I don't use this all over my face - only as an under eye concealer. . My regular base makeup routine is either Skin79 Gold BB Cream all over my face, spread out with a beauty blender so I just have a light layer all over my face (except lips). Then I put a little dot of this cream under each eye, spread it carefully with a finger and stipple with a beauty blender so it's all even. The beauty blender (or in general a face sponge) is an important part of my makeup-tools that makes my makeup go on nice and thin and very evenly. Note: I put Skin79 Gold BB cream on my eye area first so that whatever is applied on top doesn't dry it out. I do it with this BB cream, but I also did it with my Kanebo one, because practically anything dries my under-eye area out . The colour of my face right now is about an NC20-15 in MAC-shades, and this cream would be too pink and light for all over my face - it's maybe an NW15-10, but it brightens up my undereye area very nicely :) . I buy tiny samples of this on ebay, not a whole bottle - I would 1) probably never use it up using this only on my eye-area and 2) annoy myself thinking that I need to use up all that before buying something else :P I really like the fact that this BB cream that I can get 3 mL of for just a couple of dollars works just as well for me as my 2,6 mL, $40 Kanebo concealer did. Now, if I could just open the Kanebo concealer and put this BB cream in the beautiful packaging...! X)
It didn't do anything for me - ant this is coming from a person with sensitive skin that need gentle products. I thought it would be like a weak chemical peel, but I honestly don't know what this is supposed to do... My skin wasn't softer, this didn't clean my pores at all, I don't have wrinkles, so I can't say anything about that. The only thing I know is that I have a cheaper, more effective peeling and the only thing I noticed with this is that my skin felt less oily after :/ I will update if my opinion changes.
UPDATE: After using it for about 4 months (that's how long it took me to finish a 10 oz bottle of tihs). It seems I have gotten much less hair fallout :) I just noticed, but also liked the fact, that perfume is the last ingredient on the ingredient list of this. . I have bought another shampoo from Aquage: Biomega Volume Shampoo. It's also sulphate free, but smells quite different, lathers more, the ingredients are quite different from this and I don't have the "coated and protected" feeling I was left with after using the Silkening shampoo. Biomega left me with that crisp clean feeling of hair. Understand me right: I DID like the "coated" feeling - at first I thought it was build-up on my hair, but 1) my hair didn't look or feel weighed down 2) it never became more-and-more coated. It basically worked to keep the moisture in a little bit, BUT if you have very dry ends I can't say this shampoo will be enough to fix that. . END OF UPDATE. . A little information abut my hair: it's normal in terms of oiliness/dryness, medium thickness, straight, almost waist-long, bleached about 2-3 shades (in process of growing out) and previously heat-treated about every 3-4 days. I don't use almost any styling products now - sometimes a little bit of hair oil with silicones or a little bit of moisturizing cream on the ends. This means that I don't know how well this will wash off hair products. I wash my hair every other day; don't complain to me if you think that is too often or too rare - I have done it like that for many years and it works for me. . I bought this because of the good reviews and because I wanted to try out a sulphate-free shampoo because my hair is colour treated, including some bleach and it had become quite lifeless, frizzy and dull. . Here is what I tried: - higher end shampoos (with sulphates) - did nothing any better than cheap shampoos - higher end conditioners (Joico) - did nothing, just cost me a lot of money - my It's a 10 hair mask - this worked well the first time I fried my hair with bleach, but it wasn't enough this time (I guess because I was still washing my hair with sulphate-shampoos - different leave-in sprays: It's a 10, Mane n' Tail, Aquage Silkening Oil... nothing worked and I didn't like the silkening oil because it didn't really do anything for my hair - I think silicones can be great for skin, but not that great for hair... - finally bought the Aquage Silkening Shampoo and Conditioner... Voilà! . My point is: if there is something wrong with the condition of your hair, try to start with changing out your basic haircare; owning lots of styling products and masks may suddenly become less necessary. . Now for the review: This shampoo has a nice smell to me. After hearing about that SLS-free shampoo doesn't lather well I was kinda expecting it to actually lather very little, but I don't think it lathers badly. I've had some higher end shampoos that DO have SLS and lather less than this does. . The consistency of the shampoo is thin and looks a little bit like... semen. Despite being so thin, the shampoo is quite concentrated and I actually need much less of this than many other, thicker shampoos. This is a property I expect higher end shampoos to have. When using this shampoo, you should first put it on your scalp and lather up (if possible) and let it sit. After a minute, wash it away and wash your hair again. . After the first wash I noticed my hair being very soft, and after the third it looked so much better than initially: much more shiny, more healthy and more voluminous! It actually surprised me that this made my hair both more hydrated and more voluminous. My hair also has less frizz. But remember: my hair was so flat and dull and frizzy to begin with that you, if you have healthy hair, may not notice any difference really. . If you want to read about my further plans with my hair: I have also decided that I want to colour my hair less with regular dyes again but rather use henna-dye. I remember my mum doing that on me when I was smaller and I had really shiny, easily manageable hair, even when it was almost down to my butt. Henna dyes are a great option for people that like to dye their hair darker (no need to bleach if you're going for darker, eh?) or more red (as henna-dyes often have reddish tones). After dyeing my hair with henna it has gotten even more shine, even though I didn't use pure henna. . I'm going to treat my scalp with hair oil containing rosemary oil and maybe some minty oils to increase the blood flow - it's great for making your hair grow faster and denser. Phyto polleine from Phyto was probably the best oil I knew, but since it's now discontinued I guess I could try to mix the oils myself. . The other things that I've changes in my hair routine to get healthier hair is using less heat on it. If you really like to use a flat iron, I'd recommend going for good quality. If you like to curl your hair, there are many options, but if using an iron, at least use one that has tourmaline. Blow dry cold or with an ionic blowdrier... or both. . If you don't have excess money to use on sulphate-free shampoo, I would recommend you checking out iherb.com, which is a site that sells natural, cruelty free, organic products. They sell A LOT of shampoos without sulphates an that's also where I got my henna-dye from (Surya Brazil Henna Cream). If you're a first time customer and want to get a discount, you can use the code JUZ808 and get $5 of if shopping for under $40, and $10 if shopping for over $40 (you then pay only $30, so I would recommend to get products for over $ and get those $10 off - if you actually already have for over $30 it won't cost you any more, if you know what I mean). The look of the site isn't very pretty, but the products and prices are actually really good.
UPDATE 29. Des. 2012: I have had about no fading since last time I updated - the colour is pretty permanent on me and I don't think the copper tones are going to go away by only washing hair - I would actually need to colour it if I want the colour gone. I do, however, wash my hair with a sulphate-free shampoo, but I don't know if I can attribute the effect to the shampoo. END OF UPDATE. . UPDATE: I coloured my hair with this maybe he 10.27.2012 and it's now 11.22.2012. I can say that the colour hasn't faded much for me at all, and it still has those nice red tones to it. I wash my hair every other day. I can add that I use sulphate-free shampoos though, so that may or may not have helped. I've also gotten used to the colour and like it more than initially :) I will suggest this to other people that want to use henna on their hair as I like it a lot. I may try out other colour - maybe mix some so I can get the strawberry tome back to my hair at some point ;] END OF UPDATE. . If you want to see the different colours available and their result, see this link: http://suryabrasilproducts.com/hennacreamresult.html From my experience, the colour I chose, copper, is not as red as in the pictures, but actually copper - orange like real redheads. . Before colouring, my hair was what I would call a mid strawberry brown (cool-toned brown with a little bit of pink, red and orange tones). Unfortunaely, especially the ends of my hair were getting brassy yellow tones because of the bleach in the dye I used. . I kept this in my hair for 40 minutes. My hair went from a mid-brown to a little darker chestnut-brown with strong copper tones when seen under right light. In artificial light it looks a little more copper, but very much more red when in daylight. I would say it's as red as one can go with dark hair without it lookin unnatural. If you want more red tones than copper, I would suggest mixing copper with red. . I've most of my life liked to have natural-looking red-orange tones in my hair, but it's not easy to find hairdyes that don't make the hair too red or purple or wash out and make it look brassy... which is one of the reasons I like to use henna colour and not regular dye - it gives me the most natural colours and because there is no bleach in it, my hair doesn't end up with brassy yellow tones when the colour washes away. The other reason I like to colour my hair with henna is because it improves the condition of my hair instead of damaging, like regular dyes. After colouring with this my hair become so shiny and healthy looking! When I test-coloured a strand of hair, and one could actually already then see that it was more shiny than the rest of my hair. . I liked this better than he regular henna I used before: - regular powdered henna is granular and I absolutely hate to have to wash all of the grains out of my hair after. - I like the smell of his much better. - there are more colours than most regular hennas often have - this should wash out over time - many regular hennas are quite permanent, and the more you colour your hair, the more colour is deposited in it, which makes your hair darker over time. No, no, you won't get very dark hair, but for a person like me, who likes to have their hair not too dark, gradual darkening is annoying. Therefore, I prefer this dye, which will wash out over time - I like to be able to return to my old colour at some point, and preferably without using bleach. I know a girl that coloured her hair with henna a couple of years ago, and you can still clearly see the colour (yes, real henna is very permanent). I do not want to go through that. . If your hair is longer than shoulder length, you may need more than 1 bottle of this dye - I, luckily, need only 1 bottle for my about 14 inches long hair, which I wouldn't call dense . . I will update this review later, about how long the colour lasts. . For those who like the beneficial effects henna gives, but don't want any additional colour, iherb actually has colourless henna. If you're one of those people that like natural remedies for your hair, you should also check out amla if you haven't before: - amla shampoos can be great for people with grey (or other coloured) hair that want to get colour with every wash instead of colouring their hair, waiting, then colouring the re-growth. - amla can restore waves straighten out by henna and some other treatments. See here: http://forums.hennapage.com/node/60 ... I guess you can just search it up if you're interested :] . I bought this from iherb.com for about $9 for 70 mL (about 2.3 oz). If you want to shop on this site and you're a first time buyer, you can save a little bit of money by using the code JUZ808 and get $5-10 off your first order. $5 if shopping for anything under $40 and $10 if shopping for over $40. If you have shopped for a little under $40, I would suggest buying some tiny thing and get those $10 off :)
Deodorants -Unlisted Brand - Lady Speed Stick 24/7 GEL
lollsazz 10/21/2012 3:49:00 PM
I like this. Some people say it smells manly, but I wouldn't say you will smell like a man - it just doesn't smell sweet at all, which is VERY good for me. I have tried "invisible" and "fresh fusion", and I must say "invisible" is MUCH better smelling to me. These gels don't smell powdery, which is another plus of the smell! It doesn't smell fruity or flowery, but fresh and a bit androgynous, but still goes well with my very girly perfume. I, in general really like the smell and also that it doesn't last on my skin and doesn't appear again if I begin to sweat. . This doesn't make me stop sweat completely, but it's definitely not bad, but I'm in general quite a sweaty person under my arms (I guess it's genetic). When I sweat with this, I don't smell bad and my clothes don't smell bad either, which means it doesn't let bacteria grow. . I really like the gel consistency: aerosol deodorants have never worked for me, wet ones make me feel like I'm sweating already right after application, solids often stain my clothes and have a powdery smell that I dislike, but creams and gels feel nice. This gel also soaks in pretty fast and doesn't stain or transfer to my clothes. . I think I will keep buying these :]
Toners -Thayers - Rose Petal Alcohol Free Witch Hazel
lollsazz 10/21/2012 2:02:00 PM
I bought this at iherb.com for just about $3 or 12 fl.oz with a discount code. You can get $5-10 off your first order using this coupon: JUZ808 . I really like this because I have very sensitive, dry, rosacea-prone skin that gets hormonal break-outs once a month; in case you're wondering, my skin actually does look good though. I have used this toner for about 2 months now. . I first bought the regular witch hazel and alcohol toner to cope with breakouts, but I can't really use it all over my skin - only on separate blemishes because the alcohol dries my already dry skin out a lot. In general, don't like alcohol in skincare, but I really liked the witch hazel. Keep in mind that, although my skin likes witch hazel, there are quite a lot of people with rosacea that may be sensitive to it. Check this link, point 7: http://www.skincarephysicians.com/rosaceanet/gentle_skin_care.html In my case, the witch hazel combat the inflammation I had on my t-zone and I also get less blemishes when I use it (my contraceptive pills is the main thing that helps, but this tones definitely improves the results). . The second reason that I like it is because I can use less of my expensive facial moisturizer ($30 for 1 oz/30 mL) when using this. What I do is taking a little of this toner in my palm, dip my fingertips in it and spread it all over my face, except for my eyes. Then I take a little of my moisturizer and spread it all over my still moist face, which makes the quite thick moisturizer spread in a thinner layer. Before, I used just plain water, but that doesn't combat my pink areas of inflammation. I don't use this toner on a wipe because my skin is too sensitive - it goes pink and irritated when rubbed. BTW: when your skin is moist, many products absorb better. . I personally really like the smell of this - I can't really smell anything besides rose water in this, while the regular witch hazel with alcohol smells really... strongly and not nice at all (it may be better suited for oily, clog- and acne-prone skin). I haven't tried any of the other toners, but iherb have a lot of different types. . I hope you don't take this a promoting - I just want to help, but I've bought several things from iherb - they have a huge range of items and the prices are really good :) The other things I bought are: - Surya Henna, Brazil Cream in Copper. They sell both henna and amla (if you're into natural hair remedies, need to strengthen your hair but not have any colour added, definitely check out what amla is) - mane n' tail detangler spray (I like it, but you should rather check out the reviews here on makeupalley to find out if it's the right thing for you) - Weleda, Rosemary Hair Oil - I've heard that rosemary helps strengthen and increase air growth, but I haven't ever tried it myself I will review these products later, when I'm sure about my opinion.
Often I have bought a product because of the good reviews but end up disappointed... this is not the case! It gave me the most natural and healthy look of all the blushes I've ever used. I'm the type of girl that wear makeup for 16/14 h a day and therefore want something that last the whole day looking fresh and not needing reapplication. This is one of those products - it's amazing...! The most long-wearing blush I've worn till now has been Tarte's Exposed, but my sensitive acne-prone skin apparently didn't appreciate the clay. I thought that, probably, I will never find a powder product that will have enough lasting power for me and not ruin my skin - I will have to use some kind of stain... and then I found these reviews. . Some general thoughts and additions: My skin is light (NC15-20), olive-toned, dry and sensitive. I think this blush compliments my skin tone beautifully - I agree with those recommending it for skin with a yellow undertone - it looks absolutely gorgeous and natural on. This has tiny shimmers in the pan, but it's definitely not shimmery on my skin. I actually really hate sparkly products as they seem too childish for me. I think sparkly face belongs at a party and not at university. Too me shimmer makes makeup too obvious and I go for the natural look. Basically: to me shimmer/glitter in face makeup is a big no-no, but this adds a glow without being shimmery. Some reviews said this looked powdery at first - I didn't experience that although I have dry skin. I do apply it over BB cream though, and it may be because of that that it doesn't at any point look dry. BB cream is also a great primer for me, which probably prolongs the wear time of this. Some people said the colour of this develops over time. It hasn't really happened to me, but apply a little of this with my MAC blush brush, little by little going back and forth between my cheeks. This takes no time really and, I guess, prevents me from putting on too much. I think the package is pretty and the brush is probably good quality, but I prefer another one for application. I wish there could be an alternative box for this that was smaller. Although this is a bit pricey, this is a good investment because you get quite a big amount of product and you only need a little every time you use this. UPDATE: have used this every day for about 8 months now and I hen't even used up the pattern on this - I think this could last me for at least 10 years! X) I think this is a perfect product for everyday use. Although this is an expensive product, the price it totally worth it for me as this has all of the qualities I look for in an everyday blush :)
I've used this since about th beginning of August and first used it all over my legs, on armpits and bikini line. This DOES work, but you need time, patience and to be aware of that it's actually quite costly (not if you compare it to doing it in a clinic though). . I used this on my legs about 3 times, but then stopped because it takes sooooo much time and the cartridges don't last long AT ALL doing such big areas - they last only 1000 flashes (doesn't matter which intensity). I saw some results, but I think the hair grew back because I hadn't used is enough times. I'm not sure I'll ever have enough time and patience to use this on my legs again... I then decided to only use this on other, much smaller areas where I wanted to get rid of hair: my bikini line and on my armpits. . I think I used this about 5 times under my arms to see ANY results, but now about half of my hair under there isn't growing back any more, but I think there's still a lot to work on. If you want to get rid of your underarm hair, I guess I recommend to try this, but it'll take some time before you see some results, but don't give up :) (maybe 5-7 times) . My bikini line is what this gave the best results on - worked about after 3rd time and there were pretty substantial bold patches. This is where I would say it gave really good results, so if it's here you're planning on using it - I do recommend it. . I would not recommend this if you're one of those people going to the solarium often because the instructions say you should wait 4 wees after tanning before beginning using this. This machine will also work best with people with light skin and dark hair. . Now to what you get for the money: You get a machine that can get rid of your unwanted hair if you use it consistently. Even after you're rid of the hair you'll need to use if from time to time to keep the hair from growing back.I'm personally not that far in my process and don't know how fast the hair may come back if you completely stop using this - it may be one month, it may be half a year, it may be a year... The apparatus itself I have rated only 2 for quality of the design because the window the light comes out through is so small and also because you can't really see where you place it which makes overlap easy and missing spots easy. Because the area of the light is so small, you end up using a cartridge quite fast if you're doing big areas. The best recommendation I would give is searching for something with a bigger window and cartridges that last longer if you're planing on using this on big areas - there are machines that claim that you actually don't need to change the cartridges at all - that would be really awesome! . The first time I used it was on my legs and after, my legs felt like they got a really bad sunburn for about 15 minutes, although used intensity 1, but then the burning went away. It may burn anywhere you use it, but I personally had no further pain or any damage to my skin. This was the only time I got a burning sensation, and I suspect it may have been because I didn't want to wait 4 weeks after tanning before using it. The second time I used this anywhere I went to intensity 2, then 3 on third try - I didn't really feel much discomfort. It feels like you get touched by a hot cup of tea for a moment or like a rubber band snapped on your skin - may be a little uncomfortable, but I wouldn't call it painful, especially since I was epilating my hairy areas before. BTW2: you don't get less hairy by epilating - believe me - I have done it for over 6 years and the only result is that it takes about a week, maybe 2 before your hair is back and the hair grows back a bit softer.You may also get a lot of ingrown hairs in some areas; for me, arms, legs and underarms very rarely got ingrown hairs, but the bikini line is very susceptible. Of course, it gets rid of your hair there for about 1,5 weeks and the area is super-smooth, but the ingrown hairs and scars that may come with it aren't really worth it - I must say I'm very happy about being able to use the Flash&Go on my bikini-area. The Flash&Go seems to make less hair grow, but it won't make your hair grow slower in general. For me, only epilating made hair grow slower. Or using a cream for slowing hair growth. . If you have any questions, send me a message :]
Concealers -Make Up For Ever - Full Cover Concealer
lollsazz 10/14/2012 11:32:00 AM
I liked this when I had oily skin and needed something VERY opaque for under the eyes, but now I have dry skin and use it mostly on red areas and hyperpigmentation. . I like this because you get a lot of product for your money, it has pretty good coverage and the colour (5) suits my NC15-20 skin very nicely, works well for the slight hyperpigmentation I get after a blemish. What I don't like about this is that it sets too dry on my already dry skin. The areas on my nose look nice with this on because there's more oil there, but the blemishes I get on my forehead look dry and sometimes even flaky with this on. This doesn't suit a drying blemish because it will flake off and I would also never put this under my eyes again because I don't want to get premature wrinkles. . I have found that I like Kanebos pen-type concealer best for eyes (light coverage) and powder foundation on where I have blemishes - that's what works best for me. I'm not saying this product is bad, but it doesn't really work for me unless I want to cover redness or hyperpigmentation, which I don't really get that often. . You will like this if: - you want something with pretty good coverage even when applied in small amount - if you have oilier skin - if you want this to cover hyperpigmentation (smooth texture - not dry and flaky, but may work for acne scars) - if you need something with decent lasting power . You will not like this: - if you need an undereye concealer (unless you have quite oily skin under your eyes) - if the skin you want to cover has uneven texture (dry, flaky, blemishes that are "watery" - this will slide off) - if you need it to last the whole day - it's long lasting, but not unbudgable - I actually think MAC's Pro Longwear is better for that, but it's also drier, so if your skin isn't oily, it will look caky . It's MUCH BETTER to apply this with a brush (I prefer angled ones actually, like the brow brush from EcoTools) than fingers if you're applying it to blemishes.
BB Cream -Kanebo - KATE Mineral Cover BB Gel Cream SPF30 PA++
lollsazz 10/9/2012 4:07:00 PM
UPDATE: I was wondering if to give this one more lippie because if I use only a tiny bit of this, my skin looks good, but then I broke out a little bit and that lippie disappeared again *sigh*, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't fit others, becuse I quite recently discovered that ALL the things I've tried that have the word "mineral" in them break me out - I have no clue to what exact ingredient it may be though as there's no real definition for what "mineral" really is, as far as I know. END OF UPDATE . Ummm... I really like BB creams; especially because my skin seems to like them because of the protection and moisture they give and also, that you can't see that I'm wearing makeup. I really hoped I would like this, but it's not the best BB cream I've tried. It doesn't feel like it hs as much silicones as the other I've tried, and it is a bit too dry for my skin type, making it look caked and obvious, even with a thin layer. I like my base makeup to be so natural looking and light that no one will be able to see that I actually have any on. . The colour I chose was OC-B, which is perfect for NC20-15 skin (I'm NC20 now and just put a little bit of bronzer over, but could probably get away even without). This is better suited for skin that isn't dehydrated or flaky and needs about light-medium coverage, although you can get quite a lot of coverage out of this. . This smells like Kanebo's Fluid Finish Foundation and has a similar finish, except for that Fluid Finish is a very thin liquid. This actually has a colour selection for yellow undertones, unlike Kanebo's liquid and cream foundations, and the price is way lower. . One thing I really didn't like with this is that, while "original" BB creams make my skin look dewy, this makes me look oily when my oils break through. This feels much more like a foundation than like a BB cream to me. . This would be ideal if you want a: - foundation - light-medium coverage - have normal skin - have yellow undertone - like/want to try out Kanebo's Fluid Finish . Do I think this is a good foundation: yes, definitely. It's just not quite for me.
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Sweet Mint
lollsazz 10/6/2012 9:08:00 AM
UPDATE: 13 Des. 12: lowering to 1 lippie: did definitely not moisturize enough and I actually got allergic to this. Yes, I'm sure that it's THIS - I tried it out 3 times and the allergy appeared within about 15 minutes (and lasts about a week to go away). . UPDATE 27. Nov. 12: I don't think I will repurchase this. It doesn't moisturize my lips very will and doesn't protect them at all. I could use only in the summer, I guess. It also seems this dries my lips out a little over time, and I'm still not a fan of the very hard consistency. . I bought this because, in a magazine, they gave this 6/6 stars, while my absolute favourite lip balm only got 4/6. I thought: the one I'm using is so amazing, that this can't possibly beat it?! The main thing they said that I couldn't understand is that this was more moisturizing than my Cliniderm lip balm, which I will now refer to as C. Understand me right: I used to get THE WORST dry lips in the winter.¨They were so bad that pieces of my skin hung down, they cracked everywhere, were dry, bleeding and NOTHING could fix it before I got my C. balm, which fixed my lips in 2-4 days (at max) y applying each time after it had worn off. How could ANYTHING be better than this medical balm , which was the only thing that worked for my lips. And the magazine said EOS was BETTER at curing chapped lips and C. wasn't moisturizing enough. . So, I bought this when I went to uni and forgot to bring my C. along. I saw this in our book store and figured out I should buy it because my lips were really in need for a balm immediately. I already had a painful dry spot on my lips. The first thing I noticed is that: if you already have dry chapped lips, this won't be very comfortable to apply because it's so solid. The second thing was that it gave a different look to my lips than my C.: this made my lips a tiny bit paler and less shiny. The minty smell is nice - better than the slightly medical vanilla smell of my C. It moisturized nicely, but NOT as well as C. The minty taste was nice in that it wasn't making me lick it from my lips. . My verdict is: this IS a good balm, but there are better things out there if you have REALLY dry lips. it feels like it sits a bit on top of the lips and doesn't really sink in that well. It's so frigging annoying seeing sponsored reviews in magazines that makes the really good products seem less attractive! So if you're a Norwegian and have seen some of these reviews in magazines or in papers on the Internet, don't believe them - they seem to be written by people that haven't bothered to test the products out properly. Here is an example: http://www.klikk.no/mote/altfordamene/article754202.ece This is boyfriend friendly in that it has a nice smell and taste and isn't sticky at all. The packaging looks cute, but isn't very practical at all unless you have big pockets or carry your balm around in for example your purse. This doesn't leave you with that nasty white stripe on your lips. It's eco-friendly, they say. You can buy it if you want.
I received a sample of this. I remember trying it on a piece of paper some time ago in the store and thinking it was pretty bad, but actually trying it on myself now makes it smell very different (I've wore it for almost two weeks). I must admit, this doesn't smell like a million, but I DO think it smells nice. For some reason, the ingredients in this are so different from what it smells on me: top: neroli, lily of the valey middle: gardenia, hyasinth base: patchouley, honey . As several people mention: this for some reason smells fruity, althpugh the ingredients don't mention any fruits. On me it actually smells raspberry at first :S Then it settles own to something cozy and and softly sweet, without being powdery. Sometimes I also detect some smoky notes. I wouldn't say it smells especially expensive - it's not a million-business-woman scent, but more like a little diva :] I like this when it's slightly cold outside, so autumn is probably when I would wear it. The longevity is really good! I can put some on in the morning, then come home 6 hours later, put on a different sweater and still be able to smell the perfume through the material. . I may actually buy this at some point because it seems like a scent that doesn't bother guys or girls that aren't particularly fond of perfume, so it's quite working-environment-friendly. I must note though: I use a little sample of this, so I don't spray a lot on. I actually really like to get samples of perfumes and refill the sample bottles so the amount I spray on is really tiny. This is also practical if you like to carry your perfume around. I really wish someone could make small refillable sample bottles that sprayed out very small amounts of perfume at each spritz...
Styling Products -Aquage - Silkening Oil Treatment
lollsazz 9/30/2012 2:21:00 PM
I haven't tried this out for very long yet: only about 3 weeks, but I don't see this as something exceptional. It smells very nice, makes my hair dry a bit faster, but for the price I would expect more. This isn't as good at fixing my frizz as many other products and this doesn't moisturize or heal my hear. I don't use this with a blow drier - maybe this would work better with a little bit of heat. I would NOT use this with a flat iron regularly as I don't think this actually protects from heat - I HAVE tried it with a flat iron, and my hair felt like I hadn't put anything protective on it. I use about 1-1,5 pump for my waist long hair, on the areas that get frizzy. This is very silicony, but it's the type of silicones that evaporate very quickly and leaves behind whatever else is in the product. BTW: I don't notice much oil in this at all, so it's kinda strange that it's called an oil treatment... . I don't really know what more to say... I will try this out more and update this, but till now, I'm not impressed. . UPDATE: I've noticed that my hair, which usually only have flyaways, actually get static after using this... I thought silicones did the opposite... Anyway: I haven't had static hair for at least 2 years and it began appearing again after using this... I'm not yet sure why this happens. Also: the shine doesn't last more tan half a minute after application, which makes this... useless to me really. The effect of this just doesn't last - my hair feels nice for a short time only. I love the Silkening shampoo and conditioner (which I do recommend checking out if you can afford it), but I can easily do without this. I like using Mane n' Tail spray detangler instead - it has some silicones in it too, but my hair likes it much better than this. END OF UPDATE . UPDATE 29. Des. 2012: This is definitely not worth the money for me - I don't see ANY good effects - only bad ones: my hair gets oily easier, it gets static after using this and it also actually becomes more dull. I therefore lower the rating by one more lippie. If you live in the Scandinavia and want something similar in consistency, don't waste your time looking for this, try Define Anti-frizz Silk Serum, which actually delivers - it's everything I thought this "silkening oil treatment" would be. I also think Moroccanoil may have some of the same concept - oil treatment with silicones that should work in a similar manner. I just really want to say: it's not worth searching for this for hours and days, like I did, because there are many better things out there. END OF UPDATE
I DO think this is good, but this is for people that want a light coverage. . I have dry, sensitive skin, about an NC20 in colour right now. This is a little bit too grey and pink, but I just adjust the colour with my Kett colour adjuster: http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=151847/Kett-Cosmetics---Hydro-Proof-Color-Theory-Yellow/Unlisted-Brand/Primer/-Corrector This means that I actually keep my BB cream in a jar, since I need to mix it up with a little stick. . I kinda liked the Gold one better for most of the year for me because it has slightly more coverage and is a little more moisturizing, which is good for my dry skin. The Gold one is a little heavier though, which is not good for warm summers - it doesn't let the skin breathe much and the only place my face managed to sweat was on my eyebrows, where I had none of this XD On skin that isn't dry, the gold one may look to dewey if not set with some powder. Because the Gold one gives slightly more coverage, it means I can use less of it. About the coverage of the pink one: if you use it like me: put a few dots on and "blend" with a beauty blender, you will only manage to slightly even out your skin tone - the coverage will be sheer. This is OK with me though as I have decent skin. Where I actually need coverage I use a concealer. On the other hand, such a light coverage looks like no foundation at all - it looks like you just have good skin (although yo can't detect the gold one on me either when same method of application is used). . What I like about wearing this is that my skin seems to dry out much less than with many of my other foundations. My skin doesn't feel moist, but it's as the BB Cream protects it from losing moisture due to the windy cold conditions where I live. This prevents my skin from going flaky. If I just use a moisturizer, my skin IS moist and... by the laws of physics and chemistry (message me if you really want to know why), when it's cold and windy, my skin dries out. So: BB Cream is for me a must-have in the winter! . BTW: I have noticed that BB creams are good as primers too and the makeup I apply over lasts much longer than with my other foundation, So the first step in my morning routine is applying moisturizer, then BB cream all ovr my face and whatever more I need on top of that. Applying BB cream under my under-eye-concealer has made the small wrinkles under my eyes go away a bit. I think it's due to thea my concealer is a little bit drying, although it's the most moisturizing one I've found yet, and the BB cream doesn't let the concealer dry out my skin. . This hasn't broken my sensitive skin out and as far as I have seen (used for about 8 months), BB Creams from Skin79 don't clog my pores and in general makes my skin feel comfortable. One of the other things that I love with BB creams is that they even out the surface of the skin and make pores look less deep an everything generally smoother. If I should put any warnings on BB-creams it's: 1) they can be too heavy for warm summers - they feel like they're suffocating the skin a bit 2) I hate the orange one, so and if you're planning on purchasing it, read the reviews first . BTW, girl 2 reviews down: people don't need to be lazy to want to have an all-in-one product, some people just don't have half an hour to spend in front of the mirror every morning.
Liquid -L'Oreal - Visible Lift Serum Absolute Advanced Age-Reversing Makeup
lollsazz 9/22/2012 6:08:00 AM
I don't like this. I have dry, non-flaking skin, small pores, pretty clear skin. This applies and blends nicely, but it makes my skin look a bit dehydrated. I thought it would give me moisture since this is for aging skin, but it didn't, although my skin didn't feel tight either with this on. This also creases, which is a definite no-no in a foundation for wrinkly skin - I have absolutely no laugh-lines, but this made me look like I did. And I applied only a thin layer - 1 pea sized amount of this blended with a beauty blender. Maybe it would be better for people that don't need foundation all-over, but I need it on my t-zone and around my mouth... which are some of the parts on my face that this creases a lot on since I smile, wrinkle my nose, my eyebrows... yeah, this is definitely not for me - I need something that hydrates and actually sticks to my skin.