Product Reviews by adamj2004

Eye Shadow - NARS Cosmetics - Lhasa

5.0
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Feb/06/2015

REALLY good taupe color which is perfect for contouring since it is a grey undertone! I am obsessed with this. On the lids, it is gorgeous too so it is a great multi-tasker. A hidden gem from Nars that no one really knows about. If you want your contour to look natural, try this out!

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Treatments (Eye) - Unlisted Brand - Vitablast A & C Eye

5.0
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Jan/14/2015

This is an awesome retinol and vitamin C eye cream and is actually the only one that I've been able to tolerate without getting milia! The cream is a pretty lightweight texture and absorbs very quickly. I noticed a difference from the first time I used it and it keeps getting better! The fine lines are much less pronounced and the area feels more firm and moisturized too.

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Styling Products - Garnier - Fructis Style TEXTURE TEASE Dry Touch Finishing Spray

4.0
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Dec/04/2014

I went back and forth as to whether I liked this for months and determined that I actually love it once I used it correctly! The way I've made it work is to make sure that you shake the can very well or it will give a white cast when sprayed (especially on dark hair). Also, hold the can at least 8 inches away as the can says because any closer than that and your hair will be very wet. It …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Trish McEvoy - Correct and Brighten Weekly Peel

2.0
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Sep/18/2014

Extremely overpriced and ineffective peels

This product has a promising cocktail of alpha and beta hydroxy acids including glycolic, lactic, mandelic, phytic, salicylic and azelaic acid but it really just does nothing. The concentrations must be so low that is ineffective. For $125.00 for just 12 peels, this is inexcusable.

I did not get any of the glow, anti-aging, or …
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Cleansers - ORIGINS - Checks and Balances

2.0
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Sep/15/2014

Not the best cleanser. EXTREMELY stripping to the skin (and I'm oily!), the spearmint in it has me constantly checking I didn't accidentally grab toothpaste, and I feel like this is breaking me out too. Will definitely not repurchase and may even possibly return it.

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Fragrances - J. Crew Beauty - Arquiste for J. Crew No. 57

5.0
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Sep/11/2014

Amazing limited-edition fragrance from niche brand Arquiste in collaboration with J. Crew. The idea behind this fragrance is what got me (I'm a museum professional). From the J. Crew website:

"These two scents were inspired by Exhibition by 31 Women, the first modern art show of all female artists in the United States, which was curated by Peggy Guggenheim in 1943. No. 31 …
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Pressed Powders - Bobbi Brown - Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

3.0
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Sep/02/2014

Very good pressed powder. Easily achievable medium-full coverage with a powder puff or you can sheer it out with a brush.

However, for me, the inclusion of tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) was a disaster and broke me out due to it being highly comedogenic. For those that are not acne-prone and more normal-dry skin type, this would be a great product because vitamin E is very hydrating …
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Concealers - Bobbi Brown - Face Touch Up Stick

4.0
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Aug/25/2014

Decent concealer but I won't repurchase because the coverage isn't all that great. Very creamy and has medium coverage but if you have raised blemishes or pronounced redness, this won't do much.

Also, the website states this concealer should not be used under the eyes and the main reason for this is because it contains salicylic acid! It is meant as a treatment and …
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Moisturizers - Dermalogica - Clean Start Welcome Matte SPF15

2.0
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Aug/14/2014

Really don't like this and I hoped I would :(

I was hoping this would be a replacement for Murad's Oil Control Mattifier (it is so expensive) but it is nowhere near as good. The ingredient list is similar but the xantham gum content in much higher in the Murad which makes it thicker and more mattifying. The Dermalogica is watery in comparison. It moisturizes lightly but I am …
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