Treatments -Garnier - Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment
Bianca80 4/23/2013 11:21:00 AM
After hearing lots of great reviews for this product I decided to try it. I have long, straight, fine hair that's colored and highlighted. Overall my hair is in pretty good shape. When I get out of the shower I always apply a product that gives my hair some "slip" before brushing it. FF Glossing Cream provided me with that "slip" for over 6 years. I've tried many other products over the years from Living Proof, Ojon, Renee F, Oscar, Bumble and the list goes on and in and onnnn lol. Nothing worked like my beloved FF GC. The first time I used this I applied too much, my hair looked great but went flat w/in a few hours. I had to wash my hair the next day(I usually wash a few times a week). I tried much less the next time I used it, only applying on the very ends and allowing my brush to distribute a little to the rest if my hair. I used my other products(as usual) and when I was done my hair looked great. Would my hair stay or would it fall flat like it did the day before? It stayed much better than the day before. Still falling a little flat though. I'm still playing with this serum/oil. I love the smell and don't want to give up. It makes my hair so silky, almost too silky. I think someone w frizzy, damaged or curly hair would love this. If your hair is like mine and naturally poker straight, and fine, it might be too much so if you do buy it start out using a pea size amount first(pea size if your hair is 4'past back bra strap, less if your hair is shorter). Compared to MO, I like this better. It's also better than the MO knockoff from Sally's(smells better too). On second or third day hair after using dry shampoo I apply a little in the palm of my hand, rub hands together and rake through the ends. Anything left over on my hands I apply to my arms. I'm still on the fence on this. I mixed a very small amount with the Glossing Cream and the results were amazing!!!!!!
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Bianca80 4/4/2013 9:48:00 AM
Very greasy. It just sat there and never absorbed. I prefer creams that absorb and give an immediate soothing effect. I have dry hands and feet.I've been on the search for the perfect hand/foot cream for many years. Sadly, this product didn't live up to its expectations. The best hand cream I've found so far is Glysomed(found at any drug store and dirt cheap) or Philosophy's Handmade and their Hands of Hope. The Body Shop makes an ok hand cream in their Hemp line. Any of the creams mentioned above paired with TBS's Hemp oil and you'll see such a difference in the condition of your dry skin. I put the oil on top, wait a few minutes then apply a hand cream and WOW!! As for foot creams, DDF'S or Philosophy's foot creams are the best I've found so far. I'll do the same w TBS's Hemp oil.
Fragrances -Philosophy - Amazing Grace Eau De Parfum
Bianca80 1/30/2011 6:12:00 PM
The way I hear this described by the vendors on QVC and in magazines is no way how it smells (In the bottle, on me, or on other people). It smells like a public mall bathroom air freshner or like someone rolled around in used kitty litter. I've smelled this on many people and not one I have ever liked it on. It gives me a instant headache (I pretty much never get headaches, especially from the smell of perfume). All the Graces I do not like and they all smell very perfumey and not very fresh, pretty, crisp or clean. The only perfume from Phil I like is Falling In Love. It does smell as described. I do hear lots of people complain how the "Graces" do not last. On me I have never had that problem. They last on me(go figure,lol).
For years this was my favorite foot cream. What I loved about this was the fact it had AHAs in it,so as well as moisturize it would exfoliate the dead&dry skin on my feet. Most foot creams don't have AHAs in it. B&BW's and DDF are the other foot moisturizers I am aware of that have this ingredient in it. DDFs product is great all around. B&BWs foot cream is greasy and smells like Pine cleaning solution. I don't know what Phil has done to this product but it just doesn't seem the same. Christina Carlino (the woman who started Philosophy) sold Phil a couple years ago. Since then it seems like their products are not as strong or as effective.. Before with Soul Owner, only a dime size was enough to do each foot. That foot stayed moisturized all through the night(I am not one of those people who put foot cream on, then socks over top). Now I need to use much more. Even then, 30 minutes and my feet feel dry again. So what used to last me a few months was now being used up double time. Cost, for what you get, 14.00 is not bad at all. Especially for how long it used to last and the ingredients used. As for packaging, yes a squeeze tube is way better then a tub that a person would have to 'scoop' the product out of. It would be awesome if they did a pump bottle though. That would keep the outside of the tube more clean. When it comes to foot and hand creams one of the worst things I hate is the feeling of grease. This product does not do that. It did sink right in and moisturize,not just sit on top of the skin all night (hello Neutrogena and L'Occt, i'm looking right at ya:) the price point was great, the product was awesome, I just wish Soul Owner went back to the product I feel in love with years ago. As for what i'm using now, DDFs foot cream. It has the AHAs and is much stronger and way better. I just hope they dont decide to fudge the ingredient deck to save a few pennies also
14,7&11 are the color I have so far.While i'm not a huge fan of flavored/scented lip products, if a product rocks enough I will deal with it(yes YSL, Im looking at you). The texture is amazing. It somehow is moisturizing AND long lasting. The color selection is great. So many MLBB colors and fun,yet wearable colors. I also like 2 blot these down for a more 'stained' look. Yes it is pricy but the l/s will last forever. I will be buying more colors of these. Oh and I like how the top 'snaps' with the bottom so u know the tube is rea;;y closed
Love this! Keeps my skin soft&smooth like glass. Use as directed or hour face may peel/burn. I used once a week for the first month, now I use it twice a week. I use in PM after I oil cleanse(Shu or DDF). I like the application method as it is sanitary. I found this can be a little harsh for sentisive skin people(like my Mother. She uses this version in the Gentle formula).
Thus has been my HG mascara for almost 3yrs(since it came out). I curl my lashes(shu curler) then put this on and not a day goes by when I don't get a compliment on my lashes. My lashes look dark,thick, full of volume. They're not crunchy looking but they look so full and soft, featherlike. This also holds a curl great. It sure it nice not having 2 spend money on mascara anymore. It's extra $$ I can spend on blush:-)
Love these. The color selection is fab for those who like neutrals or neutrals that pack a bit of a punch w/out looking obvious. I have a few colors but Secret Desire&TLove are my favorite colors. I will even use these as cream blush and they work great this way as well. EB finally came out recently w/ cream blushes that are HG(just a little FYI for those who love cream blush like myself). These are so creamy,long lasting and keep the lips looking healthy&moist with color. The 'scent' is bearable(figs) and the packaging is that of a normal lippie. I am very happy I found EB counter in NYC. Hr really makes some beautifully textured, lasting products with a great color selection. This line of Lippies I can't see someone not liking (unless they pick the wrong color). These will prolly be my "go to" Fall/Winter lippies
I am not a "perfume person". There are only a few that I have ever liked enough 2 buy. I usually just buy scented body lotions so I dont get a headache from smelling a perfume. I do love foody smelling scents though. When I heard the description of what this smelled like (I was watching a Qvc beauty show,lol) I thought I would LOVE it. So I picked up the phone and ordered sight unsmelled. I bought a great priced set that had the perfume,scented hair perfume,and body lotion. When the box came in I ripped it open so fast. I sprayed it and YUCK! :( It was so sweet (and this is comin from a girl who loves sweet foody smelling stuff). It didnt scream "foody" although the ingredients describe it as so. It was just very, very sweet. Nothing amazing,or different,just sweet. The hair perfume was my favotite out of the set. I actually used that until it was finished. It has sun protection in it for the hair,which was great bc I have color treated hair:) Plus the hair perfume is not as strong and sweet as the perfume. I gave it away 2 a friend who likes the stuff and kept the hair perfume. I highly suggest trying a sample at Sephora(what I shoulda done first since there are Sephora's all around me). While it doesnt smell like a 'Dupe" of PS, Philosophy's Falling In Love is more "mature" and sexy scent of PS and still kinda 'foody" Or Even Trish McEvoys Van/Blkberry perfume. Im still on the hunt for that "perfect foody" scent that isnt 2sweet but makes your mouth water:)
Fragrances -Trish McEvoy - Blackberry and Vanilla Musk #9 EDP
Bianca80 2/18/2010 11:00:00 AM
I am not what you would call a "perfume person". I can't tell the difference between "layers" and what scent you smell first and the "drydown" scent, etc. I either like it or not. Usually I dont like perfumes. I can count on 1 hand how many I either like and/or own. This is one of them. I also am not a fan or berry scents but for some reason I love this. It smells sexy, yet feminine and pretty. My fiance actually commented how he liked this. He is another perfume hater. In 7 years of dating this and BB's Beach are the only 2 perfumes he has ever said he liked. I can wear this day or night, all seasons of the year but in the Winter time is my favorite time of the year wearing this. Yes, it is similar 2 Philosophy's Falling In Love but it has a different....."something" 2 it. I like FIL more for the Spring/Summer though.
Is this on the pricy side? yes but I knew that before buying so I would not take a lippie off for it being expensive, after all its about how the product works. With that said, I hated concealers before this. I tried soooo many from DS to HE, so much money wasted on them. They all looked obvious, like u were trying to cover up something under the eye area, just sitting on top the skin. Looking caky,chalky, dry and/or all around bad I decided it was better just to not wear them period. I started hearing so much about CDP in magazines, friends and here on MUA. So I trotted myself down to Saks and wondered up to the CDP counter to check this little gem out. I took one look at this and thought "HUH?!?!" was I amazed? no, it was stick form and I assumed it would tug my eye area and look dry once it was applied, I have a dry under eye area and knowing from past experience that stick anything just makes my skin look even more dry". Well those thoughts were short lived. The MUA walked up and we started talking. SHe matched me and showed me how to warm the concealer up before using it for best results. Then she showed me how to apply it and how not to(it really does make a difference, which surprised me as well). It took all of 5 minutes for the adrenaline to kick in (you know, that feeling we get when we try on a product, look into the mirror and realize it looks damn great and it may be a HG? The butterflies start, heart pounds, start jumping up and down all giddy and smiling......well this happens to me @least, lol). This concealer not just laid ontop of my under eye area covering all darkness but most importantly it somehow morphed and seemed to meld into my skin. Making it look totally natural. Ok, it passed the first test but would it keep like that ALL day and not somehow wear down and disappear making my dark circles appear again. Would this turn and make my under eye area dry after an hour or so? would it oxidize and change color? all these questions would only be answered from wearing the product. Well I liked what I had seen in the Dept store so I bought it and on my merry way I went. How did the product wear thru the day? it wore awesome, it held up, keeping the circles away and my under eye area moisturized and fresh looking *yay*. I am on my 2nd tube of this now and still in love. Yep it's pricy but in the long run it has saved me lots of money bc i dont waste money on trying concealers anymore. I dont need to bc i know there is nothing better out there. This is very pigmented, it lasts a very, very long time (long as in it took me over 1 year of daily use 2 use the first tube). So is paying 6 bucks a month for zero circles under my eyes and looking refreshed worth it???? you bet it is:) In the Summer when I have a little bit of a tan I just add a teensy bit of a darker shade of a Stila concealer with it. Works like a charm. Finding this little treasure opened up a whole new line of MU for me, CDP. I now love their lippies as well.
Eye Shadow -Bobbi Brown - Long Wear Cream Eye Shadow in Navajo
Bianca80 12/13/2009 5:34:00 PM
This was everything I wanted Bone 2 be! I love this color. I use it for so many things. Perfect texture, easy 2 apply(as long as u are doing it correct) and loooong lasting. This is such a great color 2 wear as a sheer wash of color or 2 use under other colors. A perfect neutral w/out making the eye area look 2 bright like a racoon.
Eye Shadow -Bobbi Brown - Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Bone
Bianca80 12/13/2009 5:30:00 PM
While I like BB's other cream shadows this one just didnt "do it" for me. I perfer her Bone in powder form better. There are other options out there that are better than this. L'oreal has a line called HiP and they have cream shadows and they have a color just like BB's Bone but it is better and way cheaper as well.
I was actually surprised that I like this. I never wear it alone, im 2 pale for that(NW20). I mix it with her other lippies and Pot Rouge's. It gives me so many other options for lippies I thought i could only wear in the Summer, I just add some of this with it and Voila'! I especially like pairing it with Pale Pink Pot Rouge on my lips and the Pale Pink on my cheeks, a wash of color on lids in Bone, tightline w/ Graphite and use a soft gray shadow on the bottom lash line.I think this is not a color for warmer weather though,
beautiful texture that just like melts into the skin. I usually shy away from powder blushes, especially in the cooler months but this is an expc. I really like this. Yes the compact is your run of the mill basic clear compact but Im not buying a blush for the compact, i care whats inside of it the most. ITA W/ the other reviews whom said they like Shu blushes way better than Nars. My skin is 'normal' that tends 2 get dry/dehydrated in the Winter. I am a NW20