Product Reviews by rachaelp

Skincare - Face - Stridex - Triple Action Pads, Alcohol Free

5.0
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Jan/12/2012

These. Are. A. Godsend.
I've always had combo skin and occasionally break out, but for whatever reason, my face went crazy and seemingly overnight I had multiple bumps along my cheeks and around my chin. They were mostly small, pustule looking things. Anyway, I was devastated. While I was reading beauty blogs and getting serious skin envy over one blogger's complexion (blogger: …
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Liquid - MAC Cosmetics - Pro Longwear Foundation

5.0
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Dec/01/2010

I had generally been a MMU girl simply because of how easy it is to buff it on and go, but I found that most were making me very oily, so I decided to switch back to liquid. I got this foundation the weekend it launched...guess it has been a few months now...and I absolutely love it. It makes my skin so flawless and smooth, and it really lasts all day. I apply it with my Sonia Kashuk flat-top …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - SkinCeuticals - C+AHA serum

4.0
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May/15/2010

I don't get the lack of love for this product! I used the AOX 20% before this, and I like this much better. It leaves my skin looking hydrated, healthy, and fresh. It has helped reduce some lingering hyperpigmentation, and the overall quality of my skin has definitely improved. I like dewy, not oily, and my pores are super clear. The price is freakin' ridiculous, but I don't …Read more

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Skincare - Face - Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) - 55% Lactic Acid Peel

5.0
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Jun/18/2009

I thought this peel was excellent. It didn't cause my skin to flake at all, yet it seemed like it still revealed fresh, glowing skin underneath. I went to an esthetician to get a more intense product for lightening hyperpigmentation, and she even commented on how beautiful my skin is. After I use this, it looks like my face is so hydrated and smooth. I leave it on for 7 minutes. It …Read more

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Misc Beauty Tools - Clarisonic - Pro Skincare Brush [DISCONTINUED]

4.0
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Apr/11/2009

I started using the Clarisonic back in October. Originally, I used the "sensitive" brush head that came with it. My skin felt clean, but I would still get teeny little whiteheads every once in a while (I get these weird ones that are so small, and they start out as a small bump, rise to the surface overnight, and are ready to pop by morning. I know it could be worse, but they are …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Makeup Artist's Choice (MUAC) - Gly-Luronic Acid Serum

5.0
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Mar/29/2009

I love this serum! It has a 15% glycolic acid content, and I feel like that was a great step up from the Alpha Hydrox 12% souffle. I have been using it for about 2 weeks every morning. Im a teacher, so I am up at 5:30 and this keeps my skin glowing and oil-free until I wash it before bed at about 9:30. I haven't peeled at all, and I feel like it works well under make up. My skin is …Read more

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Masks - Unlisted Brand - Rainbow French Green Clay Facial Treatment Mask

5.0
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Feb/07/2009

I wish I could personally call every person on makeupalley who struggles with breakouts and tell them to stop whatever they are doing and go buy this right now! I bought this powder from Earth Fare. It is in a jar with a blue label that reads "100% Natural French Green Clay Facial Treatment Mask." Since it is a powder, you must mix the mask yourself. I hate doing this because it …Read more

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Hair Treatments - Moroccanoil - Moroccan Oil Treatment

3.0
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Jan/15/2009

I have the best hair stylist in the world, and he gave me a full size bottle of this for free. I was so pumped because I wanted it anyway, and was about to spend $42 on it.
I pictured myself with long, flowing, glossy Blake Lively-esque hair after this...and am still waiting for that result. The pros: It smells great, applies to hair easily, and adds shine.
The cons: It's …
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Cleansers - Alpha Skin Care - Refreshing Face Wash

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Jan/15/2009

Best. Cleanser. Ever. I seriously recommend this if you struggle with any breakouts, because it leaves your skin at a proper pH, so it doesn't start freaking out and over-producing oil that your products have stripped it of, and it lets any treatment products soak into the skin. For a very long time, I used prescription face wash (brevoxyl 4%). Then that got too expensive, so I found the …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Paula's Choice - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

2.0
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Jan/15/2009

Love it. I love that it's colorless, it can be worn under makeup, it doesn't have a gross smell (yet is still fragrance free)--I love everything. But most of all, I love that it works. It is slightly sticky, but it spreads easily. I haven't seen a tremendous clearing of blackheads around my nose, but there is some improvement. It didn't dry out my skin either. I really …Read more

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