Eye Shadow -Revlon - Molten Metal Liquid Shadow in Platinum Pinup
kdeichsel 7/4/2007 10:34:00 PM
i still hate the wand - apply it on your finger, then work from there. The wand is simply ridiculous; it always applies too much and it's hard to blend it afterwards. The colour is gorgeous. Mix this with either the Bronze or the Copper, with the platinum on your entire lid (not exactly right up to your eyebrows) and the bronze/copper in your crease. Just beautiful. I usually use revlon's high dimension soft eyeliner pencils in garnet flash or copper flash to line my eyes which just finishes it beautifully, but for the dramatic look, i metal my eyes up, then i rim my eyes, also along the inside of the lash line, in black liner (cheap, good old rimmel exaggerate works perfectly well) for that cleopatra look. GORGEOUS!
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Molten Metal Liquid Eyeshadow in Copper Crush
kdeichsel 7/4/2007 10:30:00 PM
I bought four on ebay - copper, bronze, platinum, and gold. I paid $4.00 US + 1.25 shipping for each so in total $5.25 (so around $6.00 CAN) - a fraction of the cost they're selling for in retail stores (even in walmart, my cheapest makeup option, they're still $12.99 CAN + tax). I wrote a review for bronze bomber and i was cruel - i mean, a cosmetic nazi if you will. It was the first one i tried so of course it annoyed me to no end, thinking that i had spent this money on garbage. However, as i timidly tried the other three, working together with them - layering different combos, learning how to use the wand, learning how to smudge them for a great effect, I came to realize how much i truly love this product. It's beautifully pigmented, looked great on both super tanned or fair skin, stays on forever, and looks amazing. It does dry very quickly so you have to move fast. But, i have to say - this product is all about practice. At first i applied it with the wand and too much product was left on my eye, making it goopy (technical term of course) and gross looking... but by putting some of the product on my finger tip first, less rather than more, and blending, blending, blending, it turned out beautifully. My fav combo? Copper crush + plantinum. Very nice!
Lipstick -Cover Girl - Triple Lipstick in Right on Red
kdeichsel 7/4/2007 10:19:00 PM
I love red lipstick - the brighter, more vivid, candy apple, blue based red, the better. This lipstick ain't bad, however i find that it's a little too "natural" - too neutral, too brown based russet coloured, not cooky enough for me. I like to look like Betty Page meet Audrey Hepburn, so this colour is just a little too classic for me. But it seems that it would match a larger variety of skin/hair colours. Unfortunately this product has been discontinued - the triple lipsticks - which is a shame. Great price, great application, great selection of colours, and an spf of 15 to boot. ONLY PROBLEM - the flimpsy plastic covers only stand up to one or two droppings before they break. But i cant complain - i purchased a lot of 123 lipsticks for 20.00 US on ebay - a nice array of shades, excellent condition, and a fantastic stocking stuffer option.
Ah, it breaks my red-lipstick lovin' heart that the other reviewer hated this colour. I, on the other hand, love it. I have an affinity for red colours - i like looking like a cartoon character whever possible. Yes, it's a very vivid, almost orangy red colour that somehow just works with my super pale skin, blue eyes, and flaming red hair. It has that nice 1950s pin up quality to it and, pair with a simple black eyeliner and mascara - poof, sex kitten. It also really reminds me of a colour that Gwen Stefani or Christina Aguillera would wear - ouch, hot! But for those of you wanting a more manageable, wearable red, i recommend #763 right on red" and #700 "red rush". These two colours remind me more of the movie The Aviator - glamourous hollywood. My only complaint with the "right on red" is that it's more of a neutral russet coloured red and, because it seems more like a "natural" red colour, it's competing with my hair colour and sometimes look a little ridiculous. Unfortunately this product is discontinued now so good luck if you love these lipsticks... ebay or online shopping is your best bet.
Well, I got a deal of the century - 123 CG triple lipsticks for $20.00 - not bad eh? anyhow, they arrived in a variety of shades - mostly poppy reds, earthy reds, dark chocolates, burgandies, bright watermellon (bad shades for the timid gal, but great for me and my wacky group of ladies) - and about 75% of them arrived in perfect condition - the others will be split among me and my sisters. Why do i need 123 lipsticks? excellent christmas stocking stuffer - little bags of 3 or 4, tied with ribbon - perfection! Ok ok the product - easy, glides on amazingly, feels like creamy lipbalm, has spf 15, and not that expensive (well, virtually free for me). My only qualm is the crappy packaging - the lids break so easily - cracked along the sides, and the lipstick often breaks from its base however, quick fix - buy a small weekly pill divider (the ones that say monday, tuesday, wednesday, etc) - jam your broken lipstick into it and use a lipbrush to apply. Voila - lipstick palette. ONly problem - they're discontinued. Ebay my friends - it's amazing what you can find out there.
First off - what are clay masks supposed to do? They don't really attend to the texture of your skin, nor do they really remove black heads or the crap from inside your pores because they cant actually get into your pore, nor do they really tighten your skin (that tight feeling is dryness ladies...) And the dryness is what the clay mask is supposed to do... Dry up oil - less oil on the face = less chance of break outs. As an alternative to this product - make your own - use milk of magnesia (i was skeptical, but it works great and my skin feels smooth, soothed, and oil free - unlike murad that made my skin feel tight and unfortable) - buy it from the pharmacy (so cheap!) and apply 2 or 3 layers with a sanitized brush and voila - instant, MORE BENEFICIAL oil absorbing mask. I just did it yesterday and now i'm thinking - MURAD WHO? Holy expensive! But, i wanted a deep clarifying treatment, and i got one. I have uber dry skin - sandpaper, throw a bucket of oil on me, flaking everying dry skin. But i also have stubborn blackheads and the occasional pimple. I applied this on all over my face and wasnt offended by the smell. Left it on for 10 minutes, washed it off and really notice that my face was overly tight, which isnt good. After moisturizing, my skin feels relatively firm, and fresh, however the blackheads are still there... so what was it supposed to clarify? Would i buy this again - nope. The ridiculous price tag has me headed for the hills.
Cleansers -Biotherm - Biosource Softening Cleansing Foam
kdeichsel 7/4/2007 6:40:00 PM
Dry skin and creamy textures - i simply hate it. Every product line formulated for dry or extra dry skin comes in some sort of creamy cleasing foam or milk or blah blah and i understand totally why this is done - the more suds, the less moisture. I get it.. however, perhaps it's an association game for me - if it doesnt foam up well and it's creamy, i dont believe that it cleans. This product, although not totally horrible, foamed up more than most creamy cleansers but not as much as i wanted. Also, surprisingly, a little really does go a long way. I've been using the sample size - 20 ml - for the past week (mornings) and probably have enough left for atleast another week. But then we have the price, which is totally prohibitive, and the smell, whic is overly chemical for me. Biotherm, why are you such a hit and miss for me? Sometimes i love you, but more often i dont.
Moisturizers -Biotherm - Aquasource Non Stop (combination skin)
kdeichsel 7/4/2007 2:27:00 PM
I dont care how great a product is, but if the scent makes me want to throw up, i'm never going to use it again. I received three 1ml samples in the mail and have used them three days in a row so as to leave a legitimate review. The product itself worked great - my skin feels super hydrated without looking or feeling oily. But the smell! I cant even describe it - maybe other MUAers are going to think i'm crazy, but there's something about it that drives me crazy in a very very bad way. For that price, and for that limited quantity, no, i would never never buy it. Change the smell and we might be in business.
At first, i thought these were crappy novelty items - maybe i didnt do it right, or maybe in the past year my pores have been clogged so badly, that just about anything would have worked, but biore is what i had. whatever the reason, this nose strip did it. In the last week i noticed severe black heads on my nose and low and behold, a sample of this came in the mail. I applied, waited, peeled, and VOILA - a cornucopia of little skin imperfections on the strip and not in my nose. I can't believe it worked - but it did. So who cares if it hurts like a beep beep, it works, and that's all i care about. Will definitely use again! katina
Skincare -Biotherm - Hydra-Detox Detoxifying Moisturizer
kdeichsel 7/2/2007 6:24:00 PM
DO i have the wrong product? I have the hydra-detox detoxifying moisturizing fluid, oxygenation booster (holy hell, quite the ridiculous mouthful). I ask because, after reading all the scathing reviews, i'm left a little confused. I love the product i have - i love that citrusy scent, i love how the gel/cream feels light on my skin yet moisturizes to the max, i love how i'm not left with an oily shiny layer on my face. i just love it... I have super dry skin, that is allergic to the sun - unfortunately if i'm out in the sun for longer than a few minutes without extreme production, i break out in this painful, burning rash (appealing eh?), and this cream is among one of the few that still moisturizes without feeling like acid has been poured directly onto my skin. My dermatologist recommended this and i'm happy she did, although it would be nice if this was covered under my canadian medical, as an essential. Maybe then i would give it a 5. But, at the price that it is, i simply cannot give it a 5. It's so darn expensive - brutal! But i will definitely be buying it atleast once more for the summer.
Cleansers -Clarins - One-Step Facial Cleanser (with Orange extract)
kdeichsel 7/2/2007 6:19:00 PM
Is this seriously a one step? does anyone seriously use this as a one step? well, i need to wash my face - not because it's dirty, just because i associate cleanliness with suds on my face. But i do love this product as a toner, post washing. I generally hate oily makeup removers or toners, but this works amazingly. I swipe it across my face, pre-moisturizer, let it settle in for a minute, then hit it up with BIothern hydra detox cream. My super dry, excema proned, sensitive skin has never felt so darn good. I have many a baby's bottom literally jealous of how soft my skin is... oh, and my skin is luminescent - literally radiating light. However, my wallet isnt quite as content with me. Can i afford to buy this all the time? No, but that's what boyfriends are for, right?
I cant believe that i have been oblivious to clarins for so long. Their products are lovely... Unfortunately i dont love this product - my skin really doesnt feel tigher, or extra firm. But maybe that's because i'm 22 - do i need firming at this point? On the positive, it did make my skin softer and i like the scent - very clean. I dont think i would buy it again, because it's a little too expensive for my budget and didnt really do what i wanted it to do. However, if you want a moisturizing mask that "maybe" firms up your skin, go for clarins.
I bought a lot of 20 for $25.00 on ebay... so, pretty good price. I love these liners - i love how soft they are, i love how they leave a thickish smudgy line along my lids, i love how pigmented they are, and yes, they're pretty easy to sharpen. I have it in gold, steel, bronze, and garnet flash -all beautiful colours. And i havent experienced what the other women have experiened - the smudging on my lover or upper lids, the fading, none of that. Great staying power... however, i have to remove one lippie because some of them, some of the time, irritate my eye so badly that it starts to sting and water. I've never had this problem before - so i'm worried that the product is old, and causing an adverse reaction. I've recently swabbed them again to sanitize and used the liner yesterday and didnt notice any irritation - hopefully it stays like that. Otherwise - ebay, buy in bulk, put them in air tight containers/bags, and have a few extras for time to come. They have been discontinued to online shopping is really your only option.
I dont like or hate this product. it didnt preserve my colour but did clean my hair. it wasnt all that expensive, and i did use up the tube (200 ml i think) however i would never buy it again. It just wasnt "it", if that makes sense.
Hair Color -John Frieda - luminous color glaze in radiant red [DISCONTINUED]
kdeichsel 7/2/2007 12:11:00 PM
WHat exactly is this product supposed to do besides sit on my shower ledge, totally unused for the past 6 months? It didnt preserve my colour, washed down my drain, smelled crappy, and was not so easy to dispence from the somewhat ridiculous bottle. Don't waste your money on colour sealers and all this nonesense unless you know it works - another big waste for me.