This particular shade, Diva Down, is my hands down favorite eye shadow ever. Which is random, because I seldom buy L'oreal makeup in general, but was drawn to this color in the store- this was about 4 or 5 years ago! It was the first, but not the last, turquoise eye shadow I bought as well as the first (but not last) loose powder I bought. I loved this b/c I could blend it very easily with other shades (usually blue, silver, or purple) and happened to be, for me, the perfect mix of blue, turquoise, and gold. As other reviewers have mentioned, these *were* finely milled, intensely pigmented- excellent quality, drugstore or not. I also happened to use it on my then-roommate at the time, who is pale with blue undertones (I'm yellow skinned light-fair) so the color is pretty neutral. So sad when I lost it- I haven't been able to find this color anywhere (I think they DC'd it...?) but remember it very fondly. I have since bought several turquoise eye shadows (Nars, MAC, Cover Girl) but have yet to find or recreate this shade.
Eye Shadow -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Eye Shadow Duo in All Colors
Kandinsky 5/14/2006 11:54:00 PM
This is for the Pure Color Eye Shadow Duo in Solar Orbit (08). The inner color is a deep purple, surrounded by a bright yellow- really unusual, modern combination. Both have a little shimmer but are not shimmery, which I appreciate. Go on evenly, sheer but still pigmented. I use the yellow as a highlighter and the purple to go over my bobbi brown gel eyeliner in black plum ink. Great packaging!
A fantastic red with slight gold shimmer. Not too orange, too blue, or too brown, but a deep red that can be blended for a nice flush or built up for a more dramatic look. Has great staying power, blends really well, doesn't feel heavy on the skin. May seem expensive at first but Nars blushes are so pigmented that you don't need a lot.
Lip Gloss -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Gloss in Praline
Kandinsky 5/14/2006 11:45:00 PM
Got as a GWP, the bronze collection available Spring 2006. Did not expect to like this color, but is pretty natural on my skin (yellow toned, Asian). More frosted than expected, but is still a pretty pink/brown. I tend to play up my eyes so this is a good, neutral, not too bright but still pretty color. I feel like the initial color and frost tends to wear off quickly but still has a nice, glossy, "better than my own lips" color. Will not rebuy as I have two GWP due to an EL binge a while back **UPDATE** Taking off a lippie b/c this gloss is too frosted. Still a pretty color- if anyone knows a non-shimmery/frosted version of this color, please send some recs!
Highlighters -Bobbi Brown - Pink Shimmerbrick Shimmer Brick
Kandinsky 5/14/2006 8:29:00 PM
Love this! I bought this in March 2005 when I felt like my makeup needed to be brightened up for spring. I was hesitant b/c of the pink colors, and I have light/med skin with yellow undertones, but the effect is pretty sheer so I shouldn't have worried! The pink color is SO pretty without being cutesy! This looks great over other blushes and bronzers, or even by itself for more casual days. The packaging is classic BB, and while $38 may seem like a lot- It's May 2006 and still have a ton of product left. **Update** way too shimmer, swapped it.
Sunscreen -Coppertone - Endless Summer Ultrasheer Sunscreen Stick SPF 30
Kandinsky 5/14/2006 8:15:00 PM
Bought this a few summers ago when living in NYC and when I went out for lunch, and maybe I was paranoid but I swear I could feel the sun and pollution attack my face. Putting this product on my face made a noticeable improvement! This stick should not be used as an everyday moisturizer or sunscreen due to its heavy, slightly waxy consistency! Instead, toss it in your purse and use it as a sunscreeen touch up for the rest of the day. It can be rubbed between the hands and smoothed over the body as well as being applied directly to the face. Doesn't run, not too greasy if you use a light hand and blend well. Doesn't distort makeup colors either!
This truly is one of the best products I've ever used for my skin- and considering my obsession with skincare, that really means something- I've tried a ton of different products and generally get disappointed when the product doesn't live up to the hype. I got 3 samples with Philosophy's Makeup Optional kit and after one use of the Microdelivery Peel, ran out and bought a full size of the peel so that I could take the samples for travel. I do not have problem skin and didn't realize how it could be improved until I tried this peel (in conjunction with the makeup optional kit)! Skin is noticeably less congested, pores are smaller, and you truly get a beautiful glow that lasts 1-2 days. I don't think the process is *THAT* difficult and anyways, this is such a great product that I wouldn't care if it took 1/2 an hour with several more steps! Expensive but soo worth it- it's not just luxurious for the sake of being luxurious, and I use it once a week so I get good mileage out of it. (I would think that using it more than once a week would be too harsh anways.) I'm a fan of Oil of Olay as a drugstore skincare line but haven't tried their version of the peel- and I can't imagine that it could be as great as this. Get a sample of this, buy the makeup optional kit, or buy the full size of the peel- just try this once and you'll be converted.
Skincare - Face -Philosophy - Make-Up Optional 4-piece Kit
Kandinsky 5/14/2006 7:42:00 PM
I bought this from Sephora's website and am in love! My skin is noticeably softer, smoother, and brighter. The cleanser is really nice- I love the smell and I can really feel makeup "melt" off as advertised. The eye/lip firming cream is very thick and has mineral oil, so I was concerned about milia (esp. after reading MUA reviews) but have proceeded along cautiously and have experienced no problems, and my eye area is prepped wonderfully for makeup. I use the serum during the day (but not at night, that's when I use EL's Advanced Night Repair), and Hope in a Jar for night. I wish Hope in a Jar came with SPF, otherwise I would use it during the day as well b/c it's great for moisturizing without greasiness. Also, the real gem of this kit has to be the 3 generous samples of the microdelivery peel- which is truly a HG item for me and after my first use, I immediately ran out to buy a full size kit so I could take the samples traveling with me. The line is designed to work together but also seems to do well with other products (EL's serum, and Olay regenerist enhancing lotion with SPF). Highly recommended. ***UPDATE*** In hindsight, I bought this kit b/c I really wanted to try the Microdelivery Peel but felt like this kit was a better deal than shelling out the initial $65 for the peel kit. At first, I really, really liked this kit. However, I bought it during early-mid Spring, which happens to be when my normal/combo skin turns more combo/oily. This kit is very, very rich and seemed to clog pores after- particularly, the Hope in a Jar. I liked all of these products but in general, they aren't that remarkable. The cleanser is fine, but doesn't help oil control, which is really key for me this time of year. I've since given the eye cream, cleanser, and moisturizer to my mother, who has drier, older skin. I will, however, be forever thankful for the introduction to the Microdelivery Peel.
This review is for the Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Ceramic Straightener with 2 inch plates. I absolutely can not believe there is not already a review for this flat iron on MUA!! THIS IS THE BEST HAIR STRAIGHTENER I'VE EVER USED, PERIOD. I've used soo many straighteners (cheap ones, $200 ones, and everything in between) and this is by far the best. Currently, I have shoulder length hair (Asian) that fluctuates from fairly short to pretty long, and it is wiry, thick, with curly layers underneath but the top layers are *merely* wavy and kinky. This straightener heats up very quickly, gets very hot, and straightens my hair like a freaking dream. I only have to make one pass, two at the most, on a section of hair to get it very straight! But it doesn't zap out body and because of the tourmaline ions, my hair is so shiny. I can use this with straightening products, with a blowdryer, or without anything, and it always manages to do a great job. Sometimes I'll fall asleep with a wet head and wake up with hideous Medusa hair, but 10 minutes with this straightener and some product and my hair looks great. This straightens so well that I can skip a day and my hair is still straight- unheard of with previous straighting irons. Also, before using this flatiron my hair was thick to the point of unmanageable because of its wiry texture- nearly like dental floss; now, my hair texture has been transformed! The hair strands are much smoother and obviously much straighter. The last time I got my hair cut, my stylist (who has been with me for the past 4 years) commented how great my hair looked! The plates are heavy but not difficult to manage and really manages to grip the hair without grabbing and pulling hair. My last 2 straighteners (all over $100) had ceramic plates that seem to chip within a year! It also comes with a carrying pouch (and in some stores, a plastic carrying case). I've had this since Christmas and haven't noticed any drop off in performance. I received this as a gift and didn't know how much it cost and went to the conair website. This is expensive ($65.99 on the conair website) but compared to how much you COULD spend on straighteners, it's a steal! I am considering buying another one of these in case Conair discontinues them! I've seen them for $60 at bed bath and beyond and also at linens and things, so RUN AND BUY ONE NOW. Also, I have seen it for $35 on drugstore.com! If you don't like it, you can always return it! http://www.conair-store.com/product_detail.asp?T1=CON+CS32BB&HDR=HAIR
I had just moved and needed a haircut, and generally, my rule of thumb in a new place is to go to Aveda concept salons b/c they train their stylists really well. I was talked into buying the sap moss shampoo and conditioner- mostly b/c I liked the scent and was weaning myself off Redken All Soft- and really didn't like it. It doesn't lather at all, but was told that b/c it's so moisturizing to only use a small amount. This shampoo (or to be fair, the shampoo and conditioner) completely dried out my hair, and had only bought the small size (which are absurdly priced for how little amount of product you get) and could not wait until they were done. I would give this one lippie but for some reason, loved the smell. (also posted for the sap moss shampoo.)
I had just moved and needed a haircut, and generally, my rule of thumb in a new place is to go to Aveda concept salons b/c they train their stylists really well. I was talked into buying the sap moss shampoo and conditioner- mostly b/c I liked the scent and was weaning myself off Redken All Soft- and really didn't like it. It doesn't lather at all, but was told that b/c it's so moisturizing to only use a small amount. This shampoo (or to be fair, the shampoo and conditioner) completely dried out my hair, and had only bought the small size (which are absurdly priced for how little amount of product you get) and could not wait until they were done. I would give this one lippie but for some reason, loved the smell.
Styling Products -Redken - Satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion
Kandinsky 5/14/2006 6:49:00 PM
My stylists swears by Satinwear blow-dry lotion and Smooth Down straightening serum as the ultimate hair straightening combination. She mixes 3-5 pumps of satinwear with 2-3 pumps of smooth down and blow dries with a round brush and always has amazing results- which is why I bought Satinwear. I do feel like I'm preventing heat damage but prefer the combination Satinwear and Bumble and Bumble straight. I'm almost out of my bottle, which I got over a year ago, and probably won't rebuy.
I used to use the All Soft shampoo and conditioner for about two years, and have since stopped, mainly because I was bored and the products didn't seem to work as well. I will say that the conditioner is better than the shampoo, really does soften hair a lot and rinses out easily.
Even though I don't use this shampoo anymore, I will say that it does what it claims- to make hair softer. I used All Soft shampoo and conditioner, as well as the deep conditioning treatment, for about 2 years but discontinued use because it seemed like the shampoo had stopped working and I was getting more build up, and the shampoo doesn't have any real cleansing properties. Also, the scent, while pleasant at first, got to be overwhelming. As for the price, I bought mine in the massive bottles which would last me about 8-10 months so it seemed justified.
Like so many other posters, I have been wearing J.Crew since I was in high school, when it was still in the price range of Express and the Gap.... and the quality has gotten sh*ttier while the prices have gone up...?! WTF does J.Crew think it's doing, selling wedding gowns and fur coats? (If you can afford to pay that kind of money, then I would sure hope you aren't buying your furs at freaking J.Crew!!!) Anyways, I'm writing to make sure that everyone knows that when buying shoes from the website, half sizes are designated not with "1/2" but with "H." This may seem obvious to some people and I'm just dumb....? So I ordered a pair of really, really cute shoes for $178 (on sale, mind you) in a "9 - H" thinking it was a 9! (Don't ask what I thought the H was for- someone please tell me if I'm dumb for not knowing that H = "half.") Anyways, the shoes totally don't really fit and J.Crew has a "all sales final" and totally f*cked me out of nearly $200. I used to wear a ton of J.Crew throughout college and high school due to the classic styles but as the quality has gone down while the prices have gone up- do not support this!