Love this, made my skin have a nice glow in general. When I stop using it, I do notice that my skin just isn't how i like it. Love the packaging too, very convenient pump.
Sunscreen -Bliss Labs - Best of Skintentions Daily Moisturizer
1234anna2580 6/28/2009 9:55:00 PM
OK, I'm COMPLETELY shocked over the reviews for this moisturizer. I'm really picky about my moisturizers- I want something with broad spectrum spf, has a nice scent, sinks in completely quickly, has something benefitial for you skin like vitamins or something, is in travel friendly packaging, and not super expensive to name a few. I've tried everything from aveeno, neutrogena, and olay to dior, philosophy, and lancome. None of them caught my attention, but some I flat out hated. Even Bliss' other, more famous lotion Youth as We Know it (now THAT was awful, you can see why from my review on it). I tried this one, best of skintentions, accidently from a sample and just loved it. great light lemony scent, sinks in well, great flat tube packaging, is benefitial, has spf, doesn't clog pores, and leaves skin perfectly balanced/ moisturized. Try it out!!!
Misc Beauty Tools -Essence of Beauty - Brush Cleaner
1234anna2580 6/16/2009 1:33:00 AM
Good overall brush cleaner. Very inexpensive too. Gentle but does the job. Plus I love that its in a clear bottle, so I can see how much is left. Never damages any of my brushes, just keeps them nicely shaped and soft. Doesn't seem to cause shedding either.
Treatments -Frederic Fekkai - Protein RX Anti-Breakage Treatment Mask
1234anna2580 6/1/2009 6:36:00 AM
i LOVE this mask to death. I color my hair pretty often so its been going crazy lately. In one night it gets so tangled that I've literally had to chunks out my hair, which is down to my ribs or so for reference. More and more seemed to be falling out in showers and blah blah blah everything else that happens when you dye your hair too much. After hte first use my hair no longer tangled, it was super soft, and it made any products I use work way better. It just made my hair really, really nice. I keep it on for an hour instead of the 15 min though. OH, and did I mention the smell? It makes both me, and even my bf want to eat my hair haha. Its like confections sugar or something without being too sweet, and it even lingers in your hair a bit afters. My only issue is that in a tubs which I don't like for anything. A tube would be much nicer/ easier to deal with/ more hygienic but whatever. Not a huge issue. Get this!
This was the first brush I ever used for washing my face, and for the price its really not that bad. I did feel like my face was cleaner when I used it and it gave me a nice glow. Not comparable to the clairsonic of course (which i use now and L O V E), but their prices aren't comparable either. The little sponges you use with it are good too, I like that there are 2 sides so you have options. The product in them is nice, didn't leave my face dry or with a film over it or anything.
Lipstick -Neutrogena - Moistureshine Lipstick - Anything Rose
1234anna2580 5/27/2009 7:38:00 PM
I like the formula of these lipsticks. I feel like they blend into your lips instead of just sitting there like a lot of d/s ones tend to do. Lasts a decent amount of time & is a bit moisturizing actually (at least i didn't feel like i needed to put lipbalm on or anything). Packaging is classing neutrogena. Clear, plastic, simple. I like it but the fact that the tube is square makes it a little bulkier so thats my only problem with that, not a huge one though. Regarding this particular color, its good. I think it would look better on someone a little darker than me as it is pretty bright & noticeable, but can be sheered down with a light hand. All and all, give it a try :). Esp if theres a BOGO or something!
Lipstick -Revlon - ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Iconic Iris
1234anna2580 5/27/2009 5:49:00 PM
I like this gloss, mainly because its not really a gloss. It goes on gloss like and super shiny, then dries to a nice stain that stays on for hours and hours. Not super drying either, all it takes is a little bit of a lip balm and youre good. I love putting these under other lipsticks/glosses for lasting color. There are a lot of color choices which is nice. This color in particular is nice & soft, but a little too much on the cool side for me though. Oh, and what else I really like about them is the value. They're $12, which for a d/s brand might seem like a bit much but the tube is huge! You get a ridiculous amount of product for your money, to me it looks like double what you get from mac.
Moisturizers -Bliss Labs - The youth as we know it
1234anna2580 5/19/2009 1:41:00 AM
OK so I"m not commenting on the positive/ negative effects of this cream. I couldn't get that far. I got a sample and used it for the first, and last time today. FIrst of all the color, at least to me, is unpleasant. It reminds me of creams that are past the expiration date- just an odd off-yellow color. But thats not the real problem, just an annoyance. Second, the smell is awful, super chemical. Third, the 'tingling' feels more like pinching or something. Imagine how really, ridiculously minty toothpaste feels in your mouth all over your face. And finally it feels awful on. It took forever to sink in, my skin just felt sticky for way too long. So maybe it does work, but with the experience of using it being so awful who cares?
Misc Beauty Tools -Clarisonic - Pro Skincare Brush
1234anna2580 5/13/2009 10:53:00 PM
I have been absolutely dying for this brush ever since I heard about it around a year or 2 ago. I finally got it last week and I'm happy to say I'm not disappointed! In just a few days of use my skin really does look cleaner. I feel wrong just washing my face with my hands now- it feels like I still have pounds of makeup/ dirt on my face! The brush really gets everything off your face that needs to get off, leaving just clear skin. My skin products are already starting to sink in to my skin better than before, and my skins feeling softer. My boyfriends even used it a few times and he loves it too! I can't wait to see what it does for my/ our skin in the long run. Just grit your teeth and bare the price tag, it really is worth it!! Also, I love that you can use any cleanser with it & that its waterproof so you don't have to worry about damaging it in the shower or a steamy bathroom. The charge holds forever too which is really convenient. The most I have to say about it negative wise is I guess it would be nice if it came in a few more colors, and maybe black or something. If thats the worst I have to say about it then it must be pretty good right?
I love this adorable little liner palette! I use gel liner and have been looking for a liner that is convenient to carry with me in my mini-makeup bag in my purse, where honestly I have all my necessities. I tried making due with carrying pencil and liquid liners with me, since they're more travel friendly packaging and shape wise generally but I just haven't been happy with them. Gel liners are usually a little awkward to carry with you because of the thickness of the pots and the need for a separate brush so I just couldn't find a solution - until this. The colors are beautiful, especially the olive green and slate ones. The brown is pretty too but I just don't use brown makeup so its a little useless for me. I really wish there was a strong black there instead but whatever. I've used the other two many times, and loved them each time. The mini liner brush thats included is, surprise, actually a good brush! Its firm without being overly stiff. Since the compact is so thin its super convenient to carry with you, and looks absolutely beautiful. The mirror is of pretty good quality too, clear & a good size. It is a little on the pricey side but the convenience makes it worth it for me.
Tinted Moisturizer -Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
1234anna2580 12/11/2008 8:15:00 PM
Oh my god I absolutely love this! Id pretty much given up on wearing face makeup until this. Honestly, I'm pretty lucky when it comes to my skin. Typically its clear without too much discoloration, except for a slightly red nose due to years of picking which is now (thankfully) even fading some. That being said, I HATE cakey face makeup. Absolutely detest it. This doesn't look cakey at all, matches my skintone perfectly (I'm a MAC c3 for reference) in nude, and the packaging is extremely convenient. I like to carry some of my makeup with me at all times, and the fact that this is in tube is great! It lasts all day and hasn't irritated my skin at all so far. THe only issue I have is the price for the amount, but I'll deal with it unless I find something better. EDIT: I'm not using this anymore. I just didn't think the color matched up all that well, and it seemed to be getting more and more cakey as time went on. It was aging too quickly for this expensive of a product.
So this came up in a swap, so I decided to get it a bit ago as a shadow base. I use it over UDPP and wasn't noticing anything amazing really until I absentmindedly forgot to put it on before my shadows yesterday and really realized what it does. It's amazing. Half of my mac shadows barely showed up, and weren't nearly as smooth as I'm used to by now as usual. I was going crazy until I figured out what was wrong. By itself it creases but if you put shadow on top of it the shadow stays put, and goes on much more smoothly and vibrantly than without. So, in short- you don't know a good thing till its gone. Price wise, its decent considering how much product you get. The packaging is fine, I just wish it wasn't quite so bulky....
Eye Shadow -Christian Dior - Iridescent Quint -Petal Shine 809
1234anna2580 7/1/2008 2:36:00 AM
The colors are absolutely gorgeous, I tried to convince myself not to buy it but eventually gave in. It's pretty much a complete eye look all in one box. The only thing I don't love is the price, and the packaging is a unnecessarily chunky imo.
Skincare - Body -Sally Hansen - Express Wax Hair Removal Kit
1234anna2580 6/3/2008 12:12:00 PM
This was my first try at at home waxing and it was absolutely the definition of horrible. My hair isn't that coarse, thick, or stubborn at all for reference. It grabbed only 1 hair, but managed to make me bleed and leave large red welts on me that aren't going away all that fast... DO NOT try this. ever.
Another just so so moisturizer. Has that tell-tale stickiness of any night moisturizer, doesn't leave my skin especially amazing or anything so definitely not worth the price. I used it for about 2 months straight and didn't notice anything different from when I wasn't using it. I absolutely love the packaging though, really convenient.