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  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow
    10.0

    Urban Decay Eyeshadow

    Urban Perfection!

    This is unique, rich, decadent color which lasts forever, especially over a good primer (I prefer Too Faced's Shadow Insurance). Urban Decay offers shades which you will find nowhere else and a consistency second to none. While I love the singles, I love them even more in a palette.

    January 25, 2014

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  • Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara
    8.0

    Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara

    An Above-Average Mascara for Volume and Definition

    I like to work with the shape of Lancome's "Hypnose Drama" mascara. I don't get a lot of length, but I do get volume and definition, especially when it comes to my lower lashes which are actually long but quite fair. This is a good mascara. It's not my favorite, but it definitely is above average.

    January 25, 2014

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  • Urban Decay Naked3
    10.0

    Urban Decay Naked3

    Ultimately Feminine, Soft, and Gorgeous!

    Although I own Urban Decay's first and second "Naked" palettes, I was a little wary of purchasing "Naked 3." I knew that the colors were a range of pinks, but I feared the undertone of the shades would be orange and make me look like I had an eye infection. So I hesitated for a long time. I could not have been more wrong! These are hues to flatter all eye colors in a soft way (my eyes are hazel/green, but they would be even more fantastic for blue- or brown-eyed beauties). There is no limit to the number of gorgeous effects you can achieve by blending these plush, silky shadows which come in matte, pearl, and shimmering finishes. One of the benefits is the double-ended shadow brush; one side is stiff enough to allow for contouring. Besides pink, there are shades with a tiny mix of gold to them. Even the darker colors--the mauves and taupes--have a femininity which is unique. The deepest hues are "Darkside," a matte charcoal, and "Blackheart," which Urban Decay describes as the deepest black with red micro-glitter throughout. This is my favorite shade, completely wearable for day or evening. It is somewhat reminiscent of Too Faced's decadent "Black Forest Truffle" from their incredible "Chocolate Bar" palette (yes, it does smell as good as you've heard and looks even better). In fact, all UD shadows would take you from the office to a night on the town with a bit of mixing and blending. The lightest shade, "Strange," is a white with a tad of pink. You can place it on your brow bone without it looking garish or overdone. If I were getting married, this is one palette I would definitely be using on my wedding day--it's all softness and beauty! Hooray for Urban Decay--although I love Naked 1 and 2, the third one is the total charmer of the group!

    January 24, 2014

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  • bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer
    10.0

    bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer

    TOTALLY FLATTERING AND HELPFUL FOR LONG-LASTING COLOR!

    I don't know how I made it through long days and/or nights before shadow primer. My favorite is Too Faced's "Shadow Insurance," but there are several other varieties I love. Not only does your shadow stay put for many more hours than it otherwise would (no matter how pigmented your shadows), but many add depth to the color which has been applied. I am absolutely thrilled with Bare Minerals' "Brightening Prime Time" Primer. I chose it in "Pearl." Although the tube is a little small, it dispenses easily and is a lovely slightly lightening shade to give your whole face a wide-awake look without appearing artificial. Right now I'm wearing it under Urban Decay's luscious Naked 3 palette colors, but this would suffice as eye shadow itself in a pinch--and be very flattering. I am very grateful for primer; after modeling and learning makeup tips from professionals, I've learned what works and what doesn't. Primer is essential--period.

    January 24, 2014

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  • Lancome Dual Finish Fragrance Free Versatile Powder Makeup

    There was a time when I changed foundations nearly as often as I changed socks. Liquid, souffle, powder--I tried them all. I finally started settling for Christian Dior's liquid version, but they discontinued my shade. I bought a compact of Olay's "Complete Day Radiance Foundation" and was absolutely delighted with the luminosity it imparted and the ease with which I was able to apply it. Once again, the shade best for my complexion was discontinued. I turned to the Lancome counter, hearing great things about their "Dual Finish Fragrance-Free Versatile Powder Makeup" from the media, friends, and family. I use this 99% of the time. I began in my twenties and am entering my forties, but the foundation "fits" me perfectly all the same. It used to keep my oily T-zone at bay and I knew I didn't have to make a run for the ladies' room to make sure my complexion was flawless. Now it imparts a perfect, lightweight finish with nary a line or wrinkle to show. For the most part, I use it dry (the sponge which comes with it is excellent, or I turn to Beautyblender's sponge or ELF's amazing kabuki brush). At times I have used it in wet form; it gives more coverage and lasts even longer (I am able to teach a full day at school and spend an evening out with no touch-ups, and that is without primer). This is the ULTIMATE FOUNDATION for me. In "Matte Porcelaine Delicate I," my ivory skin is transformed into a glowing version of itself. Pores and blemishes are completely disguised, yet the powder is ultra-natural and breathable, never artificial looking. It would be hard to wrestle this out of my hands--I have one in my purse, desk drawer at school, glove compartment, bedroom vanity, and an extra in my travel supplies. It is simply superb, and I have tried hundreds of foundations before I settled on this.

    January 23, 2014

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  • Benefit Eye Bright
    10.0

    Benefit Eye Bright

    Gives Your Eyes a Refreshed, Wide-Awake Look

    This beautiful pink gifts a lifts to tired eyes so very well! It works beautifully on the inner corners of eyes to get rid of shadows; I also use it on the outer corners for a wide-awake look.

    January 23, 2014

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  • Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub
    10.0

    Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub

    The Secret to Ultra-Silky Skin

    I've been a sloth. I do use a sugar or salt scrub on my skin when it's in a pitiful state, but I don't do it on a regular basis (for shame, to be sure!). Today it occurred to me after my shower that using a scrub would be as helpful to my body as it is to my face, that I should make it a daily habit (or every two or three days, at the most). Old, dead cells would be washed away, my arms, legs, feet, etc. would be moisturized, and any additional products I put on as emollients would work more thoroughly. So I treated my limbs (and hands--they're the first to show your age) to Tree Hut's "Shea Sugar Body Scrub" in "Mango." It has a delightful tropical scent, not artificial. While the grains go to work to polish and refine, several oils hydrated deeply. They include evening primrose, sweet almond, avocado, macadamia seed, and orange. While my skin took on a new glow, I finished with Tree Hut's luscious "Shea Body Butter." I feel like a totally new woman. This is a new resolution for this year, to polish continually and enjoy my silken skin. I'm keeping the sugar body scrub by the bathroom sink to exfoliate hands and arms in between showers and keep my skin looking young. After all, you only have one body . . .

    January 23, 2014

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  • Philosophy Hope in a Jar
    2.0

    Philosophy Hope in a Jar

    It's Just Hope--It Doesn't Produce Results

    My husband's cousin is sixty years old, but her perfect skin belies her age by at least thirty years. It's hard not to stare at her when we're together. I finally asked what she used, and she said, "Philosophy's Hope in a Jar." That's it. Of course I had to try this virtual fountain of youth, but I was disappointed. It's a run-of-the-mill moisturizer. It smooths and hydrates, but I don't find any ingredients aside from glycerin which will give long-term wrinkle relief and gorgeous skin. I would not repurchase. This is highly overrated.

    January 23, 2014

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  • Burberry Body Eau de Parfum
    9.0

    Burberry Body Eau de Parfum

    Volta, So Sorry This Sultry Fragrance Didn't Work for You

    Volta humorously told us the dangers of trying a fragrance on yourself and assuming that it smells great--avoid, avoid. A fragrance is greatly affected by the natural smell of your own skin, your mood, stress level, body chemisty, diet, age, and any medications you may be taking. That's why I always ask several men what they think of a scent before purchasing; I am often surprised at their difference of opinion, but I trust it as opposed to mine in good part. This is totally sensual on me, as it is on Sprout (verified by my husband and some good male friends and relatives). It has notes of freesia, green absinthe, peach, rose, iris, sandalwood, cashmeran, musk, amber and vanilla. I'm glad I didn't have to find out if it worked for me the hard way.

    January 22, 2014

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  • Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide

    I hate when my hair loses it shine after it has been colored. Enter Alterna's "Bamboo UV + Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide" (about $25.00). It is comprised chiefly of bamboo extract, which boosts hair's strength and flexibility and organic kendi oil, which works to improve the outer cuticle (there are a plethora of other oils involved, but you wouldn't guess it from the lightweight texture). It has a delightful scent--spray on to keep your color longer, protect it from thermal styling tools, put an end to frizz, and add dazzling shine. Be sure to acknowledge the admirers who follow you down the street!

    January 22, 2014

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