The consistency of this is more like vaseline with a little bit more oil mixed in - I wouldn't call it a "creme" at all. For fans of the product 'Bag Balm', this would be a better smelling alternative (although, minus the medicated ingredients). Smells strongly of that synthetic coconut scent - like in some sunscreens, and it's pretty greasy so I usually just apply this to my feet and legs as a night treatment. It does help to soothe dry, chapped skin pretty well. Overall, it's not much different from using just regular Vaseline, really. I'm not sure I'd spend on another tube after I finish the one I've got...I'll look for something that's less oily.
Why can't every cosmetic company do this?!?!?!? DHC recently launched a new 24 color lipstick line, and they provide samples of all the colors to try out - genius! The samples are grouped into four color palettes 1)Reds, 2)Pinks, 3) Browns, and 4)Plums/Wines with six lipcolor samples per palette. I love, LOVE the packaging...each set looks like a mini watercolor kit with dime-sized lipstick samples. Each sample is numbered with the order code for each color as an easy reference when you're ready to order the full-sized lipstick. It's great how the sets have a snap lid cover - like a compact, so they're portable AND resealable. There is a $3.00 fee for each sample set, but it's worth getting to try out the colors first, and there's more than enough lipstick in each kit to last through several uses. I can't be happier!
CD/Books/Movies -Unlisted Brand - Book- Beauty The New Basics
ECMac25 7/19/2003 5:46:00 PM
Of all the beauty books I've read, this one is my "Bible". (It's about as thick as one too!) This is the one that got me motivated and aware with really taking care of my skin and being conscious of the good/bad ingredients in cosmetics. This book has so much in it - it has beauty history, tips, makeover examples...it covers makeup, skincare, bodycare, even cosmetic surgery - but everything is organized in neat chapters with plenty of pictures and fun diagrams, so it's not overwhelming or stuffy. I recommend everyone to go out and add this to their essential beauty book collection.
CD/Books/Movies -Frederic Fekkai - A Year of Style
ECMac25 7/19/2003 5:29:00 PM
Beauty books are my favorites to read nowadays...this one makes a perfect coffee table book as well, because it's so eye-catching. Not only is it filled with beauty tips, but there are many many beautiful pictures throughout. I especially love how the book is organized by month/season instead of numbered chapters - and there's a ribbon bookmark built in. Sometimes the author tends to be overly opinionated as to how to look and present yourself, but they are opinions and shouldn't be taken to heart. Overall, I find this a good fun read :-)
I love how multipurpose this is! My uses: for scalp massage, leave-in hair conditioner, a pre-treatment before blowdrying, or a finishing product to add some shine. It is a lighter oil formulation compared to Weleda's body oils - I have straight hair, and I'm amazed that it doesn't fall flat when I put this oil in...but then again, I use clarifying shampoo every few days to remove any buildup. The only thing that may deter someone from buying this is the scent of rosemary. I like it, but it may be too herbal for others.
Nice, inexpensive glossing spray - love the citrusy scent especially. It's like a really fine oil-based mist...would be a godsend to people with curly, thick, or frizz-prone hair. On fine or straight hair like mine, I just use this in moderation as a finishing product. Too much can make my scalp look greasy and unwashed.
This is the one thing that I've continued using from the ProActiv line, after quitting the 3-step kit. I don't much like it as a mask though because it can be too intense and drying, but it's a wonderful spot treatment product. It works especially well on cyst-like pimples...the ones that never seem to want to die....This does a good job of shrinking the pimple or bringing out the pore, so the blemish can at least be popped. Most of the time if I keep reapplying this, my pimples just dry up and flake off. Only bad side is that it's a very thick white paste, so I can't use it in the mornings under my makeup. As a spot treatment, it's best for nighttime use only.
I'm lazy with having to sharpen my eye/lip liner pencils, so this product is like heaven to me...you just twist the barrel and the crayon moves up automatically. It also has a handy sponge on one end for smudging/shadowing. It's very soft and easy to apply before it sets. It's not smear-proof though...I've had the line transfer to my upper lids after a few hours. However, I still favor this product over other eyeliners. The colors available are all pretty neutral - I like the "roast coffee" shade best (dark brown).
I have this along with the lavender and rose tonic waters. They are a bit overpriced considering....but, I get lots of uses with them - as bodysplash, face toner, and I even use them in the laundry - I drip them into the rinse cycle, or when I hand wash my delicates, I use them to scent the water when I can't use regular soap. The bottles these come in are very beautiful...I like to keep them for flower vases around the house - looks very vintage :-)
Loose Powders -Prescriptives - Magic Liquid Powder
ECMac25 6/21/2003 9:46:00 PM
When the lady at the makeup counter applied this to my skin, I was startled at the immediate wet sensation. It feels like cold water going on, but it dries to a powder immediately. I wouldn't buy this for myself and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they had flawless skin because this will enhance any blemishes/red marks/scars on the face...it's more of a highlighting powder rather than a finishing powder. It's supposed to reflect light and make skin look smooth and radiant, but unless I walked around with a floodlight to my face, it just makes me look shiny all over.
This is the most economical and best scrub that BlissLabs has to offer - it comes in a large squeeze bottle, and just a few squirts are enough to exfoliate the whole body. The base is a gel, so it's not oily and it rinses off easier. I'm partial to the scent though...it's a bit masculine - like lemon verbena...slightly musky with a lemon/lime tang.
For a body scrub, I found this dissatisfying, because it's more soft than abrasive. It's just small synthetic particles in a cream base. Feels weird to use in a shower because it's so creamy and it doesn't foam - I feel like I'm slathering lotion on and then rinsing it off. It's probably best to apply when skin is still dry, rub it around and then let it sit before rinsing. I did like the scent of lemons though - smells just like lemonade...I wish it left me feeling more refreshed. Nice squeeze tube packaging, but it's not a very good value for the amount of product you get.
I give this a low rating because I finally realized that I hate anything that smells of fig (after trying various candles, bath gels, room sprays with "fig" in the name). Some smell more mossy than fruity, and then the less mossy versions - such as the Diptyque candle - reminds me a lot of the way my alcoholic uncle smelled after a long night drinking...that sweet/bitter aroma....anyway, I definitely don't want to associate anything with memories like that, so no more fig scents for me!
HG body moisturizer most definitely. I found that body lotions and creams were to blame for my "chicken skin" clogged pores on my arms and legs. As soon as I started using this product instead, within three weeks all the bumpiness disappeared and I haven't suffered from dry skin since then. I love the warm rose fragrance -- it almost has a medicinal edge to it. Rose tea is what I'd describe the scent to resemble. I get a warming sensation when I apply this too -- it's viscous and would be excellent to use as a massage oil as well. My only complaint is that I go through a bottle in less than a month! I'd love it if Weleda marketed this in a huge family size pump bottle - LOL - like Neutrogen's Rainbath body oil.
The gentlest scrub I've used apart from regular baking soda. The particles feel a bit like eraser shavings on my face - no rough edges. I would recommend washing with a separate cleanser afterwards, especially to people prone to breakouts, because the base is a bit creamy and can leave residue behind. I have to say that this product is overpriced if you use the suggested "hazlenut" amount on every application. I only use a little less than a pea sized portion....even then, with only ~1.5 oz of scrub, it will deplete quickly. I'm deciding to give up manual exfoliants, so I may not repurchase this again, but this is the product I'd go back to because it's the most comfortable scrub I've used on my sensitive breakout-prone skin. It smells very nice too - like fresh grapes.