Product Reviews by kmichael

Hair Treatments - Shea Moisture - Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler

5.0
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Sep/15/2017

I don't think I've ever had a true HG hair product, but I think this might be my first. Used it after towel-drying as a pre-blow-dry step to knock down the frizz. My hair is very thick and coarse while also being kind of slick, with random waves that don't behave (mixed Asian). Nothing works on my frizz that doesn't also feel super gross. This single product blows my previous …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Dear Klairs - Rich Moist Soothing Serum

5.0
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Aug/18/2017

I got a bunch of samples of this and figured I'd give them a go. I didn't have any expectations and I have dozens of "meh" HA products and viscous serums that texturally don't thrill me. I haven't jumped on the K-beauty bandwagon in awhile but the Klairs Mochi cushion has replaced a dozen BB creams in my daily rotation, so I really didn't have much to …Read more

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Masks - ORIGINS - Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

2.0
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Feb/04/2017

I bought this a year ago to try and clear out some gunked-up pores, but it really does nothing other than make a mess in my sink. Just now finishing it up, but it's been pretty futile since about halfway through the tube. I mostly just used as a nice cooling relaxation/circulation boosting mask since it feels nice going on and while it's drying.

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Treatments (Face) - Paula's Choice - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

3.0
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Feb/04/2017

I've tried to like this so many times. Unfortunately, I just can't get over the unbearable stickiness. The reason I choose a liquid product is because I *don't* want it to feel sticky or heavy. Unfortunately, after this dries on the face it leaves the most uncomfortable film behind that makes my face feel tight and slimy. I've bought two travel-sized bottles with the intention …Read more

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Moisturizers - Kiehl's - Ultra Facial Moisturizer

4.0
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Dec/10/2016

I wasn't expecting to like this based on all the negative reviews, but it actually works really well for my skin. I was desperate for something to put on my face while on a long flight that I didn't prepare well for, so I ended up grabbing a travel size bottle at the airport Kiehl's. I wasn't expecting much but it was unscented and my skin loves squalane, so I went for it …Read more

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Concealers - Maybelline New York - Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

4.0
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Sep/15/2016

Pretty good concealer! Bought it on a whim when I was traveling and forgot the one I normally use (Mac Prolongwear, which could survive a nuclear holocaust but is a little rough on the skin). Very light and blends well without ever caking up. It fades into the skin, which is nicer than scraping off in cakey patches like the NARS I unfortunately purchased before. I now choose this one over the …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Sunday Riley - Luna Sleeping Night Oil

2.0
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Sep/11/2016

Used the 5-day ampoule sampler and I have to say, I'm not impressed. I loved how my skin felt after the first two days -- plumped and soft, not irritated at all -- but on the third day the effect plateaued and on the last two days my skin definitely looked worse. I used only this for those 5 days at night. Pretty sure it simultaneously clogged the pores on my cheeks while irritating a dry …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Advanced Skin Technology - Green Cream by AST

4.0
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Aug/05/2016

I was pleasantly surprised by this. After using several other retinol products which either did nothing or gave me terrible breakouts, I tried the Level 9 and was happy with both the relatively low price and the gentleness of the product. It was recommended to me by a friend and I bought the one she used (9) without bothering to go up the product ladder, and I'm glad I did.

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Moisturizers - evanhealy - Rose Vetiver Day Moisturier

3.0
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Jul/28/2016

So far, so good! Love the smell and texture - sinks in like a dream and wears well under makeup. It inflamed a couple of clogged pores I had, so I took off a lippie, but it's nothing major. The only thing that doesn't do that really is Clinique's gel moisturizer (pink stuff in a jar) and this is a bit more heavy-duty than the Clinique so it's worth it. Plus, a little goes a …Read more

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Lipstick - REVLON - Super Lustrous Lipstick - Wine With Everything

5.0
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Jul/17/2016

My HG soft red, forever and ever, amen. Most comfortable formula in a lipstick I've ever found (well, alongside the discontinued nyx black label lippies), and it's sadly taken me years of wasting money on high-end inferior red lipsticks to realize it. The color is great for work and leisure - really does go with everything on my pale skin and dark hair.

UPDATE 2017: I just …
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