Shampoo -Oscar Blandi - Balsamo di Jasmine Smoothing Shampoo
msjene 2/26/2006 2:28:00 AM
I normally dislike Jasmine, but this shampoo (and the Flying Fox Shower Gel from LUSH) changed my mind. This shampoo works really well too...and I have fried out colored/permed hair. I like this much better than the conditioner. Worth the money if you have drier hair and like Jasmine.
Styling Products -Oscar Blandi - Jasmine Oil Serum
msjene 2/26/2006 2:26:00 AM
Great shining product, doesn't leave a funky residue like most silicone based glosses...smells fantastic. Best gloss I've tried so far.
Cleansers -Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser
msjene 2/26/2006 1:44:00 AM
Okay, while this cleanser is made for a sensitive/reactive skin, like anything else, it is dependant on what you're allergic to. While it is possible that this products main ingredient (Feverfew) can cause irritation in certain individuals: "Avoid feverfew is you develop a rash after touching the fresh herb or have any type of sensitivity to other members of the same plant family (Asteraceae), such as daisies, asters, sunflowers, and chamomile." It doesn't mean that it will have that same effect on all skins. I personally am allergic to lavender which is another "soothing" ingredient. As far as breakouts are concerned, this is NOT a makeup remover and does not perform well in this area, so if you're looking for the one-step cleanser, this isn't it. BUT if you use a makeup remover at night and need a gentle cleanser, this is terrific. I only use it in the morning (I use Aminogenesis Really Really Clean Cleanser at night in combination with Shu Uemura Enriched Cleansing Oil) and my oily/sensitive skin loves it.
I cannot believe that I love this product. I have oily/sensitive/dehydrated skin, and while there is no miracle cure for all three, this product (and the Aminogenesis Phytolagen AGF) is pretty close. When I first opened the jar I was surprised at the texture...it was a big "doughy" and thicker than most creams. It was also oddly colored and had a very herbal smell. BUT, it cured my poor poor skin within a few days. I bought it in desperation during a unusual, but cruel bout of eczema after a trip to Vegas. I wouldn't say its an everyday moisturizer, its more calming than it is moisturizing and seems alot more theraputic and aesthetic, so unless your skin is in "need"...move on to something less medicinal.
I LOVE this "blush". It has the perfect balance of sheer pale peach, beige, gold shimmer. I use it to highlight and as an eye shadow. I layer this with Nars Madly and pop the cheek with Shu Uemura Sakura. Actually makes me change my opinion about blush....love. And while his other Glow Ons are in my Trish planner...these are going to stay in the case because they are so pretty. I'm purchasins and 2nd one since they are limited edition.
Liquid -L'Oreal - HIP Flawless Liquid Makeup [DISCONTINUED]
msjene 2/13/2006 3:37:00 AM
I purchased this in Nude which is a medium warm toned beige...there aren't any light shades in this line yet. I really like this foundation though...it covers well, doesn't fade and looks relatively natural. For the price, its my favorite drug store pick. I have oily, sensitive skin and no problems for at least 12 hours.
Description: With its water holding oil formula which has a great moisture retaining quality, this luxurious, creamy type foundation replenishes the skin for a radiant and lustrous finish. You will experience an exquisite balance between coverage and lucidity. Further more, the stretch powder fits your skin surface perfectly, and just-applied finish lasts for hours.
Review: I really liked the original Creamy Liquid Foundation in a tube...but this formulation is nice too. I wouldn't go as far as saying its my HG, but it is worth the price and I would buy it again. It has a medium/full coverage and looks relatively natural on the skin. The color range is good for light/medium yellow undertone skins (I haven't seen the other colors.) I have light/medium asian skin and I use 104 which is the second to the darkest in the yellow undertone selection. Worth a try. Hard to find in the states...
Brilliant!!! This little tool makes applying false lashes a breeze! I went from taking 10 minutes to 1 minute to apply lashes. I wear them so much more now that they're easy. At $10, this little tool is worth it! Easy easy easy!
GASP!!! This is by far my HG shampoo. I also love the Oscar Blandi Jasmine shampoo because it really does smooth and smells divine. But BIG!!! WOW! I had a buy one get one coupon from LUSH and decided to try this since I already had 3 bars of Honey I Washed the Kids at home. I was kind of put off by the lumpy texture and worried what sea salt and lemon would do to my dry, colored hair. This shampoo lathered well and smelled nice (not fabulous, but nice) and left my hair smooth, shiney and silky...which it has NEVER been ever. It's fantastic. I highly recommend. Note: I wash my hair everyday, but concentrate primarily on the scalp.
I tried a sample of this foundation in Bamboo Beige and Sand Beige. It's a great foundation if you like a more perfected look. If you want a translucent natural look this is not the foundation for you. On the merits of being "full" coverage without looking overly made up, long lasting and in a tube...this is one of my favorites. Thank goodness, because they discontinued my RMK foundation. The Bamboo Beige was a nice light/medium warm beige...but the Sand Beige which was a little darker and more yellow really made my skin look perfected. I recommend giving it a try. I really don't like the other formulas...and glad I found one I liked. Not my HG, but a great product that I will probably use up.
I received this as part of a set and truthfully, it sat there for awhile untouched. I smelt the tester in the shop and I didn't like it. That said, I must confess that I am NOT a floral person. I tend toward more vanilla scents. BUT after a few weeks (and falling in love with the Oscar Blandi Jasmine shampoo) I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did because this is now my #2 favorite bath product (Honey I Washed the Kids is my #1). All the standard expectations of lather and performance aside (its fabulous) the fragrance is like beautiful Jasmine and Honey. It's sexy and feminine and I feel like a princess when I'm using it. It's really made me fall in love with Jasmine. I like it because Jasmine is too strong as an actual perfume, but this mixed with my Vanilla Peach fragrance is just too yummy. I went and purchased the biggest bottle and plan on taking the little travel size with me to Vegas.
Cleansers -Shu Uemura - High Performance Balancing Oil - enriched version
msjene 1/14/2006 1:02:00 AM
This was the first oil from Shu that I tried (it was the only one that wasn't sold out)...and then I tried the Light version. Its odd that this one has much heavier oils compared to the Light, but I prefer it for my super oily skin. It emulsifies all the makeup (including my super heavy eye makeup) and waterproof makeup. It keeps me from breaking out, although other people have commented on experiencing breakouts. I think the secret is to really massage and follow with a foam if you're prone to break outs. Out of the 3 versions (I tried the Classic too) I like this one the best and recommend it.
Powder -Estee Lauder - Tom Ford Amber Nude The Face
msjene 1/13/2006 11:27:00 PM
At $50 (though it is refillable) this is a very pretty compact. Nothing spectacular, but lovely. The powder is a very fine translucent with a very slight golden glow. Not a shimmer, but a glow. I really like this powder, although the compact is a bit heavy for the purse. Still, for the avid collector, this is a nice piece.
Bronzers -Estee Lauder - Tom Ford for EL Amber Bronzer
msjene 1/13/2006 11:20:00 PM
Beautiful bronzer...not too orange, red or brown. Just a slight bit of golden shimmer in a lovely bronze base. I love it. It is offically my HG bronzer...even if after it runs out, I'll have to search again. The packaging is gorgeous, a bit heavy for travel (though I'm bringing it with me anyway). This and the Face Gloss are the best products in the collection.
Polishes -Estee Lauder - Tom Ford for Estee Lauder - the Lacquer
msjene 1/13/2006 11:18:00 PM
At $25...officially the most expensive nail polish I own, it definately is not worth the price. I am certain that with a little patience, you could find the same beautiful nude color for a fraction of the cost. It is a pretty color though. A slightly luminous warm beige. It looks great in some lights, horrible in others. Definately not my HG color. However, when topped with Lippman Diamonds and Pearls, its gorgeous. :) I purchased this because I'm a true junkie and wanted it all. Save your money...its really not that big of a deal.