Lip Gloss -New York Color - Lippin' Large Lip Plumper in Peach Parfait
thespacecowgirl 3/15/2012 1:04:00 AM
I've been in the market for a non-shimmery peach gloss; this looked really promising in the tube. However, I probably should have known that the combination of a plumping gloss plus my naturally very pigmented lips would make it go on rather sheer - it's more like a clear gloss with a hint of peach. It also seems to dry out my lips a bit when it wears off, and has a significant chemical scent accompanying the mintiness. What I do like about it: a nice cooling yet spicy tingle, plenty of stick (I hate watery glosses), and a cheap price (about US$3). This is the closest I've found to finding a suitable non-shimmery peach gloss, so I'd repurchase it if I didn't find anything more promising - NYC is good about making nice sticky glosses, and I've wasted a lot of money trying other brands only to have them melt off my lips within a few minutes.
Lip Gloss -Bonne Bell - Lip Smackers in Bubble Gum
thespacecowgirl 3/15/2012 12:57:00 AM
The "medicinal" smell to this Lip Smacker is very true to old-fashioned bubble gum, the kind that's a bit powdery in your mouth when you bite into it. I happen to like it. The flavor, unlike a lot of Lip Smackers, isn't sickly sweet, and it's light enough on pigment that it still moisturizes like a balm. Since I can't seem to find individual Vanilla Lip Smackers at my local Walmart, I see a lot of these in my future.
On the Lip Smacker roulette wheel, this is one of the ones that moisturizes effectively. Although it looks (pale) green in the tube, it wouldn't show up green unless applied very thickly, even on the palest lips. The scent...I'm usually good at describing scents/flavors, but this one eludes me. It's definitely not kiwi. If it reminds me of anything, it's a dill pickle, but only a little bit - it honestly isn't gross, just different. Back in the late 90's, Bonne Bell made lip balms/glosses in little pots in the Cosmic Lip Smacker line, and there was one with this scent...now if only they'd reincarnate the Lunar Lime one in the same form!
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin
thespacecowgirl 3/9/2012 5:19:00 AM
Either this scent, or my body chemistry, isn't what it used to be. It used to be lightly spicy scent with a creamy undertone and a definite gently tart cranberry note. Now it's just a harsh, men's cologne-like generic spice scent that vanishes rather than drying down. A real pity, since this was my favorite cold weather scent, especially for fall.
The main draw of Pure Ice polishes is that they're cheap - about US$2 @ Walmart. I use the black and white polishes (Black Rage and Super Star respectively) as "lingerie" under my other polishes since VNL is a huge pet peeve for me. One coat of Black Rage/Super Star will usually do the trick, although if I'm wearing Super Star under a very sheer creme, I'll sometimes use two coats to avoid visible streakiness. As far as colors go, I've tried Cheatin' (cobalt and fuchsia glitter in a sheer black base) and didn't care for how dull it dried. Generally, Pure Ice polishes dry in less than 10 minutes, and the brush is surprisingly good - it's not wide or spatula-shaped or anything else fancy and innovative, but the classic nail polish brush that gets the job done. The smooth, slender caps are little slippery - I've very nearly dropped a polish-laden brush on myself a few times!
Revlon polishes are a little evil. They nearly always have, and are frequently the only affordable brand that has, the color I'm looking for...and I end up buying it even though I know darn well that the Revlon polishes I choose, at least, are always annoyingly sheer. Thank goodness for black and white "lingerie" polishes. My favorites are Grape Icy (a pearly bright purple pearl that smells like grape candy), Lilac Pastelle (gorgeous pale icy pink lilac), and Cloud (pastel periwinkle or lavender with or without white polish beneath, respectively).
This is almost like getting two polishes in one bottle - on my bare nails, it's the pastel lavender creme I see in the bottle, but over white polish it turns into a beautiful soft, slightly lavender-toned pale blue, almost a pastel periwinkle. It's such a serene color that I actually find it mildly soothing to look at my nails while wearing it.
I used this nearly all summer last year: while my taste usually runs towards the floriental, that's not necessarily the most pleasant scent family when it's 108F and drippingly humid outside. Last year's Bali Mango was a simple, refreshing tart fruity scent; though it was noticeably citrus, I didn't have my usual problem with the citrus note turning "rancid BO" on me. This year's version is a subtle, but definite, improvement: rather than being a straight tart fruity with very minimal lasting power, it's now true mango (no citrus) with a creamy, *very* slightly woodsy/musky/soapy set of "skin" base notes that makes the overall fragrance a little warm and very well-balanced, especially for a body mist. It also has much better lasting power now - several hours vs. about 30 minutes before. Despite the improved lasting power, it's a lot less "loud" and "teenybopper" fruity now - perhaps because it's so well-grounded, the new Bali Mango hugs the skin like a fine fragrance. In general, this is a great scent to wear if you just want to smell clean, exotic, and pretty without overwhelming, and a good fruity body mist for those who ordinarily sneer at fruity body mists.
It may not be too kind to nails or cuticles, but you can't beat something that can take three coats of glitter polish, plus base and topcoat, off all 10 nails with one partially soaked cotton ball!
Lotions/ Creams -Essence of Beauty - Citrus Coconut Body Lotion
thespacecowgirl 2/22/2012 9:45:00 PM
Actually makes my skin drier. Like, it gets flaky a few minutes after applying. The mini travel bottle I bought to stick in my purse is hard to squeeze and prone to projectile dispensing---I actually managed to get lotion on someone else---so I can't even dump the lotion and reuse the bottle. Fail!
While this is one of the creamy, super-moisturizing Lip Smacker shades, I dislike the plastic-y fake watermelon scent. I wouldn't pass it up if I needed a lip balm and no better flavors were available, but I wouldn't buy it on its own either. Gives a sheer, slightly bright classic warm pink tint.
Lip Gloss -Bonne Bell - Lipsmacker in Wild Raspberry
thespacecowgirl 2/9/2012 11:31:00 PM
I like the raspberry licorice scent, but it makes my lips peel.
This polish is a bit tricky to work with for me - since Revlon polishes tend to be sheer, I tried layering it over white polish for opacity. However, this turned it into a pale aqua. It's more true to bottle color on my natural nails, but is too sheer. The greatest flaw of this product is how sheer yet thick and gloppy it is - it's very difficult to apply neat, thin coats. It also seems to chip pretty quickly, even on my toes - my pedicures usually take a month or more to chip. I could try to find a properly opaque nude polish to layer it over, but with my difficult pale but golden skintone and the other issues with the product itself, I'd rather just try a different minty shade, probably from another brand.
The scent of this has changed - it used to be a tart, generic fruity scent. Now it's...different. I don't know how to explain it, exactly: it's a sweeter, somehow "creamy" scent that's not like real mango. To be honest, I'm not crazy about it, but it's not offensive either. This is a nice creamy Lip Smacker that moisturizes beautifully and gives a light coral tint - great for summer!
I love this soap. I enjoy using fancy shower gels to wash, but I shave every other day and like to use soap to do it. I like that now I have nothing competing with/covering up the scent of my shower gel. Other Dove soaps always break me out if I use them on my face, but this doesn't. It's also good for days when I have a headache or otherwise don't want any scent at all. When I use it as a body cleanser, I smell and feel completely clean, even if I used it in a cold shower. It doesn't smell great---there's a reason why most products are fragranced to some degree---but what smell there is goes away quickly. I do feel like it lathers more than the other Dove soaps, but it isn't drying for me. I'll be buying this from now on.