Great High-Gloss topcoat. Bought at sally's for about $4.50, I haven't figured out what the difference between this and Sec N Dry is, but I like this and will continue to purchase. not only does it dry fast, it seems to protect well from chips and makes my polish last about 2 days longer than normal.
I'm not quite a nailpolish junkie like some reviewers, but I think this is about the best drugstore polish I've tried. The bottle is attractive, the colors are really creative and rival those of OPI, and the finish is really good.
if you want a really, really easy way to shape your brows, this is for you. Just make sure to follow the directions, and like other wax, rip the strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth. IE, smooth it on from the center outwards, and rip from the temples toward the nose/center of forehead.
I like what these do - the results are good, especially for a drugstore product. But they're a total PITA to use, and kind of lose some efficacy, because I'm constantly having to press it onto my face and it doesn't fit very well around my mouth, where I could use the treatment most of all. They sting a bit, especially if I've just done some scrubbing.
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Facial Lotion
epheme 3/12/2006 7:53:00 AM
I can't believe I never tried this before. I have combo-oily skin (drier in the winter, greasy in the summer) and somewhat prone to cystic acne. This is just the right amount of moisture I need. It doesn't break me out, and the AHA's make my skin GLOW and fade old acne marks really, really well. Dare I say this is my HG? I appreciate that it has SPF 15, too. One of the only effective drugstore AHA products I've ever tried, besides Alpha Hydrox brand.
Hate to ruin this product's perfect rep, but I didn't really love it. Unlike the BioBasics conditioner, which is BETTER than the Biolage it's imitating, this one is just so-so. I would buy the real one first.
Treatments -mark - Spots Away AM PM Blemish Neutralizer
epheme 1/9/2006 11:55:00 AM
nice idea, i like the "zit zapper" cream, it smells nice and perhaps does dry up zits (not cystic, though). The concealer is a good texture but 'light' was very orangey on me, so I deducted two points (one for lack of color options, and one for poor existing options). There's better concealers out there, I'll stick with my MAC studio finish, which has all the colors one could possibly want, and doesn't break me out.
Treatments -MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross - Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel
epheme 1/7/2006 9:28:00 PM
If I could afford this, I'd use it all the time. I have to make do with samples from sephora.com. I think it's so great b/c of the salicylic AND glycolic/citric acid combo. AHA for anti-aging and BHA for anti-acne. What's not to love? It stings a bit, more than the L'Oreal glycolic peel kit, but I feel that the results are so much better. My skin is soft, and it glows, and no breakouts!
I can't say these are the worst eyeliners ever, but I did find several things to dislike about them. First, the brush is not what I'd prefer, I like a brush similar to Lancome Artliners/L'Oreal line intensifique. They dry out and gunk up very quickly. This was the major problem I had. The colors (lilith in particular) are not attractive. black and dark green (cleo and nefertiti) are nice.
I keep my bottle in my office, and spritz 2-3 times during a day. The bottle is still lasting a long time, even with that. Nobody remarks about the scent, neither good, nor "too strong!" which I can hardly see this as. It's nice for daytime. Won't repurchase because I have other, stronger, and more complex scents to wear.
Tinted Moisturizer -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20
epheme 7/23/2005 8:53:00 PM
wow, I swapped for this on a whim, and I wasn't even sure the color would match, but I am really, really impressed. First off, I love that it has SPF20 and retinols. second, it seems to be the perfect balance between coverage and natural look that I want. I have just a few teeeny lines on my forehead and a few redder spots now and again, but this makes my skin the most flawless it can really look. Definitely recommend it (I'm NC20, and I wear the lightest shade, probably the 2nd lightest would work too). Doesn't hold up to sweat well, but that's my only complaint.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Tutti Dolci Eau de Toilette in Raspberry Granita
epheme 7/14/2005 8:47:00 AM
a mouthwatering scent, but does have a weak drydown.
i love oranges, and with my C-Squeeze haul I purchased this gem. the texture of these are lovely, less moisturizing but smoother than clinique superbalms. Very glossy but sheer, lust is lush is bright orange in the tube but a barely there hint of coral on the lips. I love it!
Scrubs -Beyond Belief - Alpha Beta Hydroxy Deep Pore Scrub
epheme 6/30/2005 8:02:00 AM
I really like this. Most of the products in the "Beyond Belief" line at sally's are quite good, and this is probably my favorite. The only one I didn't like was the serum (which ended up breaking me out...). I agree with the other reviewers - the grains are small, but effective, and my skin looks great when I use this.
Cleansers -St. Ives - Clear Pore Cleanser [DISCONTINUED]
epheme 6/23/2005 8:50:00 PM
usually really cheap, but a bit hard to find (only Ulta and WalMart carry it around here). My skin loves it, a little goes a long way.