Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Review of the Month: SpaRitual Handprint Hydrating Hand Salve & Serum

Since I returned to my pole dancing,
my hands have been suffering quite a bit from the use of grip powder.
I started having dry, peeling skin and calluses.

Since I really enjoy dancing,
the only option then was for me to find a good hand cream that would help with moisturizing and repair.
Hence the start of my testing of hand creams.

And since I'm on the search for my hand cream holy grail,
I figured I might as well share my findings and reviews with you guys.

Kick-starting this series then,
is the sample tubes of SpaRitual Handprint Hydrating Hand Salve and Hand Serum.

Posed them next to my OPI mini bottle of Designer... de Better to show you the size of the samples I was given.
Kinda small;
it was about 0.25 oz or 7.4 ml.
But it gave me about 3 weeks of regular use.
Ain't too bad.

Let's start with the Hydrating Hand Salve:

SpaRitual Handprint Hydrating Hand Salve is made with 76% certified organic ingredients including,
Shea Butter, Aloe Ferox, Marula Oil, Griffonia Seed Extract, and Honeybush.
It is also formulated with SpaRitual’s HydroShield Technology,
which is supposed to to deliver moisture,
promote skin regeneration,
and provide a breathable shield of protection to dry, active hands.

Sounds good?
Unfortunately, I don't think the Hand Salve is for me.

The salve had a smooth creamy texture which applied and was absorbed easily.
There was also a citrus scent to the salve.
I couldn't quite place the scent,
but it's actually quite pleasant.
And this is for someone who is sensitive and easily irritated by scents.
Yeah. Sad.
Scents can actually trigger a major headache in me,
so I'm really careful about those.

What I didn't like was the feeling that there was a layer of residue.
Ok, I get that it's probably the breathable shield of protection that was touted by the brand,
but it makes me feel like my hands aren't clean.
I think I washed my hands a little more rigourously thereafter,
which kinda defeats the purpose.

Also, I don't think I see any major difference the salve had to offer.
At least I didn't see and/or feel any significant improvement to my hands after I finished the sample tube.

On the other hand,
I might actually consider getting the hand serum.

SpaRitual Hydrating Hand Serum is made with 72% certified organic ingredients:
- Swiss apple stem cells slows chronological aging, preserving the youthful look and vitality of the skin.
- Organic pumpkin seed extract builds collagen and promotes elasticity.
- Organic ginger root extract softens and smoothes skin’s texture.
- Organic licorice root extract helps treat discoloration.

The serum was a lot runnier in texture,
and much more easily absorbed into the skin as compared the the hand salve.
I started using the serum about a week after I started with the hand salve
so as to see if there was any difference to adding a hand serum into the routine.
It sure did!

About a week after I started using the hand serum,
I noticed that my hands did seem to look "whiter and cleaner"
(if this makes sense to you readers).
I guess this is the idea of slowing aging and restoring youthfulness.

I stopped using again just to make sure that it was really the effect of the hand serum.
Yep. Again, it took about a week to see slight differences.

If there are any smells that soothe me,
it is the scent of lavendar, tea leaves and ginger.
I remember at the bloggers' event that I was invited to,
the hand serum smelt quite strongly of ginger.

Perhaps my bottle was too small,
or perhaps the scent of the hand salve over-powered the ginger scent of the hand serum.
However, I couldn't get much of the ginger scent with my sampler bottle.
Which was a disappointment to me.
I tried to smell directly from the sampler tube.
Nahdah as well.

But what is really daunting me to get a full-sized bottle of the hand serum?
The price of it.
Let's just say,
for the time being,
I'm still going to see if there is a cheaper alternative.

Anyone has any recs for hand creams?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

China Glaze Metro: Skyscraper

Another quick post.
Really tired.
Besides for this polish,
the pictures can do the talking.

The last one I have from China Glaze Metro Collection:

3 coats + 1 coat TC

Not particularly unique,
unlike the other glitter in this collex (CG in the City).

But pretty and sparkly none the less.

Very photogenic too as you can see.

That's all for today.

Monday, November 28, 2011

China Glaze Metro: CG in the City

The last collection to be swatched for November:
China Glaze Metro.
This one here is CG in the City

4 coats + 1 coat TC

This is another one that's going into my Top 20.

Glitter duochrome!
Depending on the light and angles,
this alternates between lookly purple, brown or silver.

And seriously sparkly as well!

2 of my favourite finishes rolled into one.
What more could I ask for.

And this is saying it even as I'm feeling a little glittered out.
Even though the foil method makes it easier,
I'm really dreading glitter removal these days.

And its actually taking a toll on my nails.
The nail bed is actually peeling at random spots!
Not good.

Nevertheless, I can't help but enjoy this mani while it lasted.

A unique one.
I don't think there's another dupe for this out there.

Last 2 are indoor pictures.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

OPI Muppets: Excuse Moi!

The only glitter in the Muppets collection that I was interested in:
Excuse Moi!

Mine's from the mini set
(in case you didn't already know)

2 coats + 2 coats TC

Another glitter that was TC-hungry.
Even after 2 coats,
it was still feeling gritty and bumpy.

Otherwise, this one is an awesome polish that is befitting of Ms Piggy.
I can just envision the diva strutting down the street in this.

Candy pink base, with silver and pink micro glitter.
Then there's this whole party of bigger multi-coloured glitters.

But it chipped on me in the second day.
Which is absolutely rare for me coming from OPI.

Otherwise, definitely one of the stars in this collection.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

November Purge is here!

Purge time again! =)

Locals and internationals all welcome.
Any transaction will be done via paypal or POSB bank transfer.
All prices are in USD!

Internationals, I will only send via registered post.
Will send shipping quote after confirmation of order.

Please place your order in the comment section by stating which ones you would be interested in.
Please remember to leave your email so that I am able to get in touch with you.

Open to swap offers as well.
Needs cash and needs to down size the stash as well,
so it doesn't have to be a 1-for-1 swap!

And current polishes I'm interested in are:

1) SpaRitual Earth Matters
(I'm even willing to pay for this one if you're willing to let go!)
2) Butter London Wallis
3) Wet and Wild Ice Baby Collection - It's all in the Cut, Believe Me It's Real, Diamond in the Rough, Cost is No Issue, Back Alley Deals
4) Orly Androgynie
5) Zoya Gaia
6) Essie Size Matters
7) OPI No Bees Please

Polishes available this round are:

Orly Satin Society - $2
Rubi Shoes in Sky - $1
Etude House #43 - $4

BYS Kung Fu Blue - $4
Misa Pour Me Something Tall and Strong - $2 *sold*
P2 Crackling Topcoat in Black Explosion - $2

OPI Rally Pretty Pink - $5 *sold*
The Face Shop GD112 - $1 *sold*
Nubar Cherry Cordial - $7 *sold*

Color Club Who are You Wearing? - $2
Misa Hot Butterscotch - $2 *swapping*
Essie Monkey Business - $4

Milani Key Lime Shine - $2
MAC Immortal Gold (SIB) - $15 *swapped*
Sally Hansen Royal Romance - $2

Ok. That's it for this round folks.
I thought I would have more.
Guess I was wrong.

Friday, November 25, 2011

China Glaze Metro: Midtown Magic

First off, I have to again apologise for the pictures.
This time, I'm not blaming the weather and sunshine (or lack thereof),
but its my boss.

Serious. She was standing there watching me take these photos.
And I was totally unnerved by it all.
Not that my boss is against it or that I was doing it during company time.
(I usually take pictures during lunch break by the way)

In fact, she's been pretty cool about my hobbies.
Where else would you have bosses who ask about your hobbies,
doesn't blink an eye to wearing weird nail colours,
allow you to have s secret stash in the office,
and encourages you have a great time with it.

But erm... having your big boss watch on
and then offer to help take all ten nails?!
er.... yeah. Unnerved.
And I snapped all the pictures in a hurry as such.

Ok, the next one in the China Glaze Metro collection:
Midtown Magic

Ok, I admit.
I'm this close to being glittered out.
And I'm kinda tired of blues and purples for the moment.
Hence I haven't done the 2 glitters (CG in the City and Skyscraper) yet.

2 coats + 1 coat TC

I don't usually go for browns,
but this is definitely one brown polish that I can't see myself going back to.

Gold and red micro glitter suspended in a dark brown base.
And its sparkly in the sun too.

And as with most of my China Glaze,
no issues with application.

I'll wear this again for sure.
And erm.... re-take the pictures.
When boss isn't around to offer her help.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

MAC Posh Paradise: Rain of Flowers

This one's actually a re-promote:
MAC Rain of Flowers.
First made its appearance in the MAC Jin Soon 2010 collection.

I apologise for the poor photos this round.
Took it on a overcast day,
when it finally stopped raining and the sun peeked shyly through.
Ended up with a lot of shadows as well.
Kinda think my bottle shot makes it look more like it should be Ming Blue or Biker Blue

3 coats + 1 coat TC

Needed the third coat because this bottle applied a little patchy.
Kinda makes me wonder if I got a dud bottle

Plus I don't know if it is because I had been wearing blues and purples and other dark colours,
plus the fact that I had this mani on for quite a few days
waiting for the rain to pass and the sun to shine,

but I found that I wasn't wow-ed by this one at all.
And I was expecting to be wow-ed,
since this was one polish that got quite a bit of love in the Nail Polish community

Seriously, I was actually disappointed.
And I couldn't wait to take it off,
especially since I had it on for quite a while.

Oh well.
Maybe I'll let it hang around for a little while first
before re-swatching and deciding if I should still keep this.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lynnderella Mercurial

Another one of the coveted Lynnderellas:

2 coats TC over 1 coat Mercurial over earlier Zoya Kelly mani

I have to say, these Lynnderellas eat TC.
They are like super hungry for them!

Harder than the usual glitters that I have to remove as well.
I have had to do the foil method twice every time I remove a Lynnderella mani.

Worth it though.
None of my usual glitters can match these Lynnderellas in beauty.

And now,
I find myself lemming Snow Angel
as well as some from her latest Funny Money collection.

Looks like when Llarowe stocks up on those Lynnderellas in Dec,
I'll be getting myself a x'mas pressie =P

Last one is the taken-in-cab shot.

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