This is actually two different products: a light-misting spray, and a powder - I use both on my hair. Let me just say that I L-O-V-E both. These products were my first foray into Cake, and they've got me addicted.
The powder comes in two colors - for lighter or darker hair tones. I use the lighter; sprinkle it on various sections of my hair (near the scalp, but not right on it). The smell is beyond luscious - and not just when you first use it, but all day and up to washing. A sugary concoction that reminds me of a mixed bakery kinda smell. Beyond the fabulous scent, I love it because it adds oomph to my fine hair, and refreshes it in between shampoos.
The spray also smells heavenly... it's reminiscent of freshly popped popcorn (not like at the movie theatre, more like when you make a batch at home) but with a touch of sweetness added. I use the spray on the ends of my hair. Gives it a little bit of 'wet' to ease restyling, and again adds that delicious, lingering scent.
Pout is a powerhouse - it's playful, and performs well. So far I like everything I've tried in their line. The eyeshadow packaging is adorable, though an actual snap/screw lid with see-through cover would be more user-friendly. I have quite a few duos in my collection; "Miss December" is one of my last purchased, and most loved. It was hard for me to find, which made me suspect it was a chalkier consistency due to being an older release. I still sought it out, and was happy to discover it's just as buttery as the newest shades. It is a shimmery nordic white, paired with a icy gunmetal black -- not a coal black, but darker than any of my darkest grays. This shadow applies smoothly, lasts all day without creasing, and is color-true. You can definitely achieve smokey drama with this duo.
Horn Proclamation: ddt-ddt-dt-DTT "Pout Rules!" I'm late to the party, so I have to make up for lost time. :) Already have a half-dozen of these babies, and hoping to get more. These glosses are beautiful - slight shimmer and shine but not too sticky. (They don't last on my lips as long as MAC, but the overall quality and color selection make up for that difference.) I wish I could get more product out at once - the doe-foot wand doesn't bring much out at a time. The smell is the best part - a kind of warm sugar vanilla cakey scent, minus the cavity-inducing sweet. This particular shade is a very light pink that produces a sexy nude lip, due to it's sheerness. LURVE!!
Moisturizers -Grassroots - while you were sleeping
Honeyblonde 9/26/2005 10:32:00 AM
This is so decadent, I can't believe the price-point. It smells so good. It's a warm, soothing vanilla; very apropos for a night-time moisturizer. It feels smooth and creamy going on, and is very emollient without being greasy or clogging pores. I use this before bed, and the 'Happily Ever After' in the morning. So far, beautiful results with a minimum of fuss. Very pleasurable to use, and a nice break on the wallet. I wish this line was sold in department stores (nothing again Kohl's - it just limits its' availability). I'm impressed.
Moisturizers -Grassroots - happily ever after [DISCONTINUED]
Honeyblonde 9/26/2005 10:20:00 AM
Another winner from Grassroots. This is not a bells & whistles treatment product - won't lessen wrinkles, or remove dead-skin cells, or boost collagen. What it DOES do, it does really well. It's a creamy texture, which absorbs easily. Smells citrusy, but not overwhelmingly so. Leaves my skin soft, without any irritation or dryness. And it's got an spf 15. Not fancy - put perfect in it's plainness, if you know what I mean. Decent price, and it seems like it will last quite a while.
This stuff is dreamy. The texture is thick, but not goopy, and feels great going on. It's very moisturizing, while not at all greasy. The scent is a beautiful citrus, with a little sweetness added. (Not really sugary, just enough to take away from what could be a pungent or tart sniff if left alone.) It does not compete with any other scent you might wear, as it doesn't really linger. It's not an exfoliator, yet it does contain ingredients that smooth as well as soften skin. Very reasonably price, I might add. I'm hooked.
I was so excited to try this (even knowing the ad for it on Lancome's website was photoshopped) - only to be seriously dissappointed. L'extreme is definitely on the lower-end of the drama scale. What a bummer; just a waste of my cash-o-la.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Volume Shocking Mascara [DISCONTINUED]
Honeyblonde 9/25/2005 6:04:00 PM
Okay - so maybe I got a different batch then everyone else? Cause I gotta say this stuff is unexpectedly good. I'd say it rivals the best of the department store brands (YSL Faux Cils & Diorshow). I applied one even coat of the base on each eye, let dry, then applied one full coat of the mascara root to tip and.... VA-VOOM! Lots of length & thickness, without smudging or clumping. Lasted all day and kept my curl, too. The mascara end is a comb (much like Rimmel's Volum'eyes, but actually separated better). Packaging could be improved (fat, mis-shapen housing), but the product itself is superb. I hope the quality of future purchases remains consistent with my current wand; I'm afraid with all the negative reviews so far, this stuff may vary wildly.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
Honeyblonde 6/15/2005 9:58:00 AM
Oh yeah. This stuff is the SHIZ. I use my MAC 242 brush to apply a thin coat to each lid; let dry about one minute. Not only do my shadows/pigments/glitters adhere better, they last all day, AND the color payoff is truer. Love, LOVE, L-O-V-E!!
They aren't kidding when they say these are soft. I've actually 'pet' them, because they are so so pleasant to touch. More importantly, they perform extremely well. They pick-up just the right amount of product, then apply & blend like a breeze. Of course I love the colors - classic black handle, pink metal ferrule, and white-to-brown tipped bristles. Heaven to use. Seriously.
The bottle is adorable -- I love the little crystal fairy on top. But the scent inside is the best part. This reminds me of something, but I can't put my finger on it. Everyone is so different when it comes to taste in scent. To me, this is a gorgeous, light, flowery, feminine fragrance. I love it from first spray to dry-down. Lasting power isn't the best, but not the worst either. (I got the body lotion too; it's also very nice.)
I love this scent. To me, it's completely unique and beautiful. It emotes a feeling of tropical sexiness. I have found its' dry-down to be just as great as the initial spritz, and its' lasting power superior. Bottle is okay - don't hate it or love it. This is heavenly in warmer weather - summer at home, or a winter vacation to an island oasis. Or when you just need that sun-kissed, beachy pick-me-up. Thanks, J Lo. :)
This stuff is AWESOME! Kudos, MAC, for bringing yet another winner into the world. This stuff is easy to apply (I get a super thin, smooth line using the new brush, #209), does not budge (through sweat & tears), yet removes in a cinch (with waterproof remover). I have six of the shades (Blacktrack is a great staple, Sweet Sage is a stand-out), and hope to get more. A definite must for every makeup maven. :)
I wasn't expecting to see the new Diana Ross collection until the end of this month, but was pleasantly surprised last night to see it out already at my mall. I plan on investigating the collection more fully, but did pick-up two items. This review is for the lipglass "Sweet Inspiration". It's a deeper pink, with a touch of mauve. Very different, and quite pretty. I'm wearing it over the "Miss Ross" lippie, with "Stripdown" lipliner. It adds a nice touch of color to my face, without screaming pink. And it's very moisturizing. I love my sheer/shimmery lipglasses, but am into how this one is more of a subtle matt-ish shade. Seems to add some nice dimension to my lips. Has the usual MAC lipglass scent & texture, which I personally find superior to most brands. I'm diggin in. :)
I was surprised and thrilled to see the new Diana Ross collection out already at my local Nordie's/MAC stores last night. (SA said the release date got pushed-up.) The whole colletion is cool (I love the pink-handled brushes), but I only got one lipstick & one lipgloss. This review is for the lippie in "Miss Ross". It's AWESOME!! A very true pink, in the light to mid-range. If you love pink (like me), you should check it out. The texture is divine - it's a lustre, so it's not matte but not too sheer either. Delivers a decent amount of pigment and is very conditioning. Oh - and the inside upper tube (as well as the MAC letters on outside cap) are pink metal - like the playboy lippie. Fun to use, and it brightens my whole face. *Happy Dance*