This pressed powder is better at controlling oily shine than any other I've tried so far. Very pleased with it.
Lotions/ Creams -Gold Bond - Ultimate Healing Skin Therapy Lotion
tabloid 2/8/2007 2:50:00 PM
Fabulous, fabulous product. It sinks right into my skin without any greasy or sticky residue and leaves my skin soft and moisturized. Right now we're going through a bitterly cold winter, which always leaves my hands (and especially my nails and cuticles) very dry, and this makes a huge difference. Will repurchase again and again.
One of my favourite shades of Juicy Tubes. I don't wear it on its own, since it doesn't impart much color, but instead, wear it over a long-lasting lipstick (such as Estee Lauder's Strong Coffee) and the effect is quite stunning. The smell is a bit strong, but it doesn't really bother me, not as much as some other Juicy Tubes (the worst was Bolole, a LE pretty gold-infused orange-peach with an absolutely horrible smell).
Hair -John Frieda - Luminous Color Glaze for Chestnut to Espresso Brunettes
tabloid 2/5/2007 12:55:00 PM
I was wary about buying this because I have an oily scalp and fine hair which goes limp at the slightest provocation. However, I read the review by Wimple23 and followed her suggestions, and I'm very pleased with the product (key: use only a small amouunt!). I use it together with Brilliant Brunette volumizing shampoo and conditioner, and my hair is full and shiny; I think the gloss brings the rich brown tones in my (dyed) hair.
LOVE this color! It's a deep rose-red (definitely cool, not neutral) with shimmer - perfect for Christmas. Would definitely repurchase.
I have dry, brittle nails and dried-out cuticles so I bought this hoping it would work. It actually makes the problems WORSE! Instead of moisturizing my nails and cuticles, it dries them out even more. I love OPI nail polishes, but this product is a dud.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Lash Architect Mascara [DISCONTINUED]
tabloid 12/12/2006 4:56:00 PM
This clumps worse than any other mascara I've tried. It's too bad because it has several other things going for it: the color (blackest black) is great, it doesn't flake or smudge, and it comes off easily at the end of the day. However, I don't have time to unclump my lashes, and so won't repurchase.
This is a real party color! The color seems to change according to the light (the glitter is most apparent in low evening light, which is why I think of it as a party color) but the best way to describe it would be rose gold.
Shampoo -John Frieda - Brilliant Brunette Shine Release Volumizing Shampoo
tabloid 11/30/2006 12:48:00 PM
I love this shampoo, which I use together with the conditioner. I have an oily scalp with fine hair (translation: it easily looks limp and lifeless) and I color my hair medium brown with light brown highlights. This shampoo gives my hair lots of body and I only have to wash it every second or third day (before I discovered this, I had to wash my hair daily or else it looked lank and greasy). I took off one lippie because it does not make my hair especially shiny, contrary to what the product maker claims. However, it doesn't dry out my hair, either, which other shampoos have done, even some which are more expensive than this one. EDIT: I've updated this to 5 lippies because it's been months since I first started using this shampoo and I'm still very, very happy with it. With other shampoos, I found that I loved them in the beginning but found that it stopped working for me after a few weeks. Well, I think this is my HG shampoo, because I still love it.
When I first sprayed it on my wrist, I thought "sandalwood!" and sure enough, sandalwood is one of the ingredients (I happen to love fragrances with sandalwood, such as Guerlain's Samsara). After a few minutes, I started noticing the floral and spicy elements - this is a complex, sophisticated fragrance. As other reviewers have noted, it is rather strong, so a little goes a long way. Perfect for winter, and especially cold winter evenings
As other reviewers have noted, this color is not a true brown but instead is a deep, warm brown-based red. It's a beautiful shade and I think it would suit most skin tones. UPDATE: I've added another lippie to this (so now it's five) after having a manicure with this shade yesterday. Two coats make it a deep, rich browned deep red - perfect for November.
Gels/Soaps -Crabtree & Evelyn - Freesia Bath and Shower Gel
tabloid 10/25/2006 2:29:00 PM
This body wash has the most fabulous fragrance, a gorgeous, romantic floral. It lifts my spirits during my morning shower. Will definitely re-purchase - I think this will be a favorite for a long time.
This would be a fabulous mascara except that it smudges like crazy! Ths brush is wonderful, it gives me long, thick lashes (two coats and it looks like I'm wearing false lashes) and then, about three hours after I've put it on, I look like a raccoon. What a shame, especially since it's quite pricey. Update: Seven years later..... I was very disappointed with this mascara when I reviewed it in 2006 and I only tried it again when I got a sample from Sephora. Well, the people at Dior must have been listening because all the problems I had then with smudging and flaking have been solved. I've been wearing this for several weeks and it stays on all day long. The only reason I gave it four lippies instead of five is because of the price. I replace my mascara every three months, without fail (as eye doctors recommend) and buying this mascara four times a year gets to be an expensive proposition.
This looks a bit darker in the bottle than it does on my nails. It's a true classic red (I can't see either blue or orange undertones). Very glamorous.
I love the color (a deep, plum-y mauve creme) but I had such a hard time applying it. It just would not go on evenly, so I just applied it very liberally (forget about a thin coat) and it seems to work. This is not the first time I've had trouble with a dark Essie polish (see my review of Berry Hard) but others seem to do o.k. so I'm wondering - is it me or the polish? I don't have this problem with other brands, so is there a special trick that I'm missing?