Product Reviews by EllaKwint

Lip Gloss - MAC Cosmetics - Lipglass - Russian Red

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Jan/01/2015

MAC Russian Red in the original matte is one of my all time favorites. It's cult following virtually ensures it won't be discontinued. Praise be. But it can be a tad drying so when I discovered they made a Lipglass version, I was intrigued. Late to the party for sure, but better late than never?

Full disclosure, this was my very first Lipglass ever. I'm 40 and have never …
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Lipstick - Face Stockholm - Cranberry Veil Lipstick

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Jan/01/2015

I was so excited to try this (despite finding very few online swatches or current reviews) that I plopped down a ridiculous expedited shipping fee. Wrong move.

Always on the hunt for a good sheer red, MAC Russian Red and NARS Mascate are my go-to matte crimson reds; I adore them, but in winter, and with deepening mouth lines and chapped-prone lips that seem to grow worse every day …
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Lipstick - NARS Cosmetics - Audacious Lipstick (All Shades)

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Dec/09/2014

I'm a big NARS lippie fan. Their matte shade "Mascate" is my HG of reds. And NARS' "Autumn Leaves" has seen me through the worst of lip conditions and never lets me down. But in winter, and as I combat aging and dry skin and lips, an ultra matte like Mascate is just too high maintenance. Since the Sheers line offers only a handful of colors, I was beyond stoked to …Read more

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Treatments (Eye) - Mario Badescu - Hyaluronic Eye Cream

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Dec/09/2014

I've had success with other MB products. Their aloe toner is awesome. But lemme break down my experience with this eye cream--

Day 1: Ohhhh feels great. Really moisturizing and lovely, if not a tad tacky

Day 2: Hmmm, my lids are awfully hooded and my eyes feel/look puffy

Day 3: FIRE! I'm on fire. How do I get the burning to go away?! Did I apply Bengay …
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Toners - Mario Badescu - Aloe Vera Toner

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Dec/08/2014

My HG toner. Made with only 3 ingredients--one being a paraben so I know that's a deal breaker for some--this gentle fragrance-free fluid is super refreshing and non irritating to my very dry, picky, and reactionary skin. I've rarely used toners over the years because most contained alcohol or witch hazel or some other ingredient that dried me out. So I associated ALL 'toners' …Read more

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Blush - CHANEL - Le Blush Creme De Chanel

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Dec/07/2014

Chamade 67 looks downright scary in the packaging. It appears nearly clown red and...well, just intimidating. I learned from NARS not to judge a blush by the color in the pan, but as a new convert to cream blushes, working with this formula in an shade that can go so wrong so quickly is definitely not for the unadventurous.

While marketed as cream, the finish is a matte, velvety …
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Palettes - LORAC - little black palette

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Feb/11/2014

This is a beautifully packaged palette with equally beautiful shades--ones that should flatter nearly every skin tone. Unfortunately, my rapidly aging eye area is just too crepey to pull off the fairly intense shimmer this palette offers. I typically wear BM's 'glimmer' eye shades and find them not too shimmery to pull off at age 39. But this LORAC palette goes more glittery on …Read more

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Lip Treatments - MAC Cosmetics - Lip Conditioner

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Feb/10/2014

I simply cannot tolerate the taste of this. I'm a huge MAC fan and have been sporting their lipsticks for 20 yrs.

But wearing this thin, greasy conditioner literally nauseates me. I feel like I'm ingesting a cheap, cloying Glade candle. I've heard this described as tasting like everything from mangoes to vanilla. Regardless, whatever it tastes like I do not want it …
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Treatments (Eye) - Shi Kai - Borage Dry Skin Therapy Eye Cream

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Feb/10/2014

Avoid if you're milia prone. Bottom line.

I'm so grateful to know I'm not the only one experiencing milia with this product! In 25 yrs of sampling every eye cream under the sun without every experiencing a single white bump, I had no idea what these awful white hard lumps were on my lids and under eyes. I have exceptionally thin under eye skin, so these kernels were …
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