Product Reviews by itsgail

Lipstick - Lipstick Queen - Black Lace Rabbit

5.0
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8 days ago

I bought this in the Sugar and Spice set. I hesitated because although I knew I loved Queen Bee, and I wanted to try Ice Queen, I "knew" a black lipstick would be useless. But being familiar with how moisturising LQ lipsticks are, especially the sheer ones, I reasoned I'd keep it as an at-home lip balm. So I bought the set. Imagine my surprise when Black Lace Rabbit turned out to …Read more

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Tinted Moisturizer - theBalm Cosmetics - BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF 18

5.0
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4 months ago

I wouldn't buy it again yet I'm awarding it 5 stars. The only reason I wouldn't buy it again is that it's only SPF 18 and I use ELDW which is SPF10 and to me the extra 8 isn't worth it so when this is finished I'll revert to my daily ELDW usage. I live in London so usually it's an overcast day. For summer, I don't think SPF18 is sufficient. Therefore for …Read more

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Crème - theBalm Cosmetics - TimeBalm Foundation

4.0
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9 months ago

Another surprise hit from Thebalm! I love the timebalm concealer in lighter than light (reviewed separately) but thought, I draw the line at a cream foundation. The packaging of both products, both the box and the cheap plastic container, are off putting to me. I only bought the concealer as it was recommended - I bought it just to see - ended up loving it. So eventually, I decided to do the same …Read more

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Bronzers - Vita Liberata - BODY BLUR Instant HD Skin Finish 24 HR Wear

4.0
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9 months ago

I bought this in cafe creme (the lightest shade) and latte (the medium shade). Cafe creme is surprisingly pale and I assume it's designed for palest redheads to get a realistic tan. So for that it truly is enterprising as I don't think I've ever seen that before! And let me tell you it is such a delicate hint of 'bonne mine' that even a translucently pale ginger person …Read more

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Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics - Cremesheen Lipstick - Fanfare

2.0
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9 months ago

Maybe it's because I normally don't buy cremesheen formula but I've never had a MAC lipstick go so waxy and unpleasant to apply, after just a year! I have over a hundred lipsticks so it's not unknown for me to forget about a lipstick for a year and then use it. With MAC especially, this has never been an issue. This lipstick is a boring basic b- shade: it's a girly pink …Read more

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Concealers - theBalm Cosmetics - TimeBalm Concealer

4.0
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10 months ago

I must say this is a hidden gem surprise! It has great coverage, and I like the fact that it comes in cool toned pinky shades. It leaves a very natural non cakey finish. I only need a thin layer and "lighter than light" suits my skin exactly. I am not the palest so the name is slightly over exaggerated.

I do agree the packaging is flimsy but I keep mine in a cabinet and so …
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Brows - theBalm Cosmetics - Brow Pow Eyebrow Powder

2.0
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10 months ago

I've realised that my favourite powder is Billion Dollar Brows in Taupe. I'm kicking myself as I could have bought another bdb for a great price but decided that since I'd just bought this Thebalm powder in both "blonde" and "dark brown", I didn't need another bdb one even though it was a steal. I've been on a self imposed low buy and I thought, a …Read more

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Blush - MILANI - Baked Blush - Corallina

3.0
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10 months ago

I absolutely love luminoso so I decided to try this one next. I do think all of these blushers are excellent quality, they are made in Italy on terracotta tiles, and last forever.

Indeed I very often pick luminoso over more expensive blushers because I love the smooth application...but anyway... I've not actually made a review on luminoso; it gets so much acclaim that why add …
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Palettes - GUERLAIN - Electric Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette

5.0
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11 months ago

This is my favourite palette I've ever owned. It gives so much joy. I have been a makeup enthusiast (some might say addict) for nearly 20 years (gasp). Ever since I was a teenager I'd collect makeup. Two years ago I finally decided that's it, I have every colour known to man, I need to stop! Well I shan't say I actually stopped, but there was a definite slow down. Which is …Read more

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Highlighters - theBalm Cosmetics - Cindy-Lou Manizer Highlighter Shadow & Shimmer

1.0
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11 months ago

I don't understand what others are seeing? I always agree with Temptalia so I'm especially baffled with her awarding it glowing scores, as well as the over 80% rating here. To me, this isn't even a glowy blusher let alone a highlighter. It's a very dull glow and it's terribly chalky powdery (like most of thebalm stuff I've tried if not all, it kicks up tons of …Read more

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