First let me say, I'm not a brown lip color lover (especially on me), I prefer pink and red shades. That said, this color is very pretty and flattering. The taste/smell is gross though, very plasticky (if that's a word? lol), I'm giving this a very weak 4 out of 5 due to the smell, otherwise it would be a strong 4.
Lotions/ Creams -Carol's Daughter - Groove Shea Souffle
Africanbeauty 6/18/2008 9:34:00 PM
Fruit w/ a nice bit of Thierry Mugler Angel, describes this scent. Moisturizing, but absorbs very quickly and easily. Smells great, probably best to either layer w/Angel or similar scents, or to wear alone, because while it's not extremely strong, I can see it overpowering a lot of scents (especially w/the Angel-like notes).
Ooooh I love this smell! It's so soft, and sexy, really nice. As far as a shampoo, I'm not in love with what it does as a shampoo (my hair seemed to a bit a bit drier/curlier, not what I was going for), but it's not "bad", and the smell makes it worth it. This is a nice convenience product, and I feel very luxurious using it lol. I'm also amazed that even though it was sitting in a LUSH container wet, it's still solid, not goopy/mushy at all. As a shampoo I'd give it a 3 out of 5, for the scent and convenience I'd give it a 4.5 out of 5. Also my hair is long, thick, dry, and curly. ETA: I now use Burt's Bees Avocado Pre-Shampoo Treatment after using this, and I lather and rinse w/the Godiva twice. Perhaps that's why my hair is a bit drier than I feel it should be? Wonderful clouds of lather when using this, I just love it!
I've just used this product, so I'll have to update my review when my hair is dry. That said, I'm already certain that I'll never purchase it again. The smell isn't horrible, but it's not good either, and this is coming from a coconut fragrance lover. It's very similar to I Should Coco soap also by LUSH. The texture and appearance reminds me strongly of German Cake Frosting that someone decided to turn pink, which isn't necessarily a flaw, except it leaves pieces of coconut in my hair. I have long, thick, curly, dark hair, pieces of white coconut in it isn't attractive, it makes my hair look unwashed. To me the worst bit is the pieces of coconut, also the jar seems like a bacteria breeding ground imo, not great for a shampoo. Giving credit where it's due, my hair does feel a bit softer than normal, but the flaws make it not worth it. I'm giving it a very weak 3. Edit: Several hours later, my hair is now dried, and it's noticeably softer, really lovely compared to most shampoos I use. However I also have pieces of coconut still coming out of my hair. If they opted for creamed coconut rather than flakes, this would be a fantastic shampoo.
Looks- Dark brown, with tiny seeds (like sesame, but I think they are almond), kinda looks like a slice of fudge or cake. Looks a bit gross on my washcloth and/or shower pouf. Scent- Dessert, an almond, orange, spicy cake. Not my favorite, but not my least favorite either. Pretty neutral, you might enjoy it if you like Pud (though I wouldn't say the scents are exactly the same, but similar as far as Lush goes) Lather/Cleansing- Lathers well when used with a shower pouf, way better than most Lush Buttercreams I'd say. I felt clean. The above said I wouldn't repurchase it.
Smells nice, but masculine imo, actually a white musk scent to my nose, very pleasant but I wouldn't wear it (I'd love it on my boyfriend though <3).
Blush -Stila - orchid convertible color [DISCONTINUED]
Africanbeauty 6/2/2008 3:34:00 AM
Gorgeous rich color, especially by Stila's standards lol. I really like this, I don't know if it's suitable as a blush (never tried, and looks too "moisturizing" if you you know what I mean, to be used on the cheeks), but as a lip color it's pure love. Goes on a deep reddish hue, not goth-like or anything (not knocking goths btw), but completely wearable gorgeous rich color. I'd definitely buy this again, but I don't know if I'd dare pay full price for it, I was lucky enough to get mine discounted from beautycrunch.com.
The color is gorgeous, really brightens and makes my tiny eyes look bigger and sexier lol. The first time I wore it people were complimenting the heck out of me, I was blown away at the response :). I would describe it as a peachy bronze or a rose gold maybe, but on me it goes on light, and sparkly, and I wear it alone. I normally apply it with my fingertips, and it still comes out awesome, mind you I'm no makeup artist.
The clicking doesn't bother me, but I was driving my mom crazy with it lol. I do understand the concern of too much coming out, that sort of happened to me, and yes I do think they are overpriced. Other than that this color is lovely, and gives COLOR! Unlike most Stila lip glosses I've tried, this definitely leaves it's mark, a nice, gentle reddish hue, lasts for awhile (though I haven't tested it w/a meal or smooches lol), shiny (definite plus), and did I mention it has color? Buy it on sale, Ebay, or Beautycrunch.com as I did. I would definitely buy this again, it's close to "staple" status for me.
The colors are gorgeous, went on very easily, not too much or too little pigment, I used them with the E.L.F. smudge applicator, and it came out beautiful. I would definitely buy this again, I didn't expect to love this, as I'm very shy about eye shadows (my eyes are little so I have to be careful w/certain colors or my little peepers will disappear), but this was very easy to use, and flattering. I used the dark shade as eyeliner, and the white sparkly shade as eyeliner on my upper lid, and as shadow, along with the lavender color. FYI I bought mine from Ebay recently, well worth the $21 I spent.
I found this scrub to be a waste of money. It didn't exfoliate my skin, and due to the poor scrubbing power, coupled with the greasy cream base I didn't feel very clean afterward either. I'd recommend saving your money and trying Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub. Also the smell wasn't great either, not horrific, but a faint barely "sweet" weird scent.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Nanette Lepore Love Bird
Africanbeauty 4/8/2008 3:34:00 PM
This smells like a lighter version of Narciso Rodriguez for her eau de toilette or Sarah Jessica Parker's Lovely. Unfortunately I couldn't find the scent on the Sephora.com site anymore to compare the notes, but that's exactly what this smells like. It's clean, and musky, in a very grown up way, not my type of scent, but if you like the first two, then you'll probably like this one as well.
My wonderful swap partner just informed me that she's happy with her end, and so I immediately ran for her package, and grabbed the Heavenly Bodies buttercream I swapped for! I took a chunk of it, and noticed it smells like Tootsie roll, dirt, and oranges. And while I'm not usually a earthy/dirt fan, I will happily use this up! It's one of those scents that when the boyfriend and everyone else are away, I'd use happily, because it's different, and covertly pleasant. I have similar feelings towards Karma by Lush. When I used it on my hands, it left the pleasant notes, without any patchouli. I'm giving it a weak 4, I probably wouldn't buy it , but I'd definitely swap for it again. ETA: The lather is a virtually nonexistent, but you have to expect that from Lush buttercreams.
If you want to know what this smells like, don't go by those cheesy (though cute just the same lol) scented ads in the magazines, because they don't do this scent justice at all. I thought it was a crap fragrance from sniffing the scented magazine pages, only to receive a sample in a swap package a little while ago. I began wearing my spray sample recently, and I've fallen in love with this wonderful sweet floral. The notes are also misleading, you'd think this would be a gourmand (I <3 gourmands), with notes such as creme brulee, watermelon, and vanilla, but no it's predominantly floral. It smells clean, fresh, sweet, yet not in a candy way though. If you like Britney Spears Curious, you may enjoy this scent, it's ageless, I could see a teen wearing it, or a mature woman, there's nothing "old ladyish" about it, but it's not sickly sweet like most teeny bopper scent either. Last but not least, I've received loads of compliments about how good I smell w/this on, it's fantastic, I had to buy a big bottle recently.
Pressed Powders -E.L.F. - Clarifying Pressed Powder
Africanbeauty 3/19/2008 5:38:00 PM
I couldn't wait to rave about the coverage of this makeup! I'm embarassed to admit it, but I'm a picker, I mean blemish-wise. I don't have a face full of pimples, but when I do get them, they are usually painful, and I can't resist messing with them by hand. That said, this has left me w/a few dark marks and this powder did a great job in concealing them (not 100% coverage, but about 70% or higher, which is a lot in my book is fantastic, especially when you're talking about a $1 pressed powder!). I will definitely use this up I'm sure, it's excellent, gives me a lovely and natural-looking matte finish. My only complaint is that the ingredients aren't the best, in fact they leave something to be desired. If that's a concern for you, I'd definitely avoid this like the plague. It hasn't broken me out, but I don't see how it's clarified my skin either.