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  • L'Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream
    4.0

    L'Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

    Overpriced for a Product that Doesn't Work

    I usually don't like the write negative reviews, but hey, we all run into products that we don't like. I have this in the shade "Light." I'll start by saying that the tube is really small for an $11 product (for only one ounce as well), though the packaging is nice because the BB cream comes out of this pointy tip once I unscrew the cap which keeps things nice and clean and controlled. But that's where the goodness ends. When first pushed out of the tube, this BB cream is white, and it has a gritty texture. But as soon as I smooth it over my skin, the gritty texture goes away because the bumpiness is caused by the bursting of little beads that contain the color. I think this is rather cool, but some people may find the texture very off-putting, like the friend who told me about this. The color of the BB cream itself is very tan for being a "light" shade, which really bothers me, considering that the only other shade is "medium" (limited shade range). I have a skin tone of about NC20 to NC25 depending on the time of year, and after the beads burst and the color shows up, the light shade looks to be about three shades too dark for me. So if you have extra fair skin, be aware of this if you are considering this product. Besides the very tan "light" shade, I also find this BB cream to be very drying, even though it claims to to "hydrate". If you have oily skin, this may not be an issue for you, but for my normal/combination dry skin, I feel like my skin is drying up when I use this, and I've never had that happen with other BB creams. However, it also makes this very lightweight, like there's nothing on my skin, which some people may like. Also, this BB cream has very light coverage, a good and bad thing, depending on what you're looking for. On me, this BB cream lasts a good 6 hours before it starts to fade, and I find that it does oxidize so that it gets a little darker. In conclusion, I wasn't impressed with this BB cream, but it might work for you. My problems were just that it was very tan/dark to be "light", there are only 2 colors when I was buying mine (I hope they add more shades!), and the formula is drying which doesn't live up to its claims of being "hydrating". I don't think I'll be buying this again unless L'Oreal drastically changes it, because for the performance on my personal account, this product is overpriced and rather disappointing.

    March 15, 2014

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  • Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Conditioner
    3.0

    Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Conditioner

    No Conditioning Properties or Volume

    I love Herbal Essences' packaging and the scent of all of their products, and how well the products work, but this Body Envy Volumizing Conditioner did not live up to the usual standard. While the packaging and scent are fun and heavenly, as always, this conditioner does not "condition" at all. I might as well have just put water in my hair. It does not make my hair any more manageable, moisturized, or smooth like conditioner should. It even feels useless in my hands. Also, there is no volume. I usually love my Herbal Essences, but this conditioner is a flop.

    March 9, 2014

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  • Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Shampoo

    I have thin, straight, slippery sleek hair, but a lot of it. While a lot of people say that I am lucky, and I do love my hair as it is, I have always coveted that volume that coarse-haired or curly-haired girls have always had. I picked this shampoo up (along with the matching conditioner) hoping to get a bit more volume in my hair after I heard from a friend how great it is, but I have been using this for nearly seven months, and still haven't seen any difference. While I find the orange bottle (and Herbal Essences packaging in general) to look so fun and cute, and while I find the scent of this shampoo to be amazing (a floral, subtly citrusy scent), the shampoo itself did not live up to its promises and give my hair "body envy". I did like how well this shampoo lathers up, however. It creates a luscious, abundant foam that covers my entire head with just a little amount. Overall, I was so excited for this product, but it just failed to deliver on its promises of volume, even though it lathers well.

    March 9, 2014

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  • Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor
    6.0

    Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor

    Smells Nice, Pretty Average

    I picked this up at the grocery store on a whim in the peachy-pink color Decadent because I was looking for a lip color that would work for most of my spring outfits. While this isn't downright terrible, I can't say that it's something that I would go back to once I finish the tube I have now. First, the packaging is really nothing special. It's a plain, rectangular, brown tube with a see-through bottom with the color shade and name on a sticker. I do like the see-through bottom and sticker on the bottom. It makes it easy to identify in my makeup bag. When I open the tube, the inside plastic is no longer that deep brown like on the outside of the tube, but rather it is a muted mauve magenta plastic, which looks a bit cheap. Speaking of appearances, Decadent is a beautiful natural peach pink shade that could basically function as a nude, but with a dash of girlish pink. It looks like a shade that conveys innocence, yet class and fun. The lipstick smells like warm brown sugar, which doesn't not compliment the color. (Not that that's important, I just would have expected a fruity scent.) The lipstick itself goes on very smoothly, and feels very creamy and moisturizing on the lips. The color looks true to what it does in the tube, but the pigmentation was not amazing, so I had to build up about three layers until it was true to the tube. While this lipstick looks great at first, it does feel drier and drier after a while, and the color wears off really quickly (in about an hour). Besides the not so great pigmentation, this short-term wear is what makes this just an average lipstick for me, as much as I like the color. I am so busy I don't have time for constant touch ups. In conclusion, while I am happy with the shade, this lipstick's pigmentation, wear, and packaging aren't that great.

    March 9, 2014

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  • Maybelline New York Great Lash Washable Mascara

    This was my very first mascara. No wonder I hated mascara for about five years until I was able to finally get my hands on some decent mascara. I cannot believe that this is "America's Favorite Mascara", with a tube being some every sold every 3 seconds or so (this is all what Maybelline claims) because now that I've tried other mascaras, I truly think this is the worst. Now I'm not calling it the worst because it destroys lashes or causes allergic reactions or something, but because it does absolutely nothing. First, the brush is mediocre. It doesn't separate lashes very well, and it does not spread the formula very evenly. Then, this mascara really only makes my black lashes a tad blacker. The black color isn't as rich and true as other mascaras, and can come off as grey in some situations. This mascara cannot hold a curl past ten seconds. In fact, it might even make my lashes droop more, which is definitely one of the worst qualities of this mascara because my lashes are already stick straight. This mascara also clumps relatively easily, especially when I applied more than one coat. Also, this mascara flakes off on me in about three to four hours, and it smudges before that if I sweat or get a little oily throughout the day. Finally, this mascara does not volumize or lengthen in any way. The closest thing it does to volumizing is clumping, and the closest thing it does to lengthening is clumping. And when it doesn't clump, my lashes look about the exact same. Overall, I just think this mascara is the worst mascara I've tried. Even though the price tag is very friendly at around $6 or so, and there is almost something like a cult behind this product, I say spend a few more dollars to find something decant that will visibly volumize and lengthen. I gave this two stars because I do think that the green and pink packaging is iconic and cute.

    February 23, 2014

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  • CoverGirl Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara

    This green-tubed mascara had been all the rage last year, and was recommended to me by so many of my friends that I just had to try it. I was unsure whether it was as great as everyone told me it was and whether I would like it because I'm not generally a fan of Covergirl products, but I was pleasantly surprised. The packaging is really nice. I really like the bright green color even though some people find it gaudy and chunky. But the best part of this product has to be the brush. It's slightly curved so it hugs the lashes and makes me feel like I won't poke my eyes out if I'm try to really reach the roots, and it really separates every lash and spreads the formula well. I think it is the biggest contributor to this product's clump-free performance. The plastic bristles are also the perfect length, and aren't so hard that when I wiggle it near my roots, its painful. The brush is near perfection. The formula itself is the perfect consistency. It's not too watery so that it doesn't do anything, but it's not so thick that putting on mascara is annoying and tedious. The color is really, really black, which I like, and there are honestly no clumps at all. This mascara doesn't build volume as quickly as, say, Benefit's They're Real! mascara, but it doesn't clump, looks even, and the color is very rich. Also, this mascara doesn't smudge nearly as bad as Benefit's They're Real! or most mascaras I've tried, which is a huge plus. The only complaint I have with this mascara is that it can't really hold a curl like other "water resistant" or "waterproof" mascaras, but that's not a reason not to try this mascara unless holding a curl is your first priority. Overall, I really like this mascara for natural or casual looks. I might go for something with more volume and curl hold for more dramatic looks, but I can definitely see myself buying this again because it has no clumps, the brush is amazing, the color is true, and it doesn't smudge.

    February 23, 2014

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  • Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil

    And I own and have tried a whole lot of lip balms, everything from EOS to The Body Shop to Nivea to Jane Iredale. Burt's Bees has really outdone themselves with this product. This has got to be one of my absolute favorites! I picked this up on a whim from the campus bookstore before an exam (studying with dry lips, no, thank you) because my lips were really dry from winter in the high desert, and upon the very first swipe I was in love. The packaging does not do justice to the amazingness inside of the tube. This raspberry-tinted lip balm smells sophisticatedly fruity and herbal, and I feel good using it because it is loaded with good ingredients, such as pomegranate oils, coconut oil, sunflower oil, beeswax, and rosemary leaf extract, which are so much better for everyone than the abundance of chemicals in other lip balms. Also, this lip balm is is very hydrating and smooth, and gives my lips lasting moisture and silkiness. It is perfect for layering under lip liners, lipsticks, and lip glosses, but it also looks good all by itself. It makes my lips look like my natural lips, but better and more kissable and plump. I also like to apply this before I go to bed to wake up to wonderful lips. For only $3.30, this lip balm is a miracle in a tube!

    February 15, 2014

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  • Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush
    9.0

    Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush

    My First Cream Blush

    I was always afraid of cream blush. If I could barely apply powder blush without looking like a swooning clown, how in the world would I be able to look good with cream blush? However, Revlon's Photoready Cream Blush (I picked it up in Just Pinched, which is this really natural, peachy color) proved me to be so wrong, and now cream blush is one of my favorite beauty products. There's no way to go wrong unless you are intentionally trying really hard to look bad with these cream blushes, and these are really easy to use. All I do is swirl my finger in these in a circle, and sweep that onto my cheeks and blend out with my fingers, and I have a sheer (the color is buildable for times when I want something for noticeable, and they are not as scary bright as they look in the packaging), natural, beautiful flush of color for my cheeks. It feels silky smooth going on, and it doesn't accentuate or aggravate rough patches on my dry skin. After its on my cheeks, it has this really nice powder-like finish, and this lasts about seven hours, which isn't great but isn't bad. I adore this blush, but I wish they would come out with more colors. While other drugstore lines have blush lines with a huge selection of colors, this cream blush only has four colors, which is a shame considering how great the formula is. Also, this blush is slightly more expensive than other cream blushes in the drugstore. Overall, I really like this blush. It was my very first cream blush, and proved to me that cream blush was nothing to be afraid of by giving me a natural, beautiful flush of color very easily. However, it is expensive compared to other drugstore blushes, and it only has four colors in the line, so for these reasons, I see the possibility of repurchasing, but I also will likely try other blushes.

    February 15, 2014

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  • Merle Norman Foundation Primer Plus SPF 15
    8.0

    Merle Norman Foundation Primer Plus SPF 15

    Great at Smoothing Skin, but Not at Shrinking Pores

    I got a half-ounce sample size of this as a free gift, and since I didn't have a primer before (yes, this was my very first experience with primer), I didn't really have any ideas of what to expect. I just knew it couldn't be "terrible" because I had a Merle Norman cheek color, and I use that thing as much as the Earth needs air. First, even for a deluxe sample, the packaging is good. It looks just like the full size, only instead of having a shiny silver screw off cap, it was white plastic. The tube is very simple, not much fancy decorations or claims are written on it, but it's sturdy. However, I noticed that if it the primer might squeeze out really quickly if it is stored sideways. The primer itself is really nice. It's almost clear in color when it's in the tube, with a slight peachy tint, but it goes on completely clear. It's very smooth/silky and applies very evenly. It takes only a tiny squirt to cover my entire face. On my skin, this primer practically disappears. There's no greasy residue. My skin looks dewy, but not to the point that it looks like there is grease on my face. (Addressing this point, this primer isn't exactly matte.) My face feels silky smooth and the texture is evened out, a great canvas for foundation. Overall, this is a good primer. It's smooth to the touch, feels lightweight and unnoticeable on my skin, and it makes my skin texture even. I can't say much about the cost because my tube of this is a sample. While this is a good primer, now that I have tried other primers, this isn't the best, especially if you're looking to reduce pore size or even out color. However, this is unbeatable in smoothness.

    February 15, 2014

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  • Aveeno Smart Essentials Pore Purifying Facial Wash

    While I adore Aveeno's body care and hair care products, I've never really cared for most of their skincare products, and this is one of those products. I think I bought this just because the labeling claiming to detoxifying and purify pores really caught my attention, along with the cute, cheery packaging. And yes, while the packaging looks great and is sturdy, the product itself is not as great. I think the only thing I really like about the product is the smell, which is like a fresh but floral scent that reminds me of carefree summer mornings out in the countryside. Besides this, this cleanser does not lather well, and it doesn't make my skin feel very clean. I used this in the summer, when my skin felt oily and gross, and after using this cleanser, my skin still felt oily and gross, but now it was also wet. I tried this in the winter as well, when my skin is dry and sensitive, and this still didn't give me a clean feeling. I didn't expect a tight, drying clean feeling, I just wanted my face to feel fresh, hydrated, and free from makeup and dirt. Overall, I will not be repurchasing this cleanser because it just didn't lather well and didn't clean my skin well.

    February 9, 2014

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