Product Reviews by RThorn

Sunscreen - SkinMedica - Daily Physical Defense SPF 30

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May/03/2015

This sunscreen has been reformulated since goodtiger's review. It now has 5% TiO2 and 6% ZnO. The finish is cosmetically elegant and may be good for someone with oily skin. I found it very easy to apply, but unfortunately it was extremely drying on my already dry skin, particularly along my jawline where it caused severe flaking.

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Lotions/ Creams - Le Couvent des Minimes - Beneficial Care Oil

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fromRThorn

May/03/2015

This is a lovely multipurpose oil from this Provençal competitor to L'Occitane. I bought this after a friend recommended using L'Occitane's body oil to clear up keratosis pilaris of the arms. Being frugal as always, I bypassed the specific L'Occitane recommendation and picked this up on clearance at Ulta for $4 (!).

Because it was on clearance, I'm not sure if …
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Treatments (Face) - GUERLAIN - Abeille Royale Face Treatment Oil

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fromRThorn

May/03/2015

This review is based on a sample. The "oil" spreads easily and leaves skin feeling supple. This is probably because the second ingredient (after water) is glycerin. There are actually few oils in this, and they (along with the royal jelly and other honey-derived ingredients) are lower on the list than alcohol, so I would be concerned about the long-term moisturizing and treatment …Read more

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Lip Treatments - The Body Shop - 100% Natural Lip Roll-on

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fromRThorn

Mar/17/2015

I bought this (in Coconut) because I needed to meet a minimum purchase requirement at The Body Shop and it was on sale for $3. First of all, the product name doesn't even tell you what it does. It's just "Lip Roll-On." Not "lip balm," "lip moisturizer," etc. Instead of describing the effect of the product it just tells you how to apply it. That should have …Read more

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Primer/ Corrector - bareMinerals - Prime Time Original Foundation Primer

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fromRThorn

Jul/09/2013

This is a standard silicone-based primer. It is quite runny, which I find a little annoying (especially because I have a half-size tube of it that came in a kit and the primer runs into the cap during storage). It applies smoothly and absorbs quickly. I don't think it will do anything at all to control oil. I have dry skin and don't need a mattifying primer, so there's that …Read more

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Palettes - bareMinerals - Your Starting Lineup kit

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fromRThorn

Jun/25/2013

The Your Starting Lineup and Your Starting LIneup 2.0 kits are Ulta exclusives. They are 6-piece kits and each includes a medium original foundation in click-lock sifter jar, a half-size Prime Time foundation primer, and a Flawless Application brush. Each kit also includes a full-size mascara, full-size lipgloss and a finishing powder, but these three products vary slightly between the …Read more

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Powder - bareMinerals - Try. Believe. Love. kit

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Jun/20/2013

The Try. Believe. Love. kit is a 6-piece kit containing 4 deluxe samples of bareMinerals powders and 2 mini brushes. The kit includes:

- A 0.75-gram sample of Original SPF 15 foundation;
- A 0.75-gram sample of Matte SPF 15 foundation;
- A 0.75-gram sample of Mineral Veil finishing powder;
- A 0.57-gram sample of Multi-Tasking SPF 20 Concealer;
- Mini Full Flawless …
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Treatments - L'Occitane - Shea Butter Nail & Cuticle Cream

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fromRThorn

Jun/20/2013

This is an OK cuticle cream, but I don't detect much difference between it and the L'Occitane hand cream. Sure, the packaging is better suited to use on the nails (because of the teeny tiny opening), and maybe this cream is a little bit thicker, but it doesn't do anything that the hand cream won't do and it is much more expensive. Even if you don't use the hand cream …Read more

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Fragrances - The Different Company - Jasmin de Nuit

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fromRThorn

Jun/20/2013

My gosh, but this is a gorgeous fragrance. Jasmine can be overpowering, but this perfume is balanced with rich spice notes that make me hesitate to call this a floral at all. I have sampled all of TDC's scents and while most are lovely, this is my favorite and the only one I've bought a full bottle of. You should sample this if you can. It is really, really long-wearing on me (I wear …Read more

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Tinted Moisturizer - Tarte Cosmetics - Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

5.0
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fromRThorn

Jun/20/2013

This is a lovely tinted moisturizer with physical sunscreen. The physical sunscreen actives (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) are opaque, so this gives good coverage. It also means you can wear it with other SPF-containing products without worrying about active ingredients destabilizing each other.

The shade range seems good for us pale folk--I bought Agent 02 online and it's …
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