I have tried it on a paper in the perfumery sooo many times...! Usually, I sprayed it on a paper and put it in my pocket for later to smell - I just lose all sense of smell if I try to smell perfume without it airing out a bit. It had also received so many good reviews, and I decided that I want to buy this. I was almost ready to purchase (from fragrancex.com - they have it for a really nice price - $34.05 + discount code for 2.5 oz), but wanted to smell this in the store again, and luckily, this time I actually put it on my arm. . OMG, this smells pretty bad on ME! What would you expect in a pretty little bottle with a pink bow and "Marry me" on? I expected it to be passionate, delicate and feminine, like on the paper I took home from the perfumery after many hours. What do I get? Strong, cold, even somehow masculine and invasive... Yes, after a day or so it now smells OK on my jacket arm, but I can't forget the horrible impression I got after putting it on my skin - it made me cry inside - it smelt awful! . To me this smells really cold - if I was to give it a colour, it would be royal blue. This makes it one of the perfumes I would like to smell only in the summer. Second thing: there was initially so many bitter notes in this; it reminded me of the taste of bitter grapefruit, although there's none of that in there, but there is Tunisian orange. This bitterness lasted for about one hour, then some floral notes began to appear, mainly jasmine on me. This lasted for about 3 hours, and then it was nearly gone - really bad lasting power. And the masculine notes stuck for the whole time...! . I could use this to spray my clothes... like 24 hours before using them in really hot weather, but I far from love this.
Gels/Soaps -Dove - Go Fresh Touch Beauty Cream Wash
lollsazz 1/27/2012 2:53:00 PM
I didn't like this at all! I bought this hand wash after trying the shower gel, which is AMAZING! I thought it would be cool to have the hand soap from the same line, but I really hate this! Why? . Cons: - VERY strong smell. I really dislike my hands to smell perfume, especially when I wash them because I'm about to eat - It smells somehow different from the body gel, and I don't like it - This is soooo drying, it ended up giving me eczema!!! . Pros: - I don't know? Your hands get cleaner with using soap than without...? . I really hate this. Now I have to use cortisone cream to fix my hands. A while ago, Dove was the company that made things that were actually good for skin like mine, but this sucks! Perfume is SO high on the list of its ingredients.
I have repurchased this maybe 5 times during my life, but not any more. It is a very harsh product - it's VERY simple to over-exfoliate with it. I had oily skin before, and this was good for taking the oiliness away, but it also dried the skin out, like it was sucking the moisture out of it. And as said, it's super easy to over-exfoliate - it's because it was veeery small, very scratchy beads. When you over-exfoliate and also get dry skin, you easily get breakouts. I now believe many of the breakouts I had before were due to this, although I denied it for myself before, because I really hated my oily skin, and also this got all of my blackheads out. . I noticed How bad it actually was for me after going empty on my favourite peeling, and giving this one chance. I used it before I went to bed, and when I got up, my skin was so dull and lifeless...! It wasn't dry, because I moisturised very well after this, but the top texture of my skin was... bad... that was the time I really understood what "dull skin" means. . I don't know if I should recommend this to anyone, because: it get's rid of blackheads with its beads, but they're also very harsh and makes micro-rips in the skin, leaving it exposed to bacteria. This does get rid of oil, but it can also dry the skin out a lot, leaving it dull. You need to have seriously tough skin to handle this.
UPDATE2: After trying the Skin79 BB Cream, I would suggest people that can find a shade in this cream that suit you to try it out. To me it seemed like it gave very similar finish to this foundation. The light pink BB cream from Skin79 is very much like shade 20. The hot pink one is a little bit darker. The orange one is about an NC10-15 (at most) in colour. I just mix some colour corrector into the ones that are pink toned and get a prefect colour. There may be other BB creams similar to this. BB cream is cheaper than this foundation and also has better ingredients, so maybe some people will like it better. . UPDATE: I'm not completely sure yet, but this may be clogging my pores a little bit...It doesn't seem to break me out, but every time I wear it, I usually stick with it for about a month, and after that time, I notice especially on my neck, that I have these little pimples. . I actually really like this :] My skin is dry and sensitive. . What mainly makes me like this foundation is that it looks so very natural. I don't like that "waxy" look a lot of heavier foundations can give me, but this leaves me with a very nice finish (when powdered on top!!!). This also don't dry my skin out, which is really nice - I hate looking old and dry at the end of the day. When I found a technique of applying this and set it right, it holds up really well during the day. I haven't noticed any transferring, but I have worn foundation for a long time and it's a habit to keep face off clothes . In the beginning, before I figured out how to make this foundation work for me, I really disliked it. As many people have mentioned: if you wear only this and don't have extremely dry skin, it will turn you into an oil slick. And it doesn't set either, but rather turns more and more oily. I have tried this: - without moisturiser: cheeks looks fine, but you can use my forehead as a mirror - with moisturiser: my whole face is really oily and disgusting - with moisturiser under and powder brushed on top: not a nice finish - powder was kinda lifting the foundation, making my skin look flaky and patchy - with moisturiser under and powder PRESSED onto the face: wow, perfect! The powder I use is Givenchy Prisme Libre it has shimmer in it, so it doesn't take the glow away), which I think works wonderfully with this foundation. The finish is really smooth, natural and the foundation holds up really nicely during the day, which is really important to me, as I wear it on for 16 hours a day. Learn the technique in this video by Wayne Goss: http://www.youtube.com/watchv=rijZQOcB2Ns&feature=BFa&list=FLZqR5SFYt-uaP0vzXZRWA5g&lf=mh_lolz . One more thing that annoyed me in he beginning was application, because this foundation has quite a strange formula. I don't know how some of you people manage to put this on with a brush or a beauty blender, because I don't see how the coverage would manage to be even. I apply this with fingers. You need to shake this really well if you want the consistency to be optimal on application, if not, this happens: first it goes really patchy, kinda clumpy, streaky and really weird. BUT: if you just continue rubbing and blending, this suddenly becomes much harder to blend and much lighter in colour (don't worry, it will go back to the original colour soon) - this is when you know you have the right consistency. From here, you can begin blending and patting the foundation around your face, and if you just keep doing that, you will get a very nice finish :) Don't forget to powder over. I actually think this method may prolong the wear time. What is bad about this? If you were to do another person's makeup, you would probably not like to sit there and "slap" the person for 1-2 minutes... . One last thing I found annoying too, was that when I just started using this, it seemed like my skin reacted a little bit too it, getting more pimples, so I stopped using it for a while. When I tried it again, the same thing happened, but I seemed to stop having the reaction pretty soon. I think my skin needed to get used to this - it's pretty common that skin actually can get used to product after a while. After this, I really like this foundation. . My colour: I'm about an NC15 in MAC, after oxidation, and chose nr. 20 in this. The undertone is neutral. Since this foundation is so light, the colours are actually very forgiving, so I'm not left with any lines or so. I also actually really like that the shade I chose brings a little pink into my very yellow skin - it actually looks more natural. This foundation doesn't oxidise on me AT ALL when I powder over it, but oxidation is a very personal thing - it all depends on how the oils from your face reacts with the makeup you have on. . This foundation does have a smell I don't care much about. I don't like foundations to have perfume in them, but the smell of this doesn't really annoy me. For some reason, it reminds me of sunflowers. . This is the foundation I use when I have bad skin days. In my case it's not a lot of pimples, but really dry skin. This happens mostly in the winter, when it's really cold: I can get eczema on my chin, cheeks close to nose and over my upper lip. Luckily, those areas don't turn much red (nothing a concealer can't fix), but they get flaky. Heavy moisturiser and this gel-foundation on top are the only things that can hide it.
Moisturizers -MAC - Lightful Deep Ultramoisture Cream
lollsazz 1/18/2012 5:59:00 PM
I don't remember why I bought this. Anyway, I started using it on my face, and didn't really like how it left me with a sticky feeling on my face, and it didn't go well with my makeup. Why I give this a 4? It didn't seem to break my sensitive skin out, it smells nice, it seems to moisturise dry skin pretty well. My main use of this is to PREVENT discolouration that can appear if I for some reason decide to pick on something on my face (awful, I know). The thing is: it's difficult to get rid of discolouration that is already there - it takes time and sometimes even requires bleaching products. It's much simpler to just prevent discolouration. I do it with this cream: it prevents the damaged cells to overproduce melanin (which is the excess pigment causing dark scars). I just put this on as fast as possible. . OK all in all, but I don't think I would repurchase... I don't know.
I really like the colour - it's a 50-50 orange and pink, so it doesn't really lean to any side. I really wanted such a colour for a no-makeup-look My problem is: I can't get it to show up, because of it's texture :( It's one of those shadows I end up rubbing for a long time before I get any colour pay-off, which also ruins my brush. If it was easy to work with, I would love this, but it gets that sheen on top that bad cheap shadows usually get, although I know this one is a real MAC one. I may try it as a highlighter in the summer, but for now, I don't like this at all.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
lollsazz 1/11/2012 12:08:00 AM
I ran out of my E.L.F primer, and decided to try this. After my other primer, this felt sticky and I couldn't figure out when it was best to apply my shadow... hope I'll figure out soon. I had heard that this one was fantastic! I don't know - maybe it IS for people that are using some other kind of products, but this didn't keep my satin MAC shadows on as well as the E.L.F primer did. What's up with that?! Even low END primer + high END shadow should = no creasing. I most often had no creasing with the E.L.F one at the end of the day, and really expected everything to be perfect with this one. Especially for the price! I also actually liked that the E.L.F one doubled up as a concealer, while this does nothing to conceal the darkness on my eyelids, which I then need to do separately. At first, I wanted to buy this in Eden, but read that it wasn't as good at holding eye shadows because of the amount of pigment. Hellooo? E.L.F has both pigment and hold... Also, with this on, my shadow looked chalky, which never happens. . I read that many with oily lids had a problem with this, so I thought this should work for me, because mine are closer to dry, which is why I need a primer - the eyeshadow doesn't adhere. I totally don't get the hype from the results I got after using this the first time. Especially when there are things out there that are both better and cheaper. My eyeshadow didn't hold up with this. Doesn't seem like this one is for me, although I really hoped to love it. Will update if I change my mind. . UPDATE: (two weeks later) Seriously?! WTH?! Creasing after just a couple of hours?! One more lippie off!! Did I get a defect tube or smth??? Also: it has all of the 5 parabens in it - I should give this 1! Maybe this is something people with dry lids should stay away from. Will try Too Faced Shadow Insurance next - seems like many that like that dislike the UDPP and the other way around. . UPDATE 2: Minus one more lippie. I will give this away. This gave me milia after about 3 weeks of usage. First I didn't understand why the shadow appeared a little clumpy after a while using it, but then I looked at my eyes super close-up, and saw all of these little white bumps! For those who doesn't know, milia can often be caused by intolerance to a cosmetic product or because it's comedogenic.
This is great! I have for a long time wanted a highlighter that would be really pearly, without chunky glitter! This is pretty finely milled :D Buuuuut: MAC (MINERALISE, not regular type!!!) has blushes that has shimmer that is even finer, for those who really want tiny shimmers (try Lightscapade, if you like really subtle glow). . Such a nice colour, although I was actually a little scared at first, because I thought it was SO frosty...! Not expensive either for the size :) Easy to go light if you want, even though it's pretty soft, and if not careful, you will pick up a lot of product. One thing though: if you have big pores, this may accentuate it, but as far as I know, all highlighters will accentuate uneven skin. For me it's very convenient to use a powder highlighter, although I do have liquid ones too. AND: I would probably not recommend for dry skin, as this can look a bit chalky with that... I use this both on my cheekbones, brow bones and also sometimes even as eyeshadow. . UPDATE: still love this much, just wanted to say: one time I was wearing this, my boyfriend said: your brow bone is golden! (He liked it ;) ). But yes, I would actually say that too: this highlighter leans a bit towards golden, even if it looks neutral champagne in the pan.
It's a nice neutral light golden colour, but I don't really like the texture of this. I bought this to use a s a highlighter, but I don't like the gritty look it gives. I would say that this is more glittery (super-frost) and gritty than the other frosts I own. I can actually use this an all over lid colour since I'm so fair, but this one is still quite disappointing to me... I think Dazzle Light, that I also have, is more pigmented and applies smoother than this (even though that isn't my favourite choice either). Nylon is more on the yellow side, while Dazzle Light is neutral. Even though DL looks a little bit darker in the pan, it's better at highlighting, because it shows up better (= lighter) - Nylon requires more effort to show up. For a golden highlight colour you can also try the Mary-Lou Manizer. It's a big face highlighter with really fine shimmer. You get something 10 times bigger than a MAC shadow for only twice the price. BUT: the colour leans towards yellow.
When I got this in the mail, I immediately thought: "Oh, no! How will I manage to make a brick red colour look good on me?!" While pinks make my eyes look sore, tired or bruised, this totally doesn't! :D This is a really nice colour to use for accentuating green eyes. I imagine it looking the best with dark hair, light-medium skin (neutral or yellow-toned!) and light brown or green eyes, but I think darker skin tones could also look good with this. . The texture of Texture :P is reeeeally good - it's a soft and very well pigmented shadow that is easy to work with and blend. It's possible to wear this as a statement, but I usually don't apply much of it: 3 light swipes across the shadow is enough for one eye. Then it comes out a warm light reddish brown. This has a slight multi-coloured shimmer to it, that doesn't really show up on the eyes, but adds a nice sheen.
This is one of my favourite eyeshadows! It's subtle enough for everyday, but not boring at the same time. It's a satin finish, but it's multi-dimensional on me. Therefore, I often just use this all over my lid and in crease, and it accentuates the shape of my eye without any need for contouring :D The colour is kinda cool, but still goes very well with my warm-toned skin. This is one of the colours that to me is very simple to use - it goes with anything I would like to wear, because it gives me a pretty natural look. BTW: the colour is pearly taupe-brown with a warm brown undertone.
I bought this because I wanted a more neutral highlighter than my Dazzle Light, Nylon and Ricepaper. This colour of this is a light cold pink. This could work well on neutral or pink-toned skin, but definitely not on my yellow-toned one... It makes my skin look grey... Looked nice on my arm, but not on my eyes. Should mention, though, that my arm is more of an NW15. . The texture of the shadow is very nice - it's a satin, and therefore applies very evenly. It gives a nice pearly sheen. Personally, I think this DID show up on my NC15 skin - I had no pigmentation problems.
I have worn this only one day, but want to write my initial impression of this, and update later. . What this says: moderate-high coverage, ultra workable/glides on easily, natural, never cakey result, long lasting comfort, matte result. For sensitive skin, preservative free, non-comedogenic, SPF 25. Can safely be applied after surgery or treatments like peeling. . For my yellow-toned about NC15 skin number 10 is an OK colour, but it's more of an NW15 . This comes in a 1 oz. tube with a very small opening (not too), so it's easy to squeeze out just as much as you need. I squeezed out just as much as I use with my regular foundation. Once I started applying, I noticed that it was too much, so this foundation will last longer than my other foundations. . This really applies very easily (did it with fingers), and glides very easily, which makes me wonder about the amount of cones in it (notice: silicones do NOT clog pores -they actually evaporate from the skin). What I did notice though, was that this doesn't seem to be good with my moisturiser, or I need to let it sink in for longer, because it felt like the foundation was balling up... strange enough, it didn't look so, and the balls seemed to disappear after I patted all over my face with my fingers. The second time I tried it, I let my moisturise sink in for a very long time first... still balled up. I hope it doesn't happen even without moisturiser. Will update. . This says the coverage is full, but I wouldn't really say that - it's medium, and can even be light, but I don't think this can be built up to full. This I already noticed in the store, and thought that it's good, because I don't need full coverage anyway. The result can be natural, IF you go light, but as with most foundations, this will most likely still be detectable. Also it's not matte - it's more dewey on me, and I have dry skin. . I chose to powderover this one, although I don't like to do it over any foundation because it then tends to break up on my face, which happened a tiny bit with this too after about 4 hours. After this time, my face does still feel moisturised, and not dried out at all. Seems like this stuff really lets my skin breathe though, because I've been sitting in a hot room for the entire time, and my face doesn't look much oily at all. . Minus for easy transfering. . All in all, it's a good foundation for the price, as there's not many out there for reeeally sensitive skin. . Would I recommend. Not really. I don't quite like the texture of it on the skin: it's sitting abit on top of it + transfers easily + takes a long time to set, making application of other makeup on top inconvenient. If you have VERY sensitive skin that needs minimal coverage (so you can apply this really light) and the colour suit you, you may like it, but there are definitely many better foundations out there. One that is better from the same line is the cream compact one for sensitive dry skin, but it's a bit expensive. They also have a mineral one for sensitive oily skin.
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Cliniderm - Lip Repair
lollsazz 1/1/2012 8:03:00 PM
Cosmopolitan 2011 awards winner! Run and buy it - it's really great! :D . I sometimes get really dry lips in the winter. My wishes for a lip product for this time of year: really moisturising, if possible, even repairing, and also: non-sticky - my boyfriend likes me with my hair down, and it's annoying when it gets glues to my lips, and it's also practical when it comes to kissing ;) My problem with dry lips is that I sometimes pick on them (yuck, I know), and sometimes end up over-exfoliating. This causes my lips to get flaky and crack easily. . I really like this because it really repairs my lips like no other product does - it's not an over-night miracle, but it can heal my lips completely in a week (most often 3 - 4 days). It really delivers intensive moisture! When I apply this, I also prevent myself from touching my lips. This isn't sticky, and not overly greasy, not too thick and not too thin. What I also noticed was that it plumped my lips a little bit - like my Liptoxyl did, which I first thought was just something I was imagining, but I read on the tube just now, and it actually has Q10, which does that :D I sometimes have allergies to lip products, but haven't reacted to this in any way, even when I have it on all day long for many days in a row. This doesn't seem like one of the products your lips get addicted too (in the "becomes drier with use"-sense) . This smells vanilla btw and has no taste, so it doesn't make you want to lick your lips. This has a slight light pink colour, which luckily doesn't make my lips look washed out. On my mother, who has very light lips it also looked great: it made the colour look really healthy. This comes in a big 12 mL tube, which will last you a long time, as you don't need much on application. Has vitamin E. . I highly recommend this product to everyone!
Treatments (Eye) -Unlisted Brand - Cliniderm - Visibly Smooth Eye Cream
lollsazz 1/1/2012 7:31:00 PM
EDIT: one lippie off: I'm better of using my face moisturiser on the eyes than this. Even my foundation gives me more moisture! Also: this broke me out on the eyes >:( I noticed it especially well after stopping using this. . I need to use an eye cream especially because I have dry skin and wear concealer, that tends to dry it out further. I have used this for about 2 months. I don't think this does much for my skin - it helps not dry it out more than it already is, but it doesn't really get rid of the little wrinkles I have, and I have had creams that actually diminish those. I will continue to use this till I have used it up, but not going to repurchase. Maybe this would work better if I didn't use make-up, or it takes longer before the result is actually visible, or maybe it's more for preventing. Anyway, I think I will try something different after I'm done with my tube of this. . At first, I didn't like the packaging, but I actually think it's OK now, but an airless pump would still be better. . Else: this sinks in fast, and doesn't leave your under-eye area oily, which may make you think that it doesn't moisturise... Haven't given me any alergic reaction as far as I know. . Without perfume or colour additives. With filler and ubiquinone Q10. For normal skin.