Good grief, this polish is STUNNING. I've been lemming OPI's An Affair in Red Square, but after doing a pedicure with CG Red Pearl, I don't even want it now. There couldn't be a better red polish than this. It's intense and deep (not dark); it gleams and glimmers with luminescence. Look up the word red in the dictionary, and you'll find a picture of this polish, LOL. When I was a little kid, an adult cousin of mine had a pair of spike-heeled cherry red patent pumps. I was so fascinated by those pumps. The depth of the red was amazing....it was like you could fall into it. Red Pearl has that same glow, and in fact reminds me of those gorgeous long-ago shoes.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational Lipstick - Warm Me Up
curlycolor 5/28/2013 6:43:00 PM
This is the one----the perfect pinkish-nude I've been looking for. I didn't think this color existed for me. I've bought so many so-called pink nudes that ended up being too brown, too orange, or too muddy for my fair skin, blue eyes, and brunette hair. I couldn't even get the right shade by mixing from my stash. But Warm Me Up---yep, it's perfect for me. It's creamy but doesn't slide off your lips in an hour. It's pretty long-lasting, but not drying. I'm so glad I found this lipstick. Ladies, if your coloring is similar to mine, you should give it a try.
Gels/Soaps -Unlisted Brand - Lever 2000 Perfectly Fresh Original
curlycolor 5/22/2013 5:40:00 PM
Holy cow! I never had a reaction to a soap before, but this stuff gave me a vicious one. I thought I had a raging yeast infection, but just on the off chance it was the Lever 2000, I stopped using it. My symptoms went away, and I decided to test it out by using the soap again. Yep----faux raging yeast infection returned right on cue. I switched to Dove Sensitive Skin and I've never looked back.
Foundations -Wet 'n' Wild - Coverall Cream Foundation
curlycolor 4/7/2013 7:27:00 PM
I really wanted to like this product....and to be fair, there are some things I do like about it. The coverage is great; you really don't need concealer. And of course the price is amazing. The color selection is not good; the lightest shade, 815, was a bit too light for me, and the next shade, 816, was way too dark, but I just mixed them. But my skin is fairly sensitive, and this makeup breaks me out. It causes large pink bumps to pop up. I'm wearing it now---put it on a few hours ago---and one of those bumps is coming up on my forehead. Also, even though I use a very rich, hydrating moisturizer before applying the foundation, this product leaves me with a masklike effect. I have a small patch of eczema or dermatitis beneath one eye, and this stuff clings to it and magnifies it like crazy. All in all, I think it would be best on youthful skin, which is more forgiving. If it works for you, but you can't find a shade match, don't let that stop you. It's so cheap that you can buy two or three shades and custom mix your own, in a clean moisturizer jar or a little glass paint pot from Michael's.
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Cococare-- Cocoa Butter Lip Balm
curlycolor 3/30/2013 12:37:00 PM
It's a good lip balm....glossy, smooth, pretty hydrating. CVS always has a big jar of them for 79 cents each. But for some reason, when I apply it, I always feel a verrrry faint burning sensation on my lips that goes away after a moment or two. I'll always pick up a couple because they're so cheap. But all in all, I prefer the Palmers glue-stick-sized tube of cocoa butter (also at CVS). That product has a heavenly smell (vanilla sugar cookies), and I think it's more beneficial and healing. I have a habit of lip-biting, and it cured my irritated lips overnight.
Revlon, are you by chance reading this? If so, thanks a lot for NOTHING, you morons! I have used Age-Defying with BotaFirm for dry skin since it came out. It was perfect. My shade was 04 Nude Beige. But you had to go and change it, didn't you? That's right....some bright-eyed, squirrelly little overachiever decided he was going to make his mark by improving what DID NOT NEED improving. But you allowed it, and you screwed up. Otherwise, can you tell me how and why the 04 Nude Beige in your hotshot reformulated "Age-Defying for ALL Skin types" is NOT THE SAME COLOR as 04 Nude Beige in the old formula? Can you tell me why the old one is for fair cool skin like mine, and the new one (same shade!) is TAN? .........No?..........I didn't think so. Thanks a hell of a lot for making me have to start from scratch and find a new foundation at my age.
This polish is a pretty close dupe for Finger Paints Sketch 'n Etch. The difference is, San Francisco by Sinful needs four coats to be opaque, whereas Sketch 'n Etch needs two, or at the most three. Also, like another person said below, San Francisco NEVER seems to dry. Like her, I finished my last coat HOURS before bed, but woke up with sheet marks. I'll stick with the Finger Paints.
Lips -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum
curlycolor 3/11/2013 9:28:00 PM
I'm a late convert to Revlon lip butters. Sugar Plum is my first, and it's amazing. I'm very fair, and the color is perfect---a cool plummy mauve. Glossy, moisturizing, just perfect. What I didn't expect, though, is the stain that remains behind for a little while after the butter wears off. My lips end up stained a beautiful soft berry color----they just glow. It's almost as good as the lip butter! And it's not permanent or anything....just temporary. Eat a piece of chocolate or something and it's gone, lol. My only problem is that the tube is a bit hard to open, but I like the product so much that I don't care.
Impulsive is a fairly unique color. It's a dark smoky purple; definitely has some gray in there. For me, it wasn't as pretty on the nails as it is in the bottle. The bottle color is more purple, but on the nails, it's a little more muddy. It's certainly not ugly, but I personally prefer more saturated colors, so I probably won't buy it again.
I came to BBW late in the game, I guess...I've only been stopping by there for a year or so, and I'm really not that impressed. I admit it's a colorful, cheerful store, and browsing around, looking at the scents and the candles, is a fun experience. But when it comes to actually buying anything, I find almost nothing. Last Christmas I bought a Winter Woods candle. The throw was just okay. I got stronger fragrance and better throw from some Glade candles I picked up at Walmart. As for the fragrances, I can't stand the prevalence of sickeningly sweet scents at this store. For some reason I liked Twilight Woods, which is a sweeter and more vanilla type fragrance than I have ever liked before. But for the life of me, I cannot understand why people want to go around smelling like baked goods or sugar or crap like that. The thought makes me want to vomit. I snagged a couple of bottles of Rainkissed Leaves lotion at 75% off, which proves to me that BBW sold a clean, fresh fragrance at least ONCE in its history. But I guess that's in the past, and the shelves are given over to the cupcakes and the frosting and the candy. Blech.
Maybe it's the apocalypse......human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria! Or maybe not. But it feels almost as unreal because I now actually like Maybelline Great Lash (Lots of Lashes). The hairy, cone-shaped little brush is weird but cute, and that sucker can get in there and get every single lash. It's a bit more tricky on your lower lash line.....if you go too close to the inner corner with the pointy end, you'll hit your nose, so I find it easier to wiggle back and forth, up and down with the fat end. The result is excellent. A few swipes with a metal lash comb, and you're done. And no smudges. Just be sure not to let it dry in between coats. I tried the old Great Lash when I was a kid, and since then I've thought it was a some kind of hoax or trade joke...."Let's give em an empty tube and tell em it's mascara." Props to Maybelline, though....the new Lots of Lashes is a HUGE, HUGE improvement. You should try.
Can't say enough about how much I love this color. It's a deep, rich teal, very beautiful and sophisticated, that definitely leans blue-----it used to be called mallard blue (not the polish, but the color in general). Creamy texture, no streaking, dries quickly .....you can get away with one coat. I'm very fair, and the color suits my skin very well.
Well, the color is gorgeous---that's a given. This is a blue with such depth and intensity you could almost fall into it. And if you shake the bottle long enough,the turquoise shimmer will be well distributed. But the wear---holy cow! It's been on my toes for over three weeks now, topped with Sally Hansen Super Shine topcoat, and there. Is. Not. One. Single. Chip.
Lotions/ Creams -Gold Bond - Ultimate Healing Concentrated Therapy Cream
curlycolor 1/19/2013 10:47:00 AM
This is the first Gold Bond product I have disliked. Yes, it's extremely thick---like an ointment. But it's very, very sticky. I put it on at night, and when I wake up, my hands don't feel very moisturized. I think this is because the main active ingredient listed is dimethicone. So it's not really lending moisture to the skin; it's just coating them in a sticky, filmy glove. I won't repurchase.
Mascara -Cover Girl - Lash Blast Clump Crusher mascara
curlycolor 11/16/2012 5:55:00 PM
I had great expectations for this, but I was very unimpressed. Like others have said, the consistency is very dry. You have to keep dipping the wand into the container to get enough to even show up on your lashes----not what I expect for "200% more volume." Despite the claim of no clumps, I still had to use my metal lash comb. And I just don't like the Lash Blast wands; being as large as they are, they're clumsy and awkward to use. Also---neon green, Cover Girl? Really? Why not include a Justin Bieber trading card in every package? I'm going back to Cover Girl Professional Super Thick Lash, in the fuchsia pink container. For great volume, consistency, ease of use, and no smudges, it can't be beat. UPDATE: Originally I gave this two lippies.. After giving it time and using it for the past two months, I'm changing that to FOUR lippies. No, it isn't clump free and I do have to use my metal lash comb, but it has a lot less clumps than other mascaras, and they're not hard to get out. Two coats, maybe three, and my lashes look really good. It's not QUITE as dry as I thought. And the fact that it does not smudge at all goes a long way with me. I still hate the teenybopper neon green tube, and it's still a bit awkward to grip, but a rubber band around it solves the grip problem.