Cleansers -Paula's Choice - Skin Recovery Cleanser
MaryEllen 3/2/2002 2:17:00 AM
This is an OK cleanser for dry skin. It works better than Cetaphil, which I loathe, but not much. It is fragrance-free, which is a plus, but not worth the price and hassle of ordering.
This blush is nearly mistake-proof--it goes on easily and beautifully, and both the pink and apricot colors look wonderful on my cool-toned skin. It really leaves a natural, satiny glow on the skin. Amazing stuff!
Ugh! That diaper-cream smell! Really did nothing favorable for my hair. For the $$$, try Aesop's Rose Hair Masque, K-M's Intensive Hair Treatment, or B&B's Deeeep Conditioner for MUCH better results--and better scents.
Masky, difficult to apply, and causes breakouts. Three strikes--you're out!!
Fragrances -Comptoir Sud Pacifique - Vanille Abricot
MaryEllen 2/17/2002 2:34:00 AM
Sweet, cloying, and overpowering. I wore it only once--thank goodness I tried a sample first.
Vaseline. I really can't understand the hype for this product. I'll stick with Nuxe, Prada, or Lip Smackers!
I was totally underwhelmed by this product. I fought my lemming for years before giving in, and I was sorry I did. I found it difficult to apply (even with a damp sponge) and I still needed powder on my t-zone--even with my dry skin! Definitely a try-before-you-buy product.
Lotions/ Creams -Natural Esscents - Wedding Cake Cream
MaryEllen 2/17/2002 2:29:00 AM
I'm on my fifth or sixth jar of this--need I say I love it? Perfect for my desert-winter-dry skin, and the scent is scrumptious!
Didn't work for me--too warm. I looked like a corpse with shimmry brown lips. If you want a similar color that is cooler and lighter, try Ramy Beauty Therapy's "Buh-Bye"--a berry color with copper shimmer. Unique and beautiful.
Ugh! Breakout city! I have dry skin, and this made my skin drier and added breakouts. A big skip-it for me.
Treatments -Clinique - Total Turnaround Visible Skin Renewer
MaryEllen 1/24/2002 11:04:00 AM
After two weeks of using this daily, I broke out in whiteheads all over my face--not a pretty sight. It worked really well for exfoliation, though, so if your skin can tolerate it, it's a great product.
I'm medium-light skinned (not a PPP) with strong yellow undertones and can't believe this looks good on me. There's a color undertone--sort of a rosey shade--that makes this brown blush wearable. Great for either a natural or sophisticated look.
Lipstick -BeneFit Cosmetics - Cowgirls Lip Creme [DISCONTINUED]
MaryEllen 1/8/2002 9:36:00 PM
I have Back in the Saddle (neutral mauve-brown) and Don't Fence Me In (a gorgeous brownish-red with gold shimmer that looks very warm but wears neutral) and I love them. They are easy on the lips (not drying), have incredible staying power (theough a workout and a quart of water), and are truly wearable neutrals. Two thumbs up, if you don't mind the fact that it must be applied with brush or fingers.
This mask has rice bran, BHA, honey, and clay in it, and is meant for oily/blemished skin. You apply it to a clean, damp face, massage to exfoliate with the rice bran, and leave on for 5 minutes. This is a *very* granular mask (the pieces of rice bran are irregularly-shaped and rather large), so care is needed when massaging it on the skin. It feels great on, didn't dry my skin out too much, and gave me a real glow. I won't repurchase, though, because (1) I have dry skin and (2) the price. It is a fantastic mask for oilier skins, though. Of course, it comes in the signature Prada unit-dose packaging.
Lips -Models Prefer - Stay-True Natural Lipstick and Gloss
MaryEllen 1/3/2002 1:07:00 AM
This duo comes in "Suede," which is supposed to be a universal color but is a warm brown with a shimmery gloss, which didn't work on me. However, the packaging is very clever (it's a tube [like a toothpaste tube] with a screw off top; the applicator is a brush. This goes on easily, feels wonderful on the lips, and lasts quite a long time--I'm very disappointed that the color didn't work on me, but maybe warm-toned girls will want to snap this up.