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  • Topstyler Ceramic Heated Styling Shells

    The first time I saw an infommercial for this, I wanted it. I am already an InStyler owner and I love that thing to pieces. I'm lazy when it comes to my hair, and products like these help make me less lazy. The first time I tried the TopStyler I thought about returning it. I hadn't touched it in quite a while until the other day. I have long, baby fine hair that is naturaly curly/wavy, but I wanted to give it some additional pizzazz. I don't think it took me ten minutes to put in the clips once they heated up, which was a lot faster than I originally remembered. I put a few in twice for additional curl. Afterwards, once my curls were ready to be styled I misted a little Redken Fabricate, put my hair up and my curls lasted all day. The next time I use it I will also use Redken Hot Sets, as that has stronger hold. I think that will make a difference in how long they last. With this product, I think practice makes perfect and that you just have to keep at it until you get the hang of it and it starts to perform for you the way you want it to. If it doesn't work at all, return it, don't hold on to something that doesn't work, but for me, I'm glad I purchased it and that I gave it another chance because now it's doing what I want. My purchase came with an additional 10 c-shells, so running out isn't an issue. I do wish there were more small ones than large, simply because those are what my hair needs. Also, for tighter curls I recommend wrapping the hair around one finger instead of two or three. I wish this was made easier so I could travel with it, I'm romancing the idea of putting it into my checked luggage the next time I leave town. Thank you for inventing these, especially for us ladies that are curling iron challenged.

    August 17, 2012

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  • Mitchum Smart Solid Clinical Performance
    10.0

    Mitchum Smart Solid Clinical Performance

    So much morer effective than other brands.....

    I found this in Walmart and decided to try it since it was $3. Not only is it extremely cost effective, but it works better than all the other Clinical Strength products on the market, and I'm not replacing it on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. For probably ten years I was a Degree user, and I didn't like using any other brand, but of late none of them seem to be doing what they're supposed to. This keeps me dry and doesn't have me wondering if it's working. During the warmer months, this make not be keeping me pristinely dry, but it's not making me self-conscious and that's a big reason women change brands. No one wants to be self-conscious about sweating or odor. I really don't foresee myself switching from this brand any time soon. I even buy them two at a time when they're on sale. My brother thinks the men's version is fantastic and he works in high and low temperatures year-round, so he needs a product that performs well. Mitchum seems to be doing a great job and keeping their prices reasonable. To me, that's a great thing.

    August 17, 2012

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Secret Clinical Strength Original
    8.0

    Secret Clinical Strength Original

    This works, but it's pricey...

    Apparently Clinical Strength is the new "it formula" in which all deodorant/antiperspirant companies are heavily marketing and most of them tend to be in the same price point, about $8-$12. These are pretty small sticks for that money, which means we're actually spending more each time we replace it, because one stick doesn't last a month. I find that this product works best when I layer it with a product that isn't meant to be applied at night. The whole night application is very weird to me. I don't want to be applying it twice a day, that doesn't feel clean to me, so I do what works best for my body chemistry. I think all of the Clinical Strength products should be reduced by a few dollars.

    August 17, 2012

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter
    10.0

    Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter

    Delicious, now paraben free!!

    I just got a tube of this in my New Beauty Test Tube. It's moisturizing without being greasy, smells delightful, and I'm thrilled that they've gone paraben free. I'm a big fan of their Blood Orange + White Pepper body butter and shower gel, and this one ranks right along with it. This is a universal scent that isn't too strong or too light. I would feel safe using this on my skin, as well as my Goddaughter's.

    August 14, 2012

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye
    10.0

    It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye

    IT Cosmetics Concealer

    I've been using this for several months now and I have to say, it is one of the best concealers I've ever used and generally I don't need a ton of concealer to begin with, but do find that I want to even my skin tone out to give the impression that its flawless even though it's not. If you desire the same effect, this is the concealer for you. I agree with many of the other reviewers when they say that the color palette on these is limited to just 4 shades, which is kind of astounding. It's hard enough to find a concealer when a brand offers 8 shades, but 4? Very limiting. I'm extremely pale, I spend no time in the sun without SPF on, so the lightest shade offered works for me. I can cover my entire face if I want with this product and it will give me full coverage with the smallest amount of product. This is a thick consistency, so a little goes a very long way and it is best applied with your fingers or a disposable make-up sponge. It's completely cost effective, even if you choose to use this as your foundation because the coverage is amazing. I went on auto-delivery for this item and I still have a nearly full tube after months of use, so I skipped a delivery. The brush it came with is fantastic, but you only get it with the first shipment, so make sure you take care of it with brush cleaner in between uses. I have not tried this on anything other than skin and a few blemishes, but I understand this works on tattoos. I don't know if I believe that (maybe with a thicker application?), but I can attest to the fact that it completely covers up any redness you may have and diminishes the intensity of blemishes and breakouts. This isn't 100% sweat-proof or sweat-resistant, so be aware of that in temperatures over 90 and in high humidity. Otherwise, I have no complaints about this product, but would appreciate it a lot more if it were paraben free.

    August 14, 2012

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Stila Major Lash Mascara
    8.0

    Stila Major Lash Mascara

    Stila Major Lash

    I'd only have one previous experience with Stila before trying this mascara. I am totally OCD about the mascara I use and the quality, and I will shop around and wait for sales to try the more expensive mascaras on the market in order to see what the fuss is all about and how well they perform. This stuff totally blew me away, which was a lovely surprise. It delivered in ways so many other mascaras have failed. My travel size tube never even dried out, it remained chock full of highly pigmented color until common sense told me it was time to toss it, and even then it was still a wet mascara. The brush is excellent, and we are all picky about brushes when it comes to mascara, they make a huge difference no matter the formula. Clearly, I will be buying this again. This mascara does more for me in one coat than other mascaras do in three. LOVE.

    August 12, 2012

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation
    5.0

    Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation

    Matchmaker Serum Foundation

    I purchased this several months ago as part of a kit. I was expecting it to be sort of a step above Josie's Tinted Moisturizer, which I LOVE, but this needs to be released in a few extra shades because the whole "one color suits all" is NOT true in this case. I purchased the lightest shade available and I cannot begin to say how orange it was. It applies beautifully and wears really well, it feels so amazing on the skin, but there's no way I can sing it's praises when the matchmaker technology that Josie raved about failed me. If you're Medium, Tan, or Darker complected, then you should absolutely try this product. But if you're truly Fair to Light, steer clear, for you will be a step closer to Oompa Loompa, and no smart woman wants to look like that.

    August 12, 2012

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Josie Maran Argan Color Sticks
    5.0

    Josie Maran Argan Color Sticks

    Argan Color Stick

    I've been using this off and on for about two years. The first one I got with a bottle of her AMAZING Argan Oil, and it was a smaller tube than the full size. That one is called Rosey and it's a good blush and lip color, very moisturizing. I then received other colors (Petal Pink, Summer Lovin', Glow, and Love) in various kits. Summer Lovin' is VERY close to NARS 'O', it's a beautiful color, but is unfortunately too peachy-gold for my naturally pale complexion. Glow is the shade I've since stuck with. It's a very dry consistency for what is supposed to be an easy to apply cream blush. Plus, it does not last the entire day. My face doesn't normally "eat" blush, so the fact that this was completely gone from my face after an hour or so was irritatingly bothersome. I don't want to have to reapply constantly throughout the day, it defeats the purpose entirely. Maybe other people are getting better batches of this stuff, I don't know, but I won't intentionally purchase this item again. I think you're getting an amazing amount of product in one of these tubes, which totally justifies the cost (plus it's natural AND good for your skin, a major bonus), but I prefer a one shot application with my blush, so this is not going to be a staple for me. I might try it again at some point if I find a better color. If so, I will then re-visit my review.

    August 12, 2012

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss

    I've been using Josie's line of products for almost two years. I love so many of them, but this lip gloss isn't one of her best. For me, it's very similar to so many other lip glosses on the market, the only difference being the ingredients. This gloss need not plump lips that are already full. Also, I'd prefer a more interesting color selection. Glow is pretty, as is Summer Lovin', but I ended up keeping neither. If you are going to try any of Josie's products I highly recommend the Argan Oil and one of her Tinted Moisturizers with SPF. Those are the standouts in this 100% natural line.

    August 12, 2012

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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  • PHYTO Phytodensium Anti-Aging Shampoo

    I have used many Phyto products, but have found them all to be over-priced without solid results in any one area. I like that this is a healthy product for your hair, but again, I have not seen any results that warrant continued use.

    August 9, 2012

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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