Product Reviews by VioletOrchid

Treatments (Face) - L'Oreal Paris - Revitalift 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum

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8 months ago

I am a big fan of Clinique’s vitamin c product, but not of the fact that the packaging doesn’t keep the air out of the product and it’s comparatively kaput in two weeks. Enter L’Oreal’s new vitamin C serum and I decided to try it.

It’s around $20-30, available everywhere (rather than going to a Clinique counter), and the packaging has kept the product stable for the several weeks I’ve …
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Cleansers - Pond's - Makeup Remover Cleansing Balm

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11 months ago

I don’t want to knock this when the previous reviewers have both praised it, and it is decent. If you’ve used a cleansing balm, you know the deal - massage on so the oil can break down your makeup and rinse. This rinses cleanly and my skin feels nice and soft and not irritated. It’s soft enough to get enough in your hands but not so soft as to be a cream.

But it is highly scented. I …
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Concealers - L'Oreal Paris - True Match Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer

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Nov/13/2018

Holy freaking grail. I like to buy cosmetics; I live for the new products because every so often one is like this - perfect for me. I am not sure if this is a new product, a re-package or a re-formulation of the True Match Super-Blend but I grabbed it this summer. I first bought N1 (I think it’s just ‘1’ not ‘1-2’ but I can’t see tiny white writing on a clear cap) but it was far too yellow, C1 is …Read more

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Lipstick - Besame Cosmetics - 1922 Blood Red

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Nov/01/2018

At first this is a beautiful, true to tube deep blood red. It is so pretty, but it turns the same bright pink as so many of the Besame lipsticks do on me. I wish I knew what the pigment or ingredient was that turns colors so pink on me so that I could avoid it.

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Lipstick - CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Lipstick Shaping Lip Colour

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Oct/01/2018

I was a little concerned when I heard that Clinique was revamping their lipsticks, especially when I heard it was going to be one with a core. It often seems that companies go all in on these “revolutionary” formulas to very poor effect, but this stuff is so great. This is lipstick. It’s good old fashioned, nothing matte or crazy, nothing outré, lipstick. It’s a great tube of lipstick that feels …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - CLINIQUE - Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%

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Sep/27/2018

Holy grail. I’m not sure if this stuff is amazing on its own or because I have finally found the right mix for my skin, but this is the real deal.

It’s an odd little bottle (hat tip to notjustgingerly for cracking hers open! I wondered what exactly was in there) - peel the foil, push the orange “button”, shake and dispense two drops from the “dropper” end by squeezing. It’s lovely. No …
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Fragrances - Estée Lauder - Beautiful Belle

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Aug/21/2018

From Estée Lauder’s page: Romantic, carefree and irreverent.
The Thrill: Lychee, Rose Petals, Mimosa
The Romance: Orange Flower, Gardenia, Tuberose
The Promise: Orris Root, Blush Suede Accord, Marzipan Musk, Ambrox

I tried a spray from the bottle at the counter, a beautiful white bottle white a strange glass orb with gold lashings for a lid. At first sniff, this was new …
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Treatments (Eye) - Estée Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix

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Aug/07/2018

I have very dark circles and one crease that’s been with me since I was 13, plus the daintiest smile lines just beginning to appear, and generally I like my skin. Periodically, however, I read some skin guru who says if you aren’t treating your eyes, you’ll prematurely look like you were boiling acid in a cauldron. Did I mention I have dark circles? Plus allergies and headaches, so... I felt it …Read more

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Fragrances - CLINIQUE - My Happy - Cocoa and Cashmere

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Aug/03/2018

From the box: “blissful, like the first taste of a decadent dessert... cocoa absolute and cocooning musk.”

There is a very nice cocoa gourmand note early on, but it fades to vanilla with “edible” musk. After dissing the notion of layering fragrances in my Blue Sky Neroli review, I sniffed this and thought, you know what this needs? A touch of piquant fruit, like The Body Shop’s old …
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Fragrances - CLINIQUE - Clinique My Happy - Blue Sky Neroli

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Jul/26/2018

Since buying and trying a Byredo La Tulipe sample from Luckyscent, I have been on the fence about buying a full bottle. It’sa gorgeously upscale rendition of April Fresh, but Byredo is really, really dear and I love a high-low thing, but argh the prices!

Enter the little sample coffret of six new Clinique My Happy layerable (ew! Why? What for?) fragrances at Macy’s. They had little …
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