I like how easy this is to find. That alone makes it a great product. However, in comparison with the Auric Blends version, I'd say that I'm happier with the Auric Blends. TBS's Patchouli oil is perfection in it's composition, as it's a drier, truer patchouli, but the wet, earthy, piney smell that comes out of my Auric Blends rollerball is still my favorite. Not to mention that the TBS version disappears completely on me. The TBS version smells much more like the Kiss My Face body lotion and body wash. EDITED to add: This doesn't last very long on me, it fades within the hour, it seems. I like it more however than my original review. Just wish it didn't fade...
Lipstick -Max Factor - Colour Perfection in Rouge 265
OSusanna 5/21/2006 7:29:00 PM
Here's your true blue red. This is a gel formula with a great stain. It will last anywhere from 4-6 hours on me without drying out my lips. It fades evenly. I'm anxious to try other colors. Since it's a gel formula, I do not like how the cap doesn't click on tightly and seems to separate, and so I took off a lippie for that. If MF goes away, I understand CG to have the same formula and that's a great thing. These lipsticks are superb in their coverage and wear and they don't make your lips crack.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Hemp Hand Protector
OSusanna 5/17/2006 3:40:00 AM
This is comperable to the L'occitane hand cream in my opinion. I'm consistent about hand cream so I keep a tube of the Hemp hand protector at my desk at work for after I use the ladies room. It stinks. It stinks and I love patchouli. :) There's more than patchouli in there. It's rank. Quality wise I think it's good. It's almost half of the L'occitane pricewise. Today I pulled the L'occitane out of my bag and really enjoyed the smell. I won't buy the Hemp hand protector again.
Esme is a tomato red, but don't let that scare you. It's friendly in its intensity. I apply this with a lip brush and it goes strong for a good 4-6 hours with a great stain. I'm a NC20. It's a matte shade, a little on the dry side (hence the staying power). Even though it's not as moisturizing as my Dior Addict l/s, it hasn't caused any cracking either. I'm really pleased with the quality and no noticeable scent. For $16, I think it's a great buy. The tube is metal and small. I can't see applying this without a lip brush though, because I think it'd be too intense or difficult to wear.
Cleansers -Mary Kay - Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser and Moisturizer
OSusanna 4/22/2006 7:05:00 PM
I had really wanted the creamy cleanser but got this instead because my consultant was out of it. So I tried this and I don't think it's terrible. It suits my skin just fine. There's petroleum in it, so it's thick and it will definitely moisturize. However, the tube only has a little over 4 oz in it and it's $18. I can get 6 oz in the creamy cleanser for $10-11. The Timewise is a decent product but if I'm going to spend $18 on 4 oz, it'll be a Clarins product instead. I don't remember a strong fragrance from this. Great marketing by MK.
This is a RICH cream mask. I have dry skin that breaks out. This doesn't help the breakouts but it doesn't make them worse. Last week I had such dry skin that I needed to put a layer of jojoba oil underneath my makeup to get rid of the flakies. So the next morning I used this as a mask and left it on (forgot about it actually) and went about my business for about an hour and then I hopped in the shower and washed my face. The softness! I use this nightly as an eye cream and leave it on. For the money, it can't be beat. It's heavily fragranced, like all L'occitane products but I like it enough to buy again.
Cleansers -Clarins - Extra-Comfort Cleansing Cream
OSusanna 4/10/2006 10:24:00 PM
I have to say that I liked this. It was at the Clarins Counter that I learned not to ever use foaming cleansers because of my dry skin. I bought this along with the toning lotion that is extra gentle (sorry, don't remember the name). I thought they both worked well. I wouldn't buy the creme again because I prefer my cleansers without fragrance, but all in all, I still think Clarins is a great line.
Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - EyeSlicks Gel Eye Color [DISCONTINUED]
OSusanna 4/8/2006 7:34:00 PM
I liked this. I'm 31 with no noticable wrinkles near my eyes yet. I got one in a dk blue and one in pink ice. I use the pink ice most frequently. Be sure to buy the cover girl sharpener when you get this because you'll need it. Basically I rub the pencil over my lids and that's that. It stays on all day so I bet it could be used as a primer for your lids. The pink ice is almost too shimmery but it's still nice. I'd like to try more colors.
I understand the hype. I used this for years. However, I've noticed a sensitivity to SLS and I now no longer use any facial products with this ingredient. For those who are expecting this to be their miracle product, I've got news for you... it will not take off all your makeup because there isn't enough SLS in it to make it effective for total cleansing. It also won't solve the dry skin problem because it contains SLS. So there. If you can find a happy medium with it, good for you. It's too drying for me and consequently caused more breakouts. I'm finding mineral oil to work much better for me to help keep my skin hydrated and clear.
Treatments -Clarins - Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate
OSusanna 3/18/2006 9:41:00 PM
This didn't do anything. I have dry, sensitive skin and I saw no results with this. It didn't heal anything, soothe anything, prevent anything or tighten anything. Can't figure out what it's for. Jojoba oil has been my miracle, along with a rich moisturizer on top. This is very overpriced in my opinion and the ingredients didn't spell out for me what it could do. So, I will not purchase. I gave it a good go, though with regular nightly use for about 2-3 weeks.
I got a sample of this. Not quite sure what it's for yet, but I did try it out. It contains some kind of starch, I think so it's really not that suitable for my skin. I think what I really wanted it for was as a makeup primer and it was a no go for me. I really like the Smashbox one instead. This is not for those of us with dry skin. I didn't notice any effects whatsoever.
Cleansers -Clarins - Water Comfort One Step Cleanser
OSusanna 3/18/2006 9:36:00 PM
Nice to have on hand. There are days when I'm not wearing a lot of makeup and I'm too tired to do the old cold cream routine. This works well. It's pretty fragrant as all Clarins products are. It's not HG material for me, but it's nice to have for traveling, I would imagine. I haven't tried it for a full face though, so I can't say it'd do the entire job. I would repurchase though, because it's gentle and it won't strip your skin. In general I like Clarins products. EDIT: I want to add that my dry skin probably couldn't take this much more than a couple days out of the week. While it's not a drying product, it's not moisturizing either.
Lipstick -Christian Dior - Addict Lipstick- Digital Brown
OSusanna 3/4/2006 11:33:00 PM
I need darker lipstick because my lips are so pigmented and I like a more dramatic look anyway. I got this lipstick at Sephora after looking at Nars and MUFE lipsticks. This is not really that brown, it's more of a muted red with a little bit of shimmer. It's not cool and it's not really that warm, on me it works with either tones of eyeshadow. The formula is good, it lasts a long time and doesn't appear to dry out my lips much. It smells exactly like the Revlon SuperLustrous lipsticks but this has just a tad more moisture. This is good, but pricey. If I can find another shade next time I'm in Sephora, I might buy another. Currently I'm looking for a wearable red (true red).
Cleansers -Mary Kay - Mary Kay Creamy Cleanser Formula 2
OSusanna 2/25/2006 2:51:00 PM
If you are looking for a basic cold cream, look no further. This tops them all. With the mineral oil content and the low ingredient list, this one tops even Ponds because it contains NO FRAGRANCE!! It's packaged in a bottle with a twist on lid (I think this is fine), it's a little thinner than cold cream but the makeup comes off, your skin is clean and there will be no irritation. It's about $11 for a 6 oz bottle. When basic is better, this is a great option. I use this at night to take off my makeup and I use a washcloth with it to help remove everything. My skin is dry. The bottle claims that this is for normal/combination skin but I disagree because I think oily gals won't like this. EDIT: After starting to use this cleanser and jojoba oil as a moisturizer my skin has never ever looked better. I think my skin really likes mineral oil and hates the soapy or detergent type cleansers. My breakouts are gone and acne scars are fading.
I had really wanted to get another Chanel quad but I couldn't get the rep to wait on me at Nordstrom's. So much for their business. I went by the Stila counter twice before I actually stopped and asked for help. I was on the prowl for a lavender eyeshadow. I had gift cards so in reality, the 6 pan was what I ended up with and it was filled with charm (my beautiful lavender), cassis (deep smoky purple), rain (neutral darker taupe), espresso (dk brown) and Kitten (neutral shimmer beige/peach). The 6th pan was filled with Clay blush. I agonized over the shades but the MA was fantastic. All in all I'm thrilled. The colors are really beautiful and they last forever. I used to be a matte girl but even at 31 I don't have wrinkles so I decided, what the hell? A little shimmer never hurt anyone and that kitten is such a beautiful highlighter. These cling to your lids like nothing else. I will buy more from Stila - I'm looking at a lipstick right now - Esme - online and will probably purchase that soon. What a great line and I especially like the palettes that you can make.