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

on 10/21/2017 6:04:00 AM

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This literally burned my skin. I love topical vitamin c products (Shout out to Drunk Elephant Firma C)..... but I gave this a try as I applaud The Ordinary 's efforts in bringing effective and budget friendly skincare to the masses.

This ticks the budget friendly box, but what's the use in that if it leaves your skin in worse shape.


Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand - Make P:rem- UV Defense Me- Blue Ray Sun Gel SPF50+ PA++++

on 10/21/2017 5:54:00 AM

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I have preferred chemical sunscreens for years. I have been a loyal fan of the Japanese Sunscreen Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50 +/PA++++ for years and have gone countless numbers of tube. But recently they have reformulated the ingredients, alcohol used to be at least number three in the ingredient list, but now it has been bumped up. Needles to say, my skin got a lot drier by using it. I decided to to switch sunscreen and after seeing rave reviews about this sunscreen on YT by gothamista, and aboutliahyoo, I decided to give it a try. And honestly, I love this. The texture is not comparable to my beloved Biore, which is to be expected since alcohol is number one or two in that list. But still this has a very lightweight texture. This still contains alcohol but it is towards the end of the ingredients list. Texture is smooth and upon blending gets a bit watery and absorbs well. Do note though that for the first five minutes your skin will be oily. This leaves a greasy feel for a good five minutes but then disappears. Skin feels soft and hydrated and no longer greasy once five minutes passes. Has a mild floral scent to it. It comes in a pump bottle and very affordable for its price. The bonus is that it has chock-full of nourishing fermented plant extracts, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. Niacinamide is also high up on the ingredient list. It doesn't leave a white cast and feels like you're wearing nothing at all. Doesn't pill under foundation either or layered on top of other skincare. Has not broken me out. I usually skip moisturizer if I use this, as on its own, it's pretty hydrating for me but I have oily skin and live in a hot and humid country. But if you have dry skin, best to apply a good moisturizer underneath first. Overall I love this. This is my new favorite sunscreen. Highly recommended!


Fragrances -Guerlain - L'Instant de Guerlain

on 10/21/2017 5:47:00 AM

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There are two versions of this ..the eau de perfume and the eau de toilette ....I own the perfum ...but ......I wanted the eau de toilette as this is the one I had tried in department store and became obsessed by it ....I have the perfum version but alas I am not "feeling " it ..just a little bit too strong for me and I don't tend to spray lots ...so ...I am surfing the net for the toilette version and want a bargain with my birthday money ...I love love love it ....I will give 4 stars only because I love the lighter version the best ...others may prefer the heavier ...xx. It's just got a dreamy vanilla not sickly or cloying but amazing ...along with Alien absolue this is in my top 5 ... totally ...could be my second fave or equal lol ......


Mascara -Lancome - Hypnose Drama

on 10/21/2017 5:31:00 AM

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Ugh, this mascara is a nightmare from putting it on to taking it off. I grabbed a mini of this by mistake at Ulta (I was looking to try the regular Hynpnose, but was in a rush) and I am SO glad it was only a mini.

I HATE the brush for this. It's huge and very prickly and hurts my lash line. It reminds me of a Rimmel one I had a few years ago (and also hated). I think that one was called Rockin' Curves or something, so if you liked it, you might like this, because in my opinion it's basically the exact same mascara, only I think the curves on this brush are slightly less extreme than the Rimmel brush, and the Rimmel brush might have had a few more bristles.

Anyway...

This is a very wet formula, but it doesn't feel heavy. However, it seriously weighs down my lashes. One coat does very little for adding anything (length, volume, color), but two takes forever because if you try to add a second coat while the first isn't at least mostly dry, it does more nothing.

The big problem is that it takes about 5 million years to dry. I can put this on, get dressed, brush my hair, eat a yogurt, have some coffee, and it's STILL not dry. Not being dry = big black smudges everywhere.

When it does eventually dry, it's so stiff, but also weirdly feels tacky. It's like my lashes have been replaced with tiny, sap covered twigs. Not pleasant.

I've had issues with flakes from this stuff, too, starting about two hours after applying it.

Then there's trying to remove it. Ugh. I've tried oils, Take the Day Off, the Neutrogena eye makeup remover cream/gel stuff, micellar water, and cleansers. (I don't know if they make a waterproof version, but mine isn't.) As it comes off, it feels so grainy and usually takes a couple of lashes with it.

The ONLY pro for this is that--if I can keep it from going all over the place--it kinda makes my bottom lashes look ok-ish.

I'm so glad I didn't buy the full sized version, and I doubt I'll ever try the regular Hypnose if the formula is anything like this, because it's awful, at least for me and my lashes.


Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk

on 10/21/2017 5:10:00 AM

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I loooooooove this cleanser! It's easily the best and most gentle cleanser I've ever used. It's more hydrating than CeraVe, and any irritation I have is soothed on application.

A couple of things I do find that detract from this are the amount you get for the price as well as the packaging. The pump cannot be secured for travel (I've tried), which results in quite a bit of leaked product. Additionally, the old squeeze bottle, while less-fancy, yielded 5 ounces of product as opposed to 4 ounces. The price wasn't lowered after the switch, which I find irksome.

Again, I will keep buying this faithfully, but I do hope the packaging is improved and that the quantity of product increases.


Masks -Freeman - Revealing Pomegranate Peel Off Mask

on 10/21/2017 4:52:00 AM

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Pfff this is a total gimmick... did aboslutely NOTHING to my skin, I could've put a puppy on my face and get the better results. Also gave it a lot of chance, used almost a half of the tube.
Pros: cheap for a face mask
So-so: necessary to put a thin layer (if it's even necessary to put it on your skin anyway) because it won't dry otherwise; packaging is okey;
Cons: nothing happens - no moisture, no drying, no cleansing


Hair -Shea Moisture - Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

on 10/21/2017 4:48:00 AM

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It smells so good!! The price very affordable it's more suitable for someone with thick curly hair, the consistency is very thick and heavy for my hair didn't work for me


Lip Treatments -Caudalie - Grapeseed Lip Conditioner

on 10/21/2017 4:37:00 AM

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It's very meh, def won't help if you have an extremely chapped lips like I do.
So-so: smells like a an old lady lipstick still didn't irritate me too much (like Maybelline Vivid Matte); mediocre hydration
Cons: bulky & flimsy packaging; not keen on slippery vaseline-like texture; hydration doesn't last long; bad taste


Crme -Unlisted Brand - Dermacol Make-up Cover

on 10/21/2017 4:29:00 AM

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Im 24. Very very fair neutral desaturated skin. Very dry. Porous. Redness on cheeks and jaw. Slight acne scarring and usually have a few pimples.

What I'm after in a foundation:
- texture reduction
- perfect colour match
- dewy or matte finish possible
- the finish I initially achieve lasting
- not settling into lines or creavaces
- the finish not being too disturbed by sweating or oil production.


This is new fav Foundation product ever, it ticks all the boxes for me!

For starters the lightest colour is pretty good compared to 95% of brands, but I don't think they have a good darker skin tone range. Most foundations look too saturated, aka look orange or pink, so I'm very neutral, lacking in colour and sickly looking.
The only skin product that matches me is Nars radient creamy concealer in Chantilly. I have the dermacol makeup cover in 208 (lightest shade) which is slightly too dark, but easily gotten around by mixing the product.

I usually find most foundation and concealer products settle into my every crevasse , this however does not!!! It is dewy , you need a tiny amount and it somehow feels lighter on the skin than most medium and full cover foundations. As it's 50% pigment it clings a lil to dry patches, but so long as you pat them down and don't use a brush it's fine they they will stay down.
What I love about this is the versatility. I use it straight from tube as a heavy duty concealer, and I mix with my favourite BB cream ('laikou colour correction foundation' colour 2) for a foundation. If you like experimenting and mixing you'll probably find a way to make this work well for you.

My testing process and results:

I didn't prime. I mixed the dermacol with the bb; which is very dewy, little coverage and grey in colour. Tbh all it did was thin the product out so I can confidently say that the results are from the dermacol.

I applied with a brush all over and then used essence matt setting spray on my sponge and patted it all over. It blended very well, was lightweight, looked like skin, and didn't settle into creavaces. It is fragranced, may be overpowering for some but I like the smell.
Then I took some from the tube and applied to pimples, scaring and a dark brown mole. It covered the pimples relatively well, but the mole wouldn't disappear, I tried layering but a no go, perhaps it was my technique? (I'm fine with the mole was purely to test it's coverage). I then patted a little bit of rmca powder over my face.

So I work at a hot sticky dominos shop and these are the results at the end of the day:

The day's work was hectic, I was sweaty and flustered. End of the day and my coverage had thinned a tiny bit. No foundation has held up this well before, as it's waterproof it stayed super well through the sweating (the sweat just passed through it without disturbing the finish). A problem I have with loads of foundations is that regardless of how nice they look at first, I end up with patchy, clinging , porous and extremely textured skin within a few hours. This is probably exacerbated by my sweaty nature. I am particularly happy with the lack of texture my skin has wearing this!
It is definitely not oil proof though and I think someone with oily skin would not have the same lasting power.
It barely settled into my undereye creases and not at all in my nasolabial creases!! (An absolute first for me). I found my skin quite dewy verging on oily, which I like the look of as my skin is so freaking dry.

Last thing I should mention is that there are a lot of fakes out there, especially on eBay and Amazon. This flared up because of a youtube makeup guru's review on the product, which is also how I heard of it, and can thank for the availability in my country.
Try get from a trustworthy site if you're going to buy it. I am located in NZ and paid $40 (that's unfortunately cheapish for foundation in NZ -_-) from a site called makeup.co.nz which has a pretty good rep


Polishes -H & M - Nail Polish

on 10/21/2017 3:25:00 AM

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It's kind of a hit'n'miss product. Some shades are the bomb, goes beautifully opaque but others are extremely patchy.
Pros: very easy to apply; nice wide brush; pretty packaging in general; a lot of colors to choose from; very opaque if you're lucky and goes with one swipe; can stay without chipping for a week
So-so: a little bit expensive without discount, usually I'm waiting for sales;
Cons: some of the colors can be patchy, usually the lighter ones (looking at you Peachy Keen)


Cleansers -Ponds - Deep Cleanser Cold Cream

on 10/21/2017 3:12:00 AM

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Ponds cold cream saved my skin, plain and simple. After struggling with acne for over 10 years, I still can't believe the cure was so unbelievably simple. Here is the routine I used to clear up my skin: Night- splashed my face with water, rubbed the cold cream around, wiped off with wet washcloth. Applied some to extra dry spots as moisturizer, went to bed. Morning- skipped washing face, applied sunscreen. And that was it. I am not kidding when I say it only took a week, and all my pimples went away. My flaky, irritated patches of skin disappeared as well. I am in awe. It's been a couple months now, and my skin is still doing great. How is this even possible??!!!


Mascara -Essence - Lash and Brow Gel Mascara

on 10/21/2017 2:55:00 AM

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Love this gel to use on my lashes for a no-makeup look. Never used it on my brows because it's too wet for my liking & I guess would ruin the brow look if you use powder products.
Pros: affordable; no irritation on my eyes which are pretty sensitive (for ref. I can't wear Maybelline mascaras); no lash falls; hold the curl & give more awake look; simple but sturdy packaging;
Cons: none really


Treatments (Face) -Estee Lauder - Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion

on 10/21/2017 2:26:00 AM

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Not a fan! Felt more oily than watery on me. I’ve used this for a month and didn’t notice a difference. More oily than the Lancôme one but not in love with that one either.


Brows -Urban Decay - Brow Box

on 10/21/2017 1:28:00 AM

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I purchased this in Brown Sugar, I have medium brownish/auburnish hair, brown eyes, NW25.... This is such a great and super cute product. It's $30, but you get 2 brow powders, wax, and the adorable little suitcase has a drawer underneath with mini tweezers and brushes, with a mirror! It's a lot of product that will last ages. I have decided that at 47 yo, I much prefer the natural look of brow powder over pomades.. I have Anastasia dip brow, and MAC's gel pomade and just haven't liked the results lately, I'm definitely over the whole super fake brow look, and will just use them as gel eyeliners I guess, or give them to my niece, what a waste. But I am really pleased with this product from Urban Decay, and definitely recommend!


Mascara -L'Oreal - Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

on 10/20/2017 11:59:00 PM

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I absolutely Love love love this mascara... it gives me full long lashes all day long. My lashes never stay curled and with this mascara I don’t even have to put the lash curler near my eyeballs 😬


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