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Cathy Belcher

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

Photo by Tony J

Name: Cathy Belcher
Age: 64
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.

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