Misc Beauty Tools -E.L.F. - Mechanical Eyelash Curler
magpiesparkle 8/26/2009 10:13:00 AM
EDITED: Used this for about a month and it always seemed to only curl half of my eyelashes. Pulled a few out no matter how careful I was.
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Abreva Docosanol 10% Cream for Cold Sores
magpiesparkle 4/30/2009 3:31:00 PM
This stuff does not work. I'm one of the poor unfortunates who get cold sores on my lips at the drop of a hat, and if I don't catch them early with heavy doses of prescription anti-virals, they spread. I thought this cream would at least knock the little nasties down a bit, but if anything, the cream made them last even longer and made my lips really sore no matter what. Occasional cold sore sufferers might be able to use this, but I can't. It's crap.
Although I was reluctant to try this product due to the high price, I decided to buy a tube while it was on sale. I've used it for 2 months now, and so far, it's doing a good job. I definitely saw smaller pores and brighter skin within the first week of use, and the only real complaint I have is that I can't use it with any of my daytime moisturizers with SPF because for some odd reason, I get one or two huge zits if I do. I've switched to PM use for the summer and that seems to be working. I'll buy it again if it goes on sale. Not a bad product.
Fragrances -Philosophy - Amazing Grace Set- Cologne and Lotion
magpiesparkle 4/30/2009 3:21:00 PM
My boss gave me a small tube of this for Secretary's Day. At first the scent was a bit too flowery for me but as it developed over the course of the day, it settled down nicely and has begun to really smell delicious. Sort of fruity-vanilla-baby powder like. The cream left my hands nice and soft, and not greasy at all. I think when it runs out I'll have to get another tube and perhaps try the perfume. [I left the price as one as it was a gift.]
This is one of the few perfumes that I can wear around my husband that doesn't make him sneeze [he has some major allergies]. I love the sugar-lemon scent; it always puts a smile on my face when I spray it on !
I really like these, especially in the summer when my skin seems to need a bit more "oomph" when it comes to keeping everything on an even keel. I cut the ones I use up to custom-fit them a bit better to my nose and also to avoid my nostril piercing, and use the extra bits on the space between my eyebrows and on my chin. I only use the strips maybe twice a month in the summer, once every other month in the winter. I have really good skin normally, but these little guys make it that much nicer. And they did a super job on my husband's nose!
Hair Color -Revlon - Colorsilk Root Perfect [DISCONTINUED]
magpiesparkle 4/2/2009 1:45:00 PM
Count me in as another satisfied customer! I bought the kit for auburn-red hair as my dirty blonde roots were coming in quicker than I'd like, and I needed something quick. Not only did it process quite nicely in 10 minutes, I was even able to get my husband to do my hairline at the back of my neck---something I can't get him to do when I usually touch up my roots because he's not a fan of getting dye all over him ;) The color matches my current shade perfectly, and I used almost all of the bottle on the roots that needed to be covered up. I rinsed out the bottle and applicator to mix up some dye on my own the next time my roots show up or the color I used isn't available for some reason.
I used the cream version of this when I got my first tattoo to keep it moisturized and from scabs forming while it healed. It did a wonderful job, scabbed just a teeny bit and not much itching. LOVE IT!
I don't even use this stuff on my horses anymore! It sucked the color out of my hair, made it feel straw-like and somewhat greasy. It made my horse's manes and tails very hard to deal with and dust stuck to them like mad. Yecch!
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - Cream of Nature - Detangling Conditioning Shampoo
magpiesparkle 7/25/2008 4:21:00 PM
I first read about this shampoo in an issue of ALLURE where they talk to people about the products they use that aren't well known. After reading about it, I figured I'd get a bottle and try it out on my somewhat thick, shoulder length hair that I color red every 4 weeks. If it didn't work, I thought, I could always use it on my horses' manes and tails! Boy, am I glad I tried this shampoo! It only takes a small amount to wash your hair, it doesn't pull the color out of my hair the way some "color safe" shampoos do, and I don't need to use as much conditioner afterwards or as heavy a conditioner to make my hair manageable. I alternate this with a couple other shampoos but I keep coming back to this. It's quite a bargain too, and seeing how it makes my hair so nice, I just might have to pick up a bottle for my horses!
Moisturizers -California Baby - Calming Botanical Moisturizing Cream
magpiesparkle 11/14/2007 11:02:00 AM
I absolutely LOVE this product. Everything from the scent down to how well it moisturizes is great.
Moisturizers -Olay - Definity Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer
magpiesparkle 8/3/2007 10:13:00 AM
I have been using this for about 2 weeks now and I have noticed not only a difference in the tone of my skin (it's not as 'dull' as it used to be) but also in some of the blotchy spots I had. I use a TEENY tiny amount and it covers my face quite well. I discovered how not to use the pump after spraying it all over myself one morning :/ I haven't tried putting makeup on over this as I don't wear it during the summer months. I do like that it has SPF 15, which is good enough for me as I work in an office all day and don't need a high SPF. I'm not a big fan of the outer packaging (I think it's a bit of overkill). I feel a paper box would show off the product as nicely without so much waste (that's why I gave it a low grade for packaging quality).
Lip Treatments -mark - Kiss Xpert- Lip Smoothing Treatment
magpiesparkle 7/3/2007 4:18:00 PM
Finally, a lip scrub I can use w/out setting off my cold sores! I apply a tiny bit to my lips, let it sit about a minute then wipe off with a cotton ball soaked with water or if I'm in the shower, rinse it off. Love it!
Just a wee bit of this to highlight my cheekbones, under my eyes and a smudge on my forehead plus concealer and a wee bit of powder and I'm ready to go! Love this!
Tinted Moisturizer -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20
magpiesparkle 7/3/2007 3:33:00 PM
The lightest shade of this didn't match my skin tone, but to be honest I'm very pale skinned and it's hard for me to find any type of TM or foundation. Ah well, the search continues.