Initially I was very pleased with this mask. I did like that after the mask was dry, I could see the oil around my problem pores that the mask and "pulled" out. For that reason, I do think the mask was accomplishing something, so I give it 2 stars. I used this mask once a week. At that rate I didn't find it drying. The product is very goopy, and I followed the tip of another reviewer and applied the mask with a foundation brush. As it is drying, it will flake off as a very, very find powder if you even think about moving a facial muscle. I made the mistake once of moving my mouth and then immediately taking a deep breath through my mouth. I inhaled a ton of clay particles. Gross! The problem with the mask is the very short shelf life. My tube developed a nasty smell after 2 months and I had to toss it. I'm not sure if I was even half way through the tube.
I have this in Flashy Copper, Flashy Moss and Flashy Blue. Flashy Moss is a new color. This liner doesn't accidentally smudge and has great staying power. After 12 hours, the liner is still there, still in place, albeit maybe a tad less vibrant. Flashy Copper is a great all around color, but for me there really isn't enough pigment for it to stand alone. I love to completely, but lightly, line my lids with this color and then go over the top edge again with Flashy Moss. It really makes my brown eyes pop without looking obvious or over done. Flashy Blue is a beautiful color, but doesn't work with my fair skin/brown eye combo.
I love, love, love this color. It's so mysterious yet elegant. That said, this polish is so streaky! I normally don't have a problem with polishes streaking, but even after three coats it was still uneven. Now after three coats it's not really noticeable unless the nails are in direct light and you are studying them, but it bothers me.
This is my first New York Color polish. Pink Promenande Creme is a shocking pink with coral undertones. It is very pigmented, and you can get by with just one coat of polish. I read some other reviews here about NYC polishes in general, and saw some complaints about the nail color not always being true to the bottle color except after a million coats. Reviewers recommended prepping the nail with a neutral color before painting with the NYC polish. I did a test with one nail being base+2 coats color+top and another nail with a coat of Essie's Marshmallow (a cloudy white) before the color coats just to see how much of a difference it made. I barely noticed any difference. The nail without a neutral coast was a little darker and a tad more coralish instead of pinkish. I don't think the difference is enough to warrant pulling out another bottle of polish.
I own Ruby Pumps and Dorothy Who? from the same collection, and being a purple polish lover, I finally picked this one up on ebay. It's an almost metallic bluish-purple and lilac/silver micro glitter. Honestly, I'm a little disappointed in this polish. I was expecting a glitter explosion like the other two polishes, but it's not there. C-c-courage glitter is smaller and there isn't as much of it. On the nail, the glitter looks lumpy even after a couple top coats. The color alone is beautiful, especially in sun light. It's a good addition of a polish collection if you love your purples, other wise I wouldn't go to the trouble of tracking this one down. Sally Hansen Deep Purple is pretty similar minus the glitter.
I recently picked this up on clearance at Ulta. The color is a dark denim blue with very small silver glitter. It's a fantastic color for fall. I get a kick out of looking down and seeing my toes almost match my jeans. This polish is similar to other China Glaze polishes I've tried in that it takes two coats to get an even look, and three if you want true to bottle color. With a base coat and top coat, the polish wears very well. It lasted two weeks on my toes.
I found this in a clearance basket at Target. What a find! This is now my go-to polish for those times when I want a finished look to my manicure that has a little kick, but I don't want to go with a full blown color. This is a very sheer, nude pink color with a slight greenish gold shimmer. Took off one lippie because it seems a little streaky. This is with a base coat, two color coats and a top coat. It seems to wear well. Since it's a sheer, I don't pay as much attention to, nor do I care as much about, chips, etc.
I was looking at nail polish at Sally's and this polish kept catching my eye. The blue! The sparkles! I had to have it. It was reasonably priced at $5.99, I believe. The bottle is similar to OPI's, but with a thinner brush. I think this makes the polish much easier to apply. I applied a base coat, two color coats and a top coat. The first color coat was a mess, but the second coat evened everything out beautifully. My nails were smooth despite the sparkle explosion in the polish, but I used a top coat anyway. Hands down the easiest nail polish application I've ever had. My husband pointed out that he thought my nails would be more of a navy blue. It's true the bottle does look navy, but with two coats I would call the color closer to cerulean than navy. A third coat would probably get the navy color. The color lasted almost two days before one of my fingers chipped, despite the usual house chores and spending an entire night putting together Ikea furniture. I was pleased that when the polish did chip, it was just a little bit and could easily be touched up.
Lip Treatments -Victoria's Secret - PINK Lip Butter
Truthfinder 9/14/2009 7:16:00 PM
This is one of the best lip balms I've ever used. I purchased the "Ripe" version, which is a very sheer mauve shade. (It is much, much paler than the color posted on the VS website.) It has a heavenly fruity smell, a kind of apricot/grape mix that isn't too sweet smelling. This lip balm meets and exceeds all my criteria for a HG lip balm. It feels good on my lips, with regular use my lips are softer even when I'm not wearing the balm, and it gives the subtlest hint of color. The packaging also explains that this lip butter is made with 100% natural/100% vegan ingredients, which are U.S. sourced. The lip butter is made in the U.S. At $8 a pop, it's kind of pricey, but at least you get a decent sized stick. I've seen this on sale for $5. I'll be stocking up next time I see this on sale. Ingredients: Coconut oil, olive oil, euphorbia cerifera wax, jojoba oil, castor oil, flavor (aroma), apricot fruit, sunflower seed wax, shea butter, carnauba wax, cocoa seed butter, grape seed oil, citral, geraniol, limonene, linalool. May contain: titanium dioxide, mica, manganese violet, iron oxides. Update I recently bought this in "Fresh." (On clearance for $2!) It is a nude peach color and very sheer. This also seems to be the shade of the small tubes found in the VS travel bags. Fresh has a unusual smell that kind of reminds me of cake batter. I definitely prefer the mouth watering scent of the "Ripe" shade.
I would give this product 10 lippies if I could. I'm almost done with my first 1/2 oz. tub of Eye Dream Lift, which has lasted me about 6 months. It cost $14.00. You can buy a sample size for around $5. Ingredients: Vitamins "A,B,C,D,E, aloe, Co-Q10, borage oil, DMAE, caffeine, green tea and seaweed extract. It also contains extra vitamins and moisturizers to help dark circles and prevent future lines." I'm in my late twenties, and a few years ago I started getting some fine lines, which quickly got deeper. My regular face moisturizers seemed to do more for erasing the lines than the expensive eye creams I tried. I have very dark circles under my eyes from a combination or genes and allergies. I also never seem to get enough sleep so my eye lids are frequently puffy and the delicate skin under my eyes can be red on top of the ever present dark circles. I use Eye Dream Lift at night over my jojoba oil moisturizing routine. Since starting to use this product, I have only woken up a handful of times to red/puffy eyes. A few more dabs of the cream after a shower, and I'm alert looking in less than a minute. Using a lot of this cream can make makeup cakey, so I usually don't use it in the morning, or only apply it very lightly. After a few months, I noticed that my couple of deep wrinkles are now fine lines again. I attribute the caffeine in this cream to helping diminish my dark circles slightly. To buy Dream Products, email Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask her to send you her product list. You can also google "Dream Products Denise" for an old pdf of her old product list. **Please note that this is not her current product list. I don't think Eye Dream Lift is even on that list.
Moisturizers -Desert Essence - Jojoba Oil - 100% pure
Truthfinder 9/9/2009 11:17:00 AM
I've been using jojoba oil as a moisturizer for my face for over a year now. Routine At night, I put some on a cotton pad and wipe it over my face and throat, concentrating around my eyes to also wipe off any stubborn eyeliner or mascara my cleaner left behind. I use a decent amount, so it leaves my face pretty slick. It doesn't stain my pillow case, and by morning my skin is soft and glowy. Sometimes during the day I'll mix a couple of drops with my Olay moisturizer, but no matter what, it always makes my face look oily. I only do this if I'm not going out. I have also found that patting this very, very lightly around my eyes in the morning, helps my makeup go on smoother if I'm a little dry. I've tried it on my hair a few times, but I have yet to figure out how to use it without my hair looking dirty. My hair color is a dark, dirty blonde, which looks dirty very easily. When I did use it on my hair, I didn't notice any change other than my hair looking more brown (dirty). Thoughts This is my HG moisturizer. I've tried EVOO in the past, but it was too thick. Jojoba oil is much lighter and doesn't make my break out. Jojoba oil isn't technically an oil, but a wax ester, which is very, very similar to our natural skin oil. I have adult acne, and jojoba oil actually helps soothe and clear up break outs faster. It has done wonders on my old acne scars. Shortly after starting my jojoba oil routine, I notice fewer breakouts too.