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  • Jane Iredale 24-KARAT GOLD DUST
    9.0

    Jane Iredale 24-KARAT GOLD DUST

    Luxurious in both form and function

    Jane Iredale, the brand that made mineral makeup classy, has taken upscale makeup to a new level with their 24 Karat Gold Dust Powder, a sparkly loose powder meant for use on the face, body and hair. The powder comes in eight shades; I tried it in Rose Gold, a ruddy pink perfect for blush. The powder is unbelievably fine, making it easy to blend with nearly anything. Wet it slightly to make the color opaque. And you want minerals? The only ingredients are mica, 24-k gold leaf, and iron oxides. I’m actually not as mineral-crazed as some ladies - the whole trend gives me some unpleasant flashbacks to my Geology class. However, an ingredient list three items long is rare indeed, and it’s comforting to actually know what all of those things mean. The powder adds shimmer without being drag-queen glittery and works either day or night.

    November 26, 2008

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  • Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation with SPF 15

    It seems there's a new mineral makeup foundation on the shelves every day, but Pur Minerals was among the first to the craze along with their Bare colleagues. I’m a bit behind the times in just now reviewing my first Pur Minerals products, but I have to say, it was well worth the wait! Unlike a lot of mineral makeup foundations, Pur Minerals didn’t leave my face overly shiny. Because the powder is pressed, it’s also much cleaner than the loose powder forms mineral makeup often takes. The foundation gives beautiful coverage without the cakiness I expected from the pressed format. The buffing brush (called by Pur Minerals a “chisel brush“) is one of the best performing of its kind, too - the foundation didn’t rub off as I swirled it on, nor were the bristles the least bit prickly. The only negative about this line is that the color selection is a bit lacking. For this reason, I actually have two shades of the foundation and I blend as necessary. All in all, I loved the Pur Minerals foundation and can’t wait to try more of their products!

    September 2, 2008

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  • Ouidad Botanical Boost
    10.0

    Ouidad Botanical Boost

    A Must For Surly Curls

    With all of the blonding, curling, straightening and blowdrying I put my hair through, some days I’m surprised it hasn’t fallen out yet. One major reason that my hair graces me with the privelege of not yet being bald is my use of products like Ouidad’s Botanical Boost, a lightweight leave-in that spritzes in easily and provides natural moisture. If you have curls, pay attention: this is the solution your dry, brittle hair’s been waiting for. The winner of Allure’s 2002 Best Defrizzer Award, Botanical Boost does more than fight flyaways. The product can be spritzed on either wet or dry hair and provides natural moisture through a slew a of vitamins and one of our favorite ingredients, Aloe Vera. The moisture was so lightweight, I could simply run my fingers through my hair and get more shine, less frizz, and healthy moisture without the product feeling heavy or sticky. The scent is clean and fresh without a hint of added fragrance, making it work for ladies with sensitive scalps.

    September 2, 2008

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  • L'Oreal Paris Infallible 8 Hr Le Gloss
    9.0

    L'Oreal Paris Infallible 8 Hr Le Gloss

    This Gloss Now Lives in my Purse

    The applicator tip is the key to this product’s genius - it’s bent at an angle, making it easy to apply the gloss evenly in just one swipe per lip, while the pointed tip makes neatly covering the outer corners of lips and the arches under the Cupid's bow a breeze. The gloss itself isn't the crumbly, inconsistent mess typical of longwear lipcolor; rather, it’s a creamy formula that's only mildly sticky and looks amazingly natural. I tried it in #125 Bloom and feared the product would be a bit dark for my normally pale pink tastes, but the glossy shine lightens its appearance and the color looks simply made for me. This gloss’s only downfall is in the 6-hour claim. Keeping drinking, eating, chatting, kissing and chewing gum to a minimum, this sucker still only runs about two hours. Still, that’s better than the masses of glosses I’ve tried. As well, let me clarify something for you: I have tried an awful lot of makeup, and I have never found a longwear product that lasts as long as the package says it will. NEVER. An amazing product that’s earned a coveted spot in my purse, Infallible’s point loss is due only to the discrepancy in the longevity advertised and reality. Just be honest with me, makeup companies! I can take it.

    September 2, 2008

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  • Too Faced Lash Injection Pin Point

    Despite all the hype, I didn’t love the original Too Faced Lash Injection mascara the way the rest of the world seemed to. My biggest problem with it was the same issue many other ladies had; the brush was massive! Seriously, I could comb my hair with it. So when Too Faced introduced Lash Injection Pin Point with all the lash-tubing goodness of the original with a more reasonably sized brush, I was instantly interested. Pin Point uses the same formula as the original Lash Injection, but the new brush is a skinny version that definitely defines and separates lashes better. It’s much easier to cover the base of your lashline without stabbing yourself in the eye, and this version found my wussiest lashes with ease. One great quality the original possessed was its ability to stay on in the most harrowing of circumstances, and that hasn’t changed. While removing it at the end of the day can be a chore, Pin Point sticks around when it counts - and I care much more about how well a mascara stays on than how well it comes off. Too Faced has come close with this one, though I’m still a little disturbed by the creepy little black wormy looking things Lash Injection excitedly refers to as “little socks for your lashes!” that come off when I remove my eye makeup.

    September 2, 2008

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  • Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask

    The Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask looks and feels more like a facial cleanser than a mask; it comes out of the pump-top bottle as a gel-like substance, but quickly turns into a frothy foam once applied. I left the mask on for five minutes as instructed, and swiftly noticed the froth disappearing. I thought perhaps the product was drifting down my face, but soon realized that the mask was actually dissolving, which really pleased me - I love to watch products actually do something. After I rinsed, I was pleased to note brighter, more vivacious looking skin tone. Still, was the effect worth the $50 price tag? The jury’s still out. If money were no object, I’d definitely pick up more goodies from Bliss again.

    September 2, 2008

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  • L'Oreal Paris Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Conditioning treatment

    This product really kicks the shine factor up a notch! My hair felt silky after only the first use, and I loved the somewhat fruity scent. The conditioner looked thick and felt like those ultra-moisturizing foot creams, so I worried it might create buildup like many other shine-enhancing products. Not so! It rinsed out without a huge hassle and left my hair soft and shiny without a hint of greasiness. Plus, it's FIVE DOLLARS! How can you go wrong?

    August 7, 2008

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  • L'Oreal Paris Vive Pro Color Vive Shampoo for Color Treated Hair

    Color Vive offers formulas for normal, damaged and highlighted hair; since I'm blonde with a tendency toward strawlike Scarecrow strands, I opted for "damaged". The shampoo's scent is clean, light and reminds me of the smell hair salon shampoos have - not a bad sign! You don't need much shampoo and the lather isn't a gargantuan bubbly mess, so it rinses well even when followed with the Color Vive Conditioner.

    July 22, 2008

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  • L'Oreal Paris Vive Pro Color Vive Conditioner for Color Treated Hair

    While I adore a good bargain in cosmetic products, I have to admit that I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to haircare. Consequently, I tend to turn up my nose at any shampoo or conditioner available at the drugstore. (If I don’t have to go to Trade Secret, it’s not good enough!) But I’ve enjoyed L’Oreal’s makeup and haircolor lines, so I thought I’d give their Vive Pro Color Vive line the chance to impress me. After using the Color Vive Conditioner, my hair was noticeably softer. It’s not at all greasy and doesn’t seem to build up in my hair. The products are both a generous size and for only $5, they’re quite a bargain. Both the Color Vive shampoo and conditioner are great finds, especially from the drugstore - I’ve used “high end” expensive products that left my hair feeling greasier and half as soft. For only five bucks, who knows? Maybe I’ll ditch my hair care snobbiness after all.

    July 22, 2008

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  • L'Oreal Paris Ideal Skin Genesis Daily Treatment Serum Concentrate

    If you’re looking for anti-aging products, listen up. L’Oreal’s new Skin Genesis line makes use of the company’s own patented ingredient, Pro-Xylane, which aims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by boosting the production of glycoaminoglycans within the skin. And if you’re not into the science of things - the Skin Genesis serum won Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty Awards for Best Breakthrough in Skin Care, so you know it’s got something special. The lightly scented Skin Genesis serum is on the watery side, but applies smoothly and soaks into skin with ease. A little serum goes a long way - don’t overapply or you’ll be cleaning up with a washcloth. I would definitely recommend this to those with oily skin seeking anti-aging effects, since it didn’t make me as greasy as many serums I’ve tried. This could be attributed to the third ingredient down the list being alcohol, which can be somewhat drying. Still, I enjoyed L’Oreal’s more calculated approach to youthful looking skin through scientific research, rather than just cramming a bunch of oils and emollients into a jar.

    June 28, 2008

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