I have oily skin and large, clogged pores in my T-zone. I was really hoping this product would live up to its promise of "drawing out impurities" and help with clearing up those clogged areas. However, I found it had absolutely no effect. I used my regular cleanser then applied this and waited maybe 10-15 min. After rinsing it of, my skin looked exactly the same, there was no precievable difference in the pores on my nose or cheeks. I did find that my skin looked a drier and tauter in those areas so I think this stripped some of the moisture from my skin. I also found that this product stung while I had it on and I don't consider myself to have sensitive skin.
Fragrances -Guerlain - Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca
ixxy 8/20/2009 6:44:00 AM
When I read the notes for this, it sounded perfect: citrus, mint, tea, lily of the valley. All things I love. I was particularly excited about the mint. Unfortunately, that's not what I get when I wear this. It starts out with a faint burst of citrus mixed with grass, then turns soapy and finally the dry down is again grassy. I don't get mint from this at all. It is not an unpleasant scent but it did not live up to my expectations.
I'm not normally a red polish kind of gal but I simply love this one because of the ease of application. This is one of the smoothest, easiest to apply polishes I own. I get great coverage and not a single streak with just one coat. I could probably just leave it at that but I do two coats out of habit. If Essie could make all of their polishes apply like this, I would never buy anything else.
I had read raves about the great application of RBL so I decided to pick up this one to see if they are really worth the $18 per bottle. After trying it, I have to say the answer is a resounding NO. This polish is thick and goopy. The application is very difficult because the goopy polish builds up ridges and raised brush strokes and streaks on your nail. I tried to not over-work the polish but just do one stroke per coat with no success. Because of the nasty streaks, I had to do 3 coats. I just pulled out my bottle to double check the color and I see it has separated. There is a 1/4" inch of "clear" at the top of the bottle. That's worse than most of my other polishes. As for the color, it is a nice nude without being too beige. But over all, this polish has terrible application and definitely not worth the high price tag.
This polish is a streaky mess. Even with four coats over camo, it is still streaky and blotchy and I can see a hint of nail line. That's too bad because it is a lovely, delicate pink color.
Masks -TheFACEShop - Essential mask sheet - CO-Q10
ixxy 3/14/2009 6:51:00 PM
This was awkward to position on my face and dripped a bit when I had it on. After taking it off, my face felt sticky and I had a mild warm/burning sensation. I consider myself to have "tough" skin so because of this, I wouldn't recommend this mask if you have sensitive skin. I didn't notice any difference in my skin after removing the mask. The package suggests this needs to be used 2 - 3 times a week so perhaps continued use is needed to see results. These cost $2 per mask. Ingredients: water polyglutamic acid/methyl propanediol/water, sodium hyaluronate, algae extract, betaine, peg-32, glycerin, peg/ppg-17/6 copolymer, diproylene glycol, sd alcohol 40, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil/ppg-26-buteth-26, fragrance, hydrogenated lechithin, ubiquinone/hydrogenated lechithin/glycerin/caprylic/capric triglyceride/water, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract
Sunscreen -TheFACEShop - Intensive Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++
ixxy 3/14/2009 4:31:00 PM
I have oily skin and have been trying to find a sunscreen that does not make me shiny. My HG is hard for me to find, so I've been looking for alternatives. This goes on fairly non-shiny but after a couple hours, my face is quite oily. It also gives a bit of a white cast, probably because it contains zinc oxide. It has a very noticeable "perfume" scent that I can still smell 10-15 min after putting this on. It costs $15 for 50ml.
Sunscreen -Kanebo - Tiffa Silky Look SPF 50+ PA+++
ixxy 11/27/2008 4:07:00 PM
This is my HG of sunscreens. I have oily, acne prone skin and this is the best sunscreen I have found so far. It leaves a very nice matte finish without being drying and does not break me out. I tried LRP, Neutrogena dry touch, DHC white and Shiseido spf 55 cream but they all left me oily. The Shiseido spf 55 lotion as a bit drying and flaked off on me. This is perfect. And to top it off, this is less than half the cost of the Shiseido.
I've tried using this a few times but I'm disappointed. I apply it to my temples. I do get the cooling sensation for about 5 min like it contains camphor or menthol. But I can't smell anything. Even if I dispense this on my finger and hold it directly under my nose, I can barely smell anything. Once I apply it to my temples, there is no scent at all. I was really looking forward to being surrounded with a nice, soothing minty scent but this does nothing.
After I ran out of my DHC deep cleansing oil, I was looking for an alternative. I was happy with DHC but it inconvenient to purchase. This is available locally and costs $9 a bottle. Before buying this, I compared the ingredients to a few other cleansing oils I found on the shelf including Shiseido and Kanebo. In all the other oils, the first ingredient was mineral oil. This one also contains mineral oil, but the first ingredient is rice bran oil so I picked it over the others. I've used 3/4 of a bottle of this and I am happy with the results. It cleans off my sun screen and so far, I haven't noticed it causes me to break out. I find that this is a bit less emollient feeling than the DHC. Its runnier but it also feels like it is easier to rinse off. I use this by massaging it into my skin for about 20 seconds then rinse off and follow with a regular cleanser.
I read the reviews about the terrible smell and I thought I was prepared. Turns out I was wrong. This smells so awful, I can't bear to use it. And the stench lingers for hours after you apply the product. It is also sticky which makes it difficult to apply. I couldn't bring myself to use it more than a couple times. EDIT: I felt guilty about letting this go to waste so I decided to try it just under my eyes. I've been using it this way for about 3 months, applying a tiny amount at night, followed by a basic moisturizer. So far, it has not had any effect on the fine lines below my eyes. EDIT 2: eventually, this product caused me to develop a really bad sensitivity on my skin. It became red and swollen and burned terribly. I could not apply any of my regular products, for over a week after stopping this because everything burned. These are products I have used for months or years without problems. I had to use absolutely nothing for over a week and then I could slowly resume my regular products. If I could give it 0 lippies, I would.
I've used up 3/4 of a bottle of this and I am pleased. I purchased this when I started using stronger sun screens. Initially, I massaged this into my face for about a minute+, after which I rinsed and followed with my regular cleanser. Unfortunately, I think this routine caused me to break out after a week or so. I stopped using the oil for a while and switched to a lighter sunscreen. Eventually, I went back to the heavier sunscreen and tried the oil again. This time, I massaged it for maybe only 15-20 seconds then rinsed and followed with my regular cleanser. This works much better. It seems enough to remove the sunscreen but the breakouts have not returned.
Lip Gloss -Maybelline - Shinylicious Lipgloss--Pink Sorbet
ixxy 5/2/2008 1:04:00 PM
I bought the "shopping spree" color. This feels very sticky on my lips, no matter how little I try to apply. It adds a clear shine without really adding any color. It doesn't last long on the lips, probably because the annoying gunky texture makes me more likely to lick my lips. I'd say I only get about half an hour of wear from one application. It also has a artificial "caramel" taste to it, like the dollar store lip glosses I bought as a child.
Shampoo -Bath and Body Works - Signature Volumizing Shampoo in Sweet Pea
ixxy 6/26/2007 2:44:00 PM
I bought the "moonlit path" version of this shampoo. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I bought this purely because I like the scent. The scent does not last very long at all so there is no reason to buy this. It left my hair unmanageable and there are much better shampoos which offer more benefits for the same cost or less.
I am caucasian and I bought the "fair-medium" version of this. I used it every day for a week like the package recommended and at the end, I could not see any perceptible difference in my skin color. I would say that unless you're as white as a ghost, this light version won't work. It does seem to be a good moisturizer but it has that "self tanner" smell to it, though fainter than in other self tanners I have tried. I paid $8 for a an 8oz bottle which is pricy for a drug store moisturizer. The bottle is also a poor design. Being wider at the top than at the bottom, it constantly tips over.