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  • Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara

    I got a sample tube of this in a beauty box. I have only tried a few Jane Iredale products but the public perception of the brand seems to be really good. First off, I like the tube that this mascara comes in. It is squeezable so if you are getting near the end of the mascara, you can use every last bit. Unfortunately, I do not plan to ever get to the end of this mascara. Application was OK, but the formula didn't do much as far as lengthening and especially thickening for my lashes. It took several coats to get my lashes looking good. I would never describe this as thickening at all. It did nothing to make my lashes look more full. My big issue with this is mascara is that throughout the day it flaked like crazy. I put this on in the morning and was out and about the entire day. Each time I looked in the mirror I saw more flakes on my face from this darn mascara. It also made my lashes feel very brittle. Definitely not more thick! I do not plan on even using up the remainder of this sample because it was such a mess. Flaky mascara is a major deal breaker for me and for a mascara that doesn't even give excellent length and volume, it just isn't worth the trouble of using,

    June 3, 2013

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  • Bumble and bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse

    I hadn't used a mousse regularly since high school when I had curly hair. But in the years since, my hair has gotten more fine and has lost all of its curl. My stylist used this on me when I last got my hair cut and I really liked the effect that it gave to my straight, shoulder length hair. After that experience, I watched some videos on the Bumble and bumble website where the stylists used this mousse on a fine-haired gal like myself. I was convinced I had to have this after that! I have been using a generous amount on my wet hair and it has given me a bit of grip for when I blow dry. When my hair is dry it has more body and more hold than it would otherwise. It is straight, but it doesn't look boring and flat like it normally would. My hair is not hard or sticky at all, it just feels thicker and holds the style better. I love it! I am always on the look out for products that will do these things for my hair and I am usually left feeling a bit underwhelmed. This mousse may have been the missing ticket! I'll finish up whatever style I do with the Bumble and bumble Thickening Creme Contour and the two together are a match made in Bumble and bumble heaven. Kudos to B&b for making another outstanding styling product. I only knocked off one star because a bottle that contains just under five ounces, costs $29, which is steep. For me though, the results are worth it!

    May 31, 2013

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  • Sonicare Xtreme Battery Sonic Toothbrush

    I got the Sonicare battery operated toothbrush for my birthday and while this isn't the most glamorous gift, it has probably been one of the most effective. I was wary of using an electric toothbrush because I thought it would be awkward and might even hurt my gums. Wrong! While making the switch from a manual to an electric toothbrush does take some getting used to, this is extremely easy to use and leaves your teeth feeling so much cleaner it is astounding. My teeth, especially on the bottom are very close together so I tend to get plaque on the backside of a few of them. I would always spend extra time brushing the backside of those teeth with my manual toothbrush, but some would remain. After just one use with the Sonicare, that plaque had broken up quite a bit. After about 4 brushes, it was nearly gone. This is amazing! Overall, my teeth feel so smooth and so, so clean. I have always had fairly white teeth, but I feel like now that I use the Sonicare every day, I am ensuring that my teeth stay just as white, despite frequent coffee drinking. The brush turns off automatically after two minutes and the batteries last quite a while. I doubt I was brushing my teeth for two minutes straight with my old toothbrush, so if nothing else that is a major improvement. I haven't had to change my brush head yet, but a two pack is about $25. We;; worth it! These toothbrushes have really come down in price, making the switch a really affordable one. Considering that you will probably pay much less in dental work if you use your Sonicare consistently, it is such a smart investment. I cannot recommend a Sonicare toothbrush (either battery operated or rechargeable) enough!

    May 31, 2013

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  • Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover
    7.0

    Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover

    Extra Nice Polish Remover

    I received a small bottle of this with a Zoya polish order and was really impressed when I tried it out. I had seen good reviews for it but gawked at the $10 price tag, considering I can get a much larger generic bottle for $5 or less. But the Zoya nail polish remover really is different. The smell is a lot less harsh than other removers (something my boyfriend really appreciates!). This also seemed to take off pesky polishes more swiftly than others. I usually just use pure acetone to remove my polishes because it works the best, but it leaves my cuticles and hands super dry and tight. Zoya's remover has acetone in it, which is probably part of what makes it remove polish so easily, but it is not nearly as harsh or drying to my nails and hands as the pure acetone. Still, $10 for an 8 ounce bottle of nail polish remover is steep! While I think this price is somewhat justified, it would nice to at least get a bit more product. However, I do plan to buy a full size bottle. The full size packaging is nice, with the pump dispenser too. I will just save this for when I am doing nails in the man's presence or when my nails need a break from the harsh acetone.

    May 31, 2013

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  • Supergoop! SPF 30+ Sunscreen Swipes with Zinc for Sensitive Skin

    I received a couple of these wipes as samples and was excited to have this purse-friendly option for when I am out and about. I have very fair skin that burns easily. I have also already had skin cancer (I'm not even 30 yet) so I am ultra concerned with protecting myself from the sun. I used these on a day at the beach and was so disappointed to see that the wipes did not have enough sunscreen in them. The sunscreen only appeared to be in the middle of each wipe. The packaging claims that each wipe is enough for your entire body, but this didn't even come close. I burned so badly from being out on the beach for about an hour. I love Supergoop products and know that their high quality SPFs really do protect, but these wipes just need more product on them if they are going to cover one's entire body. Even using two, I wasn't covered and I am fairly slender. I will stick to lotions and spray SPFs for the time being. The convenience of a sunscreen wipe is just not worth a harmful sunburn.

    May 28, 2013

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  • Dior Vernis Long-Wearing Nail Lacquer
    9.0

    Dior Vernis Long-Wearing Nail Lacquer

    #659 Lucky perfect pink/red/coral

    I had heard good things about the Dior nail varnishes and after searching so long for a redish pink coral color and consistently coming up short, I found #659 "Lucky". This polish costs slightly less than Chanel and in my opinion, it is so much better! The Chanel polish I have (the much raved about color, "June") is a nightmare to apply because it is so sheer and streaky. Dior's "Lucky" applied like a dream. I got a perfectly opaque color after two thin coats and with a good base and top coat, my manicure lasted nearly a week. The color itself is gorgeous and just what I wanted. In some lights it looks red, in others, an orange red, in others a pinky coral. It's a fun play on the classic red or the super bright coral. It just looks really classy and fun on the nails. The brushes on the Dior polishes are different and really user friendly. They are short, stout and slightly curved to fit the base of your nail. The brush made application even easier than normal. The nail polish formula is gorgeous. No streaks and no uneven application. The bottle is quite chic and I like that (again, unlike the Chanel polishes) the square top is removable so you have more control when handling the nail brush. Dior polishes are still quite pricey and I won't make a habit of buying up a ton, but if there is a particular color that I am after and not able to find in the other lines I like, I will look to Dior.

    May 28, 2013

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  • Bumble and bumble Holding Spray
    8.0

    Bumble and bumble Holding Spray

    Great Medium Hold Spray

    Since I love just about all the Bumble and bumble styling products, I decided to give the Holding Spray a try. I have the Spray de Mode which is a great light/flexible hold hairspray, but I wanted something that would provide a bit more hold without being too heavy or firm. This is definitely medium hold. If you put too much your hair could get hard, but it is easy to control. I like spritzing this on my hair before I curl it to give extra staying power. For this purpose especially, I wish that the Holding Spray was an easier to use, aerosol spray, like Spray de Mode is. Still, it is nice and the nozzle doesn't spray too much or get clogged. This is also nice for taming fly-aways when doing up-dos. I love that this provides hold without making my hair too sticky or crazy when I brush it out or fluff it up. I typically style my hair in messy waves, but since my hair is fine and straight, I need some sort of hairspray to keep the curl and texture alive. This definitely helps at that and I don't need much product to get the job done. The smell is light and pleasant, just like many of Bumble and bumble's products. So many hairsprays weigh my fine hair down, so I appreciate that Bumble and bumbles products don't do this to me.

    May 28, 2013

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  • L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
    8.0

    L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

    Nice hand cream, but don't like the smell

    I have heard so many great things about the L'Occitane shea hand creams. I have been using the original hand cream and although I like it, I would not repurchase this particular one due to its scent. This hand cream has a lot going for it though. I love the all of L'occitane's packaging and their hand creams are especially nice. The metal tube allows you to squeeze every last bit out and the crew top is secure so you don't have to worry about any spillage. It looks simple and quite chic, so great for pulling out of your purse. I also love that it isn't too bulky to carry around or have at your desk while you are working. I cream is very hydrating so a little goes a long way. It is also not greasy at all. This is crucial because I apply this at my desk and I don't want to have to wait to start typing and such. So really the only bad thing for me about this is the scent. To me, it smells matronly and too strong. Ideally this would have a lighter scent and smell more fresh. I like the cream itself enough to look into the other flavors that L'Occitane offers.

    May 13, 2013

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  • Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser
    4.0

    Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser

    Moisturizing but ineffective

    I bought this to use during the winter when my combination skin gets more dry and red. I was expecting this to be a rinse off cleanser but instead it is a lotion that you tissue off. Still, it has its purpose and is nice on those nights when I can't be bothered to do a full cleanse with water. This is extremely gentle and very moisturizing. Even after I wipe this off, it feels like there is still lotion on my skin. The instructions say to follow this with a toner and although I don't regularly use toner, I do think it is necessary after using this. My face still feels dirty after I use this. I found that the toner was still lifting a lot of makeup after I used the Avene cleanser. This is the main reason I am only giving this four stars. I don't think that a cleanser, no matter how gentle, should leave makeup on your face when you are done. A toner should not be necessary. I was planning on still using this (with a toner) until I finished the bottle, but it makes my face feel so gross that I had to toss it, despite three quarters of the bottle being left. I like that this feels really nourishing and is quite gentle but it's not great at actually cleansing the skin. You should especially skip this cleanser if you have problem skin at all.

    May 8, 2013

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  • Dial Bar Soap
    9.0

    Dial Bar Soap

    Love their deodorant bars

    I have to use aluminum-free deodorant and although I have found one that works fairly well, the protection cannot match those with the chemicals and aluminum. So I supplement by deodorant by washing my underarms with Dial's Antibacterial Deodorant Soap Bars. The scent is super classic and fresh but not overpowering at all. I find that this works better than my regular body wash when used under my arms. I especially notice the difference when I use this between showers. I have washed my underarms with regular soap, or even other liquid soaps that claim to deodorize but this soap from Dial makes a noticeable difference. In between showers, this seems to be the only soap that completely eliminates odor and lasts (when used in conjunction with my deodorant of course). This provides a really rich lather that forms quickly with just a little water. It rinses away easily, leaving my skin super clean. A bar lasts forever, especially since I don't use this all over my body. I would not use this for the rest of my body just because I have dry, sensitive skin and bar soap is too drying for me.

    May 7, 2013

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