Product Reviews by coloredpencils

Treatments (Face) - Paula's Choice - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

5.0
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3 days ago

Skip the cotton pad and apply patting directly on skin to save money and product. For me, this does not exacerbate redness nor dry, although ymmv if you are new to exfoliating products. I have been using Retin-a gel and still the pores on my nose, inner cheeks and chin can seem congested. I say "orange peel" skin as it is apt. Oily skin, prior sun exposure, extractions. Using this 2x …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Alpha Skin Care - Intensive Rejuvinating Serum 14% Glycolic AHA

5.0
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2 months ago

The only drawback is that has to be ordered online now as the price is si right. Not sure why Alpha Skincare/Alpha Hydrox changed their "thing" with d/s or Ulta, as it USED to be easily purchased. Hey. ALPHA SKINCARE, CAN YOU EXPLAIN? If your skin can handle/work up, the formula exfoliates and softens the skin. For me, I use one or twice/week on nights off of Retin-A. Ymmv, of …Read more

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Sunscreen - SkinCeuticals - Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50

5.0
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3 months ago

I waited for a few months of daily use to review as it is pricey. A better ss for the environment and advertised as such. Definitely a slight white cast, but it works to tone down my redness--so in that way it works for my light/med skin. I use MUFE Water Blend over with no issues. As mentioned below, if you are darker, I do not think you would be happy as you would have to rub it in and diminish …Read more

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Moisturizers - SkinMedica - Dermal Repair Cream

2.0
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4 months ago

Scented like a men's cologne from the 60s. I need my skincare unscented, but cannot even call it "fresh" or "clean." This gets a resounding "No!" due to the *overwhelming* fragrance. I cannot imagine what the developers were thinking with this one.

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Moisturizers - La Roche-Posay - Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer

2.0
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4 months ago

I received a sample and used only on the sides of my my mouth during the day for a few weeks. Loved how quickly absorbed and wore under makeup/ss. Sure enough, I ended up with a few small, red, irritated, blind bumps only in that area, which is a sure sign of a reaction. I should have known better than to use anything with Myristyl myristate and myristic acid. If you are acne-prone, I would …Read more

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Mascara - Boots - No 7 Stay Perfect Long Lasting Volume Mascara

5.0
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4 months ago

A win for sensitive eyes and board rec, esp if you are looking for a long-lasting formula without flaking/smudge under eye and lashes that do not feel coated in plastic. I'd never used tubing mascara before. Not that I have anything against plastic lashes as long as no irritation.The wand is on the small side and without curve. Picks up mascara well. Not waterproof. Like that is available at …Read more

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Conditioner - Joico - K-Pak Reconstruct Daily Conditioner

4.0
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4 months ago

Do not like the scent at all so will not buy again. Something cloying about it--sort of sweet and heavy, and it sticks around. That said, it is a good conditoner for
Dryish, highlighted hair that needs frequent washing, especially if used after a clarifying shampoo and used a few times. Rinses really well. I'd keep it my rotation but for the scent.

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Cleansers - KOSE - Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil

5.0
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4 months ago

No fragrance, essential oils, extras. My eyes thank this and *highly recommend* for sensitive eyes/skin. Only Fancl has been this mild to remove waterproof mascara and sunscreen with zero irritation. I do use a mild cleanser rinse after. Much less expensive to order online and not readily available in US.
Eta: been using this for a few months and still love. A "best buy" oil …

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Mascara - Isehan - Kiss Me Heroine Make Long and Curl and Super Waterproof Mascara

5.0
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4 months ago

Best mascara ever. No irritation/redness. Does not budge/flake/smear even with wetness or oily lids. Curved brush gives a nice lift. No problem with clumps as working quickly makes a fine application. As always, the older the product, the drier, but to be expected. Not even needing to take a tissue under the eye at the end of the day with sunscreen. I have been so disappointed with mascara …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Pixi - Overnight Glow Serum

5.0
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5 months ago

Skin: Dryish from treatments but also sweaty and oily (hey, I move around a lot), especially in warm weather. Clog-prone. Weird cystic adult acne under control (unless I get really stressed and don't sleep enough). So. Dryish, oilyish.
I like that I can use this on the 2nd night off from Retin-a (gel 025) as it is mild-ish and a low ingredient glycolic acid and helps with the bit of …
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