Lotions/ Creams -Shiseido - Body Creator Aromatic Sculpting Concentrate
exdi 5/18/2008 5:39:00 PM
I got this for free, but I know it's over $60 per 7.2 oz/200 ml jar, so I don't think I'd ever buy it. It contains caffeine and trace amounts of plant extracts that are supposed to firm and tone your trouble areas, as well as agar and other moisturizing agents to create a hydrating, "supporting" veil. It has the spicy grapefruit of all the other Body Creator products and imparts a long-lasting tingle upon application. This texture is like a thick gel-cream, so it can be a little tacky unless you massage it in well. Jar packaging makes it messy to use, but at least you can scoop it all out. Ingredients: water, cyclomethicone, butylene glycol, glycerin, dipropylene glycol, sd alcohol 40-b, dimethicone, cetyl ethylhexanoate, cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone, hydrogenated c6-14 olefin polymers, peg-150, disteardimonium hectorite, sodium chloride, trimethylsiloxysilicate, menthol, fragrance, diisobutyl adipate, agar, menthyl lactate, peg/ppg-14/7 dimethyl ether, peg-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, meadowfoam seed oil, limonene, phenoxyethanol, caffeine, cellulose gum, isostearyl alcohol, trisodium edta, alcohol, tocopherol acetate, linalool, isostearic acid, iron oxides, lauryl betaine, talc, crataegus monogina flower extract, houttuynia cordata extract, natto gum, bupleurum falcatum root extract, dextrin palmitate, tocopherol, melilotus officinalis extract, sodium benzoate
Review stub for Freshel White C Clear Essence EX N (talk about a mouthful!). Comes in a 1 oz/30 ml yellow pump bottle. A little pricey, but a bargain considering the cost of most Vitamin C + E serums... INGREDIENTS: water, alcohol, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, propylene glycol, tartaric acid, glycerin, potassium hydroxide, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, polysorbate 20, xanthan gum, methylparaben, tocopherol nicotinate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, menthoxypropanediol, soluble collagen, citrus unshiu peel extract (yuzu) extract, anise fruit extract, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben
Adding a review stub here. I thought I'd post the ingredients for the sappari (L) version for now. INGREDIENTS: water, alcohol, dipropylene glycol, butylene glycol, methylene glycol, methyl gluceth-20, peg-20, glycerin, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, methylparaben, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, polysorbate 20, dimethicone copolyol methyl ether, potassium phosphate, disodium phosphate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, soluble collagen, citrus unshiu peel extract, anise fruit extract, phenoxyethanol, placental protein, potassium sorbate, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben
This is a little expensive, but it's a great body wash. I don't like moisturizing body washes since they leave a residue on my wash cloth, and I can just use a body lotion for that purpose. Anyway, this has a very nice, floral scent. Most importantly, it left my skin squeaky clean without stripping it dry. I haven't been able to find anything as good as this. The pump is also really convenient!
Powder -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Loose Powder
exdi 3/22/2006 2:09:00 PM
The lid doesn't stay on too well, so I wouldn't recommend taking this out. Besides that, this is an excellent loose powder. I didn't find the brush to be scratchy; in fact, it works well, but it is a tad bit on the small side. This powder gives a lovely satin finish, and controls oil fairly well--about three to four hours, in my case. It didn't break me out and didn't cause any irritation, either. UPDATE: Realized this makes me look a little cakey after a while. I'm moving on to a sheerer powder. Also, after trying out some higher quality brushes out, I would have to say the included brush is, in fact, a bit on the scratchy side. ;) The bulkiness of the container (thanks to the round lid) makes this not so portable, as well, so I'll have to take a little off from my previous score of 4/5 lippies.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55
exdi 3/22/2006 2:05:00 PM
I couldn't find the new Neutrogena Age Shield sunscreen, so I settled on this. I bought it mainly for the UVA protection. Packaging is sanitary and the tube can stand up on its own, which I appreciate. My only gripe with this stuff is that it really does ball up a lot. I have very oily skin, but RAM has made it more sensitive and a little dry, especially during winter, and this stuff really dries it out if I don't wear any moisturizer under it. I wouldn't recommend wearing this with makeup; with both L'Oreal True Match and Maybelline Pure, I couldn't hide any flakiness, although it doesn't show up unless one looks very closely. It stings a little bit sometimes, too.
After trying a sample of Concentrated Eye Cream, I decided to purchase it, but this came up on sale. I decided to get it instead, since it was cheaper and came in a tube. It was a great purchase; it's easy to apply, moisturizes well, and hasn't caused any adverse reactions. I ran out of eye cream and tried out a sample of Burt's Bees Royal Jelly Eye Creme, which I found to be too thick and didn't really like. My only complaint would be that the tube's cap is too thin to balance very well. I think I've found my HG eye cream! (Please note that I only need light moisturization)
Conditioner -Neutrogena - triple moisture deep recovery hair mask
exdi 1/25/2006 1:15:00 AM
I'm not a big fan of jar packaging, especially since it's hard to screw this closed after getting it on your fingers. It works very well, though. The smell is a little artificial, but not bad. I massage this into the ends of my hair and then comb it through the rest, avoiding getting too much on my scalp. After leaving it on for about five minutes and rinsing thoroughly with cold water, my hair is super shiny! I love it! I use this once to twice a week, depending on how dry the winter weather makes my hair.
Conditioner -Matrix - Biolage - Detangling Solution
exdi 1/25/2006 1:13:00 AM
I'm Asian and have coarse, thick hair. This just isn't moisturizing enough for it. It does smooth and detangle very well, but I think it also broke my back out. Must be the wheat germ oil. Anyway, I think next time I'll try the Hydrating Balm, because I need something a little more intense.
Shampoo -Matrix - Biolage - Ultra Hydrating Shampoo
exdi 1/25/2006 1:10:00 AM
This is definitely cheaper per ounce than Redken All Soft, which is why I purchased it. All in all, it's an excellent shampoo that cleanses without drying out one's hair. The scent is light and pleasant, and it doesn't contain any harsh detergents. As long as I have the money for it, I'll continue buying it.
This removes makeup very well, but I wouldn't go without using a cleanser afterward to remove the traces of oil. I bought the mini duo when it was on sale. The pump is nice, and the cap is also great for travel. This also gets waterproof mascara off! Anyway, I wish it wasn't so expensive, but I guess I'll stock up on the full-sized version when it's on sale. Update: 5 lippies. Love it. Only wish it were cheaper and easier to get. The product itself is the best cleansing oil I've used (I prefer it over Clinique's TTDO balm), but keep it away from all moisture! I kept mine in the shower, thinking the packaging was sufficiently watertight, but some got in and made the product cloudy and unusable. Be careful!
I've been using this for several months now, and it's been a wonderful experience. It hasn't caused any breakouts for me, and cleans my skin without drying it out. I haven't had any problems accidentally snorting it, either! It lathers up very well, and provides a good clean, but don't depend on it for removing makeup. I wore some True Match foundation one day and it didn't get it off after two thorough washings. But that's what my cleansing oil is for. The packaging is great, and this stuff is very portable. I highly recommend it for taking on trips!
Treatments -Neutrogena - Instant Nail Enhancer [DISCONTINUED]
exdi 1/25/2006 1:01:00 AM
I bought this in Buffed Sheen, and it works wonderfully. It really does give a natural look, and really strengthened my nails. I've been using this for about two weeks now, and haven't experienced any gumminess or peeling like some other reviewers have reported. I don't use it everyday, though. More like once every two to three days. Anyway, tonight I clipped my nails, and they were TOUGH. I've never had such a hard time cutting them before, and I guess this is to blame, but at least I haven't gotten any big chips and hangnails like I usually do after several weeks! Although I admit that I did get a hangnail today, but that was because I smashed my hand really hard into the wall. There's nothing to protect one against being a klutz! Update: My nails do get gummy after a while, so use this wisely and sparingly. Also, it's important to degunk the brush. I'll have to take off a lippie. I'm just going to stick to clear polish, which is cheaper.
After searching everywhere for Max Factor Lash Perfection (I wanted to try the Deep Blue shade), I settled on this in Blackest Black. I'm very impressed with this mascara! The brush is pretty neat, but it doesn't eliminate clumping entirely, at least for me. Still, it builds incredible length and volumizes quite well for me. I even get a little curling effect without curling my lashes! I'm cursed with those typical Asian, stick-straight eyelashes. Anyway, it does flake a lot, but it doesn't smudge, even when I cry, which is pretty impressive. I used to use Maybelline Sky High Curves (Waterproof), which still smeared throughout the day. This stuff is excellent!
I absolutely love this stuff! The consistency is quite thick, but it's not too sticky, and is wonderfully pigmented. Although I know that the tingling sensation isn't good for me, I have to admit that I'm a bit addicted to it. I don't find the smell to be offensive. It is a bit "plasticky" and smells a bit like chocolate, but if I wanted to buy a lip gloss for its scent and flavor, I'd purchase Bonne Bell or Lip Smackers stuff. Anyway, I've got GGG/MMM coloring, and although my lips are naturally mauve (Clinique Almost Lipstick in Almost Blush is probably the closest MLBB shade I've ever tried), nude and coral shades work best for my skintone. I bought this in Plump, which is a wonderful caramel pink, and it comes out like an almost neutral, deep coral on my lips. It has minimal sparkle, but great shine. Also, I love the brush applicator. There's something unsanitary about using a sponge repeatedly on the lips, I think. I also purchased this in Boast, but it turned out to be too pink on my lips, so I think I'll exchange it for Pose, which is more mauvey.