Product Reviews by Laurin

Powder - Merle Norman - Ultra Powder Foundation

5.0
Created with Sketch.
fromLaurin

Feb/13/2018

I decided to try this foundation at a local Merle Norman location after reading the great reviews here. I like that it is a powder foundation with medium coverage, but can be built to full coverage if needed. I like to apply it with a Kabuki brush over Merle Norman's CC Cream. My 19 year old daughter tried my MN Ultra Powder Foundation and has also become a devotee. Even she agrees that …Read more

8 of 8 people found this helpful. Did you?


Lotions/ Creams - Soap & Glory - The Righteous Butter

4.0
Created with Sketch.
fromLaurin

Nov/13/2017

I got this product as a gift in a Soap & Glory gift set. This body butter is nice and moisturizing, but I have a hard time getting past its STROOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG scent. I put it on at 5:00am today before work and at 1:00pm I can still smell it (which is not a good thing, in my opinion). I think I will need to try a different S&G product with a less...headstrong...scent.

1 of 1 people found this helpful. Did you?


BB Cream - Smashbox - Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

4.0
Created with Sketch.
fromLaurin

Jan/19/2017

I received a sample of the Smashbox Camera Ready BB cream in light/medium in my January Ipsy bag. I was surprised and delighted with how much coverage this BB cream provided. All of the other BB and CC creams I have tried in the past have been little more than tinted moisturizers, but this one was more like a foundation. It dried to a matte finish and feels like I am not wearing foundation. I …Read more

2 of 2 people found this helpful. Did you?


Mascara - Tarte Cosmetics - Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

4.0
Created with Sketch.
fromLaurin

Jan/12/2017

I received a sample size of this in an Ipsy bag. It really does provide a dramatic "pop" to my lashes and makes my microscopic lashes appear much thicker and longer which in turn makes my hooded eyes appear bigger. I like the effect very much and will likely purchase the next time I need a new mascara, even though it is 2-3X more expensive than my "go to" Boots No. 7 Maximum …Read more

Is this review helpful?


Liquid - MAKE UP FOR EVER - Ultra HD Foundation

3.0
Created with Sketch.
fromLaurin

Oct/19/2016

I received a deluxe sample of Ultra HD foundation in my October Ipsy bag. The color was a pretty decent match, and I was excited to try it. The coverage overall is very light. Indeed, the little hang tag that came with the sample said the product is "buildable to medium coverage." I built it to medium coverage, as I have a lot of redness. This foundation feels very breathable and …Read more

2 of 2 people found this helpful. Did you?


Mascara - Boots - No7 Maximum Volume Mascara in Black

4.0
Created with Sketch.
fromLaurin

Oct/12/2016

I bought this mascara based on a recommendation from a friend. I love that it does not make my lashes feel stiff and spiky like some others do. The lashes feel soft-ish and pliable and I have not had the issue with clumping that others have mentioned. No. 7 Maximum Volume reminds of of Maybelline's Full 'N Soft in feel and look on my lashes, but I like the Boots applicator brush …Read more

Is this review helpful?


Styling Products - Living Proof - Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

5.0
Created with Sketch.
fromLaurin

Oct/12/2016

I received a deluxe sample of this in my September Ipsy bag. I didn't expect much from it, but this stuff is AMAZING on my hair! I have the kind of wavy hair that NEVER does what I want it to, no matter how hard I try to beat it into submission with products, blow drying, etc. Except it does EXACTLY what I want it to do when I apply Perfect Hair Day and my hair looks great! I will be …Read more

1 of 1 people found this helpful. Did you?


Lipstick - NYX Professional Makeup - Butter Lipstick

4.0
Created with Sketch.
fromLaurin

Mar/13/2015

I received this in my March Ipsy glam bag in "Little Susie." It was not a color I would typically choose (sort of a watermelon pink), but it actually looks really good on me and looks natural. It really does apply "like butter"--nice and silky smooth--much more like a balm than a lipstick. The only drawback for me is that it needs frequent reapplication.

Is this review helpful?


Shampoo - Head & Shoulders - Clinical Strength

5.0
Created with Sketch.
fromLaurin

Sep/02/2014

I thought I had reviewed this product long ago, but apparently I hadn't! I have had problems with seborrheic dermatitis (basically an extreme version of dandruff with oily scalp and itchy, crusty dandruff--gross, I know!) since I was about 10 years old. It seems to be seasonal and is ramping up again now that it will soon be Fall. I have kept this product on hand for probably 15 years …Read more

2 of 2 people found this helpful. Did you?