Lipstick -e.l.f. Cosmetics -Liquid Matte Lipstick

on 9/25/2018 3:24:00 PM

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I bought Tea Rose and Blushing Nude, both of which are pinky nude colors with Tea Rose leaning more pink and Blushing Nude leaning more nude. They come in a tube with a V shaped wand applicator. There is quite a bit of product that comes on the applicator initially and I’ll have to use the tube to scrape some off before I apply it. The feel is a bit drying, but that’s to be expected with any matte lipstick. It goes on smoothly, dries quickly and doesn’t budge—at all! Incredibly long lasting and you can’t beat the cheap price!! A repurchase for sure.


Skincare - Face -Paula's Choice -All Skincare

on 9/25/2018 3:20:00 PM

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Excellent review, Jinbox, and I agree with everything on your list. Paula and Beautypedia drive me crazy in endless ways; I could go on and on.

I read an interview with Paula in which she is asked what her routine is. Despite all of the PC products out there and how they all perform different miraculous things, she only uses cleanser, toner, niacinamide booster, her light serum, hydraquinone AHA product, her lip balm and........her eye cream!?!?! Eye creams are not necessary; you can use your regular products, but she doesn't. She uses her own unnecessary eye cream.

It's a similar pattern of Paula logic with everything. Toners: to her, they were not necessary and in fact harmful. She created her own that were not harmful and actually beneficial, and now toners are a NECESSARY INDISPENSABLE part of skin care that you cannot skip. Everybody must use toner.

The one-note products. Turns out there is an important place in skin care for one note products after all.

She hurts my brain.


Moisturizers -Biotherm -blue therapy oil-in-cream

on 9/25/2018 3:06:00 PM

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I love this cream. I find it's more of a jellyish balm than a cream, thought. I use it in the winter, when the cold weather, dry air and central heating can turn a person's skin to jerky. I use this as the final step for layering over my serums at night, and it does a fabulous job of locking in moisture. When it's really cold and starts to hit the -30°C/-22°F outside, I use it in the daytime too and it's been a real skin-saver. This is quite fragranced, so sensitive folks beware. I've repurchased several times and will continue to do so for as long as Biotherm continues to make it.


Polishes -Essence -Across The Universe

on 9/25/2018 3:03:00 PM

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The color is very pretty and unique—a silvery plum with green/gold shift. The bottle is smaller than say, OPI, which I like because I don’t feel product will go to waste as much as larger bottles. The brush is your typical flat kind, not too narrow or too wide. My biggest beef is the smell! Even hours after it’s dried, I can smell the chemical-y smell of nail polish. It definitely lingers and is very unpleasant. Because of that, I won’t be repurchasing.


Cleansers -CLINIQUE -Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

on 9/25/2018 2:55:00 PM

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Overall, this is decent. It does a good job of removing all my makeup, including waterproof mascara. I find It still has a slightly 'waxy' feel when cleansing though, and I also find it doesn't completely rinse away cleanly, so I need to always double cleanse when using this. It's also pretty much unfragranced to my nose, or if it does have fragrance, it's so light that I can't really detect it. All in all, a decent product. I would repurchase if I ever stopped being able to purchase my beloved Banila cleansing balm.


Conditioner -Krastase -Discipline Fondant Fluidealiste

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Fantastic for frizzy hair or any hair subjected to daily humidity! I use this after washing and drying my hair, leaving in for around 5 minutes before washing out. Immediately my hair is a lot less tangled and more manageable. Combing through is not a chore any longer but actually a pleasure for once! But the real test came the next day when stepping out into 90F combined with over 80% humidity - my hair did not go out of control, it was much less frizzier than it normally would be, despite being out for several hours. Couple that with shinier, softer and gorgeous-smelling hair to boot too and tell me what's not to love! Definite repurchase for me.


Selena x



~ My HG list ~

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


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing 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


Cleansers -Biotherm -Baume (balm) to oil

on 9/25/2018 2:41:00 PM

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I've been using this for several months now, and it's pretty good. It's quite emollient, gets all my makeup off (including waterproof mascara) and does a nice job of cleansing. It's not as 'slippy' or clean rinsing as some others I've tried (Banila's Clean It Zero is my favorite), and is slightly 'waxy' feeling, so I always do a double cleanse when using this just to make sure I've gotten everything off. This product does have scent, so folks that are sensitive may want to tread carefully. All in all, a decent product. It does what it's supposed to. In comparison, I find this cleansing balm to be very similar to Clinique's, in both texture and efficacy.


Shampoo -Marc Anthony -bye bye frizz shampoo

on 9/25/2018 2:28:00 PM

It did not do anything for my frizz. I have dry curly hair and this doesnt work for me


Styling Products -Dove -Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum

on 9/25/2018 2:26:00 PM

I was hoping this would work for my dry, frizzy, curly hair but all it did was make it crunchy and greasy looking. Did nothing for frizz.


Toners -Pixi -Glow Tonic

on 9/25/2018 2:11:00 PM

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First of all, I didn't buy this - and I'm glad! I have been looking for a good toner for soooo long and wanted to buy this while visiting Edinburgh - this is so much more expensive back in Austria - but luckily it was out of stock, so I was just able to test their tester. Within hours, the little spot I applied it on was irritating red and dry and felt like sand paper. I wiped it off with a wet cotton and am so glad that I didn't spent 18£ on that thing.


Liquid -NYX Professional Makeup -Can't Stop Won't Stop Full Coverage Foundation

on 9/25/2018 2:10:00 PM

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This foundation is a great price and a great formula!

The thing I loved about it was how it controlled my oil soooo well. If you are oily you've got to try this out! After a full day, you will still feel powdery fresh at the end of the day without blotting or re-powdering.

I wouldn't say the coverage is medium, which is great because that's what I like! You might still have to conceal spots or trouble areas or build it up a bit in those areas.

The colours selection is fantastic, I love the packaging, and it mixes well with other foundations. I would repurchase and I recommend it!


Eyes -House of Lashes -"Temptress" Human Hair Lashes

on 9/25/2018 2:06:00 PM

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These are beautiful lashes! Temptress style is very voluminous, very long, and very wispy.

The individual lashes are skinny and natural looking. They went on quickly and fit very well on my eye shape. The band is clear, thin, and lightweight.

They are so long they do rub my glasses, so glasses wearers might want to try a different style. They come in a nice package for storing your lashes, and the price is reasonable.

I would love to explore this brand more in the future. I would recommend and repurchase.


Lipstick -TOM FORD -Lip Color in True Coral

on 9/25/2018 2:00:00 PM

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I was super hyped to try out this luxury lipstick. I'm down to spend big money on makeup if I think it's worth the price, but I wasn't impressed with this lipstick.

The colour is stunning! It is bright, but not too bright; pink, but not too pink. It's the perfect coral and it looks great on me! I love that it's unscented and the texture of the bullet. It wore comfortably on my usually dry lips.

The thing I didn't like was that it just didn't last at all. It had worn down within a few hours and didn't leave a stain at all. I expected a lot more since it claims to be long wearing! Very disappointing performance and I wouldn't recommend.

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Mascara -Lancme -Cils Booster XL

on 9/25/2018 1:51:00 PM

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This primer goes on white, and you are supposed to throw on mascara before it fully dries according to the instructions.

I thought my lashes looked better/too similar with no primer using the Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara.

CILS Booster could be good if you want some extra wax to hold a curl, or if you want to use it as a conditioner, but for me, it didn't do enough to justify me having to do an extra step in the morning.


Lipstick -Unlisted Brand -Cheekbone Beauty Liquid Lipstick

on 9/25/2018 1:43:00 PM

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Cheekbone Beauty is a Canadian brand created by (and for, and in support of) Indigenous women.

I tried out the colour Shannen which is a beautiful warm red. The doe foot and packaging is pretty standard. It is super opaque and is a more dry, powder formula that goes on very matte.

The colour is amazing! It feels very lightweight and long-lasting. I have dry lips, and it wore all day comfortably.

It's almost a dupe in the shade Uncensored Red by Fenty or Sephora's Always Red Liquid Lip.

I wasn't expecting this Indie liquid lipstick to be as amazing as it was. I would highly recommend you check these out, especially if you are Canadian!

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