Product Reviews by marquiseazzie

Brows - Smashbox - Brow tech [DISCONTINUED]

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Apr/08/2016

So I'm -finally- growing out my early-2000s brows, and I desperately needed a product that mimicked my sparse-yet-coarse hair to fill in the gaps during this awful year. This is the best product I've found. It looks 100% natural, and the brown shade is actually cool-toned, matching my dark brown hair perfectly. So many brunette brow products seem to be warm-toned/reddish, so this is my …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - SkinCeuticals - Retinol 0.5% Refining Night Cream

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Mar/01/2016

My skin loves retinol - I usually use Paula's Choice 1%, but I bought this after I ran out and had a Skinceuticals facial. It kept my skin looking as good as it usually does on the PC, until a week later when I started breaking out in huge swollen cysts - one to three a day. I thought it was hormonal for a few weeks (I get one like clockwork during PMS), but they just kept coming throughout …Read more

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Moisturizers - Dr. Hauschka - Rose Day Cream

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Dec/08/2015

Awesome moisturizer. I recently moved to Germany from the US, ran out of my favorite Cerave cream, and bought this as a replacement. (It's cheaper in Europe, around €19.) My dry + oily skin seems to really balance out with this stuff - it hasn't caused any clogged pores, and even shrunk a few small pimples the first time I used it. A really small amount goes a long way; just a light …Read more

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Powder - bareMinerals - Bare Minerals in 1.2, fairly light

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Aug/13/2014

I used this for a few months after my HG foundation, Everyday Minerals Original Glo was discontinued (sigh). I'm clog-prone, and hormonal breakout-prone, and dry, AND sensitive, and Everyday Minerals was a beautiful thing for me. I also hate artificial-looking foundations. I'd heard good things about Bare Minerals (oh, the days before I'd discovered MakeupAlley!), and bought it …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Mario Badescu - Buffering Lotion

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Jul/30/2014

Since I hormonally broke out after drinking a whey protein shake (ladies with touchy hormones - STAY AWAY... three months of non-stop zits due to the androgen-boosting power of whey), I've been cycling through all of Mario Badescu's spot-treatments. I've had great results with the Drying Cream on smaller pimples; it also takes down the inflammation in large cysts. But of course I …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) - .30% Retinol Serum

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Jul/18/2014

This, along with Paula's Choice BHA lotion, is my absolute exfoliant HG. I've been using it for maybe three months now, and it's only just started to reveal its magic. Due to a job transition I was between insurance providers, and wanted to try a pure retinol product (i.e., no random additives) comparable to Retin-A - and less expensive, obviously. My skin was in a bad place - very …Read more

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

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Jul/11/2014

Love-of-my-life-HG. I first used Paula's BHA liquid years ago (in the white bottle - I was a PC early adopter), and credited it with the best skin of my life. For some reason I stopped using it (probably didn't want to spend the money, since birth control was making my skin great by itself)… Fast forward to a few months ago - I went off the pill, and my combination skin had taken a …Read more

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Masks - Aztec Secret - Indian Healing Clay

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Jun/26/2014

Oh my god. This. Stuff.

… I've struggled with congested skin for years - the only time I've been truly happy with my face was a two-year stint on a now discontinued birth control. It's not that bad - my pores are small, but each one is clogged with a small grain of sebum or sebaceous filament that I have to manually extract every night. My skin is oily deep underneath …
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Treatments (Face) - Mario Badescu - Drying Cream

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Jun/23/2014

I'm newly obsessed with this stuff. Judging by other reviews, I don't know if it works for everyone, but it absolutely works for me. I began using a retinol product (that I love - MUAC serum), and using benzoyl peroxide spot treatments (particularly, Neutrogena On the spot) started giving me insane, almost-chemical-burn-like dry patches. So I went for this stuff when purchasing the …Read more

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Scrubs - Murad - AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

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Jun/17/2014

I'm in love with this scrub. I have very, very dry skin which produces excess oil when dried out, which of course mixes with the flakiness to clog each and every pore. Exfoliation that's gentle but effective is my HG... I love me some scrubs, and AHA especially. I used to use Peter Thomas Roth's Botanical Buffing Beads (the big blue bottle)--which I adored, but it had become …Read more

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