Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review- Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

No oils, no waxes, no nonsense
Natural coverage that leaves skin the way it was meant to be…fresh, breathing, natural
Exclusive translucent base and lightweight pigments allow skin's natural highs and lows to show through
Non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested

When I first tried Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation, I had mixed feelings about it. On the good side, the shade (Sand Beige 210) matched my skin so nicely and blended amazingly naturally, I was sold! Moments later though I noticed that on top of my dry skin, it didn't seem to help it at all. Later, after I switched moisturizers and tried the Fit Me Foundation again, I noticed that the foundation looked so much better on top of my skin and provided just the right amount of coverage that I wanted and, well, needed. It's not a thick moisturizing foundation by itself, so for oily types, this is a welcomed bonus. Although if you lean on the dry side, especially during the winter months, the right moisturizer will make up for the lack of moisture, for me it did. Once I discovered to do that, the Fit Me Foundation seems to be just the sort of foundation I like - lightweight, affordable, natural-looking, and still provides good coverage with SPF 18 protection. By itself, with an average moisturizer, the foundation still had some ways to go, but with my favorite hydrating moisturizer, it evened out nicely.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Review - Nutra Nail Speed Dry Top Coat

Protects from chipping & fading. Super shine finish. Problem: Nails with color polish that need to dry in a snap to a high-shine finish. Solution: Nutra Nail Speed Dry 30 Second Top Coat with Green Tea. What it Does: Dries color polish super fast - 30 seconds is all it takes for a strong, shiny finish that resists chipping and fading. Virtually ends smears, smudges and streaks. Results: Your manicure will last longer with a shiny, chip-free finish

Sooooo I wasn't expecting much out of this top coat. I am personally really hard on nail polish. Aaaannnnddd I have very little patience. It's not a great combination for manicuring yourself I will tell you! So I had little faith as I started applying this polish. I used it with Deborah Lippmann My Romance nail polish, I just adore the color! Generally, however, I hate how it wears. I'll usually get a day tops out of my manicure before it either turns orange or starts chipping. Within 30 seconds of my applying this top coat it was dry, and I applied it while the color was still tacky! Love it! This would be a great top coat even if it didn't wear beautifully for more than a week. It didn't start chipping like I said for more than a week and it didn't change colors at all! I was more than pleased with this Speed Dry Top Coat and have not only been wearing it exclusively since I got it, but I will definitely repurchase! Way to go Nutra Nail!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Review - Bath & Bodyworks Charmed Life Lotion

Our exclusive Charmed Life™ is a positively sexy blend of juicy guava, sparkling pear and creamy vanilla musk, inspired by taking chances, having fun and savoring life's fabulous moments

As previously noted with the shower gel, the Charmed Life line from Bath & Bodyworks is now discontinued! Super sad face! I LOVE this lotion. I loved it so much, I went out on a search for it. I found the shower gel, mini lotion and spray on sale for 75% off.

This scent is sweet, and I totally dig sweet smells. It lasts for a while. Everyone loves how I smell when I wear it.

Maybe one day they will change their minds and make it available again or make it limited edition. Hey, we can only wish!

Run to your local Bath & Bodyworks to see what they have!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Review- Bath & Body Works Charmed Life Shower Gel

Charmed Life is a blend of juicy guava, sparkling pear and creamy vanilla musk, inspired by taking chances, having fun and savoring life's fabulous moments!

Sometimes, with scented bath gels, I don't notice anything particularly special about the the scent or the gel itself, but Charmed Life actually impressed me unexpectedly so. I was a little bummed to discover that Bath & Body Works no longer carry this gel, but it's still available on at least (cheaper too!)... What I like most about the shower gel is the clean scent, it's not too overpowering or floral, just fresh and light with a soft fruity hint and for a lightweight gel, my skin felt so nurtured and thoroughly moisturized afterwards. Even in this wintery chill, this lovely cleanser held up and didn't dry my skin out or leave it feeling scratchy or tight. In fact, my skin felt soft and silky well into the next day. If you have a thing for shower gels and like products that really deliver on pampering, look no further, this shower gel brings it!

Sultana says: I loved the Charmed life lotion I got so much, that I went out to get the spray and the shower gel! Unfortunately as Trish stated, this is now discontinued. However, I did find the mini lotions as well as the sprays at Bath & Bodyworks for 75%! Of course there is always Amazon and Ebay!
I love this scent so much. Its exactly my style. A little sweet, a little fruity and totally juicy! A little goes a long way with this shower gel because its rich. One bottle will last a while. And at 75% off (if you can find it in the store) you can't go wrong!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Review : Promise Me Eau De Parfume

Top Notes: mandarin, bergamot,
blood orange, sparkling yuzu, fresh

Mid Notes: pink peony, rosewood,
wild orchid

Base Notes: white patchouli,
creamy musk With every Promise Me fragrance sold, a donation of 13.5% of sales will be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with a minimum guarantee of $1,000,000

Promise me is a Floriental Eau De Perfume, I love the cause, I love the scent: a light floral oriental with some pretty white musks and an ambery finish. I found this fragrance online discounted everywhere. in my opinion I would rather pay the full price and make sure that the donation to cancer research is there. Give it as a gift or wear it yourself, but lets get it people! I will tell you all that I am actually a registered fragrance sales specialist with the Fragrance Foundation of America (I've got a pin!) so I know A LOT about fragrance. This EDP is surprisingly light, and the staying power is not really there, I would give it an hour or two before it's quite difficult to tell you are wearing it. I do love the scent as you put it on, so clean yet ambery and very bright, but I love the cause more. Here is a little more info on Susan G. Koman for the cure.
While the staying power of the fragrance is a little iffy the good you will be doing is definitely there. I have quite a few perfume bottles, but this one I will definitely keep on display!