Product Reviews by jalin

Lipstick - Stephane Marais - Lipstick #5 (regular)

5.0
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Apr/15/2005

I waffled between 5,6, and 7 because they are all similar, with 7 being the reddest of the 3. The MA suggested 5 would be the most flattering for me. It is a pinky-rosy-reddish color with a hint of plum. I like the shade but it is a very 'safe' color, professionally appropriate and not unlike many most women would already own. What sets it apart is the amazingly moisturizing formula and …Read more

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Crème - Stephane Marais - cream foundation [DISCONTINUED]

4.0
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fromjalin

Apr/15/2005

I'm giving this a 4 instead of a 5 because of the packaging. I just don't like jars, even if they look pretty. I also did not like that the color selection is divided into O (yellow) and P (pink) - I wish makeup artists would realize there are lots of people who have a neutral skintone and don't fall into the two categories. Aside from those minor gripes, this is a terrific …Read more

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Polishes - OPI - Let Them Eat Rice Cake

3.0
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fromjalin

Feb/13/2005

I had a tough time deciding which color from the new Japanese collection. This shade is a blend of pink, white, and peach with a purplish undertone. It reminds me of another OPI shade, Venus di Violet. I expected it to be a sheer neutral, but even after one coat it is rather opaque. It also chipped slightly after one day, which doesn't usually happen with OPI. :-(

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Polishes - Essie - Nude Beach

4.0
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fromjalin

Feb/13/2005

This combines two of my favorite features in a nail polish - sheer pink color and shimmer. The first coat looks clear and kind of plain as far as iridescent polishes go, but a second or even third coat really make this color stand out. The consistency is very thin so it is easy to layer, and the shimmer provides just the right amount of dazzle.

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Polishes - Sally Hansen - Beyond Perfect - Sheer Lotus Petal

5.0
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fromjalin

Nov/02/2004

My manicurist uses some private label brand of polish (no identifying marks on the bottle whatsoever aside from the color printed on the bottom) in a shade called Sheer Blossom. I love the color and always pick it now when I get a manicure because it is a lovely neutral blush shade. The Sally Hansen Sheer Lotus Petal comes very close. It is a natural sheer pink. I picked this up on sale at Target …Read more

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Lip Gloss - Bath & Body Works - Tutti Dolci Lemon Meringue Lip Gloss

5.0
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fromjalin

Nov/02/2004

Wow! This really exceeded my expectations. I am not usually a huge lemon fan because in my experience a lot of lemon scented items end up smelling like Pledge, but I was impressed with the Lemon Meringue body lotion enough to want a lipgloss flavored as such. I thought it would have a playful, glittery finish (it looks really sparkly in the tube). However, it leaves a wonderful and shiny golden …Read more

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Gels/ Soaps - Bath & Body Works - Tutti Dolci - Creme Brulee Honey Bath

5.0
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fromjalin

Nov/02/2004

This is an awesome replica of Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Honey Bath. The packaging is similar, and the 2 products are nearly indistinguishable. The B&BW version captured the yummy sweet smell (with a slight hint of something different) and the consistency is identical. Even better, this is half the price of LM's (the size is a teensy bit smaller). If you aren't a bath person, you …Read more

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Lip Gloss - Kevyn Aucoin - The Elegant Lip Gloss- Vesuvian/Caramel

2.0
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fromjalin

Oct/31/2004

I eagerly ordered this from beauty.com as soon as they began selling the KA line. A few weeks prior, I purchased a Chantecaille palette and found myself constantly dipping into the caramelly shade in the palette (Amaretto, new for fall) and was running through that so quickly I wanted a similar, portable color. The KA is only a dollar more than a Chantecaille single, plus you get a lipbrush, so I …Read more

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Lipstick - Kevyn Aucoin - The Expert Lip Tint - Dantique

4.0
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fromjalin

Oct/31/2004

I hate to be the dissenter and ruin this lipstick's perfect score, but the color failed to meet my expectations. I thought it would be neutral and understated, based on its rave reviews, but it looked wrong on me. For some reason the warm brown undertones shone through more than the pure red, which isn't the look I was hoping to achieve. This wasn't much different than my natural …Read more

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Lotions/ Creams - Bath & Body Works - Tutti Dolci - Lemon Meringue lotion

4.0
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fromjalin

Oct/31/2004

I am undecided whether I would repurchase this. The smell is great but it REALLY lingers. I could wash my hands twice, not reapply any lotion, and still smell this. I prefer subtle hints of scent, but if you love strong, lasting lemon fragrances you will probably LOVE this. I did like the texture a lot, very elegant. Many lotions, especially heavily fragranced varities, can irritate the dry …Read more

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