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  • Prescriptives All You Need + For Eyes Continuous Action 24-Hour Moisture

    I recieved a nice sized sample from Prescriptives of this product. The cream is unscented which is fantastic if you are sensitive to fragrance and it has a nice texture to it. The texture is not heavy at all. It is very light, somewhat liquid-y, and it is quickly absorbed but it still does a great job moisturizing. After application, my skin feels really silky and smooth. I would say that if your skin texture around your eye is not so smooth, this would be a good cream to apply before you put on some make up. I've been using it for about 2 months now but I noticed that my dark circles had pretty much disappeared after two weeks. I have noticed that I don't really even reach for my under eye concealer anymore. It also really helps with puffy eye bags-- if I have a night were I don't get much sleep, I wake up with hardly any eye bags; I also apply it as part of my morning skincare routine and it further diminishes bags. Being twenty four, I can't really comment on how well this product works for wrinkles or fine lines, though I would guess that because this is so moisturizing, it would at least help with the appearance of fine lines when applied. The only thing I do not love about this product is that because it is so liquid-y, it travels a lot (at leastit does on me). I notice that if I apply this eye cream too close to my lower eye lid, it sort of bleeds into my eye and can cause some burning and red eye. The irritation definitely can be bad if my eyes water (such as if I yawn). I just make very certain to apply it about half an inch away from my eye and massage it in very well. Other than the irritation, I would recommend it, especially if you have dark circles or puffiness under the eye.

    March 17, 2014

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  • L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow
    9.0

    L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow

    Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow

    This probably my favorite drugstore brand shadow-- I've used it for a couple of years now. The texture is very smooth and velvety, almost creamy. A big plus is that the container closes tightly to preserve the texture and keep the product from drying out. It's easy to blend and the color payoff is phenomenal. There is a huge selection of shades form brights to nudes and neutrals, but as far as I have seen, there are not too many options for finish. Pretty much every color I have seen is shimmery, frosty, or metallic so if you aren't a fan of those textures/ finishes, you probably will not be a fan of these. This product is definitely not a 24 hour product-- worn without primer, it does last for 5-6 hours without creasing on me, but it will fade. However, I pretty much always wear my shadows with a primer and with a primer (or even applied wet), this product lasts all day without fading. If you need something very long lasting, you'll need a primer with this.

    March 13, 2014

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  • Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

    This is a medium to full coverage foundation with a matte finish. The texture of the foundation is very airy and it takes a bit of time to set so you have a lot of time to blend. It isn't too buildable-- it gets cakey fast. This foundation definitely looks like you're wearing makeup when you apply it, so you will want to skip it for light looks. However, it's perfect for night or special occasions. It will also look nice in pictures because it has no SPF so you won't get a white cast. The stay time is pretty good; there was minimal fading or transferring over the day and no creasing at all. That was pretty much the only good for me, personally. I would say this foundation would be perfect for anyone with very oily skin and has an even-ish skintone. At the moment, I have combination skin and while this foundation looked nice on oily spots, it looked terrible on dry patches. You can make it work by moisturizing and using a primer though. It also isn't very forgiving with large pores. I personally can't wear this make-up without a primer as I have some acne scarring and large pores that are accentuated by this foundation. Another downside for this is that this product does contain talc. I know not everyone is sensitive to talc and if you're not, great! Try this stuff out! But I just thought I'd mention it because if you are like me, cosmetics with talc can oxides pretty badly on you and clog your pores. So if you are senstive to talc, you may want to skip this. While this sounds like a rather negative review, I don't think this is a bad foundation. I think it could work great for some people out there, it just didn't work for me. All in all, I would recommend this to women with oily skin who want higher coverage and who don't have issues with cosmetic talc. It could work nicely on normal skin as well but I would steer clear if you have dry skin.

    March 13, 2014

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  • Crest 3D White Whitestrips Advanced Vivid

    I decided to try these out because my teeth were starting to look... less than gorgeous. I drink a lot of black coffee and even more tea so my teeth were becoming quite stained. These strips worked quite well. My teeth were noticably whiter after I finished up the box. The taste is not too bad, it's as though you've gargled with hydrogen peroxide. The box warns that you may experience sensitivity with these strips and since I sometimes exoperience sensitivty, I decided to start using a sensitive teeth formula toothpaste about a week before starting the strips and continued to use them throughout treatment and then after treatment. I had no issues with sensitivity doing that. So if you want to try these out but have sensitive teeth, I would say you could still use it, but I recommend using these strips with a toothpaste formulated for sensitivity.

    March 8, 2014

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  • Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser

    I found this cleanser on sale so I decided to try it out and it worked very well for me. I will start off by saying that this cleanser does have a strong scent. Though I am not sensitive to scented products by any means, I was actually a bit worried it might be drying or make me break out-- that is how strongly scented this is-- but I ended up having no negative effects on that end. The scent fades away from the skin quickly after you have rinsed the product off. It is a pretty scent (clean and kind of floral), but pleasant as it may be, soemtimes I just don't want something so perfume-y. If you are sensitive to fragranced skin care items, this product may be one you will want to skip-- or at least find a sample of before buying a whole bottle. Now, the good: I purchased this during the winter season when I had dry patches on my chin-- and I mean *very* dry, to the point of cracking. I thought this cleanser was worth trying out because even though I sometimes get seasonal dry patches on my chin, the rest of my face (especially my nose and forehead) can get oily, so I still wanted something that would help with oil and not exacerbate the dry spots. This happened to work well for that purpose. It didn't bother the dry patches so they healed up pretty quickly with the use of moisturizers. It is a gentle cleanser-- I use this cleanser twice a day and it does a good job at removing excess oil without stripping away too much oil from the skin. It does not make my skin feel tight or dry the way some oil control cleansers have done to my skin. In fact, this leaves me skin feeling normal. It does a pretty good job at removing makeup as well although, I do use this product along with an oil cleanser when I remove makeup so that may be why it is so effective. I also really like that it is packaged in a pump. All in all, as good as this product is, I plan on looking for something with a less aggressive scent to it instead of going right back for this product.

    March 8, 2014

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  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
    10.0

    Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

    Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

    My main factor in purchasing this product is that it is sulfate free-- my hair and sulfates are not on good terms. It also leaves off lots of other products that can irritate your skin, it's cruelty free, and fair trade. And it's a great product to boot. This is one of my favorite sulfate free shampoos and it is so gentle on my hair. As a side note: If you are trying a sulfate free shampoo for the first time, it probably won't feel as clean as with regular shampoo, but that is your hair adjusting to a gentle shampoo rather than one with harsh cleansing agents (you'll notice less foaming with sulfate free shampoos). Stick with it and you'll fall in love. Any way, this cleans very well without stripping hair of moisture (which makes it a very good shampoo for dyed and otherwise chemically treated hair). It works very well with the leave-in conditioners.

    March 3, 2014

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  • Shea Moisture Organic Anti-Breakage Hair Masque Yucca & Baobab
    10.0

    Shea Moisture Organic Anti-Breakage Hair Masque Yucca & Baobab

    Anti-Breakage Hair Masque Yucca & Baobab

    I decided to try this after I tried the original shea version-- I liked the original, but didn't love it. Still, I wanted to try out other products in this line because I like that this line leaves off lots of ingredients that can irritate skin (sulfates, synthetic dyes/fragrances, etc.), doesn't test on animals, and appears to be fair trade and I'm glad I did. I decided on this formula even though my hair isn't at all fine or thin (my hair is coarse and thick) because my hair is currently bleached and dyed red, so I wanted something to help stave off breakage. This leave in works fantastically; I only need a little bit of product for my weekly leave-in treatment. It is deeply moisturizing so it does seem to lessen the amount of breakage I have and even seems to keep my hair color vibrant for a little longer. It doesn't weigh down my hair at all, which I was a bit worried about when I saw how thick this product is. It leaves my hair soft, shiny, and with less frizz but rinses clean. I find that I don't need as much product with this leave in and I find it to be more moisturizing than the orginal as well.

    March 3, 2014

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  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
    7.0

    Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

    Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

    This product works very well. It masks hair damage rather effectively, smooths hair, and hydrates very nicely without weighing down your hair. I had used it once a week, leaving it on for about twenty minutes before rinsing it off. The only thing I don't love is that I notice I need to use more of this product than I thought I would. This means that: 1. You are going through product very quickly and 2. You may need to spend extra time rinsing your hair out to get all the product out. Because of that, I ended up not repurchasing-- I now switch off between Nuance's deep conditioning leave-in and Shea Moisture's anti breakage leave in.

    March 3, 2014

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  • Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls

    This is a must try for any person out there with textured hair and it's probably one of the best curl enhancers I have ever tried. I use about a dime sized amount on my thick, wavy, long hair and that is all I need; you would only need more if you have very kinky curls. If you don't have extreme curls, I would use a light hand while applying because while it doesn't feel heavy and doesn't give your hair a weighed down look, it'll feel like you have a lot of product in your hair if you apply too much. Apply less and if you feel like you need more later, just spritz your hair with some water and add a little more. Seriosuly, a little of this stuff goes a long way; one tube of this has lasted me months now, and it still feels pretty full. I mix this with a small amount of argan hair oil, apply to damp hair, comb through, scrunch, and just let it air dry. It really cuts down on the time I spend on styling my hair. I wash my hair every 3 or so days and only need to style my hair after day two. I absolutely love the look this product gives-- I get nice volume and the prettiest, soft beachy waves and swirls with this (there is never any crunch to your curls and waves with this product but it still gets rid of frizz) and all I have to do is leave it alone after I apply it. It does smell strongly on fabric softener, so if you are sensitive to scents, that might be problematic. I do notice that the scent fades away rather quickly though.

    March 3, 2014

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  • Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream SPF 15

    This is not a BB cream, this is a tinted moisturizer. This works well as a moisturizing base-- it hydrates your skin and has a nice consistency, not too thin or too thick. Don't expect it to do too much skin perfecting. If you have very light, minor skin issues, it'll cover them up (only for an hour or so) otherwise, you'll need more makeup. I don't mind this aspect because I had planned on using it as a tinted moisturizing base any way-- I already knew that this wasn't going to work like a real BB cream (if you want to try out a real BB cream, look for brands like Skin79, Fairydrops, Lioelle, Missha, etc). The colors available are rather forgiving so it'll blend into your tone pretty well-- I usually have a hard time finding my proper color so this is a big plus for me. The reason I am giving this a low rating? It can't stand alone and doesn not live up to it's claims-- I will repeat: This is just a tintedmoisturize with SPF, and not a particularly good one at that. I wore it with nothing but an oil controlling primer and a few hours later I looked in the mirror and was dismayed. It looked like I had dipped my face into cooking oil or something. I honestly looked oilier than if I wore nothing at all. And that was with a primer that usually does a great job controlling my oily skin! To have it work out well, I have to use a primer and set it with powder and even then, my skin will start to look a bit oily in a few hours. I now only use it during the winter, when indoor heaters really dry out my skin and even then, only on dry spots. So if you have oily skin, you'll not even want to consider this product. I have heard that Garnier has released an oil- free version so if you're itching to try it, I'd pick that one up instead of the original formula. One last thing to consider-- this has a strong scent. I think it smells nice (kind of flowery) but if scented makeup/ skincare products aren't your style, you'll want to skip this all together.

    March 3, 2014

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