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  • Hourglass Film Noir
    3.0

    Hourglass Film Noir

    Good if you like the look of not wearing mascara

    Which is how it was described to me by someone behind a cosmetics counter after I wondered about this mascara. First, I got it in a sample size as part of Sephora's Lash Stash at Christmas 2011. Some of the samples lasted a really LONG time. So I didn't get to others of them for quite some time. By then, certain ones had dried up. Like Josie Moran, Too Faced Lashgasm and this one. These won't be high on my list to buy a full size version. And I see another review here where her sample dried up. But then I talked to the sales person and she said this mascara is designed for people who want to wear mascara while looking like they are NOT wearing mascara. The line in general is designed for more mature women (more mature even that 48) or so I've also been told. Anyway, I prefer very long lashes and not the subtle look. So not only do I not like the fact that this dried up, but I would not like the "not wearing mascara" look anyway if it hadn't dried up. If you DO like that look, then this may be the mascara for you. Either way, I've decided I'm saving all the wands of my mascaras from now on for combing out clumps! The sample size ones are handy.

    January 2, 2014

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  • Meaningful Beauty Complete 5 pc Age Maintenance System

    and I only used the 1 month supply. But I didn't notice any difference in one month. And there are definitely products that at least give you some indication that they are working within a month. One of the products concerned me because it contained parbens. Parabens have been shown to mimic hormones in the body. These are bad for anybody, but especially bad for thyroid patients like myself. I follow thyroid patient activists Mary Shomon and Janie Bowethrope to keep up on the latest for thyroid because many patients are going untreated or undertreated. That is why we have to advocate for ourselves. There are groups online and they will help you. Anyway, I see on the Meaningful Beauty web site that they have new and updated products. Perhaps the line is worth a second shot. But I would double check for parabens. They are the first ingredient that more natural lines get rid of.

    January 2, 2014

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  • MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash
    7.0

    MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash

    Good, but there are better.

    This product will give you think, long black lashes. But it is a bit clumpy coming out of the tube. You have to comb through it carefully. I like very long lashes day or night and I like to get them quickly. I don't plan to take this back, but I like Bare Escentuals, Lauder's Sumptuous and Benefit They're Real! better than this formula. I haven't tried Dior though yet. Those will give you long, think lashes fast. And that's what I like. The least work possible is good for me and the above products have large brushes which seem to do the trick for me. That and Trish McEvoy's lash curler - though sometimes I forget to curl.

    January 2, 2014

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  • Clinique Lash Building Primer

    This is not as clumpy as Loreal's primers. That's a plus. I don't think Lancome's primers are any better. But I do hear that Dior's primer makes your lashes longer. At least there has been no itching with this formula. Some mascaras - like Benefit They're Real! don't work that well with a primer. MAC's In Extreme Dimension Lash doesn't either. And those 2 mascaras give long lashes without a primer. In the end, I DO think primers help. And despite conflicting advice from women at cosmetic counters, I think they work better if you let them dry first. All in all, I think this is as good as Lancome's for a cheaper price.

    January 2, 2014

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  • Clinique High Lengths Mascara
    5.0

    Clinique High Lengths Mascara

    Had a Lot of Trouble with the Wand

    There are no bristles to the wand. It is just a stick with grooves on one side. It would take a lot of practice to work with this mascara. Unfortunately, I like really long lashes and this formula is not super long. So, I would rather stick with Bare Escentuals or Lauder Sumptuous or especially Benefit They're Real! These mascara's give you very long lashes fast and without clumps. Urban Decay's curl formula is not bad either. If you like very long lashes and want them quickly.

    January 2, 2014

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  • Hanae Mori Butterfly Perfume Spray
    6.0

    Hanae Mori Butterfly Perfume Spray

    I liked original Hanae Mori much better

    I don't see the original Hanae Mori on here but it was fantastic! I have unsophisticated taste in perfume (think vanilla and coconuts) and I really fell for the original of this. But the Butterfly... eh not so much. It just didn't have that delightful feel.

    January 2, 2014

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  • Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion
    5.0

    Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion

    It separated and got lumpy as well as watery...

    This lotion has great energy and very little synthetic ingredients - which does NOT mean they are organic. I have seen reviews say that this product has organic ingredients and it doesn't and doesn't say that anywhere on the bottle. But it is paraben and phthalate free. Parabens are the worst offender because they have been found to mimic hormones in the body. Even if you are not a thyroid patient as I am, we need to be careful with our hormones. I follow activists Mary Shomon and Janie Bowethorpe to keep on top of the latest in care because the current medical standard of care is leaving MANY patients UNtreated or undertreated so we need to advocate for ourselves to get decent treatment. There are online groups and they will help you! Check them out for your own good health! As for this product, I like it a lot but it separated into lumps and watery stuff, which makes it hard to work with. I'll pick a different Burt's product next time.

    December 27, 2013

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  • Pacifica Body Butter Tube
    8.0

    Pacifica Body Butter Tube

    Fantastic Fragrances

    I have 3 different scents of these and they are all wonderful. The creams also have what I call "staying power", which means once you put them on, it doesn't feel like you need to put more on 20 minutes later. They smell almost as good as Laura Mercier's creams- no where near as pricey and Laura's creams can give a little bit sneezing... And, I have found these inexpensively. They do leave your hands a bit greasy though which is not the case with a brand I have found called Love & Toast. And Love & Toast has even LESS chemicals than this brand. Hopefully, Total Beauty will have Love & Toast soon.

    December 27, 2013

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  • Aubrey Organics White Camellia and Jasmine Shine Conditioner Spray
    7.0

    Aubrey Organics White Camellia and Jasmine Shine Conditioner Spray

    Maybe I should have used it as a conditioner instead of

    a shine spray. I see good reviews for this as a conditioner. But I tried to use it as a shine spray and flat ironed over it. I don't think that was what it was meant for. So it didn't work very well. I probably should have sprayed it on dry or wet hair and left it alone. Although on wet hair it seemed it come out stiff it I straighten afterward. Also, a word on the "organic" labeling. I am always looking to get less chemicals in my life (unless I fall for the perfect shade of lipstick...) However, there are no rules for beauty products when it comes to putting the word "organic" on a product. The only thing that is organic in this spray is the aloe vera. There are no SYNTHETIC chemicals in it and it does have better energy that MANY products. So that is good. For food, unless a product or vegetable is labeled "100% organic", it can have up to 30% junk in it. And I believe that can include GMO's. This is why we try to buy local vegetables from the co-op and the health food store where we know they are making an effort to avoid GMO's. Ok, so, sorry that's a bit off the track of beauty. But it's relevant to the organic part of this product.

    December 27, 2013

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  • Frederic Fekkai Glossing Shampoo

    I only used the shampoo portion of the Glossing line without the other products. I have very long dark hair and I couldn't really tell if it was making my hair more glossy all by itself, as the editor's review says. The heat protective sprays I use when I flat iron my hair make my hair look glossy enough and some shine sprays I've used - like bioinfusion - leave my hair stiff. So, I have Fekkai's shine spray but I'm doubting it's going to be any better. It would be pricey to use all 3 of Fekkai's products = $66. For some reason, I don't bat an eye at that for makeup, but am more tentative about my hair. Go figure. Long hair makes me lazy. One thing about this product is that it does not keep your hair clean as long as other shampoos. As the editor's review says, it doesn't wash out to that squeaky clean feeling (which Allure actually says is bad... recently. But I don't know what other way I am suppose to know that I've gotten all the many products out of my hair. Allure didn't give a real good answer to that!)

    December 27, 2013

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