Product Reviews by marley100

Lipstick - NARS Cosmetics - Pure Matte lipstick - Carthage

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Apr/30/2013

I was looking for a bright pink matte lipstick for spring. I wear Russian Red in the winter, but MAC doesn't have any bright matte pinks.

So, on a trip to Sephora, I found Carthage. It is fabulous--bright, but somehow muted, like the lipstick has worn away a bit. Sounds bad, but it's gorgeous the way it manages to be soft AND bright, with a hint of blue base, with great …
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Styling Products - Living Proof - Full Thickening Cream

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Jan/06/2013

Like many reviewers, I have mixed feelings about this thickening cream. First, I can't stand the smell. I'm sensitive to smells, and this is a heavy men's cologne smell. That said, if you apply it before going to work etc., it dissipates and doesn't make your pillow smell too awful. But why they can't make an unscented version....


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Crème - Graftobian - HD CREME FOUNDATIONS, 64 SHADES

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Dec/10/2012

The good news: this stuff makes your skin look flawless. The bad news: Graftobian feels a little heavy on my skin, at least when I use it on my whole face. I can't wait to wash it off.


Of course, everything is relative, so if you're used to a heavier foundation, Graftobian may not have any downside for you. I bought this foundation when I started to break out for …
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Styling Products - Kiss My Face - Upper Management Styling Gel

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Dec/01/2012

I've been using Upper Management for over a year, ever since my Korres lime gel was discontinued. It's better than Korres.


Like Korres, no buildup or cones, and it's better because it has more hold without gunking up my hair.


It has a fresh, clean mild grapefruit smell. And it's dirt cheap online at Vitacost and Swanson Vitamins--less …

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Polishes - ZOYA - Trixie

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Oct/24/2012



First the good news: Trixie was so much fun to apply. It went on like liquid silver. No brush strokes were visible when dry. Really nice polish.


The not-so-good news. It made my hands look older, and I don't have old-looking hands, so I kept the polish on for only a couple of days. Usually I wear dark polish or French or semi-sheers. Next, I tried it under …
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Polishes - Deborah Lippmann - My Old Flame

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Oct/21/2012

I like this color--a slightly darker than medium blue red; it's elegant and flattering on my pale, cool-toned skin. It dries very quickly. My only gripe is that it takes three coats for me to get that rich, luxe, perfectly even look.


Two coats certainly works, but three is much better--and who has the time with a red cream to do three coats? I reserve three coats for …
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Polishes - ZOYA - Angelina

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Sep/20/2012


I'm new to Zoya polishes. Up to now, I've used Lippmann or Chanel, but Zoya puts them both to shame--and at $8, is considerably cheaper.

Angelina is the deepest and coolest of browns. People think it's black at a quick glance, but to me it's clearly a very dark coffee brown. I adore it. I've had it on 9 days, with only one tiny chip, which was easily …
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Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics - Matte Lipstick - Russian Red

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Jul/04/2012

I've never adored a lipstick as much as I adore Russian Red. The first day I wore it, two people complimented me on my smile. The lipstick makes my teeth look gleaming white--and they're not. It's a semi-matte lipstick--not as matte or dry as say, Ruby Woo, another MAC red. And it has terrific staying power. For reference, I'm a MAC NC20 and do well with cool, blue-based …Read more

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Mascara - Prestige - My Longest Lashes

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Oct/10/2011

This, along with Boots #7 waterproof, is the best mascara I've ever used. Dirt cheap ($5.99 at Bed, Bath and Beyond, and the 20 percent off coupon makes it under $5!), it doesn't smudge, doesn't sting, and comes off easily.


After trying most every high-priced brands (Lancome, Dior, Shiseido, Shu Uemura, Panthera, Fresh, to name just a few), I had had it with the …
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Styling Products - Bumble and bumble - Surf Spray

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Nov/21/2010

Love this spray and love the beachy smell. I have pretty straight, highlighted hair, with the barest hint of a wave if I air-dry, totally straight if I blow-dry. My hair is fine, and these days normal to dry from sun and coloring and middle age (it used to be super oily), and I have a lot of it. Because it's fine, it tends to get weighed down quickly. I wear it in a reverse, chin-length …Read more

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