Product Reviews by ajb1

Palettes - Charlotte Tilbury - Filmstar Bronze & Glow

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9 months ago

I just love this stuff. I don't understand how it works to make my face look both thinner and more glowing, but it does (I just followed the instructions on where to place it). It smells divine and refined and the packaging is worthy of a jewelry box.

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Sunscreen - CLINIQUE - Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50

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fromajb1

10 months ago

This stuff is an amazing base. Very liquid and spreads easily and leaves a wonderful finish considering the high level of protection. The first day I wore it a coworker said "your skin looks great!" It can be worn on its own for a luminous, sheer look or layered with concealer and powder.
For some reason I have a fear that this will be discontinued or reformulated since Clinique …
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Moisturizers - Josie Maran Cosmetics - Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 with Sunboost ATB

5.0
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fromajb1

Feb/06/2018

I am really surprised the reviews for this aren't higher! It's the most pleasant moisturizer with sunscreen I've ever used. I really appreciate the physical block (chemical makes me break out) and the glow it gives me, (and that's the untinnted version). Very easy to apply and almost seems to have a tightening effect, if that makes any sense--certainly a smoothing, priming one …Read more

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BB Cream - Avene - Avene Complexion Correcting Shield SPF 50+

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fromajb1

Jul/03/2017

Mon dieu, c'est magnifique.
I am a tinted-moisturizer, BB-cream, CC-cream, whatever-you-wanna-call it junkie. I have searched high and low for the perfect one, meaning mineral/physical sunblock, neutral tint, good coverage. I had been alternating between Tarte Amazonian Clay (good! but oxidizes) and IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better (nice! but funny smell and a little too pink) before …
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Powder - Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder SPF 30

4.0
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fromajb1

Jan/30/2017

The physical SPF of this powder and its lack of chalky talc is a BOON and the price is very fair. The packaging is a pain, the brush is a waste and I don't think there is a shade for darker skin tones unless you count the so-called bronzer. I am fair-skinned and originally got the Beige because it looked more yellow-toned which I prefer, but it turned out too dark so I exchanged for the …Read more

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Styling Products - Bumble and bumble - Don't Blow It (H)Air Styler

5.0
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fromajb1

Aug/02/2015

For years I have been wishing for a product like this. Bumble & Bumble has answered my prayers.
My hair is quite curly but fine and color-treated due to gray. Left to air dry on its own it looks messy at best, frizzy at worse; blown dry it looks flat and unsubstantial or just unnatural.
What I want: beachy waves. Not Renaissance Faire ringlets (all due respect to the …
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Shampoo - Redken - Hair Cleansing Cream

4.0
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fromajb1

Apr/21/2014

I didn't find this shampoo to be anything special, BUT my fine, curly and rapidly graying hair is very persnickety, and so many variables go into how it looks--weather, amount of conditioner and styling products, drying method, stage of coloration--that I'm starting to think the shampoo I use is utterly irrelevant. I'm only "meh" about Hair Cleansing Cream's smell …Read more

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Hair Treatments - Bumble and bumble - Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Masque

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fromajb1

Jan/31/2014

Reluctantly I have to admit that I adore this stuff. Reluctantly because it is much too expensive for the amount you get, and doesn't really complement the rest of my hair regime.
I tried to swap for this for ages but was unable to find it on lists so finally caved and got it from Sephora (couldn't find it discounted anywhere!). I had been craving the scent which I'd sniffed …
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Tinted Moisturizer - Tarte Cosmetics - Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

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fromajb1

Nov/17/2013

Let me say first of all that Tarte needs to get its act together re marketing this product! Smooth Operator? Agent 02? Facade? Ivory? BB Cream? Tinted Moisturizer? One can spend considerable time just sorting it out from the company's other offerings (primers, illuminators, full-coverage foundations) and previous editions of the same thing.
That said, once you find the proper shade--and …
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Cleansers - Mario Badescu - Enzyme Cleansing Gel

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fromajb1

Aug/10/2013

I am REALLY fond of this cleanser, which I recently bought in a small size after a long hiatus. I ran through it so quickly I immediately ordered jumbo size--thanks to a gift certificate and promotion I paid less for it than I would've a drugstore cleanser.
My favorite thing about it is the absence of harsh synthetic chemicals. It's glycerin, papaya and grapefruit extracts, a few …
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