The packaging is stylish, the product itself is light on the moisture side, but I can not stand the scent! It's like a very strong floral-yet-fresh scent. It's probably the agave. If you're into that scent, you will love this lotion.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Supracor Stimulite Bath Mitt
squiggles37 2/25/2009 2:24:00 AM
This is a great bath mitt, especially for travel. There's a loop so you can hang it in your shower, and it dries ridiculously fast (make sure you squeeze out the excess water before hanging up to dry). My skin felt like it was buzzing when I used this! I hate how whenever I buy a loofah, it ends up unraveling a couple weeks later. Now I won't have to worry about my bath mitt unraveling.
Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - Supracor Spacells Facial Sponge
squiggles37 2/25/2009 2:16:00 AM
I bought this in a tri-pack (blue, yellow and purple) from bliss.com. This is a great exfoliating product that you can use with your daily face wash, so it's pretty economical. The sponge is made of some sort of rubbery plastic, but it's good quality. One side is more abrasive than the other, so you can pick which level of exfoliation you'd like to go with. I usually use the thinner, see-through plastic side since it's gentler on my skin. My face always feel so smooth and soft after I use the facial sponge with my foaming cleanser. The sponge also dries fairly quickly so it's great for travel.
This is a good basic lotion. Smells great, moisturizes fairly well and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. The scent is not strong enough to bother me (not like Jergens Naturals, that's a whole other story), but if you are extremely allergic to scents, I would stay away from this lotion. But other than that, it's an affordable product that does what it claims and is also widely available.
If you like the scent of Hawaiian Tropic tanning oil, you'll like this body wash. I've tried other coconut scented body washes like Suave and The Body Shop, but they were all more floral rather than sweet and, well, coconutty. Like other reviewers said, the scent doesn't last after the shower, but it does smell fantastic. I've only used it as a body wash; I'm sure it would work great for a bubble bath, but I would never consider using it as a shampoo. In addition, Philosophy's body washes are actually one of the cheaper ones on the market (16 oz. for $16 vs.The Body Shop 8.4 oz for $13-$16 vs. Sephora Brand 10 oz. for $12). I always have to lotion up after I shower, so I can't really attest to how much moisturizing power this body wash has. The body wash definitely did not make me itchy though.
Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
squiggles37 1/12/2009 7:09:00 PM
One of my all time favorite cleansers! I'm not a fan of the lavender scent, but I love that it can take off my SPF moisturizer (crap, YOU try taking off Shiseido tinted moisturizer without some oil involved) and waterproof mascara (with the help of a cotton swab) without vigorous scrubbing. The trick is to NOT wet your face previous to application. Just squeeze some out in your hand, mix in a bit of warm water, work your hands together to get that great lather, and then apply directly to your face. I have to admit, I have )on occasion) double or triple washed my face with this cleanser to ensure I've gotten every last drop of makeup off my face, but that's because I don't like to use toners. The packaging of this product is very secure (flip cap), but it's ridiculous to have the same concept for a 24 oz bottle since that is a bitch to turn over and pour out (it should come with a pump).
I bought 7 cans of these (yes, a bit overzealous) when it was on sale at ulta.com for $2.39 a bottle. I think the term 'dry shampoo' is misused here, since this product is really more of a texturizer rather than a hair cleanser. It does absorb oil from the scalp, but it also leaves your hair feeling very dirty, gritty and tacky. I tried running my fingers through my hair afterwards and my hair just felt really dirty, and there was product residue on my hands. I wouldn't recommend this as a replacement for scalp cleansing, but for styling purposes since you do get gorgeous volume and texture with this product (so don't think your boyfriend will be able to run his fingers through your hair without noticing you haven't washed it). The scent is also fresh without being too perfumey, and it doesn't linger. I have dark brown hair and the spray does come out white, but if you massage it into your scalp, the white powder color disappears. Also, another issue that I read about at the QVC forums (and also experienced myself) is that sometimes the product will evaporate from the can after one use. I had only used the can once (very light, quick spritz) so there should have been plenty left, but the next time I picked up the can, it was completely empty. I'm currently on my second bottle and it has lasted me two spray sessions so far. I'm really glad I only paid $2.39 because I would have been pissed if I had paid $7.99 at Walgreens only to have the product evaporate on me (I don't know how it's possible since it's in an aluminum aerosol spray can). I'd definitely recommend this more for styling (if you want great volume and texture) rather than an actual cleansing product. I'll still be on the lookout for a good dry shampoo.
I bought the brow finisher in clear. My eyebrows are naturally thick so I don't need to fill them in, but I definitely need to groom them and make sure they stay shapely all day long. I was completely unimpressed with this product. I had to really press the wax into my hairs in order for the product to really work, but that action alone matted the hairs to my face and looked completely unnatural. Not only that, but the wax didn't hold at all! When my hair fell across my face, it would brush across my eyebrows and make the hairs all unruly. I would not recommend this for natural, everyday wear, but rather just for fashion photo shoots if all you're going to do is sit there and pose. I'm going back to my CoverGirl clear mascara.
Lip Treatments -Nivea - A Kiss Of Flavor Passionfruit
squiggles37 10/20/2008 8:31:00 PM
Bought this lip balm from Walgreens for $2.99. I like that the tint was subtle, but still bold enough to leave a little color (magenta-like). I also really liked the fact that it didn't have any funky tastes and the scent is fruity, not overpowering or sickly sweet. I'm not a fan of the packaging; thick, chunky tube that twists up like lipstick with the sides of the balm exposed. What bugged me the most is that this product feels like it's sucking the moisture from my lips like no other. I find myself constantly applying this lip balm every 10 minutes or so while one application of my Burts Bees lip balm, Chapstick lip balm, Benefit lip balm or Aquaphor could last for much much longer. The feeling of faux-dryness will be keeping me from purchasing this balm again.
I bought this years ago when NARS blushes were just $20 a pop. This was back when beauty magazines were raving all about it (well I guess they still are) so I just had to try it out for myself. It's a gorgeous pink/light-coral mixture of a blush, with tiny golden flecks. I absolutely love the design of the compact with its rubbery-like packaging, it literally gives me a good grip! However, don't believe the hype when people say it works for all skintones because it definitely does not. A Philosophy MA at Nordstrom gave me a makeover using their mineral foundation and she asked me what kind of blush I was wearing. I told her I was using NARS Orgasm and she recommended that I stay away from any pink-based blushes (which is all NARS blushes) because it brought out the ruddiness in my skin. She was totally right (I'm an NC30 to give you an idea - she recommended peaches and tans instead). It's such a shame because Orgasm is such a great color, and NARS blushes are super pigmented and of great quality. However, all NARS blushes are pink-based (as evidenced by the description on sephora.com) so I'll never be using a NARS blush again. I ended up giving my compact to my friend who has olive skin and it looks fantastic on her.
This is an excellent light moisturizer that I use during the summertime. I shower at night since I've been sweating the whole day and don't want to go to bed with a sticky body, and this really helps my skin breathe during hot summer nights. If I use the right amount, it goes on and dries smoothly, but if I use too much, it definitely leaves that tacky feeling. The scent is barely there and quickly disappears upon application. The moisturizer is also tinted light blue (which is very unnecessary), but unless you're allergic to coloring agents, this shouldn't be an issue. I also love the look of the bottle, it's very fresh and modern. The only problem I have with this product is the way the flip top cap is designed. It fits into the hole where the product is dispensed (as opposed to closing over it...not sure if that makes sense), so it's really easy for the product to get all gunked up on the cap. I wouldn't recommend this for day wear unless you use a separate SPF.
I bought the Dry Hair version of this shampoo and was not impressed. My hair is normally very silky, but also very coarse so I was hoping this would soften it up. Unfortunately it made my roots really greasy (ick!) and my ends felt really dry and crunchy. I'm also not a fan of the musky sweet scent. I tried to pass this shampoo off to my mom (she has the same hair type) but she complained that it left her hair feeling sticky (ew). I'm forcing my brother to use it since I couldn't bare to throw away a brand new bottle of shampoo and it's not like he cares what he washes his hair with. I definitely will not be purchasing this again for myself but I assume this shampoo could work for someone with incredibly dry hair.
Bought the OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel from dermadoctor.com for $40.00. It's not really scented so it shouldn't irritate those who are scent-sensitive. I'll use oil absorbing sheets on my T-zone 3x a day, and I definitely noticed a difference the day that I first used the gel. There was hardly any grease on the sheet, so I only ended up blotting 2x (and the second time also had barely any grease). Eventually I stopped using it because I wanted to cut out extra steps in my daily routine, and dabbing my face with oil absorbing sheets throughout the day in the privacy of my cubicle is no biggie. The only times I use this now is when I get extra fancy for a little extra insurance (ex: getting ready for a wedding or party).
Treatments -Estee Lauder - Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher
squiggles37 10/5/2008 11:47:00 PM
Got this in one of the Even Skintone sets with the Advanced Night Repair and Hydra-Bright Skin-Tone Perfecting Moisturizer Creme for Dry Skin. It smells AMAZING (light, sweet, fresh citrus) and I wish they made a body lotion or even a candle with that scent. Let's be real now, there is no product out there on the market that can physically shrink pores. This is really just a fantastic smelling mattifier. This is definitely not a heavy-duty mattifier because it did not keep my T-zone shine-free all day and my T-zone can get really greasy. I'd recommend this for people who are blessed with non-oily T-zones and just need a little extra insurance for a shine-free day. If you're looking for a hardcore mattifier, try OC Eight Professional Mattifying Gel.
Lip Gloss -L'Oreal - Bare Naturale Gentle Lip Conditioner
squiggles37 10/5/2008 11:33:00 PM
Oh my lord, this stuff tasted like plastic ass! I bought this in Soft Blush from Target for $7 or $8. The color did not show up on my lips, but it's definitely a very shiny gloss. Like some reviewers mentioned below, these lip "conditioners" definitely weren't designed for coloring. Most of the colors are almost translucent. I would have kept this just to use as a clear gloss but it tastes so awful. I also wasn't a fan of the goopy consistency. Unfortunately Target does not have a good return policy when it comes to opened cosmetics, so this had to go in the trash. Never buying this ever again.