Product Reviews by akmcarpenoctem

Body Scrubs - No Brand (DIY or homemade) - Brown Sugar Scrub

5.0
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Oct/05/2014

Have been using this for a few years now as a face scrub. For the longest time I combined brown sugar and EVOO and used that. BEST manual exfoliation ever...it's natural and much gentler on skin than store-bought products (or even white sugar, or salt for that matter!)

This weekend I mixed the sugar with some coconut oil on the suggestion of a friend...LOVED IT. Will definitely be …
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Hair Treatments - TRESemmé - Split Remedy Leave-In Conditioning Spray

5.0
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Oct/05/2014

As an addition to my hair care routine, I love this product.

Mind you, when I used this as a spray all over my hair I HATED it. It did nothing to improve the frizziness of my hair overall.

However, I started to just spray on the ends of my hair. I gather damp, towel-dried hair at the nape of my neck and bring around over one shoulder. I then spritz a good 5 sprays on JUST …
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Shampoo - Neutrogena - Anti-Residue Gentle Clarifying Shampoo

5.0
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Oct/05/2014

I have not tried really any other clarifying shampoos but I LOVE THIS CLARIFYING SHAMPOO! Someone below described it perfectly... it smells like old man cologne. And it lingers! But it's not the worst smell ever, and for how well the product works, I can deal with it. Also, the bottle is square and fits oddly in my shower caddy, but again, not that big of a deal.

I have semi-long …
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Misc Beauty Tools - e.l.f. Cosmetics - Studio Makeup Mist & Set Spray

3.0
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Aug/31/2014

DO NOT spray this directly at your face. I don't know why someone would. Spray it in the air and walk into it with your face.

When I got this in the mail, it had leaked a little bit and the bottle was all sticky. Despite that (eww why would I want to put something sticky on my FACE?), when I actually used this for the first time, it did not make my skin feel sticky at all. It felt …
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Liquid - REVLON - ColorStay Makeup (24 hour formula)

5.0
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Aug/31/2014

Read rave reviews on this and was looking for a full coverage foundation. I have had several really bad breakouts this year, lots of acne scarring around the chin, and mineral foundation just wasn't cutting it anymore.

Bought some of this in Natural Beige, which worked well for me; I'm fair with slight gold undertones, but it's summer so I'm probably more of a Nude …
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Eyeliner - RIMMEL - Exaggerate Eye Definer (All Colors)

4.0
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Aug/31/2014

First eyeliner I've ever worn that boyfriend has said, "wow! your eyes POP!" That already makes it a good liner in my opinion.
I hate that the best use you get out of it the first use when the liner is "sharpest". After that, it's hard to get a thinner line out of it, but it can still be done. (Note: I don't like very thick, very noticeable eyeliner: others …
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Toners - Unlisted Brand - Drugstore Witch hazel

5.0
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Aug/31/2014

I've used a bunch of different toners before, and going "all natural" with witch hazel was my best decision ever. Picked up a cheap bottle from Walmart. I've been using it for several months now. Works just as good as any other toner I've used for a fraction of the price! Skin feels refreshed, clean, all traces of dirt/makeup are removed. Never feels harsh on skin...no …Read more

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Mascara - Maybelline New York - Full 'N Soft (curved brush)

3.0
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Aug/31/2014

Purchased this due to reading rave views here on MUA. I'm not entirely sure if it's actually discontinued? I found it with ease in the store, yet.

Anyway, this was an OK mascara. I felt like it definitely lengthened my lashes and provided a pretty good coat of mascara. Didn't appear to do much for me in terms of volume (even with a second and third coat). Still prefer …
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Cleansers - Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Wash

3.0
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Jul/22/2012

Bought this a couple years back due to the rave reviews in Allure magazine.

Pros:
- Smells okay, not a super overpowering scent
- Lathers very well
- Leaves no traces of makeup behind

Cons:
- Drying, especially if used more than once a day.
- Leaves sort of a greasy film on face


So basically, it was a so-so product. I prefer using …
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