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itsclearascrystal

About Me Self-confessed beauty junkie and blogger.

Overall rating:
5.0/5
2nd September, 2018
La Roche-Posay® Toleriane Duo Reviews
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I want more of the range!

I was so pleasantly surprised by the Toleriane Ultra moisturiser and Eye Contour.

The packaging is very clinical - it looks like prescriptive skincare, very flash. Both pumps come in a box packed with information in English and French.

The products are hermetically sealed, which means there's no need for preservatives, and there's no chance of oxidation or contamination. This alone sets them apart from other sensitive skin products.

I used these products while having a bit of a hayfever/pollen related episode. My eye area was dry and flakey, and so irritated. The eye cream was just lush to use - so soothing and healing, my eyes felt better after the first use, and after twice daily use for 2 days they were back to normal.

Both products apply evenly and smoothly and absorb really quickly.

The moisturiser leaves skin smooth and creates a great base for makeup.

I think the price is pretty fair for such well formulated products and if you do have sensitive skin you really should give them a try.

Tips: Open the Eye Contour cream for more instructions on the inside.

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MareeB
1st January, 1970

Ooh I didn't know about using eye cream in pollen season either. Great review.

Julieal
1st January, 1970

great review - I am always using eyedrops in the pollen season and this could be a really good product to try -Thanks

itsclearascrystal
1st January, 1970

Hmm interesting. I've never actually thought of using eye cream during hayfever season.

SmileyPisces
1st January, 1970

Interesting read... =)

Overall rating:
5.0/5
21st August, 2018
Manicare Nail Polish Remover Pads Review
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Found My Holy Grail Nail Polish Remover

Usually I would wait closer to the review date to place my review but I loved these babies so much I just had to review them early because my mind had already been blown.

So the things I look for in a nail polish remover, whether it be a pad or a liquid are - does it take the nail polish off well, does it smell strong of chemicals and most importantly does it strip my nails after removal?

So how did these remover pads score? 3/3 Baby.

These are amazing remover pads, not only do they take off the nail polish well (I used 1 pad to take off both hands - yes you heard me, 1 pad), but they are the best smelling ones and don't smell chemically as it has some nice scents in there. And holy heckaroo - my nails were moisturised and nourished and did not dry out afterwards. I re-applied new polish afterwards and it just glided on nicely.

I'm definitely going to be purchasing these and painting my nails more often because I was always put off painting my nails because of how stripped they felt (and looked).

Tips: BUY THESE NOW - You'll thank me, I promise xx

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itsclearascrystal
1st January, 1970

These are my holy grail too, I don't use bottle nail polish remover anymore :)

Overall rating:
4.0/5
31st October, 2017
NYX Professional Makeup Roll On Eye Shimmer Review
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Easy to use shimmer

This was one of the first purchases I made from NYX when they first opened their very first counter at the Queen street Farmers, the thought of a roll on shimmer enticed me to try these, it sounded easy and the swatches from the testers were gorgeous. I purchased Platinum (Silver), Almond (Warm brown) and Green (Medium mint green). They come with a screw lid which helps keep the shimmer from going everywhere and the ball is small and precise enough to use on various parts of the face.

If worn on the eyes I found they wear quickly on their own but with a wet eye shadow brush (Setting spray spritzed on the brush) before rolling the shimmer on to the eye make them last longer. For a more intense amount of shimmer I like to roll the shimmer on to the back of my hand before using my finger tip to layer the shimmer on to my eye lid.

I plan to purchase more in the future. The price matches the product perfectly, I use these often and there is still a lot of product left in each one.

Tips: Applying these to the inner corners of the eyes give a beautiful pop.

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itsclearascrystal
1st January, 1970

Great tips, I must try out the using the back of the hand one :)

Overall rating:
5.0/5
27th March, 2017
Vixen War Paint Review
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Simply the best!

I started bleaching and coloring my hair and decided to steer away from my regular brand and try the Vixen War Paint range. The tubes are bigger than alot of other brands and cheaper too.

I tried a bunch of colors because I know some colors hold better than others. Ever colour I tried outlasted every brand I had used previously by weeks. I couldn't believe how bright and vibrant my hair was after so many washes. I would only really need touch it up when sorting my regrowth. You also dont need to use much. I had long hair and one tube would last me a couple months.

With all the bleaching I was doing at home, my hair took a beating sometimes leaving it awfully dry. After using Vixen War Paint my hair felt like I had just used a hair treatment. My hair felt so soft and hydrated. That was enough to get me hooked.

Long lasting, bright, vibrant colours. Hydration and at a cheap price. Vixen War Paint is number one for me when it comes to bright unatural hair color.

Tips: More of a secret. Ive had hairdressers laugh at me when Id tell them how I got my pastel colors, but its all true. Any color of this range can be made pastel or lighter just by adding some conditioner. That's how I got all my pastel and lighter colors. add a little colour to aloy of conditioner. You will see the shade your hair will be in the bowel. The tube will also last 5x longer

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itsclearascrystal
1st January, 1970

Great tip. I wanted to try a more pastel colour so I'll have to try that.

Overall rating:
5.0/5
13th November, 2016
Doll Face Lipstick in Volt Review
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*VOLT*

When I first saw this in the vault I knew I needed this in my collection! I love shades that are deep, and a little darker (This shade surprised me). From the picture I thought it was a stoney looking colour, much to my surprise it wasn't!

This fierce wee leopard print cannister holds a beautiful grey/purple shade of lipstick. It glides on flawlessly without needing to line the lip.

The colour on the lip is a grey with purple tinge. A surprisingly soft deep colour but also a perfect bold colour!

Long lasting definitely! A 6 hour wear time frame I needed to touch it up once after a few wines :)

I can't wait to create a look for this lippy. It's a perfect going out shade of Lippy.

Sadly I couldn't find it on their website! Will be a sad day if this shade is no longer available?! Awesome to see this a New Zealand brand made in our very own Wellington :)

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ragingfrog
1st January, 1970

Contact the company, they do custom colours as well onsite

MareeB
1st January, 1970

It looks a very interesting shade Amy!!

trudijoy
1st January, 1970

great review amy, i'm curious now!

itsclearascrystal
1st January, 1970

I couldn't find it on their website either. Maybe it is a new shade and they haven't updated their website.

Overall rating:
4.0/5
11th January, 2016
Marc Jacobs Dot Review
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Dot - Pretty Spring Scent if Only it lasted Longer

I used to be the girl that bought perfume from only one or two brands. That was until I discovered minis. At $10 for 4ml bottle I had to put this my cart. First of all the bottle is really cute. The mini comes in a small black box with red polka dots. The design of the mini is a clear round bottle with the iconic red butterfly top with the black dots on the wings and one big black ball in the center. As far as minis go this is one of the cutest bottles in my collection. The top comes off easily but is easy to put back on. Now for the fragrance, back when I was stuck on only one or two fragrance houses this iconic bottle caught my eye and I had to try it. I quickly became the one Marc Jacobs fragrance I liked. However the lasting power of the perfume made it difficult for me to justify spending almost $100 on a full-sized bottle. I'm pretty picky about perfume, mainly because it's so expensive so if I am going to fork over my hard saved cash the fragrance better smell absolutely gorgeous on me and last for hours like an expensive fragrance should. I really love the light floral scent upon application I detect a light honeysuckle and fruity notes dragon fruit and a light coconut scent. This fades into more light floral notes and the end note is a very light vanilla. I love this fragrance but unfortunately it doesn't last longer than a two hours on me, so I can't justify spending almost $100 on full-sized bottle. Even though it's an EDP it seems to have the lasting power of an EDT. I have gotten a lot of use out of the mini and so I will probably repurchase another mini when this one runs out but I don't think I'll splurge on the full-size. I wish Marc Jacobs would produce a longer-lasting version of this pretty fragrance with the same notes but not adding more musk since I'm not a fan of musk.

Tips: I highly recommend getting minis. Minis also make pretty gifts and stocking stuffers. The mini for this bottle doesn't seem to leak so great mini for your purse although the cap is rather big so keep that in mind.

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itsclearascrystal
1st January, 1970

Thanks, I've actually been looking to get minis for a couple of perfumes so will check it out.

tannygirl
1st January, 1970

Oh wait I bought it from the minis section on http://www.smellycat.co.nz. I just checked and they still have it. I was thinking of a gwp I got when I spent over a certain amount from the site. I got another fragrance sample but it wasn't Dot.

tannygirl
1st January, 1970

I think I might have been given that one as a gwp from Smellycat.

itsclearascrystal
1st January, 1970

Great idea, where do you buy your minis from?

MareeB
1st January, 1970

It didn't last for me either Tannygirl! Great review.

Overall rating:
4.7/5
1st August, 2016
Wine & Roses

The LA Colors "Wine & Roses" palette is really pretty and contains five metallic eyeshadows. Now, if you're used to wearing subtle or matte eyeshadows, don't be scared off by the word metallic, this does not mean in your face glitter or shimmer, it's just a subtle shine in the colour.

The five round eyeshadows are packaged in a rectangular plastic case that feels quite flimsy, like the lid is going to break off at the hinges before I'm even halfway through using this, so be gentle with it when you open it. The black plastic base also holds a dual ended sponge eyeshadow applicator (which I haven't used, as I prefer brushes) and the lid is a clear, see-through plastic with "L.A. Colors" printed onto it in silver.

The first time I used this palette, I was disappointed. The colours didn't pop, they were very subtle and they creased but then I remembered that I'd forgotten to use an eyeshadow primer that morning! So off I went to play around a little. I tried them with both an eyeshadow primer and with a light coloured cream eyeshadow that I don't like using but keep to use as an eyeshadow base and the colours seriously popped! What a difference!

The first colour in the palette is a pale, off-white pink with hardly any sheen to it, so it's great to use as a highlighter under the brow or in the inner corner of the eye. Colour number 2 is a metallic dusty rose pink, the middle colour is more of a pinky bronze colour and the last two colours are both purple; a metallic lavender and a metallic deep purple.

So far, I'm really impressed. It almost feels wrong for a product this cheap to be this good! The colours last all day when used with an eyelid primer or cream eyeshadow base, they don't crease and they apply smooth with only a little fall out if there's too much loaded onto the brush.

Would I recommend or repurchase this? Yes! The only downfall about this product is the flimsy feeling plastic hinges (I deducted a point for this).

Tips: Definitely use an eyeshadow primer or cream eyeshadow as a base before applying these. It'll make the colours pop, they'll last all day and won't crease!

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itsclearascrystal
1st January, 1970

Great review & awesome to see it pop up on U-Review.

Macs
1st January, 1970

Oh someone on here reccomended these eye shadows to me I can't remember who it was. I must try this , the other la ones disapointed me. This sounds good though :)

Silvene
1st January, 1970

Thank you, Maree.

MareeB
1st January, 1970

Awesome review Silvene :)

Overall rating:
4.0/5
20th April, 2016
EL BB Cream

I got a couple of these BB creams in a bunch of samples I was given.

So first off as a sample, I throught they were reasonably sized and getting more than 1 was awesome.

As a product, the Estee Lauder Day Wear BB Antioxidant Beauty Benefit Cream has the most ridiculous, long winded name ever. But it is a great product. It is light weight, so it doesn't feel like you are wearing any make up, but still gives about medium coverage. It also has SPF protection, which combined with being lightweight makes it a perfect BB cream for summer, but even in winter its a useful BB cream to have.

The BB cream is also moisturising. I wouldn't say it makes the skin look flawless but it certainly gives it a smoother look. And of course it protects your skin both from the sun and from dry skin.

It also lasted well over the course of the day.

While it is a lovely product, the shades choices weren't fantastic and it isn't so much better than other BB creams that I could justify its price tag.

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itsclearascrystal
1st January, 1970

Yikes, glad I chose against buying the full sized product.

Pifithrin
1st January, 1970

I found mine separated in the tube - not ideal for something so expensive!

Overall rating:
4.0/5
5th July, 2015
Johnson's Baby Lotion
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Baby Lotion

This will probably come as no surprise but this baby lotion is for me (I also don't have kids). Given that my skin has its sensitive moments a lotion that is designed for a baby's sensitive skin is also really good for my sensitive skin.

For me this product is a more keep in the cupboard for the skin playing up moments as oppose to an everyday lotion. I really don't like the baby fresh scent because it feels a bit weird to me when I'm the one using it.

It is really gentle on the skin and absorbs quickly. And is in a nice practical and not gender neutral bottle. The lotion is not too thick or too thin in consistancy and is nice and creamy. It also stays this way in an opened bottle for a long time which is great.

Basically this is a lovely gentle lotion for those times when I need something a little more gentle.

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itsclearascrystal
1st January, 1970

That should be some nice tlc for them.

MareeB
1st January, 1970

After reading the reviews I've bought some to try on my feet!

Overall rating:
4.7/5
5th April, 2015
Essence Lipstick Review
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Essence= excellent!

After reading on BR that Essence products were fantastic quality for the price, I couldn't help myself to grab a few things in my local shop that stocks this. I felt like I had won the lottery when I saw this brightly coloured stand chocca full of Essence.

As I saw how highly rated the lipstick was from BR reviews, this was the first product to be picked. A shade I selected was 'oh so matte'. I don't normally go for nude-type colours but this was the last lipstick oh this colour left and I thought hmm, this must be good and an image of Kylie Jenner popped in my mind! But I thought, for six dollars or so, how can I go wrong?

The packaging is simplistic, but sleek. In a black tube with a circular ring around it with the chosen lipstick colour. Although inexpensive, I think the packaging is quite stylish.

My shade 'oh so matte' is a lovely pinky, brown nude. It's surprised me how wearable this colour is, ever since I've got this I've been reaching for it over my usual lippies,

Normally inexpensive lipsticks, like Jordana are way too drying for my lips, and for this reason are not wearable for me. However, this Essence lipstick is so hydrating - I love it!

What I love about this is how moisturising it is for my dry lips. For such s reasonable price it's a fantastic formula that just glides on your lips and makes them feel lovely and moisturised.

Would definitely recommend these and can't wait to add more colours to my collection!

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Kellyleanne
1st January, 1970

Thanks Hun, such a lovely lipstick for the price x

itsclearascrystal
1st January, 1970

Love the Jordana comparison, such a useful comparison.

Kellyleanne
1st January, 1970

Thanks Sylvia, I was so impressed with this lippie, and essence products in general. You so should try this! x

Sylvia
1st January, 1970

Great review. :) Sooo keen to try this range of lipsticks now! I hate drying lippies, and I also find that Jordana ones can be a bit drying, so these sound great price-comparable option! x