Product Reviews by ccj36

Powder - Merle Norman - Ultra Powder Foundation

5.0
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Apr/29/2017

I've been using this for about six weeks, and I love it. I'm a working mom, so I need something quick and easy that will make me look polished. I'm not one who goes for all the strobing/contouring/sparkle (hey, if you've got the time and energy for all that---more power to you) I can apply this after my sunscreen and my skin looks nice all day. I love the packaging, and I …Read more

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Mascara - wet n wild - Max Volume Plus

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Feb/05/2017

I have this in the waterproof version. The mascara itself is not bad---it adds natural looking volume and length with a couple of coats. (Nothing dramatic) It allows my straight lashes to hold a curl and dries quickly. It removes easily with waterproof makeup remover. (I use Lumene) My one complaint is the packaging. It's a little bulkier than necessary, and hot-pink foil covering comes off …Read more

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Moisturizers - CVS - Acne Fighting Moisturizer

5.0
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May/22/2016

I have bought this a few times to use when I have breakouts, especially when my skin gets oiler during summer months. I've also used the Clean and Clear version that this is modeled after. Both are effective, but the CVS version has a lighter scent and seems to be gentler. My skin feels soft and smooth, and the salicylic acid helps clear up minor breakouts fairly quickly.

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Lipstick - Merle Norman - Luxiva Lip Glaze

5.0
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May/21/2016

I have these in Stolen Kisses (mauve-y pink) and Bare Hug (tan/beige neutral). They are shinier than a balm but not as heavy as a lipstick. They provide a sheer wash of color and feel very nice without being greasy. They also last longer than a gloss. I've repurchased Stolen Kisses a few times already. Easy to add more color if applied over a lip liner (which MN also has a great one, by …Read more

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

5.0
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Jan/17/2016

This is the most comfortable liquid foundation that I've used in a very, very long time. (Actually, since my old HG foundation---Sheer Essentials, also made by Maybelline---was discontinued many years ago.) This foundation is lightweight, glides smoothly over my skin, doesn't cake or accentuate dry patches, and hydrates my 40+ skin without making it feel greasy or heavy. I don't …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Paula's Choice - RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA

5.0
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Dec/07/2013

I have been using this AHA treatment for a few months, and I have seen a noticeable difference in the clarity and texture of my skin. I use it at night, and it makes my over-40 skin very smooth. I normally use mineral makeup, and I have noticed that I apply a much lighter layer of my foundation now so that my skin shows through it. The price is very reasonable for the quality of the product. …Read more

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Moisturizers - CeraVe - Facial Moisturizing Lotion - AM SPF 30

5.0
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Nov/27/2013

CeraVe SPF 30 Facial Moisturizing Lotion has become a part of my daily routine. I use it every morning on my face and neck, and a bottle lasts me a couple of months. I have normal skin that tends to be slightly dry in the winter, and I am able to use this year-round. (To be fair, I use this with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream to prevent my face from getting chapped when running on cold, windy …Read more

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Fragrances - Molinard - Habanita

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Nov/16/2013

Love, love, love. There are far more creative reviewers who have described Habanita on this board, so all I will add is that this is a fragrance that requires a confident spirit....and a light hand. (it is a strong scent) Habanita is both sweet and sultry at the same time. The black bottle is gorgeous, and the price was very reasonable. A blind buy that I have never regretted.

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Fragrances - CLINIQUE - Happy

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Nov/16/2013

Happy seems to be one of those fragrances that people either love or hate. (others I can think of that have the same effect are Angel and Poison) I love it. I've kept a bottle on hand since it first came out, and though I've also used the variations (Happy To Be, Happy Heart), the original Happy is the one that I prefer. Like someone else wrote, I am often asked what I am wearing …Read more

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Hair Color - Garnier - Nutrisse Permanent Creme Hair Color

5.0
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Jun/25/2013

This review is for Garnier Nutrisse #61, Moccachino (light ash brown). I had not been coloring my hair as regularly as I had been (normally used Nice 'n Easy or Root Touch-up to address the grays around my hairline every 4-6 weeks), so a couple of months ago I decided to have partial highlights for a change. However, instead of the subtle look I requested, I left the salon very blonde. …Read more

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