Polishes -Unlisted Brand - Nutra Nail - Gel Perfect UV Free Gel Color
IslandGirlSPN 3/27/2012 9:35:00 AM
This product is pretty terrible. I got this in Lime for St Pattys day nails. I applied the products as instructed and was unhappy with the results. It took 2 coats for reach opaqueness. The first coat was a streaky un even mess but the directions said it would be that way. The first step smells exactly like nail glue abd after it hardens up it FEELS like nail glue. I think it IS nail glue!!! It started chipping like crazy that same day then it is a massive pain to remove. My regular salon strength polish remover will not remove this stuff. It turns it into a sticky mess though. In the end i gave up and left the residual color on and tried to buff some off and chip the rest off. I just repainted over my nail and am waiting for it to grow out. My toes will be a better place for this product I think. I am not one to throw away products until after I have given it several chances. So after that said I will update my review after I wear this on my toes. But I will not purchase this again. ACtually my honey got this for me...I told him to not ever buy it again. LOL
Polishes -Unlisted Brand - Piggy Polish - Lemonade 5 cents
IslandGirlSPN 3/25/2012 1:39:00 PM
I was at Ulta when the Piggy Polish display caught my eye with all its bright fun colors. I chose Lemonade 5 cents out of the bunch. Its a bright sunny yellow with ever so slight shimmer. It takes 3 coats to get the bottle color but it does go on streaky with the 3rd coat finally smoothing things out a bit but not completely. I should have done 4 coats but any polishes that need more than 3 coats is pretty much in the not-to-buy-again list for me. The brush is a bit on the thin cheapie side. For a polish that is just for toes I would have expected a bigger brush similar to OPI or even Sally Hansens complete salon manicure. It's like those thin styles that come in NYC or WnW polishes. It is a bit pricey for the quality. ($9.00) If Im going to spend a little more on mid range polishes I will stick to OPI. This should be a .99 cent polish. UPDATE: I finally took a good look at my pedicure with the lemony yellow color out in the daylight and it makes my legs and feet look sickly and washed out. NC25 here....I should try to tan my legs before giving this shade in any brand a try again. pale beige skin with yellow polish = ghastly. LOL
3 Coats + SV top coat = beautiful opaque cream sand beige nails. On my NC25 skin tone it even has a tint of grey. I change my polish every few days so I am not going to comment on the wear. The brush has a wide angle sort of like the OPI brushes but not as wide. I was wanting to get Samoan Sand but this is a great alternative. I usually don't go for L'Oreal polishes but I like this one so much that I think I am going to start collecting them. A definite plus in my book. ($5.99 @ wags)
I picked up Desert Nude after reading reviews on here. I have always been a fan of Estee Lauder lipsticks and was excited to find out that these are pretty much EL lipsticks. Same scent/taste (which I usually mind in CG & Maybelline lipsticks but not EL) & formula. Now I just need to find a shade in the AB line that is similar to Rose Tea which is a medium mauve cream as described on El's website. Anyway I don't have very many nudes so I decided to go with it. The color isn't the most flattering on my skin tone (NC25 here) imo. Sort of washes me out when worn by itself but with a dark eye look it, it goes well. I like to top this lipstick off with gloss like clear lipglass because this shade settles into my lip lines and makes them pronounced when they aren't an issue with any other lip products. I am really getting into AB's products so I will most definitely check out other shades of lipsticks but I wasn't too crazy about this nude cream. Others would probably love i though. Oh and just another note....I was looking at the Georgia Peach swatch online which looked great but irl it was a frosty orangey shade in the tube which made me steer clear of it. If it wasnt frosty I would have bought it.
Palettes -Flirt - 40-shadow LE 2008 Holiday e/s palette
IslandGirlSPN 2/19/2012 2:36:00 PM
I couldnt resist when I saw this set @ Kohls I just HAD to have it. Love that the singles were circular so I was able to pry them out of the cheap flimsy plastic tray and stick them into my mac pro palette and lots of the empty elf compacts. Some I could pop out easy and others I had to pray with all my might without destroying the eye shadow. It was a pain I admit. After I had organized and admired my eye shadows I spent the past year+ playing with them. Only a handful out of the 40 were matte. The rest were shimmery but not glittery or obnoxious. Pigmentation is lacking in most of them. Some of the shades are similar. A primer or a creamy base is definitely needed to bring out the color. I don't mind that the pigmentation isn't strong because these days I just want a light wash of color I can wear out during the day that looks nice and presentable. Not overdone. Although I do like this set of 40 I won't get it again because I won't ever use up all these shades but if I could do it all over again YES I would repurchase the set. Just don't expect any MAC formulas in this. This would be great for beginners. It is a step above those horrid makeup kits with 50 colors they sell for $9.99 @ Wags. BTW - These may be LE but they seem to stock up on these every holiday. I got mine Jan 2011
Top/Base Coats -Rimmel - Base Coat and Ridge Filler
IslandGirlSPN 2/19/2012 1:27:00 PM
I am hoping I can find this base coat somewhere if it really is discontinued. Why do companies do that with perfectly good products? grrr! Anyway it is a quick drying very smooth feeling base coat that makes my polish wear well. Protects my nail bed like it is suppose to. After I would wear acrylics I would use this to protect my nails as they grew out while making them look neat and presentable. It is very shiny on its own. It dries fast, protects, smooths, fills ridges and has a shiny finish. What more could you ask for! It is one of the better base coats I have in my collection. I have loads and loads of polish, base, tops coats so it does take me sometimes YEARS to go through any bottle of product I have so unfortunately when I realize a product is wonderful it might be gone. I think this might be an example. I am going to scope out Dollar Trees in hopes of finding some. :(
I had a tougher time using this particular shade from the Sinful line. OPI had a color called Casablanca and this opaque off white/pink reminded me of it but of course with a pink hue. (this one not OPI) Anyway, I used this in 2 coats and it was streaky and took longer to dry even with Seche Vite on top. It dented up quick. Later on I redid it again and was careful to not touch anything for an hour+. Base coat, 2 coats of Easy Going then 2 coats of Glass Slipper to give it depth and a shimmer princess look then 2 coats of SV. After trying to even the look out with a shimmer top coat you can still see the streaky uneven color of Easy Going underneath. This is definately a 3 coater polish. So I will give this a try once more but will have to take the time to do 3 coats of it. It has potential.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - HiP Shocking Shadow Pigments in Rebel
IslandGirlSPN 2/9/2012 7:46:00 PM
I don't have particularly sensitive eyes but this and the 2 other shades (restless & fiery) I have irritate my eyes a bit. I wear glasses and contacts fyi. When I got these "pigments" I guess I thought they would be more of a MAC-type pigment but these are all shimmery & irridescent loose eyeshadows. That is it and that is all. Nothing special. I can't imagine using these for anything else other than eye shadow. I looked on the Loreal website but these must be discontinued now. They will probably be making their way to dollar trees & big lots. haha. Good because they are terribly overpriced for what they are. I did manage to snag mine up when they were all 75% off at Wags last year.
In my set of 10 mini bottles this was one of them. Among the 10 shades featured this one looked very BLAH next to the rest so I used it last. Now it happens to be my favorite nude/mauve color. NC25 here. Beautiful shade. The one thing I didn't like about it is it is a 3 coater. I prefer 1 or 2 but the color is just so lovely so I suppose I don't mind. I have some other Revlon nude shades but they aren't like this one. I will probably purchase the full size bottle eventually.
Blush -Maybelline - Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine
IslandGirlSPN 2/6/2012 4:20:00 PM
I think this is the darkest shade they have to offer out of all the bouncy blushes. NC25 here. It just need a couple of light swirls of this on my cheeks and it gives me gorgeous color. I liked it so much I went and got Peach Satin. Also lovely on my skin tone. I dab my finger in the blush then tap right on my cheeks then quickly blend it in with circular motion. I would love to try them all but they are a little pricey for the amount of product you get. $7.49 @ wags. I have a pic of both shades in my gallery. UPDATE: Its been awhile now since I acquired my two bouncy blushes with Plum Wine being my favorite between the two. I am a pale gal and this shade looks absolutely gorgeous on me so dont be afraid of it. I layer this on in light layers then top it off with a dusting of WnW Heather Silk which looks to be a great match in powder form to this shade of cream blush. This is my HG blush look. It lasts all day.
Moisturizers -RoC - Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer
IslandGirlSPN 2/5/2012 1:40:00 PM
I got this because someone in some magazine was just raving about it. I had sloooowly gone through one tube. I spot treated with it mostly and maybe once or twice I had put a light coating all over my face with no issues. The 2nd tube I once again just did spot treating like on my laugh lines and forehead. It has taken awhile to get through this 2nd tube like the 1st. The smell of this cream is just too unpleasant/overpowering and the formula so very greasy and uncomfortable even with my dry skin issues. It made me not reach for it much. Well trying to use it up faster because it is pricey for d/s skin care I slathered on a nice layer. MISTAKE!! Moments later my skin started itching and burning and an angry rash starting cropping up on my right upper cheek. I had to wash it off! What happened???!!!!! That was the last straw at my go at this product. It smells awful, feels too greasy even for my dry skin issues and being someone who rarely has a reaction to anything that was scary. Sorry RoC. I will stick with Olay Regenerist fragrance free thank you very much!
This is pricey for the actual amount of product you get in the pencil. From a few previous reviews I had made sure to only twist up just enough of the liner that I need to use at the moment because it does not retract. The formula itself is the best I have ever used and I have used quite a few of high to low end formulas. I only line my upper eyes with this. I don't have oily eyelids. I dab a fine tip slant brush on the tip of the pencil and use it to make a perfect line. It behaves like a gel liner but not as messy as a trying to apply the gel liner. So far I love this formula the best but the packaging makes me nervous. I keep waiting for it to go faulty.
I bought this color last year and never got around to using it until recently when I saw displays of orange shades everywhere. It is suppose to be the in color this spring 2012. I have been on this kick where I change my nail color pretty much every 2 days or so just for fun. I do a neat & tidy yet somewhat quick two coats then slap on a coat of SV on top. I did a two coater of this in my dimly lit room then when I went out into the kitchen & noticed that it was not opaque with just the two coats. Bummer. I only have time and patience for polishes I can use in just one or two coats so I will not be buying this shade again and probably not anymore of the NYC line since they test on animals. (and the packaging isnt cute at all.)
Fresh, Bright, Eye catching. Just a beautiful creme reddish orangey pinky hue. Opaque in just one coat. When I have this shade on my fingers it just puts me in a good mood. Cute name too. It's winter time & I have it on. I'm sure everybody is saying that this is perfect for spring/summer. I'll wear it whenever I want. It is in my set of 10 minis to sample. I will definately get the full size bottle. A must have for everybody's nail polish collection.
This is a set of 10 OPI miniature polishes. The brushes are smaller to fit these things so of course they don't work nearly as well as the full size bottle brushes. The set includes Alpine Snow, Bubble Bath, Tickle My France-y, Strawberry Margarita, Cajun Shrimp, Big Apple Red, I'm Not Really a Waitress, You Don't Know Jacques!, Russian Navy & Lincoln Park After Dark. The bottles themselves aren't labeled so I had trouble trying to figure out which one was Russian Navy & Lincoln PAD when I had taken several out of the packaging at once. A fun little set to sample a bunch of colors without spending a whole heck of a lot of money to do it. $25 @ Trade Secret mall store but I found it somewhere else for a few dollars less....I don't remember where though but it is possible. A 4 rating because the brushes are just a tiny bit disappointing in these little bottles. ( There is a pic of the set in my gallery)