This is a controversial fragrance and I can understand why. A couple people mentioned something about a BO overtone, and I get that on first spray...but once it melts into your skin, and chemistry works its magic...that's when the good stuff happens. It's spicy, and slightly sweet, smoky, a touch fresh...and just warm. To me, it smells like warmth. Definitely a Fall/Winter fragrance. You gotta give it a fair shake, though - about an hour to dry down completely before you run to the shower retching, or decide that it really is heavenly, and enjoy the wafts of warm sweetness that have settled into your clothes. And less is more, SO much more, which should stretch your investment for some time if properly stored. I take a point off because the bottle, although pretty, doesn't really fit the fragrance and it's kind of clumsy.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Waterproof Voluminous Carbon Black
Xuxa13 5/21/2012 12:21:00 PM
If I could give this negative stars, I would. It is quite confusing, really - a waterproof mascara that smudges and smears like crazy within an hour or so of application, yet, it's hard to wash off...Wish I had not wasted my money. I will stick with Lash Blast.
Tinted Moisturizer -Wet 'n' Wild - Ultimate Sheer Tinted Moisturizer - Natural
Xuxa13 5/1/2012 6:09:00 PM
I'm mystified by the good reviews for this! I mean, I'm glad that it's working out like gangbusters for some of you, because for me it was HO-RRENDOUS. It made me look GRAY. I Google'd and Temptalia'd to find my match for NW20 (Natural) and holy crap I looked TERRIBLE. It went on like some kind of face ketchup and would not absorb into my skin. I chuckled to myself as I applied it with my foundation brush because it looked like I was painting mud on my face. Too bad - the price was great and I've had pretty good luck with other WnW products. But no. Just no.
Tinted Moisturizer -Olay - Definity Color Recapture with SPF 15
Xuxa13 5/1/2012 6:02:00 PM
I've been on the hunt for a tinted moisturizer that actually 1) moisturizes 2) provides some skin benefits 3) contains SPF 4) doesn't make me look like an oompa loompa, and so far, this is the winner. Now, I'm looking for SOME level of coverage, but my expectation is that the product's primary job is to moisturize, and secondarily cover (hence the word "tint"). This does all of those things, and I can buy it at Target or from Amazon (free shipping with Amazon Prime). My only beef is that the whole "spiral" thing is a little silly - like, the products wouldn't work just as well blended? - oh well. Been using it for a few weeks now and my skin is happy. Hooray!
Love, love, love. Yes, it's a bit on the expensive side for a drugstore product, so wait for a sale and/or use a coupon. The packaging is bulky, Barbie-ish and the brush is garbage, but the good things are SO good that I don't care. I use a BE brush to buff it over my tinted moisturizer, and the finish is flawless and radiant in natural light. I swipe my brush over the little pink heart and swirl onto my apples for an extra pop of color. No, it's not going to give you amazing coverage (I don't think that's the intent of the product), but it will diffuse light so that your face has a "lit from within" look, which is exactly what I need at 35 with an infant! Also, it has a light floral scent which is unnecessary but a nice touch.
I love L'Oreal lip products in general, but not this. I bought the "Berry" shade and I might as well have bought 3 tubes of clear lip balm. It feels moisturizing...I guess...but that's not all I was looking for in this product. I wanted moisture AND color. As a mother of a 7 month old, any product that can do double duty WELL is a winner in my book. It's all about tinted moisturizers, tinted lip balms, eyeshadow with primer built in, and compacts with bronzer and blush all in one, haha! Sorry L'Oreal, I'm afraid Revlon does have ya beat with their lip butters.
This is a tried-and-true, quality d/s foundation. In my mid 30s now, I need more coverage on certain days. This delivers and matches my skin perfectly - Buff/NW20. The finish is matte, but not masky or drying (I use the combo/oily formulation). Only complaint: wish it were in a pump bottle.
The fragrance is very nice...too bad it only lasts for about 5 minutes. I bought the shower gel/perfume duo and even with layering, the scent fades quickly. I am a big fan of Amazing Grace but decided to try something different...should've stuck with AG. Spend a few more dollars and buy a scent with some staying power!
Firstly, I don't see what the big ol' fuss is about the scent. IMHO, I think it's rather nice- kind of a fresh yet musky and sophisticated (in a good way) fragrance. I'm reviewing the version for brunettes/redheads. I like it! It does enrich the vibrancy of warm hues in my auburn, highlighted hair. Just used it for the first time and my hair feels soft but not weighed down. Only small complaint is that it's a bit pricey, but only a a little more than John Frieda Brilliant Brunette/Radiant Red, and you get more product.
These glosses are great and IMHO, waay better than Super Lustrous. The pigmentation and staying power are superior. I don't detect any smell or taste at all. I bought Rosegold (beautiful peachy pink), Sunset Peach (sheer peach), and Gold Dust (perfect sheerish nude). All three shades are shimmery, but I don't mind that. I loved them so much I bought Strawberry later (very pigmented red/pink). Of the four I own, I would say that Sunset Peach is the least "wow". They last through morning coffee, no touch up required until close to lunch. Would def buy again. Price is about average for a d/s gloss and well worth it.
I'm a little mystified by the reviews that state the coverage is sub par. For me, it's just fine. I'd grown tired of MAC Studio Fix day in/day out, so when I saw the commercial for this (heh, I know) it worked. I bought it the next day at Ulta (but did not read the reviews on here first).. When I did, I became a little disappointed and prepared for a bad experience, but surprisingly, I was pleased! The application was smooth (used an Essence of Beauty buki brush) and there was a sort of wet, cool sensation while applying it. The color, Light, blended well. My unfortunate chin zits were pretty well covered, as were my freckles and other unsightly face things - not completely, but I've never been one to favor a full coverage because on me, it looks strange. So I guess I would describe it as medium coverage. The best part - it lasted all through the work day. I would buy it again, but maybe with a coupon or during a sale next time because I thought $13 was a little much. The packaging is, of course, standard mineral sifter jar which can be a mess if you're not careful.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Coppola- Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy Treatment
Xuxa13 12/18/2010 6:05:00 PM
I had this treatment done by my stylist two weeks ago and my hair is a-mazing. I have thick, wavy hair that was previously unruly, frizzy, poofy... basically all of the things that make hair a pain in the a__ to style. Previously, I used a huge Spornette round brush to blow dry my hair into sumbission - a half hour process. Now I can blow dry with my fingers (unbelievable) or a basic vented brush and my hair is glossy, bouncy dry in 15 minutes or less. The process itself took about 3 1/2 hours and the formula made my eyes water. As my stylist sealed the magic potion into my hair with the flat iron and I started seeing the results, I felt a little worried - I didn't want STICK straight hair! But, 3 days later when I finally shampooed, I was shocked and amazed. My hair is so manageable now- not stick straight, but luminous and smooth. I'm so excited I'm giddy. Yes, it is very expensive ($350 for me), time consuming and the 3 days of not shampooing or getting any water at ALL on your hair are torturous but it so very, very worth it.
I like this one. I used to have Glow, and like that too, but it was similar to so many other blushes in my arsenal. Coy is a unique color for me - it's not pink but it's not brown either - hard to describe. Anyway, the look on me is a winner. I wore it today with Nars Sertao as a contour and it looks surprisingly good. I thought it would look too blah judging by the way it appears in the pan. E.L.F. is a hit or miss for me, and their blushes are definitely a hit. The pan is annoying with it's slidey thing, but you get used to it. It's not a dealbreaker, for sure.
I am so excited! I've finally found an NYX round l/s that I like. I tried the cult classics Indian Pink, Circe and Pumpkin Pie and all three were either too shimmery or pale on my lips. I had given up until I saw Chambord (which looks nothing like the raspberry liqeur it's named after, BTW - v. misleading, like many of the NYX shade names). It's the perfect peachy nude on my medium-pigmented lips. There's a bit of shimmer there, but it's the classy, glowy kind. Staying power is good and the price is unbelievably cheap - I believe around $2.50 on Cherryculture.com. I'm NW20 for reference, but with the reddish brown hair and brown eyes, I look best in peachy shades.
I wasn't expecting to like this at all. The layer effect looked weird initially - I didn't think that all three layers would meld together to form a wearable color. I thought it would look frosty and blah with no pigment. Boy, was I wrong! This is the most perfect, pretty peach shade. All the peach glosses I have been buying recently are not what I want them to be, except this one - and I thought it was going to suck! The texture is slightly tacky, but not overly so. It lasts, and it smells like candy, which I don't mind. I think these glosses are a great alternative for those of us who don't always want to spend $15 on a Lipglass.