Even better than your first day hair (after using this product) is your second-day hair! My color-treated hair has body, bounce and shine that I thought were long-gone. One of my best hair investments ever!! I just appled a dime-size amount to damp hair and I let my hair air-dry. I woke up to beauitfully coiffed hair. So, thank you, MUA ladies, as I would never have found this if it weren't for your reviews. So now, I have some hair products to swap for you!! Bye, bye Jonathan!
Foundations -SKII - Air Touch Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
hollywood 3/13/2008 12:04:00 PM
I love my SK-II!! Admittedly, it is expensive, but I do receive a compliment on my skin every time I use it. But, here's my secret for making the refills last forever. I do my complete make-up including a very thin application of regular foundation. Then, I take the SKI-II and spray in a light circular motion for about 4 seconds. It literally makes your skin glow and your refills will last forever as opposed to using it as your sole foundation. I think it is magical. Sometimes, I use it over a few dabs of La Mer skin treatment foundation and sometimes I use it over a tinted moisturizer. Pierre (username: nihonetcetera on eBay) has really great translation of instructions on his site...they arrive in Japanese..but he's done an excellent job of translating. Putting in the cartridge was a little tricky, but I followed his instructions exactly and it worked like a charm! He also has a listing of the benefits of pitera--one of the key ingredients. Compared with other airbrush systems, I love the portability and the ease of use. 5 stars!
I am normally not an HSN product fan, but I actually really adore this product. It sinks into your skin so rapidly (like a skin drink!) that I cannot believe it. It's almost as if it becomes "one with your skin." I also really like the gel-like texture. It is an amber/orange color and I use this underneath the Elysee Youth Span moisturizer and I've seen incredible results. I actually swapped away my La Mer...as this gave me such amazing results. This line has impressed me so much...that I'm slowly adding new serums to my AM and PM routine..and trying to mix and match without having to purchase a slew of items. It's hard...as they carry so many products...but the Pycnogenol, Youthspan and Rejuvederm primer have quickly become my faves. I have seen a huge reduction in pore size (after about 21 days) and an an everyday glow that I was really lacking. My sweet husband even said that my skin looked better now than when we were married!! What??? From that moment on, I was hooked! I also want to add that I've received amazing service from www.elyseecosmetics.com.
I was very intrigued by the Lips2Kiss system since one of the main ingredients of the system is Hyuralonic Acid. It is a four part system which includes: an exfoliator, a conditioner, liquid gold, and night glaze. At first, the directions looked daunting..but now that I've repeated the steps several times on my own (w/o frequently glancing at the directions)..I'm feeling very confident. Anyway, this morning I awoke to lovely, dewy lips after just two days of application. I'm especially digging heating up the liquid gold on my lips with my hair dryer nozzle!! (Special note: I don't have a problem with dry lips..I was more interested in the plumpomg factor). But, this system looks amazing for someone that suffers from dry lips. My lips look really young and fresh! Even more impressive, though, were the special instruction E-mails that I received from the owner Kandis. You really feel that it is imperative to use her system correctly as she has obviously put a lot of time and effort into its development. It is the best customer service that I have ever received, ever!! You really sense that she is devoted to this system of lipcare and that our lips are basically starved for moisture. I'm very excited to see what happens during the Winter using this system. But so far, it gets my four-star rating!! Plus, the lip conditioner feels really good on your lips, too. I would describe it as a silky slip! lol UPDATE: I have now been using the system for three months and I have to say that these products really work!! You really feel as though the products are penetrating the lip surface as opposed to just coating the surface. Because I am so pale and it was difficult for me to go without lip glss, I've been using the Sexy Mama gloss during the day--which is really a beautiful plummy mauve. Kandis, the owner, has checked in on my progress regularly offering helpful hints all along the way. The weird thing is: I've been getting compliments on my hair, my skin, and my eyes..but it's actually my lips that look younger! Now, I actually don't even want to put anything waxy on my lips..as these products feel so silky going on. Anyway, the investment is almost the same as a tube of Lipfusion...so you might want to give it a try!
First, I asked for a sample at my neighborhood Sephora...I just wanted to see if this product could really do all that everyone was saying. I just turned 50 (and I look young), but I had just had two skin eruptions instigated by a trip to NYC (no sleep, high stress) and I was trying desperately to get rid of the residual red marks as I'm so fair. Not only did I see dramatic improvement overnight, but I love the way the powder looks on my skin. I have been using for four days now, and I think this is one of best products that I've ever used in my life!! lol (and I'm a certified high-end skincare junkie). I've just been using the tiniest amount (as it is somewhat expensive). The improvement was so dramatic in just the few days, that I immediately ordered the full-size product from Sephora. I wear a little during the day topped with my True mineral foundation for the Summer and I'm good to go! Now, where can I get my hands on this Jurassic soil?? Anyway, this is my first BE product and now I'm curious about the rest of the line?? Ladies, you must give this a try!
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - MaMa Lotion [DISCONTINUED]
hollywood 10/16/2005 5:50:00 PM
I have been using the MaMa lotion in conjunction with the Alphaderma skincare regimen (Janson Beckett) and my skin has never looked better. I use this every other day and the AphaDerma everyday. My skin has regained a youthful glow and it has a brightness that I could only formerly achieve with highlighters. Today, I went to yoga with just my Cle de peau primer--that's it! I have never done that! I will never be without this lotion. This and the AlphaDerma cleanser I would hve to categorize as "miracle" products. I am including both with this review as I do not truly know if the effect would be as great if I didn't use both together. The MaMa lotion is a tiny bit sticky as a has a gel-like/serum consistency. I leave it on for 30 minutes and then apply AlphaDerma CE--I use the MaMa lotion only at night as other reviewers said that it did not do well under make-up. You will not believe the difference in your skin in just one day!! I just use the smallest amount!
I am truly not a perfume gal, but this scent rocks my world. Sometimes, I can't stop smelling myself! lol This scent doesn't strike me as masculine at all--it has a slight powedery component that just makes you feel good at first whiff! I have both the body lotion and EDP and I would trade my entire swap list for travel samples! I purchased at Sephora after test-driving it for several weeks to make sure that it didn't turn on me. Nope-smells lovely all day! Sorry for my layman terms, but this is one of two fragrances that I can wear all day that I've discovered in my whole entire life!
Foundations -Unlisted Brand - Brenda Christian - Remedies Foundation
hollywood 12/19/2004 3:38:00 PM
I have been using this foundation for the last three days and I truly cannot believe that there aren't more reviews. I think this may the best foundation that I have ever used in my life. (I have tried KA SSE, La Prairie, you name it!!) I ordered the lightest shade and it literally just melts into my skin and looks flawless all day long (even after Ashtanga Yoga!). I felt that the price was reasonable given the amount you receive and I really love the pump bottle. Yes, and the pump works!! I'm tired of those amazingly cheap pumps that just stop working after three uses. If you've been searching for a really great foundation, I think this is it!! So far, no break-outs, no irritation. I will update if that changes.
I've waited a little while to write this review, but I want to say this is the most fabulous product that I've tried in a long, long time. I have this in Facade and wear the tiniest bit over Cle de Peau primer and I get the most perfect look ever! Husband has been complimenting me and have been getting looks from younger men!! lol. I'm 48, so that's a big deal. Gigantic rave from me. PS--I normally wear the lightest shade in a foundation family.
This product felt very oily on my lips and I just felt that the packaging was so impractical that I would never use it. I ended up adding this as a swap extra as I felt this was such a useless product.
Oh heavens! I'm afraid that I might be really loving this sunscreen. I've been using this under my Kevyn Aucoin foundation and it works perfectly. So far, no breakouts as that was my main concern. It feels really good during application and my make-up looked so nice and fresh even at 5:00 p.m. A superb product!
Eyeliner -Delux Beauty - Eyeliner pencil - Chimpy Blue [DISCONTINUED]
hollywood 8/13/2003 12:52:00 PM
I use a very fine line of this pencil right up against MAC Snapshot and it looks beautiful against my blue eyes. This ranks right up there with my all-time favorite pencils. Looks scary -- but it is truly beautiful!
Powders -Urban Decay - Red Hot Flavored Body Powder
hollywood 8/12/2003 10:56:00 PM
I love this powder and the little leopard puff. The red box with the tassle is beautiful! I also love the perfect sparkle and my husband loves the smell. I can't wait to try the new scents--cocoa and marshmallow--sounds too good to be true!
The warmth factor was good, but I really didn't think there was anything else special about this mask. Luckily, I received one as a sample, so one use and I was done!
I loved the way this color looked in the case, but I couldn't get it to work on my fair skin. Having much better luck with the Heaven eye duo. This is one of the few Nars products that I haven't loved.