Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Body Butter - Brazil Nut
KillerTofu 12/12/2003 5:15:00 AM
First of all, I love the smell of this. It's rich, creamy, nutty, caramel-y, slightly sweet, and totally addictive. Every time I went into The Body Shop, I would open the tester of the Nut Body Butter and inhale deeply. On about the fifth time, I said to myself "This is ridiculous". So I bought it. Since I've used this as a foot cream, hand cream, and body cream. It's nice and moisturizing, and not too greasy. The only problem is that a couple times I've used this as a hand cream, the drydown scent smelled like tires. Weird. Oh well, I'll probably repurchase this until they stop making it.
Toners -Paula's Choice - Final Touch Toner for Normal to Dry Skin
KillerTofu 12/12/2003 5:03:00 AM
I really like this toner. I know using a toner is unnecessary, but my face needs all the moisture it can get, especially in the winter. This toner has never stung me, and it feels so good to drench my fresh, clean face with light moisture. Although it's unfragranced, it has a light, sweet smell to it.
Eye Makeup Remover -Almay - Non-Oily Eye Makeup Remover Pads
KillerTofu 12/12/2003 4:52:00 AM
This is my staple for removing eye-makeup (if I'm wearing non-waterproof mascara). They're pretty cheap, and I like that I don't have to fuss with cotton balls or pads.
I have this in Kiwi & Grape. It smells great, really fresh and fruity, but I don't use it as a scrub...it's not scrubby enough. I just use it as a body wash, so I won't be repurchasing because lord knows I have enough of those.
Wow, this system is bad. I used it for several months, and while it didn't do anything horrible to my face, it didn't do anything wonderful either. The only good thing I can say about it is that the products are fragrance-free. The system is just so outdated.
-Soaps: first of all, they are soaps which are bad for your face. Even the "Extra Mild" formula is drying.
-Toners: These are awful. All of the numbered ones contain alcohol, which is a big no-no. Up until recently, they even had the nerve to put acetone in these. Yeah, that's nail polish remover. The only toner that is alcohol-free is the Mild one (probably the only good product in the line).
-Lotion: If you have dry skin that is not prone to blemishes, there's nothing technically wrong with the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. It's just so plain. The only thing "dramatically different" about this lotion is that its formula is decades old. Clinique, update it, please! You're like a car company that's still making cars with no airbags. And lose the lanolin. If you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts, avoid this stuff like the plague. Lanolin is derived from sheep, and it's so close to sebum (the oil your face makes) that your skin reacts to it like sebum.
Basically the 3 steps to this system are 1: dry out skin and clog pores, 2: dry out skin even more and irritate it for good measure, and 3: slather it with essentially the same oil that you used the 2 previous products to remove. Why this system is one of their "best-sellers", I'll never know.
I only have this in S&M, but I really like it. It's a soft cream color with holographic glitter, and smells like sugar cookies. It's great for topping off lipstick or a colored gloss.
Treatments -Paula's Choice - Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant
KillerTofu 12/4/2003 3:11:00 AM
I've been using this for a couple weeks. I had some flaky spots on my forehead that would not go away for the life of me. I used extra moisturizer on them, gave them extra attention with an ultra-moisturizing scrub a couple times a week, but they always came back. I used Paula's 8% AHA two nights in a row, and the flakes were gone.
It's a clear, slightly runny gel that's unscented but smells slightly of vinegar when you apply it. I bought the 2 oz size to sample it, and I can see that it will last a long time.
Update: Turns out I'm sensitive to AHAs. This stuff was great in the beginning, and then I got tiny little bumps everywhere, and the skin on my forehead started coming off in big flakes. Yuck.
Cleansers -Paula's Choice - Skin Recovery Cleanser
KillerTofu 12/4/2003 2:56:00 AM
I love this cleanser. As soon as the weather turned cold, my face got so dry and flaky. This is the only cleanser I've ever tried that doesn't leave my face parched. I love lathering cleansers, but I'm willing to forgo it with this one. It's a satiny smooth lotion that washes clean (no weird film here) and leaves my face soft. This will be my staple cleanser for the winter months.
I LOVE this shade! It's so pretty, and with a base and top coat, I get decent wear out of it. Let's see if I can describe it...peachy shell-pink with a sweet pale golden/slightly holographic shimmer. I don't know if that description does this shade justice, but if you're looking for a nice subtle natural but pretty shade, get to your nearest MAC counter and give Gloss a go.
I really love this shade on my toes. It's a bold, blood red. Of the different finishes MAC has for their polishes, this finish is cream. It dries to an almost glass-like shine, and I only need topcoat to extend wear, not increase shine. I always get a good wear time on my toes (with a base and top coat, it will last weeks).
If you have brown eyes, you need this. It's a beautiful deep plum colour, and it makes my medium brown eyes seem so rich and vibrant. If you're worried about wearing a purple eyeliner, have no fear. It doesn't scream "PURPLE!". As with all of the MAC Eye Kohls, it's got an amazing consistency (applies like a dream), but because it's a kohl, it is not smudge-proof. It's not supposed to be.
This is the first fiber mascara I've ever bought. It makes my lashes slightly longer and thicker, but not a whole lot more than regular mascara. So may other reviewers have commented on the smell of the stuff, and while I wouldn't say it stinks (it's not like it smells like dooky, it's just a fragrance that they added way too much of) but it definitely has a very strong odour. Even after it dries, when I move my head I can smell it. The price is decent, but I don't need a mascara that smells so strongly that it will clash with my perfume. I'm going to try MAC's Fibre Rich mascara instead.
***Edit: I've worn this twice now and I've added a lippie because it actually lengthens my lashes substantially, and thickens them somewhat. The smell is still overwhelming, so I'm still not repurchasing.
YAY!! I finally found it!
Here's my review: While the Original Clean EDP is sparkly clean (and not all that great-smelling, in my opinion), the PPO (Pure Perfume Oil) is more of a soft clean. It is musky sweet, with a hint of berry. It doesn't have the same bright citrusy qualities of the EDP. The drydown is predominantly musk. I don't know why they say it is the 'purest' form of the original EDP - to me they smell totally different. The PPO smells so good, it is unbelievable. The bottle makes it easy to apply, just dot it on your pulse points and you're set. It won't last long on the wrists, but on the neck the lasting time is decent. The only reason I'm giving it 4 lippies is because I feel it should last longer (although the bottle makes it so easy to carry with you and re-apply). According to the website, the notes for the PPO are: "green wildberry, night jasmine, calabrian bergamot, sweet orange, grapefruit, lime, neroli, and rose damascenia with middle notes of violet, english lavender, geranium-heliotrope with a white musk base."
Here's the saga, if you're interested: When I received my Fall 2003 Sephora catalog, I fell in love with the sample of Clean that was in there. Since the picture on the ad was the Pure Perfume Oil, I assumed that was what the sample was, but everyone I talked to said the sample was the Clean EDP (some said it was the EDP mixed with the Sweet Layer). I even e-mailed Sephora to ask what it was in the sample and they told me it was the Clean EDP. I ordered a sample of the EDP from an eBayer, and imagine my dismay when it smelled nothing like the sample. I ordered a sample from Who's The Fairest, and once again, it smelled nothing like the sample. Just when I thought I'd never get that scent, I went to a Sephora store (there isn't one where I live, but I was visiting my sister) and asked the lady there what was in the sample. She told me it was the EDP, but she had a tester of the Oil and said I should try that. I almost burst into song when I did. Here it is, it is official: The scent in the Fall 2003 Sephora catalog sample (with the picture of the Pure Perfume Oil) is the Pure Perfume Oil. If anyone tells you otherwise they are mistaken.
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I already wrote a review in Clean-Clean, but I'll do one here too. First of all, I should say that I didn't buy Clean. I came across the sample in the Fall Sephora catalog and promptly became obsessed. I understand that nearly everyone hates it and for some reason are ludicrously vehement in their hate for it, but...hey, to me, it smells like heaven. Like clouds and sunshine and laundry drying outside (somewhere in the boondocks where you can actually to that). Once I figure out what I want (Original? Sweet Layer? Both?), I will be buying it. But it is a little expensive, so eBay, here I come!
*So, yeah. Turns out the sample in the Fall 2003 Sephora Catalog is the Pure Perfume Oil. So all the positive stuff I said above, apply it to the PPO. The Clean EDP, on the other hand, (after I got my hands on a sample of it) is 'meh'. It's nothing special, and while it's not horrible, I certainly don't like it. It just doesn't smell good. Also, it's way too expensive, and doesn't last.
I was just perusing my Sephora catalogue when I came across the Clean sample. Sweet Jesus, I love it! It smells...clean. The best kind of clean. Soapy clean, with a little citrusy note. I can't say anything about wear time or drydown because I didn't actually properly apply it (rubbing paper on your wrists isn't the best way to get a long-lasting scent), but Clean is definitely on my must-buy list. I'll update when I do.
UPDATE: I found out that the sample I fell in love with is actually the Pure Perfume Oil. I got a sample of the Clean EDP and it's really not that great of a scent. Also, it doesn't last, and is way too expensive. The PPO is also expensive, but it smells DIVINE, so that's okay (and there's always eBay).