the first time i used this i smell something that reminds me of hermes ambre narguille, after comparing them i find FdB too spicy, sharp and even peppery but lovely nonetheless esp the drydown. whereas ambre nar smells richer and warmer. i also love the woodiness but when it's cold like in my off, i don't smell anything on myself. out in the city heat, it becomes alive again and it's also when it smells the best. mine is a miniature edp but unfortunately even in this concentration it's not very long lasting, wish it were stronger. i would buy a big bottle if i can find one.
Highlighters -Guerlain - Les Meteorites balls powder
suelll 3/31/2006 1:39:00 AM
i bought this in pink fresh after the SA told me mythic was too pale for me. it's been 2 weeks and i like what i see so far, i have tried going out with a thin layer and with 2-3 layers of this all over my face and decided that i looked best with the first look. i look 'red' if i put on too much hence i m going to get myself mythic regardless. i dust this after applying my blusher and before mascara & es. my face becomes dewy, t-zone shine becomes less apparent esp now that my nose is already shiny by noon - i forgot to put it on this morning! which brings me to mention that twirling my kabuki in the canister of colored balls is a joy and smelling the soft scent while swiping the powder on my face is always quite lovely - but soon comes the painful part of trying to get the cover back on. everything's just so cardboardy and too much pushing. i seriously dont know if they'll last the daily ordeal of pulling/ pushing the cover and the useless puff. these balls if used every day should last a good 2 years imo. i keep the puff to keep the balls from getting out and making a mess all over the inside of the cover. i like the deep canister and the design and colors but i imagine a metal or plastic fliptop with a compartment for a kabuki brush would make a better container for this beauty. and at the counter dont 'test' this on the hand, it looks waaaayyyy better on the face.
i guess when i bought this i was really hungry for bold colors and the deeper the better. now, after 3 months i have very very gently touched the pan with my pony blush brush exactly 3 times. it's truly a hit-miss i cant afford to spend the time on every morning unless i want to look like a clown and i m not even that fair. hah! and i thought MAc's fleur power was too pigmented, this takes the cake! anyone has any suggestions on how to make use of the rest of my pan of glow-on i need help!
i was drooling over these for past 2 months and have been pestering the girls at shu when these were coming. it finally arrived last fri and on sat i drove all the way down town to get them. i also got the brown one. the jelly texture was just like i expected, it's soft but resilient and springs back to shape once the pressure from the finger is lifted. i lightly sweep the top in circles with my finger to apply an even layer on my lids. it creases in 5 minutes if u dont use a base first. i use MAC paint first, then another wash of a desired shade b4 layering the jelly over. anything more than 2 layers will only intensify the 'glitters' chunkiness which i dont prefer. the intended effects were suppose to be dewy looking lids which cant be achieved using powdered es but so far that hasnt happened yet. the gold looks like yellow and the brown looks bronzy goldish. the white and blue is practically transparent save the 'chunks of glitter'. one lippie for simply being shu, another for the beautiful shallow glass jar and last lippie for being so original. product description says each jar only last 6 months once opened. *UPDATE* i swapped this away and while i was wipping the jar i noticed that the plastic cover is like metal on the outside i tried looking at my own reflection with it and it works exactly like a mirror without any distortion, so u can actually apply this by using the cover as a mirror- it's beautiful n i still keep the brown one. yay!
Shampoo -Korres - Laurel and Echinacea shampoo against dandruff and dry scalp
suelll 3/6/2006 12:29:00 AM
i have been using this since 4 months ago and my supply is getting low. i will run out to get it if i can still find it in my local store. the last time i checked they carry all kinds of bath&body stuffs here except this particular shampoo, so u see it's very painful to know that because this is my HG shampoo. i use very little on my scalp each time and i only wash it once as opposed to the directions on the bottle that says to rinse off and wash again. i find it quite wasteful and that washing it one time does the job just nice. i cant remember the last time i suffered from an itchy scalp, i never have dandruff or flackies anymore nor do i need to wash my hair every single day. it's heaven sent as far as i m concerned and it's natural. and the 2 mins soak is necessary in order for it to work.
I m absolutely thrilled abt this little product, i didnt read the reviews on this shade before buying but i got the parts where they say this is crease proof and that the product oozes out of its tube uncontrolably. I tried on all the 16 paints that they had on my hands but i only bought 2, the other one i believe is called shimma which they recomd to me after the first shimmery one i chose was out of stock. i have been using chiaroscuro as an es base everyday for the passed 3 weeks which never happened b4. i have never depended on any single eye mu for so long because i have never used anything that works like paints. at first i thought the shimmer in chiaroscuro was too overwhelming to go for a neutral/ matte eye look, but i have been using matte shadows as a wash over the paint and it turns out matte enough for me. on the tube it looks like a dull grey but on my asian skin it even has a brightening effect. NW20 very yellow, oily lids. the happiest thing is, now i can wear any es i want (provided it's powder, cream will turn into a blotchy mess) after applying a light powdery wash, i use shadestick (another ingenious product) to line my crease and then using BB eye liner brush i apply a darker color over the shadestick and it stays exactly that way until i remove it at night. i wished that they would stop producing this product in metal tubes because it looks dented and beaten. also, i need to unfold the tube for shimma to prevent the product from oozing out but no need to do so for chiaroscuro. i would buy bare canvas or some other neutral colors next after i finish my first 2, no greens or gold for me tho. and if u havent started out on these paints yet, what are u waiting for!
this is my favourite shadestick! i use mine primarily as a liner over a lighter wash using powder es and then i use shu ME es to line to give it more sheen. i have tried lining it over with the ME 945, ME885 and ME388, all are beautiful and they last well, absolutely no creasing. i dont have problems with its application, it goes on quite smooth and no tugging really and the pen is handy. i will repurchase more shades like this one.
Mascara -Shu Uemura - Mascara Basic [DISCONTINUED]
suelll 1/17/2006 1:26:00 AM
i thought the brush a little too big to get near my corner eye lashes without smearing my makeup but because the formula is gel like that doesnt dry i have so far had no problem getting this mascara to make my lashes look absolutely fantastic! It doesnt dry or flake and gives me panda eyes by noon, it doesnt weigh down my just curled lashes because i have naturally poker straight lashes. i have tried YSL faux cils, lancome definicils, flextencils, shiseido volumizing, clinique naturally glossy, dior maxieyes, diorshow and i like this best. it's almost like clinique's naturally glossy except that this doesnt dry my lashes out by the evening when i remove my makeup - no fallen off lashes on my cotton pad. yaay!
Highlighters -Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Eclat No 1
suelll 1/4/2006 8:26:00 PM
i m as yellow as humanly possible so i was quite put off by the pink in the #1 but somehow it managed to blend itself quite naturaly on my undereye area. i didnt know that the brush could be washed so i was quite disgusted with it before i read other reviews. i shall be washing it tonite. i have been using the brush to dab the brightener on my ring finger before dabbing lightly and then gently blending it onto my undereye. i feel that by this way i actually skip one step because i always need to blend afterwards anyways plus this way my eye cream wont get onto the disgusting brush! touche eclat is sheer yet can do a good job at masking dark circles but extremely expensive. my advice would be to market this in a less expensive-maybe-not-in-gold-metal tube for people who could do without the brush. and then halve the price perhaps....till that happens i will keep buying this one.
Styling Products -The Body Shop - Coconut Oil Hair Shine
suelll 12/19/2005 3:35:00 AM
I love the fact that this comes in a solid form inside a compact metal tin like a shoe polish. i bring this with me to work so that i can apply it when my hair dries after my morning shower. i use mine with fingertips and rub into my curly ends and becos i have natural thick black hair, it's perfect! i aslo rub some on my palms to smoothen out the frizz and add shine. not to be used at or even near the roots otherwise you get very oily scalp and thats bad. i also love the coconut oil scent which i find very comforting and not too strong as oppose to the indian pure coconut oil. price is affordable luxury here in m'sia, will see if it runs out too quicky or esle i will keep repurchasing.
comes in a smallish jar with two compartments and screw caps, the first one on top opens to the lip balm and the whole of the lip balm unscrews to reveal the line peel on the bottom. i bought mine for around rm52 or us$13.
this beats my sisley nutritive lip balm hands, legs and everything down. as far as i m concerned this the first lip balm that really does what it claims regarding the unsightly vertical lip lines. now at 30, my lips evidently suffer from the hot weather heat and no amount of H2O i drink is ever enough. it's dry and dull looking on good days n on bad ones it's a chapped.
i used to apply vaseline to my lips and leave on overnight but doing this seems to clog the pores of the skin around my lips because of the greasiness, but beauticontrol's lip balm is light weight and smells faintly of something citrus like. i have used it with the line peel 3 times and it did quite a good job at smoothing out the lips surface. but last nite i left the lip balm overnight and this morning i woke up to a pair of plumped lips. i m serious, my lips were so soft and has never looked more full and all for such an affordable price! i recommend this to anyone who are not happy with their high priced lip care products.
i m a convert now, will repurchase forever.
i dont even use the exfoliating cream that much anymore and use the lip balm exclusively nowadays so, it gets a bit troublesome to carry the entire jar in the purse. i wonder if the lip balm comes in a tube version as my lips JUST LOVE THIS STUFF. it's still the best and my jar is still half full. UPDATE: i bought BC's The Lip Balm and it's even better cause it's small and slim enough that i carry one with me all the time no more sticky fingers, i have one tucked under my pillow, one in my bag and one on my dresser. It's still my favourite!
my take on this perfume is it's cloying and just too sweet and ordinary. i m quite surprised by the high reviews this is getting - it's just me then. i dont like the bottle either, it's pink n pretty with a nice round gold cap but in the end of the day i just want to stuff everything into my perfume drawer and have all of them standing nicely after repeated opening and closing. i will keep this just to remind myself what kinds of scents to stay away from next time. No repurchase for me.
Mascara -Yves Saint Laurent - Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils
suelll 12/4/2005 9:50:00 PM
it's ironic that i was more determined to buy this after finding out that the black one was sold out everywhere and i bought the very last black tube in my city. phew! or rather not, first and fore most it smells like babydoll on my lashes and the smell lingered for a lot longer than i would like. then, it didnt give me the volume that i want since it seperates my lashes into tiny sections but it did make them longer which i probably could get with definicils or shiseido volume mascaras. thirdly, it didnt hold my curl the way i expected it to either. i was told these do not come in WP formula instead it's the long lasting kind which means no smearing or flaking? it did smeared after about 2 hours maybe because of the 3rd reason---it did not make my lashes curly enough. all in all, i would not repurchase not because it's expensive but because i believe there are other same priced mascaras out there which could perform better.
i cannot get this color to show up nicely on my bare lids so i use it on top of MAC charmer which is a matte light pale green. and the result is perfection to counteract red puffy eyes from lack of sleep. this zaps the red out of my eyes and i look like i slept all night before. it's IR, so it's not overly sparkly or heavy like MAC's frost which can cover the base color and change it to something unexpected. i have also paired it with P blue 630 and some liner and it looked great. i use 511 to lighten up the inner corner of the eyes and 630 (use any pearly dark sky blue to replace) to the rest of the lid then, BB eyeliner in granite ink and ME silver 945 to smudge and blend. very sexy i thk. will not repurchase since i have never finished anything full sized.
Eye Shadow -Christian Dior - Duo Couture Eyeshadow Due - 835 Baby Dior
suelll 11/28/2005 10:12:00 PM
i thk i will need to admit that i wont be repurchasing the same es for anytime (except for MAC tempt me quad), now or ever in the future i just have too many it puts me in a temporary daze. anyhow, about this product. it's a matte white/ lilac pink duo on the pan, when applied the white is still well white but in a slightly iridescent way that it really brighthens up the whole eye area to a point that it's almost ethereal looking. not too sure if this works on dark skin tones tho as i had to really blend it very well so that it didnt look chalky. it just looks chalky on the pan but really it isnt at all, i quite like the texture, but do blend more. and the lilac pink was more pink if anything. i thk i was the only person who thot it looked like matte lilac, pink did not cross my mind untill i tried it on. then it just looked like pink to me which was quite a sweet combo. can be used to brighten tired looking eyes, has a youthful looking effect, cant say it's a shame that it's discon now nor can i say i will repurchase if it's still available. if u get the chance to get this at a fraction of retail, do go ahead. this small compact duo is quite useful to have in a purse and looks pretty too.