There are many different formulations for the whitestrips and it can vary how long you are supposed to wear them for and the percentage of Carbamide Peroxide contained. That said, I have gotten better results with intermittent usage (I do not use them constantly but I do wear them for 5-8 days in a row and then stop). Better results than Zoom 2 which made me sensitive as hell and only got me 1 shade whiter. I get about 2 shades whiter with the "professional effects" strips and about 1 shade white (but no sensitivity) with the "Sensitive" formula which is weaker and you wear it for fewer minutes at a go. All in all, I recommend doing some research on all of the crest products - and then picking the whitestrips that will be best for you. A great alternative to pricy in-office procedures and good for extrinsic staining.
Fragrances -Yardley - English Lavender Cologne Spray
spaflam 5/21/2013 10:55:00 AM
Too damned strong - that blast of Lavender is a nostalgic calling back to circa 1980 when my mom kept s pump botion of Yardely English Lavendar lotion on the counter. A blast (literally) from the past - but alas, not a fave.
My mom had the liquid pump soad of Yardley English Lavender in her powder room circa 1977 - 1983. Nostalgic for me - a sweet single-note lavender scent. Also came in a lotion. Classic.
Lotions/ Creams -Caswell-Massey - English Lavander Body Lotion
spaflam 5/21/2013 10:52:00 AM
Nostalgic lavendar lotion with a mildly greasy feel but works well enough. Reminds me of "Old English Lavendar" lotion that my mom had in her 1970's powder room. Powdery and floral and sweet.
I love LOTV and Caswell-Massey delivers a classic single-note version that is airy and sweet and not headache-inducing. Fades fast - so re-apply as needed. A bottle lasts me a long, long time though so truthfully I will proably not repurchase.
A classic Coty d/s frag that I happen not to like - but my aunt did especially back in the '80's. Too "warm" and sweet for me.
Polishes -Unlisted Brand - Dare to Wear: Perfect Match - Violet Fizz
spaflam 5/21/2013 8:51:00 AM
Dare to Wear lacquers and the corresponding Perfect Match gel colors are so terrific! I never even heard of this brand until 2 years ago and last week I got a gorgeous gel mani with Violet Fizz - a deep purple (eggplant) with a blackness and rich pigmentation. LOVE it - reminds me a bit of OPI Ink or LAPD but less micro-glitter and distinctly purple. (Not Navy Blue). Love it!
Polishes -Unlisted Brand - Dare to Wear: The King's Navy
spaflam 5/16/2013 2:31:00 PM
This gorgeous deep navy blue is akin to OPI's Russian Navy but has a hint of micro-sheen to it and dries uber-shiney. I love it - and it comes as a traditional lacquer or as a "Perfect Match: gel. Lovely for a pedi.
Just started using this product and so far no "fishy" smell as others have said. Light weight and seems OK so far - much cheaper than Smashbox Photo-finish but not quite as thick - so I will update this review to see how it goes. Very cheap (7.99 on sale from 9.99).
Just started using this product and so far no "fishy" smell as others have said. Light weight and seems OK so far - much cheaper than Smashbox Photo-finish - so I will update this review to see how it goes. Very cheap (7.99 on sale from 9.99).
Glimmersticks come in a variety of shades, finishes and formulae that vary from campaign to campaign. The Liqui-Glide finish feels gel-like and a bit wet upon first application. These liners range in price anywhere from $2 to $5 based on quantities ordered and specific promotions. They are very inexpensive.
I like the Liqui-Glide finish in Black Plum.
Glimmersticks come in a variety of shades, finishes and formulae that vary from campaign to campaign. Anywhere from $2 to $5 each based on quantities ordered and specific promotions they are very inexpensive.
I like the Liqui-Glide finish and the line called "Chromes" even though the 2 "Chromes" I tried are not metallic at all - one is matte and one is sueded.
Eyeliner -Avon - Glimmersticks Chromes - Veluxe Blue (G204)
spaflam 5/16/2013 10:53:00 AM
Veluxe Blue is a deep violet-blue (not that much purple to it - but not navy blue) eyeliner in the Glimmersticks line from Avon. It is not very "Chromey" but more of a matte or sueded finish. Applies smoothly, evenly and easily with a light hand - don't press too hard or you'll get "racoon eyes". Very inexpensive on a promotion for $1.89 each (plus tax and shipping) from my Avon-lady coworker.
The only reason I put that I would not repurchase is because I like some of the other deep-blue/black shades more.
Wish this were a tad more purple - and it will take me years to use up all of the eyeliners I already own. (Over 50 of 'em of various brands in shades of green, blue, purple, black and brown.)
Eyeliner -Avon - Glimmersticks Chromes - Night Star (G203)
spaflam 5/16/2013 10:49:00 AM
Night Star is a midnight-blue (blackish-blue eyeliner in the Glimmersticks line from Avon. It is not very "Chromey" but not truly matte either. Applies evenly and easily with a light hand - don;t press hard or you'll get "racoon eyes" and is a very wearable shade. Super cheap on a promotion for 1.89 each (plus tax and shipping) from my Avon-lady coworker.
Lotions/ Creams -Avon - Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus SPF 30
spaflam 5/15/2013 8:51:00 AM
A coworker sells Avon and I needed some bugspray with SPF abnyway so for $7.99 (usually it's $9.99, I think) I got the 4 oz. aerosol can of this.
Unscented - so it smells neutral (like propellant??) to me and so far it seems to be working.
I will update my review once we go to the beach.