You can literally see results after using this as a mask. I used this on and off (mostly off), but my breakout somewhat became bad again and I decided to try this out. My skin was so flaky, dry, and irritated and I just did not want to use more chemicals on my skin. So I decided to go back to this because I remember reading that this was a great natural way to help acne and it has a great amount of nutrients for the skin. I've been using honey as a mask for almost a week after showering and my skin becomes so smooth (minus the acne bumps i still have). My skin no longer feels dry and tight. Great stuff and I hope I can continue to use this to see better results. Oh yeah... and I use regular supermarket honey. The unrefined kind.
Best fast drying top coat. Although I do notice a bit of a difference using this with sheer colors vs. opaque colors. With sheers, it works like a charm. It dries the whole nail within a minute or so. But with more opaque colors, it doesn't seem to dry as quickly. It would feel dry to the touch, but the inside layers are still wet, therefore, imprints can be made if i'm not careful. The wear is pretty good. My manis lasts for a bit over a week with this on. This is also very expensive at places like Target, but I hear it's cheaper at Sally's.
Hair Styling Tools -Remington - Protect & Shine Pure Ceramic Flat Iron
Kamee 1/9/2009 4:13:00 AM
I can only compare this to my wet2straight 2inch flat iron and this one is sooo much better. It gets my hair pin straight while the w2s never got my hair straight (it only helped defrizz a bit). But with this flat iron, i don't feel any kinks in my hair b/c my hair is literally straight. It also does not tug hair out of my scalp (like my old one). There's no snagging whatsoever. It's also light weight so I can work on my hair without straining my arm like my old w2s iron. I love that it's 3/4 inch so it can work on my bangs and get closer to my scalp. I've never tried the CHI or any high end brand straighteners but this gives me pin straight hair and I don't think a CHI can get my hair any straighter than straight. I just hope this straightener will last me 4-5 years like my old one.
For their underwear: I love their panties (usually 5 for 25 during sales) but that's as far as I'll buy from their undergarments line. When I first decided to be experimental with VS, I was a bit skeptical b/c of the odd customer service they gave. Ladies dressed in black would come up to you with a measuring tape, measuring your boob size for all to see, then hands you several bra styles to try on and escorts you to the dressing room to see if they fit. I remember buying my first VS bra then and it came out to be around $40. After several washings, the under wire came loose and and it poked me. After that i had to remove it and the bra never felt or fitted the same way again. This was about 4-5 years ago. Their CS has changed.. thank God. Now they're less pesky and only come up to see if you're finding everything ok, tell you about their deals (as if you can't read the signs for yourself), or ask if you need a bag to hold your potential purchases in... well less pesky for sure, but I guess still somewhat annoying. I'm the type that likes to shop in peace without people coming up to me, but it's a good thing that there's a lot of SAs around if there's questions that needs to be asked. Their bras on the other hand.... well, most of them are still pretty horrible quality. Then i figured maybe that first bra was a defect (like many ladies here have also thought after their first purchase of their bras) so I bought 3 more bras from their semi annual sales. One of them is my favorite which is a Body by Victoria. This is the only bra that has stayed intact after 3-4 years of usage, the others have lost their wires, laces falling apart, straps snapped, or have stretched where if i'm not careful and if i bend over, someone who's paying attention can see my nipples. The horror! After the VS bra experience, I'm never buying any of their bras again. I think the only worthy ones are the ones that do not have thin straps. Now, I only buy bras from Target which run for about 10 bucks and fits me much better and does not fall apart on me. Even my one walmart one is still better than VS bras, which i'm wearing right now and I've had it for over a year or 2 and it still feels just as good as when I first wore it. As for their clothes: I only bought one top from them online and I bought it in a small, but it feels like a large. On the model it looked so cute and fitted. On me it makes me look pregnant. Or maybe it's me since I kind of have a pear shaped body (which i hate), but that shirt was large to begin with, which made it look even worse when I wore it.
This is a very gentle cleanser. I really like this better than cetiphil because it gives a slight foam, whereas cetiphil feels like snot being rubbed on my face. It does not irritate my eyes, even when I open it to search for my face cloth. This is so far the only cleanser that I have bought twice already. It smells like baby shampoo. Great stuff. Very basic and it works great for my skin. But i'm still trying to look for more natural cleansers. If not, i'll still come back to this. A cleanser that doesn't sting your eyes can say a lot.
I use the generic version (tretinoin) of this and on the first week or two, my skin has totally change. I had the worse case of acne break out (probably due to stress and irritation), and this helped smooth out my skin dramatically. It's been about two months and my skin does not break out as often as it use to, and it's smoothest has it ever been in years. My doc said it will take up to 6 months to see a full change. I've tried this alone without my antibiotics and it does not work as well. I actually still break out if I use this alone, so this isn't really a miracle product for me.
I think i have the 2 inch old version of this. I've had it for about 4 years and it still works. I feel this is an average straightener. It does the job, but if you have wavy and frizzy hair and you want to get it pin straight, it will take you forever.... actually for me, i never achieved pin straight hair with this thing no matter how many times I used it. The one I have is heavy too so it gets tiring after a while. Oh, and don't use this with wet hair because it will take you an hour to two hours (maybe more) to get your hair straighten and dried. You're better off with a blow dryer and then straighten afterwards. Plus, I think using this on wet hair will pretty much cook your hair, which means more frizz... and we don't want that now do we? Overall, this was my expected first experience with an old style drug store straightener. I will be purchasing a ceramic one next.
It flakes and irritates your eyes within several hours after application. It does not lengthen or thicken. The brush is pretty unique but I don't see any difference from this brush vs. other mascara brushes. Price is way too high for a crappy mascara. My suggestion: do not buy this.
I got this in black sapphire. Yes i know, I have brown eyes, but if you know color theory, brown is a shade of orange and blue compliments orange, making both colors vibrant. Well, to be honest, i don't notice too much of a difference in my eye color. If there is, perhaps it's very subtle. I don't think it's possible to really develop a mascara to enhance a person's eye color without it looking unnatural, but I do think cover girl did develop one of the best because it has hints of color to black. I don't think the shimmer is necessary, but i guess it gives a nice effect. The formula and wand is great though. And the packaging looks nice.
Treatments -Matrix - Biolage - Smoothing Shine Milk
Kamee 12/15/2008 10:52:00 PM
First off, let me tell you my hair type. I have medium/thick frizzy wavy hair. I have to say that this stuff has helped tame most of my fly aways and frizz without making it greasy or dry. I wait until my hair is 70% dry and then i spray this stuff on and let it air dry. This really has helped my hair from going into a giant poof after a shower. Straight ironing my hair has also been easier too. I do have a few complaints though. I do not like the sprayer. It's rounded at the top where you would press to release the product. There are times where my finger would slip because there are no grooves or an indentation to hold my finger in place like regular spray bottles have. It also seems to take a lot of effort to press because of the design of the sprayer. Secondly, I do not like the price. I believe I bought this for 12-14 dollars at a beauty outlet. I don't know... i'm cheap when it comes to hair care, so i'm still trying to decide if this is a product is really worth that much. Lastly, I don't care much for the fragrance.
Love the color which is a lavender/purplish/gray with a hint of red shimmer, but the formula for this is not the best. It applies streaky and clumpy. I find it dries too quickly for its own good. When I do one stroke, the edges of that stroke seem to dry quickly so after the second stroke, you can see the raised level from the first stroke under the second stroke (does that make any sense? lol). Perhaps adding thinner may help the consistency (need to get some).
Nice nudeish color with large chunks of glitter that travels all over your face and body. A no-no for me. In my opinion, glitters are for crazy social events (clubbing, halloween, etc...)... other than that, it just sits in my drawer collecting powder and dust.
I really love these e/s except for the glitter ones. Great pigmentation (i think better than MAC). They're soft and easy to blend. My favorite is Twice Baked. I also love the names of them too.
This was part of the Sustainable Shadow Box. I would never buy this alone. Like many previous reviewers before me, this is a super chunky silver glitter and white eye shadow. In my opinion, chunky craft glitter cosmetics are only good for costume makeup (clubbing, halloween, acting in a play, maybe a trip to vegas). I don't think I'd ever use this color again, unless it's for one of those above reasons i've mentioned. It would be a nice e/s if the glitter stays put. Perhaps using eyelash glue might help, but then it may feel weird on your eyes....
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
Kamee 12/12/2008 7:38:00 AM
I tried this at sephora after hearing all the raves about it staying put as a liner and on the waterline, but this smeared off my waterline within 30 minutes of application. The aspect of it being a regular liner was something i wasn't really interested in so I didn't try it that way, but I have a feeling that it would smear on me if i didn't use a primer under it. Overall, not a 24/7 liner... not for oily water eye'd people anyways. Note: if you're going to try liners and lipsticks at sephora, remember to wipe it first with some alcohol before trying it on your face. Zero is a no go for me. I suggest buying the other colors since they're more unique.