Product Reviews by lianegraham

Bronzers - CHANEL - Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base

4.0
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Mar/23/2018

This is a beautiful and unique product, but it's not for everyone. If you love it, it's great value, as the jar is enormous. I almost wish it came in a smaller size because it's too big to travel with and is such a great option for sunny vacations. The texture is technically a cream, but it has a very siliconey, almost mousselike texture that can be applied with fingers or a …Read more

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Lotions/ Creams - NIVEA - Creme

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Mar/23/2018

I genuinely do not get the hype. I have tried both the US and German formulations and I found both to be greasy and difficult to work with. On the face, Nivea is a disaster. I tried the German formula out as a night cream and I woke up the next morning with irritated skin that had a couple of new whiteheads, some dermatitis patches near my mouth, clogged pores, and flakiness. My facial skin is …Read more

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Eye Shadow - Charlotte Tilbury - Luxury Palette: The Sophisticate

5.0
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Mar/13/2018

This is what I would call a workhorse palette. It's an all matte quad of neutral shades that can be mixed and matched to your desire of intensity. I find the quality of the shadows blendable, easy to work with, and long lasting with or without primer, and the color selection is truly idiot proof. If you're looking for a high quality quad that you can use often to create a variety of …Read more

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Cleansers - BIODERMA - Hydrabio H20

5.0
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Mar/13/2018

This is my favorite micellar water formula, due to the inclusion of niacinamide, which my skin loves. It's as effective as the pink capped Bioderma, which I have also used and loved, but I like this one slightly more. I use it as a makeup remover for most days when I am wearing light makeup, but for more heavy duty makeup I prefer the speed and convenience of an oil cleanser. It does remove …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Sunday Riley - CEO Rapid Flash Brightening Serum

3.0
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Mar/13/2018

I have mixed feelings about this product. I received a full size bottle in my January Allure box and was excited to try it, but it's a little harsh for me. In addition to Vitamin C, this serum also contains glycolic acid for exfoliation, so I find I can really only use this twice a week or so at night because I am quite sensitive to acids. It smells very strongly of orange candy, which is a …Read more

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Cleansers - CeraVe - Hydrating Cleanser

5.0
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Mar/13/2018

This is my go to cleanser for morning and second cleanse. For reference, my skin is sensitive, reactive, and easily irritated, but it's also severely dehydrated and prone to hormonal and inflammatory acne. I love this cleanser because it's gentle, soothing, and effective, but never disturbs the skin's moisture barrier. I don't use it to remove makeup or sunscreen (that's …Read more

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Toners - BIODERMA - Hydrabio Brume

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Mar/13/2018

Water in a can has its uses if you live in a location where the water is too hard or soft and it is irritating your skin. I have seen great results from Avene's version myself, but this particular one honestly does nothing for me. Skip it, or better yet, get the Hydrabio toner and put it in a spray bottle.

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Moisturizers - Deciem - The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

5.0
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Mar/13/2018

Straight up, this is great value. I've used several brands of rosehip seed oil ranging from cheapo (this one) to outrageously expensive, but given the price point I doubt I'd stray from this one. In general, I love rosehip seed oil because it helps with healing acne scars and gives my skin an overall brightened appearance, but as with all natural oils, YMMV, so if you're not sure …Read more

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Lip Treatments - NUXE - Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm with Honey

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Mar/12/2018

I hate to say it, but yeah, this product is all hype. As a lip balm it's fine. I like it for the daytime because it has a matte finish and can go atop lipliner for a comfortable, shine free wear. The staying power is pretty good, but like all lip balms, it does transfer, so don't expect to eat a meal and kiss your spouse and still have anything left on your lips. It's very thick …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Deciem - The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

5.0
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Mar/12/2018

I depend on this serum to keep my skin clear. As a hormonal acne sufferer, I discovered a while back that niacinamide is kind of a wonder drug for me, especially because my skin has developed a sensitivity to acids. Zinc is also awesome for calming irritation, which I get a lot of, so it's actually a great combo. I use this product every morning under rosehip oil and moisturizer. It helps …Read more

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