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  • Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Buffing Beads

    I've been on the search for a great exfoliating cleanser that's just right for my skin. I've tried Philosophy's Microdelivery Exfoliating wash which didn't exfoliate enough, to Ole Henriksen's Walnut Scrub which make my skin SO flakey and torn--and EVERYTHING in between. I couldn't find the perfect exfoliating cleanser and it was frustrating! Then I found this--the Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Buffing Beads cleanser which can be used on the face or the body. It has a lovely citrus smell, and it actually exfoliates quite well! It uses glycolic and salicylic acid to exfoliate all the dead skin away from your skin, botanical ingredients to brighten and also jojoba beads which smooth over the skin. This also foams into a nice lather. My recommendation is to scrub your face for about 30 seconds, and then let it sit on your face for about 1-2 minutes so the glycolic acid can do its job and eat away at the dead skin. After you rinse, you're left with beautiful, smooth, bright, and great-smelling skin. Remember you can use this over other parts of your body for smoother, brighter skin. For the price, it is a FANTASTIC deal because as everyone else mentions, a little go a long way. I see it as the perfect investment. For ME this is the perfect exfoliating cleanser. I encourage you to try it out to see if it's right for you as well.

    January 23, 2012

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

    I bought the Plum because wine colored lips were in for the season. This gives sheer, but visible color for those interested in that. It feels wonderful on my lips too! This makes my lips feel very pampered, nourished and soft--not to mention it's not sticky and one little tube does last significantly longer than buying a tube of chapstick at the drug store. For what you get it's worth the price, but if you're on a budget I would consider just buying a little can of rose salve.

    January 23, 2012

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
    8.0

    Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

    I like this a lot! Surprisingly!

    I've been on the hunt for a good tinted moisturizer that didn't feel heavy or uncomfortable on my face. Will all due respect and no offense meant to everyone, but I normally HATE Stila products. This is possibly the only product under the entire Stila brand that I like. It looks very natural, it didn't feel greasy on my skin and it gave me an even complexion. Naturally it's only sheer coverage and I definitely do not have perfect skin, so I save this for days when I'm reeeeally feeling lazy and don't want to conduct my normal make up routine. I honestly never had a problem with it feeling greasy on my skin, and unlike other tinted "moisturizers" that made my skin feel even drier, this actually felt comfortable on my skin and didn't make it feel dry. By no means does it hydrate like my normal moisturizer, but I don't have to worry about my skin suddenly feeling tight or looking flakey. The thing that irks me is obviously the price--$34 is too much for small tube that probably won't last for two months (if you use it every day). I've tried many tinted moisturizers and this is one of my favorites, but unfortunately due to the price, it is definitely NOT my favorite. Another tip, if you think your face looks too shiny (like most tinted moisturizers with SPF tend to do), just finish it with some translucent powder for a shine-free finish.

    January 20, 2012

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Make Up For Ever Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Powder

    This is easily one of my favorite setting powders EVER. Work a little bit in your brush (swish it well) and dab all over your face. Most people tend to put TOO much powder on their face which is why they complain too much about looking too powdery. This powder is razor sharp and ultra refined--it will look completely invisible when applied correctly. In fact, I think my makeup looks better with this on than without it because it really helps to control shine and blur fine lines and edges. Don't be afraid to try this on if you have darker skin because the powder looks white. I work with MUFE products and I am always willing to demonstrate on women of color to reinforce my claims that this goes on completely invisible. It feels light weight as well. You can wear this on top of makeup or alone on days when you just want to remove shine and don't feel like wearing makeup! I highly recommend using the cap to pour a TINY bit of the powder into it when you dip your brush in it. I can see why this product has won so many awards because it is truly the best. I used to use BareMinerals Mineral Veil all the time until I started using this lovely product.

    January 20, 2012

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Urban Decay Naked2 Palette

    It seems like Urban Decay gets better and better with each new palette! I'm thrilled that UD has worked on some issues that fans of the original Naked had made. First off, the brush included is much better; now it's a double ended brush that spreads and blends much better than the original flat brush the first palette had. Second, I like that this comes with a lip gloss instead. I feel like I might get lynched every time I tell someone I'm not the biggest fan of the UD primer potion. Don't get me wrong, it's a great eye shadow primer, but I prefer others. The lip gloss shade will look good on everyone because it's the perfect shade of sheer neutral pink and it's perfect for keeping it in your purse or pocket. As far as the colors go, I am a big fan. I also like the tin packaging--much better improvement and far cuter in my opinion. For at least a month when UD originally released the first photos of the Naked2 palette, I was debating whether or not to bother buying this palette. I assure you that this palette looks MUCH better in real life. My favorite two shades are "Pistol" and "Verve" which are beige-y silvers. Some people complain that "Half Baked" shouldn't have been revived in this palette since it was featured in the original Naked palette. However, Half Baked was my favorite shade in the first palette so I'm not complaining! Blackout was featured in the previous 15th Anniversary special edition palette, but I think it's a good inclusion to have in a palette. This palette is much cooler in shades as opposed to the original Naked which is much warmer. That's why I prefer Naked2 in winter/spring and Naked in Summer/Autumn. However, you can rock either any time of year!

    January 18, 2012

    21 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

    When I got this, I became extremely upset when I squeezed out the first of the product had broken down chemically! The oily-like substance squirted out all over my hand, so I had shaken the tube only to find out that the moisturizer made a sound like a thin-liquidy substance. Not exactly what I had in mind when buying a tinted moisturizer. I tried shaking the tube to mix the product, but I still didn't like how it went on my skin. I thought maybe I just got a bad tube, but after a while I learned from other people they had experienced the same thing. I heard a lot of hype about this product, but I was disappointed to learn the rate of manufacturing error was so high with this product in particular.

    January 18, 2012

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20

    When I was watching a program about featured anti-aging products this season, I was intrigued by the Miracle Skin product. Similar to a BB cream, this product claims to hydrate, protect with spf 20, and "transform" the complexion by smoothing over fine lines and wrinkles, reducing the appearance of pores, and evening out tone and pigmentation over time, all while giving you a flawless airbrushed look. I was more intrigued with the airbrush look because my skin is nowhere near perfect despite my arduous claims with skin care (I've seen a dermatologist already, but I'm not ready to shell out the $$$ for pricey procedures). When I tried a little on my hand, it did give a beautiful soft airbrush effect that I was hoping for. So I decided to take a sample of this home to try for a few days. Unfortunately, my experiences were not as I hoped it would be. First this product claims to hydrate--if anything, it made my skin feel much DRIER with this on, than not having anything else on. I could see my problem flakey skin associated with living in the desert rise though the tint. Second, there are limited ting. My complexion is in between light and medium and neither of those fit my complexion well. There IS a translucent shade, but I was hoping for a tint for times when I desired sheer coverage on low-maintenance days. Third, this product claims to have "naturally-derived silicone" which means if you have had problems in the past with silicone (like if it makes you break out), I would skip this product. Although it made my skin feel silky, my skin always feels uncomfortable wearing silicone products. This product is also a much thicker consistency, so it takes a while to apply on your face. As far as it goes trying to achieve that "airbrushed" look? Although this did reduce the appearance of my pores and fine lines, and it did give me a satin finish, I could not get past the way that it made ALL of my dry flakey skin appear through. Even when I use regular foundation, it is able to cover my dry skin, but I was thoroughly unimpressed with this product. For someone who has a decent complexion with not-so-dry skin, I'm sure this product might impress them. As for me, I'm thrilled that I didn't bother wasting $48 for a tube of this stuff (so pricey!) This is just another extremely pricey tube of tinted moisturizer (and let's face it, I've tried tinted moisturizers that were FAR superior and at a fraction of the cost). The only thing that this product does offer over most tinted moisturizers or BB creams, are its anti-aging properties. Since I'm young and I follow a good skin care regimen, I can afford to pass on the so-called "anti-aging benefits" that this product claims to do.

    January 18, 2012

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • John Frieda Precision Foam Colour

    In the past I usually have had problem with boxed-hair color because it fried my hair or washed out quickly (even after claiming to be PERMANENT color). My normal hair almost jet black with a hint of dark, dark brown (like in my picture). I used this because I wanted something different. I didn't want to do anything to dramatic, but I wanted a little lightening and warmth in my hair so I opted to try the Dark Chocolate Brown. The instructions are easy to read and easy to follow. I do like the concept of foam color because it did seem much easier to apply than the standard squeeze bottle that comes in hair color boxes. My biggest strife was that it took ages to rinse out, even longer than other coloring products. Because my hair is so dark, there wasn't much of a difference in color (very very little lightening from black to the darkest brown), and without the use of a porosity neutralizer (pre color treatment that uses proteins to fill spaces in your hair to give you a more even color), my roots were lighter to the chocolate brown I wanted, but my ends were almost black. In bright light, I could see the golden chocolate shine radiate off my hair, but in normal or low light it is undetectable. Because my hair was naturally dark and I did not pre-lighten it, this had more of a glazing effect than a color effect. For people with lighter hair, you will see better results. As far as coverage goes, this definitely covers better than regular drug store color and you won't be left with patches (as claimed on the box) unless you are seriously wreckless. My hair is a little longer than shoulder length now, but there was adequate product to over saturate my hair like in the instructions. For people with much longer hair (like stomach-length or longer), I would highly suggest buying two boxes if you insist on using this product.

    January 2, 2012

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX
    7.0

    Peter Thomas Roth Instant FirmX

    Follow the instructions carefully

    I often meet women who are interested in this product after seeing it on Dr. Oz. Since that episode, demand for this product has sky-rocketed. I sell lots of skin care products so I often demonstrate this product on many people with mature skin. I follow my own skin care regimen and I am still young so I do not have problems with wrinkles. I am simply speaking on my observations of demonstrating this product on OTHER people who do have problems with wrinkles and want a quick fix. First off, you must cleanse your face. The product works better that way because it doesn't have layers of residue or makeup to fight through. Don't get me wrong, you can still put this over makeup, but your results may be slightly better if you used this first. You take a little bit (a little bigger than the size of a pea) and gently dab it on areas where you want to see tightening. Then you let this dry for 3-7 minutes and your facial expression must remain emotionless during this time for best results. During this time, you may feel a tingling in your face where you applied the product. If your skin is sensitive to products that tingle, this may not be for you. Now here comes the tricky part. Many people may have a white residue left on their face after the product dries. You do NOT wash it off because that will wash out the product and you will lose your results. You MUST either take a damp (not dripping wet) tissue or q-tip and GENTLY wipe off the residue. Obviously people with darker skin may have more worries of the white residue than people with lighter skin. Your results DO stay and last throughout the entire day if you follow the instructions correctly. It does take a little practice to get it right, so I suggest getting a sample of it first to practice with before making the investment. When I do see results on people after using this product. They do have a significant reduction in wrinkles and their skin looks smoother. So the product DOES work, but use with caution. You can use this under the eye area, but I would suggest using the FirmX made for the eye only because it's made to better deal with the delicate skin around the eye. Do NOT use this product or the Eye FirmX on your eyelids. Note that you must wash your face at the end of the day. Also, keep in mind that this is only a temporary tightener. It will not last for more than a day and it does not permanently treat wrinkles. I highly suggest using this during the day and after you wash it off at night, use the PTR UnWrinkle regimen or any other products/treatments you may use to treat wrinkles.

    January 2, 2012

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub

    You only need a little bit of this to use to scrub your face. A very little goes a long way but it still feels quite intense, so I would probably suggest something else for delicate skin. The scent is quite pleasant--it's like a nutty citrus scent but it's very light. If you use it in the shower, make sure to rinse out your tub in the end or else you'll have little balls all over the bottom of your tub! It does make your skin feel soft and you will glow after using this. My only complaint--the scrub's particles may be a little too large for some. Similarly to the St. Ives Apricot scrub which many people love, they do not realize that the seeds are too large and can cause micro-tears in your skin which can make flake-prone skin worse. I normally use a micro-exfoliant which never made my skin flakey, but I opted to try this scrub because the particles were a little bigger. However, after a few times of using this, within days I noticed new patches of flakey skin on my cheeks and nose. I normally do not have problems with dry skin and I didn't have problems with my old exfoliation regimen. Therefore, I believe that what MAY have given me this problem of new-found flakey skin was the walnut scrub (I do not rule out the possibility of other environmental factors). I went back to my old regimen and I haven't had a problem since. I'm not speaking against this walnut scrub or the St. Ives Apricot scrub--but only because it does not work for ME. There are many people who use either scrub for a while and have not had any problems. It may be likely that my skin might be a little more delicate than the skin belonging to avid fans of this scrub or St. Ives. It simply does not work for me. Unless you are an avid Ole fan, the price often scares people away as well. If you do like this product, you may notice many similarities with the St. Ives apricot scrub, but for a muchhhh lower price.

    January 2, 2012

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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