Product Reviews by girlnextdoor

Pressed Powders - Hourglass Cosmetics - Ambient Lighting Powder - Dim Light

5.0
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11 months ago

I bought a mini of Dim ambient powder last year, and mostly use it as a highlighter. However, with my winter skin tone, this is just a smidge darker, and has a brightening and a subtle bronzing effect (super Nordic/Celtic heritage, right here). My skin looks alive and glowing with this in a way that I’ve found with no other highlighters. I’ve used reserve your cabana (wet n wild dupe) and thought …Read more

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Sunscreen - Australian Gold - Botanical Tinted Sunscreen Mineral Lotion SPF 50

5.0
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Sep/18/2018

This is my HG sunscreen. I use it on my face and chest (which is sun damaged and red) daily, and I love the light coverage and primer-like blurring. I frequently use just this and concealer and love that there’s still some roses in my cheeks and freckles peeking through. I find it comfortable, and not drying at all, so ymmv based on other’s complaints. This stuff gives you plenty of time to rub …Read more

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Styling Products - L'Oreal Paris - Stylista Sleek

4.0
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Sep/18/2018

Stylista sleek serum is like a super light hold gel combined with a siliconey serum. It’s hard to apply too much, 2 pumps on my lob while wet, while my daughter’s hair takes 3-4. It works nicely to help frizzy, lightly wavy hair have some shine and less baby hair halo. It seems to be a decent heat protectant, I haven’t had a lot of end breakage on the bleached sections of hair. The scent is like …Read more

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Moisturizers - VICHY - Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream

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Feb/11/2018

I used this cream for 4 months, with little improvement. I didn’t find it hydrating, I still frequently had peeling skin on my nose and flakes around my mouth. It seemed to make my under eye crepey, and fine wrinkles seemed to increase rather than be plumped out. It also burned my eyes and made them very watery.
The good things I can say about this- it didn’t break me out any more than I …
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Polishes - Nailene - Sensationail Polish to Gel Transformer

5.0
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Mar/07/2017

I am loving this gel transformer kit! I've been using a lot of no-lamp "gel" polishes lately, and they have not been holding up to my current routine. I was tired of doing my nails every couple of days. I'd been eyeing the Nailene sensationail coloured polish sets for a while, but didn't want to lose the great shade range regular polishes I have. The transformer kit was …Read more

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Moisturizers - Sukin - Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

3.0
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Sep/22/2016

I am among the "wish this worked for me" crowd. It makes my skin glow and keeps it moisturized and makes my under eye area less crinkly. It plumps out my skin like nothing else I've tried. I used it mostly in the evening under bp cream, but occasionally during the day, and makeup applies nicely over it. However, it makes me break out. It really exacerbates my chin and nose. I tried …Read more

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Powder - Jane Iredale - PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation

3.0
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Sep/11/2016

I'm very divided about this makeup. I have pure pressed base in warm sienna (actually an ivory shade, weird colour names with this one...). It was around $50 at my local overpriced spa, and I was using up a gift card, otherwise I probably would never have bought this. It comes in the flimsiest, crappiest "refill" packaging, and the compact was $17 more, and not worth the splurge …Read more

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Bronzers - Sephora Collection - Microsmooth Bronzing Duo

4.0
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Sep/11/2016

I have Sephora microsmooth baked bronzer duo in Honey Heat. It was $24 Canadian.
I have fair, pink toned, Nordic and British Isles extraction skin. Honey heat is not too orangey, the matte side is close to Benefit's Hoola, perhaps a tidge warmer. The matte shade is very pigmented, and I would reccomend using a light hand and building to the level you want. It stays put through the day …
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Brows - Sephora Collection - SEPHORA TINTED EYEBROW FREEZE

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Sep/11/2016

My brows are light and ashy, and in 1999 my friend's older sister waxed my eyebrows into the skinny and arched shape du jour. They have never really grown back. I am also quite terrible at filling in my brows to make them slightly darker and fuller. I always seem to end up looking like I have angry eyebrows, regardless of whether I use pencil or wax or powder. Everything looks fake and …Read more

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Conditioner - LUSH - Avocado co-wash

3.0
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Sep/11/2016

Avocado's big win for me is the scent. It smells like the most wonderful key lime pie and it lasts and lasts in your hair. I could catch whiffs of this all day and it made me so happy. If LUSH used this scent in other products I would buy all the things!

As a co-wash though...this was lacking. I tried it a few times on its own, and had to use so much of this quite expensive …
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