Product Reviews by kmennie

Misc Beauty Tools - ARTDECO - Beauty Box (all)

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Dec/20/2017

This is what initially sold me on Artdeco -- a DIY compact? I had been looking for something like this for ages (after being thoroughly unimpressed with Aveda's -- for a company with so many environmental pretensions, I did not expect it to not hold up in my purse, or for it to be designed so the lipstick would dry out ASAP).

Two quibbles: it's a little more than I would …
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Polishes - Orly - Breathable

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Dec/16/2017

I've tried a number of colours in this line -- also found in Canada as "Quo by Orly Breathable" -- admittedly not hard to do as the colour selection is unfortunately a bit limited. It does have all the basics, and seems to be expanding the line, so, hooray for that. Purple/periwinkle fans will find a good home here...

This is sold as part polish, part treatment -- …
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Clothes - Unlisted Brand - Havaianas flip-flops

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Nov/22/2017

These feel and wear like 99c seaside-drugstore flip-flops. SO UNCOMFORTABLE! I take it they must spend a lot on advertising or something? i can't imagine how this brand would have ever been known otherwise.

Often when footwear isn't quite right for me, it goes in a box for my daughter to root through when she's my size. These weren't worth saving.

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Nails - Seche - Seche Restore

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Nov/14/2017

Not a Seche Vite user, but, dear god, this is worth every cent. IT WILL MAKE A POORLY CARED FOR GUNKED UP TEN YEAR OLD'S DOLLAR STORE POLISH a nice smooth and easy to apply, like-new, polish. It got the horrid stringiness -- even though it was a barely used new bottle, it was quickly rendered unusable (Essie _really_ needs to work on making _consistently_ good formulas...) -- out of …Read more

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Mascara - L'Oreal Paris - Voluminous Original in Cobalt Blue

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Nov/14/2017

My much-loved -- at least since the painful, inexplicable discontinuation of "Lash Out" Voluminous, with, what is, _for me_, just the right hit of blue to bring out my eyes a bit more and to add a bit of interest for those who might happen to spot it close up -- I'm more of a "go big on the red lipstick" person than an eye makeup one.

ZERO complaints about the …
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Treatments (Face) - La Roche-Posay - Effaclar Pore-Refining Anti-Aging Serum

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Nov/04/2017

OMG! This is the only AHA I have ever been able to use in the daytime -- other ones just turn me into an oil slick. This goes on in the morning just fine, and doesn't leave me greasy -- more the opposite, and it makes for perfectly smooth skin, and consequently great make-up application on top.

I've used loads of assorted peels and so on and do not have high hopes for …
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Polishes - SinfulColors - Rose Dust

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Nov/04/2017

Had low expectations given the price -- got rid of that bias in a hurry! This is a beautiful neutral with a good formula -- goes on well, wears nicely. (Agreed that a shiny topcoat is wanted, though.)

Highly recommended for cool skin tones and anyone wanting a pink that isn't too bubblegum/a neutral that isn't *too* boring. Definitely on my "eek! Hope this is never …
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Polishes - Orly - Color Amp'd 2 Step System

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Oct/28/2017

(Review is for the Canadian "Quo by Orly Colour Amp'd" two-step product, by all accounts the exact same thing as the non-Quo version)

...wow.

"Fashion Forward" is a medium berry-toned red, very flattering on cool and pale skin.

Sadly i am on the clumsy side with dark polishes and expected to have to do the usual amount of clean-up work …
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Brows - No Brand (DIY or homemade) - Castor Oil

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Oct/27/2017

I would never have believed this if I hadn't tried it, after accidentally bumping into the reviews here. Like, Health Canada could be publishing PSAs on this, and I'd still be going "Nah, I'm sure it wouldn't do that. Not for me, anyway. Probably straight up placebo...people want to believe it will work, so they convince themselves that it does..."

TWO …
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Polishes - OPI - Nail Lacquer - Tickle My France-y

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Oct/27/2017

This is nice -- one of Opi's better consistencies, and an understated shade that works...well enough, for me.

But, overall, kind of underwhelming. It seemed to take ages to completely cure -- 24h later it was still easy to dent (I had yet to apply a top coat. For some reason, it took three coats, and not the two most have mentioned here, for opacity. I'm fair -- always the …
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