Mary P.
Review for Dior Addict Lipstick Hydra-Gel Core Mirror Shine - 3 years, 4 months ago
Oh, Dior Addict Lip Glow, you had me at hello. This is a great product, and I don't say that about a lot of things. I'm a lip balm kind of gal -- I hate the feel of lipsticks and glosses. Lip Glow glides on smoothly and it doesn't feel sticky, waxy or heavy. It feels like it's not only moisturizing my lips, but also protecting them. I love the color it gives me -- not too pink, just a lovely, natural, youthful look. Supposedly it's a different color on different women. I don't need to apply it often like I do other lip balms as the moisturizing effect is long lasting. The obvious downside is the price. Normally I would be horrified at paying that much money for a lip balm, but I use it every day and it makes a huge difference. I like the way it makes my lips look, and oddly enough, that boosts my confidence level. A simple product, but a great one.
Review for Urban Decay Eyeshadow - 3 years, 5 months ago
Review for: Toasted more...
I can't get on the bandwagon along with everyone else in their enthusiasm for this eyeshadow. For me, it was okay. The positives: the color is lovely and blendable. It works for every day and for a night out. In fact, all of the Urban Decay shadows are beautiful and highly pigmented. I chose a couple, including Toasted, and had a hard time deciding on just two since there were so many options, many with just subtle differences between them. I'm all about choices. It goes on smoothly and has a nice sheen to it, though not sparkly. The negatives: I have oily eyelids, so it started to crease and slide off half-way through the day, even with primer. To be honest, I have yet to find a shadow that won't do that. The biggest kicker for me was that as it slid off into my eyes, it stung. I've only had that issue once or twice before with super cheap eyeshadows. Obviously, Urban Decay is not a cheap shadow, so I was surprised. It is pricey, but that alone doesn't normally sway me one way or the other. However, I have a similar palette from Maybelline (gasp!) that is far less expensive, doesn't sting my eyes, and has decent pigmentation. I'll use up the UD shadows that I have because 1) I spent a lot of money on them; and 2) they are the perfect shades for me. But perhaps I'll try a new primer.
Review for Neutrogena® Crease Proof Eye Shadow - 3 years, 5 months ago
I wanted to love this product. I really, really wanted to love it because it's so convenient. But unfortunately it had more checks in the negative column than it did in the positive. What I like -- it is so easy, quick and convenient to apply. No need for brushes, primers -- you could probably even apply it without a mirror. What I didn't like -- the color is very sheer. Even applying multiple layers didn't help much. I was disappointed that the shadow isn't as shimmery as it appears in the tube. In fact, there isn't much oomph to it (I have the lasting taupe) at all. I have oily skin, so like every other eyeshadow and primer I've tried, this too slides off halfway through the day. Also, if you are a contact lens wearer, you might want to apply it before inserting your contacts; pressing the tube against your eyelid can move things around. I will still continue to use the tube I have. I often use it as a base and apply powder shadows on top of it. And it's something I can easily keep in my purse and not have to worry about it creating a huge mess, and it's easy enough to reapply throughout the day. I would give it another try if there were more colors to choose from, but alas, the colors selection is limited. Overall...meh.
Review for It's a 10® Miracle Leave-In Conditioner Product - 3 years, 6 months ago
This is the only product that I've come across that can detangle a 7-year-old's super tangly hair without causing tears and anguish -- from either one of us. It leaves hair smooth and manageable, but I can't stand the smell! It has a very strong smell that lingers. For that reason, it's an okay product to use occasionally. I'll opt for better smelling conditioners. My daughter doesn't complain about it though, so I'll continue to use it on her.
Review for bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder - 3 years, 7 months ago
I used to use Bare Minerals powder foundation along with Mineral Veil, but I found myself foregoing the foundation and just using the Veil. I have uber-oily skin and Mineral Veil can control it without getting cakey. When I use the foundation with it, however, by the end of the day my face would have hills and valleys where the foundation would cake. Not a cute look. I have quite fair skin, so Mineral Veil looks fairly natural on me. I go back and forth with Mineral Veil and other products depending on the weather, where I'm going and how oily my skin is on a given day. I'll dust it on lightly, and it actually feels good on my skin.
If Laura Hillenbrand wrote the phone book, it would be a page turner. She takes a subject that might not be everyone's cup of tea and turns it into a riveting story that reads like a novel. If non-fiction isn't your thing, give this book a chance. You'll be entertained, and chances are, you'll learn something about World War II, American prisoners of war, and the human spirit along the way.

Louis Zamperini almost seems like a fictional character because he is so talented, heroic, strong willed and yes, even lucky. His amazing story will stay with you for a long time after reading Unbroken. Hillenbrand brings him alive and makes you feel like you are with him every frightening, heart-stopping step of the way. Clearly, she goes above and beyond when researching for a book, but it doesn't read like a scholarly dissertation. It was an enjoyable read and a truly unbelievable story.
Review for stila Illuminating Powder Foundation - 3 years, 7 months ago
Review for: 30 Watts more...
So easy and quick to use! Use the Stila foundation brush or use a nice fluffy flat brush to simply swirl on as much or as little coverage as you need. Keep swirling for more coverage. I love that it's easy, not messy, and stays put, even on my uber-oily skin. Because my skin is so oily, sometimes I will put a little pressed powder on top of the foundation. Either way, it's not drying on my skin. It does provide fairly sheer coverage -- you don't want to swirl on too much. It's super quick to apply, so if you face the morning dilemma of either taking the time to apply foundation or having a cup of coffee, you can do both. This takes literally 20 seconds. The 30 Watt is for somewhat fair skin. It does a great job of not only covering my redness, but also blending with my natural skin tone. I love powder foundations because I think they do provide a much more natural look and you don't have to be an expert make-up artist to do so. It's a little pricey, but worth it.
Review for Katy Perry Killer Queen Eau de Parfum - 3 years, 7 months ago
I'm probably the oldest member of Influenster, so I should probably be embarrassed to admit that I wear...and love Katy Perry's perfume. (I'm pretty sure I'm not their target consumer.) It lasts long, is a bargain as far as perfume goes, and smells fabulous. It doesn't smell like a cheap perfume, though. I usually get sick of a fragrance as the day wears on, but this stuff is intoxicating. I don't find it too strong, but it's not too light either. I love the bottle, too, but don't expect it to stand up on your dresser. If you don't want to spend $100+ on perfume but still want to smell great, try it out! And to all of my younger friends -- yes, I know who Katy Perry is.
Keeps your bathroom clean without altering your chromosomes! Clean, sanitized bathrooms are a must in my house, but I'm not a fan of pumping toxic chemicals all over to get the job done. I want a product that is safe for my family and the environment, and one that truly cleans the bathroom. I like the Green Works line of products because they seem relatively harmless in terms of chemicals and toxicity, they smell pleasant (won't make your eyes tear up!), and they effectively remove the grunge that builds up ever so quickly. It does a great job of cleaning the sink, tub and around the toilet. I love the Green Works toilet bowl cleaner and that's all I use now. We have our own septic system, and I'm very careful not to purchase products with bleach which can harm the system. I'm kind of a fanatic about cleaning the bathrooms, so they never get too gross. I imagine that with a little bit of elbow grease, Green Works could handle a frat house bathroom that hadn't been cleaned in a year. I don't want to be the one to test that theory out though....

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