Magic is part of the Designer Series, and stuns in the bottle as a dark, cool toned blue packed with blue shimmers and flashes of purple shimmers. I purchased it for just over $14 dollars around twice what I normally purchase them for so my expectations were a little higher! The first coat was rather sheer, but at the 2nd, and 3rd is was opaque enough and much prettier. The wear time was about 4-5 days before minor chipping occurred. But I am not completely satisfied with the overall effect - I thought it would be more noticeable. It's still a very flattering shade of blue against my NW15 fair skin, but I wasn't completely blown away. However I would still repurchase because as a basic shimmery blue it's my favorite. I am undecided if I want to try other DS polishes though.
For a 50ml bottle of this it's only $24.00 at my local TBS, so price wise it's not bad! But more often then not I have found you get what you pay for when it comes to fragrance. The lasting powder reminded me of a body mist - still subtly there but hardly noticeable. Which may be a pro for some, but I prefer a scent that does fade so much. According to TBS website.. Notes: Top notes: pear, neroli, bergamot Middle notes: jasmine, heliotrope, lily of the valley Base notes: vanilla, sandalwood, musk cream. I was surprised I fin it very sweet and creamy and figured vanilla would be as prominent as it shows up on my skin. I think with the bottle they were aiming for simplicity but it is just rather dull. As a basic vanilla spray it is mediocre - I do have body mists that are vanilla that I actually prefer if I just need a quick splash. I would not repurchase.
Moisturizers -Biore - Nourish Moisture Lotion SPF 15
TimeAndBlame 2/7/2012 11:52:00 PM
For reference, I have slightly oily skin, and am not prone to breakouts aside from the occasional pimple. This worked for me as I admired: the sleek bottle, oil-free light weight formula, and of course the fresh scent. And hey, spf is always an added bonus especially if you're as fair as I am! But as far as moisturizing goes - I wasn't blown away. It did give me a slightly dewy feel (though I wore it at night, not under my foundation.) But I don't know I don't love it enough to repurchase. I am still hunting for something better. I would still recommend others to check it out especially if you have similar a similar skin type.
Personally the simple yet chic bottle was the only quality I liked about this fragrance. It's not horrible in the least it's just very forgettable and I feel like I have owned multiple ones just like it. I found the apple note to be quite noticeable especially after dry down. It's lasting power was mediocre - just subtly there, much like a cheaper body mist. Though a fruity-floral is usually acceptable to anyone's collection I feel there is better out there, including some that are less expensive. Would not repurchase.
This was mediocre for me - I liked it, but am certainly not going to purchase it again. The container is different, but functional and kind of makes it easier to see how much product is left to squeeze out. The scent is fresh and not overpowering. But unfortunately I found it to be quite drying.. though it's a decent cleanser its just not for me. Also this didn't really foam for me; if that is important to you I wouldn't recommend this particular cleanser. For reference I don't have acne aside from the occasional pimple so I cannot say whether it improved that or not! For a gentle daily scrub I prefer my Biore Pore Perfect, it does not dry my skin out nearly as much.
I actually quite like this polish! When looking at the bottle you will see a very sheer, pale tone of sky blue with a prominent flash/duochrome of green. Perhaps when naming this Go On Green, they literally meant it will go on green - as I find the blue does not show up at all when used for layering. It's an interesting polish, kind of unique in that sense which reminds me of Significant Other Color also by OPI but it's green/purple. Anyways I have not worn this alone as I couldn't get it opaque until 4 coats and I was still unsatisfied. It's best as a layering polish. I am currently wearing it over Mermaids Tears a dusted grey-turquoise. GOG kind of gave my manicure some new life, as I get bored of manicures easily lol. The wear time has been great and application was up to par with the majority of OPIs polishes. I would not recommend this to someone if they plan to use it on it's own. I would however recommend it if you want to try an interesting layering polish! I would repurchase.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Chocomania Body Butter
TimeAndBlame 2/6/2012 4:05:00 AM
Though I am generally a huge fan of TBS, Chocomania Body Butter was a complete miss for me. I was given an 8ml sample of this and did have high hopes for it as I love body butters. I must say I do like the smell; it's a chocolate with a hint of.. something else. Reminds me of the almond butter maybe? And it's not like most chocolate scents that are too sweet or synthetic. But unlike other body butters from TBS that I own, this one is very greasy. I don't know if my sample had some sort of issue but it was rather unpleasant. The formula looked normal, but left my hands/feet/arms shiny, as if I had literal grease from a french fry on it. Also, I do not recommend this for use in massaging as it clumps up easily with contact, once it's on your skin. Even if it's just been applied onto my arm and I accidentally brush against it, it pills up. I have never had that issue before either.. Would not purchase.
Meh, this product is mediocre in my honest opinion. I have two other light-medium pinks in my collection with the same lavender duo-chrome effect. (Nicole by OPI in Enchantress, OPI in Hawaiian Orchid) and a couple of medium-dark pinks (OPI in Pompeii Purple, Sally Hansen in Back To The Fuchsia) also similar.. So that being said it's not very unique to me. The consistency was a little too sheer at the first couple coats but at three was not too bad! It's a nice color against my NW15 fair skin, but I have others similar with better lasting power and nicer formulas. Therefore I would not repurchase.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Insta-Dri in Fuchsia Flare
TimeAndBlame 2/5/2012 4:03:00 PM
Disappointing product. In general I am a fan of the Insta-Dri line, including the wide brushes. But the formula on this one is awful. It's too thick, but somehow still manages to be streaky. The "pepto bismo pink" isn't the most flattering on my NW15 fair skin. At three coats I still wasn't satisfied with the overall appearance. It also chipped easily after a couple days therefore I would not repurchase.
Play is a feminine and sweet scent, but not juvenile in any sense. I can picture women of any age wearing this. "Top notes include pink peppercorn and orange blossom, followed by amyris wood, Tiare flower and orchid, wrapped with the base of sandalwood, patchouli, Tonka bean and benzoin." (quoted from fragrantica.com) The packaging is cute, yet sleek. Sometimes I find patchouli overpowering but in this case it subtly warms the woody-floral fragrance up. When wearing this I often catch myself sniffing my wrist as I find the scent very lovely... But it just doesn't seem to last long for me. It's a nice light, day scent; but I have a couple others of that variety that I prefer: Lacoste Touch of Pink and Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue. I would not repurchase though I do *like* it.
Chiaroscuro is such a pretty twist on the typical metallic nude! The pearly green effect is eye catching, yet subtle enough that it is still suitable for office/work wear.. I find it too flatter my NW15 fair skin, and it looks much prettier on then in the bottle for me. At three coats the opacity was perfect. The wear time was about 4-5 days without noticeable chipping when using a top and base coat. Overall it's a pretty color, one that I don't have any others like it. I would repurchase.
Makeup Brushes -The Body Shop - Lipstick-Concealer Brush
TimeAndBlame 2/5/2012 3:42:00 PM
I am reviewing this only as a concealer brush - I don't use a brush to apply my lipsticks. I own this, and the MAC 195 concealer brush so I can't help but compare the two. While this of course was much cheaper, I prefer the 195 in all areas aside from price. The brush is too small on this one, and I find the bristles almost TOO soft in order to effectively apply concealer to pimples. The MAC brush has a larger size, and the bristle just seem to be able to reach the small areas within the pimple covering it more completely. For the price this isn't a horrible product, but I don't see my self reaching for it - ever. I would not repurchase.
Strawberry Fields is a sort of medium pink, with pretty gold flecks through it. The first coat during application was leaning on the sheer side. Even at three coats I could still see through to my nail tips, though I could try applying thicker coats. The wear time was pretty good, lasting about 4 days before minimal chipping occurred; when using a top and base coat. The color looks alright with my NW15 fair skin, and I don't have another pink like it. I would repurchase!
Hmm I suppose I *like"* this polish but certainly don't love it. Thataway is a medium orange with some subtle shimmers appearing almost metallic. The first coat was a bit on the streaky side but at three the formula was acceptable. I don't feel this polish is coral at all, at least not against my NW15 pale skin. In order to be coral it would need a hint of pink undertone and I just don't see that. The wear time was okay lasting about 3-4 days before chipping when using a top/base coat. I tend to like most bright colors but this one isn't very exciting or interesting in my honest opinion. I think a true coral would flatter my skin tone much better. Would not repurchase.
Cha Cha Cha is a metallic medium green with a duo-chrome effect consisting of yellow shimmers. Most of the greens in my collection are flat, without shimmers so I thought I would give this a try! It was nearly opaque at 2 coats, but at 2 I was perfectly satisfied. The wear time was okay and consistent with other ChG polishes; chipping after 3-4 days when using a top/base coat. That being said, I am someone who uses my hands a lot so if you don't, it may last longer. Against my NW15 skin, it pops but almost in a way I find unflattering. I think I will wear it as a fun color but only on my toes. On my hands I feel it looks a little too juvenile. However I would still repurchase.