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  • L'Oreal Paris True Match Naturale Mascara Mineral-Enriched Mascara
    7.0

    L'Oreal Paris True Match Naturale Mascara Mineral-Enriched Mascara

    Nice everyday mascara, takes a bit of time to dry

    Besides sunscreen, mascara is probably the second thing I reach for when I want a quick “makeup” routine before running out the door. When L’Oreal sent me their new Bare Naturale Mascara to trial (it hits stores this month), I started right in with my testing. I adore the packaging on this mascara. The slight animal print/safari tube and silver cap grab attention and give it a polished appearance. The wand is sturdy (have you ever opened a new mascara only to discover that the darn wand is floppy? I *hate* that.) and the brush is a very gentle bristle brush. I typically prefer the new rubber “comb” style brushes over the bristle brushes, but this one is so soft it is truly gentle on your eyes. The formula itself is gentle as well, leaving out some of the nastier chemicals that many drugstore mascaras contain. The formula wears well, but it seemed to take forever to dry! I blinked after a minute or so, and ended up with mascara lines on my upper and lower lids. And definitely don’t sneeze for about 5 minutes after you apply this mascara. The mascara doesn’t really add tons of length or curvature, but it does a nice job of looking natural and darkening your lashes. And there weren’t any flakes, smudges, and other ickies (once it dried…). If you are after a low-key mascara for more “natural” days, this mascara is probably worth a shot. My only draw back is that drying time… but then again, I can be a bit impatient. ;)

    September 27, 2008

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  • E.L.F. Eye Widener
    3.0

    E.L.F. Eye Widener

    Not so wide...

    Springing a whole dollar for a product is not much, I will give you that. But I guess I still expect even the cheapest products to perform a bit. Since I’m typically a thrifty shopper, I know that you can find some truly splendid beauty products for much less than the high-end brands would have you believe. However, the elf Eye Widener Pencil is not one of them. I did like that the pencil came with it’s own sharpener built into the cap, but that cap did not even stay on the pencil. I kept losing it around my makeup case. The pencil itself feels fine in your hand. I applied it to the inner lower lid rim- it’s supposed to brighten your eye lid rim and hence make your eyes look more open. I couldn’t even get the white to show up. It works fine on my hand, but nothing applied to my lid line. I warmer the pencil by rubbing it a bit and tried again, still nothing. So overall, quite the disappointment. Has anyone else tried this product and had a similar or different experience? Of course, I will still shop at elf since most of their products are enjoyable for me and give me the freedom to stock up and play with products without breaking my account.

    September 27, 2008

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  • Maybelline New York Superstay Lipcolor
    5.0

    Maybelline New York Superstay Lipcolor

    Clumpy and doesn't wear too long, color is good though

    You all know how I am when I visit a drugstore… things seem to just jump into my hands. I can’t help it! Last week I picked up a Maybelline Superstay Lipcolor and a Maybelline Superstay Gloss. I was anxious to try them out even though I’m typically not a fan of long-wear lipcolors (I still have bad nightmares about those clumpy dry sticks that came out years ago). Anyhow, I gave them both a thorough check ride. The Lipcolor (which is billed as a “lipstick”) is not too drying and the topcoat balm was very nice actually. But the color itself was muddy and it did clump. And clumped badly. Ick. The Gloss version applied pretty nicely and the color was a bit more pure (and less muddy). I liked the subtle shimmer, but the brush-on top coat gloss was super sticky and way too shiny for my tastes. It didn’t wear too well and when I reapplied the top coat it caused the color underneath to clump and bunch up on my lips. All in all, not bad for a drugstore product, but I won’t repurchase. I’d rather reapply a regular lipstick or gloss every few hours than have clumpy, dry lips.

    September 27, 2008

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  • Maybelline New York Superstay Gloss
    5.0

    Maybelline New York Superstay Gloss

    Drying & clumpy but color is nice

    You all know how I am when I visit a drugstore… things seem to just jump into my hands. I can’t help it! Last week I picked up a Maybelline Superstay Lipcolor and a Maybelline Superstay Gloss. I was anxious to try them out even though I’m typically not a fan of long-wear lipcolors (I still have bad nightmares about those clumpy dry sticks that came out years ago). Anyhow, I gave them both a thorough check ride. The Lipcolor (which is billed as a “lipstick”) is not too drying and the topcoat balm was very nice actually. But the color itself was muddy and it did clump. And clumped badly. Ick. The Gloss version applied pretty nicely and the color was a bit more pure (and less muddy). I liked the subtle shimmer, but the brush-on top coat gloss was super sticky and way too shiny for my tastes. It didn’t wear too well and when I reapplied the top coat it caused the color underneath to clump and bunch up on my lips. All in all, not bad for a drugstore product, but I won’t repurchase. I’d rather reapply a regular lipstick or gloss every few hours than have clumpy, dry lips.

    September 27, 2008

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  • Maybelline New York Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Liquid Foundation
    7.0

    Maybelline New York Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Liquid Foundation

    Nice drugstore product, but doesn't contain minerals

    I received my two samples of Maybelline’s Mineral Power foundation in the mail. I tend to prefer sampling foundations before I try a new one since it helps to know how your skin will react, test colors, and you get an idea of the actual coverage. My samples came in Nude and Pure Beige which blended well into my medium-fair skin. The coverage is perfect for me. It covered my under-eye circles and slight melasma and yet didn’t feel like I was wearing a mask. Mineral Power goes on as a liquid but quickly dries to an almost powder like finish and leaves your skin soft. It works really well as a mineral makeup primer too! Just top it off with your favorite loose minerals, buff, and go. Maybelline has really upped the ante in drugstore foundation makeup with this offering. When my normal tinted moisturizer supply is depleted, I’ll definitely pick up a tube of this to keep on hand for days when I want a little extra coverage. Oh, and it packs SPF 15 (yah!).

    September 27, 2008

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  • L'Oreal Paris Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Shampoo
    5.0

    L'Oreal Paris Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Shampoo

    Lots of suds but lots of chemicals

    L'Oreal hair careL'Oreal hair care The Nutri Gloss line comes in several varities: for medium to long hair that's damaged (this is the one I tested), for medium to long hair that's curly and wavy, and for medium to long hair that's normal to fine. My hair is far from long... it's actually chin length at the current time and it seemed a bit strange that this line "assumes" everyone has "medium to long" hair. Odd, right? Anyhow, the shampoo and conditioner smelled nice. It's a bit of a floral scent. It really reminded me of those little bath ball that we used as kids. The little pink rubbery 'bubble' balls that you dropped in the tub and the skin around them dissolved. Does anyone remember them? That's what this line smells like. The shampoo was very sudsy and cleaned pretty well. I didn't have any extraneous buildup. However, the detergents are pretty strong, so if you color your hair- this may strip it faster than a more gentle (or sulfate-free) shampoo. Conditioner- well, it worked nicely. It didn't make my fine hair limp or greasy, but I still had to work through some tangles and the humidity seemed to affect it pretty strongly the next day. If you need moisture, this conditioner is probably too mild for you. It also contains quite a bit of alcohol which can dry and frizz hair. As for the glossy effects that were promised... I didn't notice any extra shine or pizazz from my hair, no more so than any other shampoo or conditioner that's loaded with 'cones (i.e. dimethicone and silicone sealants that can make your hair shiny). Again, if you have super fine or damaged hair (even though this one is billed for 'damaged hair') I wouldn't recommend this product. Alcohol, silicones and dimethicones can really dry your hair out with repeated use. If you use them, I typically tell people to look for products where they are further down the ingredients list so there's a bit less in the makeup of the product. (For the record, the shampoo lists dimethicone fourth, and the conditioner has a 'cone in the third spot, with alcohol in the second spot.)

    September 27, 2008

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  • L'Oreal Paris Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Conditioner
    5.0

    L'Oreal Paris Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Conditioner

    Performs well, but lots of 'cones and alcohol

    L'Oreal hair careL'Oreal hair care The Nutri Gloss line comes in several varities: for medium to long hair that's damaged (this is the one I tested), for medium to long hair that's curly and wavy, and for medium to long hair that's normal to fine. My hair is far from long... it's actually chin length at the current time and it seemed a bit strange that this line "assumes" everyone has "medium to long" hair. Odd, right? Anyhow, the shampoo and conditioner smelled nice. It's a bit of a floral scent. It really reminded me of those little bath ball that we used as kids. The little pink rubbery 'bubble' balls that you dropped in the tub and the skin around them dissolved. Does anyone remember them? That's what this line smells like. The shampoo was very sudsy and cleaned pretty well. I didn't have any extraneous buildup. However, the detergents are pretty strong, so if you color your hair- this may strip it faster than a more gentle (or sulfate-free) shampoo. Conditioner- well, it worked nicely. It didn't make my fine hair limp or greasy, but I still had to work through some tangles and the humidity seemed to affect it pretty strongly the next day. If you need moisture, this conditioner is probably too mild for you. It also contains quite a bit of alcohol which can dry and frizz hair. As for the glossy effects that were promised... I didn't notice any extra shine or pizazz from my hair, no more so than any other shampoo or conditioner that's loaded with 'cones (i.e. dimethicone and silicone sealants that can make your hair shiny). Again, if you have super fine or damaged hair (even though this one is billed for 'damaged hair') I wouldn't recommend this product. Alcohol, silicones and dimethicones can really dry your hair out with repeated use. If you use them, I typically tell people to look for products where they are further down the ingredients list so there's a bit less in the makeup of the product. (For the record, the shampoo lists dimethicone fourth, and the conditioner has a 'cone in the third spot, with alcohol in the second spot.)

    September 27, 2008

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  • Caress Moroccan Body Wash
    8.0

    Caress Moroccan Body Wash

    Moisturizing and smells delish!

    Back in May, Caress offered free samples of their new Exotic Oil Infusions Body Wash. After thoroughly testing, I enjoyed this body wash. It is super creamy making it perfect for winter time or those with dry skin. Since it’s spring and warm when I tested, I did not feel the need to moisturize afterwards. Lovely! This product definitely qualifies as a super-sudser. The lather was incredible, so you’ll only need a small dollop to wash your body. There are two scents available: Brazilian (gold container) and Moroccan (purple container). Both were pleasant for me: non-floral and exotic. I’ve got one of each now in our house… and they are affordable. No one needs to spend big bucks on body wash when Caress has it down pat.

    August 20, 2008

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  • Suave Naturals Shampoo
    7.0

    Suave Naturals Shampoo

    Love the coconut variety- good for normal hair or rotating

    Classified Ad Low maintenance female ISO laid back summer hair care routine. Yummy tropical scent for walks on the beach a plus. Respond asap with your cost and dimensions so I can snatch you up. Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut hair care reviewed Seriously though, if you have normal-ish hair or need a rotation shampoo and conditioner for the summer months, I just tried out Suave Naturals’ Tropical Coconut. I love me some coconut scented products, but if that’s not your thing, they have plenty of other varieties. The shampoo is gentle, cleanses well and is good for everyday. The conditioner is a very lightweight moisturizer. Good for those who have normal hair or tend to be on the oily side. I use mine to rotate between other shampoos two to three times a week (my hair seems to do a bit better with 2 shampoos in use rather than just one).

    August 20, 2008

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  • Suave Naturals Conditioner
    8.0

    Suave Naturals Conditioner

    Love the coconut- good basic or rotation conditioner

    Classified Ad Low maintenance female ISO laid back summer hair care routine. Yummy tropical scent for walks on the beach a plus. Respond asap with your cost and dimensions so I can snatch you up. Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut hair care reviewed Seriously though, if you have normal-ish hair or need a rotation shampoo and conditioner for the summer months, I just tried out Suave Naturals’ Tropical Coconut. I love me some coconut scented products, but if that’s not your thing, they have plenty of other varieties. The shampoo is gentle, cleanses well and is good for everyday. The conditioner is a very lightweight moisturizer. Good for those who have normal hair or tend to be on the oily side. I use mine to rotate between other shampoos two to three times a week (my hair seems to do a bit better with 2 shampoos in use rather than just one). (Do ya see that price??? How can you say no?)

    August 20, 2008

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