Product Reviews by LyrA236

Lipstick - BECCA - Lush Lip Colour Balm

5.0
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Dec/12/2017

Holy cow, love at first swipe. The texture of this is so rich, so lush, so moisturizing, so lubricating. It is thick, but does not drag. The oil/butter ratio in this stick is perfect. I can definitely feel it on my lips but it feels good.

I got a deep cherry wine shade that looks ominously dark but applies sheerly. It reminds me a bit of Lipstick Queen Medieval, but this is a more …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Berdoues Parfum Assam of India

5.0
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Dec/12/2017

Primary notes are citron from Menton, Mysore sandalwood, and tea.

The impression is one of a complex Eau de Cologne. You know how fleeting citrus can be? This lingers. The sandalwood and tea soften and round the citrus and the result is a an almost vintage smelling citrus with rich base notes and complexity. There seem to be aldehydes in this as it tickles the back of my throat like …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Berdoues Parfums Selva Do Brazil

4.0
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Dec/10/2017

Dominant notes are petit grain, tonka, and gaiac wood.

This is a lovely sweet creamy wood braced with citrus. It has a bit of an Eau de cologne feel, but it is richer, with more wood and coumarin. Sillage is not powerful but lasting power is pretty good. The petit grain is is softer and less dry than it could be. This has a lush plant like smell without being bitter or pungent. This …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Berdoues Parfums Arz El-Rab

4.0
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Dec/10/2017

The main notes are ginger, iris , and cedar.

Initially, the ginger comes on strong. This ginger is not raw root or bourbon mixer, but more of a ginger accord. It smells like gingerbread with the molasses and floury elements. Then comes the cedar. Cedar can be tricky. It can smell of pencil shavings and hamster cages: dry, medicinal, vermin repelling, and overpowering. But just as …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Berdoues Parfums Oud Al Sahraa

5.0
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Dec/03/2017

Dominant notes are mandarin, myrrh and Oud. Based on those notes, I am sure it is obvious that this is not a "clean", or "stepped fresh from the shower" fragrance No, this one is more dirty, but in a very sexy way.

Oud is not really a type of tree or wood, but a kind of fungal disease that attacks wood. The result is an earthy, deep, baritone scent with elements …
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Styling Products - Unlisted Brand - Verb Ghost Oil

3.0
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Dec/03/2017

Let's start with the most important fact. The first ingredient is a typical one for styling gels. The second ingredient is dimethicone, (a "cone".). This does not make this a bad product, it merely makes it very similar to a boatload of other products at various price levels, including such stalwarts as Frizz-Ease. Other oils follow on the ingredient list, some exotic, some more …Read more

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Lotions/ Creams - ORIGINS - Ginger Soufflé whipped body cream

4.0
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Nov/25/2017

This product comes in a 6.7 ounce jar and is made in the USA.

I'm not sure about a "whipped soufflé." This is a very thick lotion that comes in a jar. If you tipped the jar it would run, so it is not a butter like product. It is formulated without parabens. It contains apricot kernel and coriander oil.

I purchased this thinking it would be warming in …
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Fragrances - Philosophy - Amazing Grace Ballet Rose

4.0
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Nov/04/2017

Here are the notes: pink rose petals, peony, lychee, woods, pink musk.

I am happy that I did not read the notes prior to purchasing because I am not terribly fond of lychee, and I have no idea what a "pink musk" might be, I probably would not have bought it, and that would have been a shame.

This is indeed a "pink" fragrance. It had the Amazing Grace …
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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum

3.0
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Oct/31/2017

This fragrance, which is based on lavender and jasmine, is objectively lovely. It's just not for me. It has a powerful vanilla base that would appeal to so many, just not to me. (Sweet vanillas and I are no longer on speaking terms.) The result is powerfully sweet and strong. There is no animal, leather, green, or dry note to allay the sweetness. You would think the lavender would do …Read more

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Liquid - CLINIQUE - Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF 15

4.0
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Oct/24/2017

I have mature skin that is not terribly dry. I have some discoloration and slackening, but not many wrinkles.

The first thing I want to say is that you MUST try the colors in real life; do not try to guess at a shade from a swatch on a computer screen or by the name. Ivory is a bit darker than Fair. Vanilla and Porcelain Beige are not pale shades, even though the names might suggest …
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