Moisturizers -Jamieson - Vitamin A Night Renewal Treatment
stephanie32082 6/7/2006 1:41:00 AM
I decided to try this after my friend raved about it. It is really amazing. At approx. $15 CDN, you get a lot for your money. Don't feel that because you're not spending a million dollars on your face that the product is not good and once you've tried this night cream you'll know what I'm talking about! Your face will feel silky immediately and when you wake up in the morning the results are even better.
My friend said that it made some of her acne scars disappear but for me, I think it diminished them...they haven't disappeared yet.
The packaging is UGLY. Plain. But don't judge a book by its cover and many times I'm duped into buying/trying something because its cute (bad idea!). Also, I'm not a fan of the tub. Since it lasts forever, I'd prefer a tube for hygenic reasons. But I can totally live with the packaging.
I think this is an HG (because I'm too afraid to try something else and be disappointed). Will definately repurchase over and over. I've tried 3 Jamieson products and loved them all (can't wait to eventually try the rest).
Conditioner -Neutrogena - Triple Moisture daily deep conditioner
stephanie32082 6/7/2006 1:28:00 AM
I was prompted to try along with the shampoo because I love the Triple Moisture Leave-In Silk Cream. I hate the shampoo. Made me super greasy and usually when I hate one, I hate the other but I think this is an exception. The conditioner is nice. Good texture, lather and packaging. Helped with my dry ends (I never put conditioner on my roots). It's expensive for a drug store brand at $10 CDN for a 250 mL tube. Might repurchase if I'm not feeling anything else.
Shampoo -Neutrogena - Triple Moisture cream lather shampoo
stephanie32082 6/7/2006 1:22:00 AM
Yes, I know this is Triple Moisturizing but I have the problem of oily roots dry ends and this just made everything greasy (so I guess it's too much moisture?). It's very rich and lathers really nicely but beyond that, it was just awful. I think its only for girls who have dry hair only. I was prompted to try this because I really love the Triple Moisture Leave-In Silk Cream. This is expensive for a drug store brand at $10 CDN for 250 mL. Loved the tube it came in though. Will never repurchase.
Since I've entered the world of high-end brushes, I want something to take care of my investment. Although I don't own any BE brushes, I decided to try this brush conditioning shampoo out. It works really well but was pricy at $20 CDN for 4 fl. oz./120 mL.
I kind of regretted it when my friend told me to use baby shampoo but IMO baby shampoo doesn't work as well especially if you're cleaning gel liner off a brush. I find that baby shampoo (Johnson's classic No More Tears) washed ok but the hairs on the brush were still stained and BE's Well-Cared For made the brush look like it was brand new. So I use baby shampoo for brushes that need frequent washes and Well-Cared for when I'm cleaning all the brushes in my inventory.
Overall, I think it works really well and the only thing that bugs me is the price. So, I will continue to use baby shampoo from time to time but I think a cleanser specifically made for brushes is the way to go.
Treatments (Eye) -Jamieson - De-Stress Vitamin E Eye Cream
stephanie32082 6/7/2006 12:52:00 AM
I've requested Jamieson as a new brand here on MUA but to no avail. So I've given up waiting and I'm going to write this under unlisted brand. This is an eye cream that claims to diminish the sign of puffiness, dark circles and crow's feet.
I didn't think I needed an eye cream but my friend started using one and the last time I got my makeup done, the MA kept talking about prevention so here I am. This is my first eye cream and I really only need it to reduce my dark circles and for hydration. As far as hydration goes, its simply amazing. It is so moisturing and works amazing under concealer. In the beginning, I noticed that my dark circles got lighter but now I don't think it really impoved in that department. I don't really have any lines or puffiness yet so I can't really comment on that. But for hydration alone, I think this is really really good.
I'm going to try different brands of course but the world of eye creams doesn't look very promising so I may pick this one up again.
Just as a side note, Jamieson products are awesome, and if they are available in your area, make sure you check them out!
Cleansers -Aveeno - Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser
stephanie32082 5/30/2006 12:18:00 AM
I've been using this for 3-4 years in the morning only. I love how its a foam so its really light and perfect as my morning cleanser. Although I have tried other things, I always always come back to this. Yes, I know the pump eventually gets jammed but its a small minor detail I'm willing to overlook. So I'll delegate it HG status...for now.
Makeup Brushes -Stila - #26 Perfecting Concealer Brush
stephanie32082 5/28/2006 2:24:00 PM
Got this when I first got the Perfecting Concealer in the short-handled (silver) version. Its perfect. Allows you to work in tight corners and generally good for where ever you want to use it on your face. Bought for $25 CDN - great investment. Brush looks like new and hasn't shed a single hair. I don't think I'll be needing a new one anytime soon but I would definately repurchase.
Lotions/ Creams -Fruits & Passion - Rich Hand Cream
stephanie32082 5/28/2006 2:45:00 AM
Got this in 'Fieldberries' as a bithday gift. Smells really nice and moisturizes well but it's not exceptional. Mine is 300 mL and has a pump which is great. I know it retails for $15 CDN and I think its way too steep for what the product has to offer. When I'm done with what I have, I won't be buying it for myself.
Soon after joining Makeup Alley, I discovered this and I had to have it. At this point, Nars was only availble at Holt Renfrew (as far as I knew) but the it became available at Sephora as well. So I was looking at their blushes and there was only one Orgasm left. It was fate. I knew it was mine and I had to buy it.
Yes, it does kind of have bigger pieces of shimmer compared to other blushes but its so perfect! I love all my blushes but this one is the one I reach to for the most now. The peachy pink colour is so pretty and its so buildable too. I agree with those who say its a universal colour. I use Stila's 50 watt and its perfect for me. The packaging is good and mirror inside is a bonus. Slightly pricy at $29 CDN but I will repurchase.
Eye Shadow -Stila - Baked Eyeshadow Trio - Copper Glow
stephanie32082 5/28/2006 2:26:00 AM
I bought this without trying it. Between the three, I didn't like the look of the Gold Glow (too light) and I had other trios similar to the Bronze Glow. So I opted for this because it was the darkest and looked the most unique. The shades are really beautiful. The lightest one is described as a champange which is true, the next is described as a deep gold but I think its a very true copper colour. It makes your eyes very dramatic. And the darkest shade is described as a bronze which I think is accurate but think of it as a dark shimmery bronze. Since this trio is baked, it is highly pigmented so you have to use a light hand for day time but pile it on at night and it looks amazing! Overall, I'm happy with my choice but I really don't think I'll finish it anytime soon and since its LE, I won't be repurchasing.
This brush is fab. It's made of the softest synthetic fibers. The brush itself is bigger than most lip brushes but that is not an issue at all (I think it's actually better)! It works really really well and I don't regret the $24 CDN price at all. Its just like a normal brush (not retractable nor does it have a lid, doesn't bother me because I only use it at home). I don't think I'll need a new one anytime soon but I would definately repurchase.
I had a Stila makeover done for summer and I spent a lot but I passed on this. I regretted not getting it so the next time I went to the mall I picked it up! It's so great. There is a mauvy pink and a pinky pink (lol, if that makes any sense). Both colours are great alone or blended together and it has a fab texture. Pricy at $34 CDN but I don't regret the purchase at all! Yes the packaging is cheap with the cardboard but my lid is pretty tight (not loose at all as others have complained), but I'm sure with time and repeated use the lid won't be as snug anymore. Regardless, a great blush that would compliment almost any skin tone. Would repurchase if it wasn't LE.
Lotions/ Creams -Johnson & Johnson - Soothing Naturals Nourishing Lotion
stephanie32082 5/25/2006 7:34:00 PM
Nice light but really moisturizing lotion. Smells nice. Definately repurchase.
I really really like this. It works awesome but I hate the fact that its in a pot and its extremely deep! It works great on my lips but I am really disliking the packaging. So, yes I would repurchase but only if it was on a really really good sale because its just too much trouble to dig it out when you're at the end and I have tons of other balms in a stick format.
I generally like Vaseline products but I don't feel that this lotion does anything really. I got it really cheap $1.99 CDN for the 325 mL bottle and I finished it because I hate waste but I won't repurchase. My staple is Vaseline Dry Skin.