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  • Gillette Venus Embrace Razor
    10.0

    Gillette Venus Embrace Razor

    Meet my new daily razor!

    While I don’t tend to be particularly enamoured by one razor or another, this one has a few features I hadn’t seen before. My favorite: the shower pod, a useful little shower case to keep the razor and extra blades in with suction cups (that actually stick). Genius! As far as the razor itself, I can honestly say I’ve never had a smoother shave. The blades conformed to the curves of my legs and nabbed every pesky stray hair imaginable. Use this baby and you’ll be smoother than a baby’s bottom!

    May 6, 2013

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  • Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss
    10.0

    Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss

    The Beauty Bunny - Dior Fo' Sure

    I am a huge Dior fan. It's not only the high-end designer appeal, but also the lush girlishness of it; while Chanel's packaging is simple and elegant in black and white, Dior opts for colorful, embossed cases with shine. And the Addict line is no exception. Ultra-Gloss is my favorite lip gloss of all time. I use shade #573, the one on the far right in the picture, which is a bit darker than my everyday obligatory salmon-colored gloss. I'm a bubblegum-color devotee, but #573 is an unusually coy and playful dark pink, a far cry from the stodgy Estee Lauder lipsticks the color's idea conjures. The gloss is filled with tiny specks of shine, but isn't Wet-N-Wild, drag queen shimmery. And the texture is phenomenal: thick, luscious, and silky, but never sticky. Here's how much I love this gloss: I paid $23 for it, was made to throw it out at the airport during the "liquid scare" by security Nazis - I mean - fine upstanding IAH employees just doing their job, and went back to Macy's as soon as I got home to buy it again.

    November 9, 2012

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  • Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Cream Foundation

    Even though I just turned 22 and am not remotely in need of age-defying makeup, I decided to give Maybelline’s Age Rewind foundation in Nude Light #4 a shot in search of something with nice coverage at the drugstore. I’ve tried far too many filmy Covergirl foundations in the past, so I rarely pick up base at the drugstore, but this one is amazing! The coverage is full and it feels creamy and rich, but blends out neatly without feeling too thick. The bottle is ingenius - its pump tip is by far the best solution to the gloppy foundation rims and overspill of product onto our counters we’ve all experienced. The color is perfect for my skin and blends out every flaw, which is surprising considering I didn’t try it on before I bought it. Best of all, the finish isn’t matte or masklike, but instead gives you a dewy, youthful glow. Due to its stickiness, I’d definitely recommend finishing with a powder, but who doesn’t do that with foundation anyway? Bottom line: I’d take this product over the painted-doll look Clinique gives me any day, and at just under half the price, I just might.

    September 17, 2011

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  • L'Oreal Paris HiP Studio Secrets Professional High Drama Volumizing Mascara
    7.0

    L'Oreal Paris HiP Studio Secrets Professional High Drama Volumizing Mascara

    Blue Mascara? A Drugstore Rarity I'm Willing to Sample

    I’ve been dying to get some products from the HIP High Intensity Pigments line from Loreal, and I’ve been told that using a mascara with blue in it can help bring out blue eyes. (BeneFit Badgal Blue started the craze.) This mascara comes in Blue Black, which I figured would be more sensible than electric blue and the like. (I had a bad experience with pink mascara once - and happened to get engaged that day. Never again.) The mascara came in a brown tube. Although this may be nitpicky of me, I’d prefer the container for a blue-black mascara to be blue, black, or some combination thereof, not brown. It’s kind of misleading since the blonde in me who loves intense eyes runs screaming away from brown mascara. (We’re all told when we’re young brown is the only mascara color to wear that won’t make you look like a prostitute. Lies! Go black, ladies!) As well, the “High Drama” description isn’t terribly accurate: the blue-black color is more a dark navy that looks pretty sensible. You could wear it without anyone noticing the blue at all. It’s not the fullest mascara I’ve tried, but I’d wear it over a defining comb mascara for some punch. Although not the intense look I was promised, this is fun, wearable, and high-quality for drugstore goods.

    December 10, 2008

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  • Estee Lauder High Gloss
    10.0

    Estee Lauder High Gloss

    My Lips Look Photoshopped!

    Does anyone else look at the perfectly shaped, plasticlike shiny lips of models in makeup ads and think, “PHOTOSHOPPED!”? I sure did, but new evidence suggests that may not be the case. Enter Estee Lauder High Gloss Ultra Brilliance, which I own in three shades: 13 Berry, 06 Jewel, and 03 Honey. I got the Berry first, and I was immediately hooked. The shine is absolutely the most intense I’ve every seen, and the coverage is thick, making my lips look huge and have mirror-like shine a la the modern comic book vixens. And the Berry isn’t dark at all; rather, it is absolutely perfect for an everyday light pink. The other colors are less impressive; Honey is just way too yellowy to be attractive and as for the Jewel, Estee Lauder fails to understand that superdark plum doesn’t translate well into smudgy thick lip gloss. Those oversights aside, I LOVE this product and will keep the Berry (I promise it’s light pink!!) in my purse. And for $10, it’s a deal - Dior Addict Ultra Gloss costs $23!

    November 26, 2008

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  • Anastasia 5-Element Brow Kit
    10.0

    Anastasia 5-Element Brow Kit

    The Definitive Product for Brows

    To the brow-shaping neophyte, these products may be a bit confusing; luckily, Anastasia’s got a step by step guide on creating the perfect brows with the kit. I particularly loved the eyebrow stencils, since I’ve conceived of and lusted after a tool like them for years. And even though I’m not a brow gel person since my hair is fine enough to smooth with my fingers (yes, I know I’m lucky), it’s thin enough to ward off some of the shiny stickiness that usually bothers me with gels. A word of warning: the brow gel does include alcohol, so if you have sensitive skin you might want to steer clear.

    November 26, 2008

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  • Revlon Colorstay Mineral Eye Shadow

    Mineral makeup strikes again! I picked up Revlon’s ColorStay Mineral Eye Shadow in Sunlit Jade, which has shimmery creme, bronze and olive colors. Revlon’s ColorStay 12 Hour shadow is very popular and long-wearing, so I was hopeful about the talc-free version. Most of the shades are so neutral, they’d work for most skin tones, but I really didn’t love the olive color this one came with. Plus, I wish they’d offered more of the cah-razy colors Buns loves to wear. Sigh…no one is flamboyant like me. On the plus side, the texture feels great - it’s ultra smooth and silky feeling. The colors blend really well with each other, and I was able to smooth out most of the olive color without redoing my makeup (yay!) Also, the product seemed to last well like its 12-hour counterpart - they stayed true and fresh looking for a good 4 hours or so. (Don’t judge it because of that - the 12 hour thing’s a lie too.)

    November 26, 2008

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  • CoverGirl Clean Makeup Fragrance-Free
    2.0

    CoverGirl Clean Makeup Fragrance-Free

    Less Coverage Than Most Concealers

    Cover Girl Clean Makeup Oil Control Liquid Foundation is the definition of my problem with the brand. This product provides less coverage than most concealers, let alone foundations. The watery formula doesn’t even blend well! On the (extremely nominal nearing nonexistent) plus side, it feels silky when used and it might make a decent concealer - frankly, this foundation’s so thin you could easily make the color work even if you had the wrong shade. (I bought Classic Ivory #510.) Greeeeat. Now I have emergency issue concealer. If I’m ever trapped in some region where I don’t have access to a CVS or three dollars, I know I can count on Covergirl to kind of maybe halfway take care of my blemishes. From the Cover Girl signature twist-top wannabe-glass bottle to the substandard quality and even the lukewarm outdated marketing, everything about this product seems cheap.

    November 26, 2008

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  • Ulta Mineral Pressed Powder
    7.0

    Ulta Mineral Pressed Powder

    Great except for color selection

    My ULTA coupon didn’t apply to any of the fancy-schmancy brand name pressed powder, so I went cheap and grabbed Ulta’s own. I was dubious as I had a rather negative experience with an Ulta-brand concealer once, but the label says “Mineral”, which is all the rage in makeup right now. Another major concern was the limited color choices: they only offer “Light to Medium” and “Fair to Light”. I finally chose Light to Medium since I don’t like the geisha look, and my skin has warm yellow undertones. (Yes, you should know these things about your skin.) The package was attractive and opened easily, but when I first used it, the powder settled kind of cakey and seemed still too light. (I don’t even tan, people. Seriously.) By the way, I don’t use the packaged pressed-powder applicator sponges, I use brushes. I find them considerably better for blending with blush, bronzer and eyeshadow and for even coverage overall. It took some work, but after a few minutes I was able to buff the powder into a finer-looking texture. My favorite element was when I felt my skin - it felt amazingly soft. The powder smelled nice as well. Still, I had to overbronze and blush a bit to counteract the lightness of it - why don’t they offer darker skin tones? I’m not exactly dark, and it doesn’t seem smart to limit your market to white and Asian buyers, since neither of these colors are plausible for even lighter Hispanic skin colors. Despite the shade problems, the coverage was nice and even-looking and finished matte but not in a plastic-y way. I’d probably give it a 9 if they offered a better selection of colors. Very nice feeling and looking powder, but the work I put into it was a bit much, so I’d save it for finishing the undereye concealer since lighter shades don’t tend to be a problem in that area.

    November 26, 2008

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  • Shu Uemura Satin Design
    10.0

    Shu Uemura Satin Design

    The Art of Hair Indeed

    There are few greater joys in life for this beauty addict than the marriage of two of my greatest loves: Shu Uemura and heat styling. What more could a girl ask for? Shu Uemura debuted the Art of Hair line this year, and included in the collection is the Satin Design White Tea Polishing Milk, a versatile leave-in meant to finish blow dried hair. Since I just got a brand new hair dryer, I was excited to try the product with a fresh blow drying. The product comes in a pump top bottle with Shu Uemura’s signature contemporary black and white design. Simply pump a small amount into your hands and distribute evenly through towel-dried hair before blow-drying or on dry hair for finishing touches. I use the first option, since my blonde hair can look a little cloudy when I put in product while it’s dry. The polishing milk itself is a creamy, white (surprise!) substance that flows seamlessly into hair. After I dried my hair, I could really feel the difference this product made. My hair was shiny, full of body and felt softer than ever! And here’s what really threw me: my hair was so thick and smooth, my ponytail holder kept creeping down. Best of all, the effect lasts all day, even weathering Houston heat and humidity. All in all, I’m very impressed. This product gave me every quality I’ve ever wanted in my hair.

    November 26, 2008

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