Product Reviews by Jessdaw

Foundations - Bourjois - 123 Perfect CC Cream

3.0
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1 month ago

Weirdly liked this more than the City Radiance Foundation.
Found that it provided more coverage and the colour matched me better.

I am a MAC NC 15 i.e. pale with a yellow/cool undertone and wore this in the Shade '31 Ivory'. It does oxidise slightly, but overall it's not bad, especially for everyday wear.

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Moisturizers - CLINIQUE - Pep-Start Hydro Rush Moisturizer SPF 20

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2 months ago

Underwhelming.
Merely an overpriced basic moisturiser with SPF. I won't buy it again.

I have combination-dry skin and was looking for a richer face cream for the winter months, without skimping on sunscreen. Needless to say, I was disappointed. My skin does not feel hydrated nor soft/supple after several uses. I don't feel that it benefited my skin in any way …
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Blush - essence - Mosaic Blush

4.0
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2 months ago

I hate spending ridiculous amounts of money on make-up when I can achieve the same effect with an affordable product.

This blusher is perfect. I am a pale whale and used the shade 'Natural Beauty' which wasn't too pink nor coral.
The pigment is good, it applies smoothly to the skin and doesn't cake/flake. A pot lasted about 8 months, with daily use, if not …
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Hair Removal - The Body Shop - Maca Root Shave Cream

5.0
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2 months ago

This stuff is the bee's knees.

Since I discovered it way back when, I haven't had any other shaving gel/foam/cream come close to this one!
I still find myself coming back to it...

It is a little pricey when compared to other brands; but I use it sparingly and will be sure to scrape the bottom of the tub to get my money's worth.

I shave about once …
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Liquid - Bourjois - City Radiance Foundation

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2 months ago

Well-priced, decent formula for everyday wear - especially for humans with pale complexions and cool/yellow undertones.

As a make-up lover, I am always on the hunt for cheap foundations that work well and match my skin tone. (I am a MAC NC15 gal, with fair/pink areas, the struggle is real).

I recently switched to The Body Shop Stay Matte Foundation (Railay Beach) but decided …
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Cleansers - BIODERMA - Sensibio H2O Micellar Cleansing Water and Makeup Remover Solution

5.0
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3 months ago

I'm never sure if products are "worth the hype" and could not comprehend spending this much on a make-up remover.
BUT.
Let me tell you, I was highly impressed with this cleanser. Fun fact: a bottle is sold every 3 seconds, worldwide. Yikes!

I can only compare it to the Garnier Micellar water, which I thought was pretty great, until I tried this.
I will never …
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Cleansers - Unlisted Brand - Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash

4.0
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4 months ago

This was one of my go-to cleansers when I battled with acne and didn't have tons of cash to blow on fancy ineffective products.

It's natural, affordable and lives up to its promise of purifying the skin.

I have sensitive combination skin, which tends to be more dry than oily. I never ran into any issues with this product being too harsh or irritating my skin. It …
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Treatments (Face) - Avene - Hydrance Optimale Soothing Hydrating Serum

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4 months ago

I haven't dabbled in the world of serums, but I scored this puppy as part of a free gift. And boy, was I unimpressed.

My repertoire doesn't extend further than the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum which specifically targets dehydrated skin. A tough competitor, as it fixed my peeling skin overnight.

Sadly, this serum fell short. It doesn't contain fragrance, but left my …
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Moisturizers - Eucerin - Anti Redness Concealing Day Cream SPF 25

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4 months ago

I have a pale complexion and my face tends to get red quite easily. This day cream has a slight green tint, which counteracts the redness, has a light consistency and layers well with oils or make-up. I also like that it is SPF 25, which is perfect for the South African climate.

I'm a huge fan of products that have more than one function (less products makes for a more convenient …
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Masks - Avene - Cleanance MASK

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4 months ago

I bought this mask when a local pharmacy had a special where you received a free Avene gift with the purchase of two products. I hadn't heard of the brand before. I have found that it is on the cheaper end of French pharmaceutical skincare. Most of the products work for their intended purpose but there isn't a "luxurious" feeling when using them.

I was pleasantly …
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