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Beauty Review: Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner

Beauty Review: Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Shampoo and Conditioner

I have fine hair that is susceptible to buildup and getting oily, along with a dry scalp, which is not the greatest combination of things. My skin in general tends to be very sensitive, so it’s hard to find products that don’t irritate it. While I hate spending a fortune on personal care products, sometimes it’s important to spend some money to take care of yourself, and that’s what I did when I bought Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Shampoo and…

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Beauty Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Beauty Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

I got this as a free sample from Ulta when I finally restocked on some Paul Mitchell shampoo, and I have to say that I’m not impressed. I typically use the bareMinerals Prime Time foundation primer ($25/oz), which is smooth and silky and I feel like it provides a nice surface for my foundation to glide on over my face. Not so with the Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer, which I’m glad I didn’t actually purchase, because it’s more expensive than…

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Beauty Review: Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser

Beauty Review: Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser

This was another gift from my mother-in-law, who stocked me up with Clinique samples a few weeks ago. Now, this was great because I typically use the Neutorgena Cream Cleanser for my daily face wash, so I was interested to see how this compared. While Neutrogena makes no claims about being able to get all the makeup off your face by using it (which is good, because it certainly wouldn’t!), the Clinique cleanser claims to be able to remove long-wearing…

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Beauty Review: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

Beauty Review: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

My mother-in-law is a hero and picked up some Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief for me when a department store she visited was having a special. I’m not a huge fan of Clinique makeup — their foundation just doesn’t do it for me, and I haven’t found their products to be all that exciting, but this changes the game. This is a moisturizer that is intended to hyper-hydrate your skin for 24 hours. It’s supposedly made for all skin…

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Beauty Review: Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask

Beauty Review: Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask

This was very much a “meh” for me. While it’s a gentle face mask and certainly didn’t harm my skin, I really didn’t see any difference after I used it. The smell is DIVINE, but the texture is chunky with the fruits they put in it, which was kind of gross. Not my thing at all. It does what any sort of vitamin A/E infusion would do — make skin a little bit brighter and plumper, but for $62 for 3.3oz/100mL?…

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Beauty Review: Formula X Nail Polish Effects – Thunder

Beauty Review: Formula X Nail Polish Effects – Thunder

Sometimes, your nails need just a touch of glitter or something to complete the look. I love adding little effects (usually in the form of glitter) to my nail polish, and I thought I’d branch out and try this one. The Thunder Nail Polish Effect is very different than what I’m used to. It’s not metallic or glittery at all, it’s super matte, but I completely love it for what it is. It completely transformed my nails and while I…

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Beauty Review: Formula X Full Strength Nail Polish – Pink Prowess

Beauty Review: Formula X Full Strength Nail Polish – Pink Prowess

I love nail polish and recently started trying to build up my nail polish collection in an effort to save money by doing my nails myself — when Sephora  had a sale on these, I had to try them out! Unfortunately, Sephora recently stopped selling these, but you can find great deals for them right now on Ebay. I’m very neutral about this nail polish. While I think the color is fairly pretty, it’s sort of plain by itself. It’s…

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Beauty Review: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Beauty Review: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

I have always wanted to love dry shampoo, but I have never found a brand that worked for me; a lot of the drugstore shampoos, like Garnier Fructis or Herbal Essences, just didn’t work for my fine hair. They left too much residue, or left my hair with that sort of lank, unwashed feel to it, even though it didn’t look oily. Or, it tried to hard to smell “fresh” and had an overwhelming perfume-type odor. I resigned myself to…

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Beauty Review: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel

Beauty Review: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel

This daily peel is supposed to combat aging skin and wrinkles, and is also said to help with some acne. Basically, it uses 7 safe-to-use-at-home acids to exfoliate and smooth out your skin. It comes in pre-soaked pads, so you don’t need to measure anything, just pick up a pad, rub it on your face. Wait 2 minutes. Take a step 2 pad, rub that on your face. And voila! Beautiful skin. This stuff did work for me and didn’t…

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Beauty Review: Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser

Beauty Review: Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser

I love cream cleansers, because my skin has a tendency to be flaky, and I feel like these do the job while also keeping my skin a bit more moisturized than a normal gel cleanser would. The Korres Greek Yoghurt is super foamy and a small amount goes a long way — I just used a pea-sized drop and it worked for covering my entire face. It felt very gentle and silky against my skin, and my skin felt a…

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