I first bought this fragrance my junior year in college. It is clean, but warm and sophisticated and does not cause headaches for me. On me, I smell green apples and a hint of vanilla. I love it! I used up my bottle awhile ago, but I think I will repurchase. I also like the bottle and top. Lovely for fall!
Palettes -Stila - Perfectly Gold Fall 2005 Palette
abigail80 9/14/2006 5:23:00 PM
I bought two of the Perfectly Palettes last year - the gold and the plum. I liked the idea of having shadows and blushes together in one very compact package. The tweed is adorable, but it is difficult to hold the palettes open with one hand while using trying to use them! The gold palette contains three shadows (a light champagne, a rich gold, and a muted brown) and a nice peach blush. The shadows are very nice and the gold is very wearable and pretty! My favorite shade is the brown though - it makes a great crease color. I also really like the blush. It was my first peach blush, and it is really very subtle and flattering.
Palettes -Stila - Perfectly Plum Fall 2005 Palette
abigail80 9/14/2006 5:18:00 PM
I bought two of the Perfectly Palettes last year - the gold and the plum. I liked the idea of having shadows and blushes together in one very compact package. The tweed is adorable, but it is difficult to hold the palettes open with one hand while using trying to use them! The plum is my favorite of the two - the white shade makes a great highlighter, the violet-plum is lovely, and the bronzy-plummy-brown makes a great crease color. However, the best part of this palette is the blush. It is gorgeous!! It is a warm rose shade with very subtle shimmer that is extremely flattering and great for fall. I wish stila would make the blush a permanent part of the line.
I have bought a few tubs of this scrub over the years. I like the ginger-citrus scent, and the fact it is not oily!! It is a bit messy (as most scrubs seem to be), but it exfoliates well. The 20 oz. tub costs $25, but the tub is huge and will last awhile. I think it is actually a very good value because you get so much product.
This was the first perfume I ever bought! I was 19 and looking for something to buy so I could get the GWP, and by chance, I smelled this and loved it! It is spicy and warm and wonderful - perfect for fall and winter. I usually can't stand most perfumes, they give me headaches or make me feel dizzy, but I love Poeme. It is very sophisticated and mature, but that is partly why I love it. I don't think it is old ladyish at all though - I wore it all through college and always got compliments. I wish it came in a non-spray form, because it is easy to over-apply, but applied sparingly it is great. I have been through several bottles of this perfume over the years. I love the name and bottle as well.
Toners -Earth Science - Clarifying Herbal Astrigent
abigail80 9/11/2006 8:29:00 PM
Though technically it is called an astringent, this product is actually very gentle and lightly moisturizing on my sensitive, sometimes oily, sometimes dry skin. It is very refreshing, contains great ingredients, and has really tightened my pores. I use this astringent after the Earth Sceince Clarifying Face Wash, and I really like how my skin looks after using this product. Nice herbal scent too.
Great gentle cleanser for my sensitive skin! I picked this up at Whole Foods a month or so ago and have been using it along with the matching toner. I wanted a cleanser that traveled more easily than than my regular dove bar soap, so I thought I would try this one out based on the reviews here. So far, I am happy with it. This cleanser removes all my makeup (though I don't wear a lot), doesn't sting my eyes at all, and leaves my skin soft and refreshed. No breakouts either. I really love the herbal scent - it is very comforting. I wash twice with this in the evenings, but I tried washing just once with it and I didn't get any dirt or makeup on the cotton pad I was using with my toner. I like the simple packaging with the pump, which closes easily for travel. This cleanser has some great ingredients and is affordable (about $8) - I will definitely repurchase.
Twig is a shimmery reddish-brown-burgundy color that I received in my stila 2006 must-haves. Like the previous reviewer though, this shade is just a bit too red for me (I am also allergy-prone). It makes a very pretty liner shade, but it just is not flattering on me. I will not repurchase.
I picked this up at sephora yesterday and tried it out last night. I agree with the previous reviewer who said it adds "a really beautiful luminous gold sheen." For years I stuck to cool browns, pinks, taupes, etc., but I have really been drawn to bronzes, golds, and golden browns lately (stila baked bronze and Cedar Grove trios and tarte's brown derby, bt gin, and preppy girl) and peachy cheeks. As long as they aren't orangey, these shades look great with my very, very pale skin and dark hair. Oasis really warms up my skintone and helps bring out the gold flecks in my light brown/amber eyes. I love it!! To me, it is a pale gold color, but definitely gold, not a champagne shade. I don't see any copper or orange tones. I used it as a wash and it looked stunning! I added some la douce (olive) in the crease as well and it looked nice, but I think I like Oasis best used by itself with just some dark brown or black eyeliner on my lower lashline. Oasis also has stila's usual great texture and silkiness, though I wish it wasn't quite so shimmery. Overall, I am very happy with this shade - I wish I had tried it sooner.
This is a very nice stila eyeshadow - I don't have any issues with its texture or sheerness (that is one reason why I like it!). To me, it is a soft taupe-brown shade with some lavender tones. The shimmer is nice - not frosty. The shade looks nice on me (PPP, light brown eyes). I use grace in my crease with starlight as a wash and either espresso or rain to line my lower lashline. It makes a very simple everyday look. I like my grace pan a lot, but I don't think I will repurchase though as tarte's Real McCoy is a more flattering taupe shade on me.
This is a gorgeous, dramatic, deep reddish/black color - perfect for fall and winter. I just used this on my toes today and it is stunning! I have very, very pale skin and this makes a great contrast (I used two coats). I love the square bottle too as it is very easy to hold. Update: I have had this on for over three weeks now and I just got my first chip! Great long-wearing polish!
I have this shade in both my A List and Little Black Dress palettes. Here's Looking at You is a shimmery medium gray-taupe with a hint of olive in it. It is rich-looking, highly-pigmented, and very long-lasting. Tarte makes some of the nicest eye shadows around. However, I am not sure that this shade look great on me (PPP with light brown eyes), so I don't tend to use it very often. It doesn't look bad - I just think some of tarte's other shades (Brown Derby, West Egg, Real McCoy) are a lot more flattering on me. Thus, I don't think I will repurchase this particular shade.
I have a mini version of this lip gloss from the Trust Fund Baby set and love it. Tarte's glosses are very moisturizing and I love the sheer, wearable colors and the square, double-sided containers. Jake is a medium raspberry pink and Samanatha is a light pink, but not too light that it washes me out. Both colors are very flattering on me (PPP, dark hair), and will be nice for fall and winter. I do have to reapply frequently, but I don't mind as I enjoy the vanilla scent and texture of this gloss. Even these minis seem to last me awhile, but I will repurchase this shade when I run out.
This palette is exclusive to Victoria's Secret and contains two eyeshadows and a powder blush in a gorgeous lavender-colored compact (I believe the compact is reusable). The palette comes in small fabric pouch and also includes a very small eyeshadow brush (though I just use my regular brushes). The eyeshadows are Pink Panty Pulldown (matte, light pink) and The It Girl (matte, dusty purple). The shadows are very soft and subtle - very pretty! The blush is Stiletto (a shimmery plum-rose color). The blush is beautiful and nicely pigmented, but I don't think the mineral oil in the blush agrees with my skin, so I only use the blush occassionally. This palette makes for a nice, romantic look - great for fall and winter - and is very flattering on me (PPP, dark hair and eyes). Originally, this palette retailed for $35 (I rated it on its original retail price), but I got mine on clearance off the VS web site for $9.99, which is a great deal! I can see this being a great palette to travel with as well.
Lip Gloss -Tarte - Luke and Laura Double Ended Lipgloss Duo
abigail80 9/2/2006 4:53:00 PM
This lip gloss duo caught my eye when I was browsing at sephora today. It is lovely! I really like tarte glosses as they give you a nice amount of product, they split apart so they are portable, and are so moisturizing. Luke is a non-shimmery (yay!) very pretty warm rose color, and Laura is a metallic bronzey-plum color. Both shades are very flattering on me (PPP, dark hair and eyes), and will be perfect for fall and evening looks. I also like that I can use both Luke and Laura independently. With my other favorite duos (Romeo and Juliet and Fred and Ginger), I always use more of the base color and run out of that first. I am very happy with this purchase and will definitely repurchase.