Blush -Tarte - Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush In Flush
goldee 9/11/2011 11:07:00 PM
This is the first Tarte Amazonian Clay blush I purchased. Sephora had just set out the display with these new blushes and the packaging drew me to them. The product inside was just as beautiful. They last forever, even in muggy, hot, South Florida summers. This color requires only the tiniest amount on a fluffy brush. If I ever use this up, I will definitely repurcharse.
I'm surprised this fragrance (I'm referring to the eau de toilette) does not have more reviews. Maybe it's the cheesy name. The scent, however is amazing. At the mall I spayed two new scents at Nordstroms and later the BBW Into the Wild. Much Later, at home, I couldn't remember which was which and assumed the long-lasting, gorgeous-smelling inner wrist had one of the costlier fragrances, which I just had to have. So the following week I return to Nordstroms and sprayed again. Neither smelled right?! Could it have been the BBW fragrance? It was. The scent starts off with a fruity top note which becomes sort of musky-spicy. Absolutely wonderful scent!
As I am typing this, I'm looking at my nails and every single nail is chipped. Last night, I used my usual base and top coat which normally guarantee me three chip-free days and noticed my first chip this morning. Then they all started to chip. Fourteen dollars is a lot to pay for ten hours of color. Oh, did I mention? It steaks like mad and goes on unevenly. The package is pretty, but the brush pushed the color away from the nail base. Won't repurchase.
This shampoo left a slimy coating on my hair and skin. I hate it when CONDITIONERS do that, but shampoo??
This is more of a sparkly champagne than all out gold. The silver sparkles make it more wearable for me. My hands are medium tanned.
I love "greiges" and this is an exact dupe for Chanel's Paticuliere. I swatched on two nails and couldn't tell them apart. Chanel goes on beautifully with one coat. With Teddy Bare you may be able to get away with one coat, but I use two, just as I do with Chanel. Teddy Bare actually wears longer and goes on just as easily. I assumed it was limited edition, but you can get it on cherry culture.
On me, this smells exactly like Carolina Herrera 212 (which I absolutely adore). It smells clean and fresh and I like that. A lot of perfumes with a "clean" scent are seen as pedestrian and ordinary, but I don't see anything wrong with that. When I was growing up, most women wore insanely strong perfumes, like Youth Dew and Poison (perhaps to cover up the pervasive smell of cigarettes), I welcome the clean scents.
I used this on my daughter's frizzy, wavy, thick hair. It took a long time to use the kit, blow dry and then iron. I followed package directions to the letter. Her hair was less frizzy after air drying, but only for about two weeks after using the product. It gradually turned frizzier than I've ever seen it. It's so furry! I hope she can forgive me.
I would love to buy this product again. It's the perfect neutral: sheer, beigy-pink with maybe a tiny bit of gray. It's been my HG nail polish for a couple of years. I tried to find it, but it seems to have been discontinued. The closest shade in the OPI range I could find was At First Sight, but that was frosted. So, no. Why would OPI discontinue the most flattering shade they ever made??
Shampoo -John Frieda - Smooth Start Shampoo: Hydrating for Extra-Dry Hair
goldee 6/19/2010 10:48:00 PM
I have colored hair. This shampoo (along with the conditioner) leave my hair softer THAN ANYTHING I'VE EVER TRIED. It is thick, lathers well and instantly leaves my hair softer. I stopped using it after I ran out to see if this was what made my hair so soft and manageable. My hair went back to it's dry, crispy self. So I used it again and my hair was great again.
Lipstick -Clarins - Joli Rouge Perfect Shine - Praline 04
goldee 6/5/2010 1:56:00 PM
Wonderful, sheer lipstick! It looks dark in the tube, but goes on sheer and pretty and not dark at all. The shimmer looked silver to me which does not flatter my skin tone, but it went on like a sheer, slightly shimmery MLBB look. Make me look fresher and younger than darker, opaque lipsticks. I'm so glad I tried it on!
This is a large, flat brush. It has a black handle and black bristles and looks pretty sleek. I've washed it every week and it dries quickly and no hairs fall out. I'm amazed at the quality of this brush, since it only costs THREE DOLLARS!! So even if they fell apart after a few washes, they would still be an incredible deal! I am about to order a few more, just in case. I use this with my Clinique Almost Powder and I get flawless cover, but it works great with any powder. I bought it at their website, eyeslipsface.com. I haven't seen it at Target yet.
I don't use this as a foundation, because I need much more coverage than this alone can provide. I use it to set my foundation and give me even more coverage. It does not look cakey and keeps my skin matte. I hope they never discontinue it.
I was heistant to buy this at first, because it contains mineral oil and I thought it would make my hair greasy. But I bought it anyway. Yesterday I had my hair dyed and it looked almost black (which I noticed afer I got home and my hair dried). Tonight, I decided to wash my hair with Dawn dishwashing liquid to see if it would lighten it a bit. The jury's still out on that, since I have to see my hair in the sunlight to gauge. I used the 3 minute undo and blow-dried it without even sectioning my hair, and it looked like I had hot-ironed it. My hair is straight, soft, silky! No frizz! I never get frizz-free hair from just blow-drying! Amazing! I was never a fan of the Fructis, but this...wow. Oh, and those little bits of whatever, just rinsed out. I didn't even notice them.
The fragrance starts with a heavy ginger/spicy smell. Then, no middle notes! I could not detect the florals at all. It dried down to a pure incense smell. It smelled like church incense at midnight mass (a good thing), but sweeter. It was very similar to DK's Black Cashmere, but far more wearable (not nearly as potent, yet potent enough for me). I like it.