Oh Seche, how I love you! Silky flowing goodness that makes my manicure oh so shiny and hard, with no shrinkage or other pooey side effects. I listened to the reviews and bagged some Restore, so if it gets thick I'm sorted.
I've only just started using this, so I probably shouldn't really review it yet, but I thought I'd at least note my initial thoughts. I got this quite cheap, $12.95 AU. Not sure what base coats cost here but as a guide OPI polishes are $19.95 AU. I've never used a proper base coat before, if I used one at all I'd use Nail Envy or something similar and I always found them a bit thick, and sometimes made my polish chip or interfered with it adhering. Most of the time I get the best wear out of my polish with no basecoat at all! This is nice and thin and dried very quickly, which I like a lot. It's tinted pink but dries clear. The pink actually helps me see where I've put it, which I like. I did have some minor bubbling in my polish, but I suspect that was more about the polish than the base coat- it was OPI In my back pocket, which I think needs a drop or two of thinner. The experiment continues!
Treatments -Burt's Bees - Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
prettykitty80 11/4/2012 5:56:00 PM
I've been using this for about three years, and I think it's a really good product-definitely a 'gateway drug' as far as cuticle care is concerned. I have a mini tin on my desk at work and a full size on the coffee table at home. A tin lasts a very long time. I find the tin pretty easy to use and don't really have trouble getting the lid off. It also stays clean inside and survives in the junkgle of the handbag quite well. A lot of people don't like the smell, but it doesn't bother me at all. I find myself experimenting with oils and other balms a lot more, but Burt's still has a place in my heart. It's thicker than most, so I use it overnight or if I know it will be a long time until I can moisturise my cuticles. I also use it to seal in lighter oils.
I first received this in a mini as a freebie, the tiny size of which lasted for two years! Admittedly it was in rotation with other blushes, but still, I find that remarkable. I've just run out and bought a full size. I love how this stain makes my cheeks look healthy, not obviously blushed. It's fantastic for layering with other blushes. I don't love it on my lips-that is, I love the colour but it doesn't stay on very long for me. To use I just draw two or three stripes across the cheekbone and blend. It's always worn well for me regardless of which foundation I've used underneath. It transcends seasons, but I find it particularly beautiful on winter-pale skin.
I lurrve my OPI file! We're very limited as to the brands we can buy here in Australia, so to be able to find a quality crystal file made me pretty happy :) It's gentle but efficient and doesn't make that horrible squeaky noise ;/ I use it weekly to smoothe out my nails and shorten them a little. I keep it in the tube thingy as I've heard they can be fragile, and haven't had a problem. I'd consider buying another one for my purse, but I only really file my nails at home anyway...unless God forbid i broke one, eek!
So so so in love with this colour!! A deep, beautiful turquoisey tealy puddle of awesome, sigh. I had a little tip wear by day five, so decided to do a gradient over it with Ate Berries in the Canaries, which turned purple over this, pure magic. I'm not much of a one for Nicki Minaj, but this colour is to die for. Pretty sure it's going to stain, but it's been my experience that deep greens and blues always do, so that's not the polish's fault. People hae been grabbing my hands squealing "Oooh, your nails!" all week :)
Love this! To me it's a peacock blue with a lovely shimmer that called to me from it's place in the polish rack. Slightly thin, but perfect in three coats for me.
Lovely soft baby pink cream. Application is great, and it's just so soft and pretty on.
For me it's the perfect hot (but not too hot!) pink cream. Blue based to work with the cool tones in my skin, long wearing, beautiful. Application is great, it's opaque in two but you may like to do three if you have the time for full colour saturation. Looks fantastic on toes, too.
I was always a shimmer/glitter/glass fleck girl until I fell in love with the shade of the np and bought it on ebay. I just adore it! Application was perfect, the best manicure I've ever done on myself. This colour single handedly converted me to OPI's cream finish. Would repurchase in a heartbeat if I ever ran out, though given the amount of other cream finish nail polish purchases this inspired that might take awhile.
Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand - Invisible Zinc - Tinted Daywear in Light
prettykitty80 8/12/2012 7:32:00 PM
I'm really surprised at how low this product's score is-for me it's an absolute must have. I have a healthy paranoia about old Mr Sun, and wear sunscreeen on a daily basis (although I am not quite as religious about it in the colder months as I should be). I don't like nasty chemcial sunscreens, they break me out and make my skin feel clogged and gross. Yes, IZ is thick, but that's why I like it! I use about a pea size amount, smoothed over my whole face. I am even able to use a tiny amount smoothed under my eye, as the very top of the cheekbone/undereye is where I get sun damage. The thickness of this product makes me feel safer from the sun. I let it settle for a few minutes before applying concealer, a little of the Invisible setting powder, blush and a little mineral foundation in my t-zone or over any icky areas. This product really, really does work better used in conjuction with the setting powder. It mattifies the finish and makes it last all day. I read somewhere that the powder itself contains sun protection but I'm uncertain about that. I also think that daily use of this assists my mild acne. My theory there is that well, isn't zinc good for your skin? Could zinc applied topically like this help acne? Either way, I break out less when using this regularly. To remove it I do an oil cleanse, followed by a second cleanse, and it comes off just fine for me.