Product Reviews by auburngal

Polishes - ZOYA - Professional Lacquer - Dream

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4 months ago

I have never used a dark blue polish but I had to try this one. What a beauty! As if the stone lapis lazuli married Zoya Leia.

Application was similar to Leia, just smooth, gliding on. Opacity in 2 coats. I used a top coat to seal the glitter as some have recommended. Drying time seems average. I'll update as to longevity.

I think Zoya prices are OK (not too expensive about …
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Polishes - ZOYA - Professional Lacquer - Eleni

4.0
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6 months ago

This is a new color for summer 2019. Eleni is described as seafoam blue, but I would call it robin's egg or the color of a Tiffany's box. In any event, it is a lovely blue, bit deeper than pastel, not quite turquoise, with a green tint to it. On my fair, cool skin it looks good (I know this color palette suits me). It's a typical thin Zoya cream formula. It went on streaky for the …Read more

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Polishes - ZOYA - Professional Lacquer - Genesis

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6 months ago

This is a lovely semi-sheer sparkling white color, like moonlight on snow. A lot of nail bloggers complained about the streaky formula but I only found the 1st coat to be slightly streaky. The 2nd coat went on just fine. I found the formula a bit thin but not so much that it pooled in the cuticles. I happen to like slightly sheer colors and don't mind if my nail line shows a little. The wear …Read more

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Top/Base Coats - Orly - Polishield All-In-One Ultimate Top Coat

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6 months ago

I was a huge Glosser fan until it ruined a manicure with a new Zoya polish (Genesis, if anyone wants to know). Previously, Glosser was great with all my polishes: Zoya, OPI, Essie. But with Genesis, my manicure looked like someone had gouged my nails with a sharp implement after everything dried. Weird as anything, never saw the like. Not shrinkage, just gouges all over the nails.

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Cleansers - Pond's - Cold Cream Makeup Remover Deep Cleanser

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Sep/23/2018

I've been a CeraVe user for years. At $13 a bottle, it's not terrible expensive, but sometimes, in the dead of winter's polar vortex, it feels too harsh to my super-dry, super-sensitive skin. So today, at my favorite discount store, the husband and I were checking out, and there was a display for Pond's on sale, $1.99 a jar. (and with my coupon, $1.60 for the jar). Heck, for …Read more

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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Jacomo Silences

5.0
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Sep/02/2018

This review is for the vintage version, not the reformulated Sublime version.

I loved, loved, LOVED this when it first came out. And I love it still.

I adore green aldehydic fragrances with some floral notes. My all-time favorite is Arpege and this ranks up there. I bought a bottle 2 months ago and then a second bottle (3.4 oz size, each one) today, just to be safe (I have a …
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Polishes - Essie - Empower-Mint

4.0
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Jul/25/2018

Finally! A mint-green polish with staying power!

Background-- a few years ago I fell in love with NARS Thasos, What a perfect summer nail color. Bought it and regretted it. For $18, I expected polish to last more than a day. This chipped like crazy. I gave the used bottle away and bought a second bottle. The color was sage green, not mint green. So long, NARS.

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Treatments - Beauty Secrets - Non acetone polish remover

5.0
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May/30/2018

I'm about to buy bottle #3 of this. I do my hands every week and this is the best, better than Cutex or other house brand removers by far. It will take off glitter polish too if I prep my nails before polishing (rub a bit of oil, let soak, wipe off, then continue with base coat; the glitter polish will come off much more easily with needing to soak in acetone).

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Polishes - ZOYA - Vickie

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Feb/22/2018

Vickie is part of the new 2018 Kisses collection, consisting of 3 jellies and Leia as a topper. Vickie is a milky grey-lavender jelly. On my cool NW15 skin, it looked pretty good with 2 coats and fabulous with Leia as a topper. I happen to love jellies, YMMV but if you like an opaque finish, Vickie will be opaque with 3 thin coats. And the shine! Super shine. My mani lasted without a single chip …Read more

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Lip Treatments - Blistex - Simple and Sensitive

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Feb/11/2018

I don't know what happened over the past 2 years, but every winter now my lips develop a contact sensitivity to products I've used forever.

My former lip love, Blistex DCT, burns my lips now. So does any lip product with sunscreen (fortunately, this redhead always wears a big hat). Aerin lip conditioner is very nice, but way too pricey for constant use. Aquaphor lip therapy …
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