Angel Wings *IS* Pink Layer Cake -- but with a twist. It has a fruity undertone and a slight shimmer. It smells like a tropical drink. It's to die for. So, if you didn't like Pink Layer Cake because it was too cake batter-esque give Angel Wings a try. The lip gloss is very moisturizing and addicting! I deducted a lippie for the packaging, the Angel design is cute, but the bottles are too hard, thus making the product difficult to come out. I wish it had mini pumps like the Cinnamon Buns hostess set. The set comes with a bath gel, body lotion, and lip gloss. I purchased this on QVC. However, I would definitely buy this product again, and I hope it comes out in the bigger size. June 2010: A host on QVC confirmed what I reviewed here, Angel Wings is Pink Layer Cake with an effervescent twist.
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Unconditional Love 3-in-1
CarolStarr 11/16/2009 9:50:00 AM
This review is for the Uncondtional Love lotion which I sampled at the Sephora in JcPenney. Take the sweet berry notes out of Falling in Love, and you have the wonderfully sweet (but not cloying) Unconditional Love by Philosophy. I didn't try the shower gel or fragrance yet, but based on the lotion, I definitely want to buy the gift set for the holidays so I can try the whole range of products. The similarity of the two fragrances would allow you to make custom FIL/UL blends. If Falling in Love is one of your favorite Philosophy scents, then you will definitely adore Unconditional Love. Good job, Philosophy. :)
Eyeliner -Mally Beauty - Waterproof Evercolor Starlight eyeliners
CarolStarr 9/20/2009 11:18:00 AM
I am eyeliner-challenged. I've tried the small liquid pencil by tarte that claimed anyone could use it, no dice. I tried Smashbox which also made the same claims, but it came with an angled brush, didn't work. I love the eyeliner look and have tried for years to find a solution. It was QVC (with their outrageous shipping and handling) that offered Mally's Waterproof Evercolor as a OTO value, I decided to give them a try. My set came with three colors -- a plum, an ice blue, and a brown. First, if you have oily lids, run to the Clinique counter and get the mini Touch Base compact for eyes. Without it, the color didn't look right on me and it basically ran off after a minute. Secondly, Mally's pencils are very easy to apply, just like she stated on TV. They are very creamy and for the first time ever, I can make a pretty decent line. I'm sure I'll get better in time. I'm just so happy that I can make a simple line on the lower lid. How do you take it off? Clinique's eye make-up remover DID NOT work, Philosophy's Purity Made Simple DID work to remove the product. I hope that she makes more shades in the future. A great product by make-up artist Mally Roncal.
I do agree with one of the reviewers who posted on the Carol's Daughter line that reminded the purchaser that CD's CEO Lisa Price uses real essential oils, so you need to keep this in mind for when using her products. And as Mrs. Price always says, "A little bit goes a long way." (Which is key with almost every beauty product out there, not just CD.) I wasn't used to a scrub that had oil on the top layer and the scrub on the bottom, but I mixed them together (as directed), took out the flower and stem decorations (I left the beads in as there are too many to pick out) and started my journey. Most people who review the Ocean scent state that this fragrance is NOTHING like the ocean and they are right. I think Mrs. Price meant it in the metaphorical sense, rather than the literal. With that in mind, the Ocean fragrance is fruity and clean. Now for the scrub, I did it as a "tub scrub". It softens the water like crazy, which is a wonderful treat. I did my heels, elbows, knees, and hands, and my skin feels great. (Even better than when I use my Philosophy Amazing Grace or Gingerbread Man scrubs) -- and, I didn't have to "lotion up" afterwards, even if I had the Ocean moisturizing products, I wouldn't use them after this scrub. Unless, you have super dry skin you don't need to "lotion up". (even if you enjoy the ritual of doing so). You can also dip your hands in the oil part of the scrub for a mini indulgence. In a little surprise factor, of all body places, it is my back that feels that most moisturized after resting in my bathtub during this whole process. I also have the Almond Cookie scrub, but didn't try that one yet. I'm Caucasian with sensitive/sometimes dry (face) skin, and I'm pleased with the Ocean sea salt scrub. I would say to use this 1-2 a week at most, maybe more often during the colder, winter months. Please give Carol's Daughter products a try. I ordered these products from HSN.
I purchased this from Bath and Body Works, but they stopped carrying the C.O. Bigelow line, so you'll have to purchase directly from the company. I tend to use this as a leave on moisturizer rather than a rinse off cold cream. I personally love when this product "dries" up a bit in the jar so it's more of a balm consistency and less of a cream. I love to put this on over another moisturizer to blanket the skin. It's very soothing. I also love the dark blue glass jar it comes in. This is a nice basic product.
I love toners! I was disappointed that Bath and Body Works stopped carrying the C.O. Bigelow line (but you can purchase directly from CB's own website), as this is definitely a HG of toners. It's lightly scented, alcohol-free, and does the job. Whenever a company says their cleanser automatically tones the skin -- all I have to do is pour some of this on a cotton pad and watch even more make-up come off. You won't be disappointed.
This Hermes fragrance is perfect for everyday use. Un Jardin sur le Nil is a light and clean fragrance with good staying power. A definite repurchase. The shower gel and lotion are also great products. If you want a little luxury try something from the Hermes line, you won't be disappointed.
Concealers -Philosophy - Supernatural airbrushed color correctors
CarolStarr 6/14/2008 11:37:00 AM
This came in a former TSV offering from QVC. This product came in a nice black compact. I didn't get to use it yet, but I will edit my review when I do. I just wanted to point out, just because one has brown hair and brown eyes, be careful about the medium kit. I purchased a Serious Skin Care make-up kit and their "85% of you can use the medium" quote is b.s., luckily in that kit, the concealer was lighter than the medium foundation. Both the host and Cristina Carlino said they wear the medium. My hair is lighter than Carlino's - I decided between that and my experience with SSC to go with the light kit. I'm glad I did. Check the colors on Sephora as the Q's swatches are basically worthless. If you notice the choices, the last color in the light kit, is the first in the medium, and the last color in the medium is the first in the dark kit. So, I do get one shade in the medium family if I wanted to experiment. I will edit this review when I actually use the product. ETA: This is a very nice concealer, it's easy to go on, the color blends smoothly. It does down the darkness. I recommend this product.
Lip Liners -Philosophy - the supernatural lip pencil-nude
CarolStarr 6/14/2008 11:30:00 AM
I received this product in a former TSV. I really am not one to use lip liner on a regular basis, but I decided to give this a shot. The nude color is perfect. You could even "cheat" your lipline a little bit, but I knew the effect was there, so I'd rather just stay true to the natural line. It's a pretty good lip pencil and was a good companion to the lip gelato that came with it. This supernatural look is great for the summer and the humid weather. Edit: You'll need a sharpener as it doesn't have a built-in mechanism for that. Luckily, I had one on hand.
I got this in a former TSV kit in the melon flavor. These gelatos are best used by squeezing a tiny amount on your pinky and then onto your lips. It smells nice, the moisturization is good, and it gives the lips a clear glossy sheen. The regular philosophy lip slicks (in lemon custard, ice-cream man, gingerbread man, etc.) are more tacky (in a good way), these are more smooth in texture. Perfect for the summertime.
Blush -Philosophy - Philosophy Bronze/Pink Split Pan Blush
CarolStarr 6/14/2008 8:17:00 AM
This product came in a former TSV kit. Philosophy markets this as a mineral blush compact duo. If you watch Bare Escentuals' Leslie Blodgett on TV, she tells you that minerals cannot be pressed, because then you are contradicting the natural concept. Whether or not one believes that, I'll leave to those reading this review, because this Philosophy blush can make you fall in love with a pressed blush all over again. Don't get me wrong, I still like my BE blushes, but this just glides on. (I did use the Philosophy, poreless, flawless supernatural spf as a primer) The pink shade is just right, and the bronze isn't overly dark. I would definitely buy this product on its own. And on a superficial note, the sleek black compact that the blush comes in, is pretty.
I wish they had a maybe option, but as of after my first go-round with the Rare Minerals nighttime treatment, I'm going to have to say I would not buy this product again. I followed the directions and woke up with a small zit on my forehead. To be fair, it might not agree with the skin care that I used a few hours earlier. I used a SCA meltdown and a Wei East eye cream. I'll try it again on the weekend. This was the small 30 day version that came in the June 2008 TSV kit. You couldn't pick a shade (I would've opted for clear), because I ordered the medium-beige foundation, I was given the RM in medium. I really wanted to like this product. But as of now, it didn't work for me.
Zena is a limited edition shade that was in the June 2008 TSV kit offered on QVC for BE's 10th anniversary. I never used a lip plumper before and I have to say I'm very pleased with the results. The consistency of the product is thick, which is a plus for me, no sliding off lip-gloss! I could feel the slight tingling plumping action for about 30 minutes (I made sure not to eat or drink so I could give the product a fair test). Zena is a very light pink, that I hope BE will take the limited edition tag off of and put it in their round-up of Buxom shades. I am very impressed with this gloss. The packaging is cute too. A winner from BE.
Skincare - Face -Serious Skin Care - Olive Oil Kit
CarolStarr 6/9/2008 9:45:00 AM
This is my second time trying it. I'm still not fond of the scent (smells like Italian salad dressing), but the moisturization you get from these products are worth it. The cleanser is an emulsifier and does a pretty decent job taking off make-up, then I follow with the face balm (as a serum), the eye balm, the moisturizer cream, and then as suggested I "blanket in" the Omega 3 serum on top of it all. This is my night time weekend skin care regime and it has been working very well. It allows me to do more peels and/or retinol products. If you need a good line that delivers great moisturization results, you can't go wrong with SSC's Olive Oil line. You can purchase a kit on HSN.
Scrubs -Serious Skin Care - buff polish facial exfoliation treatment
CarolStarr 6/9/2008 9:40:00 AM
This was purchased in a kit on HSN. This was my first time using the product again, since the line was revamped and this was put in the Daily Essentials category. The scent is different (neither good nor bad), but I feel the product works BETTER than the first time I tried it when it was in the clear bottle. If your skin can tolerate it, this would be a nice everyday exfoliant, if not, just use it once or twice a week for the best results. It's a great alternative to the at-home peels and/or peel pads. A definite purchase.