I got a sample of this from Sephora. My Make Up Forever HD foundation bottle leaked everywhere after a flight. It was awesome in terms of coverage, color, texture, and lasting power, but irritated my sensitive skin so that I couldn't wear it every day. I asked a saleswoman which foundation she recommended for super sensitive skin, and she suggested this one. It really doesn't work for me. The first problem was that I couldn't get a good color match, but the color was at least passable until it oxidized and turned my face orange. Not cool. Second, the texture and lasting power don't compare to the quality of MUFE HD. It goes on very wet and a little too sheer. If you try to build coverage it gets cakey. Even worse, it creases and makes any dry skin flakes stand out. I'm going to pass on purchasing this and keep up my search.
Foundations -Cover Girl - Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
sunshowers 3/2/2013 8:41:00 PM
I saw the hype and thought I would see if this compared to my HG, MUFE's HD Foundation. Not even a chance. Stay Fabulous made my skin look dry and chalky, and highlighted every little bump. The closest color wasn't really a good enough match, but then the color oxidized totally orange and made it look like I had makeup caked on my cheeks. I really wanted to like this, because in Canada it's just $15-17 a bottle compared to MUFE, which is $50-$55. I loved that it came in a heavy glass bottle with a pump. But the product itself was so disappointing.
This lotion is a great multi-tasker. I just wish it came in a smaller size bottle so I could pack it more easily when I travel. It's totally scent free and very, very gentle. It feels very light but sinks in and moisturizes really well. I can put it on my ridiculously sensitive face, and use it on my body. I have keratosis pilarlis on my upper arms and thighs, and this lotion helps to smooth my skin much more effectively than the Amlactin lotion I tried before.
I have ridiculously sensitive skin that gets dry on the cheeks. This cleanser leaves my skin feeling soft and clean and doesn't cause any irritation. Even Cetaphil cleanser isn't gentle enough for my skin, but this is!
Polishes -Rimmel - Lasting Finish PRO - Burgundy Flirt
sunshowers 12/8/2011 8:39:00 PM
This is one of my favorite fall/winter polishes. The color, a rich, glossy deep red, is equal parts classic and vampy. This polish is also quite the chameleon. In some lights, it's a bright, juicy, almost translucent cherry red. In other lights, it morphs into a deep blood red. At other times it looks like a dark burgundy creme with a slight jelly finish. It's gorgeous all around. Even better, the formula is fantastic. It's thin without being runny or too sheer, so it's very easy to control and work with. The polish goes where you want it to, and stays where you put it. The brush, which is a unique wide brush with a curved tip, is great for creating a perfect rounded edge next to your cuticles. Three thin coats gives the perfect color for me. The wear time is also impressive. I have one coat of OPI base coat underneath and one coat of Seche Vite on top, and after a week there is only the tiniest bit of tip wear. I don't go easy on my nails either, I spend upwards of 8 hours a day typing at work, and I also went on a weekend trip where I spent hours soaking in a jacuzzi. I highly recommend this polish.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Xtreme Wear - Blue Me Away
sunshowers 11/7/2011 2:54:00 AM
I adore this blue polish! It's an amazingly vibrant shiny blue creme, a gorgeous color for summer. The formula is fantastic. It's really easy to work with and control, not streaky, surprisingly self-leveling, and near opaque in just one coat. It didn't have any of the formula problems that Lacey Lilac (another creme polish in this line) had. Now, notice I said *near* opaque. Just because you can get it opaque in one coat by globbing it on extra thick doesn't mean you should. I think that's why some of the previous reviewers complained about it taking too long to dry. I did two thin coats and had no problems with drying time. And if drying time is a problem, Seche Vite top coat will negate any drying time issues.
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
sunshowers 10/28/2011 3:31:00 AM
I'm not a huge fan of anything else by Aveeno. I find their body lotions, the ones that get rave reviews on MUA, only "meh." I've used their face cleansers and lotions in the past and was not impressed. Then I started getting rosacea on my cheeks, and for months it seemed like putting anything on my face to soothe the redness and burning only pissed my skin off more. Enter Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15. I spotted this at Target and the "Ultra Calming" name caught my eye. I took it home and at first thought I'd been suckered again. It didn't have any immediate effect on the redness, and lord, the smell! I hate the way this stuff smells! I've gotten used to it now, and oddly, my husband likes it. But it's this heavy, floral old lady smell and having just finished a bottle of yummy-smelling Garnier Fresh moisturizer, this was a big disappointment. But I paid good money for the moisturizer, and despite the smell it seemed to absorb into my skin really nicely, so I kept using it. As the weeks went on, I started noticing that my cheeks were healing. Not only were the bumps going down, but the scarring and hyper-pigmentation left behind were fading so much faster than before. I was still afraid of getting my hopes up, but over the next four months, my skin continued getting better and better. For the first time in ages, my husband was regularly commenting on how nice my skin looked, and how soft it was. Well, that is, until a few weeks ago my mom convinced me to try Cliniderm Soothing Lotion. After two days of switching from Aveeno to Cliniderm, my skin broke out horribly in places I almost never get blemishes. I switched back immediately and haven't gotten any new breakouts, and am now using Aveeno every day and hoping the scars will fade quickly. If only the scent was improved, I would rate this moisturizer highre
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac 270
sunshowers 10/10/2011 12:29:00 AM
This polish is a really pretty pale lilac creme. The formula is very opaque and gives perfect coverage in 2 coats. However, it is very thick and gluey, even out of a brand new bottle. I can see this getting super sticky in just a few uses. Because the polish is so thick, it's easy to overload your brush and end up with polish running all over your cuticles. Also because it's so thick, you have to work quickly and accurately or it will turn into a gloopy, streaky mess on your nail. Despite these drawbacks, the color is worth the extra effort to get it perfect.
This polish is a bright, cheerful chrome yellow (not neon). Like most yellows, it's a bit of a pain to apply. I needed four coats for it to be opaque. It looked great and is very durable (lasted over two weeks on my toes), but I hate how long it takes to put on four coats of anything so minus one lippie. I'll try it again over white polish and update this review.
This black polish has tons of fine silver glass fleck glitter suspended in it. From afar it looks like a gunmetal shade, but up close it reminds me of stars twinkling in the night sky. The silver glass fleck glitter makes this color way easier to wear than plain black. The formula applies really well, dries quickly, and is almost totally opaque in one thin coat. If you were in a hurry, you could get away with slapping on one coat, but I put on two for perfection's sake. I found this polish chips very easily without top coat, so make sure you use a good one. Sinful Colors is somewhat new to Canadian drug stores, and is surprisingly somewhat expensive (I got mine on sale for $3.99, regular price was $5.99) compared to how cheap it is in the States.
This is a shimmery medium red polish loaded with very fine glass fleck glitter. It reminds me of Dorothy's ruby slippers when I have it on my toes. It's one of my favorite Rimmel polishes ever, and I use it very sparingly now since the color is long discontinued. The formula is densely pigmented without being thick, and is perfect in two coats or three thin coats.
This is a good all-around cheap clear polish. It dries quickly with a shiny finish, and even works as a base coat or top coat in a pinch. I use it as a top coat on all my pedicures, as I don't want to waste my Seche Vite on my toes, and my pedicures always last for several weeks until the polish has grown out too much (a pet peeve of mine) and I switch colors. I always keep a bottle of this in my collection.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Peach Daiquiri
sunshowers 10/3/2011 5:14:00 AM
I was really disappointed with this polish. In the bottle it's a shimmery peachy orange color with a bit of silver glass fleck glitter. But it's soooooooo sheer, you are forced to layer it over an opaque orange polish to get anywhere near the bottle color. I tried to wear it on its own, and after three coats my nails were still only sort of peach-tinted, with a sprinkling of silver glitter. Not the look I was hoping for after that much work.
In the bottle, Silver Bullet looks like a very, very pale silver frost. On the nail it's an extremely sheer white pearl frost. Rimmel claims that all of the 60 Seconds line are "one-coat nail polish." As much as I love the 60 Seconds polishes, that's pretty much a lie... most of them take two coats to be opaque, and Silver Bullet needs at least four or five. Yes, it is one of those nightmarishly sheer polishes that is a huge PITA to wear solo, but is too streaky to layer over other colors. I've given up on it for now, but will try layering it over white (so the streaks are not so noticeable, and the pearl color can stand out on its own) and update my review at a later date.
This polish is a gorgeous deep red jelly with red glass fleck glitter. It is beautiful in two thin coats, but you could even get away with just one coat. It is *that* densely pigmented, and without being thick at all. The people who are saying they needed three coats, I have no idea why... maybe the formula has changed? Well whatever, all you need to know is that the current formula is fantastic. I have it on my toes right now with two coats of clear on top to bring out the amazing depth of the red jelly. I love that the red glass fleck is somewhat subtle. It's not in-your-face blingy glitter, it's little sparks of red light shining through. My toenails look like jewels! I absolutely love it, and for the dirt cheap price you can't go wrong with this purchase.