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  • Gillette Venus Embrace Razor
    6.0

    Gillette Venus Embrace Razor

    A razor with a big head

    I've been using the Schick Quattro for awhile now, so I was eager to switch things up and see if five heads are really better than one. They're not. THE CONS: * It's got a big head. I'm not implying this razor is full of itself, it just has a huge head. And this is really my biggest complaint with the Venus. Compared to my normal-sized Quattro head, this thing is a lawn-mowing monster, which makes it particularly tough when, well, trimming the lawn. It does NOT fit easily into the nooks and crannies necessary for a really good bikini shave. And to me, that's the ultimate test -- smooth as a baby's butt bikini, high scores in my book. But the Venus, unfortunately, didn't past that test. Other than this, though, the razor was pretty good. Although, I really don't see any difference between five blades and four. Same smoothness as my Quattro. Didn't see any noticeable change, but it does come with a nice little shower caddy thing that actually stays suctioned to the wall, as well as the following perks: THE PROS: * A lightweight. The razor is uber-light and easy to handle. Compared to my Quattro, this thing was like a feather. * Heading the right direction. The head has great range of motion and pivots REALLY well. * Strip down. I'm not a huge fan of the moisturizing strips they put on these days because I never realized any difference in what they do ... that, or I just always had them and never knew any different. This one was pretty nice, and I think I noticed an actual difference when shaving with soap and water (much smoother glide than other razors). * Cream rinse. This razor works FANTASTIC with shaving cream. I actually use a cream that's more the consistency of a thick lotion or hair conditioner, and the Venus glided great and provided a very close shave.

    May 6, 2013

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  • L'Oreal Paris Telescopic Explosion Carbon Black Mascara
    8.0

    L'Oreal Paris Telescopic Explosion Carbon Black Mascara

    Wow, I actually have noticeable lashes

    OK, so I have pretty typical Asian lashes -- not super long, thick or curved. So finding a mascara that actually makes it look like I have real lashes -- almost fake in places -- is pretty amazing. The brush: a little hard to use in the beginning, but the learning curve is pretty quick. The first couple of times took a little extra time and effort (still pretty minimal ... I mean, it's mascara, not a couch from Ikea), but after that it was pretty effortless. And it really DOES grab every little lash and make it pop. In my world, this is a serious plus. The formula: a little clumpy, which is disappointing. And since the brush is shaped the way it is, it's hard to wipe the brush against the inside lip of the bottle while pulling it out to remove some of the excess formula. I suppose, though, if you wiped of the extra on a piece of tissue, it'd be better. Also, definitely not waterproof. It doesn't promise it is, but I learned this the hard way when I went for a lunchtime walk and it slowly sweated into my eyes. Painful. Overall: I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons. It's not perfect, but it's pretty darn good, and better than a lot of others I've tried.

    September 24, 2009

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  • Pangea Organics Facial Mask
    9.0

    Pangea Organics Facial Mask

    Good enough to drink, even better for your skin!

    I like green tea. I like acai and goji berry drinks. Apparently my skin likes them too. I've noticed that when I drink a lot of these antioxidant rich drinks, my skin breaks out less and appears more clear and glowy. Now my skin can get the goods even faster, by drinking these powerhouses straight into my waiting pores. The matcha mask has a minty, earthy scent that kind of tingles the nostrils, and goes on kind of gloppy with tiny chunks of seeds and such. But it feels fantastic on the skin and really does the trick. Added plus: it's completely organic and eco-friendly products , which you can feel extra good about.

    April 21, 2009

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  • CosMedix Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser

    I really like Cosmedix products. I like that they are highly effective, but do what they can to keep extra junk out of their formulations. Purity Clean smells great and feels great ... though the peppermint may be a little more burn than tingle for extremely sensitive skin. But that's exfoliation for you! Definitely worth the money for a high-quality product that treats your skin right, leaving skin clean (that real clean where you don't feel like there's still film or crud left on your skin) and clear.

    April 21, 2009

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  • L'Oreal Paris True Match Naturale Mascara Mineral-Enriched Mascara

    This is a fantastic day-wear mascara. It goes on light and even, and fills out lashes without the clumpy, over-the-top "make my lashes look longer and fuller" goop that a lot of others give you. My Asian lashes are pretty short and straight, but this gives me just enough pop that I look awake and alive. And the brush applies the formula perfectly. It really does look like your own lashes , just better. No one wants to LOOK like they're wearing mascara, right? Add to the fact that it's more natural than a lot of other formulas out there, and this is a winner.

    April 17, 2009

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  • L'Oreal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo

    Lathers nicely? Check. Scent not too overpowering? Check. Protects color? Check. No extra chemical crud? Check. All in all this shampoo does quite a job for hair. Can't comment on whether it kept my color from fading, as the color was already faded when I started using it, but it did clean nicely and had a nice light scent. I'm actually one of those types who can't walk down the perfume aisle at a department store and am super-sensitive to overpowering scents, but the rosemary aroma from this shampoo is light and natural, bordering on strong but definitely not overpowering.

    April 17, 2009

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  • L'Oreal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner

    My hair is color-treated. But it's been so long since it's been touched up, I can't really tell if this conditioner makes much of a difference in helping to protect my color. However, I DO love that it's sulfate-free, and that I'm not dumping a bunch of harsh chemicals on my head when I'm in the shower. The rosemary mint scent is fresh and natural, and not overpowering like some similar scents can be. And the conditioner itself is kind of thick, like shaving cream, but rinses off pretty well. Might be a little heavy for some those with fine or thin hair, however.

    April 17, 2009

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  • L'Oreal Paris HiP Studio Secrets Professional Concentrated Shadow Duos

    I have two of these duos -- one in a neutral light khaki and darker brown, the other is a fuschia-pink and an egglplant-ish purple. For day-to-day wear, they totally do the trick. If you want extreme intensity though, I don't think you're going to get the same effect as, say, the MAC lines. But I've been using these for about six months and still use them most days of the week. The neutrals wear well, and blend great. They're great shades for pretty much any skin tone. And the pink/purple duo I can play down for a pretty slightly smoky, but not quite so harsh eye, or play up with a much more intense look with extra layers of the hot pink. My only problem is the packaging. I do like that it has the back panel with a mirror and eye shadow applicator, but since the mirror is on the BACK, it's kind of impractical -- brush, turn the compact around to apply in the mirror, turn back around to get more color, turn around again to apply ... a bit annoying.

    April 17, 2009

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