Product Reviews by rwashecheck

Fragrances - Balenciaga - Quadrille

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May/04/2011

Oh my goodness. After an initial deeply awkward series of top notes that smell like your general dusty-old-ambery-florabl, my vintage PDT explodes into a to-die-for clove/carnation/cardamomy fragrance that has something in common with Guerlain's oh-so edible Guet-Apens. It's spicy, vaguely gourmand, but where a Guerlain becomes sweet, this becomes ambery and Oriental, a far-away exotic …Read more

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Polishes - Essie - Sew Psyched

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Oct/06/2010

Utterly awesome. The best way to describe this color is fatigue green, though it could also be thought of as a sort of grayed sage that seems like something you might encounter in a 1930's ballgown. Definitely looks awesome with this fall's military-inspired olive hues!

Application and lasting power are unbelievable.

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Polishes - Essie - Nail Polish - Merino Cool

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Oct/06/2010

Fantastic! The color is wonderful, though not too unusual (someone in the kitchen at work was wearing a very similar hue that came from Sally Hansen). It's a true taupe, with all the mysterious dusky purple undertones that implies.

With two coats and a top coat, this lasted through AN ENTIRE WEEK of typing, dishes, laundry, and (I'm not kidding) farm chores. It's like …
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Lipstick - REVLON - Matte Lipstick - In the Red [DISCONTINUED]

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Feb/12/2010

Right now, my "style muse" is Grace Kelly and my new year's resolution was to learn to wear red lipstick without feeling like an idiot and removing it just before I let anyone see me.

This is the answer - such a flattering, warm red, and it stays in place as well as liquid lipstick. I'm not afraid it'll smudge, feather, run, or leave a tacky ring around my …
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Fragrances - Acqua di Parma - Colonia

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Feb/04/2010

Lovely! Starts out as a clean and delightful citrus - somewhat more like sugared lemon cookies than like fresh citrus, and definitely nothing like Pledge.

Middle notes are a warm and powdery floral based on roses and iris. Even if you consider yourself a powder hater, this may change your mind. I was sure I hated iris notes until I smelled this.

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Fragrances - CREED - Spring Flower

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Jan/27/2010

This is like a technicolor, singing-and-dancing version of J'Adore. It makes me think of the moment in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy steps into the full-color world of Oz and is bombarded by dancing munchkins. It's just too much.

It smells strangely cheap and one-layered and has a very uninteresting and overly peachy drydown.

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Highlighters - Smashbox - Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion [DISCONTINUED]

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Dec/15/2009

This product has a strange color. Metallic but also sort of like an oil slick seen in the light. I'm not into it.

Also, it doesn't dry - so you're left with a smudgable, liquid product on your face. This needs to dry matte and leave behind a shine.

Definitely not as good as similar products from Benefit - or evne Boots and Maybelline for that matter.

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Bronzers - Tarte Cosmetics - Glam Gams

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Dec/15/2009

Dear Tarte:

I love you even though you seem to like to scent your products like soggy Fruit Loops or technicolor coconuts and to periodically make really useless things like Glam Gams.

This stuff is bizarre. Is it liquid pantyhose? Is it a self-tanner? Is it a bronzer? Do I really have the time to put makeup on my legs? Wouldn't I be better off with something that left …
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