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  • Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer

    I have been looking for a great sand-colored cream highlighter for some time, but I didn't want to pay a lot of money for one. I bought a kit at Sephora that came with a bottle and a cheek tint stick and I fell in love with it. I'm already a HUGE fan of the argan oil--it's something I always include in my nightly skin care routine. This is a gorgeous luminizer that doesn't appear too sparkly, which is a huge plus. Also, you can either mix this in with your foundation for a hydrating and dewy finish. The biggest problem I have with this is the pump releasing too much product even when you try to pump it gently. Therefore, you end up wasting a lot of product unless you open the cap and stick it back inside. This looks gorgeous on medium skin or olive skin and you get a LOT for a decent price.

    February 24, 2012

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  • Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care SPF 30

    I bought this even though I wasn't too perfectly sure about having it, despite seeing good reviews on the Sephora site (I was at one of the stores). My skin is on the drier side so I cannot use this by itself because it doesn't hydrate my eye area as well. Therefore, I use this on top of another eye cream. The reason I was unsure was because having this product seemed a bit redundant in terms of my eye care. However, the more I use it, the more it starts to grow on me. For one, it doesn't sting my eyes if I get any in it, which is a HUGE plus because anytime I put anything with spf on my face that gets into my eyes accidentally, are going to sting really badly. This is a "mineral" based cream, even though I'm not sure what that means. This has SPF 30 in it, which is as low as I will go for sun protection because I live in Arizona where the sun is merciless. So spf 30 is a great thing, especially since often times our eyes are neglected any time we put on sun protection. This is a "wrinkle control" which means it isn't going to do anything about wrinkles you have NOW, but rather it's just going to help prevent the further development of wrinkles DUE TO SUN PROTECTION, which is basically what sunscreen does in the first place. I was quite surprised to see that it's a fairly large tube for something you only need a little dab daily, therefore this tube is going to last at least a year. The biggest winner for me is that there is something in this that brightens the eye area, because I've been noticing that it has become MUCH easier to cover my super dark circles with concealer. Normally in the past I would have to cake on layers and it still didn't cover much, but now only one layer covers them perfectly. Therefore I'll keep this around because it brightens dark circles, doesn't sting, has high protection, quite a large tube for an eye cream, and it blends in quite easily.

    February 24, 2012

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  • Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel

    I get hormonal breakouts every month all around my chin and they are such a pain in my end. I take care of my skin very well with good skin products and good behavioral methods. I tried a sample of this and noticed that the next day that my acne was significantly reduced from deeper-rooted acne to small surface white heads. With continued use over the next few nights, I noticed a significant reduction in time it takes for my acne to clear up. This has Salicylic acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid) which clears the pores of debris that usually leads to acne in the first place. Then this has 10% glycolic acid which is VERY potent. Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid which means you MUST wear some kind of spf in the day!!! You must!! This will make your skin very sensitive and irritated if you expose your skin to sun without an spf. Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant which eats away the dead skin on the surface, which REALLY helps reduce hyperpgimentation after your zit is gone. For some people this can be VERY drying, so make sure to supplement it with a good moisturizer. I prefer to use this at night because I think it's too strong to use more than once a day, and that way I can use a thicker night cream to keep it from drying my skin. Although quite potent, it does work well!

    February 22, 2012

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  • Peter Thomas Roth Anti Aging Cleansing Gel

    I originally started using the Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Buffing Beads because I heard good reviews about it as a gentle, yet effective exfoliator. Then I heard some awesome things about the original anti-aging cleansing gel wash as well. I LOVE this wash! This has 1% glycolic acid to eat away the dead skin and 1% salicylic acid to clear the pores of debris to help clarify this skin. The wash also has botanical blends to soothe and brighten the skin as well as a pleasant, but subtle scent. I also love how well this foams as well as you are lathering it onto your skin. The trick to this--AND the Anti-Aging Buffing Wash is to let it sit on your skin for a minute or two while the glycolic acid gently exfoliates and eats away at the dead skin. This is perfect to use in the shower! I only use this a couple times a week and use a normal cleanser on other days because just like any exfoliator, you need to give your skin a couple days to repair itself. This one bottle is definitely going to last you a long time, so don't fear the price tag ($36).

    February 22, 2012

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  • Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Creme

    This stuff is very intensive! This cream is super rich though, so be careful! The instructions say that you can use it twice a day, but for normal/oily/combination skin, I would highly advise to using this once a day (preferably at night) and different, more light-weight moisturizer at the other time. If you have very dry skin all over your face, then this would be suitable for using twice a day. I have dry combination, so even this is a bit too rich more than once a day. Too rich for my skin and that can make me break out. However, Peter Thomas Roth is becoming one of my favorite lines for skin-care, be it to clarify my skin or for anti-aging solutions. With this cream I noticed that my skin felt plumper and firmer after continued used, and it also look more even and brighter in the morning when I woke up after applying this at night.

    February 22, 2012

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  • Peter Thomas Roth Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash

    I have tried SO many Peter Thomas Roth products to my amazement of how well they work. This is basically a Salicylic Acid wash at 2% which is going to clear your pores of debris. Most clarifying washes aimed at treating acne usually contains salicylic acid. What I love about this wash is that 1) it doesn't dry my skin like other salicylic washes can do to me 2) it does help to clarify acne and blemishes, 3) it foams a lot. It may seem like a bit of money for a bottle, but trust me that one bottle lasts a VERY long time. The only reason that I prefer my PTR Anti-Aging wash to this is that the Anti-Aging wash has 1% glycolic acid and 1% salicylic so it clears the pores and lightly exfoliates.

    February 22, 2012

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter Thomas Roth Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream SPF 30

    I haven't had any breakouts after using this, as is that's my primary concern with products. Nearly every Peter Thomas Roth product I've tried, I've had lovely results. This will be adequate moisture for people with normal or combination skin, but if you have drier skin like me, I would still supplement this on top of another moisturizer. This has spf 30 in it so it will be a life saver for the upcoming harsh Arizona summer. However, even with sunscreen in it, it still feels very comfortable on the skin.

    February 22, 2012

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  • Sephora Eyelash Curler

    First and foremost, I definitely respect Sephora's own signature collection in attempts to cover literally every beauty need possible; rather than copying other brands that specialize in only color or skin care, etc. The Sephora collection recently redesigned their classic eyelash curlers into a new jewel-tone series (which I am reviewing the new colored curlers). The curlers are pretty, I bought the green one in hopes of obtaining a quality curler. When holding the curler, the construction is ergonomic and sturdy--not many curlers have good construction as this. This comes with several replacement silicone pads too, rather than the one extra that most curlers only supply before they make you purchase a whole new one. The curl on this thing is quite beautiful on my lashes. I've tried MANY curlers and they either barely made a curl, or they would basically fold my lashes in one severe angled crimp. This one left a beautiful long lasting curl that even lasted all night after I curled bare lashes and slept to awaken to still wonderfully curled lashes. Although things seemed perfect with this tool, my BIGGEST peeve and ultimate deal breaker with this is that the opening is SO small. I have awkwardly shaped eyes which made it EXTREMELY difficult to fit ALL of my lashes in that tiny hole without missing a mess of edge lashes. Another thing is that since my eye shape is weird, the shape of the curler itself made my lids very prone to painful pinching. Although this tool looked cute and curled the lashes well (that could actually fit inside the opening), overall the pain and extra time wasted was not worth it to me and I returned it for a Tweezerman curler instead which I am quite happier with. Sephora has a lot of experience with hit or miss products and I think that they definitely need to redesign the new curlers once again!

    February 21, 2012

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  • Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm

    I've tried countless eye creams in search of finding the perfect comprehensive one that will take care of ALL of my needs. Don't get me wrong--I don't have very many needs because I'm young and I don't have a lot of problems around my eye area. However, I am a firm believer that every person should start using eye creams starting in their early 20s because the earlier you start, the easier it's going to be to maintain a more youthful look. Anyways, I came across this "complete" eye "balm" from Algenist. I came across the story of how the company first started in search of alternate energies, but discovered the amazing revitalizing effect that Alguronic acid had on living cells. Basically, what Alguronic acid does in this cream is that they revitalize collagen and elastic cells to completely renew the eye area. I also love that this has caffeine in it--that's going to reduce puffiness, firm and contour the skin around your eye area, but also increase blood circulation which is going to brighten your eyes. I have hereditary dark circles and almost nothing worked. After using this about a month, I have noticed a significant improvement in brightness under my eyes. This balm is super rich and creamy and I like to put it on in the morning and night so I can ensure that my eyes are going to stay well hydrated and supple. This also has cucumber, bamboo and shea butter extracts so it feels extremely soothing on skin, especially after the wiping I have to do to remove my eye makeup. One jar does cost about $65 for a 30mL (1oz) jar but I think that's a great price for a truly wonderful eye cream. I'm definitely going to stick around with this for a while unless I hear about something that's even better (which I assume won't happen any time soon).

    February 20, 2012

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  • Nars Bronzing Powder
    10.0

    Nars Bronzing Powder

    BEST bronzers EVER!!!

    I have never been into the bronzed look, only because I have medium skin that tans easily to begin with. I typically use bronzer to contour my face because it's round so I want to do everything to give myself the appearance of cheekbones. I have used many different bronzers, from the cheap drug store, to expensive brands. I'll admit that I'm a Nars FREAK to begin with--I know just about everything about the brand and its products. Fran├žois Nars is one of my personal heroes. However, every time I was at Sephora, the bright floodlights in the store made the bronzers appear shimmery and I've never been crazy for shimmer. I think shimmer in bronzers are overkill, especially paired with a highlighter. In my opinion, shimmery bronzers are okay if you're using them alone. HOWEVER, in real light these do NOT look shimmery--you can barely notice it. In bright light, it looks more of a satin sheen. Regardless, I have the best selling bronzers in Casino and Laguna and they BOTH look incredible on ANYONE. They look so natural on any skin type and they're pigmented, so you don't have to use a lot (unless you want to). But point being, these bronzers will last you a LONG time. Casino is a bit darker than Laguna, with Laguna being the ultimate best seller. These bronzers are one more reason why I love Nars!!!!

    February 17, 2012

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful

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