Scrubs -St. Ives - Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control
silvercatt 10/7/2005 5:38:00 PM
It's strange; I have very dry skin, but I can still use this fine.
It has salicylic acid (2%), which can also be irritating but I have been using this for about 2 months with no problems at all.
I use this 1ce a week, and it leaves my face smooth and without (my ever-present) flaky patches.
The price is VERY good, and you get a lot of product. The direction are simple and effective: 1 minute of gentle circular motion.
This is far better than any other St. Ives scrub as far as I'm concerned, and not irritating like their original apricot scrub. I recommend giving this a try.
Cleansers -Burt's Bees - Wild Lettuce Complexion Soap
silvercatt 10/6/2005 6:49:00 PM
*does the happy dance* I don't know HOW but this managed to clear up my skin almost completely! The reason I am so surprised is because I have extremely dry skin, especially in the cooler months. This is a bar soap. Meaning the ingredients SHOULD leave my skin completely dehydrated and perhaps irritated.
I'm guessing that because of the fact that this is all natural, it didn't do that.
So I have used this for exactly a week, twice a day. Each time my skin has been squeaky clean, but it didn't leave my skin nearly as dry as some of the other gentle cleansers and most other bar soaps ( I hate dove, dried out and irritated my skin after a few weeks).
the only problem I have is that ALL bars have godawful packaging; there is none. Other than that, I will definitely repurchase!
I like this. I will admit that it doesn't last very long, but I love it nonetheless. It goes on smooth instead of greasy, dry or clumpy like some other lip-balms. I love the tingle, the smell, the feel, the packaging and even the (somewhat short lived) moisturizing ability.
I realize there are better products out there, but this is like nostalgia in a tube (or memories in the making).
H&M is a great store.
That being said, I don;t think anyone's entire wardrobe should come from H&M. It's all very mainstream/high-fashion style. I think that as long as you have the basics, you can go nuts here. Inexpensive and the quality is... well, it depends on your luck really.
This store has great clothes for younger people, and for anyone with a creative style. Actually pretty much everyone can find one or two pieces they love here. As long as you mix the clothing from H&m with something like a great pair of jeans, simple trousers etc. you can create a style all your own.
Skincare - Body -Johnson & Johnson - Head to Toe baby wash
silvercatt 9/27/2005 7:50:00 PM
I have dry skin FYI, so consider that when reading the review:
bought this because MUA gave it such rave reviews and because I LOVE multitaskers -like myself ;) .
I was hesitant to try this because many people said it was to drying for normal-very dry skin. I bought it anyways because it came with a bonus, was on sale and I needed a clarifying shampoo and a new body wash.
So, after testing it this is what I found:
As a shampoo: Took 2 "lather, rinse, repeat"'s for this to actually lather up with a foam. It's SO gentle, it has a hard time removing the dirt from hair at first. After the 2nd rinse, it was very foamy and left my hair very smooth and clean. I did not apply a conditioner. After drying, I realized I should have applied a conditioner because it cleaned very well, but left my hair less soft than I like it. The second time I tried it, I used a conditioner and it came out perfectly. My hair was light, soft, smooth and clean.
As a facial cleanser I was surprised that this did NOT leave my face dry and tight(only a tiny bit). It cleaned off all of my makeup and did not foam up as much as I expected it to. after a good moisturizing, there was absolutely no tightness or flakiness. This also did not irritate my sensitive skin. in fact I think it may be getting rid of some of my blemishes! I prefer this over almost all dermatologist recommended cleansers like Cetaphil and such.
As a body wash: Great. Not much to say. Left me clean without drying, foamed up just enough, and had a very mild, pleasant scent.
Overall:As a clarifying shampoo, I would use this once a week. It's very mild, but may strip more oil from hair than some people would like after a proper cleansing. I still like it.
It's a great face wash gentle and worth purchasing. Also a wonderful, virtually fragrance free body wash. This would work for all skin types and is something to buy in bulk perhaps to keep in the guest bathrooms and/or cottages and beach houses for anyone to use. worth purchasing and repurchasing again. One thing I would change is the bottle, if they made it in a tube I would prefer it for travelling; but theres so much, I suppose it's ok.
Liquid -Revlon - Skinlights Diffusing Tint [DISCONTINUED]
silvercatt 9/24/2005 10:16:00 AM
gah. I don't like this. I think this would be good for people with very pink/red undertones and nearly perfect skin. I am a neutral so this(lightest shade) was too pink for me, didn;t cover much. I wish I could say that it actually diffused any imperfections, but no such luck. It's not horrible, in fact this wouldn't be bad when mixed with a moisturizer (as a slightly shimmery/hightlighting/otherwise pretty moisturizer) or mixed in with a yellowbased foundation. Will not repurchase
Powder -Cover Girl - Tru Blend Powder foundation [DISCONTINUED]
silvercatt 9/22/2005 4:08:00 PM
This is my HG powder foundation so far.
anyways, this is amazing. I bought 415(natural ivory) today on sale for 9$ CND(originally 14$) which is a great price for any drugstore foundation let alone this.
I applied it immediately and noticed that it went on very smooth and a bit sheer at first. After some layering it had good medium coverage. The colour matched somwhat well- i still think I could have pulled off a lighter shade(405), which sadly is not available anywhere I know of (shoppers has only 4 shades and I don't know where else they sell it around here).
The coverage is flexible, blend-able and goes on light not at all cakey. the Compact case is great; very stylish(EDIT: It fell,broke and smashed the PF into a billion pieces). Clear, good sized mirror that bend all the way back and 2 separate compartments for the makeup and sponge - has ventilation. This can be applied with a kabuki/powder brush(more polished and natural) but sponge provided is surprisingly good quality (for quick or on the go apllication).
The only drawback is that because I have such dry skin, I can't wear it in the colder months. Definitely Worth trying.
I use to absolutely adore this stuff. i refused to use any other shampoo up to the age of 11. after that as much as I wanted to I couldn;t use it anymore. My hair became much thicker and less fine, so it wouldn't clean it at all.
I recently repurchased this in hopes of having it *magically* work again.No such luck. I have to use a quarter of the bottle just to get any kind of lather. I feel so sad, because it's so gentle and smells nice.
I would recommend it to anyone who is able to use it because hair is soft and silky after this.
Makeup Brushes -Unlisted Brand - Currys flat watercolour brush 3-4 or 1
silvercatt 9/22/2005 3:04:00 PM
These are artists brushes yes. They are VERy soft watercolour brushes. Inexpensive (3$ for the smaller(3/4) one and 5$ for the larger(1) one.) work better than a lot of the expensive foundation brushes. I would have rated them 5 but depending on the type of foundation used, they can appear streaky. Could be a little too flat for some people but work very well for me. Art supply stores also have good lip, eyeshadow and concealer brushes; stiff, medium and soft. i have 2 sets of each. 1 set to use for makeup and the other for painting. just don't mix them up.
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Exaggerate Full Colour Eye Definer (all colours)
silvercatt 9/20/2005 9:06:00 PM
this is the best inexpensive eyeliner I have ever bought... and I'm a junkie. It's not CHEAP but it's under 7$ CDN so it's OK. The black was true, as in the colour did not end up grey or green or lacking in pigment. It went on smooth and lasted the entire day without much smudging. Even when it smudged slightly, I could just use a tissue or something to wipe off a bit and it would still look perfect. Does not flake. Anyways, this is great and it omes with a sharpener. That makes me very happy. Although I prefer powder eyeliners I Will repurchase this if need be.
Mascara -Wet 'n' Wild - MegaLash Lengthening and Smudgeproof mascara
silvercatt 9/19/2005 9:16:00 PM
This doesn;t last very long. It goes on nice and clump free and "dyes" the ends of your lashes, but thats about it. Lashes are still flat... It's easy to take off and is smudgeproof though. Not worth trying but I've tried worse.
Liquid -Annabelle - SkinTrue Natural Lightweight Makeup
silvercatt 9/15/2005 6:41:00 PM
This is a very good medium coverage foundation. The colour choices are quite neutral and the lightest colour is the perfect match for me in the summer. It's quite viscous which is a good thing for some people, but I prefer to mix in a little bit of moisturizer for smoother, easier application. Relatively inexpensive and lasts quite a while. The only problem I found is that it separates if kept in heat or in direct sunlight. Only when in the container though. This is one of the better drugstore foundation, along with: Cover-girl Clean makeup Fragrance free Almay Kinetin Almay clear complexion (doesn't clear anything but doesn't cause anything either) Marcelle Matte/Moisturizing liquid foundations Maybelline Wonder-finish (not for everyone)
Crème -E.L.F. - Shielding Hydro-Tint spf 15- Tone 2
silvercatt 9/10/2005 4:28:00 PM
Bought at Real Canadian Superstore. So orange. I got tone 1 but it's STILL orange. I guess when something smells like orange candy you should expect that. Very sheer. I even don't consider this makeup because there's barely any coverage. It does however feel amazing going on and is comparable to an oil free moisturizer. Only 1 dollar; I don't mind spending that. I really wanted to buy the clarifying powder and foundation brush but the store didn't carry them.
Will not repurchase but this is pretty much nothing. No real effect no real price (which I'm glad for). The packaging was not bad though. If only it wasn't made for oompa-loopas...
bought this in Coffee. I always, ALWAYS use black eyeliner (it's pretty much the one thing i don't dare skip) but I decided to buy brown when I want a less obvious eye look... The colour is a brown brown. It's not deep or light it's just brown. goes on pretty smooth and lasts a while without smudging( meaning not too long maybe an hour or so). Not flakey. It's softer than NYC eyeliner *1.95+ CND* and not as smudgey as Bonne Bell *price differs*. Comes with a surprisngly good sharpener. may repurchase other shades. I would give it 3 1/2 lippies if I could.
Right. This was definitely worth the price I payed. It does what it says: goes on smooth, transforms to powder, isn't cakey or heavy in the least. The packaging is surprisingly good with a mirror and a separate storage level for the sponge (which took some thinking to figure out how to open lol). The one and only problem with this I have is that the lightest colour is about a shade darker than my natural skin tone. Other wise it was great. Small tip though: if you have any obvious dry patches EXFOLIATE and MOISTURIZE before putting this on. Once it dries to a powder it may accentuate major flakiness. will not re-purchase only because the colour is a bit too dark.