Product Reviews by JuliaLee67

Top/Base Coats - REVLON - Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat

5.0
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Sep/26/2016

Wow, it looks like my experience with this product is very different from nearly everyone else's! How strange, especially since this may be my new HG top coat! This is not an actual UV light-cure gel but a regular polish. It goes on smoothly, has a nice double brush, the formula is thicker but doesn't bubble, dries fast, lasts a LONG time without chipping, is easy to find at …Read more

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Treatments - Dior - Creme Abricot Nail Cream

5.0
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Sep/18/2016

Very thick, sticky, expensive, and you may or may not care for the scent, but it really does the job and a little goes a long way. I got a pot of this and a bottle of Dior's Nail Glow in my stocking for Christmas (thanks, Santa!), and liked both so much that I'm on my second of each. When my nails are dried out and brittle from polish/acetone use, this cream restores them overnight …Read more

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Top/Base Coats - Unlisted Brand - NCLA Gelous? Extended Wear Gel Top Coat

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Feb/25/2016

Not an actual UV-cured gel but a gel-like polish. Quite possibly the worst top coat I've ever used: thick and difficult to apply yet somehow manages to be streaky and uneven at the same time, although this is no doubt partially due to the wonky, awkwardly splaying brush (I actually had to pull two bristles out of the brush in my bottle that were both too long but also bent at angles!). It …Read more

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Polishes - Formula X - Determined

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Sep/12/2014

This is a color from Formula X's 2014 Fall line, "Brushed Metallics". Described as a "matte metallic taupe grey", it isn't any of those but "matte". It's actually more of a burnt caramel or dark tan creme shade in the bottle, and has lots of metallic turquoise microglitter. How they got 'metallic taupe gray' out of that is completely …Read more

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Nails - Unlisted Brand - Island Girl

4.0
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Aug/27/2014

People either love these or condemn them as the worst polishes ever. I've had a mixed experience with them myself: some are goopy, streaky, uneven messes that chip within hours, others apply like a dream and wear well. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to which shades will work and which ones won't; perhaps it is the pigments that make the difference? Many of the …Read more

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Polishes - Unlisted Brand - Scotch Naturals - Water Colors nail polish

3.0
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Jun/07/2014

Originally, I wanted to use this for a month on my fingernails, note any changes in my nails after that time, and then write this review, but I managed for only a week before quitting. On my toes, this polish lasted without a chip until I got tired of it and took it off, but I couldn't get it to stay on my finger nails for a full 24 hours. I got the entire system for Christmas: base coat …Read more

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Polishes - Illamasqua - Rare

4.0
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Mar/06/2014

A bright highlighter/neon yellow that doesn't require an opaque white base coat. I found it applied somewhat streaky and uneven, but that's a neon for you no matter what, I suppose. I use three coats for full opacity, and it helps to have very smooth nail beds or a good ridge-filler. This shade has a surprisingly long staying power as well, considering that most neons chip on me …Read more

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Nails - Unlisted Brand - NCLA Nail Wraps

3.0
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Jun/06/2013

These are adhesive-backed, sticker-type appliques that are not made of nail polish (think of a slightly thicker band-aid, and you've got the basic idea). They're pretty simple: clean your bare nails with alcohol to remove any skin oils or lotion residue, apply a base coat and let dry, apply the appliques, fold over and file off the excess (a file is enclosed in every pack of wraps) …Read more

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Polishes - Sally Hansen - salon effects

4.0
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Mar/13/2013

I wasn't sure about these because the results I got from my first attempt weren't the best, but since I've gotten the hang of applying them, I really like them. There really is a learning curve with these, practice does make perfect, and I strongly recommend reading and following the instructions to a T the first time you apply them, but I've used these literally dozens of …Read more

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Moisturizers - Philosophy - Hope in a Jar - Original Formula (For All Skin Types)

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Oct/22/2012

I was given a sample of this at Sephora, and upon opening it my first thought was "Eew, it's gone bad!", but no, that's what it's SUPPOSED to smell like, which is something akin to 'chemical fire at the plastic factory'. Or maybe it's 'plastic fire at the chemical factory'. I don't know! The smell lingered, too, and even though every …Read more

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