Seeing mixed reviews, I figures I'd better just try it out for myself. I have shoulder length, fine hair and likes to lay flat on my scalp if I do nothig with it. I use 4 pumps of the stuff and works well for me. It gives just a bit of volume (I don't need 80's hair) and has a yummy scent that fades away quickly so not to interfere with perfume. I like that if I let it air dry, I don't get a crunchy feeling like with other mousse-type products I've used. And of course, blow drying is the best way to get more volume with this product. If you're looking for tons of volume, look elsewhere. While on my tight budget $12 for a bottle is steep, I like it enough to repurchase it.
I have never been a daily foundation user, mostly because I must buy really crappy foundation that ends up looking fake and gross. I bought this stuff in the Classic Ivory shade and it seems to fit my tone just right. I really like the pump, much more sanitary. The texture is mousse like, which I like, and it spread and blended very easily for me. It had an almost powdery feeling as I was working with it. I would call this a light to medium coverage, depending on your application. Unlike many reviews I see where faces look greasy a few hours later, my face has stayed a nice not-too-matte-to-look-natural finish. My skin must have the chemistry to work with this (I have combo skin, generally quite oily T-zone). And it was on sale at Target for $6.99 so I thought, heck why not? Glad I did, it's working for me. UPDATE: This made me breakout with 3 huge whoppers. This stuff is headed for the trash can.
Conditioner -Infusium 23 - Moisturizing Revitalizing Condition
catlady36 9/19/2004 2:21:00 PM
It does detangle nicely, but it hasn't improved my hair's appearance at all. The scent is nice and fresh, but it just doesn't condition my hair enough, which is odd since I don't have that coarse of hair. It weighs my hair down as well, even when I don't apply it at the roots. Will not be repurchasing.
Pressed Powders -Aveda - Inner Light Pressed Powder
catlady36 9/8/2004 11:01:00 PM
I had completely run out of pressed powder some time ago, and decided to try Aveda. I love it. The woman at the Aveda store suggested the mid-shade Honey (I may have to switch to Cream in the dead of winter). It goes on nice and smooth, and has just a little bit of reflective ingrediants to make my skin look even. And it actually has a pleasent smell...normally I think make up smells gross, but I like to smell this stuff. :) I bought their Total Face compact to put it in, because they sell their stuff in pans and it comes in a little plastic containor. I don't mind, it's less wasted packaging. (I plan on trying out more of Aveda's makeup line because I like thier earth friendly philosophy.) Bottom line, it make my face looks good, and keeps that oily-face-look at bay for a lot longer than any other pressed powder I've tried. My HG powder.
I really like Clinique shadows, their packaging is good (but they do get all scratched up and dull looking afterawhile) and they have the kinds of colors that I like (i.e. not too flashy). However, my lids must be Uber-oily because the shadows ALWAYS crease. I'm going to try other brands after I've used up what I've got.
Palettes -Aveda - Total Face Environmental Compact
catlady36 9/8/2004 10:44:00 PM
This is the new palette that Aveda has come out with. It cost me $14 USD. It's a silvery metal with a magnet that spans the whole bottom, (no more having to put in you own from a hardware store!) and a mirror on the whole lid. It came with a foam-tipped eye shadow applicator (not great) and a small, flat brush for applying blush, etc (haven't used yet). I currently have a pressed powder and the podwer puff in the compact. It would also hold 8 eyeshadows, or 4 blushes. I haven't had it long enough to really see how it holds up to a beating, but I'm loving it so far. Reading the reviews on their old Envirometal compacts, I think they improved this one quite a bit.
Lip Treatments -Aveda - Reformulated Lip Tint (Silver Tube)
catlady36 9/8/2004 10:29:00 PM
I bought this in Peony, and wow I love it. It has enough color to it to replace some of my sheer lipsticks with a little shimmer, and it has the balm-staying-power. And it has SPF 15 which is very important for me since I burn easily. I plan on repurchasing this until they discontinue it (which I hope isn't for years to come.)
I've been using this for about a month now. I love it! I love having a moisturizer that has SPF in it, and this moisturizer, no matter how creamy it appears, it hasn't broken my skin out and it doesn't cause an oil slick on my face. Plus, for just under $10 a bottle, I'm sold.
Treatments -Olay - Age Defying Daily Renewal Cream
catlady36 7/19/2004 11:29:00 PM
Well I've been using this cream for over a month now, and I'm still liking it. I use it at night only so far, because while I have combo skin, it's summer and oiliness is a big factor. Need more oil controling moisturizer during the day. I thought that a cream might be too heavy for my sligtly oiler combo skin, but it sinks in and give my face a wonderful soft texture. I have been noticing less blackheads, a big plus. And less breakouts overall, except for my week of stress and PMS (but then, I've always had really nasty skin since I was 12. This is the clearest my skin had been since my teenage acne started (and then never stopped...) While a jar isn't the most sanitary containor, as long as I wash my hands well before applying, I have no concern. And while I ready that some people don't like the scent, oddly enough, my boyfriend actually LIKES it and commented on the smell the first time I used it. I don't mind the smell at all personally. At $10 I can't say that it's breaking my bank, and will continue to repurchase unless for some freak reason it irritates my skin.
Tinted Moisturizer -Clinique - City Block Sheer Tint
catlady36 6/30/2004 8:13:00 PM
I really love this stuff, I just wish it was a little cheaper. I love that it has titanium dioxide instead of Parasol so I know I'm getting excellent sun protection. I accidentally bought this tinted version, but I think it's great. (I don't normally wear any foundation because I hate feeling like I'm wearing a mask.) It gives a subtle evening of my skin tone, and it hasn't broken me out yet, and I'm almost done with the tube!
Treatments (Eye) -Neutrogena - Radiance Boost Eye Cream
catlady36 6/30/2004 4:13:00 PM
I've waited to review this product. I'm nearly done with the tube, and while the smell isn't pleasant, it doesn't bug me that much. The cream doesn't soak into my skin fast enough for my liking. I don't have much puffiness, so I can't rate that, but my dark circles haven't really improved much. Time to try another eye cream...
I've been using this conditioner with the matching shampoo. I have an oily scalp, but dry ends, and VERY snarly hair that requires use of a conditioner. This conditioner doesn't make my hair oily and lay flat on my head like many others. It also allows me to comb through my hair without excessive tangles. And the smell is good but not overpowering. Will be repurchasing.
I used the shampoo with the matching conditioner (I can't get a comb through my hair without using a conditioner). I don't know how my hair would be with just hte shampoo, but my hair looks great. It's nice and shiny, and has a little bounce to it. The fragrance is light and fresh smelling. Anothe rgood thing: it was cheap, $2.99 at Target. It works well with a tight budget.
I got the combo skin clohs and they make my skin nice and smooth. I don't feel itchy and tight after using them, and they are very handy. I used them when I wnet on my camping trip last summer and was so glad not to have to pack a bunch of leaking items. I think that I will be saving these for strictly travel however, because the cloths seem wasteful to use twice daily.
I got a couple little tube of this cleanser during Bonus Time, and it really is nice. You only need a tiny bit to foam up and wash your whole face. It removes all my makeup. Will be purchasing the full size.