Product Reviews by CastlesMadeOfSand

Lipstick - MILANI - Color Statement Lipstick - Teddy Bare

5.0
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May/08/2016

This is the most-used lipstick I've ever owned. I have light/medium to medium/tan skin (varies drastically depending on the season) with a warm/olive undertone, and this shade is perfect when I want something just a bit deeper/browner than my natural lip color. I can wear it year-round, but I use it most in the fall and winter. It doesn't last forever on my lips, but I'm not sure …Read more

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Polishes - wet n wild - 1 Step Wonder Gel

4.0
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May/08/2016

I've always been a fan of Wet n Wild nail polishes, and this line is my new favorite. I bought Stay Classy for myself and my mom, and we both really like the color and the formula. The brush is a good width, wider than your average brush, but no so large that I get polish on my skin when I'm painting my pinky. I find two coats to be perfect for this color. I should note that when you …Read more

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Brows - e.l.f. Cosmetics - Instant Lift Brow Pencil

4.0
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Apr/15/2016

I purchased this in deep brown, and it's pretty much the most perfect color I've ever found for my brows - very dark, not black, and not a hint of orange. The color selection is definitely limited, though, so not everyone will find a good match unless elf expands their range. The product lasts all day; at night I wash my face to remove my makeup, then I use waterproof makeup remover on …Read more

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Bronzers - wet n wild - Color Icon Bronzer - Reserve Your Cabana

3.0
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Apr/15/2016

I purchased this to use as a cheekbone/browbone highlight based on all the glowing (no pun intended) reviews I've seen online, and I will say that this product does look nice on the skin. It's a very subtle highlight, which I like because it's workable for daytime and the office, yet it's buildable. The best aspect of this product is most definitely the price - I think I paid …Read more

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Polishes - wet n wild - Casting Call 462

5.0
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Jun/07/2015

This shade, along with the other WnW Wild Shine colors, was recently repackaged - fortunately, the formula is the same! I would describe the color as a neutral rosy mauve, if that makes sense. I love wearing it on my toes at the beginning and end of sandals season -it adds a nice pop of color, but it goes with any outfit I choose to wear. It brings me from work to night to weekends...very …Read more

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Concealers - Tarte Cosmetics - Smooth Operator - Amazonian clay waterproof concealer

5.0
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Feb/08/2015

I've been using this concealer in medium to hide hormonal breakouts and acne scarring, and it's the first I've used that doesn't make me break out more, nor dry out my skin. The coverage is close to full, and it is long-lasting and safe to wear on hot, humid days. It is pricey, but I don't mind spending more to support a quality brand and for a product that works; plus …Read more

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Lip Gloss - wet n wild - Natural Wear Lip Shimmer

3.0
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Sep/28/2014

Pros: Beautiful color selection, safe ingredients, excellent price.
Cons: Not at all moisturizing. Also, I think "shimmer" is an understatement - these balms are downright glittery.
I would give these a second chance if they changed the formula to be either more hydrating or less "shimmery" (or both,) but in the meantime I won't be repurchasing.

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Eye Primer - e.l.f. Cosmetics - Hydrating Under Eye Primer

5.0
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Sep/28/2014

Hands down one of my favorite E.L.F. products! I purchased this after receiving (and loving) a sample of a similar product by Smashbox, and I can honestly say that this product worked just as well and at a tenth of the cost of the high-end version.
The packaging is sleek and convenient. I love the hygenic pump feature; it feels sturdy, and it's easy to control how much product comes …
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Lip Treatments - Badger - Badger Cocoa Butter Lip Balm in Vanilla Bean

5.0
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Sep/28/2014

Moisturizing, natural formula in a yummy scent - definitely a keeper.

To anyone complaining about the price of this balm - do some math! These sticks are .25 ounces, whereas most lip balm sticks (Chapstick, Burt's Bees, etc) are only .15 ounces, so of course they cost more than smaller sticks from other brands. Also, you're paying for high-quality, organic ingredients and a …
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Concealers - NYX Professional Makeup - Dark Circle Concealer

4.0
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Sep/28/2014

Edit 5/9/16: Well this update is overdue! As I was considering below, I did purchase this in medium, and I'm glad I did. I've been using it every day for about a year, and it's much more effective at color-correcting my undereye circles than the light shade was because it's much more orange, whereas light is more of a pinky-beige color. I apply it with my ring finger under my …Read more

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