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Cleansers -Shu Uemura - Ultime8 Sublime Beauty

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

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I've used Shu's green anti-oxidant version for years and it's the only oil that touches my face. I have tried this new brown bottle in 50ml size as an option for GWP for the big green bottle. I was excited to try this but three nights in and I had cystic acne. It's too rich for my skin

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Hair Treatments -Sexy Hair Concepts - Smooth Sexy Hair Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Masque

on 10/11/2017 10:50:00 PM

This conditioner really penetrates the hair (from dsoarhair.com) and leaves your hair wonderfully moisturized. It doesn't leave any residue or build up in the hair, either.


Hair -Sexy Hair Concepts - Curly Sexy Hair Shampoo

on 10/11/2017 10:48:00 PM

Love this stuff. Results in nice soft loose curls that are defined and bouncy. Smells great. My little son loves it too - he calls "his shampoo."
Worked very well for my wavy frizzy prone hair from dsoarhair,com.
I buy it when I can find it.


Shampoo -Joico - K-Pak Reconstruct Shampoo for Dry or Damaged Hair

on 10/11/2017 10:44:00 PM

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I really like this, my hair(form dsoarhair.com) is oily at the roots and dry at first, but is generally pretty healthy. The problem I've had in the past with other shampoos is build up and getting really oily really fast and not feeling like my hair is clean at all. This cleans my hair without making it feel stripped. Sometimes I get dandruff on my hairline even if my hair is dirty/oily (weird contradiction I know!) and when I use this shampoo it completely fixes it without smelling like a disgusting dandruff-only shampoo (I've only known dandruff-fixing products to be smelly). I get a lot of volume from this shampoo too, and a nice amount of shine

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Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Blending & Bronzing Brush

on 10/11/2017 10:43:00 PM

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Picked this up the other day at TJ Maxx for $4, figured it was going to be amazing, so I grabbed 2! It really is a great brush for applying powder bronzer, as the duo fibre bristles don't pick up too much powder, and allow you to build up if you choose to. I have many Eco tools brushes, and have never been disappointed in any, definitely recommend.

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Gels/Soaps -Nubian Heritage - African Black Soap

on 10/11/2017 10:40:00 PM

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DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE I TRIED USING THIS AFTER 2 DAYS IM SAYING OKAY ITS CURING MY OILY SKIN BOY WAS I WRONG IT MADE MY ACNE WORSE LIKE BIG BUMPS ON MY FOREHEAD GREAT PRICE BUT AWFUL PRODUCT

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Contour -Charlotte Tilbury - The Hollywood Contour Duo

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

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While Charlotte Tilbury's contour wand is available in a 'Hollywood Contour Duo' set, the set would be more aptly named the 'Hollywood Contour & Highlight Duo' as the other tube in this set is simply a highlighter. Unlike the previous reviewer, I only bought the Hollywood Contour Wand, not the 'Duo', so this review will focus solely on that. The product claims quoted below are ALL from the official Hollywood Contour Wand product page; there are no references alluding to the highlighter.

MY SKIN TONE & OTHER PRODUCTS I USE

For reference, I am a shade or so paler than N15 in MAC terminology with undertones that lean cool. I purchased the Hollywood Contour Wand in the shade 'Light' - in the photos on the official website, I was pleased to see that the product appeared to be a cool grey taupe with ashy undertones. As contour products are meant to create the illusion of shadows, anything warm-toned defeats the purpose. That isn't to say that a good contour needs to be downright grey - I use Kevyn Aucoin's Sculpting Powders in both Light and Medium as well as Surratt Beauty's excellent contour powder in Grisaille. Both are powder products that create the illusion of a naturally sculpted face. I'm afraid that I cannot say the same is true for this product. My in-depth thoughts below:

CLAIMS

According to the official website, this 'lightweight' formula takes 'years off your appearance'. Now I'm only 25 and not quite in the market for youth-enhancing products, but I can't help but raise an eyebrow at this dubious claim. In general, a youthful appearance is associated with fuller cheeks (hence the use of fillers), not hollowed out ones. Moving on to the other claims, I will address them individually.

- "Get gorgeous sculpted mega-watt cheekbones instantly": There isn't much to say here other than the rather novel use of 'mega-watt' to describe cheekbones. 'Mega-watt', of course, is a term derived from the use of 'watt' as an indicator of the strength of power in light bulbs and other light emitting devices. In other words, Charlotte Tilbury is promising that her contour wand will somehow both sculpt and illuminate cheekbones, an oxymoron if ever there was one. I think this claim can be dismissed as classic ad hyperbole.

- "Easy, brand-new-to-market cushion applicator to dispense product evenly, with blendable formula":

I was drawn to the idea of a liquid contour product with an applicator that I could use on the go. However, it is not true that Charlotte Tilbury's wand is "brand new to market". Both Kevyn Aucoin and Rouge Bunny Rouge make cushion applicator contour wands that come in genuinely cool-toned shades and have a much more elegantly designed applicator.

The applicator here has a lock mechanism which allows you to buff after squeezing out the product. In practice, I found this very difficult as the applicator simply dispensed too much liquid. I had to wipe it down in order to use it to 'buff' the liquid in and even then the finish I achieved was streaky and patchy. The cushion is made of a cheap sort of foam and is unsuited to buffing. Overall, I found my fingers were more helpful albeit not ideal for a liquidy formula like this one. Blending was far from easy - a box of tissue nearby was a necessity.

- "Treated pigments with good adherence & colour uniformity create shadows & define features for a natural finish"

I'm not sure how the pigments here were 'treated' but I can say that they did not adhere well to my normal to dry cheek. The product faded quickly and was gone by midday. As mentioned above, I found this product far too warm to 'create shadows'. Light is almost an ochre tan colour, with a touch of orange in it to boot. I looked like someone whose first attempt at DIY facial fake tanner had gone even more wrong than usual. I almost resembled an Oompa Loompa.

- "Siloxanes create lightweight & dry feel upon application for easy blending"

I did find this product to be lightweight but it had a distinctly tacky finish that took a while to dry and and made it a real chore to apply blush afterwards (a 10 minute weight was necessary). I tried using the applicator, my finger and various brushes with this product to no avail. Blending was almost impossible. It didn't help that the formula was streaky rather than smooth, and tended to collect in the drier patches of my face.

- "Ideal if you want to create a buildable, natural contour"

I think my thoughts on this claim should be clear by now. This is perhaps the worst contour product I've ever used and I've used a variety of cream contour products as well as powders. The recently released Fenty Matte Stix in Amber is far more affordable, is one of the coolest contour shades I've encountered and blends seamlessly and intuitively into the skin with a cream to powder natural finish. Fingers work beautifully with it. I also enjoy the RMS Contour Bronze, which is again, cooler and greyer rather than ochre. The RMS contains a bit of sheen but in a natural rather than shimmery looking way, like Charlotte Tilbury's wand. Having swatched the Kevyn Aucoin wand in store, I can say it was far superior in terms of formula and shade range. My go-to however, will always be powders because they are so easy to us, so difficult to mess up and so buildable. They aren't messy either like this product.

FINAL THOUGHTS: As a fan of Charlotte Tilbury products, I truly wanted to love the Contour Wand but it was a real disappointment in every respect. Even the smell was quite odd, like a fake tanning lotion that had gone rancid. I believe in being upfront when brands I love fall short and this, like the liquid lipsticks, is a major dud for me. I don't recommend it and many cheaper options are available anyway.

Grade: C-/D+

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Conditioner -Hask - Argan Oil Repairing Conditioner

on 10/11/2017 9:57:00 PM

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To me this is a light conditioner that detangles & leaves my hair hydrated, soft & flowy. I love touching my hair due to this product. The scent is light & smells so nice! I also notice my hair is much less greasier & I can go a few days without washing it! Great conditioner & hope it’s not discontinued!

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Conditioner -Garnier - Damage eraser

on 10/11/2017 9:24:00 PM

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So shocked this has such a bad rating! I'm on an extreme budget, as in Tresemme is out of the question unless it's on sale. For the price, this is a really good conditioner. I had no complaints.

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Liquid -E.L.F. - Foundation Serum

on 10/11/2017 9:18:00 PM

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I absolutely love this foundation! I prefer BB creams and tinted moisturizers over heavy duty full coverage foundations therefore, this foundation is the best fit for me. It has watery texture and offers buildable sheer coverage but it makes my skin look absolutely beautiful. I think it is due to serum and vitamins content. It has no significant scent. I invested in all types of foundations, high and low end, and this one is the only one I bought in wholesale quantities. I prefer investing in good skin care rather than full coverage base and this foundation delivers beautiful results. It offers semi matte finish for my combination skin and significantly improves skin texture and pores appearance. It makes skin look smooth and very natural. I do not do theatrical makeup but mostly daytime looks for every day makeup. Elf Serum foundation is the best fit for my needs. It does not clog pores and light/medium color for my light olive skin is absolutely perfect. I cannot image another summer without it. It is very light and lets skin breathe while offering even color and SPF25 for sun protection. It blends easily with beauty blender which I prefer over the brush since the formula is very light. Love it, love it, love it!!!! The formula lasts all day and more without getting patchy or uneven.It acts as serum with a color, exactly as claimed.

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