Suzi H.
Review for NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color - 4 years, 8 months ago
The NYC Expert Last line of lipsticks is a great way to try new colors at an affordable price. At my local drugstore, the lipsticks run between $2-$3 after tax.

I've tried two colors so far: "Berry Me" and "Forever Fuchsia". I find that one coat is enough for me - the color is pretty saturated!

It isn't a lipstick that stays put - a little bit transfers every time I take a sip of water or accidentally brush my lips with a fingertip. I'm a chronic snacker, so I have to reapply every couple of hours. The packaging is also of poor quality - the lid has a tendency to pop off in my makeup bag, and the lipstick doesn't retract so I've had a few instances where smears of the lipstick get on my hands and other makeup items.

But as an inexpensive way to try new colors, these are fantastic!
Review for Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick - 4 years, 9 months ago
Although I liked this particular hot pink shade, I found the liquid lipstick formula to be pretty drying and the application was fairly streaky. I had to spend a frustrating amount of time blending the color to make it even.
You know, there aren’t nearly enough blackcurrant flavored things available in America. I guess we Americans like our sweet flavors, and blackcurrants are more tart and less sugary than strawberries or blackberries. But when blended with raspberry flavoring, as it is in Red Rose Tea’s new water enhancer, the blackcurrant has a rich sweetness that is very pleasant. This almost like real tea, but it’s definitely a doctored flavor, like the drinker added several lumps of sugar before passing the cup to you. Well, cane sugar is the second ingredient, so no surprise there. Still, that distinctive black tea flavor is definitely there. It'll do in a pinch when I want instant ice tea, but brewing proper tea leaves will always taste better with stronger, more naturalistic flavors.
This drink is sweet and creamy in a way that reminds me of chocolate milk, but with that slight bitterness that comes from the coffee. It is a very slight bitterness, though - if you're not into sweet beverages, this breakfast shake will not appeal to you! But if you do like Starbucks Frappucinos and other heavily doctored coffee drinks, you might really like the richness of the Chocolate Mocha flavor.

I had hoped that these drinks would be filling enough that it could work as a meal substitute, but it didn't quite work. I drank one on my way to work, and two hours later I was so hungry that I couldn't concentrate. I had to eat a small snack to carry me through 'til lunchtime.

As bottled coffee drinks go, I'd say that the Chocolate Mocha Breakfast Shake from Kellogg's falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. It's not the best out there, but it's far from the worst. As a meal replacement, it's less effective, but maybe if you're used to skipping breakfast anyway it's enough.

I received a free sample of Special K Coffee House Breakfast Shake from BzzAgent.
Review for Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Conditioner - 5 years, 1 month ago
I have waist-length wavy-to-curly hair, and with hair this long breakage is an inevitable problem. Anything that can help strengthen my hair is worth trying! I was really pleased with Carol’s Daughter Monoi Conditioner (as used with the shampoo from the same product line).

The conditioner has a light fragrance. It didn’t really linger in my hair after I rinsed it out, which was really nice. The conditioner isn’t so thick or greasy that it weighs the hair down, either. It washes out very easily, but manages to leave enough moisture behind to make a difference in the hair’s texture.

When I was combing my hair after the shower, I was pleased by how soft and silky my hair felt. As it air-dried, I was pleased to see that my hair wasn’t frizzing nearly as much as usual.

I’ve already added the conditioner and its matching shampoo to my shopping cart, to be purchased when my current supply runs out. Carol’s Daughter Monoi Conditioner is definitely worth the price.
Review for Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Sulfate-Free Shampoo - 5 years, 1 month ago
I have waist-length wavy-to-curly hair, and with hair this long breakage is an inevitable problem. Anything that can help strengthen my hair is worth trying! I was really pleased with Carol’s Daughter Monoi Shampoo.

The shampoo has a pleasant fragrance that seemed a bit strong when I first opened the bottle, but it was hardly noticeable after my shower. It left my hair feeling clean, even though it doesn’t lather much.

When I was combing my hair after the shower, I was pleased by how soft and silky my hair felt. As it air-dried, I was pleased to see that my hair wasn’t frizzing nearly as much as usual.

I’ve already added the shampoo and its matching conditioner to my shopping cart, to be purchased when my current supply runs out. Carol’s Daughter Monoi Shampoo is the real deal!
I like this olive oil soap a lot. It isn't drying and the fragrance, which admittedly isn't the most pleasant thing I've ever smelled, doesn't linger on the skin at all. Great for people with dry skin or a sensitivity to perfumes!
Review for NARS Bronzer Duo - 5 years, 2 months ago
When I first discovered this shade of Nars blush, I fell in love. It may have a racy name, but the blush is hardly scandalous! The pink color is very subtle, works with most skin tones, and gives the wearer a very subtle, healthy-looking glow. When paired with the bronzer, which helps define the contours of the face, it's a fantastic combination. LOVE IT!
Review for Michaels - 5 years, 2 months ago
I shopped at Michaels all the time when I was growing up. Whenever I had to make an art project for school, like a poster or a diorama, they had whatever I needed! But as I got older and took art studio classes in college, Michaels could no longer fulfill all my needs. The oil and acrylic paints that they stock are middling quality, at best, and the selection is minimal. They also rarely carry brushes in the variety and quality that I seek. But if I'm desperate, I can count on Michaels to have some version of what I need to tide me over until I can go to a specialty art store and get the real thing.

But again, when I'm looking for crafting stuff Michaels is a huge help. The ones near me have a decent supply of things like construction paper, threads and yarn, and scrapbooking supplies. It's a fun place to look around and get ideas.
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