Product Reviews by thirdsword

Lip Treatments - Jack Black - Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

2.0
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Jun/21/2014

This lip balm comes in several different scents--the black tea and blackberry smells lovely, has SPF 25, and has a great price of 8.50CAD per tube. Due to the many rave reviews I thought that this would keep my lips soft and moisturized, but this isn't the case. The heavy formula sits on top of my lips without any of it sinking in, and it leaves them kind of peel-y. I'm pretty sad that …Read more

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Foundations - Tarte Cosmetics - Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full-Coverage Foundation SPF 15

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Jun/07/2014

I am currently NC25, with yellow-olive undertones, and the vast majority of warm-toned foundations I've tried appeared orange on me. It doesn't help that I'm oily and just about anything will oxidize on my face, making the orange problem even worse! I then read on one blogger's post that Tarte's Amazonian Clay foundation works well for olive skin. Taking this and the …Read more

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Crème - benefit Cosmetics - Some Kind-A Gorgeous

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Apr/22/2014

Easily one of the worst foundations for oily skin that I've tried. I got this in a set in the shade Medium, which from the pan looks rather dark and orange for my yellow-olive, NC25 skin, but I suppose that doesn't matter, because it offers very little coverage. Texture wise, it's initially thin and very greasy. Once applied, it dries to a finish that is powdery and yet still feels …Read more

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Cleansers - The Body Shop - Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash

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Feb/03/2014

I was running out of my usual cleanser and decided to take advantage of one of the Body Shop's sales and buy one from them. I have dehydrated oily skin and prefer using cleansers for non-oily skin types; this leaves my face feeling clean but not parched (yay! No SLS or SLES); I feel that it also keeps some of my acne at bay due to the salicylic acid. It does say that it can remove makeup …Read more

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Toners - The Body Shop - Aloe Calming Toner

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Jan/21/2014

Recently I decided to make the switch to alcohol-free toners, hoping they would better suit my oily but dehydrated skin. I chose this toner for the "calming" effect, and because it's a favourite of a blogger whose skin is similar to mine.

For what the toner is, it's a little pricey, but on the other hand the Body Shop often holds sales, and I usually wait for one to …
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Fragrances - KENZO - Flower Eau de Parfum Spray

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Jan/19/2014

I really wanted to love Flower by Kenzo. I adore the flower-in-a-vase design that progresses from a front-and-centre poppy (100mL) to one that is wilted (30mL), and I'd love to have all three bottles in a row sitting on my table, but alas, Flower by Kenzo and I were not meant to be. I finally got around to trying it when an SA at Sephora gave me two sample sachets of the fragrance--a rather …Read more

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Blush - NARS Cosmetics - Blush - Liberte

5.0
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Jan/01/2014

A highly underrated product from NARS. I've heard from some that Liberte is best reserved for deeper skintones, though even as an NC30 it's one of my HG blushes. Once applied with a light hand, it appears on me as an orange-based red that glows and yet has a bit of a subdued quality to it. There's some shimmer, which becomes more evident in the pan after several uses, but …Read more

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Fragrances - Lolita Lempicka - Eau de Parfum

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Dec/30/2013

Five years ago, I blind bought this fragrance at a steep discount from a local drugstore. As the bottle was apple-shaped, I expected the juice inside to smell fruity and fresh. What I got instead was a heavy cloud of powder. I put it away and every now and then I would take out the bottle from its box and stare at it admiringly, but upon smelling the remaining scent on the nozzle I would be …Read more

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Gels/ Soaps - Bath & Body Works - Cotton Blossom

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Dec/30/2013

Cotton Blossom quickly became one of my favourite shower gels when I discovered it at a BBW semi-annual. I'm not a fan of this as a lotion or body spray (but a room spray? Yes please!), but the shower gel is divine. It smells fresh and clean, yet at the same time, light and powdery soft, and it lingers nicely on the skin after using it. If only this scent were a regular in store--Sea Island …Read more

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Lotions/ Creams - L'Occitane - 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream

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Dec/10/2013

I recently went through a sample of the 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream that I had acquired during a grand opening. This winter has been colder than usual, and as a result my already dry hands, arms, and legs have become even more parched, so I used up the 3mL sachet all over my body.

I'm extremely impressed with the formula. It absorbed quickly, leaving my skin soft, but not greasy. I …
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