Polishes -Unlisted Brand - icing by claire---sunlit
Krycek 11/30/2011 6:24:00 PM
icing by claire has lots of great glitter polishes including this one. it's a gold string glitter with holographic colours and the best thing about it is that when you pick it up with your brush it is full of glitter; in fact it is almost too much glitter it's so loaded! this is really terrific layered over a deep black polish, it looks like confetti or fireworks!
Polishes -Sally Girl - Sally Girl - Nail Color - general
Krycek 10/1/2011 8:04:00 PM
I was tired of shopping at the mall but thought I'd take a quick peek at Sally's to see if there was any new polish shades in (particularly looking for Halloween colours). I was disappointed to find nothing new but I perked up when I finally found queen helene mint julep mask, then even better I found a gorgeous purple glitter polish. love the size of these little polishes; if you get bored you'll only have spent about $1 on them and you can get a ton of them for little money. They don't appear to have names, only numbers---this one is #812011. Anyway I put two coats of OPI's "catch me in your net" one coat of Sally hansen HD in a bright blue shade (my eyes must be going because I can't read the name of the colour!) then one coat of the sally girl and it is gorgeous! It finished off the peacock-y look I was going for with its deep royal purple and bright green/blue sparkle. I picked up another opal shimmer one and can't wait to try it.
I've been on the mascara hunt for a few years so every new one that comes out I just have to try even if I have a drawer full already. I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. Most rimmel products have been a miss for me (except lip products); this builds volume quickly although it was a tendency to smear so I took off one lippie for that; the deep black shade is perfect (blacker the pigment the better!); curling is so-so but the small flaws are made up for in volume. This is on my short list of mascaras I would buy again (including l'oreal voluminous; maybelline (the new curling/volume lines) and pupa diva (love the cobalt blue shade); marcelle (the volume/length one).
Eye Makeup Remover -New York Color - Eye Makeup Remover
Krycek 7/17/2011 8:06:00 PM
OMG! I was looking for something better than my regular Maybelline eye makeup remover so I checked out a few reviews of various drug store brands (didn't even think to check out reviews of NYC) and ended up purchasing the raved about Bioderma which was on sale and took a chance on the cheap NYC (about $5 Canadian). I've only used it a few days now and boy am I impressed.I wasn't expecting much at all the first time I used it and since it was so cheap I figured I could easily ditch it without worrying about the price. I don't use waterproof mascara but my usual remover doesn't always remove everything. I do use water resistant eyeliners (prestige, gosh, Lise watier) and sometimes was left with liner residue. I used a few drops (cotton pad doesn't have to be soaking wet), let it sit on my eyelid a few seconds, swiped and holy crap everything came off, no rubbing, tugging, needing to apply more remover. Amazing stuff! I was worried afterward my eyes would be oily but nope, I was only left with perfectly clean, lightly moisturized skin. No oily residue to break out or get in your eyes and make then blurry. I will definitely repurchase again & again.
When I saw this in Elle magazine I fell in love and had to have it!! Fruitless searching of salons, trade secrets and shopper's drug mart (which carries a little quantity of colours) turned up nothing. So I ended up going on ebay (paying less than $2 for it, plus shipping). Fantastis light mint opaque creamy green, great wear. The only downfall is the application which is streaky, but a second coat covered that up just fine. Love, love, love this unique colour and cream formula!!
I really wanted something to use that wasn't too dark or glittery at all for the trendy sculpted cheek look. This is perfect: soft brown colour, no glitter or shimmer and it does the sculpted look perfectly. I add a bit of peach or pink blush for a pop of colour
I got this recently in a swap and love it! I really like the warm amber, vanilla scent. Not too sweet or cloying and nothing like the new fragrances that come out that are too sweet and fruity, or musky and flowery. My favourite scents are chypre/orientals so this is one to add to my vanity tray. I would definitely buy it if I could find it in drugstores here. Otherwise I'll put on my wishlist for swaps!
Cleansers -Estee Lauder - Take it Away Lotion Cleanser
Krycek 3/25/2009 8:17:00 PM
I got this recently in a swap and was pleasantly surprised by it. I figured it would leave a greasy feeling behind but while it did remove my makeup (use a separate eye makeup remover so I don't know how well it performs on regular mascara) it left my skin feeling clean and soft. I can't attest to its price but as it's dept store I figure it's pricey. would I buy, no (will stick to my regular cleanser--marcelle foaming cleanser which is economical and works)
I can't pass up buying a new mascara, even if I haven't checked out any reviews on it yet. So I splurged on this at regular price (I think it was around $11 at Rexall's;of course it went on sale the next week!) and was very pleasantly surprised. It has a nice thick teddy bear brush (I hate those new mascaras that have a huge brush or wand that you can bearly hold or use). This was just right. It didn't clump or flake and gave nice thick lashes. Would buy again.
Hair Color -Garnier - Belle Color Permanent Haircolor
Krycek 1/19/2009 11:17:00 AM
I was tired of highlights and wanted to cover them up so I bought this in light golden brown. The smell was about as bad as any other brand, but the conditioner smelled yummy (peach/fruit). Anyway the colour itself was okay but I found this brand very blah and just meh. It often goes on sale quite cheap at SDM one or two day sales (got this for $4.99) but not worth it (no shine, just blah, boring looking colour). I ended up using spiced tea (a pretty auburn colour) from Natural instincts to cover it up and give it some oomph.
This was in the Shopper's drug mart ad this week on sale for $20 (regular price $85.00!!) so I checked out reviews first and on the whole sounded like something I'd like. I sprayed it on, walked around shopping, loved the smell and immediately bought it. In fact I liked it so much and the sale price was so fantastic that I ended up buying a backup bottle of it. I usually go for the oriental fragrances (my all time favorite is Miss Dior) but I really like the floral-green combo of this scent. Most florals are overpowering to me but this is just right.
I've tried different hand creams over the years (Vaseline, Nivea
Mascara -L'Oreal - Volume Shocking Mascara [DISCONTINUED]
Krycek 3/29/2008 7:25:00 PM
Despite the many negative reviews here I had to try this for myself. Waited til it was on sale because it's so pricey. At first the packaging made me wary because it was so bulky but it's not too difficult to deal with. The primer didn't do a thing for me. I previously tried Shiseido's primer just because I wanted to really try it out and it was worth the money but never bought it again. The mascara itself is pretty wet and while it didn't deliver volume it did lengthen. I used Almays triple effect with it to get some volume. It also clumps sometimes and smears so while I will probably finish off the tube I will not repurchase.
This is a limited edition colour from the spring 2008 line, a beautiful metallic sky blue. I like my eyeliners in bright or metallic shades which is difficult to find unless it is limited edition (like many of Revlon's interesting shades). When I bought it at Shopper's I thought it was on sale because the spring line was 15% off plus I had a coupon for bonus points but unfortunately the eyeliner wasn't included in the sale at the time (kept it anyway). It is a pricey liner but I have paid more (Lise Watier's for instance!) but I really love the colour and in fact layered it over a deeper blue pencil liner for an interesting effect.
Beautiful medium deep pink shade. The only shade I like as much (maybe a tiny bit better) is Maybelline's Windsor rose. Moisture formula is creamy and moisturizing (hate drying long lasting lipsticks). I have a couple of other lipsticks in this line (tend to buy medium pinks, neutrals or browny reds and they're all good).