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  • Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup
    10.0

    Lancome Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup

    My Go-To Foundation; Why Don't You Go, Too?

    A hard-to-believe but strange story: Years ago I was running late and actually forgot all of the makeup in my tote (I was going to do my face in the car as my husband drove). I refused to go anywhere without makeup, and thus we stopped at a nearby drugstore to pick up "essentials" which would see me through the day. The most difficult decision was foundation. I am fair; a color too light leaves me looking like a ghost. Just one shade darker gives me "the dreaded orange mask." At that time, Olay made cosmetics as well, so I snatched up their "Complete Day Radiance Powder Foundation." It was summer; we were in a hurry and I wanted to do my routine as quickly and easily as possible. I had never used a powder foundation, and this turned out to be one of the best foundations ever made. This "good thing" came to an end when Olay pulled the line. Replacing Olay's jewel (I was actually stopped in the street and asked the reason why I was glowing!) was quite a task. The next best thing? Lancome's "Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup." Fifteen years later, I have one in my vanity, another in my purse, and a third in my desk at school. This incredible innovation comes in thirty-two hues, with a range of undertones and intensities (one is certain to match your complexion seamlessly). The completely oil-free formula can be sponged on over clean skin, primer, and/or moisturizer for a flawless, natural look. Coverage is buildable yet weightless--"powder" seems a misnomer here! Dampen a sponge for the full effect and to completely erase any discolorations, blemishes, and even skin's tone perfectly. It is beyond long-wearing, especially over a good primer. Your skin will have a subtle radiance for long hours and take you from the office to a night on the town without the need for a touch-up (you may just want to take a look in the mirror to admire your faultless, impeccable skin). And your face will be soft to the touch. There is no build-up or flaking whatsoever. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that this never leaves the market!

    February 27, 2013

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced
    9.0

    Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced

    Pure Vaseline in a Clever Tube

    Be aware that this is simply Vaseline. The container allows you to apply is easily. Some people may find it too intense. I like it, as it seals in moisture and renews my lips. Reapply as needed to keep your pout ultra-soft.

    February 27, 2013

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Almay Intense i-Color Volumizing Mascara
    7.0

    Almay Intense i-Color Volumizing Mascara

    Good for a Change of Color

    I bought this to enhance my hazel eyes; tinted mascara is a fun way to experiment and bring attention to your natural color. But Almay claims "Big, bold volume for two times the impact." I didn't find this mascara particularly helpful in adding volume. It separate lashes fairly well and did not clump for me, but the best part is the color. One tip? Color lashes with brown or black and just "tip" the ends with blue, purple, or another hue.

    February 27, 2013

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Proactiv+ Three-Step System
    10.0

    Proactiv+ Three-Step System

    An End to Acne--Finally!

    Proactiv was not available when I was a teenager, but my three nephews all suffered from terrible acne in high school. My sister purchased this kit for each of them and made sure they used it religiously. Their complexions began to clear immediately--with no redness or annoying, flaking skin--and within a matter of weeks they no longer had a blemish. Their faces have remained spotless. When I see teenagers with lots of blemishes, I'm tempted to mention the multiple benefits of the Proactiv system, but I stop myself. I've rarely witnessed products act so beautifully!

    February 27, 2013

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer

    Multi-tasking products are my favorites, and Jergens lives up to its claims with this moisturizing self-tanner. I don't use it often--generally only in the summer when I want to hide my very white legs and add some tint to my face, neck, arms, and decollete. After trying a variety of other brands, I lived in fear of self-tanners because of the artificial orange glow they left behind; Jergens has dispelled my apprehension. The color is very subtle, and so you can build as much intensity as you want. It is virtually streakless and seeps into skin quickly. Stains on clothing are not a problem. After applying for several days, skin has a smooth feel and a gentle radiance. The price is another attractive feature; a large container is quite reasonable at any drug or discount store.

    February 27, 2013

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Garnier HerbaShine Color Creme
    8.0

    Garnier HerbaShine Color Creme

    One of the Better DIY Colors

    I like the creamy application of Garnier's "Herbashine." The pleasant scent is a plus. I always use two boxes and mix my own color to avoid a "flat" result (hair with just one tone and little shine). As with most home colors, I was disappointed by the fact that it didn't cover gray nearly as long as it claims. I try to color only when necessary, and I find myself touching up roots more over than I want.

    February 27, 2013

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Tweezerman Mini Slant
    9.0

    Tweezerman Mini Slant

    All Unwanted Hairs Will Disappear

    Tweezerman does a superb job at creating such deft, faultless tweezers that nary a hair can hide. They are so sharp, in fact, that my one complaint is that a little too much pressure can result in tiny scars. As much as I do love these, I prefer Revlon's version, as it is a tad more gentle to my skin.

    February 27, 2013

    110 of 208 people found this review helpful

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  • bareMinerals ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation
    6.0

    bareMinerals ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation

    I'll Stay with Traditional Foundation

    I'm a fan of the fact that this foundation is all-natural and good for skin. I also love the fact that I can combine hues for the perfect shade for my complexion. But, overall, my experience was not at all what I had hoped for. Coverage was uneven--no matter how carefully or well I worked with the Kabuki brush--and the powder adhered to miniscule creases, accentuating them. The finish was not unusual. It left a sheen, but it appeared unnatural. I can accurately tell a woman wearing Bare Minerals by the same "glow," and I don't like it.

    February 27, 2013

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
    9.0

    St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

    Great Way to a Fresh Face!

    St. Ives "Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub" has been in my medicine cabinet since before I can recall. During my twenties, when my skin was prone to cyclical breakouts, it helped to keep me clear. Now I use it at least twice weekly for a plethora of reasons: 1) Exfoliation cleans congested, oil-filled pores; 2) It removes old, dead skin cells and allows creams and other products to work more effectively; 3) It works to break up hyperpigmented cells--brown spots which come as a result of genetics, pregnancy, age, and hormonal changes. If you are using a product to lighten your complexion, its efficacy is improved; and 4) In the winter, as I increase the items used to keep my skin moist, I'm also increasing product build-up; exfoliation allows me to deal with fresh, new cells. St. Ives' formula is affordable for everyone. Better yet, it is all-natural, with no parabens or phthalates. Animal ingredients are never used. What makes it so luscious? Apricots, naturally, which are great anti-oxidants and quite nourishing; corn kernel meal, a gentle flower made from dried corn to deep-clean; and ground walnut shells, which enable cell turnover. Just a word of warning here: You can exfoliate too much and too hard. In order not to tear fragile skin tissue, apply after cleansing and work into a rich, non-foaming lather. Always be aware not to pressure skin. Concentrate on problem areas such as your nose or chin, but do it with delicacy. Keep away from eyes. Eye tissue is akin to lightweight paper--even if you're fifteen and have an oily complexion, you don't want to scrub here! It's easy to get carried away with the fresh, sweet scent, but less is definitely more. Rinse very well, making sure all particles are gone, and enjoy your tightened, baby-soft, smooth skin.

    February 26, 2013

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Paula's Choice RESIST Ultimate Anti-Aging Hand Cream SPF 30

    "Paula's Choice" offers a plethora of products brimming with ingredients to stimulate collagen, repair skin damage, hydrate, and reduce dark circles. I found this hand cream slightly above average; my hands were soft, but not nearly as velvety as they are with other products. I feel as though it can be more moisturizing. Fine lines did not disappear, and my hands looked no younger. However, I do like the sunscreen included in this product and the fact that it is not tested on animals.

    February 23, 2013

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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