Category Archives: Loathe It

Essie: Bouncer It’s Me

Long time no see!  I hope that everyone has been enjoying their summer.  I am sad to say that I think summer has left the building, well at least the one I’m living in.  The days spent basking in the radiation of the sun clad in half a bottle of sunscreen and floating around the old swimmin hole are long gone.  Quite frankly I’m more than a little bitter, I’m in fact really pissed.  Our summer got such a later start and it was so short-lived.  I mean I finally get a tan and I have to cover it up before anyone even gets to see my healthy glow.  CRAPTASTIC!  So if you’re somewhere that is blessed with better weather don’t take it for granted and please soak up some more of that summer goodness on my behalf.  Now onto the review.

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand: Essie

Collection:  Neon Summer 2013

Finish:  Semi-Matte

3 Free:  Yes

Formula:  Poor

Application:  Poor

Durability:  (I hated it so much I didn’t even wear it long.)

Coats:  3

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Essie Matte About You Top Coat

Price: $8 USD, $7.95 CAD, €7,95 EUR, £5 GBP

Availability:  One of my favorite bloggers and cosmetic hoarding gal pal, Product Hoochie was actually kind enough to pick this up for me.  I kind of panicked when I didn’t see the Neon’s making their appearance here in Germany, and asked her to pick this one up for me.  However, the collection did finally release, albeit a bit later, in Germany at DM Drogerie stores.  Now I am sure they are sold out though.  You can also  find this color along with the rest of the Neon’s, if you are so inclined, at sites like Zappos, Nail Polish Direct, Beauty Bay, 6 pm, and Nail Polish Canada.

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My Two Cents:   First I feel the need to say that generally I love most things Essie and I would never be so nasty as to just outright trash a company or product but in all honestly this was a total “Loathe It” for me.  First of all, I would not personally classify “Bouncer It’s Me” as a neon.  Secondly this sucker was so dang streaky and uneven once applied that I could not even stand it on my fingers for more than a day.

Although I did not post a review of it, I had even worse problems with “Shake Your $$ Maker,” which I put over a base of Essie Blanc as was suggested.  On a side note I did see some swatches from other girls who seemed to have made this work but now I find myself wondering just what sorcery they used to achieve the lovely finishes I saw.  Sorry Essie, but all relationships have their ups and downs and luckily this is only the second horror show we’ve gone to together, so I think it’s safe to say I still have much love for you!

Tips:    If this is on your wish list I would pass this one up and look for a similar color from a different brand.

Something Similar:  Nails Inc. – Baker Street, Sinful Colors – Endless Blue.

As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Maybelline: Light In Purple Color Tattoo

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Maybelline New York

Product:  Color Tattoo 24hr Gel Cream

Animal Tested:  Yes

Cruelty Free:  No

Vegan:  No

Color:  85-Light In Purple

Formula:  Poor

Pigmentation:  Poor

Wear Time:  Okay

Amount of Product:  .14 oz. / 4 g

Price:  €6,95 EUR (Converts to about $9.34 USD / £5.93 GBP)

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Availability:  This color is only available in Europe.  I found mine at my local DM Drogerie here in Germany.

What I liked:  I loved how this looked in the little jar at the store.  It almost seemed to have a bit of a subtle duo-chrome effect.  It even looked promising when initially swatched it on my hand.

What I didn’t like:  The formula was not nice.  The consistency felt really slick and did not apply opaque at all.  The lilac color almost completely disappeared once it was on my eyelids.

My two cents:  I was oh so excited and full of optimism when I first laid eyes on Light In Purple, as evident from my previous post.  Sadly though, it turned out to be a huge disappointment.  Aside from looking pretty in the jar, it had absolutely no redeeming qualities.  As I mentioned above it was not like other nine Color Tattoos I that I own.  It felt really slick whereas other colors I have from the line have more of a thicker slightly more dry creamy feel in comparison.  Once it was on my eyes all that was really left behind was the shimmer.  This color can’t be built up either.

Just for the sake of being able to give a fair review I kept it on overnight.  After just three hours of wear I noticed that Light In Purple had already began it’s disappearing act.  By the time I woke up the next morning it looked as though someone had tried to remove it during the night as there was only a trace of it left in the form of the shimmer.

Sine it just didn’t seem that this would be something I would be able to make work on it’s own, I decided to give it a try as a base with my Sugarpill Heart Breaker palette since it was so sheer and by sheer I mean virtually colorless.  I didn’t even like it as a base because it’s just too shimmery and it caused my Sugarpill shadow colors to come off really strange.  Not to mention that it just does not seem to the staying power as other Color Tattoos.

I really wanted to love this, although I would have settled for liking it, but it seems that it was not meant to be.  After trying to make it work and find a use for it, I decided to return it.  For the record, I don’t take returning cosmetics lightly as it’s something I don’t like to do.  However, these little suckers are on the pricey side for a single drugstore eyeshadow in my opinion and I just could not justify keeping something that I would never use and would surely end up in the garbage.

Tips:  Just do not bother with this, it’s a complete miss.

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Models Own: Purple Blue

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Models Own

Collection:  Beetlejuice

Finish:  Duo-chrome

3 Free:  No

Animal Tested:  No

Vegan Friendly:  Yes

Formula:  Average

Application:  Average

Durability:  Okay

Coats:  3

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Essie Good To Go Rapid Dry Top Coat

Price:  $8 USD, $8 CAD, €6,30 EUR, £5 GBP


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Availability:  I purchased Purple Blue directly from Models Own during a 50% off promo a while back.  They ship internationally as does Ninja Polish who also carry Models Own products.  Models Own is readily available throughout the UK at stores like Boots, Next, Republic, and Very.

My Two Cents:  First of all, I loved how this looked when I saw it on the Models Own site.  However, once I applied it, I fell slightly out of love with it.  Since it’s a duo-chrome it of course has multiple personalities.  Unlike other colors I own from the Beetlejuice collection like Golden Green where the duo-chrome effect was much more subtle, Purple Blue is quite the opposite.  It takes on very noticeably different shades depending on the lighting and the angle.  While I quite liked when it did in fact look purply blue, I felt that it mostly just looked kind of like a murky brown pink, which I was not really diggin if I’m completely honest.  In fact I will probably be hard pressed to wear it again at all.

The formula on this one was pretty thin and definitely needed all three coats to be completely opaque.  However, with that being said it was difficult to apply or anything.  Another thing that I have found consistently with the Models Own polishes I have is that they really do not smell nice.  I know these aren’t huge, deal breaking, product boycotting issues, well at least not for me, but I do think they’re worth mentioning.  I also found that this one seemed to chip faster and that it was a bit more difficult to remove for some reason as well.

Tips:  Always begin with a base coat and finish with a good top coat.  Keep a good amount of product on the brush and do three good coats.

Something Similar:  Orly – Galaxy Girl, Claire’s Cosmetics – Evil Queen, Misa – Embroidered Emerald, & M.A.C. – Formidable.

I apologize for the lack luster pictures, but I had such an incredibly difficult time trying to capture the duo-chrome effect.  You may have noticed that I’ve been included a few new categories in some of my recent reviews.  I know that the subject of animal testing and whether products are cruelty and toxic free, not to mention vegan friendly are criteria that are relevant to many people I know personally when it comes to making purchases and therefore supporting certain companies.  So in order to provide you with as much information as I can I’m trying my best to look into these things.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Essie: Penny Talk

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Essie

Collection:  Mirror Metallics Summer 2012

Finish:  Metallic / Chrome

Formula: Good

Application: Good

Durability: Good

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Seche Vite Fasty Dry Top Coat

Price:  €7,95 Germany, $8 (USD), £7.99 (UK)

Availability:  I picked my Mirror Metallics up from my local DM, although I don’t believe they’re still available there as they only had a limited supply.  However, I have spotted them in Douglas stores in Germany as well.  In the US you can find this collection at CVS, Target, Walgreens, and I recently heard Ulta has them as well now.  For those of you in the UK, these are available at some Boots stores. I’m still not sure where Canadians can find these just yet.  If you’ve spotted them somewhere though, please comment below and let me know.

My Two Cents:  Penny Talk is my least favorite from this collection (I have all five but haven’t gotten around to using No Place Like Chrome just yet).  Don’t get me wrong the formula was just as amazing with this as it has been with the rest of the collection and it really is a beautiful color.  Not to mention the fact that this also has the same amazing chrome like finish as the rest of the Mirror Metallics.  Sadly though, this color just simply did not suit my very fair skin tone.  In fact Penny Talk was almost the same color as my skin just with a mirror finish…so weird I know.  Anyhow, if you have a nice tan or a darker skin tone in general, I think this color would look great on you.  Another thing to be aware of is that once applied, Penny Talk comes off as being much more of a rose gold than a copper color as the name would suggest.

Tips:  Start with clean smooth nails and a good base coat.  I like to gently go over mine with a buffer and a quick swipe of remover before painting my nails in general but especially with metallics. Do multiple thin coats (two worked great for me) rather than fewer thicker coats to achieve a more flawless finish as well.  Also, be sure to have a good amount of polish on your brush at all times.  This will help prevent dragging and unsightly brush strokes that will inevitably result from the polish drying out and becoming too sticky on the brush making it difficult to work with.

Something Similar:  Milani “I’m Online,” Butter London “The Old Bill,” Pop Beauty “Naked Metal,” Orly “Rage,” Nicole by OPI “It Starts With Me,”  M.A.C. “Soiree”

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I feel so guilty for putting this in the “Loathe It” category because I genuinely really love the Mirror Metallics collection, but Penny Talk just looked so unflattering on me.  Oh well, I guess I can’t complain because I very rarely end up disliking a polish that I ‘ve purchased .  Anyhow, If you know where else this collection is available or of any other colors I may have missed that are dupes or look similar feel free to share below.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Products I Regret Buying

I’ve done a few posts about products I love, but I feel like I should be honest and also share with you some of the products I haven’t been so fond of.  I generally don’t end up with so many regrets when it comes to personal care products.  Actually I think I have more regrets about different food products that I’ve purchased, especially the first few years living in Germany.  Maybe I’ll do a post on that as well down the road.  Anyhow, back to the business at hand, in this post I will be focusing more on personal care and cosmetic products.

Benefit Some Kind-a Gorgeous:  First of all, I bought this ages ago when I lived in Canada and for some reason I have hung on to it, probably because it was a little pricey.  I was looking for a product that would give me a bit of coverage without feeling so heavy that would also work with my combination oily skin.  The girl in Shoppers was incredibly friendly and helpful.  She applied this perfectly and even suggested a primer by Duo that wasn’t so pricey to use with it, which I also purchased.  So far so good right?  Well when I tried applying this product at home I was shocked, no more like horrified by how awful it looked on me.  For one it looked way to dark for my corpselike skin tone, and it was so cakey looking.  I even tried numerous different application techniques in hopes that I could make it work, but it just wasn’t in the cards.  Another thing I noticed was how unpleasant it smells, kind of like oil pastels.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want to put anything on my face that smells bad, so that’s why I have to smell things.  So yeah, it was all kinds of bad. I also feel as though you receive very little product for the price.  I suppose if this works great for you and turns out to be one of your holy grail products then it might me a tad more justifiable.  Retails for: $29 USD, €31,95 Germany, £23.50

Cover Girl Outlast Lip Stain in 435 Flirty Nude:  This is another old product I bought with such great hopes, have kept kicking around and recently gave another try.  Well it was just as crappy as I had remembered it being.  I know it’s a lip stain and not a lipstick but it was so damn drying and therefore emphasized any dryness already present on my lips.  I have tried using a lip scrub and using a moisturizing lip balm pre-application and it really didn’t seem to make a difference for me.  Also, I think the name “Flirty Nude” is deceiving.  The only person with a skin color that this would look nude on is Spongebob’s lackey, Patrick.  How this constitutes as a nude is truly beyond me.  In fact I find it surprisingly colorful especially for something with the word “nude” in it’s name and I feel as though that is saying a lot considering that I have what I would consider rather pigmented lips.  Personally I think this looks more like an orangey red coral (if that even makes sense).  Major waste of money for me.  The only thing that didn’t suck about this product was the scent.  Go figure.

Essence Smokey Eyes Brush:  I picked this up back in March after reading good reviews on it.  Initially it wasn’t quite so horrible.  As with most relationships, there was a honeymoon phase of sorts.  The bristles felt reasonably soft, and although it didn’t do a stellar job of blending, it did okay.  However, once I washed this more than once it just got more and more rough.  That’s about when I knew this brush and I just were not meant to be.  I wash my brushes carefully and have tried using different shampoos in hopes it would help with the scratchiness of this brush, but sadly nothing helped.  Quite honestly, this thing actually began to hurt my eyelids.  If you want to exfoliate your eyelids though, then this brush will certainly do the trick but do so at your own risk as I will not be held responsible for chaffed eyelids the world over.

P2 Paradise Dream Eye Pencil in 060 Charming Gold:  I bought this in hopes that it would make a good highlighter for the inner corner of my eyes and brow bone.  The color is actually rather nice but it has major shimmer fallout.  Not to mention the disgusting smell.  Yep, I really do smell everything, it just can’t be helped.  Anyhow, in case you’re wondering, it smells like burning rubber and seriously makes me gag.

P2 Nail Varnish in 510 Virgin:  This white is so incredibly sheer and to achieve even a little opacity you have to apply numerous coats.  If you’re looking for a sheer white then by all means give this a try.  I for one was hoping for a much more opaque white polish and this just didn’t do it for me.

P2 Matte Dream Eyeshadow in 040 White Connection:  I wanted to like this because I really needed a matte white shadow and you can’t beat the price. When I did a quick swatch of this in the store it looked pigmented enough and felt incredibly smooth and silky.  However, when I got home and tried applying this to my eyelids it basically had no color payoff what so ever.  Granted though, I am incredibly fair.  So perhaps someone with a darker skin tone might find that this totally works for them.  This product also claims that it is long wearing.  I can’t say for sure since I didn’t ever wear it for more than ten minutes, but I suspect that it isn’t since I was able to wipe it easily off with a dry finger.

Essence Nail Art Magnetic Nail Polish in 02 Hex Hex!:  I was all for giving this a try and I came across this quite a while before the whole magnetic nail polish craze took off.  Sadly this simply disappointed me.  I gave this product multiple tries but I just couldn’t get it to work very well.  I found that this was incredibly thick, gloopy and difficult to apply.  I’ve never bothered with any other magnetic polishes after using this one so I’m not sure but perhaps that is just how the formula is.  I will say this though, the color is really nice.  So I suppose if it weren’t for the difficult application I  could just wear it sans magnetic effect.

Essence Nail Art Stamping Kit & Polish:  I wanted to try these out because I had seen the Konad plates and they definitely caught my interest.  So I thought this would be a good way to give nail stamping a try before making a more significant investment.  After giving this kit numerous tries, I can honestly say that it was not worth the money.  Granted, it was only a few dollars but I just didn’t feel that it worked well and the results were incredibly sloppy.

Alverde Kajal Eyeliners in 10 Shimmery Silver & 30 Shimmery Green:  These were from a limited edition Alverde did around Christmas (sorry but I can’t recall the name).  I tried these out on the back of my hand quickly in the store and once again they seemed pretty good.  Yet upon trying them out on my eyes at home I found that they were really quite hard which made applying it to my upper and lower lash lines incredibly difficult.  When I saw that they were kajal liners I thought they would go on a lot nicer and perhaps they went on my hand more easily because of the warmth of my hand, I’m not entirely sure.  I was really bummed though because I really liked the colors and Alverde really is a great reasonably priced natural cosmetic brand. I also feel it’s worth mentioning just how cute the packaging was on this particular limited edition.  Everything, with the exception of the eyeliners, had adorable little Russian nesting dolls on the packaging.  After I tried these out I felt especially awful because a few weeks before I had sent these two colors along with the a third gold color to my friend.  I so wish I had tried them first, but I am hoping she was able to make them work for her.  Luckily I found these weeks later on markdown for €0,75 when I purchased them for myself.

Alverde Eyebrow Kit in 02 Brunette:  I had originally intended to pick up the Essence brow kit, which I had heard rave reviews about, but for some reason grabbed the Alverde one instead because I like that their products are all natural.  Bad idea.  Firstly, the color just didn’t seem quite right on me.  It does come with a brown and a creamy beige color so that you could potentially blend them together but that just didn’t work either.  Secondly I just felt as though this was too powdery, if that even makes sense since it is in fact a powder.  This product produced some major fall out, rubbed off super easy and just looked really unnatural.  The compact did also come with a wax and two small brushes, a flat one and and angled one, which I quite like and use with other products.

Manhattan Cover Stick in 01 Naturelle:  I purchased this in hopes that it would help cover up blemishes and other redness.  This was just so so wrong.  It wasn’t a good color match and I assure you that there was nothing “naturelle” about the color at all.  It doesn’t blend well and it’s greasy as all get out, kind of like an oil slick.  It kind of has a faint musty book smell mixed with a slight waxy crayon smell also.  I don’t see how this would work for anyone to be honest.  Just don’t buy it.

Bebe Young Care Facial Wipes for Normal Skin:  I picked these wipes up in order to help remove makeup.  While they do the job well enough, I just find them really rough and harsh on my skin.  Also, as with the Bebe moisturizer, I experienced a slight burning sensation on my skin and especially around my eyes.  Perhaps these aren’t meant for eyes but even if I just got anywhere near my eyes with them they would burn.  I don’t know about you but I feel as though if I can’t actually clean my eye makeup off that I should at least be able to get around my eyes with a product like this without causing such discomfort.  Another thing I did not care for was the smell, these have an unpleasant perfume scent.  This is was also a product I sent to my friend before testing out myself.  In my defense though I had heard these were nice and I had previously fell in love with another Bebe product before trying this and the facial moisturizer.  For those who may not know, Bebe is actually owned by Johnson.

Fanta Lip Smacker & Paul Frank Coconut Lip Smacker:  I figured I would just group these two together since I found the same faults in both of them.  When I was younger, much much younger, I loved Lip Smackers and used them along with cherry Chapstick exclusively for years.  In fact I had amassed a rather impressive collection of them at one point.  I guess that’s proof that my lip balm addiction goes back even further than my love of nail polish.  However, these Lip Smackers were nothing at all like the lip balms I once adored.  Don’t get me wrong, they still smell amazing.  However, they were so waxy and you will have to excuse me here, but these both tasted like shit.  I just have no other words for how awful these things were.  Maybe I was just young and dumb or perhaps my flavor palette has simply become more refined, but I just don’t recall Lip Smackers being so damn horrible.  I think I will be sticking with my old stand by Labello lip balms, and my current favorite Aquafina lip balm (thanks again for that one Leslie).

Catrice Colour Show Colour & Stay Lip Gloss in 140 Peach Boy:  This one actually pains me to admit that I don’t like it.  For those of you who don’t already know, I absolutely love Catrice cosmetics, especially their lip products.  I picked this up about two months ago while picking up some items to send a friend of mine.  Orange is the color of the season and she had actually requested some orange products to try so this lip gloss seemed perfect so I snatched one up for her.  Then while continuing my shopping I was really loving this color.  It’s looks beautiful in the tube.  It’s such a nice orangey color with a lovely shimmer.  So I decided to pick one up for myself as well.  Sadly this is not the color for me.  I have tried applying it lightly to just give a wash of color as well as layering it over other colors, but it’s just no use as it simply does not suit me.  I also did not care for the smell of Peach Boy either.  It kind of has an artificial cherry smell reminiscent of the cough syrups that were a source of torment in my child hood.  I will say that I have heard that my friend is enjoying it though, which I was happy to hear.  On a side note, this product claims to be long wearing, up to four hours in fact.  Since I wasn’t really able to wear it I will try to get in touch with my friend to see if these claims are true.

I don’t want to sound as though I’m hating on more cost friendly drugstore brands and or products, in fact I love products that are widely available and easy to find at discount and drugstores that don’t have such hefty price tags.  With the exception of my nail polish collection, the majority of the products I use on a daily basis are from my local grocery store and drugstores.  With that said though, I do not think I will ever bother with P2 or Manhattan products again, nor will I give Essence nail art products another go.  I personally have not had any success with these products and I just don’t feel as though I can bring myself to waste any more money on them.  If they work for you then that’s great though and I am well aware of the fact that what doesn’t work so well for one may work wonderfully for another.  These are just my opinions based on my own personal experiences with these particular products.  So please keep that in mind.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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