Shampoo -Jonathan - weightless smooth no frizz cleansing cream
hitchik 7/25/2007 11:40:00 PM
An hour before i had to catch a plane last weekend, I ran into Ulta to pick up some Jonathan product, and on a whim asked the salesgirl of there was a multi-purpose shampoo/conditioner combo that would be useful for a trip to california. i never, ever ever use shampoo/conditioner combos, but i didn't want to *ahem* overpack product (but splurging right before vacay is ok, right?) she pointed this out to me as a cleansing "cream," which it is, and since it's sulfate free, which is my bag, baby, i decided to go for it. i used this product every day of my vacation with no conditioner to follow, only johnathan create weightless smooth balm, and it rocked. since i've been home, i'm using my regular paves conditioner, but this shampoo lathers much better than paves no sulfates allowed, and it smells like regular shampoo, not prison delouser. i still use the create weightless smooth, since it's my new favorite thing in the whole wide world, but i have never experienced a shampoo that makes my hair soft, shiny and totally day-ready, without conditioner, and without being heavy and dulling. great stuff, if a little pricey. maybe next time i'll try mastey.
i've always assumed the price to pay for womanhood is a litany of south-of-the-border issues, so when an unlikely friend, albeit awkwardly, told me how great this stuff was, i thought to myself, aha! maybe an embarrassing bikini line isn't god's prolonged smiting for eating that damn apple; maybe i can socialize at the pool with nary stray hair nor red bump!
thus, i set forth to cvs to buy myself a tube (cuz, you know, it'd be just gross to ask if i could use hers.) the verdict: day 4, no bumps. no ingrowns, no pain. however, ladies, PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOU APPLY. i will say no more. and it makes my crotch smell like moth balls. i know it's the lidocaine, but when someone goes to tuck a bill, i don't usually have the time to explain these things to them.
i like this bronzer so much i carry it in my purse throughout the day, just in case i need to reapply, or maybe to remind myself of how great it is. and i don't carry makeup aroun in my purse, lipglosses aside. it has no shimmer, just a subtle, matte bronze. no orange, either; it makes my face look tanned rather than caked. i find it's more important to keep swiping a brush over my face to even out the color, more than other bronzer's i've tried, but the extra seconds worth of effort are totally worth it. best matte bronzer i've tried yet. generous portion of product without being ridiculous.
Eye Shadow -Stila - Shadow Pot Eye Mousse in Taupe
hitchik 7/13/2007 11:36:00 PM
big fan of this stuff. not as much as shiseido's hydro-powder, but i like it. i bought the taupe off ebay for 1.99, and the silvery color goes great with my hazel eyes. the texture is a little "greasy" to me, but it lasts all night and i haven't creased yet. i apply this all over for a good base, then top with UD's Chopper on the lid, line with some grey gel liner, and i have a perfect subtle yet compelling look for evening. i paired this with BB's light bronzer and some NARS South Beach and voila! hotness abounds!
Styling Products -Jonathan - Create Weightless Smooth No-Frizz Hydrating Balm
hitchik 7/13/2007 10:54:00 PM
i received a sample of this in a swap, and decided to try it by virtue of its vegan status. lo, i am in love! i'm currently using weekly coconut oil treatments to make my hair soft and shiny, because that will determine my own self worth, and this little product has cured all of that: i love the soft hold, the smell, the shine and the no-frizz; it's everything i've ever dreamed of and more. i plan on purchasing my own, full sized bottle tomorrow. this blows biosilk out of the water.
so i was seeking a good base for a bronze eye, and got roped into the tranny-induced hypnotism that usually precedes an ill-fated MAC run; this one resulted in amber lights, which regardless of anyone's protests, makes me look like i just smoked a fat one. i should have listened to my gut and gone with chopper. (yes, i know this is eyeshadow, not choosing a life partner or buying a used car) anyway, this color is gorgeous on my eyes, it's smooth and richly pigmented, and it's my first foray into Urban Decay. i'm not crazy about the big glitter, but it's what separates the urban decay from the mac (well, that and the tuck job) so i'll go with it. it works as a neutral on its own, great for a bronze eye, and thrown into the mix in just about any combination you can think of. not too pink on me, and black looks pink on me. the glitter's a little fun, and i'm just waiting for payday when a piece slices open my cornea and it's litigation central, baby! i digress. buy this eyeshadow. forget mac.
This product turned me so orange I audibly gasped when i brushed it over my face. I looked like the time I bought a clearance 99 cent bronzer at the CVS at 9th and Illinois in Indianapolis for a Halloween party. Only this time I wasn't wearing white polyester hot pants and gloopy pink lip gloss. And I was sober.
Lip Treatments -Smashbox - Tinted Lip Treatment in Shine
hitchik 6/22/2007 10:57:00 AM
It is rare that I find a product that embodies every nuance of my desires; that is, until I found this product. Smashbox Tinted Treatment has a beautiful bright but sheer color, moisturizing treatment, plus an SPF, making it excellent for wear to work, out and about, to the beach, and in place of regular chapstick. Plus, the white tube makes it stand out in my bag, and looks fresh and summery. It even has a pleasant, mild taste, without making me nauseas like most flavored l/s does. This is a great multi-purpose product, definitely desert island material!
I received this e/s in a swap, and I can't say enough. It was shattered in the package, so I put it in little 5g sifter jars and shelled some out to my friends as well, that's how much I adore this color. It's perfect lightly layered over a base for the day, and it's very stunning at night for a smoked out eye. It's a lightly shimmery, plummy-taupe, just as the other reviewers have described, and it's my first real-live HG eyeshadow. Will buy in a second when I run out, but that'll be a while b/c this is a lot of product in a package.
Eye Shadow -Bourjois - Trio Eye Shadow - Les Roses #45
hitchik 6/5/2007 8:41:00 AM
I really like this product; the colors are very true, they last and don't crease. I do, however, agree with the other reviewer; the compact is a pain to open, but c'est la vie, n'est-ce pas? I recommend this product for anyone in need of a basic, clean pink trio, as there is nothing shocking or outrageous about this, no funky sparkle or undertones, just a nice, pretty set of pink shadows.
Once I identified a reliable way to style my hair, and realized what type of products were needed to achieve that, there was little that stood in the way of getting what need to be done, done. That said, along comes a dear friend of mine who handed me her bottle of Silk Therapy and said Here! Try it! While I agree there is a little too much alcohol in it, and it can, on occasion, make my hair look greasy at the first point of application, this calms the frizz, can do well on its own if I decide to leave the mane unstyled, and is a good base if I want to add other product. It's mighty costly at $20+ for a bottle, but it'll take me a long time to run through it, and I'm fine spending on my hair. If it doesn't look good, nothing is right in my world.
Fragrances -Estee Lauder - Azuree Soleil Body Oil Spray
hitchik 5/28/2007 11:32:00 AM
I want to marry Tom Ford, if for no other reason than this product. Every time I smell this fragrance, it's like a shot of well-being and comfort wrapped in coconut and gardenia. I've jonesed for it for a while now, but my local department store isn't frequented enough for me to gauge a product's popularity; only after reading so many reviews did I realize the gem living down the street from me! I was spritzed the other night and wore it to dinner; I spent all night discretely sniffing my forearm! As the day progresses, though, I find it doesn't really settle, but stays pretty potent, so a little goes a long way! Additionally, it pulls a little spicy on me, which can be overwhelming at times. The trick is to not put it all over my body as a moisturizer, rather to use it sparingly.
I am Lacoste Pour Femme as a rule, but when I ran out I kept thinking about switching up for summer. The first time I smelled this at Dillard's , I couldn't put the sample down fast enough! I was overwhelmed by the sweet floral. However, the next time I went perfume shopping, I was once again attracted by the bottle, and this time the scent was really intriguing. It's pretty intense at first, then as the perfume settles in it changes notes in a very pretty way: I am left smelling like a bouquet of summer flowers, and not in a grandmotherly way. Still unsure of how it would hold to my Lacoste staple, I wore some home and my friends and boyfriend were complimenting me all night for the fragrance I was wearing. Needless to say, I bought it, wear it every day, and have zero regrets. It's a lovely, lovely summer scent.
Concealers -MAC - Studio stick concealer [DISCONTINUED]
hitchik 5/28/2007 11:19:00 AM
I'm on my third Studio Stick Concealer, the first NC15 havng been in a stolen makeup bag, the second perfect for winter, and now I've bumped up to NC20 for the summer months. Never a big concealer fan, I've become a believer with this product. It's absolutely fool-proof; no mixing or guessing, I just smear some onto my finger and apply under my eyes, from the inside corner to just about halfway over. I apply over my tinted moisturizer and set it with some loose powder, then apply the rest of my makeup as usual. Easy peezy, and while other reviewers laud its portability, I'm sure that can be done, but I have never thrown this into my purse as a tag along. One application in the morning will take me through the day; I usually reapply if I'm going anywhere in the evening.
I swapped for this product after hearing so. much. about it. When I opened the case, I was terrified of the sparkly appearance! However, when I swiped it on my face, I was so pleased at how natural and beautiful this color it. This plus a little bronzer and mascara does a great low-maintenace look make, and I recommend anyone who may be afraid of this color to give it a try. Plus, it's not that much more expensive than MAC, and I think it's an overall better line. My only gripe is that NARS packaging picks up every stray sparkle in my m/u kit, but I'll live with it!