Product Reviews by pipsqu3ak

Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Zuzuz Petals

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Apr/27/2012

Same complaint as previous reviewer: smells too similar to a ton of other white floral products out there. The first thing I thought was that this smells almost exactly like B&BW White Gardenia. It's long discontinued, but I wish it were still around so that I could smell like this for a fourth of the price. Also, I hate perfume oils, but I know others like them. Personal gripe, but a …Read more

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Fragrance - GIVENCHY - Play

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Jan/06/2012

During my tenure at a department store fragrance counter, I had a young woman come in while I was busy with another customer. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see that she was smelling all the testers and making a scrunchy, unsatisfied face at every one. I finally got over to her, and she said, "I want my boyfriend to smell sweet, but still manly. He's in the Army, he can't …Read more

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Fragrances - Thierry Mugler - Alien Eau de Parfum

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Jan/06/2012

While working in cosmetics and fragrance for a department store over the holidays, I acquainted myself with pretty much every tester bottle sitting out on a daily basis. Hey, I couldn't do my job without forming an opinion on all of them, right? In the early days of working in fragrance, posting up right next to the Thierry Mugler reps was the most out-of-the-way spot, so I got to know the …Read more

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Eye Shadow - MAC Cosmetics - Eye Shadow - Carbon

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Jun/16/2011

I once wore nothing but this and a highlight. I had someone ask me, "What's that gray on your eyes? It's so pretty!"

That "gray" was Carbon. I don't think anything else needs to be said.

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Misc Beauty Tools - Unlisted Brand - Plus White - 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel

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Jun/09/2011

I must be the only one who got not one, but TWO dud bottles that were basically liquid. I'd happily gone through two tubes without any consistency issues (hence the 4 stars), then I bought a new tube only to have the gel run all over the mouth guard included, like it was liquid. I thought maybe I just got unlucky, and bought another bottle from the same Walgreens. Yeah, liquified again. I …Read more

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Polishes - Essie - Nail Polish - Ballet Slippers

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May/08/2011

TO THE PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN OF STREAKINESS: I found that for the color to be even, I had to glop it on thick. Like, if you think you have too much on your brush, that's what you need to paint on your nail. The only way it's going to be smooth is to paint on thick coats, practically just putting a huge dollop of polish on your nail and spreading it around evenly with the brush. When …Read more

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Eye Shadow - MAKE UP FOR EVER - Diamond Powder

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Jan/18/2011

It's truly criminal that these run $24 for how very, very little product you get. Yes, #15 is truly stunning shade of coppery brown with reflections of every color you can think of. Similar texture to MAC Reflects glitters, yadda yadda yadda. Difference is that you get 4.5g of MAC Reflects for $19.50, while this is 0.07 oz, about 1.98g, for $24. MAC is about $4.33/oz, while this is …Read more

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Palettes - Urban Decay - NAKED [DISCONTINUED]

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Jan/17/2011

I had it when it first came out, and I gave it about a week before I made my final decision.

Honestly? It's not like these are highly unique colors or quality. You could do the same thing with a self-made palette with colors from any other brand of quality. I think this continues to be popular partly because of, what's the word... crowd mentality? Herd mentality. There we go …
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Cleansers - ORIGINS - Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil

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Nov/22/2010

Okay, so let me get this straight. It's supposed to be a gentle cleansing oil, but it strips my oily skin to the point where my skin feels like the head of a drum when I try to smile? It HAS a pump, but it has to be bought separately and you have to deal with manually pouring out the right amount (which never happens) in the meantime, and get oil all over your countertop, thus …Read more

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Lipstick - NARS Cosmetics - Pure Matte Lipstick in Tonkin

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Nov/03/2010

Great matte formula? Check. (Do not apply straight from box on bone-dry lips like I did, however. It will feel powdery. But that was also a super idiot move.) A twist mechanism that clicks to confirm you've rolled it down all the way? Check. Substantial tube packaging about the width of a finger? Check.

Oh hi, Tonkin. What's that? You're cinnamon plum? You're lying …
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