Treatments -Burt's Bees - Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
heyjoni 9/23/2012 7:50:00 PM
First and foremost, the scent is perfection for anyone who is obsessed with lemony desserts. Yum. This little tin of cream is a must-have that works superbly in moisturizing dry cuticles, though its texture is on the greasy side. I have chronically dry skin and I've used it to sooth my dry, cracked fingers as well.
This is the best lip balm I've ever tried and I've been using it for years. None of the other Burt's Bees balms can even touch this one. I love the cool, minty sensation and it soothes my dry, chapped lips like no other. Seriously, I can't rave about it enough and I'm glad this product exists.
Harvest Moon is a gorgeous, glowing copper foil from the Hunger Games collection. It dries fairly quickly, is opaque in two coats, and looks great with a top coat to boost its shine. Perfect for a fall manicure.
While Agro doesn't have my favorite formula on the planet (thick), it does glide on smoothly. You get good coverage in one coat, but if you're like me you'll need two to even it out. Agro is a lovely, glowy olive green with a golden shimmer from the CG Hunger Games collection... and as a lover of green polishes, this is essential. It dries quickly and looks great with a top coat to boost the shine.
This is a ka-pow! orange with a bit of a red undertone from OPI's great Holland collection. Application is smooth with a nice brush, preferable with two coats, and would look great for a Halloween-themed manicure. It does the trick when you want a loud color, but unfortunately the removal process leaves you with Cheeto hands. Damn solid orange though.
Best base coat ever? This is certainly the best I've tried and I'll probably stick with it. It dries almost instantaneously and its rubbery texture makes polish go on amazingly smoothly, which makes it worth it alone. I generally change my nail color every other day or so, so I can't comment much on how well it holds a manicure, suffice to say that I haven't had any serious chipping problems other than minor tip wear. Love it.
If you don't want to wear a bright white, this is a good alternative. A soft, fresh, clean milky shade. It's a pink-tinted neutral, but it's as pale of a pink as you can get - definitely not as pink-satiny as Essie's Ballet Slippers. It has a wearable look that goes with pretty much anything and it's very work appropriate. I like how clean and subtle it looks with my pale skin, but I think it would look gorgeous on someone with a tan or someone with a dark skin tone. As with many polishes this sheer and/or pale in appearance, it goes on a bit streaky at first, but it definitely helps to use a really good base coat—I use Orly's bonder base—and it looks goods, though sheer with a French manicure-like quality, in 3 coats. If sheer is your thing, I'd recommend this. If you want an opaque-looking neutral, this isn't what you're after.
Yet another Essie polish that I'm pleased with. A few of the reviews have stated that this shade is reminiscent of chocolate milk - definitely agreed... & yummy! (In fact, it gives me a serious chocolate milk craving!) A creamy, wearable neutral color in a slightly greyed taupe-leaning brown. It compliments my fair skin well, a bit better than the very similar, but cooler & more mushroomy Nirvana from Sinful Colors. Still, I could see tons of people being able to pull off this color. Opaque and glossy in two coats, dries a little darker than it looks in the bottle.
This is the perfect neutral color - works great with any outfit, is fit for pretty much any occasion, and goes hand in hand with any type of weather. Oddly, it's not even something I would've normally thought to pick up, but I absolutely love it. Pure Porcelain is a cool-toned soft off-white/beige, with hints of pale pink. If you're looking for an almost white or neutral polish, but don't necessarily want anything too stark, this is a good alternative. Smooth, chic, and would probably flatter most skin tones. It has a nice formula that usually evens out to opacity in two coats. I'd definitely keep repurchasing. *Note: I have this polish under the name 'Decades of Dysfunction' from Orly's Dark Shadows collection, but upon further investigation have found that it's exactly the same, just a rename of Pure Porcelain. Hence, this review is technically for both. So, just a heads up, there's no need to own both!
Admittedly, this is a freaking hassle to deal with. As with many pale pastels I've found, the first coat is very streaky - apply carefully and as evenly as humanly possible. It takes three coats to even out and get an opaque look... and if you've reached three coats and have a completely smooth finish (a.k.a. no pooling icky streakage at the sides of the nails) then YOU, my friend, are a GOD OF NAIL POLISH and I bow to thee. Seriously, I haven't totally mastered this talent and neither will any nail polish novice. If you've got the time and/or patience, get Tart Deco. It really is an adorable spring/summer color, a light peachy-orange-pinky that flatters a tan or even my deathly pale epidermis. It really does pop on the nails and looks great with either a glossy or matte finish. Just... beware of the subpar formula. (On another note, there might be something on the market in a similar shade with a better formula. If not, let's hope!)
Goth is a nice go-to for those who like a good basic black polish, but are in the mood to switch it up a little without being too loud. The silver glitter in the black base is very subtle on the nail in most lighting, so look elsewhere if you want a little more bang. In a well-lit area, the silver speckles remind me of a peaceful, gorgeous starry night. Formula-wise, it dries quickly and is totally opaque in two coats. The polish has a nice glossy finish by itself, but a shiny top coat brings out the slight shimmer a bit more. *edit: Try it with a matte top coat. Amazing!
I'm in love with blue-greens and this is a must-have. It's creamy and has a cool vintage feel - quite a bit greener and dustier than China Glaze's classic For Audrey, which is the most similar polish I own. Excellent, smooth formula and absolutely perfect for spring and summer!
Dive Bar is a hidden gem from Essie. It's a sexy blackened teal in a sea of endless Essie pastels, light colors, and pinks. The application is great; the polish glides on the nails, looking great in one coat, but needing a second to even it out. Recommended if you like dark, slightly metallic, or vampy polishes and near-black shades.
I can understand the negative reviews of this product and peoples' frustration at the application process. One must be extremely careful and use as little brush strokes as possible when applying to avoid massive streak-age. If you don't have the patience, then don't get this. It's a sheer and thin polish—it's not necessarily meant to be opaque, though you'll probably get there in 3-4 coats and with careful concentration! It's a cute shade, a light, simple, and flattering milky white/pink. Works well in a professional setting. I bought it to layer over classic white French tips, which I highly recommend, and I adore that look with two carefully applied coats of Ballet Slippers. Use a good base and top coat too. Classy and beautiful.
Really cute, soft cornflower blue that could be flattering on any skin tone. I'm super pale and it makes me not look like death, so that's kinda cool. A very unfortunate name though. In the bottle, there appears to be a slight shimmer, though it doesn't seem to translate on the nail, instead showing a creamy, smooth finish. Anyway, I love it. Perfect for spring and summer and opaque in 2-3 coats.