Lotions/ Creams -Vaseline - Intensive Care Advanced Healing
youdroppedabalmonme 2/3/2007 10:55:00 PM
A very nice fragrance-free choice from the drugstore. Unlike some reviewers, I do not find this product watery or thin at all. It has the texture of a cream, i.e. if you pump some in your hand and flip your hand over, it won't drip off. My husband and I both use it for cracked, chapped winter hands after Neutrogena Norwegian Formula was a flop (the Neutrogena product is concentrated, but contains no oils and doesn't really protect hands). We are happy with its balance between rich/oily moisturizing ingredients and relatively quick absorption. I have used it on my face and my 1-year-old daughter's face, too, and there were no breakouts or allergenic responses. I actually think that this is a better basic facial moisturizer than Clinique DDML. It's less greasy and absorbs more quickly. I took off one lippie because the ingredients list is pretty conventional, not a lot of botanicals or active ingredients (hydroxy acids, etc.).
Although my makeup routine is usually all about the lips, mascara's what I wear to feel really "done." I am *so* not into "natural" looking mascaras because that usually means a low-deposit spoolie brush that takes forever to build up any coverage. The more dramatic, the better, for me. That's why I am stuck on Fabulash after trying many, many brands. I can usually get the coverage of 2-3 coats of Great Lash in one coat of Fabulash. Yes, you do have to wipe the brush carefully or you get clumps; on the other hand, I've found that the brush is very effective in removing clumps once deposited. In other words, clumping has not been a problem for me and neither has "wetness." This stuff is dry before I leave the bathroom. Love, love, love!
Adding to the raves for this product (and many Blistex products, esp. the "girlie" ones, seem big on concept and poor on delivery). I love this so much I own 3 tubes so I can have it everywhere. The tint is just perfect on me, a peachy-mauve (warm mauve) that is natural but better. Even without the tint, though, this is just a lovely balm. Feels smooth and light on, has some longevity on the lips, smells vanilla-ish, has SPF... what more could you want? A great, great product from Blistex. They have it at drugstore.com, BTW.
Sorry to wreck the perfect reviews, but this lipstick just didn't work for me. There was only one color in the lineup (Toasted Rose) that came close to YLBB; the others are bright and/or frosty. I popped for the Toasted Rose, which, because of the lipstick's extreme opacity, looked more orangey and obvious on my lips than in the tube. The formula felt thick, sticky, and greasy, and it bled beyond my lipline 10 minutes after application (I don't like to use lipliner if I can help it, but you do need it with this formula, esp. if over 30 like me). I shudder to think what would happen with some of the brighter shades, like Glam. This performed worse than even Wet 'N' Wild's 99 cent offerings. No thanks.
Lip Treatments -The Body Shop - Born Lippy Lip Balm
youdroppedabalmonme 1/16/2007 9:19:00 PM
The Born Lippy line, like a lot of Body Shop products, is hit or miss. I like the texture of the balm a lot; it's very glossy and soft and easy to spread (I like to slather on my gloss/balm and not have to rub a hard waxy stick back and forth for 15 minutes). It has a castor oil & lanolin base, very low in wax content. Petroleum-free as far as I can tell from the label. But. Some flavors are delish (Satsuma Shimmer is my fave) and some are just plain funky and off-base (Passion Fruit smells like cat pee to me, and Strawberry is anything but inviting). You do have to try these in the shop before deciding which one to purchase, because most of them have a tint in addition to the flavor.
Meh. Packaging is cute, and it's not a bad lipgloss. It's just not a great lipgloss. As far as moisturization, this does feel very soothing and creamy on the lips, but it is *so* oily and liquidy that there is no lasting protective layer. And the taste, unlike the pricier Mentha Lip Shine or Philosophy Candy Cane, is far from delicious. It's like sweetened VapoRub. The shine is great when first applied, but fades quickly. I would never use this over lipstick, as it's too runny.
BEST. CLEAR. LIPGLOSS. EVER. Shinier than Lipglass, tastier than Mentha Lipshine, more long-lasting than anything I've tried. It's really amazing.
Well, it's 2007 and Aziza II products are still going strong at the dollar stores, for good reason. Some of the products are absolute crapissimo, which is to be expected at 99 cents a pop. But some are real winners, like this lipgloss. Radiant Rose is the only shade I can halfway pull off, being in my 30s and not a fan of white-frosted lips. I think it's a dead ringer for NARS Sweet Dreams, which I also own, and in fact I like this formula better! The mirror on the package is a nice touch, though not really needed with shades this light. The gloss has a slight fake-grape scent and is thick and creamy. Lasts about an hour (like any gloss), longer with lipliner or over lipstick. This is a nice nude shade to complement smoky eyes. It is not overly cool- or warm-toned; it is a neutral true pink.
This shade gets my 4 lippies because of the Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks in general-- they have an incredible range of shades, a highly pigmented and long-wearing formula, no tendency to dry lips, no fragrance, and classy packaging. That said-- I bought this shade based on the reviews. Otherwise I would not have gone for what looked (through the cap) like a washed-out pale pink that is the last thing a sallow PPP in her 30s wants to apply. I like shades that deepen and intensify my lip tone. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this shade is a YLBB deeper dusty rose (like NARS Dolce Vita or Milani Rose Fetish). However-- the shade has a cooler mauve-lavender tone that doesn't quite flatter my complexion. I'd recommend it for neutral- or cool-toned gals. The formula is lovely, though, and I will use this to tone down other lippies.
Lipstick -Revlon - Super Lustrous in Chocolate Cherry [DISCONTINUED]
youdroppedabalmonme 12/29/2006 10:41:00 AM
I bought this after reading the reviews. I think otherwise I would have been scared off by the Revlon display, which wrongly represents Choco Cherry as a Gothic grayish-brownish-black. It is actually not that dark, and certainly not Goth! It's lighter than Black Cherry and Raisin Rage. I would describe it as a truly neutral (not warm, not cool), pearlescent reddish brown (not orangey brown, more like reddish-plum-brown). It's deep, but not dark, and can be blotted to a YLBB. (Applying it over lip balm also accomplishes this.) It looks GREAT on me (yellow-toned PPP, auburn/brown). This color suits me wonderfully. I really like the Super Lustrous line; the quality is great, it's fragrance free-- helloooo, Rimmel!, the formula is moisturizing and long-wearing, and there is a shade for everybody.
I'm a fan of BB lip shimmers in general-- the slimline tube is feminine and makes application easy; the all-natural formula is creamy and comforting; and of course, that peppermint-chewing-gum scent! Nutmeg is a good color for me, a warm peachy-bronze that's not too pale for this PPP. It's a lighter version of the Papaya shade, IMO. I took off a lippie because I feel our old pal Burt is missing some truly neutral shades in this collection. He added some new ones this past year, but they're all either VERY cool or VERY warm. We need a nice YLBB pinky-brown! Well, whaddya expect from an old guy with scraggly hair and bees in his beard...
Lips -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Slicks Retractable Pencil
youdroppedabalmonme 12/9/2006 9:01:00 PM
Another pleasant surprise from the new, improved W 'n' W. Contrary to the package description, this is not a glossy pencil at all; it goes on as an opaque, matte lipstick. I actually find it a little drying, hence 1 lippie off. Also, the range of shades is limited and there is no ylbb. But, the design is very nice because you can really control the color and don't need a separate liner. You do need a sharpener from time ti time, though. I have this in Plum Pudding, a beautiful opalescent medium violet-rose.
Don't expect frankfurter lips from this... but if you're content with a delicious tingly cinnamon sensation that slightly flushes your lips for about 10 minutes, which is about all I think ANY externally applied product can do, I highly recommend Mega Plump! I got it in clear because the colors all seemed too frosty or bright for my tastes (I'm into deeper shades). It feels and tastes very pleasant, and even minus the bells and whistles it's a very vinyl-shiny, long-lasting clear gloss! I took off a lippie because the packaging is flimsy and the little doohickey that sits inside the opening to remove excess gloss often pops out.
I have the Burt's Bees gloss in Cherry, too, and I prefer that scent to the Lemon Lime. Maybe I got a bad jar of it (with all-natural products, shelf life is shorter) but mine smelled more like Pine-Sol or kerosene (i.e., a VERY strong, bitter lime smell). I do like the Burt's Bees gloss formula, though. My secret is to apply a generous layer-- a thin coat won't do b/c the grapeseed oil base is very light-textured and absorbs quickly. I apply this liberally at night and wake up to find it mostly absorbed and lips feeling great. I am getting used to the scent, but again, not something you want if you're into sweet "yummy" smells.
I would rate these slightly higher than Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers. They have a few features that the Burt's glosses don't: SPF15, a lower price, and a more natural-looking selection of shades. (Why is it Burt's Bees is so stuck on pale shimmery colors--or bright orange?) Both products offer a minty scent, slimline tube, and good moisturization. I think Pout Protectors have a thicker, creamier texture (not as oily and runny, more like lipstick than gloss). I bought Tint of Cranberry b/c I'm a PPP who loves contrast. It is a bright blue-red, but sheer and thus more wearable. I'd like to try Caramel next. Once again, Wet 'n' Wild has redeemed itself from the chalky/waxy/sticky/awful products it sold in the '80s. It's become one of my favorite cheap beauty fixes! Oh, and this product does not bleed over the lipline, and is super-easy to apply without a mirror.