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  • Garnier Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee
    8.0

    Garnier Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee

    A Good Foaming Gel Cleanser

    I have always loved Garnier, from their hair care lines to their BB cream and skincare lines, so when I saw this, I just had to have it. While this isn't the best cleanser I've ever used, I have to say it is one of the better (or best) drugstore cleansers I have tried. As with most Garnier products, the packaging is attractive, sleek, and professional and the fragrance is amazing. This cleanser smells very citrusy, with a few floral touches, like an expensive but not cloying perfume. I definitely love the scent of this, but then again, most Garnier products smell sublime. I also really like the pump on this cleanser because it pumps out just the right amount, it feels very sturdy, and it stays clean. The product itself foams up very nicely to a bouncy, thick lather, like a comfortable cushion between your hands and your skin. This product feels a lot more expensive than it actually is. It doesn't leave a residue when I rinse it off, and it makes my skin feel clean and refreshed without making it feel dry or tight. I haven't noticed a major difference in my skin's radiance despite this cleanser having alpha hydroxy acids, but I've been using this cleanser for about a year now, and my skin tone looks a bit more even. Overall, this is one of the better drugstore cleansers I've tried. This smells absolutely amazing, the foaming action and feel of the foam on my skin is heavenly, and it cleanses my skin without drying it out. While I don't notice a huge difference in my skin's radiance, I can see myself repurchasing this cleanser in the future.

    February 9, 2014

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  • Maybelline New York Color Pearls Marbleized Eyeshadows
    7.0

    Maybelline New York Color Pearls Marbleized Eyeshadows

    Silky, Sheer Color, Limited Range

    This was the very first drugstore eyeshadow I've ever purchased that wasn't a shade of brown or champagne, so I didn't know what to expect. While it isn't the best quality eyeshadow, nor did it have the best pigmentation, I am actually rather pleased with this eyeshadow. You do get quite a lot of product for the price, the packaging looks sleek and modern (and more expensive than it actually is), and the eyeshadow will probably last for years and years depending on how often I use it. When I apply this, a soft wash of this gives me a light shimmer of color, but if I build up the layers a little bit, I can get more of a color. However, at no point does the color on my lids looks as intense as the color in the package, even with my eyelids being as white as marshmallow puff. So not the greatest pigmentation, but I guess that makes this eyeshadow hard to overdo. The eyeshadow was easy to blend, looked even, and felt silky. It looked really nice, like I actually spent some time on my simple makeup, though I really didn't. I got about three hours of wear from this eyeshadow, which is almost nothing compared to some of Maybelline's cream shadows, MAC's eyeshadows, and others. Overall, I like this eyeshadow because of the price, the amount of product you get, the packaging, the ease of blending, the silkiness, and the way it looks, but it's only average compared to other eyeshadows available on the market. And a final note: There are barely any colors in this line, so that's another downfall for this product in my opinion.

    February 8, 2014

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  • Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner

    After recovering from a serious case of reptilian winter skin with a new microdermabrasion system, I tried this toner after reading in the instruction manual that the microdermabrasion should be followed by a gentle toner and restoring cream. I have had a bottle of this for about three months, but I haven't gotten around to using it until about two weeks ago when I dug it out of the depths of my new purchases drawer. I am so glad that I have discovered what this can do. First, unlike in the picture on this website that shows a white bottle, the new bottle has been reinvented to be see-through with a convenient pump and the toner itself is blue. Which is much more pleasing to the eye and elegant, in my opinion. The packaging is very, very sturdy and mess-free, and it does a good job of preventing evaporation of the product inside. While I definitely love how everything looks from the outside, the product inside is even better. This toner is super gentle, because there is no alcohol. There is no stinging or irritation whatsoever on my dry, sensitive skin. It also makes my face feel fresh and clean, but hydrated and plump at the same time. Would that be considered magical? This toner also has beneficial ingredients that nourish the skin, such as rose hip extract, which is something I like in my skincare products. Finally, now that I have been using this toner for about two weeks, I've noticed that my pores look smaller and my skin feels a lot smoother. I also have a lot less of a problem with flaking and peeling in the winter weather, probably because this toner is not stripping the good oils from my face like my previous toner. Overall, I am beyond satisfied with this toner. The price may seem steep at $26 for about 6 ounces or so, but it only takes one pump (a very little amount of product) to sweep over my entire face, and the gentleness, hydrating, and refreshing properties of this toner, as well as its results, make it completely worth the cash. I will definitely be buying this again in the future.

    February 8, 2014

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  • Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow

    All I can really say is... Wow. I have the most annoying eyelids in the world, the kind that smears eyeliner and eyeshadow (I'm not kidding) almost instantly after I apply it. Even with primer. I just about had it, I saw no other alternative other than to just give up eyeliner and eyeshadow and just stick to waterproof mascara, until a friend saw this while we were at the drugstore together, and suggested that I try it. And I am so glad I did. I've always admire Maybelline for their quality products and affordable prices, but this is truly one of the best products I had ever owned. Though the color selection is very limited (Maybelline, please fix that!), the one I got is absolutely beautiful (Inked in Rose, a shimmer, pale pink). And best of all, it lasted all day. No creasing, no fading, no smudging. At all. Its absolutely mind-blowing lasting power also helped my eyeliner stay in place with only a tiny bit of smudging. The container is a really cute and clean glass with a black screw on lid, and the eyeshadow itself is really creamy. Though it feels a bit dry, it really helps the product last all day as opposed to the more wet eyeshadows that I've tried. I could easily swipe this on with my fingers in less than a minute, and it would still looks absolutely flawless. Also, this product is comparable to higher end products, but with a very affordable price tag and (dare I say it) better performance. I got so many compliments when I wore this eyeshadow. For the price and performance, this product conquers all.

    February 6, 2014

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  • Rimmel London Natural Bronzer
    8.0

    Rimmel London Natural Bronzer

    Good Value for the Price

    This is the very first bronzer I have ever used, so I chose a the lightest color, "Sunshine", which doesn't really give a dramatic bronzed look, but I'm still pretty pleased with this bronzer. For the $4.99 price tag, I got a ton of product for the money, which is always nice. Rimmel has always been an affordable brand. While I got a lot of product, I'm not a huge fan of the packaging. It's nice that I can see through the lid to view the color, but the lid pops off really easily, so this bronzer isn't the best for travel, unless I wanted the inside of my purse to be bronzed. The bronzer itself is very true to the color that I see through the lid, it applies easily, feels smooth, and is very blendable. It also lasted about ten hours, which is a decent amount of time. It was a bit more shimmery than I thought it would be, but the shimmer wasn't noticeable to the point that if I walked outside, hummingbirds would be attracted to my face. However, while this bronzer is true to the color seen, it's not very highly pigmented, so I do have to layer it on to see some difference. I think that this was partially my fault for buying the lightest color, but pigment is very important to me in my makeup. Overall, this is a great starter blush because the color won't be so dramatic that mistakes would be obvious, the bronzer applies smoothly, lasts a while, and you get a lot for the price. I probably won't repurchase just because I want to explore other brands and looks, but if I just want a natural, "barely there" bronzed look, I might reconsider repurchasing.

    February 2, 2014

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  • PMD Personal Microderm
    9.0

    PMD Personal Microderm

    Smooth Skin Savior

    When I used the PMD Personal Microderm device, my mind was a completely blank, clean slate. I didn't really have any expectations, and while I didn't expect this device to ruin my skin, I didn't expect to to work any miracles either. However, I was pleasantly surprised! I have combination skin including a very oily T-zone with a very dry and sensitive eye area and cheeks, and I don't have many skin problems except occasional acne (thank you, summer in the cities with pollution and without my darling toner) and some redness on my cheeks. Besides that, my skin has very small pores, is mainly smooth, and is plump. So in summary, my skin is pretty good, but this winter, the harsh winds and freezing air in the desert really did a number on my skin. Not only did the dryness cause blespharitis on my eye, causing my eyelids to swell like cherry tomatoes and sting, but my entire face was peeling. On top of that, I also had a terrible allergic reaction to some "sensitive skin safe" stage makeup. My face was a mess. When I received my PMD, my face had calmed down for about a month, but the aftermath of peeling, redness, patchiness, and uneven texture were still there. Using my PMD, I didn't really feel any difference while using it. I just heard a buzzing and felt the gritty texture of the disk run over my face from the green and white device. By the way, I feel I should mention that the PMD looks intimidating at first, but after I read the directions and tested my face with the training disk, it was no longer intimidating and proved to be quick and easy to use, start, and clean up after. Anyways, after I used the PMD, I applied my usual toner, serum, and night cream, and went to bed. Right then, as I said earlier, I wasn't expecting much. But boy was I wrong! When I woke up, my skin was back to its usual smoothness (even better, actually), the redness had gone down substantially, and my skin looked even. This is a great product, with real results, even if they aren't immediately obvious (but still fast-acting). The only reason I gave it 9 stars instead of 10 is because of the price tag, but for the results, it's a pretty good value, costing less than running to the dermatologist/facial expert every month. Overall, I am impressed, and I will continue to use the PMD.

    January 22, 2014

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  • Crabtree & Evelyn Iris Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy
    9.0

    Crabtree & Evelyn Iris Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy

    Pretty Darned Close to Perfection

    I live with dry hands day in and day out, because where I live just happens to be in a dry, hot, windy desert. I've tried shea butter hand creams, but I didn't like those because they left my hands too greasy for my liking, and other hand creams didn't provide enough moisture. It became really annoying to have itchy, scaly, painful hands all of the time. But for Christmas, my friend gave me a tube of this Crabtree and Evelyn Iris Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy cream, and after I tried it I thought, "Holy cow, this is perfect!" The only complaint of mine is that the first time I opened the tube, a huge glob of product came rushing out. But after storing it upside down for a day, that problem was fixed. This hand cream not only smells absolutely heavenly (all of Crabtree and Evelyn's hand creams do, some of the others I've tried are Lily and Lavender, and they smell like bliss as well), but it is also very long lasting and non-greasy! I squeeze out a pea-sized amount onto my palms and feel the smooth, comforting cream moisturize my hands, and it lasts for about four hours, which is more than I can say for the other creams I have tried. While this cream is incredibly long-lasting, it is not greasy at all. It is lightweight, after you smooth it on, and it sinks into your hands and it feels kind of having a silkier, more moisturized version of your hands. However, it won't make turning a doorknob, typing on the computer, or playing piano inconvenient. In fact, I barely notice it, but I do notice the heavenly scent (which gets more subtle as time passes), and the way my hands feel so much better. Overall, this is pretty much a perfect hand cream, and I will continue to purchase it.

    January 15, 2014

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  • CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Waterproof Mascara

    I don't quite understand why this product has such a negative review from so many people, but maybe it's because everyone's needs and desires are different. This worked perfectly as my natural, everyday mascara. I love the packaging that really seals the air out of the mascara, that it's easy to open, and I absolutely love the brush. Sometimes plastic brushes can be really painful if I bump it against my eyelid accidentally, but this brush feels almost rubber. It has lots of short, rather stubby bristles that really reach into the roots, onto every lash, and coats the lashes well and evenly. The formula itself is on the wetter side, and even though I have the one that is supposed to be blue (to accentuate blue eyes), it looks very black. I was confused initially and disappointed, but later I was sitting in the sunlight with a few friends having lunch, and they kept remarking on the subtle, blue-ish, eye-intensifying tint of my mascara. So it's really subtle, and you can't really see it, but it's definitely there. The formula did not clump at all, and intensified the colors of my lashes. There was some volume and a bit of length, but nothing dramatic. It looked like a more defined, still natural-looking version of my normal lashes. The reason I took off two stars is because the mascara cannot hold a curl, which is really important for my stick-straight lashes. However, this mascara makes up for not holding a curl with absolutely NO smudging whatsoever. Even my waterproof mascaras smudge. However, this does not budge. My under eye area looks just as perfect at 7 o'clock as it did in the morning, no raccoon eyes here! A total win. Overall, I would buy this again, because this is a great daytime, natural-looking mascara that is the only one that does not smudge on me!

    January 11, 2014

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  • Rimmel London Gentle Eye Make Up Remover
    5.0

    Rimmel London Gentle Eye Make Up Remover

    Good Price, Potentially Irritating

    I've always heard good things about Rimmel, but I find it odd why this was the first product I decided to try. I guess maybe I was drawn in by my need for makeup remover, the low price tag, and the simple packaging? Anyways, I've been using this for almost six months now, so I figured that it was time to review. I think that the price point is fantastic and the flip-top packaging is sturdy ($3 or something around that), but those are the only things I was impressed by. This makeup remover eventually does what it says, but it takes a lot of effort and product for me to get my makeup off, especially my waterproof mascara. After I use this, I wash my face, and after I wash my face I have raccoon eyes because not all of my mascara got taken off. Also, this makeup remover is supposed to be gentle on the eyes. It's nice that it has no fragrance, but honestly I still felt some stinging and saw redness after using this. From reading the label, it can understand. There's a very large amount of isopropyl alcohol and methylisothiazolinone, which can irritate sensitive eyes, such as mine. Overall, after I finish the bottle (or I might end up giving it away), I won't be repurchasing. Even though they're a bit more expensive, I'll probably stick with my trusty old Maybelline Flash Clean makeup remover, or the Neutrogena remover wipes. However, I won't be dissuaded from trying other Rimmel products!

    January 11, 2014

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  • Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen
    9.0

    Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen

    Lasts Forever, Versatility

    This was my very first liquid eyeliner, and I'm pretty sure that even though I've tried others, this will be my last. This is excellent! Not only is it affordable at $7.99 and easy to find at almost any drugstore, it is of excellent, uncompromising quality. The packaging is very sturdy and well-sealed. This is not an eyeliner pen that will dry out or fall apart on me. Also, the formula lasts a long time. I've been using the same pen for about three years now, which sounds crazy, but it's totally true! While the formula doesn't dry out, it doesn't mean the color is watery. The color is intense (very black on the package really means black), long-lasting, and shows up to be very vibrant. This eyeliner also doesn't run, smudge, crease, fade, or budge after I apply it. It comes off easily with water, though, so taking it off is a breeze. I'm taking off one star because the felt tip can feel a bit scratchy occasionally, but that's not a huge deal, especially considering that this eye pen is extremely easy to use. It helped me get over my fear of liquid eyeliner when I first started because it was so easy to use, but now that I'm more experienced, it also allows me to do everything from a super thin line to a dramatic cat eye. Overall, I will definitely be buying this over and over again because it has such excellent quality, is affordable, and is so versatile.

    January 5, 2014

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