Product Reviews by appletea

Cleansers - Purpose - Gentle Cleansing Wash

5.0
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Aug/10/2014

Like many acne-prone people, I've shelled out a lot of money in the search for products that wouldn't cause or exacerbate pimples, irritation, redness, etc. I'm also someone that likes to sample many different products, in the hope of finding something miraculous. This cleanser is miraculous in its own way. I've been using it for approximately one year and unless the formula …Read more

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BB Cream - IT Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better SPF 50 CC Cream

4.0
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Jul/13/2014

I purchased this on a whim after giving up on NARS Sheer Matte. I was a little hesitant about the very long ingredient list, but after checking this product on the COSDNA database, I felt a bit better; some of the ingredients have a one or two rating for acne or irritants, but none higher than that. I chose the color "Light," and I am a little puzzled. The first week or so of wearing …Read more

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Liquid - NARS Cosmetics - Sheer Matte ] ] [DISCONTINUED]

2.0
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Jul/02/2014

Now that my face has cleared up and silicones no longer cause cystic acne or blocked pores, I'm not limited in the foundations I can wear. Thus, I decided to try this one after reading reviews in a few different blogs. The mixed MUA reviews gave me pause, but because Fiji is THE best color match I've ever found for myself, I couldn't resist. Unfortunately, this foundation really …Read more

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Lipstick - Lipstick Queen - Medieval

5.0
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Jul/18/2013

Normally, I wouldn't pay so much ($22) for a lip color, but the copy and the packaging sucked me in. Fortunately for me, I find this product to be worth the money. I like a bold red lip, but it can be a bit much for daytime wear and I also find that some pigmented red lip colors tend to fade unevenly, leaving an unpleasant look behind. Since I'm not the type that has a lot of time to …Read more

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Crème - REVLON - ColorStay Whipped Crème Makeup

4.0
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Jan/11/2013

First things first: I'm a clod and used this even though I KNEW it would break me out. I was hoping my new derm regimen would keep my skin clear, but I was being naive. See my notepad for more details if you want. So, the following review is based on the merits of the foundation alone, ignoring the fact that it broke me out, as some people just aren't sensitive to dimethicone like I …Read more

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Blush - NARS Cosmetics - Blush - Luster

5.0
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Jan/04/2013

This was a Christmas present to myself; normally I stick to NYX blushes and find that they work just fine for me. However, I became enamored of the color and when I received my Sephora coupon in December I knew I couldn't pass it up. The blush is quite pigmented and I had to teach myself how to use it to ensure that I wasn't going overboard with the color, particularly in the winter …Read more

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Pressed Powders - RIMMEL - Stay Matte Pressed Powder - 001 Transparent

5.0
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Dec/23/2012

Since the summer, I've been begrudgingly using Tarte's Amazonian Clay finishing powder. Unfortunately, I purchased it and used too much of it to return before I realized it just doesn't work for me. Even though we're in the dark days of winter and dry skin, I still have a greasy t-zone that needs some help. After I read a few reviews of this and some other Rimmel products, I …Read more

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Lipstick - NARS Cosmetics - Pure Matte lipstick - Mascate

5.0
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Dec/10/2012

This shade absolutely did not work for me. It was darker than I thought it would be and looked more berry than a true, classic red which is what I was seeking. For reference, I have light olive skin with true neutral undertones. However, it is a beautiful color and a very high quality lipstick that manages to be matte without being too drying. Accordingly, I rated this a five even though the …Read more

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Fragrances - LUSH - Gorilla Perfume - Lust

5.0
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Nov/29/2012

I'm a bit of a weirdo when it comes to fragrances. I gravitate heavily toward incense, patchouli, dirt and tobacco fragrances but I also have a soft spot for lush green rose scents and jasmines so indolic they make you swoon. Come to think of it, my ideal scent would make me smell like a church graveyard after the rain. Anyhoo... Though I wear scents to please myself, it never hurts to get a …Read more

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Polishes - Butter London - All Hail the Queen

3.0
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Nov/29/2012

This is my first and only Butter London polish, which I purchased over the summer to wear in a wedding. If you aren't a huge fan of neutral shades because you like your nail colors to have a bit more pep, I think this color is a good option because it is a gorgeous color that is both work-friendly but not entirely dull. The shade also complimented my light neutral olive skin without making …Read more

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