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Cathy Belcher

Feb 23, 2017 03:21PM ● Published by Caley Breese

Name: Cathy Belcher
Age: 65
Location: Edgewater
Favorite brands: Maybelline, L'Oréal, and Revlon
Desert island item: Mascara

PRODUCT REVIEWS

Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique, $43

For more information, visit http://www.kerastase-usa.com/ciment-thermique/CTH0000.html

What I liked most about the product was its texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: Non-greasy, easy to use

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Softened and detangled my hair

I followed instructions for this product: I did my own version of the instructions.              
Comments: I used it alone and then with a gel.  I preferred the product when used alone.

If I was making this product, I would change: Price point.
Comments: Good product but on the expensive side.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.
Comments: Very satisfied with how my hair feels.
 
I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: A little goes a long way, so will not need to buy for a while.

Anything else you would like to add? I also loved the fragrance when applying. However, the smell did not stay in my hair when dry.


Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair Mask, $28.60 at The Temple in Annapolis

For more information, visit https://www.paulmitchell.com/our-products/paul-mitchell/ultimate-color-repair/ultimate-color-repair-mask/

What I liked most about the product was (other).
Comments: Specifically made for color-treated hair.
 
This product met my expectations.
Comments: My hair felt softer after doing the deeper conditioning, by wrapping my hair in a warm towel for 15 minutes and also applying some heat with my blow dryer.
 
I followed instructions for this product: I did my own version of the instructions.              
Comments: The instructions called for wrapping hair in a warm towel or apply heat. I did both.
 
If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments: Good product for the price.
 
I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly.
Comments: This product requires you to leave it on for 5 to 15 minutes.  Some days it is difficult to find that time.
 
I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: It is always nice to have a selection of products in your cupboard to choose from.
 
Anything else you would like to add? 


Dermalogica Dry Skin Essentials - 3 Steps to Healthy Skin, $40

For more information, visit http://www.dermalogica.com/dry-skin-kit/99,default,pd.html 

What I liked most about the product was (other).
Comments: The second step - Daily Microfoliant was a dry powder that you dispense into wet hands and rub together to create a creamy paste and then apply to face in circular motions for 1 minute.  My skin felt so soft and clean after.
 
This product met my expectations.
Comments: I liked the first two steps of the three steps.  The third step - Intensive Moisture Balance was too greasy for my skin. 
 
I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: The instructions were very clear and easy to follow.
 
If I was making this product, I would change: Texture.
Comments: I would make the Intensive Moisture Balance Less Greasy, so it would absorb into the skin better.
 
I would recommend this product to a friend: Somewhat.
Comments: I would recommend these 3 products to someone with extremely dry skin but not to someone with combination or oily skin.
 
I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: I would definitely consider buying the Daily Microfoliant, if it can be purchased without the other two products.

Anything else you would like to add? The first step—Essential Cleansing Solution lathers beautifully.


L’Occitane En Provence Crème Radieuse Hydration Cream, $44

For more information, visit http://usa.loccitane.com/angelica-hydra-vital-cream,82,1,29278,263894.htm

What I liked most about the product was its texture, or product when applied.
Comments: Absorbed into my skin beautifully.
 
This product met my expectations.
Comments: I was disappointed that sunscreen was not included in the product, so I had to apply it after.
 
I followed instructions for this product: What instructions?
Comments: I was not sure if this was a face or a body product. I had to research it online.
 
If I was making this product, I would change: Consistency.
Comments: I would add sunscreen.
 
I would recommend this product to a friend: somewhat.
Comments: It did apply nicely but I had to add a second step with sunscreen.
 
I am _________ this product: Not willing to invest in.
Comments:

Anything else you would like to add? 


100% Pure Lotion Vanilla Bean Nourishing Body Cream, 
$19

For more information, visit https://www.100percentpure.com/products/vanilla-bean-nourishing-body-cream

What I liked most about the product was its aroma.
Comments: Wonderful fragrance.
 
This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Not only was the fragrance wonderful, it lasted a long time.
 
I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: Sorry, I did not realize that we were reviewing the sample products, so I used and threw out the package. I am not sure if there were instructions or not.
 
If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments: Loved the product.
 
I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.
Comments: If this is your fragrance, then you will love it too.
 
I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments:

Anything else you would like to add? 


Coastal Salt & Soul Ocean Gardenia Body Butter, $35

For more information, visit https://www.coastalsaltandsoul.com/ocean-gardenia.html

What I liked most about the product was its texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: Non-greasy feel when applied.

This product met my expectations.
Comments: Ocean Gardenia is not the best fragrance for me.
 
I followed instructions for this product: What instructions?         
Comments: However, instructions were not required.
 
If I was making this product, I would change: Price point.
Comments: Seemed a little pricy for the quantity and how much is needed each use.
 
I would recommend this product to a friend: Somewhat.
Comments: Absorbs quickly and deeply hydrating.
 
I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: But would be a different fragrance.
 
Anything else you would like to add? Even though this fragrance is not to my taste, it did last a long time on my body.


Besame Lipstick, color-Merlot, $22

For more information, visit https://besamecosmetics.com/products/merlot-lipstick

What I liked most about the product was its packaging.
Comments: Beautiful case in gold with red design. If you have a bag of lipsticks, like I do, this one stands out and is easy to find.
 
This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Long-lasting, absorbs well, moisturizing.
 
I followed instructions for this product: What instructions?         
Comments: No instructions are required.
 
If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments: Very good product as is.
 
I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.  
Comments:
 
I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: In other shades.

Anything else you would like to add? I also liked the shape of the lipstick itself—the angled tip used to line the lips first and then the flat edge to fill in the lips.


Sase Skincare Travel Simply –Travelux Face Care Set, $52

For more information, visit https://fiafini.com/product/sase-travelux-skincare-set-sase-travel-duo/ 

What I liked most about the product was its packaging.
Comments: How convenient is this!! Two small products cover all your face care needs when travelling.
 
This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Two carry-on the plane sized products covered cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating mask, moisturizing, and a serum for your face, neck, and eyes.
 
I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.           
Comments: Easy to follow instructions on back of each product. 
 
If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments: Great product for travelling.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.
Comments: If you travel, you need products to simplify your life.
 
I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: As soon as I finish what I currently have.

Anything else you would like to add? This is a definite need for people who travel. 


Circ Cell Red Algae Clarifying Masque, $70

For more information, visit https://www.circcell.com/ecommerce/red-algae-clarifying-masque-50ml/

What I liked most about the product was its color.
Comment: Almost the same color as your own skin, so you do not have that green Martian look that some other masques have.
 
This product met my expectations.
Comments: My skin felt soft and smooth after.
 
I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: No instructions.
 
If I was making this product, I would change: Aroma.
Comments: It had a strong astringent like aroma that did not fade after being on the skin for a while.
 
I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly.   
Comments: 
 
I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: When my current bottle runs out.
 
Anything else you would like to add? It dries quickly and is easy to remove. 


Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner,
price varies per size

For more information, visit https://unwash.com/product/bio-cleansing-conditioner/

 What I liked most about the product was its (other).
Comment: Can wash your hair everyday with this product and you will not dry out your hair.
 
This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: I was a little skeptical at first when the product did not lather, but it left my hair clean and soft.
 
I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments:
 
If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments: Even though it does not suds, I could get used to the no lather.
 
I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.     
Comments: 
 
I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments:
 
Anything else you would like to add? Eliminating the conditioning step in the shower saves not only time but money.  


Measurable Difference Eyeshadow, 
$19.99

For more information, visit https://www.measurabledifference.com/measurable-difference-wink-wink-12-piece-eyeshadow-set

What I liked most about the product was its texture, or product feel when applied.
Comment: Stayed put all day.
 
This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Did not crease.
 
I followed instructions for this product: What instructions?
Comments: but none were needed.
 
If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments: was very easy to apply.
 
I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.    
Comments: 
 
I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: in other colors.

Anything else you would like to add?   


The Original Beauty Blender,
$20

For more information, visit http://www.beautyblender.com/beautyblender-original-single-112.html

What I liked most about the product was its (other).
Comments: Shape - the larger rounded end was great for larger areas of the face and the pointed end was the perfect size for smaller areas of the face, like around your eyes.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: I have always used my finger to blend my makeup, but this Beauty Blender is not only quick to use and creates a seamless, flawless coverage.

I followed instructions for this product: I did my own version of the instructions.
Comments: Not only did I use the Beauty Blender for my foundation and blush, I also used it for my concealer and eye makeup.

If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments: The size, with its rounded and pointed ends, is perfect to quickly apply all your makeup in all the areas of your face.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.
Comments: Your finished look is so much more blended and natural using the Beauty Blender.

I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: Need to have a spare on hand, just in case something happens to this one.

Anything else you would like to add?  Great product. Would recommend highly.


LashControl Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara, $18

For more information, visit http://www.lashcontrol.com/mascara-formulas/black-lengthening-mascara.php

What I liked most about the product was its (other).
Comments: The pink squeeze section of the mascara.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Wow!!  This is the mascara I have been looking for all my makeup life.  The pink squeeze portion, when squeezed around the wand as you are removing it, eliminates all the excess mascara on your wand.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: Easy to follow instructions.

If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments: Product is great as is and very reasonably priced.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.
Comments: Really, it does work.  My lashes have never been this clump free.

I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: They also have a Purple Squeeze Lash Control Mascara for volumizing and conditioning your lashes that I have to try.  The pink Squeeze that I currently have is for lengthening and conditioning.

Anything else you would like to add?  The squeeze portion also works great on all your other mascara wands to remove their excess product.


Doucce Mineral Matte Lipstick in Fuchsia, $20

For more information, visit https://www.doucce.com/product/lips/mineral-matt-lip-stick/

What I liked most about the product was its packaging.

Comments: Tube has 3 flat sides and one rounded side.  On the middle flat side is a bump that locks the cover on the lipstick, so it will not come open in your purse.

This product met my expectations.
Comments: long lasting and moisturizing.

I followed instructions for this product: What instructions?
Comments: No instructions are required.

If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments: Very nice, matte textured lipstick.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly.
Comments: It did not feather or fade.

I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: Would like to try their other colors.

Anything else you would like to add? This lipstick is infused with Vitamin E and SPF 10.


NOTE Sunglow Foundation in 10, $11.95
 
For more information, visit https://notecosmetics.com/products/sunglow-foundation?variant=21962623111

What I liked most about the product was its texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: Texture is lightweight and silky and instantly blends into your skin.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: It gives your skin a healthy and natural glowing suntan.

I followed instructions for this product: I did my own version of the instructions. 
Comments: The only instructions were regarding using this product in relation to sun exposure. There were no instructions on how to apply the product.

If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments: Very good product for such a low price point.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments: When in a rush, this can be a one-step product.  No need for blush, a highlighter or anything else.  It looked that good.

I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: Other products in the Note line.

Anything else you would like to add? This product can also be used as a highlighter and is good for all skin types including sensitive skin.


SkinWellnessMD® Collagen & HA Complex Cream, $74

For more information, visit https://www.skinwellnessmd.com/product-page/collagen-ha-complex-cream

What I liked most about the product was its Texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: After applying, my face felt silky smooth.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: A rich night cream that absorbs quickly and is not greasy.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments:

If I was making this product, I would change: Price point.
Comments:  A little pricy, but a great product.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.  
Comments:

I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: When my current jar is finished.

Anything else you would like to add? Love the pump applicator and the fact there is no fragrance to disturb your sleep.


Mirai Clinical Purifying & Hydrating Face Wash,
$25

For more information, visit https://www.miraiclinical.com/product/purifying-hydrating-face-wash-with-astaxanthin-green-tea/

What I liked most about the product was its Texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: Not at all drying on the skin and does not sting eyes.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Not sudsy and easy to rinse off.

I followed instructions for this product: I did my own version of the instructions.
Comments: Sometimes I would wet my face first before applying and sometimes I would wet my face after.  Both got the same results.

If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments:  Very nice product.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.  
Comments:  Great for sensitive skin.

I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: A very small amount is required each usage, so it will be awhile before I need to purchase a new bottle.

Anything else you would like to add? I like the airless pump bottle that ensures the purity and freshness of the product.


CAO Cosmetics Dual Lip and Cheek Palette in Darling, $18

For more information, visit https://www.caocosmeticsusa.com/shop/dual-lipcheek/

What I liked most about the product was its color.
Comments: Wonderful shade on me.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Easy to apply.  Instead of using a brush, I used my fingers to warm it up a bit, so it would smooth better.

I followed instructions for this product: What instructions?
Comments: No instructions were required.

If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments:  Loved the color. Price was reasonable.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.  
Comments: One product to do both your lips and cheeks.

I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: Love having my lips and cheeks coordinate.

Anything else you would like to add? Long-lasting finish. 


Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm in Naked, $2.99

 For more information, visit https://shop.drbronner.com/organic-lip-body-balms

What I liked most about the product was its texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: My lips feel smooth and moist.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Not greasy or sticky.

I followed instructions for this product: What instructions?
Comments: No instructions were needed.

If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments:  Like the fact that there was no flavor.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.  
Comments: What you put on your lips goes into your body.

I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: Need to keep extras in my purse, car etc. and give as gifts.

Anything else you would like to add? Can also be used to moisturize/heal chapped/dry skin anywhere on your body.


FIRST LIGHT The Serum by Ceramiracle, $89

For more information, visit https://www.ceramiracle.com/products/first-light-the-serum

What I liked most about the product was its: Consistency, or formulation.
Comments: A little goes a long way and it can be used alone or with a moisturizer.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Within days I saw an improvement to my overall complexion.  My skin seemed more radiant, toned, and younger looking.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: It is a little greasy, so I only used at night and with a moisturizer.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Texture.
Comments: Because it is a little greasy, I was only able to use it at night.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments:

I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: When my current bottle is finished, but that will not be for a while, as very little is used during each application.

Anything else you would like to add? The three patented key ingredients in this serum, (botanical extracts of Wakame cell culture, White lupin seed, and Phytoceramides) mimic the intense hydration and skin nourishing properties of the vernix (the substance that covers the skin of a baby at birth) to rejuvenate your skin and restore its baby softness and smoothness.


'ME' Peptide-Infused Nail Color (in Coat D'Amour) by Dermelect, $14

 For more information, visit http://dermelect.com/me-coat-damour-raspberry-rose/

What I liked most about the product was its: Other.
Comments: This nail polish is packed with vitamins and peptides, which claim to help strengthen, hydrate, and improve elasticity of weak nails.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Very smooth and creamy and flows evenly on the nail without running or pooling.

I followed instructions for this product: I did my own version of the instructions.
Comments: I did not use a base coat or top coat but still found this polish was chip free on my nails for days.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Nothing.
Comments: This polish is easy to apply and dries quickly.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments: You will love it. 

I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: This polish comes in 60 great shades.

Anything else you would like to add?  If the time required to paint your nails is an issue, this polish looked great after only one coat.


Paper Shower by Body Wipe Company, $8.95/12 count

For more information, visit https://www.bodywipecompany.com/product/wet-dry-body-wipe-paper-shower-fresh/

What I liked most about the product was its: Other.
Comments: The convenience of being able to clean yourself when soap and water are not available i.e. picnics, golfing, running, hiking, beaches, playgrounds, etc.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: The wet 10" X 12" towelette was big enough and wet enough to clean from my neck to my toes without my feeling like I need another wipe to complete the job.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: However, instructions were not really required.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Price point.
Comments: 12 count is $8.95 - A little pricey for everyday use, but very handy to have in your purse for on the go needs.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments: The wipes are very sturdy, are not soapy and do not leave any residue on your body.

I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: You never know when you might need one, so I plan on keeping some in my car as well.

Anything else you would like to add?  Each wet wipe has nourishing ingredients of Tocopheryl Acetate - Vitamin E and Aloe Barbadnesis Gel - Aloe Vera and are alcohol free.


Lumafirm Repair Cream by Pevonia
, $89.50

For more information, visit http://www.pevonia.com/lumafirm-repair-cream-lift-and-glow/

What I liked most about the product was its: Texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: This cream is not greasy and absorbs quickly.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: This cream is different than other repairs creams, in that you apply it after you cleanse and apply your moisturizer. It has a slight tint that duos it as a foundation/concealer as well as a repair cream.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: Easy to follow instruction.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Nothing.
Comments: This repair cream contains excellent ingredients like: Panthenol (Vitamin B5 which moisturizes and lubricates the skin); Kambucha (Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B12 which provides repairing benefits to the damaged parts of the skin) etc.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments: I feel my skin is brighter, smoother and looks fresher.

I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: I really like that I can repair and protect my skin with this lightweight, anti-aging repair cream.

Anything else you would like to add? This repair cream is stated to tighten the skin making it firm and get rid of wrinkles and fine lines - time will tell.


Loose Mineral Foundation SPF 50 by La Bella Donna, $58

For more information, visit https://www.labelladonna.com/collections/face/products/loose-mineral-foundation-spf-50?variant=21958...

What I liked most about the product was its: Texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: The more Loose Minerals you apply to your face, the more coverage you get, and it feels like you are wearing nothing at all.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: This product is good for all skin types and for all ages.

I followed instructions for this product: I did my own version of the instructions.
Comments: I tried the Loose Minerals all over my face and neck and then tried it on my eyelids.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Nothing.
Comments: This product comes in 13 different shades and corrects all skin challenges including acne, rosacea, broken capillaries, hyperpigmentation and reactive/sensitive prone skin, while nourishing, healing and protecting the skin from UVA and UVB rays.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments: The Loose Minerals provides long lasting color that does not crease, fade or wear away and is quick to apply.

I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: You do not need much product to cover your entire face and neck, so it will be awhile before I need to buy more.

Anything else you would like to add? This product contains Micronized Titanium Dioxide, a non-chemical sun protection SPF 50, that provides a natural barrier to UVA and radiation without irritation, burning or stinging, and lasts all day, because it is not absorbed into the skin.


The After Flush (in La Fleur and Arancia) by Pottymints, $5/3-pack

 For more information, visit https://www.pottymints.com/collections/all-products

What I liked most about the product was its: Aroma.
Comments: Both the La Fleur and the Arancia di Capri fragrance were subtle and not at all overpowering.

This product met my expectations.
Comments: The fragrance from each table lasted for 2 to 3 flushes.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: I also put one in the guest bathroom before guests came over.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Price point.
Comments: A little pricy for the length of time that each mint lasts.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly. 
Comments: The mints are an eco-friendly way to eliminate personal bathroom odor.

I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: They are compact, individually packaged and easily fit in your pocket or purse for your travel needs.

Anything else you would like to add? These mints are septic tank-safe and also non-toxic, so not to worry if your pet is a toilet bowl drinker.


Neuro Care/Style Product Line by Paul Mitchell, price varies

For more information, visit https://www.paulmitchell.com/search.php?search_query=neuro%20care§ion=product&page=1

What I liked most about the product was its: Texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: The complete Neuro Care line consists of lather, rinse, repair, protect, and style. Each step preps your hair to achieve the ideal foundation for using thermal styling tools.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: When all 5 steps were complete, my hair felt soft and had a great shine.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: Easy to follow instructions.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Nothing.
Comments: John Paul Mitchell is known for his great hair products and this Neuro Care line is no exception.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments: The repair step adds a little time to your hair care routine (leave on 3 to 5 minutes or for extra hydration, leave on 10 to 15 minutes), but well worth the time spent.

I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: Not only does the Neuro Line protect against heat damage from thermal styling tools, but it also blocks humidity up to 8 hours and diminishes frizz.

Anything else you would like to add? The Neuro Care line has HeatCTRL technology that provides heat-activated thermal protection, helps prevent the cuticle from cracking and adds gloss, moisture and shine to your hair.


No More Years Eternal Radiance Biocellulose Sheet Mask by BioRepublic SkinCare, $10

For more information, visit https://www.biorepublic.com/products/no-more-years-eternal-radiance-biocellulose-sheet-mask

What I liked most about the product was its: Texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: This sheet mask is easy to use, no mess, fits snugly on the face and does not need to be rinsed off.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: The sheet mask was extremely moist and actually there was enough serum for a second mask in the same package.

I followed instructions for this product: I did my own version of the instructions.
Comments: The instructions said to leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, but I left it on for 45 minutes, because there was still so much moisture in the mask.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Price point.
Comments: $10.00 per sheet mask that you are recommended to use 2 -- 3 times per week is a bit pricey.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.
Comments: After using this sheet mask, my skin felt great - hydrated, moisturized and soft.

I am _________ this product:  Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: This is a great sheet mask to use before a special occasion.

Anything else you would like to add? This sheet mask delivers a powerful infusion of regenerating nutrients that is designed to slow the signs of aging.


Curl Addict Mascara by Luscious, $16

For more information, visit https://www.iloveluscious.com/products/curl-addict-mascara

What I liked most about the product was its: Other.
Comments: The curling brush/wand features luscious curves to wrap around each lash, including your lower lashes.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: This truly is clump-free mascara that defines and lengthens lashes without clumping. Easy to use on lower lashes also.

I followed instructions for this product: What instructions?
Comments: No instructions were required.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Nothing.
Comments: I love how the wand reaches even the outer ends of my eyes, because that area is hard to reach without messing up and ending with upper and lower lashes stuck together.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments: This mascara has a water resistant formula that is quick drying, smudge-proof, and sweat-proof.

I am _________ this product:  Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: This mascara is very reasonably priced.

Anything else you would like to add? One of the ingredients in this mascara is Keratin, a natural protein that is present in your hair/lashes. When extra Keratin is applied to your hair/lashes, it makes them softer and more manageable.


Lip Crème by Clove + Hallow (in Psych), $20

For more information, visit https://www.cloveandhallow.com/product/lip-creme-natural-organic-lipstick/

What I liked most about the product was its: Texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: This is a creamy, comfortable lip crème that does not dry out your lips.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Love how this lip crème feels and looks.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: Psych is an extremely bright/bold shade, so you can either swipe across your lips for full pigment or dab with your fingertips for a subtle wash of color.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Nothing.
Comments: Very impressed with how this lip crème maintained an even, smooth color for hours. Also love the magnetic closure on the case.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments: You will love how hydrating and moisturizing this lip crème feels.

I am _________ this product:  Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: I am anxious to try their other shades.

Anything else you would like to add? This lip crème is 91% natural and 24% organic and is cruelty free + vegan.


Rescue Balm by Air Repair Skincare, $12

For more information, visit https://airrepairskincare.com/products/rescue-balm-all-purpose-skin-salve-and-lip-balm

What I liked most about the product was its: Other.
Comments: The versatility of the Rescue Balm—it can be used on the lips, hands, face, cuticles, elbows or anywhere on the body, to alleviate dry, flaky skin instantly.

This product exceeded my expectations. 
Comments: The Rescue Balm locked in moisture for hours and made my lips feel very hydrated.

I followed instructions for this product: I did my own version of the instructions. 
Comments: The instructions are very general. In a nutshell, apply whenever and wherever to alleviate dry, flaky skin.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Nothing. 
Comments: This is an excellent product and has been called "The Swiss Army Knife of Beauty Products" because it has so many uses. It is a multi-tasking skin healer.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments: The Rescue Balm helps prevent trans-epidermal water loss, or the loss of water through the outermost layer of the skin, a primary cause of dry skin.

I am _________ this product:  Running right out to the store to buy. 
Comments: Since the Rescue Balm has so many areas on the body it can be used, the tube is not going to last long.

Anything else you would like to add? The key ingredients are Geranium (balances the senses, rejuvenates and promotes circulation); Lavender (antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, heals and repairs) and Sweet Almond Oil (a natural, nourishing moisturizer that contains Vitamin E and Shea Butter, which heals, soothes, protects and rejuvenates).


Natural Beauty Botanical Moisturizer by Jenetiqa, $70

For more information, visit http://jenetiqa.com/collection/collection-signature/natural-beauty-rs.html

What I liked most about the product was its: Texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: Natural Beauty Botanical Moisturizer is a light oil that absorbs quickly and is not greasy. It can be used alone or mixed with your daytime moisturizer.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: My skin felt hydrated all day long.

I followed instructions for this product: I did my own version of the instructions.
Comments: I applied a few drops on my face first and then applied my moisturizer on top, instead of mixing with my daytime moisturizer as per the instructions.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Consistency.
Comments: I would like to see it a little thicker. It has an eye dropper applicator that drips some of the product before you can get it to your face.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments: It is made with all natural ingredients, has no preservatives added, and is good for all skin types.

I am _________ this product:  Considering buying.
Comments: With only 2 to 3 drops used during each application, my one fl. Oz. bottle will last me a long time.


Anything else you would like to add? This product has some excellent ingredients in it - Sea Buckthorn Oil which is rich in Vitamin A, B1, B12, C, E, K and P and is known for its calming effects on the skin; D'Orientine S which has been clinically shown to have anti-wrinkle and antioxidant properties; Jasmine Oil which was used by the Ancient Greeks to help treat dry, brittle and dehydrated skin; Baobab Oil which contains Vitamin A, D, E and F, which help to rejuvenate damaged skin cells; and Argan Oil which balances out your skin's natural oil production and completely transforms the skin, making it look more radiant.



Hydra Cleanse Facial Cleanser by Pharmagel, price varies

For more information, visit https://www.pharmagel.net/collections/cleansers-toners/products/copy-of-30th-anniversary-bonus-hydra... 

What I liked most about the product was its: Texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: This is a mild, non-drying facial cleanser that is easy to apply and remove.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: I have sensitive skin and this cleanser was extra gentle and moisturizing.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: Easy to follow instructions.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Nothing.
Comments: Love this product. Due to the ingredient Aloe Vera, which has healing and soothing properties in addition to excellent moisturizing properties, my skin did not feel at all dry after using.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.
Comments: This cleanser is good for all skin types.

I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: A little goes a long way, so it will be awhile before I need to restock.

Anything else you would like to add? This cleanser is formulated with a rare combination of Oat Extract (which is deep penetrating, moisture retaining and healing) and Panthenol (which is an antioxidant that provides moisture and stimulates tissue repair).


Grape Seed Moisturizer by Merlot Skin Care, $17

For more information, visit https://www.merlotskincare.com/shop/grape-seed-moisturizer

What I liked most about the product was its: Texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: This moisturizer absorbs quickly and is non-greasy.

This product met my expectations.
Comments: The product contains zinc oxide for SPF protection but the label does not mention the SPF rating.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: Easy to follow instructions.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Packaging.
Comments: I would change the label to include the SPF rating.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly.
Comments: The ultra-gentle, lightweight formula leaves my skin feeling silky smooth.

I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: The smell is light-to-none and this moisturizer works as a good primer before applying makeup.


Anything else you would like to add? This moisturizer contains grape seeds, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps inhibit the aging process.


Nourishing Sugar Scrub in Coconut & Sugar by Scentbird, $18

For more information, visit https://www.scentbird.com/scrubs/coconut-sugar

What I liked most about the product was its: Aroma.
Comments: This scrub has a light, tropical and subtly sweet scent.

This product met my expectations.
Comments: The coconut shell particles and sugar grains are an amazing exfoliating material.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: What I did not realize was this scrub is also intended for other parts of your body, not just for your face.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Packaging.
Comments: I would make the label clearer that this scrub is for your body as well as your face.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly.
Comments: I have sensitive skin and found this scrub too rough for my face, but excellent on my legs, feet, elbows, knees etc.

I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: The texture of this scrub is perfect to get off all the dead skin and smooth out your body. It also rinses off easily.

Anything else you would like to add? This scrub contains Vitamin E and C, used to replenish moisture to dry, flaky skin.



Lash + Brow Primer & Thickener by Elke, $30

For more information, visit https://www.elkevonfreudenberg.com/shop/products/brow-groomers/brow-lash-thickener-and-primer/

What I liked most about the product was its: Other.
Comments: This primer & thickener is so versatile. It can be used alone or as a base coat on both your eye lashes and brows.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: This thickener thickens thin and sparse brow hairs and keeps thick, unruly brow hairs in place.

I followed instructions for this product: What instructions?
Comments: I went to their website to get the instructions.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Color.
Comments: This primer and thickener goes on whitish and dries to a matte clear. I would also like to see this product available in different brow and lash shades.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments: This primer and thickener really does amplify your lashes and brows with volume and length.

I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: Since this primer and thickener can also be layered between color products for extra thickness, I do not know how long my current tube will last and certainly do not want to run out of it.

Anything else you would like to add? This primer and thickener was developed to nourish and enhance your brows and lashes and can be worn alone at night as a conditioner.



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