Peach Daiquiri is my a staple in my polish collection. It's a gorgeous hot pink color that leans a bit coral in the right lighting. The finish is very shiny and while the polish is not a true jelly, it has some squishyness to it on the nail. I always reach for this color because it is a bright, problem-free polish. Application is a breeze and the color is opaque with two coats. The dry time on this polish alone is a bit long, but your favorite fast-dry topcoat should solve that problem. My wear time on this polish has always been good. Currently I have it on my nails and it is chip free after 4 days of wear. I haven't found another bright pink that I love more than this color so I think I'd repurchase it, however if something else comes along, I might change my mind.
Shockwave is a deep, pigmented, vibrant blue polish. I wouldn't call this a true cream because it has a bit of sheerness to it but not nearly enough to consider this a jelly either. I love this finish because it gives the blue depth and makes the color phenomenal. The whole reason I bought this polish is because I'm a huge fan of the BBC show Doctor Who and this is the color that I consider the TARDIS to be. I didn't do a swatch comparison, but from a side-by-side bottle examination, it is the color almost identical to China Glaze's Man Hunt. Shockwave also has a wonderful formula! The color is opaque in two coats. It does not streak and it dries to a beautiful shiny finish. I actually first used this polish while I was on vacation and forgot to pack a topcoat. The polish lasted a full five days on my fingers and two weeks on my toes all by itself! I was stunned- my finger nail polish usually doesn't last more than two or three days because I'm so rough on my fingers. This is my first Orly polish but I love Shockwave so much I may return for more soon!
This is my favorite red cream. It is a bright, creamy red that compliments my NC20 skin and is perfect in any season. Like all OPI polishes, the packaging is fantastic with the wide, flat OPI brush. This polish probably has my favorite formula out of all of my OPI's because it is absolutely flawless. I can usually get away with one coat and it dries super fast. The color doesn't stain my nails and wears well. It was part of the Swiss Collection in '10 so it's probably not in stores anymore but if you happen to come across this polish, buy it- you won't be dissapointed.
French Affair is a cool, bubblegum pink cream polish. It's super cute and girly on my nails but I have such a love-hate relationship with it, mostly because of the formula issues. The polish applies very streaky and typically takes 4 costs to even out. It also has an unusually long dry time and tends to bubble because of the awkward formula consistency. The polish itself is very thin and tends to pool on the edges of my nail. Because it requires so many coats, this results in really thick layers of polish on the sides and a lot of peeling. It is a nice opaque color but I don't have to patience to deal with French Affair. For a $7 polish, Essie dissapointed me.
Yodel me on my cell is a dark, blue-leaning teal color. In the sunlight there is a much lighter teal shimmer. This polish is very pretty, but it isn't special. I have owned this polish for nearly two years and only just used it this week. The formula and packaging are spectacular and it has a very shiny finish but the shimmer lacks depth and reminds me of car paint. The teal shade is gorgeous in the sunlight but I wish it looked better indoors. I paid full price ($8) for this polish and looking back I probably should have passed on it. I feel like the color isn't particularly unique and I could probably find a similar polish at the drugstore.
This polish has such a great formula! It is a medium toned pink with golden glassy flecks in it. It dries to a smooth, shiny finish. With a top coat, this polish lasts up to two weeks on my nails. It has a fantastic application and is opaque in two coats. If I'm in a hurry to do my nails, I always use this for a no-fuss mani/pedi. Anyone who is looking to branch out from the standard pink cream (or trying to branch into the pink category) should check out this polish!
I really think this might be the best red polish ever. It has a nice, red jelly base packed with many bits of red glitter. It takes 3 coats to be opaque and it has gorgeous depth. In the sunlight, my nails sparkle and almost glow. Ah, it is such a perfect color. In high school, I wore this color on my toes for pretty much my entire senior year. I have a little less than half a bottle left and once I finish it, I will repurchase!
Shocking Pink is such a great color but the formulation on the polish is TERRIBLE. It is a streaky mess that takes 5-6 coats to even out. The polish itself is very brittle and it chips terribly within the first day of wearing. It is a neon so it dries quickly to a matte finish but it looks lovely under a coat of seche vite. I first got this as a pedicure and loved it so much I bought my own bottle. I reserve it only for my toes now because it chips so badly on my nails that it isn't worth the effort.
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter in Creamsicle
jaymemarie 8/5/2012 1:26:00 AM
I'm surprised to see so much Creamsicle hate going on here, I actually quite enjoy the shade. I do have naturally fair skin so the lipstick is the perfect nude lip for me and I like the glossy finish. Application isn't easy. I always apply a lip balm before using Creamsicle because on dry lips it does highlight imperfections. I also need two or three coats for it to become opaque which is much different than the other lip butters I've tried. Out of the four that I own, this one is my least favorite- but that's not to say that it isn't a good product. I wouldn't pay full price for Creamsicle, but if I finish my tube and I haven't found another nude lipstick that I like, I'll repurchase it.
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter - 080 Strawberry Shortcake
jaymemarie 8/5/2012 1:16:00 AM
I am absolutely in love with this lip butter! It looks so femine and cute on my lips and it goes with many of my makeup looks! I do think that the color would cause problems for some skin tones. I have NC20 skin with pale blue eyes and naturally rosy lips and cheeks. I was afraid the cool tones in this lip stick would clash with me but it looks great! This is a cool-toned medium pink lip butter. I wouldn't describe it as a bubblegum pink, but it is somewhere along the lines of a strawberry milkshake. The formula is very creamy and opaque with one coat and it lasts on my lips for a good 2-3 hours. I own 4 of the lip butters and I love all of them but Strawberry Shortcake gets the most use out of me.
Lips -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
jaymemarie 8/5/2012 1:09:00 AM
Peach Parfait is like a lipstick version of NARS Orgasm. It is a coral-pink base with golden shimmer in it. Unlike the other lip butters, the texture is a bit rough because of the shimmer. I think the wear time is average (2-3 hours without eating) and it does not stain your lips. I really do love this lipstick. It looks like a glorified lip gloss and compliments my skin very well. It's classy and is a great lipstick to finish any look. I have heard that this lip stick is a dupe for a shade in the Dior Addict line, however I haven't actually compared them myself. I believe I got this on sale for a little over $5 at Rite Aide, although it normally retails around 7 or 8 in my town.
Mojito Madness is a great, spring/summer green! It has great coverage and reaches opacity in two coats but I usually apply three. The first coat applies slightly streaky but the second coat evens everything out. The green compliments my NC20 skin and doesn't give me lobster fingers, which was my biggest worry when I purchased it. I wouldn't describe it as a christmas green, but it is more like grass in the springtime or the a leaf from a tree. I do believe this polish is limited edition so if you happen to come across it, I would reccomend buying it ASAP. It's hard to find a good, flattering green cream.
Ok, I would like to start off by clearly stating that I am a girl, and yes, I do love Old Spice! More specifically, I like Old Spice Komodo deodorant. I think the scent is rather feminine, and when my mom smelled it, she thought it was a Secret or Degree scent. I think it is floral and some sort of spice (I'm terrible at describing scents though). The website says it smells like "exotic winds and spicy freedom" but doesn't list any notes. The best thing about this product is that it lasts all day! I'm not talking about the girly scents that are like "12 hour protection" when they really mean 6, this deodorant really does its job and smells great doing it! In 80 degree weather, when I was outside for hours and sweating up a storm, my Komodo was still going strong a full 14 hours after application. I also find that sometimes during the day I will get a plesant whiff when I move my arms. The retail price of Old Spice isn't super budget friendly, I believe it is normally around $5 at Safeway. However, I managed to buy mine at a great 2-for-$4 sale they had the other day. I haven't tried any other scents but when I was at the store After Hours and Fiji smelled pretty good too.
I've always been a huge CG fan and this new lashblast might be my favorite yet! The brush is the same as in every lashblast mascara- big and thick with lots of little rubber bristles. I bought the formula in the blackest shade and I love it! The mascara doesn't smudge or collect in my undereye (even on super hot summer days). I find that it lengthen, thickens, and holds my curl very well. It also doesn't smear too badly when it gets wet (so it is great for the pool). The only downside to this product is the removal process. Like any long-wearing mascara, it's a pain to get off. I find that soft cotton pads and an oil-free liquid remover work best. For anyone who needs a long-wearing mascara, Lash Blast 24 HR has my vote!
Polishes -OPI - Texas Collection 2011 Guy Meets Gal-veston
jaymemarie 5/29/2011 6:02:00 PM
When the OPI Texas collection came out, there were three or four coral/pink/red "sorbet" shades. Unable to decide which one to buy, I picked this one up because I thought it had a cute name. :) The finish on this polish is hard to describe. It's a jelly, but without any shimmer or frost. It's a red/hot pink "hybrid". OPI describes it as coral... but I'm not really seeing that. Almost looks like fruit punch Kool-Aide or Jolly Ranchers on my nails. After 4 coats, I can still see somewhat of a VNL, but it's not noticeable unless you're looking at it up close. It also has a super shiny finish. I don't even need a topcoat. (Although, there isn't any reason why you shouldn't use one, anyway) Like most OPI's, the formula is flawless. It doesn't streak, bubble, or drag. I would buy this again, it's a great color for spring/summer and it really compliments my skin tone.