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  • Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer

    Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer

    Excellent for sun protection and minimal coverage

    I use this product on days when I just want to even out my skin and don't have time for much else. It offers both UVA and UVB sun protection unlike some other tinted moisturizers with sunscreen on the market, and the color blends in really nice and feels fresh and light, not heavy and greasy. This is an essential product in my daily routine.

    May 3, 2013

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 15

    I love that this lotion has UVB and UVA protection as well as antioxidants. This is lightweight for the oily areas of my combo skin but still feels moisturizing enough on the drier areas. (By the way, I realize this is the DayWear for oily skin, not combo, but I choose products based on their ingredients and how they feel on my skin rather than just relying on their skin type label. This formula just happens to work really well for me.) And I really like that it smells like cucumber instead of that chemical sunscreen odor I've found in a lot of face lotions with SPF.

    September 24, 2011

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Kiehl's Soothing Gel Masque

    Kiehl's Soothing Gel Masque

    Very soothing and refreshing

    I love this soothing gel mask for my sensitive, rosacea and acne-affected skin. It contains green tea and other ingredients that soothe and calm the skin. I love the gel texture; it feels moisturizing but not greasy, and not drying, either. For me, masks usually fall in two categories: thick and greasy, or drying and irritating (for some reason, companies think that if you have oily or combination skin, it's a great idea to stick menthol and other irritating ingredients in their products that make your skin worse instead of better!). This mask, however, is just right. The only reason I didn't give it 10 stars is because it is packaged in a jar, so the antioxidants are exposed to air and breakdown quickly, not to mention that you have to stick your fingers in the product. I use a clean fan brush that I wash after every application and only use with this mask. If this product was packaged in a tube, it would be a much better value and more effective at that since the ingredients would be kept stable, and the lifespan of the product would be extended.

    September 25, 2008

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

    Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer

    Good coverage but greasy texture

    I love Bobbi Brown's makeup; most of my makeup comes from her line, and that says a lot because I have tons of makeup. However, I found this concealer to be disappointing because of the greasy texture. I tried this product in particular because I thought that setting it with the powder would help, but it really didn't in my situation, no matter how much of the powder I applied over it. I am very fair and found even the lightest shade to be a bit too yellow, but I got better results when I applied this over her pink-toned corrective concealer. I liked the coverage, but not the slick texture.

    June 29, 2008

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

    Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

    Great for sheer coverage

    This is a very silky feeling foundation that provides light coverage, although I was told by the lady who sold it to me that you could get medium to full coverage (to me it looked masky if I tried to use more product for better coverage). The color did blend seamlessly into my skin and felt light and looked dewy. While this is a great product, if you are looking for more coverage, either pair it with a really good concealer or find a foundation that offers greater coverage like I did.

    February 23, 2008

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Almay Pure Blends Mineral Makeup

    Almay Pure Blends Mineral Makeup

    Needs a better brush!

    I purchased this foundation after discovering while on vacation that I had left my makeup bag at home. I grabbed this from the drugstore because it conveniently came with a built-in brush. The brush is way too soft and floppy to give even coverage, and the powder itself is very shiny and felt cakey. I also noticed the brush shed a lot and I ended up picking bristles off my face and shirt when I was done applying it. It worked ok in a pinch, but I will not be purchasing this in the future as a replacement to my usual foundation. If the brush had shorter, more densely-packed bristles that didn't break off so easily, the application would be much smoother, and this would then be an excellent product for travel.

    February 23, 2008

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Creme Compact Makeup SPF 15

    Yeah, this does have quite a name. If this foundation really could provide extreme lifting and ultra firming, I would be using it on my bottom instead. LOL =) All kidding aside, this is a creamy feeling foundation that provides good coverage without looking like it was caked on. Although it's mainly recommended for normal to dry skin, it works great on my combination skin and doesn't aggravate the oiliness in my t-zone. In fact, I don't have to touch up my nose throughout the day like I do with some liquid foundations. And I love the fact that it has SPF 15 in it so I don't have to layer it over sunscreen; for me, the less products, the better.

    February 18, 2008

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Smashbox Brow Tech Trio

    Smashbox Brow Tech Trio

    Works great for me

    I've tried a lot of brow products, and I prefer not to have multiple shades of powder in a kit to complicate things, so I like this product's simple powder/wax pot. I have dark blonde brows, and the taupe shade works great for me. I apply the powder first, then use a small amount of the wax to set them in place, and I love the result. If you don't overload your brush with wax, you shouldn't have any issues with clumping, and using a good slanted eyebrow brush will give better results as well (I'm partial to the Sephora brand since the quality is good and the price isn't ridiculously high).

    February 4, 2008

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura Mercier Pressed Powder

    Laura Mercier Pressed Powder

    Great for fair skin

    I really like this bronzer because it works so well on pale skin like mine. I have a hard time finding bronzers that aren't too dark/orangey or loaded with sparkle. The color is very light and matte and actually looks like a I have a little bit of warm, natural color.

    January 21, 2008

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • RoC Retinol Correxion Hand Repair

    RoC Retinol Correxion Hand Repair

    Good sun protection, poor texture

    I was so excited to find this product since it is the only hand cream I've seen yet that has both UVA and UVB sun protection. Living in Arizona, it's important to me to have sun protection year round including for my hands. I was hoping this would have a creamy feel like Aveda's hand cream, but that's not the case. My hands are very dry and this just doesn't relieve them. I also think the price is high for such a small tube of cream (only 1.7 ounces!); I paid 15.00 at my local drugstore.

    November 10, 2007

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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