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YouTube Made Me Do It...But It Didn't Work Out

I've said it so often you must be sick of it; I watch a lot of YouTube videos. And as you could imagine, it makes me want to try out some of the products that I see vloggers talking about. Now let this post be testament to the fact that with every review you see you really have to consider if you and that user has the same skin type/tone/concerns etc. Disclaimer: these aren't necessarily bad products, they just didn't work for me.

Jack Black Lip Balms recommended by Temptalia.


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These lip balms are cult favourites. I ordered two via T.E.A.M imports and was very fussy to have them. Little did I know, my lips and SPF do not get along. Atall Atall. I gave two guys one each and they both love them. Just my luck I suppose.

Neutrogena Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment recommended by Wayne Goss.



The novelty in this product is that rarely do the terms "hydrating" and "acne treatment" go together. The active ingred…

What's In A Primer Anyway?

Living in Barbados and dealing with the heat and humidity is a struggle. It seems like it's getting hotter every year. If you're one of those people that wear to work makeup everyday more props to yuh.

With Crop Over recently ending, a lot of us were out and about partying up a storm. For us makeup enthusiasts that also meant employing all the tricks of the trade to ensure that those special beats last. We gotta be picture perfect for the paparazzi all event long. During that time one set of questions #TeamModen received repeatedly was about setting sprays. The other big query was about primers.

Here I've already raved about two primers, Hourglass Veil Mineral and Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. We've also told you numerous times that we use Phillips Milk of Magnesia as an oil controlling method. But what about all those primers that we see in Collins, Cave Shepherd and the supermarket? Well lewwe see now...
The idea for this post was sparked a while ago, …

Would I Repurchase? REN Clarimatte T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel

Regular readers already know that I'm a big fan of REN Clean Skincare. Well it all started with this travel kit for combination skin.


I probably bought that kit three times before I decided to purchase the full size of the cleanser. The other two products lasted much longer as you would imagine.

Now that we know that cleansers shouldn't foam the hunt is really on for effective skincare that contain good ingredients. REN prides itself on that very thing.


A lot and I do mean A LOT of popular cleansers can not boast of the same claims. Even the ones that have "natural" or "gentle" in their titles. Prepare for picture overload of some examples.










All photos taken in Woolworth
See any brands that you recognise?
The Clarimatte, formerly know as the Mayblossom Balancing Cleanser, retails for $68BDS LP from Pure Source Barbados. The full size is 5.1 fl. oz.



I hope from that second picture you can see its gel-like consistency. I love the air pump dispenser because it e…

Product Rave: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

I got this back in June and didn't remember to use it till the morning that I was getting ready for UV. That day was a scorcher! Upon initial application I instantly saw the product go to work. My skin was matte and pores on my cheeks seemed to vanish.
From the site: "Targeted oil-control primer that perfects and minimizes pores for mattified skin that lasts up to 12 hours. The concentrated Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector goes beyond extending makeup wear to address the root cause of why your makeup moves. This formula specifically targets oil-prone areas and acts as liquid blotting paper to leave your skin fresh and matte all day.

Use alone, before or after foundation to control excess oil while minimizing the appearance of pores. Can be used throughout the day to touch up areas of concern.
EverMat™ eliminates excess oil for long-lasting matte skin. This formula is sweat and humidity resistant
Ideal primer for oily skin or targeted oily areas.
Free of: Silicone, Oil, Alco…

Would I Repurchase? L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

As seen in Collins posted on our Facebook page April 3, 2014 
As seen in Cave Shepherd posted on our Facebook page July 4, 2014
This item was another one we were eagerly awaiting in Barbados. L'Oreal calls the 'wing tip brush' featured in this mascara "a breakthrough". From the US site: "Description - Stretch and extend your lashes like wings! Introducing Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, one of our most-exciting mascara innovations, yet. Its revolutionary Butterfly Brush™ with asymmetrical lash line shape extends and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching lashes outward. The unique Cocoon Fibers™ instantly wrap lashes in a soft, delicate veil to create silky, spectacular lashes that flutter". The shades there available are 'Black', 'Black Brown', 'Blackest Black' and 'Midnight Black'.

The UK site calls this mascara False Lash Flutter and offers the shad…

The Moden Makeup Marketplace - What the ??

Moden Mavenz,

So you bought a foundation and it looked perfect in the store. Of course there were NOOOOO testers, so poor you, no recourse. Did we mention the no return or exchange policy? AND your mother sister cousin brother doesn't want it!

Worry no more, this is a concept that has proven successful in the US and EUROPE. Have you checked out Makeup Alley? Now let me be frank, we do NOT want you to sell a lipstick you've had for the last 5 years, with the excuse that you never opened it, fair is fair.


Head to 3:30 for the review on Makeup Alley.

What we DO want is to encourage you to offload some of your new AND gently used products so that you are not inundated with a mobbaton of ill suited products. Get it?

Cue The Moden Makeup Marketplace.

We know your frustration, we share it. Now there is a place to relieve your buyers' remorse and PURCHASE with the proceeds from your sale a great product that WORKS for you.

OR benefit from a product that just didn't work for so…