Shampoo -Paula's Choice - All Over Hair & Body Shampoo
dockat 2/27/2005 10:13:00 PM
I bought this as trial size with the conditioner. This is a good basic shampoo/body wash. It didn't irritate my sensitive dry skin and ther is no buildup from using as a shampoo. There are plenty of products that are easier to obtain and cost less and are also fragrance free(neutrogena for one example).
Lipstick -Paula's Choice - Paula's Select Soft Cream Lipstick - Tawny Pink
dockat 2/27/2005 10:06:00 PM
The color is a nice brownish pink that looks very natural. I had the same experience with this product as I did with the Berry Blush color (dry irritated chapped lips) See my review on Berry Blush for more details
Highlighters -Paula's Choice - Sheer Shimmer Illuminating Liquid in Glistening Bronze
dockat 2/27/2005 10:03:00 PM
I agree with previous review, this product gives a subtle glow that would be good for fair to light skin. If you want a little more glisten for a special occasion this wouldn't be the right product. I tried to add more to intensify the effect and it didn't make much difference.
This is a good scrub, if you like scrubs. I tried it out of curiosity. The sugar granules last and will scrub well, the emollient base is very moisturizing and non irritating. There is no fragrance, except that of the cocoa butter that's one of the emollients. I won't purchased again because I'm just not a fan of scrubs; I prefer the alpha and/or beta hydroxy lotions
Lipstick -Paula's Choice - Paula's Select Soft Cream Lipstick - Berry Blush
dockat 2/27/2005 9:52:00 PM
I'm a devotee of Paula's skincare, so I thought I'd try some make up. I received this as abonus with some other products. The color is nice, but the odor smells like my Mom's old lipsticks. The texture is smooth and creamy and I wouldn't expect it to be drying, but I've tried it on several occasions and always end up with irritated, chapped lips the next day. I don't know to which ingredient I'm sensitive, but I will look elsewhere for lipstick
Masks -Paula's Choice - skin recovery hydrating treatment mask
dockat 2/27/2005 9:44:00 PM
I've tried this as a mask and it is hydrating but don't see the point of washing it off. I actually use it as intense moisturizer (which is what it really is,if you read the ingredients) I suppose if you hve normal skin you might want to rinse it, but for dry skin that frequently chaps in the winter, this is a very good gentle,non- stinging moisturizer.
Masks -Paula's Choice - Skin Balancing Carbon Mask
dockat 2/27/2005 9:37:00 PM
Well, I have dry sensitive skin, so I wasn't sure about this product. I bought the 2oz trial size because in the summer months I tend to get more blackheads. Boy was I surprised! It doesn't irritate my very sensitive skin nor do I feel parched after using it! I wouldn't use more than once or twice a month on my skin but It is a very ggod product and would be quite useful for those with normal to oily skin
I bought this out of curosity and was surprised that it does work. It even gets the brow gel and mascara off, but that requires a little more pressure or a couple of attempts. This would be good for travel if your trying to minimize how much "stuff" to pack. I personaly prefer a product called "Wonder Cloth" which is softer and gets the mascara off in one attempt. I found it at Bed, Bath & Beyond
Lips -Jane Iredale - Holiday Pure Gloss collection with lip plumper
dockat 2/14/2005 10:56:00 PM
This kit is a great way to try out JI's glosses. The lip "plumper" is a lip balm with ginger and mint in it. It causes enough irritation to make lips swell a bit. I didn't like the stinging and don't use it any more.
For me this is one of the better lip balms available. I have chapped lips all winter long and have tried many brands- Paula's Choice, Burt's Bees, Chapstick, Blistex, Neutrogena. The JI has the longest staying power and I don't have to reapply as often. It also doesn't leave a white coating on your lips.I've purchased several and have never had a problem with the tube extending of retracting.
I've now been using this product daily for 2 years (and I'm just now finishing it up!) I agree with the review that there is a learning curve for application. It is easy too use too much. I've found that using a small, thin concealer brush to apply the product and then I use the "flocked" sponge to feather the concealer which seems to prevent it from sinking into the fine lines and folds. (I've also used a regular cosmetic sponge, tissue, and cotton pads- they all work) Even though it's expensive, it lasts a long time. I'm definitely repurchasing this one.
I wanted to like this product, but honestly can't. I agree with most of the previously listed complaints - hard to apply evenly, uneven color from container. I don't mind the mousse like texture and it does have a sheer dewy finish that lasts. I bought Bisque and was surprised that it is quite yellow compared to both the loose and pressed powder of the same color. Since I'm very happy with JI amazing base (loose) I won't purchase this again UPDATE There is definitly a learning curve with this product! I purchased the JI foundation brush and decided to try it out. The brush application is a MAJOR improvement. It goes on much smoother and blends well. Even though the color is the same I can blend it so it becomes imperceptible (it's also a sheer product) I would consider repurchasing it.
Well, I had high hopes for this mascara but was dissappointed. The first time I wore it, I checked my makeup a few hours later and was horrified to find it had smeared on both my upper and lower lids. The product is fairly wet on the brush and must have to dry longer than I expected. I agree with the other reviewers that the tip has too much product when it is removed from the tube. I usually like Paula's products but this one was returned.
This is an ok product. I usually use Jane Iredale's Brow gel, so I thought I'd try this as an alternative. The color was fine (auburn) and it stays in place when set, but it comes out of the tube pretty wet and if you're not careful it will smear until it dries. I did like the brush which is long on one side and short on he other. I doubt I'll repurchase.
Eye Shadow -Paula's Choice - Soft Matte Eyeshadow [DISCONTINUED]
dockat 12/2/2004 1:09:00 AM
I received three colors in a swap and thought it was great because I've been curious about Paula's makeup. After trying them for about 3 months I have to honestly say that I probably wouldn't buy them new, however. They are nice colors that don't irriate my sensitive skin and they don't crease. The line is based on conservative, flattering colors. The colors, although rich in the container, are very subtle. It takes several applications with the brush to obtain any intensity even with the liner color. I try for a natural look most of the time, but even that took three or four applications. Even with applying the dark color wet! If you are going for a very subtle look these will work fine but if you are looking for a little drama for evening be prepared to work a bit longer. Personally, I prefer the shadows from Jane Iredale. Just as kind to my skin, they don't crease, and the colors are true. Just one swipe with the brush and I'm done - dry for subtle and wet for dramatic.