This is a $5 product available at Sally's as part of the stores "home" line. It is toulene and formaldehyde free and has a scent that is not too overwhelming. While it is very moisturzing and is great for unhealthy nails, it causes the worst, nail color chipping ever. To say that another way, after you put on whichever nail color you want, it chips/flakes off between 24-48 hours, no matter which top coat you use. It's a shame really, since it really does moisturize nails well. If you are used to changing your mani everyday or so, then I heavily recommend this product. If however, you need something more long wearing then give it a pass. So far good basecoats for me have been Orly's Bonder and Sally Hansen's Thicken Up.
Eye Makeup Remover -Unlisted Brand - Walgreens Skin Essentials
TheWorldsDresser 3/2/2009 11:45:00 AM
I've tried a ton of eye makeup removers at every price point. This for $3 at Walgreens, is a pretty good deal. I wasn't expecting much when I got it, but was pleasently surprised. It has no scent, it's oil free and has gentle ingredients. Some negatives to be aware of - it does take a few seconds to work. You'll want to saturate a cotton square then place it on the lid for a bit before trying to wipe away. Also, it took a bit to get through the TFSI and Richmetal Highlighter I used as eyeshadow base, but it DID work and was gentle. It is on par with MAC's pro makeup remover, though definately not as good as oil based or creme ones like Lancome's BiFacial or Clinique's TTDO. Again, at 3 bucks for a large container though, you can't really beat the price. Here's the blurb on the back: SE is gentle enough for all skin types and safe for contact lens wearers. This non greasy formula removes eye makeup instantly while it protects the delicate eye area.
Great product - gets rid of face and eye makeup (not waterproof) and leaves skin feeling great. I will not get this again, however, because the smell is horrible! It's meant to smell like cucumbers, but really smells like grim death. Consider yourself warned.
Eye Makeup Remover -Cover Girl - CLEAN - Make-up Remover For Eyes & Lips
TheWorldsDresser 2/25/2009 6:51:00 PM
I had a makeup emergency and quickly ran into the store to get some remover. Never having used this before, I had no idea how bad it was. Thick, stinky and doesn't remove makeup. Yeah - nope. From now on I'll just keep a sample of my regular cleanser in my car.
Biotin is the recommended natural supplement for nail and hair care and I started taking it awhile back with stunning results. My nails were immediately strengthened and my hair was a bit stronger as well (though this took longer to see than the nails). I was taking about 4,000 mcg per day, short of the advertised of 5,000 mcg a day, but much more than the average person would consume in a normal diet. At first it caused a bit of upset stomach that would have been avoided by taking it with a meal. The other negative side effect was the one that caused me to stop using it - in sensitive folks it can cause breakouts. Now, what isn't clear to me is if it's the Biotin itself or the fillers/binders in the pill causing the breakouts. Biotin does not naturally appear as a hard, white substance and some have theorized that its the inactive ingredients used in putting the biotin in pill format that causes breakouts. Let's say that you take 5 pills a day or even 7. Vitamin B is water soluble, meaning that any excessive amounts are flushed out in urine. The fillers in the pills, however, do stay around and may be the reason for the breakouts. At any rate, I wanted to share my results and let you know but the postive effects I had as well as the negative side effects. If you want to try it, but find yourself senstive to fillers remember that Biotin is essentially Vitamin B7 which can also be found in straight Vitamin B tablets (less fillers) or general vitamin supplements, for example Centrium, but in far fewer mcg's per pill. I'm trying to increase my Vitamin B naturally in the foods I eat: tuna, liver and bananas - I'll let you know how it goes.
Mascara -Besame - Gingerbread 1930's Waterproof Mascara
TheWorldsDresser 2/8/2009 12:27:00 PM
Awhile ago I ordered from Besame, but never tried this mascara. Now that I'm on a no buy, I can't rebuy my fav (Clinique) and instead shopped my stash. This is a very lightweight mascara that provides great length, but no so much volume, making it perfect for daytime wear. It's not dramatic, just natural and would be perfect on those I-wearing-makeup-but-trying-not-to-look-like-it-days. The mascara itself is treated with conditioners, so your lashes feel soft to the touch, and not fried. It has all natural ingredients, allergy tested and paraben free. You can find this at www.besamecosmetics.com for $10. Be warned - it does actually smell like gingerbread.
Vibrant cream red - great color. It looks great, but you'll want to wear a good, protective top coat with it. Also, the brush in the bottle is loooong and awkard to work with - still totally worth it. Lovely for Valentine's Day or a vampy-oh-no-you-didn't night out.
Great product that contains blemish and anti aging treatments. My HG toner was recently discontinued and I can't believe that I found a replacement. I'm not big on drugstore items, but this one is fantastic and does better than many expensive toners that I've tried. It has a slight medicinal smell that quickly goes away. The top is quirky to work with and you can easily get too much on your cotton ball/round so you may want to transfer it to another container if that happens. I am very acne prone and it's a joy to find something that doesn't break me out. Fantastic product, you can't beat the price and I will rebuy often.
Powder -Prescriptives - Flawless Skin Total Protection Pressed Powder
TheWorldsDresser 1/26/2009 7:37:00 PM
SPF 15 (not 25) Absolutely great product. It provides a light and...well...flawless finish on skin with minimal problems. This is not meant to be a foundation, but rather something to fill in in imperfections you might have. This lays on my skin without sinking, which sounds bad, but what it means is that instead of sinking into my rather larger pores, it goes over them like a sheet on a dimpled mattress -evening everything out. The compact is light and much thinner than their Anywhere Powder Foundation Compact, but still has a full 10g. Toss out the applicator that comes with it and instead use a large fluffly powder brush to apply it to get the perfect finish. I use with WITHOUT foundation...it may be too heavy with it. This does not oxidize on me and I had to use blot sheets after 4 hours (pretty good!). The finish kind of reminds me of Mac MSFN...only without the added pimples. Will definately rebuy. One compact = $30.
SPF 15 (not 25) Absolutely great product. It provides a light and...well...flawless finish on skin with minimal problems. This is not meant to be a foundation, but rather something to fill in in imperfections you might have. This lays on my skin without sinking, which sounds bad, but what it means is that instead of sinking into my rather larger pores, it goes over them like a sheet on a dimpled mattress -evening everything out. The compact is light and much thinner than their Anywhere Powder Foundation Compact, but still has a full 10g. Toss out the applicator that comes with it and instead use a large fluffly powder brush to apply it to get the perfect finish. FYI - I have oily skin and use this w/o liquid foundation...it may be too much for folks who use liquid. This does not oxidize on me and I had to use blot sheets after 4 hours (pretty good!). The finish kind of reminds me of Mac MSFN...only without the added pimples. Will definately rebuy. One compact = $30.
This is a good, if average, eye makeup remover. It isn't oily and leaves no greasy residue as some removers do, but that also might make it too harsh for dry (non oily) eyelids. Since I'm Oily McOilerson this works out just fine for me. It cuts several layers of eyeshadow, primer and mascara but will often leave a little behind. It's....delightfully average. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this and would only get it with a Pro Discount or at the CCO. If you order online and need. a little something to kick you over into Free Shipping then I'd throw this in as well. However, Clinique's removers are at the same price point and are worlds better. Ingredients: water, peg-32, butylene glycol, disodium cocoampodiacete, peg-6, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, trisodium edta, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben
If you could categorize a light silver as being warm, this is one of them. It is a pastel silver from L'Oreal's Spring 08 line that came out sometime in February. This is a great winter/spring color requiring 2 to 3 coats for full coverage, but well worth it. Space Cadet has a thin, watery conistency, so be weary of that when applying.
Less green, more of avery vibrant teal. It's a beautiful color, but you'll need 3 coats as it tends to thin with quick dry top coats (Poshe). This is available at drug stores for under $3. The brush is a full blunt edge thing that works wonderfully for precise application.
Eye Makeup Remover -Almay - Non-Oily Eye Makeup Remover Pads
TheWorldsDresser 1/21/2009 11:59:00 PM
Might as well be rubbing dry cactus leaves over my eyes. I could write a longer review, but it'd be too hate filled for the general public. I'll keep it short: rough on skin, burns eyes, does not remove (even NONwaterproof) makeup and is a waste of what would otherwise be fruitful time. This stops just short of being the 7th seal of the apocolypse.
Lovely, opaque pink after two coats. It's a wonderful color that is both bright and acceptable in the office. It is truly an Express Finish as nail #1 was nearly dry by the time I'd finished nail #10. It gives quite a glossy finish on it's own, but I did use Poshe Quick dry top coat in the pic above.