I bought this blush (along with about 12 other Tom Ford makeup items) 3 1/2 months ago. I have used Frantic Pink every day since then. It's the perfect blush for me (fair skin, neutral tone rather than pink or yellow). It's not a blue (cool) pink, but I wouldn't say it's a warm pink either, since that would come up orange on my skin. On me, this just stays a pretty, believable pink. I don't see any resemblance to Nars Orgasm, because I couldn't wear that color at all...it was orange on me. This has become my holy grail! My only complaint is that if I want to take it with me for the day (like if I were to go out for the evening after not being home since early morning) I need to pack a blush brush along with the blush, and then it starts taking up too much room in my bag.
I'm very impressed with this product. I received a sample of this but will definitely purchase it when the sample is gone. I have one small patch of dry flakey skin that nothing seems to work on, including high end exfoliators/moisturizers. I wasn't expecting any better from this product, but decided to give it a go. Surprise,! It actually removed all this dead skin and 24 hours later, it's still smooth and dewy! All I did was put the product on clean skin, leave it on maybe 2 minutes, and rinse with a soft cotton ball, followed by my usual moisturizer/eye cream. I'm thrilled because nothing has worked on this patch of skin, and this was quite simple to use and I had instant results. How cool is that!?!
I don't understand all the hype about this product. Frankly, I prefer the Rouge Allure "click" case. The Coco case got scratched immediately in the soft makeup case that I keep in my bag. At least the plastic Chanel lip cases don't scratch. Since it takes me quite a long time to use up lipstick, and I hate when the cases start to look "dirty", I was not pleased. I need to use gloss under this lipstick, otherwise it's very dry on my lips. To my eyes, this color has more orange in it than pink, however a pink gloss underneath it keeps it from turning orange. I'll use it another week or two and see if I like it any better, and will update this review if I do. UPDATE: 1 July 2010 With Chanel's limited edition pink fluo gloss under this lipstick, the color is perfect on me. It's a neutral pink, meaning not cool at all, but not too warm either. Not sure what I'll use when I run out of the gloss, because without it this lipstick is dry and orangey!
This is, as everyone stated below, a perfect neutral color with no red nor orange tones. However, it has zero staying power on my dry, but prepped eyelids. I have never ever had a shadow disappear on me in less than 3 hours yet this one did. I don't mind re-applying lip color several times a day, but eye shadow? No way! I'll continue to experiment and if I find a way to make this last on my eyelids, I will update.
I absolutely adore the packaging of this lipstick and love the little "click" it makes when you close it. It reminds me of the telltale "chic click" the real Dunhill lighters would make back when people smoked! I never smoked, so I never had a Dunhill, but now I can have the same "chic click" with Rouge Allure. I would describe this color on my very pigmented lips as a peachy pink, no trace of orange at all, but not cool toned either. I usually wear a very pink sheer lip liner with this and blend it into the lip so no line shows. This color seems to work when I'm pale as a ghost as well as when I use bronzer. I have these lipsticks in 4 other colors, but this is the one I wear nearly daily.
I've been using Revive for 3+ years now. I have very dry skin and often dry patches, so this product sounded like the perfect thing to add to my Revive regime. The tester of this product was totally bone dry and the counter was also out of samples, which made me believe it was the HG! I plunked down my credit card for the product without being able to see/feel anything except the empty silver cylinder container which I knew would look new tech on my dressing table. I did not like nor did I ever get used to the smell of this...it smelled exactly like the olive oil I have in my kitchen. No, actually, the olive oil in my kitchen has a nicer scent and only cost $10.00 for a pretty imported attractive glass bottle from Italy! The Revive really hits your nose with its strong smell of olive oil, and it really never went away. I would have learned to tolerate the smell, if only the product did something for me. No matter how little I put on, my skin wouldn't absorb it...it kind of sat on top of my skin. But worst of all, it made me break out! I rarely if ever break out, but I got 2 small pimples. I discontinued use, and tried again in 2 weeks and the same thing happened. Having thrown out $400. for this, I actually tried again a month later and sure enough, another pimple! For that price, I went back to the counter with it. The SA knows me since I buy all my Revive from her, so she was willing to exchange it for the more expensive $600. fluide which I had already tried with Revive's generous samples. I probably should have purchased the $600. serum in the first place, but this way, the price didn't seem as outrageous since I only had to shell out another $200, and not $600. at once. Definitely see if you can sample this before purchasing or maybe just use straight olive oil from your kitchen!
Lotions/ Creams -Aveeno - Active Naturals Eczema Care Moisturizing Cream
Aimee3 4/13/2008 2:24:00 PM
I've suffered with eczema and dry skin all my life. As soon as the temperature outside dips below 65 degrees (sadly, this is 90% of the time), the skin on my hands would crack and bleed. Nothing OTC helped and dangerous RX potions would only work for a short time, before my skin would get used to them and go back to cracking and bleeding. I saw an ad for this in December and had a hard time finding this product, but I am so thrilled I persevered. This cream is a miracle! I'm on my 2nd tube. It immediately soaks into my skin, feels wonderful, looks great, and doesn't have a weird smell. I have used it on my face, hands, and feet, and my skin looks better than normal! I have recommended it to at least a dozen other people, who have all been just as excited as I am with this product. There are "ceramides" in this product and I think that is what makes it work so well, but I've tried other ceramide creams that were way more expensive and definitely not as effective as Aveeno. If you suffer from eczema, RUN and get this product. I am sure you won't be disappointed. When the tube is almost empty, there's still plenty in there. I went on a long weekend thinking I would toss the tube out (and not have to take it home, what with the TSA nonsense on creams and gels) but as I was still able to get product to come out of the tube, I took it home with me. It lasted a full 2 weeks more, even using it twice a day. So, you can squeeze every drop out. Hopefully, this product will be easier to buy in the future. Right now, I am having difficulty finding it.
I fell in love with this color as soon as it debuted. It's been on my nails exclusively until this weekend (November 2007), when the weather finally got chilly and this color just didn't seem to go with winter's colors and fabrics. It's a happy, opaque pink with a slight lavendar slant to it but somehow manages to go with everything you'd wear in the spring/summer. I am already on my 3rd bottle of this but I usually need to toss my polish once the bottle is halfway empty. I don't do my nails myself and my manicurist glopes up the bottle 's neck something awful, which I think causes the polish to thicken.
Eye Shadow -Chanel - Shimmering Dunes Quad--Summer 2007 LE
Aimee3 11/7/2007 8:11:00 PM
I haven't bought Chanel eye shadow in a long time because I always felt they had very little pigment, although they looked beautiful in the pan. This quad actually has great deep pigment on me. It's neutral without being boring, if that makes any sense. The taupe shade in this quad is absolutely stunning. It's browner than Shu's famous ME850 (which replaced the really famous Shu 945) but it's not a dull boring brown on the skin. Perfect for the crease and a bit above the crease. I really liked the very sophisticated look I got with this quad and see myself using all 4 colors!
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Dry Skin Therapy Calming Creme
Aimee3 9/5/2007 11:32:00 AM
I have eczema flair ups from time to time and had read how others used this with fantastic results. After one tiny application to a stubborn dry spot under my eye, I was quite pleased. So far, so good. The next morning I re-applied to that area and figured with such a large tube, I might as well try on my usually dry hands. Huge mistake. Within 5 minutes the skin on the top of my hands and fingers got so itchy that even though I knew I shouldn't scratch, it was impossible not to. I washed off the cream (which by then had already soaked into my skin) but the damage was done. Even after applying 2.5% prescription hydrocortisone cream, my skin was unbearably itchy and bright red. WARNING: Test this cream on a small area MORE than ONCE, before you start applying all over your body. I have never had a reaction this instantaneous to a product (other than to a food).
Lotions/ Creams -Nivea - Sun Kissed firming moisturizer light to medium skin (body)
Aimee3 6/28/2007 11:51:00 PM
This product is supposedly both a moisturizer for the body and a gradual self tanner. I purchased this on the advice of someone at Nivea's customer service number. Nivea discontinued their Shimmer body lotion and I was looking for a similar product. I should preface this review by saying I wasn't really looking for a self tanner, just something that would give me the glow and shimmer of their discontinued lotion. So, perhaps this is why I was not wowed by this product. Even though this product is supposed to very gradually give you color, it still reeks of that horrible self tanner odor. You don't smell it at first, since the product has very heavy citrus perfume, but when that fades away...be prepared! Maybe I have a sensitive nose when it comes to self tanner odor, but I was glad I only used it on my legs and not my arms, so unless I was bending down, the smell wasn't always in my face. The odor doesn't wash off no matter how hard you scrub in the shower. It did leave my skin soft and even a bit less white, although a tad orange rather than tan. A glutton for punishment, I actually used it 2 days before finally adding it to the "graveyard" of products under the bathroom sink. Hard to fairly judge this product. I guess it does what it says although I can't tell about the firming properties, but for me the smell was just too much to contend with. If you have a less sensitive nose than I do, or if your body chemistry doesn't make self tanners "stinky", then you might be very happy with this product. At $6.99 a bottle, it is cheap enough to give it a whirl.
Absolutely love the texture of this shadow. It makes my skin glow but not in an over the top way. It's a pretty neutral color that goes with everything. I can't believe I waited this long to try this shade. Not gritty at all. Stila's new compacts are wonderful, as well as the individual shadow pots (no more cardboard). I like this way better than Nar's AAE, and I really loved that and was on my 2nd AAE.
I must preface this review by stating I am only reviewing the lift up scent insert that came with my Saks bill. At first whiff, I was quite intrigued by this fragrance as it's definitely different to the same old stuff that keeps being reintroduced. However, after 60 seconds, this really started to bother me. It is a bit clingy, cloying, and headache inducing, and possibly a bit cheap...yet at the same time there's something that keeps drawing me back to the scent strip to deeply breathe it in again. It reminds me of hot humid summer nights, wearing a slinky silky dress and SEX in the air (which is exactly what the long gone fragrance "Casaque" evoked for me.) However, Casaque was hyacinth, mimosa, lemon and bergamot, jasmin, lily of the valley, ylang-ylang, carnation, orange flower and rose absolute, musk, and sandalwood whereas Island Hawaii has orange blossom, Hawaiian ginger lilies and hydroponic pineapple...so I don't know why I smell a bit of Casaque in it, but that's the part of this fragrance I like. So if it can smell like this scent strip on me, I will definitely buy it which is why I said Yes (maybe is not an option).
I follow my ReVive cleanser with this toner. The first few nights I thought that it was perhaps a little drying but I guess my skin has gotten used to it because it seems fine now. I believe it's the only toner ReVive makes which seems a bit odd to me. Plastic bottle, slightly frosted yet see thru.
I decided to try this since I am using other ReVive products. I love the smell of this...it's fresh and definitely doesn't smell "drugstore". It's a gel-like liquid if that makes sense, foams up a little on my face, and rinses clean while still leaving my face soft. I also like that the plastic container is slightly frosted but still see-thru so you can see how much is left. I had been using Darphin's cleanser for the past couple of years and this is a really nice change. I think it cleans better too, since when I follow with ReVive tonique preparatif (toner) the cotton pad comes away clean. When I used Darphin and followed with Darphin's toner, the pad still had makeup on it! But, I just thought maybe it's entirely possible that ReVive's toner doesn't work as well as the Darphin toner. Horrors, maybe I still have makeup on. Hmm tonight I will follow ReVive's cleanser with Darphin's toner to see! The price range is about the same too. BTW, I only use this product at night, as I only splash water on my face in the morning.