Eyeliner -Clinique - Cream liner Chocolate Lustre / Cocoa Shimmer Duo
Jennifer_Mc 6/19/2009 3:19:00 PM
I love Clinique's cream liners and have been faithfully using them for years. The formula is so smooth and it stays put all day. I had a full sized version of Chocolate Lustre already in my stash but wanted to try the Cocoa Shimmer as it seemed like such a pretty compliment. To be clear, the Cocoa Shimmer color did not show up on my upper lids (I'm an NC20). However, it ended up turning out incredibly natural bottom liner for my lower lids. I usually don't like wearing liner on my bottom lids because I think it can look heavy but Cocoa shimmer gives the perfect amount of coverage for a natural look. You may need to run it back and forth a few times on the lower lid to get it to show up but once it does build to the right level, it looks great with my blue eyes.
from Lush: "Lemon oil does double duty in Bohemian soap. As it clears up oily, spotty skin it will clear your mind too. By the time you leave the bath or shower you'll face the world with a renewed sense of clarity and fabulous skin." from me: I liked this one, a lot. Here's why, the lemon is not overpowering. As other's have mentioned, it is quite faint. In fact, it is so faint that you really can't smell much of it unless you hold it up to your nose or smell your skin when you are done showering. However, that's what I like about it. I wasn't looking for a pungent lemon smell - if you are, then pass this one by. IMO, this will not leave your bathroom smelling of lemons. The bar is nice and firm, and a beautiful light lemony color. The bar lathers nicely and doesn't melt down to nothingness when you use it. I never used it, or considered to use it for clearing up oily skin. In fact, I used it all over my body and found it worked well and was non drying. It left my skin quite smooth. As far as finding a new sense of clarity after I finished my shower using Bohemian soap, well, needless to say, I haven't made any life altering changes. In fact, my day proceeded to unfold like any other. I guess therapists need not worry that Bohemian soap will put them out of business!
from LUSH: "An electrifying, intense blue soap. The sea salt will purify and the peppermint will leave your skin tingling all over. Great to use in the darkness of winter and the stickiness of summer. It awakens and refreshes all that it touches" LUSH has an amazing marketing department but in this case, the lingo hyped it up so much so that I was left feeling that this soap is an "underperfomer." I am always trying to enhance my bath experience because I get bored with the same products. So I'm always intrigued with the way LUSH positions it's product and seeing how close the product meets the description. Ice Blue Soap is a pretty bar of soap (I love the blue color) but in terms of effect, don't expect the peppermint to perform in the way it is described or you will be disappointed. In fact, I experience no "tingliness." The smell was minty but not so much that I found myself any more awakened than with any other bar of soap. I liked the smell, it was pleasant enough mint - not offensive. It reminded me of a muted-down Velamint. The bar itself is harder than most of the LUSH soaps so it holds together pretty well and doesn't have that awful meltiness that some of their soaps have. It took a little coaxing to get the bar to begin to lather and once it did, it lathered quite nicely. I didn't have any exfoliating salt of my bar and although I'm curious to how that adds to the shower experience, I'm not wowed enough to rebuy another piece of it.
Lotions/ Creams -Elizabeth Arden - Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream
Jennifer_Mc 7/9/2007 1:58:00 PM
I stumbled across this lotion at the Elizabeth Arden Spa and I'm so loving it! As others have described, there are tiny "bubbles" of honey in the cream that dissolve when applied. This cream is wonderful for summertime. It is non-greasy and not sticky at all. The smell is light and fresh. I did not find the smell overwhelming like others have mentioned below. My legs have never been so smooth and I get no irritation at all when I apply it after shaving (i.e., no red bumps which is critical during shorts season). I'm so thrilled with this moisturizer that it truly will be my HG this summer. I may try the Green Tea body spray next. Check this moisturizer out!
Lip Treatments -Fresh - Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
Jennifer_Mc 7/9/2007 1:35:00 PM
Would I be insane enought to buy this product again? The answer is "yes" even though it is just ridiculously expensive. I was a sucker for the substantial packaging - the tube is metal and it screws open/shut and then you twist the product up like chapstick. It's a safe bet in my purse because it can't accidently open and get funky. Because of the 15 SPF, my lips stayed moisturized and didn't burn in the summer heat. The consistency of the balm is soft and I was worried to bring my tube with me in my beach bag for fear that it would melt. I took the risk and in fact, it stayed intact. In addition, I really like the smell. It smells of faint lemon, or maybe lemonade, but it is tasteless. Based on the name, I thought it would taste somewhat like sweet sugar but it doesn't - which is a bit odd. Overall, the reason I'd purchase it again is because I am actually using it and not letting it sit around in my bag. I could buy a value pack of Chapstick for $10 and not use it all so that's how I justify this purchase. I use it regularly because it is so luxe and nice and it would be a pure waste not to use it. My lips are happy about this as they are smooth and moisturized.
I wonder if I ended up with a defective product because all of these wonderful reviews do not describe my experience with Wonder Brow, at all! First, the brow stick seemed dry rather than waxy. Also, it didn't fit the cylinder that holds it - so it would fall out. Also, the nubby tip is just too wide so I didn't have much control over where the product actually landed. Eventually, the product got so dry that hardly any product marked my brow anyway. I was majorly disappointed because I really hunted this product down due to the good reviews. What a waste of time and energy.
I really love this soap. It's a nice, substantial bar that is thick and doesn't melt away. The lemon verbena smell is not strong or overwhelming but instead mellow and fresh. The bar lasts a long time, in fact, we've had ours in the shower for over a month and it hardly looks any smaller than when we first purchased it. For me, the soap is not drying at all. It's moisturizing properties are such that I can shave with the soap on my legs and it leaves them nice and smooth without clogging the razor. This is a great luxury product that is also a nice value. Can't wait to try more of their soaps.
Bleh. This reminds me of generic pink dish detergent. It also melts too quickly. My least favorite LUSH soap so far.
Lotions/ Creams -L'Occitane - 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream
Jennifer_Mc 6/18/2007 9:18:00 AM
I really wanted to love this (maybe because it's L'Occitane's hallmark product) but I don't yet - so far I just like it. To preface, it's summertime and perhaps it's more of a winter creme. When I first put it on my hands and rub the creme in, I'm in love with the smell and the texture. It feels very luxurious. However, it does leave my hands a bit sticky/tacky which is annoying. It takes about 15 minutes for that yucky feeling to go away, and then I love how my hands feel and smell. I keep the large tube at work which doesn't work well because I don't like typing during that tacky period. So then I'm left to wonder where should I put it and when should I use it? Because it's the large tube, it's really not convenient in my purse. If I put it in the car, I'm afraid that the aluminum tube will get too hot in the summer. I guess I should probably use this at night. Because I love how wonderful it feels initially and afterwards, somehow I'm going to figure out how to make it work for me.
A word of warning - hard twig-like pieces of lavender are inside this bath bomb and it makes the bath look totally gross. I didn't even get in the tub for this one, it was so disgusting. If you don't like bathing in this kind of stuff, I definitely recommend that you use a nylon stocking to prevent the bath water from getting innundated with scraps of lavender. I was very disappointed.
I agree with those reviewers that think the Blackberry Bath Bomb smells distinctly powdery/musky rather than like fruity blackberry. In fact, my nose detects powdery base smell in many LUSH products which instantly reminds me of an "old lady". This bomb is no exception. For this reason, I didn't like this bomb plus it was also not moisturizing. I much prefer LUSH bath melts for their moisturizing qualities.
This product just simply isn't for me. I don't think I could ever get used to the extra steps of dissolving the solid bar into a creme form. For me, it's just not worth it. I used this conditioner on my daughter hair and, like others have mentioned, the product never dissolved thoroughly. I kept rinsing her hair to make sure that there weren't any small green chunks left. Finally, when I went to comb out her hair, it was knotted and felt like I'd never conditioned it all. On a positive note though, I really love the smell which seem to last the entire day. That was really the only redeeming quality. Overall, guess this works for some but for us it was a disappointment.
I've tried a lot of LUSH stuff and really like this one. It doesn't have that "old ladyish" smell that a lot of the LUSH products seem to have. Instead, it's youthful and does smell like sweet candy. This bar really does provide tons of bubbles so you really can break it into pieces and get more baths for your money. I like the Bubble Bars much better than the Bath Bombs. They really are a lot of fun.
There was nothing about this bath experience that I'd care to repeat. The "seaweed" was completely bizarre. It is "freeze dried" black pieces that expand to tobacco-like lengths in the tub. I was completely grossed out by it. I tried to pick the pieces out of the tub but wasn't sure if I got all of it and was left with this creepy dirty feeling. The water turned blue but that was about it. The smell was not ocean-like to me at all. Actually, I kind of felt like I was bathing in a swamp. To think I paid money for that - ugh!
This is the "happiest" moisturizer/butter I've ever owned. I've never been interested in lemony smelling things because normally lemon scents instantly remind me of furniture polish. This is different. It's smell is reminiscent of a lemony dessert. While it does have a strong aroma, I find it pleasantly intense but not offensive. The consistency of the cream is very thick but not at all greasy. I massage it into my hands and cuticles as well as my feet. For some reason, I can't stop smelling my hands after using it. Also, my nails are noticably stronger and my cuticles are also enjoying it. Even though the tub is small, you'll find that a little goes a long way (making it a great value). This happens to be one of my favorite LUSH products (I've tried a lot.) To me, a lot of the LUSH stuff is overrated. This gem happens to be an item that is somewhat under the radar but it's really a standout for me.