I love color on my lips but I don’t like how some lipsticks leave your lips SUPER dry. Around the holidays Revlon introduced their Colorburst Lip Butters and immediately the buzz around them started (they are now part of Revlons permanent collection). Since I knew bright lips where on trend for the coming season I asked for a tube for Christmas to give it a try, and I was instantly in love them. Revlon has 20 shades ranging from light and natural to bold and wild. The packaging is nice because the top is clear so you can see the color in the tube and the I’ve found that the color in the tube is very similar to the color on your lips. I personally have one in the shade Lollipop which is a really pretty fuchsia color (surprise fuchsia works really well on light skin tones). The consistency of these are very much like a lip balm but have a color pay off more like a lipstick, and leave your lips very moisturized. Unlike some glosses they are not too thin and slick nor are they too thick and goopy, I was honestly shocked by this because so many lip products tend to fall into one of those categories. They are very soft though so don’t leave them in a hot car or you will have a hot mess. Also the color doesn’t really last through eating so you will have to reapply after a meal but over all I totally think the lip butters are worth the cost and I will be repurchasing this color as well as picking up some new shades. Personally I have my eye on Cherry Tart and Raspberry Pie.
I will be the first to tell you, I’m rough on my nails. I was a “tom-boy” growing up and though I’ve grown to love fashion and makeup, I’m still a rough and tumble kind of gal. However, when my nail polish is this chipped less than 24 hours, and I haven’t done much of anything, I’m left feeling pretty disappointed.
I painted my nails in the evening, let them totally dry and by one the next afternoon they looked like this. On my ring finger I have “Smoke and Ashes”. That color had been on my nails with only a tip touch up for about 5 days, without a top coat. My other fingers had stone cold without a top coat, for less than 24 hours.
This chipping really bums me out. I love the color and the finish, and I was really excited about it. I will wear this polish again, because I paid a pretty penny for it. However, it’s a color that I will use only for going out, and I’ll put it on right before I leave. One good thing that I can say about this polish is that it dries very very quickly. This is great for me, but I know it can be hard if you tend to take time when polishing your nails.
*Another thought-If you use a top coat it I’m sure it probably won’t chip as badly, however I prefer the finish without a glossy top coat.*
China Glaze just recently came out with a nail polish line called “Capitol Colors” and I couldn’t be more excited as it blends to things that I love: Nail Polish and The Hunger Games. Since the movie opens this weekend I thought I’d do a review of the 5 colors I’ve bought from the line. Now if you have somehow missed the Hunger Games mania let me fill you in real quick, The Hunger Games is a book series that follows heroine Katniss through her televised battle in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games involve 24 contestants (1 boy and 1 girl from each of the 12 districts of N.America) fighting to the death in order to remind the people that the capitol holds the power to crush them. Personally I think The Hunger Games series is the one of the best series I’ve ever read, it’s provocative and engaging, forcing the readers to think about everything from politics to love.
On to the nail polish line. I bought 5 of the 12 colors (one color for every district): Luxe and Lush (District 1-Luxury); Stone Cold (District 2-Masonry); Harvest Moon (District 9-Grain); Agro (District 11-Agriculture); Smoke and Ashes (District 12-Mining).
Right now I’m wearing Smoke and Ashes which is a black nail polish with small bits of green and silver flecks. Personally I love this color and that it’s not a flat black but it’s also not a glitter explosion black
Agro is another polish that applies really nicely and if done evenly only really needs one coat of nail polish. Color wise it is a fall green with gold flecks leaving it with a metallic finish.
Stone Cold reminds me of pencil lead which sounds strange but I really like it. This is a matte color with a lot of glitter which sound very counter intuitive, but it looks amazing. If you don’t like the matte look you can apply a top coat and add quite a bit of shine and seems to really change the color. However since this is a matte polish it can easily get an overly thick application so really wipe the excess of the brush before you start. *Note when you take this off you will have serious glitter spreading onto your hands.
Harvest Moon is a gold and copper color that I am in love with, it’s probably my favorite. The depth that the polish has is really nice however it can get a little thick on the nail tip (I don’t know why this is but I’ve had that issue with other China Glaze polishes as well), just be aware when you’re putting it on and you should be fine. *Note when you take this off you will have serious glitter spreading onto your hands.
Finally Luxe and Lush: I have really mixed feelings on this one. I love the color; I haven’t seen a polish like this in a while. It has irradiant flakes of orange pink and blue. However the formula is crazy thick, and when my sister used it the polish chipped off right away, maybe with a really strong top coat you wouldn’t have this issue, but I haven’t tried it.
Special thanks to my husband who let me use his nails to model most of these colors.
This winter’s weather has done a number on my skin, especially on my scalp. The swings from warm to bitter cold have left my scalp dry and itchy. While on a trip to Boulder my family and I popped into a Lush store. I’ve been hearing all about the wonders of Lush products from various people I follow online. Lush uses natural products that are really high quality, so I was excited to see if they had something to help address this issue I was having.
When my family and I walked in I was immediately struck by the prompt warm greeting from the sales woman. She asked if we had been in before (none of us had) and invited us to try out some of their beauty products. After a full face treatment, watching a bath bar demo and getting an arm massage with their amazing massage bars, we were all feeling quite pampered, and my mom wanted to open a Lush franchise back in Portland, Maine (where she is currently residing).
Wandering around the store I walked past a stand of what looked like very dull soap bars. Upon closer inspection I saw that they were shampoo bars. Low and behold, the one named “Soak and Float” was for itchy dry scalps. I grabbed it; I was in such desperate need for something to deal with my itchy scalp but I didn’t want to dump a ton of chemicals on my head. The sales woman also suggested I invest in a metal tin to store the bar- since the shampoo bars are preservative free and can easily melt away if they sit in moisture. She told me that one circle around my head would let it lather up to the amount I needed to wash my hair.
When I got home, I hopped in the shower right way and got to shampooing. I was immediately struck by the intense campfire smell. Luckily that’s a smell I enjoy. Of course I didn’t believe that one swipe around my head would be enough shampoo, so I did about three and also lathered up the ends of my hair. Turns out the sales lady wasn’t lying. One swipe would have been more than enough, because I ended up with enough lather to wash my hair two or three times as well as wash my body. When I got done shampooing I did find myself using a little more conditioner than usual but post shower there was a distinct difference in the way my head felt- no itching. Surprisingly for as strong as the shampoo smelled while I was using it there was only a very faint smell of campfire in my hair. My bathroom on the other hand smelled like I’d had a couple campfires going in the tub.
When I got out of the shower I dried my shampoo bar off with a little bit of toilet paper and set it on its side in the dry tin to finish drying. When that was done I laid it down in the case and closed it up which helped clear up the intense campfire smell in my bathroom.
The only downside to the whole Lush experience is that I really felt like the lady had spent so much time with us I didn’t feel like I could leave without buying something. Also the shampoo bar retails for 10.95 which seems expensive. However my husband and I have used it about 42 times since we purchased it, and I think there are at least another 20 uses in it. Also it really helped the issues that I was having. Over all I do think it was worth the cost. I will repurchase a shampoo bar and probably some other Lush products.