Product Reviews by ClariceD

Skincare - Simple - Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Facial Gel Wash

4.0
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6 months ago

A good basic cleanser for times when heavy-duty cleansing isn't warranted. For me, this is first thing in the morning and last thing at night, either as a second sweep after using a cleansing oil to remove makeup or as a standalone product if I haven't worn makeup at all that day. My cleanser preferences don't seem that complicated on the surface - gentle, bland, no actives …Read more

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Lipstick - Lipstick Queen - Jean Queen

4.0
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Dec/20/2014

Jean Queen is as unassuming and casual as it was designed to be. A mid, cool-ish pink (I’ve debated with myself as to whether it’s neutral or cool, I think it straddles the two) with a sheer glossy finish and some very fine, hidden shimmer to augment the gloss, it works well as part of a toned-down look. It comes into its own when you want something on your lips that meshes with what you’re …Read more

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Blush - essence - Silky Touch Blush (All Shades) [DISCONTINUED]

4.0
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Dec/20/2014

Me: NW15, combination and very sensitive skin

I own three shades from this range and the texture is pretty consistent between them. Adorable is a basic neutral, leaning cool, pink blush with a texture that reflects the name of this line. Not quite matte but not shimmery, it’s satiny to the touch in the pan and applies smoothly to the cheeks, especially with a goat hair or fairly stiff …
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BB Cream - Dior - Diorskin Nude BB Creme

4.0
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Dec/18/2014

Me: NW15, combination skin leaning dry, very sensitive, clog-prone.

I don’t buy into the belief that BB creams have or should have any skincare benefits; I judge this one by the same criteria I’d apply to any tinted moisturiser or light foundation. This one doesn’t purport to take care of the skin, only to refine it. Dior describes this as a “nude glow skin-perfecting beauty balm” and …
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Highlighters - Fyrinnae - Mineral Highlighter in Center Stage

5.0
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Dec/15/2014

I’m NW15, sensitive skin on the drier side of combination, do well with foundations that are beige with some pink rather than the other way round, and warm colours in makeup actually suit me better.

Center Stage looks a subdued peachy gold in the pot, true to Fyrianne’s description (see thecharm’s review below) and on me reads as a warm-toned champagne that meshes so incredibly with …
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Liquid - MAKE UP FOR EVER - Face & Body Liquid Make Up ] ] ] [DISCONTINUED]

4.0
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Mar/10/2012

I have extremely sensitive skin that clogs easily and ranges from dry to dry-combination depending on the time of year. I don't have much to cover other than some old acne scarring on my chin/jaw (substantially faded due to prescription retinoids) and the uneven skintone with redness that my skin sensitivity sometimes produces. In foundation I look for light, but buildable, coverage …Read more

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Eyeliner - Illamasqua - Medium Pencil in Vow

5.0
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Mar/26/2011

I was in pursuit of a good waterline brightener for a while before I found this one. None of the other contenders I experimented with quite hit the spot. I'm fair-skinned with warm undertones (approximately NC15) and not pale or cool-toned enough for white pencil to look convincing; Benefit Eye Bright (pale pink) was too cool; Stila Kajal in Topaz and similar "nude" shades were too …Read more

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Eye Makeup Remover - Boots - Botanics All Bright Soothing Eye Makeup Remover

2.0
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Jul/11/2010

My skin/eye area: dry, very sensitive, prone to dermatitis, redness and clogs, retin A user (0.01%) due to use of a prescription drug that induces acne in chin/jaw area. Contact lens wearer, prone to milia from overly rich formulations, but also to irritation and flaking on the lids if products are too drying or harsh.


I wear makeup perhaps four days out of seven. When I do, I …
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Conditioner - John Masters Organics - Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler

3.0
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Oct/22/2009

My hair: fine strands, but thick in quantity. Straight, mid-length. Coloured every couple of months, washed every two to three days, blow-dried three times a week, briefly flat-ironed a couple of times a week (for cow's lick/double crown control rather than actual straightness). Sensitive scalp, prone to dermatitis. My hair is in good condition but "sensitised" by processing and is …Read more

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Moisturizers - Avene - Skin Recovery Cream

5.0
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Oct/14/2009

Me: Dry-to-combination, very sensitive skin, prone to dermatitis and redness, clog-prone, mild-to-moderate drug-induced acne on chin/jaw until recently (10/2007-02/2009).


An excellent basic moisturiser for sensitive, reactive skin. This is lightweight but relatively intensive, making it suitable for a range of oil outputs - combination through to dry. I suspect that those with …
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