Brows -Silk Naturals -Brow Powder

on 12/16/2017 11:59:00 PM

I have this in Charcoal, it's a loose powder, I'd prefer a solid but love it...was using black eye shadow for yrs, and thought maybe that's why my inner brows seems to keep thinning out then growing back repeat repeat, because its a eye shadow NOT meant for brows.. Brow hair is back now for good hopefully! I only use on inner brows, near my nose...

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Cleansers -Clinique -Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil

on 12/16/2017 11:58:00 PM

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This is quick, effective and gentle. I'm currently on my second bottle of this and I love it. I have sensitive, acne prone, combination skin and rosacea, and this doesn't break me out or irritate my skin. It takes all of my makeup off (including eye makeup) and even removes waterproof sunscreen with just one cleanse. I apply this to dry skin and gently massage in until I can see the makeup and sunscreen dissolve. The cleanser applies like an oil but becomes a white, milky texture when water is added. Since it rinses cleanly, doesn't leave a residue and doesn't contain comedogenic ingredients (no actual oils), I don't bother doing a second cleanse. I only need 1 pump for my face (or 2 pumps for my face and décolletage) so one bottle lasts ages.


Styling Products -Farouk CHI -Chi shine infusion thermal polishing spray

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I came to write a review for this product and how much I enjoyed using it when I realized it is a THERMAL spray, which means I should be using it before I straighten my hair and not after like I typically do, lol! I use it after I'm finished styling to add shine and make my hair look glossy. It has always served me well, but the smell is a little overwhelming, and it can make your floor slippery if not sprayed on a surface. The shine it adds makes up for this and I found a way to perfect it over time, I usually put a towel down or spray it facing my shower. It's worth having and I would recommend it for sure.

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Liquid -NARS -Sheer Glow Foundation

on 12/16/2017 11:50:00 PM

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I've purchased this foundation three times now. I have sensitive, acne prone skin and rosacea so I love that it's fragrance free and doesn't contain chemical sunscreens. It doesn't break me out at all. I wear this in Siberia and it's the best colour match I've ever had. Most other foundations are too dark and/or too pink for my skin. The foundation gives a really natural finish and provides medium coverage.

I found this foundation a little tricky to work with at first so it's worth reading the directions. When I first tried it, I put it straight on like I would any other foundation and it settled in my pores. The directions say to warm it together between your fingers first then press it on, and this works so much better. I have combination skin and the foundation doesn't break down at all in oily areas, even after a long day. It can exaggerate dry patches ever so slightly but as long as I exfoliate first and moisturise properly it glides on fairly smoothly.

Siberia is a little lighter and more olive than MAC NC10 in the Studio Fix Fluid. I tried the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless in 110 Porcelain which is supposed to be similar but I found that it was initially lighter and pinker than Siberia. However, the Maybelline one oxidised after a while to a similar tone to Siberia, and perhaps even slightly darker. I much preferred the texture of the Nars foundation because it gives a more natural, perfected finish - Maybelline looks a little heavier on the skin.


Masks -TonyMoly -Master Lab Ceramide

on 12/16/2017 11:28:00 PM

I bought this at the whopping full price of $4, which is pretty inexpensive, though there are admittedly less expensive sheet masks out there. You can get this for less at Ulta or Sephora fairly often, too. This is one of the only hydrating masks that doesn't make my skin sticky afterward, which is a real plus in my opinion. My skin is just plump and moisturized after using this mask, which is great! It also smells great, but not too strongly. The mask is comfortable, big enough to cover my face and the cutouts are comfortable, too. You can actually have a conversation, for instance, while wearing this mask. Recommended.


Moisturizers -Peter Thomas Roth -Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

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PTR does it again! I love this moisturizer. Normally, I steer clear of any moisturizer not specifically geared toward oily skin, but this stuff is bomb. It's gentle, unscented, and has a very light, cloud-like consistency (hence the name, I'm guessing). This moisturizer is the opposite of heavy; it sinks into the skin very quickly, leaves no residue behind, and leaves your face feeling ultra-soft. I think it feels a lot like a silicone-based primer when you apply it; it has that dimethicone-like slip to it. Personally, this doesn't bother me at all, as I don't like to feel heavy moisturizers on my skin. However, I can see where people with drier skin would miss that feeling of more intense hydration. But for my part, Water Drench gets an oily skin thumbs up. It hydrates my skin without making it oily, evens out the redness in my complexion, and seems to speed up the fading of my acne scars. (We're talking scars from new zits, here. I haven't been using this long enough to say whether it has an effect on long-established acne scarring.) It also sits just fine under makeup.

The only real gripe I have about this product is the packaging, which just feels a little excessive to me. Yes, this is an expensive moisturizer, so I understand they're trying to make it seem "luxurious." But idk... it's just so much plastic for the amount of product it holds. Plus, does anyone actually enjoy screwing around with jars? For greenness, convenience, and freshness, I really wish they'd stick this product in a tube. But that's just me. It's a great moisturizer either way.

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Cleansers -Almay -facial soap 1 for oily skin

on 12/16/2017 11:04:00 PM

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This almay bar soap for oil skin has been discontinued many years ago & many years ago I pick up a whole bunch of these bars for only one dollar 💵 @ lot less this bargain bin basement store!


Performance wise it was pretty good! Exactly like the mild bar soap from Clinique! & I appreciated that it was fragrance free & rinse off very cleanly off my face Bc I have oily skin
But after I finish off the rest of these I think 💭 I will retire my usage of bar soap to wash my face Bc it's not the healthiest nor most sanitary thing to be using for your face! & ph wise it's horrible for the skins ph balance


Brows -Hourglass -Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

on 12/16/2017 10:52:00 PM

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I switched to using this after finishing my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and I have to say that I like this brow pencil a lot better. Compared to the ABH Brow Wiz this is waxier, less creamy and perfect for the 'natural' look that I am going for since I have to slowly build up the colour. It has good staying power - only if you don't smudge or wipe it. It lasts 7+ hours on my oily eyebrow area.

The packaging is sturdy, pleasing to the eye and has a nice weight to it in comparison to the plastic packaging of the Brow Wiz. The bristles of the spoolie are somewhat denser and longer than the Brow Wiz spoolie. The price might seem outrageous upfront, but if you break down the price and calculate the cost/gram this Hourglass brow pencil is a much better value compared to the Brow Wiz in the long run ($317.65 CAD/gram for the Brow Wiz vs. $100 CAD/gram for this Hourglass brow pencil).

For your reference, I have warm, very dark brown hair that shines a reddish-brown in the sunlight but my eyebrows are ashier/not as warm. When I was using the Brow Wiz I used the shade 'Dark Brown' which was too brown and not ashy enough. 'Ebony' and 'Granite' seemed like they would be way too dark. This brow pencil in the shade 'Ash' is a happy medium between the colour of my hair and eyebrows. I'm really pleased that I've finally found my good shade match when I switched to using this.

The only downside to this eyebrow pencil is that it doesn't take much force for the 'lead' to break. I put it in the front pocket of my backpack and brought it to school one day only to have the 'lead' fall out of its chamber when I tried to use it the next morning (I am not a person who throws their backpack around). It's still completely usable when I popped the 'lead' back in, but it will still fall out if I accidentally hold the pencil upside-down. That is just a minor annoyance I'd like to mention.

Otherwise, this is a great eyebrow pencil that I would recommend trying if you are in the market for a new one. I will keep repurchasing this unless I find something better (which is highly unlikely).


Foundations -Fenty Beauty -Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

on 12/16/2017 10:39:00 PM

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Perfection! !

I love the consistency (very liquid)... coverage....and mostly how it sets to a your skin but better finish that lasts all day (I use my Becca Backlight Primer for added dimension and a slight glow)... and set the Tzpne with LM Translucent Powder.

If you prefer a glowy/dripped in dewiness look ..then this isn't for you. But if you prefer a velvet matte with lasting power...then def give this one a go.

One caveat...it does oxidise slightly upon application ...so go one shade lighter if possible (ie...310 looked perfect on my nc42 skintone upon application...but dried a little orange.....so 300 turned out to be my perfect shade..despite looking lighter to start with).

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Gels/Soaps -Trader Joe's -Refresh Citrus Body Wash with Vitamin C

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This body wash is fine. It's a gel that lathers well and doesn't dry or otherwise irritate my sensitive skin. You also get a good amount for the price (16 oz. for ~$3). So why the middling rating? Because I could barely smell the citrus in my bottle. Maybe I just got a bad batch, but I was disappointed because I was expecting this to be really refreshing and zingy and it just...wasn't. If you don't mind a subtle scent, this is worth trying for the price. For my part, I won't repurchase.

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Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Serum Foundation

on 12/16/2017 10:27:00 PM

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This is a pretty early review, but sometimes you just know when a product isn't going to work for you, and it's pointless to press on. I've used it twice, both times with terrible results. I got it in the lightest shade with pink undertones (shade 1.0P). It definitely is very pale (a bit too pale for me, which is pretty rare), but I would say it's more neutral than pink in undertones. When a line has both yellow, neutral and pink undertones I expect the yellow and pink ones to be distinctly warm and cold respectively. I could get away with it, though, since my undertones are somewhere between neutral and cool.

The foundation is so thin, it basically absorbed right into my damp beautyblender. With a brush, it goes on very streaky. It's so thin in consistency, and it just sort of slides around the face when you try to blend and even it out. The coverage is minimal, and it does not cover redness whatsoever. I don't have much redness apart from acne/scarring, but it did little to nothing to neutralize even that. Overall, the dry patches and healing breakouts were very noticable. The first time I used it I set it with translucent setting powder (Laura Mercier's Loose powder), and the second time I set it with a powder foundation (PUR 4-in-1 pressed mineral makeup). With the powder foundation I naturally got some additional coverage and it evened everything out a bit, too, but after a few hours it didn't really look much different from using a translucent powder. It very quickly broke down and wore off, not only on my t-zone but also on my cheeks. I also got terribly oily. I looked a mess, is the bottom line, and I just wanted to wash my face ASAP. I honestly like my bare skin more than this foundation, and that's coming from someone who hates being bare faced. Having only used it twice, I can't say whether or not it broke me out, though..

If you already have flawless skin with no redness and no texture, that is neither dry nor oily, then maybe it could work. Otherwise, I'm sceptical.

+ Cruelty free
+ Vegan
+ Very, very cheap (I saw someone saying it's not that cheap due to its size, but that's untrue as it's the standard 30ml/1fl oz bottle)
+ The lightweight claim is true
+ The palest shade is truly pale (though not all that pink in undertones)

- Essentially no coverage. And I don't mean light coverage, I really do mean No Coverage.
- Breaks down/separates very quickly
- Made my t-zone and cheeks look much oilier than usual
- Too thin to work with. The little coverage it has disappears with a beautyblender, and it looks streaky applied with a brush
- 21 shades in total is pretty good, but the vast majority are still lighter shades

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Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

on 12/16/2017 10:22:00 PM

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Truly awful foundation which never quite sets (despite generous application of translucent powder)... and left my normal/slightly combo skin looking greasy within an hour of application. (I caught a glance of my reflection in the office elevator and almost gasped audibly).

I tried this with a number of mattifying primers ....but nothing stopped it from sliding down my face. Trust me...this is one foundation you do not want to wear to a soirée...for fear of leaving traces on the cheeks and couture of your fellow revellers. Air Kissing from a safe distance is the way to go if you do!

For shade ref 2.1y = NC42

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Misc Beauty Tools -Silk'n -Titan

on 12/16/2017 10:20:00 PM

The Internet is full of glowing reviews for this device including people who say they've seen results with a single use. The company's literature is more cautious, saying you should start to see results after several treatments. I have done about fifteen treatments. I don't have many wrinkles (I'm 49), but I have seen little to no improvement. My tiny incipient wrinkles are still tiny incipient wrinkles. The only area where I may see a *slight* improvement is in overall laxity. I would say no more than a 5% improvement.

The device uses red light, heat and RF energy. I have previous used red light devices (Baby Quasar) and seen a very slight improvement in facial redness, but no improvement in fine lines or pigmentation. So it's really the RF energy that I bought this device for.

The Titan requires a significant investment of time and is messy to use due to the gel that you have to put on each area treated. I'm going to do another dozen treatments (which will bring me into the category where I should, according to the company, see maximum results) and will update this review if anything changes.

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Highlighters -Becca -Apres Ski Glow Collection: Glow Face Palette

on 12/16/2017 9:42:00 PM

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Use this every day! Absolutely love the rosy blush, love the highlight shades and it’s handy to have a bronzer in the palette too. Very pigmented and long lasting. Would highly recommend!

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Masks -LUSH -Rosy Cheeks

on 12/16/2017 9:38:00 PM

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I'm actually a bit sad to say I'm not very impressed with this mask. I adore Lush's Catastrophe Cosmetics mask - it has turned my acne prone skin around numerous times and will always be my go to mask when my skin is stressed and breaking out. I figured this would be something similar. Both masks contain calamine powder, kaolin and rose in some form (CC has rose absolute, RC has rose petal infusion, rose oil and rose clay(?)). Both masks are pretty soothing as well as mattifying, but Rosy Cheeks to me is more drying. It gives me a slightly tight and itchy feeling after washing it off, and I don't even have particularly dry skin. Most of the time moisturizing takes away most of the dehydrated feeling, but it's still a bit too much for my combo skin. My skin feels smooth afterwards, but it doesn't really look any different from before use. I don't notice it doing anything to combat breakouts, either.

I had quite high hopes for this mask, perhaps too high, but then again I always have Catastrophe Cosmetics to fall back on so I'm not too bummed about it. One thing I'll say is that if you don't like the residue that some of Lush's masks can leave on the skin, this one might be a good alternative, since there's minimal residue with this one. People with oilier skin types would probably like it more than I do, too.

+ Cruelty free
+ Vegan
+ Mattifying, so probably best for people with oily skin
+ The small spots that appear in the mask when it has dried down makes me think it might be extracting some stuff from pores
+ The scent is quite nice - more of a classic rose scent than the Rose Jam scent, but still quite light and fresh
+ While it does dry down stiff, it doesn't crumble all over the place like some Lush masks!

- Doesn't give that fresh faced, "I just did a face mask" glow that I want from masks
- Doesn't do anything for acne either (not that it's advertised to do so, but seeing as it shared some main ingredients with Catastrophe Cosmetics, I still expected it to do at least something in that area)
- Makes my skin feel pretty parched


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