Liquid -Kat Von D -Lock-It Foundation

on 10/20/2018 2:39:00 PM

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For most of my life, I've had to either wear very sheer foundations that didn't hide much of anything, or risk looking like a Cheeto. Finding anything that looked natural on my extremely pale and neutral-to-cool skintone was a real nightmare, as I've found most of the lightest foundation shades cater to warmer tones.

This (Shade 41) is the first foundation I've tried that is truly a match for my complexion and offers full coverage. It can feel a bit heavy and tacky, especially during summer, but I wouldn't trade it for any of the others I've tried so far. It does require a primer to go on smoothly, and I use the matching Lock It one which works well. The foundation sets nicely, I usually dust a little powder on top as I like a very extreme matte look but it really isn't necessary.

The coverage lasted well without a setting spray, long enough that you wouldn't need to reapply on an average day. It did catch every tiny flake of eyeshadow fallout, so if you wear a lot of heavy black eyeshadow like I do you might want to consider a good eyeshadow primer.

Overall, I'd recommend this brand and especially Shade 41 to any of my fellow pale people.


Liquid -Maybelline New York -Dream Liquid Mousse [DISCONTINUED]

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All this needs is an SPF of at least 15, the minimum! This feels silky and moist on my dry, dry skin. It is quite lightweight yet gives me medium coverage. It's better than my other foundation on hot days because it is light, but it also seems to fade away by the end of the day! There's not much left to remove...

If you have oily skin, this might be too slick for you. I use moisturizer out of habit, but I could probably get away with using it on my bare skin. I use #75 Natural Beige and it's perfect for my coloring. I hope it isn't really discontinued. It's hard to find a foundation that looks natural, gives me coverage, lasts long enough, and won't break the bank account! Plus, I want it to be non-irritating, not to make me itch or break out. A lot to ask!

The "airbrush finish" is a bit of a stretch, but it is a good enough foundation for me.


Mascara -wet n wild -megaslim SKINNY MASCARA

on 10/20/2018 2:25:00 PM

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That's a really surpise mascara. Gives a natural but lengthening finish like you are having eyelash extensions but the more natural look. Convenient wand. The only con is that you have to dip and re-dip wand into the tube to catch the pigment, so at last 3 coats are needed. Nevertheless does not clump or flake. I can't understand whether it is supposed to be a dry formula but dropping a couple of eye drops does seem to liquify the formula. It kind reminds of la roche posay discontinued la doux mascara.


Misc Beauty Tools -Real Techniques - Miracle Complexion Sponge

on 10/20/2018 2:15:00 PM

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I mostly use sponge blenders for blending under eye concealer or highlight, occasionally with cushion foundation, the shape of this is horrible for these. There is no way to grip it and it doesn’t have the nice round bottom that regular beauty blenders do. It is also a a very rough, hard texture. Get the eco tools sponge instead if you need a cheaper sponge, although that one is sadly becoming hard to find.

It did come in a two pack, and I gave the extra to my cat as a toy. He enjoys bouncing it around, so that is a positive.


Hair Treatments -Moroccanoil - Light

on 10/20/2018 1:57:00 PM

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Hands down the best hair oil I have ever tried, and believe me I have tried many. Drugstore ones, in my experience, you should not even bother with unless you have great hair to begin with. High end ones tend to be better, but still leave a lot to be desired. This one is super expensive, but it gives results. It doesn't play around. It doesn't just sit there and look glossy. It actually softens the hair instantly. I can literally feel my hair texture change as it transfers from my fingers to my strands. I haven't used it long enough to be able to tell if it can make any lasting change, but so far I don't see why I'd ever try another hair oil after this. It smells divine which is a bonus. For the record, I have thin, color processed hair that breaks extremely easily and is always dry on the ends, even right after a trim.


Fragrances -Juicy Couture -Viva La Juicy

on 10/20/2018 1:51:00 PM

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I got this perfume in a three piece gift set today. I love it! The box is beautiful. The bottle is gorgeous! It smells great on me. I got a body cream, large perfume, and purse spray in the set. I have been wanting this perfume for years but was hooked on Jessica Simpson Fancy. I finally made the switch happily.


Eye Shadow -Maybelline New York -New York The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette

on 10/20/2018 1:38:00 PM

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I purchased this in the shade 520 Skyscape Dusk. It is an ALL MATTE MAUVE-TONED eyeshadow palette. This is the only of these mini palettes that spoke to me as I'm a HUGE fan of matte Shades on my aging eyes and Mauve tones are my absolute favorite. There is a beige skin-toned Base shade, a very faint light pink brow highlight shade (or can also be used as a Base). There are 2 medium Mauve transition Shades/lid Shades and then 2 deeper Mauve shades (one plum toned & one more red toned) for the outer V and for lining the eye. If you are a fan of a more subtle, blown out eye look then you will love these. They are VERY daytime/work appropriate for a casual eye look. If you like an in-your-fave extreme eye look, you will not like this palette, although you can use the two dark Mauve shades to deepen up your look (or if you have darker skin) or to make a night time appropriate look. These matte shadows are not chalky and do not exaggerate the crepey eyelid skin that comes with age. They blend super easy. These colors really make green eyes POP. These are feminine/girly/romantic Shades. If I want sparkle on my lids, I add one from one of my ABH Modern Renaissance to complement the look, as many of those tones are in the same color spectrum. I like the super slim, palm-size of this palette as it's great for travel or carrying in your purse. This is the perfect, inexpensive drug store priced palette if you love mattes & mauves. I've been looking for this for a while and just happened upon it. Highly recommend it. Wish they'd put out more all matte palettes such as one with all purple tones and one with all grey tones.

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Lips -Yves Saint Laurent -Tint in balm

on 10/20/2018 1:25:00 PM

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The packaging is really glam - sturdy and shiny with beautiful embossing. The actual product itself is really nice too. It gives a really pretty dose of color and shine and may even be a little moisturizing. The shine isn't too over the top, it just looks natural and classy. But for the negative: the staying powder is so-so. I find within less than an hour's time it's disappeared from my lips, maybe leaving behind a touch of color. Not in an uneven, unflattering way - but still, I expect the product as applied should last longer than this. So I find myself using the tube up rather quickly.

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Palettes -Viseart -Grand Pro 1

on 10/20/2018 1:19:00 PM

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Pros:
-Great blend-ability
-intense pigment
-doesn't look powdery
-organized by undertones going from warm to cool top row to bottom.
-Is a great staple If you do bridal make or other kinds of natural to natural dramatic eye looks.
-have amazing wear time.

Cons
_If you have alot of neutrals palettes alot of them can be duped
- cool toned black is black but if you have MUG corrupt or Saucebox Blackwidow shadows its not as black as those two.
-the red berry shade in the 3rd row stains a bit (coconut oil removes it)
- you may find yourself only using only certain colors cause the undertone nuances might only be noticeable on different people. (ex. the darkest shades on the top two rows look alike on me but on my mom who is darker and has more pink undertones they look completely different.

Overall thoughts:
I really enjoy this palette and would recommend if makeup is your hobby and you either enjoy applying makeup on others for fun or, if you are a working makeup artist. I usually use all shades for myself since this is a multipurpose pigment palette and they can be used on eyebrows and for face contour which is always great. I like the baby pink and blue from this palette because i have no colors like those and they apply so smooth and dont look powdery. plus packaging is so slim and travel friendly I can take this during my travels and have options for days. although I did get the core packaging its still pretty good sturdy and wellmade.

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Moisturizers -Too Cool For School - Egg Mellow Cream

on 10/20/2018 1:03:00 PM

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I've already repurchased this product. It says it's a 5-in-1 product: serum, priming moisturizer, eye cream, neck cream, and sleeping mask. Normally a claim like this is BS - it can't really achieve all of those goals! But this stuff CAN and does. I am very oily however this does not make me oilier. For such a rich product, it is actually a bit mattifying. It works equally well as a day cream and night cream. (Apply a thin layer for day, and a thicker layer for night). Sometimes I just use a tiny bit as am eye cream and it keeps texture there smooth.
I wish the packaging let me know how much I've used - too bad this can't be in a squeeze tube.

(As for the scent: I have never understood reviews regarding the scent of products. Heavily scented products such as Moroccan Oil, which smells like patchouli, get so many *raves* while many lightly-scented products give people *headaches*. I give up! lol - but all I can say is the scent of this is pretty light/faint. It reminds me of a mens aftershave, but very light. Hey don't take my word for it, apparently my nose is weird. And scent opinion is subjective).

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Lip Gloss -Winky Lux -Disco Lip Gloss

on 10/20/2018 12:45:00 PM

I have this gloss in the shade "Groovy". It is your standard color changing gloss, it goes from green to pink. But the finish is interesting, because it looks like a stain. I like lip stains but they are very drying. This gloss provides that "ate a popsicle" stain shade but doesn't dry out my lips. The packaging is a normal doe foot applicator, but the applicator turns pink when you apply the gloss, and when you place it back in the tube, it looks weird against the green product. Just mentioning it, but it's not a deal breaker.


Hair Color -Unlisted Brand -Blond Brilliance Temporary Color Care Lathering Toner

on 10/20/2018 12:38:00 PM

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The shade "Ash Blonds" is GREAT for correcting brassiness in Dark Blond, Medium Brown, and even Dark Brown hair. You always hear: Blondes should use purple shampoo to combat brassiness. But what if you are medium blonde, light brown, or even dark brown? I used this product in the shade "Ash Blonds" on my Medium Blond hair. It's a mix of purple AND blue. Blue corrects orange, and purple corrects yellow. I apply this product to my roots, and then regular shampoo on my very blonde ends. After waiting a couple of minutes, I'll work this downward to mix with the lather of the regular shampoo. Wait a little bit more, then rinse. This "Ash Blonds" shade can darken light blond hair (temporarily) quite a bit, so be careful (Blond Brilliance offers a lighter shade for light blondes). Anyway, my friend was talking about how brassy her dark brown hair was. She gets it lightened from black to dark brown, and it was a little brassy. I bought her this shade "Ash Blonds", and her hair was corrected after just one wash. Pretty cool. And so inexpensive.
Note: You can condition your hair normally after this shampoo and the color deposit still stays. Also, if your hair is really dirty, shampoo with regular shampoo first, THEN this product. It lathers but it is not as cleansing as a regular shampoo. It does not dry out my hair, but then again, I only really use it on my roots.

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Misc Beauty Tools -Tria Beauty -Laser Hair Removal System

on 10/20/2018 12:20:00 PM

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I've had my Tria for about two years. It works. But a regular commitment of time and tolerance of some pain is required to make it work. I learned after a few false starts that I had to follow the treatment directions to the letter to see results. But that's no different than making a bunch of appointments with the dermatologist, and it's cheaper and more convenient.

The only gripe I have is that two small cracks developed in the housing near the top of the device. Very strange, as I always keep it in its box when not in use, and I've never dropped it. The cracks don't affect operation, but it's disappointing to see in such an expensive device. So minus one lippie for that.

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Eye Shadow -bareMinerals -The Nature of Nudes eyeshadow palette

on 10/20/2018 12:17:00 PM

This is my favorite palette ever, and I want to review it in case anyone else is in my category: low contrast coloring. I have low contrast coloring, which means my hair color and skin color are not too different from each other. No big contrast. My coloring is like Jennifer Aniston's: can you imagine her in bold, colorful eyeshadow? No way, it'd be unflattering. You may think the shades in this palette are not exciting. But if you swatch them, you see subtle satin finishes, or that some lean towards "green" or "gray" or "golden". If you are low contrast, these colors appear *more* colorful on the eyes. If you have never been able to use more than 3 pans in a large palette like this, maybe you are also low contrast... try this one or at least swatch it. I am older than 35, my eyelids have "texture" (ugh) and the subtle shimmers are very flattering and don't accentuate texture, so this is also great for textured lids.

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Moisturizers -Olay -Regenerist Whip

on 10/20/2018 12:13:00 PM

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Major disappointment. I did like the original and was looking forward to a lighter version. Not so. To me this "whip" feels heavier than the original. It does a fair job with my dry skin, but certainty not enough to repurchase.

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