Ive been using this 2x per week on my acne prone skin and my face is fabulous. Soft even after the first use. Mostly I use just the aspirin and water. Sometimes I mix it w/ my sulphur mask. Other times Ive tried it w/ plain yogurt. I crush 4 aspirin (I have the coated kind) w/ the back of a spoon onto a dish. I add a couple drops of warm water and mix to a paste. I apply it to my Tzone and chin and let dry for 5 minutes. I then rub it off in a circular motion over the sink and follow w/ a rinse. I apply moisturizer afterwards. I love what this cheap mask has done for my skin.
I dont want a mascara that does any foo foo stuff to my lashes. I want them to look natural, only better. This stuff does it. No clumps and pretty soft. This is a slightly thicker version but less expensive then Clinique's Natually Glossy Mascara, IMO.
I havent found a better loose powder in 10 yrs and Im not a Clinique fan. This powder is a fine powder and blends well for me. I take the brush full of powder and tap it into the lid and then apply. It sets my foundation and does not clog my pores. I use shade #3. Shade #2 seems to be really pink so beware.
I have used this powder as a finishing powder for about 8 yrs. It is very heavy so I only use it at night when Im out for touchups. You have to apply it lightly if you are using it as finishing powder b/c it will look cakey otherwise. I like the extra coverage b/c it evens out my skin tone and covers my acne scars. I use Clinique's loose powder to set my foundation and only use this later in the night for touchups btw.
Eyeliner -MAC - Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown
sophie_lapin 6/6/2004 9:27:00 AM
Unfortunately I found a liner in the perfect color- dark brown- and the perfect texture -glides on smooth- but I find it to be a bit pricey for a pencil. I think it was about $13 but I constantly need to sharpen it so it lasts about 1.5 months for me. Im just a cheapskate but I love this liner and will continue to repurchase.
According to the directions, you are supposed to apply this 1x per day every day for about a week. Then remove and start again. However, after day 2 this stuff peeled right off my nails. I continued to use it for a few months anyway- just removing every 3rd day and starting again and it just seemed to make my nails dry. I did avoid getting it on my cuticles just like any other nail polish, oh well.
Ive had the same tub of this for about 3 years. All you need is the TINY-EST amount on your finger, emulsify it in your hands and spread on the lower half of your hair when its 99% dry. It will make your hair smooth and sleek when you finsh blow drying that last little bit. If you put some extra in after drying, you can achieve that piecey look. Like any styling product, dont over do it. I looked at the ingredient list and I do not believe there are any silicones in it either which is another plus.
Hair -L'Oreal - Nature's Therapy Heat Control Leave-In Protective Creme
sophie_lapin 6/5/2004 5:49:00 PM
Eh- not a HG for me. Ive been using this since Dec. and Im not thrilled. I am going to finish the tube and try Aveda's Damage Control spray in cond/heat protector which doesnt contain any silicones. The Aveda one leaves a shine in the hair unlike this product.
Treatments -L'Oreal - Nature's Therapy Mega Moisture Hair Treatment
sophie_lapin 6/5/2004 5:45:00 PM
OMG. How have I not done a prior review on this deep conditioner? This is excellent stuff. Not thrilled about it coming in a tub, but what can ya do? I've been using this since Dec 03 and it has totally softened my once straw-like hair. I use a clarifyer and follow w/ this 1x per week. Around $8 at Sally's Beauty Supply.
OK this is a good clarifyer. It does have a strong scent- like most Aveda products. Neutrogena Anti-Residue is what I switched to and it is very harsh but no foo foo smell. You wont be dissappointed w/ this product though- unless you are sensitive to strong smells.
Ive had this in my closet for a long time now. I will not buy it again. There are tons of spray shines out there for a lot less money and less of a smell. This has the same drying effect as all the other silicone/alcohol products- you dont need to pay any extra for this one.
Shampoo -John Frieda - Sheer Blonde Highlighting Shampoo
sophie_lapin 5/3/2004 10:47:00 AM
OK here is the low down- I have colored and highlighted blonde hair that has gone a bit 'off'. I bought this purely on what the pkg. said. It made me believe my hair would "instantly brighten and refresh blonde by ridding hair of dulling mineral deposits." It also says its for "natural, color-treated, or highlighted blondes" which is where the non-truth finds its way into the labeling. This shampoo would be fine for natural or highlighted blondes to use 1x per week to rid the hair of product residues(esp. silicones) but for nothing else. This product contains Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate which is a harsh detergent cleanser, or hair stripper , if you will. My color has been stripped to a brassy tone so it doesnt matter how good my highlights look- you cant get past the horrible color. Its my fault for not reading the ingredients but also the product label is very misleading is why I give this crap lippies.
OK.. Im fair skinned and normally a Savage Bronze girl (which I still love). But I decided to try something darker and less natural looking than the Savage. I was scared putting the Deep Lotion formula on b/c it was ORANGE, or so they say, bronze... but dont fear, this was only the color guide that looks crappy. Once you wash it off after a few hours, the tanner looks pretty good. Now its not a natural looking brown like Savage, but it does give tan and not too orangey results. THE PROS: the vitamin E oil in it makes the skins feel silky and there is a slight pretty shimmer in the color guide. I got lots of compliments on my tan and women were shocked that it came from a bottle. Also, I applied it to my face and no breakouts to my acne prone skin (I have used it about 5x over the past week). It doesnt reek either. THE CONS: it does contain oil so it takes forever to dry.. so its best to apply at night and wear crappy pjs b/c the color guide is messy. Im also spoiled by Savage b/c its foolproof to apply so I have to be careful w/ this as when applied sloppily, you will see the tell tale self tanner application signs around elbows, knees, ankles, etc. All in all, I d recommend a try at this... just be sure to apply in thin coats to avoid patchiness and streaks.
Hair Color -Clairol - Radiance Colorgloss translucent deposit only color
sophie_lapin 3/16/2004 6:59:00 PM
Im not sure if I would buy this again, but I put yes in the questionnaire. I used the clear gloss only in December and got shiney hair for a week... nothing spectacular b/c I have plenty of serums/oils/pommades/spray shines that do that anyway. I got no extra conditioning from this product either. I did it again in January when my hair was not in good shape (very dry), and it did not give me the same shiney results I had the month before. Im thinking if you do a moisturizing treatment before applying the clear gloss, you may get better results (more porous). Now since Im inbetween highlights, I decided to get 10N a try. Im a level 6 w/ level 8 highlights. I went lighter based on the recs here. I mixed the clear gloss in as well. Well, my highlights were the same (no new brightness) and my lowlights got the slightest reddish tint to them but nothing drastic by any means. Overall, it was a waste of time- I didnt even get extra shine out of the process. I didnt give this product low lippies b/c it does work for some, just not the greatest for me.
This review is for the Sally's generic version: the ingredients appeared to be the same so I bought the $6 generic version... when you manage to find the right balance to put in your hair, you might think its ok. However, I can tell by my next day hair, that something in it is terribly drying as my hair is crunchy. My hair is normally soft. It only has gotten stiff/crunchy/brittle the 4 different times Ive experimented with this product. To me there are better shine/smoothing/glossing products out there. Im glad I didnt waste more than $6.00.