Product Reviews by betteefelon

Moisturizers - CeraVe - Facial Moisturizing Lotion - AM SPF 30

4.0
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1 month ago

Ok, so this moisturizer doesn't work well under makeup and leaves a bit of a white cast (although it has less of a white cast once it sinks in for a bit -- probably won't work well for someone with a deeper skin tone, unfortunately). But it is helpful when my skin is being difficult and I just need something non-irritating to help it along. I like that this has ceramides and niacinamide …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Unlisted Brand - Zitsticka Spot Clarifying Patch Kit

3.0
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3 months ago

After years of having my skin well under control, I found myself inexplicably dealing with more than one under-the-skin pimple at the same time. In a frustrated grab for help, I ordered this kit. It was expensive for what you get -- $29 for 8 patches (and 8 accompanying pre-patch antiseptic wipes). If you use two patch sessions on one zit, that's almost $8 right there. It would be worth it …Read more

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Moisturizers - VICHY - Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel

3.0
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9 months ago

I was looking for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer for summer, and to avoid certain ingredients that cause me skin issues (polysorbates, esters, etc.). This moisturizer fit the bill and was a better deal than La Roche Posay Toleriane Fluide I've used in the past so I gave it a shot. It works fine for very light moisture and is not greasy but I absolutely cannot stand the perfume smell …Read more

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Mascara - REVLON - Mega Multiplier Mascara

5.0
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Feb/03/2019

I love this mascara. But let me be clear -- this is not a super dramatic mascara. It applies really beautifully, totally smooth and clump-free.... It never smudges because of the tube technology and it removes easily without leaving a mess on my face. I love how natural it looks... I feel like I am "getting away with something" when I wear it. My lashes look longer, a little thicker and …Read more

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Cleansers - Vanicream - Gentle Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin

5.0
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Jun/07/2018

I'm saying I'd buy it again, but only because "maybe" isn't an option. I'm finishing up my bottle and totally on the fence. This would probably be great for someone with oily, sensitive skin. My skin is very middle-of-the-road oil-wise, and right now I find this really drying. Maybe I'd like it more if the weather were hotter and my skin felt oilier before I …Read more

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Lip Treatments - Trader Joe's - Spearmint Lip Balm

1.0
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Feb/06/2018

I feel bad giving TJ's such a bad review, but this gave me a horrible allergic reaction. I didn't want to believe it was this product, so after putting the product to the side for a while I tried it again, and again I had a horrible allergic reaction. My lips were uncomfortable and swollen for two days, looking like I had bad plastic surgery. It must be the mint in this, because …Read more

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BB Cream - Unlisted Brand - MD Solar Sciences: MD Creme Mineral Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 50

5.0
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Feb/05/2018

For me, this is HG. Physical sunscreen (non-nano zinc) SPF 50, broad spectrum. Smoothing silicone but dries to a powdery, soft matte finish. It's water resistant to 80 minutes, too, so I don't have to worry on hot days that it's melting off my face and not working. Sheer tint -- I can wear it alone for casual days or add coverage over it. I like that it's not full coverage …Read more

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Primer/ Corrector - e.l.f. Cosmetics - Beauty Shield SPF 50 Skin Shielding Primer

3.0
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Feb/05/2018

I like this product and will probably repurchase when I run out, but there are a few issues that keep me from giving it a better review. First, the good parts -- I like that this product provides SPF 50 physical sunscreen. The tint is a good color for me -- I'm a light-medium neutral skin tone and it blends right into my skin tone. It provides a nice look on its own, and a surprising amount …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Unlisted Brand - Replenix - Power of Three Serum

5.0
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Nov/15/2017

I've been using this in rotation with the CF serum and cream for about 10 years -- for the past five years or so, always this one. They're all close to the same cost and this one includes an additional antioxidant so I went with it. It has a watery-gel consistency and feels like nothing once it's absorbed. You do get a little tightening right after application but it resolves …Read more

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Highlighters - benefit Cosmetics - Dandelion Shy Beam

4.0
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Nov/14/2017

I'm writing this about the Shy Beam liquid matte highlighter (with the paint brush applicator) -- I'm not sure if Dandelion Shy Beam is different. Anyway, regarding the Shy Beam liquid -- I like it. I am light-medium and neutral (really neutral -- not warm, not really cool). This is a pale pink matte liquid and I would have thought it would look too pink for me, but once it's …Read more

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