Perfectly Polished Tips 172 - PMD Personal Microderm System


This is the PMD Personal Microderm System. This little tool is used for at home microdermabrasion. It is a nice alternative to fitting appointments into your schedule and costs a whole lot less. This device uses the same aluminum oxide crystals as the high tech pro machines. It is supposed to smooth out the skin while diminishing age spots and other signs of aging.

For the best results a cell renewal or skin resurfacing cream should be used along with the treatment. The creams are meant to enhance the outcome of the treatment. Before using the PMD Personal Microderm System it is very important that you watch the instructional DVD that comes along with it. You need to take precautions and be sure to not apply to much pressure to the area you are working on.

The tool comes with two different types of exfoliating discs in two sizes. A larger one for area such as the cheeks and chest, and a smaller one for harder to reach areas. The blue grit is for sensitive skin and the green is slightly more coarse. PMD also offers a coarse disk for tough areas.

I got to test out the PMD Personal Microderm System and while it is supposed to be very simple to use I was not able to get the hang of it. The instructions say to pull the skin tight and very lightly apply the tool. You are to move back and forth across the skin. The tool has a bit of suction which I believe it supposed to remove the dead skin cells off of your face. When I attempted to use it the tool got stuck to my face leaving a not so great result.

(photo credit goes to my 5 year old)

As you can see on my cheek the tool left behind some mean scrapes. This was a couple of days after I had used it. I emailed Skincarerx.com's help center and was told that I was probably not pulling my skin tight enough. Makes sense so against my better judgement I tried again but this time on my knee. I still could not get the hang of it and again was left with some scrapes. It is possible that I am just not coordinated enough to hold my skin with one hand. After using it I did have a tiny bit of pain, almost like a sun burn and my skin was pink. Nothing terrible.

I think that this tool could be very useful but it does have a learning curve. I was very lucky to have only gotten a few minor scrapes. I watched the instruction video several times, I had it on during my first attempt. To be honest I feel like the woman in the video does not have her tool turned on because I could not get it to glide across my skin like that, even when I did have proper suction.

I may give this product another go in the future. I really feel like my skin could benefit from a tool such as this, I just wish it were easier to use.

The PMD Personal Microderm System can be purchased on SkinCareRx.com and retails for $179.

(this was sent to me for review)

Perfectly Polished Tips 171 - Systeme 41 Gentle Purifying Cleanser


Systeme 41 is a line of all natural skin care products. Their products do not contain any harsh surfactants or detergents. They are free of parabens, gluten, mineral oil, and all artificial colors and fragrance. They also do not test on animals which is always nice.

I have the most fickle skin ever. I find something that works amazingly for a couple of months and then I am back to square one. I do get minor breakouts, I have an oily T-zone, and my cheeks are usually very dry. I got to try out the Gentle Purifying Cleanser. It is made up of a blend of amino acids, coconut oil, and sunflower oil as well as almond oleosomes to rehydrate your skin. I've been using it for a little over a month now and I'm really liking it.

The cleanser is a cream that is slightly on the thick side but it does not feel greasy. It rinses easily and clean. My skin does feel dry after washing but I think that might be due to the benzoyl peroxide I use to help with break outs. My face looks smoother and a lot more refreshed after using the cleanser. My break outs have been less frequent as well. This product also does a great job at removing make up. I try to make my self use eye make up remover before washing my face but ehh, so many steps. I am not very high maintenance so the less time I can spend and the least amount things I have to use the better. It even takes off all of my mascara, it's not a water proof formula though.

I love the packaging, it comes in a pump bottle. I guess that is really personal preference but I am one of those people who would like it if everything came in a pump bottle. For me it's easy, the bottle stays clean. The perfect amount of product is dispensed as well. The bottle is 6 oz, I've been using it 1x a day for a little over a month and am about a quarter of the way through it.

The only downfall to this product, for me, is the price. $39.95 for a 6 oz bottle. The website does offer a slight discount if you purchase more than one at a time. I do not think I would be okay with spending $40 on a cleanser that I was not sure that I would like.

Overall I really like this product and am going to continue using it for as long as it keeps playing nice with my skin.

(this was sent to me for review)

OPI Femme de Cirque

This spring, step right up and enjoy Femme de Cirque by OPI, four new breathtakingly dreamy additions to the SoftShades collection, designed to unleash a woman’s inner ring mistress. The collection includes three pink hues and one sheer glitter coat that can be worn on its own or painted over any of the other lacquers for an entirely new look.

These all look rather similar so what I am going to do is show them to you from least pink to most pink:

So Many Clowns, So Little Time - This is a sheer, squishy white with hints of pink and peach. This swatch is 4 coats. If you want to wear it with decent opacity, this is probably about how many coats you will have to do. I used this for a french manicure and it was awesome. I only used one coat for that. I would show pics but it really didn't photograph well.

Step Right Up! - This is a very white pink in a squishy, jelly form. This is the most opaque of the pinks. This swatch is three coats and as you can see, the opacity is decent. I like the cleanness of this shade.

In The Spot-Light Pink - This is a glossy, sheer, pink. This is the most sheer of the bunch. This swatch is 4 coats and as you can see this is never going to get to a reasonable opaque mani, but the smoothness, and shade could pass for a finished polished look if you like this. I would suggest it for a french manicure though.

I Juggle... Men (shown over black) - This is a clear with purple shimmer. I inspected this closely trying to figure out if it is blue, purple and red shimmer all mixed together, or if it was one shimmer that flashed all the colors. Regardless, that is the colors you get and I like!

So my final thoughts are that these are lovely shades. I think you can get away with wearing a couple of these alone but what I found great about these is that that they are fantastic for french manicures because they are perfectly smooth and apply evenly and not streaky at all. This allows you to do one coat, two coats, etc. However many you desire for your french.

And of course, I Juggle...Men is awesome.

Disclosure: The products featured in this post were furnished to me by the manufacturer or PR company for review. For more information please visit my disclosure policy.

Sunday SPAM

Sunday SPAM is going to be a new featured article on my blog. Like many bloggers and nail junkies, I have a lot of polish. I have a lot of polish that I haven't worn. I have more polishes that I have not worn than that I have worn. I actually have enough untried shades to wear one a day for a whole year and beyond. I realize the chances I will succeed at doing a 365 untried challenge is very slim, but what I am going to do is at least attempt to do my nails everyday and then post all my manicures through the week on Sunday in an edition I am calling "Sunday SPAM".

Nina Ultra Pro - Blu Blaze -Oh blazes. This is hypnotic. This is a hot blue. It's not necessarily neon, but definitely has neon pigment because it dries matte (the look of which I enjoyed as well). This was my first experience with Nina Ultra and I am pleased. The only thing that sucked about it is the brush. Not a fan. It's very small making application a bit tricky but painting very carefully I got the job done.

e.l.f. - Coral - This was my first experience with e.l.f. This is a very inexpensive brand (the polishes retail for $1!) but I was never blown away by any of the shades. (I must note that I haven't checked out their color range in quite some time but it looks like there are some interesting shades now). I received this as an extra in a swap and so I thought I would take a chance. I was impressed. The brush is fantastic, the shade is much more interesting than I expected, and most importantly, and most shockingly, the formula is amazing. The swatch you are seeing is ONE COAT.

Color Club - Charity Ball - This is a very odd color. But it is so weird that I like it! I don't even know what to call this. It's like a really red brown. Like a brick color? Maybe it's burnt sienna? Or rust? I don't know but it's fun.

Mood Struck (hot/cold/in-between) - This I just found the other day. It was a pleasant surprise. I found a display at Rite Aid of mood polishes I had never seen before. This was the only one that I grabbed because a lot of them looked a lot like Claire's shades I already had but this one looked really nice. Cold it's a purple with blue shimmer and hot it's a bright blue with blue shimmer. This is awesome. The only problem I have with this is that it doesn't have a name!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate that. This is the display if you want to keep an eye out>>>


Zoya - Dove - I went ahead and got myself the entire Intimate collection and have used three of them so far and I am very pleased. This is a pretty, soft gray creme. Not too dark, too light, to warm, too cool...it's just right.

Misa - Touch The Rainbow - Oooooh! This is so pretty. I got comments on this baby. This is from the new Misa - Wishes collection. I have also worn a couple of the other shades in this collection and I am enamored with them all! They are so pretty. The soft shades are interesting colors and they are packed with a pretty shimmer that makes the whole look delicate, but beautiful.

Easter Mani - So I didn't exactly redo my mani, but I made it better! I dotted my Misa - Touch The Rainbow with Orly - Snowcone, Orly - Cashmere Cardigan and Nicole by OPI - My Lifesaver.

Hope you enjoyed my first installment of Sunday SPAM and I am super excited to bring you more! Happy Easter!

:c)
-Elaine

China Glaze - Island Escape Summer 2011

Take an exotic island escape with China Glaze this summer with a tropical, shimmering rainbow of brilliant bright colors! Mix and match these hot hues to add a candy-like pop to that summer manicure and pedicure.

108 Degrees - This is a beautiful, hot pink, glass-fleck shimmer. This is one of those "pinks-I-love". Very sparkly and flashy and hot hot pink!

Papaya Punch - This is an orange I love! This is a super pigmented, creamy orange. This reminds me of pumpkins, which isn't very summery, but it is still summer appropriate. The formula is a bit thick, but in a good way.

Electric Pineapple - This is fantastic! This is so weird. I really don't think calling it "pineapple" is terribly appropriate, because it's a very, very green yellow. It's definitely more green than OPI - Fiercely Fiona but more yellow than any other green in the same realm. So it's definitely unique. I did a cool mani with this plus China Glaze - Crushed Candy Crackle Polish.

Cha Cha Cha - This is a striking olivey green with strong gold shimmer. I'm sure you have all figured out by now that this is close to China Glaze - Moonpool, but not a dupe. Whether close or not it is beautiful in its own right and I love it.

Blue Iguana - Now I do not know any iguanas that look like this but if I did I would have a stash of blue iguanas. This is a sparkly, shimmery, deep pool blue. The shimmer is an intense glass fleck. It's very watery and the sparkle reminds me of sparkling water in the sunshine :c)

SeƱorita Bonita - This is a red toned, glass-flecked purple. Very pretty and not like anything I have. The picture really does not do this one justice.

These are out now! What do you think?!
Elaine
:c)

Disclosure: The products featured in this post were furnished to me by the manufacturer or PR company for review. For more information please visit my disclosure policy.

NOTD: Sephora L32 Prom Night

I brought this for $1 in Sephora during their Boxing Day sale in Vancouver. It's light in the bottle but much much darker on the nail.

Why is this called Prom night? Green for the dieases you might catch? (^^)

I LOVE THE BRUSH! On my smaller nails, 1 stroke and I was done. It's sorta like the OPI pro-wide but better. I found it (despite the small cap) easy to manover.

Yes, my nails are short and uneven. I was sick and I chopped off all my nails cos I was scratching myself in my sleep. Poor nubbins. But, I am also much better now.
With flash. Accurate colour. Pardon the shadow. Creamy teal green.

Without flash it looks like a mossy green.
I love this creame! It's easy to apply and super pigmentated.

I was suprised how good the Sephora range is. It easily fits into the one coat of Skinfood now.

Yes, my hand. One coat. AMAZING!

Perfectly Polished Tips 170 - Karmin G3 Salon Pro Giveaway

The lovely people from Hairtools.ca have offered to give one of my lucky readers a Karmin G3 Salon Pro ceramic flat iron.

The styling iron not only straightens but curls as well. It has variable temperature control, and a slim design to allow for ease of use. The tourmaline infused plates allow for shiny frizz free hair making the Karmin G3 one of the best flat irons available.

To enter the giveaway leave a comment here telling me why you think you should be chosen to receive the Karmin G3. Then Like Karmin Hair Tools on Facebook. Please mention in your comment here that you Liked them on Facebook.

The giveaway is open to US & Canada readers only. I will choose a winner on April 20.

Good Luck!

Perfectly Polished Tips 169 - American Apparel Army Jacket

American Apparel Army Green was one of my first AA polishes. I had heard nothing but good things about the polish so I ordered a few. Army Jacket is a muted celery green creme. I don't usually do green but I've been stepping away from my comfort zone as of late so I decided to give this polish a try. Unfortunately it was still the middle of winter when I photographed Army Jacket so it looks more split pea than celery. It's slightly lighter in real life. I am not a fan of this color on me, it gave me lobster hands. I can do minty greens, shades of deal, even hunter greens, but I can get into these types of greens. I tried though!

I am not a fan of the cap size of these polishes, they are short but the brush is super long. I loved everything about the brush but the small cap made it slightly tricky for me to maneuver. The formula on this one and a couple of others was great. They are very pigmented and apply well. I've had a couple issues with pastel shades being really thick. My bottle of Army Jacket was good to go though.

Army Jacket and others can be purchased at American Apparel either online or in store for $6 a bottle. Hurry though because it seems as if the company's future is uncertain!

*I worked really hard on getting my cuticles in tip top shape to review more polishes and then I went and bit off all my nails. I'm nursing them back to health and will have more polish up soon!*

Perfectly Polished Tips 168 - Sally Hansen Gray by Gray


This Sally Hansen Gray by Gray from the Complete Salon Manicure line. This Sally Hansen line is new to me. I will admit that I am kind of a polish snob. I don't usually buy drug store brands. The prices for drug store polishes as rising and I feel like why should I pay $7 for that when I can get a salon brand that I love for only a couple dollars more.

I set out to find this polish because I had heard it was a near dupe to MAC's Blue India which I missed out on. I failed on my search and was lucky enough to have a dear friend pick up a bottle for me. It didn't quite cure my lemming for Blue India but it is a gorgeous creme which I always appreciate.

In the bottle it looks slightly more blue than my photo shows, but on me it pulled more gray. The brush for this polish made me nervous at first, the ends are a bit tapered and I was worried that it would be a pain to work with. I was wrong though, it made application a breeze, I have small, thin nail beds and brush kept my cuticles nice and clean. The formula was great, this polish has one coater potential but my skills are a bit rusty. I did two on the above manicure to make sure everything was nice and neat.

I am not sure of the exact price on these, I want to say I saw them for $6.50 at my local Walmart. I didn't see any other colors unique enough to buy but if the line comes out with more colors in the future I will definitely be checking them out.

Spring Nicoles

Nicole by OPI welcomes warmer weather with twelve new vibrant shades from the Something About Spring Collection, available exclusively at Target. From bold purples to fierce yellow metallics and iridescent shimmers, Something About Spring has a hue to accentuate every style.

I had an opportunity to wear most of these shades and not just swatch them and I am VERY pleased with this collection.

Dandy Lion - Starting strong. This is a bold, beautiful yellow shimmer. Probably close to China Glaze - Lighthouse. This is so refreshing and perfect for the season change! I loved wearing this and this is also what I used form my leopard mani.

You're S-teal The One - This is a shimmery bright, cobalt blue with a bit of purple duochrome in the shimmer. It's beautiful and makes me think of jumping in a pool.

Iceberg Lotus - This is awesome, glowing jungle green shimmer. The shimmer seems to have a bit of a blurple duochrome at angels as well. These shimmers are really amazing. I bet they would look outrageous with a matte top coat.

Nicole's Nickel - Now we're stepping up our game with glitter!!! This is a fantastic black sheer base crammed with silver multi-sized silver glitter. It creates a awesome silver/black plating finish.

Brilliant Idea - This is a brilliant idea. This is a clear base with multi-sized lime green glitter. This is bright, sparkly and very pretty. This got lots of compliments.

Sea How Far You Go - And we're stepping it up yet again! This amazing. This is a soft, olivey, antiquey, gold shimmer that is sort of a duochrome, but not quite. It is a warm gray at angles. Very interesting and unique.

Make A Comet-ment - (Shown over Sea How Far You Go) This is a fine holo glitter top coat. Not terribly unique, but very, very pretty.

Pink. Seriously. - HAHA! Love the name. This is a serious, saturated pink creme. Got this one on my toes.

I'm A Pool For Love - This is a super vampy, deep, deep, purple with a blurple shimmer. It's like a super vampy OPI - Ink. And I don't know what the name has to do with the color. Doesn't really look like a pool to me...

Pink-nic In The Park - This may be my least favorite, but still nice if you like more understated shades. It's a soft, sort of sheer, bubble-gum pink with a pinky, purply shimmer.

Shell Me The Truth - This is gorgeous. This is pale pink with a strong gold shimmer. This is stunning.

Daffy Dill - This is a "Shrek-esque" green creme. Rich in color and with a super-saturated formula. Awesome.

You should be able to find these shades at Target stores now!
What do you think?!
:c)

-Elaine


Disclosure: The products featured in this post were furnished to me by the manufacturer or PR company for review. For more information please visit my disclosure policy.