I agree with the previous reviewer that this is a great palette! The colors are very flattering to my blue eyes and cool-toned skin. The shades included are black ebony cake liner, a shimmering bronze-gold with a hint of plum (reminds me of Moth Brown if MB had gold in it), shimmering deep purple, medium warm matte pink, and shimmering silvery lavender (very similar to Stila's Heather, IMO). The shades are great but I absolutely love the brush--the flat end is perfect for lining, and the fluffier end is soooo soft and applies color very smoothly.
Eyeliner -Laura Mercier - Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Black Ebony
yarrthehotpants 11/17/2007 1:26:00 PM
Love, love, love this eyeliner. I prefer powder or cake eyeliners to gel because they are easier to control (for clumsy me, at least!). When applied with a damp brush, this eyeliner lasts all day, never smudges, and stays true black. I wouldn't use it for tightlining or on the waterline because powders are generally not waterproof.
I had high hopes for this lotion, but it didn't moisturize as much as I expected. I put on a few palmfuls all over my body after showers, but about 15 minutes later my skin feels dry and tight again. Also, the sweet, cloying smell gets nauseating after a while. I'll use something else during the colder months and maybe try it again in the summer.
I don't get the hype. This mascara is horrible. The diameter of the brush is too big to wiggle into the base of my lashes without gouging an eye out, so only the outer half of my lashes get color. Even though I wiped off the brush before using it, it clumped horribly. I looked like I had about 3 eyelashes per eye, and it dried so hard and inflexible that my eyelash comb couldn't get through it. I'll stick with Voluminous or Full n' Soft when I want a volumizing mascara.
Loose Powders -Everyday Minerals - Silk Dust (Untinted ) [DISCONTINUED]
yarrthehotpants 9/30/2007 6:13:00 PM
Oh, dear. I so wanted to love Silk Dust. EM is the only mineral makeup I've been able to use that doesn't break me out. I bought a small size of Silk Dust to use as a finishing powder. It worked beautifully to set my makeup and absorb oil throughout the day. However, after a few days of using it, I broke out in horrible cystic acne. I didn't try anything else new, and it wasn't that time of the month so it could only have been the Silk Dust. Since I stopped using it, my skin has cleared up 100%. Sigh.
I received a sample of this in my DHC catalog, and used it after cleansing with DHC cleansing oil, which I love. The only good thing I can say is that it definitely removed all traces of the oil--but it also felt incredibly stripping and drying. My skin is usually oily, but it felt very tight and dry after using this product. Also--do NOT get it anywhere near your eyes!! I got some in my eyes, and it burned horribly. My eyes were painful and red for the rest of the night. I even had to replace the contact lenses I was wearing at the time.
I've repurchased this cleanser countless times for at least five years now. It removes every last bit of my makeup and sunscreen without stripping my skin. After splashing my face with warm water, I foam up a quarter-sized amount in my hands, and massage into my face for about a minute. Then, I gently rub it off with a clean washcloth, and splash my face a few times. It really helps keep my very acne-prone skin clear. EDIT 1/3/08: For those of you who don't care for the smell: CVS's generic version has a more traditional cleanser-type scent (reminds me of Olay cleansers). My only gripe with the generic is that it's a little watery, but for 2 bucks cheaper I won't complain too much ;)
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Cyclic Nano Silver Cleanser
yarrthehotpants 7/4/2007 11:03:00 PM
This product absolutely destroyed my skin. For reference, I have dehydrated, oily, very acne- and clog-prone skin. I fell for the hype and bought two sample-size bars, one pink and one silver. I religiously used the pink until it was gone, and saw no difference in my skin, other than a slight breakout that I attributed to purging. Foolishly, I thought the silver (the stronger formula) would have a more noticeable effect. It certainly did--in the form of cystic acne all over my face, coupled with extreme dryness. I haven't had a breakout like that since my teenage years. It has been several months and the last of the cysts has finally disappeared. YMMV, but proceed with caution!
Palettes -Bobbi Brown - "Ski Slopes" Color Palette For F
yarrthehotpants 9/27/2004 11:22:00 AM
Like most of the other reviewers, I love this palette. I am a cool-toned PPP with blue eyes and dark red hair. I was afraid this might be too warm-toned for me, but the colors are beautifully neutral. The "Cream" eye shadow is a great base color to bring some brightness and evenness to the lid. I ADORE the "Espresso" shadow--it is a matte, blacked-out brown I use for lining. I use it wet to line, and dry to smoke it out a bit. The texture and pigmentation of this shadow blow Stila and MAC out of the water. The "Slopes" blush is just ok. It's a basic warm-toned brownish pink; makes me look a little muddy. I prefer Bobbi's "Pale Pink" blush for my skin tone. I feel the same way about the "Nude" lip color--blah! Makes me look dead! The "Slopes" lipcolor, however, is a gorgeous cranberry red--one of the only reds I can wear. I hope she releases this one as an individual lipstick.
Hair Color -L'Oreal - Preference Shine Extending Hair Color
yarrthehotpants 9/27/2004 11:13:00 AM
I have used this several times, in Dark Auburn and Medium Auburn. Both colors gave my hair a nice reddish tint, but alas, they did not stay in my hair for more than two weeks--as is the case with most reds. However, while the red was in my hair, it looked very natural. My roommate used the "Soft Black" and it looks great--her hair is soft, shiny, and no fading! This is a very nice dye overall; I just wish the reds had more staying power.
I used one of the "Power Reds." Well, it should have been called "Power Magenta." Or, "Power I Have to Run to CVS With a Ski Cap On In 90 Degree Weather to Buy Plain Brown Dye to Cover Up This Mess." I like other L'oreal dyes (Preference comes to mind), but this turned my hair a dark, ugly magenta. Basically this is regular hair dye with a small bottle of super-concentrated red dye thrown in. And on top of that, the color didn't even last long (thank goodness, but what if I had liked it?). I most certainly will not repurchase. The conditioner is AWESOME though.
Hair Color -L'Oreal - Couleur Experte -hair dye / highlight
yarrthehotpants 9/27/2004 11:05:00 AM
I have to disagree with all the bad reviews--this actually worked really well for me! I used the color "Bright Auburn." My naturally strawberry-blonde hair had been dyed a dark auburn, and I wanted to go lighter and brighter. The base color was a beautiful medium auburn. After rinsing that out, I got my boyfriend to put in the highlights for me (it definitely helps to do this with a friend!). We left the highlights on for 20-25 minutes, instead of the recommended 15, so I wouldn't have orange streaks. Now I have a medium auburn base with light auburn highlights--beautiful! Note: I actually wanted my hair to have an auburn/reddish hue, so if you are afraid of "brassiness," this product is probably not for you.
Let me preface this by saying I have tried almost EVERY acne product on the market: antibiotics, Retin-A, Retin-A micro, Differin, Tazorac, even accutane, as well as all the drugstore products. At 22, my skin has pretty much calmed down, but I still get monthly breakouts, clogged pores, and occasional big honkin' zits. Bioclear has helped IMMENSELY in fading old scars and lessening the intensity of my breakouts. I had a purging period of about two weeks, and old clogged pores are still being cleared out, but in general I highly recommend this product. The overall texture of my skin is much smoother and I even have that "glow" (not oil, just nice skin!). I apply this all over my face once a day, and there is a slight tingling but I haven't had any problem with flakes. My major complaint is the pump--it clogged and I can't fix it! Otherwise, this is a great product.
I really, really wanted to like this shampoo, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. My hair is very dry and damaged from color-treating, so I purchased this hoping to smooth things out. I have to shampoo twice in order to feel like my scalp is clean,and even then my hair feels kind of heavy and coated, *NOT* moisturized, but coated. ALso, the twist-off top is very inconvenient for the shower. Will not repurchase. **EDIT 11/7*** Edited to say that when I use this occasionally, about once a week, it really moisturizes and smooths my hair. I think it's too heavy for everyday use, but it's great for intensely conditioning once in a while.
Styling Products -Got 2 Be - So Smooth Creme Straightner
yarrthehotpants 8/19/2004 10:04:00 AM
This is a great product for the price, and there's a lot in the tube! When I put this on damp hair before blowdrying, this does a really good job of smoothing out the kinks in my wavy hair and calming frizzies; it seems to have a bit of holding power, as well. I like it better than my Rusk Str8 in terms of straightening. My one complaint is that it sort of smells like a public restroom! Wait, that sounds bad. I mean, the cleaning product smell in public restrooms. The smell does go away, though.