Product Reviews by sally2002

Fragrances - benefit Cosmetics - Something About Sophia

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Jul/24/2009

This is my favorite of the three new perfumes, and I'm looking forward to buying it as soon as my budget allows. At $36, it's not too expensive. It reminds me of a more upscale version of the vanilla Stila fragrance. The staying power is pretty good, and it just smelled pretty, mellow, and sweet vanilla on me. Good for everyday use and definitely not overpowering. I do wish the bottle …Read more

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Powder - Jane Cosmetics - Be Pure Mineral Makeup

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Jun/15/2009

FINALLY! I've always loved the concept of mineral makeup, but have never been able to find one that worked on me. They either had no coverage at all, or looked cakey and fake, or sank into my pores, or had the horrible bismouth oxychloride sheen. After reading in Allure that someone with my oily skin should get a dimethecone free mineral makeup, I bought the Jane one. And thought it had no …Read more

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Cleansers - Oxy - Maximum Action Rapid Treatment Face Wash

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May/10/2009

I bought this because it was the ONLY other 10% bp cleanser and CVS was out of the C&C Cream Cleanser that I usually use. To my surprise, this one has none of the drawbacks of the C&C - no stinging, no irritation, and no irritating scent. Unfortunately, it also doesn't work as well to control my acne. It works ok - better than just a regular cleanser. But not as good as the super …Read more

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Blush - CLINIQUE - Blushwear Cream Stick

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Apr/22/2009

I got this in "rosy blush" in a GWP and it was supposed to be the pink option. I'm a neutral/warm PPP, but this is a great warm-toned neutral on me. Not pink at all - it's really much more of a peach. I like the consistency - it's very easy to blend and it lasts all day long (over my EL double wear). Looks very natural. I wear it with some copper lip gloss and it's a …Read more

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Cleansers - Clean & Clear - Continuous Control Acne Cleanser

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Apr/10/2009

This cleanser has been a godsend. After a REALLY stressful year in which I'm going through a divorce and trying to finish up my dissertation, my skin is a wreck. I have constant, horrible, painful breakouts that none of my normal, gentle cleansers with acne treatments could really do anything about. Then, I read in Allure that this cleanser was really good for stress-based acne, by leaving …Read more

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Moisturizers - Neutrogena - Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

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Mar/26/2009

After using this for a week, I have to say that I love this stuff! It sinks in really nicely and doesn't irritate my skin at all. It hasn't caused any new break-outs and seems to be calming the old ones. It's worked great under my make-up and has no scent at all. This is a fantastic moisturizer for the summer!

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Mascara - Jane Cosmetics - Max Lash 2

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Mar/22/2009

I tried the waterproof version based on Paula Begoun adding it to last year's best product list, and I'm so glad I did. What a find! A $6 mascara that really holds up well and looks great - holds a curl nicely and volumizes and lengthens my sparse, short lashes. Love it!

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Liquid - CLINIQUE - Even Better Makeup SPF 15

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Mar/22/2009

I love this foundation! I have very splotchy, acne-prone combo/oily skin, and I'm a warm PPP. Turns out that shade #14 (Creamwhip) is a perfect match for me. Sometimes Clinique does that - goes back and adds new shades on to the end of the numbers that are actually lighter than the #1 shade. Shade #14 is labeled as VF-G, which means "very fair - golden" - that's …Read more

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Hair Color - L'Oreal Paris - Natural Match in 3W Brown Black

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Mar/22/2009

I have dark brown hair that I dye black, but it was looking a bit flat lately and I wanted to try and warm it up a bit. I tried this 3W thinking it would be a really good compromise. I really liked the L'Oreal dye - didn't smell bad, worked well, rinsed out easily. The only problem was that this was definitely a light golden BROWN dye, not black at all. So what ended up happening was …Read more

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Moisturizers - CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

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Aug/28/2008

I've been using the MSE for years and love it, but with my current money crunch, I thought I'd try out this moisturizing gel instead to see if I could use a cheaper product. It actually worked! No, it's not quite as moisturizing, but in the summertime, I really don't need that much moisture for my combo, acne-prone skin. It hasn't caused new breakouts. Plus, when I had a …Read more

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