Polishes -Orly -Rage

on 9/20/2018 1:44:00 AM

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I love this color! As another reviewer said, it's luminous.

I have only seen "grittiness" or bumps when I have tried to pat it on rather than brushing it on smoothly. If you brush it on just like a normal polish, you get a really great look. Shiny, a little bit sparkly, and super-bright.

I gave only 3 stars for packaging because the brush is imo very cheap. It's a super-thin round brush, I prefer a wider, flat brush.

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Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

on 9/20/2018 1:04:00 AM

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Use this every day! It has a gorgeous matte silken texture, mixes wonderfully into all 3 of my moisturizers that I rotate between, and already contains most of the great ingredients that people are buying expensive individual boosters for. I can absolutely see an overall brighter, even, smoother, plumper, and happier face with repeat use. Make any moisturizer a super-nutrient treat for your face! On my second tube :)

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Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -CALM REDNESS RELIEF Repairing Serum

on 9/20/2018 1:00:00 AM

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On my 3rd bottle of this no frills effective serum. Upper lip angry after bleaching? Eyebrow irritation after plucking? Nose red after driving around in the sun? Weird little rash on my arm? Chest redness from a new perfume? Face irritation after going overboard with a new mask or exfoliator? BAM, hit it with this, definitely works. I also use it as an all-over serum when my face just has general redness. It causes no issues with grease or shine with my oily/combo skin. I've read some complaints about stinging upon application, but it's not the serum causing irritation in my experience. If my skin is already angry I will feel a little tingle and the area will flush when I apply, but this is temporary and the skin is definitely improved by the serum once it sinks in and does its work. Great stuff.


Toners -Paula's Choice -Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner

on 9/20/2018 12:58:00 AM

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I've repurchased this several times. It is my favorite PC toner - leaves my skin feeling balanced and revived after cleansing, ready for the next step. No film, stickiness, or thickness like her other toners. I kept trying others because of the specialized treatments and ingredients, but I keep coming back to this one. Sometimes simple and solid are the way to go. Good value!


Moisturizers -Boscia -Cactus Water Moisturizer

on 9/20/2018 12:52:00 AM

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Two wishes to make this product a keeper: a pump dispenser so I don't have to buy an airless jar to decant the product into, and a matte finish. I can't fault Boscia too much for the second one because most gel moisturizers on the market right now leave a glossy finish (I guess it's "dewy"?). What an odd trend. I mean the moisture level is right but oily skinned folks don't want to look shiny.

OK I have a third wish - the consistency can cause minor pilling or streaks in products I might put on afterwards (specifically a shine-stopping lotion, or where my eye cream overlaps). If you've ever cracked open an aloe leaf it's sticky, so I suspect the same "cactus water" that is boosting the formula is causing this secondary issue. It's not a sticky moisturizer in isolation per-say, it just doesn't universally play well with others.

These are all small things taken alone, but combined it's enough to prevent a repurchase in spite of the otherwise good things about it (covered well in the No BS Beauty review).


Hair -Unlisted Brand -Zala Clip In Hair Extensions

on 9/20/2018 12:45:00 AM

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want to start off by saying that i bought these with 3 things in mind. 1 - I was going to install them myself, 2 - I have short, medium/thin hair and 3 - I wanted to give myself just a couple extra inches i was after more volume then length. I would say that installing them myself was INSANELY EASY to do, i know it is not recommended but especially after watching several you tube videos and reading up on how other girls have done it i was willing to take the chance, that said it was no simple task and I did make a couple mistakes, but the tapes were super sticky and that made the job easy. I bought two packs and I really should’ve bought 3 to conceal my short, thin-ish hair better. They still look great, my favorite look is doing a soft curl with them. I also would like to mention this is the thickest hair i have ever come across! This makes the hair feel incredibly healthy and divine to run your hands though, it does not knot up. Over all great hair and am really impressed with these! I usually order my extensions from a high-end hairdresser and spending upwards of $800 was just not justified. this is my first set with zala and sets that I purchased through my hairdresser website lasted me over a year... That said i have really given myself a couple of months before i wrote this review so i could provide a honest opinion, so far these zala extensions have lasted me about 9 months and they're still going strong. I will definitely order them again and am beyond happy with the money zala is saving me in the long run.


Moisturizers -CLINIQUE -Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

on 9/20/2018 12:30:00 AM

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This is was my first experience with a gel moisturizer, which at the time I thought was decent if unremarkable. Having since tried 3 other gel moisturizers I realize this one succeeds where others fail. This is a great summer moisturizer for combo-oily skin in that it is light, sinks in fast, and doesn't leave skin looking shiny like most gels do. It plays very well with all my serums and treatments, no pilling or streaking. It is NOT a heavy moisturizer and will not be enough for dry or thirsty skin (though it might be a good hydrating pre-moisturizer serum for those folks). In that sense the name is misleading, so I understand some of the negative reviews from folks who didn't get what they wanted. I would not have purchased it if the sales assistant hadn't told me it was the one to pick for lightweight oily skin hydration. She was right!


Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand -BLITHE Crystal Iceplant Pressed Serum

on 9/20/2018 12:17:00 AM

Meh, I'm mixed on this one. It's marketed for normal-oily skin, which is why I purchased it over the Tundra Chaga pressed serum. But it leaves a high-shine finish where I would prefer a matte look, and I noticed I end up oilier an hour or so in than compared to three other gel moisturizers I've used in the past. The scent is very nice as a scent, but too strong for a face product. The packaging is also objectively pleasing but I had to purchase an airless jar dispenser to decant it into to preserve the antioxidant ingredients. Good ingredients and concept, but problems in the execution.


Polishes -OPI -Pamplona Purple

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Yes I would buy it again if I ran out of it or lost it


Cleansers -La Roche-Posay -Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser

on 9/19/2018 11:12:00 PM

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I like it but it irritates my eyes. I’ll use it on my vagina since it’s fragrance free


Foundations -REVLON -ColorStay Full Cover Foundation

on 9/19/2018 11:00:00 PM

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I was devastated when the whipped foundation was discontinued, as I haven't had luck with many drugstore foundations. My skin is very pale and alternates between combo, dry, and oily in T zone depending on how heavy handed ive been with my Retin A ! Im not a fan of full coverage foundations which I find can look cakey on more "mature" skin, 1 layer will give you decent medium coverage, you can sheer it out with a sponge or use fingers for more coverage. Ivory matched my cool toned skin perfectly, no mixer needed. The texture is fluffy and bouncy not runny, looks thick out of the tube but thins out and spreads easily onto skin.
The air where I work is warm and dry, but this held up without flaking off, creasing or oxidizing.
the only primer ive tried it with was Two Face Hangover, so not sure how well it would play with silicone primers. The squeeze tube design is much more hygenic and travel friendly
my only gripe is with the price, is it just me or are drugstore foundations getting a little much? especially here in Canada

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Concealers -Charlotte Tilbury -Magic Away Liquid Concealer

on 9/19/2018 10:45:00 PM

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I think if you have no lines or texture, this would work. So that cancel's out 1/2 of the population. Love her. But don't like this at all. Yes, it's like spanx. It locks into every line you have. Like spanx, if seems to hug or pillow top your "extra." And it pretty much stays put. I love the complete coverage. How easy it applies. I think for women looking, who are more mature, By Terry does some excellent concealers. All of them actually are very good. And I always go back to my Tarte Shape Tape. In final, it made my eyes look worse unfortunately. So disappointing because I had such high hopes. I am shade #2 or #3.

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Foundations -L'Oreal Paris -Infallible Total Cover Foundation

on 9/19/2018 10:34:00 PM

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Looks good when initially applied with a damp sponge, but it settles in the nose crease unnatractively. The finish of it goes downhill as i wear it throughout the day. I have oily skin. Also if you are going to sweat any, this foundation wont hold up; it will fade on the tzone , separate and cake up everywhere else.

I wore it today topped with Collab Set the stage loose powder. I have many new breakouts. Only new things where those two.


Hair Treatments -Neutrogena -T/Gel

Okay, I feel like a real jerk for not reviewing this years ago :/

I used to have such bad, flaky psoriasis on my scalp. So bad. I would get little specks on my shoulders. I would shake off my cardigan and it would look like snow. It was really gross and embarrassing.... If I were shopping and saw a clothing item I liked, I would purposely get a lighter colour and never black because I knew it would show.

I tried a few different things. Clarifying shampoo. Head and Shoulders ( i know, I know), etc. Ages ago I used a tar shampoo but it stained my light hair a bit and it smelt awful. Also, for some reason when I wanted to cave and buy that shampoo I couldn't find it anywhere.

So everyone recommended T-gel. I gave it a shot. I used the extra strength. The first day, I saw improvement. Not perfect, but maybe a good 60% reduction in flaking. Second wash, 80%, and by the third wash I couldn't even tell I had psoriasis. It wasn't itchy. It wasn't flaky. I basically do not shed at all. I have used this for about 4 years now and it has never failed me.

I have curly hair, so I only wash my hair once or twice a week. This product is still just as effective for me. I don't find it too drying or any ill-effects. It also does not smell amazing- very moth ball, but I find it goes away. I shampoo with my regular shampoo, then rub this into my scalp for at least 30 seconds. I let it sit for about 5 minutes or so (I also put a conditioning treatment on my ends during this time). Wash my body, shave etc whatever and then rinse out both this shampoo and the conditioner, then I just add a little bit of regular conditioner to my ends to make sure they don't get dry, rinse, done :) After styling etc there's no moth ball smell, for me at least.

I will say that one time my local drug store was out of the extra strength so I got regular. It worked okay, but I could tell the difference. I would say it felt about 30% less effective. If you have psoriasis, give this a try. It is a godsend to me. I will repurchase this forever.

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Other -No Brand (DIY or homemade) -Zinc

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Take these on a full stomach- after breakfast preferably. They can cause extreme nausea on an empty stomach.

I just started taking zinc this week, so I won't touch on its effectiveness yet. However, I feel like I have to comment on some of the concerns from the reviews here...

For everyone freaking out about people "overdosing" on zinc, please do your research- I highly recommend the National Institutes of Health site. Yes, women need about 8mg of zinc per day and yes 40 mg is the tolerable upper limit according to the US, but don't you wonder why all of the zinc at the drug store is 15+mg and the most popular is 25-50mg?? That's because the item pictured is NOT 50mg of elemental zinc (which is what daily value takes into consideration and a blood test would find). It is 50mg of zinc gluconate- which is about 13% elemental zinc by weight, which means 50mg of zinc gluconate (as pictured) is about 6.5mg of elemental zinc. All of the different forms of zinc contain a different amount of elemental zinc. Please stop with the all caps reviews XD

Another great thing to look into if you are considering supplementing zinc is the list of foods that contain zinc to decide how much zinc you are getting on an average day. The highest amounts of zinc are found in oysters, lobsters and crabs. Also worth noting is beef, dark meat chicken, baked beans and pork chops. Per serving, these give 19% of your daily value or higher (Oysters give nearly 500% per serving). On the lower amounts are dairy products milk, certain cheeses, yogurt (however my yogurt has no zinc) and chicken breast which gives a measly 6% of your DV per serving.... All of this info is available on the site I mentioned.

So for me, I can say I'm not getting consistent zinc. I do eat beef, but if I look into extra lean ground beef (as I eat), it does not list any zinc. I eat chicken sometimes, but not usually dark meat. I stopped drinking milk to try to eliminate hormone imbalances. I don't eat seafood, baked beans, or many of the specific cheeses they listed. I would wager there are many days where I don't get any zinc at all and at best maybe I get half my daily intake, but only sometimes.

These are definitely things to consider. Don't be afraid to go to your doctor about your concerns. Another thing to consider is if you have other symptoms of low zinc. Zinc plays a huge role in immune function and inflammatory response. Think inflammation- acne, eczema, psoriasis, respiratory infections, arthritis, etc. It's also linked to difficulty losing weight, weight gain, fatigue, depression and anxiety. I have low thyroid (also inflammation) and it shares many symptoms with zinc deficiency. I also have psoriasis on my scalp and this correlation between low thyroid, psoriasis and zinc is a little interesting!

I will update with how this works for me. Currently I am taking 100mg of zinc gluconate (so about 13mg of elemental zinc). If it helps, I may ease back to just 50mg/6.5mg elemental once hopefully my skin is clear. I am also taking a probiotic supplement and I have a probiotic yogurt every day. I won't update for about a month unless something ground breaking happens. Leaving this at a hopeful 4 lippies for now.

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