The color is a gorgeous multi-chromatic blend of gray/silver, blue, green, and purple. In most normal lighting it shows as a light, foil-like purple. For me it is opaque in two coats on its own, but I use three anyway. It applies pretty evenly as well with a nice consistency. I cannot comment on the dry time because I use Seche Vite top coat anyway, and that always dries fast. The color lasted on my nails for six days without peeling or chipping or even any tip wear. On the seventh day, when I went to remove it, it had started showing signs of wear. The only negative I can say about this product is the brush is a very strange shape: it is almost angled. I did not find that the brush's strange shape affected application, but it's just weird. I will definitely repurchase this polish.
Eye Makeup Remover -Wet 'n' Wild - eye make-up remover
yoyocanary 2/14/2011 3:59:00 AM
Pros: Removes eye makeup Practical packaging Cheap Cons: Smells awful Burns eyes I have only used this one, and I think that's quite enough for me. It did remove my eye makeup completely, but at the price of burning the sh*t out of the skin around my eyes. It also smells like a mixture of orange liqueur and gin. I do not want to put something with that kind of smell on my face. I will never buy or use this again, not even if I'm desperate.
I do have very dry skin, and I find that these makeup removing towelettes remove all of my makeup without irritating my sensitive skin or eyes, and they do not make my skin feel dry. I know what people mean about feeling a slight film leftover after use, but ALL makeup removing wipes do that, and they are not meant to be the only thing used to cleanse the face at night. I wash my face with my normal cleanser after I use these, and my face still feels nicely hydrated. The smell is very fresh and pleasant to me. the texture of the cloths is not too rough like some other wipes I have used. I wish that the packaging had a snapping closure instead of the sticky plastic cover, but that does not affect the towelettes at all. I find the last wipe is still just as moist and effective as the very first one. I would definitely purchase this product again. Though I should note that I do not use waterproof mascara, so I cannot comment on whether or not it removes that well, but I can say that it removes my gel liners, liquid liners, pencil liners, and mascara very, very well. I never have any eye makeup residue left on my face when I finish. These are also really good for days when I do not shower (I shower every other day to avoid making my skin more dry) just to remove any excess dirt that may have accumulated while I was sleeping, but I prefer to wash my face in the morning. I would only use these as my sole source of cleansing if I was in a huge hurry or in a place where I could not use water. These do the job sufficiently, but I think it is best to cleanse the face normally after use if possible. I would definitely recommend these to people with dry skin like mine.
Eye Makeup Remover -Neutrogena - Eye Makeup Remover Lotion - Hydrating
yoyocanary 12/10/2010 4:39:00 AM
this does remove eye makeup and face makeup really well, but I found that it stung my Very sensitive eyes. It does not make my skin feel dry at all, and it actually does feel very hydrating. It has a very light, fresh scent, and the texture is nice (pretty much what one would expect from this type of product). It does exactly what it says it will do, but I would not repurchase because it hurt my eyes.
This concealer works best when used with fingers. I've found that when I try to use a brush with it, it gets a little cakey. I use it to cover redness on flat surfaces of my skin (acne scarring, discoloration, redness on bridge of nose and chin). For my nose I actually use a small foundation brush (Sonia Kashuk) and pat the concealer onto the area that needs it, and that works out well. Any other time, it gets cakey, as I said. This is far too dry to use under the eyes, and it is also very yellow-based (at least the color I have which is Fair (05)). I do like the packaging, and I like the consistency. I have found the included powder is OK if used lightly and NOT with the puff included. It can get cakey, but as long as I apply and blend with clean fingertips, that is not an issue. It also covers redness extremely well. I would repurchase.
Concealers -Neutrogena - 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes
yoyocanary 12/10/2010 4:31:00 AM
I bought this concealer as a recommendation. It is very moisturizing for under the eyes, and it never looks cakey or gross. It is not a super full coverage concealer, so if you have extremely bad under-eye circles this may not be the best product. I only have slightly dark circles, so it works pretty well for me to brighten and conceal the under-eye area. I find that it is best applied with my fingers and patted into the skin, otherwise it gets streaky. I also use it on my inner corners as I have very deep-set eyes, and that causes a lot of darkness in the inner corners. It also helps to conceal any discoloration or veining on the eyelid, if that is a problem you have. I have a dark freckle on my brow-bone that it conceals very well. The only problem that I have with this concealer is that it is very yellow-based, so I find that I still need to use a light corrective color underneath it to avoid the yellow mixing with the blue-purple under-eye circles and looking greenish. I use a corrector anyway, so for me this is not a big issue. I would buy this product again, and I think it would work best for people who have light to moderate under-eye circles and drier skin around the eyes (though I am sure people with oily skin could use it as well). It sets nicely, and it stays throughout the day. Because of the SPF 20 in this concealer, I would not use it on days when flash photography will be involved. For reference, I am an NC-15 in MAC (otherwise very light skin with very, very warm undertones and even a slight olive-y-ness to my skin), and I found that the color Buff (09) works well for me, but I could probably go a shade darker.
The only decent thing about this product is the price. I gave it two stars because I found a way to make it work, but it's terrible. It goes onto the hair Very wet and feels like cheap, bad hairspray. When it dries, the hair feels More greasy and sticky and unmanageable and gross. I found that if I used my blow drier right after spraying it on my hair, it's not as bad, but my hair still feels gross. I only tried that because I couldn't return this. On the second use, the spray nozzle was clogged, and I had to hold it under warm water for at least a minute before it would spray again. It even smells like hairspray. It also leaves impossible to remove flakes of product in my hairbrush (even when I didn't use the blow drier). I would not repurchase this. I think I'd rather just go out with dirty hair that put this in my hair ever again for any reason whatsoever.
The jar is too difficult to get product out of with fingers without getting it under fingernails and such (eiw), so I do not like that. The scent also makes me nauseous after a while, so I can't really use it. As for moisturizing though, it's a decent lip balm. I've definitely used better lip balms (without the irritating scent/packaging), so for me this is not a repurchase. I also tried it once on severely chapped, irritated lips, and it burned a little bit, so I think it's best used for maintenance rather than healing, if that makes sense (but I do have very sensitive lips). If the scent doesn't bother you, it's a good enough, inexpensive lip balm that will keep your lips moisturized. It's just not a good product for ME.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Palette - Greed [DISCONTINUED]
yoyocanary 11/15/2010 3:49:00 AM
I thought I would really like this palette for the peachy shades, but it turns out that those two colors are the worst ones. They are both dry and chalky upon application. The silver in the palette is really nice as are the two black shades. I really like the sparkly black because the sparkles actually show up when applied. The top left color (nude/light skin tone) is also really nice. The matte black is really pigmented and nice. So I like the palette overall as two out of six colors is not a deal breaker for me, but I am sure that I could find a nice silver elsewhere and the Wet'n'Wild single in "Brulée" is fine for a matte, light skin-tone color. Matte blacks are easy to find. Shimmery, sparkly blacks are also easy to find.So while those four shades are really nice, and I will definitely use them (and use the peachy ones up as well despite their shortcomings), I probably would not repurchase this palette. However for 4.99 or 3.99 (whatever it costs) four good eyeshadows is definitely a good deal. This is the only Color Icon palette with which I have had any problem, which was disappointing, but it's not the end of the world or anything. So if you want a nice, matte black, a nice silver, a nice shimmery black, and a nice, matte light skin-tone color all in one place -- this palette is a good deal. Just don't count on the peachy shades to be up to par.
This is by far my favorite bright pink nail polish to wear! It looks especially good on the toes as a nice summery pedicure, but it is still cute for a manicure as well. The texture is smooth --not too thick, not too runny--, and the drying time is similar to other OPI polishes, decent. It also looks really good matte (especially on the toes). I love it, and I would definitely repurchase this nail polish.
The color is a very, very sheer pastel periwinkle with a golden-yellow duo-chrome. I find that it applies best over a light gray polish (MAC On the Prowl from Hello Kitty, or Orly Mirror, Mirror) without distorting the color very much. If applied on its own, it would take five or six coats to get an opaque color, but this color does look good applied alone, just a nice cloudy shimmer on the nails. I prefer an opaque polish, though, so i always use the gray underneath. The drying time is pretty good, not too long. I am not fond of the very strong smell of this nail polish, but it is nail polish, and I never expect a polish to smell nice (that would just be stupid). The brush is just a standard nail polish brush, nothing special. I like that the bottle is more of a flat rectangular shape rather than a big round egg shaped one, so it fits into my storage area nicely. Overall this is a really pretty color, and it's subdued enough that it could be worn to work in a conservative environment (as another reviewer stated) without pulling any glances. I would definitely repurchase this one.
Hair -Sacha Cosmetics - Sally - Hair One Hair Cleanser and Conditioner
yoyocanary 8/16/2010 6:31:00 PM
I used the olive oil one, methinks. In any case, this product is not for me. If you have dry hair, it would probably work pretty well. For me, it made the ends of my hair (which are dry) beautiful and silky, but the rest of my hair was oily and gross looking. I like that it is a one step product (no conditioner needed afterward, obviously). I enjoyed the scent. It is not worth buying to use only on the ends of my hair, so I shall not repurchase, but this is not a bad product for its intended use. *edit* I have since writing the above review purchased this product again, and I have found that it"s a product that requires tweaking. Following the directions caused bad results for me, but I adjusted the amount I use on my hair, and I find my hair healthy, shiny, and not at all greasy. It just takes a couple of uses to understand the best amount to use.
Polishes -Wet 'n' Wild - Megalast Nail Color - Club Havana
yoyocanary 8/12/2010 4:12:00 AM
I would only repurchase this because I like the color. The formula is a bit thick and difficult to work with, and despite being so thick, it gets a little streaky going on the nails. It is opaque in two coats, though. I would describe the color as a neon coral leaning toward orange. The brush is difficult to use because the cap is short and fat, so it takes some practice to get a good application. Overall though, it is a nice color, and it is only two dollars or so at a drugstore, so it's not a huge deal that the formula is a bit annoying. Dry time is very good. It was dry within ten minutes --I could touch things, use my hands without worrying about getting dents or chips. It wears pretty well.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure in Hidden Treasure
yoyocanary 8/12/2010 4:07:00 AM
I paid a ridiculously large amount of money for this product, but I like it enough to say it was definitely worth it. It looks really pretty all by itself on the nails, but it really pops over green and purple nail polishes. It also looks cool over black, but I prefer the green and purple. It's a translucent, cloudy white base with flakes that flash green and orange. It dries a bit matte, which I found odd, but I like it. The brush is one of those flat brushes with the rounded edge which helps to get each nail coated evenly. I like the brush. I find that it has a particularly strong nail polish smell, much stronger than other nail polishes I have, but it is not bad enough to really bother me or cause headaches. The drying time is OK --not super fast, but it does not take an unreasonable amount of time (with a fast drying top coat maybe 10 minutes for it to be dry to the touch). If I could find it again for a cheaper price, I would definitely repurchase.
The bristles are very soft but PITA to clean, and it applies both liquid and mineral foundations flawlessly. I found, however, that this brush shed a lot, and after a year or so of use, all of the bristles completely fell out. I am not sure if this is due to improper care (not washing properly/allowing water down into the ferrule), or if it is due to the fact that this brush is only 3.00 USD. Despite this flaw, I would repurchase as I liked this brush quite a lot. Other comments: smells odd before first wash, made in China (sketchy), synthetic fibers, sturdy handle (though I have heard of others having the handle disconnect from the ferrule altogether), handle is decent length (allows as little or as much control as you want in applying product), works well for cream blushers as well, gives flawless finish with both mineral and liquid foundations, does not leave streaks, large enough to cover large areas of the face quickly but flexible enough to get around the eyes and nose with no discomfort, very inexpensive but hard to find in stores (for me anyway), sleek look (all black), handle is comfortable to hold, very dense, does not absorb liquid foundation as other flat top brushes do, can also be used to apply setting powder to the face.