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  • Julep Nail Vernis (more)
    7.0

    Julep Nail Vernis (more)

    Very resistant to chipping!

    I have this polish in two shades and am seriously considering adding more to my collection. I've been a hardcore OPI fan for years and years, but Julep really impresses me! The brush is not my favorite design, but it isn't my least favorite, either. It could be flatter and wider and the polish would be a little easier to apply, but it certainly wasn't difficult or impossible to use. Both of my shades are cream formulas that were opaque after two coats. The first time I used Julep, there wasn't even the tiniest hint of a chip for a FULL WEEK after application. I am not exaggerating. On the 8th day they finally started chipping a teeny tiny bit at the tips. In full disclosure, I'm pretty serious about my at home manicures. I use a buffer to rough up the nail surface a little, which in my experience helps polish from any brand last a bit longer. I use a Sally Hansen base coat and top coat, and the top coat I've also noticed helping to prevent chipping. But these are the steps I take with every at home manicure and none of them last as well as the Julep did. I did get some bubbles in that first application, but that is a user error--I often accidentally put the top coat on too thick, which always causes bubbles for me. The 2nd time I used Julep that didn't happen. It also chipped a little sooner the 2nd time, but only after I spent the entire day deep cleaning my almost 1100 sq ft apartment. That's going to trash any manicure! I'm interested in trying other shades, especially some that aren't cream shades as some other reviews mentioned a major difference in consistency between shade types.

    April 10, 2014

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  • Julep Nail Vernis
    7.0

    Julep Nail Vernis

    Very resistant to chipping!

    I have this polish in two shades and am seriously considering adding more to my collection. I've been a hardcore OPI fan for years and years, but Julep really impresses me! The brush is not my favorite design, but it isn't my least favorite, either. It could be flatter and wider and the polish would be a little easier to apply, but it certainly wasn't difficult or impossible to use. Both of my shades are cream formulas that were opaque after two coats. The first time I used Julep, there wasn't even the tiniest hint of a chip for a FULL WEEK after application. I am not exaggerating. On the 8th day they finally started chipping a teeny tiny bit at the tips. In full disclosure, I'm pretty serious about my at home manicures. I use a buffer to rough up the nail surface a little, which in my experience helps polish from any brand last a bit longer. I use a Sally Hansen base coat and top coat, and the top coat I've also noticed helping to prevent chipping. But these are the steps I take with every at home manicure and none of them last as well as the Julep did. I did get some bubbles in that first application, but that is a user error--I often accidentally put the top coat on too thick, which always causes bubbles for me. The 2nd time I used Julep that didn't happen. It also chipped a little sooner the 2nd time, but only after I spent the entire day deep cleaning my almost 1100 sq ft apartment. That's going to trash any manicure! I'm interested in trying other shades, especially some that aren't cream shades as some other reviews mentioned a major difference in consistency between shade types.

    April 10, 2014

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  • Method Gel Hand Wash
    10.0

    Method Gel Hand Wash

    Great soap!

    I love these! Every scent I've ever tried was fantastic. Light and fresh and perfect for a hand soap. I love that you can buy refills so you don't have to buy a new pump bottle every time and they're reasonably priced.

    March 25, 2014

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  • Method Foaming Hand Wash

    THIS is a foaming hand soap I love. The foam consistency is just a bit thicker than that of the Bath & Body Works foaming soap. Plus I love that Method makes refill packs for their hand soaps, so I'm not buying a new pump bottle every time. This is also available in several great scents.

    March 25, 2014

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  • Bath & Body Works Gentle Foaming Hand Soap

    These hand soaps come in a fantastic variety of scents. This is something that is way more important to my fiance than it is to me--I'm happy with the big jug of cheap stuff that we use to refill our dispensers, but he wanted to try these out when they were on sale awhile back. It has been fun to have nicely scented soap in our bathrooms, but I don't really love the foaming aspect. I'm sure it gets my hands just as clean as any other soap, but for some reason it just doesn't feel that way to me. I've also had trouble with some of the dispensers--the pump will stick and I have to press it really hard and when it finally gives, I end up with foamy hand soap all over my shirt instead of in my hand. Frustrating. When we run out I'm going to try to convince him we don't need to buy more, but he loves them, so we'll see.

    March 25, 2014

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  • The Village Company Balancing Milk Bath

    These are so, so wonderful. I've tried this milk bath in several scents including the white tea shown here and the lavender scent. These are always perfectly scented--strong enough to be noticeable and enjoyable, but without being overwhelming. This is a very moisturizing product--leaving skin soft, but not oily or greasy feeling--and always made wonderful, long-lasting bubbles for a perfectly relaxing bath. I still buy bath products from this brand every chance I get!

    March 25, 2014

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  • AHAVA Juniper Mineral Bath Salt

    I snagged a huge jar of these for cheap at TJ Maxx awhile back. To be honest Juniper is not my favorite scent, but I don't hate it either. These were strongly scented in the jar, but it was a bit more gentle and enjoyable once it hit the water. I'm not sure what else they put in these, but they made for a very relaxing and enjoyable soak and my skin always felt soft and moisturized afterward. I was sad when I finally used up the last of my jar (it lasted a LONG time, a little of these salts goes a long way) and if I ever see them again, I would happily purchase at any price and in any scent!

    March 25, 2014

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  • Bath & Body Works Signature Collection Bubble Bath

    These bubbles are great to have around, but I wouldn't say they are my favorite. It's really fun that they come in so many different scents and that you can match your bubble bath scent to your shower gel, lotion, etc. but I've never had bubbles from this brand that ever lasted very long in my bath, nor does it make many bubbles to start with. The fragrance is great and I love how long that lasts, but I can get that from using the shower gel, I don't need a separate product for bubbles if there won't be many bubbles and they aren't going to last. My skin didn't feel soft and moisturized after a bath in these bubbles, either. May as well use the shower gel and the lotion to enjoy your favorite scents from this brand and use something else for your bubbles!

    March 25, 2014

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  • The Village Company Village Naturals Spa Milk Bath

    I've been using this on and off for years--whenever I can find it, I buy it. You get a nice amount of product for not too much money (especially compared to other bath products!). The bottle always lasts a long time, because you really don't need a lot to get a beautifully scented and wonderfully bubbly bath. Sometimes I add a little extra, just for extra bubbles, but that's really just an indulgence, not necessary at all. It also leaves my skin nice and soft, and beautifully (but not too heavily) scented. My favorite scent is lavender or lavender chamomile (whichever I can find). Both are perfectly scented.

    March 25, 2014

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  • Aveda Stress Fix Soak Salts
    3.0

    Aveda Stress Fix Soak Salts

    Disappointing for price

    I picked up the small jar of this to try out (which was pretty expensive, as I recall, for the amount of product I was getting). I absolutely LOVE lavender and I have a weak sense of smell, but the fragrance seemed strong enough in the jar, that I really thought it would be worth the money. I have rarely been disappointed by Aveda products, but this is one of them. While the scent seemed plenty strong in the jar, it became NOTHING in the water. I was hoping to get at least two or three baths out of that one little (pricey) jar of salts, but after putting in half and still picking up little or no lavender scent in my water, I finally added the whole thing. And it still wasn't very strong. Such a disappointment. My tub is not very large or deep by any means, so I don't think it was an issue with not putting enough in. I've gotten a much better scent payoff from many other less expensive products, so I would definitely not buy this again.

    March 25, 2014

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