Product Reviews by nchinoy

Liquid - NARS Cosmetics - All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

4.0
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Apr/23/2015

Quick overview: I have very dry parched skin with dry patches. I did a lot of research on this foundation and found polarizing reviews - some say to steer clear of this if you have remotely dry skin, others say their faces get greasy after 3 hours of wear. My experience:

Coverage: I'm an NC 20 in MAC / Chanel (vitalumiere aqua/perfection lumiere/perfection velvet) B10 and GOBI …
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Pressed Powders - NARS Cosmetics - Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder

4.0
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Apr/23/2015

Quick overview: I have parched, dry skin with a very uneven texture. I never use powders on my skin because they show up instantly, no matter how fine. Lately, however, I've been having trouble getting my foundation to last the day, hence the interest in a pressed powder that promises luminescence.

This does deliver in that it is undetectable on the skin (in fact I prefer the …
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Hair Treatments - Kérastase - Ciment Thermique Heat-Activated Reconstructor

5.0
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Jan/04/2015

I steer clear of leave-in conditioners. On my thin, limp hair, all they do is add to the buildup and weigh down my locks. I use Kerastase shampoos regularly and was looking for a good conditioner as my hair has started to dry out a lot and get frizzy as well.

The reviews on MA were too positive to ignore, so I splurged and got a bottle. I use a hazelnut sized amount and rub my hands …
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Primer/ Corrector - CHANEL - Base Hydra Lumière

3.0
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Apr/16/2014

The Chanel Base Hydra Lumiere only shows up on the Chanel Asia website so I assume it's an Asia-exclusive product. I purchased it at the Bangkok duty free along with my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation.

This product feels like a moisturizer, not too greasy or too light. It leaves a very bright opalescent sheen to the face - it looks like you've spread highlighter all over …
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Primer/ Corrector - MAC Cosmetics - Studio Finish Skin Corrector

2.0
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Apr/13/2014

For reference, I am an NC15 - 20, pale skin and dark eyes and hair. I also have hereditary dark circles that also stain my eyelids.

I have been through a lot of concealers, both high and low end. I used to use MAC studio finish in NW20 (I am yellow/olive toned but the warmer pink toned concealer helps counter dark circles) and it was OK, but not great and used to crease on me. Plus …
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Concealers - Bobbi Brown - Corrector

5.0
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Mar/31/2014

I have 'stained' lids.

I'm an NC20 with a bit of an olive undertone and I have extremely dark, stained lids and under-eye circles that look quite bruised and purple. I had tried their creamy concealer before and threw it out after 5 years of non-use. It did nothing for me - it creased like hell, wore away after an hour and the powder made my dry skin look like desert …
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Hair Color - Phyto - Phytocolor Permanent Hair Color

3.0
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Mar/31/2014

I love the range of colors and the application was amazing - no stinging or burning, no foul smell, no dripping or mess in the bathroom at all. The color I got was Chatain, and it was lovely - a cool, dark brown that covered up my previous brassy/orangey/dark blonde dye job.

I loved the color/look of this on day one, however, it fades. fast. And that made me really sad. It's …
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Liquid - CHANEL - Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15

3.0
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May/30/2013

For reference, I am NC20 with dry skin. I bought B20, which is supposed to be a perfect match for NC20.

I did a lot of research before buying this foundation. Most people compare this to a tinted moisturizer, others say this has a lot of buildable coverage. I agree with both - it really depends on how much you slap on. I do like the finish because it's barely noticeable - it does …
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Treatments (Face) - CLARINS - Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

5.0
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Sep/25/2012

I had to get myself a full size bottle when I realized I was rationing my sample. The sample lasted me over a month of sparing use - clearly a little goes a long way. I use it at night for soft plump skin in the morning. I have dry/combo skin and am 27 so I'm trying to postpone aging as much as I can. The price tag is hefty but the product will last me quite a while. Will update if it …Read more

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Liquid - CLARINS - Everlasting Foundation SPF 15

3.0
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Jan/22/2012

I haven't reviewed a product in a year so the fact that this prompted a review is a sign. I have pale (NC20) dry skin and I wanted something that would keep up wih my long hours and wear evenly and flawlessly. It's a tall order and so far only Est�e Lauder's Double Wear has managed the task but on my dry skin it looks a little cakey and dry. My skin has also gotten a bit lighter …Read more

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