Misc Beauty Tools -Clean & Clear - Oil Absorbing Sheets
jessmarie09 10/18/2010 11:12:00 PM
If you have oily skin BUY THIS. You can buy the drugstore knock-off for cheaper...but its the same product (blue nylon-esque sheet that absorbs oilies). This product is just a synthetic little cloth and does NOT come with face powder (as do other products which can irritate your skin). The only thing I would note is that it does rub off some of your make-up if you rub it on your face....so use it in a patting motion. Also, don't overdue it as it will dry your skin (I have gotten carried away and used two sheets one after another and quickly developed dry flakies so beware). Hope this was helpful.
Bronzers -Estee Lauder - Bronze Goddess Soft Duo Bronzer
jessmarie09 10/18/2010 11:07:00 PM
Edit 1/2011-this product clogs my pores and breaks me out. I started using it as an all over face product and noticed a very ugly and drastic change to my complexion. Unfortunately, I cannot keep it. :o(. Sometimes it takes daily use of a product before I see any adverse reactions to my skin. Too bad, I otherwise enjoyed using it. (removed one lippie). In the garbage. *************************************** (old review): This is an amazing bronzer and one of my absolute favorites. So I am NC42 in MAC. I have tanned skin with yellow/reddish undertones. What is amazing about this bronzer is that the lighter shade has slight pink undertones and the darker shade has slight olive undertones so when mixed together, it is an amazingly natural looking bronzer on my skin. Further, because it is a duo you get three colors in one amazingly large container (it is extremely huge). Also, there is no orange in this at all and no sparkle, glitter or shimmer (ie., it's matte). Also important to note that this product has not aggravated my acne prone skin [see updated edit--not true!!]. Lastly, the bronzer comes with a tiny brush. Do not throw away the plastic inside the container because it is meant to house the brush. The brush is somewhat rough, but usable especially when traveling. Hope this review was helpful!
Treatments -Phyto - Phytokarite Hair Treatment Mask With Shea Butter
jessmarie09 10/16/2010 3:22:00 PM
This product unfortunately made my hair hard and caused my hair to break I have naturally dry and very curly frizzy hair so I am always looking for the next best hair conditioner. I used this conditioner for about two weeks. I used it prior to blow drying my hair. Normally, my hair is pretty easy to dry, but after using this product my hair felt like dry straw. It was horrible! I do not recommend this hair conditioner. In fact, rather than finishing the product, I threw 80% in the garbage after having spent a ton of money for it. It is absolutely not worth the money. I generally like Phyto products, but this is the worst deep conditioner I have ever used.
Deodorants -Unlisted Brand - Arm & Hammer Ultramax
jessmarie09 9/21/2010 11:41:00 PM
OMG gave me the worst B.O. ever! I used this product for an entire month and it made my armpits smell like glue and B.O. (very odd nasty smell). At first, I couldn't figure out why I smelled so bad until I stopped using it for 2 days, then the smell went away until I started using it again. It is the absolute worst deodorant ever! I would not recommend!
Ok, I really wanted to love this lipstick. So why did I hate it so much. First con, it smells like crayons. Second con, It is too creamy and does not have great staying power. Third con, it is too warm for my NC 42 skin tone...made me look old. The color is like an orangey coraly muted reddish toned neutral color. It reminded me of those old fashioned photos where the lips are painted in after the photo is taken. I hated this lipstick.
Blush -MAC - Mineralize Blush Duo - Light Over Dark (Grand Duos coll.)
jessmarie09 9/6/2010 3:00:00 PM
This is both a bronzer and highlighter. The highlighter part is more pigmented than soft and gentle msf, so it will definitely give you a shimmery bronzy glow. I found this product perfect for summer. I dust it lightly using a skunk brush over my cheeks, bridge of my nose, along the hairline on my forehead and a bit on the chin. It gives me a wonderful glowy look without being over the top. I use it on the weekends to walk the dog, so it's not too extreme. Also, I like the fact that you can make it a darker bronzey color by swirling your brush over both the light and dark sides to get a richer bronze effect. I would definitely recommend. Also it does not break me out.
Toners -Alba Botanica - Hawaiian Hibiscus Facial Toner
jessmarie09 9/6/2010 2:55:00 PM
OMG this is my HG toner. It cleared up my acne, balanced my extremely oily skin and smoothed out my skin texture. It is a miracle product for me. I am so very grateful for having found a product that after all of these years finally works. It is an amazing toner and I would definitely buy it again and again. Note, it has a strong sweet fruity smell, so if you are sensitive to scents, I would recommend sniffy at your local drugstore. Also, if you apply to your arm, it may leave a semi sticky residue as I noticed on my arm, however when applied to the face, there is no feeling of a semi sticky residue at all and make-up goes on very smoothly. I would recommend this product. As a means for comparison, I have extremely oily acne prone and sensitive skin.
Edit: changed rating from 4 to 5 lippies. First eyeshadow ever to hit pan on!! Old review: love love love this eyeshadow. Easy to apply, very pigmented, very blendable...incredibly beautiful. I prefer it over MAC's satin taupe. Yep! I would recommend this browny, taupey bronzey color to everyone!
Fragrances -Estee Lauder - Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent
jessmarie09 7/30/2010 9:53:00 PM
I will never never ever again let youtube or MUA reviews influence my perfume purchase. This has to be one of the worst scents in the world. Literally, and I mean literally it smells like urine on my skin. I know what urine smells like because I have pets. Sometimes pets urinate on carpet or clothing or the bed...it happens. Well I suppose Estee lauder has a factory filled with these lovely pets and collects their urine and bottles it into a cute little sparkly bottles with lovely labels calling it "Eau Fraiche Skinscent"....but really its urine. OMG this smells soo much like URINE!
Deodorants -Unlisted Brand - Dry Idea Clinical Complete Unscented
jessmarie09 7/25/2010 9:52:00 PM
Worst deodorant ever! It does not go on clear, it does not prevent odor, it does not prevent perspiration. It actually made me smell worse (ie. enhanced summer funkinesss lol). I just had to post a review so that no one else would waste their money.
This is my HG fragrance. I have been wearing this scent for years and have three back-ups. I order this online because sometimes it is difficult to find in department stores. It is musky, slightly flowery with a noticeable tinge of strawberry...but not super sugary sweet like some teeny bopper perfumes. This is a grown-ups fragrance for sure but makes me feel sexy. I love it. My only complaint is that it has zero staying power. I spray and fifteen minutes later its gone. I guess this is a big complaint, but since I work in a corporate environment being heavily fragranced is an absolute no no....so this works. I notice that if I wear it on top of an fragrance oil (such as egyptian musk), it stays on longer. It does pair well with egyptian musk, grapefruit and sandalwood oils. I would recommend if you are looking for something not overpowering and you don't care if it wears off throughout the day. Again, pairing with body oils helps it last.
Blush -New York Color - Blushable Creme Stick [DISCONTINUED]
jessmarie09 7/24/2010 11:53:00 PM
Yes, I would buy again...and yes I bought again and again (I have three now). These are wonderful and cheap and beautiful and fun. For oily acne prone skin, these are great because they have a powdery like finish and go on sheer so they are easy to work with and perfect for the summer (I hate wearing heavy colors and heavy make-up during the summer). For some reason, I am totally feeling creamy products this summer, my powdery products feel too heavy in this humid heat. These blushers are amazing for everyday weekend wear. Also, they serve as perfect bases to set powdery blush. I am currently loving the south street seashell under mac mineralized blush happy together...absolutely beautiful bronzey pinky browney tone. I would recommend these to anyone!!
I am so tempted to buy a back up. I am not a back up type of girl. I have one product and I use it and when I am done I either buy it again or move on. But lately, if I find something that I absolutely love. Something that I can see myself still wearing in my 50's, I start lemming for a back-up. This is one of those products. It is an amazing blush. I love it. I get no glitter, no metallic sheen, no weirdness at all when I apply it (unlike the MSFs that came out with collection). It is a beautiful nudey rosey brown on my NC 42 cheeks with a hint of shimmery goodness--not too much. Just amazing "weekend" blush for me (since I like brighter peachy colors for work). This is the blush that I throw on every morning to walk to dog. It is easy and amazing. Definitely the standout for me from this collection (and yes, I have stereo rose...)
I have been using this product for about two months. It is not great for removing waterproof mascara, but does a great job with everything else. I have acne prone and oily skin and this product is extremely gentle on my face---which is one of the reasons I purchased it since I use harsh acne treatments on my face. It does not break me out and has no offensive odors. It is easy to wash off...it emulsifies easily in warm water. I would recommend. I love this cleansing oil and will definitely repurchase.
Makeup Brushes -Everyday Minerals - Foundation Brush
jessmarie09 7/22/2010 6:17:00 PM
Poop. I wil swap this baby because it is useless to me. It is so darn floppy. What a waste. Perhaps someone else will find a good home for it. I really just don't know about EDM brushes. It is hit or miss with them. They sure are pretty to look at and very soft.