Product Reviews by kana22

Masks - Sephora Collection - Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying

5.0
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6 months ago

Quite happy with this. It works just as well as any other mud mask, perhaps better. The smell reminds me of Infusium 23 shampoo, if you can remember that one! Dries very quickly. Perfect if you’re in a rush and need to do a quick mask. It also left my skin noticeably softer. I can’t say any other mask I’ve tried has actually done that. Skin was less oily after using it, and it was 80 degrees out …Read more

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Polishes - Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure - Lavender Cloud

3.0
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Sep/15/2018

This is not a beginner color, nor one for those who lack patience. Difficult, streaky application until you apply the 4th coat. Even then, you must be careful to not overbrush. Swipe quickly and confidently, and resign yourself to fixing the inevitable streaking with the next coat. Luckily, I found it dried quickly between coats (although other reviewers disagree on this point). Mine did dry in a …Read more

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Polishes - Essie - Spin the Bottle

3.0
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fromkana22

Nov/07/2017

This pink-nude is a little blah. It's a decent neutral, but a bit too peachy.

Three coats are needed to level any streakiness. It isn't too troublesome to apply though. You'll need to use thick coats for smooth application, so don't be afraid to load up that brush!

Luckily, it dries hard and quick, and it does not bubble as it dries like other thick …
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Polishes - Essie - Petal Pushers

5.0
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fromkana22

Oct/11/2017

Essie Petal Pushers delivers a sophisticated, totally wearable dusty slate blue. The muted tone reminds me exactly of blue jean denim.

It's rich, creamy, and fully opaque in two coats. The formula is dense, streak free, and dries quickly. I am impressed!

My hands are pale with a ruddy red/pink undertone. Blue and gray polishes typically don't flatter. However …
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Hair Color - L'Oreal Paris - Excellence Dark Ash Brown

3.0
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fromkana22

Oct/08/2017

It's fall, and my summery caramel highlights have become brassy as of late and feel uninspired. Time for a change! I settle on L'Oréal Excellence in Dark Ash Brown 4A.

The promise of dark, cool brown hair sounds like just the ticket. I've used this shade in the past with good results on virgin hair, although it always comes out much darker than the box initially …
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Lipstick - MILANI - Fruit Punch Color Statement Lipstick

3.0
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fromkana22

Oct/07/2017

Milani Fruit Punch is a vibrant, creamy, non-drying lipstick. However, it completely fades after 1 1/2 hours, leaving not even a faint trace behind. It doesn't last long enough to warrant a repurchase.

A near-dupe is Rimmel #120 You're All Mine. Although I can't comment on its longevity, it has a very similar color and creamy, non-drying formula. Rimmel's version …
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Treatments - Orly - Cutique Stain & Cuticle Remover

4.0
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fromkana22

Oct/01/2017

For cuticle removal: A-
For stain removal: F

Orly Cutique Stain and Cuticle Remover removes cuticles and dead skin on the nails with ease. In just 60 seconds, I was satisfied to see 90 percent of the dead skin loosened so it could be scraped away and/or pushed back easily with a nail tool.

I was even more impressed afterward upon painting my nails. I finally achieved …
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Hair Color - Clairol - Natural Instincts Hair Color

4.0
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fromkana22

Sep/11/2017

If you want darker hair, prefer a gentle formulation and desire low-maintenance color, this is a great product.

The only downside is that it does not cover grays like it claims. My stray grays were still beaming silver afterwards. Bummer.

It loved it as a teenager when I wanted to experiment with dark hair without worrying about roots growing in.

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Loose Powders - bareMinerals - Bare Minerals Original Mineral Veil

2.0
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fromkana22

Aug/31/2017

Skip this if you have oily or combination skin. It just exacerbates both skin types.

It sops up excess oil (and any moisture in your skin along with it). Without fail, after just a couple of uses, my skin begins to look dry, cracked and flaky up close, and then produces even more oil to compensate.

Ultimately this powder leaves my skin much worse off than before. Since the …
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Top/Base Coats - Orly - Bonder Rubberized Basecoat

3.0
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fromkana22

Aug/29/2017

This is the most effective base coat I have used for extending the life of a manicure. However, a few weeks of regular use caused my nails to peel. I'm taking a break for a few weeks and my nails have thankfully stopped peeling.

It stains, too. My nails developed an orange/yellow coating over time. Unfortunately, the stains cannot be buffed away. I even tried some hydrogen …
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