Brows -Maybelline -Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara

on 6/23/2018 3:36:00 PM

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Bare in my mind this is the first brow gel I've ever bought.

I decided to buy this product because I tipically fill in my blonde, sparse eyebrows every day, and was tired of seeing them all over the place and messy after 5 minutes. You can imagine how terrible they look at the end of a long day. This seem to be the cheapest and most easily available brow mascara I could get (I live in Brazil. Not only I am a student, but makeup here is so expensive, and we don't have many brand options).

At first, I was scared at the oh so famous ball. To me, that just looked like a mistake for someone with thin, sparse brows like myself. It totally looks like it's gonna go everywhere and not coat the brows evenly. Not to mention there are many negative reviews surrounding this product not because of the formula itself, but because of the ball.

I eventually found it on sale and took the plunge, but had decided to cut the ball and use the rest of the spoolie (like I had seen some people suggesting). But, when I first tried it, to my delight, I found iit surprisingly easy to use. Even though it's scary at first, the ball never gets coated with a lot of product, just enough to gently breeze through your eyebrows and set them in place. Because there isn't a lot of product at once, and because it isn't overwhelmingly pigmented, you can allow yourself to build your brow hairs the way you want and not smear the product up until your forehead. Of course, I do try to be gentle because it isn't the smallest spoolie ever, but, trust me, it's not difficult.

The color I have is Soft Brown, which is a lovely cool toned but not too gray match for me (my brows are light blonde and ashy but I like to make them slightly darker to frame my face better). As for the lasting power, it's good. I'm sure there are plenty of better holding and better performing brow gels out there, but it's decent. At the end of the day my brows look not so neat, but they look aceeptable and I feel put together.

Also, bare in mind that this gel doesn't contain any fibers in it (as far as I know), so it won't really make your brows thicker. For that reason, I wouldn't recommend this if you have sparse brows and want a brow gel that you can use on its own, without having to fill them in first, because it's just not going to work that well.

Another side note is that it's currently winter here, so I'm not sure how this performs under sweat and hot weather. You're just gonna have to read some other reviews to find out.

Overall, I like this and I'm happy with my purchase!

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Masks -Garnier -Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask

on 6/23/2018 3:29:00 PM

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I adore this mask!
The first one I tried from the range was the green tea one. To be honest, I didn't notice much difference in terms of pores, although I did feel moisturised.
The super-hydrating revitalising mask, however, is much better. When you take it out of the packet, it's incredibly wet. The product is a gel like consistency and can feel slightly sticky. It has a pleasant fruity smell, which isn't too strong in my opinion. The mask is easy to apply and feels incredibly refreshing. Once I've worn the mask for 15 minutes, I remove it and rub the excess product into my skin.
The amount of hydration this gives my skin is amazing. I always use one of these sheet mask after using a clay mask, as clay can make my skin feel slightly dry. This mask instantly reintroduces the moisture my skin needs. I also notice that my skin feels plumper and firmer after using the mask.
All in all, this is my favourite out of all the sheet masks I have used!


Treatments (Eye) -Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) -Phytocell Renewal Serum - Apple Stem Cells

on 6/23/2018 3:28:00 PM

On third bottle, and probably won't ever be without, as long as MUAC keeps making. Was diagnosed with Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia. That boils down to having scarring and hair loss around front of hairline. Derm prescribed topical steroid, but don't want to be on steroids! Anyway, had the product, which is for skin, but thought, what the heck, will try instead of the RX. After couple of months, noticed had more hair, in front and side part. Redness and shiny scalp is still there, but definitely more hair. Still use Rogaine in the morning. My only gripe is cost about $50 for a one month supply. And it is a one month for me, as use on both face and scalp. Only use 1x a day on scalp, and that's in the evening, after my shower. Have been washing my hair nightly, because also developed blepharitis! That's a whole other story. If anyone under 60 is reading this, just so you know, as you age, more strange conditions develop. Especially after 60. Post-menopausal maintenance routine is very high, so just be prepared. In terms of blepharitis, which is basically clogged Meibomian eye glands, be careful lining your inner lids with any type of pencil. Think that may be why started getting eye infections. The Meibomian glands can get clogged, especially as your eyes are not as moist was you age. Blessings everyone.


Eye Shadow -Black Radiance -Urban Identity Shadow Trio in Charm

This eyeshadow trio costs $2.99 at my local Walgreens and Rite Aid (not all of their brick-and-mortar stores sell Black Radiance). The 3 colors are: a dark glittery silver (my least favorite as it is not as smooth and kind of patchy), a matte dark teal (leans more green than blue), and a blackened teal with subtle micro-shimmer (it applied more like a satin eyeshadow). The dark teal and blackened-teal colors are blendable and can be layered for more intensity.

Packaging is bulky with the plastic, see-through cover/top of the eyeshadow trio (unnecessary space).

Black Radiance is owned by the same company that sells Wet n Wild and is also cruelty free.


Primer/ Corrector -Urban Decay -De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray

on 6/23/2018 3:02:00 PM

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Worthless. Takes away the powdery look of my powder foundation but makes my skin even shinier than usual. Save your money.

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Primer/ Corrector -MAC -Prep + Prime Fix + Matte Mattifying Mist

on 6/23/2018 2:37:00 PM

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i don't know if it is my skin,but it didn't help at all.I use it after my make up and it didn't do anything.I'm really upset cause i threw my money.Mac is a good company,but this product is not good,at least for me.So don't recommend it.I am searching for something else.Let's hope i will find it someday.


Lip Treatments -Algenist -Genuis Liquid Collagen Lip

on 6/23/2018 2:30:00 PM

For some reason, probably because it is so expensive, I really wanted to dislike the new ALGENIST GENIUS Liquid Collagen Lip.  And pricey it is, each tube costs $35.  The feature that makes the Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen Lip unique is the application process.  It comes with a ceramic tip which cools your lips upon application.  It is a unique and kind of soothing feeling.  The other difference in the Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen Lip is that it doesn't leave lips feeling slippery or glossy like many lip balms and moisturizers do.  This just leaves lips with a slightly hydrated feeling, but not slippery.  One other thing is that once it fully absorbs your lips just look natural yet hydrated.  If you don't mind the money this is a nice treat, especially if you wear a lot of lipstick or matte lipsticks during the day.  This does have some wonderful ingredients and none of the bad stuff (fragrance is near the end of the ingredient list but it totally unnoticeable).   My video review, swatch, and demo can be seen here:



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Foundations -Becca -Ultimate Coverage 24 - Hour Foundation

on 6/23/2018 2:09:00 PM

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If you are someone who likes using a full coverage foundation the Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation is one worth checking out. The Ultimate 24 Hour Foundation is a very thick gel texture and you will want to work at a moderate speed because this does start to set rather quickly. A little bit goes a very long way with this foundation. Using a damp beauty blender was the easiest way to apply this, and it does take some effort to fully smooth over skin and blend. The Ultimate 24 Hour Foundation is fragrance free. Finally, I love that Becca has such a decent shade range for this foundation. I never wore this foundation for 24 hours straight, but this did hold up well for 12 hours- just a little bit of shine at the end of the but that was it. If you like a long lasting, matte finish, full coverage foundation, the Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation is a good option.



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Mascara -Clinique -Lash Power Mascara

on 6/23/2018 1:58:00 PM

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So, I have very, very, oily eyelids and under eyes. Becuase of this I can't wear conventional or even waterproof mascaras because they just end up in a puddle under my eyes about an hour or so after I apply them. And then I found TUBING MASCARAS! There really isn't special about Clinique Lash Power if you don't have the kind of panda-eye issues that I have. However, it's the best, readily available tubing mascara that I have found.

Tubing mascaras are really just mascaras that dry into a solid on your lashes and only come off when you pull them off with a warm washcloth. If your eye area pretty much manufactures its own eye-makeup remover these are a godsend.

There are a few different tubing mascaras on the market but they are rarely marketed that way. Blinc was the first and most obvious one that I started out with. I liked it but I found it didn't really lengthen or thicken at all and the tube would dry out and get chunky within a month. Then, I found Imju Fiberwig and I fell absolutely, head-over-heels in love with it. I won't get into why it was so great since you can't find it in Canada anymore (which I suspect is because it contains some chemicals which have been banned here).

I hadn't realized that Lash Power was a tubing mascara until I started casually chatting with a Clinique rep at Nordstrom one day. (Btw, I had directly asked a couple of reps at Sephora about this and they had absolutely no idea). This mascara definitely stays alllll day long until you pull it off with a warm washcloth. I have even taken a dip in a pool and it stayed on for the most part. When it has come off (usually due to me rubbing my eyes too much during allergy season) it just balls up and falls right off.

I wouldn't say this offers a lot of length or thickness but it does more than Blinc did in that department I have also found there are some tricks to making this mascara work well. Basically, most tubing mascaras dry out fast, get chunky and become unusable. Most are not cheap so I have found the following tricks helpful:

-You have to really screw the tube top back on tightly so no air gets in. It's even better if you store this in a small ziplock bag.
-It's best to wipe this mascara wand off every time you use this and before you put it back in the tube.
-I also usually use a lash separator to take care of any chunks that end up on my lashes.

Overall, if you can easily wear conventional mascaras without much trouble I probably wouldn't bother much with this one. It's a bit of work to get it to perform well and even with the tips above the tube dries out and you have to replace it often. But, if you have oily eyelids or need something that will wear a really long time (eg. for a wedding) I would definitely check this out. I find that it performs better than any tubing mascara that I can still get in North America!

Pros:
-very long wearing
-no smudging or smearing at all
-totally waterproof

Cons:
-not much length or thickness
-tube dries out quickly
-some work to make it perform well



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Moisturizers -CeraVe -Skin Renewing Night Cream

on 6/23/2018 1:54:00 PM

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I’m a HUGE Cerave fan but this was a fail for me. It was a very thick cream, and even at night I don’t like that feeling of heaviness on my face. It seemed like it took forever to sink in, and it BURNED when first applied. I use retinoids regularly and nothing has stung my face like this. I definitely did not expect that from a Cerave product and was slightly disappointed. I also did not notice improvement in my skin. Although it did not break me out (yay!) and it seemed to do its job of moisturizing overnight, I can name 1000 other moisturizers that do that as well. If your label says “skin renewing,” I’m expecting my face to look glowy and refreshed in the morning.... Overall this was not my favorite, and I will not repurchase this product.


Loose Powders -Hourglass -Veil Translucent Setting Powder

on 6/23/2018 1:38:00 PM

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This is a phenomenal translucent powder! Light and airy, so finely milled, loose powder. It has a very subtle tint, so it’s not pure white. The packaging is well thought out as the others have mentioned, love that there is no wastage, no puff cloud and you only need a small amt to cover your whole face. (usually two dips in the dish with a extra large fluffy brush is the perfect amt for me). I use this to buff all over after I apply my make up and the effect is astounding. Blurred, soft finish, make up melds beautifully in my skin. Buffing with this powder blends sharp edges and calm down any heavy handed bronzer/blush etc. I also use it to set my under eye concealer looks great. I can vouch it does not dry my face out, as I use mostly powder or stick foundations/products. My favourite part abt this product is no photo flashback! Bonus points for that! lol... lasts all day. HG status.
This was recommended by my favourite mua on YouTube, ‘puffins wife’ she did me right, no regrets, for me worth the price tag.

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Masks -Unlisted Brand -Global Beauty Care (Premium) 24K Spa Mask Treatment

on 6/23/2018 1:37:00 PM

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Received as a gift, lovely gold reflective packaging by Global Beauty Care. There are 5 sealed gold foil reflective packages inside the box. The mask itself was a disappointment, as I was expecting an actual gold silicone/rubber type mask given its lavish packaging lol, but instead it was the usual flimsy white sheet with cutouts saturated with product. As always there is some difficulty with unfolding these drenched masks (I won’t dock points for this as most companies have not perfected this art for ease to unravel). Once settled on my face, it stayed on for 15 mins as recommended by GBC. (I’m not a fan of sheet masks, as I prefer creamy consistency type masks that I apply with a spatula and leave on for long periods). I did not experience any reactions to my skin. Overall, gorgeous packaging, the actual mask is okay. Yes it made my face soft and smooth but again, did not notice any reduction in fine lines or wrinkles as it claims. In all fairness I’ve only used 2 of the 5 sheets. This is on par with other sheet masks you’ll find at the drugstore ...


Masks -Unlisted Brand -Global Beauty Care (Premium) 24K Gold gel face mask

on 6/23/2018 1:36:00 PM

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Received this as a gift. Comes with an applicator brush, a flat rubber paddle style brush which is super easy to clean after each application. I am probably gonna use this applicator with other jar products I own. The product itself is packaged in a simple clear plastic jar and gold coloured lid. The product itself is a gel formula, grossly infused with gold powder. It’s a pretty colour in the jar but when applied to my face it seems to loose it gold intensity, but the shimmer is still visible. The applicator picks up product without the gel slipping off the paddle, applies product nicely with even distribution. I leave it on for the recommended 15mins. Feels nice and refreshing on my face, no adverse reaction after several uses. In terms of effectiveness, it’s ok. It does soften and leave my face feeling smooth, so there is a moisturizing component to this mask. As for reduction of fine lines/wrinkles, I don’t see a difference. But in all honesty, I rarely see this in any product that claims wrinkle reduction. I will continue to use this mask throughout the summer months only cuz it is soothing and refreshing esp on hot humid days this will feel just right. Not drying and is scent free.


Eye Shadow -Stila -Shimmer and Glow

on 6/23/2018 1:36:00 PM

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**(Please be aware this is NOT to be confused with Stila’s ‘GLITTER and Glow’ (gold lid) as there are already 2 review sites in MUA)
Shimmer and Glow (rose gold lid) series does NOT have any glitter. It is pure shimmer and sheen. Lovely creamy consistency, applies easily on the eyelid with applicator. For a sheerer appearance, apply a small stroke and tap ( with clean fingertip or brush) along eyelid to achieve desired coating. It dries fairly quickly, no heavy or tacky feel. Theres is absolutely no fallout. I apply powder shadow on my crease or both corners of my eye after applying shimmer and glow, it seems to stay put. Primer is not necessary, seems to last all day, 8+ hrs on me. I do like the different shades in this series a lot more than the glitter and gold. I do wish Stila would settle w/ the nudish- rose gold champagne colours as I feel they are all starting to look quite similar and boring. I do prefer bold colours. Since it’s launch, I’ve tried Pigalle a deep burgundy/cranberry, La Douce a gorgeous olive/army green with gold undertone and Starlight a soft neutral champagne great for halo eye effects. I wear these alone or with other eye shadows for different eye effects.
Overall, great product option if you dislike glitter but want the shine. Exceptional application. Really enjoying these liquid eyeshadows! Looking forward to buying other colours in this series.


Cleansers -CeraVe -Foaming Facial Cleanser

on 6/23/2018 1:35:00 PM

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Definitely holy grail material! I’m a self proclaimed skin care junkie. I’m always reading product reviews and I’m always on the lookout for something to improve my combination/oily/sensitive/acne prone skin. I have honestly tried a million different face washes, from drug store to high end, to Korean products and back again. This has been the only face wash I have consistently come back to every single time. My skin is super oily in the summer (I live in a very hot, dry climate with hard water,) and although this face wash doesn’t really do anything to control my oil, I’m super happy with the fact that it does not break me out. I’m able to use primers to help control my oil, so it’s not a deal breaker. It feels soothing, lightly foams, and rinses clean. This face wash never dries out my skin. That tight feeling you get on your face after using certain face washes is non-existent. My one issue is that it doesn’t remove makeup very well, so I always double cleanse at night. First with a makeup removing wipe or wash, then finishing with Cerave. Also, it is fragrance free. And while most people are probably thrilled with that fact, I love products that smell good. To me, using a fabulously fragranced product makes washing my face feel like I’m doing something luxurious lol... and it boosts my mood. But you can’t win them all! And yes, I’m aware that fragranced products can be irritating to the skin. It all boils down to this. If you want a basic, gentle cleanser that won’t break you out, Cerave is for you. A combination of Cerave products and Differin has worked wonders for my skin.


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