Archive | October 2009

Revlon Nail Enamel

If you seek nail polish that goes on gloppy, has uneven coverage, and starts to chip before the damn stuff is even dry, then Revlon Nail Enamel is just for you!

CVS recently had Revlon nail enamel on sale as a buy-one-get-one-free deal. I was getting ready to start a new, more professional job, so I decided to pick up some more conservative colors. (My vast assortment of green, blue, black, and other off-the-wall colors isn’t going to serve me well in a business-suit job.)

I picked up Totally Toffee and Vixen, two colors I thought were more professional but still pretty. Hmmm.

I tried Totally Toffee first, a sort of brown color I wasn’t completely sold on. The shade wasn’t the only strike against this product. The brush is messy and makes for gloppy, uneven coverage, and it’s hard to control, so I ended up with more polish on my fingers than on my nails. Okay, that’s not entirely unusual, but it got even worse.

I always use a top coat, but it just doesn’t matter with this stuff. By the next morning, the polish had chipped along the tips of my nails, and pieces of polish started peeling off in little sheets. Real attractive! My manicure looked awful within 24 hours of applying the color.

Maybe it was a defect of that one bottle…

Nope. I tried Vixen next, with the same dismally wretched results. It started chipping almost immediately, and the color peeled right off, even with a healthy layer of top coat. Both bottles went straight into the trash.

I give Revlon Nail Enamel zero stars out of five, because there are no redeeming qualities of this cheaply made, horrible product. It has no staying power, chips so easily it’s crazy, and starts to peel off just in case the chips were not annoying enough.

Did I mention I hated it?


Fira Cosmetics Lip Sheers

Have you ever bought a cosmetic item on a spur-of-the-moment impulse, simply because it’s cheap, even though you know chances are good to excellent that you won’t like it? My boyfriend and I were strolling around Dollar General the other day when I spotted a collection of Fira Cosmetics Lip Sheers. I have never heard of this brand and knew I would probably end up tossing it in the trash, but one color, Guava, was such a pretty mauve-pink that I went ahead and dropped the $2 to give it a whirl.

Surprisingly, I really like it! It has a subtle, shimmery color that is very flattering with fair skin like mine.

This brand is so elusive, I could not find a picture of it online to accompany this review. Has anyone else ever seen this brand?

If you spot it and are afraid to try it because it’s cheap, go ahead and pick one up. Maybe you will be pleasantly surprised too! Mine is tucked into my purse to make sure I always have it with me.

Avon Skin So Soft Signature Silk Replenishing Hand Cream

Avon introduced a new Skin So Soft scent, Signature Silk, and since I needed more hand cream, I tried the Replenishing Hand Cream.

I can’t stand the feel of dry skin, especially my hands, so I am very particular about hand creams. Avon’s website claims this hand cream is “enriched with exclusive Silkplex Technology” and “designed to caress your body, capturing the feeling of pure silk on skin.”

I instantly liked the texture of this one, light and easy to rub in. The scent is very nice too, very subtle and non-intrusive, not as floral as some other Avon hand creams. The scent also doesn’t stick around, which is good if you are already wearing a fragrance and don’t want this one to interfere.

As far as hand creams go, though, this one is okay but not my favorite. My go-to hand cream is Avon’s Silicone Glove, which can’t be beat for moisturization, preventing my hands from feeling dry again, and a great scent that even my stepkids have commented on. You can check out my review of Silicone Glove here.

I give Signature Silk 4 stars out of 5. It’s a good hand cream, just not the best one I’ve tested. And you can’t beat Avon’s prices, especially when the product is on special. Signature Silk is currently $3 on