LOVE this! The best liquid foundation I've used. I have tried Chanel, Stila, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Prescriptives and still feel this is better because it gives a natural finish rather than a fake porcelain look which I abhor. Goes on light coverage and concealing power okay. What's best is that it doesn't cake nor clog my pores. I have been using this for years (Maybelline introduced this overseas long before US) and am on my 4th bottle. It feels so light and natural on my (dry-combo-sensitive) skin sometimes I forget I have foundation on.
I really wanted to love this being a long time Maybelline fan but this just didn't cut it for me. Texture was streaky then turns into a dry flaky mess when I try to blend it in some more. The color turned ruddy on skin after a few hours of use. I'll go back to liquid or mineral foundation.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation Original Glo Formula
vyxxyn 1/21/2008 4:07:00 AM
I have dry and very sensitive skin that flakes with the use of most foundations liquid or powder. With EM, the original glo formula gives a healthy glow on my face, not too oily and certainly not dry. The only hang up is that when not blended thoroughly it tends to settle in my fine lines. I figured how to prevent this - by using a primer then buffing in the opposite direction to what I normally did.
Ultraglide Lust is a lovely shimmery burnt rose colored lipgloss of medium thick consistency, not sticky but feels somewhat heavy on the lips. It goes on with intense color quite opaque, so a little blob is all that's needed to coat the most pouty of lips. Anything more than that goes on too thick and gooey. It smells divinely of sugar cookies, but tastes like a sweet wax. Nevertheless it's long lasting and rarely comes off with eating, sneezing, and giving light pecks on the cheek. Three hangups so three lippies off rating. First the tube is long and slender, doesn't seem to fit into most of my cosmetic pouches that I carry in my handbag as it's longer than most standard lipglosses and lipsticks. Secondly the attached silicon applicator makes a mess when applying a gloss of such thick consistency. I have to keep cleaning the applicator after each use or it'll surely end up like the overflowing messy Ultraglide testers you see in the store. Thirdly long tube means difficulty in dispensing. When tube is less than half full, it takes quite a while to squeeze the gloss out. While storing the tube upside down might be a good idea, opening the cap thereafter requires caution as the gloss will continually flow out. I've no idea why Urban Decay designed the tube poorly like this, maybe to fit into most pen slots of modern handbags?
I'm using Golden Beige and Medium Beige Natural, and Apple as a blusher is just the perfect shade! A little goes a long way, and a tiny hint of blush is all I need. Will I buy again? Perhaps in 5 yrs when my sample supply runs out. EM gives generously, a sample will last a long time.
Perfect pick me up scent. Makes my hair super soft I didn't use a conditioner after! Delightfully grapefruity and not too citrussy - I abhor anything that remotely smells of classic dishwashing liquid. Pairs well with my CK IN2U (her) fragrance which incidentally smells heavenly of sparkling grapefruit. I feel that the name Happy Hippy doesn't suit it, Lush should have given the name to Sonic Death Monkey where the hemp and the hippy image go perfectly instead. OH and you could try using it as a shampoo, it softens hair to the Nth degree!
Yikes, this smells like stale coffee and freshly dug soil. I'm sure my batch isn't old, got in within a week of production. I love coffee and chocolate which was why I got this at all. Bought online so couldn't smell beforehand. Luckily got the smallest bottle.
Love this stuff, it's not sticky at all. Super smooth, super shiny & super moisturizing. It doesn't taste synthetic to me. If you love CO Bigelow's Double Chocolate Shake you will love this. Difference is this in lightly tinted, mildly glittery but the flavor and taste lasts much longer.I got it for Christmas 2006 and it's now Jan 2008, been using it almost everyday and there's still some left in tube. A tiny bit goes a long way. Only hang up is the glitter and tint, would prefer clear. Might buy if Philosophy re-introduces it.
For reference I use EM's foundation shades Medium Beige Neutral or Golden Medium. Jump Rope is a light shimmery dusty rose that when used as a blusher, makes the apples of my cheek appear deathly pale. I find that I need to use quite a bit because otherwise the color just sinks right into my foundation and doesn't show up at all. Can't seem to use it as a lip color either, as it'd make me look asphyxiated. However when used as an eyeshadow, it gives me a girl next door look. Again I need to increase intensity, I use a damp brush to pick up more powder. Probably suits light to fair complexions. On me, I'd probably need a more ruddy shade like Apple for blusher.
Tasteless and scentless this gloss goes on clear but changes to different shades of pink while you wear it. On the box the shades of pink are described as "Totally Zen", "Slightly Smitten", "Feelin' Frisky", "Dirty Thoughts", "Hot and Bothered", and "Bask in the Afterglow" from lightest to darkest. I couldn't seem to get darker than "Feelin' Frisky" when I was thinking about dinner :( Aside from the novelty aspect, this gloss is very shiny, moisturizing, somewhat oily but not sticky. Won't buy again as it's just a comeback of the retro mood lipsticks you probably can get at the Dollar Store for a buck.
Lip Gloss -Too Faced - Fuze Slenderize Blueberry Raspberry Guilt Free Lip Gloss
vyxxyn 1/11/2008 10:52:00 PM
Tube has a flocked tip attached allowing precise application. Gloss glides evenly therefore a little dollop is all you'd need. Although Sephora states it's sheer purple, it's actually a light sheer blue in tube but goes on clear on lips. Sephora's picture of tube is inaccurate. The packaging is clear plastic while the gloss is transparent blue. There is an opaque white tube as the core. Gloss texture is very runny, oily, but not sticky. The scent is very subtle blueberry, nothing special really, and it has no taste. Scent seemed to completely disappear under 15 seconds so all you have is, some shiny slick on your lips. On the back of the box it reads "created by two of today's leading tastemakers" frankly I'd expected something exceptional but when I used it I was disappointed as it had no taste! As for claims of slenderizing and reducing appetite, that's just pure gimmicky.
Like other Kenzo perfumes, Armour is as light and airy. Its top note is a peppery flower, a far more diluted and less complex version of CD's Hypnotic Poison. The scent is practically stable throughout the dry down, peppery floral all the way with the vanilla musk note peeking out slightly at the base note. Unfortunately it has no staying power, In under an hour it is completely gone. I prefer Armour over Flower as the musk in Flower seems to be too strong. In Armour it is well controlled and only appears when it's needed - the base. Packaging wise brilliant in an asymmetric bottle with slender lines giving that zen look.
Watery floral (like hyacinth) top note with a flat oily character, sweet oriental floral like lily and gardenia middle note, and a delicate dry down to an even sweeter floriental musky base note. Generally a light bouncy floral fragrance that doesn't overpower. Despite this it has excellent staying power, lasts for hours at a go. Set in a pretty gold bottle but unfortunately a fragrance not to my liking. I preferred something with fruity scents and this has none.
Fragrances -Lolita Lempicka - L de Lolita Lempicka
vyxxyn 1/10/2008 8:13:00 PM
I dislike the original Lolita Lempicka fragrance but I love this L version. L de LL is a perfume which does not have a consistent scent from top note to base note, as it constantly changes with time. If you're looking for a perfume which has a consistent profile throughout, this might not be your choice. What I adore about this is that the strength is just right, not too annoyingly overpowering like Angel, yet not too faint like Kenzo Flower. L has some lasting power which is great when you need something to last you through the day to slightly past dinner time. When freshly sprayed on, the topnote is a delicate bouquet of woody spiced (i.e. not chili) flowers, akin to a bowl of potpourri, with a barely-there hint of vanilla which seems to be playing peekaboo. ON ME, the middle note is like Chinese preserved plums (sour salty plummy) with sweet vanilla essence. It finally dries down to a very pleasant distinct note of milky vanilla, something like CK's Obsession's base note without the woodiness. If you're thinking of giving it as a gift, this is one of the rare fragrances that comes with a pretty eye candy bottle that will most probably delight even the most fussy of recipients.
Love at first whiff. Love did not last. Despite being too heady, Angel was good to have around when it launched, not when more than half the world's population are wearing it. Becomes commonplace and it just loses its uniqueness. My ex bought me a refillable version which was an interesting idea, which is why I rated it 5 for packaging. The good side is that it's a very complex perfume, almost impossible to copy therefore there are no spin-offs unlike others like White Linen and Obsession.