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  • Palladio Lip Liner
    9.0

    Palladio Lip Liner

    Great liner

    Does its job, stays on and goes on well. I have the bright red pencil and it's very creamy and easy to put on your lips. It makes a HUGH difference in how well my lipstick stays on. I can't live without it and it's at a good price for a long-lasting product.

    July 2, 2012

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  • Anastasia Brow Duality
    9.0

    Anastasia Brow Duality

    One of my favorites.

    This pencil is double-ended and it gives you two separate looks that can be used day or night. A little goes a LONG way with this pencil. I use mine all the time and I still have a long pencil. This is very creamy and it only takes a couple of strokes under your brow to give you a perfect highlight. Since it's creamy, it's easy to blend with your finger which is a dream because I don't have to mess with powders, brushes, or sticky liquids. It's subtle, but still enough to enhance your brow area. I love that it's not glittery or too shimmery. One end is a matte pink that brightens, and the other end is more of a satin color that adds just a tiny shimmer, but not too much--so you could wear this in the office without it being too dramatic. It blends well with eye shadows, so don't be afraid to use a cream pencil with powder shadows. There are a couple of different Brow Duality shades, but the one I have is shell and lace. Shell is a matte nude-pink and Lace is a subtle nude-gold. I LOVE to use the Shell shade in the inner corners of my eyes and use my finger to blend. I don't have to worry about any powder getting into my eyes and irritating my contacts, but it's also the perfect amount of highlight without creating a distraction. This is the perfect pencil to use with any eye look regardless of whether your look is au natural, soft, or dramatic. Even if you don't wear eye makeup, you can use a little bit of this to brighten your appearance in a subtle way.

    July 2, 2012

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  • Anastasia Eye Lights Matte Pencil

    There's a reason why Anastasia is known as the "Queen of Brows" in Hollywood. I have used so many brow products from all brands and hers are by far the best by a landslide. What I love is that there is a diverse product line to cater to each person's own taste in brow filling method; be it pencil, powder, etc. However, the area under our brows need some love too. A good brow highlighter can actually make brows appear better groomed and shaped, which comes in handy in between brow groomings. What I love about the Anastasia Eye Lights Matte Pencil is that it is so creamy that a couple of strokes under each brow will do, followed by a little easy blending with your finger. The best thing about this is that it's mess-free. It's not a messy powder that can get over the place, you don't need a brush to blend it, or you don't have to wash your hands because it's not sticky like a liquid. This pencil comes in a universal shade of pink which brightens up any brow bone on any skin tone. Don't be scared of it--it doesn't show up as a bright pastel pink like the pencil looks. It subtly brightens the area making your brows look glam. You can wear this any time, day or night, and it is one of the best pencils you can keep with you for a quick pick me up. A lot of people don't know that this is a versatile pencil; you can use a little under your eyes, on your cupid's bow on on the ridge of your nose which creates a perfect subtle highlight and can brighten any dark area.

    July 2, 2012

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  • Peter Thomas Roth Uber Dry Sunscreen SPF 30
    8.0

    Peter Thomas Roth Uber Dry Sunscreen SPF 30

    Better alternative to most sunscreens

    Peter Thomas Roth is one of my favorite skin care lines (along with Ole Henriksen). Sun protection is SUPER important (no brainer), but even more so because I live in Arizona. Because we get such vicious sun rays, I make sure to be extra vigilant with sun protection products, but more specifically what's in it. I LOVE that this has a lower level of Oxybenzone in it (at 3,5 percent) as opposed to the typical 6 percent level most sunscreens have. Oxybenzone is a chemical sunscreen that can cause a large production of free radicals in the skin which an cause premature aging (as if you have enough to worry about already with skin cancer risks!) So even though it would be ideal withOUT the Oxybenzone, I do like that it's much less strength. I do really love how this feels on your skin. It is very sheer and lightweight, but most importantly it absorbs into the skin like a dream. You do not have to worry about it leaving a white film on your skin. Like the name mentions, it does not make your skin feel greasy, in fact it actually makes it feel quite soft! The price is 26 dollars for a 4 ounce bottle which is a bit much unless you're hardcore devoted. Especially so when you should actually be using an entire ounce for your entire body. Therefore if you followed the FDA recommended amount of sunscreen to achieve getting the level of protection described (spf 30 in this case), and you wore the sunscreen EVERY day, then you would run out after four days (assuming you don't reapply--although you should if you're out for longer and then you run out faster). Peter Thomas Roth comes out with amazing products, but this one is a little bittersweet because of how bad it burns your wallet.

    June 21, 2012

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  • Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 40

    Clinique was one of the first "decent" skin care lines I started trying, but I quickly lost interest in it because the products aren't right for ME. I did try this out because I was looking for a higher spf protection for my face, but wasn't going to irritate my very sensitive skin. So I decided to give Clinique a chance and I was disappointed. First off, let me tell you what I like. For one, I like that it has a blend of chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. The chemical sunscreens are going to absorb into the skin and absorb the uv rays before they can damage your skin cells. The physical sunscreens sit on the surface and reflect the uv rays away from your skin. Therefore you have both the surface and subsurface layers of skin. Second, I love how many anti-oxidants are in this. Chemical sunscreens have a bad habit of creating free-radicals that can damage your skin, but those anti-oxidants neutralize them so they become stable. What I don't like about this product is what makes it unbearable and impossible for me to wear. First off, the smell is horrendous. It might likely be me, but this smells awful compared to other sunscreens. It makes me cringe and I can't stand putting on my face. Second, I just don't like the way it feels on my skin. It feels and looks greasy and it just doesn't absorb into the skin like other products. It's not even anything to do with the sunscreens in it. This is just a product that is wrong for me. Even though the price is better than other sunscreens, I'd rather pay twice as much if it's going to give me the experience and protection that I want.

    June 21, 2012

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  • Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Instant Mineral SPF 45

    I love this sunscreen to use as touch ups throughout the day. It's a mineral sunscreen that goes on sheer and weightless, so it's perfect for touching up on any shiny spots on your face. The fact that it's a physical sunscreen (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) is a great thinkg because physical sunscreens don't require indoor time to become effective like sunscreen lotions usually require 15-30 minutes before going outside. Just open the cap, and brush it on; the powder easily disperses through the bristles. You can use this ANYWHERE on your body, from your face, arms, chest, etc. I do recommend using this primarily as a touch up sunscreen, so you should still wear a liquid or spray on your skin, and then after two hours when you need touching up, or if you become oily or sweaty, then this is a good product to have on your person. It's VERY portable, so this can fit in your pocket everywhere you go. When you're done applying it on you, just pull the base out, and that will pull the brush back inside. Then place you cap on and push the base back out. Do be careful with handling this product because it is very delicate and powder can get over you if you're not careful. Also, it's difficult to see how much powder you have left. Although this lasts for a very long time if you don't waste too much of it, it would be nice if the tube was clear so you can see when you're low. You can open the bottom of the tube, but you are 95 percent likely that you're going to spill a bunch of powder all over you. This hasn't made me break out and it gives me a nice finish because both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide tend to reflect light. It might not be your friend if you're getting pictures with flash taken of you, but if you're walking around outside, it's okay. This is $35 a tube, but I think it's worth it because I do feel that it protects me well in the sun. I haven't had a single sunburn in using this to touch up in addition with my liquid sunscreen. A COOL tip--for people with blonde, thinning, thin or receding hairline, or if your scalp tends to burn easily; brush this into your hair and it's a great way to keep your scalp from burning if you aren't wearing a hat.

    June 21, 2012

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  • Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss

    Don't bee fooled by first impressions during the first minute that you try this lip gloss on. It feels sticky at first, but I have worn this gloss countless times and it gets better after a couple minutes. In fact, this is slowly becoming one of my favorite glosses because it actually lasts longer than typical glosses in terms of wearing power. Anything that Nars labels as 'Larger Than Life' is going to be very long-wear and very pigmented. The glosses in the LTL line (as opposed to the regular Nars glosses) not only is longer-wearing, but also more pigmented. There are so many beautiful colors (my favorites are Gold Digger, Como, and Odalisque). I also love the brush wand as opposed to a sponge wand-- it makes applying the gloss easier. The wands hold a lot of gloss too, so you don't have to keep re-dipping the wand inside the gloss, you can cover both of your lips. I hope Nars keeps coming out with more glosses in the Larger Than Life line, because they are definitely gaining my favor!

    June 19, 2012

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  • Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner
    9.0

    Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner

    BEST. LINER. EVER.

    Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliners have become my favorite for the following reasons. 1) Fastest dry time ever. It dries in 30 seconds, which is so much faster than other liners such as Make Up For Ever or Urban Decay. Try this test. Mark your and and wait until 30 seconds has passed, then rub your hand and you'll notice how this does NOT budge. You also get very rich colors too (Via Veneto is a pure jet black). I also love the shade Rue Bonaparte (perfect beige for lining your waterline to create an open-eye look). Since this eyeliner won't budge (at least it's less prone to budging and smearing), less mess is made (you have to worry less about your liner melting off). Second--this pencil is retractable. DO NOT try to sharpen it (you have NO idea how many people I know have ruined it because it looks and feels like a traditional pencil). Also, there is a cap at the bottom end of the pencil which you can remove and VOILA!! A sharpener for your pencil. Nars is always a brand that not only delivers excellent quality products, but also chic gorgeous packaging. This pencil is very creamy. If you like Urban Decay or Make Up For Ever pencils, the creaminess is identical, so it's easy to create your looks with minimal effort. A couple things that could be improved-- first--this pencil is NOT waterproof. It is water resistant Although it is the closest thing to being waterproof, if you cry TOO hard or get wet, you're going to have to reapply. The next thing is that this pencil dries SO fast that you have to work a bit fast to apply the product (Nars created products aimed towards the working woman who has little to no time to put make up on). Let me elaborate--when I put some on on my waterline, I have to work fast to make sure it's an even color. If I miss a spot that looks a little bit sheer, this dries so fast that when you go back to apply some on that spot, your liner starts to "wipe off" completely clean and you have to reapply the liner. Also, these pencils are a bit more expensive than UD or MUFE pencils (one Nars pencil runs at 23 dollars). To me it is worth the price because you get a remarkable pencil that has amazing lasting power. Play around with these pencils at Sephora and you might just fall in love with them too.

    June 19, 2012

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  • Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream

    What I love about Perricone products is that they give you more instant gratification than other brands. Perricone is a good brand if you want to see fast results. I'm 25 and I've been using an eye cream for a couple of years (in my opinion, every person should do so because it's much easier to maintain as you get older. If you're young, you don't need anything for deep wrinkles, just get something that's hydrating--it makes a HUGE difference!!) Anyways, I'm starting to see fine lines under my eyes (which was heartbreaking and a bit nerve-wrecking). I have used MANY eye creams of all prices and this one definitely sits on the top of my list of favorites. After a few uses, your skin feels super hydrated and it looks and feels much firmer. After a couple of weeks I did notice my fine lines were significantly reduced. I'm someone who notices the weirdest things that most people would laugh at (no one believed me that I was getting fine lines), but I wonder what someone with deeper wrinkles will see after using this product after a few weeks. My eyes did look brighter too. There was no sign of puffiness either while using this. What I love about this is that it does not feel sticky like some other firming eye products tend to be, and there is no residue left over. Applying makeup on top of it is a breeze because your skin is hydrated and there is no sign of flaky skin anywhere (which tends to happen to me under my eyes). In addition, what I love about this is because it's 'hypoallergenic', it's safe enough to use on your eyelid and brow bone (Which you wouldn't believe how many eye creams are NOT safe to use that way, yet people still do it). To be honest, I'm still on the search for my holy grail eye cream, but this is one of my favorites because it delivers visible results in such a short period of time. Don't expect a full eye lift, but you may see noticeable firming around your entire area. It's $65 a jar which is pricey to most people, but is the average price for most high-end eye creams. You do get what you pay for, so it's worth the price.

    June 18, 2012

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  • Zotos Diamond Shine Moisturizing Conditioner

    My review of the Diamond Shine shampoo is very similar to that of the conditioner, so you may read identical bits. I absolutely LOVE to shop at Sally Beauty and it took a while for me to give in and buy the Diamond Shine Shampoo and Conditioner (they have sales every now again where you get 2 liters for $15, basically you get one for free). I bought this because I was looking for an (inexpensive) sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner that was good for color-treated hair, but was going to strengthen and fortify it because I want to grow it longer. After finishing a liter of both the shampoo and conditioner, I can say that I like it, but I don't love it. Yes, my hair seems a tiny bit more stronger because I don't see split ends as frequently as normal (then again I don't know if my leave-in conditioner is doing most of the work), and my hair seems a little bit shinier (then again I have shine sprays if I wanted shiny hair. My hair is very thick and coarse, and this did not make it feel soft like more 'reputable' salon brands. The shampoo seems to run out quickly because I need a lot more if it than other salon brands. In noticed that the entire system works best if you use both the shampoo and conditioner. The conditioner does make your hair feel softer because the shampoo just doesn't do much alone. For someone like me who has used everything from the super cheap to the brutally costly, it's not a bad conditioner for someone looking for an upgrade from drug store stuff. In fact, that's my best recommendation. If you have been using drugstore shampoo and conditioner, give this a try. You can find it at Sally's. You'll definitely like this much better. However, if you have very high standards and your hair has a mind of its own like mine, then you might want to look elsewhere. This is definitely a decent shampoo that makes the Diamond Shine series worth a try, but it's up to you whether you will give it a second chance. Unfortunately, I won't.

    June 17, 2012

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