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First up is Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara. I previously wrote about this product and thought it was ok. I have more to say about it now after having used it more. I think Better Than Sex Mascara is highly overrated. It has cult status in the beauty world but I don’t understand why. I found it clumpy and messy to apply because of the large bristles. It’s also a hassle to remove. Getting mascara off should be easy! Pulling your eye, even gently, isn’t ideal as the skin is so sensitive. Yes, it makes your lashes more dramatic (Disclaimer: I have pretty long lashes) than other mascaras I have tried but I found the mascara itself prone to clumping after using it for not that long which maybe is what beefs it up it’s not the look for me. Is letting your mascara dry out a little a thing? Also, no matter how I apply mascara, I usually manage it get some on my eyelid which is why I’ve learned to do mascara first instead of last. I feel like this goes against every makeup tutorial but it works for me so in my opinion it’s .
Better Than Sex Mascara is just ok .
Who else likes exfoliate? To be honest, before moving to Alberta, I never did it with the exception of one microdermabrasion session eight years ago. I know. But I’ve smartened up and made exfoliating a priority a minimum of two times a week. What motivated me to take skincare seriously is that I now live in an extremely dry climate and my skin does not like it. (When I go somewhere with even a smidgen of humidity now, I have a hard time adjusting to it…) Not to mention, getting the feeling of skin that has been rid of dead skin feels AMAZING. So why I was told to use Phytomer’s Resurfacing Peel I was excited. But then I realized that it was too harsh for my sensitive skin even using it the recommended (maximum) two times a week. I mean it worked, but my skin was always a little too red after. I ended up using it more as a spot treatment when I felt a zit coming on. I would target specific areas with or it just use it on my hands (my poor hands) to slough away the dryness. Despite being a little bottle, it took me a long time to use it up and I so happy I finally did because I have moved on to much better products that I feel are better suited to my combination skin.
Phytomer Resurfacing Peel is between and depending on your skin type.
What do you apply to your freshly resurfaced skin (doesn’t that just sound harsh?!)? You moisturize! Dealing with already mentioned dryness is an ongoing life challenge for me. Too much and I’m oily and uncomfortable. Too little and it feels like I constantly need to reapply. The option are almost literally endless. Gels and creams. Nighttime and daytime. Natural and I guess unnatural? I’m going to stop here. I bought Clinique’s Repairer Uplifting Firming Cream for dry combination to combination/oily skin at the start of last winter and had hoped to see amazing results. That never appeared. After four weeks I should have experienced “renewed fulness [that] helps visibly smooth out ‘laugh lines’ from nose to mouth.” Maybe my skin isn’t mature enough to fully take advantage of these benefits because I didn’t see renewed fulness or the smoothing of any lines. So would I recommend this product? No. I think that if you do have mature skin or suffer from dry/combination skin like me than you need to pull out the big guns and ante up the dollars for products that produce real results.
Clinique’s Repairer Uplifting Firming Cream is a don’t buy in my opinion.
Allana Davison is very popular Calgary YouTube beauty blogger and she has raved about Bioderma’s Hydrabio H2O cleansing and makeup remover for dehydrated sensitive skin in a lot of her videos. The Body Shop’s makeup remover used to be a staple and then I experimented with many other products until I got a little hooked on Lancôme’s BI-FACIL Double Action Eye Makeup Remover before my wedding because I was told by my sister and multiple other people that it was the best makeup remover. But it’s pricey and a little oily. I could always feel a little oil residue left behind after using it and I am not so sure about the lasting consequences of that (if any). I tried Bioderma and thought it was just so-so. I have since moved on to a similar product by Garnier and prefer it so I won’t be changing again anytime soon. I suggest buying small bottles of Bioderma and Garnier and testing them out to see which one you like best.
The Bioderma for me was a meh .
I have saved my favourite product for last. Dior’s Diorshow Brow Styler in 001 Universal Brown is amazing. I had tried powder before using this and before that I tried neglect. Neglect in the sense that I completely neglected by eyebrows entirely. I never did them. Until I realized that they are the roof of my face house. You’re going like whaaaaat does she mean, right? Think of your face as a house. Your chin is the foundation and your hairline as the shingles. There are elements that go in between that make up the rest of your and without one of them it doesn’t look complete. When your eyebrows are done it’s like your house is complete. That being said, I still don’t always do them whereas I know that some women would never dream of leaving the house without them done. I think that if you have time to do only one thing than it should be mascara but it’s totally up to the individual to decide. I love how easy the Diorshow pencil is to use and that it is a perfect match. I can use the pencil very lightly or go to town on them and really shape and fill them in with this. There is no fallout since it isn’t a powder and if you want to lighten up what you’ve done than a small swipe of your finger/QTip or the spooli brush on the other end of the brush takes care of it. The only downside to this product is the price but just like shingles, it’s an investment that you don’t want to skim on.
Dior’s Diorshow Brow Styler is a must-have .
These products might be empty inside but there are so many more products to try! Just because I don’t like something doesn’t mean that it might not be the right one for you. I have many more products on the go right now so it may be a couple of months before another one of these posts appears. I’m thinking a post dedicated to masks and another dedicated to anything else… Do you have a product that you were really disappointed by or just discovered something you can’t live without? Please share it in the comments section below!