Product Reviews by Mandolina

Fragrances - Bond No.9 - Coney Island

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Aug/18/2013

I'm glad I was able to obtain a sample of this fragrance, because it turned out to be one huge and even nauseating disappointment. Having lived near and spent much time at Coney Island from childhood into adulthood, I expected something entirely different than what was delivered. Certainly, I wasn't thinking a combination of Nathan's, cotton candy, corn on the cob, axle grease …Read more

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Fragrances - CB I Hate Perfume - At the Beach 1966

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Mar/19/2012

The first and thus far only fragrance that has ever moved me to tears. For years I have been searching for a scent that would evoke the notes of Coppertone suntan lotion, sand, surf and the general feel of a summer crowd. Once I learned of this fragrance (and how much it cost), I purchased a decant of the water perfume to try it out. I couldn't get it out of the packaging fast enough. I …Read more

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Fragrances - Demeter - Dirt

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Oct/23/2003

It does indeed smell like dirt (but in a good way!)...the realism is nothing short of amazing. I think a better name for it would be "Potting Soil," though, as it smells exactly like when you open a bag of that. I'm not so sure I like the smell ON me, though, but layered with Demeter Grass, it's a very interesting combination!

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Fragrances - Demeter - Grass

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Oct/23/2003

Mmm...makes me feel like I'm sitting on a freshly cut lawn, smack in the middle of a patch of clover!

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Fragrances - Demeter - Laundromat Pick Me Up Spray

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Oct/23/2003

I fully expected this to make me smell like I was wearing clothes fresh from the dryer; instead, I smelled like AquaNet hairspray with a touch of stale cigarette smoke.

Clearly, not a pleasant scent, unless you have an old-lady-in-curlers-with-a-cigarette-hanging-out-of-her-mouth fetish.

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Mascara - Lancôme - Definicils High Definition Mascara

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Sep/16/2003

I received this as part of a bonus gift, and was very excited because I've heard a lot about it (of course, I've also heard a lot about Maybelline Great Lash, and THAT turned out to be a whole lot of nothing). This product, however, did not disappoint; in fact, it is probably the best mascara I have ever used. It goes on smoothly, and gives just the right anmount of definition to my …Read more

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Lip Treatments - Smith's Rosebud Salve - Rosebud Salve

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Sep/15/2003

Cute packaging, but barely functional. Since the lid is so loose fitting -- I mean, turn it upside down and it instantly falls off -- I can't take it with me...which kind of defeats the whole purpose.

I like the scent, but I really don't get the hype. It has about the same consistency as petroleum jelly (which is, let's face it, its primary ingredient), but with a …
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Mascara - Maybelline New York - Great Lash Mascara

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Sep/14/2003

Why this product is touted as one beloved by all the top models is beyond me! This is probably the gunkiest slime to ever find its way onto a wand and into a garish tube. It has the consistancy of roof tar on an August afternoon, and would probably best serve its purpose as such.

Run for your life!

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Primer/ Corrector - benefit Cosmetics - Dr Feelgood

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Sep/06/2003

The packaging is very quaint -- which certainly draws attention away from the cheap packaging and premium price! The product within, however, is very interesting. It looks a bit like matte lipbalm, but goes on unlike anything I've ever experienced. I dabbed it on my bare skin and instantly my face took on a smooth, almost poreless look. My skin is very smooth to begin with, but I do have the …Read more

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Blush - benefit Cosmetics - Benetint

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Sep/06/2003

I bought this product with great hope -- that it would be easy to apply, with a seamless look, and wouldn't "sink in". As it turned out, it was easy to apply, but took multiple applications trying to match the density and coverage area equally for both cheeks. It did have a seamless look -- as long as it lasted. I don't know if it was because my skin was tan when I tried it …Read more

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