Not sure why this has such low reviews, unless one is expecting miracles. I really don't think there is any way to completely erase dark circles, unless I use a heavy concealer, and I have a hard time finding one that looks natural. This is a silicone based eye cream that smooths and illuminates my undereye area. After patting it on, I immediately pat my foundation over it and the mixture makes the area look brighter. There is no caking or dryness with it; nor does it settle into lines. I also use it as a primer for my eyeshadow. I don't care for the jar; I would love it to be in a pump bottle for sanitary reasons.
This is the first Essie polish I've tried, and I am impressed with the quality. It applied very smoothly and I had opaque coverage in two coats. The color is a creme, slightly purplish toned cool dark grey; for me it's unique. I've been using plums, purples, and burgandies for half my life and am now branching out to grey and blue. It is dark, but not anywhere near black. Smokin hot lasted without chipping for about 5 days; however, I use a really good basecoat that has prevented chips on all brands lately.
As with most OPI polishes, this one was easy to apply with no streaking and a smooth, glossy finish. It was opaque in two coats and dried quickly. It deserves a 5 for quality and coverage, but I couldn't get past the color. When I had it on, it reminded me of the modeling clay I used in grade school; I simply couldn't get to the point where I liked it. If someone likes the color, it's a 5 all the way. It's gray that has a brownish cast in brighter indoor lighting; in the darker rooms it looked darker gray.
This polish is a beautiful blue-based purple with pink/red shimmer. It is VERY dark and the true color and shimmer show up best in strong sunlight. Indoors, or if you aren't closely examining it, it is similar to other vampy purples; as I stated, it's DARK. It is a beautiful color and application was flawless with opacity in two coats.
Gorgeous plum creme with just a *hint* of brown that keeps it from being too purple or red. I found the formula to be easy to apply and dries very quickly to a glossy finish. It was opaque in two coats. I find it to be a beautiful color without looking too vampy.
OPI's formula is perfect; application is very smooth, the pro wide brush is great, and there is no streaking at all. Coverage is opaque in two coats. The color is exactly like ink--beautiful purplish blue, but with fuchsia shimmer. It dried very quickly. The only reason I gave it a 4 is because it just wasn't the color for me; to me it looked like I used a ball point to color my nails--it was too "out there" for my taste. However, everything else about it deserves a definite 5.
Clothes -Victoria's Secret - Body by Victoria Demi Bra
Susee 11/4/2012 3:54:00 PM
Generally I don't really like shopping at VS; I think the girls have the opinion that they will definitely sell you a bra and know what is best for you. That being said, I love the Body by Victoria line. I have been searching for a bra that fits me well after nursing and major weight loss (lots of sagging :). I also have one side larger than the other, and this bra conforms very well to both sides--no dimpling on the smaller side. It's not a pushup bra, but very supportive and the most comfortable one I've tried; it's snug, which I love. I also love the shape it gives me--not pointy, but round and centered. The cups are somewhat padded and thick enough to prevent show-through. They are expensive, but there are usually sales and coupons available. I recommend hand washing and line drying for the longest life span.
Gorgeous, deep, dark plum creme; it has no shimmer or glitter.. Very, very dark but has just enough plum to not be black. This polish applies so smoothly with no dragging or streaking--none at all. It dries quickly and is glossy. It's easy to see why it's such a favorite. It is really a flattering color for being so dark (I have very fair, cool-toned skin).
Top/Base Coats -Revlon - Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel - Base Coat
Susee 10/3/2012 6:52:00 PM
This basecoat is meant to be used with the Revlon colorstay polish and top coat, but I used just the base coat with my regular colors and topcoat. I loved it; the application is smooth and thick, and dried relatively quickly. I really think a base coat is important because it gives polish something to "cling" to, and normally my polish chips within 24 hours of application. This time I went two days before I noticed a tiny chip on my index finger, and then another day before another small chip. I want to try it in conjunction with the top coat, but for now it is a winner for me. I paid $6 at Meijer for it.
Wow. I found this polish to be really unique. SH Grey Area is beautiful; it's dark grayish purple that applies so smoothly. It is perfectly smooth and opaque with two coats. It's very dark (darker than it looks in the bottle) and flattering on my pale, cool-toned skin. It lasts on my nails with very little chipping or tip wear for a good four days; I use Revlon's extra life top coat. For the price (I paid $2.57), it can't be beat!
I purchased the lip butter in plum, and found the color to be too pink for me. The application was very smooth, and the lipstick felt moisturizing, but also "heavy" to me. The color lasted on me as long as regular lipsticks, which is good for such a "buttery" lipstick. Not a favorite of mine.
Blush -Clinique - Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher '01 New Clover'
Susee 9/8/2012 8:39:00 PM
Looking at the product in the pan, I thought this would be a beautiful color for my fair, cool skin. There is very little shimmer to it; it's a light berry color. I received it as a free sample, gift with purchase. However, no matter how much I try to pack on my brush, it just does not show up on me; it looks as if I have no blush on at all. It is very sheer. I don't know if it's just this color or the formula, but it's a fail for me. Because of that, I don't want to spend $20 on a Clinique blush.
Not sure, but this may be discontinued as it is part of the 2012 Holland Collection. It is a grayed-out medium blue with shimmers, beautiful and neutral! The application was very smooth and opaque with two coats. It dries quickly. OPI has a wonderful pro-wide brush that makes application quick and easy without streaks. The only issue I have is with OPI in general; they chip more quickly on me than my other favorite brands (Avon, Sally Hansen, Revlon).
Great color for my pale, cool skin. It applies almost opaque in one coat; I use two for best coverage. The color makes me think of "molten silver," but it's a little darker than that. It's a beautiful color for fall and winter, almost vampy. I find the brushes to be a tad long; a lot of polish can drip down from it while I'm applying the polish and I wish the drying time was shorter. But the staying power makes up for it; it lasts on me a good 5 days without major chipping. It also is very inexpensive, about $2.50.
Wow. I really like these polishes. First of all, they are cheap....around 2.50 and I often get coupons. Sally Hansen is also coming out with trendy, new, really pretty colors.....like mint sorbet and gunmetal. Some are sheer and need three coats; some are opaque with one coat--it just depends on the color. What blows me away is the staying power. Combined with a base and top coat, I can go about 5 days without major chipping. Xtreme Wear polishes do take some time to dry, and I don't care for the long brush because I get "drips" while applying. But for the color selection, price, and staying power, I think it's a worthwhile polish to try.