Product Reviews by atlas84

Treatments (Face) - Topix - Replenix Green Tea Serum CF

5.0
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Dec/17/2011

This is a very nicely formulated serum for the money. It is a lightweight, brown gel that goes on smoothly and absorbs instantly into the skin. The amount of green tea is quite considerable in this (which is why its brown). Since green tea has proven antioxidant properties, you can count on this to do its job in that aspect. The caffeine and chamomile give an extra boost to this serum's …Read more

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Moisturizers - Glycolix Elite - Ultra Lite Facial Cream

4.0
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Dec/17/2011

I started using this moisturizer last fall, as I needed a moisturizer to use in the AM and also with Retin-A Micro at night. Texture is perfect; no greasiness, absorbs almost instantly, actually need very little to make your skin feel moisturized and supple. After about three weeks of use, I had a serious breakout on my chin, so I stopped using it. (Pointing the finger at the squalane in this …Read more

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Skincare - Face - Dickinson's Brands - Dickinson's Witch Hazel

3.0
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Dec/17/2011

Having used witch hazel off and on since my teens (about 10 to 15 years), I just can't tell if it makes a difference for me. The alcohol content has a slight astringent effect on my skin (more combo/oily, oilier in summer than winter) which is fine. However, I don't see any tangible of benefit from using it. I recently had a minor breakout and picked some up to help treat it, not sure …Read more

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Fragrance - CHANEL - Allure Pour Homme

5.0
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Dec/17/2011

Chanel Allure pour homme exudes class and elegance. This is a men's fragrance, but without some of the strong, forceful harshness given off by many colognes; it retains a subtle, quiet femininity to it. (Note that I am not entirely opposed to strong men's fragrances. I'm a fan of Kouros, TdH, A*Men, Drakkar Noir, etc.) Allure is not boring or dull. Rather, it is bright and crisp …Read more

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Fragrances - TOM FORD - Grey Vetiver

2.0
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Dec/17/2011

Spritzed this on at Nordy's the other day. Smelled exactly like Guerlain Vetiver with an ever-so-slightly cleaner drydown. A no-go for me.

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Fragrances - GUERLAIN - Vetiver

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Dec/17/2011

This is supposedly one of the classic, defining vetiver scents. However, I have to say I'm not all that impressed. Guerlain Vetiver just smells "unclean" to me. Admittedly, I am no vetiver aficionado or expert, but this stuff smells stuffy and dated to me, sort of like what and old male librarian would smell like (I have worked in a library, so I would know this well). I get a bit …Read more

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Fragrances - Hermès - Terre d Hermes

5.0
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Dec/17/2011

I'm a fan of citrus smells, but need to have some depth with it (like a spicy or woodsy accord). Having read the reviews and descriptions of this popular scent, I was dying to try it. Citrus opening? Yes. Woodsy drydown? Intriguing. Searched high and low all over town to find this and when I finally did, I grabbed the tester and spritzed some juice on my arm. I took a big sniff. It was all I …Read more

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Fragrance - Yves Saint Laurent - Kouros

5.0
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Dec/17/2011

YSL Kouros is one of those love it or hate it scents. I will say, my initial impression was that it smelled horrible, just like a urinal cake and nothing else. However, deciding to give this a second chance was well worth it. I adore this stuff.

Kouros commands ones attention with its strong incense-y opening, but becomes much softer over time, yet still powerful enough to remind you …
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Skincare - Body - Paula's Choice - Skin Revealing Body Lotion 10% AHA with Glycolic Acid & Antioxidants

3.0
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Dec/17/2011

I bought this lotion to use in conjunction with the PC 2% BHA Weightless Body Treatment to help treat some body acne and mild KP I have on my arms. This was an OK glycolic acid body lotion. To its credit, it has the correct pH to be effective and a nice consistency, and it absorbs well, but after using the entire tube I can't quite determine if it was worth it or not. I did see a bit of …Read more

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Lotions/ Creams - Paula's Choice - RESIST Weightless Body Treatment with 2% BHA

3.0
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Dec/17/2011

I bought this a while ago to help with body acne and mild KP on my upper arms. Having now used the entire tube, I don't think it made much of a difference. I saw a greater difference with the PC 10% AHA lotion, at least with the KP. I liked the texture of this lotion and it absorbed nicely. For me, seems a decent shampoo or body cleanser with at least 2% BHA works better to help combat those …Read more

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