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Valerie Smith

Feb 23, 2017 03:24PM ● Published by Caley Breese

Name: Valerie Smith
Age: 47
Location: Severna Park
Favorite brands: Dermalogica, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and Essie
Desert island item: Sunscreen!

PRODUCT REVIEWS

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-... 

What I liked most about the product was its aroma, texture, or product feel when applied.
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This product met my expectations.
Comments: My hair smells and feels fabulous! Deep conditioning that is not heavy. Left my hair feeling healthy and smooth.  Can always count on Paul Mitchell!

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
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If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
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I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly. 
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I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
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Kerastase Baume Double Je, 
$37

For more information, visit http://www.kerastase-usa.com/baume-double-je/BAUM001.html

What I liked most about the product was its aroma.
Comments: Smells fantastic!

This product met my expectations.
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I followed instructions for this product: What instructions?
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If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
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I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.
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I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
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Anything else you would like to add? Was so excited to try a Kerastase product, and this one did not disappoint!  If I had a short, sporty hair style I would be using this daily.  For my nearly-shoulder length, straight hair it is a bit heavy-feeling.  But the aroma makes it worth it!  Used sparingly along the ends and middle section of the hair, it creates body and depth, with a fabulous scent. Treat yourself!


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 texture, or product feel when applied, consistency, or formulation.
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This product met my expectations.
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I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
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If I was making this product, I would change: Price point.
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I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly. 
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I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
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Anything else you would like to add? 100% Pure products do an excellent job of pampering us while assuring us that we're using all-natural and often organic ingredients. This stuff is special!  If you like the aroma of vanilla, you'll love slathering this nourishing body cream on all parts rough and dry.  It is a real treat! Their prices are a bit high for me though.


Tan Towel Self-Tan Towelette, $29

For more information, visit http://www.tantowel.com/halfbodyclassic10pkforfairtomediumskintones.aspx

What I liked most about the product was its texture, or product feel when applied; color.
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This product exceeded my expectations.
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I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
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If I was making this product, I would change: Aroma.
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I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly.
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I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
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Anything else you would like to add? You know that very distinct fragrance of self-tanning products? I have yet to find a self-tanning product that does not have at least some subtle hint of this fragrance. Tan Towel does have it, but it is not there immediately, and it is not overpowering. This is a huge plus for me! This product really works. It left my skin feeling soft and glowing with more than just a hint of sunshine. It really brightened my spirits, as well as my complexion.

SELFIE Tan ‘n Go Sunless Instant Bronzer, $16

For more information, visit https://selfieglow.com/product/instant-body-bronze/

What I liked most about the product was its aroma.
Comments: Fragrance-free! No weird self-tan lotion smell.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: I am so sensitive to scents so I was thrilled to find that this product is fragrance-free. Also, it washes off which I found convenient.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
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If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
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I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly.
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I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
Comments: The product goes on sort of like a thin, lightweight gel and absorbs easily. The “tan” that results is subtle, not drastic. You can control the depth of the color by applying more if you’d like. It is fun!
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Coastal Salt & Soul Hand Cream
, $10
For more information, visit https://www.coastalsaltandsoul.com/products/heavenly-hand-cream.html 

What I liked most about the product was its packaging.
Comments: Packaging is pretty. Product is only so-so.

This product did not meet my expectations.
Comments: Hand cream should be moisturizing and easily absorbed, with little or no residue. This cream is not.

I followed instructions for this product: What instructions?
Comments: Smells nice, but it is nothing remarkable. 

If I was making this product, I would change: Consistency.
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I would recommend this product to a friend: Never. 
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I am _________ this product: Not willing to invest in.
Comments: The scent I tried is Mediterranean Citrus. Smells nice, but the product is just mediocre. I did not care for the way my hands felt after use. Not particularly functional.

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The Konjac Sponge Co. Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Facial Puff Sponge, $9.57
For more information, visit http://www.konjacspongecompany.com/shop/facial-sponges/konjac-bamboo-charcoal-facial-sponge-puff.htm... 

What I liked most about the product was its texture, or product feel when applied.
Comment: Have a mini facial every day!

This product met my expectations.
Comments: Softer, cleaner feeling skin!

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter. 
Comments: Natural face sponge, feels nice

If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
Comments: As promised, I feel like I just had a facial.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly.     
Comments: My face feels silky smooth, cleansed, and refreshed.

I am _________ this product: Considering buying. 
Comments: Made from the Konjac plant, developed by the Japanese, a clean, natural way to exfoliate every day. 

Anything else you would like to add? You may use this product with plain water or with your favorite facial cleanser.  It is gentle, natural, and effective. I enjoyed this quick, simple, pampering treat!


Measurable Difference Lash Amplifying Liquid Eyeliner, $11.99
For more information, visit https://www.measurabledifference.com/lash-amplifying-liquid-eyeliner-w-regenalash-black-pearl 

What I liked most about the product was its color.
Comment: Precise application thanks to the thin brush (think “felt tip marker,” only more wet).

This product met my expectations.
Comments: It claims that over time, the serum formula can help boost eyelash growth. But I have not use it long enough to measure such results.

I followed instructions for this product: I did my own version of the instructions. 
Comments: Been using liquid eyeliner for years. Fun to try a new product! 

If I was making this product, I would change: Texture.
Comments: I would make it a bit thicker. It’s very wet.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly.    
Comments: Great product. 

I am _________ this product: Considering buying.  
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Anything else you would like to add? I don’t necessarily know if I would use this product in the hopes of boosting my eye lash growth, but I would use this product for a flawless lined eyelid. It goes on easy, stays all day! Good stuff!


FATCO Fat Stick All-Over Moisturizer,
$10

For more information, visit https://www.fatco.com/fat-stick#?offset=0&limit=4

What I liked most about the product was its aroma.
Comments: Smells great, all natural, not greasy.

This product met my expectations.
Comments: A bit waxy/sticky, but nice because it’s all natural.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: I think you'll find that it works best as a lip balm. Directions say you can use it anywhere you want a little extra moisture. Love the fat stick rather than a tiny tube.

If I was making this product, I would change: Texture.
Comments: It's a bit waxy but if you know that going in, you'll be prepared to just get used to it.  Does not exactly glide on.  But I like knowing that this is because it is all natural and not filled with petroleum or preservatives, which is good.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly.
Comments: It's a toss in your purse and you'll be glad you did kind of product!

I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
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Armour Beauty Vegan Lip Gloss in Funhouse,
$24

For more information, visit https://api.beautylish.com/s/armour-beauty-lip-gloss-armour-v-funhouse

What I liked most about the product was its packaging; consistency, or formulation.
Comments: Luxurious and vegan! Nice combo.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Smells nice, applies nicely, color last. It’s a win-win!

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
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If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
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I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly.
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I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
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Anything else you would like to add?  This Armour Beauty vegan lip gloss glides on, the color lasts, and scent and taste is nice. I felt glamorous wearing it.


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: Performance! This is a great mascara!
This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: It promises to lengthen & condition. It does!  Product works great.
I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
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If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
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I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
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I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
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Anything else you would like to add? Lash Control Lengthening & Conditioning Mascara is made with nourishing botanical ingredients.  It is a pampering experience. You get to control how little or how much mascara is applied by squeezing the middle section of the applicator bottle to customize your application. The middle section inside the tube scrapes off excess mascara if you wish, so that your applicator brush holds just the correct amount of product. It's a fabulous idea.  No mess, no fuss, just gorgeous long lashes!


Kaplan MD Daily Moisture SPF 30 Concentrate,
$100

For more information, visit https://kaplanmd.com/product/daily-moisture-spf-30-concentrate

What I liked most about the product was its Texture, or product feel when applied; Consistency, or formulation.
Comments: Goes on light, feels lovely.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Not greasy, not heavy, light moisture that feels so nice!

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
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If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
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I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.
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I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
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Anything else you would like to add? Spa treatment in a bottle!  Scent is slightly botanical, feel is smooth with light moisture, and performance is spot on!  This product gives you hydration that is not heavy, and I felt comfortable using it day and night.  I love the SPF 30 bonus. So crucial in a facial moisturizer. A real treat for your skin.


Lano Tinted Lip Balm in Rose,
$13.50 at Ulta.com

For more information, visit http://www.lanolips.com/product/lanolips-tinted-balm-spf-30/

What I liked most about the product was its Consistency, or formulation.
Comments: Creamy, but not heavy; goes on smoothly.

This product met my expectations.
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I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
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If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
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I would recommend this product to a friend: Highly.
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I am _________ this product: Considering buying.
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Anything else you would like to add? Made in Australia, against animal testing, moisture with subtle color, and sheen - what's not to love? Lano Lips is creamy yet light and the Rose is a subtle, neutral color that looks great with everything.  I love this stuff!


Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Castile Soap, size and price vary

 For more information, visit https://shop.drbronner.com/pure-castile-liquid-soap

What I liked most about the product was its Consistency, or formulation; Other.Comments: I love everything that Dr. Bronner's stands for! The ingredients are only the finest, certified, fair trade, organic.

This product met my expectations.
Comments: Eco-friendly processing, no chemicals, safe products that do as promised.  I love this company.  And the hemp peppermint soap smells nice too.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
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If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
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I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.  
Comments: Give it a try.

I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: Try this in your outdoor shower this summer, or right in the lake while you're on vacation! Dr. Bronner's is healthy, organic, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly.  The more people who learn about Dr. Bronner's products, the better.

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OPI Infinite Shine 2 in Two-Timing the Zones, $12.50 on amazon.com

For more information, visit https://www.opi.com/color/infinite-shine/two-timing-zones#iC8OrfxzmLLDVI0G.97

What I liked most about the product was its Texture, or product feel when applied; Other.Comments: OPI has staying power.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: Goes on smooth and slick, stays on for weeks.  Great for summer toes.

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter.
Comments: You can always count on OPI nail lacquer for a professional quality mani or pedi that lasts.

If I was making this product, I would change: Nothing.
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I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically.  
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I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
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Anything else you would like to add? I don't bother with other nail polish brands. I stick with OPI because they have all the best colors, and they last. This gel lacquer is nice stuff!

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    Come experience the sixth annual Brew and Bourbon Classic Saturday, November 18th, 12–5 p.m. at L...


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    Lights on the Bay, run by the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, will open to the public on Saturday, N...


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    The Kent Island Running Group will again welcome runners, walkers, families, and out-of-town gues...


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    While others are putting turkeys in the oven or nestling on the couch watching the Macy’s Day Par...


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    On Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 23rd, the Y will host its Arnold Turkey Trot Charity ...


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    Now in its 54th year, the Chestertown Antiques Show & Sale, set for Friday, November 24th (4–7 p....


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