Product Reviews by malane

Brows - Tarte Cosmetics - Busy Gal Brows Tinted Brow Gel

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frommalane

9 months ago

Smudges all over the place. I was actually quite shocked at how quickly it smudged. I like the small brush, but you have to be really careful with application or you can easily apply far too much. It still smudged even after, on subsequent applications, I applied very sparingly.

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BB Cream - IT Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better SPF 50 CC Cream

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frommalane

9 months ago

I finally tried this stuff after hearing so much about it. It passes the first, most important test of not breaking me out (I have middle-aged skin that still gets zits). A little goes a long way which makes it quite economical. I love the fact that it has 50 SPF built in. The coverage is good and the finish is good as well but not mind-blowing which is why I give it 4 and not 5 lippies. Even …Read more

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Hair Color - Unlisted Brand - esalon-hair color

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frommalane

9 months ago

The quality of the product is good and delivers a nice color -- although the color they sent me was a shade too dark even though I explained that my aging hair absorbs more dye so I need a shade lighter -- and the customer service is very good, but it dried my hair out. I had expected more from such a relatively expensive at-home dye. I'm going to go back to using Naturcolor.

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Hair Color - Unlisted Brand - Naturcolor Herbaceuticals Natural Hair Color - All Shades

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frommalane

9 months ago

This product is a bit more expensive than traditional drugstore brands but it's worth it. Doesn't dry my hair out as much as other hair dyes, has quite good staying power, even on stubborn grays, and doesn't have the overwhelming smell of other dyes. I naturally have dark brown, coarse curly hair with a lot of grays, but use the natural dark blonde because 1) darker hair …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Yon-Ka - Creme 15

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frommalane

Jun/22/2017

I've had fairly good luck with Yon-Ka products in the past, but unfortunately this cream made me break out. I have acne-prone, sensitive, aging (in my mid-40s) skin that has been going through a renewed bout of zit flareups (I guess I'll be dealing with acne my whole life!). I bought some samples on ebay and within a couple days I had some additional small breakouts.

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Treatments (Face) - Jan Marini Skin Research - Bioclear

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frommalane

Jun/22/2017

So far I've just used the lotion, not the cream (although I suspect I'll use the cream in cold-weather months). It has been absolutely transformative for my skin, which is acne-prone, sensitive, prone to redness (not rosacea but couperose) and aging (I'm north of 45). It clears up my skin wonderfully, doesn't irritate it, calms the redness, and doesn't dry it out. I …Read more

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Sunscreen - EltaMD - UV Clear SPF 46

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frommalane

Apr/20/2017

Unfortunately this made me break out. It's always been very difficult for me to find facial sunscreens that don't result in zits. I usually just rely on foundation and hats. On the plus side, I didn't pay much because I only bought a few samples on ebay.

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Eye Shadow - BECCA - Ombre Nudes Palette

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frommalane

Feb/17/2017

Very nice shades, and quite foolproof for non-expert like me. Good staying power, especially without primer (I keep forgetting to apply it first!). It's nice to have a variety of nudes and browns that are complementary to cool-toned fair skin. These aren't the most exciting colors in the world, but they're great for a basic eye look. I knocked off one lippie because there always …Read more

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Cleansers - Unlisted Brand - Safflower oil

5.0
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frommalane

Feb/17/2017

I've been using safflower oil (right now I've got Whole Foods' 365 brand refined expeller-pressed, but I imagine any good-quality brand will do) as a nighttime cleanser for several years now and love it. It's a fantastic makeup (including eye makeup) remover. No smell that I can detect, doesn't require a lot to do the job so it's incredibly affordable, and …Read more

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Liquid - BECCA - Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation

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frommalane

Feb/17/2017

About a year ago Amazon happened to have this at a very discounted rate ($6.99 I think) so I grabbed it, in Porcelain. Glad I ignored some of the negative reviews, because it's turned out really well for me. I have sensitive, middle-aged, acne prone skin. Coverage (medium) is great -- not too matte, not too shiny, blends in well to my skin (I use my fingers to apply it). I've found that …Read more

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