Product Reviews by mellern

Primer/ Corrector - BECCA - Under Eye Brightening Corrector

5.0
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Dec/06/2017

I love this stuff. I used Bobbi's Brown's corrector for years, but I always found it kind of cakey and too thick for my liking, and it tends to really emphasize wrinkles, which I don't like. (I tried Pixi's corrector as well, but it was too orange for my fair skin). My undereye circles are due to thin skin, not pigmentation, so if I don't put something under my eyes, I …Read more

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Cleansers - CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser - Normal to Dry Skin

3.0
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Jul/16/2017

I like that this cleanser is free of fragrance, but I found this too drying on my normal/oily skin (my skin is dehydrated, but I am pretty oily). I've bought it a few times already, since I kept remembering it was "okay," but every time I start using it again I remember why I stopped - because it leaves me pretty dry afterward! I'd say this is well-suited for oily, acne-prone …Read more

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Lip Treatments - Alba Botanica - Very Emollient Sunblock Lip Care SPF 25

4.0
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Jul/09/2017

I really like this lipbalm for the SPF factor--and the price of around $3 can't be beat. Unlike many other lip products with sun protection, this one doesn't have a big white cast and feels smooth and nourishing on the lips. It's hard to find a balm that protects from UVA and UVB so this is a nice surprise. The only caveat, for me, is that while it feels moisturizing when you first …Read more

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Lip Gloss - Pacifica - Sun + Lipcare SPF 30

2.0
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Jul/02/2017

I had been looking for an SPF lip product that contains zinc oxide, and saw this on a recent trip to Target for about $4. According to the packaging, it's water resistant and 'clear' (there's a tinted version available as well, but I didn't buy it). Active ingredients are 1.5% titanium dioxide and 3.8% zinc oxide. Boy, it this thing whitening! It looks like those zinc …Read more

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Moisturizers - CeraVe - SA Renewing Lotion

3.0
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Feb/09/2017

I tried this after needing a lotion this winter for my sensitive and acne-prone skin, and seeing that the ingredients don't seem to have many pore-cloggers. It feels more liquidy than the regular CeraVe lotion, not as whipped, and it's non-greasy but moisturizing on my face. It sometimes tingles a bit, but this only lasts for a few seconds and it does not irritate my skin or make it …Read more

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Sunscreen - CeraVe - Skin Renewing Day Cream SPF 30

4.0
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Jan/29/2017

This is a new sunscreen from Cerave, containing 10.5% zinc and 7.5% octinoxate. Previous versions of their SPFs were atrocious and whitening, but this one is surprisingly cosmetically elegant, leaving almost no white cast and spreading easily across the skin. I wouldn't call this a "cream"; it has a mousse-like texture, but it's fairly drying and would probably work better for …Read more

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Cleansers - Simple - Moisturizing Facial Wash

5.0
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Jan/04/2017

I bought this while on a trip because I forgot my facewash...I really like this for my normal/acne-prone skin. It's not drying and I felt that it did a decent job removing makeup, and felt soothing and cushiony. My face didn't feel tight afterwards, and I liked that it was gentle and fragrance-free.

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Gels/ Soaps - CeraVe - CeraVe Hydrating Body Wash

5.0
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Nov/29/2016

I like unscented and gentle products, and I have dry skin in the winter. I've used all sorts of fragrance free washes (Free & Clear, Eucerin Baby, Aveeno, Boots, Dove) and all of them were gentle and effective. I find this to be in the same camp - it's not stripping, lathers well, and has good ingredients. So far it hasn't made me break out, which some rich cleansers do. It has …Read more

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Eyeliner - Laura Mercier - Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Bleu Marine

2.0
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Mar/28/2016

I wasn't a big fan of this. I thought it was annoying that I needed to wet it to use it each time, and the color itself was nothing special. It was just a plain navy, found everywhere. Although I have blue eyes, I didn't find that it accentuated them in any special way. I also thought that for what you're getting (essentially a pigmented navy powder) it is very …Read more

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Brows - Sonia Kashuk - Brow Definer - Taupe

5.0
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Mar/28/2016

I have very ashy blond hair, and I've had a hard time finding an eyebrow product that doesn't have any red tones but also isn't too dark for my fair skin/hair. I tried this based on recs from the MU Board and I'm in love! Previously, I've sampled Define-a-Brow, Anastasia's Taupe/Blond, NYX's dupe, Physician's Formula, Maybelline's Expert Eyes 2-pack …Read more

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