Product Reviews by mazikeen

Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Santal Majuscule

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Nov/04/2012

When I was a little girl, I'd sneak into my parents' room on afternoons when they were out, and open a small box in the bottom drawer of my mother's night-table. In that box were my mother's wedding ring, her engagement ring with its very modest diamond, an embroidered handkerchief or two, five or six cloisonne bracelets enameled in greens and blues. Tucked to the side …Read more

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Concealers - GIVENCHY - Mister Light Instant Light Corrective Pen

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Jan/28/2011

<br>DESCRIPTION: Givenchy liquid click-pen concealer, marketed to be comparable to YSL Touche Eclat. However, whereas TE is more of a highlighter geared towards the cooler side of the spectrum, ML is more of an actual concealer with good yellow-based shades. I'm generally not a fan of the click-pen, but the mechanism on ML is decent, and it doesn't gush out like more …Read more

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Lip Gloss - NARS Cosmetics - Pillow Talk

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Apr/27/2010

<br>DESCRIPTION: NARS Lipgloss in Pillow Talk. Overpriced at $24--I recommend ladies check out the new Neutrogena Moistureshine glosses in 'Berry Fit'. The colors are not a perfect match but the Neutrogena is $9 and is better quality.
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COLOR: Described on the website as "Azalea Pink" which I find equally useless for people who've seen azaleas …
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Liquid - NARS Cosmetics - Sheer Glow Foundation

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Apr/27/2010

<br>DESCRIPTION: NARS liquid foundation, marketed towards drier skins, but good for combination skin as well. The bottle needs a pump like I need my Glenlivet 25, but you can transfer to a smaller container to avoid as much contamination. The name can be misleading--I found it to be semi-matte, which I actually prefer. Most importantly, it does not make my very sensitive skin break …Read more

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Eye Shadow - NARS Cosmetics - Cordura Duo

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Apr/27/2010

<br>DESCRIPTION</b>: NARS eyeshadow duo in the typical rubbery case that is almost Scandinavian in its minimalism, but also a right pain to keep clean. (Try using a makeup pad with a bit of oil, then buffing it with a clean towel.) The duos are a relatively good deal in the NARS line, since the pans are almost as big as the individual shadows.
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Fragrances - Serge Lutens - Chergui Eau de Parfum

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Jan/26/2008

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Hmmm. Chergui. Is immensely lovely as conceptual olfactory art, but I'm wondering about my ability to wear it. I can appreciate it, but the difference between a 4 and a 5 is the meld between personality and perfume. It's the difference between "oh, that's lovely" and "oh, that's ME."
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Previously, I wouldn't make …
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Masks - No Brand (DIY or homemade) - Aspirin Mask

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Jan/22/2008

Me: Normal to slightly oily skin, small pores, very sensitive with a tendency to rebel at the slightly provocation. I use sunscreen (Anthelios) everyday, Purpose cleanser, and rotate 2 nights of Avene Ystheal Emulsion with 1 night of PC 2% BHA.
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Sometimes, I like a little bit of anti-inflammation and physical exfoliating action. That's where the aspirin mask comes …
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Cleansers - Purpose - Gentle Cleansing Wash

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Jan/14/2008

If I had used Purpose, BHA, and concealer in high school, I would have been a helluva lot more popular with the boys. My skin is best characterized by its sensitivity, mild oiliness, and tendency to break out whenever the winds blow wrong. Although I'm not opposed to product, I believe in a basic regimen that protects and maintains the skin.
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Purpose is …
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Polishes - MILANI - Creme Brulee

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Aug/15/2007

Color: pale, mod beige-white without much pink. Has a vaguely grayish undertone on my warm, golden-toned skin.
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Texture: One of the worst Milani polishes in terms of texture. Every single coat streaks like there's no tomorrow. I'm currently on my third coat, and I can still still the demarcation between nail bed and tip. That, of course, pales against the …
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Polishes - MILANI - Black Cherry

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Aug/15/2007

<b>Color:</b> gorgeous, gorgeous. Those who wear black polish have no imagination. Why settle for monochrome when you can have an elegant polish the color of expensive, shimmery cherry liquor? I wouldn't call it burgundy because there's no brown in it at all. Just this rich, vital purple-crimson almost black until the light hits it. And then the color (like the inside of a …Read more

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