Product Reviews by binkari

Makeup Brushes - Urban Decay - UD Pro Optical Blurring Brush

5.0
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Nov/14/2012

Amazing, amazing brush-- completely blows anything else I've tried out of the water, and probably one of the few products that really lives up to its description.


The bristles are soft and densely-packed, with just enough length to ensure that they have flexibility, but that you still have good control over where the bristles go. The handle is sleek and sturdy, and feels …
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Liquid - Sephora Collection - Instant Radiance Foundation

4.0
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May/21/2012

Okay, I'll admit it: I originally bought this hoping it would be a cheaper dupe to MUFE's HD cover foundation.


The good news is that this is an awesome foundation! Light to medium coverage that sits very lightly on the skin, I can't even tell it's there. On my normal/dry skin, it lasts all day with only minor fading, and I didn't notice any sort of …
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Top/Base Coats - Orly - In A Snap

4.0
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Mar/20/2012

This review is going to focus mainly on comparing In A Snap to Seche Vite. Despite being an avid Seche Vite user, I've been on a longstanding quest to find a B3F top coat that still dries my manicure quickly. As of right now, I use In A Snap on all my manicures unless I'm in a real hurry, in which case, I'll bust out the SV. Orly was one of my top picks for several …Read more

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Moisturizers - First Aid Beauty - Ultra Repair Cream

5.0
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Mar/07/2012

As someone who suffers from dry skin (especially around the cheeks and mouth), this has become my HG facial moisturizer, especially in winter. The cream has a fluffy, whipped texture which lets you spread it around without tugging on your skin. I use it primarily for my face, but it helps relieve dry skin anywhere on your body. It does smell a little earthy when you first apply it, but overall …Read more

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Polishes - Deborah Lippmann - Across the Universe

4.0
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Mar/06/2012

A navy blue jelly with a mix of teal and blue hex glitter, with a light sprinkle of small blue glitter. The base is pigmented (or rather, dark) enough to be more or less opaque in three coats, but what really counts is that it's sheer enough to reveal the layers of glitter underneath it. The effect reminds me of seeing sparkling gemstones in deep blue water and it's simply …Read more

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Polishes - ZOYA - Sooki

5.0
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Mar/06/2012

Beautiful, bright cherry red that leans just a bit blue-- but it's such a small lean, I'd feel comfortable saying that it's neutral. It has flawless application in just one coat, but I still do two because I'm convinced that it makes the color look just a touch fuller. Sooki flows over the nail easily with no streaks, no bubbles, just red. If you're looking for a daring …Read more

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Makeup Brushes - e.l.f. Cosmetics - Studio Kabuki Face Brush

5.0
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Jan/29/2012

For $6, this brush is amazing (even more amazing if you can snag it during one of E.L.F.'s numerous sales). It's soft, full, and fluffy, with just enough density to make a difference, but not enough to erase your hard work.


I use this primarily to smooth out my foundation and buff out any blush boo-boos. The build quality is really top-notch, especially given the price …
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Fragrances - The Body Shop - White Musk Libertine edp

3.0
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Jan/13/2012

I received this as an order sample. On first sniff, I loved it-- fresh and floral, with just a hint of spicy musk behind it. For awhile, I was determined to pick up a full-sized bottle the moment TBS had another sale.


Man in tow, I hurried over to my nearest TBS and made a beeline for Libertine but, in a moment of clarity, gave the original White Musk and Neroli Jasmin fragrances …
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Lotions/ Creams - The Body Shop - Africa Spa Hand & Feet Honey Butter

4.0
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Jan/12/2012

The jar on this obnoxious, but the product inside is awesome. It's rich and moisturizing, soaks in quickly, and doesn't smother your feet. Normally, a lot of heavier creams cause the soles of my feet and the palms of my hand to sweat even while resting, but not this! This stuff smells mainly of honey-- a tad cloying, but since I usually only use it on my feet, it's no big …Read more

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Polishes - Essie - Nail Polish - Bordeaux

4.0
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Jan/11/2012

Beautiful, timeless, deep blue-based red jelly. Bordeaux is such a classic color that instantly adds glamour to your fingertips without being overbearing. It's vampy, but the jelly finish gives it subtle dimension that prevents it from becoming flat.


Application-wise, Bordeaux is good, but not flawless. It's a dark jelly, so it requires a steady hand to get it even in …
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