i guess it exfoliates...but to be honest after using it for years it did nothing for my skin. it smells and feels good tho
Mascara -Estee Lauder - Double Wear Zero Smudge Lengthening Mascara
danammelvin 6/19/2011 4:25:00 PM
I love this mascara because my eyelashes will often touch up near my eyebrows and if it is hot or if I am a little sweaty, they will leave smudges near my eyebrows and this mascara doesn't do it! It also makes my eyelashes thick and long in one swoop whereas other mascaras I have to work it for awhile. My only complaint is that if I do a 3rd coat, my eyelashes can become a little clumpy, but I usually don't need to do that.
Tools -Unlisted Brand - Nail Bliss Pro French Wrap
danammelvin 6/19/2011 4:07:00 PM
I just put these on last night (I uploaded the picture) so I cannot comment on the longevity of these tips, but so far I am in love. I like that they aren't an extension, because I am so over press-ons and acrylics. But the top coat that you put on makes my nails look professionally done and so glossy. I can also feel that they are not necessarily strengthening my nails, but definitely protecting my nails and the tips (I have weak, thin, brittle nails) which is a plus. Finding a size for my nails was easy. And I love that my starter package, the $12 one, has enough for 3 applications. When I'm done with this starter set, I am going to spring for the $30 box which has like a million applications. This is going to be my new nail "look" for the summer, or until I get bored, because I work in cosmetics and love having my nails look nice, but without acrylics. The overall application time for me probably took a little longer but thats because it was my first time. I'm sure that next time will be quicker. The overall effect is, like I said, clean and professional looking.
I just put up a picture of the glitz blitz and cut it out. I have also used the lace pattern one. I am very impressed by these nail polish strips. They are very easy to apply and make my nails look incredible! I wish there were more patterns available! It also lasts for about 8 or 9 days on my nails, which is saying something, because normal nail polish only lasts about a day before it starts to chip. I also love how I can layer the polish, in case a certain size is too small. Also, I usually am able to use half the package for both hands, by doing one nail on one hand and then the same nail on the other hand with the left overs (my nails don't get very long and I have short nail beds). Also I can use them on my toenails! I love glitz blitz on my tootsies! Especially for summer. Having this type of nail polish on my nails also makes my nails super strong and able to grow. Which, my nails are very thin and break very easily. This is a wonderful invention of SH and I will be getting more soon!
I love this perfume! It is definitely my HG. It has a lilac layer, which I love and it seems to be impossible to find. It lasts all day for me, too. When I wear this perfume I just wanna sniff myself all day, which I know sounds weird, but I love it so much!
I have had my tube since march (it is now june) and it is still going strong. I do not wear this everyday since it is a pretty hardcore waterproof mascara, but when I do wear it, it isn't dry or anything. I am able to build up my lashes and make them ultra long and thick without clumping, just like the non-waterproof sumptuous. This mascara has serious staying power, doesn't flake and you need a makeup remover to get it off.
This is such a stinky lotion! I didn't think it was so bad at first, but because this is a moisturizer as well as a self-tanner, you're supposed to use it everyday or it wont build up the tan, and boy oh boy it smells so bad. It gave me such bad migraines. It didn't even seem to build up any color and I used it for 5 days in a row before I had to stop. I saw much quicker results from my Victorias Secret $12 tube.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
danammelvin 6/12/2011 1:35:00 AM
This must be used with the 3-step system, which I think is a scam in general. Here's why: the cleanser does not take off makeup. Fine. But it lifts the dirt of and it stays on your skin. So then you need the clarifying tonic (which I am all for a tonic) but this product removes the dead dirty stuff the face wash brought up. (most balancing/clarifying/matifying tonics are supposed to balance the skin) And finally the DDML (or the gel) is made to BALANCE the skin..not hydrate it, which I don't understand why it says moisturizer on the packaging. So after the DDML balanced out the skin, you then apply a moisturizer, hopefully with SPF bc DDML doesn't have it. And if you want to use a repair serum, that goes over DDML and under another moisturizer. That's already 5 products when most skin care lines do 4, and all accomplish the same thing.
Treatments -Redken - Nature's Rescue Refining Sea Polish
danammelvin 6/10/2011 3:01:00 PM
I looved this sea polish! I was pretty scared at first, because after using the shampoo that accompany's it, I was afraid that this gritty polish would break off my hair or destroy it. But much to my surprise after I rinsed out the polish from my stripped down hair (from the Nature's Rescue Shampoo (it really strips everything off)) I was amazed. The polish seemed to somehow hydrate my hair. And then I followed that with the Natures Rescue Conditioner which really just sealed all that goodness in. My hair after I dried it was so amazingly light and bouncy, just like when I get done at the salon (and I have pretty long hair).
I have fine hair, and so I need a conditioner that will hydrate but not weigh down my long hair (as it is already pretty weighty). This conditioner is perfect. Compared to Joico's K-PAK this hydrates waaay more!
I am pretty picky about shampoo and conditioner because my hair is fine and can easily be weighed down. I also have highlights. I feel like this shampoo (and cond) moisturize my hair enough without weighing it down. I love the smell. And I am drawn to the goldy packaging, I have to admit.
I first got a sample packet of this shampoo with the refining polish and the conditioner, and let me say this shampoo kicks butt. It made my hair squeaky clean, but let me warn you that it is extremely drying because it does strip all the stuff off of your hair. You must use the polish and the conditioner for the full effect. After I use this, which now that its summer will be more often, my hair feels incredible and healthy.
Treatments -Estee Lauder - Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator
danammelvin 6/10/2011 1:59:00 PM
I have been using this product for a few weeks now, and I absolutely love it. It has transformed my skin! I had acne scars and discoloration, just general unevenness in my skin, and after the 2 weeks (which is when EL said you would notice a difference) I did! Also there is a luminosity about my skin which is amazing. I get sooo many compliments on my skin now, which never used to happen. I use this in accordance with other estee lauder skin care products too. This is definitely going to be a re-purchase for me, because I just can't imagine not using it now. I can't wait to see what my skin will look like after 12 weeks.
Eye Makeup Remover -Lancome - Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Make-up Remover
danammelvin 6/8/2011 1:29:00 AM
I love this makeup remover, it really does get everything off! It seems to be the only effective MUR that can get off my Estee waterproof mascara. But it is too expensive. I will just try to keep getting it with the GWP's.
Misc Beauty Tools -Olay - Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System
danammelvin 6/8/2011 1:03:00 AM
I have had this since Jan 2011 and I have had to replace the brush head once, about to have to do it again here soon (since youre supposed to do it every 3 mo) and I have never had to change the batteries. I love this facial cleansing tool. I have used the clarisonic before, and while I like the bigger head of the C the Olay reeaaally comes close. It definately gets the job done! And for 30 bucks instead of 200 why the heck not? I have noticed a huges improvement in my skin. That is using the Olay machine in accordance with my Estee Lauder skincare.