Product Reviews by kaxel

Sunscreen - MyChelle - Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50

5.0
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fromkaxel

Sep/26/2017

I have melasma and only use physical sunscreens SPF 40 or over. I have found good results from this practice for the last several years. There aren't a lot of BB/CC creams that have enough physical sunscreen (IT Cosmetics is way too heavy and mask-like for me). I had tried a bunch of BB/CC creams OVER my Shishiedo sunscreen, but it was a lot of steps and they never looked like they made a …Read more

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Moisturizers - CLINIQUE - Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer

4.0
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fromkaxel

Sep/26/2017

I got a sizeable sample of this in a GWP and have been using it for about a month. I am 55 with dry skin and have noticed improvement in the texture and "bounciness" of my skin.

Previously, I was using some inexpensive products by Cerave and Eucerin. They worked OK, but weren't as "fun" to use.

This product feels absolutely heavenly going on! …
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Lips - Burt's Bees - Fig Lip Shimmer

4.0
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fromkaxel

Dec/04/2016

Color of this balm is indeed lovely. As some have stated, similar to Clinique Black Honey.

However, I don't care for the texture - it is a bit too waxy for me - and most of all THE SMELL. It smells like some type of old people medication. . . . I guess it's just peppermint, but I don't care for mint. The smell doesn't dissipate, either.

I much prefer …
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Lips - Burt's Bees - Rose Tinted Lip Balm

5.0
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fromkaxel

Dec/04/2016

LOOOOVE the texture of this lip balm! Unlike the regular Burt's, which is a bit too waxy / Chapsticky for me, this has the perfect amount of "slip" - more like a lip butter.

Also smells delicious, and puts a lively rosy pink on my lips. I like that you can swipe this on without a mirror. Staying power is good and as it wears off, the tint and moisturized lips …
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Cleansers - Lancôme - Mousse Confort- Foaming Cream Cleanser

5.0
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fromkaxel

Oct/06/2016

A friend gave me her tube of this because it wasn't working for her and I fell in love, and then sought out my own.

I have dry skin and this just feels so good and smells delicious. A very little bit (pea size) foams up to cover your whole face.

Some cleansers make dry skin feel tight afterwards, but not this one. (Although I see that others say it makes them feel dry! …
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Moisturizers - Embryolisse - Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream)

4.0
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fromkaxel

Oct/06/2016

I was on the fence about this product for a while. I usually use drugstore moisturizers for daytime. I read about this being "beauty editors' favorite" and "used on all the models to make their skin glow" and bought a tube.

At first, I thought "Well, this is nothing special. And models' skin glows because they're 17, you sucker!" …
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Sunscreen - SHISEIDO - Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector for Face SPF 42 PA+++

5.0
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fromkaxel

Oct/06/2016

For years I've used Shiseido's Ultimate Sun Protection lotion -- the one in the blue and orange bottle - and thought it was great. But when they took the SPF down to 38 (I have melasma and need at least 40) I started looking for alternatives.

I am in my 50s with dry/combination skin. This sunscreen is PERFECTION. It melts into your face, doesn't mess up foundation and …
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Polishes - Essie - Gel Couture Color (All Colors)

5.0
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fromkaxel

Sep/13/2016

EDIT:
I had to come back and give this a 5. I have been using it regularly and getting more than a week without chips, which is unheard of for me (and I've been wearing nail polish for 40 years).

I do get SLIGHT chips on 2 of my nails that are peeling. But the chips are due to my actual nail peeling, not to the polish. On the nails that are in good shape, this stuff wears …
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Lips - NYX Professional Makeup - Soft Matte Lip Cream - Monte Carlo

4.0
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fromkaxel

Aug/25/2016

If you are looking for matte lipstick, this is a good buy. It's cheap, nice looking packaging (secure, doesn't ooze around the applicator), and lasts a long time. In fact, too long! Last night I went to bed 8 hours after applying this, after dinner, drinks, and reapplying some balm on top, and it was still there!

I don't think I'll be purchasing another matte …
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Lips - NYX Professional Makeup - Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream - Stockholm

4.0
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fromkaxel

Aug/25/2016

If you are looking for matte lipstick, this is a good buy. It's cheap, nice looking packaging (secure, doesn't ooze around the applicator), and lasts a long time. In fact, too long! Last night I went to bed 8 hours after applying this, after dinner, drinks, and reapplying some balm on top, and it was still there!

I don't think I'll be purchasing another matte …
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