Perfect lotion in every way. I'd recommend this to anybody and everybody.
Another winner from Prestige. A shimmery bronze/brown with flecks of gold, silver, and green. A great crease or liner color, awesome when wet. Neutral but not boring, and the same great quality as other Prestige shadows.
This shadow is awesome. It's not the most striking shade in the pot, a sort of flat taupe/dusk/heather color. But it's a great natural shade that enhances the eyes without really adding color. It just blends with my skintone and gives my eyes more depth and shading. If used with a heavier hand, it makes an effective lid shade, as well. The texture is perfect, very blendable and smooth. I've been using this every day for work.
Lipstick -Revlon - Absolutely Fabulous Lipcream in Crave
Athena 3/11/2003 4:21:00 PM
I've been using this for a few months, and I consider it a staple. It's not particularly impressive in the tube, just a muted dusty rose color, but applied over lipbalm, it creates the perfect rosy pout. The way I apply this is to apply lipbalm, then swipe the color only on the innermost center of my lips. I rub them together, and I have even, smooth application. I like the firm, slightly heavy texture of these lipsticks because they last a long time and have great pigment over or under gloss. This color would suit most (or all) fair and medium skintones.
This lipstick is better than average, but not worth the high price. I also don't like the scent. It's not terrible, but it's a perfumey, L'Oreal-esque scent (bleh). The texture is smooth, though a little more slippery than I'd like. I prefer firmer full-coverage lipsticks (like MAC's). I have True Red, a bright, fire engine red, and a deep plum with gold shimmer (quite pretty). These are definitely worth the $5.00 I paid, especially for the mirrored packaging (though plastic), but not a penny more than $15.00. As far as lipsticks go, they're good quality, but no better than cheaper MAC, Stila, or Clinique products.
Moisturizers -Olay - Olay Complete - Fragrance Free
Athena 3/7/2003 3:06:00 PM
This is a great product. Moisturizing but not greasy, has adequate spf and vitamins, and is perfect under makeup. I use this every single day and have had nary a breakout in all the time I've used it. You can apply as much as you want, and your skin doesn't get gunky or greasy, just moist (great for cream products). A wonderful product all around. I've never needed any other day lotion since I bought this over a year ago, and I'm only halfway through the generous bottle.
Conditioner -Infusium 23 - Conditioner for Fine/Fragile Hair
Athena 3/7/2003 3:01:00 PM
This conditioner is awesome. I didn't notice much of a difference the first few times I used it, so I spent less time rinsing it from my hair, and that was what really made the stuff work. It's not heavy in the least and does not weigh down my thin hair. I apply it to the lower half of my hair, leave it for a couple of minutes, rinse for 15 seconds, and just squeeze out the excess water. My hair retains moisture for a couple of hours after a shower (though it's thin) because it's so hydrated. My hair is shiny, smooth, and bouncy with this conditioner, and paired with Biolage Hydrating Shampoo, my hair has changed from coarse, tangled, and limp to fluffy and smooth. No more unmanageable hair for me. :) Even better is that the stuff is inexpensive and available at the drugstore.
I really like this mask. It's not drying, doesn't burn or sting, and it applies evenly and smoothly. It leaves my face refreshed and rosy, and I use it once or twice a week to prevent clogged pores. I don't really understand why others think it's so messy since all masks have a color to them, and this rinses off exactly the same as any other. I'd recommend this to anyone with oily or normal skin looking to purify it a bit since I've used it for years with no problems.
Styling Products -Citre Shine - Take Hold Styling Glue
Athena 3/7/2003 2:38:00 PM
This is pretty much exactly the same thing as the ICE Molder that I used to use, except the Citre Shine cost $3.00, and the ICE cost $15.00. This is a styling paste with a glue-like texture, and it comes in a bottle that looks like, yes, a glue bottle. It smells really good, like citrus, and it washes out easily, despite having such a firm hold. I got this for my husband, and he loves it (not as wet and messy as gel), and if you just take a small dab and mix it with Chunky Funky or Kelp Help, it makes a great texturizer/curl booster. Don't apply to wet hair if you plan on brushing it, because you'll just end up with snarls and tangles. Adds great texture and "guts" to hair for updo's and ponytails, and though it dries quickly in your hands while working through the hair, just reactivate it with a little water until the product's used up. I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 because like I said, if you put it on damp hair, you're stuck until you wash it out.
Mascara -BeneFit Cosmetics - Lash Lovies in Smitten [DISCONTINUED]
Athena 3/7/2003 2:27:00 PM
This is fuschia red cream mascara in a tube. I use an old clean Max Factor Mascara wand to apply this, and it's bright red/pink on my lashes. It lengthens and thickens okay, but gets gunked on the lashes really easily, and it's a little too fibrous. I wore this mascara to work for Valentine's Day, and the women in the adjacent office commented how good the stuff looked, even for work, so I guess it's not garish, though bright.:) It does make my blue eyes stand out, so I'd probably buy a red MAC mascara instead, and they're cheaper AND easier to use. The Benefit tube IS cute, though.
I have this in C15, and I use it every day. It's demi-matte, and great for setting makeup and evening out the skin. It never cakes up, and after a couple of hours, it settles with my skin and has a nice, even glowy look. I don't have to touch up during the day when I use this over my Almay Amazing Lasting foundation, and I like it better than Studio Fix since SF breaks me out if used all over. Plus, the yellow tone helps neutralize my rosy complexion.
Beautiful colors. An intense, shimmery gold/champagne color paired with a khaki/gold/green. Very blendable, densely pigmented, attractive (though difficult to open) packaging. A surprisingly high-quality and versatile product.
Styling Products -John Frieda - Kelp Help as styling cream
Athena 3/7/2003 12:36:00 PM
I bought this to use as a masque since I just colored my hair, and it worked great. The second time I used it, I applied it to dry hair and used my blow dryer to help the masque penetrate my hair more effectively. I noticed that using just a little of this product on dry hair, scrunched in, separates hair and gives it body and texture. Used on wet, clean hair as a leave-in makes hair super soft, shiny, bouncy, and amazingly weightless (at least on my thin hair). For the cost, this is a wonderful, versatile product that I plan to use every single day to preserve the condition of my hair.
This is a perfectly good cleanser. The little granules are pointless since they certainly don't exfoliate, and the orange scent may be offensive to some, but overall, it's effective and relatively cheap. However, I have somewhat oily skin, yet I cannot use this more than once a day without dryness, and it noticeably dries out my eye area. I actually mix it with Cetaphil before I use it because in the winter months, it's too thorough for even my skin. Probably would be a perfect summertime cleanser though, and no breakouts or redness have shown up in the months I've been using it.
This is a tangerine scented lotion that has a sharp, tangy smell. I love the fragrance since it's more complex and fresh than other citrus products, but the average-sized bottle costs $25.00. Definitely a ripoff, all-natural ingredients considered. Thus, I always mix a little of this with my good 'ol St. Ives lotion, and I get great smelling skin without quickly going through an expensive product. The quality is great, but not worth $25.00 when drugstore moisturizers work just as well, so this is getting 4 instead of 5 lipsticks. The Body Shop's citrus lotions are good, cheaper substitutes.