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Hannah M.
Review for L'Oréal Paris Voluminous® Lash Paradise Washable Mascara - 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Blackest Black more...
I'm someone who hates spending money on high-end mascara when there's so many great ones at the drugstore. However, I've tried Better Than Sex, and I'd have to say the Too Faced mascara is better (although, I'm not a huge fan of either).

So many people rave about Lash Paradise's ability to give volume and length, but it really only gives me volume, and even that is clumpy. The formula flakes on me and transfers to my undereye area by the four-to-five hour mark, as well (to be fair, the Too Faced one does, too), and my lashes end up a little droopy by the end of the day.  On mascaras I really like, I don't have any problem with transfer. That's what I'm all about.

I'm not a huge fan of Better Than Sex, but I believe BTS still has my lashes looking at least a tad bit alive by the end of the day.

I'm not saying it's a terrible mascara, and I used it up until it went bad. I'm just saying it's not my favorite, and I don't think it's as good as the hype it's getting. I'll still to other L'Oreal mascaras or my ride-or-die Maybellines. 
Porcelain
Green
Full, Long, Curled
I have a love-hate relationship with this product.

It removes my makeup just fine as any micellar water should. The problem I have is that it breaks me out. I have extremely (some would say overly) sensitive skin, and I cannot use this product. I don't get full-on blemishes, but I do get little patches of bumps that take a while to go away.

A plus side is this really does not dry out my skin. I find many products that claim to not dry out the skin actually do dry out the skin, so I appreciate the true claims on this bottle.

I'm continuing to use this product as an eye makeup remover as for some reason it only bothers my cheeks and forehead and not my eye area. Weird, but it is what it is. 

I'd say if you don't have sensitive skin, you'd like this.
Review for L'Oréal Paris Eye Makeup Remover - 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I'm a L'Oreal fan, but I strongly dislike this eye makeup remover.

Does it remove my eye makeup? Yes and no.

It removes my basic, everyday eyeshadow looks, but it has trouble with my mascara or black liner (if I wear it, which I rarely do). I have to go in with double the amount that I do with my other eye makeup removers. I use eye makeup remover sometimes if a lip product is tough to get off, and this doesn't do that unless I rub it roughly and for longer than I should have to.

The worst part? It BURNS my eyes! If I get the slighest amount on my eyeball (which is hard not to,  tbh), it will sting, and I will have to press cold water against my eye until it stops. I hate that. 
As I bought these on clearance and for super cheap, I still use these when I'm playing around with swatching my makeup or if I have nothing else.

I would not buy again.
Porcelain
Dry, Sensitive
Large Pores, Redness, Sensitivity
Review for Physicians Formula Matte Collection Quad Eyeshadow - 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Physicians Formula Matte Collection Quad Eye Shadow, Canyon Classics .22 oz (6.3 g) (2-pack) more...
SUCH a good matte eyeshadow quad from the drugstore! Do I think this is as good as some high-end mattes? Yes and no. These are the type of colors that you can build up to your liking as they aren't heavily pigmented. These blend beautifully and are not patchy at all, in my experience. I do think these are something you can grab and pair with a colorful and/or sparkly palette or you can use alone. 
The biggest downfall is that fact I don't believe these will show up well on dark skintones (or even a deeper-medium level). I'm very fair, so I have little problem with colors showing up. Perhaps the other palettes would be better for deeper tones (I have Canyon Classics)? I'm not sure. I wish they'd expand because everyone should be able to enjoy these good, affordable mattes.
Porcelain
Green
Review for Caudalie Eye Lifting Balm - 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This is probably my favorite eye cream! I admit, I'm only in my early twenties, so I don't have much in terms of dark under eyes or wrinkles/fine lines, but I do have some that I can see (since I get pretty close to my own face in the mirror). For me personally, this eye cream makes me look like I've had botox or something. Again, I'm young, so I don't know how this will look with those who are older and/or have more wrinkles and fine lines. It creates such a smooth under eye and a perfect base for my undereyes. My concealer has never looked better when using this, and I don't worry about using powder and having it crease and look gross.

My only downside is the price (waaaaaaay out of my normal range as a college studen), but, hey, I'd say if you have the money, it's worth it all! None of my drugstore eye creams have done with this has done, and this is seriously the product that makes me consider investing in higher-priced skin care whenever I can fork over the cash. I love it! 

GREAT for sensitive and extremely dry skin! I don't get those little bumps under my eyes like many other eye creams do.
Porcelain
Dry, Sensitive
Large Pores, Redness, Sensitivity
Review for Universal LANA DEL REY - BORN TO DIE: DELUXE EDITION - 1 year, 2 months ago
I had no idea who Lana Del Rey was when her album won Grammys a few years ago. I thought, "Who is this woman beating out the better-known, typical winners?" I had never heard a song from her on the radio. Little did I know just how deserving was this album.

Lana may not have one the better voices musicality-wise, but her voice is unique and fitting to her distinct style. Her music infuses pop, hip-hop, oldies, and singer-songwriter all as a single style I've never seen before but now witness many now trying to replicate. Her song writing is top-notch and clever, as well as catchy and fitting to the Sadcore tag made especially for her. She is truly one of a kind.

I am not typically a fan of hip-hop or anything with electronic undertones, but I find myself drawn to Del Rey's craft. It has just enough retro to pull me in. I'm more a fan of classic rock and older pop, and I don't swerve towards many of today's top radio plays like Beyonce and Katy Perry. Del Rey, in my opinion, is far above most of today's music as she writes music that is not just about selling a beat but painting a picture any art critic can enjoy and relate. Her songs tell stories and evoke emotion in listeners. That is scarce in today's music, sadly.

The Deluxe Edition is better than the original as it is really two albums in one. While only "Summertime Sadness" garnered international attention, the rest of the collection is, in my humble opinion, equally or above the quality as her hit song. 

Tracks like "National Anthem," "Million Dollar Man," and "Lolita" spark a sexy side of Del Rey, while "Video Games" and "Without You" show a softer, loving side. "Born to Die" is reminder to enjoy life despite life's draw backs, and "This is What Makes Us Girls" paints a not-so-pretty picture of losing the innocence held only by carefree adolescence. 

While this album may not attract those who prefer a more rockin' sound, Del Rey's soft voice and brilliant lyrics will resonate with anyone who enjoys a good pop song that may miss airtime in a world ruled by generic popstars.
Review for Spotify - 1 year, 2 months ago
Let me start by saying I listen to music at least an hour a day, and I listen to a wide variety. I have a large music collection already (think 700+ LPs, around a hundred CDS, thousands of MP3s, and a few cassettes). Still, it's impossible to take all of that with me as I travel. You can't play an LP on your car radio, so you have to find an alternative. I've tried Apple Music, and while I like the selection of music, I don't like the app. It's a pain to use, and I could never figure out how to make a playlist of my favorite songs. 

I've never had that problem with Spotify. Spotify is easy to use and keep all my songs organized and exactly where I want them. It has a good selection that keeps growing. Just recently they added Bob Seger's music, and, widely-publicized, Taylor Swift. Honestly, I cannot think of an artist I enjoy that doesn't have their music on there now (except maybe Def Leppard). Regardless, it's enough for me and my music-loving soul. 

The price of $9.99 is decent and is the same as Apple. I am able to use the student discount and get the price for half-off, which I appreciate immensely. Given that, it's a pretty good deal if you listen to music the way I do. Music to me is like water: I need it periodically to survive the day. If you don't listen to music that often or you only listen to a select few artists/songs, I don't think it would be such a good bargain. You'd be better off purchasing those on their own for a deal in the long-run. 

If you don't want to pay for Spotify, you can still listen for free (unlike Apple Music) with only the pain of ads every song or so. This is more of a radio like Pandora than the paid version where you can play anything at any time with no ads. You cannot save songs offline this way to play in the car (with no data used, I mean), but it is a good option for those who do not want to pay.

The only thing I'm not a fan of is the connectivity to iTunes. When I owned a song on iTunes, I couldn't play it in my Spotify even though it claimed to give me the option. This is more annoying than anything. To fix this issue, I turned off that sync option and listened to the song on Spotify (unless the song was not on there, in which I'd just put the song on my phone or iPod). 

Overall, I like Spotify over any other music app and would suggest it to anyone looking for a music app. 
Review for MyFitnessPal - 1 year, 2 months ago
Techie Expert Level 1
My favorite fitness app! I choose this over any other health app to track my fitness for a few reasons:
1. It's free (unless you pay for premium, which I do not).
2. The ability to scan barcodes of foods makes it quick and easy to log foods.
3. Tracking for weight, inches, and the like in one place with a visual representation is helpful. I like being able to see my progress in the form of charts.
4. I can sync my FitBit app to it to transfer my activities and keep them all in one place. 
5. Challenges and rewards (badges) keep losing weight and being healthy fun and even more fulfilling. There is even an opportunity to win prizes.
6. The online community is great. Not only can you keep connected to your friends, you can find friends on the forums. I've only ever seen positivity in the community. 
7. User recipes as well as MyFitnessPal.com recipes on are the website. The app has the ability to save recipes for later. There are many free workouts, too. 
8. It gives suggestions of how much-in relation to your gender, weight, height, age, etc.-a person should consume in a day. These 'default' numbers of sodium, carbs, calories, etc. are customizable to your own preference, or you can keep the given suggestions. Everytime a food item is entered in the diary, it will either give a green (good) comment about the food (like "This item is high in protein!) or a red (bad) comment (like "This food is high in sodium. Your goal is to stay under #### grams.) depending on the food entered. This is one of my favorite features as it helps me keep on track. You can see your daily intake of what I previously mentioned being the 'default' numbers.

I have had an overall positive experience with the app (and the website). The only con I have would be some of the options may be hard to find if you've never used them. I had to Google how to keep recipes and track not only my weight (the default) but my measurements. I found they were easier to find than I thought, and after you learn where everything is hiding, it's not hard to get back there.

I would recommend this app to anyone looking for an app to keep track of your progress. My sister now uses it after I explained all that this app can do. The free version is sufficient for the average user like myself, but if you are more advanced and want more complex information and such, you can purchase premium. 
Review for Paypal - 1 year, 2 months ago
PayPal is my go-to form of payment online. I do a lot of online shopping, and having the ability to quickly pay for something without having to enter all my information every time is a joy. It's a safer bet, as well. I've never had a problem with PayPal, and I've never heard a bad thing from anyone else I know who uses it. 
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