I found this gel to be too light for my mostly course, curly hair. The one Biosilk product that I do like is the Rock Hard Gelee. It is alchol-free, it has moisturizing Rosewater in it, it works well for controlling my curls and adding hold, and it smells great. Unlike other products of theirs I have tried. I suppose the Silk Therapy gel would be great for more finer-textured hair.
Styling Products -Biosilk - Biosilk Shine on Spray
chokinggoddess 3/29/2004 2:54:00 PM
This helps to protect the hair from flatirong heat, but I do not like it very much. I don't like the smell, and I don't like how oily it is. Even the tiniest amount is super greasy. Yuk. I do give Biosilk credit for not testing on animals.
I must disagree with all the raves about this product. My hair is naturally curly and therefore very dry. This stuff dries it out even more. I don't particularly like the smell, either. It is so very expensive. I do like that it protects the hair from the sun. So I am using mine up for that reason right now, and I also use it as an aid to reduce friction on my hair when using ponytail holders. I hope to find a different product of the same light, serum-type consistency of this product to protect my hair. I will not be purchasing this again.
Eye Shadow -BeneFit Cosmetics - Show Offs (all shades) [DISCONTINUED]
chokinggoddess 3/29/2004 2:41:00 PM
I have these in blue and that champagne-colored one, Icing. This product is lasting me FOREVER. This product is great for adding sparkly, sheer pigment to the eyelids. The glitter is not made from glass, which is important especially if you are a contact lens-wearer or have sensitive eyes. It is not really an eyeshadow--it has absolutely no coverage and tends to crease when used all by itself. I would get matching regular eyeshadow and apply the Showoffs over it for colorful sparkle. If I want the sparkle to match my skin, I use this (in Icing) over the Lemon Aid along with a beige-colored shadow. Nice product--silky, too.
Thankfully, I have rather nice brows to begin with. Fine hairs (that don't get wiry or thick with plucking), lays nicely, nice arch. I do pluck stray hairs, and I use this to help enhance the definition in my brows. It works great. Stays put, easy to wash off, and is great for everyday use. I tried this in Ultra, but found it to be too dark for me. It made my brows look like the beautiful Audrey Hepburn's, but that was a little too "made up" for everyday use. Keep the little brush free of extra brow zing residues, or else it will skip little spots and deposit too much product on other spots when applying. And I have to make sure that my stray hairs are nicely plucked away, or else with this product it makes my brows look sloppy. In conlcusion, this product surely beats the heck outta using eyeliner pencils!
I like MAC matte solid powder eyeshadows. They go on smooth, they last pretty long, and they are delightfully blendable. The pigmentation is not watered-down and is nice and pure. The color you see in the nicely-packaged container is the color you get. I use this in Bisque. Used with BeneFit's Lemon Aid or alone, it conceals the darkness and oiliness on my eyelids. Bisque is fool-proof for me because it matches my skintone--I can just swipe it on and leave! And oh, MAC is not tested on animals, which I like!
Blush -BeneFit Cosmetics - Powder Blush [DISCONTINUED]
chokinggoddess 3/29/2004 1:34:00 PM
I love this totally blendable blush. It comes with a brush that applies the blush perfectly. A little goes a long, long way. At first, I was put off by the fact that it is a loose powder, and it can easily spill all over your makeup bag if it is not closed tightly. It does the job well, though. And a tip--if I want a more sheer, dewey finish to my cheeks, I apply a few drops of water to my cheeks after applying the blush, and gently blend.
Along with BeneFit foundations, I also love MAC foundations. I have used the full coverage in darker and lighter colors. The darker ones seem more creamy, the lighter ones seem more solid. I use the palest foundation that MAC has to offer as my undereye concealer. It works wonders for that! Completely illuminates my undereye area, covering up the dark circles. I also use it for a hightlighter. I think MAC Full coverage actually provides more coverage than BeneFit Playsticks.
I use this in Jump Rope, although I would like to try the Paper Dolls next, as I think it will illuminate my face more. This is a good foundation--great coverage and great formulation. Very easily blended and easy to apply. Also very good to my skin--it does not break me out.
I use mostly BeneFit cosmetics, and this is a good one. It instantly leaves a shine-free finish and evens my skintone. I like BeneFit cosmetics' formulations--they help your skin out with vitamins and stuff WHILE covering flaws and making it look pretty. Plus, they do not test on animals.
Yuk. This stuff is WAY too oily and greasy. The dispenser got very oily as well.
I did not like this. It left little white residue thingies. It is kind of matte, but also very drying.
Sunscreen -Peter Thomas Roth - Ultra Lite Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30
chokinggoddess 3/29/2004 12:51:00 PM
I have not tried this sunblock, however, I read a review written by someone who had said that this sunblock actually made her DARKER! No wonder--it has no titanium dioxide and no zinc oxide. For the best protection against the sun, these physical sunblockers are much, much more effective than the other more sheer sunblocks, which do not physically block the sun. They only deflect the sun. I like Peter Thomas Roth Oil Free Sunblock. It has titanium dioxide, it does not break me out, and when used over Lavender Water, it is not greasy. I have combination/oily skin. Also, it does not leave a white cast on my face and blends in immediately. A big plus? Peter Thomas Roth does not test on animals!