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  • L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara
    1.0

    L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara

    Too "Tammy Faye" for my liking

    L'Oreal must have changed this mascara's formula, because I remember Voluminous as my mother's go-to mascara when I was a child, but her lashes never looked as ghastly as mine did when I purchased a tube last month. The problems began the moment I discarded the packaging and pulled the wand out of the tube - the mascara was thick and caked on the brush; no matter how many times I wiped the brush against the side of the tube, the stuff would simply not come off. The first coat can only be described as Clumpapalooza - very black, dry-looking, lashes stuck together - and that, too, could not be remedied, for the formula set instantly, and my near-immediate efforts with my lash comb were in vain. Thinking I had simply had the bad luck of purchasing an old tube, I opened up a new one - and the bristled part fell right off the wand, forever stuck in the tube. That experience was enough to deter me from experimenting with any of L'Oreal's mascaras in the near future.

    January 2, 2011

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  • Alba Sea Moss Moisturizer with Antioxidants and SPF 15
    7.0

    Alba Sea Moss Moisturizer with Antioxidants and SPF 15

    Great on paper, not so much on my face

    Four months ago, less than thrilled with the moisturizer I was using at the time, I began looking for greener, cruelty-free alternative. Alba Sea Moss Moisturizer certainly seemed to meet all my requirements: it was not tested on animals, contained ingredients that were USDA certified organic as well as a broad-spectrum sunscreen, and was under $20. Bonus - it contains a cocktail of skin-beneficial antioxidants! Because I do not have sensitive skin, I was surprised at how much my face stung when I first applied this to my face. I checked the ingredients list for skin-irritants but found none. I hoped the stinging was a one-time deal, especially since I liked the moisturizer so much. I have dry skin and often find that I have to use dollops of a product before my face no longer feels tight; I did not use even a nickel-sized amount of Alba's Sea Moss Moisturizer and I felt adequately hydrated. Unfortunately, I have experienced the stinging on a somewhat regular basis, even in my eyes - and I take care to keep the product away from my eyes. I have read elsewhere that I am not the only person who has experienced this. The tube contains 2 oz. of product. I have applied this moisturizer daily for four months now and I think I may still have about 25% left in the tube (which, being opaque, means the ingredients maintain stability for a longer period of time). I would say this product is absolutely a bargain. Obviously, when you consider all this moisturizer has going for it, it looks like a winner on paper; that's why I'm disappointed that, due to the frequent stinging, I likely won't purchase it again. EDIT: One of the preservatives in this moisturizer, phenoxyethanol, is classified as an irritant in Europe, as it can lead to stinging of one's skin and eyes. So I was wrong. There's at least one irritating ingredient in this.

    March 23, 2010

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  • Philosophy Hope in a Jar SPF 20
    3.0

    Philosophy Hope in a Jar SPF 20

    "Hope"-ing this isn't indicative as to the quality of Philosophy's other products

    When it comes to sunscreen, I am appreciative of those companies who do not try to fool me into thinking I am getting sun protection but leaving me unprotected against UVA rays. (SPF is a measure only of protection against UVB rays.) So I have to give credit to Philosophy for including avobenzone in this formula. That, unfortunately, is the only good thing I can say about Hope in a Jar SPF 20. I experienced some of the same problems mentioned by other reviewers (product separates into oil and cream, breakouts with regular use, et al.) but those paled in comparison to the scent issue. I found the perfume-y fragrance overpowering and had to discontinue use - and I rarely stop using a product before it's finished, even if I'm not a fan.

    October 23, 2009

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  • Korres Natural Products Watermelon Sunscreen Face Cream
    6.0

    Korres Natural Products Watermelon Sunscreen Face Cream

    Sufficient, watermelon bubblegum-scented, sun protection

    This sunscreen, which has a matte finish, offers excellent protection against both UVB and UVA rays. As others have pointed out, it is tacky and it does not spread easily. I had to really rub it into my face to ensure that I was fully covered. (As a side note, be sure to layer this over a moisturizer if you have dry skin.) The cream absorbs quickly, however, and the titanium dioxide did not leave a whitish cast to my skin. The sweet, watermelon scent is lovely, but be prepared for the people around you sniffing the air.

    May 17, 2009

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  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream with sunscreen SPF 15

    This product's light, creamy texture and its ability to hydrate dry skin while delivering the benefits of retinol and antioxidants (smartly packaged in an opaque tube) are its major selling points for me. While I noticed some improvement in my skin's texture, I wouldn't say the effects were dramatic. I find it ironic that this is supposed to be an anti-aging cream because it offers only minimal UVA protection; be sure to supplement it with a sunscreen containing avobenzone or zinc oxide or you'll find yourself, years down the road, with skin that belies your anti-wrinkle efforts. Nonetheless, I appreciate that this cream contains antioxidants, left my skin moist but not greasy, and I experienced no sensitivity as a result of the retinol. I think I will be sticking to the night formula instead, however, and using something else for protection during the day.

    May 4, 2009

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  • Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil
    10.0

    Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil

    A staple in my makeup bag

    I don't go anywhere without this pencil on me - either I'm wearing the product or I'm carrying it for application elsewhere. It glides on easily and blends well (though the brush on the cap doesn't do much for me) and, so long as you're making the recommended "feathery strokes," you won't look cartoonish in the least bit. I've had the same pencil for years now, which is testament to the fact that a little goes a long way here - and to the solidness of this product. A lot of other eye pencils have crumbled on me during sharpening but not this one. I think "Hazel" may be a universal color, as it apparently works both for blondes and for pale-skinned, dark brunettes such as myself.

    May 4, 2009

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  • Nars Blush
    9.0

    Nars Blush

    A deserved classic

    I bought this in Orgazm (of course). Love the silky texture, love the flattering shimmery peach color, love that one sweep of the brush is all it takes to perk up my face, love the sheerness, love that this blush seems to last forever, love the rubbery black compact it comes in. Only thing I don't love is the price (I'm a drugstore makeup junkie) but when a product is this fabulous, who cares?

    May 3, 2009

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  • Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse
    9.0

    Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse

    The foundation of my dreams (almost)

    Finally! After thirteen years and numerous bottles of foundation, I've found a shade that blends seamlessly with my own light, golden, freckled skin (Nude Beige, FYI). (And, yes, I've tried L'Oreal True Match and even saw a makeup counter consultant.) The coverage is light-medium; the texture is creamy and doesn't feel heavy on my face. In fact, after a short while, I tend to forget I'm wearing it - although this is also due to the fact that the initial effect wears off after a few hours. Never having tried airbrush foundation, I don't know what the effect is like, but when I first apply Dream Liquid Mousse, I feel like I'm staring at my reflection through a soft-focus lens. I love the pump bottle, which minimizes exposure to air and discourages bacteria. My only complaint is that this makeup draws attention to dry patches, so if you have dry skin like I do, be sure to exfoliate and moisturize well before applying.

    May 3, 2009

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  • Dior Diorshow Mascara
    7.0

    Dior Diorshow Mascara

    Maybe I'm born with it...

    I was excited about trying this iconic mascara. I was disappointed that I didn't get the fake-lashes effect. Not even once. Nobody's asked me if I was wearing fakes and not once did I ever say to myself, "If I didn't know any better, I'd swear I was wearing fake lashes!" Perhaps my natural lashes are dark and thick enough that the only thing that will create the fake-lash look are actual fakes. Diorshow does do a nice job defining my lashes, though. The size of the brush was intimidating at first but I found it easy to work with -- and the tapered end makes it easier to reach those corner lashes. My only complaints are that I do experience some minor clumping and the price is a bit much for me (especially considering that, at least on me, the dramatic effect is absent).

    May 2, 2009

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  • Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15

    I haven't noticed any improvement with my under-eye circles, but this cream is moisturizing. Quite, actually. I have a small dry patch on one of my lids and this eye cream succeeds where other lotions have failed in making the white flakiness disappear. Fortunately (because I only have a trial size), a little goes a long way. Unfortunately, it does not go very far in protecting against long-range UVA damage (the UVA shield in this cream, oxybenzone, offers protection against the shorter rays only). This means you would have to supplement this cream with another one that includes avobenzone or zinc oxide as an active ingredient if you want the fullest protection possible for the delicate eye area -- a fact I find outrageous considering that you already have to shell out $66 for Murad's cream. Another thing to consider (one that doesn't bother me but may be annoying to others) is that this cream smells faintly of raw potatoes.

    May 2, 2009

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