Product Reviews by IllusionsMichael

Shampoo - Cantu - Anti-Fade Color Protecting Shampoo

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23 days ago

This silicone- and sulfate-free shampoo claims to reduce color fade (retaining 84% of color after 10 washes) and claims to remove buildup without stripping hair.
First off, I can't say I noticed any difference WRT to color fade with this shampoo. I live in Florida (hello hard and chlorinated water), so brassiness is a thing even if you don't dye your hair. (If you live in an area …
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Treatments (Face) - SkinCeuticals - Metacell Renewal B3

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1 month ago

God I so wanted to love this. It sounded like just what I was looking for - a lightweight serum that would improve skin tone and texture and provide some repair and tightening. I've used other SkinCeuticals products before, so I had high hopes. Sadly this broke me out, and I can only use it on my neck. (Not chest - it breaks me out there, too.) I didn't want to believe it, so I tried …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Obagi - Gentle Rejuvenation Skin Calming Lotion

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11 months ago

I received this as a free gift from my derm. I got to pick one out of three being offered, and I think I chose poorly. It claims to contain "the exclusive combination of natural growth factors Kinetin and Zeatin, each of which has been clinically proven to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin and reduce the visible signs of photodamage. Skin Calming Lotion soothes sensitive skin with …Read more

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Lotions/ Creams - Dove - DermaSeries DRY SKIN RELIEF Replenishing Hand Cream

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11 months ago

I had completely run out of hand cream and was waiting for Sephora's annual sale, so I thought I'd buy a less expensive drugstore hand cream to tide me over. Admittedly, it's been hard for me to find a hand cream that I really like ever since my fave (Caudalie Vinosource) was discontinued. At first I thought this might be okay. It's lightweight and non-greasy and doesn't …Read more

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Top/Base Coats - ZOYA - Anchor

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Oct/10/2018

Zoya Anchor is my go-to base coat. It dries quickly and plays nicely with the big 3 (OPI, Essie, and of course Zoya). The major drawback is that it absolutely CANNOT be used as a stand-alone clear coat. Sometimes I get ready to do my nails - remove old polish, oil nails, push back cuticles, file nails - and realize that polishing will have to wait until the following day. If I apply Anchor …Read more

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Top/Base Coats - OPI - Natural Nail Base Coat

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Sep/29/2018

Six months ago, I started tracking the polishes I use in a spreadsheet. (I can't believe I hadn't thought to do it before then.) I track which colors I use and when, along with which base coat and which top coat, and note the results. Some combinations yield better results than others. I used the OPI base coat in a variety of combinations, and in all iterations where I used OPI as the …Read more

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Lash Treatments - Unlisted Brand - Latisse Lash Growth Drops

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Sep/06/2018

A lot of reviews have already been written about Latisse, but I thought I'd add my experience to the mix as well.

I needed 20 weeks of actual treatment to see full results as opposed to the 16 that is cited in Latisse literature and on its website. This may be because I had taken ~9-10 nonconsecutive days off during the course of the treatment (in part because I went out of town …
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Lips - Josie Maran Cosmetics - Argan Lip Sting Plumping Butter

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Dec/26/2017

At the time of purchase (12/17), this new product from Josie Maran came in 3 shades. I ordered this buttery lip stick in what looked like the darkest shade, "Grapefruit." When it arrived, I was initially disappointed - I was expecting a darker, more berry-like shade. Admittedly, the name "Grapefruit" should have tipped me off - it is exactly the color of a pink grapefruit. But …Read more

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Eye Primer - Smashbox - Photo Finish Lid Primer

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Dec/25/2017

Agree with most of the other reviews that this sadly is a fail. I decided to try this because this was one of the few eye primers I hadn't tried, and I need a primer if I want any kind of eye makeup to last more than 30 minutes. One past favorite of mine, Tarte 360, had been discontinued. Other primers that were relatively highly rated didn't work for me, so I thought I'd give this …Read more

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Hair - Shea Moisture - Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

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Nov/13/2017

This is more of a reminder for myself because I have mis-purchased this twice, mistaking it for the Deep Treatment Masque that I prefer. I find the Smoothie to be too heavy and oily for my 3B curls. It has no detangling power whatsoever and just sits on my hair. I don't think it adds shine or reduces frizz at all. But everyone's curls are different, though, so YMMV.

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