Top/Base Coats -China Glaze - Fast Forward Top Coat
chikpea 2/27/2013 5:37:00 PM
I am constantly painting my nails expecting salon results and sadly always end up chipping or smudging them within minutes of applying just a base coat and layer of color. I nominate Fast Forward for beauty product of the year - you cannot mess up polishing your nails anymore with this top coat! Within 30 seconds of applying a base coat (preferred: Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat) and layer of color, you can top it off with FF and your nails will SHINE. In respect to other reviews, I also compared it to Seche Vite - Seche takes longer to dry than FF - I also did not experience the "shrinkage" and only slight peeling once.
Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous Lipstick--Pink Velvet
chikpea 1/17/2013 1:03:00 PM
A perfect deep rosy pink that just pulls your total look together - it applies like a dream! I have hazel eyes and it really brings out my eye color as well. Not super long lasting, but I enjoy applying it.
Blush -Maybelline - Dream Bouncy Blush in Pink Frosting
chikpea 1/17/2013 12:59:00 PM
I love Bouncy Blush as it is (buildable color, easy to apply, long lasting), but this color kicks a$$. As I emerge from my new mom coma, I needed something to perk up my tired cheeks - as soon as I put this on, visitors were telling me that I looked so much "healthier" than when I was in the hospital - more back to my "normal self." Excellent product and color!
I am absolutely not a fan of of this polish - from application to actual color. I call it Donald Duck yellow - somewhere in between road paint and rubber ducky. It does not look good on fair skin. Like other reviewers, I had to apply the polish at least three times to achieve the totally opaque look. To be fair, part of my problem is that I am usually not successful in sitting long enough to let the paint dry before attempting some activity. Would not buy again nor recommend.
Cleansers -Elizabeth Arden - SkinSimple Efficiency Expert 2 in 1 cleanser toner
chikpea 8/6/2011 10:24:00 PM
This product became a favorite after a friend of mine noticed that my skin had noticeably cleared up over a month or so of using the cleanser. It has a great rosemary scent and works to a creamy lather. Unfortunately it appears that Elizabeth Arden has discontinued the line, so I am left to scout for it on ebay :(.
Lip Gloss -E.L.F. - Super Glossy Lip Shine SPF 15 - Pink Kiss
chikpea 2/26/2011 4:12:00 PM
Pink Kiss is a light pink, semi-shiny, somewhat sticky lip gloss that goes well with browns and corals. For the price ($1), the length of wear is pretty decent and the quality is good. For the most part, E.L.F. products are great, even when you compare them to higher cost make-up lines.
Lip Gloss -Bonne Bell - Lip Smacker in Martian Mallow
chikpea 2/22/2011 11:22:00 AM
Outer packaging is sparkly; flavor is okay - a sweet cross between vanilla and marshmalllow; white coloring actually makes my lips look slightly white, rather than going on transparently; sparkles are not overly noticeable