I realized that I’ve never reviewed my wonder mascara – only referred to it in other product reviews. So, here goes….This is my little slice of heaven. I’m at the shallow end of the gene pool when it comes to lashes – mine are short, sparse, and fine. I’ve tried so many mascaras over the years, from high-end to low-end, and none has done me justice like Voluminous (save it’s sister, Double-Extend, which I believe is a near-identical formulation). Voluminous does add great volume, as you’d suspect from the name, but it also gives incredible length, color, and staying power. It’s never clumpy or spiky (see tip below), doesn't run or streak, and removes easily. I use Blackest Black, and combine with a primer. (I was using Lancôme’s Cils Booster – which is a great product - but switched to L'Oréal’s Double-Extend as I find I get the same results at a fraction of the cost).
Lotions/ Creams -Avon - CelluSculpt [DISCONTINUED]
Honeyblonde 7/21/2003 3:31:00 PM
Shame on me for believing a cream alone could smooth dimpled fat UNDER my skin.
Treatments -Paula's Choice - Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant
Honeyblonde 7/16/2003 6:07:00 PM
This review is long overdue, as I jumped on the PC bandwagon over a month ago, and am a rider for life. (Official slap-on-the-wrist for being so slow.)This stuff is pirate’s treasure. It’s been incredibly easy to slip into my skincare routine, very light on my budget, and produced fantastic results. I have pretty good skin (normal to dry/sensitive), but over the past couple years I’ve developed these little tiny patches of dry skin on my face. Traditional exfoliants either rubbed me red or created a zit. And over-moisturizing just left me greasy. Along comes Paula’s 8% AHA, and POOF - problem solved. This clear gel simply sinks right in, and within a weeks’ time my little flakies were completely gone. I am new to this line, but plan on trying more, having unearthed this precious gem.
I’m really surprised more people haven’t fallen in love with this. I’d been using Lancôme’s Cils Booster with L'Oréal’s Voluminous, and achieving great results – thickness & length, without clumping or smearing. I figured I’d give this mascara/primer duo a try, since both lines are under the same company umbrella, and L'Oréal is much easier on the wallet.I expected I’d like it, but was thrilled to find I love it! I get the same great results, at a much lower cost. And the little tubes are so cute! It’s really nice having both lash products on the same wand; saves a little time and fussing. I have Blackest Black, and it gives a gorgeous dark, full lash look without spikes or globs. And no raccoon eyes. Praise the lower-end makeup Gods. :)
More like DiorNoShow mascara. Quite a disappointment from a high-end, expensive line. Falling snow does more for my lash look than this worthless tube. Do yourself a favor and skip it. EDIT: With so many people raving over this, I figured I should give it a second-go. I got waterproof, and now I must say I understand what all the hype is about. This stuff is AWESOME! I get length, thickness, and it holds curl, doesn't budge or smudge. I don't know if my initial tube was just old and dried out, or if it's the difference between reg & wp. I'm definitely a HUGE fan of this now. :)
I am really impressed by the quality of this line. The shadows are highly pigmented, have great staying power, and come in a nice assortment of colors. For the most part, I’d more likely choose MAC shadows over MMU, for 2 reasons: lower costs and shorter wait time. My MAC store is just around the corner – delivering instant take-home goods without the added fees for out-of-country shipping.That said, these are high enough quality that if I really like a shade and don’t find something comparable in MAC, I’d definitely purchase the MMU one. I’ve tried about ½ dozen colors, and while all are nice, my absolute favorite is the Trilogy in “Atmosphere”. This sandy-beige/sunlit bronze/dark chocolate trio gilded with fine gold shimmer gives my baby blues a drop-dead gorgeous look – smoky, shimmery, HOT.
Eye Makeup Remover -Almay - Non-Oily Eye Makeup Remover Pads
Honeyblonde 6/25/2003 1:57:00 PM
Sheer genius. These are elegant in their simplicity.
Highlighters -Becca - Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector
Honeyblonde 6/24/2003 11:49:00 AM
This is so versatile. It can go anywhere you want a little polished shimmer. It’s not flashy like glitter, more subtle like the delicate glow of candlelight. Good for when you want more than a bare face, but not makeup. Or to draw a little attention to your cleavage or shoulders. Also gives that soft, moisturized sheen to bare legs. Another great use: mix the tiniest bit with concealer, and really wake-up your undereye area. It diffuses light, so darkness and imperfections are reflected away, and all you see is beautiful, illuminated skin.
When I was getting ready to place my first MMU order, I read as many reviews as I could, trying to decide which scent choices were the most-liked. No one critiqued the scents they tried in one overall review, so I thought I’d be the first. I find it easier to put them all in one place, for anyone who’s looking for a simpler way to compare.
Lotions/ Creams -MMU Cosmetics - Shea body butter souffle
Honeyblonde 6/12/2003 3:52:00 PM
Me likey alot!! Using this is the equivalent of an epidermal orgasm. ;-)~ The texture of Shea Body Butter Souffle is magnificent - thick but sinks in easily; moisturizing, but not at all greasy. I got this in two scents - "Tahitian Vanilla", and "Sweet Dream" -- both are yummy, yummy, yummy, like a smorgasbord for the skin. Tahitian Vanilla is strong but not overbearing, decadent without being syrupy sweet. I literally sniff my skin all day long.... (see my other review for rave commentary on Sweet Dream.)
After using this the first time, I wondered how I managed for so long without it. Shavettes is the Cadillac of shaving creams (makes all others pale in comparison, IMO). Gives my razor superb slidability, accomplishing an incredibly close shave without nicks. And the sensory experience doubles the pleasure. The scent amplifies in the heat of the shower, and I am lifted away to nirvana.... Afterward, I'm left with soft, smooth, delicately scented skin. I got this in Pink Lemonade, and it's a Perfect 10 in my book. Sweet without being sickly, tart without being prickly. This is one of those decadent discoveries -- like having a secret crush. Makes you feel giddy to keep it to yourself, yet excited to share it. In the end, I had to share. =)
Poor forgotten, oft-overlooked Px. This line sits in a corner, hoping people will come visit, but not going out of its' way to get them there. I don't use much from this line -- nothing wrong with it, I just haven't been "wowed". For the price & selection, I would generally choose other lines. However, one day whilst tinkering in the cosmetics department, something caught my eye. New ice-creamy colored eye shadows. I love ice cream, so I sampled. And was pleasantly surprised. I bought two shades: Slumber (a gorgeous baby pink with golden flecks) and Wishful (an azure blue). Both blend superbly, wear well, and make my blue eyes pop. Wouldn't make this my everyday pick, but it's a really fun distraction, when I need it. I imagine there are other as-of-yet unearthed treasures in this line. Maybe some day, when my fave lines are slow, I'll discover more. For now, I'm quite content with my current Px "Pick 2's".
Bless you, Biosilk. You have taken my babyfine hair and given it unparalleled oomph & body. This is a powerful product. Just spray on wet hair, style as usual, and watch your hair go from flat to phat. It coats each hair, creating massive volume, without any tackiness, knotting, or greasiness. I use this along with the volumizing shampoo & conditioner, which may assist in the body-building properties. And it smells luscious, too!
Want a foundation stick that wears incredibly well? One that applies like a dream, and looks like a mirage? This is like designer clothes for your face. Silkifies your skin, while secreting away tiny imperfections. It's also great as a neutralizing base on my pigmented lips, making my lipstick go the extra mile. You gotta try this stuff.... for impeccable, Becca-ble skin!!
Ladies and Gentleman – we have a winner! Hot damn. I never cared for the paints as shadows, but as a shadow base, it’s unbeatable. It goes on smooth, blends with any shade or texture of powder shadow, then keeps that look crease-free and fade resistant all day. I can’t believe it; when I go to take my shadow off at night, it looks like I just applied it! That’s never happened to me before. Bare Canvas is the perfect color for my LLL skin – there’s no shimmer, and it’s just a tad lighter than my actual skin tone, so it gives me a little highlight to start with. This has earned its’ rightful place in my treasure trove of daily staples. Kudos, MAC.