Posts Tagged sally hansen
After spending the entire evening trying to fix my computer/internet, my genius boyfriend did it! Woohoo!! That’s what I call serious tenacity – I told him to give up like, three times and still he persevered. Awesome
Anyway, after all that, I’M tired, so another quickie post for you – sorry! I promise to do better soon! In the meantime, check out Nicole by OPI’s Khloe Had a Little Lam Lam, from the Kardashian collection:After seeing stunning shots of this polish on my friend Eugenia’s blog, I knew I had to scoop up this polish, regardless of the fact that I’m really not into the whole Kardashian media-circus-hoopla-whatever you wanna call it. A gorgeous teal creme cannot be passed up, for whatever reason. This is my first Nicole polish, and I have to say, I’m not a huge fan – of the bottle, which looks cute but is a bitch to maneuver with – and also, the brush, which was just a bit too short and therefore I found it a bit tricky to use. But, I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt since it’s my first and maybe I’ll get used to it. Otherwise, it was A-OK – good formula, pigmentation (two coats shown), and glorious glossy color. I’ll try not to pick on it too much for its shortcomings.
Just playing around, here’s a shot of Sally Hansen’s Urban Chic, a holographic sparkle top coat I bought ages ago:I did NOT have the best lighting for this shot, I couldn’t capture the holo at all. You really need proper sunlight for it to be apparent, in most light it just looks like shimmer. However, the sun came out later, and this is what I got:You can see the rainbow so much better here, especially in the bottle!! It’s actually a pretty nice effect top coat, if you’re into that kind of thing…which, generally, I’m not LOL. I don’t know why I picked this up when I did, I think it was on a mega-sale of some sort. I have two other effect top coats – CND Copper Shimmer, and SH’s elusive Hidden Treasure, and I never use either. If I want shimmer or whatever on my polish, I just buy it with it IN the polish already. Just my preference.
Anyway, that’s it for today! Tomorrow is Friday, which is excellent; also, Monday is my day off too, so that makes this gal super happy!! Ciao for now everyone!
I’ve become somewhat of a snob when it comes to cosmetics – I think partially because I have so much stuff, that buying more expensive items keeps the amount of products amassed in check. Also, because once you get a taste of luxury, well…you’re totally screwed.
Anyway, I still spend a fair bit of time in Shoppers Drug Mart perusing the aisles, and buying basics such as moisturizer or conditioner that require regular replenishment (and therefore shouldn’t be breaking the bank!). Particularly, there are a few products that I’ve picked up over the last year or so from the drugstore that have been quite impressive and deserve a good mention.
1) Milani Sunset Duos Blush & Bronzer in Sunset Beach – Milani cosmetics are sold at Lawtons Drugstores and while I’ve not tried any other of their products, this blush/bronzer combo is really beautiful. The blush is a plummy shade with a touch of shimmer, and the bronzing shade is more brown than orange, and matte. It garners high marks on MUA, and rightly so: the two swirled together and applied to cheekbones, temples and a swipe down the nose look exceptional. It gives my skin some color without looking obvious – more like a bronzer, enhanced, than blush. I use this if I’m going to do a more dramatic lip so that it balances my skin but doesn’t compete. I’ve had bronzers in the past, but they never make my skin look as good as this product does. Well done, Milani!2) Aveeno Nourish + Condition Leave-In Treatment – I’ve been trying out a bunch of different leave-ins (Infusium23, Nexxus, eg.), but they just didn’t give my hair the hydration and slip I was looking for. As my hair is so curly, I really need something that will allow me to detangle easily while minimizing breakage, and this product does the trick. And I does seem to improve the health of my hair over time as well. The one downside is that because of the way it sprays out, I find the bottle only lasts a couple months – but as it’s under $10, it’s not a huge problem.3) Sally Hansen Age Correct No Chip Base + Top Coat – I’ve been using this exclusively as my base coat for about two years now, with continuous success. I usually grab one when it goes on sale, for around $5, though it’s only $8.99 regular price I think. On MUA it says its discontinued, but I have been able to get it at Shoppers consistently without issue. It easily compares to CND’s ‘Stickey’ base coat, or Orly Bonder, and performs just as well (actually, I like it better than ‘Stickey’). And it doesn’t get goopy until you’ve got about a third of the bottle left, which is pretty good considering some other formulas! Used as a top coat, it is damn near impenetrable – which I actually find as a downside because it makes removal so much harder!! But at least it’s doing a good job I will still stick with my S.Vite though – I’m addicted to how fast it dries! 4) Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream – This was my first foray into retinol-based products, and I’m completely sold on the effectiveness. Even thought this is OTC (over-the-counter), it still works great, for a fraction of the price of other Retinol/Retin-A products. For a newbie to retinol, it’s a great option as it’s not too harsh but you get good results – smooth, even skin with breakouts minimized. I have eczema and have had no irritation or issues with this product at all. For $22, it’s a great anti-aging product for almost anyone!5) Revlon Lipsticks – I rarely buy lipstick, as I don’t wear it all that often, but when I do buy one I usually go drugstore because of the infrequency of use (although, for classic shades like red, I like MAC…and mmm that creme brule-vanilla scent is yummy). I have found that Revlon consistently makes a good lipstick, with a large range of shades and textures, and good wear time. I have one from the Super Lustrous line – which is creamy, easy to apply and has a TON of shades (mine is actually a ‘Up the Amp’ dupe called Haute Berry) – and one of the Color Burst shades, in Mauve, which has dense pigmentation and is also very creamy. Neither are drying at all and just feel great on the lips. For a relatively inexpensive product (around $9), I’ll be coming back for more shades in the future, without a doubt.So there you have it. Many of these products I picked up because of great reviews, as no matter how much or little a product costs, I still rely of other cosmetic junkie’s opinions So I ask you – what are your own personal drugstore favorites that are standouts to you? What items should I be giving a second look? Suggestions, please!
*Aside from Milani Cosmetics, which are sold at Lawtons Drugs, all other products can be found at both Lawtons or Shoppers Drug Mart.
So I’ve been almost avoiding the internet for the past while, because its allure has been drastically reduced due to my Lent challenge. It’s just too weird and unnatural for me to go online now and not look to see what’s happening in the beauty world outside my own bathroom. *Which, as a side note, is getting pretty boring too – without regular inspiration I find myself somewhat repeating the same old shades and methods. I’ve also been trying to limit my use to products that are thisclose to being finished (so when my no-buy is over, I’ll be fully justified in
going on a major shopping extravaganza modestly replacing those products with new ones), which also makes for repeat makeup looks.* Anyway, when I do happen to do a ‘lil surfing, I find myself browsing online clothes boutiques, which isn’t the smartest idea as I seem to be easing my cosmetics withdrawal with other, pricier items. Yikes.
~Only 11 more days to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~
One positive of all this (I’m finding them few and far between) is that because I haven’t been able to hoard any new polishes in the past month, I’ve actually worn almost every shade I own at least once, which finally gives me a better idea as to what I want to keep and what I will be putting up for swap. Particularly, I notice that when I post pictures on here, looking back at the swatches generally makes or breaks the polish – and more often than not I decide to keep it even though initially I wasn’t loving the shade. I seem to mostly post shades that I have some affinity for, which makes sense because the ones I’m not into I only can manage to leave on my nails for about two days. Every time I look at the Nubar Marble Tower swatch I start thinking that it’s actually kind of awesome. Go figure.
Today I have yet another polish I received in a swap (6 polishes at once! Such a great day!): Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic. One of those old ‘it’ shades that everyone has tried at some point. I was unsure if I’d like it on my skin tone as it’s so close and has that grey tone that I don’t think is too flattering on me; however, it ended up looking quite nice, I think. Very muted, elegant, and great for the office if that’s a concern. I just applied it today at work actually (hence the dent in one nail – oops!) – now that year-end is over I have more time on my hands I guess lol. I really liked the formula – and I personally enjoy these larger brushes, makes application so quick and easy! – it goes on thinly (but not too thin) and evenly and has decent pigmentation, although I did three coats as there was some slight patchiness. Because they’re thin coats it wasn’t a hassle for the extra coat at all. Overall, I’m definitely impressed, although I read somewhere that Coty, the company that owns Sally Hansen, tests on animals so I’m hesitant to say I will purchase any further polishes or continue to support them in the future. Just not sure how I feel about that.
Ok, onto the polish:
What are your thoughts on this shade with my coloring??
I hope everyone had a great, relaxing weekend and are easing back into the work week without too much pain
I meant to post this before yesterday but just didn’t get the opportunity. I’m generally not into nail art but I thought I needed to spice up my nails more than just green polish.
Since it’s Friday I’m just going to cut to the chase and get back to doing random weekend things Feast your eyes:
Please excuse the horrific cuticles…I took this photo quickly Wednesday and didn’t realize how scary and dry they were looking. It’s crazy what the camera picks up that the naked eye doesn’t.
The colors I used here were: primarily Essie Pretty Edgy, and then OPI Monsooner or Later for the orange(y) and Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Whirlwind White. Since I didn’t have any green polishes with a fine-tip (hence, no cloverleaves), I decided to go with the flag of Ireland instead. Nothing too crazy…just something fun and easy :)
Hope everyone had a great Paddy’s Day (and maybe a little green beer !