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  • Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

    I purchased this cleanser for use mainly in the mornings. I wanted something that would thoroughly cleanse and provide some light exfoliation. This does a great job at both. I researched a lot of options for this type of product before deciding on Kiehl's. It can be difficult to find a cleanser and exfoliator in one (most physical exfoliators are meant for use on already cleansed skin) that is gentle enough for everyday use. More companies should be making cleansers like this one. This cleanser is quite nice to use. It spreads over my face easily and the exfoliating beads in it are very fine. It doesn't feel like this is tearing up my skin at all like some other exfoliating products have. This is unscented too so it is good for those who have sensitive skin in that respect. For a cream cleanser, this is also surprisingly easy to rinse off. When I'm done, my skin feels super smooth and refreshed, but not tight or too dry. My makeup goes on smoother as well, which is part of why I really love this for the mornings. I wouldn't use this with the Clarisonic because of the exfoliating particles. This is another winner from Kiehl's!

    December 6, 2012

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  • It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye
    8.0

    It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye

    Covers so well and lasts all day

    I got a small tube of this as part of a gift with purchase in the shade medium. Originally, I was disappointed to receive the medium color because I am fair skinned and want a light concealer for under my eyes. However, the medium shade does work quite well on me. This is an amazing under eye concealer. A little goes a LONG way. Even though this is a thicker consistency and provides heavy coverage, it spreads easily on the delicate skin under the eyes and does not feel heavy at all. This lasts all day without creasing or settling into any fine lines around my eyes. I have been using a combination of corrector followed by concealer for my dark circles, but this one product acts as a corrector and concealer in one. Because this is a two-in-one product and also such a concentrated product, this is an amazing value for money. I have been using my trial size tube just about everyday for a month and I still have plenty left. The tube design is another major plus for me. The squeeze tube makes is extremely easy to get just the right amount of product. It is also more sanitary than a pot because I don't have to touch it with my finger or a brush. I had to knock off two stars though for two major reasons. First is the limited color selection. They only make this in four shades. The medium color works, but I am interested in the lightest shade for a more brightening affect under the eyes. The second is the limited availability/access of this brand in stores. I am only able to buy this online which means that I cannot test out the lighter shade I am interested in. I'd hate to spend over $20 on a concealer, have it be too light and not be able to return it. Other than those two issues, I think this is worth a try if you can get a sample or have a store near you that carries this. It is truly a unique and effective product for those that suffer from dark circles.

    December 6, 2012

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  • Eucerin Intensive Repair Very Dry Skin Lotion
    10.0

    Eucerin Intensive Repair Very Dry Skin Lotion

    Great for Dry, Sensitive Skin

    I purchased this on a recommendation from my dermatologist for my dry, itchy, sensitive skin on my legs. I have a mild case of eczema on my legs and this has helped so much. I apply this once I have toweled off after a shower and it absorbs into my skin fairly quickly. Because this is completely fragrance free, it will not irritate those with sensitive skin and/or allergies. This is also nice because it won't interfere with other perfumes you may wear. My one morning application of this lotion keeps my legs hydrated all day long. This, combined with a moisturizing, non scented body wash has been such a relief for my dry, irritated legs. The unsightly bumps I used to have on my legs are gone. Eucerin is an inexpensive brand and a little of this lotion goes a long way making this a great value for money. I often see coupons for Eucerin as well, making it even less expensive. For me, this is a daily essential and one I will continue to purchase.

    December 4, 2012

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • MAC 109 Small Contour Brush
    9.0

    MAC 109 Small Contour Brush

    Love this brush so much that I have two!

    I love this versatile brush from MAC. I use this for contouring, like the name suggests, but I also have a second brush for blush and highlighter. The shape of this is great because it is small enough to get a precise contour and blush effect, but it is also big enough for easy blending. The brush grabs powder products very well too. I have had both of brushes several years and they have held up very nicely to everyday use. I only give this brush nine stars instead of ten, because very once in a while, my brushes shed a hair, which is really annoying when you are doing your makeup in a hurry. Other than the occasional shedding, I think this is a fantastic brush that just about anyone could use in their collection.

    November 21, 2012

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Elemental Herbology Facial Detox

    I got a deluxe sample of this mask in a beauty box and have enjoyed using this about once a week. This is quick and easy to apply and only needs to be left on 10 minutes. This mask dries completely in the 10 minutes it takes, but it does not get overly tight or uncomfortable at all. For a clay type mask, this is also fairly easy to remove. This leaves my skin soft and refreshed, but doesn't do anything spectacular. My face doesn't feel especially purged of anything, like the "facial detox" name implies. I prefer Ahava's mud mask, which costs less, takes less time and does a better job at drawing out impurities from my skin. Lush's Mask of Magnaminty also does a better job for a cheaper price. I will use up the remainder of my sample, but I would not purchase this. I think with the abundance of clay/mud masks available, there are more effective options than this.

    November 19, 2012

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Olay Regenerist Intensive Repair Treatment

    Like several others, I was sent this to review. I was excited to try it because I recently started using a retinol treatment at night to fight wrinkles and such. I am currently using a treatment from Dr. Perricone. I used this in lieu of the Dr. Perricone for two months as I was instructed to. The treatment was easy to apply and sank into my skin nicely. I like the packaging of this as well. It was easy to dispense just what I wanted from the tube. I would typically follow this up with my regular nighttime moisturizer. I doubt that this has done much for my skin. Although it could be (and I hope it is!) preventing future wrinkles from forming, it didn't do anything to reverse existing damage on my face. I don't expect miracles, but this product's performance did not match its claims. From what I can tell, this is a weaker form of retinol than what is in Dr. Perricone's treatment. Granted, this is much less expensive than that product, but perhaps you get what you pay for? I was happy to test this, but I would not buy this to use regularly as a nightly anti-aging treatment.

    November 16, 2012

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara

    I have heard and seen many positive reviews on this mascara and it seemed like a viable drugstore mascara option. I picked this up from my local Target when it was on sale for just $4.50! This is a nice mascara, but nothing spectacular. For a mascara called volume blast, this actually lacks in the volume department for me. This lengthens and darkens my lashes well, but it does not plump them up or make them look dramatic like I'd expect from a volumizing mascara. Throughout the day this tends to flake off a bit. Thankfully, I do not get raccoon eyes or anything like that from this. A huge plus for me is that this is not a nightmare to remove at night. Many drugstore mascaras feel like glue on my lashes and take forever to remove. I was pleasantly surprised that this came off really easily. I absolutely hate the packaging of this. It is bulky and so tacky looking. If I were looking for a nice drugstore mascara, I might purchase this, but I think I like Maybelline's Great Lash mascara more.

    November 16, 2012

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Johnson's Baby Shampoo
    10.0

    Johnson's Baby Shampoo

    A Classic...and for Good Reason!

    Johnson's Baby Shampoo has been around forever. This was the first shampoo I can ever remember. My mom used this on my sister and me to effectively, gently wash our hair. Johnson's slogan, "No more tears" is so true because this can run right into your eyes without irritation. I love that Johnson's has not changed this as the years have passed. They know they have a winner. Now that I am in my late twenties, I have revisited this classic shampoo. I now use this to wash my makeup brushes. It works better than anything else I have used! It is more effective than specialty brush cleaners and other shampoos I have used on my brushes. This is also so cheap! I big bottle was less than $5 and will last me quite some time. I squirt a small amount into my hand and swirl my wet (dirty) makeup brush in it and it rinses clean. I don't have to go in for a second cleaning like I would have to with other shampoos. The smell is light, fresh and reminiscent of my childhood. There is a reason this has stood the test of time...it's great!

    November 15, 2012

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • N.V. Perricone Perricone MD High Potency Evening Repair

    I bought this because I wanted to incorporate a retinol treatment into my nighttime skin regime. I have read in numerous places that retinol is one of the only ingredients that is actually PROVEN to help fight wrinkles, reverse sun damage and improve the appearance of pores. Perricone's treatment boasts the highest amount of retinol available without a prescription and without the sensitivity. Since this is a night treatment, you don't have to worry about sensitivity to the sun, although you should still wear sunscreen during the day anyway. I have been using this every night for the past four months and I have really been liking it. I use two pumps to cover my entire face, focusing on my problem areas (forehead, chin, nose and smile lines). This sinks right into my skin and makes it feel soft and moisturized. Most nights, I follow this up with my regular nighttime moisturizer, but for more oily skinned gals, just this would probably be enough. I have not experienced any sensitivity or peeling from using this treatment. At first, I wasn't confident this was doing much for my skin, except preventing future wrinkles and such. After a few months though, I do think that the overall appearance of my skin has improved. The lines on my forehead seem less pronounced and my blackheads (ick!) have decreased. I still have over half of my bottle left too, so I can vouch that this does last quite some time. I will finish my bottle completely, but I do plan on looking for a less expensive alternative when I am through with this. I do really love this, but it costs $98 for two ounces. Since this is the first retinol treatment I have tried, I think it is worth seeing if Dr. Perricone is worth the price, or if a cheaper version would work just as well. For ease of use and effectiveness, I think this rates a 9 or 10, but I am giving it an 8 based on the high price tag.

    November 14, 2012

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Shiseido Facial Cotton
    8.0

    Shiseido Facial Cotton

    So Soft and Luxurious!

    I bit the bullet and forked over the $10 for these cotton pads. I have not been disappointed! These feel so luxurious and soft on your face and eyes, it's incredible. Using these makes makeup removal and toning a much more pleasurable experience. These are larger than your standard cotton round so one is enough to cover your whole face, or both your eyes if using for eye makeup removal. Having sensitive skin, these make me feel much better about dragging cotton all over my face if I have to. Another reviewer said these could be split, and while I'm sure it worked fine for them, the middle of these was too fluffy for splitting to be effective for me. I do think that you can get away with using slightly less product when using these as opposed to traditional cotton pads so that is a slight justification for the price. The difference of product usage isn't much though. I recently purchased a balm cleanser that you tissue off instead of using water for nights I spend away from home and these work so well with that cleanser. With other cotton pads, traces of fluff are often left behind, but these don't do that at all. It may seem silly to spend this much on such a basic product, and I think Shiseido is extorting us all a bit, but it is so hard to find good quality cotton pads that I do think these are worth the price. You can also consider that since these are large and don't fall apart, you will use less than you would with others. I plan to repurchase these once my current package runs out.

    November 9, 2012

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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