Product Reviews by gertymcdowell

Concealers - benefit Cosmetics - Erase paste

5.0
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Dec/11/2012

Expensive, yes. But a miracle for concealing my dark purple undereye circles. I have fair skin but I use the medium, which looks a ghastly orange in the pot.
I use an eye cream first, and let it soak in for a couple of minutes before applying it. This stuff is thick, which is key to coverage (anything else I used before didn't sufficiently mask the purple.) The trick is to use a …
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Hair Color - Clairol - Nice n' Easy Foam

1.0
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Dec/11/2012

Bad, just bad. It smells awful, like stale beer. The foam is hard to mix through hair. And the color is blah--no shine, no dimension. Ick ick ick.

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Concealers - MAC Cosmetics - Select Moisturecover

4.0
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Jun/28/2010

I have under eye circles, and depending on stress, sleep, hydration, life, etc., they can look darker than usual. I'm NC 15-20, slightly ruddy/rosy complexion. I don't wear full-coverage foundation, so I don't want a full-coverage under eye concealer. About a year ago a MAC mua recommended this in NW 15, INSISTING that the warmer color would be better to cover up the purple tones …Read more

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Brows - Sonia Kashuk - Perfect Arch Brow Kit

2.0
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Jan/12/2010

This is just okay. I only used two of the four colors (the brown and auburn) in the kit. Since it's a wax and not powder, it doesn't have much staying power on my pale brows, and I can't be bothered to reapply brow color throughout the day. Won't buy again.

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Mascara - Buxom - Lash Volumizing Mascara

3.0
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Jan/12/2010

I got the sample of this at Sephora. But after using for two weeks I had to give it up. It's very difficult to remove, even using Ponds or eye makeup remover like Almay it made some of my eyelashes break and fall out!
Too bad, since it goes on easily (no clumps) and made my lashes look thick.
I'll go back to using MAC Fibre Rich while my eyelashes fill back in.

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Lipstick - RIMMEL - Rich Moisture - Crave

4.0
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Feb/04/2008

In the tube, looks like a ho-hum copper. Put it on, its a pinkish brown--or brownish pink?--with a bit of shimmer. It's not neutral in a YLBB way, but neutral in that its rich pink-brown hue should compliment a lot of skin tones and go with a dressed-up or casual look.

I'm pretty impressed by it so far. I like it because it makes my teeth look whiter, and it stays put on my …
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Eye Shadow - MAC Cosmetics - Paint Pot in Greenstroke [DISCONTINUED]

4.0
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Jan/23/2008

i went to MAC counter with intention of getting a neutral toned Paint Pot like Bare Study or Rubenesque but fell in love with Greenstroke. I like this because it doesn't crease, and its buildable, I can use my finger and swipe it on for a wash of color or dab it on for more intensity. Its actually flattering on my green eyes, I'm sure this color will really pop on gals with brown eyes …Read more

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Hair - SEBASTIAN - Xtah - twisted taffy

4.0
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Dec/12/2007

I recently had my shoulder length hair chopped off into a pixie cut (sounds traumatic but it wasn't, I was ready!). My hairdresser styled it with xtah twisted taffy, and i loved how it looks. Foolish me for trying to save a few $$--I tried a handful of cheap waxes/pomades/puttyfiber (Garnier, L'Oreal, Got2Be) before I broke down and bought twisted taffy (I really wanted Bumble and …Read more

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Concealers - L'Oreal Paris - True Match Super-Blendable Concealer

2.0
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Dec/02/2007

Well its not super-blendable, that's for sure. It's not at all creamy and It dries pretty fast. I have Neutral, color is so-so, I'll use it in a pinch for blemishes but certainly not under my eyes. And the brush is a pain, when you pull out the cap the brush is loaded with product, so you can't just dab it on spots without making a mess or wasting it. Definately won't …Read more

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Brows - Sephora Collection - Eye Brow Palette

5.0
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Oct/15/2007

So glad I found this--can't understand why so many other brow duos and palettes cost so much more, $12 for 2 colors + wax is a DEAL (especially considering that getting a brow tint is $15 a pop and only lasts 3 or so weeks). I've been using this Palette in No. 2 every day for 2 months now and have barely dented the powder. I mostly use the lighter brown, and fill in the sparse areas …Read more

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