Lovely rose and lemon scent. Calming and think-happy-thoughts-amidst-a-meadow-of-flowers-ish. Lots of bubbles. Though the sales assistant advised that it's best to use the whole chunk as it's not as strong as the other bbble bars, but half a bar was enough(but after a while I felt reckless and used the whole of it, though half a bar will definately suffice!) Will buy again, though the price is a turn off, though if you get a strong enough bar, you should get two goes.
Lotions/ Creams -Palmers - Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula
esque 6/12/2007 2:59:00 AM
Chocolate! This is a classic example of what a moisturiser should be. Cheap, good consistency and what a smell (although at first sniff, it uh, smelt a bit like poo). Extraordinarily cheap and especially good for winter.
Lovely, fresh and very unique fragrance. Got this as a set of RL perfumes, and this is possibly the best, besides Glamourous. Lasts for quite a while, and does not alter.
Oh dear, it seems to smell nice on other people but not me!. I finally bought it as my first perfume, but when I tried it at home it smelt awful on me. Alcohol-y. I have to say the minature smells nicer on me, maybe I bought an off bottle of the full one or perhaps Glamourous smells better dabbed on. Ah well. I find it smells much better on my clothes than skin. All in all, this is a dense, floral fragarance, with (to me) a hint of pear, and an almost creamy, soapy touch. it probably smells better on different people, so like all perfumes, best to try it on at the shop before buying.
Can't get enough of this in SORBET. Product : For sorbet, light blue gel that goes on clear. Smells like citrus, lemonade. Reminiscent of those 70c Paddle Pops in lemonade a decade ago (Aussie girls remember?) My sister keeps on stealing it to sniff it. The gel itself is heavenly, easily spread, leaving lips feeling a bit oily (in a good way) rather than the consistency of balm. Smells good on, and even tastes a bit like lemonade! Doesn't last long, but one of the chief pleasures I get from it is reapplying it - treat it like a treat. So good for summer (as a reviewer said, not too good for winter unless you want to layer it over and under lipstick) Lovely packaging : metal tin with cursive and curlique detailing, pastel background. However, it is a bit hard to open. Also paint does chip abit. Price is slightly expensive, but this tin has lasted me ages. Simply, a HG.
Yeeeuch. It's a relatively good scrub (almost comparable to HG L'Oreal Exofotonic) but it leaves an icky residue. Very oily, thick and slimy residue. Washing with hot water will not do much, re-washing with soap yes, but the only thing that can cure it is another shower in the morning. Dropped the tub the first time I bought it, cracked (although that may be expected, it should be a bit more hardier). Packaging : comes in a twist lid, which is hard to open/close when you're hands are covered in the oiler residue. The scrub is excellent, however, for scrubbing feet, and after that the residue is sort of useful as it forms a barrier for moisture, and you can put on moisturiser after that and encase them in socks before you sleep. While it does scrub well enough, that residue and long lasting stickiness is horrible. Will not repurchase. Price : bought on special (warehouse), but that being said, would not even go near it discounted again, let alone full price (AUD20-ish?)
Cleansers -Clean & Clear - Oxygenating Fizzing Cleanser
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Yeeks. Maybe I'm not using this right, but this does hardly anything. I have to use at least two washes to clean normally (sans cosmetics), and when I do use make-up, i don't bother using it at all. The fizzing sensation is different, but doesn't penetrate deep enough. Also, the fact that you have to wait around for two or three minutes for it to fizz up sufficiently is annoying. Granted, it probably does work if you have normal/dry skin, but if you have combination/oily, don't.
Must RAVE! This is the only product that gives volume to my hair and removes greasiness. It's really easy to brush out, so it shouldn't give anyone a case of false dandruff. While it doesn't remove all the greasiness from one day without a wash, it does feel much cleaner after that. I mostly use it for an injection of volume in the moring though, not as a subsitute for shampoo. Gripe is that it seems to run out really fast. Another is that it doesn't hold volume like ages, but then it is a shampoo, and not a hairspray. All in all, love this.
I have to say this is a rather masculine smelling perfume. It's alright, but the first thought that hit me was that it was very manly smelling and a bit too alcohol-y. Slightly spicy, maybe a hint of oriental, moderately flowery. It is a very strong scent, but the good thing is that it doesn't change much throughout the day. Summons hazy pictures of girliness and elegant tea parties, that stage between where a girl or teenager matures to be a woman. Personally I don't like it, but then liking perfumes is subjective. Many of my friends like it (I gave one my sample bottle, and my guy friends used it and it smells like cologne on them) and I know it is a rather popular fragrance. A sidenote : have you noticed that many RL perfumes have the same undertone? Try comparing the smell of Romance and Glamourous, they're kinda similar. That said, I'd recommend (this is just personal opinion) Glamourous, Blue or Ralph in place of Romance. But it is a rather distinctive scent, and it's a good frist perfume.
Skincare - Body -Ralph Lauren - Romance Sensuous Body Moisturizer
esque 9/13/2006 9:20:00 PM
Sorry, but yuck. This is a very heavily scented moisturizer, and that doesn't match too well with the EDP. Furthermore, it's extremely sticky and left me itching. I had and the body wash, which too was overpowering and made me similarly scratchy. It's still sitting in my drawer. It's alright if you like the EDP itself, (which I don't, so am probably biased) but I wouldn't recommend it.
Lotions/ Creams -L'Oreal - Hydrafresh super hydrating lightweight lotion spray
esque 9/13/2006 9:15:00 PM
This is for all you girls on the run. The spray and light texture allow you to moisturise in half the time. You have to rub it in a bit though, but it absorbs well. Sometimes makes you feel a bit sticky if you don't massage it in enough. Leaves skin silky rather than having that feeling of deep-down moisturization that thicker creams would give you, so it's not ideal if you want intense moisture. Has a pleasant smell, the same as the other Hydrafresh stuff if I'm not wrong. A bit citrusy and yet creamy. Would definately buy this again.
A HG! Take this baby, in 'Flush,' everywhere, it's great for uni if I don't have enough time in the morning to do my make-up at home - just dab some on my eyelids and cheeks, and am good to go. Seriously, this (and an-all-in-one base/powder and maybe mascara) is all I would need for the rest of my life. Well, in theory. It's failsafe and always a fallback. Very dense colour, and the good thing is that it comes in a range of shades. Flush is a deep pink but slightly plumy colour. Matte. Smells nice but slightly medicinal and gives a sorta oily finish so you must use powder after that. Unusable as for the lips though, it made them dry and too matte. In all : I think I'm in love. Until I hit pan and get a Stila Convertible Colour, that is.
This is about the only mascara I've used that doesn't clump. It lengthens my short Asian lashes wonderfully and curls moderately. They left streaks on my glasses cos they were lengthened so well! The brush is great too - doesn't get excessive amounts of the mascara on. Like the packaging. Very elegant yet edgy(bit typical though, but the silver and black are a good combination), that 'Illegal' in bold letters suggested something illicit and a bit dodgy though. This is the best mascara I've used so far and great for girls on the go. No lash comb or too much curling needed. And love the price.
This is a staple. Very smooth application but it doesn't put enough product on woth just one swipe so you'll need to repeat. Not a lip balm really, more like a, ummm, dilute lip balm. Moderately moisturising for such a consistency. Works well as a prep before lipstick. Packaging is sleek and it's size means it fit into anything. Unfortunately, the cap tends to slip off quite easily. Smells delish. It appears to be available everywhere and is extremely cheap. Definitely worth it your'e running low on cash or would like something less gloopy on your lips.
Pressed Powders -Maybelline - Pure Pressed Powder in Medium
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Pure Powder goes on-oh-so smoothly and matches skin tone well. Coverage is good; finely milled. Skin doesn't feel dry afterwards and it does seem more moisturising than other powders. Doesn't irritate skin. I found that with the sponge it ends up a bit dense and heavy. Best to dust off afterwards with a tissue/palms of your hands. Apply sparingly in places otherwise it won't look natural. Another bad point is that it makes shine come back fast! I just put it on a hour ago and i can feel oily patches already. And this is in air conditioning! Outside it tends to re-shine even faster. Packaging is cute, and theres two mirrors : one underneath the powder too (I think.) Sponge is small, but it gets quite a lot of powder on. Pity there doesn't seem to be much of the actual powder. So it's an okay buy, slightly expensive if you want to do the volume:price ratio and compare it to other drugstore powders. Oh, can you believe this is my second compact - my first one (used like, thrice) went through the wash! So the bottom line is : great for coverage, bad for controlling shine. It's not too bad if you like touchups.