Product Reviews by BudgetDiva

Masks - Sonya Dakar - Flash Facial

3.0
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Sep/01/2014

This is an interesting product. Full disclosure, I didn't purchase it but received it in my FabFitFun Summer 2014 box. I actually purchased this box just to get this $95 product (I got the entire box for $35, so it was a good deal).

It has an extremely high alcohol content. In fact, so high the product dries almost instantaneously once applied to the skin. The instructions are …
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Cleansers - Suki - Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

5.0
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Aug/01/2014

Wow, this stuff is A-MAZING!

I got a small sample size in my Birchbox and it seriously has been my favorite product in any of the subscription boxes I get.

It smells like a slice of heaven, a little goes quite a long ways, foams as well as exfoliates, and my skin looks fantastic after just a week of using it.

I rarely purchase a full-sized product from a sample …
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Misc Beauty Tools - Olay - Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System

5.0
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Jul/07/2014

I had been squirreling away a little here and there to treat myself to a Clarisonic (as my handle here would imply, I'm definitely a budget-conscious kinda gal these days).

In my excitement, I went to YouTube and watched several vidoes about "Olay Pro X vs Clarisonic." Of course, I had no way of knowing what the outcome of these videos would be but I assumed it would be …
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Lip Gloss - NYX Professional Makeup - Butter Gloss

5.0
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Jun/25/2014

I have at long last discovered the holy grail of affordable and high-performing lip glosses and it's definitely anything but a high-end price.

I have 3 of these now and each one is amazing. "Butter gloss" is a perfect description for this product.

It's amazingly pigmented and the ones I have have absolutely no glitter or sparkle too them. The Cherry …
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Eye Shadow - wet n wild - Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad - Walking on Eggshells

5.0
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Aug/13/2013

Great little trio, a definite daily go-to for a not-too-overdone look. The colors are pretty well pigmented and blend well. Can't go wrong for the price. I'd buy this again, but it appears it's going to last for a long while since it doesn't take much to get the desired look. WNW continues to surprise me with their quality.

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Liquid - CHANEL - Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15

5.0
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Apr/09/2013

I thought I had found the HG of foundations with La Mer but this tops even that treasure. I have this in shade 30 Beige.

One word...AMAZING.

Great coverage, no creasing or cracking throughout the day, no oxidizing. And while expensive it takes the tiniest amount to do my entire face, with complete coverage and no need for a concealer "boost" to any area. …
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Lip Gloss - Mary Kay - Beach Bronze

5.0
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Apr/01/2013

I bought a 6-pack sampler of MK lip glosses and this was one of the colors it contained. WOW...great nudish-bronzy color with just enough glitter to make the lips look fuller, and a nice smooth texture, too. Not a ton of color (the Red Passion is VERY pigmented and just gorgeous, too) but enough to stand on its own or over a lipstick or lipliner. I think this will be one of my …Read more

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Lips - L'Oreal Paris - Colour Riche Balm

4.0
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Feb/08/2013

While I adore Fresh Sugar Plum lip balm, at $22 a pop and lasting less than a month, I decided to try to find something that would produce similar results (soften my lips, which chap easily, and give a little bit of pop). The CVS on the corner was having a BOGO on L'Oreal lip products, so I picked up Comforting Caramel and Nourishing Nude.

I really like these. The color is …
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Mascara - Lancôme - Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara

2.0
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Feb/08/2013

Mascara FAIL, Lancome. After seeing this demo'd on HSN or QVC, I just had to get one. Total disappointment. The best thing I can say about this product is I like the applicator. Personally, I prefer the NYX Doll Eye mascara, which is a fraction of the price of the Lancome and produced a much better result. I honestly don't think Hypnose Doll Lashes is any better than most …Read more

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Skincare - Face - Mario Badescu - Herbal Hydrating Serum

2.0
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Feb/02/2013

I have a love/hate relationship with MB products and, after going through 2 samples, I'm going to have to put this on the "hate" side of our relationship.

It's a lightweight serum, clear blue in color, and it feels nice going on. That being said, no matter how I adjust the amount I use, it never feels completely dry and stays somewhat tacky on my skin, no matter …
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