Review and Swatches: OPI Over & Over A-Gwen

OPI Over & Over A-Gwen

I have never been a red nail polish girl. I admire them, and can appreciate their glow and sophistication, but I find them hard to wear. I’ve owned the OPI classics such as An Affair in Red Square, or I’m not Really a Waitress, but probably worn them once or twice a year that I let them go. The reddest red I have currently is probably OPI Smitten with Mittens, a red with gold glitter, which I actually wear pretty often for play, especially on toes. But a work red? Never had one until I came across OPI Over & Over A-Gwen, from the recent Gwen Stefani collection (I used to be a big fan many years back when she was still with her ska group whose name escapes me right now).

What drew me to the collection was actually the crystals and stickers that came with the set. But while I’ve yet used the crystals (waiting for a special event), I’ve had back-to-back, matching mani and pedi with this amazing red, Gwen’s signature color. It’s bright but not too bright; it works well on feet as well as hands; it complements my skin really well; and does not make me feel like I’m peddling myself. As a bonus, it is almost self-leveling, lasts at least 5 days without chipping (with minimal housework), and would look presentable even with one coat. See for yourself!

OPI Over & Over A-Gwen

Zoya Gilty (gold flakes) over a 5-day manicure of OPI Over & Over A-Gwen

Zoya Gilty (gold flakes) over a 5-day manicure of OPI Over & Over A-Gwen


Inspiring Talk of the Day: Maysoon Zayid

Sometimes social media leads to inspiring and positive messages to drive and renew our lives. Not often, but these nuggets are worth a thousand wasted one liners. I feel lucky to find this gem, a talk by Mysoon Zayid, a stand-up comic with Cerebral Palsy. She is hilarious, but with a serious message. If I can, you can can!

Yes, I can can!

Review and Swatches: Givenchy Les Mini Prismes Travel Exclusive Palette

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I have always had a weakness for makeup palettes, especially if the products are cohesive, good quality and not boring. Givenchy Les Mini Prismes certainly belong in this category. The format resembles a mini wardrobe, with drawers each housing a quad eyeshadow of a dark plum, light purple, pink and gold shimmer (officially Purple Show 71); a face powder (Beige Mousselline 84); and a quad of blush (Vintage Pink 22). The last drawer contains a couple of brushes – untested as of now. I am even thinking that for travels, I will probably leave this drawer and its content behind.

First, let’s talk about packaging. It is bulky for the amount of product. However, everything seems to be snug and secure, so it shouldn’t be a problem to take on travels. Secondly, the colors. They are all usable and fit me (about MAC NC 25). They’re not overly exciting colors, but very usable for work and play. The dark plu eyeshadow is even dark enough for a respectable smokey look. The face powder is nice: buttery and sets everything good. The blush is probably my favorite. Each pan is too small to use on its own, so I just swirl my brush over the whole surface, and the result on me is a neutral peachy color.

Overall verdict, useful and good quality. However, it is bulky for what it is, but for a 1 or 2 day business trip, it’s sufficient, just bring along brushes, a primer, mascara and lip product and you’re set. But for a trip of 3 or more days, you may find yourself bored silly with the colors if this is all you have.

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Product Review: Feet Exfoliation that Really Works!

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My feet are extremely sweaty, so I always wear sandals or open toe shoes. The downside is your feet are exposed to the elements, and get dry, scaly and hard. I exfoliate with brushes and stones at home, and have pedicures once or twice a month. But these treatments are barely scraping the surface and I don’t recall ever having baby soft soles.

The other day, I was looking around for something cheap to add into my Luxola cart to get free shipping. My sight set on the Leaders Clinic Mediu Foot Peeling Mask, only Rp87,000 (about US$6.5) and it was much less with a 30% code I had at the time. I’ve used foot masks before, but they were mostly for hydration purposes, not specifically for peeling. I wasn’t really expecting much, thinking that even I get the same results as from brushing, it’d be worth it.

When the item arrived, I waited a few weeks before trying it out, finding time when I would not be going much out and about. Upon opening, the package contains a pair of ‘socks’ that you put on each of your feet. This is similar to other foot masks I’ve used.The outside is a non-seeping material (plastic, I guess), and the inside is a second layer inside is steeped with a viscous liquid that is faintly scented. Once you put your feet in the sock, there is a tape outside to secure the stock around your ankle.

The instructions in the package recommends leaving the socks on for 1 to 1.5 hours. I left it on for 4 hours while I took a delicious afternoon nap in the middle of a long weekend. There is no discomfort whatsoever while wearing them. I then took them off and rinsed off my feet. There is a significant amount of the liquid left in the socks, so I carefully wrapped the package and stored them in the fridge.

Upon rinsing, right away I notice a tightness in the skin of my feet. After a couple of days, the dry skin started scaling off. I put on heavy moisturizers at night to ensure the new skin below does not dry. The packaging indicates that the dry skin will be peeled off naturally in 3 to 5 days.  Below is a picture into day 4.

Mediu foot peeling mask - after four days

Mediu foot peeling mask – after four days

As you can see, the peeling process is far from complete by day 4. While I can see some baby soft skin peeking, much of the feet were actually at it’s most dry and scaly. I cringe every time my bare feet touch my leg. I tried to help the process along by scrubbing vigorously every morning. By day 7, about 95% of the dry skin has shed. There were still some dry skin along the top of the feet, but for the most part, the soles are soft, soft, soft!

Mediu foot peeling mask - after 7 days

Mediu foot peeling mask – after 7 days

Obviously, this was a big success, much beyond my expectation. I would definitely recommend this, and I myself will be picking up a few during the next Luxola sale. However, I would recommend you allocate at least 6 days for the peeling process to complete, during which plans for wearing strappy sandals or putting your feet on someone’s lap would not be recommended. Just saying.

Nails of the Week: OPI Suzy Says Fengshui and Zoya Feifei

OPI Suzy Says Fengshui and Zoya Feifei

OPI Suzy Says Fengshui and Zoya Feifei

Nails of this week is OPI Suzy Says Fengshui (mid-tone blue) and Zoya Feifei on the accent nail. Application is splotchy as I was too lazy to find my headlamp and glasses last night. Oh the years, the years! And can’t find my nail cutter and was too lazy to look for it, thus the uneven top.

I like to apply my nail polish straight up and not follow the nail bed; you can see below the gap I leave on the sides. This will give the illusion of a slimmer and longer nail. Don’t worry, no one will see the gap except you.

OPI Suzy Says Fengshui and Zoya Feifei

OPI Suzy Says Fengshui and Zoya Feifei

More Bollywood Goodness: Melodic New Soundtracks

Sometimes it’s mind boggling how my mind works. A little whiff and I’m knee deep in something. And once I crawl out of it, another quite different whiff brings me chest deep into another…pit. Deep and happy.

I’m now into week 3 of my most recent Bolly sound extravaganza. I have to share a couple of favorite soundtracks. The first is a modern take filled with melodic ballads from the recent movie Ek Villain. The second is from a film to be released soon, Daawat-e-Ishq, with more traditional instruments mixed with string orchestra, the way I really love it (on top of which, the movie looks fun foodies). Enjoy!

One more! It’s not very recent, the soundtrack of the 2013 blockbuster Aashiqui 2