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  • Sephora Instant Refreshing Toner
    8.0

    Sephora Instant Refreshing Toner

    Great concept; good product

    I don't use this toner as part of my daily face routine. I like to use it before going to the gym so I don't sweat the day's makeup into my pores, after going to the gym for any resulting sweat and grime, or occasionally on days I get home and my face feels a little gross but I don't feel like actually washing yet. It does refresh! I like how this livens up my skin after a long day. It has a very light, pleasant smell. What I like most about it is that it comes in a spray bottle. It strikes me as a convenient application technique that also doesn't waste cotton balls. It also just feels better to have a nice mist hit your face! I probably will not repurchase this as it doesn't seem to do much for my skin. This would be more suited for dry skin types. I do enjoy it, though, and think it is very reasonably priced.

    February 16, 2012

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  • Sephora Cuticle Care Pen
    7.0

    Sephora Cuticle Care Pen

    An acceptable "splurge"

    This is a fun product to have around. I wouldn't call it a necessity, but it's useful and convenient. Most importantly, the oil does make a difference. It absorbs into the skin easily and instantly makes cuticles look nicer. Ease of application is a huge plus. The pen shape and the brush pen make it idiot-proof to apply the oil to either hand. I like the size (roughly the same as your average ballpoint pen). It can easily be thrown in a purse or carry on. The only thing that annoys me is that it can be difficult to tell if the product has made it to the brush. You twist the bottom, not realizing if it has come out until there's a large gob. Admittedly, I should have learned that by now. Just give a few clicks, brush it on your nails, and you'll quickly realize if the product is on. Burt's Bees Cuticle Creme is a comparative product but is more cost effective with a slightly messier application. I like this but don't love it.

    February 16, 2012

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  • Sephora Professionnel Bronzer Brush #44

    This is a brush I truly feel was worth the money. I use it every day for contouring and it works perfectly. The brush head is large, dense, and fluffy. The bristles maintain their shape well but are incredibly soft and gentle on the skin. I wash my makeup brushes about once a week with baby shampoo and let them air dry. Shedding is minimal. It is very easy to control how much product this brush picks up just by varying the pressure applied to the palette. It does pick up product VERY easily, but once you get a feel for it, you should have no problems. The brush blends well. I have pale skin, winter or summer, so subtlety with my bronzer is important. I never have weird, obvious lines with this brush. Would I buy this brush again? Absolutely. But considering how well it has held up so far, I won't need to worry about that for years.

    February 16, 2012

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  • Sephora Super Shimmer Lip Gloss
    9.0

    Sephora Super Shimmer Lip Gloss

    Fun, reasonable gloss

    This gloss comes in all different colors and finishes. I've found that, while still being sheer, the color difference between the glosses is distinguishable. They're sticky enough that they stay on for a respectable amount of time without capturing all of your hair on a windy day. I love how they all smell! Call me crazy, but these glosses smell exactly like Dr. Pepper. These are pretty basic as far as lipgloss goes, so the price is a bit high. I find that the range of shades available makes them much more desirable. I often find that when some shades are presumably being phased out, they retail for about half the normal price. Any time you notice a shade you like on sale, it is worth grabbing! The applicator tip is just your usual slanted tip with a hole in the middle. I've never had one of these crack or explode on me, so the packaging must be reasonably durable.

    February 16, 2012

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  • Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash

    First off, I have only used Trader Joe's Spa Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil, which has identical ingredients and formulation as the Desert Essence TC Face Wash. If you have oily skin, this is a fairly gentle face wash since it has so many carrier oils in it. If you have dry skin, be aware that tea tree oil reduces your oil production and can be incredibly drying. Tea tree oil also has antibacterial properties that combat acne. While I had clear skin through my teenage years, I've come to battle adult acne since I moved to the South. Tea tree oil is the only thing that has gotten it under control. If you are also battling stubborn acne and haven't tried tea tree oil, I cannot recommend it enough.

    December 4, 2011

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  • Paul Mitchell Super Sculpt
    6.0

    Paul Mitchell Super Sculpt

    Still battling frizz

    This has a thin, watery texture so that it is easy to work through your hair and hard to go overboard. I love the smell which smells a little like apples but mainly just clean. I've only used this to scrunch into my hair to define my waves. It works well for this. This product has very little hold, so your hair never gets crunchy, but I've found it didn't control frizz well. By the end of the day, my waves were lacking shape. I will not repurchase. If you're interested in trying this and saving money, Sally's Beauty Supply sells a GVP (Generic Value Products) version of this with identical ingredients at a fraction of the cost.

    December 4, 2011

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  • Herbal Essences Set Me Up Gel

    What a great gel! I use this to scrunch into my hair to really define my waves and it works. Holds the style very well. It can dry a little crunchy but that wears out by the end of the day or can be scrunched out easily. For the most part, this isn't a problem. I've even had a friend grab my waves with envy and proclaim, "How does your hair dry like this? You don't even have gel in it!" So yeah, it does NOT make your hair feel producty. Also, this gel smells amazing; floral and clean.

    December 4, 2011

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  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

    I freely admit that I use both base coat and top coat with this nail polish, so maybe not the best test run. I do think it dries shinier than a lot of formulas, making top coat less necessary. Didn't have problems with chipping but again, I use top coat like my life depends on it. Formula spread on the nail easily and smoothly and dried smoothly. Only took me two coats to be completely satisfied with the intensity and coverage. Specifically, I have only tried the color "Right Said Red." I had no issues with drying time. The brush is unusual at first and took practice (it is flat and has a curved end). Because it is relatively inexpensive, has varied color options, and is easy to find (or has been for me), I absolutely recommend trying.

    November 22, 2011

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kate Walsh Boyfriend Eau de Parfum

    I think if you are interested in this fragrance you will just have to try it on yourself first. It happens to work with my chemistry really well. It smells rich and sexy. I love it! I'm normally drawn to florals and citrus, but this is so unusual and delicious that I instantly fell in love.

    November 19, 2011

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  • Benefit Benetint
    6.0

    Benefit Benetint

    Adequate

    I think this creates a really nice flush. I put it on after foundation (if I'm wearing any) but before powder. Then I layer powder blush over it so it looks "lit from within," if you will, but has enough color for my tastes. I may be a bit of a blush fiend! I've been happy with this, but the price is still off-putting. I may repurchase, but I will try other liquid and cream blushes first. I do love how it looks on my lips, but it completely dries them out so that it's not worth it. Wouldn't recommend putting this anywhere near your lips!

    November 19, 2011

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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