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  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser for Face and Eyes
    10.0

    Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser for Face and Eyes

    MY HG of Facewashes, Even My Husband Uses It!

    I LOVE this facewash. At first, the fact that it doesn't lather took some getting used to. Now, it's the other way around, and I don't like lather. I want my sweet soft EFFECTIVE Purity Made Simple. At the end of the day, I have a fair amount of makeup to get off, and it's tough. I wear long-wearing foundation and often waterproof mascaras, and this gets it all. Plus, because it's a toner, too, it makes my cleansing ritual a snap. The value is great, even if you first cringe at the price. At my house, we buy the enormous $40 bottle and is lasts all year. I decant some into travel bottles and keep it in our dop kits. My husband doesn't need makeup remover, of course, but the facewash is nice and healthy for him, too. Otherwise he would be using bar soap, and this is much much better for his skin. I haven't had a real blemish since I started using this. My skintone has become more even and smooth, and sometimes I glance in the mirror in the morning and realize I could probably go without foundation, but I use it anyways to tone down the freckles and for the SPF. Purity does a great job of washing my face, and it really feels good to wash my face with it. It feels softer and gentler by not lathering, and it rinses away easily, too. It also gets all the makeup off in one go, which can't be said for some of the other cleansers I've used that claim to "melt away makeup, dirst, and oil". Purity melts away all that - it melts away the DAY. I give it my highest rating: this is one product I will never stop using.

    October 27, 2010

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  • Dior DiorShow Extase Mascara
    1.0

    Dior DiorShow Extase Mascara

    You Disappoint Me, Dior

    Dior really disappointed me with this mascara. Very other Diorshow mascara I've tried has been awesome in its own way, but Extase is a big fat letdown. And it even costs MORE than the others. I have naturally great lashes (thanks Mom and Dad!) so I luckily don't need my mascara to work very hard: just turn it ll up a notch . . . or 2 or 3 notches, depending on my mood and destination. But Extase was BLAH. It barely looks like I have anything on. I gave it a few valiant tries and then it wandered to the bottom of my bag somewhere. First off, I read that its special "tiered brush" was inspired by the FASHION TREND of tiered dresses and skirts. What does that have to do with making my lashes look good? Are you kidding me? Do I care how trendy the brush is? I don't care what it looks like, I care what it makes my LASHES look like. If it truly was "inspired" by a fashion trend, then I lose some respect for the Dior makeup labs. They should be looking for what works, not what looks like a trendy skirt. My gosh. Hey, if the tiered brush idea worked, that'd be one thing. But it doesn't. I don't even really see any theory behind it either. How exactly does an uneven brush make my lashes look uniformly awesome? It doesn't. Once again, I got NO drama, NO glam, NO sexy lashes from this mascara, for all its golden packaging and runway-ready brush design. I paid MORE for Dior's worst mascara. If you are considering buying this, I suggest you save your money and spend it on the tried-and-true-and-now-classic Diorshow Blackout for nights out and Unlimited or Iconic for days. Don't waste your money on this. The nature of a "trend" is that it goes out of style, and hopefully this disappointment goes along with it.

    October 27, 2010

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  • Dior Mascara Diorshow Unlimited
    9.0

    Dior Mascara Diorshow Unlimited

    Caught me off guard!

    I always thought Diorshow Blackout was the luxe mascara I loved best. But then I got a sample of Unlimited, the seemingly overlooked Diorshow mascara. It provides excellent color and volume, but the length and definition were most impressive. Plus it isn't as fibrous as Blackout, so it doesn't clump in the corner of my eye. I get good long wear, and it stays kind of smooth and glossy, not dry, flaky, or stiff. I don't mean to imply that it runs easily, I mean it makes my lashes feel . . . conditioned, I guess. Unlimited is a great "everyday" mascara with a touch of glam to give you a little pick-me-up. Yes, it's Dior, so it's not cheap, but it's definitely worth the price. There's a great deal of science and research that goes into these luxe band products, and for the most part, you can tell. Diorshow Iconic is similar. I don't know what the difference really is, I just know that they are both great mascaras. You can get that runway feel without that dramatic look, and it feels great.

    October 27, 2010

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  • Tarte FRXtion
    8.0

    Tarte FRXtion

    Remarkable packaging, unremarkable product

    I bought this because I really need a good lip exfoliator. I am one of those people addicted to lip balms in the worst way: gotta have some at all times. But I still wind up with flaky lips. So I ordered this online, not even knowing about the packaging, just knowing that I like Tarte and $12 didn't seem TOO pricey if it came with a good exfoliator and a rich balm. The packaging blew me away. I wish all lipsticks came like this. A little mirror? Wonderful! But totally unnecessary for this particular product, wouldn't you say? It's a colorless lip treatment you just rub on, why do you need a mirror? You don't. As for the product itself, I wasn't too impressed. I like the rough side OK, because it's pretty easy to just rub on, but the balm side is bo-ring and not very effective. You don't feel it. My stick is worn down on one side (can you guess which?) I wouldn't buy this again, and now I think $12 is far too much. And it's the packaging you are probably really paying for, which, while clever and awesome, is useless here. Sell the product for $8, improve the balm, and lose the fancy mirror stuff, and it'd be something I'd buy again and again. Meanwhile, if everyone used this fantastic mirror packaging on all lipsticks and glosses I would be ecstatic!

    October 27, 2010

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  • Benefit Benetint
    7.0

    Benefit Benetint

    Love the idea, wish it came in different forms

    Benetint is fabulous. The color is pretty pretty pretty, and it smells lightly of roses. But I can't use it. It's too messy. Spillage is always a looming risk, and you can't control its watery form. I love the idea, but not the current method of delivery. I use Benetint LIP BALM instead for my cheeks, since I can swipe my finger in the jar and then rub it onto my cheeks and it lasts for hours, just like regular benetint, only not a liquid disaster waiting to happen. It is expensive, but since you use the liquid form so sparingly, it lasts forever and makes it totally worth the price. I dream of the day when they make Benetint into a stick form. Like Nars The Mutliple. Oh, I would be so so happy. I would be able to use Benetint anywhere, anytime, and be able to layer it on my lips better, too. If you are on the fence about it, you could try the balm for $20, or the Pocket Pal for $15, which is a wand holding a tube of liquid benetint and a brush at one end, and a tube of clear gloss at the other. Heaven FORBID you open the Benetint end holding it the wrong way, because it will spill all over creation. I am sorry, that probably turns you off. You just have to be SO CAREFUL and FULLY AWAKE and ALERT when using this product!! But the results ARE beautful!

    October 27, 2010

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  • Maybelline New York Volum' Express The Colossal Washable Mascara

    Once again, I disagree with the average reviewer, though this time I love something most people don't. This is my favorite drugstore mascara, and I am a mascara JUNKIE. I am already blessed with long, thick lashes (thank you Mom and Dad!) and get compliments on my lashes no matter what I am wearing, but this one makes ME happiest. I am a mascara junkie because I think my eyelashes may be my prettiest asset, honestly, and I want to play them up to the fullest. I've tried almost every new mascara to hit CVS in the last 3 years, and this one is the only one I've bought twice. I love the Glam Black color (I adore dark dark DARK lashes) and I feel it gives me great definition and volume. Maybe no length or curl, but I have the length and a curler. What I need is color and volume, and this delivers. The brush can seem a little harsh and even tuggy when you are used to the usual softer, rubberier bristles. But twist and pull as you apply and it will give good definition. Give it a few layers too, for the right amount of drama that this mascara is designed for. Some complain about the enormous wand, and find it hard to handle. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the bigger handle makes it sooo much easier to grip and control! I recommend this to all women with arthritic hands of any age! I've also heard mention of a "chemical" smell. I do sense the smell, but find it really more floral and pleasant, not gross or chemical. One woman's stink is another's perfume I suppose. I like it, really. I think the price is right on the money, and affordable to almost everyone. As I said, my favorite drugstore brand. I'll keep trying new ones if they seem truly groundbreaking in some way, but otherwise, if it's not in the budget to get my favorites, Diorshow or Tarina Tarantino Fleurs De Lash, I can grab this at the grocery store for less than 8 bucks!

    October 27, 2010

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  • Buxom Lash Mascara
    4.0

    Buxom Lash Mascara

    Nothing special, plenty of better options

    I can't believe other reviewers love this so much. I tried it when it came in one of my BE Club deliveries (by the way, canceled THAT) and found the mascara to be utterly underwhelming. I have pretty great this long natural lashes (thanks Mom and Dad) and this mascara seemed to make them VANISH rather than add any volume, length, or even color. I am a mascara JUNKIE and I was severely disappointed. But then again, they are not really a mascara company, they are a mineral foundation company trying to expand into a full line, and I don't expect much from them, to be honest. I mean, I did hope for a cool mascara, but wasn't shocked that it sucked. I don't go to a seafood restaurant for their hamburgers, and I don't go to Bare Escentuals for anything but their mineral foundation, but I don't even go to them for that anymore, but that's another review, isn't it. As for price, of course I am going to say it's too expensive. I could buy a drugstore brand and get the same "effect". In fact, the brush is very very similar to the Lash Blast brush, only a little bit thinner. Overall, I won't turn down a free one, and I wouldn't refuse to wear it if it was all I had, but I would never buy this.

    October 27, 2010

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  • bareMinerals Warmth All-Over Face Color

    On the commercials, a blond woman is shown giving herself a nice "all-over glow": SO NOT SO! This is no subtle touch of color unless you are already blessed with some. On porcelain skin like mine, it makes me look like I just slid into home plate. It does not blend well or look natural at all. I can't wear it as a blush, and I certainly can't use it as a bronzer. While it may be a fine product for some skin tones. I do not feel it should be included in the Starter Kit. I feel something more universally useful, such as a neutral rosy blush, would be more suitable for people who are just starting out with the BE line. I feel like it was a waste of money because it was forced upon me in this kit. Even my mother, who loves bronzers, doesn't use it. In addition to just plain hating the product itself, I have the same standard complaint I have with all BE products: the packaging. It's messy messy, tricky to handle, and impossible to travel anywhere with with because all the powder spills through the little holes and is then even harder to control than before. It was so frustrating that I went back to liquid foundation.

    October 27, 2010

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  • Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows
    9.0

    Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows

    Great natrual look at a good value

    Our eyebrows are an often overlooked goldmine for great makeovers, everyday elegance, and special night sizzle. When they are properly enhanced, they make your appearance more expressive, more open, and more polished overall. My eyebrows are a strange shade; they can seem invisible one day and in a permanent grimace the next. They are also very, very fine and thin. The first time I used a brow pencil, I was blown away by the way it brought everything together to "finish my face." Since then I have tried many, many brow products, mostly liners, no shapers or clear gels. There's nothing to tame! I need a good "fake eyebrow" that I can draw on without it looking drawn on (like my 4th grade teacher's most dramatically did and were). What first drew me to Superfine is its very nature - it's super fine. I'd been using a rather fat waxy eyebrow pencil that restricted me. Superfine lets you do what you want. You can fill in your brows a little or a lot, go heavier in some places and ignore others, aim your entire brow in any direction, and most importantly, fill in your brows so neatly that they look completely natural. Lots of little lines versus a few big ones: the difference is obvious. At first the price seemed high because I had been used to drugstore brands. But now, looking back, after trying Dior (expensive version of this) and even Chanel (AWFUL product) I think it may be just right. Clinique as a brand is somehow both steadfast and reliable, while at the same time innovative, with great momentum. Lately they have been offering more and more clever, updated takes on comforting classics. It's very *fun*. The only "complaint" I would have is that you have to be careful when handling a very fine automatic liner like this. It can break in a blink, so if you just reveal only enough to get a good point, and try not to drop it in the sink or on the tile floor, it should be fine. I mean ok. It already is fine. Superfine in fact. (Honk honk) Overall, I think this is an excellent, effective, reliable brow liner that actually taught me so much I didn't realize about my brows and how to use them to my best beauty advantage. I may wander from time to time, to higher end or even lower end products, but I know, when it comes to my eyebrows, Clinique and I can always meet in the middle.

    October 21, 2010

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