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  • Shiseido Pureness Deep Cleansing Foam

    You have no idea how many times I've fallen asleep with my makeup on from the morning, only to wake up in the middle of the night in a greasy mess and the horror of potentially creating a breakout because of it. This cleanser is one of the best I've ever used because it cleans my skin so well, detoxifying and unclogging my pores, that I haven't had a breakout caused by sleeping with my makeup on. There is a correct way to use this cleanser. First and foremost, like all Shiseido cleansers, you must build a lather IN YOUR HANDS. You only need a pearl size amount of cleaner, and then keep adding water to increase the lather. When used properly it will give a lovely thick foam which will clean your skin very will. Do not put the cleanser on your Clarisonic brush head and expect the same results. Do not put the cleanser directly on your face and expect the same lather. If you do not build the lather in your hands, one, it will leave a film on your skin and for some people that can make your skin dry and itchy, and two, the little blue beads need enough water and stimulation so they can burst and make your skin feel cool and fresh. This is in no way an exfoliating cleanser despite the blue beads. If you can feel the blue beads on your face, you need to add a bit more water to your later. What I adore about this cleanser is how clean it makes my skin feel and look. I use eye makeup remover and a cleansing wipe to remove my makeup prior to washing my face and as soon as I'm finishing lathering up my face with this cleanser, it turns brown because it's finding more dirt and grime that I couldn't get off my skin. I love to use this with my Clarisonic (after properly lathering of course!). Like other reviewers mentioned, this cleanser in no way has any ingredients to actually kill bacteria and already-formed blemishes. This will keep your skin clean to prevent your pores from becoming clogged and forming blemishes, but it's not going to accelerate the removal of pimples you already have.

    November 18, 2013

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  • Philosophy Just Release Me Dual-Phase Oil-Free Makeup Remover

    This is without a doubt, the best eye makeup remover I've ever used. Ever! And I've used just about everything! It instantly melts down even the most waterproof makeup without having to tug and rub your skin! This is also the only remover that will completely remove any false lash glue residue that's left in my lashes. The absolute best thing about it is how it feels like water in your eyes. Seriously! I wear contacts and I forget to remove them sometimes after a long night and this does not cause my eyes, with or without contacts, to burn and sting, even if I use a liberal amount of this. It also does not leave my skin shiny or greasy after using this; other eye makeup removers leave my skin feeling gross because of all the residue left. This product is also oil-free despite having two layers like traditional waterproof makeup removers. Just make sure to shake this product very well, shake it vigorously for at least ten seconds before pouring it out, that way you ensure that you have equally mixed both layers properly. My lashes are left super soft and never crunchy because of this makeup remover and how gentle it is. I barely have any lashes fall out because I don't have to rub and tug at my eyes to loosen up the makeup. It's quite pricey for 18 USD a bottle but for one, it lasts for a long time; two, you don't need a lot; and three, this product is worth every penny for how gentle and effective it removes your makeup without stinging your eyes.

    November 18, 2013

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  • GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask
    8.0

    GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask

    Wonderful mask, but dries too quickly because of poor packaging

    Ever since GlamGlow made it's public launch last year, they have taken skin care by storm! I adore both masks. The other mask, SuperMud (in the white jar) is a lifesaver and one of the best things I've found for clarifying my skin. This mask, YouthMud (black jar) is a wonder exfoliating mask made with volcanic ash pumice and French sea clay that not only resurfaces your skin and gives it a glow, but it also firms and tightens, diminishes dark spots, green tea chunks help detoxify, and promotes overall faster skin turnover. A very little goes a long way with this mask. The thing I love most about it is how stimulating it feels on your face. For some people, it may seem a bit intense, but I love the feeling. I also love how gritty the texture is because I feel like it's really smoothing the skin and any kind of flakes, especially as we get into a cold dry winter season. Scrub your face for about 30-60 seconds, leave it on to dry for 10 minutes and then gently dampen your fingers to scrub and loosen up the mask. Barely wet your hands if you want a grittier scrub, or add more water if you want a gentler scrub when you try to loosen it up. Your skin is left brighter, glowing, and firmer looking. The one thing I hate is the packaging, I do not think it's right for this product. Yes, it's in a jar, but that fact makes it dry out so much quickly. I was using this twice a week and my jar dried out to a solid brick by the time I had 25 percent of the product left, even if I tried to add water to loosen the clay. Any time I receive this mask in a trial tube, I feel that lack of exposure to air greatly prolongs the life of the product. I wish that GlamGlow would switch their products to tubes rather than jars to prevent the product from drying out. The same goes for the SuperMud (white mask). Although that one is more wet, it greatly becomes less effective the more times you open the jar. Other than the poor packaging choice and the drying out, this is a fantastic scrub and mask.

    November 18, 2013

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  • Batiste Dry Shampoo
    10.0

    Batiste Dry Shampoo

    Best stuff around.

    I have ultra dark hair and dry shampoos have always left a white residue, leaving it much worse than right before using the product. I use the Batiste for Dark Brown hair and it's a miracle worker. When I spray it on, it looks like I'm putting cocoa powder on my hair. I shake the can, spray it on, leave it for a minute and then use a boar's hair brush to brush out the residue. In between brushes, I rinse the brush to remove the residue before brushing again. It seriously makes my hair look almost like it was just washed. This is a great product to use to extend the time between washes by a day or so. It's still no replacement for not washing, but on those super lazy days when I can't be bothered to get up an hour earlier to wash and style my hair, this is a life saver! Not only is it hands-down the best dry shampoo I've ever tried, but it's also one of the cheapest. I get it for about 8 dollars at Ulta. This is a very popular product so I try to stock up on it (especially during buy one get one half off sales) because it tends to sell out quickly.

    November 18, 2013

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  • Gillette Venus & Olay Razor

    Do any of you remember when you were teens and sometimes you would receive samples in the mail? I remember receiving the original 3-blade Venus razor in the mail when I was 13 when it first came out and I've been using that ever since. Naturally, I change the cartridges every couple of months. So I received one of the new Gillette & Olay five-blade razors to try and it has its pros and cons. First off, I do like the fact that this has five blades because it gives a very smooth shave; much smoother than a new cartridge on my original three-blade Venus. There is a noticeable difference in the closeness of shave with this five-blade Venus, and it also allows me to shave without worrying about getting a nick on my skin. There are two main things I don't like, and that's held responsible on Olay's part with the "lubrication bars." The first is that the scents are absolutely pointless. You can smell the Sugarberry scent the moment you open the package, but after the first use in the shower, it's completely gone. I have no idea why this razor would be scented. The other thing is that the lubrication bars leave a residue on my skin that irritates it if I don't scrub it off with soap. Eventually the bars reduce down to barely anything even though the blades are still sharp.

    August 22, 2013

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  • Revlon Nail Enamel
    8.0

    Revlon Nail Enamel

    I like it a LOT!

    This polish goes on evenly and smoothly. It dries fast and it resists chipping for quite a while, even without a base coat!

    April 29, 2013

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  • Ole Henriksen Pure Perfection

    Be forewarned, this product is NOT for the person who is beginning to get into skincare maintenance. I do believe that this product is truly for the advance skincare user who is familiar with common ingredients as well as someone who has experimented with other skincare products in the past. This is for the person who performs a skincare regimen religiously so their skin has built a tolerance to certain ingredients. This is NOT for the person who has extremely sensitive skin. I honestly DO have sensitive skin, but I am an advance skincare user who has a tolerance. Do NOT use this product if you have never used glycolic acid before (do NOT use this if you do not know what glycolic acid does). Do NOT use this product, or any other product containing glycolic or lactic acid if you refuse to wear sunscreen (sunscreen in your makeup doesn't count). I honestly love every product I've ever tried from Ole except for one (walnut scrub--it's too harsh for my skin). I love this moisturizer because it has glycolic acid and lactic acid which will give you a smooth face and reduce the appearance of dark spots and fine lines. My skin looks visibly smoother after only a week of using this. I am the person who greatly desires skin that does not require makeup and looks so smooth like a supermodel or celebrity. I do recommend that you use this at night time ONLY, and you must absolutely use sunscreen in the day (preferably spf 30 or higher) because gycolic acid will make the skin more sensitive if exposed to sunlight without any protection. In addtion, I recommend using this every other night, and using something else that doesn't have glycolic or lactic acid in it during the nights that you do not use this product. You must give your skin time to heal and you will by giving your skin a rest and using something else every other night. Also, please avoid the eye area when applying this! In addition, it's recommended to wait at least five minutes before applying an eye cream. This is a very creamy moisturizer that delivers wonderful results if you are a person who meets the above criteria. It sounds scary, but it's really not! My skin has seen a huge improvement because of this moisturizer. The only reason I gave this a score of 8 is because Sheer Transformation (another Ole product) is my absolute favorite moisturizer of all time. I love to use that moisturizer in between nights of using this moisturizer!

    April 18, 2013

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  • Clean & Clear Essentials Deep Cleaning Astringent

    This left me with dry, flaky skin. I have combination skin and it was over-drying, even on my t-zone.

    February 8, 2013

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion
    9.0

    Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion

    Intensive, but powerful

    Anytime my skin starts to make its track back to normalcy after a breakout, I like to use a good exfoliant to remove all the dead skin that usually follows. I received a deluxe sample of this microdermabrasion scrub and it's very powerful. The lemon scent is quite pleasant, but for anyone with sensitive skin, this scrub might be a little too harsh for your skin, especially when you have to scrub for 1-2 minutes as directed. Naturally, cleanse your face prior to using this and make sure you use a nice thick moisturizer afterwards. I recommend that you use this at night rather than in the morning because it can temporarily make your face blotchy and red like after a facial. I prefer a nice thick firming night cream to follow. You're supposed to wait 3 days in between uses as the grains do feel harsh. I wouldn't compare this to a real microdermabrasion (obviously), but it's a powerful exfoliant that's going to do it's job and remove all the dead or dry flakes from your face. If I could compare it, I would compare it to Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate line. This scrub is quite expensive, as is Kate's, but Kate has a small travel tube of ExfoliKate at Sephora for $19 if you want a luxury scrub at the lowest price, which is something that I am more than happy to do.

    February 7, 2013

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  • Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel

    These are the perfect size to carry around. They smell great and leave my hands feel clean. They're $1.50 each and that can be a little pricey for some, but to me you don't smell a harsh alcohol scent like with most sanitizers.

    February 7, 2013

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