Cleansers -L'Oreal - Dermo-Expertise Gentle Cleansing Milk
esque 9/10/2006 10:30:00 PM
Milk? Extremely gloopy. But it gets the job done, but takes a lot of effort to remove. Smell is alright if you like baby lotions but gets a little nauseating after repeated use. This was my first ever make-up remover but I wouldn't buy it. (Thanks though Mum! If it wasn't for her I would probably still be using too strong scrubs to remove waterproof mascara.) It gets rid of almost all types of make-up but leaves your skin oh-so-greasy so you'll have to use twice the amount of Gentle Toning Lotion to get the residue off.
Toners -L'Oreal - Pure Zone Toner - Garnier Pure Lotion in Europe
esque 9/10/2006 10:20:00 PM
I agree with the tester below : is fine if your skin can take a bashing. Did well with my combo skin- left it shine-free the whole day. However, it did flake and I agree it is quite harsh. Smells strong, clinical almost. But tolerable. Evaporates really quickly. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone with sensitive skin, but it's great if you have really oily and thick skin.
Strips oil off quite well, though slightly drying. Love the green tea and peppermint smell, a real wake-up in the morning. Takes off make-up well, alright with waterproof. A bottle should last for a few months or so - worth the value. A downside is that it leaves shine. Well, we can't have it all, esp with these heavy duty cleansers. And the pump top breaks off really easily (was trying to make it pop up to open it and it flew off!) Altogther, good-quality standard cleanser that isn't too harsh.
Mmmm. Champers. Yes girls, it smells like champagne. That's definitely a plus. Consistency is good, goes on quite well. Just right, but a bit too heavy if you're applying it as a base for make-up. Ideal for spring/autumn weather, a bit too light for winter. A complaint is that it looks too shimmery! Is this true for all L'Oreal moisturizers? (Tried another one whose name I forgot; it had chunks of glitter). Not very subtle, and enhanced shine. Other than that, would be great if used occasionaly (bit expensive, don't you think?) as a pick-me-up and pair it with the cleanser.
Cleansers -L'Oreal - Happyderm Cleansing Mousse Normal and Oily
esque 9/10/2006 9:58:00 PM
Happyderm smells heavenly. And the whipped cream texture and dispenser are pretty unique. However, it doesn't really get all the oil off and you don't feel exactly squeaky clean. Weak to so-so for sloughing off make-up. Tad expensive too. Good thing is that it isn't too drying. Happy? Well, have I said it smells nice? It really is uplifting. Perfect if you adore style (creamy scent + texture) over substance (make-up/dirt cleansing qualities) or if your skin doesn't get grimy much.
Mascara -L'Oreal - Lash Architect Mascara [DISCONTINUED]
esque 9/10/2006 3:25:00 AM
C L U M P S. Everywhere. At first it would leave globs, and subsequent strokes and using a lash comb it would stick my lashes together so it would look like I had, say, 5 triangles on my upper eyelids. A trick is to take out the horrible applicator, and squeeze it with a tissue, focusing on the plastic centre. Press until the bulk of it comes out and the centre looks much thinner. You'll waste about 3/4 of the mascara this way, but it clumps less and goes on more managably. Now lashes are certainly longer, and hold curl ok. Smudges, leaks moderately. This wouldn't be such a flop I suspect, if the brush wasn't so dense and unwieldly. Definately a no from me.
Come on girls, its not that bad. Goes on quite thin, evens out uneven texture and tone and left me with a rosy, natural glow (althogh this could be because of the pressure of rubbing it in). Looks less oily with powder. This is my first tinted, so will probably fine better ones on the market, (was thnking of the Dove one, keep hearing about raves of that!) and am sorry to hear that people kept on breaking out. Oh, one complaint is that it emphasized dry flaky skin and kept clumping in my brows! Overall, its moderately good.
This would be fantastic except for one thing - the smell. It's tolerable after awhile, but at first it's this plasticky mint horror. Anyway, it works wonders and my lips feel so soft in an instant. And it's cheap too. But the smell is just a turnoff. I would recommend it to others who do have exceedingly dry lips, as it is really moisturising. It's good in the sense that the formulation isn't too gloopy - you can control how much of the rather potent but thin balm you can put on depending on the dryness.
Rave! Exfotonic is fabulous. Been using it for a year and still have half the tub. A little goes a long way with this beauty. Smells nice - citrus-y sea salt. Grains are a little rough, so use sparingly. Am not sure if it's good for sensitive skin. It leaves skin soft and smooth; a perfect prep for shaving, intense moisturising or if you want to show a little skin. My sister uses it (lol, she thought it was a facial exfoliator and complained her cheeks were rough) and I recommended it to a guy friend; both said it wasn't bad. It's a little pricy (approx A$20) but using it twice a week and with a few teaspoons full, you can have luxurious skin for a year or so with one tub. This is my first exfoliating wash so I'm not sure if this is the best, but I'm sure no other will give the same perfect results.
Fragrances -L'Occitane - Solid Perfume - Neroli Rose
esque 9/10/2006 2:49:00 AM
The solid perfume smells markedly better then the EDT. It's more traditional and sweeter than the toilette. Not as spicy either. Very simple yet pretty packaging. Lasts for quite a while and doesn't change notes. My friends like it - the guys actually put it on! However, it does smell a bit grandmother-ly and old-fashioned. Another gripe is that the tin (have this problem with Lotus and Green Tea too) goes rusty after awhile when all the moisture condenses. But overall, love it.
Subtle colour and sheen, great price and excellent moisturising properties. What more could you want. It's a lovely darkish blush pink colour, with slight purple undertones, but goes on quite light. Expectedly. Consistency is smooth, and keeps lips soft for ages. It's not a balm, and yet not a gloss either. So it's good if you want something light with just a hint of colour. Packaging's a bit kiddish and girly though. Unfortunately I keep losing Covergirl lipglosses! So after this fell out of my pocket, I bought another in Cutie (a bit like Demure, but more glitzy). Haven't tried it yet, but hope it gives as pretty results as this one!
Have this in Blush Wine, though I think it might be called something else in other places than Australia. I actually had two of these. Lost the first one and liked it so much I asked for another on my birthday! The consistency is slightly thick, but spreads well if you angle it correctly. Colour is a divine soft pink with a touch of brown, but looks different on lips, but still good. Slight shimmer, very fine glittery bits so it's not too loud. Rather glossy. But the feel, rave! Makes lips so smooth. Like a lip balm rather than a gloss. And a little goes a long way.
Lip Gloss -Maybelline - Shiny-Licious - ALL colors
esque 9/10/2006 2:14:00 AM
Am I the only one with this problem? After using it for a few months, the spongy applicator smelt...off. Like mould. Don't give me that look...I think the sponge caught all the gloss and stuff from my lips and it bred bacteria. I treated it well and didn't get it wet or anything so I don't know. It did have a nice sheen though. But really very thick. I had Sugar-plum. Nice peppermint scent (before it went icky) and darkish colour. I gave Carmella (sweet caramel, obviously) to my sister. Looks shimmery and gives a brownish-pink tint. She says it isn't bad. So I wouldn't buy it again, after that smell fiasco and the clumpyness of the formula. Plus points are the fragrances, shades and quite relative inexpensiveness.
I adore the old the Vert. It was clean, simple and fresh. Very sophisticated in an uncomplicated way. Like a stroll through the city gardens while enjoying the sight of the glass skyscrapers too - a hint of old-fashionedness mixed with modernity. (Cliche!) It instantly picks you up and refreshes. And it lasts and lasts! It doesn't change its notes like a perfume, and even lasts longer throughout the day. If it does fade, you could just splash it with water and it would rise again. I used to get lots of comments with this. L'Occitane isn't a commonly worn brand here. Now I have to ration it and try to use up the less beautiful Neroli Rose (bit too old, also discontinued). It's a pity they've repackaged and changed it (? not sure). The new one smells slightly different and comes in two variants in Australia - Mint and just the plain Green Tea. They smell more complex, and the bottles are a little to kitsch for my taste. But I would definately buy it once I finish the rest. If anyone does want to get a first scent, Green Tea is perfect and so are the rest of the L'Occiatane range (except for the new Vanilla...). Love L'Occitane.