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  • Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color
    10.0

    Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color

    Flattering Colors, Natural Coverage, Staying Power - Perfect Over 40

    As I get a bit older (early 40s), more and more I prefer wearing sheer-coverage lipsticks that look beautiful and natural, and that's what I get with this product. How does a brown or dark plum or pale lavender shade look natural against my fair complexion/over my light pink lips? I don't know, but I have had great luck with Bobbi Brown colors in all makeup categories, and I'm particularly happy to find several lip products from her line that look great on me when I'm at an age (I guess!) where some of my long-time favorite colors and formulations just don't flatter anymore. Even if you still look young & healthy — which I do — your overall skin tone, lip texture, tooth shade (even when totally healthy & as white as can be), and whites of your eyes have started to change in subtle ways, and you will have to adjust! That adjustment is what led me to trying Bobbi Brown products (I'd just never looked into them), and I've been amazed at how many of her colors and formulations work BEAUTIFULLY on me. I have no doubt they would have worked for me earlier, too, but all I can do is rave about how they work for me now!

    May 3, 2013

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  • Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel
    2.0

    Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel

    A May 2010 update: Buyer BEWARE -- the original formula has changed!

    I first gave this a 10-star rating because I truly loved the original Rainbath gel. My initial review headline read: "This is always in my shower." And this is what I first had to say about the product: I've been using Rainbath, with the original fragrance (I haven't liked the others nearly as well) for so many years. I love the scent, it cleans well, is nonirritating, and works great as a shave gel. I buy it in the biggest available bottle at Costco, and it lasts me for months. My husband uses it, too, but more so in the summer. During that season we both often take more than one shower per day, and I love how fresh and clean and smooth I feel when I use it before bedtime. This product is a winner! NOW I rate the gel at just 2 stars, and here's why: Neutrogena changed both the formulation of the gel and the classic scent. When I first started using my most recently purchased bottle, I didn't think too much about it because I was showering in a hurry. It didn't smell right, but I'd just cleaned the shower and though that maybe the disinfectant scent was interfering. By the next shower, though, I realized that the scent had changed. Instead of a beautiful, light and spicy, refreshing fragrance, Rainbath "original" now smells vaguely of citronella and Lemon Pledge. It is awful. It cleanses fine, but I found that it is now slightly drying (this is different) and also irritating when you use it to shave (also a difference). The only good thing I have to say about the new formulation is that the scent does not linger on the skin — and the only reason that's "good" is because the scent is bad. What a huge disappointment. Even more disappointing to me is that the company made these changes very, very quietly. They didn't advertise a new scent or formula — not even to do the typical "New and Improved" introduction. If you call Neutrogena, they will say that yes they changed the formula. I lowered my rating to just 2 stars. The gel is a passable cleanser in a pinch, but who wants passable when there are so many perfectly good shower gels out there? I would never buy it again because (a) I seriously do not like the scent; (b) I'm upset that they weren't upfront about changing the product (I can't be the only one who has used it as a staple for 25 years); and (c) the performance is more in line with a very cheap shower gel.

    May 24, 2010

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • bareMinerals ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation
    10.0

    bareMinerals ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation

    Flexible coverage, beautiful finish, great value

    I love this foundation and have been using it for about 6 years now. I used to use liquid foundation exclusively, and when I first tried this (maybe 7+ years ago) I wasn't sold. I started out using too much. And, frankly, I put it away and continued with my liquid. But as my skin aged just a little bit, I started having issues with liquid foundation settling into fine lines, and I hated that look! So I tried BE again and experimented. A little bit goes a long way, and once I figured out the application, I was hooked. I use so little product that it takes me a year or more to go through a container. And I LOVE that you can easily do light/minimal coverage or build it up (or use a different brush) to get fuller coverage if you feel you need it. It's so fool-proof that you can apply it without a mirror, and it doubles as the perfect concealer for me. My skin looks so much prettier overall using BE, and nothing ever settles into my fine lines. Plus, the shade collection is great, and the Fair works perfectly with my complexion (I've always had a bit of a challenge finding the right shade). I can't imagine giving this up.

    August 13, 2009

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact
    10.0

    Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact

    Fantastic on my very fair, over-40 skin!

    To say that I'm "shocked" by the official TotalBeauty rating (6.5) sounds melodramatic -- it IS just a piece of makeup, after all! But. I am a little shocked, nonetheless. I think this must be perfect for a very fair complexion. That's what I have, and I absolutely adore both my bronze and pink Shimmer Bricks. The majority of people have darker skin tones, and so the majority may not find this product as flattering. (What I find SO often is that shades perfect for my skin tone come around once in a blue moon and then usually get pulled right away because I'm the only one buying them!) Most bronzers are just plain wrong for my skin tone. They leave me looking orangey or muddy . . . totally unnatural. But the bronze shade it gorgeous on my skin. I use it as a nighttime blush (just on its own for a pretty, glowy enhancement) and eyeshadow. For the eyes you can pick one or two stripes to use or swirl your brush across the whole thing. The white stripe is great right under the upper brow and on the innermost corner of your eye, especially for dressing up. I've had my bronze brick for probably 7 years. A little goes a very long way!! I keep thinking I should get a fresh one, but I've never had any problems with it and keep my brushes clean. I use it on both my cheeks and eyes probably 15-20 times per year. I purchased the pink brick at Costco this spring, and I love it too. I use it the same way, and I like an even lighter application for a pretty, very subtle, monochromatic pink-y look. One note: I purchased and returned a special edition gold brick last holiday season, but only because several of the colors were duplicates from the bronze compact.

    May 23, 2009

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gillette Venus Original Razor
    4.0

    Gillette Venus Original Razor

    Not nearly enough bang for the many bucks you'll spend

    The Venus razor IS good. I remember needing to get used to the swivel head at first, and once I did I got nice, close shaves from this razor. But I find that the blades don't last as long as others (used to love the men's Sentra, but I think that whole thing went away) and that I really get better performance from some of the better-quality-but far cheaper double-blade and triple-blade disposables. Also, the moisturizing strip is messy with the first couple of uses and then it's just gone. If I could justify the cost of replacing the blade every couple of shaves, I'd use this all the time, but for the price I normally can't even justify buying the blades (or the disposables) at all. Once in a great while I'll splurge on Venus disposables if there's a sale, I have a good coupon, it's summer, and I want a "special" shave (lol) -- but the cost is so ridiculously high per use, and I get good shaves from even the cheapest disposables, so it's usually just not worth it. The cost factor is a big enough con for me to warrant a rating on the lower end!

    May 13, 2009

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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  • Crest Cavity Protection Toothpaste - Regular
    9.0

    Crest Cavity Protection Toothpaste - Regular

    I always go back to Crest Regular Paste

    I've used this on and off my whole life. It does exactly what it claims: cleans your teeth very well and truly protects against cavities. Plus, compared to most other toothpastes, including the other more "enhanced" Crest products, it is a bargain! I do try other brands and have liked a few just a bit better for a more fresh-mouth feeling (although I really don't have a complaint about Crest on that front, I just have liked a few others slightly better). But what I find is that it's hard for me to find something I like better, and when I do, that formulation will often go away to be replaced with the next big thing and/or I find that it irritates the skin around my lips or causes tooth sensitivity with prolonged use (usually from a whitening agent). Crest Regular is always there for me, and I hope it's never discontinued!

    May 13, 2009

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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  • Maybelline New York Great Lash Washable Mascara
    9.0

    Maybelline New York Great Lash Washable Mascara

    Good color, goes on in a flash, best value

    I love Maybelline mascaras because their blacks are blue-based, which works best with my complexion. The Very Black (my favorite, although sometimes I'll use a tube of Blackest Black or Soft Black; I also like Royal Blue for layering on top of a black ) helps my blue-gray eyes stand out while not looking too harsh against my fair complexion, with none of that muddy look I get with some other companies' black formulas. My favorite things about this mascara: (1) it darkens every lash on the first coat (I reach for this when I'm in a hurry); (2) it easily washes off with any cleanser; and (3) it's an unbeatable value. Yes, the formula goes on "wet," but unless I slip and swipe my skin with the brush (which would be my fault), I've never had an issue with it smearing or flaking. The only con for me is that I feel I do need to replace the tube sooner than with others because the performance suffers after a few weeks. But at this price, that issue is a minor one.

    May 13, 2009

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Principal Secret Reclaim Revolutionary Night Cream
    8.0

    Principal Secret Reclaim Revolutionary Night Cream

    Fresh-feeling, fast-absorbing night cream

    I've purchased this a few times and likely will again. I particularly like it as a summertime night cream because it's light, fresh, and fast-absorbing and really conditions my skin. I don't see any noticeable "treatment" type results with this, but I do like it as a solid performer that leaves my skin hydrated yet balanced. I love the light melon scent found in many Reclaim products, and this is one of those creams that really feels lovely going on.

    May 13, 2009

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Maybelline New York Define-a-Lash Waterproof Lengthening Mascara

    I like the regular Define-A-Lash, but with the waterproof version I have difficulty coating my lashes. I think perhaps it dries too fast. I get a nice, clean look with one coat -- and would prefer to not use more than one -- but because the coverage is thin, the color is weak, and I don't get the definition I like to see. Two coats do not look good with this mascara, as it starts to clump and flake. I also found this more difficult to remove than other waterproof mascaras. Put it this way: I won't buy it again but will use enough of the tube (on days when I'm not really wearing makeup) to not feel like I'm just throwing it away.

    May 12, 2009

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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  • Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Original
    10.0

    Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Original

    A staple -- I use this every single day!

    How do I describe Vaseline petroleum jelly? Inexpensive, long-lasting, effective, non-irritating . . . and sometimes it's a miracle worker. I've been using it on my lips as an overnight treatment, a pre-lipstick primer (let it soak in and then wipe off before applying color), a gloss over liner or lipstick or alone, and a chapped-lip healer forever. When I was younger and played the flute a few hours a day, this stuff was necessary because it kept my lips moist and didn't gunk up my instrument the way balms did. This works wonders for seriously dry skin, wherever -- heels, elbows, maybe you have a chapped face/windburn/sunburn, cuticles, etc. It's a great makeup remover. And you really can use it as a face or body lotion if you have the time to rub it in and let it absorb. I wouldn't be without it and have a large tube in each bathroom plus a mini tube in my purse at all times. I've even used this in a pinch to shine patent leather shoes and to coat my dog's cracked paws.

    May 12, 2009

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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