Lip Treatments -Chapstick - Lip Moisturizer SPF 15 Original Flavor
venused 3/14/2009 9:44:00 PM
I love this stuff. I've bought (and lost) dozens of tubes of this stuff. I never feel horrible losing one, though, at less than two bucks a pop. It's moisturizing, and not at all drying. For a lip balm, it lasts ages on me. Some complain it's a little waxy feeling, but I really don't find it is, especially compared to other kinds/flavours of chapstick. It's not really so light-weight that you don't feel it, but I like that, so I know when I need to reapply. I love this stuff under lipsticks, too, especially ones that tend to be drying on me. It's not sticky or waxy, so lipstick glides over it flawlessly. This is my favourite lipbalm. I've never found anything that compares to it in terms of moisture, convenience and price.
This stuff smells horrible and tastes horrible, but it works. It's cheap and effective for curing my dry lips, though it has a little tingly feeling when first applied to the lips, nothing too painful, just tingly. There are alternatives out there that work just as well without the awful smell or tingling, such as the Chapstick Lip Moisturizer, which I prefer. It comes in tube form, as well, which is nicer and more convenient on the go than the squeeze tube Carmex comes in.
This is far and away my favourite lush product, and one that I will buy time and time again. I'd go as far as to say it's an HG product for me, that I couldn't live without. I have very dry scaly skin on my legs, and find that this is a great exfoliator for them. I don't find it to be abrasive, personally. I can scrub my skin quite hard with the Buffy bar without irritaing it. What I love most about Buffy, though, is that it's moisturizing, as well as exoliating. So moisturizing, in fact, that I don't have to apply a moisturizer after I shower, which I love, since it removes an extra step in my morning routine. If you have oily skin, this would not be a good option, since it leaves behind an almost oily residue (the moisturizing layer) once you leave the shower. I'm careful not to use it where my skin is oilier, because I find it makes breakouts more frequent. I do wish there was a better way to use and store it, though. Chopping off bits to use in your shower can get quite annoying, as can leaving it in the shower to melt away.
My favourite everyday neutral shade. This reminds me quite a bit of Stila's Kitten, but less shimmery, which isn't a horrible thing, since Kitten is really frosty. I like Kitten, too, but Jest is a nice slightly subdued alternative. It's still frosty, but not to the same degree, making it a great daily shade. I especially love it i combination with Satin Taupe, or bronzey shades. Not sure it'll be a great shade for darker skintones, since I'm ultra pale, but it looks great on me.
Styling Products -Frederic Fekkai - Glossing Cream with Olive Oil
venused 3/14/2009 9:04:00 PM
I haven't been using this product long, but since I have, I've found a big difference in my hair in the softness of my hair, and the amount of frizz and flyaways I have after blowdrying. I've tried several products such Biosilk and John Frieda Secret Weapon to name a couple, and didn't have much luck, so I wasn't holding out much hope for this product in spite of all the hype surrounding it. Because of the olive oil, I was worried it was going to weigh my hair down, but it really doesn't, yet it manages to keep my frizzy hair at bay. Definitely a new staple for me!
One of my favourite browns from MAC, and my go to dark brown/taupe for neutral looks. I love the versatility of this shade. I can use it in the crease as to add some depth to lighter colours, or all over the lid for a nice brown smoky eye. It looks great with my green eyes.
This was a great find! I didn't ever really think I could wear bronzer, since I'm so pale, I tend to look dirty or discoball-esque because most bronzers are too dark or shimmery for me, but this works like a dream. I also love that in a pinch I can use the separate colours for highlighting, eyeshadow or even blush, making this compact a great travel companion.
Blush -MAC - Fun & Games - Hello Kitty [DISCONTINUED]
venused 3/14/2009 8:48:00 PM
I love this blush! I can't believe I originally wasn't planning to buy it at all. It looks so gorgeous and natural on my ultra pale skin. I was looking for a peach blush, and originally intended to get Peaches, but the MA insisted this would look better on me because it's a little pinkier and shimmery, and she was right. So glad I listened. Since I've purchased it, I've been using on almost a daily basis.
I'm not a huge fan of the packaging, though. I don't really like Hello Kitty, and I think the textured glitter on the packaging feels a little cheap. That doesn't take away from the great product inside, though.
Overall, I love it!
Lip Treatments -Smith's Rosebud Salve - Smith's Rosebud Salve
venused 3/14/2009 8:28:00 PM
I love this stuff. It's great for moisturizing my ultra-dry, often chapped lips. I love that it's got just a smidgen of colour and a rose scent that give it a little boost over vaseline, especially when used on my lips. Sure, in many ways it is glorified vaseline, but I'll keep coming back to it because it is cheap, and serves the same multi-purposes that vaseline does, but with a much nicer scent, and comes in a cute little tin, I don't mind stashing around the house. Since I use it mostly for my lips, and dry culticles I don't mind the pot form, since I can keep it fairly sanitary by applying with clean fingers.
This is my favourite mascara, by a longshot. Nothing else I've tried has come close, highend or otherwise - though I've found I tend to prefer drugstore mascaras, anyway. I have long lashes, that are uber blonde and invisible without mascara. I don't really need much lengthening, but like a nice dark colour and some volumizing. This does both, giving me beautiful natural looking lashes. I don't know if it'd be the best mascara, if you're looking for dramatic lashes, but for my everyday look, it's perfect. As for it's claims to fullness and softness... I think it does both, on a comparative scale. I love the brush, because it separates and does makes my lashes look nice and full. I don't think I've ever truly met a mascara that leaves my lashes soft, but Full N Soft, is no doubt the closest I've come. Overall, one of my favourite mascaras, that I will keep coming back to.