This is a staple in my house. I've been using it since I was in grade school, and my whole family uses it, even my dad! I don't use it often, as my usually oily skin has gotten quite dry in the last year, but it's very refreshing and cleansing, and smells lovely.
My best friend bought this for me...and I do love it, although I wish the applicator were smaller. It's great for thin or a winged eyeliner look, but to get really precise, I suppose I will have to learn how to use the flat eyeliner brush. Will repurchase, as this works better than any other liquid liner I've tried.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - True Blue Spa Hand Cream
garstrieper 4/4/2012 11:10:00 AM
A girl I work with uses this...and, while I wouldn't purchase it for myself, it smells divine and works great! I would recommend this to anyone with very dry hands who wants a nicely, warm coconut-vanilla scent.
Moisturizers -MAC - Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel Moisturizer
garstrieper 4/4/2012 11:08:00 AM
My best friend gave me this for Christmas, and it's very interesting...It's a very matte moisturizer, and does not sit well under makeup, surprisingly. It's not moisturizing enough for my combo skin, so I'll let my mom try it, as she hates anything too moisturizing. Has no smell, which is nice.
Skincare - Face -Jason Natural Cosmetics - Vitamin E Pure Beauty Oil
garstrieper 4/4/2012 11:00:00 AM
I keep this in the shower to use right after I turn the water off. I pour it in my hand and apply everywhere, massaging it in. Then I lightly pat dry with a towel and apply my Ultra Riche Creme de lait. My skin looks and feels like a toddler's again. This is a great moisturizing oil and is pretty cheap at that. Will repurchase.
My best friend gave me a large sample of this, and it is HG worthy. A perfect nude that doesn't wash out my PPP complexion like my other favorite, Myth, does. I will repurchase this forever, it's perfect for a Sophia Loren makeup look.
This is a gorgeous, shimmery golden-bronze that I think would be flattering on everyone. I also think it could be easily duped, but I am too lazy and attached to wander away and find that dupe. Love this.
Pink Plaid looks great on fair skin, in my opinion. It is a lovely, blue-toned matte pink that is very complimentary on me and my aunt. It doesn't look great on my olive-skinned mother though.
Lotions/ Creams -L'Occitane - 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream
garstrieper 4/4/2012 10:48:00 AM
I've heard rave reviews for a long time about this product, but I'm not sold. I purchased it recently, and do not love it as much as my Aveda hand creme. It's nice, but it's not incredibly moisturizing and doesn't have the greatest smell either, although it does smell nice and clean. Will not repurchase.
Gels/Soaps -L'Occitane - Amande Cleansing and Soothing Shower Oil
garstrieper 4/4/2012 10:47:00 AM
I got a very nice sample of this with my recent purchase at L'Occitane, and it's a very lovely cleansing shower oil. It's warming, slightly foaming, and leaves you nice and moisturized after you rinse. I am not too crazy about the scent...if it smelled just like the amande creme did, I would be over the moon. I will use of the sample and look forward to trying a different shower oil next time.
Lotions/ Creams -L'Occitane - L'Occitane Ultra Moisturing Body Cream
garstrieper 4/4/2012 10:44:00 AM
This was the actual product I ended up buying at L'occitane, and it is well worth the money to me. It has a wonderful, plain milk scent and is extremely moisturizing. I will buy this again, since it's so lovely. I feel indulgent every time I smooth it on.
This is quite wonderful...a cute little, vintage-looking tin with a nice, light rose scent. It lasts quite a while, and works great for layering scents also. Will repurchase.
Lotions/ Creams -L'Occitane - Amande Firming & Smoothing Milk Concentrate
garstrieper 4/4/2012 10:40:00 AM
I got a small sample jar of this with a recent purchase at the L'Occitane store at the Summit, and I am in love. It feels so rich, and smells like Heaven on earth. Like milk and warm almonds and baby lotion. Maybe it's not the most moisturizing creme on earth, but with this subtle and mesmerizing scent, I don't give a damn. When I run out, I shall head right back up to the L'Occitane store to repurchase, and I also think this would make a splendid gift for anyone.
I really love this product. I carry it around with me everywhere, and use it for everything from moisturizing my cuticles, to lip balm, to elbow cream. It smells lovely and subtle, like a powdery rose, and is very emollient and feels just wonderful on. Will repurchase forever.
Conditioner -Suave - Keratin Infusion Color Care Conditioner
garstrieper 4/4/2012 10:34:00 AM
I bought this in a pinch, when I was in between paydays and desperately in need of a decent conditioner, having run out of my beloved Pureology. I was thinking about buying Pantene or Dove, but then I saw this. I love Kerastase, and have always read really good comments about Suave's Professional products, so I figured I'd give this a try. I don't love the smell, but it is decently moisturizing, although not compared to the Pureology conditioner I usually use. This was great and cheap, and I would recommend it to people with moderately dry hair who don't want to drop the $$$ for something more expensive.