Product Reviews by calanaw

Brows - Maybelline New York - Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer

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Jan/02/2017

This stuff is great for keeping your brows in place and adding natural looking volume (well, from a reasonable distance).

It's a little gummy -- the product is the same as what they use in their other similar products -- but instead of a spoolie, it's some kind of flat tapered comb. It really works and gives you much better control than a regular spoolie.

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Brows - Maybelline New York - Eyestudio Brow Define + Fill Duo

4.0
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Jan/02/2017

There are a lot of expensive brow products out right now, and even though this isn't much money, it can really keep up.

The pencil part is thin and goes on smoothly. Fills in brow hairs beautifully. The only area it doesn't work that well in is when you want to define a line underneath your brows. It's hard to make it dark, and the pencil is only a little soft, not very …
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Brows - Unlisted Brand - The Browgal by Tonya Crooks Clear Eyebrow Gel

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Jan/02/2017

I got this as part of a promotion, but at $20, I think it's too much for the quality of the product. It dries OK, but comes out very unevenly from the tube -- either very wet or none at all. It has a nice spoolie, but it only works if you brush your brows to the side. It doesn't keep them up if you brush them up. Overall: barely MEH.

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Lip Treatments - e.l.f. Cosmetics - Lip Exfoliator

5.0
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Dec/30/2016

For the last six months, I slacked off on my lip care. That was so DUMB because now I have a line right at my cupid's bow -- and it is totally interfering with my lipstick. Everything just bleeds and looks awful.

I hoped to do something about it, lessen it, something, and then I read about this exfoliator. Believe it or not, it is not that easy to find in NYC. We don't have …
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Moisturizers - ORIGINS - GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer

4.0
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Aug/05/2016

I got this as a sample, and it has turned out to be a great summer moisturizer. I was thinking that I would buy it for the hot weather. It seems a lot of reviewers experienced irritation and itchiness, which I have not. I even use a vitamin C serum under, and no problems.

It smells nice and goes on smooth. You don't need too much.

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Moisturizers - Lancôme - Visionnaire Nuit

5.0
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Aug/05/2016

Like all Lancome products, this has a fairly strong perfume. It's nice but strong. It does fade quickly after you apply.

The cream looks like a grease or semi-solid oil but just smooths on. You don't need very much at all, which is good because (again, like all Lancome products) it's rather pricey.

Perhaps I like it more because I got a good deal on it. I …
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Treatments (Face) - VICHY - Liftactiv Retinol HA Nuit/Night

4.0
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Aug/05/2016

Whenever I need a new cream, I usually just wander around Sephora or another store aimlessly. I don't usually have a plan. Most of the time this works, since I like to switch it up. This time, the store had a special on this Retinol product, which I was looking for anyway. Heard about it and never followed up.

Anyway, so far it's great. It's a metal can that dispenses …
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Tinted Moisturizer - Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

5.0
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Jul/05/2016

This is one of the best tinted moisturizers I have ever used, and I am looking forward to being able to splurge on it sometime soon. It smells nice, goes on smooth, and offers a wide variety of shades, especially in very pale colors. No "light-medium" or "medium-dark" here. These are real matchable colors. You can use it under foundation, alone, or with a dab of powder to set …Read more

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Liquid - Maybelline New York - Fit Me Dewy/Hydrate/Luminous and Smooth Foundation (formerly Fit Me)

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Jul/05/2016

This stuff is a disaster, even for drug store makeup. It's really gooey, liquidy -- and smells like the 1970s. It looks like it will be thick and luscious, but then when you put it on, it's thin, doesn't have good coverage, and settles into fine lines. And when you're done you smell like your grandmom's bridge club. That is if you didn't spill it all over. If this …Read more

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BB Cream - Smashbox - Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

3.0
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Jul/05/2016

This BB cream is not worth the money. I have extremely dry skin, and this just did not go on smooth and creamy at all. It was very smeary, uneven, and cakey. It started drying before I finished applying! When I put foundation on top -- I layer colored moisturizing products in the winter because my skin is so dry and it's so cold in NYC -- it got even worse and more dry. It didn't help …Read more

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