Eye Makeup Remover -Sephora - Soothing eye makeup remover
ErinElizabeth 5/28/2006 2:10:00 PM
I bought a travel size of this at Sephora recently and love it. The bottle is so classy and looks really pretty sitting on my bathroom sink. Gotta love that! Plus the product works wonderfully. I need just a few drops of this stuff on a cotton ball to take all the makeup off my eyes. It takes off even the most stubborn (non-waterproof) mascaras. It's a fabulous product, and I will buy it again and again.
I wanted to like this, but I wound up really disappointed. The smell isn't entirely realistic and actually smells faintly of plastic. It definitely didn't turn me off to buying Philosophy's other 3-in-1 products though. (There are some really great ones, like Senorita Margarita.) If it wasn't for the fact that the purchase price went to charity, I definitely would have returned this to Sephora. Oh, well. At least my money went to a good cause.
This stuff covers like a dream and leaves my skin looking flawless. I found that the trick with Studio Fix is to NEVER apply it with the sponge that comes in the compact. Instead, it really pays to invest in a wonderful, fluffy brush for a much more even application. I have light olive skin and NC25 is a perfect match for me. This is a product that I will definitely repurchase because the results are phenomenal.
I got a sample card with all the shades of this product on it so that I'd know what my exact match would be. I'm a MAC NC25 and use the Natural Ivory/Light 3 shade of Maybelline Pure Makeup liquid foundation. This stuff is water-based, so it feels really light and doesn't cause breakouts.
I tried a few different bronzers at Sephora before being introduced to Hoola. I love the stuff because it imparts a realistic glow to my light olive skin. I highly recommend using a big, fluffy brush to apply because that little thing included in the packaging is useless. The makeup artist I spoke with at Sephora recommended applying it in a "3-and-E" pattern. The most important thing she told me is to blend, blend, blend so the bronzer doesn't look like a mask.
I purchased the teal blue color and love it! It looks absolutely perfect on my toes (but I think it's too bright for my fingernails). I only put one coat on my toes, and the polish didn't show any wear for about 2 weeks. Pretty cool for $4! Plus it doesn't streak at all. I'll definitely be purchasing other shades since the product seems to be of high quality and their color selection is so extensive.
Eyeliner -Sephora - Slim Eye Pencil in Light Blue 080
ErinElizabeth 5/18/2006 2:37:00 PM
This is a wonderful shade to make the whites of my eyes whiter and add an unexpected bit of color to my face. Sephora is really giving the comsumer a great deal to make these little eye pencils only $4! It's fun to play around with colors and to mix and match for interesting effects. I highly recommend this product because it goes on smoothly, stays put, and comes in a wide variety of colors for a fantastic price.
It glides on smoothly, stays put, makes my eyes look whiter, and really makes my green eyes pop. Also, it's simply a fun color to wear to brighten up my face. I'd wear it any time of the year, but I think it's especially great for summer. And at $4 I can afford to constantly replace it! This is an excellent product that I'll repurchase again and again.
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Senorita Margarita 3-in-1
ErinElizabeth 5/18/2006 2:23:00 PM
This smells EXACTLY like the real thing! I look forward to using this every time I'm in the shower and want to buy the salt scrub as well. I can't believe Philosophy really nailed the scent. If you're a margarita lover, this product is like bathing in one -- absolutely fabulous!
I really like this because it's a musky, comforting scent. I feel happy whenever is put on this lotion because it reminds me of the redwood forests that I've visited all my life. It moisturizes quite nicely and definitely doesn't linger to the point that it interfers with perfume. It's a really wonderful scent, so I'll definitely be repurchasing.
It's definitely light enough to be worn under lipstick and glosses. Plus it's not at all sticky. The peach scent is fresh and perfect for summer! I think I will purchase this again and also try another flavor because it's a wonderful, moisturizing product.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Cucumber Melon Body Cream
ErinElizabeth 5/16/2006 10:16:00 PM
This has always been one of my favorite fragrances at BBW. I got this body cream free with a coupon, and I simply love it! The fragrance is clean and fresh while still being sweet. It's perfect for the warmer months ahead. I will definitely be purchasing this again!
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Tropical Colada Body Lotion
ErinElizabeth 5/16/2006 10:12:00 PM
First off, they definitely reformulated this since last year. It smells much more like the actual drink this time around. I bought this last week, and everyone loves it everywhere I go. Even my dad -- a man who normally hates all scented girlie products -- likes this stuff! Plus the scent lingers for a long time after application. I will definitely be purchasing this again along with the 3-in-1 product.
I received a sample of this in a makeup bag stuffed with free stuff from Sephora. What an absolutely horrid product! After using the Smashbox primer, my foundation looked like a mask; my pores looked huge; and my bronzer looked like it was caked onto my face. As soon as I washed my face and used my Borghese primer, my face looked fresh and glowing like it normally does. If you want a good primer, try Borghese. It's $25 for about 1.5 ounces and lasts forever.
I think the whole idea of gloss dots is wonderful! A dot would be so convenient in an evening bag or other small purse because it's so tiny. I just bought my pack yesterday, and I got the one with light opal pink, shimmery ruby, and shimmery brownish-pink. So far, I've only tried the opal pink. I really like the shade, but it smells slightly like a vitamin E capsule. However, seeing as shea butter and vitamin E are two primary ingredients of CARGO glosses, I'm not too surprised. (My Oulu duo, however, has no scent at all.) I've found that there's absolutely no weird taste in any of the glosses. I think I might wind up buying the other set of gloss dots since I like the packaging and conveninece so much. For me, the main draws of CARGO glosses are the beautiful colors and the fact that they aren't sticky at all! It's so nice to finally find a non-sticky gloss because my long hair constantly got stuck to my lips with every other gloss I've tried.