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Denise Hadden

Nov 07, 2018 12:46PM ● By Caley Breese
Denise Hadden
Age: 37
Location: Severna Park
Favorite brands: Thrive Causemetics; Bare Minerals
Desert island item: Chapstick


Grape Seed Cleanser by Merlot Skin Care, $11/6 fl. oz.

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

What I liked most about the product was its: Consistency, or formulation.
Comments: The consistency of the cleanser really surprised me. It was thick and clay-like, allowing for maximum coverage.

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: I was really unsure about this face wash at first. It left a film behind despite extensive washing. That film has become my best friend in that it keeps my shine at bay. No more oil blotting strips an hour after I apply my makeup!

I followed instructions for this product: Faithfully, or to the letter. 
Comments: It's a basic face wash—wet face, apply product, and rinse. Doesn't get much easier than that!

If I was making this product, I would change its: Aroma.
Comments: No aroma with this face wash, making it great for all sexes and ages. I can understand the appeal that has for many, but I would like a hint of something.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments: When you find something you love, you have to recommend it. I LOVE my Merlot.

I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: Merlot is my new facial cleanser! My skin has NEVER been so clear. Not one imperfection after a week of use and I no longer have to worry about my oil-prone areas looking shiny. I could not be more excited for what this face wash has done for me.

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Fairy Nudes Face & Eye Highlighting Palette (in Fresh Glow) by COL-LAB, $16.99

For more information, visit https://www.collabmakeup.com/shop/fairy-nudes-face-eye-highlighting-palette

What I liked most about the product was its: Color.
Comments: The palette is just so pretty with its four different shades. They look to be perfect for any skin tone. 

This product exceeded my expectations.
Comments: I've never used highlighter before and it is now an exciting addition to my daily makeup.

I followed instructions for this product: What instructions? 
Comments: Never having used highlighter before, I definitely would have appreciated some guidance. Understandably, there isn't room on the packaging for them. A little online search and I was on my way to using it.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Packaging.
Comments: Because I throw all of my products in a makeup bag, it would be preferable to have a more sealing close. The product opens easily and needs to be kept flat to keep from creating a mess in my bag.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Enthusiastically. 
Comments: I'm so excited for the way this brightens my face! It helps brighten and accentuate the area you target with it.

I am _________ this product: Running right out to the store to buy.
Comments: I am a highlighter convert thanks to this product! I think it makes me look more youthful in that it brightens my face. With the four shades in this palette, I can use a more muted color for my daily look but I can also play up my nighttime look with a more intense color. This highlighter is a makeup game changer for me!

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PureGloss® Lip Gloss (in Rose Crush) by Jane Iredale, $26

For more information, visit https://janeiredale.com/us/en/mineral-makeup/lips/puregloss-lip-gloss.htm

What I liked most about the product was its: Texture, or product feel when applied.
Comments: This lip gloss isn't overly thick or sticky. It's a pretty perfect consistency and feels good on the lips.

This product met my expectations.
Comments: I like the packaging, the feel of the gloss on my lips and the hint of aroma.

I followed instructions for this product: What instructions? 
Comments: Being lip gloss, instructions are not necessary.

If I was making this product, I would change its: Packaging; Price point.
Comments: At $26 a tube, I definitely feel this product is overpriced. Regardless, I can't get past the applicator. It is an hourglass shape making application to your lips a bit odd. I feel like I lacked the precision I have with a more traditional applicator.

I would recommend this product to a friend: Never. 
Comments: The price point and the applicator make this a no-go for me.

I am _________ this product: Not willing to invest in.
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