Cleansers -Neutrogena - Acne Stress Control Foam Wash
shinejunkiemonkee 5/17/2009 5:07:00 AM
I'm trying something else at the moment, but this, when used in conjunction with the matching scrub and moisturizer, did seem to help clear up my skin a bit. It doesn't do much to remove makeup, so I'd usually use this either in the morning or after first washing my face with a creamier cleanser more effective at removing makeup. (I always have to chase creamy cleansers with more clarifying ones, such as this one, to remove residue.) The scent and packaging are good and the price is right (it costs around $7 and is often on sale--one bottle lasts forever). I may go back to it.
Moisturizers -Aveeno - Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer
shinejunkiemonkee 5/17/2009 4:55:00 AM
This product did nothing to help clear up my skin. Not only that, the lotion has an odd, almost waxy, texture, and balls up like mad. I like its green herbal fragrance and the pump packaging, but that's about it.
Lip Treatments -C.O. Bigelow - My Favorite Lip Balm
shinejunkiemonkee 9/29/2008 1:33:00 AM
I wanted something gentle and non-irritating to put on after using the C.O. Bigelow Soothing Lip Buffer, so I got this. The formula, which is very nice, reminds me of MAC Lip Conditioner and Kiehl's Lip Balm #1, except I think it has a better texture than the MAC and (as someone notes below) a better flavor than the Kiehl's.
I have a new favorite Mentha Lip Shine. I was an Ultra Mentha girl before, but now it's all about the Spearmint Mentha. The spearmint flavor is refreshing and delicious, and the Mentha Lip Shine formula is, as always, moisturizing and beautiful on the lips.
Lip Treatments -C.O. Bigelow - Soothing Lip Buffer-Gentle Formula
shinejunkiemonkee 9/29/2008 1:14:00 AM
Lip balm alone (or even in tandem with a scrub from a washcloth or toothbrush) is no match for my chronically chapped lips, but this stuff may just be. When I got it, my lips were moderately chapped (i.e., far from smooth but not at their worse by a long shot), but after one application of this product they were flake free and moisturized. I will definitely repurchase when I run out.
I love the concept but I hate the execution. The cream is super greasy and breaks me out like nobody's business. Like the reviewer below, I also break out in unusual places after using this product. Never again.
My stylist recommended this for my wavy, baby fine hair. Along with the matching conditioner, it leaves my hair looking, feeling, and smelling lovely (like earth and spices). It's expensive, so I won't use it exclusively, but I really enjoy what it does for my hair.
My stylist recommended this for my wavy, baby fine hair. It made my hair look, feel, and smell great (spicy and earthy)! It is on the expensive side, so I won't use this exclusively, but it is very, very nice.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Coconut Lime Verbena
shinejunkiemonkee 7/6/2006 8:57:00 PM
This is the first non-Ultra Mentha Lip Shine product I've bought at Bath and Body Works in perhaps ten years, and I'm happy to say that I love it. On me, it doesn't smell coconutty, limey, or verbena-y. Upon application, it smells like good, clean, expensive soap. Later, it begins to smell vaguely of vanilla. This is a great everyday scent for me--a nice break from my headier, foodier fragrances. I will repurchase this as long as it is manufactured.
This stuff is delicious. It really does freshen your breath--in addition to lushing up your lips. I know peppermint is supposed to be an irritant and I do try to avoid it when I can, but if loving this balm/gloss is wrong, I don't want to be right. Do yourself a favor and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about.
I've been obsessing over this for ages, trying it on every chance I got and debating whether or not I had to have it. In my heart, I think I knew all along that I did. This is heavenly. Edit: My boyfriend hates this, much to my chagrin. I still love it though.
What a pretty color! And what a great formula! This is my second OPI nail color (I also own Double Decker Red), and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I am currently wearing this on both my tips and toes, but I've managed to create two very different looks. One or two light coats on my fingernails creates a beautiful MNBB look -- a lovely shiny, sheer pink. Several coats on my toenails results in a full-strength bubblegum color that makes my feet look very tan. And no chips after three days! OPI is good stuff!
I just got a manicure and a pedicure with China Glaze nail polish. I've forgotten the shade name, but it was a pale pink with no shimmer. After two coats it's still VERY streaky. It has already chipped on my hands (two hours later!) and it's rubbed off my two big toes. A quick-drying topcoat was used, and I waited 45 minutes before putting my shoes back on as well! The only nice thing I have to say about China Glaze is that the shade selection is wonderful. Edit: I've added a lippie since the nails where the polish didn't chip during the first few hours look great. I guess this is just super slow-drying. Also, for reference, the shade I tried is almost exactly like OPI's Pink-ing of You -- the China Glaze has just got slightly more white to it.
This is a really cute concept. It's a nice all-purpose set to have on hand for those rare days where I actually wear anything on my eyes besides mascara. I like all of the colors except for the darkest one -- aubergine with reddish shimmer. It just looks wrong on me. Thanks to this set, I now know that purply shadows and brown eyes are a match made in heaven. I sometimes mix this with the products from the Almay Intense i-Color set, which is also very nice. (I dare say its shadows are of even better quality than those of the Eye Cake.)
I got this in Peche Lumineuse 23 and it suited my Parisian pale skin quite nicely. (This was during my year there when nary a ray of sunlight did I see.) This has a nice soft scent and blends beautifully. The only thing is that your skin must be well moisturized or else this will streak or worse: mingle with dead, dry skin and ball up. Eew! This, along with Bourjois's Happy Light tinted moisturizer (which better suits my summer skin), are great products. My only regret about my stay in France is that I didn't buy more Bourjois loot when I had the chance!