I received a sample of this at Sephora. It is AMAZING. This botanical relaxing balm is the only thing that makes straightening my wavy, thick, long hair easy. It is expensive, but worth every penny to me. I put a quarter-size amount on damp hair, comb through, and blow-dry while brushing my hair with a regular brush. That's it. I go over my hair a little with a straightening iron and I'm done. I've used several different straightening balms, from drug-store to higher-end, and they all resulted the same - me having to section my hair, blow-dryer in one hand, round-barrel brush in the other, attempting to straighten for 20-25 minutes while I sweat and turn red from all the heat. And I STILL end up with bumps underneath.I am amazed with how well this works and will keep buying it.
Shampoo -L'Oreal - EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
Caryn1477 10/11/2012 9:23:00 AM
So far so good...I have dry, heat-styled hair that needs a creamy and gentle shampoo, so this seemed good to try. Love the smell. Don't like the pump, doesn't dispense enough. Will definitely be buying again.
Pressed Powders -Sephora - Mattifying Compact Powder
Caryn1477 10/11/2012 9:21:00 AM
Love this powder foundation! Definitely my HG. I like it better than MAC Studio Fix, maybe because it seems to go on smoother and less cakey.
LOVE this color!!! I wear it alone, or over lipstick. I only wish the tube was bigger!
Treatments (Eye) -BeneFit Cosmetics - It's Potent!
Caryn1477 6/20/2012 10:19:00 AM
My best friend raved about this product, so I tried it. I like the cute packaging and the consistency, but I really didn't notice an improvement at all in dark circles and wrinkles. This would probably be a good basic eye cream for someone younger. I saw a $10 Retinol eye gel at Sally's that got rave reviews so I'll be trying that when this runs out.
This lipstick was actually a little bit too pink and too sheer for me...it comes off pretty quick if you don't use a primer. Pretty color, just not for me.
This color may be a bit too pink and pearly for my complexion and hair color. My daughter loves it though!
This color on me is just a little darker than my natural lip color. It's a nice, warm, pinky-nude with no extra shimmer or pearl. Just straight-up shine. Looks fine alone and really nice with lightly lined lips. I might try it over another lipstick. I'd have given it one more lippie if it was just a little bit darker. This is a nice close-to-nude color on me.
Did not like and I wish I kept the receipt. I gave two lippies for the pretty color and the fact that it has staying power, but that's about it. It's very drying, it settled into every wrinkle and line on my lips, after I ate I ended up with patchy-looking lips and re-application is impossible. This is good if you put in on perfectly the first time, keep re-applying the balm, and don't drink or eat anything all day.
I love this color! It's a great nude on me. It's not too bright or peachy. I use a nude pencil and a slight bit of gloss on top of this, and I'm good to go.
Conditioner -Unlisted Brand - Proclaim Olive Glossing Conditioner
Caryn1477 2/9/2012 9:12:00 AM
I am in LOVE with this line of hair products! I use this after the glossing shampoo, and finish off with the glossing spray. Omg, I have soft, frizz-free hair I didn't know existed. So happy.
A friend gave me some makeup and this was one of the products. I'm SO glad I didn't spend money on this, because I didn't like it at all. It's very thick going on, and my shadow creased, which I hate. Side note, I received a sample of Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer, and it works wonders over this one. Will never buy this.
I was looking for a good foundation primer that wouldn't make my already-oily skin worse, and that would tone down the red in my complexion. This goes on nice and smooth, and makes makeup go on smoother...but that's about it. Doesn't tone down my redness any (or at least none that I notice) and doesn't really seem to make my makeup last longer. I will look for something better. Especially since I paid almost $40 for it.
Lipstick -Revlon - Matte lipstick in Mauve It Over
Caryn1477 2/1/2012 8:50:00 AM
When I read all the reviews on this, I ran out and picked it up. I'm always looking for the perfect "natural" looking, every day color that's not to peachy, but not to pink. I like the color, but it is definitely matte. It's a little too drying on me. With a coat of gloss on top it's fine, but I was kind of looking for a "color and shine in one" solution. I will probably try to find a similar color in a gloss or creme.
This was an impulse buy at CVS, as I love buying and trying new glosses. Regular lipstick is often too drying and thick for me. I have the Tender Mauve, which goes on me as a light sheer pink, and the Plush Plum, which is a darker pink. I like it because it is very easy to use and goes on just like chapstick, very moisterizing with subtle color. Don't have to squeeze liquid out of a tube. I love the colors, however I do notice that after a while the color is still there, but my lips dry out some. It doesn't sit and stay thick and shiny on your lips like liquid gloss. At least not on my lips. But it's not a big deal, I just re-apply. I would have given it five lippys if it kept my lips hydrated for longer.