Polishes -Sephora - Sephora by OPI Special Request
tobywoo 9/3/2008 12:50:00 PM
Special Request is a fantastic bright. It is the exact color as OPI Mod-ern Girl from the OPI Summer Brights collection. The only difference I saw was that Special Request was opaque in 1 coat and Mod-ern Girl was a jelly and took 3-4 to reach full coverage. Special Request is a orange creme (no shimmer) with a hint of pink/coral to keep it wearable. I did take a lippie off for the twin factor. It seems silly to me that OPI would try to slip a duplicate color by us. It applied fantastic but I only swatched for color so I can't vouch for wear. The other colors I have tried in the new SOPI collection have worn well for me with Barielle natural nail camouflage basecoat and Poshe fast dry topcoat. PIC: sun shade
Polishes -Sephora - Sephora by OPI Nonfat Soy Half Caff
tobywoo 9/3/2008 12:42:00 PM
Nonfat Soy Half Caff is a beautiful BABB color. It is a light shimmery coffee color. The shimmer is very subtle and not obvious. It leans to a neutral/warm....it is after all a brown and they tend to be warm. I am a bit cool and it worked on me but I didn't care for the delicate nature of the color. I think it would be great for someone who loves the natural look or needs to wear professional colors for work. Application was good but I didn't leave it on so I can't vouch for wear time. I wouldn't purchase it again but only because it's not the color I was hoping for. PIC:
Another gorgeous vampy for fall from the new line at Sephora by OPI. However, if you own essie Sole Mate, OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, Zoya Casey, or Lippmann Dark Side of the Moon you can probably safely pass this one by. It's a deep purple with a hint of brown on some skintones that can look almost black in average lighting. Application on this was hands down better then my newer bottle of LPAD with the stinky pro-wide brush so I may chuck it in favor of this one. I prefer this to the Lippmann because Caffeine Fix is Uber-shiny and I love a creme with optimum shine. Easy to work with and wearing like iron on day 3. Edit: I would buy again...the wear and the application are just to good to pass up! PICS:
I couldn't love the 2008 Fall trend of smoky/dirty creme polishes more if I tried! Now that I have stated my bias to this color, here is my take. I would describe You Don't Know Jacques as a taupe grey. It was described by some as wet cement and I would say that is accurate. It has not a hint of lavender like Metro Chic. This a great dark color that will be an impeccable accent to many of the colors worn in the fall. Application wise...it seems OPI has prevailed over the goopy polish/wonky brush issues with this latest collection. (France) PIC: Compared to Metro Chic:
Fantastic collaboration by OPI and Sephora. Metro Chic is a gorgeous greyed taupe lavender creme. It went on smooth as glass and was shiny even before the topcoat. The brush is not pro-wide and I thank them for that. I love it. The Formula was flawless and the wear is also...4 days and no chips in sight! I will be gathering many of these colors to add to my collection. pic:
This is a limited edition release from SpaRitual for the Go Green Initiative. It is orange with slight shimmer. It reminded me a little bit of a pumpkin. Not too garish to be worn daily. The application was fantastic and I know there are alot of fans of the rubberized cap. I would not repurchase but that is because I am a diehard nailboarder and I will never need to repurchase any nail color as long as I live! Pics:
I love this polish...but then I love all things nail polish and blue. The application was nice. I usually only purchase Chanel when the color is unique since they run $19/bottle. I would not repurchase because althought the color is beautiful, it is not unique enough and there are other cheaper polishes to be had. Pics:
Most of the new Night Brights from OPI didn't wow me, but Light My Sapphire did! I love it. It looks like a deep smoky navy blue on me. I love that it looks creme in low light but in brighter/sunlight it has a very nice shimmer. I am a sucker for the Pro-Wide brush, nice application and good wear.
Love this! It is a very deep wine color. I find the shimmer to be noticable in most light and very complex in sunlight. This base color is very close to Chanel vamp but with burgandy and sometimes deep berry flashes. I love EA application and find two coats does the trick nicely. It wears pretty well also, better than a lot of high end colors. I can get a decent wear with it too.
This is my favorite pedi color! I am not a pink polish girl at all, but there is something about this shimmery pink that's just so hot! I wouldn't wear it on tips but I adore it for pedis, especially in the summertime. The application on EA polishes is fantastic. It goes on very smooth and even and two coats covers very well.
What a great moisturizer! This goes on thick and sinks in fast. Lotion is an obsession that I have had since I was little. I hate dry skin. I don't like greasy lotion. This keeps skin moist and soft and it's not greasy. It smells really nice, kinda floral, and the scent fades so it's not going to mix with your perfume. I have no idea what it costs because I was fortunate to swap for it. I also use glysolid which is very similar and you can get it easily here in the US.
I love this, let's just get that out of the way. I know it basically has the same name as Lincoln Park After Dark, but as much as they are similar they are very different. This color has shimmer and shows its purple a bit more. LPAD is very deep and velvety. It looks very blackened where this is a deep purple. I also have to give some love to the pro-wide brush-the best nail polish applicator IMO. Love it! Add it to your collection if you love vamps. I will be picking up a back-up for myself in case it goes away forever.
I found this and was super excited to add a metallic black to my collection. This just isn't as good as the black satin. It looks black inside but in light its a glittery grey. It reminds me of when I would paint a coat of glitter over nailpolish. It looks good as far as metallic black goes, but I don't love it. Fair skin/warm/dark blond/blue eyes.
Skincare - Face -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar Eye & Lip Cream
tobywoo 12/21/2006 10:31:00 PM
I picked this up in the kit at Sephora. I have been trying some eye creams now that I am starting to get fine lines. This did nothing for the lines. At all. I only made it 10 days though because I broke out right at my eyebrow furrow. Thanks. That's an easy place to hide acne.(extreme sarcasm!) I was really mad for a few days about it. I stopped using it and it seems to have cleared up. I am still using the rest of the set and so far that is not causing any more acne. Now I get to figure out what to do with this, lip treatment at night maybe. Oh well.
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
tobywoo 12/21/2006 10:27:00 PM
I don't mind this cleanser but I don't love it and I don't think i will repurchase. I want to clear out my pores. If I am going to clean my face with any regularity I want results. This seems to clean my face fair enough but my pores don't look any better. I don't mind the pledge-like scent. It's gentle which is nice. I am 33 and starting to show fine lines and so I want to do the right thing but I don't feel this is anything special.