Polishes -Wet 'n' Wild - megalast - Red A Good Book
mochaholic 5/24/2013 12:43:00 PM
This is a lovely true-red that reminds of candy apples due to it's jelly-like creme consistency. I personally like this more for summer, but could definitely work year-round. Of the reds I've tried, this one is the easiest to work with. The combination of the brush and the formula makes it really easy to get a nice even coat. The one problem I have w/ this is the pigmentation; even with 3 coats I can still see some nail line, but I can forgive since it is so affordable and easy to work with. Highly recommend this to ppl just starting to dabble in nail polish or anyone looking for a low maintenance red crelly.
I prefer Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream over this. I have very dry yucky cuticles and this is not nourishing enough for me. I've been using this for a few wks and my cuticles on 3 fingers have gotten into very bad shape, and this is not helping. I also find that the lid does not close very tightly. The one thing I like abt this is the smell is more tolerable than the Burt's lemon smell. I shall try Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser + Balm next.
I like the color, but I am not a fan of the formula. Nice neutral color that reminds me of beige khaki pants and I've gotten a few compliments when I wear it. I think the formula is a little hard to work with. It takes me abt 3 coats to get decent coverage, and still requires a top coat to even out the surface. Despite being called "Colorstay", I don't think this wears any longer than other nail polishes (I did wear bc and tc, but not the one from their line). For regular price, it is not worth it, but if you like the color and if it's on super sale, then sure.
Love the color and love the brush. I was looking for a navy np, but saw this on clearance at CVS for 75%, so what the heck...close enough. This is a gorgeous pigmented royal blue and I needed 2 coats for even coverage. In my limited np experience, this is one of the best brushes I've used and I can get a pretty clean line along my cuticles which makes clean-up a lot easier. I was not bothered by the smell; just smells like nail polish to me. Formula itself is just okay. It's supposed to be a fast dry formula, but I find that just gets goopy if I work too slowly and it doesn't really completely dry any faster than other nail polishes. Since it's a deep blue, I would not wear this w/o a basecoat and risk stains. A topcoat is also a must b/c the finish is not very shiny and it seems to wear off much faster w/o a topcoat. With bc and tc, I almost have no chipping after 5 days and just tip-wear. BC=Poshe, TC= Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
I've been looking for a nice cheap opaque red red (so many reds nowadays have that jelly-ish quality to them), and this fits the bill (esp if you can get it w/ a coupon/sale). The combination of the brush and the formula is not my favorite, but it's fine for the price. One generous coat or 2 thin coats and I'm good to go. Base and top coat is a must; this will stain your nails and the formula is not shiny enough w/o a top coat. I am able to get 4-5 days of decent wear out of this w/ bc (Poshe) and tc (SH Insta-Dri Anti-Chip), and even then it's not awful.
For $1 or less (if on sale), can't really complain too much, but I found this pretty difficult to apply due to the formula and brush (altho I hear white is a difficult color to work w/ in general). It is pretty opaque and if you're lucky/skilled might even get a way with one coat. I used 2 and it was still uneven on some fingers, but tolerable after applying top coat. It definitely needs a top coat to help smooth things out and protect the color. I had it on for abt an hr w/o top coat and the nail polish gets dinged up pretty easily. Now, I've had it on for 4 days (b/t Poshe bc and Sally Hansen top) already with almost no chipping, but one finger has a visible crack in the polish. Undecided right now if I would repurchase.
I absolutely love nail polish that looks like blood and this totally looks like blood. If you are careful or lazy, you can get away with one coat, but most ppl will prefer 2 coats to get it even. The formula is amazing, it's almost like it just self levels itself as it dries. However, the thicker the application the darker it will look. In direct sunlight, it looks a medium red and indoors it looks like a deep/dark red...just gorgeous. The one thing I didn't care for was the brush; it made it difficult for me to get a clean line along the cuticles.
Polishes -New York Color - In a New York Color Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish
mochaholic 11/19/2012 2:31:00 PM
I currently only have one color, Lincoln Center 232B, and I am in love with this color. I was searching for a dupe for Deborah Lippmann (True Blood) Let it Bleed and was led to Essie Wicked, and finally I came across NYC Lincoln Center as a dupe to Essie Wicked. This is a gorgeous dark blackened blood red. I got satisfactory coverage in 2 coats. Removing is tricky since this color can stain nails and fingers pink. I've worn this for 5 days (w/ Poshe base and Sally Hansen top) and other than tip wear, this polish held up very well and I only had to remove b/c I broke my nail. The bf surprised me w/ the Let It Bleed set for my bday, so I will update with a comparison. UPDATE: Wore this (Lincoln Center) on one hand and Deborah Lippmann's Let It Bleed on another, and I think I actually preferred this. Going on, this looks redder while Let It Bleed looks more purple, but after both are dry and set they look nearly identical. Application and wear was also very very similar. This wins for me due to the redder color and faster dry time.
Treatments -Burt's Bees - Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
mochaholic 11/6/2012 5:58:00 PM
I got this maybe 2 yrs ago, but stopped using it b/c I didn't like. Turns out, this was not the problem. I recently got into taking better care of my nails and decided to give this another try with my new found knowledge. I must say, my cuticles have not looked better (altho they were pretty awful before, so my standards aren't very high). This can be a bit greasy and I'm not a fan of scented products, so I usually just use this at night before I go to sleep. Smells like frozen lemonade, so it's really not bad. This is so affordable, effective, and easy to use.
Great formula for the price! Goes on pretty smooth and is opaque for me in 2 coats. Not the most chip resistant, but I get bored of the same color after a few days anyways. My only problem w/ this, is the brush; I find it fairly difficult to work with because I have a hard time getting a neat even line by my cuticles and I prefer the Megalast brush.
Just recently got back into nail polish and I got a bunch of these during WnW bogo-free sale at CVS to jump start my collection. I don't have much experience w/ nail polish yet, but I absolutely LOVE these, and so far I love every color I've tried (will update with favorites later). All the colors I tried take at least 2-3 coats. My favorite part abt these polishes are the fat brush; I have fairly small fingers, so sometimes it just takes one swipe for one coat and the rounded tip makes it so much easier to get an even line by the cuticle. My lease favorite part is it seems to take a long time to dry.
Top/Base Coats -Rimmel - Lasting Finish Pro Nail Enamel Base & Top Coat
mochaholic 10/12/2012 4:45:00 PM
My sister owns this base/top coat, so I'm glad I didn't spend money on it. I used this recently when I did my nails with her and it is awful as both a base and top coat for me. I don't think I have ever experienced peeling on my nails before but this did it. It looks like either a thin layer is partially peeled off or it left a layer of something that won't come off (if that makes any sense). As a top coat, it took FOREVER to dry. I didn't have the patience to wait for my polish to dry before applying this as top coat, but 6 hrs after I applied this I went to sleep and woke up with marks and imprints on all my nails...ugh! The finish of this is a bit dull and not very shiny. The one good thing abt this, is it does prevent staining as a base coat (my sister has used this for months as a base and she's had no staining/yellowing), so if you don't have problems with peely nails, then this might be worth a try since it is fairly inexpensive compared to other base coats.
Eyeliner -Physicians Formula - Eye booster eyeliner + serum
mochaholic 9/19/2012 6:01:00 PM
I have had this in Ultra Black for about a year. I only wear makeup once or twice a wk, and almost everytime I do, I use this, and it has not dried up. It is one of the very few liners that does not smudge or flake on my greasy hooded Asian eyelids (small fold/crease that causes upper eyelid to touch the lashline). It has a glossy polish-like finish and does not budge until you take it off, but comes off easily w/ makeup remover. Out of all the liquid liners I have tried this is also the easiest to apply with it's super pointed brush tip that can draw super thin or thick. I don't use it often enough to comment on the serum, but makes me feel better thinking this won't make my eyelashes fall out. It is not the most pigmented eyeliner, but this is pretty close to HG for me. I still need to try Jordana Fabuliner recommended by NouveauCheap, but if that doesn't work out, I am definitely coming back to this.
Being a super acne-prone greeseball, I rarely wear foundation. Everything seems to break me out and I just feel disgusting when oil breaks through. However, with Colorstay Whipped, I find that I actually want to wear foundation more often. It was on sale at CVS for $9.49 and I wanted to get a new foundation to wear to a wedding, so I decided to try it since it has pretty good reviews. I've worn this 3 times, each time for over 12hrs, and this is probably the best foundation I've used. With primer and powder, I still get oily after a few hours, but it does not look too disgusting (somewhere between greasy and dewy?), so it definitely helps control oil. I wore this for 16+ hrs as a bridesmaid and from the few pictures I've seen, it photographs quite nicely. I use my fingers to apply about a pea size amount for my whole face and down my neck. It does accentuate dry/flaky skin, so moisturizing/misting the dry spots right before application helps the foundation go on smoothly. This has a medium-coverage semi-matte finish. It feels fairly comfortable on the skin and has no noticable smell. I've been breaking out for other reasons, so I cannot tell if this contributed to any of it, but I don't think so. I did not give this a 5, b/c the color selection is not that great for yellow-toned skin and I am not a fan of the bulky packaging (you get more glass than foundation). Warm Golden is a tad light for me and next shade up is much too dark. Prior to this, I liked Almay Clear Complexion (Sand), which has a more matte finish, but is not as long wearing. I've used regular liquid Colorstay for combo/oily skin before, and hated the chemically smell, thick feel, and plasticky finish; this fixes all of that! UPDATE (winter): Good news, concluded that this doesn't aggrevate acne. Bad news, not good for extremely dry flaky skin. Recently went to Vegas and my skin was crazy dry the whole time (while still being a tad oily). By the end of the day, this foundation seemed to form a dry flaky cakey cracking layer over my dry flaky skin. It was pretty gross. I still love this foundation, but just not when my skin is super dry and flaky.
Lipstick -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Honey
mochaholic 8/23/2012 12:02:00 PM
This is my new favorite lip color! 99% of the time I just wear lipbalm b/c I cannot find a product that is long-lasting AND moisturizing (I am too lazy to reapply if I need a mirror and my lips dry/peel easily). This is definitely not as drying as most lip color products, but if you have chronically chapped lips like me, you will still need to use it w/ a good lipbalm. I find that my lips feel shrivelled after a while. This color does not last as long compared to other lipstains and long-wearing lip products, so I do need to reapply every couple hours and after I eat, but definitely lasts longer than other "moisturizing" lipsticks, glosses, and tinted lipbalms. My lips are pretty pigmented, so this color is a bit brighter/pinker than my natural lip color and could be considered MLBB. I love how it just perks up my lips. There is some shimmer, but it is not noticible on the lips. I like the initial minty feeling (fades away quickly) and I love that there is no smell or taste. The packaging is adorable, but bulky, and I would give up some of the cuteness to reduce the size of the packaging.