Like most nail polish lines, this one has pros and cons for me. I love that the formulas are very opaque and easy to work with. The wide, rounded brush makes application a breeze, and the color selection is great! The new bottle design is really cute too. However, most of the colors I've tried have a long drying time - they are still not completely solid after 6-8 hours. I also find that, at least for me, these don't have exceptional lasting power on the nail. It might be my body chemistry, but I tend to get tip wear in a couple of days and chips after a week (on my feet). I always use a good top and base coat. The exceptions were Bite the Bullet, which was virtually 'bullet proof' (lol) and 2% Milk. I have tried at least 8 colors btw. So, overall, I think this is a decent inexpensive nail polish, but certainly not my favorite in the $2 price range or even my favorite WnW line (I prefer the Fergie line to these).
Overall I am pleased with this polish. Glistening Snow is a very fine silver and holographic glitter, and was part of the China Glaze Holiday 2012 collection. This brand has come out several colors with the same fine holo glitter formula recently (Angel Wings and Champagne Kisses were the other two from this collection). The holo glitter is not quite as 'blingy' on the nail as it is in the bottle, but still in bright light it is visible. It was nicely opaque in 2 coats, and it lasted 3-4 days on my nails (which is about average for me). The fine glitter made removal much less of a chore than with other glitter polishes. I really dig this polish for around the holidays, as it does remind me somewhat of snow in the sunlight :) I would likely repurchase.
This is such a cool glitter polish! It consists of a milky white base with multiple sizes of rainbow glitter and tiny gold glitters. It looks so festive and reminds me of birthday cake :) As other reviewers have said the formula is chock full of glitter so you only need 2-3 coats for opacity. However, if you apply it over a white base the glitter will be more visible and it won't look so 'milky'. It just depends on the effect you want. I prefer to wear it over a white base because I have an issue with China Glaze glitters chipping very quickly on me. This one has lasted a bit better than most (3 days so far) but again I credit that to the white base I used, along with top and base coat. This color is still stunning and very special in my collection. I wish it were easier to find and that it was part of the core collection (hint, hint, China Glaze ;)
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Black Raspberry Vanilla Lotion
cloroxcowgirl 4/22/2013 3:02:00 PM
I really like this scent for fall and winter especially. The predominant notes I smell are currant and raspberry, with a hint of vanilla. To me it smells exactly like Midnight Pomegranate, but without the incense of MP. The currant gives it a sharpness that keeps it from being too sweet. It also provides a bit of depth. This was a staple for me during the colder months this year, and I'm sorry to hear that it is no longer in stores (though at the writing of this review it is still available online at BBW.com) because it seems like this scent would be a crowd pleaser. But if you can get your hands on it, I would recommend it!
Lip Gloss -Wet 'n' Wild - Natural Wear Lip Shimmer
cloroxcowgirl 4/19/2013 9:34:00 PM
I am pleasantly surprised with these lip shimmers! I have four of them (Spice, Berry, Tart and Frost) and have reviewed some of them individually, but wanted to write a collective review because I think they are a good bargain for what they are. Other than the color Frost (very pale shimmery pink, similar to Burt's Bees Champagne lip shimmer) they are quite pigmented and they all have good lasting power. They don't contain petroleum or parabens which I try to avoid whenever possible. And, they are dirt cheap (1.99 where I live and they frequently go on sale). My favorite color is Berry, a MLBB shimmery medium pink. But I actually like all the ones I've tried. I would recommend this product for anyone who likes tinted lip balms. I have more expensive ones but I find myself reaching for these quite often.
I was very disappointed in the formula on this polish. I rarely buy Essies full price but the color was so lovely that I was drawn to search for it in store. When I applied it, the formula was streaky and thick at the same time, and it took forever to dry. It also chipped on me quickly (within 24 hours, with top and base coat) which is not usual for me with Essie polishes. I have a fair number of Essies and none have worn this poorly. Another thing, the color gave me major lobster hands (brought out the pink undertones in my hands in a bad way); not the fault of the polish but I thought I would mention it for those who have a similar skin tone. But, it is a gorgeous color for those can pull it off, it was just a bit too white based for me I guess. I purchased Revlon Dreamer, which is a similar color (though not a dupe) and am much happier with it. I sw@pped this one away soon after.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Cashmere Glow
cloroxcowgirl 4/9/2013 6:33:00 PM
This is one of the best scents BBW has come out with recently, imo. When I tried it on at BBW last fall, I instantly fell in love. It does have a hint of musk to it, which I am not always a fan of, but mixed with the vanilla and peach notes it works. It is definitely more of a fall and winter scent for me - right now I am more into tropical/citrus scents but come October I will be wearing this a lot! It is, like everyone says, a warm and cozy scent. Perfect for sitting fireside in a cozy sweater. It seems for every 10 scents BBW comes out with, there is one winner, and for me this is a winner. Well done, BBW!
I really like this clay mask! I have tried a few different ones from Freeman and this one is my favorite so far. I purchased the travel size pouch (which yields at least three uses) and was very pleased with it. It is a no frills clay mask which smells like berries (acai?) and contains no dyes (it is just a plain off white colored clay). It minimizes pores, although the effect is temporary, and it does seem to help purify the skin. I had no irritation or breakouts with this mask. I would absolutely repurchase this in the larger size, but I can't find it anywhere that Freeman masks are sold. I will keep looking because I really enjoyed this.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Lust for Blush Color Whisper
cloroxcowgirl 4/4/2013 8:34:00 PM
I guess I'm in the minority because this product didn't work out for me. I was really excited when I saw that Maybelline was coming out with their own version of a lip butter, since I've generally had good luck with their lip products. This color in particular looks like a slightly pinker version of my all time favorite nude Maybelline Nude Blush (now sadly dc'd). I love the packaging of the Colors Whispers also - it is sleek and a nice size for travel. Lust for Blush looks like the perfect medium nude pink in the tube, but it goes on quite sheer and I wasn't able to build up the color much (and I am quite pale). It almost looked like I wasn't wearing anything on my lips. Which is strange because on Youtube I saw it applied and swatched and the color looked nicely pigmented. Also, I do seem to be mildly allergic to these, which has never happened with a Maybelline lip product before :/ So I ended up returning this item. Maybe I got a bad one because everyone else seems to love this color.
A friend gave me this because she is allergic to apricots and the exfoliating beads in this are made from apricot kernels. I was happy to receive it because I was out of body scrub at the time. To me it smells like Softsoap hand soap with a bit of banana thrown in. Not a bad scent but I don't pick up any coconut at all. It does the trick when it comes to exfoliating, esp. my arms and feet where the skin is the most dry. It's not overly drying to my skin but it isn't that moisturizing either. I may or may not buy this after I run out. I prefer a gentler body scrub but this is cheap and a decent product so it would do in a pinch.
I'm amazed this product has gotten such poor reviews because I love it! I originally received this as a sample with the matching conditioner. While I didn't care for the conditioner (not moisturizing enough) I really liked the shampoo and it was always in the back of my mind to buy the larger size. I finally did purchase the larger size - after my clarifying shampoo ran out I replaced it with this. It actually does a great job of removing build up without drying out my hair. Which is amazing because I've had a lifelong issue with build up and have not had much luck with clarifying shampoos. It also smells really nice - sort of an apple-berry scent. It contains no silicones/parabens/dyes which is always a plus, esp. since I have color treated hair and it doesn't strip it or weigh it down. Most of the Garnier shampoos I've tried have been mediocre so I'm surprised at how well this works for me. Overall I am very happy with this shampoo, and it is dirt cheap too!
This promises to be a multi-use product - a concealer, eye brightener and reverse lip liner in one. I found it at Ulta and figured for the price ($4 and change) I might as well give it a shot. I like trying new concealers and have also been looking for a nude eye pencil for the waterline. While I think this product has some good points, I also think it over promises and under delivers. What I like: it comes in three flesh toned colors. The lightest color is a good match for my skintone and I like that the color range will suit most skin tones. It works fairly well as a concealer. Although the texture could be a bit creamier, the coverage is decent and I haven't had any adverse reaction to it. I wouldn't use this on any active blemishes though, esp. if you are also using it on the waterline because it could become a bacteria fest. What I don't like: As a nude eye pencil, it didn't pass the test. It doesn't stay on the waterline very well, and starts to fade after only an hour or so. It does brighten the eyes and is a good shade for that, but it just doesn't have the lasting power I'm looking for. So, all in all, this is an ok product and I will continue to use it as a concealer (haven't tried it as a reverse lipliner) but my search for a decent nude eye pencil continues.
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers - Champagne
cloroxcowgirl 3/22/2013 4:44:00 PM
This is a great highlight shade! Champagne is a ivory shimmer with a slight hint of beige. I use it as a highlight for neutral and warm toned eye shadow looks and use CG Pink Chiffon to highlight more cool toned looks. Both have great pigmentation. I would not use Champagne all over the eye since it can be too frosty for that, but as a highlight it gets an A+ from me. And it's pretty cheap too!
I have mostly had good luck with CG eyeshadows, with a couple of exceptions. I decided to try Mink recently after hearing such good things about it for so long. It is a soft copper shade with pinkish undertones. When I picked it up it looked familiar and I soon realized I already had an exact dupe for it - Makeup Store Venus. I haven't tried Mac All That Glitters so can't speak to it being a dupe for that, but I feel like there are a lot of similar colors out there. Unfortunately, the pigmentation was lacking on Mink as well. I soon exchanged it. I like most CG eyeshadows that I've tried but wouldn't recommend this unless you can't find a higher quality dupe.
See You Soon is very similar to What's Your Name?, also from Sinful Colors. The only difference is that SYS has teal shimmer in a black base rather than turquoise microglitter in a black base. So it looks slightly lighter/more shimmery than WYN. I do get the teal shimmer on the nail; it doesn't come off as black on my skintone. However, the formula gave me a couple of issues. First, it was streaky to apply. I also found that it didn't wear very well - the shimmer became rather dull looking after a few days (worn with a top coat) and it chipped after about a week on my feet, which is unusual for me. I still like the color a lot and will keep it in my collection, but I think I prefer WYN between the two since it didn't give me any issues and also works better for layering with glitter. Overall, still a pretty nice polish for $2, just not quite up to par with my other Sinfuls.