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  • Bumble and bumble Seaweed Shampoo

    When this shampoo came out from Bumble and Bumble, I snatched it up from my salon. Having fine, oily hair, I was attracted to this because the stylists told me it was great at getting hair really clean and helped hair stay that way. I did not get along with this shampoo at all. I wash my hair every other day, but with this, my hair was greasy by the end of day one. I would have to wash my hair twice in the shower with this for my hair to feel clean. The smell also wasn't as nice as I am accustomed to from Bumble and Bumble. These shampoos are not cheap either! It makes it that much more disappointing when a full size bottle just doesn't work for you. Bumble and Bumble make great shampoos and conditioners and I think they're styling products are some of the best on the market, however, this shampoo is not one of their winning products.

    April 2, 2013

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  • Benefit They're Real! Mascara

    I got a sample of this with this year's Sephora birthday gift. Having heard so much (good and bad) about this mascara, I was really excited to try it for myself. I have been so impressed with this! The wand is a little crazy. It has the stiff, plastic bristles that I don't usually care for and a ball of spikes on the end. Still, I find it fairly easy to work with and the results are fantastic. I get excellent length and definition with this and a bit of volume too. This hasn't flaked off on me, smudged or irritated my eyes at all (and I have sensitive eyes). With most mascaras, by the end of the day, my lashes feel hard and my eyes start to itch a bit, but I couldn't even feel this mascara on my eyes, even by the end of the day. One negative thing I heard about this was this it was impossible to remove. I hate mascaras that are such a booger to remove! When it came time for me to take this off, I was pleasantly surprised that this was at least as easy to remove as most of my other mascaras. I didn't have to tug at my eyes or use several cotton pads soaked with remover to get this off. It came off surprisingly easy considering how well it stays on throughout the day. I probably like this even more than my former favorite from Benefit, "BadGal". I will definitely consider this mascara when I am next in the market.

    April 2, 2013

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  • Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes

    I give these the same rating as the Yes to Blueberries "brightening" cleansing wipes. Thankfully, these don't make the false promise of brightening your skin or anything like that. I also like the smell of these much better than the Yes to Blueberries because it is lighter and doesn't linger as long. These wipes are very soft and contain plenty of moisture so they won't dry out by the time you are almost done with your pack. Just as with almost all makeup wipes, these are not the best at completely removing makeup, especially if you wear a lot of it. These are, however, a good first shot. On an extremely lazy night, you could probably get away with a thorough wipe with these and then a toner, but that would be if you are dead tired or drunk (and don't have very problematic skin). We've ALL had those nights. An oil or balm cleanser, in my experience, has been the best thing for thoroughly removing makeup, but there are nights that you just don't care enough to bother with all that. Still, I would follow up your makeup wipe with an actual cleanser of some sort. A package of thirty wipes costs $5.99, but I was able to buy these on sale and use an additional coupon, making them much cheaper. I doubt I would buy these again for full price. They just aren't special enough for me to be loyal to them.

    April 2, 2013

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  • Color Club Shade Collection
    6.0

    Color Club Shade Collection

    Nice Colors, but Don't Last as Well as Others

    I have a couple bottles of Color Club nail polish and overall, they are fairly good. I love their bright, opaque shades and the application is really nice. I get the true color with the standard two coat application. I am accustomed to my polish lasting about a week (using a base coat and top coat) without any (major) chips. Usually by day four or five, my polish starts to recede a bit which I am used to, since I have longer nails. Unfortunately, my wear time with Color Club has been less than average. I noticed significant receding after just two days, even though I wrapped the edges of my nails with the color and top coat. By day five, the polish was chipping. This isn't anything too crazy, but I am just used to my polishes performing slightly better than that, especially since I use a good top coat. Color Club polishes cost $8, whereas OPI nail polishes now cost $9. I would personally prefer to pay the extra dollar to have the OPI polish that applies just as smoothly and lasts much longer without receding or chipping.

    March 27, 2013

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  • Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum

    I was stoked to get a deluxe sample of this antioxidant-rich serum to use under my moisturizer and makeup during the day. Having read that antioxidants help fight free radicals and therefore help prevent signs of aging, I have been wanting to incorporate antioxidants in my daytime routine. This is a very lightweight, thin serum. You don't need much to cover your entire face and it sinks into the skin fairly quickly. It doesn't leave any feeling of tackiness on my skin. This I really like because it means I can get my moisturizer on that much sooner in the morning. Although I use this as a preventative treatment, and don't expect my skin to transform, I still just can't tell if this is doing anything for me. It certainly hasn't done any harm. I haven't broken out or experienced any sensitivity since using this. I just think it is doing a status quo job. Like other reviewers have said, it is a good value for money because it costs less than many other serums and the full size comes with a full two ounces. I will use the remainder of my sample since it works well under makeup, but I have bought a full size of a different serum that I feel does more for my skin.

    March 26, 2013

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  • Peter Thomas Roth Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream SPF 30

    I have combination skin so it can be difficult for me to find a daytime moisturizer that nourishes my skin, but doesn't make my skin overly oily or mess with the makeup I apply over it. This is the first oil-free moisturizer that I have used in years. Since I get some dry patches, I never really considered oil-free options because I didn't think they would be nourishing enough. But since my makeup had been breaking down by midday with the moisturizer I was previously using, I decided to give oil-free a shot. The PTR moisturizer actually feels MORE moisturizing than the L'Occitane moisturizer I was previously using and yet it sinks into my skin very well, prevents me from getting oily and works nicely under each of the foundations I have worn with it. The dry patches that I tend to get on my cheeks and near my nose have also improved since I started wearing this. I love that this has antioxidants in it to help fight free radical damage and premature aging. This is also fragrance free and hypoallergenic so it is great for sensitive skin. The SPF 3 is great. Since I have fair skin and have already had a minor skin cancer taken care of, SPF is a must. I wish ALL daytime moisturizers would put a minimum of SPF 30 in their products. The nearly two ounce bottle costs $42 which I consider reasonable considering that I love this and it should last be about six months. Others I have used more recently (L'Occitane and Lancome) were more expensive than this and had less beneficial ingredients. I'm so happy to have found a winning moisturizer for my finicky skin!

    March 20, 2013

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  • Paul Mitchell Extra Body Finishing Spray

    I bought this on recommendation from my friend who has loved and used this for years. I loved it so much that I am now on my second bottle. This provides the best medium/strong hold for curls and updos that I have experienced. I have very fine hair that I curl to give extra volume. Once I have curled my hair, I give a light spray of this and whoa...my curls just seize up and stay there. This gives a great hold and does make my hair look more voluminous. My style lasts all day, where it would otherwise fall flat within two hours. The salon that I have been going to for years carries mainly Bumble and Bumble products but my stylist admitted that the Extra Body Hairspray is the one Paul Mitchell product they carry, because it is so good. I personally, would prefer a different smell. This just smells like a typical hairspray, nothing great. Nonetheless, I will continue to purchase this because it provides such a unique hold without making my hair crunchy or weighed down. If you have thin, or limp hair, I would look into this!

    March 18, 2013

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  • Smith's Rosebud Salve
    7.0

    Smith's Rosebud Salve

    Cheaper alternative to Eight Hour Cream

    Rosebud Salve is a great thing to have in your purse or at your desk because it is a huge multitasker in a small tin. This is great for chapped lips, dry elbows, flaking cuticles, rough heels and the terrible, flaky sensitive nose we all get when we have a cold. If you like the smell of roses, then you will like the scent of this. I have also tried the Strawberry flavor and while I prefer the smell of that one, I think the consistency of the original is much better. This is really easy to dab anywhere you need it. I prefer the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream because I think it helps the really dry areas (like sick nose) a bit better than the Rosebud Salve, but this is significantly cheaper. I also prefer the squeeze tube of the Eight Hour Cream to the tin of the Rosebud Salve. Anything that I don't have to dig my nails in, I prefer. However, this is still a nice product to use for many different things and it is so portable and and inexpensive that you can afford to get a couple and stash them wherever you need them.

    March 14, 2013

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  • Real Techniques Stippling Brush
    6.0

    Real Techniques Stippling Brush

    Affordable but not the best

    I have the Real Techniques Core Collection and love two of that set's brushes for many different things. I bought the stippling brush because I had never tried one before. Real Techniques is a solid brand that is extremely affordable so I figured it would be a good introduction to the stippling brush for me. The brush does its job pretty well but not great. It is synthetic (as are all Real Techniques brushes) and works nicely with cream products. The look of these is awful though. It is a tacky, shiny pink color and the handle is too thick for my liking. These are extremely lightweight since they are made of aluminum. This makes them great for travel, however, on a day to day basis I actually prefer a heavier, more sturdy feeling handle. I wanted this specifically for cream blush application. I find that this is a bit big for blush on me, but it still works well enough if I'm careful about placement. I wish that this was more densely packed with bristles. The brush isn't nearly as full as I expected and I find that it affects my makeup application. I don't like using this for applying foundation. After having this brush a few months and trying it with different things, I noticed that I wasn't really using it anymore. I bought the MAC 130, which is their short, small version of the duo fiber stippling brush and it really blew me away. After using that brush, which is densely packed, super soft and easy to use, I realized that the Real Techniques stippling brush leaves much to be desired. It is very reasonably priced, but it does not perform like the more expensive brush does.

    March 13, 2013

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  • MAC Brush Cleanser
    7.0

    MAC Brush Cleanser

    Quick Cleaner

    When I want to thoroughly clean my brushes, I use good old-fashioned baby shampoo, but when I need to quickly clean a brush or two and can't afford to wait ages for them to dry, I use MAC's brush cleanser. For this, MAC's brush cleanser is perfect for me. At $14 a bottle, this is not the most cost effective method for getting your brushes clean. However, you are paying for the convenience of this product. It gets the makeup out of my brushes really easily and really quickly. The best thing though is that when I use this, my brushes dry super fast. Compared to thoroughly wetting and washing my brushes with shampoo, the MAC cleansing method takes much less time to get my brushes clean and my brushes are hardly out of commission. Using this intermittently on just a few brushes at a time, my bottle has lasted me several months. I would not recommend this product as your only method of cleaning your brushes, but I would definitely recommend it for quick and easy "spot cleaning".

    March 12, 2013

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