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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
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
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
Subtle with No Smudging
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
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
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
Moisture Doesn't Last
I was a little scared to write this review, because I know there are a lot of different opinions about this lip balm, and some people might get a little heated about this. So if I offend anyone, I apologize in advance. This is just my opinion, so it may be different for everyone. I got this for $3.47 in Pink Punch, which comes in a pink tube with yellow lettering. It has a very tropical summery fruity smell, which I actually quite enjoy even though I'm not usually a fan of synthetic smells. The packaging is pretty cute, but the packaging for Pink Punch looks a bit tacky. I think it's the tackiest-looking packaging out of the bunch, in my opinion. However, the packing is neat, clean, and sturdy considering it has survived being in my bag and pockets at my clumsiest moments! The lip balm itself has a nice, sheer wash of bright pink color, which I can layer up to be more dramatic and bright, or I can just swipe a little on for a naturally girly flush of color. I find that this lasts maybe an hour at the most, so I find myself having to touch up constantly. Also, while I like the color and smell, I don't really feel any moisture. It's smooth and hydrating when it glides on, but that moisture doesn't really last. Overall, the price, smell, and color of Maybelline's Baby Lips lip balms are good and wearable, but the moisture doesn't last for me.
January 3, 2014
Fantastic For My Dry, Sensitive Skin
It's hard to find toners out there that are suitable for my dry, sensitive skin, especially since most have alcohol in them, and the ones that don't have no effect on my skin or are still irritating. However, H2O+ totally hit the nail on the head with their Oasis Mist. I got it for $4.99 for 5 ounces on sale, which is very affordable, and I spray it three times on my face after cleansing my skin, and then I rub it in with my fingertips. I am very impressed. Not only does it act as a refreshing toner (especially if I put it in the refrigerator), I like that it has so many benefits from the marine extracts, vitamins, and soothing aloe that improve and hydrate my dry, sensitive skin. In fact, after having a rosacea flare up (due to the dry winter weather and using what ended up as a harsh toner), this calmed my skin, got rid of the flaking, and made my skin radiant again. I don't think there's any fragrance in this because I don't smell anything, so that's one less chemical I expose my skin to. Overall, a great product that I will definitely be repurchasing when I use it up.
January 1, 2014
One of My All-Time Favorites
Coach's Poppy Flower has to be one of my absolute favorite perfumes. While I get that everyone is different and this perfume may not be for everyone, I adore this and made it my signature scent. Poppy Flower is very light, airy, and conveys a feeling of happiness, innocence, youthful flirtiness, and chic sophistication. Kind of like the bottle, in my opinion. Even though it's floral and a tad citrusy, it's very fresh and even aquatic, which makes it great for summer. It opens with lychee, citrus, black currant, and ivy notes that last for maybe around fifteen minutes, dries down to jasmine, water lily, peony, raspberry, and rose notes that are detectable for about two hours, and finally finishes smoothly with apricot, amber, sandalwood, and musk notes that will last the rest of the day (or night). Poppy Flower is never cloying or overstays its welcome, but it lasts a decent amount of time (about ten hours for me and I have dry skin that I put Aveeno lotion on). Whenever I wear this, people close to me (within two feet or so) always tell me I smell really good, and keep commenting on how great I smell through the night. Overall, I am delighted with this perfume. I think the price for the value and quantity is reasonable, and if you can find it on sale like I did (about $36 for a little less than 2 ounces), then it's even better. Again, I get that this scent may not be for everyone, but personally, I find it appealing to most people and to myself.
December 31, 2013
Girly and Mysterious
I got this as part of a gift set ($36 on sale for the full-sized perfume and a makeup bag), and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I'm not a huge fan of Taylor Swift, and when I smelled her first purple perfume, Wonderstruck, I was less than impressed. When I first sniffed the nozzle on this, I was not impressed either. It smelled like any floral and musk perfume that teenage girls overspray and use on a daily basis, so I shoved this in the back of my closet, where it stayed there for about a month. But just now, I got curious (and was bored), so I took it out, and sprayed it on. And wow, was I wrong. Instead of the cloyingness and genericness that I first thought it would have, Wonderstruck Enchanted was surprisingly delightful. It opens with wild berries (red berries), poppy floral notes, and some fruitiness from the passionfruit note. They mix very well into this sweet, innocent, yet fresh blend. It reminds me of a young, mysteriously flirty girl, beautiful without trying, and wide-eyed with innocence, having a carefree day, maybe experiencing her first crush. But not in a tacky way. Then, it dries down to a more subtle, sophisticated floral scent with freesia, peony, and sugar, and finally finishes with base notes comprised of light white musk, vanilla, and woody notes, which is warm, familiar, comforting, and slightly romantic. I can see myself using this perfume during the fall and winter, and maybe even on warm summer evenings on dates. Besides the great scent, the bottle is pretty and mysterious, and I like that it's dark, which will protect it from light more than a clear bottle. It's something I wouldn't mind showing off on a vanity. Overall, I was pleasantly delighted with Wonderstruck Enchanted, even though my expectations were very low for it, and my initial opinion even lower. I think for someone to like this perfume, they have to actually try it on their skin, because it smells bad when sniffed from the bottle.
December 31, 2013