I have kinda mixed feelings about this polish. I love the color, HATE myself for spending over $9 on a damn bottle of nailpolish, and am still not too sure about the OPI formula. The color, like everybody else has already said, is a flat grey-brown pebble grey shade that looks extremely dead. VERY cool & unusual! Makes me think of toadstools in an elf-inhabited forest. Very medieval and a PERFECT alternative to black or my homemade greys. I love wierd polish colors & this one is certainly wierd enough for me:)
That said- this stuff takes FOREVER to dry. I put it on about 3 hours ago- it's STILL smudgeable. Not very much at all, but I know I'm gonna have to be careful how I sleep tonight or I'm gonna wake up tomorrow with hair imprints on my nails. And I'd like to know why these polishes are so damned EXPENSIVE! $8.50 a bottle?! WTF. This is the only OPI polish I've ever bought & it's probably gonna be a long time until I buy another one cause $8.50 a bottle just HURTS. Honestly, if I hadn't have gone so ape-poopy over the color in the store, I probably wouldn't have bought it.
Lip Gloss -Unlisted Brand - Morbid Makeup - Lip Gloss in Red
Kabuk1 10/10/2008 6:04:00 AM
This was probably the absolute WORST lip gloss I have ever owned, and that is saying something since I've probably owned no less than 1000 different glosses so far. I actually bought the purple gloss, not the red. It smelled like grapes & looked like it'd be really pretty but boy was I wrong. Strike #1~ the gloss looked chunky and separated in the tube. Strike #2~ When I squeezed the tube to get the gloss onto the brush, the brush piece literally burst off of the tube and half the tube went all over my damn shirt. Good thing I was wearing black! Strike #3~ Once I cleaned up the mess, put the tube back together, and VERY CAREFULLY applied the gloss, it tasted like rancid mineral oil and the color actually separated ON my lips.
This crap went into the trash within 20 minutes of purchase. Horrid, horrid stuff.
I have used this powder since I was about 13 and I will use it till the day I die. It is the ONLY powder that doesn't break me out! Wierd, I know, but for some reason my skin is very sensitive to powders, of all things, and this is the only kind I've ever been able to use without getting zits galore. I LOVE the smell, it smells fresh & clean, and the color(Ivory) works just about perfectly for me. Though I wish they'd make a paler white shade that would match exactly, lol...
On the fun side, my mom tells me that this stuff has remained totally unchanged since SHE wore it when she was my age back in the 60's! I love it.
Crème -Cover Girl - Cover Girl TruBlend Whipped Foundation
Kabuk1 10/9/2008 11:21:00 PM
EDIT#3: The nose pimple has developed into a BLOOD BLISTER. I'm thinking of suing Cover Girl. WTF do they put in this stuff?! It's poison!
EDIT #2: I've been trying to use this as an undereye concealer since it breaks me out if I put it anywhere else, & for that purpose it works well. Though I have to be uber-careful to not get it on my cheeks cause I'll get zits around my eyes if I do. I decided to use it to mattify my nose, and thought I'd be safe cause my nose never breaks out. So I used it on my nose for a few days, and I now have one of the WORST pimples I have EVER HAD on my nose, along with 2 smaller ones on the sides. I can count on one hand how many nose pimples I've ever had in my entire life, and 3 of them have been due to this product. Stay away, stay FAR AWAY from this foundation.
EDIT: after one week of use... ZITS.
BIG zits. Damnit damnit damnit :( This sucks, it matches my skin tone so well. Too bad i CANT USE IT ANYMORE!!! gah. another foundation relegated to under-eye duty only. im starting to think i just cant wear foundation cause EVERY ONE breaks me out.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: I can't believe this product has so many bad reviews. I just got it last night & so far I love it. I have the lightest shade, Ivory I think, and it blends perfectly. It makes my skin a little dewier than I like, I prefer a 100% matte look, but it doesn't look BAD. The texture of this stuff is awesome. It feels like a cream but blends into the skin like a powder. Lasts decently & so far no irritation or breakouts(I'll wait a few days & see about that though lol)I suspect that this is the exact same formula that used to be in the pump bottles. I probably won't use it all over my face just cause I hate the feel of ANY foundation all over my skin, but for the spots where I do need it, this stuff rocks.
i LOVE this balm. it is perfect for my lips. it is not all that moisturizing, like others have said, but it is very HEALING. heres my deal- im a chronic lip-picker, i subconsciously pick at dry spots on my lips and they get all irritated & sore. im very critical of lip balms because most tend to just sit on my lips & do nothing. But this balm heals my lips within hours! a total staple for me. and i love the tube with the twisty thing at the top. ALL balms should have this kind of tube.
This stuff is awesome!!! It's the only AFFORDABLE($8) alpha hydroxy that I've ever found that works. Yes, it stinks like rotting peaches, but my skin looks like scheize if I don't use it. One of my staples.
Like most other reviewers here, I found Paula's advice to be biased at BEST. I like what she's trying to do- steer women away from overpriced hyped-up cosmetics- but I think she's going about it wrong. Plus the fact that she plugs her own line throughout the whole book is highly suspect. She states her opinions as hard facts, which is unethical. It would be tantamount to me saying that because *I* don't like wearing foundation, that NOBODY should use it. She evaluates products based on their ingredients & steers women away from some truly excellent products simply because they contain one of her "evil" ingredients, or have flavoring or scent. I *like* my cosmetics to taste & smell good, thankyouverymuch. A bit of saccharin can mask the funky petroleum taste in lip gloss, and who doesn't like smelling good? And she praises some absolutely CRAPPY products based on them having non-irritating ingredients. I remember running out & buying a big bottle of Cetaphil cause she said it was the balls, and it was just a waste of money. It didn't remove one stitch of my makeup & did absolutely nothing for my skin.
Her reviews are incredibly skewed. For example- she'll give, say, an eye shadow a negative rating cause she doesn't like the COLOR. Wtf? What about it's application? Staying power? Come on. Also, I tried following her skincare advice, swore off the rubbing alcohol & witch hazel, wore sunscreen daily, etc... and I experienced one of the worst breakouts of my entire life. I spent the next few MONTHS trying to clear it up. It's like she doesn't realize that every woman's skin is different. I HAVE to use alcohol-based toners, tea tree oil for big zits, and I can't wear sunscreen or moisturizer under my makeup or I break out. Believe me, I've tried multiple sunscreens and every one either turned me into a greaseball or irritated my skin. Not all of us have her 50-something skin & can just slap anything on it without breaking out. And I'm sorry, but a damn WASHCLOTH will NOT give the same results as a scrub! WTF kind of washcloths is she using anyway???
My advice is to just take this book as a rough guide, maybe an encyclopedia of cosmetics(she describes the products rather well, so if you're looking for a new product you could probably find what you need by reading the reviews), but don't take too much of her advice to heart. MUA is a better reference, IMO, and the best way to find products that work for you is the tried & true method of trial & error!
Lip Gloss -Sally Hansen - 18 Hour Lip Treatment in Clear Whisper
Kabuk1 10/8/2008 1:40:00 AM
I really like the whole Sally Hansen line, including this gloss. It's nowhere near 18 hour, but it lasts decently. I mean come on, who here REALLY expects a GLOSS to last for more than a few hours at best? Get real. I find I have to reapply every hour or so, because it seems to actually SINK IN to my lips, which is wonderful. Most glosses tend to evaporate or else just sit on my lips until I either lick it off or it smudges off. This stuff really is very soothing.
I LOVE the orange scent/flavor, it's very fresh & subtle(smells just like an orange lollipop), and makes me really enjoy wearing this gloss. It feels very moisturizing as well, which is awesome because not only do I have chronically dry lips, I'm also an OCD lip-picker & the more moisturized they are, the less flakes there are & the less I pick :)
I only had 2 gripes with this product~ I wish the color was a little more noticeable. In the tube it's a beautiful pale shimmery pink, but on the lips its more of a clear shimmer. Was hoping this would be a clone of this Estee Lauder gloss that I blew $22 damn dollars on a few years ago, but oh well.
I HATE the tube. It's unnecessarily bulky, tacky-looking, & takes up a lot of real estate in my purse. I took a whole lippie off just for that.
Lotions/ Creams -Neutrogena - Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Kabuk1 10/8/2008 1:31:00 AM
This product has been a STAPLE for me ever since I had my daughter 5 years ago. She was born almost 3 & a half months premature & was in the NICU for 2 months. During this time, I visited her daily & had to scrub my hands with a brush & surgical soap for 2 minutes before coming in to the NICU. Needless to say , within a week my hands were so chapped & dry that they cracked & bled. I bought a tube of this stuff & within 3 days of use, they were totally healed up. I have kept a tube on hand ever since & any time I have any skin problems, this stuff saves me. I even put it on my face in the winter. Oddly enough it doesn't break me out! Five lippies from me :)
These have been a staple for me for years. How can you go wrong with $.93 cent lipstick?! You really can't beat these. The WnW display is where I head to first when I'm craving a new color, cause I can experiment & not worry about spending too much. They've really improved their formulas in the last few years too. They smell nice & apply smoothly, though I wish they had just a bit drier texture.
Lipstick -Cover Girl - Continuous Color Lip Stick [DISCONTINUED]
Kabuk1 10/4/2008 5:23:00 AM
Hmmmmm..... This is one of those products I have a love/hate relationship with. I like the colors, but ALL of them contain some weird ingredient that stains my lips bright pink. Even the non-red shades! I have Cherry Brandy & Silver Plum, and while I expect some staining from Cherry Brandy cause it's bright metallic red, I DON'T expect Silver Plum to stain. It's metallic purple yet it stains my lips bright friggin' pink! I don't understand. Maybe they think the stain makes it last longer? I dunno. Hate it though. My lips tend to dry out & flake pretty often & I cannot wear this stuff when that happens b/c it stains EVERY dry spot several shades darker than the rest of my lips and it looks SO wierd :( But apart from that, I like this lipstick. It doesn't have an offensive smell(which is why I won't buy any Maybelline lippies- they smell like NAIR! ugh) or taste, which is great. I'd like the formula to be a little drier though. I'm wierd I guess, I love dry lipsticks.
i would buy this again & again & again & again. Nico is my absolute favorite lipglass ever(and my dog's name, ha!). its one of the only glosses that looks good on me no matter what. i tried it out initially because i like wierd colors, i collect oddly colored glosses. i have the blue & yellow lipglasses, along with the green one, and ive got a charcoal grey gloss from amphigory on order. Nico is the perfect MLBB shade for me. its a lovely pale purple with greyish-silver shimmer & a bit of glitter. absolutely gorgeous. i refuse to wear pinks, reds are ok but not for everyday since i dont wanna look like dita von teese 24/7(i have very white skin & jet black hair), and browns are absolutely ghastly on me, but Nico is just perfect, definitely my HG. i think i would literally CRY if they ever DC'ed it.
EDIT: This really is sex in a bottle. Every time I wear it my boyfriend nearly tackles me. And I get random guy friends telling me I smell wonderful. Even my CAR DEALER leaned in closer, sniffed me, and said "Damn you smell good!" the other day. I'm beginning to wonder if this has pheromones in it cause men just LOVE it!
i always sprayed all the mac perfumes on different parts of my arms every time id pass the counter, and one would always dry down to the most subtle, intoxicating scent, but i could never remember which one it was. i finally figured out today that it was Turquatic. i tested it again last night and the first thing i noticed was that it did NOT give me a headache, which is a plus because i get migraines & most perfumes bring them on. the next thing i noticed was that i could STILL smell it quite clearly on my wrist this morning after putting it on at 8pm last night! that really impressed me, and its a good thing since the bottle it so small.
ive been looking for a new perfume for a while, one that i can stand to smell every day & thats not $50 a bottle(Turquatic is around $22 I think), and i think ive finally found it. at first Turquatic is really strong & kinda overly flowery, but after about half an hour it dries down & blends into something that is absolutely teh SECKS with my wierd chemistry. i love it!
i like this balm a lot. its not excessively moisturizing, but it does give a nice sheen, doesnt feel slimy(my main gripe with most balms), and tastes & smells great. i really love the fact that this balm does not taste like wax or mineral oil. thats why i quit buying Chapstick, because they did something to the formula & it tastes like castor oil or something now. gross! the only one i still buy is the peppermint A the blue raspberry because the strong flavors mask the oily taste. but anyway, i do wish this balm was a tad thicker, and i wish it had normal lip balm packaging rather than the bulky lipstick-esque tube its in. but for $2 at wally world, im not gonna gripe!
I haven't actually purchased any of these, because I cannot justify spending $20-some dollars on lip gloss. These might be worth it if they were big beefy tubes like a juicy tube or something, but are certainly not worth the money for the miniscule amounts you actually get in those ridiculous click-pens. I've played with the testers at sephora quite a bit & I do not see why these are so expensive & so hyped. They all go on so sheer that unless you have deathly pale lips they all end up looking pretty much clear. Yes, they smell nice and are a decent enough gloss, but what's the point of having different colors if they all go on sheer? At least with lipglass you can see the colors.