Product Reviews by saranov

Foundations - Fenty Beauty by Rihanna - Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

4.0
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7 months ago

The formula works for my somewhat oily skin. I don't find that it oxidized on me, (I bought shade 120) and it stays matte and lasts all day with minimal touchups. Was pleasantly surprised at how long it lasted. I had a little creasing around my nose after about 9 or so hours, but nothing too noticeable. Coverage is about medium at best. It can be built up to full but I think it looks kind of …Read more

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Polishes - Essie - Topless and Barefoot

5.0
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Feb/04/2014

Topless and Barefoot is an HG nude for my nc15 skin. It's a perfectly cool-toned nude that can be flattering on all types of skin tones. It definitely gives me the "mannequin hands" look. The formula is surprisingly easy to work with, considering that it's a light colored Essie. As expected, the first coat is fairly streaky, but evens out nicely with a 2nd coat. Opacity-wise …Read more

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Polishes - OPI - In My Santa Suit

5.0
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Jan/01/2014

In My Santa Suit is a perfect, classic red shimmer that's part of the Mariah Carey Holiday collection. The formula is absolutely superb and I thought that OPI did such a fantastic job with this polish. The application was so effortless and fantastic. It dries really fast as well. In terms of opacity, it can be a one-coater (if you do a somewhat thick coat). I used two coats in order for the …Read more

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Polishes - Essie - Aruba Blue

5.0
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Nov/18/2013

Where to begin with this amazing polish?! This is hands down my favorite dark blue polish ever. Aruba Blue makes my nails look like sapphires! The first time I saw it, it immediately caught my eye and I just knew I had to have it.

It has a bit of a frost/metallic finish. The formula is a breeze, application is super smooth and you only need two coats max for full opacity. Also, there …
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Top/Base Coats - Orly - Sec 'N Dry Multi-Layer Quick-Dry Topcoat

5.0
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Oct/26/2013

I feel like Orly is highly underrated. I used to use Seche Vite as my go-to quick dry topcoat, but was really turned off at the fact that it has toluene in it. The smell of Seche was almost too strong for me to handle most of the time. So, I was on a quest to find a quick-dry topcoat that was Big 3-free, and lo and behold, I found Orly Sec 'n Dry! What a bargain!

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Polishes - Essie - Nail Polish - Mint Candy Apple

4.0
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Oct/26/2013

I absolutely love this color. To me, it's a HG mint. I'm a huge fan of minty and turquoise-ish colors, so I'm surprised that I didn't buy this sooner. I think MCA is one of those colors that looks good on any skin tone. To me, it somehow looks more robin's egg blue on my nails than inside the bottle (see pic on profile).
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Polishes - China Glaze - Too Yacht To Handle

5.0
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Jun/17/2013

I'm definitely a fan of China Glaze's Too Yacht to Handle. The polish is part of the Sunsational collection, and it's a turquoise/aqua creme that is quite similar to the well-loved shade For Audrey (it is slightly lighter and more greenish than F.A.). I absolutely love this shade. Although the first coat is fairly streaky, it is opaque in 2 coats (although I applied 3 for …Read more

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Polishes - Essie - Bikini so Teeny

5.0
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Apr/27/2013

Let me start out by saying that I LOVE this color! Any polish that's opaque enough to have a flawless finish in 2 coats is a winner in my book, and Bikini so teeny is it! I love this, especially since a lot of Essie polishes tend to be really streaky even after multiple coats (at least for me). This is a beautiful cornflower/periwinkle-ish shade that's really eye-catching. Looks great …Read more

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Powder - bareMinerals - Original Foundation

5.0
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Jan/06/2013

Bare Minerals is definitely a product that you either love or hate. I happen to love it. It just works for my skin. It doesn't clog my pores or give me zits (yes!!). It does take a couple of times to get the technique down, but once you do...wow! My skin looks flawless! It seems like it looks even better after a couple hours of wear. I've read that the Bismuth Oxychloride that's …Read more

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Shampoo - Aveeno - Pure Renewal Sulfate Free Shampoo

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Jan/01/2013

I had REALLY high hopes for this shampoo, as I was completely sold on the sulfate-free formula. I'm a faithful user of Aveeno's body lotion and body wash so I figured that this would be great as well. It smells wonderful too, so I thought I couldn't go wrong with buying this. I was wrong. It was an impulse buy and I wish I would have looked on MUA first. The good part about the …Read more

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