Masks -Clinique - City Block Charcoal Mask And Scrub

on 10/19/2017 5:29:00 PM


According to Clinique website 'Natural bamboo charcoal and kaolin clay help remove pollution and impurities, while natural silica beads gently refine texture.'
There is nothing gentle about this thing. It's too harsh even for my hands, let alone the face. On the bright side, it leaves skin very smooth and extremely clean.
Not for sensitive skins, but awesome for those who like highly abrasive products.

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Foundations -Algenist - Reveal Color Correcting Anti Aging Serum Foundation SPF 15

on 10/19/2017 5:20:00 PM

The Algenist band caught my eye at Ulta because I have always liked brands that incorporate some kind of skincare into their makeup. At this point, I was looking for something to replace my Teint Idole 24h Wear Ultra. I like that foundation because of its thin texture and longevity - it lasts all day on me. Unfortunately, they don't carry my color in the US (01 Alabaster beige - quite more yellow than the US colors).

There are not a lot of colors of the foundation: 6 in total - from about NW15 to about NC45. As I have very yellow skin, the color Fair didn't suit me - it was too pink. The next color up is light. This is something between NC25-30, which was a much better match color wise, as it had much more yellow. However, it was a shade too dark for me. After reading some reviews about the foundation (the staff probably was wondering why I was just walking around there for half an hour, buried in my phone :P ), I decided to buy it. It was a pretty big bonus that the price was quite good... $38, compared to what I usually pay for foundation ($50-70). It is the regular, 30 mL/1 oz size. I also liked that it had no alcohol and quite a lot of interesting ingredients that are supposed to be good for the skin. There's quite a lot of silicones in there though, but they have never bothered my skin, as far as I know. This foundation doesn't *feel* silicon-y though. The foundation was also advertised as long-wearing, which I believed it could be, as there are polymers in this that tends to prolong the longevity of such products. This also applied pretty well on my, without sinking much into small wrinkles.

The foundation has a dropper-type of dispensing mechanism. I must say I'm not a big fan of this, but oh well. It says that one should start with 4 drops of this and built the coverage up as needed. I have used 3-7 drops and the coverage has varied between light-solid medium without being caky. I have tried to apply this foundation with a beauty blender and using fingers. Obviously, such thin products just soak into a beauty blender, but fingers work well. The foundation doesn't emphasize any texture issues on my skin, but it also doesn't have much blurring action (I don't need it either though). It is quite moisturizing, but satin in finish. I don't think it oxidized on me at all, which is practical. I have sensitive skin, and this doesn't bother it the least, and it really does wear all day. I set this with powder, as I do with all of my foundations, but I believe this isn't strictly necessary - if you have drier skin or doesn't use a moisturizer, I think you could skip powder.

Now, to one of my favorite parts: Algenist has something called Concentrated Color Correcting Drops. They come in 4 colors: pink, apricot, green and blue. They are advertised as something that can be used UNDER foundation to correct skin tone before applying the Algenist foundation. However, I tried to mix these with some of the foundation... and it works well this way to! This means that you can change the color of your foundation with those! :D As green neutralizes orange tones, I tried to add some of the green corrector to my foundation, and it worked well :) Thus, the colors of this foundation can be modified using the correctors. This might thin the foundation out just a tiny little bit, but it is quite good news IMO. I'm definitely going to buy more of the foundation and the corrector, which might work on other foundations too!

I would recommend this to those looking for good ingredients in a foundation, who look for light-medium coverage, preferrably dry-normal skin

Cleansers -Philosophy - Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Cleanser

on 10/19/2017 5:16:00 PM

I have officially found my HG cleanser after years of looking for one that would tame my very oily skin and my acne. I don't have bad acne but it's very stubborn and nothing seemed to help and get rid of the pimples under my skin. It is very drying so I use it with the aveeno clear complexion daily moisturizer and my skin has never felt and looked better. It's not an over night thing, you have to give it some time but gosh is it ever good! LOVE LOVE LOVE this product !!

Eye Shadow -Unlisted Brand - Senegence - ShadowSense

on 10/19/2017 5:01:00 PM

I am not a big fan of creme shadows, but I thought I'd try this. I bought sandstone pearl shimmer. I like the color a lot. I tried applying this alone, without a primer, and it worked fairly well after layering the color. But, it worked really well with my primer (Urban Decay). The most annoying thing is the layering though. It takes a good 3 layers with drying time between to achieve acceptable coverage. I don't have that kind of patience for the most part when doing my makeup. You also have to use a good brush- your fingertip won't work, and the wand certainly won't. Another con is that there is not that much in each package. It runs out very fast, especially since you need to layer it. I actually like it better as an eyeliner than as a shadow, but I have other brands I prefer for shadows, so I'm not sure I will buy another ShadowSence. To be transparent, I am technically a distributor (I just buy certain products for personal use).

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Eyeliner -Rimmel - ScandalEyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pot

on 10/19/2017 5:00:00 PM


This product is the worst.Clumpy and dry and ruins my whole eye look, no matter what brush i use. Definitely throwing it out!

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Lips -Nivea - Essential Care

on 10/19/2017 4:59:00 PM


I've tried quite a few lip balms and this will always be my favourite. I prefer these babies over EOS balms, those feel so much more waxy and i have to build them up alot to even feel some product on my lips. I love this nivea one cause its so creamy and with one glide my lips feel hydrated, but it does actual help the chapped-ness reduce and repair my lips alot over time. Dont ask how but right now I ended up with like 10 of the 2 packs and im not even mad about it cause i love these alot and are my HG balms lmao, I def reccomend!

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Hair Treatments -Aphogee - Two-Step Protein Treatment (formerly Treatment for Damaged Hair)

on 10/19/2017 4:57:00 PM


As I've found with all Aphogee products they are outstanding! This along with their other products have brought my dry over processed hair back to life. Have used this twice now and can't say enough good about it. Price is very affordable and results are fantastic. I will never use anything but Aphogee products on my hair from now on!

Eyeliner -Tarte - SmolderEyes Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner - Rose Gold

on 10/19/2017 4:50:00 PM

Beautiful color on the back of my hand, but I can't see it at all on my eyelid as eyeliner. I've tried 3 different brushes, layering, and using a primer, and it still doesn't show up. I can get a very subtle look when using it as a shadow, but it is not a good liner. The outer packaging is about 3 times bigger than the pot, so that is a bit of a waste.

Primer/ Corrector -Unlisted Brand - J. One Jelly Pack

on 10/19/2017 4:38:00 PM


Smooths, tightens, hydrates. Only primer that ever made a difference in longevity and look of foundations and bb creams.
I use it on top of suncream if i use foundation.
The other reviewers explain much better how to apply than i can. it does have a bit of a learning curve.

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Lipstick -Rimmel - Moisture Renew - Red Alert

on 10/19/2017 4:34:00 PM


Red lipstick is a lifelong love for me, the epitome of classic elegance. A swipe of a perfect red, and my skin looks instantly more luminous and I feel glamorous! No wonder red is always the most popular lipstick shade in France, decade after decade. Although some women may be apprehensive about wearing red lipstick, I think they should all try it, at least now and then.

Rimmel lipstick in "Red Alert" is a beautiful and stunning color, vibrant and intense. I feel that it has cool undertones, because my teeth look whiter with this shade than with more orange-y reds.

This lipstick does have an old-school lipstick scent, kind of powdery and feminine. It brings to mind what lipsticks of Hollywood starlets must have smelled like, in the 1940's. I find it elegant, but I can see why some ladies may find it less pleasing.

On the lips, this Rimmel product feels comfortable and moisturizing. Wear-time is about average for a creamy lipstick, so I expect to require reapplication after eating or drinking. I don't mind, because I enjoy the ritual of lipstick application!

I plan to repurchase this shade, even though I'm in no danger of running out. I like to have one in my handbag at all times, and one in my cosmetic bag. At this price point, I can definitely afford to stockpile ;-)

Eye Shadow -Clinique - All About Shadow Quad - Pink Chocolate

on 10/19/2017 4:32:00 PM


I am a makeup fanatic and have so many eye shadows that I could make over a good chunk of NY State and still have some leftover. Saying that, I am a new convert to Clinique eye shadows. I have been wearing Clinique products since the early 70s when I used to steal my mother's makeup but somewhere along the way I "outgrew" the product line. I love their lip liners and would buy a lipstick here and there, but that was about it, until last year when a friend of mine lost a bunch of weight and wanted to get back to wearing makeup. Since she has sensitive eyes, and Clinique was one of the few brands that she could wear, I stopped into The Cosmetics Company Store (which is apparently owned by Estee Lauder as it only sells Lauder owned brands) and bought her some Clinique 8 pans as a gift. I wound up buying a Quad in Safari Green for myself and was hooked! Great colors, easy to blend, and in a small pack-able case. So now I am exploring other colors and recently bought the Quad in Pink Chocolate. Love, love, love!

My skin is a little lighter than NW20 (maybe NW18 if it existed). I have a lot of color in my skin - cool-ish pinky/peach. Brown "nude" shadows never look right on me - certainly never "natural". When I want a natural makeup look, I have to go to the cool end of things and until fairly recently, "natural" cool colors weren't that easy to find.

I was excited to try out this Pink Chocolate Quad and it met my expectations. The colors looked natural on me yet also made my grey/green eyes pop. You notice my eye color instead of the eye shadow. The shadows have a bit of sheen to them (they are not matte) and are very soft-looking. I use UD Primer Potion in Sin with a very thin film of Silk Naturals Stick 'Em over that (makes shadows glide on easier) and then apply the shadows over that. The shadow lasts all day and well into the night and with little to no creasing (but I don't have oily eyelids either). This Quad is perfect if you need to look natural but polished by day (such as in a conservative office setting), or want to look nice on weekends without being too "done". If you have darker skin, try this out before buying as it will be a totally different look for you; ditto if you have very warm toned skin - it might look more dramatic than neutral (or be unflattering in general).

Clinique isn't a "sexy" brand or a trendy brand for that matter. They make nice "everyday" makeup that is a step above drug store yet isn't as expensive as most other dept store brands. Nobody is going to get on Youtube and hawk the hell out of it, yet Clinique is still around after almost 50 years when so many other iconic brands have almost disappeared or folded altogether. That tells you something...

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Eye Makeup Remover -Unlisted Brand - Target - Up & Up Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

on 10/19/2017 4:17:00 PM



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Treatments (Eye) -Deciem - The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

on 10/19/2017 3:53:00 PM


I have very puffy under eyes in the morning and by the end of the day. This product is aces at eliminating that under eye puffiness and smoothing out the under eye area. I definitely look more rested and younger after using this, which I do twice a day. The price is unbelievably reasonable, as are all the Ordinary products, and the amount needed is just a drop for each eye, so I imagine this will last quite a while. Altogether, a great product and one I will continue to purchase. NB. this does nothing for dark circles but I didn't expect it to as none of the ingredients are targeted towards eliminating dark circles. Will have to find something else for that! But the caffeine solution works on the puffiness. If that's your problem, try this!

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Mascara -Guerlain - Guerlain Cils d'Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara

on 10/19/2017 3:51:00 PM


Love the colour selection, applies lovely . Unfortunatly it doesnt give me the dramatic lashes i want.
The navy colour shows up well for me without being obvious.
All in all id repurchase its a good daily mascara that stays put and is easy to remove.

Mascara -Lancome - Monsieur Big Volume Mascara

on 10/19/2017 3:44:00 PM


Disliked it a lot. Got it on sale for 15 euro and even that was to much. Its gunky and gummy textured, practically impossible to remove. Worst of all it doesnt look anything special. It doesnt harden so thats a good thing..

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