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  • Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Original
    10.0

    Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Original

    Vaseline, Take a Bow!

    There are few things which can't be remedied by Vaseline. Yes, using it as a moisturizer can be a tad messy but leaves you absolutely glowing. Hands can be buttery-soft when lather in Vaseline and covered in white cotton gloves. After a good night's sleep, you'll find tiny cuts and scratches beginning to heal and your skin will be akin to pure silk! The price is also something deserving raves. ADDENDUM FEBRUARY 2014: With this winter being extremely blustery, bitterly cold, and windy, my skin has suffered. Enter Total Beauty, with an amazing kit of Vaseline and other products. What I did not realize how I had been under-using Vaseline. It works like magic on rough, flaky lips and stays on all day or night long (too many lip moisturizers literally fade away, but not this). I've mixed with the coarse sea salt I received for dreamy exfoliation (and followed with the included gloves and super-soft, cushy socks). A new use for me was to mix with sugar for a scrub that deep-cleans pores while treating skin with ultimately gentleness, ridding it of dead cells. I lost the chafing and blisters I would somehow experience by applying before running and working out. My cuticles are no longer a problem when I regularly include Vaseline in my manicure and massage into nails and cuticles. Finally, one of my beauty secrets has always been to dot a bit of Vaseline above my pupils to make my eyes glow and mix with blush for a completely natural, radiant blush. WOW, WHAT A DO-IT-ALL PRODUCT!!!

    February 18, 2014

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  • Q-tips Precision Tips
    10.0

    Q-tips Precision Tips

    A GREAT BEAUTY "TIP"!

    Q-tips are omnipresent in our home. When I was asked to review a number of items from Total Beauty, I was thrilled to see the "Precision Tips" included in the plethora of great items. I had had them once before, years ago, in my Christmas stocking from my sister. I intended to do a lot of cleanup with these, but I find myself doing far more application than I imagined I would. These clean, pure tips put color EXACTLY where you want it. Although I have more makeup brushes than I can count, it's just extremely handy to pull out a pristine swab and smudge or add eyeliner or stipple concealer on a blemish to make it disappear completely. The best part? You simply throw the germ-laden swab away when done! Of course I do have my share of mistaken liner/mascara/stray glitter which these dispense beautifully. I am OCD about my cosmetics. They are great for cleaning things like keyboards, but I dip in alcohol and move between the colors in palettes to keep cosmetics sanitary and appealing. These are a MUST-HAVE!

    February 18, 2014

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  • Lucky Brand Lucky You Eau de Toilette for Women

    This is a delightful, playful, wear-it-every-single-day-and-not-get-tired-of-it aroma. It is light and delicate, with notes of ruby red grapefruit, crushed green leaves, and star jasmine. I never fail to garner compliments while wearing this!

    February 7, 2014

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  • Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow

    Cream eye shadow is something I generally avoid. But there's been so much hype about Maybelline's "Color Tattoo" that I picked a few up at my local drugstore. They're incredible! I got them in "Edgy Emerald" to enhance my hazel/green eyes and "Bad to the Bronze" (just a great color to have). This is a creamy-gel texture which is easy to work with. I used my fingers when applying to eye and then smoothed the edges and a bit of shadow under my bottom lashes with a brush. They are shadows with sheen, but not to the point where they can't be worn anywhere. The color is true and really stays put--I didn't want to give it a twenty-four hour test, but it stayed in place a good eighteen hours for me before I removed my makeup. There was no creasing or caking whatsoever. It does dry very quickly after application, so be sure you have shadow where you want it before it sets (that's not a criticism--that's part of the reason it lasts so long). I'm more than impressed and am going to collect "Painted Purple," "Audacious Asphalt," and "Tough as Taupe" (just for now). "Bold Gold" would be great to have for highlights or all-over eye drama.

    February 6, 2014

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  • Chloe Perfume by Chloe
    9.0

    Chloe Perfume by Chloe

    Subtle Rose Attracts with This Scent

    This is an easy-going scent with a surprise. Top notes of pink peony and lychee impart freshness. All in all, it evokes powdery rose. If you love the smell of rose and are addicted to it, as am I, this is a fragrance for you. It is fresh yet sensual, light yet addictive.

    February 4, 2014

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Color Wow Root Cover Up
    10.0

    Color Wow Root Cover Up

    Roots? WHAT Roots?

    ColorWow is an answer to prayer. I've seen makeup artists use a brush and eye shadow to cover gray roots. This powder makes it very easy, as opposed to Rita Hazan's spray with which you have little control. You can use the large end of the brush to cover extensive areas. The small end fine-tunes where you want precise coverage. The best thing besides being extremely easy to use it that Color WOW is a water-resistant formula (yes!). The price of $35.00 seems a lot, except when you figure how much salon visits cost. This is a must-have for any woman who covers her hair!

    February 4, 2014

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  • Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara
    7.0

    Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara

    A Decent Mascara, Not Spectacular

    I tend to return to Lancôme when I want a truly reliable mascara. Unfortunately, I haven't had great results with "Doll Lash." The Christmas-tree shaped brush is meant to catch and tint every single eyelash, ala Zoe Deschanel. I didn't find that it worked as well for me. It is a decent mascara, not great. Despite my use of Shu Uemura's and Sennna's eyelash curlers, I never found the "lift" nor curl this mascara is supposed to impart. I do like the fact that it is easy to reach every lash, but to no great effect. I'll take "Definicils" or one of the others any day over this mascara (but kudos to Lancôme for amazing mascaras!).

    February 4, 2014

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  • Lancome Absolue Premium Bx Cream
    6.0

    Lancome Absolue Premium Bx Cream

    A Pleasant, Not Potent, Night Cream

    At twenty-five, I would have accepted any product which made my skin feel like satin and didn't leave a heavy residue behind because breakouts were still a problem. Years later, I find myself checking the label first and deciding on whether or not to purchase according to it. I had a deluxe sample of Lancôme's "Absolue Night Premium Bx Replenishing and Rejuvenating Night Cream." Like Absolue's serum, the cream itself is just gorgeous, with an orange-gold color and rose-scented fragrance that makes it seems like it justifies the $190.00 price tag for a little more than two and a half ounces. It applies like a dream, leaving skin instantly and thoroughly hydrated and refined. Here's where my doubt applies: Lancôme, primarily a house of skin care, claims that Pro-Xylane™, a patented scientific "breakthrough," is an "essential and precise molecule which restores essential moisture deep in the surface." Skin is to be visibly repaired from previous damage by this. Further, it contains N-Stumuline™, which is key to the skin's recovery process so that you wake with a more beautiful complexion daily. A Bio-Network™ composed of wild yam, soy, sea algae, and barley--helps provide visible repair and restoration. It is true that signs of stressed are quickly repaired and restored by the sheer moisture itself. But I'm looking for a system which gives long-term, true results. A closer look at ingredients reveals that there is no radical substance which will produce long-term results, especially at this price. Waxes (carnauba wax, paraffin) and silicones go a long way in making you feel as if your skin is being restored to its former youthful condition. Shea butter and soy bean oil, along with others, assure that it will stay moisturized. And a very small amount of salicylic acid helps in speeding cell turnover, allowing new, fresh cells to come to the surface. I didn't find sodium hyaluronate or glycolic acids to ensure that old skin cells are sloughed away while new ones come to the surface. In short, this is a luxurious, pleasurable moisturizer, but it will not change the overall way your skin functions. In that case, I have to (sadly) remove stars. Lancôme, you are charging far more than your product is worth--do you expect us to accept this? Do not spend a fortune on this. Your skin deserves better.

    February 4, 2014

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  • Calvin Klein Euphoria Blossom Eau De Toilette Spray
    9.0

    Calvin Klein Euphoria Blossom Eau De Toilette Spray

    Chic, Floral, and Totally Sensuous

    I agree with the reviewer who says this can't be used continually. It is a potent, sensuous, chic scent, one to be reserved for special occasions like romantic evenings. It is not so heavy that it is overwhelming, however. Notes of pomegranate, persimmon, green, black orchid, lotus blossom, champaca flower, liquid amber, black violet, and cream accord mix to lend a clean floral aroma, with a decided lush, mysterious, sultry quality. My husband loves this as much as I do!

    February 3, 2014

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  • Hard Candy Kal-eye-descope Eye Shadow
    8.0

    Hard Candy Kal-eye-descope Eye Shadow

    Unique Formula for Various Looks

    In the early 2000's, I shelled out quite a lot of money for Hard Candy eye shadow quads. The colors were unique, beautifully complementary, and lasted a long time. Last week while shopping I picked up a few baked shadows. In general, I like baked eye shadows. When used dry, the powder is light on the eye but it has a flattering glow which no other formula replicates. I found the same to be true of Hard Candy's version. I swipe them on dry for a subtle but wide-awake look; for a more bold, vivacious look, I love to play with them wet. These are high-quality shadows at a very reasonable price.

    February 3, 2014

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