Product Reviews by gingerbread212

Cleansers - Andalou Naturals - 1000 Roses Cleansing Foam

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Jul/14/2017

I've been using this cleanser for three years, mostly in the evenings. I love it. My skin is sensitive and combination-oily, and it turns bright pink at the slightest offense. The 1000 Roses cleansing foam by Andalou does a lovely, thorough job of taking off my makeup at night, leaving not a trace, or even simply cleaning my face in the morning. I love the scent, but then, I like roses.

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Deodorants - Unlisted Brand - Schmidt's Natural Deodorant - Bergamot + Lime

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Jul/14/2017

This is good stuff! Everything at the drugstore became ineffective after I turned 35 (hormones, maybe?), and I turned to natural deodorants to try to combat stinkiness. Some worked well, some didn't work at all (to my horror), and some were just OK. I whipped up a batch of homemade deo from coconut oil, baking soda, lavender oil, peppermint oil, and tea tree oil, and it worked beautifully …Read more

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Lotions/ Creams - Hermès - 24, Faubourg body lotion

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Jul/14/2017

I recently bought this lotion at Bloomingdale's -- it's authentic, fresh, and brand-new. It is a ringer for the 24, Faubourg Eau de Parfum. It's not too heavy, not too light, not cloying, not screechy. It's a medium-textured lotion. It's not thick like a cream, and by no stretch of the imagination is it watery. It's not amber-heavy, not in the least. This is a joy to …Read more

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Fragrances - Marc Jacobs - Mod Noir

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Jan/08/2016

Beautiful, soft fragrance. The gardenia glows in this one, cushioned with a luscious background of cream and a light musk. This is not a heavy hitter, nor will it suffocate you (or everyone around you) in a cloud of petals. Rather, it's a scent for getting closer and feeling content. On me, it lasts about five hours. No need for it to last all day. If I want more, I'll reapply. It …Read more

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Moisturizers - La Roche-Posay - Effaclar Active Matt moisturizer

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Dec/03/2015

I have sensitive, fair, oily skin, and I LOVE this moisturizer! I'm about to buy my third tube of it. I use about a dime-size amount to cover my entire face; any more, and it doesn't mattify as well. After I let it dry down, my makeup goes on so smoothly! My skin is like porcelain! I would buy this over and over again. Zero scent, zero irritation, zero complaints.

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Sunscreen - EltaMD - UV Clear SPF 46

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Sep/26/2015

I just started on my second bottle of this; I finished up my first bottle at the end of a beach vacation. (No sunburn at all, not even pink, for once in my life!)

I'm really glad I gave it a shot. I have very fair, oily skin that's starting to show sun damage that I assume is mostly from my teenage years as a lifeguard, as I started wearing daily SPF in my early 20s …
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Lip Gloss - Lancôme - Lip Lover Dewy Intense Lip Color

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Mar/17/2015

I had high hopes, but the gloppy texture, cloying scent, and color (Beige Adage) let me down. The only thing I liked about this stinker of a gloss was the packaging -- the nifty push-button clicks to let you know the top is on securely. I ordered it from Lancôme's website, so I didn't see the color in real life before I bought it. Big mistake on my part. I can't imagine that …Read more

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BB Cream - Bobbi Brown - BB Cream SPF 30

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Aug/09/2013

I love this now, but I didn't love it at first. In fact, it was in my "probably going to return" box until I figured I'd try it again. I really wanted to love it -- spf 35, oil control, good color match. Turns out I was applying it all wrong (for me, anyway). I was using the foundation brush, then my fingers, and neither quite gave me the finish I was looking for. Then I tried …Read more

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Cleansers - Yes To - Blueberries Age Refresh Smoothing Daily Cleanser

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Dec/02/2011

I have oily skin that is sensitive to seemingly everything. The weather has gotten drier and cooler where I live, and so my skin started drying out and producing MORE oil -- yuck. I think it's changing as I'm aging (just turned 40 a few months ago). My usual gel cleansers (Whole Foods' 365 brand and Earth Science) seemed to be a little too drying now, so I picked up a bottle of the …Read more

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Masks - Paula's Choice - Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask

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Feb/03/2008

I'm on my eighth bottle of this mask -- it absolutely rocks! In the winter, it's perfect for refreshing my skin without drying it out, and in the summer, it combats the problems caused by the Texas heat and humidity. My skin is oily and sensitive (I'm super-pale, and everything makes it pink), and this mask doesn't sting or irritate in the least. I love it!

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