Monday, April 29, 2013

TOTW: Longer Lasting Nails

Hi there!  What is TOTW?  It's "tip of the week".  I just want to start something new on this blog, that I sort of did years ago on here...that is, I like to start each week by sharing a helpful tip that I learned.

So for this week, the tip is...clean your nails with rubbing alcohol before you apply your polish.  It helps remove oil residue and your polish will adhere to your nails better, longer lasting.

Do you have any mani/pedi tip to share?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Nail Polish in Wild Orchid

Hi there.  I must have a thing for purple nail polish, every Spring, I am on the hunt for some variation of purple/lavender.  This year, I landed on Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Wild Orchid.  Wild Orchid is a cream, medium grape purple.  I think the color is unique because most purple nail polish are either really dark or light, you don't find too many in between.  The formula is great, no streaking, opaque with first coat (but I personally always do two coat).  It did not chip on me until about the 5th or 6th day which I think is pretty good considering I use my hands alot.

One thing I want to mention is the brush...I love this wider flat brush.  More coverage area and easier to wipe off any excess.  Overall, I am happy and would recommend this affordable nail polish, particularly this color.

Price:  $3.99 at drugstores and Ulta.
Overall Rating:  4.5/5
Disclosure: I purchased this item.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor Review and Swatches

Hi there!  What happened to Spring?  We had a very long Winter, it was cold, snow and windy...I was so looking forward to Spring.  Then all of the sudden, it gets hot, like 80 degree.  I hate it when the weather just skip over Spring, which tend to happen a lot in this area.  Oh well, at least it is finally warm now.

With the warmer weather, I am busting out all my peachy, coral makeup.  Which bring me to this review, DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor in PK05 Pink Sand.  First off, how adorable is the packaging?  Beauiful packaging is always a welcome added bonus.  I also really like the applicator.  It is flat, longer, and also bendable, making it an ease to apply.

Pink Sand is a pinkish coral with very fine gold irredescent.  As for the formula, it is light, moisturizing, and non sticky.  I like that there is no funky smell (it is my pet peeve).  I really like this lipcolor, the only thing I wish is that it is more pigmented.



Price:  $18, available at DHC

Overall Rating:  4/5

Disclosure: I purchased this item.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Review

I have heard a lot of rave about Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel but have held out because of the price until recently.  I have to say, it is rave worthy.

What is it?  It is a botanical based powder exfoliator.  This exfoliator helps brighten and even skintone without chemical or physical abrasives. Natural papaya enzymes work to lift dead skin cell, eliminate dry, dull surface to reveal a soft and smooth complexion.

The Treatment Enzyme Peel come in a form of a powder and you are suppose to add water to turn it into a paste consistency.  The first time I used it, I was disappointed, I did not really see a difference.  What happened was, I added too much water, it was too diluted.  You really only need 2-3 drops of water.


The second time I used it, my skin was going through a irritated, dry and flaky mess.  I was trying to exfoliate my skin since it was dry and flaky but that only aggrevate my already sensitive skin.  I gave it a couple days to heal and then pulled out Amore Pacific Treatment Enzyme Peel.  This time, I was careful not to add too much water.  After one use, my skin feel much softer, less flaky and no irritation afterward.  It actually feels quite creamy when you rub it in, there is no physical abrasiveness.  After one week (3 uses), my skin is happily at it smoothest and softest.  Now, I use about once or twice a week to maintain my skin condition.

I like to add that the packaging is simply yet elegant.  The scent is very pleasing as well.  Some botanical base product can smell very earthy but not this.  I know $60 is pretty steep.  However, I think one bottle will last me almost 6 months hopefully.  Ever since I became a stay at home mom, my budget for everything has reduce significantly.  Even with a tight budget, I believe in product that deliver result and this is it; it is worth it for me and it will be part of my staple.

Price:  $60, available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus

Overall Rating:  5/5

Disclosure:  I purchased this item.


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