Product Reviews by carcas

Lips - Glossier - Generation G Lipstick

4.0
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Mar/21/2016

I ordered this in Like and it definitely met my expectations as far as color- it's just the YLBB effect I was looking for.

The texture is unusual, but it works. It's not a tinted balm, and it's not a creamy lipstick. It's dry enough so as to be matte, but moist enough not to dry out your lips. It kind of melds with the lips and there's a hint of a dry balm …
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Styling Products - AVEDA - Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight

3.0
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fromcarcas

Jul/24/2014

I had previously written a pretty scathing review of this product in a hurry, and I think it deserves a better, more detailed treatment. Here goes!

My hair is long, thick, and curly (2c on top, 3a mid, and 3b underneath), and it frizzes easily. I can get a silky blow dry with just a round brush and some elbow grease, no product. I've had keratin treatments done, and really …
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Lipstick - Bite Beauty - Cashmere Lip Cream

5.0
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fromcarcas

Sep/18/2013

Wow. I am wowed! There are like if the Nars Matte Velvet lip pencils and the MUFE Aqua Rouge lip colors had a baby. Those are both two products that I love, but their lovechild tops them both in texture and durability. The only obvious drawback is the limited color range.

First, one of the highlights: the applicator. It's different. At first I was a little wary of the …
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Styling Products - Oribe - impermeable anti-humidity spray

5.0
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fromcarcas

Aug/20/2013

I have super thick, coarse, naturally curly/wavy hair, which I always blow out. The humidity in DC is heartbreaking, and has lately been consistently undoing my careful straightening in the time it takes to get from the door to the car (think "frizz puff"). I can't spring for a Brazilian blowout at the moment (those are really the best defense, I've found), so I decided to try …Read more

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Self Tanners - Sephora Collection - Sephora Body Self Tanning Bronzing Mist

5.0
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fromcarcas

Jul/29/2013

The short version: great price, very easy to apply, even coverage, no streaks, smell isn't overwhelming/unpleasant, VERY convincing color, even fading.

Full disclosure: I never used self-tanner before this - I never needed to! Though I'm of South Asian descent, I'm fairly light in the fall/winter, but I spend ample time in the sun every summer so I end up with a deep …
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Brows - Hourglass Cosmetics - Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette

5.0
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fromcarcas

Jun/25/2013

Oh my! This is fabulous! I have to fill in my patchy but "big" brows every day, so a great filler is a must for me. I was previously using Anastasia's Brow Wiz, but after repurchasing 3 times in about 8 months, I was getting pretty irritated at the minuscule amount of product.

I expressed my woes to an SA at Sephora, and she introduced me to this, assuring me it would …
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Liquid - Sisley-Paris - Phyto-Teint Eclat Liquid Oil-Free Foundation

4.0
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fromcarcas

Jun/25/2013

I decided to take up the hunt for my HG foundation again (you know how it goes), and the reviews were so good that I couldn't not try this one. I had been using the MUFE HD, only at times when I wanted to look more polished, or when my skin was acting up. At the time I decided to try this, my skin was not super (various dark spots, whiteheads, uneven in general), so I found myself leaning …Read more

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Lips - Yves Saint Laurent - Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm

5.0
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fromcarcas

Nov/11/2012

Gah! I wanted to dislike this because of the price, but I love it. It's so natural and easy to wear- this is an HG for me. The first tube I bought, I was literally scraping out the very last bit of product (which NEVER happens to me with lipsticks/treatments, aside from Fresh's Sugar balm) because I kept forgetting to repurchase. I'm only glad (well, my wallet is) that …Read more

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Concealers - MAKE UP FOR EVER - Full Cover Concealer

4.0
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fromcarcas

Nov/11/2012

Let me begin by saying that I use this primarily for covering blemishes and dark spots, and that I have repurchased many, many times. I'm of South Asian descent, with medium-light olive skin, which tans easily in the summer. I use #7 or #8, depending on the season (and occasionally will mix, if needed).

I will use it under my eyes only when I need something more heavy duty …
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Moisturizers - ORIGINS - VitaZing SPF 15 Energy-boosting moisturizer with Mangosteen

3.0
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fromcarcas

Jul/30/2012

It is with deep sadness that I write this review because I love what this product does. However, the cost has been far too high for me because the number of facials I've had to undergo in order to undo the damage that it has done is killing my wallet.

I've been using it for about 3 months and doing everything else possible to deal with the bumpy congestion it's causing …
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