This has been a "go to" coral finger polish for me for a few years. Every easter, I pull it out and paint it on my fingers, and this usually marks the end of dark winter polishes for me until the fall. On my super duper uber pail neutral-warm skin, it appears a true very bright coral (reddish orange). I disagree with the previous reviewer who said she couldn't wear this on her fingers. I'm a natural redhead and I get so many compliments when I rock this on my fingers. Awesome colour ,would definitely rebuy if it weren't discontinued.
this is my favourite base coat. I've tried others, including Orly's own Top/Bottom (gross stuff, that!) and I keep coming back to this one. It makes my OPI and Essie polishes last long, and keeps dark polishes from staining my nails. Must have in my beauty repertoire!
Polishes -Avon - Avon Speed Dry Nail Enamel (various colors)
Sashayy 3/29/2012 12:14:00 PM
I'm a fan of this line of polishes. Brown Pearl is an HG nail colour for me. The colour goes on smoothly and wears surprisingly long over a decent base coat.
I'm a fan of the Speed Dry line in Avon polishes. They go on smooth, dry fast as promised, and give a surprisingly good amount of wear. My favourite is their Brown Pearl colour. As the picture shows, Brown Pearl is a browned out red with a subtle amount of pearlized finish. On my NW10 super pale irish skin, it is a beautiful rich coppered red. I can wear it for upwards of 5 days without chipping or nail edge wear. Love love love it!
Treatments (Eye) -Elemis - Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal
Sashayy 8/25/2010 9:13:00 AM
I was on a cruise and decided to do a facial in the on-board spa. They used Elemis products on me and pushed this as an option for my dark smudgy under-eye area. I gulped and splurged. I'm glad I did. It does exactly what I expect of an under-eye treatment. It moisturizes nicely, sinks in immediately and doesn't irritate my very sensitive eyes. I end up looking refreshed, as if I've gotten two weeks worth of 9 hour/night sleeps. It helped minimize and smooth out my slightly crepey undereye area and reduced the fine crows feet wrinkles at the outside corners to the point where they were almost invisible. Given that I'm 42 years old, that is saying something :-) I would rebuy this, but can't these days because of the cost. That is the only reason I am not giving this a full five lippies. It's expensive ($100 or so) and not easy to find in Canada in a bricks and mortar retail store.
When I first saw this pigment in the jar I was all agog and fluttery thinking it super pretty. However, the moment I tried to apply it, I found that the shimmer that seemed so pretty in the jar turns out to be super chunky glittery bits of silvery white that go all over the place and just don't stay put. Very little of the peached champagne colour comes through - it's just all about sparkle. I guess I should have listened to nursie's review below.
I can see this on someone younger than me with smoother skin, who was willing to put up with that sparkly glittery mess, but I'm going to pass. Deckchair and Goldenaire are much prettier and easier to use.
Oh how I wanted to love this lipstick! In the tube, I got excited - it seemed to be a l/s version of my HG gloss, Smashbox 35mm. Well this was my first introduction to Stila l/s and I have to say that I'm not impressed with the texture of the l/s itself - very hard in the tube and therefore hard to apply. Once on though you don't really feel it on which I liked.
On my lips, at first, it seemed that it would be very similar, a rosey brown with shimmer. However, the more I wore it, the more the shimmer intensified and the colour died away. I was left with rather opalescent pinky shimmer and a ring of rosey brown around the outside. Not a good look. And, of course, the old cardboard packaging sucks! Would definitely not repurchase this. Far too frosty.
While I am a fan generally of the Fresh Kiss l/s (love the packaging, smell and slightly sheer quality of them) this colour just does not work on me. It is far too bubble gum pink and cool for my tastes - clashes with my red hair and neutral to warm complexion. Nothing really wrong with it, though, but just not for me.
Deckchair is everything I had hoped Melon would be on super-pale redhead me. A soft apricot tinged metllic shimmer, ~* THIS *~ may be my HG MAC pigment. It has so many uses for me as highlighter, eyeshadow, blush, decolletage enhancer and glowy goodness generally. I do wish though that MAC sold these with a removable sifter top to make it easier to use them. This may be one fo the few MAG Pigments I find myself reaching for on a regular basis. Just wonderful!!!! Would definitely repurchase.
Fragrances -Dawn Spencer Hurwitz - Rainier Blackberry
Sashayy 5/18/2006 9:22:00 PM
Did you ever burn those small incense cones in high school or college? You could get them in a bunch of scents, including this smokey fruit punch smell that was somehow both sharp and insipid at the same time. That is the smell of this on my chemistry. Cheap, adolescent and totally not me. Pass!
I thought this palette would be a good way to try Fresh lipsticks. While the slightly sheer texture of these is very comfortable to wear, the waxy taste/smell of these could hvae used some masking with a vanilla fragrance or something. The colours are all variations on red and are too bright or dramatic for a paler-than-NC15 redhead like me. Up for swap this goes and I would not repurchase, though it isn't a fault of the palette itself. Rather just a poor colour purchase choice on my part.
Fresh lipsticks are smooth and easy to apply. Cranberry Lemondade is a medium rather matte and somewhat sheer medium cherry red with slight blue overtones. The name is apt because this does remind me of the colour of cranberry juice. The colour is too strong and dramatic for my tastes though for my very pale neutral to warm skin. I wouldn't repurchase this colour.
While the Smudge Pot formula is easy to apply and long-wearing, this colour just seems a boring mid-brown to me. I see very little shimmer unless I apply an extremely thick line. Given that I rarely wear liner that thick, this just is not worth it for me - I had hoped for a more metallic finish on this given the name. I did not want basic brown.
This is going up for swap. I will stick to Annabelle's Smoothliners in Bronze for a waterproof gel liner with a strongly metallic shimmer to it.
This is one of the few KMs that I can't appreciate at all, in the slightest. I have to give it a one lippie rate though because there is no "zero" or "minus one" rating possible.
On my chemistry, Genie des Bois smells like a pungent and annoying muscle liniment: medicinal, sharp, minty and bad. Though I get very faint hint of violet underneath that, I have to bury my nose in my wrist to find it. There is no way I'd buy a bottle of this and for the record I wish she had kept her older style bottles. They were classier and more elegant than the new ones *Sigh*.
Genie des Bois is definitely not FBW in the slightest for me - I'm tempted to throw out the sample, it's that bad. Pass!!
I laughed when I read many of the other reviews which refer to this colour as "peachy". It isn't - it is a strong true neutral pink, with only the slightest of peach overtones that comes more from the effects of the golden shimmer than from the colour itself. With that said, this is a neautral go-with-everything colour on me. It adds a hint of golden pink glow to my unpigmented lips and subtly brightens my lighter-than-NC15 paleness without competing with my freckles or eyes. The texture is very smooth but tacky-sticky, smoother than MAC lipglass by far and certainly more pigmented. Lasting power is average but it doesn't seem to dry out my lips the way MAC Lipglasses do. This is what I wanted MAC's VGV Lipglass to be. This may become my neutral go-to gloss for this summer. At this point, I'd definitely repurchase.