Product Reviews by CatrionaShadowleaf

Polishes - ZOYA - Ray

2.0
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Mar/29/2015

Zoya Ray is a pretty dark green with silver shimmer in it. The colour is gorgeous, but that's not the problem. At one coat, it's streaky. That's fine. At two, it's not opaque. That's not great. At three, it's beautiful and rich - until it comes off of your fingernail in a whole piece within 24 hours. (This was with a base coat, three thin coats of polish, and a top …Read more

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Polishes - ZOYA - Jaime

3.0
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Mar/07/2015

I bought Jaime thinking it was a light lilac, but it's definitely a baby pink with a very fine, subtle shimmer. It requires three coats for opaque colour, but then it tends to look very thick and gluey even when dry. It came off without problems and had not chipped by the time I took it off the second day of wear. It would look nicer on someone with a deeper skin tone than I. I might try it …Read more

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Polishes - Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - Ripley

5.0
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Dec/19/2014

Ripley is a golden olive pewter sort of colour in the bottle. On the nail it is more medium olive with a lovely gold shimmer. One coat was pretty much opaque unless raised to the light; then I could slightly see the pink of the nail bed. So perhaps two just to make sure. It dries a bit slower than most polishes I've used, but a top coat (Seche Vite) cleared that up immediately. The polish …Read more

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Moisturizers - Murad - Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++

4.0
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Dec/07/2014

I have very oily skin normally, but very, very rarely do I get acne. I noticed that this lotion works best as an area treatment - I can slather it all over my forehead in the morning and I won't get sludge there until about 2 pm, which is pretty good. I would never use it on my cheeks, though.
It smells like glue and is expensive, and it's not really moisturising in my opinion, but …
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Polishes - ZOYA - Muse

4.0
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Nov/28/2014

Muse is a teal/blue base polish with silver and teal holographic glitter. The base is sheer, and the polish is not gloopy or thick. After two coats it was quite pretty but the nail lines were still visible. It takes 3 coats to get mostly opaque colour, which is slightly lighter than it appears in the bottle, but looks like a mermaid's tail. I would recommend a top coat to get a high shine …Read more

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Polishes - Sally Hansen - Color Foil Makeup - Minted Metal

2.0
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Nov/16/2014

A friend gave this to me, so I feel bad for utterly hating it. The bottle is definitely metallic green, but the polish is teal at best and turquoise blue at worst. It has a silver metallic look on the nails, but it's streaky and does not apply easily. I applied a base coat and two coats of this and I can still see parts of my nail bed right through it. After three hours of typing it's …Read more

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Polishes - ZOYA - Envy

4.0
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Nov/15/2014

Envy is a beautiful deep forest green colour. Every Zoya nail polish I've ever tried has been thick and a bit gloopy, but it applied well and would have been easily opaque with one coat, but I went for two. I'm very rough on my fingernails so I wasn't surprised to see tip wear within 48 hours (this is normal for me with every brand I've ever tried). Even with a base coat, it …Read more

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Polishes - Illamasqua - Raindrops

4.0
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Aug/02/2014

A soft sheer gray with little flecks of silver, Raindrops is a pretty, subtle polish that went on fairly easily for me. I chose to put on three coats because my nails are naturally dark pink and it looked a little odd, and it didn't take long to dry and was opaque afterward. It's not super amazing - I'm not sure I get the cult following - but I do like it.

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Deodorants - Donna Karan - Cashmere Mist Deodorant

5.0
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Apr/26/2014

I didn't expect to be, but I'm a fan. It works. 22 bucks, but it works.
I have to walk to work uphill in the mornings (yay Seattle) and just couldn't find anything that worked. I tried so many brands, even the "prescription strength" superpowered ones, wasted so much money. Even if they toned down the sweat, by the time I got to work I smelled awful and it was so …
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Tinted Moisturizer - NARS Cosmetics - Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

3.0
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Oct/18/2013

Somewhat unsurprisingly, what works in Arizona does not work in Seattle.

I bought this product after having extraordinary results with my Aztec clay mask regiment in making my naturally ruddy skin ease up quite a bit. The yellow tones helped to neutralise the remaining redness and it was far lighter in feel than my (still beloved) Hourglass Immaculate. It didn't transfer …
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