Product Reviews by ChristmasMom

Nail Tools - Nailtek - Crystal File

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Nov/04/2009

I wish I had read reviews before I had bought the NailTek XL. It does indeed make a subtle but intolerable "nails on the chalkboard" sound. I think it needs a little more grit. The OPI file is grittier and makes no squeak. I liked the heft of the file. I wish the OPI came in an XL size.

The plastic box that the file comes in came crushed when I bought it online. It isn't …
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Nail Tools - OPI - Crystal File

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Nov/04/2009

I have only tried two crystal files, the OPI one and the NailTek XL. The NailTek XL was a clunker - - it makes a slightly squeaky sound - - you know- -fingernails on the chalkboard sound - - so I can't use it. The OPI one is grittier. No squeaking. Does a great job of filing. I use it only with polish on my nails and have no trouble washing off the stains from even vampy colors. There is …Read more

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Body Scrubs - Freeman Beauty - Bare Foot Scrub

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Nov/04/2009

I was hopeful that this generously sized 5.3 ounce tube would be an effective replacement for my small tubs of Kerasal pumice foot scrub. I use a tub of Kerasal about every 10 days as I use it every day, and this Freeman product is much cheaper.

Unfortunately, this tube of pumice scrub is just not as good as other pumice scrubs I have used.

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Polishes - OPI - You Don't Know Jacques! Matte

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Nov/01/2009

This is a one nail review. I applied it to one thmbnail and discovered how bad it was that I removed it and replaced it with a different OPI.

How bad is it? It applies just slightly better than mud mixed with putty.

The color reminded me of the sludge at the bottom of a can of wooden floor stain, you know, all pigment.

I'd call this my first potty shade …
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Polishes - Le Metier de Beaute - Nail Polish Lacquer in Violaceous Splendor

4.0
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Nov/01/2009

This is the most expensive nail polish I know of - - maybe Louis Vuitton is similar but I have never priced it to be sure. The container holds 4ml that is about 1/4 of the quantity in a Chanel nail polish and it is 1ml less than a typical miniature Essie according to labels. Next to each other, the LeMetier looks like it has 1/2 as much polish as the miniature Essie. The bottle is shorter than a …Read more

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Polishes - Deborah Lippmann - Wicked Game

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Nov/01/2009

This is a very interesting color. It is a very shiny polish all by itself. The color is opaque and covers well in just 1-2 medium coats. There's a duochrome sheen to it so it picks up pale green and violet in different lighting. The basic tone is like an oil slick after its rained. The polish applies smoothly and evenly and dries promptly. It was fine, not fantastic, with my NC 25 skin tone …Read more

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Polishes - OPI - Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees Suede

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Nov/01/2009

This is a very nice color. I agree with the reviewer below: this polish dries super fast and it does indeed look better with a topcoat. I did not find the color to be as flattering as Sephora OPI Absinthe Makes the Heart, another new darkened polish. If I had to choose, I'd get only Absinthe.

I only wore it for less than two days, so I cannot attest to its longevity. No chipping …
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Polishes - Deborah Lippmann - Don't Tell Mama

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Nov/01/2009

This color proved to be a disappointment. I was expecting a mood ring blue-green but all I got was glossy black. It is a nice black, not too intense, but none of the blue-green shimmer from the bottle showed on my nails. It was almost opaque in one coat. Two coats was plenty. I can't attest to its longevity as I covered it over with Sephora OPI Absinthe Makes the Heart as I didn't want …Read more

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Polishes - Sephora Collection - OPI - Absinthe Makes The Heart

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Oct/27/2009

I have really bad nail polish ADD. I have to really really like a color the first time I wear it or I am likely to remove it quickly and never wear it again.

Absinthe Makes the Heart is a wonderful Sephora by OPI shade that I'd put into the same family as OPI's My Private Jet. I love the blackend-gray green color and the gentle built in special effects.

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Palettes - NARS Cosmetics - 9951 Pleasures of Paris Palette [DISCONTINUED]

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Oct/26/2009

First of all, I have to agree with the reviewer Miralda that these colors have little staying power. I have found that to be true with some NARS shadows, including Rated R duo. I do have to reapply these shadows mid-day because they have little staying power on me. I always use my shadows over Urban Decay Primer Potion, but I intend to try it over Painterly Paint Pot to see if it lasts better …Read more

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