Product Reviews by dsbirnbaum

Mascara - Tarte Cosmetics - MultiplEYE Mascara

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Dec/10/2011

This mascara was a failed experiment. I returned it after trying to make it work several times. The formula is extraordinarily dry and thick in texture, leading to to clumps, weighed down lashes, and too much time spent trying to make it look presentable. The black color is too dull for my needs, as I prefer a more highly pigmented black mascara. When I returned it with these complaints, the …Read more

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Bronzers - Tarte Cosmetics - Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer - Park Ave Princess

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Dec/09/2011

This is a healthy and natural looking bronzer, without the excessive glitter, shimmer, and ruddiness caused by so many other similar products. The color is buildable, enabling the user to adjust the intensity as desired. It blends easily, and gives a sunkissed tan glow. The only downside is that it requires occasional touch ups throughout the day, as the color tends to fade after a few short …Read more

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Crème - Laura Mercier - Crème Smooth Foundation [DISCONTINUED]

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Dec/09/2011

This is an excellent hydrating, buildable, medium to full coverage foundation for my dry, almost 40 year old skin. It is perfect for the cold, dry, winter months, but it would probably be too intense for my use in the hot weather. It generates a slightly dewy, long lasting, flawless finish and doesn't settle into fine lines and pores. This foundation helps to conceal my melasma, whereas most …Read more

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Concealers - Laura Mercier - Secret Concealer

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Dec/09/2011

This is the best under eye, dark circle concealer that I have used to date. I have hereditary dark circles that have become worse with age. Normally I have to mix a couple different concealers to get the coverage I achieve with this product. Color #3 is a perfect match for me, with medium intensity and warm undertones. I start with a moisturized eye area, followed by eye make-up primer, apply a …Read more

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Lipstick - bareMinerals - 100% Natural Lipcolor

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Dec/09/2011

I bought this lipstick in several shades, including Parfait, Bellini, and Red Delicious. I love the highly pigmented colors. I was pleased that this lipstick is long lasting. Unfortunately my positive feeling about this lipstick was hampered by the odd taste, the strange smell, and a drying/peeling effect that is likely caused by a reaction to the product ingredients.

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Highlighters - Tarte Cosmetics - Smooth Operator Illuminating Serum

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Dec/09/2011

This is a very subtle, light lotion based, neutral tinted highlighter that gives a modest, slightly pink toned, brightening effect. If you dislike the glittery or shimmering look caused by some highlighters, this product may be for you. It doesn't give my skin the dewy appearance that I can achieve with other , more moisturizing illuminating products, but that is probably because my skin …Read more

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Moisturizers - Olay - Regenerist Night Recovery Moisturizing Treatment

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Dec/09/2011

The product claims to give a "mini-lift" to the skin each morning, but I did not notice any improvement in skin tone or texture after a few weeks of daily night time use. On the contrary, this cream did not provide adequate hydration on my dry/combination skin. I often woke up with patches of flaking skin. In addition, I believe this sparked a few acne break outs. The lavender/flowery …Read more

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Treatments (Eye) - Unlisted Brand - Platinum Skincare-Eyes Restoration Therapy

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Dec/08/2011

I have been using this eye cream am/pm daily for approximately four months. It is hydrating, emollient rich, and non-irritating on my sensitive eye area. It sinks quickly into the skin and doesn't interfere with make -up application. A tiny amount goes a long way, as the first jar lasted me over 3 months. The ingredients include skin firming, antioxidant, hydrating, and repairing actives …Read more

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Treatments (Eye) - StriVectin - SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles

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Dec/07/2011

I am always experimenting with eye creams. This was one of the most disappointing experiments. This product proved ineffective after several weeks of daily am/pm use. Fine lines appeared to be more evident with this product, as it did not provide adequate hydration on my skin. There was no noticeable change in under eye puffiness or discoloration. Despite the fact that I only use a tiny amount of …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Obagi - Clear

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Oct/28/2011

I have been using this product to treat a stubborn case of melasma on my forehead for the past 6 months. With daily morning and night application, I have noticed a very gradual, yet substantial reduction in discoloration. My dark spots have broken up, lightened, and in some places have completely faded. During the first few weeks of treatment, this product caused unsightly redness and peeling. As …Read more

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