Product Reviews by thefakempire

Blush - e.l.f. Cosmetics - Powder Blush Palette - Light

4.0
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Feb/11/2016

An affordable palette for a beginner. I've only started using blush and I bought this, thanks to its good reviews. The colors are intensely pigmented (which I like), so if you have pale skin like me, use a light hand. It blends well, and the matte shades are very nice. I also use the orange shade as a blush instead of bronzer (I wouldn't recommend it for bronzing anyway). Plus, nice …Read more

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Palettes - Coastal Scents - Revealed Eyeshadow Palette

4.0
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Feb/06/2016

I bought this last year as my first ever eyeshadow palette, because I heard it's a good dupe for the UD Naked 1 & 2s. Really affordable + surprisingly good quality. I think it's great if you are a beginner to makeup and don't really want to splurge on a high-end brand just yet. It's a variety of rose gold/plum and brown/coppery shadows that work for the day or night (but …Read more

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Masks - Peter Thomas Roth - Cucumber Gel Mask

2.0
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Jan/25/2016

I got a free sample from Sephora and used it a couple of times. I think it's seriously overpriced for what it does, which is nearly next to nothing. There is a slight cooling effect (not as overpowering as Queen Helen's Julep Mint Masque), but it's still worrisome because that cool sensation could indicate irritation. My skin wasn't significantly smooth or moisturized after …Read more

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Moisturizers - CeraVe - Facial Moisturizing Lotion - PM

4.0
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Jan/19/2016

A great drugstore moisturizer. I have oily, acne-prone skin with dry patches from acne medication, and this hasn't given me any major problems. Ofc, I have to be careful to not over-apply, because it feels quite emollient and will cause some clogged pores (little bumps on my skin). But my cystic acne hasn't gotten worse from using this moisturizer. It also gets rid of my dry patches …Read more

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Sunscreen - Bioré - UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++

3.0
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Jan/17/2016

An OK sunscreen, if you don't mind alcohol. (It's second on the ingredient list, which is mildly troubling to me. You read all about alcohol in skincare online and make your own conclusions.)

The texture is refreshing. At first, it applies to a dry, matte finish, which is a good for my very oily skin. You feel a slight cooling sensation. But as the day goes on, I notice that …
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Foundations - Almay - TLC Truly Lasting Color Liquid Makeup

3.0
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Jan/16/2016

I wore this in the summer for maybe two weeks, before switching to the Covergirl 3-in-1. Overall, I think it's a solid foundation but nothing spectacular. It's more expensive for a drugstore, so I don't know if I saw any great benefits for the "extra" price tag.

This definitely does not wear for 16 hours if you have very oily skin. It doesn't even wear …
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Liquid - Urban Decay - Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

4.0
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Jan/16/2016

As someone who suffers from cystic acne, I've decided from now on to wear only light, weightless formulas, instead of longwearing or "oil-controlling" foundations (like Revlon's Colorstay, Covergirl's 3-in-1). This is the first "weightless" formula I've tried, and it has its pros and cons. If I could, I would give it a 3.5 stars, not 4.

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Scrubs - St. Ives - Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

1.0
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Dec/28/2015

I used this back when I was in high school and bought into the hype and was willing to try anything for my acne. I can understand why it's such a popular product. My face was always smooth and "clean" after I used it. But over the long run, it aggravated my cystic acne, making my skin redder and feeling very "raw". Do not recommend.

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Mascara - L'Oreal Paris - Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

3.0
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Dec/27/2015

It's not an amazing mascara, but I don't hate it. I have straight, very short, very sparse lashes, and this mascara lengthens them considerably. It gets clumpy after more than 2 coats, but I kind of like that spidery look for the added "volume". The brush is large and bendy, so it takes some maneuvering. I can't use it on my lower lashes, because they're just so fine …Read more

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Masks - Paula's Choice - Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask

5.0
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Dec/27/2015

My HG mask. This mask hydrates and smooths like no other. I've been on Tretinoin for several months, and my skin has continued to peel and be red and irritated. This mask solves those problems. I put it on for 20+ minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water, and magic happens. My dry patches and redness are gone. It really works if you are in a pinch. Even better, my skin stays relatively …Read more

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