Eyeliner -L'Oreal - Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner in Dark Slate
purpledream 1/31/2013 7:31:00 PM
I wholeheartedly back up all the other reviews. This is a perfect creamy gel liner that can even be feathered, yet dries to stay put. The color is FANTASTIC and not harsh... basically a dark dove/taupey grey. I have always used pencil liners on my upper lids smudged with shadow over it to avoid a harsh line, and this is the first gel liner I feel comfortable using. Will buy back-ups right away!
This is a fabulous powder that blots out oil without being heavy or overly matte. It's never chalky and looks beautiful in real life as well as in photographs. I so agree with others about the packaging...while it's very pretty, it is so horrible in keeping the product contained. I was doing fine by twisting the top off slowly, but then I DROPPED the container and now it's all lose up in there. I now have to slowly twist the top off over a tissue in order to catch all the fallout. I literally don't have to take it completely off; just a light twist and all this powder falls all over the place. Point being, this would be stellar with better packaging. If I need to take it somewhere or have it in my kit, I need to put it another container - and for the price that it costs, that's unacceptable.
Gels/Soaps -Burt's Bees - Naturally Nourishing Milk & Shea Butter Body Wash
purpledream 7/18/2008 9:15:00 PM
I had to add my 2 cents in here because I totally agree with the urinal cake/public restroom smell of this product. I smelled it before I bought it because fragrance is really important to me. It smelled really great in the bottle, maybe like the suntan scent others are describing. But when I actually used it in the shower, it turned into the afore-mentioned scent. It does take a little more than you would normally use to create a lather. It is moisturizing, but I don't feel particularly clean afterwards (especially with that smell!). I hope they come out with a different scent because I like the ingredients of this product. But the smell alone will definitely keep me away from this one.
This is classic, glamorous red. Bright, true, shiny, long-wearing, streak-free, creamy, beautiful red. It is DEFINITELY eye catching. I get many compliments when I wear this such as, "What a gorgeous color!" or ""Wow, look at those nails!". Really, it's THE red.
I have to laugh at the post below me - because it's TRUE! Except I suppose the seeds are kiwi seeds. They're not even dispersed all throughout the lotiony "cleanser" - just a few random seeds here and there scraping at your face. The one redeeming quality of this "scrub" is that my skin feels soft (probably from the lotion-like aspect of the base of this product). I'm using a sample and will not purchase - not gentle nor efficient enough.
The best thing about Fresh's lipsticks are the texture and performance. Also, despite having such a limited selection of colors, I've found at least a couple that are HGs. This is probably my favorite of them all - it is indeed a cool medium mauvey pink. It's not too mauve, though, and it also has an element of brightness that makes my face come alive. It only has enough shimmer to add richness to the color - not to actually make your lips glimmer. Goes well with my coloring (PPP/hazel eyes/light brown hair). Also, the silver tube with floral design over it is very adorable. I most definitely will repurchase - I image again and again!
Loose Powders -Laura Mercier - Secret Brightening Powder
purpledream 11/21/2007 7:56:00 PM
I use this to set concealer...not as a concealer in and of itself. For that, it works great. I use either MUFE's Lift or YSL's Touche Eclat and follow it with a precise dusting of this fine-milled powder. It is mainly a matte, sheer white powder that does have some fine "shimmers" here and there - but they don't really show up (at least not on my PPP/FFF skin) once on. Has a nice, soft focus effect. Should last quite a while, too.
This has a great brightening effect on the eyes. I place this in the inner corners and look instantly awake. I use a separate concealer in general and use this as a brightener. Then I top it off with LM's Secret Brightener, like the reviewer 2 reviews down does. No creasing, no settling into lines - just flawlessly awake eyes.
Lips -Unlisted Brand - Hemp Organics lip tint in Kiss
purpledream 8/11/2006 9:24:00 PM
I have already repurchased this stuff 3 times in the shade Kiss, plus bought 2 other shades. Kiss is by faaaar my favorite. It is a sheer plummy brown with slight shimmer. It conditions like a lip balm (although not slippery-smooth) but goes on like a sheer lipstick. I compare this shade to the wonderful Lancome Sheer Visionary (if anyone is familiar with that). I also like the convenience of the packaging - it's very slim and can fit easily into a pocket or the smallest handbag.
Such a wonderful sheer muted/browned plum/berry. Glossy and conditioning with low-key shimmer and the trademark Lancome rose scent. To answer the last review, the new Rouge Sensation version is very comparable; maybe a touch more pigment, but it's still the same basic shade. I have very fair skin and dark brown hair...this shade livens up my face while still looking natural. The sheerness, slight shimmer and glossy texture make lips look full and healthy. HUGE rave.
I am loving this. Lashes are as full and as black as can be. I can layer about 4 coats before it starts to clump a bit, then I run a sharp lash comb through the ends. Seems to be a bit more fibrous than usual? I keep getting asked if I'm wearing false lashes. Nope, it's just Carbon Black Voluminous - I've already got people running out and buying it.
Styling Products -Graham Webb - Halo Curl Enhancing Creme
purpledream 8/11/2006 8:59:00 PM
A great creme to form bouncy, soft, frizz-free curls. Used in conjunction with the curl shampoo and conditioner my hair styles like a dream. This is also supposed to protect hair color. I must say it also smells fabulous, to add to all it's other great attributes. Definite thumbs up and definite repurchase.
This is a great conditioner for curly hair. Eliminates dry, frizzy hair. Has great slip yet rinses out well leaving behind that fantastic, clean fragrance. Hair is frizz-free, soft and shiny. Curls are bouncy and well formed. Helps protect hair color. I first got the 10 oz. to test it and went back for the liter bottle...you best believe I'd repurchase!
This is a great shampoo for curly hair. Does not over dry, cleans thoroughly, and leaves hair frizz-free, soft and shiny. Curls are bouncy and well formed. Does not fade color and smells fantastic. I first got the 10 oz. to test it and went back for the liter bottle...so would I purchase again? That's a heck yeah!
This is the best powder brush I own. Fresh makes some great brushes in general but this is their best in the line, IMO. It is an excellent flat dome shape, extremely full, and fabulously soft and luxurious. Does not shed at ALL. Works well for powder and blush application. It's expensive (more expensive than my Chanel powder brush!) but absolutely worth it for the fine quality. HUGE thumbs up for this absoultely brilliant brush.