Product Reviews by kimorris

Treatments (Face) - Unlisted Brand - Rationale Catalyst Skin Refining Serum

3.0
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Jan/26/2014

This serum has a very viscous consistency. It's a bit thick and quite sticky. My face always feels sticky after this is applied and I can't wait to put something else over it to get rid of the feeling. That aside, this does exfoliate my face although the effects aren't as noticeable as glycolic acid. Like glycolic acid, this does sting a little when applied. I've used cheaper …Read more

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Moisturizers - Unlisted Brand - Rationale DNA Reactivating Night Cream

3.0
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Jan/26/2014

I have dry, sun-damaged skin and I found that this didn't provide any lasting benefit to my skin. After having finished a whole jar, I couldn't say that my skin showed any improvement in moisture, texture or luminosity. While the jar packaging is pretty, it's both impractical in maintaining the integrity of the active ingredients as well as unhygienic. The spatula that comes with …Read more

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Mascara - Bourjois - Volume Glamour Max Waterproof

3.0
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Aug/09/2013

I bought this as I really liked the Bourjois Volume Glamour mascara and thought this was essentially the waterproof version of that, but it's not. I didn't really register the 'max' in the product title, but I'm assuming that it refers to the big, rounded brush which is slightly unwieldy and reminds me a little of Prestige's My Biggest Lashes. This was mascara was …Read more

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Makeup Brushes - EcoTools - Domed Bronzer Brush

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Aug/05/2012

As with all Ecotools brushes I've tried so far, the quality of this is really good. The bristles are softer and nicer on the skin than many high end brushes I've tried. I find the bristles too dense to use with bronzer or blush so I really only use this for mineral powder foundation. This buffs in the powder really well giving a very smooth, flawless look. However, I find the brush …Read more

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Primer/ Corrector - MAC Cosmetics - Prep + Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF 50

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Jun/16/2012

This is a very thick product - disconcertingly so, but then again, I suppose that's the primer aspect of the product. It feels and spreads thickly although easily, but once dried, it is matte to the touch and the initial slight white cast fades. I used my Laura Mercier mineral powder foundation over this and found that it didn't quite reduce the look of my pores near my nose although …Read more

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Moisturizers - Unlisted Brand - Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream

4.0
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Jun/06/2012

This cream feels deceptively light on the fingers, but it is actually quite rich and very hydrating. This is very spreadable and leaves a dewy finish to the skin. Anyway, a little really goes a long way which means that the cream actually lasts a while. My skin felt moisturised and hydrated as soon as I applied the cream and my skin was plump and radiant the morning after using this. I'm …Read more

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Makeup Brushes - MAC Cosmetics - 224 Tapered Blending Brush

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Jun/02/2012

I mostly use this brush to apply a light dusting of powder over areas where I've used concealer. It does this well enough, but there's not much about its performance that stands out. I find the bristles quite coarse and hard and although the handle of the brush looks high end, I think the quality of the bristles lets this down.

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Treatments (Face) - Unlisted Brand - Antipodes Hosanna Intense Hydrating Serum

4.0
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May/27/2012

The serum is a light, oil-free, slightly pinkish, opaque liquid with a pleasant enough rose scent. I was somewhat underwhelmed when I first used this as I'm used to intensive moisturisers which have richer textures and tend to leave my skin feeling dewier. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find that this moisturised and plumped up my skin upon contact. It is has a somewhat …Read more

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Cleansers - Sukin - Cream Cleanser

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May/15/2012

I love the naturalness of this product, the price point and the attractive packaging. This is a good cleanser for dry skin as it doesn't strip skin of any moisture as well as leaving a film of 'moisture' behind on the skin. I don't find this to be an effective enough moisturiser in the summer when my skin needs more thorough cleansing as it can't remove my budgeproof …Read more

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Mascara - Bourjois - Volume Glamour Ultra Curl

4.0
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May/12/2012

Like the regular Bourjois Volume Glamour, this is a really good, natural, everyday mascara. It provides discernable although natural levels of volume and length, and provides particularly good definition. It doesn't clump, smudge or flake and even though it isn't waterproof, it's not prone to smudging even when I wore it in summer. It doesn't uncurl my just-curled lashes …Read more

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