I'm not big on wearing lipstick or heavy coloured glosses, and I'm pretty pale, so I bought this to make my lips rosier. I also read reviews that said it would be a nice surprise for my boyfriend. He hates it and won't kiss me when I'm wearing it because it's so strong. It does work and makes my lips so rosy, but applying too much or applying it too often becomes painful, because the cinnamon (and I think there might be cayenne in it too) burns so much. The applicator would be better as a sponge, and the bottle gets contaminated easily. It's a gimmicky product for the most part, as the redness it gives my lips lasts only ten minutes or so, and it defintely doesn't do any lip plumping. I got it as a gift, so I wouldn't bother to buy it again.
Other -Crest - Whitening Expressions Toothpaste-Cinnamon Rush
Babeh 7/31/2005 4:52:00 PM
Though I love cinnamon, this stuff burned my mouth and gums, and it did the same thing to several of my family members. Also, the dye in this product is so intensely red (as are the dyes in the other flavours in the line) that I was a bit worried about how that would be absorbed by my body. I know this is a silly concern as I use a lot of cosmetic products, but anyone looking at this tooth gel can see that it has A LOT of dye in it. It has an incredible freshening effect on my breath, but I couldn't handle the burning. And for a tooth gel the texture was a a bit runny.
Styling Products -Garnier - Fructis Sleek and Shine Weightless Anti-Frizz Serum
Babeh 7/31/2005 4:44:00 PM
After an awful mishap with some nasty curlers that ripped out a bunch of my hair, I bought this to help control all the broken hair and new hair growing in and sticking out all over the top of my head. It's simply lovely! And sooo cheap! The scent is great - it has a lime/coconut perfume that seems really strong, but the scent will quickly fade out into a gentle, clean smell. I've gotten so many comments on how great my hair smells, and the shine it gives my hair is fabulous! Though the directions say to use two pumps of the product, one will be more than enough, unless you have super curly hair. I've even applied a SCANT amount to my hair after it's dried, and it doesn't make my hair oily. ***Using a very tiny amount is important - you can use more if you need to, but start out with a small on dry hair.***
Shampoo -Clairol - Herbal Essences Intensive Blends Shampoo for Dry Hair
Babeh 7/31/2005 4:25:00 PM
Though I've had many a hairstylist tell me that I shouldn't use anything but a salon quality shampoo on my hair (because shampoos like HE are supposed to be bad for hair for so many reasons, apparently), this is the best shampoo I have ever tried. My hair feels like silk every time, and I don't have to use a hairdryer to get that result. Also, it gives my hair a shine like I have a perpetual spotlight over my head (though part of that is due to genes, I think). Anyway, I find that no matter which HE I try the scent sticks to my hair, though this stuff has a tad bit more rose scent than others in the Clairol line. The shampoo is quite thick, and the extra conditioners in it do work. The matching conditioner seems to be the same consistency as all the others that Clairol makes, but I have noticed that it does a better job at preventing my hair from tangling. I've been using it for 6 months now and it's never caused me any problmes. This is good stuff!
Top/Base Coats -Sally Hansen - Mega Shine Top Coat
Babeh 7/30/2005 1:03:00 PM
What a waste of money! The day after I applied it it began to peel off, and there was barely any shine to speak of. It was actually quite dull, and it took scratches way too easily. If there really is diamond dust in this product, it did nothing to increase the strength of my nails or increase any shine. It seems like everyone else loves it for the shine, so maybe I got a bottle from a defective batch?
I loathe this scent, but I love Clinque's "Happy." Happy Heart has a few notes that are similar to Happy, but it also has this awful cucumber top note that never entirely fades. I find it a bit heavy too. I think I've smelled primrose or some other flowery base note in it, which makes it quite nice. But I can't get past the cucumber note. Yuck.
Out of all the Clinique products I've used, I've used this one the longest - 12 years - and I've never been disappointed. It comes with a great latex sponge that washes very well, and the compact itself is quite nice. I use it for touch-ups mostly, and despite it's double function I've never found it to be cakey or too heavy. It's sheer and gives coverage at the same time, and there's no heavy perfumy smell like Cover Girl and Maybelline's pressed powders have. I love this product - it's my staple pressed powder, and it lasts forever.
I found that for my dry skin this powder applied way too thickly and highligted everything I didn't want seen. It also turned orange once I applied it. I tossed it almost as soon as I bought it. Though I hope the applicator/puff has been replaced by a latex sponge by now, when I bought mine it still came with the puff, and it was coarse and only made the powder's application worse.
I've heard so much about the Parasol ingredient in this product, and since I have very fair, dry skin I'm pretty concerend that I get an effective sunscreen. But this stuff is generally pretty expensive compared to the size of the bottles. And it leaves quite a sticky, uncomfortable residue. I would but this again, but only to be sure that I'm getting good sun protection. I'd rather put up with the tacky skin than the risks of not wearing a suncreen. One really nice plus is that it really is unsceneted, and there isn't too much of a gross synthetic smell.
Sunscreen -Shiseido - ultra sun protection lotion spf 50
Babeh 7/29/2005 9:10:00 PM
As sunscreens go, this one was very hard to remove and way too thick. In fact, it's a little too waterproof, so definitely do not use this on your face. The smell is nice, but it left quite a tacky film on my skin. If you're looking for a high SPF product, this one is not worth the $50 CDN it costs. I would have been much happier buying a no-name drugstore brand or a Coppertone baby sunscreen.
I used this product for some time (12 years), but then I found MAC's Studio Finish concealer, and I was converted. But if you don't need a whole lot of coverage, this is a good choice. And it's waterproof to boot. It does smudge off quite easily, even when set with loose powder, so it might not be great for olier skins. And don't rely on the outer tube to match your colour, despite what the packaging says.
The first time I tried this product I got it in a tiny sample tube, and I was in love! Then I got some larger sample tubes, and was so pleased I bought a regular sized tube. Although it's my HG of mascaras, I really wish that Clinigue would fix the inner part of the tube that skims off the excess mascara as the wand is pulled out. I find that with the full size tube that there's still too much product on the brush. BUT, it gives my lashes great body and some length. What I like best about it is the smooth texture of the mascara. And the brush is lovely! It's full and round and does a great job. And the greatest thing about it that it doesn't flake at all! I never have to worry about smudges under my eyes, even in humid weather. It dries not too fast and not too slow. Oh, and it's so easy to remove - I don't even use eye makeup remover for this one; I just rely on my cleanser, and there's nothing left afterward. My girlfriends commment on my "model lashes" all the time because of this stuff.
Don't like it. It does not live up to the hype. I didn't thicken or lenthen my lashes at all. The texture is nice though - not too thick and doesn't get gloopy on the lashes. I don't think that the brush does much for thickening, either. But if you're looking for a basic mascara with no bells and whistles, then this one isn't a bad choice.
Concealers -Clinique - City Cover Compact concealer
Babeh 7/29/2005 8:38:00 PM
An awful product. It has a bit of a powdery texture, which I thought would make it adhere to my skin better (it seemed to in the store, anyway), but it didn't. It provides little coverage, and comes in a limited number of shades (as do most Clinique concealers), so it's hard to match to many skintones. The SPF is nice, but if the product doesn't conceal, what's the point?
Lip Treatments -Clinique - Superbalm Tinted Lip Treatment in Plum Tint
Babeh 7/29/2005 8:33:00 PM
I've never had to buy the tints - I always get them as a GWP. I've used both the Grape tint and the Mango tint, and though I didn't think that the tints would make much of a difference, they do. The Mango tint light up my face and made my teeth look a bit whiter. The Grape tint is a little more laid back, and would be a good gloss if your eye makeup is the focus on your face. In general, the Superbalm is pretty hydrating, and I prefer it to MAC's Lipglass because it's a whole lot less sticky, and it smell's nicer. I would definitely buy it again, tint or no tint.