This is one of my favorite fragrances ever. I agree with reviewers who call it "addictive". It's also ultra-feminine, light, airy, fresh, just PRETTY. Plus, I can't ever imagine it offending anyone, so I never worry about wearing it to the office (I remember one morning I had sprayed on some musky fragrance, which I happen to like very much, and on my way out to work I brushed past my brother at the kitchen table who said "I feel sorry for your workmates today"--not a likely reaction when you're wearing Champs) It's a wonderful fragrance staple.
LOVE!!! This could be my new addiction since I just discovered these on E-bay, brand new and unused for $20. They are just so beautiful to look at and a dream to apply. They make me feel so French and dramatic and artistic b/c of all the unique color options. On the other hand, you can apply these as basically as you want to for a non-dramtic day look. On the weekends and evenings, I'm using these to come out of my eyeshadow shell to break out a little and be more creative. These are a real treat and they last forever too!!!
Yuck. Dry, chalky, no pigmentation, no blendability. I was so displeased with these and actually stunned with the lack of quality that I returned them even though they were pretty cheap. If you're shopping for eyeshadow at the drugstore go the to Revlon section (their shadows are AWESOME)!
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Wet/Dry Shadow [DISCONTINUED]
ilovethe80s 8/22/2004 10:59:00 PM
Oh, am I glad I found this eyeshadow. It is so smooth, almost creamy-like, w/ superb pigmentation and blendability. AND it's cheap!!!!! I like this more than many high end eyeshadows I've found and it's so affordable that I can stock up on different colors and palettes w/ out worrying if I'll actually wear them a lot. When I spend $50 on an eyeshadow palette, I like to KNOW I'm going to use it. With these I can play and experiment and still have a really high quality shadow. Silver Lining and In the Garden are my favorites. The only thing I wish is that Revlon would add even more color combos like Cover Girl and Maybelline.
When I first tried this I thought "Holy Wow, this IS magic" It covered EVERYTHING so effortlessly, with smooth blendable creaminess. I was even under the impression that the pigments do magically morph to your own skin tone--a walk into my sunny backyard with a mirror in hand quickly disabused me of this notion a few days later. Still, I figured I could use it at night in dim lighting since it was such a cinch to use this product--I used it in lieu of foundation in the usual spots---undereyes, around the nose, cheeks, chin, btw. eyebrows. Well, as so many of us here do, I was quickly on to the latest and greatest magic product on the market and put my Too Faced wand away for no more than two months. When I revisited the product after that short lapse of time, it had turned. It was suddenly much darker on my skin than it was even before and the beautiful, creamy, dewy texture had turned heavy, cakey, masklike. I guess if you go through the tube VERY quickly, it's okay; otherwise you're suddenly dealing with a very different product than you first purchased. Sad, because if Jerrod ever decided to come out with a lighter shade in this, I would've been all over it.
Foundations -Models Prefer - Model's Prefer Perfect Match Foundation
ilovethe80s 8/22/2004 4:47:00 AM
I REALLY wanted to like this. I love Stacy and I love love love her concealer, so I figured the pigment in her foundation would work as well for me. As expected, the lightest shade of this foundation was a perfect match and I had no trouble getting the component to work--it's the consistency and smell of the foundation I had problems with. It smells heavily perfumed like an old fashioned foundation might. Not a big problem, but a little bit of a turnoff. The bigger turnoff was how the foundation looked on my skin. Despite being labeled a moisturizing foundation it looked pasty and masklike on my face. It didn't blend very smoothly either--you really have to work with it to avoid a streaky look. I guess I'll be going back to the Lancome counter--I had luck with foundation samples I received from them last year. I knew this product sounded too good to be true!
Powders -Models Prefer - Flawless Nuetralizing Pressed Powder
ilovethe80s 8/22/2004 4:36:00 AM
This product was not horrible, but I have to apply it very carefully with a soft touch so that it does not make me look jaundiced. Who wants to have to worry about that each application? Probably a whole lot less of a worry if you aren't a PPP like me. The consistency of the powder is very nice, not cakey or drying, so I'm sure it's a very nice powder, just not for me. Because as other reviewer said, no matter how many times they say that yellow powder CANNOT, WILL NOT make you look yellow--trust me, on very fair skin, it can and will.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Jean-Charles Brosseau Ombre Rose
ilovethe80s 8/14/2004 5:14:00 AM
This reminds me of the 6th grade!--in the best possible way. One day, I used my mother's Ombre Rose scented soap in the shower and I went to school smelling sooooo good and feeling ultra-chic and grown up. Well, I guess the sense of confidence and well-being I felt that day are strongly connected to this scent (not to mention the sensory connection to my mother), so I doubt I will ever outgrow or grow tired of Ombre Rose. It's so pleasant and wearable and has, for me, become a comfort scent. I'd describe it, like the other reviewers have, as a powdery rose scent. Just beautiful.
I love Flex shampoo so much. I always have to have a bottle of it in rotation. The smell, of course, is the main reason, but I also like how it leaves my hair. It tends to add a little thickness to my very fine hair. Will repurchase and repurchase and repurchase and repurchase . . .
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Strawberry Milkshake 3 in 1
ilovethe80s 8/14/2004 4:13:00 AM
I am a BIG Philosophy 3-in-1 fan. Since discovering them, I have accrued quite a collection and I do believe, after some careful sniffing and consideration, that this is my favorite. To me, it's just perfect. I know others disagree, but to my nose it really does smell like a creamy strawberry milkshake. So much so, that, my strawberry milkshake consumption has skyrocketed since this 3-in-1 came into my life. Plus, and, this is a fairly minor point, butI love the color of it-- such a pretty, pearly pink. It's what I reach for over and over again in the shower, so I definitely recommend and definitely plan on many repurchases for myself.
I'm not kidding when I say I have a different head of hair when I use this. If I don't put any product on my hair, it's pretty darn fine and limp--quite sad looking, I have to say. BUT when I spray this in my damp hair after a shower, let it air dry for a little while, then finish w/ a blow-dry-----WOW! My mom gave this to me as a stocking stuffer a few years ago and I am still in awe of the difference it makes in my hair. It is, like I said, literally like I have a whole new head of hair. I've tried a few other hair thickening products and, aside from spraying beer on my hair (which isn't the best smelling and makes my hair a little straw like), nothing has compared to this. Big thumbs up and I definitely recommend this to all the baby-fine haired ladies out there.
This was a pleasant surprise. It came in a kit with some skincare products I wanted, and I figured there was little chance I'd use this since it's downright scary looking in the compact--it actually looks a dead purple color. On my PPP skin, it's gorgeous!!! It's similiar to a Nars blush in it's soft glowiness. The color is kind of a pinky-peach with a very slight bronze. I let my mother borrow it one night and that's when I was bowled over w/ how pretty it looks on because she was across the table from me at dinner and I couldn't take my eyes off this blush. Just gorgeous.
Lotions/ Creams -Laura Mercier - Clementine Body Butter
ilovethe80s 7/23/2004 6:09:00 AM
In my book, Laura Mercier can do no wrong when it comes to bath and body. I have just been amazed at the quality of this collection and this butter is no exception. I use this when I want a lighter, but still very yummy, scent. Perfect for summer. Consistency is beautiful as w/ all her products.
This smells divine. I feel delectable when I wear this. I feel like a tempting piece of poundcake drizzled w/ lemon icing. Laura Mercier has really got the foody scents thing down. There are no artificial notes in her products and you find yourself really really wishing you could eat them. The consistency is as good as you'll find--silky beyond belief, quick absorption, a little goes a long way. . . What more can I say? LM's Gourmande collection has to be the biggest B+B indulgence out there. Worth every penny IMO. And Tarte Au Citron is tied w/ Creme Brulee as my favorite scent in the collection.
I've been using this eye cream for a year now and have not yet gotten antsy to move one to another one--a very good sign for someone as promiscuous with skincare as I! Here's why I love it: it moisturizes, it has retinol and all of its benefits, it absorbs well into my skin, doesn't peel, doesn't irritate, acts as a perfect slip for eye makeup and I swear my eye area has become brighter since I started using it. And, since I started using this preemptively, I didn't have any wrinkles when I started using it and I still don't--so, so far so good on that count. Definitely recommend.