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  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil

    I have reviewed other specific colors but I wanted to touch on 2 specific colors without their own category. I love these in general, they are very smooth and last longer than most liners. I have owned wicked,heavy,naked and wallflower Wicked was too pink for me to pull off and it got swapped. It was a very barbie pink color that I am sure would look awesome on most blonds. Heavy is called a nude on the website but I found it to be more brown on my fair skin. a bit dark for every day. Naked is a beautiful color and from what I can see the color (besides ozone) that is most likely to be pulled off by the most people. On me it appears very rosy. For those who love a lighter nude lip I would go with wallflower. It works well for me for everyday. This is one of their new colors and I had to have it. It is my favorite. I wish that the caps would stay on the back of the pencil though, it would make it much easier to do my makeup on the go. I instantly fell in love with the formula -- smooth, non-drying, and stains the lips to perfection. The color, however, wasn't super flattering on my bare lips. Rather than a 'rosy neutral', I would describe Illegal as a 'peachy nude'. I can't really detect any rosy tones! My lips have a pinkish tone to them and I generally avoid anything too brown/warm/peachy-toned, unless there's a fair amount of pink to off-set it, which there wasn't with Illegal. So I headed to Sephora for an exchange and swatched Illegal next to Wallflower and Midnight Cowboy. All three shades have a similar tone, with Illegal being more peachy (peachy-nude), Midnight Cowboy being more brown (brownish-nude), and Wallflower being more pink (pinkish-nude). I've been looking forever for that elusive "nude" lip liner that would blend in to my lip color beautifully and harmonize with most of my lip colors and Wallflower is it! It looks great against my MAC NC20 skintone, even with just a bit of balm and it doesn't wash me out. Highly recommend!

    July 2, 2013

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  • Urban Decay Shadow Box

    I am a huge fan of Urban Decay, particularly their eyeshadow palettes. At the moment I own the preen palette, Naked2, the feminine palette (2011), the 15 year anniversary palette, and this little beauty. I discovered Urban Decay too late to purchase this product when it first came out, but after some searching found it online for a very reasonable £22. I was a little dubious as to whether it was the real deal, seeing as it was discontinued at this point, but after the Official Urban Decay facebook page confirmed that it was, I went ahead and nagged my fiance for it for Valentines. First of all, I'll comment on the packaging. It comes in the traditional UD deep purple velvet packaging, with a very cute "bling" design in the center which I have a fetish for touching for some reason. It's a very nice size for handbags and travelling, and closes firmly with the magnetic lid. When you open it up you see the mouthwateringly beautiful nine shades and two sponge applicators against an understated (particularly for UD), but chic white base. Some minor detail of purple flowers and birds adorn the inner lid, along with a good sized mirror. The eyeshadows are, of course, of spectacular quality. As they are deluxe shadows, they're supposed to be a "touch" more special than the ordinary UD colours, but I don't think they're any different. To be honest, I don't see how the deluxe formula can be better than the original formula anyway. I truly believe that no other makeup company makes eyeshadows as pigmented and as special as UD. As mentioned previously, all shadows are of the best quality. I happen to like the two sponge applicators also, as I find they transfer colour better than brushes, though it's absolutely essential to use brushes to blend properly. All the colours are workable, even the bright ones. (I managed to create a gorgeous look using Peace all over the inner 3/4s of my lid, Ransom in the outer v, Fishnet buffed into the crease, Honey in the tear duct, and Graffiti in the inner corner) The balance of brights with neutrals is nice, however, it is missing a highlighter shade (not really an issue for me as I have a few hanging around.) Overall I would wholeheartedly recommend this palette. You can create fun, bold, but also soft and natural looks too. Quality product!

    July 2, 2013

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  • Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette

    This review is for the kit with the green #1. I gave this four lippies because it is great at concealing..which is what it is meant for. I actually bought it because I can't seem to find MUFE's Sculpt Duo for contouring anywhere and I thought maybe this would be just as good for contouring. It really wasn't. The colors are too similar and there is really no contrast for it to serve that purpose. Maybe it you had both the light #1 and the dark #4. Anyway, as a concealer it blended easily for me (on top of foundation) and seemed to go on much better with a concealer brush instead of my fingers. It didn't settle into fine lines and the lightest shade brightened my eyes up. The green, I used under foundation to cancel out redness and then put the light concealer and foundation over it. Then set with a powder and it stays for around 6 hours. Which is fine for me, as my skin is fairly oily and I can't expect much more. I do recommend this as it has shades that will work when skin warms up in the summer and for when palest in winter.

    July 1, 2013

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  • Olay Total Effects Wet Cleansing Cloths
    9.0

    Olay Total Effects Wet Cleansing Cloths

    Something for when you're on the go

    Olay's Total Effects Wet Cleansing Cloths are "dual textured to gently cleanser and exfoliate the skin in one simple step - no lathering and rinsing required! At the same time, they infuse age defying vitamins and moisturizers for fresher, younger looking skin." Like all Olay Total Effects products, these facial towelettes fight seven signs of aging (lines and wrinkles, rough texture, uneven skin tone, dullness, prominent pores, age spots, and dryness). I don't believe facial wipes can really fight aging. Long time readers of my blog probably know the Olay is my favorite skincare brand, their products are ever present in my skincare routine, and I've never once been disappointed in one of their products. I used their Daily Facial towelettes for years, but I've never tried the Total Effects one, which is pre-moistened (the Daily Facial ones I used were water activated). Each packet of Olay's Total Effects wipes contain 30 wipes and retails for roughly $7. I was sent these cleansing towelettes by Free Beauty Events, in exchange for promoting their monthly giveaways. Olay doesn't publish where this product was made. Olay is a subsidiary of Proctor&Gamble, a company that does engage in animal testing. Olay's Total Effects Wet Cloths come in a black shiny packet with a sticky tab closure. The sticky tab actually stays closed, protecting the contents from drying out. No one likes a dry towelettes. The sticky tab doubles as a label, featuring the name of the product, the Olay and Total Effects logos and a few short claims. Flip the packet over and you'll find directions, a full ingredient list, and some company info. Simple and efficient but sleek packaging, very nice. Plus it's black and gold! Each cloth is on the larger side and has a soft, woven texture. Olay's Wet Cloths really are quite wet, which is always a bonus. These towelettes aren't made of a stretchy material like most, but they are very soft, and also durable, I can barely tear one. Olay's Total Effects Wet Cloths are great for removing foundation and face makeup, or just for wiping away the day's sweat and oil, but this is not the product to turn to for eye makeup removal. I'm not really sure what else to say about Olay's Wet Cloths, I'm really not one to use wipes like these in place of a true cleanser unless I really have to. I prefer them for in between cleansing or makeup removal. Olay Total Effects Wet Cloths leave behind a slight, filmy residue that makes me uncomfortable and itchy if I don't splash my face with water afterwards. I believe Olay said I wouldn't have to rinse. I don't know, I feel like needing to rinse cancels out the convenience of towelettes like these. If you aren't a fan of fragranced skincare, you'll certainly want to pass on Olay's Total Effects wipes, they're very strongly scented. The scent is nice, just too much, almost obnoxious. This is the first Olay product to ever let me down. The towelettes are a good size and quite saturated, but not enough to be effective at removing heavier makeup. Olay's Total Effects Wet Cloths could be great for you if you wear minimal makeup, or non at all, but they just aren't enough for me. I don't like towelettes as cleansers unless I'm in a pinch or on the go, so I'll save the rest of my packet for travel. I won't be repurchasing though, I've already found wipes I like. I don't recommend Olay Total Effects Wet Cloths; there are more effective, more affordable face wipes out there that don't need leave a residue. Try Hard Candy's Take it Off Wipes ($5), or Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Towlettes ($6) instead.

    July 1, 2013

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  • CHI Silk Infusion

    I happen to like the smell of this product. What it does for my fine, but thick processed hair is wonderful. I've been using it for over two years now. It's an interesting product. Use too much, and you're a grease ball. Use too little, and there's no effect. I take about a dime size in my palms, and rub it through my wet hair before I blow dry it. If I didn't do this, my hair would be lackluster, have less shine, show split ends and be flat. I also feel it protects my hair from the heat processing. I try to keep it away from my roots or my hair will appear more greasy, too. Should I have poured a little too much into my hands, and it's still on my palms, I'll just rub the excess onto my arms. I enjoy the smell, and it evaporates quickly. At nighttime, if my hair seems on the drier side, I'll take a small amount, less than a dime size, and do the same thing. I'll find that this volumizes my hair and seems to pouf it up. In the morning, my hair is not greasy at all, but it isn't dry, and I can still get another day out of it without washing it. That's important because too much washing will eventually strip the color and that's not something I need. I buy the large bottle, and that's rather unwieldy, so I've taken some used 2 ounce containers that I've had from former products and poured it into them instead. Much easier to control the amount from a smaller container, I can tote them in my makeup bag, if necessary, and I can also store one of these on my vanity. Definitely worth it to buy the large size versus the small. It will last you a year, and if you break that down, it's pennies a day for a product that makes your hair look good. You're really putting so little into your locks at one time it doesn't weigh your hair down at all. Chi Silk Infusion just gives you shine and manageability. A great Farouk product I'm stuck on.

    July 1, 2013

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  • CHI Transformation System Keratin Mist

    I have thin shoulder length curly frizzy dry hair..I have a tendency to have copious hair breakage so I decided to try out this product since it proclaimed to have hair strengthening properties. I conducted an experiment ..I would only spray one half of my head and just use the product on my right side of my head. I have to say I thought the scent was pleasant though a bit strong and would clash with my perfume . I also did NOT see any visible changes in the reduction of any frizz.. I continued to use the mist for a week and again did not notice any less breakage or reduction in frizz what so ever!! I have better results going NATURAL using oils such as coconut and almond... as well as being much less expensive... I rather limit the amount of CHEMICALS in and out of my body as much as possible!! SO I am going NATURAL as well as increasing my total protein intake..Beauty beings from within after all!! It has been two weeks since I stopped using the Keratin Mist and started using my oils (coconut) and I must say I AM THRILLED with the results...Google coconut oils and see for yourself!! Good luck everyone!!

    July 1, 2013

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  • Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar

    This soap has been a tried and true favorite of mine for over a decade and a half. I have rather sensitive/reactive skin. I have to be careful with what products I use on not only my face but also my entire body. Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar cleans thoroughly, yet it's gentle; it doesn't strip my skin of its natural moisture. The fragrance is mild and pleasant. Sort of generic ("soapy") but clean. One bar lasts surprisingly long, especially if you take care to store it away from direct moisture (i.e. in a soap dish or shower rack w/drainage slots so it can dry in between uses). What I appreciate most about this product is that, way back when I first started using this (many years ago!), I felt a significant change in the softness of my skin. It was a literal skin transformation for me, all thanks to using this soap. I also keep a bar of this in my kitchen for hand soap, and it totally softens the skin on my hands; a must-have for frequent hand washers if you ask me. There's a reason why Cetaphil is the dermatological "gold standard." I actually have a dermatologist in my family, and he's recommended Cetaphil cleansers and moisturizers for as long as I can remember. If you're looking for a no-frills bar soap that cleanses without drying and leaves your skin feeling baby-butt smooth, then look no further. Apart from the odd hotel mini soap when I'm traveling (e.g. Molton Brown) I won't use any other soap. Cetaphil falls under the "if it's not broken, then don't fix it" category for me. I've repurchased this soap so many times over the years that I lost count a long time ago. I'm also a long-time devotee of the Gentle Skin Cleanser (liquid) for my face/neck which is equally superb. Been using Cetaphil to cleanse my face and body for about 15 years now, and my skin looks amazing. I see myself using these products forever.

    July 1, 2013

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  • Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

    For a very basic lotion, it does a good job. I apply it every night after my shower and after several uses, my skin felt noticeably softer. Using this combined with regular body exfoliation definitely helps to maintain soft and smooth skin. Some people may find it to be slightly tacky on the skin, like it hasn't fully absorbed, but since I apply it at night, it doesn't really bother me. There was one night though, that my brother touched my neck and was like, "why are you sweating? Didn't you just have a shower?" So yeah.. tacky feeling lotion and a younger brother probably isn't the best pairing! My mistake with this lotion though was trying it on my face. What was I thinking?! For reference, I have oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin. My skin is also EXTREMELY prone to clogged pores. I thought that it'd be wonderful and so convenient if I could use the same inexpensive, simple moisturiser on my face and body. I tried it one night and the next morning awoke to skin that was oiler than usual and a couple of new spots on my cheek/chin area. The clarity of my skin didn't look too crash hot either. After testing it out a few more times on random nights just to be sure, I've concluded that even as a night cream, this is not good for oily skin, especially if it's acne-prone. However, depending on your skin type, some people will like it for face and body. My friend has dry, sensitive skin and this works great as an all-in-one moisturiser. I'm still rating this product highly because as a body lotion, it's very good and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants something inexpensive to use daily.

    July 1, 2013

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  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

    I use the formulation for oily skin, and find it makes a huge difference between using just any old "oily skin" cleanser. While I myself do not have sensitive skin, it's great for a product designed for oily skin to be gentle, as often they are harsh. This has a typically soapy odour, inoffensive, clean, I like it as far as cleansing smells go. One thing I am not so fond of is the price. The formulation specifically for oily skin is harder to get hold of than the normal type where I live, and is often more expensive, not that the normal type is particularly cheap for a "drugstore" cleanser anyway. That being said a small bottle does last me a good half a year, so maybe I'm just being stingy, haha. I've chopped and changed between face washes, and honestly, nothing measures up to it. I looked high and low in my teens and early twenties for something that could control my oily skin. This was it, the gentle version was just too gentle for my skin, but the regular strength leaves my skin feeling clean and gunk free. It can be drying, but for my oily skin that was almost desirable, and 100% managed by any moisturizer, and even plain sunscreen in a pinch. This is the only product in my bathroom that I'm wedded to. My moisturizer, make up, hair and other skin care products are the stuff of whims and whats on sale. My only gripe is the packaging not very travel friendly.

    July 1, 2013

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  • Clinique Deep Cleansing Emergency Mask

    I have been using this product for only a couple of days but so far, I really like it. My skin has been acting up lately so one day while strolling the counter, I saw this and decided I'd try it. What I love about it so far is that it is extremely effective at bringing swollen, stubborn pimples that don't want to pop to their knees. I had a doozy on my forehead that was just a lump taunting me with its unwillingness to come to the surface. I put this stuff on over the course of a day, rinsing and reapplying, and not long after I was finally able to get the stubborn lump to succumb to the pressure of my fingertips. TMI, but what a mess. Anyway, I like this mask because it makes me victorious over the most stubborn blemishes and doesn't reek of sulfur/eggs/farts like my DDF mask did (that one made me skin stink ALL day even after washing, horrible). It is also nowhere near as expensive as the DDF mask and the packaging is so much better since the DDF tub is constantly drying up. This mask also really dries up any oil and moisture which is sort of painful for a dry skinned girl like me but the results of having one less pimple to fight with make it totally worth it. Overall, recommended! I left this on a pimple too long a couple days ago and the entire area the layer was on became red, dry, patchy and even elevated - like a welt. The pores on my cheek also expanded to the largest I've seen it. I'm treating it and I'm sure it'll clear up but go easy on this one! This was one of those times where longer didn't = better. Whoops! continued >>

    July 1, 2013

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