Product Reviews by ocarina

Liquid - L'Oreal Paris - Age Perfect Anti-Aging Foundation

5.0
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2 days ago

This is my favorite foundation for my less-oily days, or when the weather is colder. It's beautifully blendable and applies well by hand or brush. It's a moist yet non-greasy finish. Unlike most anti-aging products, it's not pasty and oily. (Why does every beauty company assume that everyone's skin is dry when they get old? There is a billion dollars lying on the floor …Read more

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Liquid - Too Faced - Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation

5.0
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2 days ago

I love this foundation. It's matte without being ultramatte, applies perfectly with hands, remains respectable over the day and fades with dignity instead of crumbling into sludge. It's firmly in the medium coverage category and looks as natural as I've ever seen a matte foundation look. The tube is a hefty 50ml instead of the usual 30, so I consider it a decent value. The …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Deciem - The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

5.0
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2 months ago

This review is for the 1% in squalene. At night after double cleansing, I spray my face with a treatment toner several times and then massage in 4-5 drops of the retinol oil.This creates a sort of emulsion effect on my skin without the problematic (for me) thickeners and waxes in most creams. It leaves my skin plump, hydrated and non-greasy. After 20 minutes I apply a serum or sleeping pack if …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - COSRX - BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

5.0
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Sep/29/2018

I've struggled with oily skin, clogged pores and breakouts for decades. I've never found a BHA product that did anything for me. This liquid plus The Ordinary's retinoid products keep my skin as clear as it has ever been in my life. I apply two pumps' worth to my face immediately after washing with a low-pH wash every morning. It's lightweight, scentless, and within three …Read more

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Primer/ Corrector - Deciem - Hylamide - Finisher Matte 12

5.0
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Nov/06/2016

Miracle. Period. If you have super oily skin, and have despaired of primers, oil controllers, wear-extenders, etc. etc. to keep your makeup on for longer than three hours, then this will change your life. I wear a pinky-fingernail-worth over my sunscreen and under my BB/foundation. It's smooth, but not slippery. It enhances application of foundation rather than hindering it, even when …Read more

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Liquid - COVER FX - Custom Cover Drops

3.0
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Jul/28/2016

I bought this in P40, a shade darker than the P30 which matched my skin exactly when I tested it straight on skin. I did this deliberately because I planned to mix it with my high-spf "whitening" sunblock creams. My gamble paid off: it perfectly counterbalances the whiteness of the sunblock to get a great skin match result. I've tried it with half a dozen sunblocks (including The …Read more

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Polishes - Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure Honey Whip

4.0
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Oct/09/2014

By itself I'm not all that fond of this polish color. HOWEVER I have found a good use for it, as a base-coat shade for sheerer colors that normally leave visible nail line even with three coats. I love OPI's Goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough from the James Bond collection but they're really sheer. One coat of Honey Whip gives enough opacity that the other shades apply well, but …Read more

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Polishes - OPI - Goldeneye

3.0
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Sep/23/2013

Okay, are we certain that the photo above is really Goldeneye? Because that is a HOT gold holographic polish which looks not a thing like the version I have. Mine is a sheer glass-flecked gold glitter with very warm undertones. Even with three coats it's too sheer. On my pale skin it makes my fingers look ruddy. Lasts decently well and is fairly easy to remove by glitter-polish standards. In …Read more

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Masks - innisfree - Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack

5.0
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Sep/22/2013

Totally digging this. I've never used a "sleeping pack" before, but from my understanding it's like a mask that replaces your night cream a few nights a week. This one is pale pink, has an interesting jello-like texture, and smells faintly of grape. It absorbs very fast and does not leave my pillow greasy. I awaken with non-oily, plump, moisturized skin. Despite containing a …Read more

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Polishes - Butter London - Scuppered

2.0
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Sep/22/2013

Not good. I had such high hopes for this color, it's such an unusual glittery bronze with green and pink flecks. But it has THE. WORST. WEAR. EVER. I did my manicure in the evening and admired my pretty nails while it dried. I had a chip by morning. Now how the eff do you chip your polish in your sleep? Didn't have time to fix it so I went about my business. By noon my entire right …Read more

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