Skincare - Body -The Body Shop - Exfoliating Gloves
Walhalla 10/25/2010 1:25:00 PM
I actually bought those gloves after reading the reviews here because I was unhappy with my loofah (cylindrical type) and my puff sponge. Those gloves leave my skin super soft (and they are really cheap ~5 CAD$)! They work with any body gel and produce good lather. I also have a little bit of keratosis pilaris on my arms and thighs and they've helped with this a lot more than anything else I've used so far (although honestly, there's only so much exfoliation can do - those will not produce a miracle). Highly recommended!
Eye Shadow -Annabelle - Duo Eyeshadow in Cafe Latte
Walhalla 10/21/2010 12:33:00 PM
I'm giving this a 5 because this has been part of my everyday makeup routine for months (probably more than a year now). The colours are excellent for a natural look (even if they are a little bit shimmery) and they come off great on my skin. I use a concealer as a base, put some setting powder on, then apply these shadows. It gives them a decent staying power. They are not too chalky and their application is rather smooth (although the linen colour tends to cake on one of my lids). I also have reddish lids/undereye, so these colours are perfect to counterbalance because there's no pink undertone in them. HOWEVER, as the previous reviewer stated, the lighter colour developed a strange crust after a while. This also happened with other Rimmel eyeshadows I own. I'm almost done with the product now, surprisingly, and I'll look for something of higher quality to replace it.
Over the past 2 years or so, I think I tried almost all types of body wash from Neutrogena (mostly due to availability in drugstores around here and sales): the original (the one pictured above), the pink grapefuit, the body scrub and the power-cream body wash (the green-blue-ish one). My least favorite were the original and the pink grapefruit body wash. I guess they were all right in general, but I didn't feel like they really helped reducing my body acne. I got better results with the body scrub and the power-cream (I don't like the smell of this one, though). When I had breakouts, I could just go into the shower, apply one of those and it would soothe and calm down my skin in a matter of seconds. I can't find the body scrub around here anymore, so I always get the power-cream. They're all the same price here (10 CAD$ - used to be cheaper 2 years ago, but oh well, inflation). A bit expensive, but I almost don't have breakouts anymore, so I only use it occasionally and it keeps my acne under control. (Note: I realize there's also a review page for the power-cream body wash, but since I talk about all of Neutrogena body wash products here, I might as well leave this here because it can be useful nonetheless. >.>)
Cleansers -St. Ives - Moisture Rich Cleansing Cloths
Walhalla 10/21/2010 10:54:00 AM
I initially bought those because I was going on vacation for almost 3 weeks and knew that I would be too tired in the evenings to actually wash my face with a facial cleanser and water. Now that I'm back home, I still use them, though, because they are very nice and so practical. >.> I have the "calming chamomile" version, which I assume is almost the same as this one. Those cloths are not harsh on my skin and when I used them last summer, I didn't really need to apply a moisturizer afterward (I do now, though, because winter is coming and my skin is much drier). They leave my skin smooth and soft. They remove most of my makeup, but I usually don't wear that much: a little bit of concealer, powder, eyeshadow, mascara and the occasional eye liner. I suppose that for people who wear more, and with waterproof makeup, the cloths alone might not be sufficient. The container is pretty good and the cloths do not dry out after it's been opened (even after a few months). I think those are between 7-9 CAD$ here, but they are often on sale.
Eyeliner -Almay - Intense i-color liquid liner in Black Pearl
Walhalla 10/21/2010 10:27:00 AM
This is an all right product. This was one of the first liquid liners I ever bought. I like the applicator. I find that with other liquid liners I tried, the tip was too narrow and it was easy to make mistakes considering I don't have very steady hands. This one is tapered, which makes for a smooth application, and it's easier to go from narrow lines to wider ones. However, if you're looking for a rich, deep black colour, this is not it. It's more greyish than black, due to all the shimmers. It also usually fades after a few hours. I will try something else after I'm done with this one because I prefer more intense colours.
Pressed Powders -Maybelline - Dream Matte Pressed Powder
Walhalla 10/20/2010 10:49:00 AM
I have been using this powder for years and I still love it. I tried other more expensive brands, but I always come back to this one. I don't usually need foundation, so for me, using this by itself is good enough. It evens out skin tone, mattifies shiny areas and gives a nice finish. Since I have dry skin (very dry during winter, obviously), I do need to moisturize very well, otherwise, the powder makes those dry spots stand out. It doesn't stay on all day, especially on the shiny spots, so I usually need to reapply it, combined with blotting paper. I don't mind the packaging as some other people seem to. I think the puff that comes with it is actually quite decent too!
Eye Primer -Guerlain - Ombre Eclat Eyeshadow Primer
Walhalla 10/20/2010 10:30:00 AM
I was disappointed with this product. It's around 40 CAD$ here (including tax), so I was expecting it to be perfect. It seems to me like I mostly paid for the packaging and not the product... Anyway, I thought the brush it comes with was horrible. It's super stiff and as I have rather sensitive eyes, it was painful to use. It doesn't pick up the product well and it's almost impossible to apply any of it on the eyelid. Using fingers worked best for me, but it was still difficult to apply. It's not creamy at all and it was not easy to distribute evenly on the lids. I suppose using a little bit of moisturizer may help for some people, but not for me. It did a terrible job at concealing the redness and evening out the tone of my lids too (which are usually quite red). However, for the times when I managed to apply it decently, it did an all right job at keeping the eyeshadow in place. I could still notice some creasing by the end of the day, but not as much as if I hadn't used the primer. Still, not worth the cash in my opinion. As other people said, there are cheaper alternatives that work as well, if not better.
Deodorants -Unlisted Brand - Ban Invisible Solid Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant
Walhalla 10/19/2010 11:47:00 PM
I used this deodorant for years (switched between various scents) because I couldn't find anything better to fight my rather heavy sweating. That is the only good thing about it - and even then, it was not a perfect anti-perspirant. This is NOT invisible at all (did they even test it or is there a fineprint saying "Just kidding!"?) and it was super irritating on my skin. I had to wait many hours after shaving to apply it. I will never buy again!