Skincare - Face -Dr. Denese - Exfoliating Facial Firming Pads
Arenal 8/26/2009 12:43:00 AM
I got these as part of a QVC Discovery Kit. Since I have dry skin/rosacea, I only use them once a week. I'm getting a good exfoliating result. I'm not crazy about the smell or the tacky feeling on my skin after they dry, but it's tolerable as a weekly treatment. Since the jar contains 30 pads, it will last me a long time. FWIW, the Discovery Kit's an excellent buy at $19.95. It's supposed to be a one-month supply, but I still have lots of serum and cream left after almost two months. [I've learned to use products a lot more sparingly than manufacturers advise.]
I received this in a Try Me package. I liked it until it got the tiniest bit [e.g., a couple of tears] wet, and then it was all over the place--and a big mess. I will not use this again.
I bought this due to the reviews here and I have not been disappointed. Even a tiny bit on the tips of my lashes gives me long lashes that last all day. It takes some practice tio get used to the oversized wand, but other than that, it's great.
Hair -Wen by Chaz Dean - Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
Arenal 7/22/2009 1:55:00 PM
I love this stuff. It's made a world of difference in my dry, coarse hair--making it soft, shiny and easy to manage. It's expensive, but it's also the only product I use [no conditioners, leave-ins or styling products.] I have thick hair and use *much less* than the recommended amount. I use between 5-7 pumps for each "shampoo" and that more than enough. Give it a try. With QVC, you have a 30-day guarantee.
I'd considered trying this for quite a while, although I was troubled by the large number of negative reviews. I should have listened. This stuff is terrible. Like so many others, it actually dried my hair out. And it was very hard to wash out. And it smelled awful, and cost a fortune. I'm glad I bought it from QVC. It's already packaged and ready to be shipped back.
This just may be the BEST hair product I have ever used. For my dry thick hair, it works both as a leave-in conditioner and styling product. No stickiness, crunchiness, etc.--just shiny, lustrous hair. This is the only styling product I use. It's a completely brilliant product. I'm a Lushie, and use lots of Lush, but this is the very very best.
Highlighters -Tricia Sawyer - Eye Slept Cream Instant Eye Brightener
Arenal 8/30/2008 2:48:00 PM
This is a brilliant product that needs better instructions. I don't know why Tricia Sawyer's packaging lacks them, but until I read how to use this, mine had been sitting in a drawer for three months. It is NOT concealer. I now use this every single day. It's fast and easy to apply. A *tiny* amount under each eye, let it warm to your skin, then pat, pat, pat. It really makes the area under my eyes look brighter and completely natural. At the rate I've been using it, my jar will last at least three years, making this a bargain.
The good news: it works. The bad news: it's harsh on underarm skin, and can cause itching and redness. If you use this, use very *sparingly* and no more than 3x/week.
The first time I tried this I saw nothing. I now use a bit more, and like the very subtle pink it adds to my lips and cheeks. In color intensity it's the polar opposite of BeneTint. A terrific summer product.
Lip Gloss -Aromaleigh - Aromaleigh Pure Shine Lip Gloss [DISCONTINUED]
Arenal 12/4/2007 5:29:00 PM
I know Aromaleight has a *very* enthusiastic fan base, but I've yet to be impressed by the products I've tried, including this lip gloss. I bought it in Diva [a brownish neutral] and clear. They're click pens, which I didn't realize when I ordered. I've tried to like click pens, but they're messy and make it difficult to control the amount of product. Also, they tend to leak a bit. Diva is a very average neutral, with the staying power of most glosses. It's light and not very sticky. The Clear was very sticky and drying, and I tossed it after a few weeks. Packaging is rather cheap-ish, and the Aromaleigh sticker on the glosses [and lack of a product name on others, like the eyebrow pencil], leads me to believe that a number of the Aromaleigh items come from private label wholesalers.
I gave this a 3 for its good points, including nice, clear colors and fairly long-lasting consistency. That said, I agree with the other reviewers who hate the brush/click design. It just doesn't work well, and makes it difficult to apply product. I also found it too sticky.
Mascara -E.L.F. - Wet Gloss Lash and Brow Clear Mascara
Arenal 10/28/2007 5:01:00 PM
Of all the e.l.f. products I tried, I liked this best. It's a very basic item, and at the price, worth buy a couple to keep in your purse, desk drawer, etc. I think it's a as good as its Maybelline counterpart which is %x the price.
I'm a Bobbi fan, but returned this product. I found it too hard to blend. It's no better than a drugstore concealer, IMO. ETA: Almost two years later, I've revisited this product and now like it a lot. I saw Bobbi demonstrate application on QVC, and since then I've had good results with it.
I'm a great CVS fan, and Essence of Beauty, one of their house brands, doesn't disappoint. I own BE, MAC, Trish and Bobbi Brown brushes that cost 4x this one, and think this is just as good. I also love that EOB brushes come in their convenient little plastic case!
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Arenal 4/15/2007 3:23:00 PM