Stephanie F.
Review for NYX HD Eye Shadow Base - 4 years, 11 months ago
I haven't tried too many eyeshadow primers, but I have tried the Lorac Behind the Scenes, which many people seem to like. I read this from NYX gives you the most bang for your buck, and I am extremely impressed. This blew Lorac out of the water. I like that it has a doe-foot applicator, it makes my morning routine easy. I have very oily eyelids (I can't even wear cream shadows with a primer), and my powder shadow didn't show any signs of creasing until 6-8 hours after application. Consistently. It's a great product, and so inexpensive. I really don't think I'd ever even sample anything else.
Review for OGX® Coconut Milk Shampoo - 4 years, 11 months ago
If I could eat this shampoo, I would. If you buy it for nothing else, buy it for the smell.

I have an oily scalp, so I've always avoided products that claim to hydrate or provide extra moisture. They normally leave my hair greasy after only a few hours into my day. This shampoo doesn't do that. It does leave my hair more silky than if I'd used a clarifying shampoo, but my scalp never felt overly greasy, and my hair never felt particularly weighed down while I was using it. I picked it up because my hair isn't as dense as it used to be; it's not necessarily thinning, but I don't think it's growing at the rate it did when I was younger. I thought a "nourishing" shampoo, as this bottle claims, would help keep my hair healthy and prevent more breakage. This one specifically claims to promote elasticity. I like that it contains coconut oil, as I've had great luck with that balancing out my scalp. Even better, it contains none of the "methyls" I look for in shampoo ingredients lists (I heard -- but not sure if it's true -- that some of those ingredients could potentially cause hair loss). I think this shampoo actually did a decent job of what it claims to do. I don't think it's miraculous, but I liked it much more than I was expecting to. I've already repurchased it.
Review for Yes To Carrots Scalp Relief Shampoo - 5 years, 6 months ago
I bought this because it doesn't have methylisothiazolinone in it, which I thought could possibly be contributing to my dermatitis (because nothing else made sense, so why not?). I've been using it for about a week, and so far I really like this shampoo a lot. The smell is great -- it really does kind of smell like carrots! But it's also got tea tree oil in it, which smells really fresh and is great for your hair. Tea tree oil for whatever reason tends to tangle my hair more easily, so I have to use a pretty moisturizing conditioner on the ends. I have an oily scalp, and it hasn't done much for that...my hair still gets greasy after 12 hours, but I've had that problem all my life. It's also not a shampoo that claims to solve that issue -- it's for scalp relief. It lathers well (there is a sulfate in it) and just feels great. Surprisingly, I think it has relieved my scalp more so than the anti-dandruff shampoos I'd been using. It's a little expensive at $7.99 a bottle, but it is 99% natural. I prefer this over the Organix brand. Can't wait to try more from the "Yes to" line!
Review for Neutrogena® Mineral Sheers Loose Powder Foundation - 5 years, 7 months ago
I might be biased from the beginning because I picked the wrong shade for myself, and that's probably the reason I don't always reach for it -- so choose carefully if you're buying! It looks darker in the pan than it does on your face.
It also feels a little rough to me -- and the finish is pretty powdery, and clings to dry patches. I find that it blends better with a brush than the sponge that they give you (which, by the way, soaked up ALL the gross oil on my face during a touch-up). But even so, it's just not the best texture and doesn't have the best blendability.
Another weird thing is that I made a dent in the product after only a few weeks. I'm not sure how much product you get, but I thought it was the standard amount...seemed weird to me that I went through so much in so short a time, when I don't really do touch-ups more than once or twice a day.
Also wondering about the ingredients -- it says "mineral," but it still contains parabens. Maybe I don't understand what mineral really means?
So I have this powder in my "emergency makeup" bag, which is basically my travel bag. I don't think I'd repurchase.
Review for Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel - 5 years, 7 months ago
This little guy keeps my toilet looking and SMELLING cleaner, longer (no, I'm not reading a script!). Every flush sends some of the gel swirling around the bowl. The best part is the visual cue -- when it melts away, I know it's time to give the bowl a good, deep clean again. It took me one or two times to figure out the applicator, but once I did, it's so easy and discreet. What a fantastic innovation. Makes cleaning the toilet...fun??
Review for Dior Dior Addict Eau Sensuelle - 5 years, 7 months ago
Perfume is such a personal thing to review. Everyone reacts differently to different scents; and different perfumes somehow always smell a little different on everyone. This perfume is one of my favorites. I'm hard to please when it comes to florals -- can't stand freesia, for instance, and it seems to be in almost EVERYTHING. Not this! The lilac and jasmine really stand out to me, making it smell fresh and sweet without being sickly so. It's more of a springtime/summer scent, but I could really wear it every day of the year. I think it would transition well from day to evening because I don't notice the scent changing much throughout the day, or even from the bottle to my skin. It's purple, so obviously I love it just for that. The only con is the spray nozzle -- it's a bit difficult to get a fine mist from it.
Review for Urban Decay Naked Flushed - 5 years, 7 months ago
The quality of the blush, bronzer, and highlighter in this trio is fab -- very long-wearing and so soft. But if you have lighter skin, be sure you try it out before you make the purchase (or buy it from a store that you know will accept a return). I do have light skin with neutral-cool undertones, and against my better judgment picked this up. It's just so pretty. Of course, the color payoff is freaking WARM (but gorgeous), and the shimmer tends to travel from the highlighter to the matte bronzer -- not great for my oily skin with the big pores. But I really do love it, even though it's not a great match for me...so I've found a way to apply it with the lightest of light hands. It does oxidize on me after a few minutes as well, so keep that in mind during your application. I also prefer to apply it in natural light; that way I can see what I'll look like in the real world. I'm just such a huge fan of the trio -- I love it when my makeup is practical and organized. I love that I can use it for contouring, or swirl the colors together to create an all-over glowing look. The size of the palette is great, and would be so easy to travel with. You get a lot of product, too. This will last me a few summers for sure.
Review for Aveeno® Clear Complexion Bb Cream Fair to light - 5 years, 7 months ago
This BB cream has worked really well for me. I don't like a lot of coverage on my face, because I want to look like me. However, I do like to look overall even-toned. I think this BB cream does that pretty well for my skin tone and type. I've got light-colored, oily skin and this seems to hold up for about 5-6 hours on me.
I like that it has an SPF of 30 (that's what I normally use on my face). It is heavily fragranced when you first put it on, but the smell fades eventually. Personally, I think the best part about it is the scent. It smells soapy to me, and clean. I hardly smell the SPF.
I don't break out very much anymore (usually only hormonal breakouts here and there), and I didn't see a difference in that after using this BB cream. I didn't break out any more than usual, but not any less than usual either.
The texture/consistency is thicker than a tinted moisturizer, but a little still goes a long way. It's very easy to blend (I just use my fingers). It does have some shimmer to it, which I don't completely mind, but I know for some people that's a dealbreaker. I've only seen it in the "fair to light" color, so if you're medium-toned, this probably won't work for you.
The packaging is nice and sturdy. It comes with a pump, which I love. You also get a lot of product - about 1.5 oz. Worth the money in my book!
The only negative -- and it's kind of a big one -- is that this will stain fabrics. It says it right on the bottle, and it's true. I haven't had a problem with my clothes while wearing it, but you have to be very careful after washing your face, or use old washcloths and towels. I stained a good many after washing my face at night.
Overall, I think it's a good product for what it is and for the price. It's not meant to replace your foundation, but I like that it does seem to give a little more coverage than your average tinted moisturizer. And the scent is still the bomb. Despite the risk of staining all my towels, I'll be buying this again.
Review for Neutrogena® Healthy Volume® Mascara - 5 years, 7 months ago
This has been one of the best drugstore mascaras I've ever tried. I'll start this by saying I have very long eyelashes, but they've been thinning out as I get older. This mascara makes me feel like me. I buy it in the brown shade, and it's just dark enough to give my lashes the oomph they need, but also keeps them natural-looking enough for everyday wear. In between tubes, I tried out another brand of (what I thought was) well-reviewed mascara -- and couldn't believe how drying it was compared to the Neutrogena! I can literally wear the Neutrogena Healthy Volume for 8 hours and forget I have it on. I haven't had it clump or stick as much as other brands, and it's a very buildable formula. The wand has a bristle brush, and is on the larger side...I don't have a problem applying to the corners or lower lash line, but that may be because of my longer lashes. The mascara can smudge just a tad depending on several factors (weather, skin type, etc.), but I've never had a problem with flaking. Will definitely keep repurchasing.

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