Product Reviews by hberlin

Moisturizers - CLINIQUE - Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer

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Jul/08/2018

This is basically like using a primer as a moisturizer, except it doesn't actually behave like a primer. It doesn't control oil or shine, or blur pores, it just made my skin feel and look dry.

I have combination skin that's oilier in hot weather and thought that it would be a great summer moisturizer. I've had a lot of luck with other Clinique products (Take the …
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Fragrances - Lancôme - La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum

5.0
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Aug/29/2017

If you love this scent or sweet patchouli based fragrances, this is a great purchase. It lasts FOREVER and it's super strong. Even when I just put a little drop on my wrist and neck, I could smell this all around me, all day. I'm assuming others could as well, so that's something to consider. This could be easily overdone, so I would build up depending on your taste and avoid …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Deciem - The Ordinary "Buffet"

4.0
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Aug/23/2017

To start - my skin is combination, sensitive/reactive with some redness. Fragrance is super irritating for me, so I was excited to see that this was fragrance-free and didn't contain any essential oils.

After using it, I noticed a difference in my skin within a few days. The texture was smoother and looked brighter and tighter. The serum is sticky but liquidy enough that a little …
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Moisturizers - Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream - Night

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Sep/21/2015

This is a great intro to retinol. The price will seem high for the drugstore, but the ingredients are good, and there are no unnecessary irritants or fragrance in the formula. This was a big selling point for me.

This really does make a difference to the fine lines on my forehead. I can tell when I don't use it for a day or two. It doesn't bother my sensitive skin, and lasts …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Zara Rose Edt

4.0
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Sep/05/2015

The bottle has changed recently, and it's now available in 30, 50 and 100ml. To me, it smells exactly like J'Adore and lasts just as long. It's a great alternative for a lot less money. It lasts longer on my skin than clothes, and I get a solid 6+ hours.

A very "gold" fragrance that should not be over-sprayed. Despite the name, I don't get a strong rose …
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Bronzers - theBalm Cosmetics - Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder

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May/10/2015

The shade of this bronzer is the most gorgeous matte but luminous bronze shade. It's not orange, not brown or muddy- just a true golden brown. It's extremely pigmented so you don't need a lot and it would work well on a variety of skin tones.

Now for the cons:

- does not last
- breaks me out

I've now resorted to using it for short nights …
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Gels/ Soaps - Caudalie - Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel

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Mar/12/2015

Such a disappointment! The scent of this shower gel is incredible. It really lasts on your skin and even scents the bathroom after you've showered. It doesn't give a strong lather, but it's a nice experience. I think it would be a really nice gift to someone, just not for me! While I don't find this to be drying, I do find that my skin is left itchy and slightly irritated …Read more

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Shampoo - L'Oreal Paris - Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo

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Feb/11/2015

This shampoo gets points for actually thickening, but that's about it. Another reviewer mentioned this, and I completely agree - this shampoo creates thickness, but only at the bottom of your hair.

The scent is pleasant and sweet, but doesn't linger. It lathers up a lot, but doesn't actually make hair feel particularly light or clean. You can definitely use a root spray …
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Cleansers - ORIGINS - Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil

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Dec/30/2014

3.5/5. I liked but didn't love it. I found it was a little thicker and harder to wash off than some others I've tried. It also didn't give me the deep pore clean that I'd hoped for. Although this didn't make me super red or give me cystic acne, I did experience mild irritation because of all the natural citrus oils in it. The upside of that is the incredible scent of this …Read more

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Brows - NYX Professional Makeup - Eyebrow Cake Powder - Taupe/Ash

3.0
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Dec/28/2014

Really nice, unique shades and the spoolie is great, but that's where it ends for me, unfortunately. This doesn't last on me and the gel does nothing to hold my brows in place. The brush included is hard and stiff and doesn't apply the product evenly. I started using my own brush, but I still find that it takes me so long to apply this to my satisfaction. Taking more time to apply …Read more

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