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  • Frederic Fekkai Essential Shea Conditioner

    I bought a sample of this years ago, and I love it sooo much. I have lots of long, straight hair that tangles easily, and this makes it so smooth and glossy it won't even hold a ponytail for a couple of days because the band or clip keeps slipping out. My hair is also very oily but this leaves it feeling very light and bouncy. It's pretty expensive stuff, but with my type of hair one bottle lasts forever. This is the type of product that works so well I know it'll be a favorite forever

    May 1, 2013

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Normal/Dry Skin

    I have been using this on and off for about 15 years, but I always return to it. The coverage is amazing and really smooth. On winter days I pour a little dab in my hand (about the size of a nickel), mix it with moisturizer with my finger, and smear it all over my face, neck, and upper chest (it tends to get red). On summer days I use it without the moisturizer. And it does not budge; all I have to do throughout the day is use some blotting papers, which is great because nothing looks worse than oil on top of makeup on top of makeup. Another benefit of Colorstay is that it has a loooong shelf life compared to other foundations, and it's a good thing because a little bit goes a long way. I got two bottles on sale a long time ago (we're talking about about two years) and they're just as effective, with none of that oily separation. I'm giving this a ten because the only thing this foundation can't do is make me stop using it.

    April 29, 2013

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara

    I just bought this yesterday, so I'm writing this review assuming that this grows your lashes as the original Grow Luscious did. (You can read my review if you like, as the original did make my lashes longer and a bit thicker.) As a fan of the original, I was happy to see a volumizing version on the market, I rushed out to buy this (I had a coupon, so that helped). It has me a bit confused, honestly. I do like it better than the original for really big lashes, but it took me three coats to get there. It also seemed to just fade away over the course of a few hours. It didn't flake as the original did, but it just...disappeared. Weird! Nonetheless, I liked the results while they lasted. To me it's not a big deal to reapply because mascara always gets dry well before I'm done using it, and I only keep my mascaras for 3 months for hygenic reasons. Also, when I get tired I forget I'm wearing eye makeup and start rubbing my eyes, so it's probably a good thing that it doesn't last that long. Others will doubtless find this quality infuriating. So let me sum up my opinion: Results-wise, I like it. But I'm still on the Perfect Mascara Quest.

    April 26, 2013

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Physicians Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Tinted Moisturizer

    I agree with the other reviewer who mentioned that the price of this tinted moisturizer is a little steep ($15.00!), but I defy you to find any other with SPF 50 (hooray!). I was really surprised at the amount of coverage this provided-almost as much as the Revlon Colorstay foundation I would normally wear. Since it's so pigmented, you have to blend very well and very quickly before it sets. It leaves my face a little too shiny at first, but it absorbs after a few minutes. I think this aspect might make it a little too heavy for those with very oily skin. I have combination skin that gets oily in the t-zone, but the consistency worked very well for me. I'm thrilled with this, and again I can't tell you how happy this pale girl is about SPF 50. Woo-hoo!!!

    August 29, 2011

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Benefit They're Real! Mascara

    I'd heard so many great things (and a few not-so-great things) about this mascara that I couldn't wait to open it, so I opened it as soon as I got to my car. One swipe of the brush and I literally shouted and expletive. All these lashes appeared from out of nowhere. I have naturally long, dark lashes and they're relatively full, but They're Real! instantly defined and thickened every single tiny little lash. I literally noticed lashes I didn't know I had. I was mesmerized with my own reflection, checking my lashes in the rear-view mirror at every stop. Mind you, this is powerful stuff--a little goes a long way, and if you apply with a heavy hand, you can get clumps; I just comb through them when that happens, but they lose some of their definition and curl. I'd rather just get it right the first time and take care when applying. I would imagine that those with short or sparse lashes will love this, but perhaps the results won't be so dramatic. Another great thing about They're Real! is that it sticks to your lashes like Crazy Glue. I have such oily skin that I really don't need makeup remover to remove my mascara (that's crazy, right?), but this one does not budge from morning til night. Which is fantastic, because I'm an eye-rubber. And, it doesn't flake at all. I Heart You, Benefit.

    August 13, 2011

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Avon GLAZEWEAR Lip Gloss

    One of my biggest problems with Avon is that neither the website nor the campaign booklets shows you WHAT THE PRODUCT REALLY LOOKS LIKE. On the web, the Glazewear shades come across as flat, cheap, banal, and completely lacking dimension or depth. I hope those words are tasty, because now I have to eat them. I bought four of them because they were on sale for $2.49. "Rave" is a mauve-y plum color with a lot of sparkle. "Darling Pink" looks like Pepto Bismol but wears gorgeously as a subtle cotton-candy pink (glad I got two of those). "Tickled Pink" is like "Darling Pink"s more fair-skinned, sparkly little sister. I also bought "Peach Twist", which is actually part of the Glazewear Duo Reflect product line, but it's worth mentioning because it's my favorite of the bunch. It's hard to describe, but it's about three different colors in one: a pearlized, iridescent peach/cotton candy/lilac acid trip of a color. I need to buy about ten of those. So many women say these are the "best" lip glosses, but I'm not 100% sure about that. I'm positive there are more pigmented, longer-lasting glosses out there, but I'm just as sure that you'd have to pay much more for them. But I'd rank these up there with Buxom and NARS glosses. They feel great, they have no icky smell or taste, and the colors are gorgeous. I sure wish Avon would come up with some more colors (right now there are about 12 or so), and show us what they ACTUALLY look like on the website and in the booklets. Nonetheless, I'm going to buy ten more when I get my paycheck Friday. In the land of Bargain Lipglosses, Glazewear is King. Hail to the King, Baby!!!

    August 9, 2011

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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  • Josie Maran Argan Color Sticks

    I'm a big fan of Josie Maran's makeup line, although not all of the products have been a home run. She's turned me into a die-hard fan of argan oil, and this product ranks up there as one of my faves, almost as good as the oil itself. I bought the stick in petal, and it's a shimmery peachy-pink that's almost identical to NARS' "O" (you know the one) blush and lip gloss. (You'll get a different texture and finish on both your cheeks and lips, however.) It feels amazing on my lips, like a nice silky, soothing lip balm with a wash of color that you can make as intense as you like. I can imagine that it'll be an absolute dream in the winter, when these Chicago winds make my cheeks all chapped and dry. It's a big thick stick so you're getting a lot for your money; if I'm going to pay $22 for this product, I appreciate that I'm getting that bang for my buck. I didn't find it difficult to apply to my lips despite the application being a little clunky. A previous reviewer mentioned the smell. Well, there are about six different oils in this product, including tea tree and rosemary, so if you don't like either of those scents, this is not for you. But the oils are what takes this product from a very lovely purse favorite to a multipurpose rock star.

    August 9, 2011

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Noxzema Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
    10.0

    Noxzema Daily Exfoliating Cleanser

    Another Noxzema Workhorse

    I'm a Noxzema girl who came back to using their products after 20 years. When I was a teenager I had oily, acne-prone skin that I used to annihilate with harsh scrubs and chemicals. Then I couldn't figure out why I was still breaking out! I should have stuck with Noxzema. I only bought this one day because the classic Noxzema cleanser was one sale 2 for 1 or something, and I thought, Well, I need to try a new scrub. I was wary because I have ruddy skin that scrubs only make worse. This one is perfect for me! I had dry, rough patches on my cheeks that wouldn't go away. Using this every other day has done away with them completely. I generally have large pores with incessant blackheads, and this has shrunk them pretty miraculously. My moisturizers and anti-aging products used to sit there on my skin feeling greasy (on my dry cheeks! This used to drive me crazy, and I couldn't understand it), but now I realize it's because I had all that dead skin and gunk blocking my pores from absorbing them! Now everything sinks right in and my cheeks feel smooth and soft as a baby's. I literally rub my cheeks all the time because they haven't felt this smooth in ages.

    May 31, 2011

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

    I know we all use the standby $1.00 eyeliners most of the time, but if you're going to splurge on a fun color, this is the way to go. I debated for months over whether to buy "1999" and finally broke down because--$18.00 for an eyeliner! But it is the La Mer of eyeliner, so it's worth it. I go with purple eyeliner a lot because I have hazel eyes with lots of green in them, and I've never seen any other color like "1999," a plum with glitter. It's actually has a redder tint than other "plum" or "raisin" eyeliners, which does not sound good, but I actually love the unexpected, bloodshot, glam-rock edge. It literally "glides on," exactly as the name indicates. You have some time to play with blending once you apply, but then it pretty much stays put. I also have contact lenses and this doesn't irritate at all, even when I line my inner rim. I'm only taking one star away because it'd need to be more affordable to be perfect. I'd own one of these in every color if it were at all possible. Alas, these won't be sold at my neighborhood drug store any time soon.

    May 24, 2011

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gillette Venus Original Razor

    This is the best razor EVER because I never had to think about it. The only reason I'm thinking to review it now is because my dog chewed up the one I've had (yes, he chewed up a razor, and no, he's not injured) for the last couple of years. I had to use one of my boyfriend's crappy disposable Bics for the time being and realized how spoiled I've become because this shaves closer than any other razor, even when the blade is months and months old, and my skin never gets irritated from it. I almost never, ever, ever, EVER changed the blade. I think I may have changed it twice in two or three years. That's really saying something because I have some pretty thick, dark leg and underarm hair. Yes, this is an expensive "disposable" razor and the replacement blades are expensive, too; but I've saved loads of money over the years because it just never wears out.

    May 24, 2011

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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