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  • Benefit Watt's Up!

    Benefit Watt's Up!

    Love the Product, but not the Packaging

    I first received a sample of this as part of Sephora's birthday gift this year. I liked the product so much that I bought the full size. I have several highlighters, but this one stood out because it was easy to apply and the champagne color is very flattering. My mom, who has much darker skin than me also really likes using this highlighter. I like that this is a solid cream. It is very easy to build up and blend out, so you can customize the intensity of "glow" you want. What I like so much more about the deluxe sample than the actual full size product is the packaging. The sort of sponge that is on the end of the product is useless to me and I much prefer blending the product with my fingers or a synthetic brush. This highlighter is $30 so I feel a little jipped when precious space is wasted on something I don't use. There is also the sanitary issue with the sponge. I don't like the idea of that sponge carrying around bacteria which I then spread on my face. I would much prefer that the sponge be left out and that packaging me used on more product. More ideal packaging for this would be a longer, more narrow stick of the cream so placement is easier, and of course, omit that darn sponge. Still, this is a great, universally flattering highlighter.

    April 22, 2013

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Nars Blush-Bronzer Duo

    Nars Blush-Bronzer Duo

    Makeup Bag Staple

    I had been wanting to try the infamous Laguna bronzer from NARS and their blush in Deep Throat, so when Sephora released this duo with these colors, I had to snatch it up! Both are everything I had hoped for. Laguna is a very flattering bronzer and contour color, even on my fair skin. Deep Throat is more peach than than I expected, but very pretty. It adds a nice pop of color to the cheeks, but is still fairly subtle. Both apply and blend really easily, making the colors look seamless on my face. The compact has a great mirror which makes this perfect for my makeup bag, not to mention that having a versatile blush and bronzer in one compact is wonderful. This duo runs $41 which ain't cheap, but considering that as single NARS blush is almost $30 and the Laguna bronzer is even more, it was nice to be able to try both for a bit cheaper. The amount of product you get is generous as well so I am a happy camper. I like each color enough to purchase them solo when the time comes. For now I will carry my duo in my purse for easy on the go application.

    April 19, 2013

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics OCC Lip Tar

    Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics OCC Lip Tar

    Vibrant, concentrated colors

    I have the OCC lip tar in the colors Trollop (a coral pink color) and Radiate (a coral red) and I love both. The formula of these is really unique. It comes out like a gloss, except it is so much more concentrated than any gloss you'll find. It is best to apply these with a lip brush because a little goes such a long way, that you'll need to be precise. Thankfully, OCC has included a mini lip brush with each of their lip tars. Like others have said, a tiny dot will cover your entire mouth. I prefer to apply that tiny dot to my hand and dip the brush in that, rather than putting the lip tar directly on the brush. I have more control that way. Even though the formula goes on somewhat glossy, it dries down to a matte finish that lasts a very long time on the lips. This doesn't last as long as a good lip stain does on me, but it lasts at least as well as a good matte lipstick. I just have to reapply after constant coffee drinking in the morning. Like most matte lipsticks, these can be drying. I like applying a lip balm or MAC's prep and prime for lips so my lips don't get too dry or patchy. At $18 a tube, these are just $3 more than a MAC lipstick and each tube should last you much longer considering how concentrated they are and how little you need to touch up. The color range of these is also fantastic. OCC has some of the brightest and deepest shades I have seen! They are so vibrant and beautiful. I can't wait to try a few more. OCC is also a completely vegan/cruelty free brand. Since all of us lipstick lovers are probably eating a fair amount of our lipstick over time, it is great to know that this does not contain nasty animal products. Love!

    April 18, 2013

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Psssst Instant Spray Shampoo

    This is one of the more affordable dry shampoos on the market that actually does something. Ulta is consistently sold out of this, which tells you something. Like a previous reviewer said, this is not a miracle spray so you can't afford to let your roots get super greasy. It does, however, help quell the oil a bit and add a touch of body. Not much, but some. I love that this does not leave a white or gray cast on my brown hair. I have very fine hair and I try to skip one day between washes but I NEED some sort of dry shampoo on that second day or else my hair gets flat and oily. What is frustrating for me about this dry shampoo is that even right after I spray it on my roots, my hair still looks oily. It doesn't feel as oily as it did before I use this, but it does not look matte. I also don't like the smell of this. It isn't an offensive smell, but it reminds me of a public restroom. Thankfully, the scent does not linger too long. This dry shampoo is truly a bargain and has its good points, but I do not plan to repurchase it. I just need more oil absorption and volume from my dry shampoo since my hair is so oil prone.

    April 17, 2013

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Eye Cream

    I heard so many great things about this eye cream before I bought it. People raved about its effectiveness at reducing puffiness and dark circles - two things that 100% Pure also claims. This eye cream is very reasonably priced at $19 for the bottle and it comes with one full ounce. This is quite a generous size compared to many other eye creams. It has a fairly sweet, artificial coffee smell but I thoroughly enjoy the scent of it. Despite it being fragranced, I haven't experienced any sensitivity around the delicate eye area. Like just about every other eye cream I have tried that promises to de-puff and hide dark circles, this does not visibly deliver. The consistency is nice and sinks in quickly enough. I wish this had an SPF in it to protect the delicate eye area from sun damage and premature aging but sadly, most eye creams on the market lack SPF protection. The packaging of this eye cream is very cheaply made. The pump does not always work and the product often leaks out. It's a nuisance, but I would be a lot more upset about it if this was a more expensive product. The design of it is meant to stand up on its head, but when you store it that way, the product takes to long to travel through the badly made pump! So I have to store it on its side...again another nuisance. I like that this is inexpensive and nice enough to use, but without any major benefit or protection and the major issues with packaging, I would not repurchase this and probably will move onto something better before I even finish the bottle I already own.

    April 17, 2013

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Stila Prime Pot Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer

    Stila Prime Pot Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer

    Even Better than MAC Paint Pot?

    I use an eye shadow primer every day that I wear makeup. Since I discovered the wonders of eyelid priming, I have been devoted to my MAC paint pots. I require (yes require!) a creamy, beige primer to not only cancel out the veins and redness on my eyelids but to also help my eye shadows adhere and last all day. I received a mini version of the Stila Prime Pot in a Sample Society box and have loved using it. It is a very creamy consistency that easily blends over my whole eyelid quickly. It sets dry and lasts all day. I have noticed that with my MAC paint pots, if I don't wear a shadow over them, by the end of the day I do get some creasing. However, I can wear Stila's prime pot on its own and I don't have any creasing, even after a long day. I would still turn to MAC for various colors and what not, since it seems that Stila only offers two, very neutral colors compared to MAC's plethora of shades. But for eye shadow priming and neutralizing color on the lid, this product is PERFECT for me.

    April 16, 2013

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

    I have two of these, one in a really pretty cobalt blue and then the basic black. The tip on these is nice. It comes to a very fine point. The major problem I have with these is that the liquid liner does not extend enough to the tip. All the color and product is concentrated at the base of the felt tip pen, so when trying to draw a fine line or point using the tip of the brush, very little product is there to work with. It is only at the thicker base of the pen that the liner is dispensed with ease. This makes it so frustrating to work with! Only when I lay the pen on its side can I get any real product out and it comes out messy. I have used several types of liquid liners...brushes and pens and this one had one of the most fatal flaws I have ever seen. The only thing worse would be if it came dried out completely. It couldn't be that my pen just dried out at only the tip, because I experienced this difficulty on my very first use of each. I thought I may have had a dud (I tried the blue liner first) but I experienced the same frustration with the black liner. Other reviewers seems to love this liner from Stila, but I will never purchase these liquid liner from Stila again.

    April 12, 2013

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Beautyblender Sponge

    Beautyblender Sponge

    Love the Natural Finish this Gives

    I debated getting the Beauty Blender for such a long time, despite the major hype that surrounds it just because it seems like a glorified makeup sponge. I also don't like that Beauty Blender tries to push its own (expensive) cleaning solution. I finally bit the bullet and bought the Beauty Blender but did not get their stupid cleaning solution. I clean my blender using normal baby shampoo and water. Despite my skepticism, I have been thoroughly impressed by this tool! It is easy to use once you get used to it, and it makes each foundation look so smooth and flawless on the skin. I love using this with my heavier foundations because it prevents foundations from looking in any way cakey or heavy. This is probably because you are supposed to use the sponge damp. The dampness helps dissolve and distribute liquid makeup so nicely. What I don't like is that even after one use, your beauty blender gets stained and looks grimey. Even after you wash it, it doesn't look like new again. There is also no real easy way to store this sponge. Beauty Blender recommends using the original packaging to stand the sponge up, but who the heck wants to keep cheap looking plastic packaging on their vanity?! I worry about this collecting bacteria and at $20 a sponge, these are not cheap to replace. This is why I had to dock some stars. I am willing to invest money in quality makeup brushes because I know that when cared for, they could last a lifetime. The Beauty Blender will not last a lifetime, no matter what you do. It is an innovative product, but its price is too steep, in my opinion, for a sponge that needs to be replaced on a somewhat regular basis. Still, I will enjoy using this sponge and keep it as sanitary as possible. If you have issues getting foundation to apply evenly and aren't pinching pennies, give this a shot.

    April 9, 2013

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Bumble and bumble Sunday Shampoo

    Bumble and bumble Sunday Shampoo

    Great Clarifying Shampoo

    Like the name suggests, this shampoo is great for using once a week or so to rid your hair of product build up and oil. I love Bumble and Bumble products. Their shampoos are sulfate free and smell amazing. Sunday Shampoo is no exception. It smells divine and lathers well, even when my hair is extra greasy (eww!). My hair feels totally clean after one wash, but not dry at all. This would be too clarifying for color treated hair, but for my fine, limp hair it works wonderfully. I only wish that it made a more long term difference on my hair. Being such a clarifying shampoo, I would hope that this would buy me an extra day or two between washes, but I am lucky to get just one extra day. Still, this is one of the best clarifying shampoos that I have tried.

    April 5, 2013

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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  • Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner

    I bought this lip liner in "Perfect Nude" and it is just that! I have been on the hunt for that perfect nude lip liner, both to give my nude lipsticks more staying power but also to use with other lipsticks that I don't have an exact lip liner match for. My lips have practically no pigment, so it has been really difficult for me to find a nude lip liner that is not too dark. I have had several failed attempts! When I swatched this color on my hand, I doubted that it would work for me. It seemed too dark for my pale lips. However, when I applied this, it really was the perfect nude color. I would even wear this all over my lips as its own nude color. This is a very creamy, twist-up lip liner so it is easy to apply and comfortable to wear. The twist-up also makes it super convenient for your makeup bag. I am so happy that my search for the perfect nude lip liner is finally over! If you have a hard time finding a lip liner that is a true nude, check this one out from Too Faced.

    April 5, 2013

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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