Product Reviews by CarlaN

Mascara - Boots - No7 Stay Perfect Mascara

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4 months ago

This review is for the version that comes in the gold tube.
I wanted *so* badly to like this, since my super-oily skin is notorious for dissolving mascara almost on contact. Tubing formulas work better than anything else, and my motivation for trying this one was the hope that it would be just as good as blinc, but less expensive.
It *is* less expensive, but I found it *terribly* clumpy …
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Eyeliner - wet n wild - MegaSlim Skinny Tip Eyeliner

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fromCarlaN

5 months ago

This is the thinnest eyeliner pen I have ever encountered. It makes lining right along and into the base of the lashes very easy. I wish this pen were offered in dark brown, but the line it draws is so very fine that this well-pigmented black liner doesn't look harsh, even on my very fair (NW15) 55-year-old face.
This liner is cruelty-free and inexpensive, as well.
It doesn't …
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Lipstick - Jordana Cosmetics - Matte Lipstick - Plum Obsession

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fromCarlaN

6 months ago

I wear this mid-tone bright purplish fuchsia pink fairly often; I couldn’t find this particular color in any other line. The closest match I’ve come across is Stila’s Stay-All-Day in “Lume,” which is 10 times the price, and a liquid formula, which I dislike.<br>
Plum Obsession is probably not everybody’s kind of color, since it’s something of a “statement” shade. It’s called “matte,” …
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Brows - wet n wild - Ultimate Brow Highlighter

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fromCarlaN

7 months ago

I’d hoped that this would be an also-cruelty-free dupe for Trish McEvoy’s superb Eye Brightener Pencil, for a mere $4.29 USD, as opposed to $25.00. <br>
It almost is. The Wet ‘n’ Wild pencil, though smaller/narrower than the Eye Brightener pencil, looks like almost exactly the same thing: both pencils are short (≈ 3 inches) “chubby” pencils, very pale satin-finish pink. I use this type …
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Eye Shadow - Buxom - Eyeshadow Bar Single Eyeshadow – Designer or Die (Matte)

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fromCarlaN

7 months ago

I’m VERY pleased with this. I spent a ridiculous amount of time searching for a matte light taupe eyeshadow, from a cruelty-free company, and kept coming up short. My usual go-tos, like Makeup Geek, Senna, Coastal Scents, Morphe, ColourPop, and Nabla didn’t have the shade I wanted. <br>
The closest I could get seemed to be Buxom Designer or Die, which is described on the Buxom site as …
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Eye Shadow - Senna - Eyeshadow

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fromCarlaN

8 months ago

My hunt for cruelty-free eyeshadow singles led me to Senna, a company of which I was unaware, and my quest for a light matte rosy taupe shadow culminated in my purchase of the Matte Eye Color in the shade “Aperitif.” <br>
Aperitif is a fairly difficult color to describe. The best I can do is “matte light-medium cool brown with slight rosy tones.” It’s actually just a hair deeper …
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Lips - Joah - Tintation Lip Stain

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fromCarlaN

8 months ago

I consider this a good “find.” I chose the shade “Thirst.”<br>
I wanted a pinkish-red lipstain, cruelty-free, reasonably priced, long-lasting. <br>
I could find pink lip stains and red lip stains that met my requirements, but not pink-red, for some odd reason. <br>
So when I came upon Joah’s “Tintation” stains, I was happy to spot the shade “Thirst,” which …
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Lips - e.l.f. Cosmetics - Lip Lacquer (All Colors)

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fromCarlaN

9 months ago

This is a great cruelty-free, inexpensive no-frills clear lip gloss. It has no discernible scent or taste, and adds long-lasting moisture and sheen to lips, with a minimum of stickiness. <br>
If you want a good standard "work-horse" clear gloss, this is a strong choice.

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Lip Gloss - NYX Professional Makeup - Lip Lingerie Gloss - Clear

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fromCarlaN

9 months ago

This is a beautiful, translucent sparkling gloss that's from a cruelty-free company. <br>
BUT I couldn't abide the heavy floral-soapy scent/taste, so I reluctantly trashed the gloss(after keeping it about a month, in the hope that the smell would fade) and bought a clear gloss [from e.l.f] that doesn't stink.<br>
If the NYX gloss didn't have that awful …
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Lipstick - ColourPop - Lippie Stix (Matte X) - Trust Me

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fromCarlaN

9 months ago

Rare is the red that stays RED, instead of morphing into a garish pink, on my NW15 face, and Trust Me is one of those rare gems. Because of its true red color, along with its creaminess (it dries down to a velvety matte finish), smooth opaque pigmentation, and tenacious wear, Trust Me has earned the distinction of being my current go-to red lipstick. The fact that it costs a mere $5.50 isn't …Read more

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