Product Reviews by sammin

Lipstick - CHANEL - Rouge Coco Bois Des Iles 33

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Nov/09/2011

Ladies, this is the perfect everyday, work-appropriate red, for those of us who don't commit to bold looks as a matter of course. Bright enough to register as a definite "red-lip" look, but muted enough to be demure, "Bois Des Iles" is versatile enough for any season. It does have shimmer, so be warned if you don't like that finish, but the consistency is so soft and …Read more

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Treatments - Creative Nail Design - Solar Oil

4.0
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fromsammin

Mar/23/2011

s a consequence of my newfound interest in keeping my hands nicely manicured, and after three months of continuously using nail colour, I looked down at my hands the other day to find the uppermost layers of my nails peeling off. I thought of buying a bottle of OPI’s Nail Envy, but decided against it when I read the ingredient list — although I am no nail professional, I fail to see how …Read more

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Makeup Brushes - EcoTools - Bamboo Blush Brush

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fromsammin

Mar/22/2011

It appears I buck the trend here, since I detest this brush. I bought it based on the predominantly positive reviews here on MUA, but using this brush has been nothing but an unpleasant experience.

Firstly, this brush doesn't hold its shape. Let me explain: when I push the bristles to one side with my finger, they don't spring back. Instead, the bristles stay leaning to …
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Lipstick - Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Pur - Opium Red 131

5.0
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fromsammin

Mar/22/2011

Opium Red is the perfect warm-leaning "true red" for those with warm yellow-neutral undertones (NC35) like myself. I don't like blue-based reds, as they have a tendency to turn a fuschia-pink on my lips -- I want a red lipstick to *stay* red. Warm reds brighten my complexion; this is the red for other MAC NCs out there who want to pull off that 1950s, statement red lip. Note: it …Read more

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Makeup Brushes - NARS Cosmetics - 27 - Yachiyo

5.0
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fromsammin

Mar/15/2011

This is the *only* brush for highly-pigmented blushes, such as those made by NARS. Their blush in "Amour" laid dormant in my makeup drawer for months, after one too many clown face application debacles. I don't recommend applying this in a rush -- a patient and light hand only, please. It wasn't until I purchased this brush (at full price, *shudder*) that I realized how …Read more

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Loose Powders - Caron Paris - Classic Formula loose powder

5.0
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fromsammin

Mar/10/2011

Firstly, I'd like to thank Sicely24 for her very helpful review on this product. I based my own purchase on her extensive colour reference list, since there are no Caron counters here in Canada. I have the loose powder in Peau Ambree, and it is the perfect colour for my MAC NC30-35, Nars Sante Fe, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Medium Dark complexion. I don't mind the scent, and it …Read more

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Pressed Powders - MAC Cosmetics - Mineralize Skin Finish Natural - Medium Plus

3.0
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fromsammin

Mar/10/2011

When I use this as a powder foundation, with jojoba oil or a light moisturizer underneath, I get good results. The brush you use to apply this is very important. I've had success using a cheap flat top brush to apply this (I'll by trying the Trish McEvoy M20 face blender brush with this presently, and will update), or the MAC 187 if I want lighter coverage.

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Makeup Brushes - CHANEL - CONTOUR SHADOW BRUSH #12

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fromsammin

Mar/10/2011

After a disappointing experience with the popular MAC #224, I am happy to have found a brush that does all I had expected the 224 to do and even more besides. The most obvious difference between the two brushes is that the Chanel #12 is made of higher quality hair. The bristles are soft on the skin, yet hold their shape very well. This brush is able to diffuse and blend colour without any loss …Read more

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Makeup Brushes - MAC Cosmetics - 224 Tapered Blending Brush

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fromsammin

Mar/10/2011

Vaunted as the perfect brush for blending out harsh lines between colours, as a person with a medium amount of space between my lash line and my browbone I unfortunately find this brush too large for that purpose. I only really use it now to apply the sheerest of washes, since it is definitely too large for me to use as a crease brush. For the price you pay, the bristles are scratchy and have …Read more

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Moisturizers - SHISEIDO - The Skincare Day Essential Moisturizer

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fromsammin

Jan/14/2010

Smells divine, great texture, but leaves a shiny, tacky film on my combination skin. I use this only as a night moisturizer now, whenever my face needs a break from the AHA in my usual Neutrogena Healthy Skin night lotion. I wish this has worked better, considering the price.

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