Scrubs -Origins - Ginger Incredible Spreadable Scrub
Luda_Parker 8/30/2010 7:37:00 AM
I have really mixed feelings about this one - it's a great chunky scrub that you can feel really sloughing off the dead skin as you use it, which I love - I find so many scrubs far too wimpy to do the job properly. The smell is also gorgeous, but I don't find it lasts very long afterwards which is a shame. The major negative point about this though that has been mentioned by others is the weird film of grease it leaves on your skin. There's no moving it - you end up feeling like you've covered yourself in lard or something which is unpleasant, and unfortunately will stop me from re-purchasing once I've used this one up.
I am so very underwhelmed by this product. For the extortionate price, I was expecting mild miracle results at the very least but it's very average indeed. You might as well save your money and buy any basic drugstore moisturiser. I'm very glad I received this as a free gift - had I paid for it, I would be fuming!
So disappointed with this. The colour is beautiful but it's so dry it's unusable - perhaps a fault in the packaging? I don't know - either way this is useless.
Liquid -Revlon - ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex SPF 6 for Combination/Oily Skin
Luda_Parker 11/23/2009 2:19:00 AM
Ok, let's make this simple... THE GOOD: The colour range is good - they have managed to come up with the perfect colour for my skin (something MAC, YSL and Estee Lauder haven't managed to do). THE BAD: The bottle is unhygienic and it's hard not to be wasteful when doling this out - it really should come with a pump. It gave me AWFUL spots. My skin is pretty good these days with only the ocassional blip, but after a week of using this is did terrible things to be skin and I'm still trying to repair the damage. Revlon - I will not forgive you for this!
The colour is a touch scary in the pot, but on it's actually a nice wearable orangey red. It's very pigmented though so you can't slap it on willy nilly (or you'll look like a kid who's been eating strawberries) The packaging, though it looks quite nice is a bit of a no no in my book as every time you open it up there's a huge expanse of sticky gloss just waiting for bits of fluff and dust to stick to it. I don't find it lasts hugely long on the lips, but for the price it's great. Oh, and it has a lovely toffee vanilla smell - just like creme caramel.
Beautiful simple packaging, lovely texture and a VERY bright pink! I shan't repurchase however, as I can't see myself using this one very often.
Bought this as a stand in when I went away for the weekend and forgot to pack my usual foundation. Coverage-wise it's good, colour match is a touch orangey but not bad, but the thing that freaked me out is the way it makes my skin tingle and prickle when I'm wearing it. That I don't like, and I can't help thinking it's not a good sign. I've only tried wearing it one more time since that weekend and after 3 tries it hasn't broken me out, but I will still be putting this one aside for emergencies only.
I was excited to read on various websites what a miracle (and budget) cure this was for blemishes - it seems to be approaching cult status. Sorry to say though it did absolutely nothing for me. Not a thing. Nada. Didn't make them worse but didn't reduce or improve them at all either. I'm very jealous of all the people on here who've found this works for them. As for me - I'll be putting it at the back of a drawer for when I've got a baby to use it on!
Eye Shadow -Chanel - Irreelle Ombre (Multi-effects Eyeshadow) in Sphinx
Luda_Parker 3/21/2009 10:36:00 AM
This eyeshadow really seems to be a love/hate one. I unfortunately fall into the hate camp. It looks beautiful in the pan when you first buy it - a kind of brown/green - like shot silk, but once the initial greenish sheen rubs off you're left with a reddish brown. The green never seems to show at all afterwards. As others have said, the red/brown shade just makes me look bruised - perhaps I don't have the skill to apply it properly though. Beautiful packaging of course, but I must break my habit of buying Chanel eyeshadows as they usually disappoint.
I bought this to make up numbers in the 3 for £5 offer in Superdrug - it was no.9 which is a silver. I love when you get a silver nail polish that gives you a real dipped in silver effect on your fingertips, but I wasn't hugely hopeful as this is so cheap. First coat was quite sheer and sparkly but the second coat looked great. I did 3 coats in the end for good measure (see the photo) and I'm really pleasantly surprised. It's been on for about 3 days so far and is lasting really well with no chipping. What a great bargain find!
At £1.99 a pop, I thought this eyeliner was worth a try - almost just for curiosity's sake. How good can a liquid eyeliner be at that price? There's minimal info on the teeny bottle but I was pleased to discover it has a felt tip applicator as opposed to a brush which makes it far easier to draw a a nice even line. The only downside of the felt tip style brush though, it that it makes is very hard to get a thin fine line - so doing a subtle winged look is nigh on impossible. So far so good with the colour and durability, but I will update if I have any nasty surprises. Also - all 2True products in Superdrug (which is the only place they're sold I think) seem to be on permanent 3 for £5 offer. Too good to resist. EDIT: I love this stuff even more - I went out in the lashing wind and rain (real umbrella-destroying weather) and got completely soaked. Got inside and checked my eye makeup expecting to look like a panda, but it was all where it should be - no drips or smudges running down my face. This might be HG...
I absolutely adore this perfume - it's everything I love in a fragrance - fresh, zesty and slightly "aftershave-y". It's a very clean smelling perfume. [I bought it years ago but have been rationing my use as it doesn't seem to be available any more on Club Createurs de Beaute. If anyone knows where I can buy more, I'd be eternally grateful!]
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
Luda_Parker 2/15/2009 12:19:00 PM
First of all the good: this stuff is wonderful, in that it truly does stop eyeshadow creasing, and keep it exactly where you put it until the end of the day when you come to take it off. The bad: I know lots of people have commented on this already, but the cute little bottle is SO impractical. It's almost criminal - how dare they sell an expensive product in a bottle where you end up wasting almost half of it?! So, be careful (lots of videos on youtube showing you how to do this) but do cut open the tube and depot when you think you've run out as you'll find a HUGE amount left in there. I've done it once, but I can't be bothered to depot another tube, so I shan't repurchase when there are other similarly good products available in more sensible (and fair to the customer) packaging - you would be sensible to think about buying one of these instead too.
I really like what this does for my skin - keep it moisturised without irritating it or causing breakouts. However, I find the smell ghastly and the consistency is kind of greasy. But then - most other people love the smell and feel so I'm in the minority!
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Waitrose - Organic Moisturising Face Cream
Luda_Parker 1/9/2009 6:58:00 AM
I've only been using this for about a month but so far so good. Bought it on a whim in Waitrose as I'd run out of my usual moisturiser which I can only buy online and I needed something to tide me over. The jar says it contains 'organic palmrosa, chamomile and shea butter to soothe, replenish and protect'. This probably accounts for it smelling so delicious. The consistency is nice, not too thick and it sinks into the skin well and seems so far to be going a good job of moisturising without irritating or inflaming my sensitive skin. The jar, though it looks quite nice and simple and retro is sligtly less than perfect as I always feel it's a bit unhygenic to take dollops out with a finger as opposed to having a pump dispenser however, that's a small quibble. It cost about £6.99 I think. I will edit if I later on have any adverse reactions to it - otherwise, so far a great budget(ish) buy.