Moisturizers -Darphin - Hydraskin Light

on 10/19/2017 11:10:00 PM

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I received a sample of this, and had zero expectations - having mature, very dry skin, I tend to have very poor outcomes with products labelled "gel" and "light". To my great surprise, this product really moisturizes for hours without being greasy. I was surprised to see other reviewers say this is not appropriate for mature skin. Usually, I have to use a deep-moisturizing night cream even in the daytime. But this has been wonderful - my go-to summer moisturizer since first trying it.
It's a little pricey, but a little goes a long way.


Lash Treatments -Ardell - Brow & Lash Growth Accelerator Treatment Gel

on 10/19/2017 11:00:00 PM

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This stuff actually works! (in awe!!!)
After four months of •moderate• use;
Upper lashes- growth & thickness
Lower lashes- dramatic growth
Eyebrows- some growth
*Now I use it in conjunction with organic
cold-pressed Castor oil to boost the effect.
Keep in mind - this isn't an over-night treatment, you have to be patient & use regularly, it's hair after all. :)
Amaizing price point, effective product, will repurchase!

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Lipstick -MAC - Lustre in Syrup

on 10/19/2017 10:52:00 PM

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Love MAC's Lustre/Sheer line, have several shades, as well as several from Urban Decay's sheer line.. They are a nice switch up from a fully opaque lip, though these can be built up, I prefer to apply them in a sheer manner. They don't last super long, but that's expected since they aren't a matte formula. This translates as a sheer rosy/mauve tone on my NW25ish skin tone... Definitely recommend.

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Treatments (Face) -Bioderma - Hydrabio Serum for very dehydrated and sensitive skins

on 10/19/2017 10:51:00 PM

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My sensitive acne pore clogging skin has found an answer to the constant battle of dehydration! Love this. Contains Niacinamide and Salisylic Acid. Very hydrating. No heavy smell either. So much nicer and cleaner than all those Korean type water gel creams that made my skin breakout!! Good price too.

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Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Palette - Comfort Zone

on 10/19/2017 10:35:00 PM

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For five dollars you get a bunch of neutral pigmented shades and a beautiful duochrome. How can you not love this?

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Cleansers -Banila Co. - Clean it Zero

on 10/19/2017 10:34:00 PM

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Used the pink classic one. Love this so much, one of the best makeup removing cleanser i've had. Even after using bioderma micellar water, shuuemura cleansing oil, liz earle cleanse & polish etc.. even the best cleansing oil from shu uemura sometimes makes my eyes cloudy and i have to rub more at my eyes to get heavy duty mascara and eyeshadow out. Sometimes i have to follow up with bioderma micellar water to take off remaining flakes of mascara too. Very happy that i only need to cleanse my face one time with banila co. I didnt even have to rub my eyes hard and i only give it a few gentle rubs. I love the smell and the texture. Doesnt sting my eye or my skin and did not cause any breakouts. Will definitely repurchase.


Fragrances -Glossier - You

on 10/19/2017 10:18:00 PM

This long awaited highly anticipated scent is about to be released to adoring fans of this wonderful cult-like status online beauty company. The scent is called You and the makers wanted it to smell like a girls boyfriends neck after he has been wearing cologne for eight hours. And you know what....they got it spot on. I think this fragrance has only two notes...iris and musk and they are both very evident in this perfume. I noticed the iris immediately. Its a soft cashmere sweater like fragrance that isnt too loud. Its baby a baby soft whisper and lovely and nice and powdery. It does dry down to a very mens cologne type vibe so this scent is extremely unisex leaning to masculine. Fragrantica has it listed as being for men and women which is correct. Also, the bottle is to die for. Sooooooo cute. You is a real winner amoungst mediocre department store and celebrity scents. Its almost a nich scent its that good. You is really gonna set the fragrance world on fire. Youre gonna love it.


Moisturizers -Boots - Early Defence Day Cream

I wanted to like this !!!
I used it for a month and a half to see if my skin needed to get used to it - but sadly, it didn’t make the cut :(
The pros are It smells nice and the packaging is cute and easy to get the product out of. (I hate tubes)
The cons are that it’s SUPER greasy. It doesn’t absorb well (I have combination skin) It, alone, left my skin almost wet looking and is definitely not suited for under any kind makeup! It also left tons and tons of tiny bumps on my skin (No doubt due to the excess oil on my skin)

This might be good if you have super dry skin if you’re not going to also wear make up. Otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend. :(


Masks -Deciem - The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

on 10/19/2017 9:39:00 PM

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Pros:
- the most gentle (less irritating) AHA peel I ever tried. Tasmanian pepperberry definitely works wonders on reducing burning acid sensation;
- I love thicker than water consistency that doesn't run and I love the color that makes it easy to see where the product applied;
- my skin has much more glow next morning;
- great for freshly appearing breakouts, it helps them disappear.

Cons:
- I have sensitive rosacea skin and it seems to me that my skin can't really tolerate any AHA somehow frequently. I can use this peel only once a month, otherwise, I have pinky red cheeks and pinky red forehead for a couple of days (I only leave it for 4-5 minutes). Exfoliating once a month isn't enough, so I also need another exfoliator;
- brightening effect doesn't last more than a day or two which makes using this stuff only once a month somehow pointless;
- I do not see any improvement in skin texture, perhaps otherwise. But again, I can't use it often enough to see any;
- AHA seriously increasing my skin's sun sensitivity. I'm not sun-sensitive, and I never burn, I wear sunscreen daily, but my face feels (not look) burned when I use AHA.

For the price point this product definitely worth trying, but I won't buy it again.

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Liquid -Maybelline - Dream Cushion

on 10/19/2017 9:31:00 PM

So far this is working out very well l. The coverage is good -- not settling into my large pores, lasting 9+ hours since application. Finish is in the sweet spot between matte and overly "radiant." Just a little dewiness. Plus, the porcelain shade is a good match. I like a sponge application, and this is a lot faster than messing around with my beauty blender.


Cleansers -Ponds - Ponds Pure White Deep Cleansing Facial Foam with Activated Carbon

on 10/19/2017 9:07:00 PM

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Found this at my local Reny's store for two bucks. (Think Big Lots, but at a much smaller scale.) It's not the Activated Carbon type, but close enough. You only need the amount the size of your pinkie nail to have enough to clean your whole face. It does tingle, but it rinses clean, and leaves your face as smooth as a baby's butt. My skin is sensitive, but I haven't had any problems with breakouts or irritation. Good buy!


Moisturizers -Peter Thomas Roth - Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer

on 10/19/2017 8:41:00 PM

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Bought this when I ran out of Drunk Elephant Glycolic serum. I had researched and there are so many conflicting sites I let the Sephora saleswoman recommend a glycolic acid and she recommended this, which is 25% cheaper than the Drunk Elephant. She said I wouldn't find a higher GA concentration (although DE was 12%). I want to use a glycolic acid as it appears the holy trinity of aging skin care is hyaluronic acid (which I use in a Neutrogena serum in the AM), retinol (Neutrogena Anti Wrinkle serum at night) and glycolic acid (this, now, mixed with the Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle serum, everything topped off with L'ccitane's Divine cream).
I can't give the product a higher rating because I don't see any difference - but then I never do. I don't feel any tingling,even after applying it after a good scrub with a Clairisonic, and I have never found anything (including prescription retinol from the dermtologist) that has ever even begun to fade the freckles and sun damage, one lousy "age spot" in particular. But I also know that much of the benefit of using these products won't be evident for years when, hopefully, I won't look even older...it amazes me that those in the 20-40 age range see a difference using these things.

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Hair Treatments -Marc Anthony - Deep Repair Aloe Vera JAsmine oil Deep Conditioning Packet

on 10/19/2017 8:40:00 PM

I had received this in one of my monthly subscription boxes and would never purchase it because I found it to be ineffective as a regular type of conditioner, let alone a "deep repair" treatment. I used it several times and felt no improvement in the texture or softness of my hair. I don't think it "conditioned" my hair at all so I was kind of surprised by the outcome.


Mascara -L'Oreal - Butterfly Intenza Mascara

on 10/19/2017 8:27:00 PM

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I liked the original Voluminous mascara - even after trying all the high priced favorites, it's better...and I really liked the Butterfly Sculpt; the weird eggbeater-shaped brush grabbed my skimpy lashes and even made those on my left eye (which for some reason always point down) flutter upwards. I won't use a lash curler, and with Butterfly Sculpt, I didn't need one. Finally! Then, stupidly, I bought L"Oreal Feline thinking it might do even more. I ended up using the Butterfly Sculpt brush with the Feline mascara, thinking the Voluminous formula was the same and it was the terrible Feline brush making the difference, but the formula seemed drier and ended up giving out in a matter of months - unheard of. So I went out and got the Butterfly Intenza. This does even a little more than the Butterfly Sculpt and with no effort - one coat or two, quickly. This will be my mascara from now on - no more detours! I have older, thinner lashes, and this makes them definitely noticeable. As close to false as possible.

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Cleansers -Jergens - All-Purpose Face Cream

on 10/19/2017 8:25:00 PM

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I'm giving this 3 lippies because I don't love it or hate it. Its just meh. Its really cheap and it lasts forever. I bought this as a moisturizer not a cleanser, makeup remover or primer so I'm reviewing as moisturize.
But FYI it does suck as a primer.
I'm surprised at all the great reviews, really. It is so greasy feeling. My hair sticks to my face! That dewy look it gives is because its like oil. And I've been using it for like 2 years and still have perpetual dry cheeks. I've finally had enough and am going to buy something else. I know, I'm a slow learner.
But I will keep my jar and probably still repurchase because of the price and it works in a pinch. But its still not great.


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