Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Sensual Amber EDT
romarin 12/7/2009 6:35:00 PM
I bought this when I met the woman who created it! After our meeting (long story) I stopped into a Bath and Body Works store and tried it on. It is fabulous! Not cloying at all, like some ambers can be. It is a very original take on Amber/Oriental. The price is right too. I'm so proud of my friend and can't wait to see what she creates next!
I've been wanting this for a long time, and since MAC is offering free shipping this week (and last), I ordered it. I am not dissapointed. Something about this color looks really good on me, even though I normally like a nude or pinky-brown mouth. I get compliments just about every time I wear it. For the record I have ash blonde hair, medium skin and am a well preserved 55 year old. It is exceptional with Spring Green luster gloss over it.
I was given a gift cert for Nordstroms and spent part of it on this. It was recommended by the MUA and it turned out to be a great color on me. I love the elegant case and the fact that there is no fragrance (a problem I have had in the past with Chanel lip products.) It is a perfect balance of plum and brown--more plummy pink than brown. Took it to the South of France with me and wore it most of the time.
I saw this on the Mac MA and (as I'm always doing) I asked her what she was wearing. It was this--I bought it and Nymphette and they are the perfect combination. Already collecting compliments. See other reviews for description.
I'll join the crowd. This is beautiful. I can't find anything exactly like it by any other company. It's instantly flattering. I can't imagine any skin/hair combo it would not look good on.
I have blue eyes. If you are aware of the color wheel, you know that orange is the complimentary color to blue. Knowing this, I purchased this shadow. It makes my eyes look much bluer. I wore it on the lid, and put a stormy blue gray in the crease, then a little warm, pale yellow under the brow. This is the best combination I've ever worn. These eye shadows are a great bargain. You can buy one, get one free, and they are only $7.00! The colors are beautiful, and this one may also be used as a blush.
This does not look very exciting in the tube, but once on it is gorgeous! Makes teeth look whiter too. This is for everyday--daytime. I'd want something more intense for night.
Lipstick -Estee Lauder - Pure Color lipstick in Caramel Toffee
romarin 4/14/2009 7:34:00 PM
I have looked near and far for the perfect golden (but not frosted) light brownish, nude and this is it. Midway between pale and medium. (Otherwise I would not have paid $20 plus dollars for it.) I apply it with a heavy hand, after lining lips with MAC Spice. Then lightly blot. It is long lasting ()for a lipstick not marketed as long wear.) and is a beautiful texture, neutral non-obtrusive flavor. Will buy again.
Hair Styling Tools -Farouk CHI - Chi Ceramic Flat Iron by Farouk
romarin 8/25/2008 3:53:00 PM
I put off this purchase for a long time, having heard all the raves. I have had a cheaper (Conair) iron, and it was ok, but had the pliers type of handle. I also have been using a little skinny Conair, which is just fine for frizz along the hairline, or to keep in my purse for touch-ups. The big Conair finally broke--after over two years of several-times-a-week usage. I then tried a Rusk, and it kept catching hairs and didn't straighten all that well, so I returned it and ordered a 2 inch Chi from Folica. I've been wondering what's so great about Chi that would substantiate the money... Now I know it is many things that all add up. It is easy and comfortable to hold, has a long cord and you can control the heat. The plates come together just right and don't snag any hairs. The 2 inch size is perfect for me because I have thick, long, frizzy hair and it does cut down on the time, as well as enabling me to get it really straight. Of course, ALWAYS use a heat protector and don't use super hot.! So far this has worked very well. I have not gone out in humidity yet, or sweated at the gym. We'll see....
Moisturizers -Dr. Hauschka - Moisturizing Day Cream
romarin 8/18/2008 6:54:00 PM
The best thing about this moisturizer is the smell. It is uplifting and is so therapeutic just to breath it in! Other than that, it is a not-too-heavy moisturizer, ideal for putting under makeup. Unfortunately, no sunscreen. I would not, however, recommend it for oily skins. It does seem to have something in it that "brightens" my complexion. The pump bottle is nice too. Have bought twice.
This goes on with great ease and blends in flawlessly (if you have the right shade). I do not know whether I can say it is worth the price. There must be other foundations out there as good for less. The packaging is very minimalist and sexy--if a bottle of foundation can be sexy.... To sum up: pretty foolproof stuff, stands up for several hours under heat and humidity, but is it worth the price?
Lipstick -Cover Girl - IncrediFULL lip color in 908 Pillow Pink [DISCONTINUED]
romarin 7/23/2008 9:50:00 AM
This lipstick by itself is too chalky BUT WAIT! Add a layer of Revlon's Afterglow lipgloss and you have the PERFECT pale pink, summer lip. All at drugstore prices. Can't be beat.
I NEVER would have tried this had it not been for "Perfumes-the Guide." They gave it a good rating and laughed that it's marketed as a masculine scent. It is a somewhat spicy floral and dries down to a cardamom-ey vanilla. If it were sold in a chic bottle at Barney's it would be very popular. I may actually decant it into an empty SL bottle.
Lip Gloss -Sally Hansen - Diamond Lip Treatment in Elegant Cognac
romarin 3/30/2008 2:11:00 PM
I keep coming back to this product. It looks like a high end gloss. It lasts and this color is the perfect nude-plus.
I read about this product in February Town and Country. They had it as one of the 25 best new beauty products and it sounded like something I needed. My hair is thick, dry and curly/frizzy and turning slowly from dark ash blond to gray (with some blond highlights). The clear version was unavailable so I got the brown shade and did exactly as instructed. The smell is NOT obnoxious. It is a little too strong, but it does indeed rinse out. It did not leave an oily residue. It left my hair very soft and silky. I set it on large rollers and then did a quick run through with the straight iron as usual, but it turned out much softer and shinier than ever before. The color didn't really do much but I was impressed enough by the shine and softness that I look forward to increased results.