last night and woke up this morning with an uncomfortably tight feeling and slightly red irritated skin along hair and jawline. My mum dropped round before I'd put any makeup on and actually asked if I was sunburned... not the kind of "glow" I had been hoping for. I should also point out that this was only on my skin for 10 minutes and after reading some of the other reviews I was wondering if I should have left it longer, thank goodness I didn't!

My skin can be occasionally sensitive, although it's been some time since I had a reaction like this and I'd stopped thinking of it in this way. I've been using glycolic toner twice a day for some time with no problems, for example (I didn't use GA the same day as mask in case it was too much).

Ironically enough I actually didn't mind the jelly texture that some other reviewers hated and thought the smell/feel was quite pleasant. It had a somewhat mattifying effect on my skin which may be good for some but I felt it actually made my skin look dull rather than glowy.

I really wanted to love this mask but I guess my bank balance will be relieved that this wasn't the HG I was hoping for. I will not be using this again, pretty disappointing given the great effects some others have had.

Continued credit to Tata Harper for cruelty-free ethos but my skin just did not get on with this product.

Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%


Wanted to love this product, somehow my skin just didn’t agree with it . Bought this few mths ago due to the good reviews from YouTubers. First trial - used about one week for entire face , had a fair bit of pimples came up so stopped using . Second trial - same as first time . Since I wasn’t sure if that’s actually caused by the product, I had the 3rd trial recently . This time I only applied on the RIGHT side of face . Unfortunately got rashes on the right side where I applied couple hours afterward , left side was clear . Thus I can confirm that that product isn’t for me :(

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Powder -BeneFit Cosmetics -Hello Flawless!

on 8/21/2018 8:01:00 AM


Holy grail foundation for me. Looks very natural and does not fade. Doesn’t make me oily. Will repurchase over and over

Primer/ Corrector -Catrice -Prime & Fine Multitalent Fixing Spray

on 8/21/2018 7:24:00 AM


Burns. Urban Decay FTW.

Fragrances -Calvin Klein -Reveal

on 8/21/2018 7:17:00 AM

Recently I can’t stand the strong sweet smells anymore and whenever I spray this is lasts on my clothes for a really long time. It’s so soft and comforting and feels like a cuddle in a bottle. It is completely different to what I’d usually pick in a fragrance with it’s salty, beachy and warm notes. It instantly transforms me to a deserted beach on a sunny fall/winter day with a woolly scarf wrapped around me to shelter from the cool wind. I have started to wear this everyday and I spray it all over my clothes. I love the way it dies down to a warmer scent but when you spray it it is peppery and not sweet at all. It’s not for everyone but it gives me instant good vibes. The only thing I’d change is the packaging as it is a bother to travel with and I would like a more compact and handbag friendly bottle so I can spray this on the go.

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