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Sunscreen -Dear Klairs -Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA ++++

on 5/17/2019 2:48:00 PM

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I’m on my second tube of this sunscreen which I tried after a recommendation from Korean skincare youtuber Gothamista. I use this in the warmer months, it has a light airy texture that is lightly moisturizing, so in spring and summer I cleanse my face and can do this and combine moisturizer and spf in one step. I sometimes layer vitamin C and a toner underneath, but in a hurry I don’t need anything under it to have a lovely base to put makeup on. I’m dry and acneic, but don’t find that this causes me acne or skin irritation, although I’m not as sensitive or reactive as some people. It is not fragrances free, although it seems very lightly fragranced, but most fragrances are on with my skin so I only mind when it is heavily scented.

It is initially more expensive at $23, but contains almost 3 oz of product instead of 1.7 oz or even 1 oz like some pricey sephora brands. I also like that I’m not ordering it quite as often. Therefore I think I just naturally am a little more generous with the product, which is never a bad thing with sunscreen. I’ve also got my mom hooked on this sunscreen, and she never tries new things. She loves the light texture, as do I. I’ve bought it from Wishtrend as well as direct from well reviewed sellers in South Korea on eBay. For winter or dry climates I like Innisfree Dry skin sunscreen (not the triple care one in the same packaging).

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Foundations -Huda Beauty -Faux Filter Foundation

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Huda beauty just reached the physical stores in Canada
I wasn't enthusiastic at all as I think other brand should have this opportunity
But the s.a absolutely wanted me to try the foundation
So I received a generous sample enough to taste it a full week
Pro
Huda really put thoughts when she was creating the undertones
They are perfectly executed
The foundation photographed beautifully
It covers all blemishes you could have
Cons
The perfume!!!Nooo it's not good for the skin .That's a point all skincare specialists are agree with.Its too pungent
It's not a bad scent it's very similar to the organza by Givenchy but I dont want it in my face.Period.
That foundation didn't break me out but my skin was craving for moisture at the end of the day
And I have a well crafted skincare (serum,cream essences etc)
While its beautiful in photo in real life is kind of too "plastic" and fake looking
It's not that long wearing
The packaging is a cheap flimsy plastic and for that price no way
For that full coverage effect with beautiful undertones I will rely on the Lancome ultra long wear foundation instead
I dont want to buy nothing from this brand and I m happy to see I'm not missing anything outstanding


Mascara -Urban Decay -Perversion Mascara

on 5/17/2019 2:31:00 PM

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My sister swears by this mascara so I thought it would be great for me too. Her eyelashes look amazing with this mascara! She definitely has longer lashes than mine though, and that makes a difference. This gives me decent-but-not-too-thick volume, but it doesn't give me much length at all. Also, it's not as black as I wish it would be. Or maybe it's just too matte? In any case, this is merely and okay mascara, and I'm super glad I bought the $12.00 sample size and not the full tube. I think this is probably supposed to be used with the Subversion Lash Primer. I'm not paying $46.00 (cost of primer and mascara) for lashes that aren't a dream come true. I've tried this with my lash primer (Essence) and it didn't look any different. I think this formula is for those who want volume but not length and curl.

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Bronzers -wet n wild -Color Icon Bronzer - Reserve Your Cabana

on 5/17/2019 2:30:00 PM

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I heard this was going to be discontinued!?? This powder is wonderful. This is supposed to be a dupe for the Hourglass powder (which I also own) and I like this BETTER. I use it on top of my blush as a last step and it blends in seamlessly! My cheek bones look lifted and my blush looks so much more natural with this on top. I love this as a highlighter. I own lots of highlighters and this is my go to 95% of the time. I love that it looks natural (I don’t like sparkly, glittery or wet looking highlighters). It is subtle, but beautiful.
The only downside is that it is fragile and crumbles easily. The packaging is flimsy and the lid usually breaks before I finish the powder. This is NOT a travel-friendly item, but for the price (under $4) it is well worth it!!

4 of 4 people found this helpful.


Foundations -Physicians Formula -Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation SPF 50

on 5/17/2019 2:18:00 PM

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I am not a fan of cushion packaging, but I LOVE this foundation. It gives a natural look with medium coverage. I just pat it on with the sponge provided and then lightly smooth out the application. This is so much nicer than many of the high end foundations that just sit in my makeup drawer. It also provides a high SPF and is a cruelty free brand. YAY

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Fragrances -Giorgio Armani -Acqua di Gio (for women)

on 5/17/2019 2:18:00 PM

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Here's a perfect example of a soft floral fragrance that is more interesting than many others in it's category.
I'm going by an original formulation bottle.
There's plenty out there and I can't speak to the newer version yet but imagine it's pretty good too.
It's not an aquatic or marine type but rather, it feels like it.

From BN:
Launched in 1995, created by Alberto Morillas
Top notes: Violet, peach, lemon, pineapple
Middle: Jasmine, hyacinth, muget
Base notes: Styrax, amber, sandalwood, musk

Here's some imagery for ya'.
Imagine that you are in the hottest sweltering heat of summer, like oppressive 95 degree temps where the heat radiates in ripples upward from the pavement and then this mirage appears before you.
You walk to it and it's a doorway to another dimension.
It's probably more like a archway covered in green vines and sweet peas (stick with me here we're going somewhere nice!)
Once you've passed the threshold before you is a soft sun-dappled, misty rain forest canopy with ponds of water lilies and moss covered boulders.
The temperature has dropped about 20 degrees and a sense of calm coolness pervades everything.
That's what Acqua di Gio does for me. It's a cooling tonic and has it's place in every fragrance lover's collection.
Where ever you go on summer outings you'll smell like that one refreshing breeze that wafts through the clouds of fruitchouli.

This is a scent for the hottest days of summer, to wear to work or any occasion where you don't want to "be the woman with the loud obnoxious perfume."
We've all heard the conversations about the person with "the perfume cloud" or worse, been the subject of such conversation.
The man in my house describes it as "they must use that trigger sprayer bottle to put on cologne."
Men and children speak in very basic ways that are easy to understand! LOL!

Armani Acqua di Gio is graceful and actually morphs into an elegant classy scent. You'll be the one who just smells fresh out of the shower and your personality will take front row instead of your perfume.
Just get it already!

3 of 4 people found this helpful.


Cleansers -Fresh -Soy Face Cleanser

on 5/17/2019 2:13:00 PM

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My god, I love it. I love the smell, I love that it is a cooling jelly and I love that it is a mild cleanser. I would never attempt to remove makeup with this. This is my morning cleanser when I am in the shower. I also use it at night when I did not wear makeup during the day. I Stan for Fresh products. Everything I have tried has been excellent. I will certainly repurchase.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.


Lip Treatments -Drunk Elephant -Lippe Balm

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I'm pleasantly surprised to say...I actually really like this! I didn't think the results would be in line with the high price tag but I'm happy to be proven wrong! This is basically a very nourishing stick lip balm, pretty much like a chap stick, although it is weirdly designed almost like something you would use on a larger surface area than your lips. The chunkiest lip balm I've ever seen for sure! Despite that it goes on fine and here's where things get good...it's oil-rich (Coconut, Cranberry, Avocado etc) plus soothing stuff like Licorice, emollient Shea butter, antioxidants Vit C and E etc. Overall you want some good ingredients on your lips? It's all right here! The texture is completely non-tacky and this hydrates really well. I apply on a night and by the morning it is actually still on my lips. Whatever I then proceed to apply during the day goes on much better, especially if it's a matte lipstick i.e no more settling into chapped lips. On top of that it's fragrance free and literally everything-free, no bad stuff in here whatsoever. For reference I only use this once every 24 hours and don't find the need to reapply. For those with a more severe lip dehydration problem every AM and PM application would be a safe bet, but definitely not one of those you have to keep reapplying throughout the day.

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. Athletes Foot Treatment: 'Margaret Dabbs' - Foot Hygiene Cream 
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Ingrown Hair Treatment - 'Priva Shave' - Post Hair Removal Treatment
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Concealers -Too Faced -Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

on 5/17/2019 1:58:00 PM

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if you have dry skin...do not buy this. i have extremely dry skin in the winter which most people deal with but this concealer enhanced my dryness by clinging onto dry patches and creasing beyond belief which is so disappointing since the price isn’t the best and the actual product is RAVED about. overall a disappointment to the makeup community. probably the worst concealer i’ve tried yet. extremely sad. thank you , NEXT

1 of 1 people found this helpful.


Moisturizers -Boots -Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Shine Control Day Moisturiser

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I have been using this moisturiser for years. I have gone through 10+ tubes of it. It is my HG moisturiser. I have oily skin which is one of the reasons I love it. Its keeps my oilyness/shine at bay but only if I use it with a matte foundation. It drys so quicky and a little goes a long way. It feels really refreshing when you apply it. I will continue to use as I have never found a moisturiser that controls my oily skin like this one.



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