I picked up a bunch of Sinfuls for less than $2 each at Walgreens. I LOVE this color. Rich, shimmery grass green. 2 coats had beautiful depth and shine. It is a bright green, but classy. I added a layer of the gold sparkly Euro Trash (also a Sinful), and got a spring green color. It looks gorgeous against my pale, warm coloring. Lots of compliments. Would buy this again.
A dark purple-black with teal/ indigo shimmer. The glitter doesn't show unless you're very close and in super bright light. It looks flat black on me. Inexpensive, good lasting power, but I like a more interesting black. It got gloppy fast, and even thinning didn't help it much. Eventually I tossed it.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Diamond Strength Antique Bronze
verolyn 6/2/2008 10:45:00 AM
I loved the color in the bottle. It looked like NARS Hellfire. Reddish-orange copper, with very fine particles of gold and green shimmer. It goes on as a rose-colored bronze, much tamer than I had hoped. It looks very nice against my pale, warm coloring., but I had hoped for something a little more fiery. The formula was a little gloppy, but nothing really horrible. I will definitely continue to use this shade, so yes to repurchase, but I doubt I will ever really need/ want to buy this again.
Polishes -Rimmel - Lasting Finish Nail Polish in #378 "Posh Trash"
verolyn 6/1/2008 5:21:00 PM
A pretty silvery-taupe. Neutral but not boring, surprisingly, it works well with my very pale, warm coloring. I've had good luck with Rimmel polish. They're cheap, have pretty good color payoff with 1 coat and definitely with 2, and they resist chipping pretty well. It can be a bit streaky going on, but nothing really noticeable. Would buy again.
Lip Treatments -Banana Boat - SPF 30 sunscreen lip balm Aloe Vera with Vitamin E
verolyn 5/31/2008 12:05:00 PM
Great lip balm, really soothes and protects. It can feel a little thick/ waxy if you overapply it, though. It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, and my lips stay smooth. Like most other lip balms, this has no UVA protection at all. So minus a lippie. Active Ingredients: Octyl Dimethyl PABA (8%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Oxybenzone (6%), Homosalate (5%) (Sunscreen), Dimethicone (1.1%) (Skin Protectant) Inactive Ingredients: Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Bees Wax, Butylparaben, Cocos Nucifera Oil (coconut), Euphorbia Cerifera Wax (Candelilla), Fragrance, Isopropylparaben, Isocetyl Alcohol, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Myristyl Lactate, Ozokerite, Panthenol, Petrolatum, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Castor), Silica, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa), Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Like everyone says, it's not burgundy at all. It's a nice berry red, with some blue/ cool undertones. I have warm coloring, so I'll only use it on my toes, but this isn't too dark for summer. This is a great shade of red.
Gorgeous copper color, great name. I love the idea of hellfire, especially when I'm in an angry mood, but I hate the feeling of the lacquer. Much too sticky and thick, but not moisturizing at all. More like a layer of rubber cement. It is unwearable unless I layer a thick gloss or Aquaphor underneath. I love this color, but there are too many other great lip colors in the world for me to pay $24 to make my lips feel gross.
Sunscreen -Shiseido - Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream SPF 36 [DISCONTINUED]
verolyn 5/9/2008 9:55:00 AM
I tried both 55 and 33 lotions, and they were too drying/ irritating. I have slightly sensitive, combination skin, and the cream s/s is much easier to tolerate. It is matte, like the lotion, but easier to apply. The lotion made my skin crack and turn red, but this went on smoothly. M/u went on easily over this. It is a good sunscreen. However, I found that it is not so different from Neutrogena Dry-Touch 55 in feel and protection. Both leave a slight white cast and are very matte. I don't love either one. They both could irritate my skin on a bad day, but since Dry-Touch is much cheaper and easier to obtain, I won't be buying the Shiseido again.
Treatments -Sally Hansen - Extra Strength All Over Smart Wax Hair Removal Kit
verolyn 4/18/2008 8:32:00 PM
Removes EVERY hair, even stubborn, tough-rooted ones. This stuff is CRAZY sticky. But God help you if you get it on anything. It doesn't come off easily, even with the azulene oil. I did my bikini line and legs. It really did remove all of it. I am as smooth as I will ever get with waxing. Amazing. But I would not use this product again. It heated up quickly, but was very thick and gooey when I spread it on. I couldn't help but get sticky threads of it all over myself and the floor. It got even goopier when I re-heated the jar. Since it spreads on so thick, not all of it is ripped off with the muslin strip. I had quite a bit of wax left on one leg. I applied tons of azulene, and even some of my own EVOO, but I still had to scrape and scrape to get it off. The waxing didn't hurt my skin at all, but the extra scraping really irritated and inflamed that area. My leg was sticky all day. The wax is good but too hard to remove without damaging skin. Wouldn't buy again, except maybe for the bikini area.
I used this along with the hard water shampoo. It worked great to restore moisture to my long length, fine, straight hair. It was a somewhat rich conditioner, but it didn't weigh down my hair or leave it overly slick and not clean-feeling. I won't use the matching shampoo all that often, but I would definitely repurchase this conditioner.
Very good clarifying shampoo, but it does strip hair. The conditioner it comes with is good, and helps replace moisture, but I'm afraid to use this very often. My hair had a lot of body afterward, and looked shiny, rather than dishwater blond/brown. So I know it works well. I will continue to use this, but only once in a while and during spring/ summer when my hair can take it..
Hair Removal -Gigi - Strip Free Honee Wax Microwave Formula
verolyn 4/11/2008 9:59:00 AM
This removed all the fine hairs on my legs, and some darker, thicker hairs, but not enough. I really didn't like using this wax. Unless you use a very thick layer (tough to do and still spread evenly), it doesn't rip off easily. It breaks, and you have to pick off the little pieces. Hair is only removed if you can tear off a uniform piece. I had to use much more wax than normal, which is very wasteful. The little jar I got would not even be enough for 2 full waxes at that rate. I quit after doing my lower legs, since so much hair was left behind from where the wax didn't tear off. My skin felt smooth and nicely exfoliated, but that was it. Strip free wax was not faster or easier to use at all. This might be okay for someone with finer hair, or on smaller surface areas like the bikini line.
Works great for ingrown hairs and KP. Scrubbing my legs/ upper arms in the shower used to be enough, but lately they just always feel rough. I've tried other lotions with AHA or BHA from Dove, Curel, and Paula's Choice, but they didn't do enough. I found this at Walgreens. I got the 14 oz. size lotion. It wasn't cheap - about $23, but it is worth it. It's working very well. I like that it is a simple, fragrance-free product - less chance of irritation/ sensitivity. I'm using it about 3 times a week. Though it makes my legs sticky, they are nowhere near as bad as they were with Dove Pro-Age lotion. The lotion is lightly moisturizing. So far, my upper arms are smooth and soft. No KP in sight. My legs are still a mess from epilating (no real exfoliation all winter = irritated red bumps that never go away) but they are smoother and when I do shave, my skin doesn't get scraped up and irritated. Will definitely repurchase.
Gels/Soaps -Caress - Exotic Oil Infusions Moroccan Cream Oil Body Wash [DISCONTINUED]
verolyn 3/25/2008 10:24:00 PM
Mmm, cardamom and cassis. I was expecting something heavy, like with cumin spice, but it was subtle and pretty. And this a great body wash. It really leaves my skin soft. Before this I was using Olay Ribbons, but that left a bit of a film on my skin, my tub, and my washcloth. It coated my skin so it didn't get chapped, but didn't really moisturize. The Caress feels like it moisturizes, and my skin is soft and natural feeling. The package gets water stuck in the cap, but that's a minor downside. Will buy again.
Cleansers -Philosophy - the microdelivery exfoliating wash
verolyn 3/23/2008 11:51:00 PM
Got the Sephora sample. Tiny little scrub beads in a gentle cleanser base. (not creamy or oily, just plain fragrance-free detergent). It was too harsh for me, and I hardly rubbed the beads around. Left my skin rough and red. The cleanser itself might have been too drying. I used it up as a body scrub. The little mini squeeze bottle will make a nice dispenser for glycerin or EVOO. This would make an okay scrub for something with less sensitive skin, but it's such a plain "no-frills" product that I don't think it's worth the price.