Lotions/ Creams -Queen Helene - Mango and Coco Butter Lotion
kalichk5rabbit 4/11/2012 5:17:00 AM
I have been in love with this lotion for years. I adore the subtle fruity-cocoa scent and the fact that this moisturizes without sitting on top of your skin. It's perfect for whole-body moisturizing right after I get out of the shower. I apply it when my skin is slightly damp and it makes it SOO soft. This used to be carried at my local WalMart, but now I can only find the regular cocoa butter lotion there. Just a forewarning for those of you who are thinking about purchasing this online (where you can't smell before buying): I found what I thought was a really great deal and stocked up several bottles...after going through two of the five I bought, I found that two of the bottles went rancid. The lotion looked fine but smelled NASTY! I had to throw them out. Luckily I've found that Sally Beauty Supply carries the Mango/Cocoa Butter lotion, so I can always find them there. Give this a try, you won't be sorry...
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Summer Fruit
kalichk5rabbit 4/11/2012 5:10:00 AM
The packaging is cute, the fragrance is so-so...but after reading the reviews on MUA I have to admit I'm a little disappointed. I was looking for something to help me stay on top of my chapped winter lips (only slightly chapped, I wasn't looking for major damage control or needing a medicated balm) and this did not deliver. Yes, it moisturizes, but prolonged use just doesn't seem to keep my lips soft as previous posters have experienced. I will say that it is slightly addicting to apply--not in the sense that it dries out my lips after wearing off, but mostly because it's such a weird novelty to rub your lips on a balmy globe. The design is pretty cool and I like that it's easy to find in my purse. I might try another flavor to see if I have better luck keeping my lips soft.
Meh. This is nothing like my beloved SV top coat. I don't see anything special about this base coat, and it's pretty expensive. I won't be buying this again.
This polish has changed my entire outlook on doing nails. I have never encountered any other product that allows me to give myself a mani or pedi and get into bed fifteen minutes later. Yes, it stinks (and contains some nasty ingredients), but it has been a godsend for me. You must use this product when your nails are still wet. Pick up a moderate size blob on the brush and coat your entire nail, making sure the brush is in contact with the Seche Vite and not the underlying polish. To prevent tip shrinkage, I always finish with a horizontal coat of SV across my nail edge, wrapping it slightly under my natural nail.
The jury is still out for me on this polish. I purchased it two days ago and have already tried it underneath three different colors. Here's my experience: !) I first tried it over China Glaze's Temptation Carnation, a warm, shimmery sheer pink. I was hoping to achieve a fire opal-esque manicure, but TC made my warm skin look yellow and jaundiced. I removed it that night. 2) Last night I tried it over Zoya's Irene, a warm olive green shimmer with golden tones. This really made the foil particles of Luxe and Lush appear very gold. I was just not happy with the combo, so I took it off this morning. 3). I just painted my nails with Zoya's Brenna, a milky, opaque white-pink. Bingo! With Luxe and Lush on top of this, I achieved the fire opal look I was going for. I will try to upload a picture soon. The polish itself is gorgeous, but I think you have to find the right base color to make it work for you. Applying L&L to bare nails is too plain for me. Application was better than expected for such a chunky polish, even with China Glaze's long, thin brush. A thick coat of Seche Vite smooths the nail fairly well, but it will still have some texture. The foil particles really play off whatever color is underneath it--warm green and pink made it much more gold, while a cooler pink allowed the pink and green tones come through. Definitely a unique and pretty polish, but I'm still not 100% sold.
So I purchased this polish and was disappointed with how sheer it was...took 3+ coats to get the even opacity of the bottle color on my nails. I absolutely LOVED the shade on my warm, fair skin though, so I brought the bottle back to CVS to return and search for another comparable color. I compared it to every lilac shade I could find (another "lilac pastelle" from Revlon, Nice is Nice by Essie, Lilacism by Essie, and others whose names I don't remember) but gave up and ended up keeping it. Basically, NONE of them could hold a candle to this shade. It is just beautiful. So, with gritted teeth, I painted Gum Drop on my nails again this morning...4 coats, but I smile every time I look at my hands. I don't get what people are complaining about with regards to the scent. I find it pleasant and barely noticeable once I slather Seche Vite (my HG top coat) over my nails. If you have a warm, fair-medium complexion and are looking for something to brighten your hands and add a pop of sophisticated color, this is the polish for you.
Eyeliner -BeneFit Cosmetics - Magic Ink Liquid Eyeliner
kalichk5rabbit 4/9/2011 2:44:00 AM
I love the jet-black color and the thin brush applicator. This eyeliner is beautiful when applied. My biggest problem (and this is a deal-breaker for me) is the formula--it can turn into a stringy mess! I can't use mascara after applying this, or it starts to pull away from my lash line in short, rubbery strings, creating a "dotted" line. At this point it's impossible to fill in the line without it becoming chunky, and your eye makeup is ruined. Sigh. I really wanted to love this liner. The color and finish are stunning--rich, glossy and inky, as the name suggests-but I won't pay $20 for a liquid liner that is likely to screw up the rest of my eye makeup for the day.