Product Reviews by brianadecaro

Cleansers - REN Clean Skincare - Zostera Marina Cleansing Milk Wash - Dry

5.0
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Jan/19/2011

If I could marry this, I would. It's way better at cleaning than my boyfriend is!! That tidbit aside, I do love this. I was looking for a more moisturizing cleanser since I started using an Rx retinol and as soon as the weather got cold, my skin got uncomfortably dry and scaly. I was using First Aid Beauty, which I initially loved, but something in there is irritating me now. Bummer. I use a …Read more

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Eyes - Unlisted Brand - SkinActives Eyebrow Serum

3.0
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Dec/26/2010

This does work to grow your lashes - I was actually quite surprised. Mine grew both in length and thickness. My brows filled in nicely too. Price is good, packaging is unremarkable. The reason I will not repurchase it that this stings my eyes and irritates the lids and surrounding skin SO badly. No, I don't get it in my eyes and yes I am careful. The stinging of my actual eyeballs and skin …Read more

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Polishes - OPI - Kinky in Helsinki

5.0
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Aug/11/2010

My new favorite polish. No kidding. I love this color! I just put it on last night and I've already gotten like 6 compliments on it. It's fun and bright, but not gaudy or cheap. It's a lovely deep shimmery fuchsia and would look really nice in any season, IMO. I can't imagine a skin tone this wouldn't flatter. It's very nice and I look forward to wearing it a lot! …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Peter Thomas Roth - Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum

4.0
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Aug/03/2010

I previously have tried some retinol products that had very negative effects on my skin. Irritation galore - peeling, redness, over-compensation of oil production. NOT WITH THIS. The very first time I used it, there was a tiny bit of irritation that quickly went away. I've very quickly worked up to being able to use this every night, and I love it. My skin has been a mess lately in terms of …Read more

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Cleansers - First Aid Beauty - Face Cleanser

4.0
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Aug/03/2010

Update 01/19/11: Well, darn. Something in this cleanser has started to irritate the bejeezus out of my skin. I don't know if it's just winter dryness or if it's something more. Now even if I use it ONCE I get angry red patches that are almost eczema-y. It even started to irritate my earlobes when I accidentally got some there. Strange. I only took off one lippy because I do think …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - REN Clean Skincare - Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

4.0
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Jul/02/2010

Update 01/19/11: I'm not using this as much as I used to. With the Rx retinol I started on, this doesnt exactly play nice. I get breakouts after I use it. I do suspect my skin does not like lactic acid. Glycolic acid - yes. Lactic acid - not so much. So that could be what's doing it. I do like it aside from that though. Smells nice, FABULOUS packaging, and good natural ingredients. It …Read more

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Blush - Sephora Collection - Blush Me! in Rose Rebelle

5.0
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Jul/02/2010

I have been on a blush "thing" lately. I had NARS desire in my basket and ready to buy when I said to myself "self, do you really need to be spending $26 on yet ANOTHER blush right now? You just bought one last week..." I decided my inner voice had a point. I really didn't want to spend the dough for the NARS one, even though I have several of their blushses and adore …Read more

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Loose Powders - Coastal Scents - Silica Spheres Powder [DISCONTINUED]

5.0
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Jun/17/2010

This powder is a shining example of why I love this website SOO much! I bought the MUFE HD powder without reading the reviews first. Gasp! I know! In those reviews, I stumbled across several people that said to get this instead for, ahem, $4!!! I wasn't really all that fond of the MUFE version, especially for it's hefty price tag, so I returned it and bought this. To my delight, I liked …Read more

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Crème - Laura Mercier - Silk Creme Foundation [DISCONTINUED]

3.0
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Jun/17/2010

I like this foundation. Like. Not love. Really, this review should be like a 3.5. This foundation has a lot of good points, but also a lot of bad points. The hunt for the perfect foundation continues. I got this at Sephora when a SA suggested this when I was looking for something full coverage but not acne inducing.

THE GOOD:
-The coverage. Many foundations claim to be full …
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Makeup Brushes - Sephora Collection - Stippling brush silver

1.0
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Jun/16/2010

I actually ended up returning this. I was so excited to get it home and try it. I was going out of town that weekend for a wedding and this was the only foundation brush I brought with me. That was a mistake on my part. This brush smelled awful! I figured it was just the "new brush smell" so I washed it and let it dry. Still smelled bad. I washed it again. Still smelled. You get the …Read more

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