Product Reviews by secondadonna

Concealers - NYX Professional Makeup - Gotcha Covered Concealer

4.0
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5 months ago

Fantastic for really heinous undereye darkness. I wouldn't use it on a blemish since it contains oils, but that makes it useful for the undereye area where I don't want the skin to look dry. I find it's important to remember a touch of finishing powder over this, so that the oils in it don't make mascara dissolve and smudge, but with that, it lasts ages and covers perfectly …Read more

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Treatments (Face) - Unlisted Brand - Prosacea Gel - Rosacea Treatment

4.0
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5 months ago

I was surprised to find this fairly effective, considering the amount of active ingredient is quite low, but the combo of sulfur and urea has really helped a few trouble spots for me. I already have a prescription retinoid/antibiotic gel, but it doesn't seem to do anything about bumps on my cheeks and inflamed areas around my mouth and chin. This, however, does help, so I alternate the two …Read more

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Mascara - NYX Professional Makeup - Worth the Hype Volumizing Mascara

4.0
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5 months ago

I hadn't heard any hype about this product, but if I had, it might indeed have been worth it. It's pretty darn good! It definitely volumized very satisfyingly, although it's possible to go too far and end up with a little flaking. I like the traditional nylon spoolie, though I wish it were a tiny bit narrower, or curved. Still, this is quite good even without pre-curling my lashes …Read more

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Mascara - COVERGIRL - Total Tease Mascara - Waterproof

2.0
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5 months ago

More like nuclear-holocaust-proof! Which for some, could be a good thing. I bet this would last throughout a synchronized swimming competition. It would last through an Iron Man race. If I hadn't finally managed to get most of it off using 3 different removers last night it would have lasted till the day I died. So if that's all you're looking for, look no farther.

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Mascara - essence - Super Curl Volume Mascara

4.0
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5 months ago

Bought on a whim because it was cheap, and was really pleasantly surprised. This says it's a volume mascara, and I wouldn't say it adds a ton of volume. But it does create and hold curl, and as a result, it's a really good defining mascara. I would call it water resistant (packaging does not specify waterproof or washable); it wears pretty well but does remove easily with micellar …Read more

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Liquid - COVERGIRL - Clean Matte Oil-Control Liquid Foundation

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5 months ago

I don't hate this, but it barely qualifies as foundation. It is matte, and it actually does last quite well (for what it is). It's more of a sheer tinted mattifier than a foundation, though. If you want that - you want to feel less oily and don't want coverage particularly - then this is cheap so it's not a wasted step. But for me, this isn't particularly useful. Also …Read more

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Liquid - COVERGIRL - Outlast Active 24 HR Foundation SPF 20

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5 months ago



Pros:
-certainly would stay put throughout most activities - I mean, I haven't dunked my face in a hot tub while wearing it, but I've sweated and I've semi-accidentally rubbed my hands over my face and it didn't move.
-quite matte
-better about not settling into fine lines/highlighting flakies than most
-quite good coverage - not quite full …
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Lipstick - Avon - Beyond Color Lipstick spf 15

5.0
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Jul/15/2016

This seems to be a newish variant on the Beyond Color line and it's a huge improvement over the old Beyond Color Plumping. This is much more pigmented (at least in the two shades I got, Bitten and Berry Cute) and long-lasting. The added SPF 15 is nice in summer, when I usually wear an SPF 15 lipbalm and it doesn't make wearing lipstick easy!

Bitten is a very bright fuschia …
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Powder - Unlisted Brand - Buff'd Cosmetics - Concealing Mineral Foundation

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Jun/16/2015

I tried several samples from Buff'd recently and was really quite happy with the results, especially the Concealing formula. I've used several other mineral brands in the past but my favourite recently became really difficult & expensive to obtain. One of the things that made my favourite such a HG was its fairly matte finish (Alima Satin Matte) and that's been quite hard to …Read more

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Powder - Unlisted Brand - Buff'd Cosmetics - Original Mineral Foundation

4.0
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Jun/16/2015

I tried several samples from Buff'd recently and was really quite happy with the results. I've used several other mineral brands in the past but my favourite recently became really difficult & expensive to obtain.

I ordered several sample shades based on the descriptions and swatches on the website. I also ordered a mix of Original and Concealing formulas. Only one of …
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