I absolutely love this color! I've been on a winning steak with my OPI's lately and Chapel of Love has got to be one of my favorites. I'm a PPP with cool/neutral undertones. This color shows up as a lightish pink with peachy apricot tones. It also has tiny bits of golden shimmer. It's sort of hard to describe and I find that the color looks much different on my skin than it does in the shown picture (gorgeous pic, btw!). Chapel of Love may be one you'll have to try on yourself. Application and wear were great as always with OPI.
Top/Base Coats -Unlisted Brand - INM - Out the Door Top Coat
Jetaime 3/15/2009 4:25:00 PM
This product is a great top coat for me. I bought Out the Door after reading rec's from the awesome Nail Board. It costs $3.99 with your Sally's card or $4.99 without it. I do a lot of at home manicures and pedicures so I need a good, strong top coat to add shine and protect my nails from chipping/wear. I've always wanted to try Seche Vite but frankly, I can't afford $10 for a top coat (I haven't found a cheaper price where I live). So, I turned to OTD. I found this top coat applied evenly with no clumping and was quite smooth. My nails were so shiny! I didn't have problem with the polish staying wet. It honestly dried quite quickly! YMMV but I'd rec this top coat to my friends. I typically use OPI and China Glaze polishes and OTD works great with these.
Top/Base Coats -Unlisted Brand - Beauty Secrets - Moisturizing Base Coat
Jetaime 3/15/2009 4:16:00 PM
You can find this product at Sally's Beauty Supply. The name listed on productville is a little misleading---the bottle is named "base coat" and underneath described as a moisturizing nail primer. I just wanted to point that out in case anyone was confused! This product comes in a little or big globe shaped bottle with pink looking liquid inside. I chose the smaller bottle, .5 oz (the large one is 2.5 oz I believe) for a price of $2.49 with my Sally's card ($2.99 without--get the Sally's card, it pays for itself!). I use this base coat every time I do my nails--it gets the job done well. I found the coat went on well, no clumping or flaking, and dried quickly. I definitely think this product keeps my nails from staining yellow and makes the polish last longer. I also use Beauty Secrets' Base Coat after I buff and file my nails, for a clean glossy look. I have strong, thick natural nails so I can't speak for it helping dry or brittle nails but it does keep mine looking nice. I think this is a great choice for anyone doing at home manicures--on a budget or not! *EDIT* I've been using this base coat for manicures and I'm becoming less enchanted with the product. It still works fine but I feel like the little nicks and chips are quite noticeable with brighter polish colors. I may switch to a ridge filling base coat instead. I'll use this one up or pass on to my sister. This BC is worth a shot because of the price.
If you like neons, get this polish! This is definitely one of the better neons I have tried. It's a hot pink with a slight orange-y tinge of color. Application and wear were great. Only down side, like a lot of neons, the color tried VERY flat. You need a high gloss top coat. Good neon polishes are difficult to find so I'll repurchase. I also bought a bottle for my roommate who just loved it!
I'm a big fan of China Glaze's polishes--my favorite after OPI. Can't beat the price ($3.25 at Sally's with their card) or application. Their color range isn't quite as fantastic as OPI but this color is divine! Like others have described, Spontaneous is a medium frosty lavender color. The name is quite apt--it's an unusual color that I haven't seen elsewhere. I've received tons of compliments on Spontaneous as well. This color isn't quite work safe (depends on your job, of course!) but a nice, unique addition to anyone's collection. I found the polish lasted about 4 days without wear/chips, which is pretty good for me as I'm always on the go!
This is my HG red nail polish. It's truly *my* red...I'm a PPP-cool toned but I can lean neutral. I've been looking for a glamorous, sexy red polish and this is it! OPI polishes are my favorite...they have a huge range of colors, innovative names and fun collections. For the most part, their application and wear is great! Price is, of course, a little pricey ($8.50 here) but you can cut costs by ordering from 8ty8beauty.com, head2toebeauty.com, etc. On my skin, Vodka & Caviar is nearly a true red...it looks a bit darker on my tips. It has a blue based quality. The color tried a bit flat so I used Out the Door top coat and now the color is so glossy! I recommend this polish to anyone. Probably my favorite polish I own--and I own a lot!
The first picture is not quite as accurate as the 2nd and 3rd for color reference. This is a LE Hello Kitty MAC lipstick and the packaging is adorable! On my lips, it's a pale lavender color with a bit of frost. I have to prep to wear this lipstick---it's too thick and frosty to just swipe on. I usually apply vaseline to soak into my lips so the color spreads around better. I get so many compliments on this color! I pair it with a clean, simple face and dark eyelashes. I would definitely try this one out but keep in mind it's not an everyday color and needs a bit of prepping to wear.
This is a must have polish for all women. It's the perfect milky nude that I believe would look like on cool and warm skin tones. I might look for deeper colored nude for darker skin tones. The application is the best of the OPI sheers I've tried (that being Hopelessly In Love & I'll Take The Cake). Definitely need a two coats, one coat appears too streaky. I found this polish lasts long--I didn't have a top coat handy when I applied this 3 days ago and it look still looks great! I will re-purchase--Bubble Bath is a keeper! It also looks pretty topped with OPI's Princesses Rule! polish.
I am pleasantly surprised by this mascara. I'm always on the hunt for a new mascara...I really like Tarte's 4 in 1 and Lancome's Hypnose the best of all I have tried. However, I think this one will fall in my current top 3 category. I feel like I don't have a true HG mascara yet but this one does a very nice job. Here's a description of my lashes and what I look for in a mascara: My lashes are short, blonde, and straight. I have a lot of them and they are quite thick. I also have allergies and wear contacts so my eyes are sensitive. As for my mascara preferences, I look for non waterproof, black, lengthening mascaras that also volumize. I have had more luck with volumizing mascaras but length is really what I need. Pros of High Impact: Price- for a dept. store makeup this is much less expensive at $14 than the $23+, you'll find at other counters. Wand- Small, stiff brush. For lengthening mascaras, this type of wand works best IMO. You can get all your lashes and avoid clumping. I also found the wand works great on my lower lashes. Pigmentation- High Impact gives a great even color of black and covers lashes well. Lengthening- My lashes are much longer with this mascara! I absolutely love this aspect of High Impact. Definitely delivers the best in this department. Fullness- High Impact really brought out the natural fullness and volume of my lashes. Gives a "fan effect". Staying power- No smearing or flaking after wear. Curling- Although High Impact made no claim of curling, I found that it *did* curl mine. Not as extreme as a curling mascara would have but considered how stick straight my lashes are, this is an added bonus! Cons: Packaging: Ok, the actual mascara packaging is decent but the box? I really wish Clinique would update their design. It reminds me of hospitals. Definition: High Impact didn't give quite as much definition to my lashes as I had hoped. I found that layering this mascara with Maybelline's Define-a-Lash helps a lot. Overall, I will definitely repurchase this mascara. It's not quite HG status but 4 stars for sure. This is a great choice for those frustrated by drugstore mascaras but aren't quite ready to shell out $30 for a HE mascara.
Shampoo -Clairol - Herbal Essences Hydralicious Featherweight shampoo
Jetaime 1/20/2009 12:55:00 AM
Mmm! I am obsessed with Herbal Essences' new shampoo, Featherweight. You've probably seen their new line, Hydralicious, featuring three new shampoos and matching conditioners (Featherweight, Self-Targeting, and Reconditioning). The bottle and product have a pretty swirl of multicolored hues, scented with floral essences. I'm always on the hunt for a new shampoo. I have naturally light blonde hair. As with a lot of blonde hair, it's quite fine and prone to breakage. I do have a fair of amount of hair, however, which is naturally wavy in texture. My roots are oily and ends are very dry. Needless to say, I think my hair is kind of a pain some days. Well, this shampoo is marvelous! First of all, it smells divine, scented with water lily and passion fruit. The packaging is adorable and I love the fun swirls in the product. It lathers up and rinses out quickly. I grabbed hold of my hair after using Featherweight and noticed the wet strands felt plumped up and noticeably thicker. After I dried my hair, it felt so soft, clean, and thick! I am impressed by such great results from a shampoo that retails for around $4. Featherweight is a perfect name for the light, fluffy volume, it gives your hair. I'm going to try out the conditioner to see if it works just as well. Definitely give this one a try if you have fine hair!
I finally decided to try L'Oreal Voluminous! I have short, blonde, straight lashes. They do not curl well but they are quite thick and voluminous. I prefer volumizing mascaras because I feel like they make the most of my lashes. Lengthening lashes are hit or miss for me. I am very impressed with this mascara. It makes my lashes very black which I love and applies easily. I usually use about two coats and find little clumping (I use a mascara brush afterwards). My lashes are curled and look quite thick. It's just a very pretty look. I find I can apply to all of my lashes with the smaller brush. I will definitely repurchase this mascara. It's not my HG but it's one of the better mascaras I've tried. Edit: After a few days of use, I'm starting to like this mascara less. I find that it smears and clumps too easily. Wish I could have loved this one as much as others!
This is one of the few drugstore mascaras I've tried recently. I usually use higher end mascaras but I wanted to give some DS ones ago. Anyway, I bought Colossal for about $7 at CVS. It comes in a bright yellow and purple tube, which is fun and easy to find in your makeup bag. I have blonde, straight, short lashes. They are quite thick and voluminous. It might seem silly then that I go for volumizing mascaras but I like the make the most of them and I've found lengthening mascaras are less likely to work. Colossal gives my lashes a thick look and holds a curl. My lashes NEVER curl so that's pretty awesome. However, my main issue with this mascara is the clumpiness. I think the formula is a bit too "sticky", so it's hard to separate your lashes. It also has a strong fragrance that makes my eyes water. I prefer L'Oreal's Voluminous. Overall, a decent to above average drugstore mascara.
I got this NP on sale for a dollar at Target. Obviously, the prices for this line are great. 215 (Linen) is a pearly white color with pink undertones. It looks very nice for day and appropriate for work. My main issue with this polish is the application. It's too streaky. I found it incredibly difficult to get an even application. This color is a definite staple. I may try a few tricks to make it the polish look better on my nails but I wouldn't repurchase. Not worth all the trouble.
This literally smells like gasoline on me. Perhaps it's my skin but it smells ridiculously awful. I rubbed it off fast. Sorry Lancome, this one isn't a winner for me.
I know I'm a little late to this polish as it was released earlier this year as part of the OPI India collection. On my PPP skin, Black Cherry Chutney is a deep eggplant purple with faint shimmer. I see a lot of other reviewers describe it as a deep burgundy but it doesn't show up that way on me. Very "black cherry" (as with the name) on my skin. I feel the color, overall, is true to the bottle but was not quite as shimmery as I expected. On further inspection, I can see that the shimmer is much finer and lighter than my other very shimmery polishes like ChG's Ruby Pumps. As for the application, it goes on well with no streaks but does have a "gloopy" nature as others have noted. I used several q-tips to clean up my pedicure but dark colors require more patience. The finish was somewhat matte so I topped it with an OPI Start to Finish clear polish. It lasts long like most OPI polishes. This is a great vampy color for those who want a dark, sexy look that isn't black.