Product Reviews by nadienne

Tinted Moisturizer - Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 - Oil Free

5.0
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Feb/12/2017

I'm amazed at all the negative reviews of this - I've loved it for years. I've never found it hard to blend (perhaps because my dry skin means I always have argan oil on underneath?) and the only time it ever becomes visible after I've applied it is if I'm really sweating under my glasses. Otherwise, it provides sheer, beautiful, luminous (but not sparkly), buildable …Read more

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Lip Treatments - Jack Black - Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

5.0
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Dec/27/2016

I've been obsessed with lip products for probably close to two decades, now. I have chronically dry skin and lips even when I'm properly hydrated.

This balm is my HG lip balm. It has a heavy texture (similar to something like Aquaphor), but because it doesn't have any petroleum in it, it sinks right in and the moisture stays. I have to use this so much less than other …
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Lip Treatments - Hard Candy - Blooming Lip Oil

5.0
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Dec/26/2016

I got the peach, and it's lovely. The glossiness doesn't stay long, but the hydration and color does. It's a nice bright coral on me.

Planning on returning for the pink soon!

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Brows - Hard Candy - Brow Ink 24-Hour Brow Stain

5.0
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Dec/26/2016

Like everyone else, I am stoked about this product. It doesn't flake, it holds remarkably well, and the color stays.

I've got very dark brown hair, and the medium/dark is still a definite look. I think for the summer I'll probably switch to the lighter of the two shades.

I still use a pencil under it - the color is a bit splotchy if it gets on my skin - but …
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Mascara - Maybelline New York - The Falsies Push Up Angel Washable Mascara

5.0
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Dec/16/2016

I'm not sure why this product is getting so much hate - this is my HG mascara, and I'm stoked.

I've been a devotee of the Maybelline mascara formulations for at least a decade; almost every other brand I've tried (other than Benefit's They're Real!) has a tendency to either flake or run, but the Maybellines stay put, and they're cheap enough I can …
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Treatments (Eye) - Mary Kay - Timewise Firming Eye Cream

2.0
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Dec/29/2015

I looked for a long time for something creamy and reasonably priced. I tried a sample for two weeks and loved it . . . but after I bought it, I realized it was making my eyes puffy. Left it alone, came back a couple months later, same thing, and I rarely react to eye creams. Into the trash it goes . . .

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Primer/ Corrector - La Roche-Posay - Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen

5.0
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Jul/07/2015

It's a primer and it's spf - it should be the last thing in your skincare routine and before your foundation or tint.

I've been using this primer for years and love it. It is creamy and does blur, and the spf is great without looking chalky or creating flashback, and I never burn with it. Even better, it doesn't break me out.

The packaging is terrible, though …
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Treatments (Face) - Skincare Cosmetics - Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Facial Serum

4.0
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Jul/07/2015

There are levels of retinol, and retinyl palmitate is the most removed from the form it needs to be to make a difference in wrinkles - but this serum has a high concentration, and since it's the form recommended for sensitive skin I tried it out.

I was skeptical at first, since the formula is a bit thick for the dropper and it smells faintly of cheap hotel lotion, but it is making …
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Lips - ULTA - Lip and Cheek Color Stick

5.0
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Jul/07/2015

I avoided buying this for awhile because when I swatched it in the store, it did look like the color density was lacking - after a blend it just left a swath of sparkles on my hand.

But I've been wanting a dupe of Nars The Multiple in Orgasm, and after sampling that I realized the texture and color payoff is almost exactly the same as the Ulta in Peachy, except with more glitter …
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Treatments (Face) - Physicians Formula - Skin Concern: Aging Laser Resurfacing Serum

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Mar/13/2015

So I found this on clearance at Ulta, but I had been interested even at full price . . . and silly me, I forgot to check the ingredients, or I would have been able to tell why it was so cheap.

It comes out a pale purple (thanks to Violet 2 and Red 40), and it reeks like cheap shampoo - the same smell that a lot of Olay anti-aging products seem to have. I didn't even try it on my …
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