Primer/ Corrector -Clarins -Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

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Firstly: this is a very silicone-heavy primer with no anti-ageing benefits other than cosmetic ones that last until you cleanse your face on a PM. Other than vegetable oil and some Vitamin E there is nothing of benefit in here for the skin, just a list of chemicals and FOUR types of silicone (those like myself who cannot tolerate silicones beware!). I didn't use this daily, only on the odd special occasion. Even if I was to use it daily I can see this lasting forever as a little goes a long way, dispelling any doubts I had when purchasing such a tiny sized product (0.5 fl oz). As a primer I have to admit it did do the trick. Pores and fine lines were instantly blurred, creating a good base for my CC cream/SPF. I have to stress though that you really do not need to use much because if you do it has the tendency to make anything applied on top slip right off. At the right amount you will get a good base for foundation that will help m/u stay on longer whilst leaving a nice matte finish, or as I discovered I can just use a powder on top and not require anything else for a 'barely there' look - useful if you don't have the time to apply the works but still require coverage.


Selena x



~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I love trying out new stuff all the time - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. 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)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Aveda' - Purifying Gel 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. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment


Fragrances -Origins -Ginger Essence

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I really enjoy this fragrance when I first put it on, but then that's really about it. I apply generously, and I still don't smell it on me after about a half hour or so. I wore this a couple days in a row, and both days, I forgot that I'm even wearing any perfume. I'm glad that I got the smaller bottle, as I won't be repurchasing once this is done. It's definitely a really nice, refreshing, lemony-ginger scent, but hardly worth the price if I end up not even remembering that I put any fragrance on. Pass.


Sunscreen -COOLA -Mineral Face SPF 30 - Matte Tint

on 7/18/2018 2:13:00 PM

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Guilty pleasure. I wear sunblock everyday-I mean everyday, even if it is raining. I got a sample of this stuff in a beauty box and loved loved loved it. For me, paying for kids college and putting on makeup in the car during the commute, I just could not justify the cost. My face only tolerates mineral sunblocks. I had been using Clinique City Block for years, and have been getting increasingly dissatisfied.The SPF wasn’t where I would like it to be, and it was a bit greasy for warm weather.Neutragena and Cerave mineral sunblock did not cut it, even mixed a bit of foundation. So I found a coupon, a gwp and hit Ulta. Happiness! The product you ask? The slight tint works well with my paleish skin. I am only assuming there is silicone in the stuff, the slip is amazing. It has suede like finish.It doesn’t pill for me, but I also do not put foundation over it as this evens out my complexion. The kids can get a job, I am going to keep buying this.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

on 7/18/2018 1:50:00 PM

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I really like this product, but here’s the thing. When I first tried it, the burning was downright painful. I tossed it in the back of the linen closet-the land of the misfit beauty product. After a couple months, I tried it again. I was super careful and mixed it with Clinique dramatically different moisturizer( also rescued from the land of misfit beauty products). Voila, no burning or redness. I do wait before putting on sunscreen as it is greasy. The packaging is good enough, no oxidation-impressive given its banishment. My face’s texture is improved-and I like its antioxidant properties. Bottom line, with a couple of tweaks, it is effective and inexpensive.


Lips -Clarins -Water Lip Stain

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Firstly THE PROS: I purchased this in 2 shades - Red Water and Violet Water as I'd heard some good things about this from friends. When applied the color was exactly as promised, not too vibrant, just a nice splash of color. But that was the only pro. The rest were cons: I found the brush far too stiff to apply the lip stain, the color disappeared quite quickly (3 hours) and it was sticky going on. It also made my lips feel totally dry and I had to resort to my trusty Jack Black Lip Therapy to resuscitate them, which unfortunately resulted in the lip stain becoming more like a lip tint afterthought! And all this despite my lips not being dry to begin with and having exfoliated with Fresh Sugar Lip polish 1 hour before applying this. Both shades had the same issue and both are now sat in my 'been there tried that' cabinet.

Selena x



~ My HG list ~

(I've sampled 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, as I love trying out new stuff all the time - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora. 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)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: Jack Black - Intense Therapy
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Aveda' - Purifying Gel 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. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Mascara -L'Oreal -Voluminous in Carbon Black

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This has become my favorite mascara out of everything I’ve tried! No mascara gives me the volume and pigmentation that this one does. The spoolie is the perfect, average wand that makes application easy. It has great pigmentation and makes your lashes really black. Overall, this mascara is amazing and I will definitely purchase it again!


Mascara -Revlon -Volumazing Mascara

on 7/18/2018 1:32:00 PM

I saw this at CVS about a month ago. It was described as infused with Carnauba wax and olive oil, so I decided to give it a try. I've loved a lot of Revlon products over the years, but, I never liked ANY of their mascaras...until now. This stuff is true to it's name. The formula is creamy and glides on my lashes. It gives me very dark, glossy, volumized lashes. I've had no problems with flaking or clumping, but did notice some smudging in the increasingly very hot weather here in Texas! So, I started applying over a lash primer, and oh baby! My lashes look so full, dark and lush! They are soft, not spiky or crunchy. With the primer this mascara lasts all day without smudging. The price is ok, and the packaging is nothing special. But, with the formula being this good, who cares?!


Mascara -BeneFit Cosmetics -BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara

on 7/18/2018 1:23:00 PM

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I got a mini of this as a sample. Applying this like I do other mascaras produces terrible results for my lashes. They get clumped together. But if I use just the slightest of touch applying it, the results look much better. Not worth the hassle to make it workable.


Lip Gloss -Smashbox -Lip Enhancing Mega Gloss True Color - Pink Crush

on 7/18/2018 1:10:00 PM

Pink Crush is a rosy medium pink with some shimmer. Medium pigmentation. Fat tube with very fat doe foot. Texture of the gloss reminds me of BB wanded glosses, a little sticky and thick (which is fine for a gloss but not exactly great if you have strands of hair that fall near the lips). It's called "Mega" because you get enough gloss in one pull, and don't need to keep dipping back into the tube. Personally, I wasn't finding my lipglosses deficient in this respect, plus I appreciate slim tubes that can be tucked easily into a pocket. I like the formula, but not how big the thing is :)


Foundations -Physicians Formula -The Healthy Foundation SPF 20

on 7/18/2018 12:52:00 PM

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So before I started using the new CYO Lifeproof foundation this was my everyday foundation. I have sensitive, dehydrated-oily skin with acne and acne scars. I was intrigued when I saw that Physicians Formula was coming out with a new liquid foundation with an expanded shade range compared to their other limited shade options. This foundation has a very creamy and emollioant texture initially, but once it is blended out onto the skin it feels light weight. The finish is natural and skin like- but not satin or dewy. The coverage is a solid medium, but it doesn't build up too much. I also find that either a beauty sponge or a flat top foundation brush works well with this. Never broke me out either. Lasting power is also pretty good, about 8 hours. My one problem with it is the packaging. It has a doe foot applicator that is meant to distribute the product on the face. As many of you know this is quite unsanitary especially for us who struggle with acne. I suspect that when the bottle starts running low it will be difficult to get all the product out. And while I do give PF props for expanding their shade range, the shades are not perfect. I used "LW2" in the winter and "LN3" in the summer. LN3 doesn't suit my undertones (yellow-beige) and looks a bit pink on me, but LW2 is far too light. Overall I still love this makeup and will continue to use it, but the CYO one may be my new go to for my work days.

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Loose Powders -Marcelle -Face Powder in Translucent

on 7/18/2018 12:44:00 PM

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good product


Fragrances -Victoria's Secret -Rapture EDT or EDP

on 7/18/2018 12:44:00 PM

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Ladies, if you were a fan of this perfume and are so sad it was discontinued (like me!) try "CHILD" by Susan Owens. It smells IDENTICAL and has most of the main notes Rapture had!!! Rapture: citrus/vanilla/jasmine/rose/amber/wood notes and Child: citrus/vanilla/jasmine/rose/wood notes!!! (minus the amber and couple other ones) For the most part, the two are nearly indistinguishable!
If you purchase Child (it is EXTREMELY expensive but if you love these notes, a little splurge won't hurt once in a great while) only dab it lightly on each wrist and behind the knees. Don't apply near the face or you'll get a headache. It has powerful sillage (like Rapture had) and even applied with the very lightest touch, you will still smell it; you'll get wafts of it around you throughout the day, which is heavenly. :)


Masks -The Body Shop -Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask

on 7/18/2018 12:43:00 PM

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I have mildly sensitive and thin skin, upon using this product my skin feels irritated with a terrible burning sensation so i always wash it off within 2 mins after application. I have to add alot of moisturiser after and apply a sheet mask. Its very drying as well. Innisfree's new clay mask is much better !


Sunscreen -Banana Boat -Ultra Protect Sunscreen SPF 80

This is my holy grail sunscreen for activities involving intense and prolonged sun and water exposure. I have emptied many tubes and know for sure that Banana Boat SPF 80 is effective and water-resistant. Here's a summary of the goods and bads based on my experience.

What's Great?
1. It’s a Reliable Sunscreen!
2. Long-lasting and Water-resistant
3. Hydrating, but not Sticky
4. Optimal Travel Size and Packaging
5. It’s Affordable!

What's Bad?
1. Not as Refreshing as a Gel Sunscreen
2. Slightly Lower UVA than Gold Standard
3. Smells like a Sunscreen
4. Stings the Eyes
5. Takes Time to Work

Full review and product recommendation at http://bit.ly/2Lj2RUw. You will find out why this is my holy grail despite having quite a number of 'weaknesses'.

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Loose Powders -Marcelle -Face Powder in Translucent

on 7/18/2018 11:50:00 AM

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I honestly can't fault the product because of my oily skin. For someone who has normal to dry skin and is looking for a powder, this would work very well.. I gave it to my friend who has normal skin and she likes it, where as she was having trouble with powders making her look dull prior to me suggesting to try this. With me it looks good at first but doesn't last more than a few hours before I am oily again.

I tried Laura Mercier and will continue to pay more to keep using that as it works better with my skin type.


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