Product Reviews by pinkishbrown

Lipstick - Boots - CYO Cosmetics Two-Tone Twist Ombre Lipstick

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Mar/20/2018

This ELF rival brand is now offered MOSTLY online, but they do have it in some select Walgreens (and probably Boots Stores in UK).

The brand is "CYO Cosmetics" and the duo ombre is two colors in one lipstick, which is a cool block shape. These retail for $5 USD.

They are:
- scentless
- packaged simply in chic clear packaging
- SO creamy without …
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Nails - Essie - Treat, Love & Color in "Power Punch Pink"

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Mar/20/2018

This has an indescribable "nourishing" quality (it dries to a softer shine, but it looks like it does somehow "moisturize" your nails).

The claim from Essie is that it will serve all on its own, it does not require a base or top coat. It also is intended to be a treatment AND a color.
"Power Punch Pink" is described as carnation pink creme, which …
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Cleansers - Glossier - Milky Jelly Cleanser

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Mar/15/2018

Glossier's "milky jelly" cleanser is a really gentle cleanser with no foaming action. You can basically picture Cetaphil cleansing lotion, and that's exactly what this is like. I actually like the unscented-ness of it - I can't detect a scent. I used to always want scent, but so many things now are saturated in our beauty routines (with scent), so I feel like I'm …Read more

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Eye Shadow - Buxom - Gimme Gorgeous Shadow Single

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Feb/17/2018

I love this shadow single, "Gimme Gorgeous", which is packaged without a case. You do have to spend $2 to buy the little case that holds it, but it's a really great way to save on packaging, which I appreciate.
The shadow: a taupey-cool brown, something like a fawn-type color, but slightly deeper. I would not call this a "Chocolate" or cocoa, but the pigmentation …
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Polishes - Essie - Lace me Up

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Feb/02/2018

Full disclosure: I did a review on this that will be quite similar on the Essie site itself, so I apologize in advance if this is repetitive.

I was seeking a color that reminded me of a strawberry smoothie; that perfect shade of just-ripe strawberries, pureed, with a hint of peach undertone, vs. a very blue-based or HOT pink.

I immediately saw this color in the Essie display …
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Polishes - Butter London - Patent Shine polish in British Khaki

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Oct/24/2017

This is such a beautiful color. It's essentially an olive or khaki green creme, with a beautiful and shiny finish.

Opacity: Easily achieved in 1-2 coats, depending on how vigilant you are about it being perfection. For me, I have excellent coverage with a base coat + 1 coat of color.

Brush: Same as most other of the BL line; nice and wide, but not AS wide as the OPI …
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Mascara - L'Oreal Paris - Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

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Aug/20/2017

So, I'm not at all a mascara person. Let's just say that my "anorexic" lashes are so thin and sparse, so straight and boring. I gave up AGES ago, and decided to take the "minimalist" (lazy) route.
Enter the latest hype on LP mascara. Yes, it's had a lot of hype which automatically makes me want to just avoid it. I never get into the hype of makeup items …
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Cleansers - ORIGINS - Checks and Balances

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Jul/28/2017

History: for transparency, I love Origins and worked for the line! But I am doing this objectively.

I love the smell and texture of this creamy, non-greasy formula. It definitely is not creamy like a "creme" cleanser, but more like a water-based-gel cream. It's almost iridescent in color, and white.

Notes:
- a little goes a VERY long way. Use only a …
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Lipstick - Estée Lauder - the Estee edit The Barest Lip Color "In the Buff" (05)

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May/19/2017

Finally...my perfect nude!

It's only taken...42 years!
This is a beautiful mauvey cocoa color, which sounds dark, but on my NC45-ish skin, is just perfect. It's amazing!

Qualities I love:
-glossy and yet, full coverage/ buildable
-so moisturizing. Not "faux" moisturizing. Lips actually feel good even when this is removed with a scratchy …
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Tinted Moisturizer - Philosophy - Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint

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May/02/2017

This is a holy grail, brand new addition to my daily routine. I will start by saying: I never wear foundation.

Something about my skin lately has been dull, lacking glow, and really not responsive to my usual tricks. I exfoliate, and I do pore extractions (not recommended, but confessing for transparency!). I use luminous powder to highlight very lightly (Hourglass Ambient …
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