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  • Clinque Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

    I received a sample tube of this as a free gift in another Clinique purchase, so I can't say anything about the full-size product's packaging, but I do have something to say about the product itself. It's wondrous! My sample tube was so cute in Clinique's trademark frosted, clear plastic, and the color of the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +, a buttercup yellow, is so cheery, sophisticated, and simple. I absolutely adore the hypoallergenic and no fragrance aspect of all of Clinique's products, but this lotion made me appreciate it even more! It's perfect in it's non-scented glory for layering under perfume. Enough of the gushing over the appearance and hypoallergenic-ness, onto the actual product. I really liked this product. Not only did a tiny dab go a long way (which justifies the product's relatively high price tag), it moisturizes really well without being sticky or greasy, and it hasn't made my sensitive skin break out either. This is saying a lot because I live in a high, hot, dry desert environment. Then, after washing my face, toning, applying serum or spot treatments, then using this moisturizer, my skin looks dewy and glowy. Not the fake kind of glowy, the kind that comes from inside the skin. Next, this moisturizing lotion is actually convenient in the way that it doesn't have SPF, so you can decide how high the SPF you need for that day. It gives you more options. Finally, Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + has a cornucopia of skincare benefits compared to the original formula, and it works as a good primer. Honestly one of the best moisturizers I've ever used! I will definitely be buying the full size after I finish my sample tube.

    October 4, 2013

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  • CoverGirl Professional Natural Lash Mascara
    2.0

    CoverGirl Professional Natural Lash Mascara

    Not Good As A Mascara, But...

    I had heard pretty good things about Covergirl brand makeup, so this was the very first product I've ever bought that was Covergirl. Let's just say this did not make a good impression on me at all. My original intent was to use this as a clear mascara for those true no-makeup makeup days. However, the formula was so wet and watery that it did nothing more than if I were to splash my eye lashes with water. This means no curl, no definition, no nothing. The only reason I'm giving this product two stars is because the curved brush fit the contours of my eyelashes so nicely and it was easy to coat my lashes. So after the mascara fail, I tried to use this on my eyebrows to give them shape and help them to keep the color and shape all day. However, this product was completely pointless as well! It's like I put it on my brows, and it just disappeared. Also, at this point is when I noticed that the packaging got this huge crack down the middle of the cap attached to the brush. I had only opened the tube once, and the packaging already cracks? That is, hands down, just bad and cheap quality. I also got a whiff of the product at this point, it smelled like a chemical spill. Completely undesirable and irritating. I now understand why this mascara was so inexpensive. After this experience, I'm not sure if I will ever purchase Covergirl makeup products again.

    October 4, 2013

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  • Nivea  A Kiss of Smoothness SPF 10

    Within my knowledge, Nivea has a pretty good reputation, with outstanding body lotions, absolutely amazing lip butters, and good skin care products. Compared to that, this Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating Lip Care with SPF 10 is decent. There were a lot of nice things about this lip balm. I bought this balm when I saw the SPF 10 on the label because it was a blazing hot and sunny summer, and our lips need SPF as much as our face or body does. So far, this SPF has been just perfect. Also, the packaging is neat and simple, no frills or fluff. The light blue color is cute and the twist up applicator is quick and clean, as opposed to the Nivea Lip Butters where you have to stick your fingers into the product. Sometimes I do like more flashy, creative packaging, but for day to day, "apply and then throw in the purse" use, this is good. Then, the lip balm was very smooth and silky going on, and the clear color made this perfect to wear under glosses, stains, or lipstick for both color and sun protection. Finally, the price tag was very reasonable, considering I got two for about $4. However, this lip balm was not very moisturizing. At all. Despite going on smooth and silky, the moisture did not last long at all. About five minutes at most, and after that my lips actually start to feel very chapped and uncomfortable. So you either have to apply this every few minutes, or just sit there with chapped, uncomfortable-feeling lips. Also, I am really not a fan of the scent. While I can understand how many people would find the scent simple, subtle, and floral, it honestly smells like nothing else but outdated perfume to me. It smells like old lady, in other words. I do not find that the least bit appealing. Finally, do not leave this in the car if it's hotter than about 78 degrees Farenheit outside or you will come back to a hot (literally) mess. The same day I bought this Nivea lip balm, I left it in the car for about ten to fifteen minutes in 85-degree weather while I was in the grocery store. When I came back and opened the lip balm to put it on, it was pretty close to melted. It's like when a stick of butter starts to melt around the edges about five seconds in the microwaving process. Not cool. It's a good thing I had leather seats and a refrigerator at home to cool this lip balm down in to (try) to restore it's former cylindrical shape. Overall, not a terrible balm, but there are definitely better, non-old-lady-smelling balms out there that offer much better moisture.

    October 4, 2013

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  • Benefit They're Real! Mascara
    6.0

    Benefit They're Real! Mascara

    Nothing Special, Really

    I admit I tried this product because of all the hype and great reviews and brilliant claims surrounding it, and I was really excited. But after using this for about two weeks, I have to say I'm not disappointed, but I'm not ecstatic either. They're Real! mascara really isn't anything special. I liked many things about this mascara, like the cute packaging, the rich, dimensional black color of the product, and the creamy, smooth texture. I especially adore the brush, which is great for really separating all the lashes and coating the lashes from root to tip. In fact, it might be one of the better or best brushes I've ever used, and I am probably a chronic beauty junkie. But despite these great qualities, this mascara didn't work the miracles it claimed to work. First off, the mascara definitely thickened my lashes and emphasized my eyes, but my lashes had no curl whatsoever. I dutifully curl my lashes every day, and using my usual Maybelline mascara, they stay curled all day long. However, I curled my lashes as I normally do and put on They're Real! mascara, and within a few minutes, my lashes were as straight as dry wall. I think this may be because of the formula's consistency and texture. While the creamy, smooth texture is wonderful, They're Real! feels a little too wet, which might be destroying/ruining the curl. Also, They're Real! claims to be waterproof, which I honestly don't think it is. Most waterproof mascaras are drier in formula than this. For example, my daily Maybelline waterproof mascara feels a lot drier than this (and no, it's not because it's old, I've had it for only about a month), and it doesn't give me smudgy, raccoon-like eyes by the end of the day. However, this does. Next, They're Real! seems to clump really easily unless you really know what you're doing. By that I mean layering thin layers with a minute drying time in between. If you're in a huge rush or new to mascara and don't really have your technique down, this mascara could be Clump Town for you. Finally, They're Real! mascara has a ridiculously high price tag at $23 a tube, considering it's performance. I like many of it's qualities, but I truly think that there are better options out there that are more cost-effective. Overall, this mascara doesn't live up to the miraculous claims and hype, but it's not terrible.

    October 4, 2013

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  • Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser

    I really wanted to love this product after hearing so many good things about Neutrogena, but this didn't meet my (rather high) expectations. First, the packaging and the texture and scent of the product are all very nice. The bottle is very sturdy (so no worries if you drop it in the shower), and the scent is very clean. The cleanser lathered really well to produce a luxuriously thick and fragrant foam, but it really dried out my skin. My skin was so dry that not even my Shiseido night cream could provide relief. This is nice if you have oily skin, but if not, try something else.

    September 24, 2013

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  • Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2
    9.0

    Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2

    Banned My Blackheads

    I have struggled with blackheads nonstop for as long as I can imagine. I hated how big and dark they got, but I didn't want to do extractions because I heard they can scar your skin. Honestly by that point, I was just crossing my fingers that as my body settled down more (yay for hormones) they would just disappear on their own. But of course, I'm impatient, so I picked up a bottle of this (13 oz. for $11), and I must say I regret how much time I spent dreaming about perfect skin rather than using this. First off, the packaging is simple, but sturdy and sophisticated, and the product lasts forever. I use mine once in the morning and once at night. It's been nearly two months now, and there's honestly 19/20 of the product still there in the bottle. A lot of people say that they would prefer if this product had a flip cap instead of a screw on cap, but I actually find it quite clean and simple to use. I just put a cotton pad over the opening, flip the bottle upside down quickly, and it gives me the perfect amount of product. Then, Clinique's Clarifying lotion really does miracles for your skin. It shrunk my blackheads and kept my excess oil at bay. Also, it cleanses without drying out my skin, and it leaves a really cool, tingling feeling after using it. It's especially nice in the hot, dry summers. Another plus is that it gives rid of the makeup my makeup remover might have missed. The only thing is the scent is rather strong. But if Clinique ever discontinues this product, riots would break out because this product is truly amazing.

    September 14, 2013

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  • Clinique Liquid Facial Soap
    9.0

    Clinique Liquid Facial Soap

    One of the Best

    All cleansers these days seem so alike to me, that for me to write this review for Clinique's Liquid Facial Soap means that this cleanser is truly outstanding. First, the consistency and texture is amazing, and the soap lathers like no one's business. Also, the scent is clean and sophisticated, so I have no idea why all these people are complaining about it, but we all have different opinions. I find the scent of this cleanser very relaxing. Then, after using this cleanser, my skin feels clean but not dried out, and it looks more radiant. Clinique has really outdone themselves.

    September 14, 2013

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  • St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub

    In general, I like this scrub. It smells clean and subtle (slightly floral), the scrub's particles are small, abundant, and gentle, and the scrub foams up after a while, just like a scrub and cleanser all in one. My skin always feels fresh, clean, and smooth after using this. I also admire St. Ives for using all natural ingredients, and the price is okay because a little goes a long way, so it will last a long time. (I use my travel-sized version three times a week, and it has lasted me over six months, which is absolutely amazing.) The downsides to this scrub, however, is the packaging. It can get really messy, especially after opening it for the first time because a lot of product might ooze out and putting the cap over it makes it messy in the cap.

    September 14, 2013

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  • Jordana Cosmetics Easyliner For Eyes
    9.0

    Jordana Cosmetics Easyliner For Eyes

    Lasts All Day and Stays in Place

    For the price, Jordana's eyeliner is truly phenomenal. It performs better than my Neutrogena eyeliner and even some of Sephora's eyeliners! I have annoying eyelids that smudge all of my eyeshadow and eyeliner within minutes of application, but out of all of my eyeliners, this one had minimal smudging, stayed vibrant through my 13-hour day, and stayed in place instead of making raccoon eyes. Also, the color selection is fantastic, the packaging is simple, clean, and convenient, and the eyeliner glides on smoothly and easily. It's not as creamy as other eyeliners, but this one really will not budge or smudge. The only reason this eyeliner is not 10 stars is because there's not very much product, but for the price, there's just no beating this eyeliner.

    September 14, 2013

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  • Maybelline New York Clean Express Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

    I couldn't be happier. It isn't all pretty-scented like other makeup wipes, but trust me, it will last a whole lot longer than any pack of wipes! My most stubborn waterproof mascara and 24-hour lipsticks just disappear after a few swipes of the remover on a cotton pad, and it leaves my skin feeling clean, but not stripped of moisture. Also, even with waterproof mascara and eyeliner, it doesn't pull my lashes out. The price is unbeatable, the packaging is convenient and cute. This is THE makeup remover, you'll never need anything else.

    September 3, 2013

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