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Skincare - Face -Ole Henriksen -Truth Serum

on 6/20/2018 4:07:00 PM


I have dry skin and the truth serum has helped with helping my skin look healthy. I use a moisturizer after the product has penetrated the skin for about 3-5 minutes. It smells like oranges in my opinion, which for me is a plus. I would recommend this to a friend but always use spf because it can cause a sun burn.

Liquid -NARS -Sheer Glow Foundation

on 6/20/2018 3:51:00 PM


I recently had a makeover with a Sephora artist where she matched me up with this foundation. It looked pretty good in the store so I purchased a bottle. As I got to the car and settled into my seat I checked out my makeup in the mirror and saw that my face had melted and settled into my pores. This was not a good start to our relationship.

I didn't get discouraged at first; I figured it wasn't compatible with the primer, went home and washed my face and redid my makeup and it looked ok. I do find the tint is too pale for me, even if my neck is pale I disagree with foundation completely matching with my neck (hello 90's look) but that's not the foundation's problem that's on the makeup chick.

The foundation is easy to apply with my brush, at first it looks nice although too dewy for my taste but after a few hours it just disappears. After some experimentation I found out what makes it melt off and settle into tiny dots all over my face - it's not at all compatible with any kind of makeup setting spray. I tried several with the same humiliating result. Yes, I wait enough time between my layers.

Really, there is nothing to like about this foundation and it just sits on my vanity unused. They can't even be bothered to include a pump with the bottle, at the price they're selling it Nars should be ashamed of themselves. I much prefer my Bobbi Brown foundation over this stuff and would never buy Nars sheer Glow again.

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Masks -Unlisted Brand -Dermal - Vitamin Collagen Essence Mask

This is a decent inexpensive sheet mask to use for brightening but mostly firming the skin, while adding slight moisture. I used this post swimming pool activity and it definitely helped my skin feel less dry, increasing smoothness and surface texture. It added a bit of brightness as well, but not significantly so. Non irritating to my very sensitive skin, I enjoyed using it, but given the results are mediocre, I would only use again if given to me, as I would rather purchase a more effective mask in the future.

Claims: brightening, firming, refining
... I do think it accomplishes these. Thumbs up for an inexpensive quick fix.

Hair -Unlisted Brand -Kirkland Moisture Shampoo

on 6/20/2018 3:36:00 PM


I am 61 years old with neck length thick curly hair. I had to put this shampoo on hold until i found out what i had in my bathroom that was causing my itchy scalp. I did not have dandruff but got some type of awful contact dermatitis that made my scalp sore, red, and very itchy. I had to use T-gel and that medicine shampoo after 2 weeks RID of whatever it was on my scalp. One by one every gel, hair paste, hair spray, other shampoo and conditioners went into the trash if it itched my scalp. Then i was back in the repeat rinse process to get that out. I found that i can not use any conditioner i dont care if it says natural all that heavy stuff and fragrance stays behind no matter how much you rinse out and that and other products caused the itch. If i want conditioner i use a half cup white vinegar to one cup water. In fact i do that twice a month anyway. So i bring back the Kirkland moisture shampoo. No issues at all. BUT some of you may need to dilute or use a very small amount at a time. If you use too much it will weigh your hair down. Before i use Kirkland moisture shampoo i use a small amount of free and clear shampoo to make sure i get all the dirt, prior shampoos whatever in my hair. Then i use a very small amount of Kirkland moisture shampoo that i have previously diluted since its so very concentrated, I get a very nice lather. I wash up and then rinse my hair really good followed with cold water. My hair is so soft and healthy/ So full and my scalp feels so nice. No itch no problems.

Lipstick -Bite Beauty -Amuse Bouche Hot Harissa


I can safely say that this might be one of my dream-come-true lipsticks. Bite's formula is one of my absolute favorites, and they always seem to make interesting, somewhat novel colors that are still flattering and appealing. Hot Harissa is kinda like MAC Chili, but more pigmented and maybe a touch lighter. I'd call it a burnt orange-red; Bite calls it brick-red (which is sorta apt but definitely glosses over the orangeyness) while Temptalia calls it a warm copper. Anyway, it is warm, vibrant, bold, yet not overwhelming and completely flattering. I am super fair, but I think this would look lovely on many skin tones, especially if you favor warmer lippies, reds, oranges, warm browns, and colors in that vein. The formula is the same Bite goodness that I know and love: smooth, comfortable, and pigmented. When I saw Bite's Spice Things Up collection (summer '18) I got super excited, because these are the exact kinds of colors that I like--redheads, take note, because these lipsticks are amazing.

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Lipstick -Bite Beauty -Lipstick in Pepper


If you like Amuse Bouche shades like Chai and Fig you should definitely check out Pepper. Chai is pretty brown and Fig is completely pink, but Pepper is a lovely mauve that's kinda right in the middle. It is a staple daytime lipstick for me, as it is neutral, flattering, and work-appropriate without being nude/MLBB or pink. I tend to prefer mauvey shades or peachy shades for the daytime to actually alter the color of my lips, and Pepper does this without going over the top. It wears nicely, and fades gracefully so that it isn't fussy with constantly needing touchups. Bite's Amuse Bouche formula is amazing, and I will definitely keep Pepper on hand as a go-to for easy daytime looks.

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Lips -Bite Beauty -Amuse Bouche Lipstick

on 6/20/2018 3:08:00 PM


Argh, Bite Beauty! I love the colour range of this line. I love the smell and the taste and even the slightly pasty texture. Pink Salt was an agreeable limited-edition colour--a warmish MLBB mauve--but, like the Agave Lip Mask, caused my lips to swell up with lesions. Don't fall for the "it's-natural-it-can't-hurt-you" schtick. These things are packed with castor and nut oils and have the potential to do some serious damage. Interestingly enough, the Matte Lip Crayon (Glace--SO nice) is just fine.

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Lipstick -Bite Beauty -Amuse Bouche Chai


Like many of the other reviewers, I got this in the Sephora birthday kit. I think it's awesome that they're including lip colors that work on a variety of skin tones since some of the items in birthday kits of years past have been questionable. On my fair skin it is a lovely medium-toned rosy neutral, but I do not doubt that it looks gorgeous on deeper skin tones as well. The formula is BOMB just like every other Amuse Bouche I have tried, and it lasts well while feeling comfortable considering that it is not matte. I am not sure I'd buy a full size of this because I probably won't ever even finish the mini, but I am glad that I have it in my collection as a deeper everyday neutral for work.

Lipstick -Bite Beauty -Lipstick in Cava


Cava was glorious on me in spite of my yellow-leaning undertones when I had darker hair, but now that my hair is a bright orangey-blonde-red shade Cava requires a little work because it is VERY cool-toned. If I blot it down I can still wear it with cool-toned makeup looks, but full-on straight out of the tube it looks like corpse lips. If you're fair to light and cool toned, or if you have lighter skin and darker (neutral or cool-toned) hair then Cava is a must.

Lotions/ Creams -Neutrogena -Norwegian Formula Hand Cream - Fragrance Free

on 6/20/2018 2:59:00 PM

Glad I read the MUA reviews and took the advice to buy this hand cream. It's pretty much perfect for me. It's hydrating but not greasy or sticky. It doesn't seem to be super moisturizing on its own, but it does a great job locking in residual moisture if you apply it just after washing your hands. It comes in a small, "purse-sized" tube that only cost me about $4/2 oz. It's easy to find in several local drugstores and grocery stores. And it is truly fragrance free.

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