Product Reviews by outdoorsgal

Lip Treatments - CLARINS - Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm [DISCONTINUED]

2.0
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Feb/14/2017

I redeemed some SDM points to get this lip balm based on the raves from a favourite SA at my local SDM and while it does a great job of moisturizing my lips, something in the balm isn't agreeing with me.
After using this for almost 2 months, my top lip is becoming very dry and irritated and a bit painful.

Ever since I hit perimenopause, my skin has become very sensitive to …
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Top/Base Coats - essence - The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat

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Feb/11/2017

This is a very good top coat although I think Seche Vite and OPI's RapidDry are still my top favourites.
The formula is rather thick and it takes a bit longer to dry than my aforementioned favourites but the results are still good. There's no shrinkage (ahem, Seche Vite) once the top coat dries which is great.

I don't think it compares to having a proper gel …
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Polishes - essence - The Gel Nail Polish (All Colors)

4.0
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Feb/11/2017

I love finding products that work and don't break the bank. Essence's The Gel Nail Polish fits into that category.
I've bought high end polishes in the past and they weren't bad but not worth the extra money in my opinion.

The brush is rather thick and it's easy to get polish on the sides of your nails so if you're particular about this, take …
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Eye Shadow - CLINIQUE - Lid Pop - Petal Pop

3.0
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Feb/02/2017

I give this product full lipsticks for the cute packaging and lovely colour of the eyeshadow.
It falls flat in terms of pigment and texture.

Petal Pop is a pretty pink/peachy shade with shimmer that isn't too over the top. The problem is that it's quite sheer which is fine if you want a very subtle look. But for $23 CAD, I want more bang for my buck with pigment and …
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Lipstick - Urban Decay - Vice Liquid Lipstick - Amulet

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Feb/02/2017

Urban Decay excels with their lip products and their Vice Liquid Lipstick is no exception.
I love the regular Vice lipsticks so when I saw the liquid version at a UD free standing store, I had to check them out. I ended up getting Amulet which is a rose brick shade (I've been on a neutral every day lip shade kick as of late) and it's the best liquid lipstick formula I've …
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Lip Liners - Nature Republic - By Flower Auto Lipliner (#2 Rose)

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Feb/02/2017

This lip liner is my go to for the 'mlbb' look and I love pairing it with lipsticks like Essence's #3 Wow Effect lipstick for that polished everyday look.
I also wear it on its own topped off with lip balm.

The name is accurate and it's very pigmented which is great for my lips which have a great deal of natural colour.
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Misc Beauty Tools - Unlisted Brand - Daiso beauty blender

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Feb/01/2017

Even though I rate this sponge 3.5 lipsticks, I'd definitely re-purchase and stockpile because they get the job done and they're dirt cheap. ($2 CAD each)

Why the mediocre rating?

1) The sponge itself is on the 'tough' side which can make blending foundation a bit challenging. I should mention that I've never tried the original Beauty Blender …
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Masks - Unlisted Brand - MJCare - Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask

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Feb/01/2017

This winter has been colder than usual and my skin has been craving more moisture. I've been trying out various face sheet masks (Korean brands mainly) and I decided to get a few packs of the MJCare Hyaluronic Acid Essence Mask. They were on sale for 88 cents each at my local Price Smart grocery store. (the beauty section is in the back of the store)

The mask is folded and …
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Masks - TONYMOLY - I'm Real Avocado Mask Sheet Nutrition

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Feb/01/2017

My local Superstore has been out of stock on TonyMoly's face sheet masks and at last, the stock seems to be replenishing. They're still sold out of my favourite rice mask so I got the Avocado one instead.

The Avocado face mask is good although it's slightly more fragranced than the rice one but it didn't bother me.
This mask is pleasant and didn't make …
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Mascara - L'Oreal Paris - Voluminous Mascara - Original

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Jan/30/2017

There's a reason why this mascara has been on the market for all these years. Imagine the outcry from millions of women around the world if L'Oreal discontinued this mascara. That's being over dramatic but it's a cult favourite that deserves its place up there in the makeup hall of fame, unlike that terrible Maybelline Great Lash. (who is buying that stuff anyways?!) …Read more

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