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Review for Mio Future Proof Firming Active Body Butter - 4 months ago
This is a very good body butter. Finally a body moisturiser with some good ingredients. Why are face creams so advanced in terms of ingredients and yet body moisturisers contain just basic ingredients! Well this moisturiser at least is more nourishing than most out there, although still not perfect. 
It has the perfect texture, somewhere between a lotion and a body butter making it very easy to spread but also very easy for the skin to absorb without leaving any residues behind.
For all the details and ingredient analysis check out: bonds-of-beauty
Light
Oily
Blackheads, Large Pores
Cellulite, Dryness
Review for Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Body Mist-5 oz - 4 months ago
This body spray containing hyaluronic acid, but not just, is the perfect addon to your body butter. We take such good care of our face skin that we forget that our body is skin too and the majority of body moisturisers are really lacking in terms of ingredient goodies. 
It's a spray so it's very easy and quick to use, even if you are lazy, but it has an intense lemon-like scent.
For a full review and ingredient analysis check out: bonds-of-beauty
Review for Erno Laszlo Firmarine Lift Essence Lotion - 4 months ago
The product looks much nicer and well put together, largely because the bottle is full and the product is blue (due to a dye).I understand that from a presentation and psychological perspective the blue addded colour works well. It supports the “Firmarine” word at the front of the bottle, it looks nice and it gives you that subconscious feeling of moisturisation. However, skin-wise, added colours don’t do anything for your skin, other than cause irritation or sensitivity to some, and so as a chemist I am not a big supporter of colouring products.

The product has a water-gel-like texture, it spreads really easily and feels moisturising on the skin. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any residues behind. It also doesn’t smell of much but there is a subtle pleasant cosmetic scent if you smell closely.The ingredients are not bad, there are definitely some good ones, like hyaluronic acid, but overall this product is not “serum worthy” either. So it’s not a full on moisturiser, not really a toner or serum…I’m having trouble placing this somewhere in my skincare routine
Light
Oily
Blackheads, Large Pores
Cellulite, Dryness
Review for Rituals Happy Buddha Shower Foam - 4 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
If you ever tried any of the Rituals shower gels then you know what I’m going to say. If you haven’t tried them then brace yourself, they are very addictive. They are gorgeous!They are more like a foam than the traditional gel texture but the foam is silky smooth, spreads easily and doesn’t leave any sticky residues behind. The skin is left soft and clean without feeling like all its natural oils have been striped out.

The packaging is made of metal and the design is simple but elegant. The bottles come with a pump that is very easy to use.These shower gels come in different coloured bottles depending on the scent and unfortunately, I have to admit that this scent, Budha, is actually my least favorite one so far. It’s an awakening type of scent but it almost smells like a mixture of male deodorant with flowers and something cosmetic. It’s meant to be sweet orange and cedar wood but I think it sounds nicer than it is. It just didn’t do it for me.Nevertheless, this line of shower gels is great. They contain no parabens or mineral oil and that’s about how much I can tell you about the ingredients as the writing at the back of the bottle is so long and squashed up that it’s giving me a headache to just by looking at it. 
Review for philosophy purity made simple foaming 3-in-1 cleansing gel for face and eyes - 4 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Review for: 3-In-1 240Ml 8Oz more...
Purity which is defined at the front of the product as “purity is natural” in philosophy. I mean…it hurts me as a scientist. Purity is actually not that natural, nature is full of mixtures, unless perhaps they are referring to this in a philosophical sense that this product contains purity aka it will cleanse your face? Or perhaps this product contains pure ingredients? Just…doesn’t work for me as a Chemist, I’m sorry but it sounds like a lot of marketing to me.Ignoring the painful branding though, the product works well. It cleaned a face full of makeup nicely. I had to go over the face twice to get it all off but that’s true for almost all cleansers out there. It didn’t leave any residues behind and it didn’t dry out the skin either. It has a lemon-like refreshing scent but it is very faint.This product lasts for 24M which is an amazing amount of time. If you don’t use this product in 2 years you will never use it and it’s probably gone off anyways.
Light
Oily
Blackheads, Large Pores
Review for Cle Cosmetics Melting Lip Powder - 4 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Review for: Red Cherry more...
This product comes as a pink powder that turns into a stain as soon as you put it on your lips or work it into your skin. You can use it as a lip tint or a cheek blush or even an eye shadow probably!
I’ve only tried it out on the lips and it worked great. The colour was actually a lot more intense than what I would call a lip tint but the texture was like a tint and not like a lipstick. So perhaps think of it as a very pigmented tint or a lipstick with a tint texture.
The colour is a gorgeous shade of hot pink and it lasts a while. It comes off in contact and when drinking or eating but it’s a tint and so that’s ok. You can always re-apply where necessary.The product comes in a plastic tube with a wand applicator of standard quality. It’s a cute little product overall that has definitely captured my interest. It’s better than the Benefit tints!
Light
Brown
Brunette
Review for Dr Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask - 4 months ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This mask felt nice on the skin, was absorbed quickly and my skin just felt hydrated the next day. That was pretty much it. If I had forgotten I used a mask I wouldn’t have noticed any visual differences. I know I always say that skincare takes months and you shouldn’t judge a product from a couple of uses but the reality is when you do a mask you are looking for something more than just feeling a little moisturised. I’m not disappointed, just underwhelmed. It feels like a mediocre mask.It has a cream texture and it smells like…I guess pomegranate? It’s a faint and refreshing type of scent. The bottle is plastic of good quality and I even like the branding. I assume it’s a play on the Chemistry elements on the periodic table, with this one being a Po for Pomegranate. Geeky but I like it.This mask has some interesting ingredients but at the same time I can’t say that this is the best mask and that you should definitely buy it.
It’s not the most expensive mask in the world but this product lasts for only 3M. As much as I’d love to do a mask every other day to manage to use this up in the 3 month time frame, reality says I likely won’t manage and if I did I wouldn’t want to be using the same one all the time. The 3M feels a little low and limiting. 
Light
Oily
Blackheads, Large Pores
Review for tarte™ gifted™ Amazonian clay smart mascara - 4 months, 1 week ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This is a very good mascara, i wish it wasn't limited edition. It keeps the lashes up all day and it makes them considerably longer. It doesn't add a lot of thickness to them but that's true with a lot of mascaras these days. It doesn't smudge and it doesn't run if you cry or wet your lashes unless you rub your eyes.

The packaging looks cute but it is essentially a wood case around a plastic one. The mascara is not inside a wood tube, it just looks that way. The wand is nice and thick and very easy to use.

This mascara is one of my top 3.
Light
Brown
Full, Long
Review for NIVEA 3-In-1 Gentle Cleansing Wipes - 4 months, 1 week ago
Can't say that I'm 100% happy with the ingredients but these wipes work well and are cheap. They are well moist and do not dry out easily and remove more makeup faster than a lot of makeup cleansers. The skin doesn't feel dry or oily after but rather just perfect.
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