Product Reviews by scarmica

Masks - Unlisted Brand - Now Solutions Moroccan Red Clay

5.0
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6 months ago

I bought this powder to use as makeup. I have very acne-prone skin and have realized that every. single. powder out there - breaks me out. Anything with talc or mica in it is a HUGE no no for me. I had just hit the point where I had resigned myself to going makeup free, when I read a blog about this powder, mixed with Kaolin powder, & used as a mineral foundation. (I haven't mixed in …Read more

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Toners - Pixi - Glow Tonic

4.0
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Jun/18/2018

Let me start by saying I am not one to use toners regularly, I just don't find that they do *anything* for my skin except eventually cause it to break out. So I usually skip it and head straight to a glycolic serum. That being said - when my skin is being particularly fussy, I will use this for a couple of days (twice/day) and it really does help clear me up (hmmm so maybe I *should* use …Read more

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Moisturizers - Philosophy - Renewed Hope in a Jar

5.0
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Feb/22/2017

I'm on I think my 3rd jar of this fantastic moisturizer. It contains "a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids, 3 forms of hyaluronate plus an asian fruit extract" - and let me tell you, this is *heaven-sent* for acne-prone skin. I use this day version (not the gel-cream, but both are oil-free) and the accompanying night version (Sephora was selling a cool set with a full sized day …Read more

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Toners - La Roche-Posay - EFFACLAR Micro-Exfoliating Astringent Toner

4.0
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Feb/22/2017

Yes, this toner is an *astringent*, meaning it has a high alcohol content (#2 ingredient!). Yes, alcohol is not the best thing to put on your skin. However, I've realized that sometimes my skin *needs* an astringent. I've been in the midst of yet another breakout (food-and-product-related), and after switching up my cleanser (to Clinique Rinse Off which is awesome so far) and adding …Read more

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Mascara - Estée Lauder - Sumptuous knockout defining lift and fan mascara

5.0
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Oct/25/2016

Surprised by the negative reviews...for me this mascara is as close to holy grail as I've found. I started with a sample from the EL counter (I had been using reg sumptuous volume prior) and thought "oh I won't like that brush" (at the time I wanted only little skinny teddy bear brushes a la Extended Play Gigablack) but MAN was I surprised. Now, I *will* agree that it …Read more

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Mascara - SHISEIDO - Nourishing Mascara Base

5.0
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Sep/21/2016

I am so on the fence with this product. It holds a curl - yes. Double yes. That was essentially the reason I bought it, and what I hoped it would do. I have short, straight lashes that don't hold a curl without waterproof mascara, which I despise trying to remove. And this base *holds* the curl. All day. However, there are several things about it that temper the great curling …Read more

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Mascara - CLINIQUE - Lash Power Flutter-to-Full Mascara

3.0
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Aug/25/2016

My lashes: short-medium, somewhat sparse, baby-fine, stick-straight. I'm unsure about this mascara. I *loved* regular Lash Power when I discovered it last year (but it dries out so darn fast, I've been on a mascara hunt ever since. And it's possible I wouldn't even like LP again now!). I thought this one would be an improvement on regular LP, perhaps adding more volume. …Read more

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Mascara - Maybelline New York - Big Eyes Waterproof

3.0
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Jul/28/2016

I am (still) on the hunt for The Perfect Mascara. After trying this mascara I can confidently state the following:

1. This holds a curl like no other mascara I have tried, waterproof or not. My lashes look the same at 5pm as they did at 7:30am. My upper lashes look long, lush, and full. They stay curled up and I can actually see them around my eyes all day long. The formula is …
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Treatments (Face) - La Roche-Posay - Effaclar Pore-Refining Anti-Aging Serum

4.0
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Mar/20/2016

So far, so good. This has only just become available in Canada, and I found this randomly at the drugstore and was super excited to try it. I am in the midst of the worst breakout of my life, thanks to trying some new products (I'm looking at you, Clinique and AcneFree) and was looking back to some better brands to help me out. The ingredients, yes, are suspended in alcohol so there is a …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - AcneFree - Acne Control Gel

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Mar/20/2016

This review is for the Acne Control Gel which is part of the 3 step program available in Canada (I couldn't find it on the US website). It is a clear, light gel in a pump tube. It smells like oranges (due to the orange essential oil in the formulation). It contains some promising ingredients, like 2% salicylic acid, glycol acid and zinc. However, this did absolutely nothing good for my …Read more

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