This stuff is awesome. I just got it today after trying on a friend's tube and I love it. The price isn't bad either ($11 CAD). I love the colour it gives my lips, it looks like I've just been kissing someone. It has SPF 15 too, that's a plus. I really like how it sinks into your lips, like the reviewer before me said, other lip balms just sort of "sit" on your lips. Good stuff.
Since I'd used other products in the K-pak line with a lot of success, I thought I'd give this leave in conditioner a try, but was pretty disappointed with the results. It didn't do anything for my fine curly hair. At all. I would think this is a good styling protectant for people with hair that's less dry and frizzy, but if you're looking for something that actually moisturizes this isn't it. The only good thing about it is that it smells like bananas and coconuts. The rest of the line is great though.
Lotions/ Creams -Neutrogena - Body Oil with Sesame
ze_newie 6/19/2005 6:10:00 AM
I really like this body oil, it's so light and it absorbs relatively quickly (have you ever tried to use baby oil?). I'm not put off by the scent, actually I find this oil helps my perfume last longer and smell better. The only thing I don't like about it is the bottle, it's really hard to get just the right amount into your hand because it just sort of leaks out everywhere. It's worth it though. Will definitely keep buying. Great for summer.
This is my HG blush. My friends always thought I was just naturally rosy until I told them it was actually the MAC Stain. Too bad it was limited edition. I'm still on my 2nd tube from way back in 2003 though! It lasts a long time. I'm going to try and get some of this stuff on ebay even if it costs $30. I wish I could find a replacement from another brand, but I've tried so many other stains and I can't find one that comes close to this one's ease of application and wearability. Damn you MAC for making such an aweseome product LE!
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Coconut Body Butter
ze_newie 6/17/2005 6:21:00 AM
When this first came out a couple of years ago I bought 3 tubs right then and there because I loved the smell so much and it felt so great on my skin. Last year when I finally finished my supply I went to buy more and I noticed that they completely changed the smell. It smells less coconut-y and more like dough now. I took off one lippie for the smell because it was soooo much better before, but I still like this stuff because it moisturizes so well and it gives my skin that awesome summer "glow." It lasts a long time, too. Bring back the old smell though, please.
I have olive toned skin that looks really washed out and sallow when I don't have a nice tan going, so I tried this last spring. Everyone thought I'd just come back from holiday, it was great. Easy to apply, no streaks, great colour, the only con is the horrible smell. I mean it smells ok in the bottle, like most self-tanners, but once it starts to "develop" on your skin it turns into that unmistakeable chemical/wet dog type smell so I took off a lippie for that, but I think that's the case with 99% of tanners. Apart from the smell issue, it's the only self tanner I've tried that hasn't streaked or deposited awkward splotches of colour on my elbows/ankles/knees. Thumbs up. I think I'll try the gelee next, it seems like it would be refreshing on the skin in the summer.
Treatments -Graham Webb - Vivid Color Reparative Shine
ze_newie 6/17/2005 6:09:00 AM
I got this stuff as a gift year ago and I didn't pay attention to it at first, I thought it was just another serum. It sat in my drawer for the longest time until one day I ran out of Biosilk and I resorted to the Graham Webb. I got hooked right there. Really nice smell, great shine and frizz control, good packaging (I love pumps). I'm still on my first bottle even though I have very long, curly hair, a little goes a long way with this stuff. I guess the only con would be the price but for the results it gives and the fact it lasted me 11 months, I'd gladly pay $30 for 1.7oz again.
I LOVE this stuff. I've tried almost every gel with the word "curl" in it out there, and I keep coming back to this stuff. I have fine, long, 3B hair and this is the only stuff that (when used with styling cream) gives me awesome definition, hold, frizz control, and shine. I diffuse to about 50% dry, then let it air dry the rest of the way and scrunch out the crunchiness and I'm left with gorgeous curls. The only con is that the cost adds up; I have very long hair so I have to use a lot of the gel and the tube isn't very big. Then again, I've spent way more money on stuff that didn't work so I guess I can't complain.
Styling Products -Salon Selectives - Loosley Defined
ze_newie 6/17/2005 5:55:00 AM
I wish they hadn't discontinued this. I think I bought every last bottle in Vancouver last year but alas, I've just finished my last one :( This was my HG styling cream, I could use this with any gel and have the best curly hair ever. It smelled great, defined well, wasn't sticky, and didn't leave buildup. Not even my AG Details lives up to this one. Why do they always discontinue stuff I like?!
I heard so many curly haired girls raving about this product that I finally caved and bought it, I thought it was a great value at $12 for such a huge bottle. I have looong 3B (medium-small curls) fine hair, and I usually use a styling cream/gel/serum combo so I gave the gelee a go. It didn't work very well; it gave me stringy curls, not defined clumps of curls like I'm used to, and the hold pretty much faded after a couple of hours. I really wanted to like this, maybe if it clumped better and had more hold. It smells really nice too. Too bad, another bottle to go in my product graveyard :(
I really wanted to like this product, it smells great, safe for colour treated hair, and has sunscreens. It cleaned nicely and rinsed out well but unfortunately by the end of 2 weeks my fine, curly hair was ill-defined and frizzier than before. I wondered what happened cuz my hair's usually shiny and nicely defined and then I figured out it was the Tech Two. I didn't change anything else in my routine. Even L'oreal colour vive worked better on my hair than this for some reason. The only ingredient that I can see might be causing a problem is the panthenol. Pantene pro-v has that too and my hair hates it. I think my hair's just picky, I'm sure this is a good shampoo for most people!
I picked this up on a whim while shopping at (of all places) Superstore, and although it was $18.99, I'd heard some good things about it and decided to give it a go. I have a LOT of long (mid-back) fine curly hair, and I need my products to not only weigh my hair down (cuz it's so fine) but also clump and define the curls. I used a bit of this on wet hair followed by some Physique curl cream and gel, and Graham Webb reparative shine and I have had the BEST hair day of my LIFE. I got so many compliments on it, how shiny it was and how defined the curls were. This stuff was the only thing that I changed in my routine. Definite HG. Like many other people have said, the only downside is the packaging. I imagine I can just squeeze some into a plastic bottle or something if I ever go on a trip, cuz I can't find the tubs anywhere here. I looooove this stuff. Smells great too, like the Biolage line (to me, anyway). Too bad I didn't discover it sooner!
Awesome toner, I've tried many in the past but my options are limited (I have normal skin so I like toners with no alcohol or harsh ingredients) and this one fits the bill perfectly. Very refreshing, awesome smell, makes my skin so soft and doesn't dry it out at all. Good price too! Only downside (as with most toners) is the packaging; I wish all toners came in those bottles where you push a cotton ball into the top and the product comes out automatically onto it. Apart from that it's awesome.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - 266 Thin Small Angle (Synthetic hair)
ze_newie 9/13/2003 11:24:00 PM
I LOVE this brush. People always comment on my eye makeup when I use it because they think I must have amazing control with a liquid liner when in fact it's just this brush and regular powder eyeshadow. (A tip for anyone that likes to use dry eyeshadow to line their eyes with this - put a tissue below your eye when you're lining; it'll stop the shadow from sprinkling onto your cheeks) I lost my first and bought a new one immediately. Don't even think about trying a cheaper brand, it will not live up to this one's durability and performance. Would definitely buy again!
I bought this on a recent trip to England (I live in Canada so I can't get it unless I go out of the country) and I LOVE IT. It was really expensive, around £16 but I am really glad I bought it. It lasts a long time, I only use a dab daily. It totally evens out my tanned skin and it has SPF which is a plus. I don't recommend this for people with light-coloured skin. I don't know why BeneFit markets this as a "one colour fits all" product, it's not. But if it works for you, it's great! I will definitely buy it again (if I can find it).