Product Reviews by Meril

Cleansers - Burt's Bees - Deep Cleansing Cream with Soap Bark and Chamomile

5.0
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Jul/29/2014

Oh my goodness, you guys, this stuff. This is my ride-or-die, one and only facial cleanser. I've really been trying to go as cruelty-free, environmentally-conscious as possible lately, and it all started with this. This stuff proves that a facial cleanser doesn't need a lot of harsh and/or synthetic chemicals to get the job done - the only times I've EVER had blackheads since I …Read more

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Hair Treatments - Aussie - 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner

2.0
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Jul/10/2014

After reading so many rave reviews of this product (both here on MUA and on seemingly every beauty/hair care blog in existence), I was excited to test it out. I deal with a wide and exciting variety of hair issues: thinness, brittleness, dryness, frizz, you name it. No fun. So when I found a product with near-universal success in eliminating ALL OF THE ABOVE, you can bet I popped right out to CVS …Read more

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Cleansers - Sephora Collection - Express cleansing wipes

3.0
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Jun/07/2014

The short version: About as useful as a wet tissue. That is to say, moderately.

The long version: I was looking to save a couple of bucks after a nice introduction to face wipes via Neutrogena, and the Sephora ones hit all my requirements: bang for my buck (10 wipes for $10, rather than Neutrogena's 7 for $12), fit in my purse, and promised to save me five minutes at the end of …
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Eye Primer - Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original

5.0
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Dec/31/2013

I've never been much of an eyeshadow person, but eyeliner is an absolutely indispensable part of my routine. But my eyes are, shall we say, a little problematic. Oily, double lids combined with deep-set eyes and an active lifestyle mean that I've literally spent years trying to find some way to keep the damn stuff where I put it. I've tried setting it with eyeshadow, translucent …Read more

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Eyeliner - wet n wild - Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner - Black [DISCONTINUED]

5.0
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Nov/01/2013

I've been experimenting with gel eyeliners a lot, hoping to find something longer-wearing than my beloved Maybelline creme pencils, but more natural and less harsh-looking than liquid liner. When it comes to makeup, I've found that "you get what you pay for" is mostly true, so I've been mostly going for the higher-end, tried-and-true drugstore stuff. Which is why I was …Read more

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Eyeliner - Maybelline New York - Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner - All Shades

2.0
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Oct/15/2013

Pros:
- Comes with its own handy-dandy little brush.
- Easy to apply - no skipping or tugging from this one!
- The packaging is compact and handy - it takes up much less room than my usual pencil-and-eyeshadow combo, and there's no danger of it accidentally coming open while bumping around my bag.

Cons:
- The color payoff wasn't great. From the packaging …
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Mascara - Maybelline New York - Full 'N Soft Mascara

5.0
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Oct/15/2013

If I had to live with just two beauty products for the rest of my life, it would be Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Red Velvet, and Maybelline Full 'N Soft!

Seriously, nothing but good on all fronts: it goes on easily and relatively clump-free, and it STAYS on. I've sweated, cried, and gone for 14-hour days in this stuff, and not a hint of flaking or otherwise disappearing …
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Lipstick - REVLON - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Honey

3.0
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Sep/22/2013

Pros:
- The minty taste and feel fades quickly, but while it's there, it feels so refreshing!
- The chubby pencil makes it easy to apply (I can easily control where it goes and how much) and to store (I've never had any problems with the cap falling off or nicking the pencil with the cap).

Cons:
- I bought this as a MLBB, but it came out much sparklier and more …
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Lips - REVLON - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Adore

3.0
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Sep/21/2013

Pros:
- I love the minty taste and feel - so refreshing!
- Although the color isn't as red as promised (see below), what you *do* get is decent for everyday wear, if slightly dressed-up-looking. Luckily, this looks okay on me, but it may not work for everyone.
- The shimmer isn't nearly as alarming as it looks in the tube, so don't let that scare you off!
- The …
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Polishes - wet n wild - FastDry - Teal of Fortune

3.0
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Sep/21/2013

Pros:
- Cheap enough that trying this out isn't a major risk.
- The first coat gets you a midrange teal with some greenish sparkles, but it's still fairly transparent. The second coat, however, builds up to full opacity and tips it more towards blue, with deeper-looking green, blue, and gold sparkles. The overall effect is very pretty and shimmery - like looking into a deep …
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