Solar Oil is my favorite cuticle oil and it's a staple nail product for me. It smooths my cuticles nicely, and has a faint sweet almond scent. I love to use this after removing polish to moisturize my nails, after a polish change/ manicure, throughout the day and before bedtime for extra moisture. I've found that it works best when used with/ over CND Cuticle Eraser (be sure your polish is DRY before using them, though ;).
Conditioner -Aquage - Sea Extend Silkening Conditioner
Milena 1/27/2010 5:49:00 PM
A wonderful conditioner! It's smooth and creamy, with a texture that reminds me of a body cream. It detangles, smooths, and moisturizes without weighing my hair down. This is a great choice for colored hair. 5 stars :) For reference, my hair is medium-thick, long, dry, damaged, colored and highlighted.
Best sulfate-free shampoo by a MILE. This has a nice creamy lather that leaves hair incredibly soft, not stripped or rough like many other sulfate-free formulations. It's very moisturizing without being heavy, and really helps to preserve color. The scent is very herbal/ refreshing. For reference, my hair is medium-thick, long, dry, damaged, colored, and highlighted.
Styling Products -Oribe - Supershine Moisturizing Cream
Milena 1/26/2010 11:59:00 PM
Supershine is the best leave-in conditioner I've used to date (and I've tried many). This is a silky cream with a mild scent that makes hair sleek, soft, and incredibly shiny. It seems to have a tiny bit of hold as well. A little goes a long way with this product; a dime size works perfectly for me. People who do not like 'cones should steer clear, since this is loaded with them. For reference, my hair is medium-thick, long, dry, damaged, colored and highlighted. Also, I've posted a pic of the ingredients list.
I gave this a try after I started to suspect that Kiehl's is discontinuing my HG cleanser (Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser). I'm happy to say this is much better for my skin! It cleans very well without leaving me feeling dry or stripped. My skin feels soft and looks plump after using this. It does a great job of preventing breakouts; my skin has been very clear since I started using this. Also, this has a very nice lemon scent and a good lather. Although it's pricey, a little goes a long way. I will definately buy this again!
Fantastic is a stunning, absolutely regal-looking plum berry with superfine gold shimmer. It's opaque at two coats. This is one of my favorite nail colors of all-time (especially for fall) and I think it's definately a must-have for all berry lovers.
This is one of my nailcare HGs. It's a cream with AHAs that gently exfoliates and moisturizes the cuticle area. The directions say to apply it nightly, but I use it up to three times a day without any problems. For extra moisture, I apply CND Solar Oil over this during the day and a rich cuticle cream at night (right now I'm using LUSH Lemony Flutter) to keep my nails looking their very best.
Coconut Ice is a beautiful, cheerful pinked peach creme that's perfect for spring and summer. I have a lot of problems with visible nail line (VNL), and for me this is opaque at two coats over a ridge filler. This looks absolutely stunning on medium/ tanned skintones. I love it so much, I'm planning on getting a backup.
BYOBoy is a beautiful opaque browned rose creme. It's a timeless, classy, work appropriate color. Pretty basic, but a must if you love nail colors in the rosey/ mauvey family.
This product is worth 5 STARS and then some! I think this may be the best conditioner I have ever used. I think I finally found my HG! Kudos to juliet7781 for recommending this on the hair board. Drench is rich and creamy without being too heavy or making my hair greasy. It leaves my hair amazingly smooth and soft, with bounce. And the best part? The gorgeous scent (it's a clean, almost soapy smell) that lingers. For reference, my hair is medium-thick, long, dry, damaged, colored and highlighted.
Russian Roulette is one of my all-time favorite reds. It's a bright, warm (orangey) red jellyish creme that looks amazing on medium/ tanned skin. This is opaque at two coats, but I love to do three :)
Polishes -Lippmann Collection - You Can Leave Your Hat On
Milena 12/30/2009 6:02:00 PM
You Can Leave Your Hat On (now discontinued) is a beautiful nude pink beige with very fine gold shimmer. The color looks very much like a band-aid, so very fair skintones may not be a huge fan of this one. The shimmer isn't all that visible on the nail and the overall finish is very much like a jelly. 1-2 coats is a sheer veil of color, 3 gives a semi-opaque look, and 4 gives me glossy nude nails worthy of Faye Dunaway in "The Thomas Crown Affair". This color is lovely, but I much prefer Sephora by OPI Nonfat Soy Half Caff :)
Lipstick -Christian Dior - Addict Lipcolor 629 Rose Decollete
Milena 12/30/2009 4:14:00 PM
Rose Decollete is a medium rosey brownish nude with no shimmer; a beautiful MLBB/ everyday shade that would look good on almost anyone. It's creamy and smooth, with a weightless feel and good staying power. NC35-40 with golden blonde hair for reference.
I really like this. When I first spray it, I get the peach blossom and gardenia. After it settles a bit, I get this beautiful, warm cardamom/ cinnamon woody incense drydown. I normally am not fond of scents with gardenia or cinnamon, but somehow this works. It's a little bit sweet, a little spicy, and exotic without going overboard. And the bottle is gorgeous :) Bravo!
Particuliere is a neutral grey mushroom-taupe creme. The formula is amazing: super smooth, glossy, and opaque at one coat. The only reason I would not purchase this again is because I would prefer a slightly warmer taupe on my NC35-40 skintone (this one looks off on me at different times/ under certain lights), so I'm going to check out OPI Over The Taupe.