It's been a slow week for me. Is it that way for you? I don't exactly know what it is I'm in a rush to have happen! Maybe it's because I was sick for most of the month that I feel the need to catch up with life or something. Instead, I'm taking deep breaths and enjoying little things, like a free cup of coffee, snowflakes falling on my eyelashes, or a quick snuggle with Charlie. Another little thing that makes me happy is doing these mini reviews of products I've purchased over the past couple of months. Enjoy.
L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lingerie--The name of these made me giggle. Lingerie. Ha. These are nail stickers that go over painted nails. There are several designs to choose from, but of course, I chose glitter. One is a sparkly ombre silver, and the other is a sparkly ombre gold. Usually I don't share products on the blog without thoroughly reviewing them first, but I've yet to try these. I'll let you know on Twitter and Instagram when I do! I hope you follow me on those! In the meantime, here's a pic I found:
OPI Liquid Sand in Can't Let Go--This is part of the Mariah Carey collection. This dark purple polish is unique in that it's a glittery matte finish. There's a texture to it and no top coat is used. This is similar to Zoya's Pixie Dust but with hexagonal glitters in addition to the matte glitter. --loved, would prefer a different color
Zoya Pixie Dust in NYX--This was the only color I found in this collection. It's a light grey-purple, and works well for spring. It is the same sort of consistency as the Liquid Sand but without the additional hex glitters. It feels like sugar on your nails. I've used with a top coat (Seche Vite) for a different effect. Both polishes mentioned are difficult to remove, like glitter. I suggest mixing white glue with water and using that as a base first or the tried-and-true method of remover-soaked cotton and tin foil. --fave
Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation in #3 Cream--This was one of those random purchases. I tend to give Sonia Kashuk's products a big thumbs down because they are so overpriced for the quality. Sure, there is the occasional standout, like her concealer palettes, but I will happily find you a better choice (and usually cheaper!) for her products. Just ask! I know some of you are devoted fans who will certainly disagree, but this foundation is another disappointment. It's $9.99 for half an ounce, which is overpriced! It looks like liquid foundation when it comes out of the pump, but feels like tinted moisturizer or BB cream. My dry skin soaked it up and after three "coats" you still couldn't tell I had it on. Due to the slightly tacky finish, I can almost guarantee it will make oily skin break out. Plus, there is no info on the packaging. I'm not returning it but instead using it as a primer or tinted moisturizer. Comes in 5 shades. --least fave product
Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturizer in Cocoa Butter--I wanted to try this the second I saw this at Target and am now finally starting to see reviews, thanks to Influenster. This comes in three scents and uses compressed air to deliver a moisturizer to skin. I really like it. If you've used spray-on sunscreen, this is similar, but a different consistency/smell. If you want very light moisturizing coverage, like in the summer, and you don't want a greasy finish, you might like this. Having lotion on the back of my hands freaks me out, so this is a nice alternative. This is not a lotion, just a light moisturizer. --loved
Sally Hansen Polishes in Coral Reef and Fuchsia Power--I used these in my Peeps nails tutorial and these are repurchases. They're two of my favorite shades for spring/summer, especially for pedicures! --fave
ELF Zit Zapper--This is a small travel-friendly rollerball container with zit-zapping ingredients and is recommended for preventing acne as well. It has tea tree oil, salicylic acid, witch hazel and camphor. I tried it on a small zit that popped up, and it was gone by morning. This will not work on cystic acne. Sure, I could make this myself, but I don't exactly keep those ingredients in my bag when I'm traveling. It's great to keep in your purse or makeup bag and is only $1. --unexpected surprise
ELF Essential Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Pink Umbrellas--This reminds me of the Covergirl lip gloss sticks but for $2. There are around 8 shades, but I only saw 4 in the store. This gives a very moisturizing and natural color to lips. My lips aren't naturally a pretty pigmented color, so I liked this. It has the staying power of the CG version and isn't as as shiny as gloss. I didn't like the cinnamon smell, as it reminded me of Big Red gum, but there was no skin irritation from the cinnamon. There's a nude shade I'd like to try, so I'd consider purchasing another but would rather repurchase the Revlon Lip Balm Stains instead. --liked but not loved
Masque Bar Pore Refining Mask--We all know I make my masks, but I know not everyone shares my enthusiasm for Beauty DIY, so I thought I'd review this for you! There are several types of these, like one for acne-prone skin and one to brighten skin. This mask has lemon and raspberry in it. I mistakenly thought this was a sheet mask, like the Asian ones I love, but it's a traditional mask-in-a-pack. There are 4 in a package, for $9.99 The wrinkle and brightening masks are the sheet ones. Oops. It feels like yogurt, soaks in, but does not dry and harden. My pores looked the same, but my face was hydrated. I experienced no break outs either time I used this mask --not repurchasing this but would try the sheet masks
What products have you been loving lately?