Mascara -Unlisted Brand -Liquid Lash extensions mascara

on 12/18/2018 7:33:00 PM

THIS is my HG mascara after trying all of the popular brands under the sun since 2008 (not kidding) and feeling just meh about most of them. Lancome was my go to back in the 90s, but I think it was more out of popularity than performance. I used lots of Clinique options, plenty of drugstore (Loreal Voluminous is overrated imo) and Benefit's They're Real was just okay. Better Than Sex was my go to prior to discovering this and I am in love with this mascara! I've purchased so many "Best of Mascara" kits only to not be too impressed with anything. But this! It lengthens, thickens, doesn't irritate and separates beautifully. I love the tubing effect and it's so easy to remove. Just washing my face does the trick without the need for any special removers or anything like that. I've repurchased this several times since discovering it and will continue to do so. The price isn't bad considering there are other more expensive, mainstream options that do not perform as well. Love this stuff!


Conditioner -Queen Helene -Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream

on 12/18/2018 7:09:00 PM

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One of my favorite winter deep conditioners for my natural 4c type hair. This stuff has the consistency of buttery toothpaste and smells of mineral oil but its a staple for me when the weather is cold and dry. Its very cheap (around 3 or 4$ per tub) and accessible so you can pick it up at the local beauty supply/big box store or any well stocked hair supply store. Light yellow color but nothing that will stain your clothes. Its very thick so applying it on wet hair is a must. Very rich product so fine haired people of any texture may want to keep it pushing and leave this for thicker hair. I dont need this much in the hot summer but when that cold fall/winter air hits I break this stuff out after a shampoo. It also works well with other products so if you want to add an oil or mix with another conditioner for an extra treatment you can do that too. I leave this stuff on for at least 15 minutes but if I have time Ill go a full hour. Smells like miniral oil but it dosn't linger in the hair too much after rinsing it out. Plus my leave ins usually take over anyway since they are scented as well. My hair always feels moisturized but not greasy or weighed down after using this which is a big plus for me
An oldie but goodie for sure!


Blush -Milk Makeup -Lip & Cheek Multi-Use Stick- Perk

on 12/18/2018 7:01:00 PM

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These sadly dont compare to my Hg Tipsy Tarte cream stick original formulation, but a girl can try.

I have this in the shade Swish. Come on Makeupalley, get with uploading the other shades!

Swish is a really bright poppy pink. I like to dab it on my apples and blend out with a diffusing brush. It really makes for a nice, " run through the park," flush as long as you blend it.

I'm not a fan of the smell but the texture and longevity is great on here. It also has a shit ton of product that wont be used up any time soon.


Blush -COVERGIRL -Classic Color Blush - Soft Mink

on 12/18/2018 6:44:00 PM

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I love this. Really pretty natural, right amount of shimmer. Perfect, peachy shade. I did reapply throughout the day, so staying power isn't the best but not too pad. The issue is the packaging. It's always coming apart.


Concealers -Maybelline New York -Fit Me Concealer

on 12/18/2018 6:35:00 PM

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I keep coming back to this concealer. It’s not full coverage by any means, but it has a very natural finish that mutes discoloration, breakouts, and dark circles. I never have a problem with it emphasizing dry, flaky patches either. I wear it without foundation, and it looks great on its own. Highly recommend.


Skincare - Body -Egyptian Magic -Healing Cream

on 12/18/2018 6:20:00 PM

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Amazing Amazing Amazing!!! The hype is most definitely real... Works great over a serum, first cream I've used in a long time were I wake up and my skin feels dewy, no nasties, no harsh chemicals, if your trying to be more natural and use less chemicals this is most definitely the one, just wish I'd discovered this years ago, top marks... Even if you just use it twice a week as a night treatments, stops the dryness head on


Bronzers -rms beauty -Buriti Bronzer

on 12/18/2018 6:18:00 PM

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Love this bronzer!

I am incredibly pale as an N10 in Cover FX, N10 in Mac with nuetral undertones. I've always shy'd away from bronzers because I don't tan and I'm so pale it can look silly, but RMS knocks it out of the park.

First, it blends out beautifully on the skin with or without makeup. I like to dot it along my cheeks and then over the bridge of my nose. It gives that healthy, radiant glow like I just got a little sun.

It looks natural in the winter or summer and isn't too obvious on the skin. I love it with a Living Luminizer and a pop of bright pink blush, Milk Swish is awesome for this look, on top of a bit of concealer.

If you are bronze shy, or just getting into the game, this is incredible and highly recommended!


Mascara -L'Oreal Paris -Voluminous Original Volume-Building Mascara - Burgundy

on 12/18/2018 6:17:00 PM

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My review is for L'Oreal Voluminous in "Burgundy". The previous reviewer is reviewing something called "Marsala", and from her description, it is obviously not the same product as Voluminous Burgundy. This Burgundy mascara is very dark, and, on dark eyelashes, I doubt if it will even show up as burgundy. (Maybe if you shine a light directly on it?) It does show up as Burgundy on my lashes, but only at angles, and in bright light. So far, no one has noticed (or at least not commented) on this mascara. I was hoping this would be similar to Clinique's Black Honey, which, for some reason, comes and goes over the years. Colorwise, though, Burgundy doesn't have the same pay-off as Black Honey. When I wear the Black Honey mascara, my green eyes really pop, but the Burgundy doesn't have as dramatic an effect. Part of the problem may be that I have short, straight lashes. Voluminous mascara thickens my lashes, so it gives me short, straight, fat lashes. Without any lengthening and curling, mascara does nothing for me, so the Voluminous formula isn't for me in any color.

On the plus side, this mascara doesn't flake or clump, and it doesn't really smudge. It seems to disappear from my bottom lashes after several hours. It removes easily with my usual eye cleaners. I can't really complain about a product that cost me under $6.00...my review is based on what I want for my mascaras. There is an add for this mascara in Allure magazine (which worked like magic and inspired me to buy this at once) that depicts a brown-eyed, dark-haired woman wearing this it. It looks AMAZING. I figured if it contrasted that beautifully with brown eyes it would enhance green eyes as well. The ad informs us that extra lashes are added on the model's eyes, but, naively, I didn't think about just how many extra lashes may have been added. After using this mascara, I'm guessing the model is wearing full fake eyelashes, soaked in layers of it. (Not to mention the professional lighting concentrated to bring out the hues.) If you have long, light eyelashes this may be great for you, but if you want lash "help" in addition to the burgundy color, this won't thrill you.


Mascara -Maybelline New York -New York Full 'N Soft Mascara

on 12/18/2018 6:02:00 PM

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I don't get it.

I love dry formulas. Love, love love. But this formula just had me so confused. It was really dry looking on the brush and the initial brush through. But it kept getting on my eyelids and smearing all around.

It reminds me of a less wet Kush by Milk so a heads up to you If you like this you'll probably enjoy kush.

I enjoy seperated, defined lashes with some lift. This did not provide it. I felt like my lashes were weighed down and messy.

I'll stay with my HG Lash Slick by Glossier instead.


Eye Shadow -MAC Cosmetics -Veluxe - Kid [DISCONTINUED]

on 12/18/2018 5:38:00 PM

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I got this as a gift with purchase and i must say its not dissapointing. Though i think it is LE now since it was discontinued. So hurry and grab it if you like it. For me i am not 100 percent satisfied because it looks very very similar to my bronzer on my hand and on the eyes. I use Matte Bronze from Mac and its just slightly less pink than Kid. Kid is a mix between Soft Brown and Wedge. I prefer Soft Brown out of the 3 and i feel its because Kid is too pink, Wedge is too cool/grey and Soft Brown just adds the perfect bit of warmth. Kid is kind of a little sister of Soft Brown and If you are nw15 to nw25 you would love Kid. I am C1 nc20 but i gravitate towards neutral warm yellow shades. Id love to get my hands on Bamboo if Mac ever releases it again!

Other than color of Kid, the texture is powderless. Its pigmented and its silky smooth. Veluxe is a good formula because it is easy to blend and lays well on the skin. I do like this just not love it. Some of my favorites are Soba, Cork, Brule, Phloof and Embark

I wouldnt repurchase and probably get Soft Brown after i am done with Kid. Its pretty as a transition and works well i am just a bit picky but i still will def use the hell outta Kid til i see pan, and i def will see pan with this.

Edit- ive actually been really appreciating this shade lately. Im really liking it a lot with Soba and Cork which are my hg shadows. Though this leans more pink, it is quite neutral on me and blends seamlessly into Brule(highlight). I gotten a back up of this. Kid will be missed!


Concealers -NARS Cosmetics -Soft Matte Complete Concealer

on 12/18/2018 5:37:00 PM

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I've rethought this product twice now and I think I'm returning my latest one to Sephora.

Originally I loved this stuff. I thought it covered so well and that looked great. I only have hyperpigmentation on my skin from old acne so I thought it was great. The color range also made it an excellent choice.

But.

This concealer only works for me if I apply it to perfectly dry, naked skin. No primer, no oils, no sunscreen. Also, it has to be applied with a brush. I cant use my fingers, which I hate, because concealer is best applied with a finger tapping motion. I have to use a densely packed brush rather than a tiny detail brush to get it to stick.

Lately I've been noticing that the concealer fades on the marks and builds up around the spot. Great look.

I bought Bare pro 16 hour wear to replace it and it's so much better!! Never going back.


Lipstick -Huda Beauty -Metallic Power Bullet Lipstick - Cake Day

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Can I just say I'm in love with Huda Kattons bullet lipstick collection, Cake Day probably being my fave of the 3. It's a stunning Magenta pink infused with blue and silver glitter...however I find the glitter barely noticeable if at all, and if anything the color looks more metallic than glittery, but a subtle metallic. It's longwearing, I have used on 2 seperate nights out and not had to reapply once. And speaking of application, these glide on oh-so-smoothly, without dragging. Very moisturizing too. I do hope this becomes a mainstay in the collection, currently it's a limited edition and I've no idea how long it will be around for, perhaps best if I stock up whilst I still can! 


Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled many 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. Foot File/Callus/Heel Treatment - 'Microplane' - Colossal Pedicure Rasp Foot File
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Palettes -Urban Decay -Naked Ultimate Basics

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Urban Decay Ultimate Basics falls flat for me. In theory, I should love it but I barely reach for it.
I was expecting this to be perfect to blend with my other Naked palettes but the colours don’t wow me.
The lighter colours are chalky, powdery & barely noticeable. The shade Instinct is probably the best one. The darker shades do not translate well from palette to eyelid, I was really excited to try Extra Bitter & Lethal but they are bland and wishy-washy when applied. Blackjack is a decent matte black and is my most used shade out of the entire palette.
Urban Decay is one of my fav makeup brands and I would say this is one of their weaker palettes. I’ve had it a year now and should probably give it a new home as it’s collecting dust in my drawer!


Tinted Moisturizer -NARS Cosmetics -Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

on 12/18/2018 4:43:00 PM

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This is so bad I left work at 10:30am to go to Sephora to take it off and put something else on the first day I wore it.

My skin is NC15, slightly oily, and about average for sensitivity. This doesn’t moisturize at all—I wore it over regular moisturizer. My cheeks felt a little tight, but I thought it might go away after a couple hours. But they felt slightly tight and itchy until I took this off. Fortunately I only had a little redness that faded soon after removing it. Plus, after about 2 hours it looked awful on my cheeks—patchy and dry. It did look fine on my more oily t-zone, but it’s nothing special—it gives a little bit of coverage but doesn’t improve the overall appearance beyond that. For the price it should at least look better than $5 cover girl stuff. The only good thing I can say is that the palest color is a good match, not too orange like lots of TMs. But otherwise awful, it’s going back tomorrow.


Moisturizers -La Roche-Posay -Toleriane Soothing Protective Light Facial Fluid

on 12/18/2018 4:12:00 PM

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i have oily/combo skin , sensitive as well due to being on tazorac for acne.. this is one of the only moisturizers that doesnt break me out or irritate me. sometimes i stray to other products for "something new" and more beneficial (ie antiaging, etc) ... but most moisturizers break me out (FAB even though I love the line, Clinique leaves me shiny but not sure if it caused breakouts), so i'll probably stick with this one even though its kind of boring LOL

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