Thursday, May 31, 2012

Review: Olay Foaming Face Wash

Today, I have a initial reaction/review.  The product is Olay Foaming Face Wash for Combination/Oily Skin.
Olay Foaming Face Wash, Combo/Oily
Product claims:
  • washes away impurities
  • leaves skin feeling fresh
  • deep cleans
  • thoroughly removes dirt, oil and makeup
  • does not over-dry
I bought this product when I was running low on a different cleanser, so I put it away until the old was used up.  I have now gotten this out to use as my in-shower face wash.  I have used this product 3-4 times now and have already formed an opinion on it.

It does do what it claims as to washing away dirt, oil and makeup and deep cleans.  I suppose that also includes "impurities," whatever that means.  BUT, for my skin (sensitive/oily-combo/acne-prone), it does not live up to its claim as to "without over-drying."  The first couple of times, my skin felt clean but tight.  That is not a good thing for skin.  Last night, however, was the night that I really decided on if I like this or not.  Last night, my skin literally started peeling around my nose and chin.  That, my friends, is over-drying.  I do not like this product.  I can't even imagine what this would do to my face if I used it morning and night like the directions say.

Since I bought this months ago (so no return is possible), I will probably continue to use this once in a while in the shower...unless my face is already feeling dry...then I will use something else at the sink right after the shower.  However, if I get too sick of my face being dry/peeling, I will tell the Mister to use it up.

Keep in mind, everyone's skin is different and this is just how my skin reacted to it.  Will I buy it again??  That is a firm NO!

Do you keep using a product you don't really like just because you bought it or do you give it to someone else?

**all products purchased by me / my opinions are my own

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pre-Holiday Haul!

Somehow, I always seem to end up visiting the drugstores whenever I need to run out to do something or even whenever I leave the house (especially if nobody is with me).  So I have yet another haul from before the long weekend.

 CoverGirl eyeshadow trio in 105 Cafe au Lait
 CoverGirl single in 455 Purple Pop
I had a $2 off 2 CoverGirl product coupon from Target's April sample bag
Pixi Eye Bright Liner in No. 1 Nude
I had a $2 off Pixi coupon from the coupons included in Target's April sample bag

I also bought a special 3-pack of Secret Deodorant (spring breeze scent) that was on clearance for $4.24 (no picture).  With all of my product purchases, I was also able to redeem a $3 off $20 beauty purchase that printed the last time I bought things from Target.  I was happy that of the 2 things I wanted to try from Pixi, one was FINALLY in stock--I had been trying to find this or the peach correcter all month.

Rite Aid:
 Maybelline Master Drama by Eyestudio Cream Pencil in 425 Coal Commander
Maybelline 24 hr. Color Tattoo in 25 Bad to the Bronze
--Maybelline was buy 1 get 1 50% off, plus I had 2 coupons--
Petites Color Fever nail polish in 596 Banish
Essie nail polish in Tart Deco
--I had a $2 off Rite Aid exclusive coupon, as well as a $1 off Rite Aid coupon for Petites

Hard Candy Kal-eye-descope Baked Eyeshadow Duo in 065 Rush Hour

Have you tried any of these products and if so, did you like them?

**all products purchased by me

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Holiday Nails

Just a day late, but here is what I wore on my nails for Memorial Day...and didn't even leave the house...  I quite like the final look.  I couldn't stop staring at the pretty color-shifting holo stars.  :)  I had tried something else before this combo but didn't like it that well...I did take pictures and will probably post it later this week.

Warning:  pic heavy!

  • Pro FX Fiberized Ridge Filler base coat
  • 2 coats NYC New York Color Expert Last Nail Polish in I <3 NY #230
  • 1 coat Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Diamond Flash fast dry top coat  (I am really liking this)

both pictures under lamp light
  • Icing Blue Ice -- randomly placed 3 stars on ring fingers, 1 star on the rest and enough glitter to suit me
  • 1 coat Wet 'n Wild Fast Dry Clear Coat
  • 1 coat Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat (applied the next day since the stars' points were scratching me) 

 Look at the rainbow appearing on my thumb and ring fingers (circled up above)!
 The star on my pinkie changed colors!

Later in the evening, I did clip the points on some of the stars that kept scratching me since they didn't want to play nice.  Maybe a little more careful placing would fix that.

Icing's Blue Ice consists of a good amount of silver micro-glitters with royal blue small hex glitters and some silver color-changing holographic stars all in a clear base.  It does dry to a slightly bumpy finish, but with enough of the right top coat, smooths out (except for those pokey stars).  I really like this glitter coat.  I have a feeling that this one might be coming back out around the 4th of July.

NCY's I <3 NY is your basic nice cherry/candy-apple red creme polish.  It applied easily (even with a slightly uneven brush) and dried pretty quickly.  I think that if/when I wear this one by itself, I will use 3 coats since I could still see a little bit of nail line.

Are you still loving glitter polishes as much as me?

**all products purchased by me / my opinions and combinations are my own

Monday, May 28, 2012

Miscellaneous Monday...Polish Storage Idea?

This Miscellaneous Monday actually relates to last Monday's post where I was talking a little bit about how I am constantly rearranging my polishes.

While I was at Jo Ann Fabrics last weekend trying to get inspiration, I saw something that immediately jumped out at me as a possibility for storage for my ever-growing polish collection:

Overall it measures: 18 inches high, 12 1/8 inches wide, 9 1/2 inches deep

Drawers measure: 4 1/2 inches high, 11 1/2 inches wide, 9 1/4 inches deep

This is priced at $29.99 for each 3-drawer unit.  I do receive a lot of email and regular mail coupons for as much as 40% off a regular priced item....and I would probably want to turn the drawers around and put handles on instead of using the cut-out part (and drawer knobs are not cheap).

However, I would need to purchase several units and it seems to me that each drawer wouldn't fit a high number like the option other bloggers have from Michael's craft store or the Ikea Helmer.  Looking at the actual Ikea model, it is definitely more expensive to purchase this wooden unit since I would need 2 to equal the same number of drawers, but I think that I would still have less space in this little Crate Drawer unit since the drawers themselves look smaller.

I haven't given up yet on this idea yet, though...I was with my mom when I spotted this and she suggested using pictures of this as a template and having my dad build a custom-sized one.  That would mean that I could have the unit measure just about however I wanted to in order to fit as much as I wanted.  I could even have another one made at a later date if needed.  And since he is such a "wood pack-rat", there would be no to minimal cost (the main expense would be drawer knobs); the only issue would be getting him to make the time.

I could not find this on Jo Ann's website.

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Several weeks ago, there was a deal going on at Rite Aid and I needed a third polish to get it.  I saw UFO and decided that would be the polish would be perfect since I had recently picked up a couple of oranges from the Sinful Colors line, as well as having some corals and other similarly toned colors at home already.  Another reason for getting this one is that the coral-based glitter polish I have from Forever 21 is thick and goopy and takes forever to dry.  UFO is much better formula-wise.

Sinful Colors UFO #834 contains both small and micro color-shifting glitters in a very lightly tinted coral-orange base.  At times, I see green, gold, purple, and pink and I'm sure that depending on the base, other colors might become visible.  UFO is an interesting polish and I like it a lot.  I'm wondering what it would look like over a peach, nude, or white...

one coat of UFO on my ring fingers over 
2 coats of Sinful Colors Clementine

I put UFO on on the second day of wearing Clementine.  Unfortunately, this manicure did not last as Clementine made a big crack across a couple of my nails so it came off later that same night.  :(  

I think that UFO is only available at Rite Aid in the core line (I don't remember seeing it in the Walgreens display).  Clementine is/was only available at Rite Aid in a counter display (spring 2012 Wow! Pop! collection).  

**all products purchased by me / my opinions and combinations are my own

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ocean Grotto - or is it Twining Vines?

Today, I have a polish from Wet 'n Wild to share.  It may look a little familiar as I got the original bottle, Ocean Grotto, last year from the Mermaid's Cove collection.  This year, it was re-released under the name Twining Vines contained in the Flora 4-piece kit.

I quickly threw this on so there is no base coat and no topcoat.

Ocean Grotto 33599 (a.k.a. Twining Vines 33599)
This is 2 coats and it is still sheer and a little patchy (if you look close).  Click here if you want to see it more opaque using 4 or 5 coats (just scroll down).  It's a pretty shimmery golden-green sheer polish.  It does dry quickly--it should since it is in the Fast Dry line--but slightly rough.

Since I didn't use a base coat, when I went to take it off I had little golden shimmers stuck in some of the spots where my nails have peeled so I would highly advise a base of some sort.

I've seen the Flora kits still available at both Walgreens and Rite Aid.  Also, according to ecpono on YouTube, the Mermaid's Cove collection has been re-released (click here for her video) and will retail for $1.99.  If you want to see what I got from the Mermaid's Cove collection last year, check out this post.

Have you ever gotten an identical polish under a different name?

**all products purchased by me

Friday, May 25, 2012

Haul Time!

Last week, I went to the drugstores to see what kind of new products (and deals) I could find.  While I didn't find the new stuff I was looking for from both Wet 'n Wild, Maybelline & Revlon, I did find some pretty good deals--especially when combined with coupons.

Rite Aid:
L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in C1 Alabaster 
L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Blush in C1-2 Baby Blossom 
(combined in a bonus pack for about $11)
L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in 998 Sultry Smoke
Revlon ColorStay Nail Polish in 240 Amethyst

That week, L'Oreal was buy one get one 50% off so the Infallable shadow was 1/2 price, plus I used 2 $1 off coupons.  The Revlon nail polish was clearanced to $4.79, plus I was able to redeem 2 coupons (I think one was a Rite Aid coupon, the other was a Revlon manufacturer coupon). I believe that I spent around $17 total for everything after the sale, 4 coupons plus tax.  

E.L.F. Golden Bronzer ($3)
I also got a few $1 storage tray things (no picture)
Forever 21:
Love & Beauty Natural 10 Well Eyeshadow Palette ($6.80)

Family Dollar:
L.A. Colors nail polish in Splendid
L.A. Colors 3 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Lily
I think I spent less than $4 total for both items

Have you come across any good deals lately?

**all items purchased by me

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Just a quick note

I have not abandoned my blog, but I am experiencing writers' block as well as creativity block.  I was hoping that going to the craft store over the last weekend would have kicked me out of my block, but it didn't.  :-( 

I believe the Peanuts image sums it up for me....

I do have a collective haul from last week that I need to edit and get up.  Maybe that will do the trick.

What helps you get motivated and going again?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sinful Colors Wow! Pop! follow up: Clementine

Today, I have a nice bright color to get out of my blues/greens streak.  Sinful Colors Clementine, from the Wow! Pop! (not really clear on the name) collection that came out about a month ago.  I have only seen this collection at Rite Aid; it's probably still at some locations.

  • Pro FX Fiberized Ridge Filler base coat
  • 2 coats Sinful Colors Clementine #1127
  • 1 coat Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat

Under my lamp

 Indirect natural light through the window

This is a bright, nicely pigmented creamy orange.  On my fair skin, it is practically neon.  :-)  I reached opacity with 2 coats.  It dried fairly quickly and to a nice shine.  I did put quick dry top coat since I always do.

Unfortunately, this polish did not last long on me at all.  I used my normal method and I had cracks and a chip less than 24 hours later...and no, I did not do housework during that time (it was done a while before the polish went on).  I don't know what happened this time.  I do really like the color so I will be trying it again, maybe using a different top coat.  I think this will be a nice color for the middle of the summer.

**all products purchased by me / my opinions and combinations are my own

Monday, May 21, 2012

Miscellaneous Monday...Polish Brands I Own

Miscellaneous Monday!

I've been thinking about different types of posts to do in my little corner of the blogging world, and one idea is to try to put together a "theme day."  I came up with Miscellaneous Monday, which I think will include crafts and/or jewelry that I make and whatever else I think fits under Miscellaneous.

The first idea that I came up with was to compile a list of polish brands that I own.  I won't list colors in this post since that would make it forever long.
City Color
Color Club
Color Zone
Cover Girl
Fashion Bug
Hard Candy
International Colormates
Jesse's Girl
L.A. Colors
L.A. Girl Glitter Addict
Love & Beauty (a.k.a. Forever 21)
Mia Secret
Nicole by OPI
Petites Color Fever
Pure Ice
Revlon - multiple formulas
Rimmel - multiple formulas
Sally Hansen - multiple formulas
Seasonal - Fright Nights, Phantom Frights, Pumpkins, Snowmen
Sinful Colors
The Color Workshop
Warpaint Beauty
Wet 'n Wild - multiple formulas

No wonder my storage area for polishes is so full and constantly being rearranged.  I really need to find something like those Helmer/Melmer drawer things.  I don't want to use plastic drawer things because I don't feel that they are sturdy enough to hold that many bottles of polish, plus I don't want wasted space from the drawers being so much taller than the bottles.

The way that I keep track of which polishes I've worn is I keep a list of all polishes I own, separated by brand (and formula, if applicable), in a 7 inch by 5 inch notebook.  After I've worn a polish, I put a little dot by its name.  This list also keeps me from buying the same polish more than once, since I always take it with me in my purse when I go out.

If you have any polish storage suggestions/ideas, let me know... please...I need help.

**all products purchased by me

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sinful Colors Luminary

Today, I have Sinful Colors Luminary #1120, which was released with the spring 2012 Girls in Pearls Sheer Shimmers collection.

  • Pro FX Fiberized Ridge Filler base coat
  • 2 coats Sinful Colors Luminary
  • 1 coat Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Diamond Flash fast dry top coat
 Natural light through window

 Under lamp light

Luminary is a gorgeous peachy-orange with a lovely pearl shimmer running through it.  Fairly opaque in 2 coats (but in pictures and some light can see a little nail line).  It also dried pretty quickly on its own, but out of habit & doing my nails at night, I put a quick dry top coat on.  I don't have a whole lot to say about this polish other than it's perfect for spring (and summer if you're not that into neon colors).  I was actually kind of sad when it was time to take it off.  

There may still be bottles of this floating around at Walgreens if you're lucky.

**all products purchased by me / my opinions are my own

Friday, May 18, 2012

My First High End Makeup Purchase

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered my very first high-end makeup product.  The Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV.  It was on sale (and still is) for $29 from Urban Decay's site, plus shipping and tax.  Shipping was fairly quick--about 4 days (might have been 3 days from the confirmation email) I think.  It was nice that included in the palette was 3 additional products besides the eyeshadows, as well as 2 other samples were included in the order. It arrived well wrapped with plastic around the cover box, wrapped in tissue, packed with air pockets, and all sandwiched between thick layers of tissue...super impressed with how safely it was packed.

Front and back of box:
 Inside top of the box (with codes on a card for videos of looks)
Pulled-out palette with 
24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion, 
Supercurl Curling Mascara, and 
Eyeshadow Primer Potion 
(usb cable on far right, speaker keychain in top right corner)

Included additional samples of Complexion Primer Potions in Brightening and Pore Perfecting and Eyeshadow Primer Potion 

I've used a few of the shadows so far and have liked the looks, as well as lasting power even without primer.  My main issue is, for example, on Midnight Rodeo, I ended up with glitters all over my cheeks.  Not quite the look I was going for and I couldn't get them off.  I have yet to try any of the samples that I received since I already have one primer (ELF) open as well as 2 mascaras and a liquid liner.

Do you have any suggestions on how to keep the glitter fall-out from sticking to the cheeks or prevent it from happening?

**all products purchased by me / my opinions are my own

Thursday, May 17, 2012

On A Trip with Glitters

For this mani, I combined 2 polishes that I had not worn yet and both from lines that I hadn't used for a while.
  • 1 coat Pro FX Fiberized Ridge Filler base coat
  • 2 coats Wet 'n Wild MegaLast polish in On A Trip
  • 1 coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Diamond Flash Flash Dry top coat
On A Trip is a nice blue-based purple polish with a cream finish.  It looks a little more blue in my pictures than in real life.  In the pictures, it's also looking like it could have used a third coat for complete opacity, but in real life that wasn't noticeable.
Then I added Forever 21 (a.k.a. Love & Beauty)'s polish in Purple to the ring fingers.  It's probably about 2 coats by the time I got done getting as much of the silver holographic glitter as I wanted.
Purple (I really wish Forever 21 was more inspired with their polish names; I'm not sure but the barcode could be a way to identify the polishes better) consists of a clear base with silver holographic hex glitters with purple microglitters that almost have a silvery tint to their color.  There is enough of the microglitter that it does alter the color of your base shade slightly or if you wanted, it could probably be built up to be opaque on its own.  It dried fairly smoothly, but I did add topcoat to really smooth out the edges of the hex glitters from where some were manipulated for placement.  The bottle shot is making it look darker than it really is.

On A Trip is available where ever Wet 'n Wild is sold, retailing for around $2.
Purple is available at Forever 21 and costs $2.80.  (This polish might be the same although it does have a different code number.)

Do certain brands drive you crazy with their creativity (or lack of creativity) for names?

**all products purchased by me / my opinions and combinations are my own

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

More Shopping

I wanted to go to the drugstores today to see if either of the 2 limited edition lines from Wet 'n Wild were out...but no luck.  I did, however, find some deals.

Mini size of Sinful Colors polish in HD Nails #926.
With tax, it was 27 cents

(Left): Milani Shadow Eyez eyeshadow pencil in 02 Brown Deluxe
Milani Illuminating Face Powder in 03 Beauty's Touch
(Right): Milani Shadow Eyez eyeshadow pencil in 03 Champagne Toast
Milani was buy one, get one 50% off, plus I had a $2 of $10 Milani purchase coupon, and a $3 off $15 purchase CVS coupon.

Rite Aid:
Revlon Matte eyeshadow singles in: 009 Rich Sable and 001 Vintage Lace
clearance 75% off original price
Revlon Custom Eyes eyeshadow palette in 025 Metallic Chic
clearance 75% off original price
Grocery Store:
Cover Girl eyeshadow quad in 230 Ice Princess 
$1 off sale

Have you gotten any good deals lately?

**all products purchased by me

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Ladylike mani

Today, I have a mani that I wore to a recent baby shower.

  • 1 coat Pro FX Fiberized Ridge Filler base coat
  • 2 coats Essie Ladyluck #866 (Fall 2011 Carry On collection)
  • 1 coat top coat
  • 1 coat Revlon Starry Pink on the ring fingers

The first time I wore Essie's Ladyluck, I wasn't happy with how it looked and couldn't wait to get it off.  However, this time I liked it better.  I believe the first try was with it completely plain, and for me, I need some kind of interest to at least one nail, whether shimmer, glitter, a stamp, a different finish, etc...

Ladylike is a dusty mauve pink cream finish polish.  It looks better when my hands aren't so dry and red, otherwise it might not be the best with my skin tone.  By pairing it with Starry Pink, it brought some interest and life to my nails, and yet was subtle enough to not offend any extremely conservative relatives.

Ladylike is a limited edition polish so it might not be in stores anymore.
Starry Pink is now in Revlon's core line under the name Popular (around $4).

Do you have any polishes that look better to you when paired with another?

**all products purchased by me / my opinions and combinations are my own

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Jewelry Heist Accent mani

Today, I have a fairly neutral look to share.  I think this would be a pretty mani in the fall, although I wore it during the winter.
  • 1 coat Pro FX Fiberized Ridge Filler base coat
  • 2 coats Hard Candy Mushroom
  • 1 coat of quick dry top coat
  • Spoiled in Jewelry Heist on ring fingers (enough coats to get as many sparkles as I wanted)
  • 1 coat of top coat
Apparently, I only took one good photo of this combination.  

Hard Candy's Mushroom is a nice taupe-based brown cream polish.  Not much to say about it.

Spoiled's Jewelry Heist is a multi-colored glitter suspended in clear.  I can see coppery- gold and pink small hex glitter and tiny little square glitters that shift from blue to green, and there is also some micro-glitter that looks like it shifts color too.

The polish needed a little dabbing and coaxing to get a pretty even distribution (no brush problems for this bottle--but it is a little big for my little toes).  When I got it, I immediately knew I wanted to pair it with a brown shade, and since Mushroom is the only one I have, it was the chosen one.  I bet this would look interesting layered on other colors too.  I'm thinking (besides the standard glitter underlayer of black) purple...maybe a pink...or a nude....

Hard Candy polishes are available only at Walmart for around $4.

Spoiled polishes (by Wet 'n Wild) are available only at CVS for $1.99, but occasionally go on sale.

**all products purchased by me / my opinions and combinations are my own