Lip Gloss -Victoria's Secret - Beauty Rush Lip Gloss-Appletini
ccunn13ca 5/5/2011 11:25:00 AM
I totally agree with all of the other reviews describing the taste/smell of this lip gloss as Granny Smith apples or green Jolly Ranchers. Even the colour is the exact same, a bright yellowish green. Don't let the colour and/or the glitter turn you off though. Instead of turning the lips green, it neutralizes any pink tones. Unless somebody is right up in your face, the glitter isn't very noticeable. VS doesn't make this flavour anymore but you can still buy on Ebay.
Gels/Soaps -Bath and Body Works - Aromatherapy ENERGY Mandarin Lime Hand Soap
ccunn13ca 5/5/2011 10:30:00 AM
I bought this along with the matching body wash & body lotion. The scent is fresh & citrusy with balanced mandarin & lime notes, but I didn't feel more energized using the products. Also, the hand soap & body lotion come in glass bottles; I prefer plastic because I'm clumsy and drop things a LOT. Don't think I will repurchase.
Lip Gloss -C.O. Bigelow - Mint Julep Mentha Lip Shine
ccunn13ca 3/3/2011 2:29:00 PM
C.O. Bigelow released this lip gloss along with two others as part of their limited edition "Mentha Lip Coolers" in Summer 2010. I bought this at BBW during the Fall/Winter 2010 semi-annual clearance, but you can still get it on Ebay. I never drank a mint julep before, so I looked up the ingredients. It's a mixture of mint, bourbon, sugar, and water. I never drank bourbon either (vodka is my liquor of choice!!!) but I guess I would like it. This lip gloss tastes both minty & sweet. It's very shiny and not at all sticky. However, I wasn't wowed enough to consider repurchasing.
Lotions/ Creams -C.O. Bigelow - Village Perfumer Lime & Coriander #1536
ccunn13ca 3/3/2011 1:40:00 PM
I bought this along with the matching body wash & hand soap. The scent is very nice. Lime scents usually smell very sweet to me, which I don't like, but this is very fresh & herbal. I have no idea what coriander smells like on its own, but it pairs really well with lime! Used daily, this lasted about six weeks.
Originally part of the 2000 fall/winter NYC collex, and now one of the Classic Colours. I can't see OPI retiring this colour anytime soon. When I brought it with me to the nail shop for a polish change, the manicurist said that a lot of ladies ask for this colour. This is a bright neutral-warm red creme. I like Mudskipper's description of "eff me" red! (see her review) I also agree with CraxFactor that this is not a red to wear in a very conservative atmosphere. I did two coats each on my tips & toes, and it is very glossy. I wore this for six days w/o reapplying top coat, and there's no chips! I would repurchase this.
Every woman should have a red creme. Who would have thought that mine would be a drugstore brand and not a salon brand?! This is a neutral mid-toned red creme. I would say it's similar to OPI Double Decker Red, but a bit less muted. After doing two coats each on my tips & toes, it has a very rich & glossy look. I would describe this red as "versatile", because it's a fun look for evenings/weekends and still sophisticated to wear to work. I wore this for six days w/o reapplying top coat, and there's no chips! This is definitely my HG red. I can't imagine who couldn't wear this colour, so I think everybody should get it!
This was a special release colour, with $1 from each sale donated to the American Red Cross. I don't think $1 from my sale was donated cuz I bought this off of E-Bay. Also, the price was a bit steep. Oh well. This is a muted rosy red frost w/ warm microshimmer. As usual, I did two coats each on my tips & toes. The colour is true to the bottle. This is a very "safe" colour, and I think this is a colour that's suitable for most, if not all, skintones. I wore this for six days, and only my right index finger chipped, and I didn't reapply top coat. The only way I'd repurchase this is if I find it for cheaper than what I originally paid!
Originally part of the 2004 fall Luscious collex. Another nail polish that I bought for the name! This is a dark cool-toned red frost. It's supposed to be Essie's version of OPI's best-seller INRAW (I'm Not Really A Waitress). I did the usual two coats each on my tips & toes. The colour is very true to the bottle. Under certain lighting, the colour has more of a berry tone. I wore this for six days, and my right hand chipped badly, but it's probably cuz I didn't reapply top coat. Only one chip on my left middle finger. This is my second favourite red.
Recently d/c by OPI, but shouldn't be HTF. Originally part of the 2004 fall/winter Canadian collex, then became one of the Classic Colours. Bought this for the name cuz I was born & raised in Toronto. This is a pinkish-berry frost. In the bottle, you can see this beautiful gold shimmer. After doing two coats each on my tips & toes, the gold shimmer didn't show, which was a disappointment. The polish started chipping halfway through the six days I wore it, probably cuz I didn't reapply top coat. What I find odd is that I'm right-handed, but it's my left hand that chipped! Currently, I wouldn't repurchase this, but if I change my mind it would be because of the name!
On the nail board, the gals say that the Bijou polishes are d/c, but they are still on the L'Oreal Paris USA website. I guess the website needs to be updated! This is a light green frost w/ small fibres that flash green. The bottle is about half the size of a regular nail polish, but unlike the other reviewers, I thought the brush was a decent size. I used one coat on my tips & toes over Zoya Beyonnce. The only complaint I have is about the fibres; they can look like polish scratches. I would repurchase this, provided that I can find it!
From the Trends collex. Bought this for the name cuz she is probably my favourite singer. Zoya purposely spelled the name wrong. This is a pinkish-red frost that flashes gold & green. Because there are no "bad" chemicals, the polish is on the thick side and can get goopy. As long as you work fast, this shouldn't be a problem. After doing two coats each on my tips & toes, the colour was a bit too pink for my taste, so I added one coat of L'Oreal Bijou B. Hopeful (light green frost w/ green flash). Love it! This polish wears pretty well; I wore it for six days. My left hand didn't chip at all! Only two small chips on my right middle finger. Overall, good experience. I do wonder if Beyonce knows that there's a nail polish named after her?!
First off, a reply to CraxFactor's hilarious review below. I am the darker-skinned Garden Party attendee (MAC NW45). I didn't come to the party hungover, nor do I really like Irish coffee, but I brought cranberry juice and peach vodka!!! Okay, now for the review. On the OPI website and in the bottle, Mod Hatter is a muted beigey-purple colour. When the light hits it, there's a gorgeous shimmer. Three coats on my toes looks like a muted "warm" light purple (if it makes sense that a purple is warm). One coat on my fingers over French Tip White looks almost clear on me (weird but true). My nail beds have a very slight shimmery purple tone to them. I definitely recommend this to all GGGs/DDDs!
I use this nail polish colour for layering rather than on its own. On the Essie website and in the bottle, Allure is a very light creamy colour. Under certain light you can see a very slight pink tone. I've used it under two colours (Essie Vinyl Bikini & Orly Etoile) to do a French mani/pedi. Using one coat of Allure on my fingers and toes looks very natural, like you're not wearing polish at all, not even clear! My nail beds look a bit lighter, which I especially love on my toes. Because I'm a DDD (NW45 for reference), my toenails are naturally more darker in colour than most other people. Using Allure makes my French pedis look a lot better.
Honestly, this was one of those products that I bought simply for the name! Both my parents are Jamaican, so I had to have this when I found out about it. I saw an OPI bottle pic online, and I was excited because it was silver (one of my favourite colours). I guess I should have looked for a real-life pic because Jamaica Million is a silver-grey that flashes pink. Honestly, I'm not a fan of pink flash! So I did my usual two coats each on toes and fingers, and the colour was not true to the bottle. The pink flash made the colour look purple-toned. To fix this, I used one coat of Sally Hansen Star Opal Nail Glaze in Pure White Opal, which has green flash (love me some green flash!). It got rid of the pink flash, but it made the colour lighter because the Nail Glaze is white. The final result was a muted purple-grey that flashes green. Not what I wanted but better than nothing. I guess this is a lesson to not buy stuff just because the name sounds cute!!!
The other reviewers below called this colour a silver-white; I think that LSTR is a true silver. Since it's in the SoftShades collex, it's light enough to wear to the office and doesn't look "robot-y" or "blingy". LSTR is a frosty light silver that was opaque after doing my usual two coats each on toes and fingers. It really is the same colour as a wedding/engagement ring. If I get married, I would definitely wear this colour when going ring shopping!