Product Reviews by m1randa

Treatments (Face) - Deciem - The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

5.0
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May/17/2017

So I decided to jump on The Ordinary bandwagon after:

1. getting sick of spending my hard earned cash on average serums (Khiels midnight recovery, Aesop and Estee Lauder anyone?); and

2. seeing it on sale on AdoreBeauty.

Although it seems impossible, after two nights of using this serum I can tell it's a winner.

At first I was a bit apprehensive …
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Blush - Tarte Cosmetics - Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush - Exposed

2.0
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May/17/2017

I had such high hopes for this blush. It promised long wear, good pigment and an oil-free formula.

In my view, this one failed to miss the mark.

Whilst it looked pretty in the packaging, the colour pay off is quite poor and patchy. For someone that is used to applying bright blush, it took me quite a bit of work (with my Zoeva blush brush) to get this to look even and …
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Cleansers - BIODERMA - Sensibio H2O Micellar Cleansing Water and Makeup Remover Solution

1.0
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May/17/2017

Bought the large size in this without doing my prior research and was disappointed to see it didn't even remove my makeup properly.

I have no idea why this receives rave reviews, in my view it's a very average product.

It may be the case that this is meant for the removal of extremely light makeup? In any case, it didn't even do a good job of removing my …
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Cleansers - CLINIQUE - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

1.0
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May/17/2017

My skin type: oily/combination with occasional breakout, tolerates most products well

My overall opinion of this product: absolute disaster

Ladies, if you have even the slightest hint of skin congestion, I would strongly recommend that you do not purchase this product.

I can use most serum/moisturisers/balms/lotions without issue, but after a week of using this …
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Skincare - Face - Mario Badescu - Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

1.0
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May/16/2017

They've changed the spritzer.

It used to be an even mist, but now when you spritz your face you will cop an aggressive squirt concentrated in one area (in my case, my eyes).

It makes my eye makeup run and I have to keep my eyes wide open to avoid smudging my mascara after spraying, even if I applied my mascara 10 minutes beforehand.

If you're after a …
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Lip Treatments - L'Occitane - Ultra riche 10% Shea butter lip balm

4.0
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May/16/2017

I suffer from extremely dry and cracked lips.

As in, my lips are quite plump but everyone comments on how dry they are when they see me, or asked if I've spent too much time outdoors (I haven't).

I don't understand the negative reviews for this product - are people storing it properly? It comes in a little pot and seems hard, but once applied it basically …
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Liquid - BECCA - Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème

4.0
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May/16/2017

For years I shied away from this type of foundation – the inclusion of the words “ultimate coverage” scared me off.

I like my base to be a medium coverage, with longevity and not too ‘powdery’.

I am actually kicking myself that I did not jump on the Becca bandwagon sooner. For those that say this is too heavy – you’re probably just being a little too heavy …
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Primer/ Corrector - BECCA - First Light Priming Filter

4.0
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May/16/2017

After a recent success with the Becca Ultimate Coverage Concealer, I made the nervous decision to try something new once my trusty Hourglass Mineral Primer ran out.

My curiosity drew me to this primer and I had many questions that needed to be answered:

Would my face be purple?
Would this give me a horrific breakout?
Would my makeup slide off during the …
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Concealers - BECCA - Ultimate Coverage Concealing Creme

5.0
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May/16/2017

Usually I reserve my reviews for stand-out products, and can't be bothered to give them often.

I felt compelled to write a review for all of the unsure purchasers out there - get this product.

I've never used Becca before - I always thought it was a poor man's version of Laura Mercier.

Boy, was I wrong.

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Hair Treatments - L'Occitane - Repairing Mask for Dry and Damaged Hair/ Shine Mask

1.0
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Jan/04/2017

Do not believe these reviews. Save yourself the $$

I have used numerous lines - redken, matrix, kerastase, shu and aveda etc.

There is only one way to describe this mask - disgusting.

For background, my hair has blonde foils and is normally dry. After rinsing this off my hair, my hair felt rough yet greasy. It leaves a residue, probably due to essential …
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