Product Reviews by SarahMcD

Masks - LANEIGE - Water Sleeping Mask

2.0
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2 months ago

Smells really good, but while my sense of smell enjoyed it my skin doesn't like fragrance, so this was a fail. On top of that, it's really not very moisturizing - it is very watery and a little gel-like. It might be fine for oilier skin but for dry, sensitive skin I would pass. Also not cruelty free as far as I know.

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Lotions/ Creams - Paula's Choice - Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream

5.0
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3 months ago

This has been a holy grail for me for over a decade. I have dry, sensitive skin, and this moisturizes but causes absolutely no irritation, pain, itching, clogged pores, etc. Works beautifully under makeup or combined with sunscreens. I am never without this; I always try others but they can't hold a candle to this. Plus the tube is easy to travel with and the product is cruelty free. Pretty …Read more

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Lip Treatments - Winky Lux - Matcha Balm Lip Treatment

3.0
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3 months ago

Mediocre lip balm. It does smell subtly of matcha and maybe vanilla (I have the plain one) which is nice; the ingredients are relatively safe and the product is cruelty free. The packaging feels flimsy and is not to my personal taste, but more importantly the balm seems insecure in the tube. As a balm, it's a little thin and greasy and doesn't last terribly long. It's fine for …Read more

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Sunscreen - Drunk Elephant - Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

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4 months ago

I've tried most of DE's products and really enjoy a lot of them, but this is not one of their best. I have dry, sensitive skin that is particularly reactive to sunscreens (almost all chemical SPFs and even some mineral formulas). Two of the only formulas that do not irritate my skin are Dr. Jart's Premium BB Cream (which I avoid because it isn't cruelty free) and It …Read more

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Masks - Glow Recipe - Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask

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4 months ago

I was so excited to try this! I have dry, sensitive skin, and I love avocado and sleeping masks. Unfortunately, this was pretty forgettable. Unlike Glow Recipe's Watermelon mask, it didn't irritate my skin, but be aware that the fragrance in this is strong, so I can imagine it could irritate some. I would never have identified it as avocado, either - it's sort of a fresh smell …Read more

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Primer/ Corrector - Urban Decay - Optical Illusion Complexion Primer

3.0
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4 months ago

It's a pretty average silicone-y primer. Has that velvet feel and makes foundation go on smoothly. Cruelty-free. Not irritating. I do think it (and others like it) clings to dry skin, so it's really not ideal for me. Moreover, there's nothing special to justify it's comparatively high price when there are similar products out there for less.

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Mascara - Tarte Cosmetics - Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara

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4 months ago

Seems to stay wet on me, which kills my curl and makes my lashes clump together. I don't love the wand - I'm not sure if the bristles are too short or too sharp but they're just not optimal and don't apply it well or easily. Packaging is cute but a bit awkward. I threw out my tube before it was done, I disliked it that much. On the plus side, it doesn't irritate my eyes …Read more

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Masks - Josie Maran Cosmetics - Whipped Mud Mask

4.0
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5 months ago

I'm torn on this one. I initially received a tube of it, either in a subscription box or as a GWP somewhere. I used up the tube and really enjoyed it - I have dry, sensitive skin, and most masks (especially mud masks) aren't friendly to my skin. This one was different. It really did seem to smooth, detox, and moisturize; it didn't irritate or leave me feeling tight, and my face was …Read more

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Eyeliner - benefit Cosmetics - Roller Liner Eyeliner

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7 months ago

I got this for free from Influenster. The best thing I can say is that it is extremely black - blacker than comparable liners from Kat von D, Stila, Physician's Formula, and Nyx. Other than that, it's underwhelming. It smudges and doesn't last (though that does make it easier to remove, so I suppose that's a plus) and the tip isn't as stiff or precise as I would like …Read more

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Liquid - Hourglass Cosmetics - Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation

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7 months ago

I like Hourglass in general and I know how much some people love the Vanish stick foundation so I was really excited for the liquid (my preferred form of foundation) version. Unfortunately this was a big disappointment. The color match for me is fine, though I do think it oxidizes slightly. Moreover, it's difficult to work with as it doesn't remain spreadable for long once it's …Read more

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