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  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Matte Finishing Veil

    I have classic combination skin, so rely on face powders to keep forehead and nose shine at bay. I thought this finishing powder would do the trick, but it didn't for me. My skin tone varies depending on season between NC30/35/37 and NW25/30, and the "translucent" shade was fine for me. Pros: Very light, doesn't cake or settle into fine lines or flaking skin. Initially provides a beautiful natural looking finish. Cons: - Brush is too stiff, so use your own powder brush. - Sifter holes are too small to dispense enough product, so don't bother trying to shake it out thru the brush. Untwist the cap to expose the sifter holes and shake lik a salt-pepper shaker directly onto your favorite powder brush or onto a plate where you can control how much product you want to pick up. - Doesn't last. After 3 hours, my face is shiny and I have to reapply. - Not as much coverage as I would like. I like to have a bit more coverage in my finishing powders. If you want a super sheer look, that's fine, although if it doesn't like, my thought is, what's the point? I ended up mixing 3/4 of a bottle of this with ELF's sunscreen powder as that particular product was too heavy, cakey and orange, and the result was great.

    November 12, 2011

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  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Airbrushing Kabuki Brush

    This is the best Kabuki brush I have ever used and I have used a lot of Kabuki brushes. Any online review of this brush gives it rave reviews. I've been using it for a year now, and it's so good that I went online to buy more. The only downside is that because it's so dense, when you wash it, it takes a couple days to dry - all the more reason to buy extras. You will NOT be disappointed. My skin is sensitive, and this is the gentlest brush I have come across that provides great coverage, and is fantastic for multiple uses - whether buffing, stippling or afternoon powdering. Pros : Distributes powder evenly,Easy To Use,Soft Bristles Cons : none Best Uses : Everyday

    October 30, 2011

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  • Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Face Powder
    9.0

    Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Face Powder

    Multi-colored powder palette - 2718 "healthy glow bronzer" was streaky and "2717 natural glow pressed powder" was too glittery, "3869 light bronzer" was JUST RIGHT

    As someone of Asian descent in her mid-30s with truly classic combination, acne-prone and somewhat sensitive skin, I'm always looking for powders and bronzers that don't call attention to the oiliness of my T-zone, that don't leave me looking dry and powdery, that don't settle into fine lines, don't cake around my acne scars/peeling skin, and don't irritate my skin or clog my pores, but instead leave a soft natural-looking glow. After having a good experience with another bronzer and face brightening powder from the PF line, I thought I'd give these a try. The 1st two did not do the job. While the 2718 bronzer has a slight shimmer to it (that I didn't notice when I bought it), it's not too bad and very, very subtle (I don't like seeing sparkles on my face as I work in a professional office environment, and this doesn't leave obvious sparkles). I used a kabuki to buff it on and found that it left streaks on my face. Maybe it had to do with the time of day (I applied it late in the afternoon). In any case, it was streaky on my cheeks even after trying to buff it with my kabuki. It was also a bit too dark for my NC35/NW30 skin - such that it did not look natural. I'll give it another try one morning and see if there's any difference after applying it directly after I put on face powder, and will report back. But this is most likely going back to the store. I give it 3/10 stars. Now, the "natural glow 2717 pressed powder" was the worst ever - when you buy it in the store, you don't really notice the glitter. But once I used the airbrush kabuki from PF (hard to find in retail stores now but available on online) to buff it on, I saw how big the glitter specks were and they left sparkles on my face. Then I looked at the pan and saw the big glitter specks had revealed themselves upon buffing the pan. This powder made my face look shiny and oily, not dewy with a soft glow. I had to buff on another face powder to combat the shine. Color-wise, it was fine for my NC35/NW30 skin and was not too light in color on my face. But this is going back to the store! I give it 1/10 stars (I'd give it 0 stars if I could!). Now the matte powders in this multi-colored line are GREAT - I used the "3869 light bronzer" with the bamboo kabuki from PF - it looked natural, wasn't streaky, had a nice matte finish that left my face looking just right - not too matte, not too shiny, just a soft finish to my face. I am so happy I found this! I am going to be using this instead of my NARS Laguna/Orgasm blush/bronzer duo!

    October 28, 2011

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  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free 100% Mineral FaceBrightener

    As someone of Asian descent in her mid-30s with truly classic combination, acne-prone and somewhat sensitive skin, I'm always looking for a powder that can combat the oiliness of my T-zone, but not leave me looking dry and powdery, not settle into fine lines, not cake around my acne scars/peeling skin, and not irritate my skin or clog my pores, but instead leave a soft glow that makes my skin look dewy. This does the job fantastically. I use the airbrush kabuki from PF (hard to find in retail stores now but available on online) to buff it on and my skin looks great virtually all day. I can touch up once in the late afternoon and my face looks like it did in the morning. I use the Light Glow color for my NC35/NW30 skin and it's perfect for me, not too light in color on my face at all.

    October 26, 2011

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  • Physicians Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Pressed Bronzer
    10.0

    Physicians Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Pressed Bronzer

    Excellent natural looking bronzer for NC35/NW30 skin

    As someone of Asian descent in her mid-30s with truly classic combination, acne-prone and somewhat sensitive skin, I'm always looking for a bronzer that doesn't call attention to the oiliness of my T-zone, that doesn't leave me looking dry and powdery, does not settle into fine lines, does not cake around my acne scars/peeling skin, and does not irritate my skin or clog my pores, but instead leaves a soft natural-looking glow. This surprisingly did the job fantastically. In fact, I prefer it to the NARS Laguna/Orgasm bronzer/blusher duo. This PF product is very soft and powdery, and while unsettlingly at first (no pun intended), I came to realize that this is a really good thing. It's not streaky and makes me look like I have a nice healthy glow from getting an hour of afternoon sun (without actually having been in the sun). There's hardly any shimmer - it's very, very fine, so not noticeable at all once it's on your face. (I don't like seeing sparkles on my face as I work in a professional office environment, and this doesn't leave any obvious shimmer on your face). Just looks like I have a soft natural glow. I used the bamboo wear kabuki from PF to buff it on and found that it did the job perfectly. I got the "Fair" color, and the color is perfect for my NC35/NW30 skin - doesn't look too dark and looks very natural. This is my go-to product. And like I said, I use this, rather than NARS!

    October 26, 2011

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  • L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Eye Cream
    7.0

    L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Eye Cream

    Slippery gel-like consistency but not oily, better as a night-time eye cream

    While this didn't sting my eyes as another reviewer had mentioned, it does have a slippery gel-like consistency and stays that way when you apply it to your lids (probably due to the marine algae it's supposed to contain). I like it because it feels moisturizing, but I can see how the slickness (not oily, more like a silicone-type slickness) causes eye make-up to smear all over the place. I don't wear eye make-up, so it's not an issue for me. I haven't noticed a huge improvement, but I like how it feels moisturizing when the skin around my eyes feels dry, particularly at night. For that reason, I recommend this as a night-time eye cream.

    November 24, 2009

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  • Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Face Lotion
    4.0

    Origins Plantidote Mega-Mushroom Face Lotion

    Non-irritating but didn't do anything special for me

    I liked that this didn't irritate my skin (which is combination and acne prone), but I found it didn't moisturize my dry patches as much as I had hoped. I need something that's creamier and will try the cream next time.

    May 16, 2009

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  • Eminence Stone Crop Gel Wash
    3.0

    Eminence Stone Crop Gel Wash

    Doesn't deep clean

    It's definitely gentle for sensitive skin, but it doesn't do a good job of removing make-up (namely, foundation) from my face. After washing my face using the gel, when I use a toner, there is still quite a bit of residual make-up. That doesn't happen when I use Neutrogena's fresh foaming cleanser, for example. Moreover, the stone crop gel does not foam / spread across my face as well / evenly as I would like. I feel like some of it gets wasted due to the consistency - it's a slippery gel instead of a sticky gel.

    May 8, 2009

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  • Origins Perfect World White Tea Skin Guardian
    3.0

    Origins Perfect World White Tea Skin Guardian

    Gave me whiteheads (consistently every time I tried it over a 2 year period)

    I love the smell and texture of this serum. It goes on smooth and feels moisturizing. But I found that it gave me whiteheads (I have never in my life had whiteheads). The whiteheads went away once I stopped using this. 3-4 months later, I decided to give it another try and again I got whiteheads. Again, the whiteheads went away when I stopped using this. I tried this on and off again 2 more times over the last 2 years and each time I used it, I got whiteheads. I love the consistency, smell and how smooth it makes my skin feel, but I have resigned myself to using it only around my eye area as an eye serum.

    April 24, 2009

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  • LaLicious Vanilla Body Oil
    10.0

    LaLicious Vanilla Body Oil

    Tahitian Flower Body Oil - Heavenly Scent

    This body oil has a heavenly scent - although it bills itself as Tahitian Flower, it smells more like jasmine - makes you feel like you are at a spa or on vacation in Hawaii. In fact, I discovered this at a spa in CA - they used it as part of their aromatherapy massage treatment and soak. When I found out that they were selling this to consumers, not just to spas, I had to get some for myself for use at home. It consists entirely of all natural oils (coconut, macadamia, almond, etc), with no synthetics whatsoever. I use it as a body oil in the summer and it keeps my body moisturized and scented. Not sure how it holds up in the winter, as I tend to like creams in the winter rather than oils. But because it's all natural, it can also be used as make-up remover, bath oil and hair conditioner (the label on the bottle also says that it has multiple other uses such as these). When it's on sale, it goes for $16 (otherwise $24) for 8oz, which is comparable to Burt's Bees.

    April 24, 2009

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