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My @chemist.confessions travel buddy order arrived a couple days ago - I, of course, can't give a full review but my first impressions are generally positive! The packaging / branding is very sleek - the shipping box even had branded (cute!) packing tape.
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- Aquafix: This has a thicker texture than I expected! Soothing and hydrating for sure.
- Mr. Reliable: I was least excited about this product but I really like it so far - it's richer than I expected, which is a good thing for my winter skin!
- The Better Oil: I like face oils and this has fantastic ingredients, but I don't love the scent. Sometimes scents grow on me over time though (and I don't hate it or anything) so we shall see.
- Balm Voyage: This is a balm, but body heat melts it into an oil very quickly.  This may be my favorite of the products this far.
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#skincarecommunity #chemistconfessions #aquafix #mrreliable #thebetteroil #balmvoyage #decodethatIL
#mynailsmatchmycountertop
I purchased a package of @bentoncosmetic Goodbye Redness Centella Mask Pack sheet masks at a discount via @0.8l_usa in exchange for a review. I really enjoyed these masks - they were saturated but not drippy, the mask material was very soft, and it fit and adhered well.
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I have rosacea that flares up in the winter, and these masks did a great job of calming my skin down. They definitely didn't take all the redness or inflammation away - nothing does - but they worked better than just about all the other sheet masks I've tried. I would (and will!) purchase them again.
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#benton #bentoncosmetic #GoodbyeRednessCentellaMaskPack #RednessMaskPack #CentellaMaskPack #sheetmask #Centella #maskpack #naturalcosmetics #kbeauty #beauty #instabeauty #08liter #08L
I purchased @wishtrend's Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water at a discount (I paid $4; it retails for $22) via @0.8l_usa in exchange for posting a review. It is advertised as a “hydrating and non-irritating exfoliant that can be used daily.” It looks fantastic on paper, but unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. I found that used even once it sensitized my skin and made me feel overexfoliated, despite the appropriate pH and low percentage of a gentle acid. It is supposed to have a pH of 4.5 +/- 1, and looked like it was right around 4.5 on my test strips.  I don’t know why it didn’t work for me - I’ve had similar experiences with some other acid toners, like The Ordinary's Glycolic 7%, but do just fine with some stronger exfoliants like Drunk Elephant’s Framboos Glycolic.  But not every product works for everyone - that's just how it goes!
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#SensitiveSkin #ByWishtrend #MandelicWater #Skincare #Exfoliator #beauty #instabeauty #08liter #08L
Essence Water Kiss Glossy Lip Colour in 03 Aquatic Chic - so good and only $3.50! It goes on watery but dries down to a very comfortable satin finish. I love the color and have been wearing it a lot lately. I've had really good luck with Essence lip products, more hits than misses for sure!
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(I purchased the product, not sponsored of course)
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#essencecosmetics #essencemakeup #essencewaterkiss #waterkissglossylipcolour #drugstoremakeup
Currently in my shower:
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@glossier body hero daily oil wash. It's fine; I like the formula (lightly foaming, lightly moisturizing). I don't mind the scent, but I don't actively enjoy it either and it's very strong. I purchased it with store credit and would not repurchase unless they come out with a different scent.
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@cerave hydrating body wash. Kind of a boring product - doesn't foam, no scent - but it's very moisturizing (for a cleanser). Not good for summer, but will be great for winter; will probably repurchase.
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@traderjoes grapefruit ginger sugar scrub. I LOVE THIS, A++. Great formula - the sugar grains are small enough to scrub well without hurting or irritating my skin, it rinses clean (unlike many oil based sugar scrubs) and leaves skin lightly moisturized. I love the scent - zingy and perfect for the shower. Good packaging too, way better than a jar. Will definitely repurchase.
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@schmidtsnaturals jasmine tea body wash - this is kind of the opposite of the Glossier, because the formula is just ok but the scent is amazing, it's a very true to life jasmine green tea. I find it a little drying, especially in colder weather, so I sometimes mix it with the CeraVe to get the scent. Will repurchase.
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What's your favorite body wash or scrub?
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#glossierbodyhero #glossierbodyherodailyoilwash #cerave #traderjoes #traderjoesgrapefruitgingersugarscrub #traderjoessugarscrub #schmidts #schmidtsjasminetea
I purchased the @manyofactory_official Pure Cleansing Oil at a discount via @0.8l_usa - I paid $4 and it retails for around $29. I was excited to try it because I love cleansing oils generally and go through them quite quickly, and because @makeupwithdrawal loves Manyo Factory and it's always sounded good to me!
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The cleansing oil is medium weight, has a good slip, and is moderately fragranced - sort of a citrus/herbal scent, I find it quite pleasant and not too strong. It emulsifies with water, rinses off, and is very gentle.  However, I don’t find that it removes water resistant sunscreen or makeup very well - I’m left with some residue on my face after oil cleansing, though it’s hard to say how much of it is from the makeup and how much is from the cleanser not fully rinsing off. If you typically don’t need much cleansing power - it still cleanses better than most water based cleansers I’ve tried - and typically follow up with a second cleanser, it might work well for you. I prefer other oil cleansers, but don’t dislike this one and I will use it up.
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#manyo #manyofactory #pureCleansingOil #CleansingOil #amazon #beauty #instabeauty #08liter #08L
This Wet n Wild #zombieblush looks super gimmicky, but surprisingly works well as a blush! Swipe for swatches - left to right is a fingertip swatch wet, brush swatch dry, and brush swatch diffused. It blends out to a sort of sunburned rust with a subtle green highlight. I like it!
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This is definitely better as a blush than an eyeshadow due to semi sheer pigmentation, but it's workable as either. I want to do a monochrome look using it on my eyes, as blush, and patted on my lips too.
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#wetnwildbeauty #wetnwildzombieblush
My first @sephora order. I added the brush to get free shipping.
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I saw a couple YouTube videos where people looked back at their first online Sephora order, and though I'd join in. I very clearly remember ordering this! The Naked Palette and been released not that long ago, and kept going out of stock, so I was really excited to get it.
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I still have the palette but haven't used it for months or perhaps years. I have a single of Smog - my favorite from the palette - and I do use that.
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#sephora #firstsephorapurchase
I am a big fan of YSL'S Glossy Stains and Lancome's L'Absolu Lacquer is quite similar - perhaps a bit thinner in texture. Like the Glossy Stains, these are glossy but have minimal transfer, last well, and leave a stain. This is 306 Infra Rose - I thought it might be too cool for me, and it does initially apply as a cooler / purpler pink, but within a few seconds it warms up a bit. I tried to capture the color change in the second photo, but no luck. I've really been enjoying this as a super easy lip product to keep in my bag. One downside is that it is fragranced - the scent bothered me at first, but now that I'm used to it I barely notice it.
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Purchased by me. I smoothed my skin in the third pic because I didn't want to stare at my pores, but didn't otherwise edit or change the texture of my lips.
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#lancomelabsolulacquer #labsolulacquer #306infrarose #labsolulacquer306 #glossystain #yslglossystain
This #sephorafavorites kit has been in my cart since it launched a month or so ago, I finally decided to go for it. It's the rare kit where I would actually use every item in it! I'm especially excited about the Laura Mercier and Hourglass highlighters and the Becca bronzers, as I've wanted to try those for a while but definitely don't want or need full sizes.  Let me know if you want reviews, swatches, or comparisons of anything!
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#lauramerciermatteradiance #lauramerciermatteradiancebakedpowder #hourglassvanishflash #hourglasschampagneflash #beccacapricoast #sephorafavoritessunkissedglow #makeupminis
This is a neat little device I got a while back. It makes tons of foam out of any foaming cleanser with minimal effort. #skincaretainment
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I used the same amount (a half pump) of the same cleanser (CeraVe Foaming, my favorite foaming cleanser) for the second and third photo - second is lathered by hand, third is about 5 seconds in the device.
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I bought this one at Ulta. It's by the brand Nooni (which I think is made by Memebox)but others brands have them too - iirc, the original is by a Japanese brand.
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#skincarecommunity #nooni #noonimarshmallowwhipmaker #memebox #kbeauty #rasianbeauty