Eye Shadow -Paula's Choice - Soft Matte Eyeshadow in Tan
darkharbour 12/27/2006 1:30:00 PM
Raves first about PC customer service. They sent me samples when I could not decide between Suede and Tan. Tan is neutrality perfected. Reminds me a lot of BB Camel; less yellow/orange/mustard, but still warm. This is the perfect medium warm-to-neutral brown. Suede is the one to go to if you need a darker shade.
Liquid -Paula's Choice - All Bases Covered Foundation SPF 25
darkharbour 12/27/2006 8:40:00 AM
I have repurchased this product three times. It gives a sheer, dewy finish to normal-to-dry skin, has no fragrance, and has a good SPF. The finish requires that you use a concealer if you have anything major to hide. My only complaint is the cheesy white plastic squeeze bottle. It is nice that in stands on the cap so that the product falls to the tube opening easily, but that also means than the neck of the tube gets gooey with product. I also use Paula's powder, when I go to work or to a special event, and this gives another layer of coverage and a more matte finish -- also lovely.
Liquid -Bobbi Brown - Luminous Moisturizing Foundation
darkharbour 12/27/2006 8:32:00 AM
My first BB fndtn and I am underwhelmed. First, let me say that if you like this formula, you could buy PC "All Bases Covered" fndtn for normal/dry skin for much less money. The coverage (sheer) and the finish (somewhat dewy) are exactly the same. Bobbi has many more shades than does Paula, however. This is scented. Why? Paula's is fragrance free -- much better for your skin. This is in a glass pour bottle, which looks far more elegant than Paula's white squeeze tube. Yet, this makes Bobbi's less hygienic to use. This is not a bad product, but a totally overpriced one.
Treatments -Neutrogena - Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Nightly Renewal
darkharbour 11/6/2006 11:39:00 AM
This works well, and is a good retinol product that does what other good retinols do. Two gripes: it has a weird, unpleasant smell, like dirty laundry. Also, it sometimes comes out of the tube in a big gob, and not the pea-size dose you need.
Classical, elegant, refined, and warm. Anyone looking for the note de jour, chocolate, tea, vanilla, sugar or lychee, keep searching. Anyone claiming this is old-ladyish or perfumey does not understand quality perfume, or is not yet mature enough to understand the power of this fragrance. This is old school, floral-aldehydic, with a bit of dry fruit. Lovely. Simply lovely.
Holy, holy Grail. If you like the Revlon two-part, long-lasting lipcolor, you will love this. The balm/gloss is much easier to apply than the brush on sticky gloss that Revlon offers. This is a two part product, on a double ended wand. You apply the color with a spongetip applicator -- apply carefully and evenly, or it will dry smeared and uneven. Give it a a few seconds to set, then apply the colorless stick balm from the other end of the wand, for shine and a moist finish. If you cannot find a color you like in this product line, you are really being unreasonable. The shades are great. I have 8 of these, and they have replaced all my other lipcolors. Some creams, some shimmers -- all wonderful. A DS find that is worth its weight in gold. It really does last a long time. The color base does not have that latexy taste that some other products like this have had.
What a polar opposite of the perfectly dreadful Angel. This is a comfort fragrance, and reminds me of the woody/leathery/herbal scents left on my father's suits, before they went to the dry cleaner. It is introverted and introspective. This should be called Angel, and that dreadful cumin-cotton candy confection should be the Alien.