Product Reviews by afartherroom

Cleansers - Garnier - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

5.0
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Feb/04/2017

I'm not a regular makeup wearer (making my presence here odd, I know), so I have no idea how this stuff works as makeup remover. What I do know, however, is that it has been a lifesaver for my once-very-oily-and-now-rapidly-aging skin, which with the onset of menopause had suddenly started having hormonal breakout problems. Ah, my old enemies, the hormone zits! Suddenly, memories of those …Read more

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Fragrances - Dolce&Gabbana - Light Blue Eau de Toilette

4.0
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Jan/09/2016

There's a reason this fragrance has been so very popular. It's because it smells good, is exceptionally easy to wear, and is highly versatile: appropriate for day or night, for work or play, for going out to dinner or for just slobbing around the house. Part of the reason for that versatility, I suspect, is the pure simplicity of its concept: it basically comes down to two equally …Read more

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Fragrances - Thierry Mugler - Angel Eau de Parfum

1.0
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Dec/10/2015

If there were an intelligent species of alien who viewed us as mindless vermin, much as we view cockroaches, then the poisoned bait they'd strew across the planet in a desperate attempt to exterminate us would doubtless smell very much like Angel.

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I don't much care for it when people talk about being nauseated by fragrances (unless they really do mean that it …
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Fragrances - Hermès - Eau des Merveilles

4.0
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Nov/26/2015

My bottle of this fragrance was given to me by a rather profligate friend who had blind-bought it under the misapprehension that the "amber" of Eau des Merveilles was that sweet, warm, almost edible-smelling accord made from labdanum and vanilla and benzoin and other sticky resinous things. This is not that kind of amber. The 'amber' here is an attempt to replicate the smell …Read more

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Fragrances - Aquolina - Pink Sugar Eau de Toilette

2.0
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Nov/23/2015

So, remember when you were a little kid and you could never get enough sugar, and candy was the best thing of all time ever? And then remember that time some grown-up--maybe a grandparent or a great-aunt or something--offered you a piece of candy and you got all excited...only then to discover that the "candy" in question was actually a plug of some gross rooty old black licorice? …Read more

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Mascara - COVERGIRL - Professional Remarkable Mascara

4.0
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Nov/19/2015

This review is for the purple tube simply labelled "professional remarkable."

I was surprised by how well this mascara worked. For the price, I was expecting some smudging, or a bit of streaking, or for it not to be truly waterproof... You know. The usual. Instead, I found a wonderfully smooth, even, naturalistic-looking mascara that held up to rain, sweating, the occasional …
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Fragrances - L'Artisan Parfumeur - Dzing Eau de Toilette

5.0
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Nov/09/2015

I've never been much of a fan of sweet oriental perfumes. It's not that I don't care for the smell of vanilla--who doesn't love the smell of a sticky black vanilla bean?--but that personal fragrances based on those notes have a weird way of making something deep within me recoil and flinch away from them. Perhaps I was simply far too traumatized by the 1980s. I lived in New …Read more

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Fragrances - Comptoir Sud Pacifique - Aqua Motu

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Nov/07/2015

I find this to be an extremely artificial and unconvincing beach scent. Its Calone-kelpy-iodiney salt water accord is very similar to ones I've smelled in many other marine fragrances which aim for realistic ocean notes, but for some reason, this one is far less effective on me than others in the same family have been. While at first I can indeed smell what I suspect was the intended …Read more

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Bath Treatments - No Brand (DIY or homemade) - Epsom Salt Bath

5.0
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Apr/18/2015

No need to shell out for fancy bath salts -- a bag of this is really all you need (and it's probably about 90% of what's in those fancy bath salts anyway!) But if you still want that feeling of luxury that a big ole bag of generic magnesium sulfate somehow just doesn't foster, you can pretty the epsom salts up quite a bit yourself. Scent it with essential oils, mix it with some …Read more

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Mascara - L'Oreal Paris - Waterproof Voluminous Carbon Black

1.0
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Apr/18/2015

Good Lord, does this stuff smudge! I don't use very much mascara at all -- just a single flick on each eye's upper outer lashes -- and I still wind up with raccoon eyes after only an hour of wearing this. One hour, at home, where it is cool and dry, with no eye-touching at all. That's *terrible* performance, and I swear, it continues to smudge for days. I thought for sure I'd …Read more

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