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BPGP: Follow-Up Review Roundup No. 2

When I review a beauty product, I use it for a minimum of two weeks before I write about it.  If I like the product, I keep using it.  Sometimes, after a few more weeks of use, my opinion about a product will grow or change.  Here are some follow-up comments on a few of my recent reviews.

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Foreo Luna Mini ($139)

When I wrote my original review for the Foreo Luna Mini, I didn’t expect it to replace my Clarisonic.  But it has.

There are no brushes to buy or change.  It almost never needs a charge (300 uses on a single fill-up).  The silicone is much easier to clean than the Clarisonic brushes, and it seems more sanitary as well.  I still think the Clarisonic gives a deeper clean, but since I can use this product every day with virtually no increase in dryness and the lower carrying costs, the Foreo is the better option for me.

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Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer ($9)

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer is the best drugstore product that I’ve ever purchased.  The concealer isn’t heavy, but it covers well.  As I mentioned in my original review, I buy two shades, a lighter shade for under-eye and one in my skin tone for concealing my acne.  It’s a great buy.

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Emjoi Divine Hair Remover ($55)

When I purchased the Emjoi Divine Hair Remover, I thought that it would eliminate my need for waxing.  It hasn’t.  The epilator works well for touch-ups in between waxes, but removing hair from a large area is time-consuming.  However, if you don’t like to wax, the epilator is still superior to shaving.

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Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser ($75)

For the first few weeks of use, I loved Tata Harper’s Regenerating Cleanser.  It exfoliated and cleansed, virtually eliminating the need for a separate purifying mask.  The price was prohibitive, but it only took a little each wash, so I thought it might even out.

After a while, a breakout erupted like Kilauea on my chin, jaw and forehead.  I stopped exfoliating to give my skin time to heal, and the breakout cleared.  When I started using the cleanser again, the same thing happened.  I’m not sure if I developed an allergy to one of the ingredients, but the tube was quickly donated to a friend without skin issues.

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    13 comments

  1. Anna says:

    Belle, I’d love to know if you are still loving the harry josh hair dryer. I’m looking to buy a new one, and am willing to pull the trigger on the harry josh, but wanted to hear from you first!

    October 30, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE

      I used a friend’s Drybar dryer on a trip and it is not as fast. My Harry Josh and I are bonded. If you want a less expensive option, I’m told Rusk makes one.

      October 30, 2014/Reply
      • M.L. says:

        Seconded.

        I had such a hard time justifying that purchase but it has been absolutely worth every penny.

        October 30, 2014/Reply
  2. Mary says:

    Thanks to past BPGP features, I use the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer and am happy with it, too.

    Glad to see a follow up on the Emjoi also because I’ve been considering it.

    October 30, 2014/Reply
  3. Clara says:

    I always appreciate seeing what you’re still using. Any chance you could add a tab on your home page with a list of various beauty products you use, like your sartorialist?

    October 30, 2014/Reply
    • Mandi says:

      I second that. Thanks for posting follow-up reviews on these products, Belle, I was thisclose to shelling out $70 for the Tata Harper cleanser, but I think I’ll pass as I have acne prone skin (sigh). Always appreciate your opinions.

      October 30, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I’m planning lots of changes, so I’ll add that one to the list.

      October 30, 2014/Reply
  4. Helena says:

    Belle, are you still using the Tammy Fender reparative balm?

    October 30, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Yes. I notice a difference, or I think I notice a difference, when I don’t use it. I think my acne scars are more pronounced without it, so I’m still on it. IF you don’t want to pay that money, I think the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth (?) Oil is a good sub.

      October 30, 2014/Reply
      • Helena says:

        Thanks!

        October 31, 2014/Reply
  5. Kristen says:

    Have you used the dark spot correcting version of the concealer? It is – hands down – my favorite concealer, and completely replaced the pricey Smashbox one I was using before. I started using it and the Physician’s Formula dark spot corrector around the same time, and the hyperpigmentation from old breakouts has reduced almost completely over the past two months. It might be the consistency and keeping blemishes from drying out, but I’ve noticed an increase in healing time, as well. Love.

    October 30, 2014/Reply
  6. BN says:

    Please make this a regular on your blog! It’s so great to hear how you’re liking products after using them for a while. Thanks for the post!

    October 31, 2014/Reply
  7. Joules (@stylebyjoules) says:

    The Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer is an amazing product! I use it every day on my dark circles–it’s pretty much the only skin-tone makeup I use daily.

    October 31, 2014/Reply