Concealers -Estee Lauder - Ideal Light Brush-On Illuminator
msjene 1/12/2006 11:22:00 PM
I have very few HGs, but this is one of them. This is the best concealer for under the eye area and over dark spots. The area is pretty well covered, looks like luminous skin and wears well all day. I don't brush it directly on my skin for hygenic purposes...and one lasts me about 2 months with daily use. It makes a GREAT touch up foundation too. I have this in Medium which is a literal medium warm toned beige. Fantastic.
With its patented shape (to fit the HUMAN eye socket, not just the flatter Asian eye) and silicone (not rubber) pad, I was sold on this curler a long time ago. Perfect curl and no pinching or odd bends. I love the Limited Edition Black Nickel...although the Stainless Steel is equally as effective. Blows away all the other curlers on the market.
At $195 this is actually an affordable product by La Prairie. The newest discovery in skincare are products that target inflammation as the cause of skin problems. This cream/serum was meant to be used under your moisturizer, although I use it without anything else because I have oily skin. This is an amazing product and I will say that it will be one of the very few products that gets used up. It delivers results. After just a few days, my skin texture is smooth, makeup stays on all day without touch up and I get compliments on my skin even after a hard night. I highly recommend this product to those who are sensitive or who have tried everything...this is just the best product for 30+ skin. You have to try it to believe it.
Overall a nice product, but for a purifying mask, I had better results from a more traditional mud mask like LUSH Cupcake or Fango. I've learned to just splurge (which I do big time) on treatment products and be more frugal about products like cleansers and masks.
I originally purchased this as a foundation primer, since I was told the foundation would spread like its on glass. Okay, so it was a nice primer...but not any different or better than other silicone based products. I much rather use the Perfekt or Shu Uemura Base. Not worth the money.
Treatments (Eye) -La Prairie - Cellular Radiance Eye Cream
msjene 1/9/2006 4:09:00 AM
I would buy this product if I could afford it....but I did get to try a very generous sample and will say that this is one of the best eye creams for those over 30. It's rich but not greasy and you can really feel and see a difference right away. For $250 it lives up to its promises...however, you can probably find one that is just as good for a bit less. FYI: La Prairie's Anti-Aging Complex worked wonders for me when used under eye cream.
I absolutely love the concept of LUSH products, unfortunately they are hit or miss with me. This was a miss. HOWEVER...I can see how this would be a nice product for someone with normal/dry skin with no sensitivity to essential oils. I think where this one went wrong with me is I do have a sensitivity to certain oils (I think it may be lavender, but I'm not sure yet)...so after using this a few times I ended up with a rash. Too bad, because I enjoyed the texture and effect. I have oilier skin and prefer the Ocean Salt, although even that is not a HG.
Lipstick -Estee Lauder - Tom Ford for EL The Lip Polish in Amber Blonde
msjene 1/7/2006 8:40:00 PM
A very pale creamy beige cut with a very slight bit of gold. If you are any darker than a light/medium skintone, no matter what you do, this lipstick WILL look dead. If you have a substantial amount of color in your lips, this is very Angelina Jolie. I love it. However, you do have to wear a bit of darker liner and blend or you look like you have NO lips. For those who want the ultra pale lips, this is a great investment. IMO, its not THAT expensive, since there are lipsticks for $60 and Serge Lutens Lipcolor is $75. If only the packaging wasn't gold...not my favorite color. This was a great collection for those who are into the pale, nude, bronzy look.
Even if I have oily skin, I always want more of a glowy shine instead of a completely matte look. In vain I have searched for a product that would give me that look without getting greasy or cakey or emphasizing my pores. Ta da! I'm not normally a huge Lauder fan, but this collection was worth it. My favorite product is the Face Gloss which is unimpressive in the beautiful gold compact...but on the skin, it transforms the chosen area into a lovely, glowing (yet subtle) dream. Fabulous.
Styling Products -TiGi - S-Factor Smoothing Lusterizer
msjene 1/5/2006 4:44:00 AM
The only complaint I have about this product is the packaging...its ugly. That said, this is the most wonderful, fabulous, greatest hair product ever. Yes EVER. I have the most unruly, coarse, fried hair...and this product makes it feel like silk. After blow drying and flat ironing my bleached out PERMED hair, I use this and it feels like hair again. Amazing. This product line by TIGI is outrageously priced though....I'm not going to use their shampoo anymore...but all the products in this line smell super yummy and all WORK. Next time I purchase this, the salesgirl won't have to pry the credit card from my hands. FYI: This is more expensive per ounce than Frederic Fekkai...which I also LOVE.
I must start by saying that my skin would not benefit too much from this product...since I use good skincare on a regular basis. That said, I purchased this mask to use before I go out or in the morning. It was okay for what it was, but I guess in comparison to the Cupcake and Crash Course masks, this one fell a little short. However, if I didn't know about the other masks, this one would have had a better review. I highly recommend using Crash before a night out instead.
I really liked the smell of this soap...a slightly minty, apple scent. However, I disliked the dumb wax that was wrapped around it. Peel it off? I couldn't...I tried to cut it off, and removed a good section of soap too. Too bad, because this soap is neat to look at and smells good.
$550 for a 28 day supply. I paid about $250 and bought it on Ebay (and kept my fingers crossed)
I buy these, squash them up and use bits of it to shower with...instead of soak in. I LOVE the scent, it foams well and leaves my skin soft without having to commit to a bath. I normally use the Honey I Washed the Kids, but this is a nice alternative when I want something special. I even use the little sugar cube like a scrub on my elbows. This is a product that I'll buy over and over. It's one of my HG.
My hair: Digital Perm, multiple colorings, very dry, very damaged. I've tried tons of products that promised to smooth and tame unruly hair like mine, but with little luck...or a fat price tag. Granted, Serious Conditioner is $28 for a tube that will last me (med/long thick hair) about 12 applications. The texture is very thick, the smell is divine (unless you hate sweet smelling hair) and after 3-5 minutes (another plus...you don't have to towel dry, leave it on for 20+ minutes) and rinse it out. It made my dead looking hair look completely different after one application. If you have fine hair, be sure to use it on the ends only or skip altogether. It's a miracle worker for thick, crazy hair.