Product Reviews by LynxIsBack

Cleansers - Koh Gen Do - Cleansing Spa Water Cloth

5.0
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Mar/12/2016

Omg, you guys, order this stuff in bulk, asap!

I always have a pack of this in my purse, or toiletry kit or backpack.
It removes mascara and sunblock effortlessly, doesn't sting or dry out the skin, doesn't smell strong, it's one of those things I am never without.

The cloth itself is soft, doesn't tear, each sheet has plenty of product to stay wet …
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Fragrances - Dior - Addict Eau de Parfum

4.0
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Mar/11/2016

I won't repurchase because Dior is notorious for having the worst reformulations in the perfume world.
My bottle is an original from 2001, without the gold band around it.

Addict is a statuesque, imposing perfume upon initial spray: it's opaque, slow moving and narcotic, a potion to eclipse all others in strength and tenacity.

Obviously the vanilla is THE …
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Fragrances - Helmut Lang - Helmut Lang EDP

5.0
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Mar/11/2016

I have no idea if HL is back on the market, reformulation up the wazoo, I am reviewing the vintage extrait.
It used to come in a 1/2 ounce flacon with a stopper, and it was, bar none, the absolute best quality musk I had ever came across.

HL in any concentration is always a treat, though: a predominantly white musk that never lets you forget its ability to get down and dirty. …
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Fragrances - Kuumba Made - Amber Paste

5.0
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Mar/10/2016

I am NEVER without a vial of this.
It's rich, syrupy, spicy and dark, it has the texture of black strap molasses and it has the most tantric lasting power.

Hot or cold, rain or shine, windy or calm, Amber Paste never disappoints.

I had an issue with their plastic caps because in extreme heat, the threads inside the screw cap would get smoothed out and cause the …
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Sunscreen - SHISEIDO - Ultra Sun Protection Cream Spf 50

3.0
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Mar/10/2016

Years ago, I repurchased this over and over. I don't know if getting older has made my skin ever dryer or if the formula has changed, but while the sun protection is up there, nowadays I find the product too drying.
It also doesn't spread and sink in as well as it used to.
If I must use this, I need to apply a serum plus a moisturizer before putting this on, or I quickly …
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Fragrances - TOM FORD - Black Orchid Eau de Parfum

5.0
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Mar/10/2016

I must have been built upside down: I cannot, CANNOT stand this during winter.
In the heat though, this über heavy hitter takes on quite the novel approach... At least to my nose.
First, do not strain your nose looking for the orchid note: orchids give off almost no scent.
Methinks the misogynistic jerk and uncontested marketing genius who launched this frag chose its name …
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Toners - DHC - DHC Soothing Lotion

5.0
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Mar/10/2016

HG toner for me: my skin is normal to dry at best, just dry most of the time.
As the name implies, it is very soothing, adds a really nice dewy feel after cleansing and before moisturizing.
It has a soft violet rose scent (to my nose at least) and is slightly reminiscent of FM Lipstick Rose but it fades quickly, which I'm thankful for in a facial product.
I'm not to …
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Hair Treatments - Kérastase - Ciment Thermique Heat-Activated Reconstructor

5.0
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Mar/10/2016

Ok, so I should preface this review by saying I never, ever, EVER heat style.
I'm a spiky pixie sporting outdoors freak who doesn't even own a hairdryer, lol.
So why do I use this stuff?

Because summer desert heat is pretty much as damaging as flat ironing IME.

So I like to use this before heading into the Nevada desert to spend weeks in 3% humidity …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Mazzolari Patchouly

4.0
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Mar/10/2016

I got turned onto this by a friend, last year, when I was looking for an exotic patchouli scent.
This one is an artful blend of patchouli and amber, opens up dry and earthy with piquant spices throughout, dries down smooth and mellow.
I do get similarities to Ambre Sultan though I find A.S rougher, less tame and more dangerous.

With Mazzolari, I get a more nurturing, more …
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Fragrances - diptyque - Tam Dao

4.0
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Mar/09/2016

This is one of those "great scent, lousy chemistry" things:

On my skin, TD starts out as the perfect sandalwood:
Creamy, velvety smooth, meditative, introspective, exotic... The dream sandalwood.
And out of nowhere, it makes a screeching halt into a burning cedar pit, which someone tried to smother with... plastic bags.

Now, on 2 friends of mine and …
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