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Palettes -Too Faced -Just Peachy Velvet Matte Eye Shadow Palette

on 9/18/2018 11:57:00 PM


I am a sucker for the peach scent, but these shades are unflattering for my skin and eye color. I will not purchase.

Treatments (Eye) -Nuance by Salma Hayek -Smoothing Anti-Aging Eye Cream

on 9/18/2018 11:52:00 PM


The cream has a very nice formula and light floral fragrance. It smoothes and hydrates the skin, it's a pleasure to use.
The price is great, the packaging is good.
But each time I use it I get very puffy undereye bags. I often have a reaction to fragrances, so I blame the fragrance for those big eye bags.
I can't use it, but it is a good product.

Eye Shadow -Tarte Cosmetics -Tartelette Tease eyeshadow palette

on 9/18/2018 11:48:00 PM


I have the Tartelette Tease eyeshadow palette with the following colors -

1st row: Light pink - Taupe shimmer - Brown
2nd row: Mauve - Mauve shimmer - Plum

Since I have blue-ish/grey eyes & blonde hair, these two sets of colors work perfectly for my color, complexion and overall look. Plus...these shadows have great pigmentation and stay on pretty well.

Moisturizers -Eau Thermal Avene -Skin Recovery Cream (US name: Cream For Intolerant Skin)

on 9/18/2018 11:45:00 PM


This is the only cream that doesn't irritate my skin, doesn't clog pores, doesn't give me any skin issues.
The formula is simple. I can't tolerate any alcohols (even the fatty ones) or fragrance and there are none here. There are also no preservatives. The tube is self-sealing. 50ml 1.7oz lasts me a bit less than 2 months and I use it every day at the night time.
It moisturizes my skin really well but stays tacky forever, not a problem for the night time.
This is the only none SPF moisturizer I use. Already repurchased.

Cleansers -Kiehl's -Ultra Facial Cleanser

on 9/18/2018 11:22:00 PM


I love keeping my skincare routine simple enough that I stick to it. This cleanser is the perfect piece to that puzzle. Great “clean” feeling. Always takes off any extra makeup my makeup removed missed and all things considered it lasts — you just need a bit! I also have lash extensions and find this cleaner does NOT effect the adhesive (this one isn’t oil free but they make one that is in a blue package).

Brows -REVLON -Colorstay Eyebrow Liner Waterproof

on 9/18/2018 10:58:00 PM


I recently switched to this product from the Sephora Collection Eyebrow Pencil. The Revlon Colorstay Eyebrow Pencil in Soft Brown not only compliments my naturally light eyebrows & light skin tone, but it also stays on for most of the day which I have not seen from even the most expensive eyebrow pencils/products.

Primer/ Corrector -Giorgio Armani -Master Corrector

on 9/18/2018 10:54:00 PM


I've been using this product for the past 5-7 years now and I can't find anything comparable that I like better. I use the 1 Pink, which masks circles/spots for fair skin tones, under my Nars concealer as I have terrible dark circles (hereditary which sucks!). Fortunately this color corrector does an amazing job at helping mask my under eye circles and I don't think I could live without it.

Scrubs -SkinCeuticals -Micro-Exfoliating Scrub

on 9/18/2018 10:48:00 PM


I've tried a few different facial scrubs (Laura Mercier, OleHenriksen, Fresh) and this exfoliator from SkinCeuticals is by far my favorite. In fact...I'm on my 2nd tube. The product's small micro-beads effortlessly remove the dead skin from your face, leaving it smooth and clean. I highly recommend this product!

Treatments (Face) -Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) -TCA Peel

on 9/18/2018 10:39:00 PM


This isn't my final rating - I did the peel about 15 minutes ago and wanted to start my detailed review while the details are fresh. I'll update daily so others can know what to expect. I kept the rating the same as the average but I'm guessing it'll be bumped up to a 5 if all goes well.

I have pics of the process - just click on my name.

I have the 15%. This is my first TCA peel, though I am very experienced with high % glycolic and lactic. I figured I can layer it (it apparently adds 25% to the strength each additional layer, which would make it 18.75%. That's as far as I want to push it on my first peel with this product. I know I can keep layering to get it up to 20% if I felt like it over time, while not having to buy a 20%+ peel and dilute it at first.)

Anyway, I did this setup:

*Shallow bowl that I poured the neutralizer in. I put 3 q tips and four cotton rounds in it so I wouldn't have to fumble around while my face was on fire.
*Thin gauze pad for applying so I wouldn't soak up too much product - I am afraid of drips, of course.
*A layer of vaseline over my eyebrows and then in a complete circle around my eyes, and on the edges of my nostrils, and around my lips.

I had no makeup or products on today to start, so I wiped my face with alcohol, then washed with the enclosed cleanser, and wiped again with alcohol. It is important to defat your face so it can penetrate better. I sometimes do not defat and even a high % glycolic peel won't burn much or be very deep - that natural oil (even on dryer skin) really works to buffer.

I applied it starting on my forehead and worked my way down. The center of my forehead frosted in less than a minute, and then a small section on my right cheek, and then a small section on my left. I used the soaked q tips to neutralize it and kept going.


After five minutes I put another layer on and holy crap more burning. So bad. I had to turn on my hair dryer (on cool) to help. I lasted about two minutes this time, again waiting for a frost and neutralizing with q tips. I used a cotton round of neutralizer, splashed water well, patted dry, and then did another cotton round of neutralizer.

The frosting was light on my cheeks, and I wasn't sure if it was a full frost, but I want to be conservative. It wasn't white-white or anything, but you could tell something was going on.

I put on a thin layer of antibiotic cream. Where my face is most damaged, it is very hot and red and looks like I've put acid on my skin. Ha. I don't feel discomfort, just maybe like a mild sunburn right now. I want to put vaseline on but I hate sleeping with it. I'll do it anyway.

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Sunscreen -Australian Gold -Botanical Tinted Sunscreen Mineral Lotion SPF 50

on 9/18/2018 9:51:00 PM


This is my HG sunscreen. I use it on my face and chest (which is sun damaged and red) daily, and I love the light coverage and primer-like blurring. I frequently use just this and concealer and love that there’s still some roses in my cheeks and freckles peeking through. I find it comfortable, and not drying at all, so ymmv based on other’s complaints. This stuff gives you plenty of time to rub it in, and once it sets, it does.not.budge.

That actually leads me to some cons (that I’m willing to live with): it does not play well with every type of makeup. I use a waxier stick concealer on blemishes, and if I don’t get it on before the sunscreen sets, blending it out can cause a “burn through” effect that is really difficult to repair. Mineral powder foundation needs to be brushed on in a downwards motion and can not be buffed. Cream and gel blushes don’t blend well. Powder products need to be applied with a light hand and built up carefully, and they stick to the sunscreen like glue, making blending tough if you over apply. I would definitely not wear this under event makeup.

I have no problem with white cast, but I usually buy foundation with the word “ivory” in it, so I’m not the person to ask about that issue. I do, however, burn quickly, and I can attest to the efficacy of this product as a sunscreen. I went on a houseboat during 35°c July heat, and spent the weekend swimming and drinking cocktails on deck (read:forgetting to reapply), and still escaped with no burns. I double cleanse with jojoba oil and a foaming cleanser in the evening, because again - this stuff is almost waxlike in its holding abilities. However, I haven’t had any problems with breaking out (which is the main reason why I’ll buy this for as long as I can get my greedy hands on it), and it doesn’t irritate my eyes. I call it a win and am in love.

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