This seemed great until I took a closer look at the ingredient list. These lipsticks contain Carmine which is made from crushed bugs. Not kidding :-( Some people won't mind, but for those who do, I'm really sorry and thoroughly grossed out to be bearing the bad news. References: Carmine on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmine Ingredient list from Hauschka website: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Lanolin, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Farnesol*, Limonene*, Geraniol*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Eugenol*, Maltodextrin, Lecithin, Silica, Mica, Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) *Component of natural essential oils
This couldn't really be improved. I bought it as an alternative to Dr Hauschka's rose body wash because it's a bit cheaper, it doesn't have the cloves undertone, rather it's a fresh and young wild rose with maybe a sweet musk and lavender tone to it, and it doesn't smell synthetic to me. The texture is nice and creamy, and it works.
This is much like a tub of paraffin with cinnamon in it. I'm pretty sure that if you shelled out $50 for the same, you'd have to "swear by" that too... and it probably would work, for the same reason that Eve Lom's works. Yes I am using it correctly - had a private appointment with Eve Lom herself to make sure I was! She did do me the favour of talking me out of using creams on my face at all, including hers, because they were blocking my pores and my skin couldn't breathe. So using almost nothing has been a huge improvement. This tub however - is not necessary and is not going to save you... if you want something equally heavy and balm-like, Lush' Ultrabland is at least as good in every way, and just happens to be far cheaper. But I'm pretty sure that everyone would be better off with Herbfarmacy's gorgeous, soft and natural cleansing mousse (not yet reviewed on MUA). Don't fall for the Lom hype!
Often the most expensive product is not the best one. We've been blessed with Rimmel's nailpolishes. I've tried all the luxury ranges and Rimmel still beats them hands down on quality, look, longevity, range and ease of use. Go Rimmel...
The best thing for my long dry hair. I prefer 100% natural stuff but you need a bit more technology to deal with dry hair! I could shovel this on every 3rd day and it wouldn't get too heavy, and yet it has a penetrating effect which makes me want to eat my soft glossy hair afterwards... A lovely subtle sweet-ish smell too.
It's like dark rosewater. You can get just as nice-looking cheeks with a dark red lipstick, if dotted on carefully with a fingertip. But yes, it does look pretty cool on cheeks. Far too watery for the lips - one of the new lip tints in other brands would beat this for lips.
Mascara -Yves Saint Laurent - Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
junglegirl004 3/22/2012 7:01:00 PM
Please beware. I used to love this product but it has been found to be highly toxic, sorry. Please read the excellent research on this link before deciding. (The website is also good for checking out the safety of all products and ingredients.) http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/273337/Yves_Saint_Laurent_MASCARA_VOLUME_EFFET_FAUX_CILS/
Lips -Lipstick Queen - Chinatown Glossy Pencils - Mystery
junglegirl004 3/22/2012 6:58:00 PM
Ooh. A sheer but deep purple plum, just too far on the right side of luxurious to be gothic. Fantastic quality, an even easy semi-glossy spread without gathering in cracks. A thick rounded glossy pencil which works - what a beautiful genius idea. Not drying for me at all, and I've already got quite dry lips.
I love lip tints in general, and there's a big range at Max Factor, but this 'pen' seemed dry from the beginning - it's hard to get nice and even coverage. I hope they refine a brush technology instead.
Shampoo -Clairol - Herbal Essences for Dry/Damaged /Color Treated Hair
junglegirl004 3/22/2012 6:29:00 PM
I adore the fruity-floral smell, and the look of the shampoo and packaging cheers me up in the morning too. Not sure how much it is for dry hair though; I found it to be average in its effect - not particularly moisturising or frizz-alleviating. Foams up beautifully, though I hear that's due to unhealthy additives.
Hair -Donna Karan - Cashmere Mist shampoo & conditioner
junglegirl004 3/22/2012 6:22:00 PM
Did I get a dud product? This expensive stuff sat on my hair like a lump, and didn't foam or dissolve in water well, so I couldn't spread it properly on my scalp or hair and still had greasy hair after my shower! It smells sweet/musky like the fragrance, too synthetic for me now that I've gotten used to more natural stuff. Nothing special to say about the packaging. The price on the other hand... Honestly you're better off with Herbal essences!!
I've tried various scrubs in all the price ranges and am happy to stick with this one. Moringa smells sweet and a bit exotic (drives my boyfriend crazy), the scrub particles are a great size and shape for body use, and the texture really holds well for prolonged use in the shower. And when you use it in the bath, it feels like lying in the sand in the sea - yay. Good value all round!
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Moringa Milk Body Lotion
junglegirl004 3/22/2012 6:13:00 PM
Love the moringa smell - sweet and tropical - but this lotion is very thin. If that's what you're into and you like moringa, then go for it!
Lotions/ Creams -L'Occitane - Amande Firming & Smoothing Milk Concentrate
junglegirl004 3/22/2012 6:11:00 PM
I can't smell any blackcurrant which another reviewer mentioned - it smells a bit like powder milk to me - synthetically sweet. Which is fine unless you're into very natural and organic stuff. The texture feels funny on my hands, dry and superficial, but I think it's perfect for legs and body. Very silky. I'm not buying again because I'm looking for something more natural and organic. The glass jar with embossed French is perfect, but I gave the packaging a low mark because the lid is cheap tin and it doesn't screw back on easily.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Moringa Body Butter
junglegirl004 3/22/2012 6:03:00 PM
I've used this for years, it's good value. Moringa is a sweet lingering tropical smell (drives my boyfriend crazy). Because it's butter, it does leave an oily/greasy film. Am only stopping buying this because I'm switching to "purer" even more organic products (which are double the price...)