Treatments -Olay - Total Effects Intensive Restoration Treatment
Shannalee 5/12/2005 1:52:00 AM
(shrug) I've been using this product near nightly for at least a couple months now and I don't really see anything happening. I'm about to turn 35, have a few fine laugh lines around my mouth and some larger pores on my cheeks/under eye area and they all still look the same to me. I liked the packaging, the feel of the product, etc... just didn't see any results.
I bought this a while back, didn't like it much, then took it out again recently to give it another try. Nope, I still hate it. Sigh. I really want to like this. It's a good color for me (Jax, the lightest) ...but it just becomes too powdery, even chalky, on me. Even with very clean, recently exfoliated, well moisturized skin. I've tried applying it with my finger, a sponge, a brush and straight from the tube but no matter what it never blends worth a damn, instead it settles into my pores and accentuates any fine lines. Who needs that? Back to the drawing board.
LOVE this. From what I understand, the elixir is made so that you smell the top, middle and bottom notes all at once.. rather than having to wait a while to get the full impact of the fragrance. This certainly does the trick. It is the full, rich scent of gorgeous, classic, sophisticated No5 right off the bat. It made me fall in love with the fragrance all over again and if you love No5 you will adore this. For those who don't care for No5 or are on the fence about it, this might just change your mind. The elixir comes in a small glass bottle, with a stopper that you touch to your pulse points and it has fantastic staying power. It doesn't seem to be truly an oil but close... so be aware when dabbing so as not to get any on your clothing.
Good everyday soap for all over face and body. Definitely mix just a leetle bit with water in hand and lather up well though... it's very potent. Nice almond smell. Not too harsh but a little drying, yes. Those who like that real squeaky clean type of clean will appreciate it though. All natural a big plus. Have used for years and will buy again and who doesn't love a little crazy propaganda now and again? Read the bottle. ALL ONE!
Gorgeous texture and color. Never tried Stila's products until now and I'm sold. This one is an olive gold and I can't wait to try some of the others. Goes on like silk, stays on well and reblends easily with a brush, if need be. Perfect.
Masks -The Body Shop - Mineral Gentle Exfoliating Mask
Shannalee 2/3/2005 4:21:00 AM
This is your basic mineral mask and it works well enough but I dislike one thing. You have to scrub to get it to work. The directions state to apply it, let it dry, then "massage" your face with your fingertips, then rinse. The massage part is the exfoliating part but you can't seem to just gently massage to get this to work, you have to really rub hard and I don't feel like it's the best idea to put your face through that kind of treatment. Other than that I was happy with the results.. very soft and smooth... but sorry to say, I have to look elsewhere for one that doesn't require the same steps.
Lip Gloss -Philosophy - Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Lip Balm
Shannalee 2/2/2005 11:34:00 PM
"Yummy red lip balm" Looks dark in the tube but goes on very sheer with a nice tint. At first I didn't like it but it's grown on me. Smells fruity and gives a nice sheer gloss without being sticky. Can be a little hard to squeeze product out if it's realllly cold though, so warm it up if it's been sitting in your cold car or somewhere similar. Was a gift, so I can't say if it's spendy or not.
Lipstick -Club Monaco Beauty - Sheer Lipstick in Glaze
Shannalee 2/2/2005 11:31:00 PM
Looks reallllly dark but goes on very sheer and natural. I get compliments whenver I wear this one. Love it. Nice feeling lipstick too. Wears well. I'd buy again.
Cute little blusher in a round container. Smells nice, good color, price is right, nice soft and light application. I have Rose de Jaspe 95 and I like it. Would buy more from them.
Eh. Just okay. The cream color is kind of chalky feeling, the peach color is very loose and either goes on too bright or not at all, so the teal is the only one that's really useable and how often do you wear teal? This was a gift and I have not tried the brow powder since it's too dark for me and the lipstick is too bright. Better for someone else for sure but still, the quality of the eyeshadows... eh.. not so much.
Lotions/ Creams -Earth Therapeutics - Gardener's Hand Repair
Shannalee 2/1/2005 9:27:00 PM
This is my AND my boyfriends holy grail for daily use hand cream. The smell is fabulous and it really softens our hands. It's a nice texture, not to thick, not too thin. I love it.
Great color.. nice light shimmery "naked" color. Goes great over nude/pinkish lipsticks or on it's own. I like the brush better than a sponge applicator. Feels good too, not at all sticky. Good coverage. I would definitely buy again. The top on mine also cracked and broke though. I don't think I was twisting it too tight. Wondering if it's a packaging flaw?
Too goopy for me. I have to really scrape far too much excess product off the wand before applying. It lengthens fine though.
Liquid -Max Factor - FaceFinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1
Shannalee 2/1/2005 9:15:00 PM
Great color (pale porcelin) for my fair skin and good that it has SPF 15 but it really creases/flakes on me after a while, especially around my forehead and nose where I am drier. I can only wear this after a good scrub and even then. I gotta find something else, but I would go back to it if pressed.
Nice shimmery silvery-mauve color. Smells good. Goes on smooth and creamy. Looks great with my pale skin and strawberry blonde hair.