This is a review for Sheer & Shine SPF 10 in #361. It's a pearly, peachy, glimmery pink. But it doesnt have the dreaded chalky effect that many of these light-colored pearly lipsticks have. This is my HG! I am olive toned with naturally red lips, and this stuff is so creamy and substantial that it goes on smooth and rich in color. It's SO comfortable to wear, too! Never too thick and never makes my lips flaky or feathery either. I LOVE THE PACKAGING too! it is sooo shiny and sexy. With that dainty little mirror that you can swivel open! It's darling! I would SO buy this again, and again, and again...
Lipstick -Estee Lauder - Electric Intense Lip Creme "Switched On"
Acacia810 3/29/2007 6:14:00 PM
This color is kind of 70's...in a hot way! Come to think of it, it is SUCH a Liz Hurley color (like AliceinWonderland had remarked)...kind of disco dolly too...think Austin Powers. Hehe.Make sure you have clear shiny gloss and super white teeth though. Otherwise the color can be a little too pasty / cool for many with medium light to darker complexions (making streaks in your lower lip). I'm olive-toned with naturally red lips, and I can pull it off as long as I have a decently sticky & shiny gloss. Love to pair this stuff with a simple, mod, black eye-liner look and minimal everything else. It's such a comfortable and long-lasting wear, too. And it doesn't feel drying either.
Conditioner -TiGi - Bed Head Dumb Blonde Reconstructor
Acacia810 3/28/2007 4:52:00 PM
The packaging--kind of inconvenient when your hands are slippery in the wash. This product was not for me at the time, but it could very well have just been me. My hair was parched and straw-like, so I got this, paired with the shampoo...And I was not even mildly impressed. My hair actually felt more brittle and drier than ever. Later on, a hairdresser informed me that my hair may have been missing hydration, but got over loaded on proteins. And that made the strands crispy and stiff. What I learned--it's useful to distinguish between damaged/ malnourished hair and just basic dry hair.
Paired this with Reconstructor...And I was not even mildly impressed. My hair actually felt more brittle and dry than ever. Later on, a hairdresser informed me that my hair may have been missing hydration, but got over loaded on proteins. And that made the strands crispy and stiff.
I bought this stuff when I was broke during my 3rd year of college. It's super cheap, and gives your hair a coat of greasy, temporary "sheen" until your account's back in the positive again. But during the meantime, illusory pretty hair for $3.00 is just fine. So no, I will not "plan on" buying this again anytime soon.
This stuff is really a 2. I want to deduct a lippie out of principles because it's kinda expensive and so why should I tolerate such mediocrity? But then it's both a body wash AND a shampoo...so maybe I'm using it wrong or maybe this is for people who are low-maintenance? So I give a lippie back... And then I wonder, why do I have to spend $ on salon brand shampoo only to find myself afflicted with The Emperor's New Clothes? Maybe I should just come right out and admit to hating how DRYING, tangling, and stinky this stuff is.
Just kinda...eh, not great. Very average drugstore shampoo: Drying, harsh, gunk-coating, frizzifying, 80's-crimped hair-smelling, and generally unsatisfactory. It's weird because I LOVE the Moist conditioner. The two products perform and smell as if they were diff. brands. In fact, the Moist condish is one of the very few drugstore conditioners that I am proud to endorse (along with Neutrogena Triple Moisture condish). But honestly the shampoo sucks.
Shampoo -Back to Basics - White Grapefruit Clarifying Shampoo
Acacia810 3/28/2007 4:08:00 PM
Definitely cleansing! But too harsh for my liking. I got this a couple years ago and I practically couldn't finish it. My hair is thick, dry, curly, and super frizzy. I used this stuff a little too often (2X/wk) for my hair type. It really turned my strands into straw. My hair was so parched, it looked like death even though it was clean. Eventually i figured it out though--once a week, and just a teeny tiny drop mainly just to wash the ROOTS. Then it worked pretty well. One thing that I remember most clearly--the foul scent. The "grapefruit" is totally plastic-y and stale. Less fruity and more just sour.
Definitely a love-hate relationship. I like the dry down so much more. It generally smells kind of matronly! Like a rich, glamazon matriarch whose daughters are perfected by their upbringing yet resentful of their diva mom. THATS HOT! ...Or not? I ain't gonna lie, I've almost finished it ;) And I'm 25! And it was a gift from my sis, but only because she hated it. It gives her sneezing and asthmatic fits. No joke. Am I gonna go out of my way to buy this product that I am SO CONFUSED about? Probably not. If anything I'd get a smaller bottle, and wear it only when I need to channel my inner "Mommy Dearest". EDIT: I am no longer confused, and I know I will definitely have to get another bottle. When I wear Attraction, I am in Type A heaven, my inner matriarch / executive is happy, and that makes my day go more efficiently!
I like that it is warm, sweet, and heady. These are my requirements for fragrance. Sui Dreams almost fits the bill. But it's not foxy enough for my taste. I like Dior Hypnotic Poison & Addict best. I like basically a more aggressive and musky version of this. I bought Sui Dreams because I worked with children, and I believe scents send powerful messages. This was perfect for keeping the vixen in check, and expressing just the sweet and playful side instead. The dry down does get suddenly sexier though. I found one that was kind of like Sui Dreams--Bath & Body Works' Tahiti Coconut Vanille...not as powdery and little girly; it has a tropical, beachy charm. I like it better than Sui Dreams. Check it out if you also "basically" love Sui Dreams but find it lacking in some sultry element.
I discovered this at 16. My life hasn't been the same since. I am 25 now, it has been my HG for 9 years bec it fits my personality, style, and body chemistry SO WELL, that i can't help but to think of it as a secret weapon. GRAR!
RAAAWRRR~~~~ This potion is part of my MO. It's like a Power Suit by day and Knee High Stilettos by night. It's aggressive, sexual, unapologetic, and only half the people you run into will appreciate it. That's kind of its thing! Read the review by JadziaDAx for more details.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Japanese Cherry Blossom body splash
Acacia810 3/22/2007 5:15:00 PM
Ok, the truth is, I love it. But I love scents that give you that hearty kick in the head. There's that element of surprise in it, bec. BBW is growing up, and making these classier and more seductive scents (this SPLASH could pass as real perfume). I took a lippie off, because it could be a tiny bit less sweet/ sharp/ forcefully prissy. I sometimes feel self-conscious in public places when wearing this. Heh, but at home, that's another story...I got this in essential oil form, and I love its potent fragrance filling up the entire apt....I blow it out 20 mins before people come by though.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Brown Sugar and Fig Body Lotion
Acacia810 3/22/2007 5:06:00 PM
I think BBW has been so awesome in recent years. They keep coming up with more complex and interesting smells. THIS STUFF smells so dreamy, seductive, and unique. I apply it whenever I need encouragement. I also have Anti-bacterial hand gel in this scent. I've therefore, associated the smell with cleanliness too....aahh, it soothes this germ-a-phobe's soul. My BF loves it too. He thinks it smells pretty.
What a pleasant surprise! I love BBW--don't get me wrong--for what it is: cheap, pleasant, fun, not necessarily sophisticated, but one doesn't always need sophistication... BUT this stuff is totally grown-up and classy! My tastes in perfume: heady, sweet, sexy, musky My HG's: Dior Addict; Dior Hypnotic Poison, Bath & Body Works Coconut Vanille! Its versatile--Sensual, playful, exotic, innocent....For something this awesome, I really think the price is dirt cheap. My only b!tch about it--the cheapo, fake golden, "spray part" made of plastic, with an arbitrary string tied around it. It's always threatening to snap right off.