Product Reviews by mecepeda

Lipstick - Kat Von D - Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II

5.0
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Sep/25/2016

This is as described - a terracotta nude. It's a beautiful everyday shade for my NC35/40 olive skin. I also appreciate the fact that it does not bleed into the fine lines around my mouth and does not require lip liner - the applicator is very precise. The matte finish is pretty, if a bit drying. I recommend prepping with a good lip balm a while before using this so that it has time to …Read more

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Primer/ Corrector - Hourglass Cosmetics - Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15

5.0
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Sep/24/2016

There is a before and an after in my life after I started using this primer. It's that good. I used to think that primer was useless (I was using the supposedly effective Laura Mercier primer), but then I finally gave in and tried this one. It smooths my combination skin out without adding extra oil and really, really helps my foundation last without transferring or changing color. I am …Read more

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Liquid - Estée Lauder - Double Wear Stay-In-Place Liquid Makeup

5.0
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Aug/24/2016

I really wished that I had gotten on the Double Wear train long ago. Long ago. It is far better for my oily skin than any other foundation I've tried - many of which have been more expensive. I'm a commuter, and usually by the time I hit my office I am already in need of some serious oil blotting...but not with this foundation. It stays put and keeps the shine away without making my …Read more

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Polishes - CHANEL - Garconne

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Aug/19/2016

I am a long time fan of Chanel polishes, and bought this medium-dark neutral gray creme to try out Chanel's newish longwear formula. What a disappointment for $28 USD...Garconne is a sludgy, streaky mess to apply. This is going to be returned. While it's a different, lighter of gray (and prettier, I would argue), Illamasqua's DWS is a far superior polish for a lower price. …Read more

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Polishes - CHANEL - Organdi

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Aug/19/2016

I usually love Chanel nail polish and am (almost) happy to pay $28USD for the unique colors and excellent formula, but Organdi is a huge disappointment. Organdi is a beautifully, slight dusty pink/nude creme that would be perfect for everyday wear. It is one of Chanel's newish longwear polishes. That is where the fun ends. Application is a streaky, gooey mess - even for someone with …Read more

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Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics - A dozen carnations

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Jul/27/2016

I have been searching for an easy to wear warm orange/red lipstick for a while, and have fallen in love with this shade. I have medium/tan olive skin (NC40/42) and A Dozen Carnations is very flattering. It defines my mouth and leaves my teeth looking very white. The cremesheen formula is fairly hydrating, but wears long with a pencil. MAC's longwear lip pencil in What a Blast! is a great …Read more

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Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics - Cremesheen Lipstick - Creme in Your Coffee

4.0
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Jul/27/2016

Creme in Your Coffee is almost the exact shade of my lips, but I like it because it's a very easy way to define my mouth a bit without worrying about perfect application. The cremesheen formula is hydrating but not incredibly long-lasting, so I recommend a lip liner with this shade. (I'm using MAC Spice). For reference: I'm about an NC 40/42 with medium/tan olive skin. This is a …Read more

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Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics - Lustre Lipstick - Spice It Up

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Jul/23/2016

If you have olive skin and are looking for a foolproof red that works for all occasions, then this is your shade. I like the way it looks in the tube, but it's even better on (I'm a medium olive-toned Latina - about NC 40/42). The lustre finish is perfect as well, and the shade pairs nicely with MAC Spice or any other nude liner. Along with Twig, this is one of my HG everyday picks.

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Lipstick - MAC Cosmetics - Cremesheen - On Hold

4.0
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Jul/23/2016

I swatched this shade on my hand first and it was so lovely that I bought it without trying it on my lips - On Hold is difficult to describe. It's a cremesheen that looks like a medium pinkish red in the tube but that leans more towards coral on my pigmented lips (I'm about an NC 40/42 with medium olive skin). The finish is very pretty, as it's a subtle shimmer. While it …Read more

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Styling Products - PHILIP B - Maui Wowie Beach Mist

4.0
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Jul/02/2016

I have wavy hair and prefer a more natural, air-driedlook so I have tried every wave spray on the market (unless of course I can't stand the smell of it - but that's only a brand or two). This is my favorite so far, as it produces pretty waves and body without leaving my hair overly crunchy and stiff feeling. It also has a clean scent without that horrible cheap suntan lotion aroma …Read more

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