Latest Reviews


Hair Treatments -Aphogee -Two-Step Protein Treatment (formerly Treatment for Damaged Hair)

on 9/20/2018 2:24:00 PM

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My hair is not severely damaged, but it has been regularly highlighted for 6 years now. It gets crunchy and i have some breakage. I really started noticing it a few weeks ago...little tiny broken pieces of hair every time i brushed, even though I was using a soft bristle brush. I used this treatment this morning. I applied the protein after putting it into a small spray bottle because I was afraid it would not distribute evenly if i just dumped it on. It's a very thin consistency that quickly gets stick as it begins to dry. As you dry it with a hair dryer, it becomes very stiff. That is normal.
After rinsing the protein and applying the conditioner and then rinsing that out, i allowed my hair to air dry. It was much less frizzy and much smoother and fuller. It is like the protein really "filled in" the damaged spots in my hair shafts. It's not dramatic, but it is noticeable and a co-worker even asked me if I did something to my hair bc it looks good.
I am trying to grow my hair out. It has not been able to grow much past my shoulders. I am severely limiting heat styling and drying and planning to use this treatment every 6 weeks to maintain strength to avoid breakage.


Lotions/ Creams -Mary Kay -Satin Hands Fragrance Free Hand Softener

on 9/20/2018 2:22:00 PM

Useless.
The scrub is not so harsh that you even need this.

It is a synthetic wax-ester based softener. Meh.
I just use the scrub and hand cream.

I guess if you were ultra dry and in need of flaky-flaky exfoliation this could help.
It can't hurt - unscented and benign and chock full of mineral oil.

Blargh.


Masks -Shea Moisture -African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask

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I normally don't do too many reviews, unless the product is really bad or causes me allergic reactions or breakouts. But I really wanted to review this one because of all the low ratings I saw and I don't think it deserves that. They have recently changed the formula of this product and it's a little bit more liquidy but it's still pretty solid and I actually like the reformulated product more. Does masks doesn't totally dry on your face but that doesn't mean it's not working. There are directions on the product that tell you to leave it on for 10 minutes and I just rinse it off really well with cool water. I don't use a towel like the directions say to. I notice a slight stinging or tingling where I have acne and I feel like that really gets into the pimples itself to dry and clear them up but never dries out the rest of my skin and I have very sensitive skin.

I naturally have some redness to my face and I like this product because it turns it down a lot. I have pretty large pores and I haven't noticed any change from this product unfortunately. However recently I use a face mask from Walgreens that gave me the worst reaction I've ever had. It wasn't an allergic reaction as I've had those before with other products and this wasn't similar in any way. But it's stripped my face completely of any moisture barrier, I had the worst redness I've ever had in my life my face was tight and itchy and flaking and very dry, and I had pimples all over my face. They range from small whiteheads two bigger cystic type acne, just for your information it was The Studio 35 Beauty manuka honey masks and it was the worst experience I've ever had. Besides this African black soap clarifying mud mask I usually just make my own masks but I got as a gift and was excited to try it out and I was horrified. I had an event coming up and my face looked wrecked. I left it alone for a few days just keeping it moisturized and washing it with a very mild moisturizing cleanser but nothing was getting better. I started using this shea moisture mask morning and night and within two days my face had nearly completely healed. The turnaround was a miracle. I can't believe how fast it cleared that up. Everyone's skin is different and this mask might not work for everyone, but for me this mask was amazing and I do continue to rebuy it when I run out. for my combination and acne-prone skin this is a miracle but for my horrible reaction this was priceless and I am very thankful that my face can clear up before the event because of this product.


Lip Treatments -Blistex -Conditioning lip serum

on 9/20/2018 2:07:00 PM

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I am pleasantly surprised. Will repurchase, possibly even buy one for home (my current serum lives at work).
Love the packaging. Have germophobic tendancies, so the pump is excellent.
Product does everything it claims, conditions well. I had sone dry patches and after first application they were soothed, three days later they are gone.
Works well on its own or under other lip balms.


Mascara -Yves Saint Laurent -Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils

on 9/20/2018 2:01:00 PM

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The best mascara I've bought. It amplifies lashes without clumps, and stats on all day.


Liquid -Bourjois -Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

on 9/20/2018 2:00:00 PM

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I ordered this online as it is not avail in the USA. Mac NC15/20 I ordered #51 and it's not a bad match. I am not loving this the way I thought I would. It has no staying power. I use my usual moisturizer, then primer, or no primer, or adding a dot of Mac Strobe which usually can fix anything. If I apply more heavily, it's cakey. If I apply lightly, the coverage is decent but it's gone in 4-5 hours. I do not have blemishes to cover and my undereye circles are more than I can expect any foundation to cover so I have a separate concealer (Nars Radiant) for them. I have applied w/brush and fingers. Fingers give a more natural finish. I also find it faintly drying.


Hair -Unlisted Brand -Zala Clip In Hair Extensions

on 9/20/2018 1:59:00 PM

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I have to agree with the reviewer who said it was very suspicious how all these people who had never reviewed anything before on Makeup Alley, are suddenly spending all day giving this product 5 star reviews. It smells of fake reviews to prop up the company online.


Lip Liners -Jordana Cosmetics -Lip Liner in Natural

on 9/20/2018 1:54:00 PM

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This review is for the long 7.5" pencil that is completely colored on the outer layer in the shades "natural nude" and "coffee". I believe Jordana discontinued these a while ago, but has since come out with new packaging and slightly different names for the shades.

I absolutely love these pencils. Not only do you get a lot of product, I find since they're a little creamier once warmed up, I can use them as colored eyeliners as well. The "coffee" shade is particularly stunning on my medium/tan/warm complexion and dark eyes and gives the lips such beautiful definition. These pencils are a little dry yes, but if used to fill in the lips completely will last all day in my opinion, the harder/dryer formula allows the color to stay on much longer. I own these in quite a few shades, will never stop using them!

I bought mine in bulk so each pencil came out to something ridiculously cheap like 10 cents. Give them a try, you cant go wrong if you enjoy the matte/long wearing look. Definitely a commonly overlooked and underestimated product.


Treatments (Eye) -innisfree -Orchid Eye Cream

on 9/20/2018 1:28:00 PM

this smells sooooo pretty and it makes my eyes feel really nice. Ive been using benzoyl peroxide and it made the skin around my eyes sooo dry and flaky. I had done some research and gotten this from amazon. I love the smell and how it really sinks in the skin. It makes the skin around my eyes supple and comfortable. did not sting at all like some of the other eye creams ive tried. I have sensitive contact wearer eyes. this tub is a lot of product for around 20 dollars usd. I enjoy using this and the texture and smell makes it feel so luxurious.


Lipstick -NYX Professional Makeup -Lip Lingerie

on 9/20/2018 1:27:00 PM

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The red-toned shades of this product are just insanely long lasting. I wore Ruffle Trim swimming and in the shower and it was still on my lips. It's also worth noting that the shades will look different on different people, for instance Ruffle Trim looks very red on me and is super flattering. My sister admired it and bought it only to have it show up more tan and more pink on her.



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