Lotions/ Creams -Badger - Evolving Body Care Massage Oil
Peskypixie 2/21/2010 7:52:00 PM
I use this for everything. A few pumps in the shower before drying off to moisturize, as cuticle oil, and twice daily as a cleansing oil. It smells wonderful and always works well, never greasy or heavy. As a shower oil I pump out a bit onto the palm of my hand and rub into damp skin. Takes 4-5 pumps for each leg (5 on the first, 4 on the second) and 6 on my arms and upper body. To clean my face I wet my face and put a few pumps onto cotton rounds, wiping off all my makeup. I then follow up with Eucerin Gentle Redness Relief Cleanser, wiping my face and neck with a damp towel. My skin feels healthy and clean, not squeaky clean, but less oily- that is probably due to the small amount of castor oil. I have not had any problems using this to remove eye makeup, but I am careful and have not gotten it into my eyes- I'm not the remove every trace of eyeliner type of person. Also works well as a massage oil, but I usually mix it with the Body Shop's Moroccan Rose body oil. One of those rare hubby picks that are spot on! Price on website has gone up to $27, my local Weggie's still has it for $17 (I think I paid $12 for my first bottle a year ago?). I'll be picking up another before the price goes up! Still worth the extra cost.
I was so excited that a new Ulta was opening 5 minutes from my apartment. Even went with hubby for my birthday. The store is such a let down. I rarely find good sales (buy two get two free?!?!? I don't have room in the apartment for two of the same thing, let alone four!), and if I do they are always out of the item I want! Their sales people are lousy, and I'm sick of the whole 'S card' thing. Ulta and Sephora are as comparable as a drugstore and Macy's. Ulta does sell some expensive lines, but the selection and expertise pales in comparison to Sephora. I go to Ulta for drugstore type cosmetics only, especially when it comes to their draconian return policy- Sephora I can buy on a whim, Ulta no. If you are forced to shop there be sure to hand over your Sephora card and let the drama ensue... Overall, ok for staples if you catch a good sale, but not worth the trip if you are from out of town. When venturing in always be sure to bring a fully charged iPod and headphones.
Treatments -Sally Hansen - Insta-Dri Speed Dry Drops
Peskypixie 2/6/2010 7:33:00 PM
I used two coats of Orly polish with one coat of Wet 'n Wild Wet Shine quick dry top coat and the drops. Within 10 minutes they were dry enough to fix dinner! I am very impressed and will purchase again. I'm wondering why I waited so long to pick these up. You really do need this!
The color of this polish is HG status for me. A perfect bronzy pink that goes with everything. Just enough color, but still work appropriate. My only issue is the tip wear and chipping. If I do my nails at 9 pm and go right to bed I should not have tip wear by 10 am the next day. I work in data processing, so I do a LOT of typing, but come on... 11 hours? Debating whether to return now or just save for special occasions...
Top/Base Coats -Unlisted Brand - INM - Out the Door Top Coat
Peskypixie 1/21/2010 10:01:00 PM
Eeh. Better than Seche Vite, except drying time. Minimal tip wear, no chipping. Just takes FOREVER to dry and never hardens. Can have on a week and still dent... Still not a hg, but does not turn brown on my lighter colors. I still use Seche Vite for darker colors or when I don't have time to let my nails dry. Will purchase again until I find that HG...
This is a beautiful deep bluish purple. The formula is pretty fast when it comes to drying, but so thin! The brush is a bit too wide- ok for thumbs but overpowering on tiny pinky fingers. Would never work for toes. It would probably work well to franken- would be great made into a jelly. Bottle hard to hold, had to enlist the help of hubby to hold. All in all, won't buy again. Price was not too bad, on sale for $6.
My poor husband is finishing this up. Thought it would be great to get my oily hair clean, disappointing. Never got any suds, does clean a bit better only diluted into a half gallon bottle. Won't repurchase- a bad deal for the $2.79 I paid.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Salon Nail Lacquer - Sweet Creams
Peskypixie 9/21/2009 9:39:00 PM
I had the same issues as the first reviewer- streaky and uneven. Purchased because all of the sheer polishes I'd tried had sparkle, and wanted a sheer pink for french manicure. This will be going back, I may try exchanging for Oh Naturale.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Flirt (#38)
Peskypixie 9/14/2009 9:30:00 PM
Beautiful color, only needed 2 coats for full opacity. Purchased because I love the brush- I still have a bit of trouble covering without a mess, but so much better than with a round brush. Purchased on sale at Walgreens for $1.50.
Polishes -Unlisted Brand - Incoco Dry Nail Applique
Peskypixie 9/5/2009 1:13:00 PM
I am loving these! After a few months of use I have found that they will not last me more than 7 days, but with a $1.00 off coupon from the Incoco website, and only buying the tips, a set comes out to less than $3.50- very affordable! I had some yellowish discoloration, I think that was from Seche Vite topcoat. To remedy I will do a quick swipe with remover every other day followed by an additional coat. This is kind of a good thing, as I never did remember to do a new layer of topcoat after initial, so they do last longer and look tidier longer as a result. EDIT: They have now raised the price on these substantially. I've ended up with two defective packages of white tips- black flecked, too thin that would not work. My local Walgreens only has old packages of these at a higher price, the appliques only have one side and don't stick well at all. I emailed the company and they blew me off. Not impressed. Just not worth the added expense. Not buying again.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Fire Opal Nail Glaze - Royal Opal
Peskypixie 9/3/2009 10:00:00 PM
I am sold with this brush! So easy to apply. Can be worn with one or two coats for a sheer pinky peach glow. 5 coats gives a beautiful sparkly coral. Next time I'll try layering over a darker coral or pink creme color to skip the extra coats. Will def buy more colors!
Highlighters -Revlon - Bare It All Lustrous Powder in Peachy Tease
Peskypixie 8/28/2009 8:07:00 PM
Decent highlighter, but honestly I just use an eyeshadow more often. Will probably toss.
Blush -Revlon - Barely Blushing Creme Blush - Precious Coral [DISCONTINUED]
Peskypixie 8/28/2009 7:58:00 PM
Has poor staying power, won't last more than a few hours, even if set with a powder. Color is beautiful however.
I use this for a quick smoky eye. It's difficult to blend (burnt burgundy might be a better option?), so I put on a cream liner after my base and then apply my smoke signals pigment at my lash line and outer V. Next I use a shimmery taupe shadow all over the lid and blend, using a reverse application technique, blending out with a matte neutral shadow. Very fast and foolproof, even in early in the morning. Might try pressing this just so I don't have to deal with the loose pigment.
Very happy with this product! I have horribly soft and fragile nails and this works better than any strengthening base I've tried. Plan on repurchasing, bought at Sally's for less than $5 with my Sally card, making it a great deal. Edit: I don't like how this darkens / yellows your polish over time. It won't work for more than a day or two for a lighter polish, esp. a french manicure.