So I wound up buying most of the Pat Wex line before the summer and I've used over a period of time before reviewing. I have already or will review several other products. Overall, I really do like the Night Reversal and Repair Cream. Being over 30, I feel like I need something richer and thicker than I did in my 20s. This fit the bill - was rich and creamy. No scent. Could have sunk in a little quicker. Some mornings I feel almost like i am washing off the surface layer of moisturizer - but maybe i am using too much? But overall, I really like this product. It didn't break me out and went on smoothly. I hate Pat Wexler's packing overall on almost all of her stuff. I think bath and body works has a return policy, so check it out if you are in need of a new night moisturizer.
I've been using this product for several months now and finally feel ready to review it. Let me get the negatives out of the way first - yes, it was expensive but I had a coupon for $10 off, so I was excited to try this line. Secondly, the 3rd time I opened the lid (the awful oversized lid) the plastic thingy inside fell out - you need it to screw the cap on properly so everytime i open the darn thing, it falls out. The packaging in general sucks just like everyone else says. Fourth, I feel for the summer that this leaves my face a little TOO shiny - a little TOO bright, if you know what i mean, but it worked great in the cooler months. I put some BE Mineral Veil on top to absorb a little of the shine if necessary. As far as the positives of this product - it sinks in quickly and love the smooth whipped-like consistency. You only need a little bit and it very easily spreads. I did not break out from this product and never felt like my face was dry throughout the day, nor did I feel like it was more oily. I like it and would re-purchase, but it is not my HG moisturizer. See if you can get a sample or try it out and see what the return policy is if you don't like it.
I have wavy hair ONLY in the humid weather! I'm not complaining though - it does get frizzy, but with certain products it gets a real curl to it. I've tried many products over the years and I can honestly say that this is the best curl defining product I have ever used - no crunchy feel to it, just smooth and soft! I put one pump in while my fair is still really wet and then I scrunch it, then go to bed with it still damp. After I wake up, I just use a spray bottle to wet my hair, put in a little Redken In the Loop and hairspray and I am ready to go! I've gotten tons of compliments and the look stays all day. I've also used this with a diffuser to go out immediately and I love it. Highly Recommend!
I'm a PPP and my legs feel desperately naked this time of year! I NEEDED to find a good self tanner to make me feel less like an Eskimo (actually, I'm Polish), So I've tried a ton of DS versions over the years and I CANNOT STAND the smell. I feel that that smell follows me around all day!!!! So finally I found my savior in BE Faux Tan! I was watching QVC one night and they kept raving about the lack of 'stink', so the next day I went to Sephora and sure enough...they were sold out!!!!! So I trekked over to ULTA and bought it there for about $20 USD, rather pricey, but worth it if it worked. I put it on - just my legs - after showering. There was no yucky scent, but it sure did stain my hands. I had to wash over and over and exfoliate before it was gone....but SO WORTH IT! I loved the naturally tan color. It lasted several days - yes, there was some spotting as it faded, but I didn't think it was too noticeable. I totally recommend this product. You only need a small amount and rub it in really well. I will try the suggestion of the medical gloves from another reviewer. Good luck and hope you like it as much as I do!
This is my 2nd MAC blushcreme (Lillicent is the 1st - see my review). I purposely bought this one based on how much I LOVE Lillicent and also the good reviews on MUA. Where Lillicent is more peachy-toned, Brit Wit is more of a mauve-pink. Looks totally natural and blends seemlessly. Gives a "blush" of color and the creme factor adds a hint of dewiness, which I love. I use the (extremely expensive) MAC Stippling brush to apply which is fantastic - you only need touch the brush to the product and then blend on your cheek. I'm really loving it. I've also layered my staple Tenderling blush overtop and it looks great. Definitely recommend and will try more MAC blushcremes and blushes in the future - every blush that has been recommended to me has worked with MAC!
Eye Shadow -BeneFit Cosmetics - Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner (All Shades)
beemoody 3/28/2008 11:19:00 PM
I have been dying to try this e/s for awhile now - they look so pretty in the pots on display, but I also read such good reviews on this site.....so I had to try it!!!! I wound up purchasing birthday suit ( a taupe champagne shimmer; a good highlighter or all over eye color) and skinny jeans (the darker color - a pewter, silvery shimmer; could be an eyeliner above and/or below the eye). I didn't buy the brush but I may in the future - using an avon liner brush for now and it works just fine. These cream shadows have totally impressed me. Everything from the satiny feel to the staying power - the colors set in no time at all and you can totally layer them for a softer or more colorful vibe. I do have slightly oily lids, so when i wore these colors the other day to work with no primer, I really noticed that by the 10th hour the colors had slightly creased. This wasn't a shock and didn't even deter me from wearing again or buying me (I plan to!). I'll have to wait to see if the pots dry out - it's a pretty big pot of color considering you only need a little bit. I'd like a different kind of container for these - don't like the pots very much (too bulky) -- maybe a kit would be good - several colors all together with a brush? Sounds like a good idea to me! I love these and plan to buy more!
Moisturizers -Peter Thomas Roth - Max All Day Moisture Defense SPF 30
beemoody 3/28/2008 10:41:00 PM
My skin is combination - normal to dry; mostly dry in the winter. The SA at Sephora recommended trying this and I had seen PTR on QVC so I decided to give it a shot. I have to admit - I LOVED the thick creamy texture (especially for winter). But I guess this wasn't right for my skin type - it was way too thick to blend in and I felt like I was really tugging my skin to smooth it in. I agree with previous reviewer that it sunk in to a satiny-finish, which was different than most moisturizers for me. I really liked the way it left my skin, but decided that the amount of rubbing in it needed to sink in wasn't worth it for me. I recommend trying, but won't be purchasing for myself.
Sunscreen -Peter Thomas Roth - Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion
beemoody 3/28/2008 10:27:00 PM
I've gotten this as a sample twice now. I do like the PTR lotion better than the cream - the lotion is much more spreadable and smooth on my skin. It sinks in really quick, but I do feel like if I was going out in the sun I would have to be REALLY careful and use a lot of product to make sure I was totally covered and didn't miss a spot. This goes well under my BE foundation and other make up. I'm not usually "oily" by mid-day, but I did think I had a bit more oil than normal when I used this - it could be that i was putting on too much product though. I like this a lot and may purchase in the future. This is a quality lotion and I recommend that you try it out. I'm so happy that Sephora gives samples so you can try high priced products like this before buying.
This is the first Revlon Shiny Sheers that I've ever owned - purchased b/c I had a coupon. I wanted to get something different than my normal nude/natural color and decided to go way out this time. This was WAY more colorful and long lasting than I expected, but in a great way! It is a very bright highly pigmented lip sheer (with some glitter showing thru) in a pinkish/fushcia color - the way I just described it doesn't sound that great, but I really love it! I'll try a couple others per the girls suggestions!
I do wear a lot of bare minerals stuff, but i am not obsessed with it. Still, i wanted to try a clear powdered zit-zaper that was a multi-tasker. I really don't think this is all it is cracked up to be....doesn't live up to its advertisments. Actually, I would give this 2 1/2 stars if i could. I do have rather large pores on my nose and onto my cheeks - and this product seemed to temporarily shrink them. I also liked that it could be worn seemlessly under or over any make up. I hate the mineral smell (smells like the Queen Helene mask) and I think it takes awhile to fade. HOWEVER, I don't really think that this clears up blemishes quicker, faster, etc. than other products. So I am still really searching for my HG pimple blastin' product!!! I will not be re-purchasing nor do I recommend.
I agree with everything that lena88 said below! She pretty much wrote the review for me!!!! I was so sick of being really self conscious about my sweating, so when I saw this decided to give it a try - I'm sorry, but i totally forget how much it was. Yes, I also thought there should be more product for the price. The texture is smooth on me and sinks in pretty quick after the shower, as recommended. I got the powder protection scent and I'm very happy it isn't overpowering or under-powering! Just right! If you are even considering a different deodorant, I highly recommend trying this.
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Anti-oxidant Age Reverse Night Cream
beemoody 3/9/2008 6:15:00 PM
Was looking for a cheaper alternative to Clinique's $40 usd Continuous Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer (dry combo) and I think I found it in this $17 moisturizer for 1.7 fl oz. It is light and absorbs quickly which I like - I spot treat with a heavier cream for the really dry areas if necessary plus i use an eye cream. Anyway, I really like this product for its moisturizing benefits, but I really don't like the smell - like musty flowers or fruit at first like the others have said. It fades real quick, so I wouldn't let that be a turn off. The tube will travel well, but I wish it had a flip-top lid. I actually probably won't buy again but sheerly b/c I love to try different products, not b/c I don't like it!
A few months ago I bought MAC Blushcreme in Lilicent (see my review) and the Stippling Brush #187 that the MUA used to apply it. The blush was maybe $20 but the Brush was about $45 USD. I thought that was pretty expensive and I rated it a 4 b/c of its limited use (and expense), but I LOVE the brush! I love the way the blushcreme goes on - you only need to touch the tips of the brush to the creme to have it pick up some color - and it is a breeze at blending. I'm so glad that I bought it!!!! This is the only MAC brush I own, but I will certainly consider buying more in the future. Compared to my other brushes, the majority of which are Bare Escentuals, this one is soft and lost way fewer bristles. I like it better actually!!!
I wanted to try a new moisturizer for the winter and the Sephora SP recommended this. I've got combo dry normal skin this time of year (winter). I love that it has a high SPF, but I agree with previous reviewer that has a suntan lotion-like scent which I didn't like. My biggest complaint is that I find this lotion to be too thick - it seems really hard to spread in my opinion. And it is just TOO expensive for me right now,so I will not be purchasing. However, I really like that it sinks in immediately (which may be why it is hard to spread?) and I don't have to wait at all to put on make up. I'd say DEFINITELY ask for a sample (the one they have me was generous) and it didn't clog my pores either.
Blush -MAC - Blushcreme - Lilicent ] [DISCONTINUED]
beemoody 2/25/2008 7:30:00 PM
I'm totally LOVING this blush! I'm NC20, on the pale side - with some dry skin in the winter. I've been wanting a creme blush and I figured this was a good time to buy. The MUA picked several colors for me, but she said this was the most natural with buildable coverage - and a good starter creme blush. I have to say that I was impressed as soon as she put it on.....and I had to have it :) It really gives a dewy glow to my cheeks - that natural glow we all try to achieve. The MUA also suggested putting a bit of regular blush over it to enhance the color and staying power. I've used Tenderling (my MAC fav) and several mineral blushes I have in all tones (from pink to orange to reddish tones) and I've been really pleased with the results. OH and did I mention I also bought the MAC Stippling Brush which I think was like $45 USD....even though it was so expensive, I am really glad that I bought it. I think it really distributes the product evenly and helps thin it out. I've also really found that a little goes a long way and I'm happy to know that I don't have to use a ton of product to achieve the look I want. I definitely recommend you try it out and I will certainly re-purchase!!!