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  • Victoria's Secret Pink Body Lotion

    I got a bottle of this on sale. I love the container it's in, it's fun to keep around and it looks cute. I like the smell of it, it's very warm and comforting. It's very creamy and feels like a dream when it's on. The reason I deducted points was that my skin can sometimes become sensitive to fragrance and I have to go back once in a while to my other fragrance-free lotion. I live in the desert and my skin can get very dry. I wouldn't recommend this to keep your skin moisturized throughout the day, but it's definitely nice to put on at night after taking a bath.

    February 5, 2013

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  • Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Face Tonic
    9.0

    Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Face Tonic

    Easily the best toner I've used.

    What I love about Ole Henriksen is that his brand uses nearly all natural extracts and it's always gentle for my skin. But best of all, his products work. This brand has become one of my favorite skincare lines available, not to mention that Ole himself is adorable. Anyways, this toner is incredible. My skin normally HATES toner and I always avoid it because it makes the problem worse. Normally my skin is drier and I don't need it, but my skin is also unstable due to hormonal fluctuations, so I get a week a month of oil slick on my face, along with blemish breakouts. This toner is a GODSEND because first off, it does not dry my skin out. Second, The extracts in the toner really do help to purify and tone my skin. Third, it greatly speeds up the healing time of my blemishes; I went on a trip to Los Angeles and I always get breakouts whenever I travel there. I put this on in the morning and the next day the breakout I had was nearly all gone. Fourth, this does control oil beautifully. You need to put this on clean dry skin after you wash your face and before you put on anything else. It's very refreshing with a nice little tingle. Let it dry completely. I do notice that when I have my oil slick time every month, this is the only product that will keep my oil and shine at bay and prevent my makeup from melting off. Like I said, it doesn't dry out my skin, especially the skin around my blemishes; this toner does a great job at quickly reducing blemish size and inflammation. Your skin is calmed down and under control. It costs about 30 dollars for a large bottle, but I use this sparingly, only when I need it. So it will last me for a very long time. For people with consistently oily skin, I would highly suggest to give this a try. You can find it on the Sephora website or in the large freestanding stores in the malls.

    November 14, 2012

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  • Ole Henriksen Blemish Attack Purifying Mask

    There are a lot of masks on the market to help control blemish breakouts, but this is one that actually delivers results. After you wash your face, all you need is a very thin layer of the mask--you don't want to overdo it. However, I put a tiny little dab extra over my blemishes. Then you let this sit for about 20 minutes. It's a tingly sensation, but it feels refreshing and not overwhelming. There are a lot of NATURAL extracts in this (which I appreciate), because it's good for people with sensitive skin. One of the most active ingredients is salicylic acid which is going to remove excess oil without drying your skin, and it also won't dry out the skin around your blemishes (don't you hate crusty blemishes?); it will also clean out your pores. Then it has Aloe Vera which calms and soothes any inflammation, particularly with the blemishes. Aloe is GREAT for someone like me who has rosacea. Eucalyptus is also in it which helps to kill the bacteria and prevent it from spreading which can cause more blemishes. Copper and Zinc are also VERY potent which much like the aloe will calm and soothe the inflammation and irritated skin, but it also gives you anti-oxidant protection to help neutralize those free radicals. The thing I don't like most about this mask is the smell. Although I feel like it only lasts for a few minutes before it dissipates, the copper scent is quite strong for me and I don't like it. This mask goes on semi-clear and dries somewhat cloudy on the skin, but my skin always feels refreshed and purified when I rinse this off; I do appreciate how this rinses off easily because I hate it when it takes several minutes to remove a mask and residue is still left on the skin. This is great because your skin feels clean even after washing it off. One thing to know is that this mask is becoming increasingly rare to find. Even though Ole Henriksen skincare is exclusive to Sephora, you won't find this mask on the Sephora site. You can only find it on the Ole Henriksen official website. I do feel like it is worth the money (20 dollars for 1oz or 32 for 1. 7 oz), but a little really DOES go a long way and you don't need much. Therefore a little jar of this does last a long time. It's worth it because I do feel like it works, but most importantly, it rinses off clean, easy, and quickly.

    November 14, 2012

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  • Bumble and Bumble Thickening Conditioner

    I got a few deluxe samples of this and I tried them in different environments. I live in AZ which has hard water which just wrecks havoc on your hair. I love the feel of my hair after using this and the shampoo. It just makes it feel silky. I tried this and the shampoo again on a little vacation to California which has soft water. Even though soft water makes your hair feel soft to begin with, it makes it so difficult for me to style my hair and the humidity added makes my hair frizzy and flat within an hour. I did notice that my hair did not go limp and flat as MUCH with using this as it did with any other shampoo in the past. Therefore, I believe that this does have some kind of thickening effect which I wouldn't have normally noticed otherwise since I have such thick hair to begin with. This seems to detangle my hair as well which is also a plus because my hair is a beast that needs to be tamed on a daily basis. Detangled hair equals a happy me because my hair isn't breaking as frequently. A little goes a long way (even on greasy hair), so don't be afraid of the price because you normally have to use a bit more even if it's a decent brand. Bumble and Bumble impresses me again.

    September 27, 2012

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Benefit Posietint
    8.0

    Benefit Posietint

    I like this better than original Benetint

    This is much better coloring than the original Benetint; much thicker liquid too, kind of like a nail polish, whereas the original Benetint is more of a thinner watery liquid. This is much better at showing pigment by using less. The thing is that I'm not TOO crazy at how bright pink this is on my skin, it doesn't look great on my tone. For someone with a cooler skin tone it might look much better on them.

    September 20, 2012

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Retexturizer Exfoliating Scrub

    I have tried countless exfoliating scrubs, but this one is by far my favorite. What's unique about it is that it's a gel scrub AND mask with three different types of exfoliation. Cleanse your face and remove makeup prior to using this twice a week! The first level of exfoliation is your physical scrub. You feel the microscrub and jojoba beads slough off dead skin as you scrub your face (with a quarter size amount) vigorously for about a minute. I LOVE that this scrub doesn't have big seeds which can damage my skin like apricot seeds. Then you leave it on for 2-5 minutes depending on whether your skin is more sensitive or normal. The second level of exfoliation is your chemical peel. Glycolic acid gently peels off the top layers of the skin to reveal a much smoother, clearer complexion. The third level of exfoliation is your enzymatic peel which fruit enzymes digest all that dead skin and the fruit extracts inject precious anti-oxidants to neutralize free radicals which cause premature aging. In addition to the intensive, yet gentle exfoliation, you also get a dose of sweet almond, apricot and mango oils which nourish the skin with moisture. As part of the Laser-Free line, this scrub also contains a dose of Dragon's Blood which is derived from a tree in the amazon. It's a potent extract which repairs damage cells, improves skin tone and texture, but also strengthens baby cells to make your skin more resilient. What I LOVE about this scrub and mask is that it delivers several different levels of exfoliation and repair which have DRAMATICALLY improved the tone, texture, clarity, brightness, and firmness of my skin. I am actually on my third bottle since this product came out this year (I use it twice a week religiously) and I honestly don't think anything can come close to it (apart from going to a dermatologist for a pricey professional peel). One of the things I LOVE to do with this is use it on my body in the shower because I get the softest, smoothest skin I have ever had. Also, I love to use this prior to using a Brazilian Peel once a month which allows the Peel to penetrate deeper and reveal more radiant, smoother skin. For 38 dollars, it can be a bit pricey compared to other scrubs, but this scrub is simply to die for. A tube goes a LONG way, and the benefits are simply worth it. It's not just a scrub and a mask, but it's also peel and a skin care treatment. With so many benefits, the price is worth it.

    August 29, 2012

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • OPI RapiDry Spray
    8.0

    OPI RapiDry Spray

    It does help!

    First off, don't expect this product to dry your nails in seconds. I will dry the top layer of the polish quicker, but don't expect it to set your nails perfectly in a flash. However, it does make a difference. I have nails that are kind of dark (I have medium skin), so it takes about three coats of polish color, along with the base and top coat to finish my manicure. That's FIVE layers. I even use Seche Vite (which is my favorite top coat EVER because it really speeds up the time of drying the polish). Sometimes I just want to cut down my total dry time by a few minutes (which makes a difference to me!) I bunch all of my nails together and give it 1-2 sprays on each hand and this does help to cut down total drying time by a couple of minutes. It also seems to help further seal the top coat and it doesn't dry up my cuticles or skin around my nails. It dries up and evaporates fairly quickly too so as soon as your hand is dry, it likely has taken full effect. This is GREAT for pedicures, because I don't know if you're like me, but do you ever do your toes and move to your hands, but you completely become distracted with your manicure that you don't realize that your feet have been all over the place and you ruin your pedicure? This does a good job at drying that faster. I'm quite convinced of this product because it does actually seem to work on a realistic level.

    July 6, 2012

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  • butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat

    I had very high hopes for this base coat after everyone I know was raving about this. Let me start with the things I did like. First off, I like the nude color of this, so even if you don't plan on painting your nails with color, this is a good color to use to get that even sheer nude look for a clean manicure. Secondly, I think this did fill in ridges for a smoother look, even after buffing your nails. Third, polish does seem to go on smoother, and it seems I need only two coats of a color, rather than three coats like I normally need with most polishes. Fourth, I did feel that it lived up to its word of covering imperfections like peeling nails. Other than that, it's not a very good base coat for me. Within HOURS of painting my nails, the tips were already chipping off. At least with my other base coats, I could get through a whole day or two without my edges looking worn and rough! I even had quick edge chipping on my nails that I usually barely see any chipping after several days. Look, I KNOW how to do my nails, so there's no excuse as to why this should be chipping so quickly, other than it being a poor product. This did help seal peeling nails, but since this base coat caused my polish to chip so easily, the peeling nails were quickly exposed which defeats the purpose. I'm sure that this base coat would work better on other Butter polish colors, but let's get real. How many of us actually have 14+ dollars to buy ONE shade, let alone the entire line! Most of us have nail polishes of other brands. I'm not afraid to splurge on big-name polishes. I tried this with Essie, OPI, China Glaze, Zoya, etc. and this base coat didn't work as well as my usual base coat. I need a base coat that is going to work with ALL of my polishes, not just its own brand. Therefore, I'm going to return this. I feel very disappointed. It's 18 at Ulta and you do get a lot for the price you pay, but honestly, you can find a better base coat that works well for most brands for half of the price.

    July 6, 2012

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Burberry Body Eau de Parfum
    6.0

    Burberry Body Eau de Parfum

    So Disappointing!!!

    Burberry fragrances are a hit or miss with me. When this fragrance came out, I fell in love with it and I always found myself spraying strips of paper and taking those with me to keep smelling. It's a light fruity-floral with base notes of vanilla. It [normally] smells delicious. I work with fragrances and have to wear a uniform, so I would always spray myself with this over my clothes. The time came when I finally bought a bottle of this (the biggest one, lol). I do love the bottle; it's beautiful. Then came the biggest disappointment of them all--actually spraying it on my skin. YES, I did spray a little on my wrists to smell it on me, and it smelled fine. However, I sprayed it on the rest of my body and something awful happened. It took a few days for me to figure it out (because we are so used to our scent and out of tune with how we might really smell to others), but I realized that this actually made me smell HORRIBLE. It smelled like body odor on me, like I hadn't showered in a couple of days. Too my horror of realizing this, I just had to return it. It's such a shame that my love affair with this fragrance turned into a nightmare. I'm the kind of person where almost all fragrances wear well, or wear okay. But I have NEVER had a fragrance smell this bad on my skin. I wish I could have just kept it for the bottle alone, but I didn't want to waste my money on a scent that I can create myself after a day at the gym (body odor).

    July 3, 2012

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Burberry Brit Sheer
    8.0

    Burberry Brit Sheer

    I like this!

    Burberry fragrances are either a hit or miss with me, but I quite like this one! It's very feminine, very light, with light florals and a hint of powdery notes. What I like best about this is that the powdery notes don't smell overwhelming like in most fragrances; it's quite light, but still smells slightly fresh. This is a great fragrance to wear during the day if you don't want to overpower the entire room and don't want to smell offensive, so it's great for the office. Unfortunately, it doesn't last a very long time. It is a light floral, which those never tend to last as long. Therefore, if you want to keep the scent going throughout the day, you will need to respray yourself a few times every few hours. I do like this because it's just a light and delicate scent that is one of the most feminine in my mind.

    July 3, 2012

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