Product Reviews by annie_b

Moisturizers - Glossier - Priming Moisturizer

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Apr/05/2018

Well, color me impressed. I received a sample of Glossier's priming moisturizer with my last order and liked it enough to try some more. I am now close to the end of my first full-size tube. This is a virtually unscented everyday moisturizer that does a nice job of priming the skin for makeup. I layer it over my daily sunscreen and then apply liquid or powder foundation. It is not an …Read more

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Sunscreen - Kiss My Face - Face Factor SPF30 Sunscreen

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Jan/30/2018

A couple of years ago I realized that my SPF 15 tinted moisturizer just wasn't going to cut it in the blistering Texas sun, and while looking for products to step up my sun care game I found this gem. This is the first sunscreen I have used religiously, every day. It is the first thing that I put on my face after showering in the morning and it applies very easily. It is slightly …Read more

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Lips - bareMinerals - Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick

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Oct/18/2017

I purchased the Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Strip and I find myself reaching for it all the time. Application is very easy and the product is nicely pigmented. The texture is wonderful, slick and moisturizing - almost more like a balm. It gives my lips a nice subtle sheen. Unfortunately the wear is also more comparable to a balm, but what I like about it is that it wears off gradually and …Read more

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Mascara - L'Oreal Paris - Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

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Sep/29/2017

This is a solid mascara that quickly builds length and volume and washes off well. I found it a little flaky and irritating at the end of a long day. Sometimes the big, thick brush applies too much mascara, though it isn't goopy and cleans up easily. I'll be returning to my regular Telescopic mascara, but this is a pretty decent mascara for the price.

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Cleansers - L'Oreal Paris - Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser - Normal to Dry Skin

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May/22/2017

Really really really like! This product is superior to most of the other micellar waters I've tried so far. Although I would give Sephora's house brand a slight edge in terms of effectiveness (i.e., using less for the same result), unlike Sephora's micellar water the L'Oreal product doesn't bother my eyes - and it's cheaper! You get a lot of water for well under $10 …Read more

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Brows - Glossier - Boy Brow

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Apr/02/2017

I bought Boy Brow in Brown as a skeptic, having tried other brush-on brow gels and never quite found something that I would favor over a pencil or cream-type filler. Plus, I was new to the Glosser brand, which is definitely not marketed to me (Gen X). To my surprise, Boy Brow exceeded my expectations and is now a staple in my everyday routine. Several features stand out: (1) the pigmentation is …Read more

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Cleansers - Kate Somerville - ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash

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Jan/01/2017

This "exfoliating" cleanser was recommended to me by a sales associate when I asked for an exfoliant suitable for sensitive skin. I had my doubts about using a cleanser, but I was in the mood to try something new, so... here we are.

This cleanser comes in an easy-to-use squeeze tube with a flip cap. It's pricey for a cleaner, but a little goes a long way. It is used with …
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Powder - Merle Norman - Ultra Powder Foundation

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Apr/30/2016

I rediscovered this foundation recently, at least 15 years after I first tried it, and was amazed at the very reasonable price point compared to some of the other foundations I've used over the past few years. It goes on smoothly and quickly and gives lovely, medium-to-full coverage. It lasts a full day with minimal touchups. Normally I dislike "luminous" or "light …Read more

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Cleansers - Sephora Collection - Triple Action Cleansing Water

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Mar/11/2016

Sephora's Triple Action Cleansing Water is the second micellar water that I've tried (the first was Simple brand) and I much prefer this one. It is gentle on my skin, which is especially important as I am using this to remove (non-waterproof) eye makeup, and does a pretty good job of taking off everything that needs to come off my face. I personally prefer rinsing with a little warm …Read more

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Concealers - Bobbi Brown - Intensive Skin Serum Concealer

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Mar/11/2016

I'm loving this as my everyday, go-to undereye concealer, which I recently purchased as an alternative to NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (which I also love). As it's winter time and my skin likes to break out in random dry patches, even under my eyes, I'm giving Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer the edge as it is very moisturizing (without being shiny or drawing attention …Read more

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