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  • Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub

    I've tried this before for the breakouts on my back and chest (usually just in the summer or from working out) and I don't recall it ever working very well. I do recall that it was a very abrasive scrub and had a strong medicinal smell. I tried in during college and have never bothered with it again. Update: I decided to give this another try recently. I realized that it's great that it's medicated but if you just scrub then rinse, you're rinsing all the medication down the drain! So I have started using this scrub then leaving it on for 2 to 5 minutes while I shave my legs, then rinsing. It works much better this way!! I have definitely had less post-run breakouts since I started using this again.

    May 1, 2013

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  • E.L.F. Studio Mineral Face Primer

    I have oily skin and have tried numerous primers in search of the perfect formula. This primer is my new favorite! It doesn't cause breakouts and does better than any primer I've ever tried with controlling oil throughout the day. It still isn't perfect, but my skin is so oily, I just don't don't think any product ever will be. It goes on so smoothly and has no scent that I've been able to detect. It's not a huge bottle, but I need so little to do the job that it still lasts a long time, not to mention it's affordable so replacing it is never a problem. (My apologies--I only just noticed, a year after the fact, that this review got posted before it was finished--it's a good thing I still love this product!)

    April 23, 2013

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  • E.L.F. All Over Cover Stick

    A friend gave me this in Persimmon and I love it! It's too shimmery for my taste as a lip color, but I think it's fantastic for cheeks. It goes on a little dark, but it blends very easily into a beautiful shade that looks just perfect on my fair skin. I've worn it alone when I was going for a laid back, minimal makeup look, and I've also put it on after moisturizer but before my powder foundation. Wearing it that way is my favorite! It gives a very healthy looking glow that looks totally natural and not like makeup at all. Update: I took one star off because I tried to use this for only the 4th or 5th time the other day and the whole tube broke and the product went flying across the room and was ultimately ruined. What a shame!

    April 23, 2013

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  • Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer

    I really like the Photo Finish Light primer so I was pretty excited to try out the hydrating version from the Smashbox brand. It is not so great. It is winter and my skin has been dry in large patches, so I thought my sample of this primer might help eliminate a step in my makeup routine. If my primer is hydrating, maybe I won't need to put on moisturizer AND primer! Not so much. This has something of a chemical smell that I didn't love. But more importantly, it doesn't seem to be all that hydrating, and it has made me break out. I love Smashbox primers, but I still can only really stand by their Photo Finish Light version.

    April 23, 2013

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  • Benefit gabbi makeup bag

    Admittedly, I did get this as a free gift with purchase some years ago... But I have used the heck out of it! It's very durable--I've stuffed it full without any damage to the zipper (can't say the same for some dresses I own--oops) and it has kicked around my bathroom and luggage for YEARS now and has held up better than any other cosmetic bag I've ever owned. Inside the top there are wonderful little pockets to hold everything from brushes to tubes of gloss or mascara and there is a clear flap to prevent those things from falling out or mixing with the rest of the bag contents. The main part of this bag is not huge, but certainly large enough to hold some essentials. I am always able to fit all my makeup essentials for a weekend away in this bag.

    April 23, 2013

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  • Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow

    Benefit has discontinued their old creaseless cream shadow and re-released it in new packaging and (mostly) new shades. I believe they also updated the formula. I loved the old version, too, but there was no denying it wasn't exactly "creaseless" on my oily lids. This new version holds up MUCH better and I am in love! I will miss some of the old colors that didn't carry over to the new version, but so many of the new shades are great, too! I have bikini-tini and holy smokes as part of a set and I love them both alone and with other shadows. I highly recommend these and I want to buy more colors!

    April 23, 2013

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Benefit Badgal Plum Mascara

    It's been awhile since I used this and now that I see it on here, I want to go buy another tube! I have red hair and brown eyes and this shade of plum is PERFECT to complement my warm, fair coloring. I absolutely adore the BADgal formula, even if it isn't quite perfect (I experience the occasional flaking or smudging, but I love it so much I don't even mind). The brush is huge and wonderful and a couple of coats is all you need to get great lashes. Or, if you'd rather, one coat of normal black or brown mascara with a top coat of the plum. It's a really great product and I need to buy it again.

    April 23, 2013

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  • Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow

    Velvet really is the best way they could describe these eye shadows. I have 4 different shades that came in one of their little kits and I am in love. They go on so smooth with plenty of color payoff. The color lasts really well and I often skip primer when I wear these because they last so well! They also layer nicely when used along with the Benefit Creaseless Cream shadows, which I also love. They have recently come out with new shades of both formulas and I want them all!!

    April 23, 2013

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  • Benefit Lip Gloss

    Not really great either. I've had several of these in several colors and most of them I got rid of before finishing the tube. The colors look ok on, with a hint of sparkle. Some of the colors weren't the most flattering on me, though that's not really Benefit's fault. They were definitely stickier than I really like a lip gloss to be and didn't last well at all. I don't mind frequent reapplications when it's just a gloss--if the color & texture are wonderful. But this just...isn't.

    April 23, 2013

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  • Benefit Ultra Shines Lip Gloss

    A friend just sent me one of these. Unfortunately I forget the color name, but it's lovely! I loved the shade and the texture is almost perfect--maybe a tiny bit stickier than I would like. The applicator is a brush, which I wasn't sure I would like very much, but it was fine. In fact, I might like the brush applicator better than most of the sponge tips I'm used to, because it was easier to get a more precise application. The color is saturated enough to give a nice pop of color, but still pretty sheer. It has a little sparkle, but not so much I feel like a ridiculous teenager when I wear it. It stayed on reasonably well, though I was drinking coffee so much of it came off on the cup lid, which is to be expected with a gloss. If I can find it, I would buy this gloss in more colors!

    April 23, 2013

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