This is a good product when you want a finished, groomed look but don't want to stray into pinks. I use this with MAC's Brave lipstick - it's slightly darker than my natural lip colour but looks good, it isn't as brown on as it looks on the stick. It applies easily and lasts well. If you are fair you won't get a 'no make up' look from this but the colour is flattering and neutral enough to be versatile EDIT: removed one lippy as for a PPP it is actually a bit dark, tbh. Would look great on other skintones though.
Moisturizers -Babor - Calming Sensitive Night Cream
vodkabarbie 8/31/2007 7:29:00 AM
I got this in a trial pack with their Hyol cleansing system , night cream and sensitive eyes fluid after being impressed with a Babor facial which had calmed my ultra sensitive skin. Unfortunately this product really isn't great. It's greasy and thick, like an old fashioned cold cream, and hard to spread on the skin. After just over a month I have started to break out in a way I haven't done since I was about 14 and I am not going to be using this cream any more. I've given it two lippies as it definitely doesn't cause irritation and is good to use on a sensitised face, but I wouldn't recommend it - it's very pricy and hard to get in the UK for a very basic cream.
I got this in a trial pack with their Hyol cleansing system , night cream and sensitive eyes fluid after being impressed with a Babor facial which had calmed my ultra sensitive skin. The good thing about this cream is that it is definitely calming, fragrance free and has never irritated my skin. It goes on easily, feels nice and provides enough moisture for the whole day. However, it's very pricy and hard to get hold of in the UK and has no SPF, meaning I need another product on top for every day wear. I am not going to repurchase but will keep the jar for using if my skin flares.
Pros: Cheap Bottle is sturdy and it's easy to get the product out Really moisturises Doesn't irritate my eczema prone skin Gives a lovely natural shade Nice smell initially Cons: Takes AGES to dry so if you rush you may get patches The fake tan smell appears after a few hours so not one to apply just before going out! I would definitely repurchase as it's the best I have tried of these lotions for dry, sensitive skin and the colour is good even though I am fair.
Hair -John Frieda - Sheer Blonde Healthy Attitude Leave-in Nourishing Spray
vodkabarbie 8/23/2007 7:29:00 AM
I have dry highlighted hair and use this if my hair feels tangly after shampoo and conditioner. I apply to damp hair on the ends. It doesn't make my hair sticky or weight it down and also doesn't yellow my hair. It's not conditioning enough on its own though - I still need to condition with a rinse out conditioner. I would buy and use this again but I agree with a previous review that it is strong smelling.
This is a lovely polish - a lilacy purple with intense holographic shimmer. It's light enough for every day but the flash is incredible. The polish goes on easily and evenly and I get good wear using it with a base coat and top coat. The only downer is the price, but it's such a lovely colour I would repurchase!
Nails Inc have great colours and fun names. I had a set of 3 'colour and care' polishes. 1, Ledbury Road, was a gorgeous raspberry creme that went on easily and lasted well. The other, Westbourne Grove, was a little gloopy, looked pretty but wear has not been good. The packaging is pretty but I found the small round tops made application harder than I'd hoped. It's also pricy.
I've got dry, sensitive skin and a lot of products irritate my skin. I use this over moisturiser either on its own or under foundation from May to October - in the winter I just use SPF15 foundation. It goes on easily and the slight tint means when it's really hot I can manage without foundation, which is great. I've not burnt using this product and am very fair indeed so I would recommend it. It also doesn't leave you looking like an oil slick. My only slight problem is that, while not major, if I use this without a break for a few weeks I get a few more spots than normal - but tonnes less than other sunscreens I have used. It's also well priced and easy to get hold of. I will continue to use this.
Perfect, non streaky two coat application? Check! Lovely glossy OPI finish? Check! Unfortunately this very cool lilac made my skin and nails look grey and dead. I'm a bit too pale for it.
Urgh - on my fair but warm skin, this looks awful - made my nails look grubby and grey, not flattering at all. Also I found it streaky! Definite no.
Fragrances -Clarins - Eau Ressourcante, Rebalancing Fragrance
vodkabarbie 8/3/2007 11:11:00 AM
I'm on my second bottle of this. It's light, fresh but not to my nose as bland as Ckone, and unlike a lot of fresh scents it's not citrus/melony either. I normally only wear edp but this edt does last well - it's not distinctive enough on me to be a favourite, but it is perfect for very hot days - I often wear this for work as it's not the kind of smell to provoke a negative reaction in colleagues! That said, it's also not the kind of scent to make a stranger ask you what you are wearing either. I want to give it 3.5 as it's useful but not special.
I have just 'graduated' into this aged 28 - it's always been my mother's perfume and until this week I therefore, like others, thought it was too old for me. It wears very well - the initial synthetic aldehyde giving way within 30mins to a classic floral, then drying through the day to a soft, warm scent that lasts. The packaging is also stunning. It is a classic, and old fashioned, but still rather lovely and I personally have no problems wearing it on a hot sunny day. I feel it's professional and classy, though not enough drama for me for a big night out! Two words of warning though: a) This stuff is strong, and if you wear too much you lose the subtlety of the dry-down and get that 'too much perfume old person' thing. Go easy (and think of the cost!) b) I'd echo what others have said about body chemistry - my mum and I love it, but i have smelt it on others and hated it. Sample first - this is not universal.
I tried this in the store the other day - this, along with No 5, have been the fragrances my mother wears forever. I always associated them with being 'grown up' and have only just wanted to revisit. All I can say is - WOW! I could not stop sniffing this all day. An initial blast of spicy warmth mellowed down to something rich and sophisticated. This is stunning and despite the cost I am going to buy the EDP immediately. It made me feel special and classy - less 'fun' than the Alien I wear, but definitely more distinctive. A must - and classic packaging too.
I adore this scent. It's sweet without being fruity or foody in the way Angel and others are. Initially it's strongly jasmine with a slight sharpness, which dries on me to a warm, powdery floral with a hint of amber. It lasts really well - this is strong stuff - like Angel, best not to overdo it. I often get comments from others on this perfume - one for a big night out, it definitely polarises opinion. I would definitely repurchase but will say I loathe the bottle!
I bought this on a whim, but have repurchased it so I guess it's a keeper! I didn't like Boudoir, but this is, as others have said, more of a powdery scent. Initially it smells quite strongly floral on me, but it dries down to a powdery rose-tobacco, then finally to the gorgeous leathery tones others have noted. It's a meal out in a sophisticated restaurant, rather than a night out clubbing. It grew on me and people often comment on it, as it's unusual - a lot more people wear Boudoir. I really enjoy this fragrance but it is a bit unusual.