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  • NYX Cosmetics NYX Cream Blush
    10.0

    NYX Cosmetics NYX Cream Blush

    great blush AND eye shadow!

    After one failed attempt to find a cream blush for summer (see my review of L'Oreal mousse blush) I found this. The color Natural -- a lovely peachy-pink -- was enchanting, and the price ($6.99 at Harmon) was appealing too. It's turned out to be a great cream blush for my very fair skin -- it blends in easily, and can be subtle or built up. SURPRISE BONUS USE: It also makes a very attractive, natural looking eye shadow. I blend it onto my eyelid up to the crease, and it gives my blue eyes natural looking definition and makes them bluer -- and it never, ever creases. I lightly apply brown eye liner to just the outside corners of my eyes, and light-weight brown mascara, and I have a very pretty, understated look. I would definitely recommend this product.

    April 25, 2013

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  • La Mer The Moisturizing Gel Cream
    1.0

    La Mer The Moisturizing Gel Cream

    the saleswoman lied about the fragrance -- which made my sensitive skin burn

    This product would normally be waaaaay out of my price range, but last week one of my magazines arrived containing a certificate for a free sample of a La Mer moisturizer, and I was curious enough to go and fork over my contact information to a sales person to collect one. The sales woman -- who had an utterly exquisite complexion, by the way -- had me try this gel moisturizer as well as the soft cream and the original crème de la mer, so I could choose one for a sample. I immediately smelled a light but obvious fragrance in all three and asked if there were a fragrance-free version, but the exquisitely-complexioned saleswoman insisted there was no added fragrance: "It's just the natural seaweed," she said. "Some people think it smells like the sea." I've spent enough time around the sea to know these products didn't smell like it, although it's possible they smelled like the potpourri you'll find in some seaside gift shops. In any case, I hadn't even gotten home from the mall with my tiny prize when the skin on the back of my left hand, where I'd applied the gel moisturizer, began to burn. This was followed by the skin on my cheeks (where I'd applied the crème de la mer) and finally the skin on the back of my right hand (where I'd applied the soft cream). Since I have rosacea and multiple sensitivities, I never, ever use any product that makes my skin burn, and I washed off all the La Mer immediately. I didn't even open the sample, but instead gave it to a friend (who was surprised and delighted). Later I googled the ingredients list, and discovered that… wait for it… these moisturizers DO include fragrance. It’s entirely possible the effects are as good as they claim, but I’ll never find out, because there’s no way I can use this. In the end this is actually a positive learning experience for me, since it taught me to trust my own judgment (and what my skin is telling me) over the marketing and hype around any product.

    April 21, 2013

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  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Primer
    6.0

    Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Primer

    too thick & dry, and what's up with that awful brush?

    This primer does tone down redness, but it's very thick, and made my combination oily/normal skin feel uncomfortably dry. And as other reviewers have said, the brush is just awful. It's rough and irritated my face, and doesn't apply the product well in any case. They need to go back to the drawing board on this product -- and next time, package it in a tube or a pump bottle.

    April 20, 2013

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  • L'Oreal Paris Magic Smooth Souffle Blush
    4.0

    L'Oreal Paris Magic Smooth Souffle Blush

    don't mistake this for cream blush

    I bought this when I was looking for, but couldn't find, a cream blush in a color I liked. Frankly, I was charmed by both the concept and the packaging. The jar did in fact look like a pretty pink jewel in my makeup collection, and the blush felt wonderfully light and pleasant on my face. Unfortunately it didn't blend it at all, but instead sat on the surface of my skin, looking obviously makeup-y and fake. I gave it several tries, and it just wasn't working. Now the pretty jar is no longer decorating my makeup collection, since I returned it.

    April 20, 2013

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  • CoverGirl Advanced Radiance Age-Defying Liquid Makeup

    This product may work for other people, and it almost worked for me -- but not quite. Used straight from the bottle it's too heavy for me, but I figured out I could mix it with half and half with my regular moisturizer and basically end up with a tinted moisturizier. I loved how it looked on -- it really did make my 50+ complexion look dewy and radiant, even thinned with moisturizer -- and it never bothered my sensitive skin, but my face always felt just a little tacky, and in the end I couldn't get past that. It's possible this is just a personal chemistry issue, so others may want to give it a try.

    April 17, 2013

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  • CoverGirl & Olay Concealer Balm

    I bought this to use as a lip concealer under nude or light lipsticks. Although it is very moisturizing and pleasant feeling on my lips, it didn't work for me for that purpose -- it always seemed to show through the lipstick. Since I'm a fairly novice lipstick wearer, it's entirely possible that I was doing something wrong. HOWEVER, I do find it to be a very good general concealer and highly recommend it for that purpose. I recently had to travel for work and packed it instead of my usual liquid concealer, since my TSA-allotted quart size bag of liquids was pretty much full. I applied it after my moisturizer to cover dark under eye circles and a few broken capillaries in my face. Since it's very rich and creamy I would blend in a bit of my daily moisturizer to dilute it, and it blended into my skin beautifully and gave very good coverage while leaving my skin looking natural. Now that I'm home, I'm rotating between using this and my liquid concealer.

    April 14, 2013

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  • Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Soothing Lotion SPF 15

    I bought this after I had a reaction to a previous long-term moisturizer that aggravated my rosacea, and did some research online to find something that would work with my sensitive skin. I've been using it daily for day time moisturizing for about a year now, and I rely on it. It does a wonderful job of moisturizing, melting into my skin and giving it a very subtle glow, and it doesn't aggravate my rosacea or cause any kid of breakouts. In fact, my rocea flare up immediately calmed down after I switched to this. It's also great for sun protection. Not long after I started using it, my husband and I went to an outdoor graduation, and because it was cool out neither of us thought to use sunscreen. Both of us are fair, and my husband surnburned his face rather badly, but my face didn't sunburn at all (although I did burn on the backs of my hands and my forearms, which were exposed under 3/4 sleeves). I can easily apply makeup on top of it, and it even combines well with other makeup, for example if I want to dilute liquid makeup or concealer. I consider this a great all-around product.

    April 14, 2013

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  • Curel Fragrance-Free Daily Moisture Lotion

    I have very sensitive skin, and tried this after developing a reaction to Aveeno after years of use. It melts right into my skin and has absolutely no scent whatsoever. I'm subtracting one point only because when my skin got very dry over the winter, this didn't quite moisturize enough -- although it was close. All in all, it's a very good lotion for sensitive skin.

    April 12, 2013

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  • Yes To Carrots C Me Shine Lipgloss
    8.0

    Yes To Carrots C Me Shine Lipgloss

    wish it lasted longer

    I have this in Red Hot. It's a beautiful shade that enhances my natural lip color without being too much. I also give it points for being light, moisturizing, and not too sticky. Unfortunately it loses love for not lasting very long. However if you're looking for a natural lip gloss that isn't overly sticky, you might like this.

    April 12, 2013

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  • Maybelline New York Color Sensational Color Whisper Lip Color

    I really wanted to like this. I have a regular Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick that I love and rely on, so when the Whisper line came out for spring I tried the Blush (which is actually a cool, light rose). The color is very flattering and on-trend, and I like how light it feels on my lips, more like a like a lip balm than a lipstick. HOWEVER, it doesn't last long at all and has to be re-applied frequently. Also, when it wears off it often leaves behind a white residue around my lips. Unfortunately, this one is getting returned.

    March 29, 2013

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