Product Reviews by blackblackblack

Treatments (Face) - Avene - Triacneal EXPERT Emulsion

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Apr/05/2016

I have purchased this twice, for a great price on Amazon (seller: parapharmacy). I mention that up front because the cost is prohibitive for many, and this seller delivers a fresh and authentic product from Europe at a fab discount. If I didn't have this hookup, I'm not sure I'd have taken the plunge.

This, friends, is a retinaldehyde product. It's been suggested …
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Treatments (Face) - Paula's Choice - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

5.0
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Feb/08/2016

I am seguing into my mid-30s, and despite the wisdom and security that comes with age, I find myself periodically wishing to scrape my face off and start fresh. I believe regular manual exfoliation is akin to taking a cheese grater to the face (effective yet barbaric) so I am all about chemical exfoliation, which I learned about from the internet, NOT fashion magazines or my grandma, because …Read more

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Cleansers - Now Foods - Vitamin C & Manuka Honey Gel Cleanser

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Apr/09/2015

There are a few reasons why this gets a Perfect Five from me- I'll go over those first.

1. It does not strip the skin. There is never any tightness or dryness after using this. I will and have put lots of products that could be considered abrasive, questionable, and straight raw-dog on my facial skin, but cleanser is never one of them. That should be the most level-headed …
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Primer/ Corrector - Paula's Choice - Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish Oil-Control Primer

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Apr/08/2015

Jesus Maria, this stuff actually works. It works SO WELL, I am worried I may finally begin to age. I always credited excess oil production for freezing my forehead and brow in time. I am an absolute oil slick. A shiny wonder. I could solve the energy crisis with my t-zone. I have much natural resource. You get the idea.

This keeps my t-zone dry and matte for hours. I do not mess with …
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Hair Treatments - Davines - Ol Absolute Beautifying Potion

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Mar/27/2015

Full disclosure, I have never tried a Davines product I was unhappy with, and I have tried...exactly five. This one is my favorite.

It is heavily scented. So if you are extremely asthmatic, have a persnickety nose, or like b*tching about perfume that other people wear, don't buy any Davines styling products. The ones I have all have a detectable, lasting fragrance. I happen to …
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Eyeliner - Stila - Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

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Mar/03/2015

I had a gift card at Christmas (interesting story, right?) and was looking for a liquid liner pen, since I'd gotten bored with various pots of cream and gel that were struggling to match my army of battered liner brushes of various shape and fiber. Spend two minutes on the internet looking at liquid liner pens, and one thing occurs: this Stila pen is positively ubiquitous. So how could you …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Harvey Prince Hello

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Feb/24/2015

I have been a subscriber to Petit Vour for a while, which is how I've come to sample a few Harvey Prince scents.

Hello is the best of the bunch. It smells like all of the best parts of being a woman. It initially has great strength and delicacy. Citrus, floral, gourmand, I don't know- if you happened to catch a breath of it on someone you would probably assume lots of …
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Eyeliner - NYX Professional Makeup - Slide On Pencil - Brown Perfection

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Feb/17/2015

It does slide on as promised, the texture is exceptional, and I love this matte chocolate shade. I will use it little by little until it is gone, but you should reconsider tightlining with this. I am not an allergenic person, but this made my eyes itch. I'm torn, because it does perform very well.

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Concealers - Kevyn Aucoin - The Sensual Skin Enhancer

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Feb/17/2015

Listen- no matter what else you read about this product, let me assure you that it is the best undereye/middle-of-face concealer ever produced. If you cannot agree, let us at least concede and place it in the Top 5. The finish is the MOST natural of any makeup I have ever tried in my 22-year-history of wearing makeup. It is not matte, not quite satin, but simply SKIN. it lasts for several hours …Read more

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Foundations - LORAC - Natural Performance Foundation

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Oct/22/2014

This foundation, first and foremost, has my favorite packaging of all time- a twist-up pump. I got NP2, perfect for winter, but just slightly more yellow than I'd like. It feels like nothing. My sunscreen (EltaMD) feels far more occlusive. It lasts several hours before sliding off. It is what a foundation should be- it blends my skin tone together without overpowering any other product or …Read more

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