Treatments (Eye) -Bobbi Brown - EXTRA Eye Repair Cream
LizSaysSo 6/6/2012 10:41:00 PM
Without a doubt, this is the single best skincare purchase I've ever made. This eye cream is thick, but absorbs quickly and makes my eye makeup go on smoothly. It contains peptides for effective preventative anti-aging and natural oils to hydrate thin skin around the eyes. One .5-ounce container will last at least 6 months, so $68 is, in my opinion, more than reasonable. My eyes looked moisturized and less puffy after one use, and younger and smoother after a week. The results only get better the longer I use it. I experience no sensitivity or irritation, even when I use it on my eyelids. I will repurchase again and again, and I would happily pay triple the price. This stuff is amazing!
Polishes -Sephora - Sephora by OPI - Under My Trench Coat
LizSaysSo 7/24/2011 9:00:00 PM
I love the mushroom-y, greige nail colors that have been flying off shelves for a few years now, but Under My Trench Coat is a knockout for pale girls with office jobs! It's much lighter than You Don't Know Jacques, the color that launched a bajillion muddy, putty dupes, which makes it a lot more professional and friendlier to all of the seasons, instead of just Fall. It's a soft, taupe/concrete grey base with very, very fine gold micro-shimmer that is hardly noticeable on the nail. It's the ideal neutral because it doesn't read as warm or cool, brown- or black-based. It's just the perfect cherry on the sundae at my job! Bottom line: Under My Trench Coat is a great alternative to the nudes and baby pinks that I so frequently turn to in efforts to seem sophisticated and understated at work.
This navy is killer! I don't normally care for blues much, but First Mate is surprisingly wearable. It's almost a vampy shade, but it never looks black, which is much appreciated by the pale folks. What an all-around great deep blue for Fall! And how fancy-schmancy it looks with a coat of gold or silver sparkle over it for a night of bar-hopping! The formula is thick and creamy, and two coats is more than sufficient for opacity. I've found it's one of the longer-wearing China Glaze polishes, and it doesn't stain nails like some blues I own (I'm lookin' at you, hideous 99-cent turquoise NYC polish). Bonus (if you're from Boston): First Mate is the exact color of Red Sox blue! I wear it to every game, sometimes with red French tips!
Cupid is a very blue-based bubblegum pink, and I've never seen a Barbie pink quite like it. I don't own many Revlon polishes, but I'm really pleased with this one. Is it truly a quick-dry formula? Not in my opinion. Does it last past day three without chipping? Nope, but few polishes actually do on my active tips. The color is really the saving grace of this polish. I am not generally drawn to bright pinks, but this one is really special. It's a bit wild for my fingers most days, but I wear it on my toes any time I'm in for a day of sunshine and puppies!
I want to love Essie, really I do. The bottles are so sweet and simple, and some of the colors seem unique. Tart Deco was, hands-down, the single most difficult nail polish I have ever worked with. It somehow managed to apply both streaky AND in clumps. After two and a half hours of drying time and four painfully bubbly, runny coats, it almost looked even. Almost. Also, based on all the swatches I looked at before purchasing and the color in the bottle, I was horrified to find that the end result was the exact color of a Creamsicle, which I sincerely doubt will flatter many skintones and certainly did nothing for my pale tone. Ugh! It was a very long time before I ventured into the land of Essie again, and that endeavor ended only slightly better. I'll be giving Essie one more chance, but if I find that Limited Addiction is equally disappointing, I intend on throwing in the towel on Essie polishes.
Normally, I hate blues. A lot of blues remind me of all the worst aspects of being in seventh grade, and I think too many of them look identical (How sick are you of turquoises with silver shimmer and duo chrome??). I also don't have a ton of faith in China Glaze. I've tried some real stand-outs, and I've tried some complete duds, so I reach for my OPIs much more frequently. All that considered, Secret Peri-wink-le is one of the triumphs of China Glaze's permanent collection, and it's a periwinkle/cornflower blue I will reach for time and time again. Holy bajeezus! This color is a soft, feminine, mature blue-based periwinkle perfect for your toes. I know this is sort of nail polish heresy, but I own both Secret Peri-wink-le and For Audrey, and I certainly prefer Secret Peri-wink-le. It's just an all-around winner in my book.
A lot of products claim to make your nails stronger. Most provide the added strength of only an extra layer of base coat-- a huge disappointment when your nails shatter daily and you just spent ten dollars. If you're looking for rock hard, I'm talkin' slice-diamonds-in-midair nails, look no further! Wow. They don't bend. They don't peel. They don't tear. They don't split. They just grow, grow, grow because, as it turns out, that what nails that aren't in a constant state of disrepair do. It's not a base coat or a top coat, but it doesn't promise to be. You can use it as a base coat, but I find my polish chips faster when I use this as my base. It's absolutely the best nail reinforcer I've ever come across.
This polish is turning me into a raving lunatic. I can't stop pointing at things! For me, that's the sign that I've found a new top shade. The orangey, reddish coral of this polish is to-die-for gorgeous and sickeningly flattering to all skin tones. I'm pale as can be, and it makes me pop. My friends with darker complexions are equally thrilled with how it brightens their tones. I've never seen this color before, which is a comment most polishes strive for, but few receive. It's like an almost-neon strawberry cream. I'm surprised by comparisons claiming Cajun Shrimp is somewhat of a dupe for Essie's Cute As A Button; not only is Cajun Shrimp much deeper and brighter, but it blows Cute As A Button (a color I like quite a bit) out of the water. As expected with OPI, the formula is impeccable: thick without being goopy, long-wearing without requiring an hour of remaining completely motionless and highly-pigmented. One layer really was completely sufficient to achieve an opaque splash of color. I highly recommend Cajun Shrimp for Spring and Summer. In fact, it's my new favorite color!
I bought this polish online based on swatches I saw/reviews I read ranting and raving about how this color was drop-dead gorgeous. The purple was a nice muted, medium, office-appropriate purple, but I wasn't bowled over. Was the formula smooth, thick and creamy? Absolutely--it's an OPI polish. Is that enough to make me reach for a second bottle of this exact color when mine runs out? Probably not.
Lotions/ Creams -Jergens - Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
LizSaysSo 6/5/2011 10:03:00 PM
I'm very pale (like, bluish white), and this lotion made me a regular skin tone! I love it! It's moisturizing like a deep-conditioning body cream, but delivers an almost un-mess-upable tint. I was quite surprised by the even color this product delivered. There are no streaks whatsoever, and the color is so natural. No, it isn't a product that will take your skin from ghostly to Snooki in one application, but the color is so even. Long story short: this is my new summer staple.
I can't sing the compliments of this balm enough! It smooths and locks in moisture, rather than merely sitting on top of the lips like most wax-based chapsticks, and the faintly sweet scent/taste is yummy without breaching offensive. The cherry on top for me is the lack of sheer cherry color; you can apply it on the go, and, if you mess up, the skin above your upper lip isn't stained all day like with some colored competitors. I love it, love it, love it!
I was skeptical when I bought this liner yesterday in Navy Black, and I was pleasantly surprised! For $10, you get a beautifully pigmented clean line--no watery streaks or clumping. Navy Black is an unusual color; typically a liner with a name like that is navy, black or metallic navy. This is a gorgeous cream black with a blue hue only upon close inspection or in certain lighting. It's softer than a straight black and quite flattering to blue eyes! Additionally, it's worthy of note that I specifically chose this liner because it had a brush instead of a felt-tip applicator. I know that not everyone has the steady hand of a surgeon, but I find that brush wands deliver an even application that felt-tips can't match. Being a bit of a liquid liner snob, I was hooked on Urban Decay for years. While I haven't completely shaken my addiction to UD (their colors are killer!), I've definitely found its competition.
I'm a BioSilk believer. My hair is dry and somewhat course from years of coloring, but thanks to this stuff, you'd never know! The smell is pleasant, but light, and I like that I can use this product in conjunction with others, such as a curl creme or one of those sprays that protects hair from heat processing. I never use it on dry hair, but when I use it on wet hair, I am able to diffuse, straighten or air-dry, and all look gorgeous. Despite all the squealing and squawking about this product, I found it to be one of the rare products that is worth the steep pricetag. Not only does it leave my long, wavy hair shiny as glass and soft, but that $40 12-oz bottle lasts me six months, sometimes longer!