Bright hot pinky coral with subtle gold shimmer - perfect summer pedicure color. My new bottle of polish seemed a bit thick for Essie, though, but nothing that a little thinner won't take care of.
This color clashed horribly with my yellow/pale olive skin. The polish quality was typical (i.e., great!) OPI quality, but the color just sucked on me. Too trashy/sparkly//in-your-face-red-pink-something...oh, well... I still love my other OPI polishes, tho...
This review may be premature, given that I just got this from H2T, but after quickly swiping it on a fingernail to look at the color, I really, really like it! It is just the deep, true red that I wanted for a pedicure for my NC25 skin. It almost appears to be a cream -- the shimmer is so subtle -- but it is such a beautiful color. I might have to redo my recent pedi for this color! It's probably too bright/cool for a nail color for me, but it will totally work as a pedi color! I haven't used CG polishes before, so if the qualify sucks, I'll amend my review.
Cleansers -Cetaphil - Daily Facial Cleanser (Normal to Oily Skin)
mpm64 7/4/2007 10:27:00 PM
I've been using this in the mornings for at least the past two years. I'm 42 now, so I have to start to be careful about overcleansing. Cleans my skin w/o overdrying it, what else could you want? I usually cleanse at ngiht w/ La Vitton normal/oily cleansing oil. No breakouts, my derm is happy, people think I'm 10 yrs. younger than I am, so no complaints! I've noticed that my husband has started using this in the shower (he has flaky dermatitis) and it does seem to help his skin also. Will definitely repurchase! I do have to say that Cetaphil moisturizer is crap -- broke me out horribly -- so I use Neutrogena/Complex 15/La Vitton oils for moisturizing.
This concealer is the BEST if you have oily skin, like myself. It really doesn't budge. It's a bit expensive, but I got mine for about $17 total on ebay. I'll definitely buy it again. I'm probably an NC25 and I use "clair". EDIT: OK, I'm getting old, and this is starting to look cakey and to emphasize fine lines around my eyes...I think I have to find something new (Cle de Peau??). But I think this is a great concealer for younger oily-skinned girls.
I just colored my hair myself today for the first time in 10+ years. I had an app't for cut and color yesterday, but my stylist called in sick, so I was only able to get a cut in yesterday w/ someone else. I told the fill-in stylist that I was going to do the color myself, since my darker roots were growing in, as well as the usual, annoying grays in front. She recommended that I go to Sally's, get something w/ color level 7 or 8 and neutral, as opposed to ash or golden, as my hair is very golden already. I went this am and ended up getting 7N, medium blond, even though it looked 2 or 3 shades too light. (I've been getting my light/medium brown, shoulder-length hair colored at the salon for several years now, , usually every 6 weeks or so -- roots touchups w/ occasionally all-over color or highlights, although I haven't had highlights done in about a year.) I mixed up the color with 20 developer in a squeeze bottle (1:1 ratio) and applied it to about the first 2 inches of roots. I had my husband do the back, since I couldn't really see to do it. I let it process for 20 minutes, then applied the last bit of color and pushed it though to the ends and let it sit for another 10 minutes. The result is better than I expected, if a little light in color. The grays are mostly, but not totally covered, probably because I went for the minimum (30 min) processing time. My hair feels so soft and silky, and even though the color is a shade lighter than I wanted, the overall color looks very even. I paid $4 for the color, plus $3 for developer (which has enough left 2 or 3 future colors), plus $2 for the squeeze bottle, and $1 for Ion color defense conditioner, which I used after rinsing the color and shampooing. I'll still have highlights done at the salon, but I'm finished paying for overall/root color there! My results are easily as good as what I've gotten there, and so much cheaper. However, next time, I'll try 6N and 35 - 40 min. processing time. And I'll use a plastic bowl/brush instead of the squeeze bottle, because the bottle was a PITA. And I'll have my sister do the back, instead of my husband! EDIT: I'm still loving this brand. I've been using 6N/7N, and tomorrow I think I'll do a 1:1 ratio of both. The color covers my grays better than anything else, but the grays do seem to pop thru after 3 weeks or so. And the color definitely comes out darker than you would expect. With the cream formula, definitely use a bowl and brush instead of bottle. I also find that I need to use 1 1/2 tubes of color if I'm doing all-over color...1 tube just isn't enough. EDIT: I just colored my hair with this yet again and I'm still really happy with it. I've been using 6N, but I tried adding Gray Magic and Unred this time, and it seems that I do have better gray coverage and less red tones as a result.
Very natural-looking, very sheer, no-shimmer, nudey-peachy color. This is what I wanted Samoan Sand to look like, but SS was too opaque and too brown. Great subtle, "go-to-work" color. Two coats with Stickey base coat and Seche Vite top coat lasts 4-5 days on me with no chips. Will definitely repurchase!
Cleansers -La Vitton - Water-soluble Facial Cleansing Oil
mpm64 11/19/2006 4:20:00 PM
I wanted to try a cleansing oil to better remove my makeup at night. I tried this one (the one for oily/combo skin) b/c of the great reviews here. I have extremely oily skin with some drier areas. I usually avoid using ANY oils around my face because I still (at 41) have occasional breakouts and still take prescription med's to control cyctic acne. This cleanser was a real surprise -- it left my face completely clean without stripping it. (I do, however, use a separate eye makeup remover to get all my eye makeup off.) I've been using it for about 3 weeks and, in addition to cleaning my skin well, it actually seems to have "calmed" my skin -- tiny zits/red irritations have disappeared and my skin just looks smoother and better! I've had NO clogged pores/breakouts since using this! It's a bit expensive, but the results are so worth it!
Treatments -L'Oreal - Nature's Therapy Mega Moisture Hair Treatment
mpm64 10/22/2006 3:29:00 PM
Like just about everyone else, I love this conditioner! I have fine, thick hair that's just above my shoulders, and I color the roots and/or highlight every 6 weeks. I use this stuff once or twice a week and it makes my hair so soft and smooth without weighing it down. Caveats: you DO have to rinse very well, including your neck/shoulders...otherwise, it leaves a slippery film. It will also make the tub slippery -- be careful! And I also hate the tub packaging, but I remedied that by putting some of this in an old 3-minute miracle squeeze bottle, which works great! EDIT: I'm revising my overall rating to 3 lippies, because I do get buildup w/ regular use, and because I've found better conditioners/treatments out there. It's not horrible; it's just so-so.
Liquid -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Makeup SPF 17
mpm64 6/12/2006 8:15:00 PM
This was TOO blendable ... it never "set", and smeared off during the day. I have oily skin, so maybe it works better for normal/dry skin. But I definitely wouldn't buy it again. And the color was too yellow! Why did L'Oreal have to discontinue Mattique???
This is a warmish, medium pink color, no shimmer. My skin is probably NC30 or so, so this color is a bit too pale on me -- I really have to build it up to get the color that I want. However, I do wear it fairly often, but I more often choose Nars Sin. I think I want to try MAC Coygirl or Dollymix next...
I have the Berry lip glaze, and although it's a very pretty cool, pinkish color, the applicator annoys me to no end! I click several times and nothing happens. I click one more time, and a bunch of gloss comes gushing out! Because of the applicator brush and the price, I won't buy this again. I much prefer MAC lip glosses for color choice, staying power and better applicator, not to mention better price!
I bought this with Oyster Girl l/g, thinking that OG would definitely work for me and that VGV was a crap shoot. However, OG is WAY to pale and goldy/frosty for me, but VGV is gorgeous! It even looks good on me without any other makeup. I'll definitely buy this again. I also have VGV l/s, and it's a good "going to work" l/s, but I really prefer the VGV l/g for color, shine and how long it lasts!
Misc Beauty Tools -Clean & Clear - Oil Absorbing Sheets
mpm64 10/16/2005 9:20:00 PM
These are ugly, but they work! I always have a pack on me. I like that they don't add any powder -- they just remove the extra oil on my face.
I'll buy this stuff as long as they make it. This is the ONLY e/l that stays on my oily eyelids all day! I have Sepia Ink and Violet Ink so far; I mighy try one of the shimmers. But the ones I have are GREAT! I put this on in the am and it doesn't move for 12+ hours!!!!