Product Reviews by Gitte

Treatments - Nails Inc. - Back to Life Recovery Treatment and Base Coat

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Aug/21/2017

I recently read an article about this product, which is supposed to work well for those with natural nails as well as those who have had gel manicures. It claims to keep your nails hydrated, even under polish. It also strengthens your nails. It is a very slight pink tint, and you can use it either as a treatment or as a base coat.

I tried it as a treatment first, following the …
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Mascara - Almay - Intense i-color Volumizing Mascara - Sapphire (032)

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Jul/26/2017

Nope. I had been using more expensive mascaras, and decided that it was ridiculous when there were other choices that were less money out there. Since I don't like using black mascara, it was hard to find much, but when I saw this one from Almay, I was really excited.

It's terrible. Clumpy, flaky, and makes my lashes look like I hired a two-year old makeup artist to apply …
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Cleansers - Philosophy - Purity Made Simple Cleanser

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Jan/10/2016

My sister Nancy lives in Southern California. She is the quintessential California person, and has always been interested in fashion and beauty. She also considers herself an expert, and is more than happy to give advice - whether or not you ask for it!

Anyway, last year (2014) for Christmas, she sent me this product. She'd told me about this product several times, saying that …
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Concealers - RIMMEL - Match Perfection

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Mar/04/2015

A few weeks ago, I went to use my concealer and realized that I'd left it at my sister's house when we visited. So I once again headed to CVS to buy something to use in the meantime, since she was sending a package anyway, and said she would put that concealer in that as well. I'd read that Rimmel products were pretty nice, and had a good price point, so I decided to give this …Read more

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Moisturizers - CVS - Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Cream

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Mar/04/2015

About a month ago, I was in CVS looking for a nighttime cream for my face, and was just about to buy a L'Oreal product that was on sale, when I saw this product next to it for $5.00 less, and decided to try it. CVS lets you return things if they don't work, or you don't like them, so that made me willing to experiment.

As it turns out, it's not too far from the …
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Moisturizers - Fresh - lotus youth reserve radiance lotion

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fromGitte

Oct/29/2014

I decided to give this a try, because a) it was not terribly expensive, and b) Fresh products have a good reputation.

I was sorely disappointed. First of all, I didn't like the scent it had, though I will grant that it wasn't that strong. The lotion had too slick of a feel to me, yet when I put it on my face, it felt like it never absorbed. I felt that it was trying to be …
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Treatments (Eye) - Ole Henriksen - Ultimate Lift Eye Gel

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Oct/29/2014

I generally like gel products, especially during warm weather, when they seem to stay on my face longer than creams or lotions. But this product was a disappointment for me.

First of all, it's more of a glop than a gel. Really sticky, and hard to get out of the jar. Then, once on my eyes, it actually stung a little bit. I tried this for four weeks, and it just wasn't …

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Misc Beauty Tools - Earth Therapeutics - Precisso Beauty Blending Sponge

5.0
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fromGitte

Oct/02/2014

I had been reading about beauty blending sponges, and was intrigued - I have used regular makeup sponges off and on over the years, and felt that they were useful, if not absolutely necessary. However, I was not willing to pay what I considered to be a ridiculous amount for a makeup sponge, so had not tried one.

Then I was at Kohl's and poking around in the makeup section, and …
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Highlighters - Josie Maran Cosmetics - Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer

5.0
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May/11/2014

When I was younger, I had very oily skin, and spent a lot of time trying to be sure my face wasn't shiny. When I saw that this was both an illuminizer and had argan oil, I was a little hesitant. Again, I didn't want my face to look shiny, and also because these things can also be pretty dark and/or orange-y, and I didn't want to look like I was attempting to channel John …Read more

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Moisturizers - Josie Maran Cosmetics - Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 with Sunboost ATB

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May/11/2014

A couple of years ago, I tried Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with sunscreen. I was slightly skeptical, since it had argan oil in it, and even now, I'm hesitant to try things on my face that have oil. But I'd read a lot of good things about it, so I decided to give it a shot. And I *loved* the stuff! I used it religiously, even deciding that it did my skin some good. But, as …Read more

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