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  • Wella Shimmer Delight Shine Spray
    9.0

    Wella Shimmer Delight Shine Spray

    This actually works

    I have a texture to my hair that makes it so that when my hair is clean it looks dry. I deep condition, I wash in cool water, I try everything and my hair always looks dull, even when I leave the salon. I have always longed to have the lustrous shiny hair that I see everywhere. When Total Beauty asked me if I wanted to try this, I jumped...I've tried everything so I was ready to try more. And this works! I get my hair in the style that I want and then spray about 3 pumps from arms length away from my head and my hair looks glossy and beautiful. It doesn't weight down my hair and it doesn't look greasy. I don't end up with oily hands, like with some solutions. This is the perfect 30 second method to boost my style. The only downside is that the next day my hair ends up fairly oily looking, not the natural glossy look of the previous day. I like to get 2-3 days out of my hair, and this gives me 1 styled day and one pony-tail day. This is why I took 1 star off...normally this would drop it down more, but the positive aspects of this spray are so amazing that they far outweigh the frequent wash inconvenience. I have added this to my personal beauty arsenal. I would highly recommend this to anyone who suffers from dry, dull looking hair.

    October 10, 2012

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  • Jergens Soothing Aloe Moisturizer
    9.0

    Jergens Soothing Aloe Moisturizer

    Takes some getting used to but ends up pretty good

    I received a sample of this from Total Beauty for review. I have fairly dry skin in the winter so this was something much needed. Before reading about the product I slathered some on my hands. It felt like I had been playing with candles all day because my hands felt so waxy. Instantly I was turned off. Then I read about how the cream contains paraffins that are intended to seal the moisture in. I tried it a few more times and I really started getting used to it. Over about a week of consistent use I noticed an improvement on my hands overall look and texture. I will definitely finish this bottle and will purchase another unless something better comes along.

    March 26, 2012

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash
    9.0

    Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash

    This is a really good one

    This is a waterproof formula that is supposed to Volumize, Lengthen, and Curl your lashes. From the description it sounds like the perfect mascara. The formula is a thick somewhat waxy paste and the brush is densely bristled. It is basically the standard shape brush. The formula tends to look clumpy on the bristles so I was a little nervous about how it would look on the lashes. I have found that this one does indeed lengthen and volumize. Keeping a curl, however, doesn’t work very well for this mascara. I really liked this one more than the last mascara I used. There was no flaking – it stayed on so well that it was even difficult to remove with makeup remover. It didn’t provide as much separation as I would have liked but other than that it was quite nice! Would I buy it again? It is among my new favorites – but I think I’m inclined to get Dior again first. Will I finish the sample? yep – it is definitely good enough to use up!

    March 13, 2012

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  • Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
    9.0

    Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

    my new favorite liquid liner

    I do not normally like liquid liners so I don’t buy them, but this came in my Book of Shadows IV so I figured I may as well try it out! This liner comes in 11 different colors. Perversion is a gloss black color. The tip of the liner is tiny – itty bitty really – I put it next to a dime for comparison and it looks like you could draw hair on the president. Because of the glossy finish (some of the other colors are matte) I had a hard time telling when it was dry – but what I discovered is it dries pretty darn quick – slow enough you can fix minor mistakes, but if you wait more than 15 seconds you will have to get ahold of some makeup remover. When they say waterproof they are not kidding – it stays through water and rubbing. I really like it a lot. This will be my go to for when I want to use a liquid liner. The liner lasted me about 14 hours, and then I had to wash it off for bed – but it hadn’t budged! Amazing. All in all I will keep using my cream eyeliner most of the time – but if I want either shiny liner or to do a wing, I will definitely turn to this one! Will I finish it? I probably won’t finish it before it goes bad – but I will keep using it. Will I buy it again? Yep, its a great formula that is long lasting and it has a great application brush to boot – so it is a winning combination.

    March 13, 2012

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  • Topstyler Ceramic Heated Styling Shells

    The system is different from the normal curling implements you are used to (curling irons, curling wands, flat irons…) These are little clam shell clips that get heated up. What you do is wrap your hair around your finger (you can use two or three fingers for looser curls/waves) and then place the pre-heated clamshell over your little bit of hair. You can then let the clamshell cool while it is on your hair – leave it for as long as you like – the longer you leave it the more intense the curl. When I go to curl my hair it usually takes a good hour or so – and some very sore arms from holding tools and contorting myself – I honestly don’t know how some women do it. This tool makes it possible for me to have awesome curly or wavey locks in less time. The first time I used this it took me about 20 minutes to put all my curls in the clamshells. Now, most of the time I am going for body and wavy hair – and that takes fewer clam shells – so I am now only spending about 6-8 minutes putting the curls in, and then 1 minute taking them out after completing my makeup. To me the best parts of this are: •The multitasking – instead of waiting for each curl to heat and then moving to the next one, I set up all of the curls then I can go do other things, like get dressed and put on makeup •The lack of damage – because the clamshells are preheated, once I put them in my hair all they do is cool down, so I don’t get scroched ends like I could with curling irons •Speed – this is by far faster than me using any other tool I’ve come across The only negative is that the curls don’t seem to last quite as long as with a curling iron – HOWEVER that may be because I need to find a good way to set the style. Would I buy it again? If I had to do it over absolutely – it was a fantastic purchase and I use it at least twice a week.

    March 13, 2012

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Freeman Feeling Beautiful Pineapple Enzyme Facial Mask

    It felt cool and soothing and thick when I applied it. The Sachet contains enough for two masks, the full size contains enough for TONS of masks, but I only got the sachet. The mask was to be left on for about 10 minutes. It did not get hard or dry out during this time. I had a little trouble removing it from my face because it was so thick. My face did feel moisturized but not much better than after any of my other facial treatments. Would I get it again? Probably not; I really liked the cucumber peel off better. Bad enough to throw out? No, I will use the sample until I run out of it.

    March 13, 2012

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara
    5.0

    bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara

    not the best, not the worst

    Bare Minerals claims “you’ll enjoy every lash. The tapered wand lengthens, darkens and lifts, separating each individual lash for precision definition.” So does it hold up to its reputation? The packaging is a nice understated tube. The brush is similar to the Lorac 3D Multiplex mascara where it is a solid plastic brush except that this one is not curved. The formula is fairly thick, but not too thick. Yep its black, it thickens the lashes, but it does not curl or lengthen. I don’t really like it. I tried it for a couple weeks but I never really started liking it. It did start clumping a bit. The thing I liked least about this mascara is every time I wore it my eyes felt like they had something in them after just a couple hours. The first couple times I chalked it up to other things – I do try new products VERY frequently so I figured it might have been something else. Low and behold it was this because the day I stopped using it, no more itchy eyes, no more flakes on my face. Would I buy it again? No, the itchy eyes alone do it – but then the clumps? Nope. Will I finish the sample? Nope, I used for 2 weeks and I am done – it is not empty but I’m tossing it.

    March 13, 2012

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume IV

    This palette is large – we are talking book sized – so there is no question in my mind why it is called the Book of Shadows. Some people have reviewed it and said it was gimmicky. Ok so yeh, I don’t need a mini speaker to use makeup – but there are 16 zero point 3 oz shadows (full size shadows are zero point 5 oz and run for $17.00 each). Most of the shadows are the typical Urban Decay formulas that are very highly pigmented and smooth and luxurious. Two of them Gunmetal and Gravity are not as pigmented as I am used to from Urban Decay. I really like Crystal and Cobra is amazing with the gold shimmer. Would I get it again? Well, yes but I doubt I’ll ever run out of eyeshadow! Just for fun – what’s the value of the shadow within the box? $163.20

    March 13, 2012

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  • LaRocca Exfoliating Cream Cleanser with 24K Gold

    I used it as a normal exfoliating cleanser – and it felt great. It had a little roughness – but only just enough to let me know it is exfoliating. I am mezmorized by how pretty it is. It did clean my makeup off just fine – but obviously I still needed to use eye makeup remover since you don’t want even the least abrasive exfoliator near your eye. My skin felt fresh and soft afterwards and not oily or dry. I think this is a pretty nice product. Would I get it again? Perhaps – I really love my cleanser that I currently use most of the time, but this is super luxerously wonderful – but priced as a luxury as well.

    March 13, 2012

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Chanel No.5 Eau de Toilette Spray
    9.0

    Chanel No.5 Eau de Toilette Spray

    Classic for a reason

    Right out of the bottle this is wicked strong – almost pungent – to the point that I nearly did not bother putting it on my wrist, but how could I not actually try what is probably the most famous fragrance of all time. This perfume was created in 1920 and has remained the best selling ever since. Once I got it on my wrist I found I really don’t know how to describe this scent - it is floral, but not the common flowers – more like orchid or jasmine – maybe some herbal tea scent too. It is definitely NOT for me but I can see why other women love it. It is nice, but a little too strong. It is very sophisticated. I think it doesn’t go with my personality – I’m a little too light-hearted for something this serious. I'm rating it so high because I DO see how it is a great fragrance.

    March 13, 2012

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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