Product Reviews by arbutus

Eyeliner - MAC Cosmetics - Powerpoint - So There Jade

5.0
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Jan/29/2012

This was an impulse buy and I almost thought - gonna regret this. But I am shocked to find out how often I use this eye liner!
It is a lot of fun and easy to use on the lower eye. Adds a pop of colour and brightens. Very convenient and fast if you are looking to add some fun to everyday quick makeup.
Pleasantly surprized!

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Eye Shadow - MAC Cosmetics - Fig. 1

5.0
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Jan/29/2012

I have green eyes but unfortunately all the "standby" shadows really look muddy on my eyelids, even with a paint applied.
I was so disappointed how muddy Trax looked because instantly it's the - oooh get this one - eye shadow.

However, this one doesn't look muddy. Just bright and purple. I like that there is no shimmer.

Looks good applied full on …
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Eyeliner - MAC Cosmetics - Liquidlast Liner - Powerplum

4.0
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Mar/26/2010

This product gets a lot of mixed reviews, so I figured I would add in my two cents.. This eyeliner is for people who are comfortable with liquid liners. I can apply pretty evenly (although the initial swipe goes on too thick, hence 4 star rating) but I have never had any problems with liquid liner application.

The colour is fabulous with my green-grey eyes and will go with a wide …
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Styling Products - AG Hair - Recoil Curl Activator

4.0
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Sep/24/2009

I like this stuff. Friend gave it to me and I used it up. Been looking for a decent curl cream to replace my HG Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious, which has been difficult to find and cough up the big bucks for.

The others I have tried either haven't been effective and/or have been too much like glue.

The AG Recoil is is much tackier and stickier than the BB so I do not …
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Conditioner - Redken - Real Control

4.0
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Sep/24/2009

So far this is the best conditioner (with shampoo combo) I have found.

I moved from living on the moist ocean in Coastal BC to living in high and dry Alberta. This has wreaked havoc on my hair (and skin). My thick relatively fine, curly/wavy hair turned to dry icky unmanageable shapeless yuck. Since switching to this combo it has improved significantly.

Been using for …
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Eye Shadow - MAC Cosmetics - Smoke & Diamonds [DISCONTINUED]

5.0
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Sep/24/2009

I'm enjoying this colour and find it versatile. However, I could see this looking pretty muddy on some skintones. It might also be too cool or too warm depending. For comparison I can wear either warms or cools and am pretty neutral (N3/C3ish) with green-grey eyes.

Haven't had a chance to try a smokey eye with this yet but looking forward to it. I have used it (crease) with …
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Mascara - COVERGIRL - Volume Exact [DISCONTINUED]

4.0
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Sep/24/2009

I'm just as happy with this mascara as any others I am happy with (Boots Volume, Dr Haushka (best so far)). Have yet to find a HG mascara...

My lashes are sparse but relatively long and are naturally curly. The ends are paler but not blonde and my lashes are dark brown. So I am not looking for a mascara that curls or lengthens. I am looking for a mascara that darkens …
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Eye Shadow - Stila - Kitten

5.0
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Sep/11/2009

Ditch all your other highlighters - this eye shadow is all you need.

I definitely put off giving this a try. Expensive and annoying with the non-flip lid and the purchase-separately packaging... However, it is well worth it for this eye shadow!

It brightens the eyes when put on the lid, an excellent brow/inner corner highlighter, and it also works really well on upper …
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Eye Shadow - MAC Cosmetics - Juxt eyeshadow

5.0
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Dec/19/2008

Great light green colour. I love this with Humid (dark green). Brings out my grey-green eyes. I cannot wait to try this out with many other colours to experiment.

It is rather sheer but I find if you put it over paint (I have chiascuro) then it amplifies the pigmentation significantly. Investing in a primer or paint is money well-spent.

As another reviewer said, Juxt is …
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Eye Shadow - MAC Cosmetics - Frost - Humid

5.0
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Dec/19/2008

UPDATE: This is a great great eyeliner. Keep the eye neutral with this as a liner smudged up to the lid - fabulous

LOVE this eyeshadow. It is highly pigmented and very interesting deep evergreen. Not blueish or yellowish. Definitely an interesting shade and it really stands out - definitely not for a subtle look.

My new favourite look (thank you MA for doing this on me) is …
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