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Monthly Favorites and Fails, January 2015 Edition

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January Favorites 2015

January Favorites 2015

It’s my first Monthly Favorites post of 2015, and this time around I want to do things a little differently.  Of course I am still going to be talking about my Favorites, the products that stood out to me and that I found myself reaching for over and over again throughout the month.  But now I am also going to include the biggest fails of the month for the products that just did not work out for me.  Hopefully there won’t be fails every month (I am optimistic that I won’t find too many terrible products), but if there are, then I will be sure to warn you against them.  So let’s get into January’s favorites.

Lorac Cobra Mascara

Lorac Cobra Mascara

The first product that I want to tell you about has been a real stand-out for me, and it is the Lorac Cobra Mascara.  I have been using it for a couple months now, and I really like the formula.  I got this sample as a gift with purchase, and I am so glad because I probably wouldn’t have tried it otherwise.  Lorac claims “This curling, lengthening and volumizing formula is infused with keratin, panthenol and vitamin E to help condition and lengthen lashes. The custom Cobra head wand creates dramatic, buildable volume and length for the longest, thickest, blackest smudge and flake proof lashes ever!”  I do get pretty nice length and volume, and can get away with just one coat on easy makeup days.  Though it does nothing to help my extra straight lashes curl, it does not smear, smudge or flake, while still being pretty easy to wash off.  I was using it at the same time as a sample of Urban Decay Perversion mascara, and the difference was so obvious with Lorac Cobra blowing UD Perversion out of the water.  I usually get my mascara at the drugstore, but if I decide to treat myself, Lorac Cobra would be a great one to get.

e.l.f. Zit Zapper

e.l.f. Zit Zapper

Moving to a completely different climate has trashed my skin.  I’ve been breaking out like crazy, so I have been reaching for my e.l.f. Zit Zapper more than I’d prefer.  I’ve talked about the Zit zapper many times before on this blog.  The blend of Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Witch Hazel and Camphor make an excellent spot treatment.  It’s only a dollar, but the e.l.f. Zit Zapper really works.

e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush

e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush

Another product from e.l.f. that I’ve been using over and over is the Small Stipple Brush.  I have been really enjoying my cream blushes and highlights, and the Small Stipple Brush is perfect for applying and blending out cream products.  I can be a bit heavy handed with cream products, but the Small Stipple Brush allows me a controlled and even application.  For only $3, you need this tool in your arsenal.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

Speaking of cream products, my highlight of the month has been almost exclusively the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal.  This highlighter is absolutely gorgeous.  The shimmer particles are so finely milled that they simply disappear into each other.  The product blends in smoothly and sheers out easily.  The result is a subtle luminescence that looks like a radiant glow to the skin.  Opal is a slightly golden shade.  I am not a fan of super shiny highlighters, but the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector looks so natural and beautiful.  I can’t say enough good things about it.  This is a .5 oz sample size that is available at Ulta with Becca foundation samples for only $10, and it’s going to last me forever because such a small amount of product is needed.  The full size is 1.7 oz for $41, but I recommend getting the sample size or the travel size (also available in Moonstone) because you will never get through the full size product.

L'Oreal Glossy Balms

L’Oreal Glossy Balms

On my lips, I have been reaching for the L’Oreal Glossy Balms in Vintage Rose and Petite Plum.  These lip crayons are so hydrating and comfortable on the lips.  Vintage Rose is a sheer, natural rose shade.  Petite Plum is a brown-toned plum shade with very good pigmentation.  They are both beautiful, and I have been especially enjoying Petite Plum.  Feel free to check out my review for more information.

January 2015 Fails

January 2015 Fails

And now onto my January Fails.  The first product is one that I recently reviewed, so it should be no surprise to see the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel listed as a big fail.  If you haven’t read my review of SH Miracle Gel yet, please do.  In short, the polish was terrible and the claim to last as long as Gel manicures, truly laughable.  Some people like SH Miracle Gel, but I certainly am not one of them.  The next item I picked up while I was at Wal-Mart looking for a litter box.  I had run out of cotton rounds, so I decided to try these Swisspers Cotton Rounds.  The textured on one side, exfoliating kind was the only version available.  I don’t know if you can tell in the picture, but I have tried to get through this pack of 80 and made a decent dent.  I really did try, but they are so terrible that I finally had enough and had to use something (anything) else.  I gave up and bought the Target Up and Up brand.  The Swisspers stick together in the package, so when you pull them out there are cotton strands coming off.  They don’t hold up very well to any moisture, so when I try to use them with toner or makeup remover, the Swisspers start to fall apart.  They are completely useless.  Don’t waste your money, buy the Target brand cotton rounds.  They are so much better that these horrible Swisspers.

That is all for my January favorites.  I hope you saw something that you might want to check out for yourself.  If you have used any of these products, I’d love to know what you thought of them.  Also, let me know if you liked me adding some “Fails” in the Favorites post.  Is that something that you would like me to keep doing?  Let me know in the comments below.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Review

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Today I’d like to share my experience with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish.  SH Miracle Gel is supposed to be a unique system that gives you a gel manicure in two easy steps, no UV or LED light needed.  Before I get into the review, I should say that I have never had a real gel manicure done.  I don’t go to the salon to get my nails done, and I am not sure that I like the idea of putting my hands under a lamp for any length of time.  Gel manicures also have a rather difficult removal process- regular polish removes don’t work.  So I am a complete stranger to the gel manicure world.  I know that they are extremely popular for their long-lasting chip-free wear time, so when Sally Hansen claimed to get the same results with their at-home lamp-free products, I decided it was time to give gel a try.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Dig Fig

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Dig Fig

Before I talk about how the polish performed, let me tell you a little more about the product.  Sally Hansen has 45 shades in their Miracle Gel polish line.  Here is what Sally Hansen says about it: “Miracle Gel is the first ever part part lacquer, part gel manicure system that delivers up to 14 days of color and shine in just 2 easy steps. Miracle Gel delivers the high shine, glossy look of a salon quality gel manicure with no UV/LED lamp or base coat needed!”  Sally Hansen also claims that their polish is easy to remove with regular nail polish remover, another bonus over the traditional gel mani.  The process of applying is very straightforward.  Begin by cleaning any oils off of your nails with polish remover.  Sally Hansen says to skip the base coat.  Next, apply two thin layers of Miracle Gel polish, allowing it to dry completely between layers.  Follow with Miracle Gel top coat.  That’s it.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat

The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat is necessary for the process.  Sally Hansen says in the FAQ section that the two products are designed to work together and not with other products.  For desired results you need both the Miracle Gel polish and the Miracle Gel top coat.  It appears to be a pretty basic top coat.  It is not too thick and it is not the type of top coat that makes imperfections disappear (like Seche Vite for example).  The one main issue that I had with the top coat is that it picked up the color of the polish.  I made sure that my nails were completely dry before adding top coat and the color still bled.  Since you use the same top coat with multiple shades of polish, this could cause some discoloration, especially with lighter shades.  I was not pleased.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat Brush

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat Brush

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish retails for around $8-$9, give or take.  For that price, I expect a high quality product.  Unfortunately, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel  doesn’t fit the bill.  My first indication that something was off was that the brush on my polish was kind of deformed.  SH Miracle Gel has a wide flat brush, similar to the Wet N Wild Megalast polishes.  My brush wasn’t flat, but more pyramid shaped like it had gotten squashed somehow inside the bottle.  Here are some pictures to show you what I mean.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Brush

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Brush

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Dig Fig Brush

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Dig Fig Brush

The result was a finicky and uneven application.  It’s too bad, because the shade that I have, Dig Fig, is a gorgeous color.  SH Miracle Gel is not a self-leveling polish, and it has a slightly drier formula than most polishes.  I thought that it applied streaky and I found it difficult to work with.  I will admit that am not the best nail polisher in the world, but this was supposed to be easy, right?  The top coat did not give me the glossy shine I am used to getting with a regular top coat.  I was simply not a fan of the look.  But my disappointment with the overall look achieved with the SH Miracle Gel was nothing to how disappointed and/or angry I was with how poorly it performed.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Dig Fig Day 1

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Dig Fig Day 1

You may have noticed in the first manicure picture of me holding the bottle that my nails are chipped.  The reason for this is because the manicure didn’t last long enough for me to snap a picture before it failed.  I painted my nails with Dig Fig on a Monday night after dinner.  I usually use natural light for my photos, so I planned to snap pics the next morning.  Several hours later, when everything was completely dry and had been for a while, I took a shower before bed.  This polish that Sally Hansen claims lasts up to 14 days chip-free, chipped on day 1 because I dared to bathe.  Seriously?  What ‘s up with that?  I have used some pretty cheap polish that was pretty bad, but remember this polish is $8-$9 each.  I am almost speechless with how bad this polish is.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Dig Fig Day 5

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Dig Fig Day 5

Here is a shot of my other hand, this time on day 5 (Saturday night, hence the weird lighting).  The chipping is obvious and ugly.  By this point in the experiment I was so ready to remove SH Miracle Gel that I decided to call it quits early.  I had planned on leaving my mani on with progress shots throughout the 14 day period.  That was, of course, before I realized SH Miracle Gel’s Kryptonite- water.  The one claim that Sally Hansen made about Miracle Gel that was actually true is that it is pretty easy to remove the polish with regular polish remover.  Except one small problem.  Remember how I said that I skipped base coat, per Sally Hansen’s instructions?  Sure enough, that dark red polish stained my nails pink for a couple days. *Sigh*

All in all, my experience with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel was a complete fail.  Now to be fair, it is possible that I got a dud polish.  It’s also possible that my personal body chemistry doesn’t agree with the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel formula.  That can happen, where a polish will work great for many people, but it is chip city on my nails.  But, I am not willing to invest the money to find out if the problem is with me.  I am perfectly happy sticking with regular nail polishes and leaving the gel nails to others.  I do not recommend Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, but certainly read some other reviews on the net to see if others had a better experience than I did.  I certainly hope so, because if my experience is typical, then Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is a truly terrible product.

 

Spotted: New Fall 2014 Collections from the Drugstore

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It’s been over a month since I did my last “spotted” post, and there are plenty of cool new collections out at the drugstore.  I have a few of them to show you today, including Milani, Maybelline, CoverGirl+Olay, Sally Hansen, and Wet n Wild.  Some are limited edition, some are permanent, but all of the products are pretty interesting.  So, let’s get started.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

First up, we have the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish.  SH claims that this 2 step method (polish and top coat) creates a real gel manicure, but without the lamp.  No curing process needed, and it is supposed to remove with normal nail polish remover.  Too good to be true, or true miracle indeed?  I’m not sure yet, but I will let you know.  There are 45 shades in the collection, and though this display didn’t have all of them, it did have a 2-pack with a polish and the top coat.  I am not loving the nearly $10 price tag per polish, but for gel lovers, this may be a great option.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

I finally spotted the new Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow.  I am not sure what gel powder means, so here is what Milani has to say: “Rich, vibrant color that glides on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect. What makes it a gel powder? Well, the formula starts as a gel and then is transformed by a special process into a stunning powder eyeshadow with pure color and power wear. The unique process allows you to blend this incredibly innovative, weightless formula easily with your fingertips to light up your eyes. Even more to entice: It can used wet or dry, resists creasing, and comes in satin matte, shimmer and iridescent metallic finishes. You just have to try this gel powder. It’s that different.”  There are 30 shades in this new permanent collection.

Maybelline Fashion Rocks

Maybelline Fashion Rocks

Next up is the Limited Edition Maybelline Fashion Rocks Live Fall 2014 collection. This collection celebrates Fashion Rocks which is an annual international charity fundraiser event that debuts on CBS on September 9th.  The Maybelline Fashion Rocks Collection is broken into four looks which include Indie Princess, Rock Goddess, Urban Attitude, and Sultry Siren.  The collection features repromoted shades for eyes and lips, but the Color Show nail polishes are new LE shades.

CoverGirl+Olay The De-Puffer

CoverGirl+Olay The De-Puffer

CoverGirl+Olay The De-Puffer Eye Concealer has a cooling metal tip in the squeeze tube to massage away the look of puffiness and dark circles.  With Olay Rejuvenating serum and cucumber extract, this could be a big hit for those with aging eyes.  I have more issues with fine lines than with puffiness or dark circles, so I may pass.  It does look promising, though.  If any of you have tried it, let me know what you think.

Wet n Wild Fall 2014 Limited Edition Megalast Matte Nail Colors

Wet n Wild Fall 2014 Limited Edition Megalast Matte Nail Colors

Lastly, we have Wet n Wild Fall 2014 Limited Edition Megalast Matte Nail Colors.  Wet n Wild has released three limited edition collections for Fall 2014.  There is a collection of limited edition matte lipsticks, as well as a collection of limited edition Coloricon 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palettes that my drugstore did not have.  But, they did have this display of Megalast Matte Nail Colors.  There are no repromotes in this display, and all six shades look fantastic for Fall.  That gorgeous navy blue is calling to me, especially at only $1.99, but I am trying to stick to my no-buy.  Still, these are pretty nice.

That’s it for this round.  I can’t wait to see what else pops up as we get more into Fall.  I feel like the drugstores around me get collections very late compared to other places.  But hopefully I can find the new limited edition collections early enough to show you so that you can get your hands on them if you want them.  More Fall displays should be on their way, as well as 2014 Halloween displays.  After that, my favorite time of year brings all of the Holiday collections.  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled when you are out and about because there will be a lot to see.  🙂