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  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
    10.0

    Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer

    worth every pretty penny to be insured!

    after reading total beauty’s top primers article and the reviews for the products mentioned, i thought it might be worth investing in some eye shadow primer. with my combo skin, sometimes my eyelids are dry and patchy; other times, they are a bit oily (depending on the weather and allergy season!). either way, eye shadow doesn’t always go on smoothly – the colors can appear uneven, and by my mid-morning office bathroom break, my shadow has begun to crease. but not so with two faced’s shadow insurance! this silicone based primer glides on smoothly, creating a perfect canvas for highlighting and contouring. no more creasing, no more fading, even in hot humid weather. i can go straight from the office to dinner out with the girls without needing to touch-up! if anything, your eyes will now pop with shadows that appear brighter and more vibrantly hued. even the cheaper drugstore brands that you considered tossing! i balked at the price at first but the $18 investment is worth it, as it makes every other eye makeup product that much more effective and a little goes a long way. i only need a pin drop amount to gently dab over each eyelid. this tiny tube will last a long time!

    October 18, 2011

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Garnier Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV-Lotion SPF 15

    i'm a fan of garnier's moisture rescue gel-cream, which my skin drinks up much better than other moisturizers i've used, that have felt greasy or heavy and still left certain parts of my combo-skin face dry. but this lotion's added spf caught my eye so i decided to give it a try - and so far so good! this moisturizer is lightweight as promised and sinks into my skin just as well as the gel-cream version, leaving my face soft and smooth, and fully hydrated (no more dry patches!) without a greasy feeling or an overly shiny t-zone. i'm a fan! a bargain at the drugstore and the bottle lasts forever! plus the you can turn the pump to "close" the bottle when you're on the go - no more accidental spills in your bag. perfect!

    September 28, 2011

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Eye Shadow Quad
    9.0

    L'Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Eye Shadow Quad

    one of the better drugstore eyeshadows

    i recall reading somewhere that l’oreal and lancome were part of the same company…i personally love lancome products so maybe l’oreal products would be comparable at a fraction of the price? i’ve always been pleased with the lancome eyeshadows i’ve gotten as part of a gwp (okay i love them but not enough to dish out the $$$!) so i picked up the l’oreal eyeshadow quad on a whim. i like how they sort the color combos by recommendations for a specific eye color; i picked up “subtle berries” for brown eyes – a fairly neutral palette brownish palette with pink/violet tones. each color is numbered and there’s a guide on the back of the compact to show which shade goes where (lid, crease, brow, liner). the applicator that comes with it is tiny – i don’t even bother with it and use my own brushes. the lighter shades are richly pigmented, have a slight shimmer (but not too sparkly for daytime wear) and applied easily, but the darker shades were surprisingly much lighter than expected; i felt like i had to apply a lot for some color to show. my skin’s on the oily side, so i wasn’t surprised that the shadows began to crease during the day; i’m on the hunt for a primer that might help. all in all, i’m pleased with this product – and the price!

    September 21, 2011

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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  • Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin
    8.0

    Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin

    perfecting the casual bun!

    i’ve always admired the girls who could pull off the effortless messy bun look. i’ve tried to replicate the casual bun but it always looked so…messy. i’m not a fan of using a ton of bobby pins in my hair (since i always manage to miss one or two until i hit the shower!) so i’ve used just a simple hair tie, which while effectively holding my hair in place, always made it look like i had a ball of hair at my nape. i’ve read the glowing reviews about the goody spin pins and finally gave them a try. it took a couple of tries to twirl them in just right (without interlocking the duo of pins!) and once in – voila! a perfectly neat yet messy bun! not the school librarian stern bun but an effortless casual look that doesn’t make you look like you just rolled out of bed and tied your hair back. while my bun felt very secure at first, after a few hours, it felt like it was drooping a bit and i needed to readjust the pins a couple of times throughout the day. and if your hair’s layered, you definitely will have a few stray loose ends here and there. despite these minor quibbles, i’m a fan!

    September 19, 2011

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Bumble and bumble Styling Lotion
    10.0

    Bumble and bumble Styling Lotion

    worth the investment

    this is on the higher end of the drugstore price range (but still conveninently available at target!) not surprising, since i was first introduced to the b&b product line at a pricey downtown sf salon (which i sadly can no longer afford). my "master stylist" used to add a couple of spritzes while styling my hair and my tresses always looked amazing after he finished blow-drying and flat ironing. now i know it was a combo of his magic touch plus this magic product since i finally came close to replicating the look at home after using this styling lotion! a few spritzes before flat ironing and my hair is perfectly stick straight and devoid of waves, while ends look healthy - not dry and damaged like they usually look after being hit with some heat. this spray also worked with a curling iron, leaving me with big bouncy curls that still felt soft to the touch. it also has a nice light scent that i like. i'll try to use it sparingly but it's worth the splurge!

    September 13, 2011

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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  • Maybelline New York ExpertWear Eye Shadow 8 Pan

    i'll admit - i don't really use this product for myself; i use it for my 10 year old daughter, who dances competitively and is on stage quite a bit. she needs bold, bright make-up that will pop across the theater and can hold up under hot lights and after a sweat-inducing performance. she also likes to have a wide selection of color choices, depending on what costume she wears. maybelline's expert wear shadow pans have worked just fine. we picked up this product in twilight rays - she liked the purple, blue & silver shades - and i agree, some colors appear better in the pan than they do on the eyelid; some are too sheer. but others are highly pigmented and easy to blend (once you find the right color combos!), with minimal creasing or fading. i've never had trouble with the applicators - even when trying to make up a fidgety tweenager! she has sensitive skin and has no problem with this formula either. i'm happy with this product (and the drugstore price!)

    September 9, 2011

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Yes To Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15

    i'd been searching for a new summer (as in light) moisturizer - preferably with some spf protection - and so after a co-worker raved about the yes to carrots products, i picked this up at walgreen's. it's described as "soothing and hydrating", but alas, my face was left with parched and patchy cheeks. i have combo skin - shiny t-zone, drier cheeks. this moisturizer had a nice consistency - not too thick, not too thin - but it felt greasy going on. sure enough, my forehead and nose soon looked like an oil slick - yuck! so while this moisturizer supposedly "defends your skin against the sun's UVA/UVB rays" (probably minimally, since it's only spf 15), i can't agree that it's "Perfect for Spring, perfect for Summer. Actually, perfect all year-round." Actually...not perfect at all, at least for me. Pretty pricey ($15) for a drugstore brand too. Sadly sitting unused in my medicine cabinet...

    September 8, 2011

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Benefit Speed Brow
    6.0

    Benefit Speed Brow

    quick brow tamer

    the "neutral" tint actually comes up colorless - great for all types of brows, but not so great if you actually want to fill in your brows. quickly tames your brows with just a few swipes - the same effect you'd get with a clear mascara...for more defined brows, i'd try brow zings.

    September 7, 2011

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray
    8.0

    L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray

    great for soft, bouncy curls!

    my naturally straight hair does not usually hold curls well, so i usually use a curling iron/ hairspray combo - which unfortunately usually leaves me with a stiff, unnatural looking do. i picked up a bottle of elnett after reading reviews about how well it held hairstyles while keeping your tresses soft and touchable. i'm sold! after using a curling iron and spraying curls in place, i gently brushed my locks out to get a softer look - no flakes or stiffness, but my hair remained curly even in the wind and fog, and even the next day! like another reviewer noted, the scent is a bit strong (an old-school hairspray scent!) and the aerosol spray is not very environmentally friendly - i'll save this spray for the few occasions i feel like rocking some curls...

    September 6, 2011

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Maybelline New York  XXL Curl Power Volume + Length Microfiber Mascara

    what a timesuck! even when i take the time to curl my lashes first, then apply the primer followed by the actual mascara, my eyelashes are still not curly. if anything, this mascara removes whatever lift my eyelash curler added in the first place. lashes look slightly thicker and longer and the product stays put but that's about it - some lashes clumped together.

    September 6, 2011

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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