Product Reviews by formika8476

Cleansers - Simple - Cleansing Micellar Water

5.0
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10 months ago

I started using this when my tried-and-true double cleansing method (cleansing oil/balm + foaming cleanser) wasn't enough for the Teflon-like tenacity of physical sunblocks. Adding this before the cleansing oil worked brilliantly. Three soaked cotton pads removed most of my long-wear foundation (MUFE F&B) and enough sunblock for the other two steps to handle the rest. No redness …Read more

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Loose Powders - CHANEL - Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder

5.0
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10 months ago

***HG*** for 3+ years. Everything I want in a finishing powder. Refines the finish of foundation but also works beautifully on bare, moisturized, sunscreened skin. I have oily, dehydrated skin with some large pores on my nose. While I stay away from heavier powders, I've had issues in the past with powders that are too sheer (I'm looking at you, Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish), doing nothing …Read more

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Sunscreen - Unlisted Brand - Mentholatum SUNPLAY Super Block SPF 50+ PA++++

3.0
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10 months ago

A solid product in terms of wear, finish, and protection, but I agree with others who have had issues with this. Physical sunblocks are just not for me; they are just too hard to remove. Within a week, my skin invariably becomes dull, congested, bumpy. I have no interest in adopting a more vigorous daily cleansing regimen involving scrubbing or brushing. My 40+ sensitive combo skin is happy with …Read more

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Conditioner - Trader Joe's - Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

5.0
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Dec/03/2015

*HG* Fantastic product. Has enough slip to detangle my long, superfine hair but rinses clean - no slick silicone residue on hair, face, or body after using in the shower. The tea tree oil seems to keep my oily SD-prone scalp clarified and healthy. Very balanced. An excellent dupe for Giovanni's Tea Tree Triple Treat conditioner at half the price.

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Styling Products - Got2b - Fat-tastic Mousse

5.0
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Sep/05/2015

HG. Took me a long time to figure out my hair and how to get the most out of this product, but recently stumbled on a method that seems to give my hair strength and plump volume with reasonable lasting power. I can actually wear my hair down without looking sad; my mother, who shares my hair predicaments, could not stop staring at what she called my massive head of hair. Maybe an overstatement …Read more

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Lash Treatments - Sonia Kashuk - Brow and Lash Enhancer

3.0
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Aug/28/2015

UPDATE 22 June 2016: Get the Ardell Brow & Lash Accelerator instead. Works as well if not better at a third of the price.

Very effective. The proof is in how my lashes feel when I'm applying the product; longer and stronger, pushing up against the wand rather than flopping over when I touch them. More body.

Several months ago, I stopped wearing mascara. I realized …
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Treatments (Face) - Avene - Eluage Cream 30 ml

5.0
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Aug/28/2015

*HG*
Noticeably smoother, glowing skin. This product delivers.

My skin: Asian, late 30s. Oily, dehydrated, sensitive, sizable pores, mostly around T-zone, extremely sensitive. At some point in the last couple of years I realized that my problem was not so much that my pores were getting larger but rather that they seemed more visible because my skin was starting very slightly to …
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Sunscreen - SHISEIDO - Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion N SPF 38

3.0
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Aug/20/2015

I am a reluctant sunscreen user. High-end, low-end, mass-market, boutique, HTF international, I have yet to find one that makes me forget I'm wearing it. As such, I've avoided wearing it most of my life against my better judgement: it just makes me miserable. However, I recently added retinol to my regimen (to fantastic results) and can no longer justify my phobic avoidance of sun …Read more

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Brows - Etude House - Drawing Eye Brow Pencil

5.0
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Oct/12/2014

*HG* Wow. I don't ordinarily write positive reviews until I've really put a product through its paces, but rarely have I been almost instantly won over -- enough to elevate this to HG status after just 3 weeks.

For a while, I had been using the Maybelline Define-A-Brow pencil for lack of anything better on the market. I've tried them all, high-end and drugstore (my …
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Moisturizers - Desert Essence - Organic Jojoba Oil

5.0
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Sep/19/2014

*HG* Brilliant multitasker.

FACE: I'm Korean, my skin is hypersensitive, oily, clog-prone, and often dehydrated. I rub a couple of drops of this between damp hands before patting onto a damp face, starting with the eye and lip area, then let it sink in for a couple of minutes before moisturizing. My skin gets quite dehydrated in the winter, when it tends to get flaky, but heavier …
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