You guys are going to help me out with the naming of this one.
Witch Hazel Bohn (2297) is a glow-in-the-dark polish I picked up from SinfulColors’ latest Halloween collection (it may be a re-release from a previous year, though…I can’t quite tell from the code). And I simply do not understand the name. Witch hazel, sure. But Bohn? What’s that? Google has failed me, as well. Is there a pun I’m not getting? Maybe Bohn sounds like bone? But why Bohn?!?!?! Is there someone famous named Hazel Bohn? SinfulColors’ description doesn’t help much, either: “You glow, ghoul! Skull-shaped glitters in a glow in the dark base are drop-dead awesome.”
I MUST KNOW!
Anyway. As usual, this ostensibly glow-in-the-dark nail polish is a greenish-yellow, and leaves that tint on the nail. Now, I haven’t tried too many glow-in-the-dark polishes in my life, but I literally can never get them to work. I don’t know if it’s because I always cheap out and get them from Claire’s or something, but I put on five coats, charge it under bright light for ages, and they never give me so much as a feeble glow.
Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure line is a funny one for me. I often find myself attracted to the well-executed, trendy colors, but there are many things about the formula and packaging that I dislike. Add to that the unreasonably high price—comparable to superior drugstore options in Essie and L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile—and I’m rarely keen to purchase from this line.
Despite my misgivings, I did recently pick up a few more of these, so today’s polish is Pardon My Garden (530), a pale mint green cream with a hint of blue.
I freely admit that I mostly bought this one for the name! It’s cute, isn’t it? Plus, pale greens are nice and spring-y, aren’t they?
Sadly, a clever name and an Easter theme aren’t enough to save this polish from a scathing review.
I hate the Complete Salon Manicure brush, firstly. It’s too big, too thick, too unevenly cut (seriously? priced like Essie and you can’t provide a good brush?!), and the brush stem is very wide so it collects way too much polish. I’m constantly having to wipe down the stem on the inner bottle neck, but because the stem is flat and wide, it’s not possible to wipe a lot of the polish off on the small, round neck. So when I’m applying, there’s a constant stream of unwanted polish flowing down onto the brush.
Next, the formula is a bit too goopy. I know it’s a very whitened pastel, which normally is a pain to apply, so I am a bit more understanding here. But the brush is just so bad that it makes this polish that much harder to apply when the formula is not nice and smooth.
On the positive side, the pigmentation and coverage are good. Two coats are needed, mostly to try to smooth out the polish. As you can see in my swatches, the polish still does look a little lumpy and uneven.
With a good brush, I think this polish would have performed at least 50% better, but as it is, I really am not a fan.
Unless you really have your heart set on the color, give this one a miss.
Sally Hansen Color Therapy contains 0.5 US fl oz / 14.7 mL and retails for around US$7.99 / CA$9.95. The formula is free from toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
Sally Hansen’s website states that Sally Hansen and her husband developed a Hard as Nails nail treatment in the late 1950s. (This begs to differ! How odd.) Sally Hansen, the company, was purchased by Coty Inc. in 1997 when the cosmetics giant acquired Del Laboratories, which owned brands like Sally Hansen, La Cross, and NYC (New York Color). Coty itself was founded in Paris, France in 1904; today it is headquartered in New York, NY, USA. Coty is the world’s third largest cosmetics company, with brands like OPI, Rimmel, and leading fragrances (including Calvin Klein, Chloé, and Marc Jacobs) in its portfolio.
Late last year, I was making a purchase at Shoppers Drug Mart, a Canadian drugstore chain, and the cashier (who’s a pretty awesome lady and I’m pretty sure she knows I like to buy beauty products a lot!) brought to my attention a charity purchase they were running.
The thing is, the charity purchase wasn’t for candy, or a sticker, or whatever they usually give you for these kinds of things. It was for beauty products. Hello!
I’ll be honest, I was distracted by the goodie bags on display and totally forgot what the charity was. I have a feeling it was a women’s charity, which would make sense as the purchase was for a small assortment of skincare samples, and as a pharmacy, Shoppers has a Women’s Health initiative, to which you can also donate your Optimum Points. Actually, now that I think of it, I made the purchase in October (that’s the datestamp for the photos I took), which means it was probably for Breast Cancer Awareness.
There was a line behind me, so I didn’t want to spend too long fussing over which goodie bag to get. I picked one and ponied up the $10 donation.
Everything came in a reusable zippered pouch with a Nuxe label on it or something; I didn’t take a photo of it, and have since forgotten where I put it. The three product samples I got were:
Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum (5 mL)
Bio Beauté by Nuxe Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask with Orange Water (15 mL)
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser (50 mL)
They all seemed nice for my dry skin type, and while I have tried and liked some La Roche-Posay products in the past, I had never tried Avène and Bio Beauté by Nuxe, so I was psyched to give them a try.
Today’s review is for the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser.
My finger is still healing—it’s at the scabby phase, now—so I’ve got another swatch-less review today!
I deeply love a piña colada (most anything with coconut+pineapple…and rum), so I was really excited to try out The Body Shop’s new Piñita Colada line of bath and body products. The Fresh Body Sorbet sounded great—and a body moisturizer would let the scent linger more than, say, a body wash would—so that’s what I chose.
Smooth on sunshine with our new limited edition Piñita Colada collection. This irresistible tropical summer scent featuring coconut and pineapple is deliciously refreshing and moisturising and offers a smile-inducing experience. Escape to the tropics with our light summer textures that are crisp and exotic, making it the perfect post-beach body care treat.
Good copy, right? But I’m dismayed to report that I didn’t like this product very much at all!
Firstly, the scent is not especially strong and not particularly interesting. The notes sound great, but the actual fragrance is weak and decidedly artificial smelling, not juicy at all.
Fresh and crisp with Passion Fruit and Pineapple Juice
Aquatic and transparent with Coconut Water and Maraschino Cherry
Bright and smooth with Coconut Liquor, and Light Rum
I’d never heard of a piñita colada before, and only figured that the word was a diminutive of piña, Spanish for pineapple—though I learned it as ananá in high school. [I just looked it up and colada must be from the same root as the English colander, as it means “strained” in Spanish.] It turns out that piñita colada refers to a virgin piña colada, even though The Body Shop’s scent pyramid does include boozy notes in the base.
[Incidentally, my funny story of the day is about the first time I tried this lotion. I guess I was sleep-deprived and brain-befuddled, because I brought this product into the shower with me. I squirted it onto my bath pouf and got really angry after attempting to cleanse my skin with it: “This isn’t like a shower gel at all!” Yes, it took me a minute.]
I actually swatched and reviewed today’s Throwback Thursday back in 2013, but I thought I’d reswatch it this week since it’s a nice Halloween-y kind of color. Doesn’t it give you that glow-in-the-dark polish kind of vibe, except less it’s yellow-y?
Well, unfortunately, this polish isn’t glow-in-the-dark, but even more unfortunately, it’s kind of a terrible pain in the ass.
The color is a pretty cool one: Groovy Green (CGS548) is a pale, gelato green cream that’s a touch sheer. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Halloween, right? But it’s sheer in a very annoying way.
I’m going to totally pan a product today, so I’ll start off by raving about Stranger Things, the new Netflix series that I started and finished last week. I am not much of a marathoner when it comes to television series (well, to be honest, not much when it comes to actual marathons, either!); the last thing I marathoned was Luther Series 4 last month, which is a cheat since it was only two episodes. Ha! (I cannot recommend the whole series enough if you like dark and disturbing shows. And Idris Elba. So you get two raves in one post.)
Stranger Things is a hybrid sci-fi/horror period piece that’s a total throwback to a slew of 1980s movies (I counted references and homages to E.T., Stand by Me, Aliens, Carrie, Poltergeist, and The Empire Strikes Back, just off the top of my head). Even its poster looks the part, i.e. like it was illustrated by Drew Struzan (it was actually done by Kyle Lambert) and the title treatment wouldn’t look out of place on a Stephen King book cover. The series also includes 80s stars Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine, to amplify the retro feel.
Even if you’re not much of a sci-fi or horror buff, Stranger Things is still worth watching since it’s well written and has incredibly impressive young talent. All of the series’ young stars are phenomenally good, and even the teens are pretty solid. Grown-ups Winona Ryder and David Harbour are fantastic. (Matthew Modine, sadly, has a smaller and fairly one-dimensional role.) This is absolutely my favorite Netflix series, so far, and I’m looking forward to the second season!
And now, onto the rant. It’s a Maybelline product, and let’s be honest, there’s something quintessentially 80s about Maybelline, isn’t there? Maybe it’s just me. Heh. Firstly, the product name is ludicrously long: Volum’Express The Colossal Chaotic Lash! Seriously. Just stop.
I bought it solely because it received good reviews on MUA, even from people who have the same kind of lashes I have: short and super-straight lashes that uncurl with regular, water-based mascaras. Well, that unfortunately didn’t work out so well for me. MUA, you have failed me!