Product Reviews by Anda

Concealers - Maybelline New York - Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

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Dec/07/2017

The formula of this concealer is A+. Pigmented, creamy and easy to blend, and sets to a matte but not dry or cakey finish.
I would say the coverage and consistency are two of its best points because it does a great job of covering circles and brightening the orbital area, is easy to blend and build, and isn't so creamy that it sheers out too much or doesn't last. I like it just as …
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Fragrances - Dolce&Gabbana - Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme - 2012

5.0
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Nov/28/2017

D&G Pour Femme is an interesting gourmand fruity floral that straddles sweet girlishness and breezy, effortless sophistication.

It pays homage to typical juicy-sugary "youthful" scents with its pink-tinged raspberry and marshmallow notes, but doesn't conform and collapse into the usual heavy, vanillic, musky or patchouli-laden base as it dries down.

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Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics - Satin Lipstick - Twig

4.0
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Nov/15/2017

Twig is a rich, deep rosy brown with plummy rose undertones that can look more brown or rosy, depending on skin tone and how much you apply.
This is a blast from the past as it was the first MAC lipstick I ever saved up money to buy as a teen, back when MAC lipsticks came in silver chrome bullets and Rachel from Friends was a style icon. I don't remember having strong feelings about the …
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Lipstick - REVLON - Paradise Pink

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fromAnda

Nov/12/2017

This warm bright red-coral with a slight pink undertone is a dupe for the long-discontinued Matte shade called 005 Strawberry Suede, once raved about by Lisa Eldridge.
If you love Strawberry Suede pick this one up. The formula and color are exactly the same.
A perfect Summer shade that I find suits porcelain to fair/light skins best.
I have to say I preferred the old matte black …
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Fragrances - Dior - Feve Delicieuse

5.0
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fromAnda

Feb/23/2016

Thick, creamy, silky and rich, Feve Delicieuse is a gourmand scent that manages to be voluptuous but somehow not sticky-sweet or juvenile. There is enough of a toasty, smoky bitterness to this tonka-based scent to make it mouthwatering and grown-up, as well as a hint of raw green bite which interestingly, adds texture and sophistication.

This is like a thick glass of raw nut milk …
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Fragrances - Robert Piguet Parfums - Fracas

5.0
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Jan/07/2014

Created in 1948, Fracas is for me the ultimate tuberose fragrance. Very tart, very heady, with a hit of buttery, over-ripe indolic fleshiness and a shock of wet green-ness that references a big bunch of moist, live flowers. There is a brightness and a joyful strength to the scent, combined with a voluptuousness and a hint of animal. But it's also timeless and clean at the same time …Read more

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Fragrances - Lancôme - Magnifique EDP [DISCONTINUED]

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Dec/04/2013

To my nose Magnifique is "tangy rose and spiced ashes"; an interesting mix of darkness and light, sweetness and dirt.

In fact, I see it as a gothic-lolita scent because of the contrasting elements in it. I'm not a fan of rose fragrances in general, so it was really the uniqueness and the gutsiness of the smoky saffron-caraway-nargamota combo that hooked me in …
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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Shalimar

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Nov/28/2013

Of all the classic fragrances that hail from the Roaring '20s, Guerlain Shalimar and Chanel Bois des Iles are probably the only ones I reach for and would repurchase if I ever ran out, even though I don't wear them daily.

It actually took me a long time to "get" Shalimar, because the cool astringency of the bergamot, the powderiness of the incense, the animalic …
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Fragrances - Victoria's Secret - Amber Romance EDT

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Jul/09/2013

Cream an powdered sugar with a faint fruity tang.

Amber Romance is not a complicated scent. But I got it because I wanted something soft and fuzzy and comforting, like olfactory cashmere PJs. It's sexy in an understated and accessible way. Very much prefer the EDT to the body splash because besides lasting longer, it's creamier and softer. The price-point is good as …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Katy Perry - Purr

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Jul/09/2013

VERY pleasant but not extremely loud or out there, considering it bears Katy Perry's name.

Purr is one of those fruity florals that's not too loud, not too soft, not too fruity, not too floral, not too sweet, not too adolescent, and not too mature/sophisticated. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. (We can all use one of these in our perfume arsenal for days when we …
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