i forgot i had a bottle of this laying around and decided to put it to use during my trip to japan a couple weeks ago. i have combo/acne-prone skin and the weather in japan was extremely humid at the time (still is most likely) causing my face to become really oily. i started to break out at first, but i think this toner (used with philosophy purity made simple cleanser) really helped prevent those ugly red bumps from growing afterwards. i've replaced the toner i was using before with SCL and will definitely purchase it again.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Almond Body Butter
GreedyGretchen77 7/3/2007 12:26:00 AM
this body butter isn't too greasy thankfully. i applied some on my arms before i went to work (full 8 hour shift) and by the time i got home, my arms were still soft and the scent was still intact. i wasn't very fond of the smell when i first purchased this, but it's grown on me and i love it now. overall, this is a quality product, but compared to other butters i've tried, the body shop's doesn't particularly stand out. however, i'm not aware of any other body butters that have an almond scent as good as this, so i would probably go out and buy some more when i run out.
i don't see this color on the mac website anymore, so i'm guessing it's discontinued. a shame really. this was my HG nude lip color. i have light/medium asian skin with medium pigmented lips and this color gave me the perfect nude lips without washing me out or being too pink or peach. i bought "myth" to replace it, but it's not the same. if anyone knows a good dupe of this color, drop me a line pretty please.
i thought i couldn't go wrong with picking a scent called "berry crush." this is seriously the worst scrub i've ever used. not only is the scent overbearing, but the scrubbing particles are tiny and don't do what they're meant to do. it pretty much feels like i'm rubbing a wretched berry scented creamy lather on my body. stay away from ulta's bath products.
this blush is a warm pink color with a small amount of sheen. it goes great on my light/medium asian skin but really acts more like a contour rather than giving off a nice pop of color on my cheeks. the pigmentation is pretty decent, which is surprising because the other rimmel blush i own, "apricot," doesn't really show up unless i apply a lot of it. i would say "sienna" is a better version of the body shop's "toast." the staying power could use some work as i noticed it had faded a bit by the end of the night. of course, the packaging for this sucks, but who really cares that much when it's less than 5 bucks.
ok, i HATE the recent packaging for l'oreal products. it's big, bulky, and unecessary. now that i got that out of the way, i really like this eyeshadow duo. however, i think these colors could only look great on brown eyes, but i could be wrong. they're really pigmented as well. i use this to create a smokey look. my only gripe about this is the staying power. it was already creasing 30 min. after application. bleh! oh well, i still love the colors and will probably buy this again.
i expected this color to be more pigmented considering it's part of the HIP line, although i don't completely hate it. it's a nice earthy brown/caramel color that's very natural looking and goes on creamy and, surprisingly, almost sheer. the smell and taste is also pleasant (aka: not disgusting). i'm on the fence on whether or not i'd buy this again because it doesn't particularly stand out and i'm sure every brand has a color like this, but i'll say yes for now because it'll be useful for job interviews or when upper management decides to make a visit to the office. although $10 is a bit pricey for this IMO.
this is a nice everyday lipstick. great natural brown/pink shade and wasn't drying on my lips. however, it has this weird iridescent sheen to it if you look at it closely and it bothered me enough that i ended up giving this to my mom.
this stuff looks pretty good on my light/medium asian skin. gives it a nice peachy/pink glow. however, it's not very pigmented and i have to put on more than usual for it to show up. if my crappy brush isn't to blame (i will find this out after i use a better one), i would definitely recommend this to blush amateurs since it's kind of goof-proof. that is, if they can get over the terrible packaging. i'll probably repurchase this because it seems good enough to have around for backup.
i bought this brush because i wanted to take advantage of ulta's BOGOF sale on all max factor products. let me just mention that i've never been a fan of max factor other than their 2000 calorie aqualash mascara (which was my other purchase) and their single eyeshadows which are impossible to find now. so i figured i could use a new blush brush and threw this in my basket. i tested it out earlier tonight and i can't say i'm satisfied with it. the bristles are soft but fall out very easily and it doesn't pick up that much product. i think the tiny brush that comes with my blushes does a better job.
a basic color to say the least. a deep bronze with a little shimmer. it's creamy, has a good amount of pigment, and is dirt cheap. this is my first nyx eyeshadow and i'm very pleased with it.
i have the #213SE that came in a palette i got for christmas a while back. i usually use my maybelline eyeshadow brushes, so i (regretfully) neglected this brush. the bristles are really soft and the density and shape of it make the brush pretty versatile. i'm really glad i rediscovered this little gem and will be using it more often in the future.
i have the older version of this, which i purchased 5-6 years ago. i think they called it "peace" brushes or something along the lines of that rather than "good karma." anyway, i'm sure the quality didn't change that much between the two. but i have both the brow/liner brush and the liner brush. both of them are great. i've used the brow/liner brush for my brows every day since i got it and it's still in excellent condition. because it's pretty soft and not too stiff (which i like), i don't bother using it to apply liner. this is where the liner brush comes in. much more stiff than the brow/liner brush of course. great for precision lining or creating the smokey-eye look (my favorite). they're still in excellent condition after all these years, so i don't see them going bad anytime soon. if i ever happen to lose them, i'll definitely purchase another set.
it's a shame that this color was l/e. it gets compared to "oyster girl" a lot, but i easily prefer "dreamy" out of the two because it goes better with my skin tone (light/medium asian).
i just used this mask for the first time and i am not very satisfied so far. i don't know what is in this stuff, but having it on my face gave me a pounding headache (assuming it as to do with the strong smell) and irritated my eyes. the second i rinsed it off, i felt normal again. my skin feels really soft right now, but i am not willing to go through all of that every week. st. ives firming mask gave me results that were just as good but didn't make me go through hell. i will give this another shot and will update this review until then. hopefully this was just a one time freak out. *UPDATE: i have three fat zits on my face now and my pores look larger than ever. just....awesome. if you have dry/combo/sensitive/acne prone skin, go use st. ives firming mask. that stuff worked like a charm for me.