Lotions/ Creams -Perlier - Hemp with Rosemary Oil Restorative Hand Cream
Oleander 3/29/2006 4:11:00 PM
This is a very nourishing hand cream made from hemp seed extract and essential oil of rosemary. It's a good, non-greasy formula that soothes my dry hands without strong perfumes to aggravate the dryness. Smells lightly of rosemary, so it's appropriate for use in the kitchen to not overpower food. My husband also likes it for his winter-dry, cracked hands. I highly recommend this to people to maintain healthy and young-looking hands. A great hand cream--check out Perlier's Hemp cuticle oil also. Another really great product!
This extremely light pink/ivory sheer has subtle shimmer; it's, to my eyes, Futures French with shimmer. And it really doesn't do it for me. It applied poorly, and looked like a goopy mess on my nails. The shimmer barely shows and just makes the color look cloudy, IMO. I'd much rather use Futures French for a color like this, but I gave it three lipsticks, because this might look great on most people. The addition of the shimmer to this product just doesn't add enough for me to love this color.
Non-offensive peachy color that's boring. Why do I give it 4 lipsticks, you ask? Because it's a staple, like underwear. I like that it's a neutral that I can throw on that has a little more color than an ivory or pink sheer, and it looks like peaches and cream with my skin. I don't like this as much as Fleur de Lis, my other boring neutral, because Chic Boutique is a little oranger, but it's great for what it is.
Bright, shimmery blue that's great for fun pedicures and bold manicures. It's a cobalt/royal blue with a lot of depth. Applies great in two coats and performs well like all Essies do for me.
Exceptionally Gifted applies much lighter in color than what you see in the bottle, but it's every bit as frosty as what you see. China Glaze nail lacquers apply very smoothly and wear well, across the board, in my experience. This icy pink is a cool-toned, light pink with tons of icy frost that applies opaque in two coats. Exceptionally Gifted has more pink pigment than OPI's Tutti Fruiti Tonga, but is similar in it's iciness. This color would look great on fingers and toes, and is very refreshing. A tan would really set it off, in my opinion. From China Glaze's wedding collection in 2006, "Exceptionally Gifted Collection."
What a sweet pink this is! Delicate, soft, slightly pearlized...luminous, cool-toned pink, but not too blue. I think it is the perfect spring pink. Semi-opaque with two coats: I can still sorta see my nails at the tips showing under the polish color, but it's not screaming sheer. Easily applied formula, like OPI always is, and non-streaky. I like how the pearlescence makes the color glow, but it's not cold and frosty. From OPI's spring 2006 Mexico collection. Recommended if you are looking for a nice soft pink for the warmer seasons.
This is a lovely, light, shimmery, sheer pink with subtle blue irridescence. Very shiny and makes your nails "glow" and look blushed and healthy. Applies like a dream: smooth and not streaky, flows over the nail like a glaze. Color is similar to Essie Sold Out Show, but the pink base color is a lttle bit more pigmented. Lovely for spring manicures or a wedding! From the China Glaze Exceptionally Gifted Collection, marketed for brides and bridesmaids in Spring 2006.
Tools -Unlisted Brand - Swissco Emery Glass Nail File
Oleander 3/12/2006 1:31:00 AM
I never, never, never used to file my nails no matter how "jaggedy" they were. I would just keep ripping them off instead because I hated the way a traditional emery board felt on my nails and how the ends of my nails would split after I filed. But all that has changed since I found the glass emery board. Love this! Much smoother feeling when you are filing, and the ends of my nails are smooth and rounded, not ripped to shreds. Great product and will last forever (well, practically).
A true nude. No pink, no peach, just "nail color." Almost makes your natural nails look like acrylics. Very smooth formula that doesn't streak and just flows over the nail. Some may think this looks like clear nail polish, but it really looks better than that. Some skin tones may find the color too grey, but on me (fair and ruddy), it looks great!
This polish is just way cool. Makes your nails look like Dorothy's slippers from "The Wizard of Oz." Not a color I am wearing a lot on my hands (I did at Christmas time), but as a pedicure color, this will really put some zing in your step! I use one coat of Ruby Pumps on top of another similar red (such as OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress), and it's dazzling. I like that the glitter is small and doesn't make the surface of the nail all bumpy-looking, and I have had no trouble with the wear--lasts quite a while. So fun!!
A nice mauve with slight silvery shimmer, but very blah to me, and average color. Great consistency and wear, though, it's the usual high quality Essie.
The website pictures and descriptions made this polish sound more rosy than it was in person. This shade of mauve was too much toward the purple end for my tastes and ruddy skin tone. That said, it's a very rich color, appearing creme in some lights and angles, and then other times exhibiting a rosy tone-on-tone shimmer. Extremely smooth formula and lasting on the nails like most OPIs. I give this an average rating since it's yet another average mauve, and there are just so many of them out there.
Kate is a creme medium-toned, rosy mauve color. It's not an overly exciting or unique color, but if you are looking for an everyday polish to wear, this is your color. Zoya polishes do not contain formaldehyde, toluene or dibutyl phthalate (DBP), which may be why you are considering using Zoya nail colors. So far I don't think it wears as well as OPI and Essie; the tips of my nails are rubbing off a little more easily (I used the same top coat as I always do), but there are no chips. The consistency of this color is a little on the thick side, but it was easily spread on the nail, didn't streak or glop, and I think I could have almost gotten away with one coat, had I put it on thickly on all my nails. Overall, I am pleased with the quality of the shine and color, wear is good, and for when I want to avoid those potentially harmful chemicals, it's nice to know there is a brand I can use to find most colors I am looking for.
Love this as much as I love Essie Mademoiselle! Passion is essentially the same color as Mademoiselle, only slightly less blue, though, so I think it appears more like natural nail. Makes them look like blushed glass nails that were professionally done. Very smooth formula that flowed over the nail easily in two coats. Sheer and appropriate for all occasions.
I am not a fan nor a user of powder for my body, but I do use this talc as a "dry shampoo" on days when I don't want to wash my hair. Sprinkle a bit of the talc along your part, and brush through the hair. It will absorb some of the oil in your hair, making it look cleaner, as well as refreshing the hair with the soft scent of vanilla. My hair looks great a day longer without washing (my hair is blonde, by the way, this may or may not work as well on darker shades of hair). Fabulous product for this use!