Styling Products -Unlisted Brand - Scunci No Slip Grip Pins
mizsockmonkey 7/5/2011 6:32:00 PM
I know it's probably weird to write a review about bobby pins. Or at least I would have thought so until I tried to use another brand, which = FAIL. Don't know what you got till it's gone, right? This other brand (I'd name it if I remembered) seemed so weak in comparison. Barely hung on to my thick, curly hair. Suddenly violins played and I remembered my old love, Scunci No Slip Grip. Scunci and I have been together ever since. These bobby pins are actually a little more expensive than other brands, BUT they work. And you can use them again and again without their ever losing tightness and grip. Also, I like the fact that they come in mottled colors that fade into your hair - not that anyone probably notices but me. Still, I love these pins & will buy this brand forevermore.
Love the color, wish it was more opaque. It gives my nails a nice, clean, shiny pink look... after five, yes, five coats. Any less than that and it's so sheer it looks like clear polish.
Just picked this up today and I'm in luuuuv. A pretty periwinkle with silver shimmer. Two coats required for opacity. I can't comment on lasting power yet, since this is my first day, but I can't stop staring at my nails. Gorgeous. one complaint: Essie is overpriced. Eight bucks for a polish = too much, sorry. But then again - I bought it, didn't i?
Ten years ago I'd have loved this blush to pieces. Great color payoff, and the color itself is lovely - a medium pinky-peach with plenty of shimmer. Unfortunately the shimmer is what makes it hard for me to wear now. Now that I'm older I find that shimmery blushes like this one really highlight my pores in an unflattering way. I'm pale and I don't care for the shiny-stripe look this blush tends to give. If this color were matte, I'd give it five stars.
Lotions/ Creams -Nubian Heritage - African Black Soap Hand Cream
mizsockmonkey 6/5/2011 5:31:00 PM
Found this product at a local natural beauty-products store. I sampled it in-store and though I'm not nuts about the smell (sort of earthy-spicy-vanilla - pleasant but a bit too strong for me) I loved the way it moisturized my hands. I have very dry cuticles and it takes a village to soften them, or whatever. This product is thick, rich, and definitely softens my hands. So far I'm very pleased with it. looking forward to trying it as a healing overnight treatment.
update - after having had this for a week i'm taking it out of my bag and using it at night only. because the smell is OVERWHELMING. i get embarrassed to use it in public, because the smell is so strong/amber/earthy that i am worried it might make people sick. yar! oh well. the cream itself still works really well.
Blush -L'Oreal - True Match Superblendable Blush in Innocent Flush
mizsockmonkey 3/7/2011 9:52:00 PM
Nooo! So underwhelmed. The color in the package is beautiful - a gorgeous coral-y peach. However, there's really so little color payoff. I notice that others have said that and chalked it up to their tans or olive skin tones, but I'm a PPP and really can hardly see this color on my fair skin. I'd be ok with that if this color seemed to be buildable, but it's not. Additionally, it's waaaaay too shimmery. Sinks into pores. Too shiny + too little color= yuck. Disappointing!
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure- Gray by Gray
mizsockmonkey 11/30/2010 11:07:00 PM
Love this polish, only because I've been hankering for a slate blue polish for the longest time. When i saw this in the drugstore I practically started salivating. The color is true on nails and coverage is good with one coat, perfect with two. True, it chips quickly, so use a good topcoat and be prepared to switch your polish in a few days. My rating for this polish is aaaaalll about the color. If there were a polish this shade in China Glaze, I'd get that one. But thank you, Sally Hansen, for putting it out there. My favorite polish color of this season!
Polishes -Wet 'n' Wild - Coloricon- Blue Jitters 33484
mizsockmonkey 8/4/2010 4:29:00 PM
yech. not a fan. This color looks promising in the bottle - dark blue subtle glitter in blackish blue polish. However, it dries weirdly. It's matte and the glitter just looks like bumps. In the sun it looks interesting... inside, it just looks cheap and messy, like a badly tarred highway sprinkled with a little glitter. Don't waste your 1.99.
what a disappointment! The color gets 5 stars, but the application is streaky-lumpy-bumpy, which makes it not worth my time. Not pleased. Still on the hunt for a perfect summer lilac.
I think this scent was discontinued for a while... maybe? Or am i on crack? Anyway, I didn't see it for a really long time, and then when I saw it come back on the Yankee website I immediately snapped one up. I'm a sucker for the smell of fresh cut grass and this candle does not disappoint, both in terms of being true to scent and in terms of throw. This smell just makes me HAPPY. I will definitely repurchase, and I hope Yankee holds on to this one.
sigh. I bought this candle unsniffed from the Yankee website because I love the smell of eucalyptus, and Yankee's scents are usually so true to their name. I figured I'd love it for sure. I don't know what's wrong with this candle, but it doesn't smell like eucalyptus. I mean, it does... a little. But it's a tiny bit of eucalyptus mixed with this weird, heavy aquatic note. No sir, I don't like it. Not one bit. I was hoping for a super fresh, spa-like scent. This isn't it, though. And now I have a whole giant jar to burn through, because I can't buy a Yankee candle and not burn the whole thing. I don't know, it's a weird guilt thing, because they're expensive. Maybe I'll give it to a friend.
True what others have said about this particular polish drying matte. Although I'm a fan of matte nail polish, it isn't indicated on the bottle that this is a matte, and I love the color but I think this one would look better shiny. I'll probably try it with a top coat next time.
in addition to that, this color didn't last as long as some of the other Sinful polishes I've purchased recently. This one chipped the same day. So I have mixed feelings about Dream On. The color's definitely in-your-face in a good way, though.
Polishes -Sinful - Sinful Nailpolish in Timbleberry
mizsockmonkey 4/12/2010 11:16:00 PM
My local Rite-Aid just got Sinful polishes and so I've made it a habit to pick one up every time I go. And at 1.99 a pop, why wouldn't I? I picked up Timbleberry (which is what my polish reads on the bottom despite another reviewer's assertion that it's actually Thimbleberry, which doesn't make any sense either if you think about it) because I was in the mood for summer colors and this one does not disappoint. Opaque with one coat but better with two. Great lasting power, IMO. In fact I've been very impressed with Sinful as of late. I'm usually a China Glaze or Essie girl, and Sinful is outlasting both of these brands at a fraction of the price. So they're doing something right. Another reviewer mentioned that they found this polish too thick. I didn't have that problem, but it's one that's easily fixed with the addition of a few drops of nail polish thinner, which you can find at Sally's. Bright, punchy, almost fluorescent coral. I have pale skin and it looks good on me, and I could see it looking great on darker skin tones as well. I didn't have a color like this one and I'm glad I picked it up. I can see myself using this one a lot this summer. Viva Sinful.
oh hell yeah! I picked this up on a whim at a Walgreens because I've been wanting a mint green. I expected it to be drugstore quality but I was actually kinda blown away by the quality. Not only did it apply evenly and totally opaque (I used two coats; with most polishes I use three) but it lasted WAY longer than I expected. I'm definitely going back for more Sinful polishes. M-hm.
I'm kind of blown away by this kit, to be honest. First of all, it's DIRT cheap. I mean, for what you get, and the quality... it's basically unbelievable. I received it as a Christmas gift, and when I opened it, I thought, hey, that's fun, but it probably won't be good quality. I am happy to say I was wrong. The eyeshadows and blushes are silky and really highly pigmented. In fact, the bright pink blush has become my new favorite out of ALL my blushes (and I have several). And though I find glosses in palette kits to be generally unimpressive, these are nice too. Pigmented and glossy, although they don't last as long as some of my other glosses. My only issue is with the packaging. But to be fair I generally hate the packaging with big palettes of this type. They're always fairly unwieldy. With this amount of product I guess you kind of have to expect that. If you're looking for an inexpensive kit to keep around, I can't recommend this one enough. 36 eyeshadows, 4 bronzers, 3 blushes, 5 glosses. For the price it can't be beat and I kind of want to rush out and buy the rest of the NYX kits right now. Nuff said.