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More Micellar Cleansing Water Woes

If you haven't read part one of this product comparison please do so before you continue.

At the time writing the first edition I knew I would have another entry. Sharalee raves about the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water and I was on the hunt for Simple Micellar Water. The latter is still not available locally but I lucked out in Puerto Rico.

So here we are. As I mentioned previously, I do not buy into the "no rinse" hype of any of these. To remove makeup I employ a triple cleanse method. If you aren't using a regular cleanser after a micellar water please pay attention to the ingredients.


I think I got this from Walgreens. Currently their site has it listed for $7.79USD. Given that you only get 6.7 fl. oz. the Garnier is the most cost effective drugstore option that I've tried. As advertised, it contains no artificial perfume or dyes. The packaging is pretty basic; Bioderma still wins in that department.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Chamomi…

#Anti-Haul | What I'm Not Going To Buy (Local Edition)

In previous anti-haul posts I've only mentioned things I could buy online. I think we do a bit more research when we don't have the option of instant gratification. This toss I'm mentioning products I've seen on shelves in Barbados. Since the Moden Mavenz are trying to save more this year, I'm trying to cool these trigger fingers when I see new products in M.A.C, Collins, iMart, Styles n Beauty, Mozaic etc. Trying.

Anyho, below are things I'm abstaining from purchasing and why.

Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color

Y'all know I sooooooooooooooooooooooo behind on those liquid lipstick comparisons. And everytime yuh look round another brand releasing more. I tap out Fam. I have seen reviews saying that these are similar to the recently launched NARS Velvet Lip Glides (I ain't buying any of those either). One thing yuh can't deny though, the price is right.

As seen in Caribbean Queen
Bio Balance Skincare

This brand get popular real quick locally and …

Sunday Riley Good Genes versus Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

If you're an avid YouTube watcher you've probably heard about these products. Both brands blew up on the skincare seen in short order as expensive, but effective. If you're like me you quickly began to wonder: which is better? Short answer: it depends.


Long answer...

I've mentioned Good Genes a few times before on the blog. This 'all-in-one lactic acid treatment' is raved about by the likes of Stephanie Nicole and Caroline Hirons.

From the box: "Deeply exfoliates the dull surface of the skin for clarity, radiance, and younger-looking skin. Visibly brightens the appearance of age spots and discolorations. Instantly plumps the look of fine lines and wrinkles in 3 minutes*

*Clinically tested and proven to significantly improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles in 3 minutes. Results obtained via profilometry analysis.

With Key Ingredients:

Purified Lactic Acid: One of the most hydrating Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), Lactic Acid exfoliates the surface layers of t…

Would I 'Repurchase'? CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

CoverGirl and their rubber bristle mascaras.For the last five years I've been trying the Lash Blast range and generally finding them average.


From the site: "FULL LASH BLOOM MASCARA BY LASHBLAST
With Full Lash Bloom Mascara, get exceptional full lashes that’s soft - even to the touch. With our new petal-shaped brush and mousse formula with natural beeswax, lashes are never stiff or brittle. Perfect for everyday wear, Full Lash Bloom Mascara is also safe for contact lens wearers and is ophthalmologically tested. So bring out every last lash, and embrace you in full bloom!

HOW TO APPLY

Step 1
Hold the brush as close as possible to the base of your lashes.

Step 2
Wiggle brush gently as you move it upward through lashes towards the ends. Build as desired so that you can reach every single lash, creating a soft, full look."

This mascara is available in 'Very Black', 'Black' and 'Black Brown'. I have the 'Black' version and it was gifted to me by V…

Faves In Five | January 2017

Like Heidi and I, some things are just #bettertogether 😊

On a real, I love favourites posts where I share with you two products that work well together. This is another one.

Julie G 'You-niverse' + ILNP 'Rapture (H)'

Perfection.


M.A.C 'Chestnut' + Moden Cosmetics 'Bare Naked'

Bare Naked is nice warm nude with a very comfortable matte formula.


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer 'Caramel' + Make-up Designory Loose Powder 'Desert'
I've raved about these products individually but together they create an under eye brightening masterpiece.

Guerlain L'Or Radiance Concentrate With Pure Gold Make-up Base + Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
The jury is still out on this Guerlain primer but somehow, applying it all over my face and then targeting the middle with the Becca is giving me a finish I really really like.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator 'Illuminator' + Jessup Tapered Highlighter 
I know a lot of people love using fan brush…

Lip Product Declutter

I think lip products are what I have decluttered the most consistently and yet I still have a collection like this...


Madness.

This is just round one of this whole process because I have plenty of new items to swatch for pending #LipSwatchWeek (s). I'd suggest going through your entire collection ever so often to make sure the products haven't gone bad. Unlike powder products, lipsticks and glosses do change in consistency and scent relative quickly - some quicker than others.

Passing on


Sometimes yuh just gotta break up with things that you know you're not gonna use. No matter how pretty they are. The only disappointing thing above is the Nivea Lip Butter. I was so excited to pick these up in NYC cause I am yet to see these scents in Barbados. Unfortunately, this 'Cocoa Butter Kiss' scent and me ain't adding up.
Trash

Alas, the crime of not using up a product before it goes bad 😢 such a pity. Those Revlon Lip Butters actually don't smell bad but I have had …