Product Reviews by GwenNYC

Treatments (Face) - Dr. Barbara Sturm - Hyaluronic Serum

4.0
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2 months ago

Yes, it’s outrageously expensive. Egregiously so. Sure, there are plenty of other hyaluronic serums out there that are far less expensive. I wanted so badly to dislike this. Sadly, I like it. What sets this serum apart are the other ingredients that comprise the base. I looked into more affordable options from Amazon to high end dept. stores only to realize how much junk is in the alternatives …Read more

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Cleansers - Unlisted Brand - Dr. Barbara Sturm Cleanser

5.0
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2 months ago

I’m head over heels for this cleanser. Truly! It’s unlike any foam cleanser I’ve ever used, and I’ve used pricier ones from La Prairie and La Mer. It doesn’t come out of the pump like the sort of thick foam cleansers that thin out with water do. After shaking, I pump twice into my palm and massage on my face- including my eye and mouth areas. It’s so incredibly lightweight that it feels like a …Read more

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Scrubs - CHANEL - Precision Gommage Microperle Eclat

4.0
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7 months ago

I’ve found some gems in Chanel’s skincare lineup and I’m happy to report this is one of them. I like to mixup exfoliation methods and this is a perfect gentle scrub. I like to wash my face with a gel-based cleanser first (La Mer or Bellatorra) and apply a thin layer of this while my face and hands are still wet. After a minute I massage my hands in circular upward motions for a minute and rinse …Read more

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Gels/ Soaps - Aesop - A Rose By Any Other Name body cleanser

4.0
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8 months ago

I read about people using this as a gentle hand soap and bought it for that purpose. I’d previously used their Resurrection Hand Wash & Balm, but was curious to give this a whirl. Thre scent is lovely and definitely less potent than Resurrection. I wash my hands A LOT, so gentle is key.

A Rose By Any Other Name is super gentle, low foaming (it really doesn’t foam as a hand wash) …
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Skincare - Face - AmorePacific - Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System

5.0
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10 months ago

I think I’ve tried every mid to high-end mist out there. What’s not to love about a mist? I don’t use them as a substitute for a toner, with the exception of Chantecaille’s Rosewater Mist.

This mist smells heavenly, like every other AmorePacific product. The bottle is simple with a secure fitting top. It distributes evenly, unlike some that stream more than mist. This mists. I use it …
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Eyes - Clé de Peau Beauté - Eye Baume

4.0
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Apr/05/2018

In an effort to save money, I switched to this from La Prairie’s Caviar Lift Eye cream, which is over $300. I use several Cle de Peau products and have had great results with 90% of them. This nighttime eye cream is fantastic and delivers results!

Yes, the tube is quite small. But I’ve found it to last about 4-5 months (used only at night). It honestly takes a very small amount each …
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Treatments (Face) - Sunday Riley - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

1.0
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Feb/17/2018

Even if this facial oil had worked magic on my skin, I wouldn’t be able to use it. Why, you ask? The stench. When speaking about beauty products I tend to use words like scent or fragrance. Even the word ‘smell’ isn’t strong enough to describe this oil’s aggressive stink factor. The mere fact that I’m immediately addressing said stench before speaking about the oil itself is pretty telling …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare - Ferulic Acid+Plus Retinol Brightening Solution

4.0
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Jan/28/2018

Pleasantly surprised. I’ve been attempting to save money recently so kd course my skincare lands on the chopping block. Wahhh. My previous, beloved night serum had become cost-prohibitive according to my husband, so I recently used every last drop I could squeeze out and purchased this PM serum after much online research.

While don’t suffer from dark spots, I do can usually break out …
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Treatments (Eye) - SHISEIDO - Benefiance Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask

3.0
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Jan/19/2018

I purchased the large box of these eye masks and realized that I’d only used them twice. I started using them again recently and remembered why. They are very messy, don’t absorb readily, and don’t benefit people who already take great care of their eye area. I notice no immediate or long-lasting positive effects or improvement of under-eye darkness or fine lines.

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Moisturizers - Estée Lauder - DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Creme Oil-Free SPF 25

2.0
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Jan/19/2018

I used this cream religiously in my 20’s and loved both the creamy texture and cucumber scent. My main concern back then was preventing wrinkles & premature aging, as well as sun protection. It was wonderful.

I recently hit my 40’s (ack!) and in an attempt to tighten my purse strings, I purchased this instead of my usual La Mer or La Prairie. It looks and smells exactly the same …
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