I bought this initially for my hair, but alas, it doesn't do anything for my super fine hair other than weigh it down and make it look greasy. I have tried it in clay masks and can't really say if it's truly useful for that or not. As far as oils go it is a bit pricey.
Highlighters -Hard Candy - Moon Glow Luminizing Powder
LizWords 8/5/2012 6:35:00 PM
I think this stuff is great, it is now my go-to mattifying powder. I used to use translucent mineral veil in the summer when the humidity makes my skin super oily, but this stuff is easier to work with, easier to get your hands on, and costs a lot less than loose mineral veil. Technically this isn't sold as mattifying powder, and Hard Candy actually has a tinted mattifying powder that I haven't tried yet, though I'm sure I will at some point. I like this because it is translucent, so I can wear it no matter how tan my skin is, it leaves an awesome glowing finish, and it mattifies very very well. Five Lippies!
This is a lovely lavender based fragrance. My boyfriend generally dislikes the scent of lavender but fortunately he really likes this. This also has amazing staying power, I can smell it all day long into the night on both skin and clothing. The lavender is not strong enough to be distinctive and easily recognized but not so strong as to make the fragrance just about the lavender. There's enough green, vanilla, and musk to balance it and make it is both both rich and light, warm and summery. I can see this going with any season, I find it quite dimensional.
This is an amazing fragrance, at least it is for me. What I can't get over is the lasting power, I get whiffs of it on my skin all day, and it sticks to my clothes like nothing else. It last days on clothes. I use the EDT, not the parfum. I agree with a prior reviewer who said it's a bit boggling in that it seems so much like no. 5 but so different at the same time. It is heavy in heady aldehydes, especially at first, but it's also got a musky kind of woody base that really evens it out. It's just lovely, one of my new favorites.
I have both the EDP and EDT versions of this, they're both nice but the EDP of course is stronger and has more depth, develops more, and so I like it better. This is a VERY strong perfume. I have the 3.4oz EDP and expect it to last for at least a decade. The bottle design is neat, although not that convenient for a vanity shelf. I would classify this as a fall and winter scent or perhaps for a night out when the weather is warmer, but mostly it feels like a cold weather frag. The pomegranate note in this is strong, it is a top note but lasts through the dry down. I'm not usually into strong fruity frags but I love me some pomegranate and this hits the spot. In addition to the strong pomegranate I get some other vague floral (not so good at distinguishing flowers), and the muskiness of the musk, amber, and mahogany give it the depth and sexiness. It really is a lovely, heady scent. I'm happy to decant some for a swap, message me if you're interested.
On my third and final test run of this frag. All I get from this is a strong hairspray chemical smell that fades slowly to a slightly less offensive hairspray chemical smell. I got this sample because I love rose scents and though since rose is in its name that I would, at the very least, be able to detect rose in it, but no, not even the faintest hint of rose shows through this cheap chemical construct.
Worst conditioner ever. I find most TREsemme hair products to be at least OK, but not this one, it doesn't even detangle, not to mention condition. Does it smooth hair? No, it creates more frizz by not conditioning well enough and making you rip knots out of your hair. Truly awful.
It has taken me several months to decide how to review this scent. It is not one of my favorite frags but I enjoy having it in my collection. I also expect, having purchased this in the winter, that I will reach for it more as the weather improves, it seems more of a spring/summer scent. The most confusing part of this frag is the lasting power, upon my first couple of uses I thought it had horrible staying power. I can't smell it much an hour or two after I put it on. But, I've since realized that this perfume does actually stay all day and has decent silage, it's just one of those scents that blends with my skin so much that I cease to realize it's still there unless I take a piece of clothing off and put it back on or sniff it the next day. So if you like this scent but feels it disappears quickly, rest assured, it does not, you still smell good! As for the scent itself, I'm bad at describing notes, but it's a light floral with a hint of musk and warmth. I get some cedar and amber, muted by a stronger floral, some rose and jasmine I think, and then maybe a touch of fruit in it as well. Nice and light and unoffensive.
As far as white musks go the scent isn't bad but the staying power is nil, like half an hour, seriously bad. If you're looking for a good inexpensive white musk try the body shop's white musk oil.
Fragrances -Giorgio Armani - Armani Code for women
LizWords 2/18/2012 12:19:00 PM
Definitely not for me, way to fruity, the fruit lasts all day, very strong, and makes me nauseous. I like some fruity frags but this was just too much, mixed w/ musk and sugar, yuck.
I got a large decant of this for testing. I didn't expect to like it as I don't like overly sweet sugery frags, I was pleasantly surprised by this. It is not SUPER sweet, it's gently sweet with a nice musky warm base. I actually like this a lot and may end up buying a bigger size when the decant runs out. Staying power is OK, not the best, not the worse, the sweetness fades the most and leaves vanilla and musk with a hint of gourmand. Sprayed on clothes lasts much longer than skin, which is par for the course w/ most perfumes. I tried flowerbomb expecting it to smell something like this, but Candy is much better.
Overall this mascara really stinks. It is the blackest mascara I've ever seen, which is the only thing going for it. Other than that the formulation is runny, it smears way to easy, it doesn't add volume or length at all. But it is very very black...
I have both the spray and the oil and I definitely like the spray better. I thought I would like the oil better as I love the body shop white musk oil, but Jovan's oil is much weaker and doesn't have hardly any staying power. The spray on the other hand, sticks around fine if I use an ample amount, which I have no problem doing since it's dirt cheap. I bumped this up a lippie. Since I've started wearing this again I've gotten more compliments on this fragrance than any of my high end designer perfumes. Sad, I know. I've also decided that, yes, I do have to douse myself in this to really detect it, that it does have decent staying power afterall. I used to think it faded completely after a couple hours, but since I started wearing it again I've noticed its scent on my dirty laundry at the end of the week. So I've decided it does stick around for quite a while, at least on clothing. I think the issue is that many musks kind of blend with skin after a while making them hard to detect by the wearer, but you still smell good to other people!
I got this in a swap, was my first MAC lipstick. I really like this color, and I guess that's really the MAC value, its color choices, because I don't find anything particularly special about the actual formulation. Don't get me wrong, it is well formulated, creamy, with OK staying power (as good as a creamy lipstick gets really), but it didn't knock my socks off or anything. I would repurchase because I really like the color, especially when pairing it with a dark shirt, it looks very pretty on my pale, yellow undertoned skin. But, if I could find a drugstore lipstick of the same color for half the price, I would totally go for that instead. I bought a mac lipstick off ebay recently, we'll see how that goes...
Since I started using Retin-A about a year ago my skin has gotten increasingly drier and drier, especially now that it's cold and the heat is blasting, I've been battling lots of peelies and dry patches on my usually oil prone face. I usually prefer Boots Stay Perfect in New Ivory (this is still a very good foundation and I may end up using it again in the summer). I've tried the boots line in other formulations for more moisture but it just came out greasy. I read a lot of reviews searching for a new medium-full coverage foundation that worked well with drier skin but didn't turn into an oil slick w/in a couple hours. So I finally splurged and bought my first Mac product, this Studio Sculpt foundation in nc20. I bought it online without trying it so I was concerned about the color match, but nc20 was perfect for my pale, yellow undertoned skin. Overall I'm loving this foundation, it's only been a week, and I do wonder if it will be as good in the hot humid weather, but for now it's working wonders. I agree with another reviewer below that calls this a mousse, it is very much mousse, not gel. A little does go a very long way. So far I've been using a separate concealer for under my eyes, then I apply this and set it with a translucent veil or powder, and it stays put pretty much all day. There is perhaps a small need for a minor touch up with some tinted mineral powder around the nose and mouth area by like 3 or 4pm, but considering I put this on by 7AM and eat twice by mid-afternoon, this is very good staying powder (but you have to set it, or use a primer). It also looks very natural, inside and out, it doesn't appear maskish or powdery or anything like that. I will update again in a couple months.