Product Reviews by almond_leaves

Lipstick - Lord & Berry - Vogue Matte Velvet Lipstick

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May/28/2013

I honestly don't know where to begin!

Swatched on the back of my hand the color glides smoothly and gives an opaque color.

On the lips, a totally different story. I have finally stopped the habit of biting my lip, and they're now smooth and plump. Yet, upon applying this I get it to settle into all the lines of my lip and it flakes in a pretty weird way. I tried …
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Styling Products - Unlisted Brand - Somang Keratin Hair Coating Essence

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May/28/2013

This is my miracle serum!

The ingredients are quite few, which makes it very lightweight so it never weighs my hair down. I have tried the Schwarzkopf one and found it extremely thick, heavy and greases my hair like no other.

I have shoulder length, naturally curly fine hair that frizzes up like mad if left to air dry.

I use 2-3 pumps before using my flat iron …
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Blush - MAKE UP FOR EVER - HD Microfinish Cream Blush - #6 [DISCONTINUED]

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Feb/07/2013

This is my second MUFE HD Blush. Got it in #08 as well.

#06 is a coral/peach shade. Excellent pigmentation like no other and you really need the tiniest amount ever. Blending is very easy, I use my fingers to do that. You can also layer the color and intensify it as needed. Lasting power is magnificent. A sanitary pump bottle package makes this blush all the more great!

The …
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Lip Gloss - The Body Shop - Love Gloss

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Feb/07/2013

Got this in #04, a warm soft brown. The color is very natural and beautiful, will accentuate yellow teeth a bit.

Name and packaging are super cute ;) I actually like the applicator, one side gets the lower lip well, while the other gets the upper.

This is slightly sticky, but much less sticky compared to Essence Stay With Me gloss.

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Eye Shadow - Bourjois - Intense Extrait 08

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Feb/07/2013

Finally Bourjois comes up with highly pigmented eyeshadows. The range isn't huge but the selection of colors is beautiful.

Shade 08 is a shimmery warm bronze of medium darkness. Superb color payoff in a shade that will bring out blue eyes well. The texture is very buttery and goes so smoothly on. Tap off the excess and no fall out will be experienced. Lasting power is great, easy …
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Eye Shadow - Max Factor - Colour Perfection Eyeshadow 425 Dawning Gold

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Feb/07/2013

Two shades in there, a highlight and a crease color.

The highlight shade is a golden ivory. Excellent color payoff and impressive lasting power. No creasing, no fading. I mainly use this for the inner corner of my eyes and it really brightens up the entire look. I sometimes use it on the brow bone as well and it works great there, too.

The other is a coppery shade. Color …
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Makeup Brushes - essence - Smokey Eyes Brush

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Feb/07/2013

Exzellent brush.

This is soft small dome brush, not scratchy at all but with enough stamina to accomplish several tasks. Perfect for my small eyes.

Does plenty of tasks for me:
Applies my outer corner e/s, blends stubborn e/s really well making the gradient flawless, and smokes out e/s on the lash line which my MAC Pencil Brush failed miserably at.

I only …
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Makeup Brushes - essence - Gel Eyeliner Brush

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Feb/07/2013

This is an excellent brush. I love the purple it comes in, purple is my fav color :)

The bristles are stiff enough but not scratchy at all. Price is ridiculously cheap. Comes in a nice transparent pouch.

This wasn't stiff enough for my eyebrows, so I use my MAC 208 for that, which I adore.

Here's what I use this for: to wing out my eyeliner. It creates …
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Eye Shadow - essence - Quattro Eyeshadow Chic-ify

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Feb/07/2013

I actually bought this solely based on how fun the product looked :D I just had to have it :)

Those aren't your pro colors or anywhere near that. However, they aren't completely bad.

Four shades are in there:

A light peach, which hardly shows up on my skin.

A shimmery black, this one has the highest color payoff of them all, but plenty of fall …
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Lip Gloss - essence - Stay With Me Long-Lasting Lip Gloss

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Feb/07/2013

Got this in 02 My Favorite Milkshake, a laque like soft warm pink. I see no shimmers at all in this.

I like the pigmentation and shade. The applicator is genius! Lasting power is good for what you're paying but one thing kills it for me - the stickiness.

I've read other reviews here saying it isn't sticky, I don't know if maybe I got a bad one but I …
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