I purchased a couple boxes of this in Paris, and it's a better home color than most. I used a dark brown shade, and it was natural looking and didn't damage my hair more than anything else. It also came with samples of a treatment oil.
This body wash is great. The scent is amazing, it's made with natural ingredients, and the packaging is lux. I'm a huge fan.
I'm not a big fan of treatment pads for several reasons: the price is more than twice what you'd pay for a bottle of toner with the same ingredients (yet you go through pads much faster), and the texture is often sticky. Though I'm still not sold on using these in place of a good glycolic toner, they leave my skin soft and glowing. It's unlikely I'll buy again as they're not worth $1-2 per day, but some may find the expense worthwhile.
Lipstick -Hourglass - Grace - Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick
Kayelle 7/20/2011 12:07:00 AM
This is the perfect combination of shade and texture. I have nude lipsticks I love, but they're usually too drying, too glossy, or too shimmery. This one has a great formula that's truly velvety, and the peachy nude color is so flattering. The pretty tube is also a nice addition to my handbag.
I'm usually pretty iffy on lip stains, as they tend to be way too intense, wear unevenly, or dry out my lips. This one is just creamy enough to go on smooth and natural, and gives a perfect flush that lasts for hours. You don't get much in the applicator pen, but a thin coat is plenty under gloss or balm. Definitely a staple.
This is the best stain I've ever used. Gorgeous, lit-from-within color, and lasting, natural finish. The consistency is perfect for a stain, as it's an easy to blend & build cream. As long as it doesn't dry out after a few months, it'll be my go-to blush.
Bath Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Uhma Nagri Yoga Ayurvedic Aromatic Ubtam
Kayelle 3/27/2011 10:54:00 PM
This is an interesting sort of product. Totally unnecessary, but a nice treatment when you want to luxuriate a bit. It's a spicy powder that combines with a bit of water into a paste, and is applied to clean, damp skin and allowed to dry before being washed. It's natural, and helps exfoliate and get circulation going. I believe the instructions recommend using it after an oil massage, but so far I've just tried it at bath time. My first product from this line, but I like it enough to try out some of their other offerings.
Powder -It Cosmetics - Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish HD Micro-Powder
Kayelle 3/27/2011 10:48:00 PM
Ooh, I just love this finishing powder so far. It's light as air and truly translucent, while still managing to blur my pores. It's also talc, oil, fragrance and paraben free, which makes it pretty much perfect in my book. This might be my favorite loose powder yet.
Eye Primer -NARS - Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Kayelle 3/27/2011 10:41:00 PM
UDPP is a standby, so I was surprised by how well NARS' version works. It does just what I've come to expect from Urban Decay, and locks shadow down for hours and hours without looking chalky or drying my lids. I honestly can't tell a difference between the two in terms of performance so I prefer UDPP strictly on a price point basis, but both are great.
This dark purple polish isn't unique, but it's pretty and wears well. Further, I'm not sure if NARS changed this before or after Tallulah was released, but their polishes are now toluene, formaldehyde and DBP free, which I consider a big plus.
I try not to buy NARS blushes because, even though many of them are so pretty, they are made almost exclusively from hazardous ingredients (BHA, triclosan, parabens, FD&C colors, etc.). I bought this anyway because, well, it's just such a flattering and natural shade that I caved. On my fair complexion, it's perfect for creating a slight flush or for enhancing another shade of blush. I really, really like the way it looks, I do. I just don't see any reason why NARS can't replace at least some of the most harmful ingredients, so that I feel comfortable wearing their blush more than a few times a month. I know many probably don't care about the individual ingredients in the compact, but it's something I think is important to keep in mind.
I love PTR skincare, so I was curious about trying their line of hair care (for blondes, brunettes and redheads). The conditioner is deep golden brown in color to 'enhance' brown tones, though I'm not sure that it makes much of a difference (though it does stain my palms Lohan orange). The ingredients are pretty basic and not so good in terms of chemical content, and it seems to perform more or less like an average drugstore conditioner. I'll finish the bottle, but will stick to PTR skincare from now on.
Shampoo -Peter Thomas Roth - Anything But Ordinary Brunette Color Enhancing Shampoo
Kayelle 3/27/2011 10:18:00 PM
I love PTR skincare, so I was curious about trying their line of hair care (for blondes, brunettes and redheads). The shampoo is deep golden brown in color to 'enhance' brown tones, though I'm not sure that it makes much of a difference (perhaps if not very thoroughly washed out it may stain light pillow cases though). The ingredients are pretty basic and not so good in terms of chemical content, and it seems to perform more or less like an average drugstore shampoo. I'll finish the bottle, but will stick to PTR skincare from now on.
Treatments -Peter Thomas Roth - AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
Kayelle 3/27/2011 10:08:00 PM
Like many others, I find this to be too drying and harsh, while simultaneously being fairly ineffective at treating blemishes. I use it occasionally as an overnight spot treatment, but greatly prefer benzoyl peroxide creams. It does in a pinch, but I don't recommend it for those with even slightly sensitive skin.
Cleansers -Peter Thomas Roth - Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
Kayelle 3/27/2011 10:03:00 PM
I really like PTR skincare, and this cleanser is no exception. My mom tried it and found it to be too harsh for her aging skin, but ironically it been great for my acne-prone, oily complexion. It contains glycolic and salicylic acid, and has a nice scent that comes from peach, citrus and oak extracts (as well as artificial fragrance). Overall I'm a fan.