This is the best pale pink polish from a drugstore I have ever used. The color isn't too sheer, and becomes nearly opaque after a second coat. I say nearly opaque because the whites of the nails seem to show through, making it seem as though you had a french manicure. If you are familiar with Essie's Mademoiselle, Bubble Bath is what the former would be if it could be opaque. A comparison to ballet slippers could be accurate as well, though Ballet Slippers is far more white in color. When applied with a base and top coat, the polish easily lasts over a week without chipping. I will be purchasing this again, of course. It's a wonderful polish.
This is truly a gorgeous color after a few coats are applied, but unfortunately the color doesn't quite make up for the less-than-stellar qualities of the polish. Ballet Slippers applies very streaky, which is only exacerbated by the fact that the brush is too small and stiff to adequately cover the nail for a smooth application. When I manage to get the polish on decently, it doesn't take long for it to chip (even with a top coat). I was worth it to try, just to see what the hype was about, but I will not be repurchasing.
This polish gets rave reviews, but I am not sure it is worth all of the hype. I agree that is is a very nice color for the base of a french manicure, but doesn't seem to stack up for any other purpose. The first coat has practically zero pigment. It was a slightly warmer color than a clear polish, but was still essentially clear. It takes about 3 or 4 coats to get anything remotely resembling a hint of color on the nails. Even then, the color is very subtle, giving off a "your-nails-but-better" look, and at the most, leaves you with a creamy pink, understated-but-still-there wash of color that looks better than bare nails. For an opaque pink, I suggest Essie's "Fiji" As for Mademoiselle, I'm not in love. It's not bad, but it doesn't quite fit what I am looking for in a nail polish. I may wear this at my wedding, using it for a french manicure -- but I don't think this will fit in my polish rotation very often.
Silk Therapy, while expensive, is almost worth the price. It left my hair feeling smooth, light, and smelling wonderful. There was no greasiness to be found, even with a moderate amount of product (nickel sized+) in my hair. However, I say it was almost worth the price because there are products that have accomplished the same task, for less money (but with a few drawbacks). The drawback here is the price, but the performance of the product is just wonderful, which means that I will probably be purchasing this again.
Pressed Powders -Clinique - Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder
dee0219 11/19/2012 3:24:00 PM
This is my go-to pressed powder that I wear over a bit of concealer. Because I don't need a lot of coverage, this powder in "stay buff" evens out my skin tone, and prevents the evening shine on my forehead. However, for $23, I feel like I am paying a lot of money for a very basic, nothing special powder, that does nothing more than a drugstore powder could accomplish. The stay matte pressed powder is not bad by any means -- it does what it is supposed to do -- but it is not worth rave reviews, especially at this price point. The packaging is very cute, albeit it a bit large, but would't sway me in purchasing or not purchasing again. I've used this for ~3 months, and with daily use, I have hit pan in the middle, with more product on the outer portion of the circle. When I run out, I will save myself $10 and purchase from a drugstore. That being said, there is no reason I wouldn't recommend someone to at least try this product, and if I felt like spending $23 for a basic powder, I would probably repurchase.
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
dee0219 11/19/2012 2:31:00 PM
This is my standby lip balm to keep my lips hydrated and soft. I will say that when I experience dryness and cracking (a few an far between occurrence), this lip balm is just too lightweight to handle it, and doesn't do anything in the way of healing. Other than that, it's the best lip balm I've used for daily hydration, and I've been a loyal customer of the Burt's Bees lip balm line since 2005.
Lips -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
dee0219 11/16/2012 4:10:00 PM
I like the feel of this lip butter -- it is not heavy like a lipstick, and glides on smoothly. However, my lips are already about the color of this particular lip butter, so I end up with a "my lips but better" look that is sparkly. Keep in mind that this is more of a berry shade than a peach shade -- so if you saw the ad thinking that your lips will come out peachy/coral colored like the model's -- that is not what is going to happen. If I put a tiny bit of concealer on my lips, and then top it with this lip butter, I end up with a really nice looking pale pink, so it kind of does double duty for me. I may buy this again...but on my already pigmented lips, I am really craving something that will stick out instead of creating the look of my lips just glossy!
Cleansers -Ponds - Chamomile & White Tea Cleansing Cloths
dee0219 11/16/2012 3:32:00 PM
While I adore the smell, and the fact that it is non-drying, it isn't a kind of towelette one can depend on to remove all of their makeup. It does a good job removing most of it, and even mascara, but not enough to get your skin fully makeup-free. If that is what you are looking for it to do, this probably isn't the product for you. Other than that, I really happen to like it, and would probably repurchase.
After I moved from Georgia's 70* fall to Washington's 40*, my skin took a little bit of a beating -- my lips probably got the worst of it. My lips were cracking, bleeding, rough, and incredibly painful. When Aquaphor, and stand-by Burt's Bees balm didn't work, I tried this medicated balm, after all, under $1 wasn't much of an investment to make. To my surprise, the Chapstick immediately soothed my lips, and within the day, alleviated most of the dryness and cracking. After about 3 days of use, my lips were back to normal. Needless to say, there will always be a tube in my household. I will absolutely be buying this again.
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Deep Clean Facial Cleanser
dee0219 11/14/2012 3:55:00 PM
While I love the Deep Clean Cream Cleanser, and just bought a new bottle -- this non-cream cleanser I have found to be much too drying. With or without the use of additional acne products, this cleanser has made my skin so dry that it cracks, and is painful. Loading up on moisturizer can't even combat the amount of dryness this left me with. I won't be purchasing this formula again -- I'll stick to the cream!
I've used this product for a few months now, and it has worked very well as a moisturizer. It's nothing special, and certainly can't handle extreme bouts of dryness -- so it definitely can't help with patches of eczema and the like, but it's a good basic moisturizer for people who just need simple, not-too-strong hydration. There is a scent of sunscreen, but it is not overpowering. It is also a slight bit greasy compared to other moisturizers I have tried. The SPF is a nice touch, but for real benefit, I'd probably opt for a moisturizer that had a bit more protection, or wear it under a foundation that had SPF as well. I would recommend this product, but did give it a neutral 3 "lippies" because while it works in good times (when the skin doesn't seem to need much moisture), it doesn't cut it for me when I need a moisturizer that is a bit stronger to tackle dryness, yet still works for daily usage when I do not.
I have suffered from mild but persistent acne since I was 13. Now that I am 25, going to get married, and in general, just feeling a bit too old to still be dealing with acne, I was starting to feel a bit desperate to get my skin clear. I have tried Salicylic Acid which barely helped, and used Benzoyl Peroxide with decent success until I developed an allergy. I bought this after I read about how treatments containing sulfur tended to be effective for those suffering with adult acne. All I can say is wow. This product has significantly cleared my skin! The little flesh-colored bumps on my skin have disappeared, my skin tone is more even, and the moderate-sized zit I got the day before my period was completely gone overnight. I am amazed with the results, it was completely unexpected. In under one month I went from wearing a full face of foundation to wearing pressed powder. I've used this treatment for about 2 or 3 weeks, but in days I started to see a significant difference. It is drying so you will absolutely need moisturizer, and smells very floral. Though it's tinted, once it's blended in, it completely disappears, even on my very pale skin. TRY IT, it's worth a shot! Update (11/14/2012): Still works well, except a few days before my period. After that is over with, this still helps to heal breakouts and keep them at bay.
Deodorants -Dove - Dove deodorant/antipersperant original scent
dee0219 8/8/2012 12:57:00 PM
While I find that this does a good job at preventing odor, it doesn't work as well for me at preventing wetness -- and I don't sweat very much. On top of that, it feels a little greasy upon application, and the feeling doesn't seem to fade. I'm also not a fan of the scent -- it's not disgusting, but it smells a bit off to me. It's just not the right product for me, and I won't be buying it again.
Shampoo -Suave - Naturals Juicy Green Apple Shampoo
dee0219 12/29/2011 5:13:00 PM
I wanted a shampoo that left my hair feeling clean, didn't cause buildup, scalp itch or dandruff, that could also remove buildup from conditioner, and this is it. My scalp feels better than ever, and my hair is squeaky clean. Plus, it smells delicious in the shower. That being said, I don't notice that it does anything particularly positive for my hair such as providing moisture, but be that as it may, I will be buying this again, and recommend this as a no-frills, basic shampoo.
For my medium-length, thick, dry hair, this conditioner was better than using none at all -- but didn't really do much for me. My hair felt softer immediately upon rinsing in the shower, but by the time my hair dried, my hair lost all of it's softness. For really thick and dry hair that needs heavy duty hydrating, this just doesn't cut it.