Fragrances -Stella McCartney - Stella- Eau de Parfum
vaigai 5/10/2012 6:54:00 PM
I got a Stella In Two "peony" sample in a Luxebox and fell in love with it. Then got horribly disappointed finding out they don't really sell it anymore. Got a sample of this when I was in Sephora and figured - hey, why not? Same brand, maybe I'll like it.. I don't love all floral scents, but I really like rose. This is fresh, feminine and complex - a really distinctive scent that is not so "chemical" rose, but more like.. a real rose? It is a bit strong and I think could be easily overdone.. but overall I like it. I got the rollerball.. if I'm still digging it, I'll get the real thing! One lippie off because I still wish this was "peony". :(
Concealers -Make Up For Ever - Full Cover Concealer
vaigai 5/10/2012 6:41:00 PM
I bought this after reading reviews on here. For reference, I wear MUFE 170/NC 40 and I got this concealer in #12. Having issues with cystic acne and horrible hyperpigmented scarring on my forehead, cheeks and jawline.. so everywhere. A tiny dot of this stuff covered up the hyperpigmentation really well and also made the cysts look less angry. It layers well. I used a sephora #47 concealer brush to apply. It does go on a bit thick/dry and I'm not sure about undereye use (I don't have dark circles) but overall I'm really happy with it! Cons: -shade match isn't exact, #12 is dark enough but applies "pink" (I have yellow undertones) so I wouldn't wear this on its own -$$$ - you do need a tiny amount, so it will last, but still.. I would buy this again because it works for me, but this is also the first concealer I've ever owned, so I'm not an expert. I could be convinced by something better matching!
Lipstick -Clinique - Almost Lipstick - Black Honey
vaigai 12/18/2011 9:59:00 PM
Amazing! Bought this at Sephora a few days ago after reading all the reviews on here - awesome. Super buildable colour - goes on pretty sheer, but noticeable, perfect for every day. Looks like you just bit your lip - the perfect amount of darkening that it adds to your look without being obvious. Texture is super smooth and I like that the packaging isn't "lip balm" packaging. I'm 25. I need a lipstick that looks grown up, as great as Dr. Pepper lipsmacker is.. :D They hooked me for life!
Moisturizers -Clean & Clear - advantage oil-free Acne Moisturizer
vaigai 12/16/2011 3:01:00 AM
Best ever! My HG moisturizer! My skin has been a grease SLICK since junior high and I've always washed it with industrial strength cleanser - followed by not even moisturizing cause my skin is so greasy.. This was the first moisturizer I ever used and it is amazing! -Absorbs easily -Doesn't clog pores, doesn't cause breakouts, non-greasy feel -Relatively gentle (worked with most things - was a bit harsh when I was on high dose topical retinoids..) -Has a clean scent -Slight tingly feel My only minor complaint (if any) is that the container used to suck for travelling, but now the lid locks so..awesome! Would recommend to any acne-prone person who doesn't have super super sensitive skin!
Got this product to help my nails recover after getting shellac removed.... This stiff is amazing! Goes on super sheer punk and almost matte, looks beautiful and helps seal in all potential peeling edges or cracks. Comes in a standard Essie bottle (love those) and dries super quickly!! Would buy again!
Lotions/ Creams -Neutrogena - Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
vaigai 11/27/2011 2:22:00 AM
Been using this since I was a little kid...my mom used the unscented stuff on us for chapped lips and super dry skin in winter (we go down to -50C where I live!!) and this stuff is MAGICAL!!!!!!! When my lips are super chapped, literally *nothing else works* to bring them back to smooth and awesome. Non greasy and it is the glycerin in this that works magic!! Recommend to anyone!
Love this stuff!! I first got this in a swap and fell in *love* with the shine. The applicator is awesome - you don't have to get any goop on your finger - and they tingly feel is amazing. Gloss is slick, minimally sticky and lasts for at least 2 hours at a time. The ultra-mentha is awesome, and the tinted mentha shines and the gold-glitter ginger mentha are also pretty great. Would recommend to anyone.
This was my first Lush henna product. I have used lots of different "cheap" henna concoctions before - mostly made at home stuff with Indian store henna powder, eucalyptus, clove, coffee and cocoa butter. Henna is an amazing conditioner, scalp rejuvenating agent and antifungal which is why I used it, but I was never too big a fan of the red colour. I have "black" hair (I'm Indian) that tends to skew brownish and reddish already and I never really wanted to go more red or brown cause that's what my hair looks like when its damaged! After perming it a few times in a row and being outside in the sun all summer, my hair was starting to look super gross/lifeless and really faded out brown. I bought the Lush Caca Noir because I couldn't find indigo in a store and thought I'd try it. Process: I used 2 bricks for my thick, above the shoulder hair. Heated up water in a kettle, poured some over the bricks and let it sit, broke them down with a fork until brownie batter/yogurt consistency. Didn't add salt or vinegar or anything. Just water. Didn't use gloves (should have..fingers now blue..) just sectioned my hair and applied it with my hands..tried to work it into my roots. Put my hair up/stuck it to my head and let it air dry for 2 hours. Wrapped it in up in saran and then a Lush knot-wrap for 4 more hours. Cons: This stuff is MESSY. MESSY MESSY MESSY!! I am a super hippie and also really good at cleaning up after myself and I'm still a bit defeated by the mess. Rinsing took FOREVER and still kept coming up with gritty bits near my scalp - what is that?! Maybe its the coffee in the mix. Left a bluish greasy ring on the tub that came out with some ivory soap and scrubbing with a scrubber. Also, super hard to mix. Don't follow their instructions - grate it in a cheese grater and add warm-ish, not boiling water. Way easier than breaking it down by hand/with a spoon. Pros: Just rinsed out then henna and my hair is still wet.. but beautiful! My colour is like never before.. a super deep black that is still glossy and lovely!! No more gross brownish/dull reddish black.. I haven't noticed a blue sheen yet, but definitely a cool black with some dark dark red glints. Bottom line: I would buy this again - it was sort of pricey, but for $20 I get three uses out of it.. Despite the mess, the results are worth it!!
This was the first "lipstick" I ever bought (in grade 9 - 11 years ago) and I was only allowed to wear it since it wasn't a "real lipstick", but sheer. This stuff is AWESOME. I'm not a big fan of covergirl products and have owned tons of lipglosses/stains/balms since, but lipslicks provides just the right amount of sheer colour and sparkle, goes on super smooth, and can be layered to add more colour. You get a lot of product for the price, it lasts long and hint of bronze is a super flattering colour on darker-skinned ladies. This is my go-to summer lip product!
Shampoo -TRESemme - Fresh Start Waterless Foam Shampoo
vaigai 9/6/2011 7:20:00 PM
My mom got this product for me - I'm a fourth year medical student and often have to wake up crazy early for rotations/am on call and stay in hospital forever and ever. She thought that I could use this when I'm running late in the morning or post-call. It smells awesome - although the scent is pretty strong - and that's about it. I have thick slightly oily wavy/straight hair (wavy to curly when air dried) and this made it look MORE greasy if anything. I've tried it a few times - on my bangs, less pumps/more pumps, towel drying it, blow drying it.. it still doesn't do anything. I don't expect miracles. Dry shampoo (the powder kind) mostly makes your hair *look* cleaner, but this doesn't even do that.. Bottom line: if you have super dry big curly hair that gets frizzier between washes, then this might work for you. If you have anything besides that.. this product is probably a waste!
I got an Essie polish (Masquerade Belle) in a LuxeBox package and while the colour didn't seem amazing in the bottle, it looks beautiful on! This polish dries "well" (not prone to accidental smudges) but definitely applies a bit streaky. For a matte colour, this needed THREE coats to not have patchy spots, which doesn't really give you the option of applying it in a lighter finish. Something I *love* about this polish (which is super lame, I realise) is actually the packaging. The bottle is beautiful and I wouldn't mind all my bottles looking like this... Summary: expensive polish that isn't really super high performance, but unique colours and would consider purchasing (if on sale) again.