Zoya nail polish in Audrina (0.50 fl oz for $8 usd) is a magenta bright pink color. This is a creme finish polish that has a strong pink base with a touch of purple. Audrina is a fun color for spring and summer but it can be wear through out the season for a fun and playful look. The staying power is good lasting about 6-8 days for me with Seche Vite's rapid top coat. The formula is smooth and easy to apply with no problem. Audrina is an intense opaque color, with 1 coat, I can see the true color but to get the same opaque as in the bottle, I use 2 coat. If you are looking for a bright pink magenta color for a fun and playful look, Audrina might be the one for you.
Zoya nail polish in Isla (0.50 fl oz/15 ml for $8 usd) is a deep red shimmer polish. This is a black red vampy polish that looks very sexy for all seasons. Isla contain small size red shimmers that add a nice dimension to the polish. The application is smooth and is easy to apply with no problem. The staying power is good lasting 6-8 days on my nails with Seche Vite's rapid top coat. This is an opaque polish with 1 coat, the color is good but with 2 coat, the color is exactly like the bottle. Isla is similar to Essie Limited Addiction but Isla is a frosty cherry red while Limited Addiction is a cream cherry red. If you are looking for a deep red with a hint of black for an everyday sexy and vampy look, you might Zoya Isla.
Sephora Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner ( 2 fl oz for $6 usd and 6.75 fl oz for $14 usd) is spray brush cleaner. The product contains anti-bacterial ingredient to prevent kill germs and clean makeup brushes. It does remove a majority of my makeup products but the puffy foundation brush usually does not cleans all the way. Sephora brush cleaner contains a light scent similar to a salon hairspray type, which soft and subtle and disappears once the brushes are dry. In addition, The drying time for the brushes is about 10 minutes for many of my brushes expect for the powder brush, takes a little longer to dry. One of the best feature is the bottle design, it comes with a spray which makes cleaning brushes so easy . Just spray a couple of time depending on the brushes, wipe down on a paper and let it air dry. This is one of the best brush cleaner and the 6.75 fl oz lasted me about 4 months of a daily usage.
Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover (8 fl oz for $9.99 usd and 32 fl oz for $25 usd) is a 3 in 1 remover that prep, condition, and prolong the wear. Remove + is a lavender scent polish remover that smells very relaxing and has a lower harsh chemical scent we find in a majority of polish removers. Remover + does works very well at removing any types of polishes even the glitters one but need to press on a nail longer about 10 seconds. In addition, it is also moisturizing on my nails that never leave my nails dry and flaky. The package for the regular size of 8 fl oz contains a flipper cap and a turnable top opener of the bottle (where the product comes to the cap). Having these two innovative components, it is easy to get the right amount of product without any mess or spill.The downside is that it is very hard to get many Zoya products, so you would have to order from their wedsite and you might as well get the largest bottle of 32 fl oz because you get about 300% of product for $15 usd more. And the 8 fl oz size lasted me for about 10 months with a weekly usage. Overall, If you need an excellent pleasant smell polish remover, you will need Zoya Remover +.
Ralph Lauren Polo Blue (2.5 fl oz for $57usd and 4.2 fl oz for $72 usd) is a light, fresh and casual scent cologne for men. Polo Blue has a fresh light ocean scent contains a note of cucumber, pepper, suede, and basil which reminded me of the beach. This smells so crisp and clean without a sweet, a leather and a wood smell in other colognes. Polo Blue is perfect for school, work or a formal event. The product comes in a blue glass bottle with a silver pull off cap. This is good to travel with but since it is stored in a glass bottle, it might be a challenge to protect it from breakage. If you are looking for a clean, fresh ocean smell for yourself or for a man in your life, the classic Polo Blue might be the one for you.
Sunscreen -Aveeno - Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion - SPF 45
pensopera 5/28/2011 10:14:00 PM
Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion spf 45 (4 fl oz/112 g and $11.99 usd) is a fast absorbing, water-proof and non-greasy body sunscreen. The product is light-weight and is easy to spread across the body without a thick or sticky texture. Also, it absorbs through the skin quite fast without tackiness like how many sunblocks were 10 years ago. This has a light soy scent but I like the softness of the smell, which I find is invigorating. The package is a medium side flip cap container which is small enough to carry around in a purse or bag for reapplication. Now, it is harder to this sunblock in a drugstore and at Walmart. If you want a thin, water-proof and fast-absorbing sunblock, than you might want to check Aveeno Protection Sunblock Lotion out.
Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion-Face SPF 30 ( 3 fl oz/84 g for $10.49 usd) is an oil-free, water resistance, a natural soy and vitamin A, C, E sun protection. The product is easy to blend into a face because it is lightweight, thin and smooth. Also, the product would disappears after a few second of smoothing it out across the face. On the a face, it feel natural and light like you are not wearing anything. It contains a soft subtle soy scent like in all Aveeno products, which I find relaxing. I use this on my face, chest and arms and my husband uses this also. It does prevent sun burns on my chest and arms because I do not get small molds and discoloration on my chest like before, a sign of sun damage. And my arms do not turn 2 colors darker either. Overall, Aveeno spf 30 face sun protection does protects my skin from a harmful sun ray.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100+ with Helioplex
pensopera 5/28/2011 7:45:00 PM
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock spf 100+ ( 3 fl oz/88 ml and $10.00 usd) is a lightweight, fast absorbing and water-proof sun block. The application is smooth and applies easily. The product is thin and lightweight. The scent is fresh and clean with no annoying sweet or perfumed smells. The product last about 4-5 months by a daily usage on the neck, chest and arms. The higher the spf such as this of 100+ does not mean we are protected from the harsh sun ray since spf 30 or more should be as equal as this one. But I like to look at the higher number of the spf just to feel more protected from the ray, weather it does work or not. Overall, I recommend Neutrogena Ultra Sheer spf 100+ sunblock because it is very lightweight, sheer and sweat-proof.
Highlighters -NARS - Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross
pensopera 5/28/2011 7:21:00 PM
NARS Albatross highlighter (0.16 oz for $27 usd) is a sheer golden sheen highlighter. Albatross looks very white in the pan but it applies very sheer and light adding a nice subtle warm tone. The golden shimmers are very finely milled and look natural on a skin. Albatross creates a pretty natural sheen on the cheeks without looking too harsh like Mac mineralize highlighter that I have use. There is no perfume or scent in the blush and the product comes in a black rubber rectangular package. If you are looking for a natural highlighter with a touch of a golden sheen, Albatross might be the one of you.
Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant (2.5 fl oz/ 75 ml for $36 usd) is cream face scrub. My favorite face scrub in the market which could be use as a face mask too. Gentle Cream Exfoliant contains Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Sulfur and fruit enzymes use to remove dead skin from the pores and to form cell renewal for a smooth complexion. The products is amazing without pulling and tucking the skin like other face scrubs do which actually causes the skin to get sagging and form wrinkle. Gentle Cream scrub is sort of like a mask where it is to leave on a face for 15 minutes and wash off with a warm water to remove the product. The result is a really SOFT, SMOOTH and radiant skin. In addition, there are no beams in the product but you do not need the beams because the cream works so well at removing oil and dirt from the pores. The scent of the product is of a clay mixed with a herbal and a light citrus scent which I find smells close to the Philosophy Purity face wash. The product comes in a squeeze tube with a flip cap that is easy to use but contains Dermalogica plain package. The product might seems little of 2.5 fl oz but it last and last. Since you will only to use about a quarter size to cover the whole and neck because you will only need to apply lightly to get it to works. I recommend Gentle Cream Exfoliate to everyone that need a face scrub want one that is gentle and great at removing dead skins, oil and dirt.
Treatments (Eye) -L'Oreal - Advanced Revitalift Eye
pensopera 5/28/2011 6:23:00 PM
L'oreal Advanced Revitalift Eye (0.50 oz/14 g for $15 usd) is an anti-wrinkle and moisturizing eye cream. I am on my 4th bottles and I really enjoy Revitalift eye cream because it does firm and lift my eyes. The main ingredient is retinol-A which is of the best ingredient to prevent wrinkles. I do notice that my eye lids lifted a little of using Revitalift. I am close to 30 years old I need an eye cream that is affordable and works. Revitalift has so many negative reviews and so are many face products from other brands because this types of product need to take a while 4-6 months and 2 bottles to notice the differences. The package can use a little of improvement, this comes in a small white glass jar with a removing cap; it would be great if comes in a pump bottle instead for a sanitary and easy use reasons. Overall, I am happy with L'Oreal Revitalift eye cream because it does lift my eyes and keep them moisturize all day and the price is right.
Lancome Pure Focus Exfoliator (3.4 fl oz for $25 usd) is a face scrub for a combination to oily skin type. The scrub comes in the medium sized green beams to deeply clean the pores and remove oils. This smells fresh and clean of an ocean scent. After one application, my face does feel softer and smoother, but many face scrubs do this. It does cleans my pores deeply and removes the oil. But my face has a bad reaction to the product and I had a big break out of pink medium size pimples all over my face. Many other department products do breaks me out so I do not know if this product did the damage. Pure Focus Exfoliator comes in a teal green squeeze tube with a removable lid. Pure Focus might be a good product for people who do not have a sensitive skin and want a face scrub to deeply clean the pores and prevent shine.
Loose Powders -Laura Mercier - translucent loose powder
pensopera 5/28/2011 5:31:00 PM
Laura Mercier translucent loose powder (1 oz for $34 usd) is a smooth finely milled setting powder. The product feels very silky and is easy to works with with a small of dust powder flying compare to Coty Airspun. But I would still need to retouch my powder around 4 hours later because my face would becomes shinny. Plus, there is no scent or perfume which is a good thing. Traveling with the package is a little difficult because it can be quite messy to open and close and apply the loose powder. On the other hand, the package is very chic, modern and sturdy but it is best to leave the product at home and bring a pressed compact powder instead because of the powdery mess for a touch up on a go. However, compare to other loose powder packages, Laura Mercier loose setting powder package is one of the best one in the market because the lid closes the product tightly without the powder leaking out and looks very chic and modern. The whole 1 oz jar lasts me for 8 months with a daily use of 1x per a day. Overall, Lara Mercier loose setting powder is a great product to use for setting makeup because it is very silky and finely milled.
China Glaze Ravishing, Dahling (0.50 fl oz for $5.99 usd) is dark red cherry color. This looks more black in the bottle but the polish is a semi dark red that looks vixen, sexy and gothic. The application is smooth just like in many CG polishes, I use 3 coats to get the same intensity as the bottle shade. The staying power is great lasting 7-9 days on my nails with Seche Vite's rapid top coat. Ravishing, Dahling is a great color when you want to go a little gothic or feel like a sexy vixen.
China Glaze Fifth Avenue (0.50 fl oz for $5.99 usd) is a dusky rose pink polish. This is a pretty rosy color that works great for any occasions. Fifth Avenue reminded me of the Victorian era and the dusky rose color that tends to associates with it. This applies very smooth and is easy to work with. The staying power is excellent lasting 8-10 days on my nails with Seche Vite's rapid top coat. If Fifth avenue would be a lipstick color, it would be a pretty pinkie brown every color, a my lip but better (MLBB) type. The polish looks boring and dull in the bottle, but on the nails, it is a beautiful dusky rose color. Also, it looks almost as of a cream polish but it does contain small shimmers. If you want a pretty dusky rose color, you might like Fifth Avenue and it looks good all skin tones.