Moisturizers -IOPE -Plant Stem Cell Emulsion Skin Perfection

on 2/22/2018 8:51:00 PM

3.75 overall rating

I have extremely dry skin during winters and normal/oily T-zone skin during summers, so this is a great addition to my winter regimen to keep my skin extra moisturized. I would leave this out for summers if I have another moisturizer to use, or just use this as my final moisturizer as it’s rather rich for an emulsion. The other emulsions I’ve tried (including Laneige, Su:m37, O Hui, & Sulwhasoo) have a slightly lighter/thinner texture/consistency and cannot be worn alone as a moisturizer during summers for me. Even though it’s a little heavier, it still spreads easily over the face and is not at all sticky. It seems to lock in all the other products I add to my face prior. It’s got a nice scent that I can’t pinpoint at all (possibly like baby powder & not really floral), but the scent disappears soon after applying. Though I like a lot of things about this product, I don’t feel like it has given me any additional long-term benefits or assisted with any improvements to my skin. I’ve had two sets of deluxe samples that lasted me through quite a few winters (since I only use them over the winter), but I’m not sure if I would go out and purchase a full-sized bottle of this. As far as emulsions go, I feel like most all of the ones I’ve tried so far don’t really boost your skin in a visual way, but some of them will make my skin feel slightly softer and just helps lock in moisture.


Highlighters -L'Oreal -True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator

on 2/22/2018 8:49:00 PM

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WORST highlighter/illuminator ever. Chalky AND chunky at the same time. Just. No. Nope.

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Moisturizers -IOPE -Plant Stem Cell Cream Skin Perfection

on 2/22/2018 8:47:00 PM

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3.5 overall rating

This pretty pink cream has a lighter, more whipped texture than the Iope super vital cream, but I’d still considered it a heavy cream. I loves heavier creams for my aging and dehydrated skin at night time and especially during the winters.
I really felt like this sealed the rest of my products into my skin. It has a calming/relaxing soft scent that makes massaging it into my skin pretty enjoyable. As for long-term benefits, I really can’t tell – there was never any a-ha moment where I could visibly see my skin improve from just this product, but overall I like how it feels on my face immediately. The entire line gave me that feeling where it doesn't seem super amazing in any way, but it still has something about it that I like. If I needed a winter cream, couldn’t decide on a new one to try, and if this were on sale (it's around $45 for 50ml), then maybe I’d pick up a full-sized version of this. Since I only would use this cream during the winters, my two deluxe samples lasted me much longer than expected.



Mascara -Almay -Intense-I-Color Chocolate Quartz for Green Eyes

on 2/22/2018 8:47:00 PM

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This is not a mascara, this is a disaster packed in the shape of a mascara... No lengthening, no volumizing, no nothing... Complete crap... Even the brush is weird ... Don't ever buy it, save your money and stay away from it.


Mascara -Rimmel -ScandalEyes

on 2/22/2018 8:40:00 PM

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Just another average mascara... Nothing special... I would recommend it for everyday use if i wanna run some errands and nothing more... Save your money and buy a better one... Would never recommend it.


Blush -MAC -Matte Blush - Blunt

on 2/22/2018 8:06:00 PM

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It's not blush, it's not contour...

It's BLU-NTOUR! Hahahaha I kill myself!

Anyways, to repeat what many a previous reviewer has said, I TOO purchased Blunt in my search for a contour for my roundish nc40 face.

Yes it's warm, you can easily tell it has a reddish undertone. I quickly shelved blunt for that very reason as I too was searching for something cooler to contour with. A couple years go by (out of sight out of mind is right!) and contouring is no longer my jam. It makes me look dirty, it affects the way my blush and highlight look and adding another layer makes even the lightest look, look heavy.

Enter the term many of us know: BRON-TOUR, which is using bronzer as a contour. If one could use bronzer, then one can use blush, yes? YES! Blunt's warmness and rich brown tones lend just the right shade, color and warmth. The depth can really be made to look spectacular with a gold highlight above or below an application of blunt (that's my golden goddess look BTW, with MAC woodwinked on my eyes).

In all my collection, I have nothing like it, not even an eye shadow equivalent. I would absolutely repurchase!


Masks -Unlisted Brand -LEADERS Insolution - 7 WONDERS Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask

on 2/22/2018 8:04:00 PM

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When I first removed the mask from the packaging, I thought it was a very heavy cotton sheet mask. Then I looked more closely and realized it’s actually a gel mask in between two white linen-looking papers. Unfolding and removing the first separator was easy, but after laying the gel side on my face, I had some trouble peeling off the 2nd separator. Thankfully the gel mask was strong and didn’t rip on me, though it was pretty sticky so when I tried to adjust the mask alone, it was pretty difficult. Overall, the gel mask & serum felt kind of sticky on my face. Minimal sliding or drippage while I laid in bed for about 30 minutes. When I peeled the mask off my face, I noticed an immediate brightening effect on my cheeks, forehead, and edges of my face, but there was still redness around my nose area. I didn’t feel much of a boost in hydration, which was unfortunate. However, the next morning I saw some better results to the look of my skin – it looked clear with no redness and generally more even-toned and smooth. I never really got "clear" skin quite like this.

For some reason, I’m not a big fan of gel masks and these cost $6 a piece at Ulta, so I am not jumping out of my seat to stock up. However, if I do find them discounted, I may pick up a few for special occasions as the price is less than your high-end department store masks and the result was pretty awesome.

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Treatments (Face) -L'Oreal -Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Peel Pads

on 2/22/2018 7:54:00 PM

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I love glycolic acid pads so I was excited to give these a try. I used them everyday for a couple weeks and I noticed a big improvement in my skin. I my pores were completely clean and any clogged pores came out super easily. I do think that using them everyday was a bit harsh for me; after a few weeks my skin felt like it was burned. I stopped using them and started back with the Nip + Fab pads, which have a lower percentage of gycolic, and my skin is looking a bit less irritated. I will try these again if I start noticing dullness in my skin but only a few times a week instead of everyday.


Treatments (Face) -Clinique -Smart Custom repair serum

on 2/22/2018 7:51:00 PM

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I really like this serum. I've been using this every night for 2 months. I see a big difference in fine lines.
My skin is definitely softer and smoother. Total win for me. Doesn't aggravate my oily aging skin. Will continue to repurchase.


Hair Treatments -Davines -Oi Oil - Absolute Beautifying Potion

on 2/22/2018 7:48:00 PM

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This serum is also amazing just like all the other products in this line. Love it so much, this non-greasy lightweight serum adds shine, moisture without weighing down my fine hair. I also re-apply on dry hair as well as wet hair without greasiness. At first thought this serum was nothing special was totally disappointed but after blow drying saw the difference it made and haven't used anything else ever since. On Ebay I bought this 4.56 oz bottle for 22 dollars.


Conditioner -Davines -Oi Conditioner

on 2/22/2018 7:37:00 PM

Love love love this conditioner so much. I have tried so many conditioners prior to trying this product and can say this conditioner is amazing. Bought this product based on all the rave reviews, it does everything it claims.The scent doesn't bother me as it does not linger. Love the results whenever I use this conditioner. I buy this on Ebay as the retail is too much $$$ :( Finished my 1'st tub and it lasted me 4 months with twice a week usage on my BSL hair. On Ebay this sells for 19 dollars including shipping. I am able to use it till the last drop since it has a tub style packaging. This conditioner is a miracle in a tub.


Primer/ Corrector -By Terry -Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi Serum

on 2/22/2018 7:34:00 PM

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I had heard about this line since I follow a couple of youtubers who use it, but never saw it anywhere (I live in Japan) until I was in NYC. And then I just looked at it- I was more interested in the compacts etc but didn't buy anything because it wasn't a priority at that moment, and this wasn't the sort of product I was used to buying, either.

Then my mother and I were walking on Madison Ave and a luxury pharmacy/beauty shop was closing, with a 60% off of everything in the store and they had By Terry.

I am someone who never uses serums or creams because I break out really (really) easily with them- but I've been doing a tretinoin treatment, and it's really improved my breakouts, reduced signs of ageing, and given me a more even complexion. For some reason this serum/corrector tempted me, and with the discount, I let myself be tempted.

Turns out it works like magic on my face. It really evens out your skin tone in a way that makes you look as if you have fresh, natural skin. Since I am generally oily-skinned (but dehydrating with age haha) I only recently have wanted a "glow"- or, rather, I want at least the illusion of my young, fresh skin back ;)

I bought the Immaculate Light- which I thought would be too pale, actually, but the other one they had- Sunny Flash- just looked way out of my winter color range so I went with this.

It has honestly changed the way my makeup looks entirely. Little by little I even stopped wearing a full-face of foundation; now I use this, and then I dot concealer where needed, and buff it in. I can't overstate what a miracle this is; I have felt unable to leave the house without foundation for many, many years- I just looked like hell if I didn't- who needs that? And as you get older, it's difficult to find a foundation that does the jobs you need it to- plus, I like to look natural, which is more and more challenging as your skin ages. This does that- it has no coverage, so I can't figure out how it evens the complexion, but it does- and then you just need dots of buffed in coverage if you want- it all blends together perfectly. I can hardly believe that such a simple procedure with such minimal amount of product gives me a perfect complexion- and it lasts all day!

Anyway- I can be notoriously cheap when it comes to things- mainly because I know that sometimes it's just marketing and jacking up prices unrelated to the quality of the product; I live in Japan, where some drugstore products are what Western high-end cosmetic brands base their best products on; Japan and Korea are ahead of the curve on many things- so you can get quality without the high price tag.

And I was lucky to get the first bottle of this at a deep discount- otherwise I might never have tried it. I went back and bought a second (and their last) bottle of it the next day (also at the discount ;)) and used it every day, loved it every day, and used it up completely. (about a month and a half- but I was a bit overly generous in my zeal as well).

The bottle is a bit small. The product is very expensive. But man, it works. And not just superficially/makeup related- the skin-care effect of it is noticeable as well. Zero breakouts, and I'm not sure how it's healing my skin, but it just feels good to put it on, and it feels that way all day.

It's a rather thin, glowy liquid, applies fast and easily, doesn't stick to hair (duvet or eyebrows etc) and doesn't settle in creases or dry patches. 1 or 2 pumps is enough for an entire face, easily. And you really don't need any more than that.

Smells lovely like roses- fragrance doesn't seem to irriate my skin, where usually fragrance does, so that's a bonus. Dry down of the fragrance is then ever so slightly odd- probably something of the skin-care element (an oil?) but it disappears right away, so no matter.

When I was in NY again last week first thing on my to-do list was to get another bottle (at full price this time- and no hesitation on my part whatsoever) (even though I hadn't yet started on my 2nd one) and I did- and I got Apricot Glow in anticipation of Spring/Summer. If possible, it's even nicer than Immaculate Light because it suits my skin tone perfectly. So asap I'll be buying some backups of that. Even at that insane price- it does so much to reduce my makeup time- with better results- and improves my skin, that for me it's worth it. A little goes a long way, as well.

PROS- easy, beautiful, natural looking, smells good, non-irritating, good for skin (perhaps better for those who are a bit oily and dehydrated but want a fresh glow) nice-looking packaging

CONS- very expensive, bottle can be a bit awkward because glass etc. Not to be found everywhere.

Would definitely repurchase, and already have, and planning next one ;)

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Palettes -MAC -In The Flesh

on 2/22/2018 7:29:00 PM

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I have 4 of the MAC X15 palettes and I love them. I managed not to have any of the colors in this palette except carbon which was good. $65 makes the eyeshadows $4.30 so that’s a steal u can’t barely buy DS e/s for that. They are easily blended & very little fall out some good pale shades you can do a lot of looks w this but I like wearing just 1 e/s at once somexs & there are quite a few options there. I know $65 seems like a huge initial investment capital but you get 15 eyeshadows!! MAC eyeshadows! Ehh which are $16 for a single in packaging & $6 if you make your own palette (& buy the palette besides) making it a fabulous deal on a high quality eyeshadow product. #winning


Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand -Lanolips - Lemonaid Lip Aid with Organic Lemon Oil

on 2/22/2018 7:05:00 PM

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I love lemony anything but I'm not crazy about this lip balm/treatment. I got a sample from Sephora because they were sold out (I'd probably have purchased a tube because I live in Canada, it's winter and, like I said, I love lemon) but I'm glad I didn't purchase this. Applied, it looks and tastes/smells a lot like Nuxe's Reve de Miel lip balm (though that is in a little pot) - it has that same almost "gritty" texture. And my lips started to sting and burn, something that never happens. I'll try using up my little sample container and see if things improve but as it stands, I wouldn't (re) purchase this. I get much better results from so many other products.

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Moisturizers -La Roche-Posay -Toleriane Ultra

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Nice product, but very expensive! It has saved some dry and patchy days for me, but it was an emergency buy, and as such it was more expensive than I could afford in the long run. Great pump dispension and would recommend for very sensitive skin. It feels very "milky" and not rich, as I would normally like a moisturizer. Would repurchase if I suddenly become a millionaire! :)
I recommend buying Squalane from The Ordinary and mixing with a cheaper moisturizer of your choice, since squalane is basically what makes this product nice.


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