Product Reviews by Mirtika

Lipstick - Lancôme - Red Chiffon

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Feb/21/2012

Wow, this was a huge, huge disappointment. I love the L'Absolu line (the absolute red is gorgeous!), a creamy, quality line in a tasteful package.

So, loving red lippies as I do, I got the Red Chiffon, cause when I tried it on my hand (tester), it was a nice sheer "daytime" red.

Well, within hours of using it, my lips began peeling. HOLY CRAP!!!! How does a …
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Foundations - Jane Iredale - Mineral Foundation

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Jun/11/2011

I was running low on my usual LaurEss mineral Minimalist foundation, and after I placed that order, I decided to just play around with another minearl makeup.

I tried the Jane Iredale in Latte (a bit dark for me, actually, I realized, after I put it on at home, though the salesperson took me outside in the sun and insisted that one was the most natural on my neck/jawline.). But that …
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Fragrances - LANVIN - My Sin Extrait

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Sep/10/2010

Lanvin, please, please bring MY SIN back!

This was my go-to "date" scent in the seventies, when I'd borrow my mom's. It's the scent that cemented my love of musks. I didn't know what was in it that was so addictive to my senses, but when I put it on, I'd feel like I was sexy and it was transporting.

Mom had Arpege on the dresser next to My …
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Conditioner - Unlisted Brand - Curl Junkie - Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner

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Aug/05/2010

Okay, so I've purchased this 3x already. It's in my "curly hair care" rotation. I went natural (ie, let my hair curl, no more blow-drying, no more flat-ironing, reduction in the use of non-water-soluble products) in Nov 2009. I decided early on not to just cowash (conditioner wash as Curly Girl adherents do). I alternate nopoo (same as cowash, meaning you wash with …Read more

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Shampoo - ABBA - Pure Gentle Shampoo

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Jul/19/2010

Wow, this baby gets no love.

Well, I had gone recently through a reactive phase (had to get steroid shot and cream). Even my previously okay hair products --I'm naturally curly and tend to use mostly natural lines--started giving me itchies and scaly scalp patches.

So, I got this. So soothing. No itchies. My scalp patches healed. I used this in combo with the leave-in …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Les Bains du Marais - Musc Blanc Eau de Soin

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Jul/16/2010

Why is this lovely, lovely white musc scent so hard to find????

Dang.

I adore the LBduM musc blanc oil so much, I had to hunt down some of the eau de soin. Couldn't find it. Not even on ebay (where I found the huile).

But I got very lucky. My third purchase of a LBduM product from an ebay seller and my query stating interest in the bottled spray scent should …
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Powder - LaurEss - Minimalist Mineral Foundation

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Jul/13/2010

I've ordered the Minimalist in fresh fawn (twice), which I found a nice, if not totally perfect match.Then got a custom blend (50% fresh fawn, 25% pure gold, 25% pure fawn) and found that was a really god matach and not to 'masky dark" for my skin. I am around NC 42 in MAC, an olive-toned Hispanic (on the med/med-dark side). I have some pitting and scarring from decades of acne and …Read more

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Bath Treatments - Unlisted Brand - Les Bains du Marais Huile de Soin - Musc Blanc Beauty Fine Oil

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Jul/13/2010

What an amazing oil! Really fine quality. And how hard to find!!! Why is that?

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Anyway, this is an oil with a white musk scent that has a touch of roses and a touch of something woodsier (just a bit, maybe cedar). It's wonderfully feminine and sensual, this scent. I'm mad about it and wish I could find the matching eau de soin (but no luck, not anywhere online …
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Blush - MAC Cosmetics - Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Plum Foolery

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Jun/07/2010

Wow. I was afraid this would be too light for my NC 42-44 skin tone, but this worked PERFECTLY on me. A flattering plum that is not so dark it looks dirty/smudgy. It gives a nice shot of color without garishness. Really nice. It's one I definitely would repurchase to use with my plummy, dark berry, even some plummy-nudes.

Do try this in the store if you're a warmish to …
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Conditioner - Joico - K-Pak Reconstruct Daily Conditioner

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Jun/02/2010

NOTE: If your hair is protein-sensitive, this is NOT the product for you. Protein-sensitive hair (usually coarse-textured) will get dry/strawlike/matted and even might break-off with use of high-protein products.

On the other hand, if your hair is chemically damaged (say, you bleach or regularly flat-iron) or your hair is fine (fine hair tends to like protein, not always, but …
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