I got this as a sample at Lush. It is meant for unruly, frizzy, or dry hair. The product does a great job of smoothing out my frizz, and it leaves my curls really defined and detangled. However, it smells absolutely AWFUL!!! I can only describe it as an Asian ginger salad dressing. The smell is really potent, and I'm usually not one to fuss over things like this, but I really can not stand it. I'm giving the product 2 lippies because although it works well, it is pretty pricey, and smells really bad.
After searching every sephora in town, I FINALLY found the UD naked palette (by convincing the sales associate to sell me the second launch inventory), and all I can say is that it is WELL worth it. Every color is beautiful, and wearable. The price is kind of steep, but when you break it down, this is an amazing deal considering you get 12 eyeshadows, 2 eye liners, and a small UD primer potion. I have now stopped buying eyeshadows completely. I am having so much fun with this palette and discovering all the different looks I can create. I would definitely recommend to anyone. BTW- UD has said their website will be carrying the palette again the first week of August. (YAY!)
Treatments (Eye) -Clinique - All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage
cmleon86 7/23/2010 6:43:00 PM
LOVE this! This serum could quite possibly be my favorite step in my skin care routine. The roller ball is cooling and refreshing without leaving behind residue or oils. The packaging is really sleek and sturdy. Easy for traveling, or to have in your bag to give your eyes a 'pick me up.' I've used some versions of these rollerballs found at the drugstore, but they didn't compare at all and the rollerball fell apart and stopped spinning. I've been using this for a few months and I see a huge difference in my eyes. They look so much brighter and smoother. I've been using this in conjunction with the all about eyes rich cream, and its like a dream team for my eyes!
I LOVE this stuff! It really brightens your face. I'm and NC30, and this color gives the most natural, baby-pink color to my cheeks and just makes me look perky and awake. It's such a simple step in my routine, but it makes a world of difference! I'm not a huge fan of the benefit boxes, although they are really cute, their unpractical for traveling or storage because their huge!
Moisturizers -The Body Shop - Vitamin E Intense Moisture Cream
cmleon86 7/22/2010 4:45:00 PM
Great moisturizer! It says its an 'intense' cream, but I wouldn't go that far. I have dry skin and I feel as if its a slightly rich, regular moisturizer. The cream is not greasy and dries really fast, which I love! It has never broken me out and the the scent is really nice ( a light, clean scent). The price is kind of high, but the product works well, so I will purchase again when it goes on sale.
I really enjoy this foundation! I have dry skin, and I've found that this foundation does not dry out my skin or look cakey. It gives a beautiful, dewy look, with medium coverage. Some people with oily skin complain about the lasting power, but I feel like this product is aimed more to normal to dry skin. The pump is genius! I can really control how much of the product I need without making a huge mess.
Makeup Brushes -Bare Escentuals - Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
cmleon86 7/22/2010 4:14:00 PM
PERFECT concealer brush. I have yet to try a concealer brush that can compare in this price range. I got mine in my bare minerals started kit, and its been my fav ever since. Its a fairly wide concealer brush which is great because it has more surface area and blends beautifully.
Powder -Laura Mercier - Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15
cmleon86 7/22/2010 4:07:00 PM
I use this as a setting powder instead of MAC's msf because it has SPF 15 which I love. My color is Natural Beige and it matches beautifully. I love the packaging because its portable and has a mirror (unlike its MAC counterpart). However, I don't care for the sponge it comes with and apply is with a regular powder brush. I'm almost done with my first one, and I will definitely repurchase.
Gorgeous! Candid coral is a peachy-pink color with golden shimmer. It is flattering on mostly all skin tones and adds a beautiful glow to your checks. Coral is a great color for summer and looks great with a bronzer. I think the price is amazing for this product, and think its definitely worth a try! 5 lippies!
Berry Merry is a VERY pigmented blush! A little goes a long way, so you really have to be careful to use a fluffy brush that is not compact. The color is slightly berry-mauve color with golden shimmer(hence the name) and would work beautifully on medium to dark skin tones.
Treatments -The Body Shop - Vitamin C Supercharged Face Serum
cmleon86 7/22/2010 3:47:00 PM
I've tried soooo hard to like this product, but every time I begin using it again, it breaks me out. It smells amazing ( a very light citrus smell), and might make a good primer for some people. I would not recommend it if you are acne prone.
Tinted Moisturizer -Ulta - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
cmleon86 7/22/2010 3:41:00 PM
I was looking for a tinted moisturizer at a fair price so I picked this up in the 'fair to medium' color, which is the lighter of the two options. I am a NC30 (Light to Medium skin tone with neutral undertones) and I found this product to be really orange and hard to blend. When it got wet in the pool, the orange color became even more apparent and I had to wash it off! I give it 2 lippies because it could possible work for tanner people.
Crème -Smashbox - 'Camera Ready' Full Coverage Foundation
cmleon86 7/22/2010 3:35:00 PM
AWFUL for dry skin! This product applies flawlessly and provides a full coverage. However,once it dries, it is very drying and cakey looking on me. This product is better suited for oily skin.
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Summer Fruit
cmleon86 7/22/2010 3:25:00 PM
Pros: Smells amazing (kind of like lychee and pomegranate)! I like the thick balm because I feel like it stays longer on your lips and moisturizes for a long time. Cons: The packaging is kind of large, and does not fit in you pocket nicely. Also, Its kind of pricey for a lip balm (around 3.50) .
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst in 070 Soft Nude [DISCONTINUED]
cmleon86 7/22/2010 1:01:00 PM
The search continues for the perfect nude lipstick! Soft nude is a beautiful color, however the Colorburst line is a bit drying on my lips, and ends up cakey after a couple of hours.