Product Reviews by BothCoasts

Treatments (Face) - Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment [DISCONTINUED]

5.0
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Aug/27/2012

Interesting thing about this product:
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I have normal skin that doesn't really break out all that often (knock on wood). It just gets a little dull and dry--a sign, according to my derm, that I should exfoliate. So I tried this stuff 2-3 times per week and it makes my skin a little softer, and a little brighter. It's not life-changing, but for me, it doesn't have to be …
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Conditioner - Aubrey Organics - White Camellia Conditioner

1.0
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Dec/13/2011

I really wanted to like this one because I drive a Subaru and my other liberal car is a limousine. The packaging alone takes me back to my mom's 80s retro-hippie-yuppie days at the Nature Mart. I realized looking at the label that I have no idea what camellias smell like, which may have contributed to my surprise as to the fairly herbal woodsy scent that came out of the bottle. I wasn't …Read more

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Shampoo - Desert Essence - Italian Red Grape Shampoo

2.0
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Dec/13/2011

In full disclosure, shampoo is shampoo is shampoo to me. I'm much more of a conditioner girl--in my life, shampoo is just to curtail oil and grime and the conditioner does the REAL work in making me look good.
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Soooo...I got this as a gift because someone like me doesn't pay $9 for shampoo and when I read the label, my first thoughts were "Antioxidants for my hair? Are …
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Lotions/ Creams - L'Occitane - 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream

3.0
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Jan/14/2010

As most people will tell you, this is a great hand-cream, if we're talking about moisturizing your hands. It's one drawback is that it can take some time to absorb. But in the grand scheme of things, hand-cream is hand-cream and I'm sure that there's other stuff out there that's much cheaper which will do as good a job. Which leaves the rest for the price: the packaging …Read more

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Sunscreen - California Baby - SPF 30+ SUNSCREEN

4.0
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Jan/13/2010

This sunscreen works as a physical barrier, rather than a chemical one; thus, it will probably leave a subtle white/ashy cast to the face. If you want a physical blocker, however, this is a very nice one that's not outrageously smelly. I agree with other reviewers, however, that this is the kind of sunscreen that you break out for the beach, not for your outdoor wedding because of the …Read more

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Lotions/ Creams - The Body Shop - Coconut Body Butter

4.0
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Jan/13/2010

Alright, alright, I bought it because that adorable girl in Lucky said it was the best coconut scent. And she's kind of right--coconut tends to smell either too sugary or too artificial in beauty products, but this one has a freshness to it. I also liked that while I could smell the product when I put it on, it wasn't cloying and I didn't feel like I was walking around in a cloud …Read more

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Blush - NARS Cosmetics - Orgasm Blush

2.0
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Jan/13/2010

As far as the blush itself goes, it's a nice product. Fine texture, not to chalky, and it deposits color nicely. So if this is representative of the line of blushes at Nars, it bodes well.

However, let's talk about the color. Magazines have long said this color "works on every complexion" (a ridiculous statement to make for any product)--yeah, um, not me. My skin …
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Moisturizers - Olay - Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 50

4.0
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Jan/13/2010

Judging by the reviews, it seems that this product might be too heavy unless your skin is dry. My skin errs towards dry so, so far, so good. I don't have any problem with slickness or irritation--in fact, I'm looking pretty matte and healthy. My skin feels soft and smooth after using. I think, however, that while this moisturizes my skin just fine, with SPF 50, it's kind of more …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Bioré - Pore Cleansing Strips - Nose

2.0
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Jan/12/2010

Aside from the novelty of seeing one's own blackheads in all their glory, somehow I just don't think that it's necessary to remove skin layers to do so...And considering that my nose flaked for days afterwards, I guess I KNOW it's not necessary.

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Cleansers - Neutrogena - one-step gentle cleanser

5.0
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Jan/12/2010

I'm not one for bells and whistles and I haven't yet used this to try and take off make-up--only as a cleanser. In addition, I don't expect miracles from a cleanser because hope as I might, there ain't nothing money can buy that's going to offset the effects of insomnia or stress on my skin. For me, hoping that a cleanser can combat/prevent the occasional outbreak is …Read more

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