Product Reviews by mandelboom

Pressed Powders - NYX Professional Makeup - #NoFilter Finishing Powder

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9 months ago

I so badly want to like Nyx products. Their products look amazing, there's such a great range. But omg this powder is horrible. I actually got a fright when I looked in the mirror because it aged me so much, settled into all my wrinkles and accentuated them. I started googling microneedling immediately. 2 hours later, it had clumped into little patches of powder, and made me look textured …Read more

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Lipstick - Smashbox - Always On Liquid Lip - Tar Pit

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10 months ago

This is the most phenomenal liquid lip I've ever tried. Goes on easy, intense opaque colour, doesn't dry your lips out at any stage of the evening, and sticks around for hours. And the COLOUR. Oh my God the colour. Pure pure black and so gorgeous. Wear with a subtle smokey eye and a black/grey top, and loose hair to soften the look, and you are GOLDEN.

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Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics - Matte Lipstick - Candy Yum-Yum

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10 months ago

Adore the colour, it looks amazing paired with neutral colored clothes. But. Oh my God the driness. After 2 hours of wearing this my lips literally started peeling off in chunks. That's fine I can deal with that, except it makes the lipstick look terrible and patchy. In addition, if you smile cracks show up in the colour. Guys for real this shit is DRY. If you're really sold on this I …Read more

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Liquid - Smashbox - Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation

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10 months ago

Currently my go-to foundation, ever since I stopped using MAC Studio Fix due to ethical reasons (SB stopped testing on animals in 2017). I really love it, its smooth and hydrating and buildable. It is light-medium coverage, but if I put on 2 layers it manages to cover most of my acne scarring. It's staying power is very similar to Studio Fix, does last for ages. No breakouts which is a plus …Read more

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Lip Gloss - The Body Shop - Liquid Lip Color (all)

4.0
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10 months ago

I feel like I'm reviewing a different product to everyone else.. I have the Body Shop Matte Liquid Lip in Nairobi 034. I love the colour, its just a slightly more intense colour of my actual lips so it's really appropriate for every day wear, and it's properly matte. The other colours also look beautiful. It goes on really soft and moisturizing, which made me doubt whether it would …Read more

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Lipstick - Kylie Cosmetics - Matte LipKit

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Oct/23/2017

I kinda hate myself for saying this but I actually think this is a pretty good product. Staying power is amazing, lasts me all day including drinking and some eating, with beautiful pigmentation. I do find it a wee bit dry for the first 30 minutes, but somehow it settles. So yes I think it kinda lives up to the hype. I won't be buying again simply because I feel like there's …Read more

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

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Oct/23/2017

Got this product to help prevent acne, to clear up my areas where I get recurrent breakouts (chin, lip and sides of nose), to minimize pores and just improve texture and help product penetration.

I now on usage 5, using this twice a week. The first two masks I felt an intense itchiness in my usual problem areas, and sure enough when I woke up I had breakouts in all those areas. Since …
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Primer/ Corrector - Smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer - Pore Minimizing

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Oct/04/2017

Although this, like all SB primers, are AMAAAAZING (I honestly spend the whole day touching my face because I feel sooooo silky) it didn't have a HUGE effect on my pores. I noticed a small difference because I was looking for it, but generally nothing huge. Will defos buy SB primer again but maybe the green one.

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Moisturizers - ENVIRON - AVST Moisturizer

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Oct/04/2017

Here's my experience with this regime:

I never ever used moisturizer because I have really acne prone skin (severe acne in my teens and then again mid twenties)

Then in my mid twenties during a year of really bad cystic acne on my jaw especially, a cosmetologist convinced me to start level 1. Although I was really nervous of moisturizers (every cream I had EVER tried led to …
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