Product Reviews by paulamarie

Polishes - Sally Hansen - Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color- Save the Date

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Nov/21/2014

Kind of wished I had not bought this, only because I later really I already have what is basically the exact same color--"Diva of Geneva" by OPI, which I LOVE. I think DoG (lol) might have actually been discontinued, but it is one of my faves, so StD (again, LOL) makes for a great dupe. Both shades are gorgeous deep, sort of purply red. It just has kind of a witchy/sexy bad-girl vibe …Read more

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Polishes - OPI - Sprung

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Nov/04/2014

IMO, this color is gorgeous! Not sure why other reviewers are describing it as "a boring bronze." If you don't like neutrals/bronzy shades, W.H.Y. did you choose this one? But anyway, I actually think this is more of a copper than a bronze--more of a slight pinkish tone. It looks great with my NC30 skin tone. It actually reminds me of a Hard Candy polish I used to have ages ago …Read more

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Moisturizers - No Brand (DIY or homemade) - Argan Oil

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Aug/27/2012

Just a word to the wise: this oil isn't for everyone. 'Argan oil' has been such a huge buzzword lately in the beauty world, I wanted to try it for myself. I bought some of the Elma & Sana brand, which is 100% pure and much cheaper than designer brands. I don't have oily skin and have used other oils and serums (such as sweet almond oil) on my skin to great effect. I rarely …Read more

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Eye Shadow - MAC Cosmetics - Frost - Crystal

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Aug/20/2012

This is a beautiful shade, and for me disappears fast as it's of the eyeshadow shades I use most often. I had recently seen a screening of "Rear Window" with Grace Kelly, and in the beginning there's the iconic shot where she's seen for the first time in close-up, sporting red lips and a pale lavender hue on her eyelids. So of course I wanted to be like Grace! This one …Read more

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Mascara - COVERGIRL - Lash Blast Volume Mascara

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Aug/19/2012

I got a good deal on this because it was on sale and I had double coupons, so I'm glad I didn't pay more than about $4 for it. I was a big fan of VolumeExact mascara, and am disappointed that CG discontinued it in favor of this inferior product. As far as I can make out, it does a pretty good job of volumizing and is almost on par with VE in that. The problem is that the brush is so …Read more

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Hair Color - Clairol - Natural Instincts Rich Color Creme in #31 Coffee Creme

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Aug/15/2012

This is one of my favorite products because it's inexpensive and non-permanent. Plus, NI appears in the Sunday coupons more than any other hair dye, so if you use one and buy during a sale, you save big.

My natural shade is your garden variety middle-of-the-road light brown, but I tend to prefer either a darker brunette or a deep auburn. So for part of the year, I like to go …
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Polishes - Sally Hansen - Hard as Nails - Gunmetal

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Jul/30/2012

I love this shade because it’s edgy; but as opposed to pure matte
black, the toned-down gunmetal shade and shiny finish softens it up
just enough. I agree that the formula is somewhat thick, so you have to
take care to apply thin coats. Other than that, it really is a pure
dark grey shade; it is not blue-toned, as some reviews have opined.
Like other black-grey …
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Hair Color - Clairol - Natural Instincts in Cherry Creme (dark auburn), 30R

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Jun/10/2012

I've used this shade twice so far and I adore it. I used to dye my hair red all the time, but I like that this is more subtle: a deep, rich auburn. It took my hair color from washed-out to rich and shiny. Since it is only a demi-permanent, it does fade eventually, so I use color-protecting products including Aveda Color Conserve Daily Color Protect, which helps guard it from fading in the …Read more

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Polishes - OPI - Mod Hatter

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Sep/27/2011

I bought this (well, aside for the cute name, guilty as I am of being such a sucker for marketing) thinking that it resembled the greyish-lavender hue that was popular on the runways at the time (3+ years ago). It turned out to have a very sheer rather than opaque finish, however, so not so much. It's so sheer it's really just a subtle wash of lilac hue--it can almost look like …Read more

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Lip Gloss - NARS Cosmetics - Strawberry Fields

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Sep/18/2011

Admittedly, I'm a sucker for marketing. I'm a Beatles fanatic and just had to get this new shade. Luckily, it works pretty well on my pale (NC30) skin. It's a little more dramatic/opaque than what I usually look for in a gloss, but for a more dramatic look I go for this. It's a nice raspberry shade for my skin tone.

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