Product Reviews by Fiammetta

Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics - Matte Lipstick - Lady Danger

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Aug/03/2015

Easily my favorite red, verging on the orange/coral side, with a soft Matte finish (so somewhat more emollient than a Retro Matte). Good pigmentation; it might catch on flaky parts, but overall goes on evenly, and fades to a soft, even stain. Sometimes I'll blot it down after application, which makes it very resistant to transferring. Works for every season, but especially in the summer …Read more

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Palettes - theBalm Cosmetics - Meet Matt(e) Nude Eyeshadow Palette

5.0
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Jan/16/2014

The palette is what you'd expect from the description, 9 blendable, perfectly matte neutral tones. The palette leans warm, though there is a somewhat cool darker gray (Matt Johnson), a taupe, a bright creamy white, in addition to several browns. I think one of the darker browns could have been substituted for a lighter beige, but I certainly have no problem creating a number of complete …Read more

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BB Cream - Lumene - Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream SPF 20

5.0
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Oct/22/2013

This is the best non-Korean BB cream I've tried so far. The shade selection is limited, but the Light works for me, especially in the summer (when I go from NC 15 to NC 20ish). The coverage is light, but smooths out my skin just enough for everyday wear. It is best rubbed in with fingers, and dries to a slightly dewy finish that got me more compliments than higher end products. I've …Read more

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Misc Beauty Tools - DAISO - Detergent for Puff and Sponge

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Oct/07/2013

This stuff works. I had pretty much resigned myself to not expecting my synthetic foundation brushes (F80, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, etc) to ever look totally clean again, but this detergent has made them look like new. Works great too for your 217, white blush brushes, and powder brushes. It's cheap, you need very little, and I'm contemplating a back-up already.

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Fragrances - Dior - J'adore Eau de Parfum

3.0
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Sep/18/2013

I bought this on impulse (always a bad idea), and have found that it is one of those fragrances that stings and gives me red streaks on my skin after applying. Beyond that, it's a basic fruity floral (to my nose most noticeably magnolia) with a dreamy musk floating through it, and it bores me to death. Sillage is average, wear time is about 8 noticeable hours. I'm sure plenty of people …Read more

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Makeup Brushes - Real Techniques - Domed Shadow Brush

5.0
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Sep/18/2013

I've used this every day since I've bought it (and worn makeup). It's soft, it blends like a dream, it's easily washable. It works for eyeshadow as well, but most days I don't need anything beyond a 217 anyway. No, I always use this for softly buffing in concealer under my eyes and in the corners of my nose, and I don't foresee ever moving on from it.

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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Tubéreuse Criminelle

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Jul/27/2013

No doubt about it, this is a mega tuberose. Yes, of course, there is that hard hit of camphor cool in the first few minutes, but as it settles down you are left with that beautiful, silky tuberose. It is not as attention-getting as my other love, Carnal Flower, but there are days that its sharper edges and the play of wintergreen are just right for me.

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Bronzers - St.Tropez - Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

5.0
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Jun/11/2013

I haven't had much experience with self-tanning, but this + the mitt was extremely easy . I did get someone to do my upper back, but otherwise spreading it on was fast, and the color guide is quite good. I think I go a little sparing with this compared to other users, but I'm starting off at about NC 15-20, so I'd rather be careful.

Seems to last about 4-5 days, and it …
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Fragrances - L'Artisan Parfumeur - Seville a l'Aube

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Apr/15/2013

It's not a straightforward, sweet, cheerful orange blossom. This one is rounded out by a warm lavendar, beeswax, and the little hints of incense that remind me of Nuit de Tubereuse. Nevertheless, I find it warm and airy and fresh, and of course evocative, given the story. I was iffy about it on the first try, but as my skin warms it up I enjoy it more and more.

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Fragrances - Frederic Malle - Portrait of a Lady

5.0
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Nov/30/2012

This is it, I've found THE rose fragrance I never knew I was looking for. It's a rose that is spicy and dark, and with it comes fruity berries and soft musk, and the little bit of woody patchouli to give it weight. Beautiful, expensive, with a sillage of about arm's length, and about 12 hours wear, for me. Don't overspray. I don't think I want to be without this …Read more

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