I was drinking too much wine and did some drunken shopping when I bought this. That's the only excuse I have for falling into this bottomless pit of hype. What a kooky product.
Hair -Wen by Chaz Dean - Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
BanditKat0824 2/4/2009 9:12:00 AM
I received this yesterday from QVC and am returning it today. I didn't use it because I do not have the time to use approx 30 pumps to wash my hair in sections and then keep it on for 3-5 minutes. I wish I would have checked MUA before ordering this. It's probably very good - I just can't handle making such a big deal out of washing my hair. I'll stick with Kerastase.
Treatments (Eye) -Unlisted Brand - Lilash - Purified Eyelash Stimulator
BanditKat0824 1/23/2009 9:36:00 AM
Reading all the glowing reviews for this product, I decided to order it. I applied it yesterday morning and by late afternoon my eyes were red, itchy and tight. It did appear that I was crying all day except there was no swelling. I'm sure this is a great product - it's just not for my particular body chemistry. So disappointing.
Moisturizers -Cosmedicine - Hydra Healer Maximum Strength Moisture Cream
BanditKat0824 1/16/2009 9:30:00 AM
I just bought this and have only used it for 3 days and 3 nights. I must agree that it appears to be high priced vaseline. Petrolatum is in the top 3 ingredients. I'm going to use it for another week and then determine if I see any wow factor with my skin. If not, it's going to be returned. I expect something for $75.00 for such a tiny bit of product. UPDATE: 2/18/09....I really like this product. It is ver soothing and works very well after exfoliation at night especially after I use the Pretika ultrasonic. I just wish it wasn't so expensive for such a little bit. There is a website that I came upon by accident called Immortality Institute (google that) and you can go into their forums on skin care. Someone wrote that when hyalauronic acid molecules are prepared to penetrate the dermis, a thick base of a petroleum type product must be added to the formula. That sort of explains the "vaseline" feel to this cosmedicine Hydra-Healer. Well ...food for thought anyway.
I used my friend's Clarisonic and thought that it was a great idea and felt wonderful. I just couldn't justify spending the $200.00 at a time when I have to be careful. Then I spied the dupe Pretika at Rite Aid while waiting for a rx ! For $29.99 how can you lose? Well, I tried it last night after charging and believe it is just as good as the Clarisonic except that you don't have a sensitive skin brush head option. Update: I found that if you run very hot water on the brush head, it tends to soften it a bit and make it more comfortable.
I bought the EDP for myself for the holidays from Neimans. The original scent was delicious and intoxicating, however....after about 5 minutes I was totally scent-less. Maybe I'm crazy but I couldn't detect anything. I'm sure that my body chemistry is deficient and to blame because this is the most lovely fragrance I have ever sniffed - it just doesn't like me. Even when just minutes after application, I asked my daughter how I smelled by offering my neck, she said "Like nothing - I don't smell anything". Needless to say I'm more than disappointed.
Foundations -Elizabeth Arden - Flawless Finish - Mousse Makeup
BanditKat0824 12/18/2008 10:01:00 AM
I like this. I buy it in buff for winter and summer for summer. I like the application...very sanitary with the little moussey foam and I think the coverage is good and doesn't settle into lines. I don't care for the smell though - a bit stinky. (????) Other than that, it's a nice foundation.
I hated it. It made me break out with itchy, painful acne-type cystic bumps, almost like big mosquito bites on my jaw and cheek bones. Yech!! I was mortified! I bought it at Macy's and they took it back no questions asked...thank God. My friend who works at Sephora and can get anything....loves it!.. .....
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Restylane Injectable
BanditKat0824 12/18/2008 9:12:00 AM
I've had restylane twice now and both times have lasted a little more than a year. I was told that the better you take care of your skin, the longer the results of restylane can last. I got my first injections in a promotion by the derm and got one syringe free. It cost me $1500.00 the first time to have the nasiolabial lines and the marionnette lines filled. I think the results are incredible and did it again a second time a year later. I liked my first derm's technique better and actually had some lumpiness with the second derm who in fact is lauded as "the best" in my city. The first time I had no lumpiness. As far as bruising and swelling, the docs tell you not to take any excedrin, aspirin or other blood thinning medicines for about a week prior to your procedure. I bruised badly at the injection site and like the previous poster it lasted for about a week. I had my lips done with the first derm and forget it. It was so painful I couldn't believe it. The pain factor vs the beauty factor is just not worth it. Another thing that I think is weird with me is that the skin seems thinned or something at the injection site. For example: on the area of nasiolabial lines - my makeup and/or self-tanner seems not to cover the same as the other areas of my face. It's almost as if the areas of injection are pulled tighter in some manner. I know that sounds strange but believe me it's true - although that may just be something off with me alone. Bottom line: it's expensive but worth it. Only think twice about those lips.
A long time ago I read a book called "The Natural Way to Superbeauty" back when organic stuff was becoming popular. It was a great book. Anyway the author referenced a product called "Swiss Kriss", developed by a health nut guy from the 1940's named Gayelord Hauser. He put this together as an herbal laxative but also included in the info in the box that a "millionairess at a health farm could not receive a better facial". I search all over for it and found it at a little neighborhood drugstore but I'm positive you can find it online. It must be the flake form as they also offer this in tablets which of course is not the right type. It is a box of crushed herbs and flowers...all kinds of good stuff - and you boil a pot of water, put 3 tbl. of these herbs in the water, boil it for a few minutes "to release the power of the herbs" and then shut it off, put a towel on your table, set the pot on it, put a towel over your head, cover your head with a shower cap or something and turn your head from side to side with the towel like a tent over your head. You will not believe the difference between regular steaming and this stuff. After you do this for a few minutes, they tell you to rinse your face immediately with cold water. You look pink and rosy and healthy. If you can find the stuff, try it. It's only about $5.00 or so.
I bought the serum for $153.00 plus tax. I've used it now for over a month and see no difference in the fine lines around my lips and some crepiness around my eyes. I follow the directions perfectly and they are a pain. First cleanse face, then pat the serum around problem areas, then wait at least 3 minutes, then, take the hottest wash cloth you can stand (not scalding) and push onto your face, concentrating on the areas where the serum has been applied. Hello...!!!! It's almost impossible to breathe and the wash cloth loses it's warmth quickly...whatever! I hate it. It has done NOTHING for me and it sucks.
omg this should be sold as a promotion for Imitrex, Maxalt and Treximet. Just being in the same room as someone wearing this bug zapper would give me a ferocious migrane.
The best out there. I have crappy lashes and this makes mine look very decent. Imagine what it will do for a person with normal lashes. Add a little Givenchy Phenomeneyes or Shu mascara and wow!
This is a total waste of money. And to think I paid $34.00 for 3 of these useless sticks thinking I was getting a bargain. This eyeliner does NOTHING of what is promised. Do not buy!!!!!