This is a gold flecked pomade with a light texture. I have short hairstyle and fine, black hair. The pomade provides virtually no hold and leaves visible gold flecks on hair. For my hair color, it would be best used for a holiday party. After applying, my hands looked gilded, and I had to wash my hands twice to remove the pomade from my palms. Once applied, I had to keep my hands off my hair as I noticed that gold flecks would fall if I touched my hair. I had to wash my hair twice to remove the product. I think this is overpriced for what you get, and I don't plan to repurchase.
Liquid -Yves Saint Laurent - TEINT RESIST Long Wear Transfer Resistant Foundation
Jenny 5/17/2012 10:35:00 PM
I have mixed feelings about this product. I love the packaging, which is a pump and has a substantial feeling glass bottle. The finish is semi-matte and looks fairly natural; it didn't enhance any small areas of mild flaking/dryness that I have. The best application for this seems to be a sponge, with really quick blending (it dries fast). I also tried using a wet sponge but the coverage was not sufficient. To get adequate coverage, I feel like I'm using more product than with other liquid foundations. By the end of the day, when I take off my makeup, I have surprisingly little evidence of foundation on my washcloth (less so than with other long-wearing foundations).
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Dr. Dennis Gross-Trifix Acne Clearing Lotion
Jenny 5/17/2012 10:24:00 PM
This product has 3% colloidal sulfur and "20% Trifix Acne Clearing Complex". It definitely has a noticeable sulfur smell. It's a liquidy gel that looks white in the tube but goes on clear. It leaves a semi-matte finish and dries quickly on the skin. It's recommended that one applies over the affected area in the morning and in the evening. I used this for over a month and had little change in my skin condition; I ended up throwing away my remaining product. I moved to Persagel for spot treatment, which worked much more effectively.
You can layer it to get better coverage. I found that if I went with 1 or more pumps, using the product directly, I got medium-to-heavy coverage but it still felt light on the face. I have combo skin with an oily t-zone. With heavier coverage, I noticed that my nose would have a little shine by the end of the day and the foundation emphasized any flakiness around my nose. The best way for me to apply this is with 1 pump and a damp sponge, which gives light coverage, doesn't accentuate any flakiness I have, and doesn't yield noticeable nose shine at the end of the day. The finish is semi-matte, and I didn't feel any need for powdering throughout the day. For me, the foundation lasted from morning until night. The pump packaging is very good; the glass container feels substantial. I did notice that it is difficult for me to fully remove the foundation from the Beautyblender sponge I use; I use the Beautyblender cleanser. The cost was $44 (as of 3/31/12) for 1 oz.
Styling Products -Unlisted Brand - HerCut The Pixie Catalyst
Jenny 11/14/2010 11:36:00 AM
I loved the idea of having a product geared toward my haircut. My hair is clipped over the ears, short in the back, and with choppy bangs ending about a centimeter from my eyebrows. When I tried to prime the pump for the first time, it took me 5 tries to get any product to dispense. At first, only the clear gel came out. I wasted about 10 pumps of gel before the cream came out along with the gel. I now find that with each pump, more gel is dispensed than cream. As far as the product effectiveness, I find that because a lot of gel is dispensed, the result I got was the same as if I used any other hair gel or spray hair texturizer product. I get more of a wet look than "piece"y definition.
I purchased this with the expectations that it would help with my dandruff condition. After using this for several weeks, I can say that it has had no effect on the condition of my scalp. It didn't make the problem worse, but it didn't improve the situation either. As far as the fragrance, this is a very strong, herbal scent. My hair was left in decent condition; it was not drying to my hair nor did it leave it feeling greasy or flat. I don't intend to repurchase this product.
Creamy shower gel. I thought it was reasonably priced. Initially, I was afraid it might be an overly sweet cinnamon roll scent but it turned out to have a slightly sweet cinnamon scent, more spicy than sweet. I thought the balance of vanilla and cinnamon was good as neither overpowered the other but were definitely present. It was not any more moisturizing than any other shower gel and seemed to lather less than other shower gels I've used. I also used it as an aid in shaving, and served that purpose adequately. It rinsed away rather quickly and cleanly. It didn't have much of a lingering scent on me.
Lotions/ Creams -Christian Dior - Miss Dior Cherie Body Cream
Jenny 10/14/2006 8:59:00 PM
A souffle style body cream which has a gel cream consistency. Pale pink color that lightly moisturizes and sinks in quickly. Leaves skin moderately scented and slightly shimmering. The container is heavy with a plastic screw top lid. The scent is an effervescent berry with slight powdery smell. To me, I don't notice the caramel popcorn smell that I detect with the fragrance version of this scent. As of October 14, 2006, it retails for $65 for a 6.8 oz jar. To me, this is nothing special, especially at the given price. While I will use this up, I do not plan to repurchase.
When you convert the price on a per ounce basis, you get $700/oz! Talk about over-priced product. I found the pen difficult to use. I had to click many times to get the product to dispense and the brush was mediocre at best for applying the cream. While it felt moisturizing, I didn't notice any short-term wrinkle reduction. I also disliked that it is near impossible to tell how much product is left in the dispenser. Will not repurchase.
The gloss itself is slightly sticky and comes in a variety of colors (with and without shimmer). The gloss itself is no better than the average gloss, and the packaging leaves much to be desired. While chic looking, out of the 20+ that I own, about 4 of the glosses have leaked from the packaging (despite being screwed on tightly). The leakage is occurring between the black plastic portion that has the hole for the wand and the clear plastic tube. Very disappointing considering the price.
Treatments -Murad - Vitamin C Infusion Home Facial
Jenny 6/16/2006 3:20:00 PM
The kit is nicely packaged with a mixing brush, mixing pan, and enough product to complete 4 facial treatments. Each treatment consists of mixing one gel pouch with one powder pouch (using the provided pan and brush). Instructions indicate that you add powder a little at a time, mixing with each addition. The powder dissolves fairly easily upon mixing. After the two pouches are thoroughly mixed, apply the product to your face with the brush. It's a semi-thick gel and there was enough to apply this to my face and under my chin. I noticed a significant tingling and a light warming effect (this was noted in the product brochure). After 10 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water and apply the serum (which is included in the kit). My skin looked more "glowy" but that may have had to do with the slight irritation. I must say that even after 4 hours of going through a single treatment, my face felt a little irritated, particularly in the more sensitive cheek area and still tingled. For those interested in trying this, I might recommend following with a soothing moisturizer.
Lotions/ Creams -Laura Mercier - Almond Coconut Milk Souffle Body Creme
Jenny 4/26/2006 10:28:00 AM
I sampled this and it reminded me a lot of her Creme Brulee fragranced products. A VERY sweet bakery scent. The almond was minimal but more noticeable than the advertised coconut, and there was a strong vanilla presence. I was wearing this on my arms and legs and it was quite strong. You know how typically as the wearer you usuallly get acclimated to a fragrance you're wearing so that you barely notice it...not with this. Moisturizing-wise, it does a good job and sinks in quickly. The texture is silky and light for a body creme. I did hear one positive comment while wearing it; someone two rows over from me on the bus mentioned that something smelled really good, like candy. However, I won't be purchasing.
As others have stated, this is a clay mask but doesn't leave your skin tight or dry. The fragrance reminds me of a floral herbal scent. I personally find the fragrance to be very relaxing. Removing the mask requires as much effort as removing similar masks. Although my face doesn't feel as clean as say when I use Queen Helene's Mint Julep Mask, it feels refreshed and relaxed. The ingredients include coso green clay, aloe, neem extract, green tea, various essential oils and other items. The instructions state to apply a thin layer and remove with warm water after 10 minutes. When I purchased it, the packaging was a frosted glass jar. It appears the new packaging is a plastic tube, which seems more hygenic. As of 2/15/06, the price is $34 for 2.8 oz.
Lotions/ Creams -Revive - Extraordinaire Hand Renewal Cream
Jenny 4/4/2005 5:09:00 PM
This cream is light and absorbs quickly. However, the aroma of the product is somewhat offensive. There is a citrus scent that does a poor job of masking an underlying sour scent. I felt fortunate to receive a sample because I would have been upset to spend $65 for 4.0 oz of product that I could barely stand the smell of.
I received a sample of this from a very awesome swapper. The texture is light and it is non greasy. However, it isn't very moisturizing. I have very dry skin between the thumb and forefinger. Even after application, the skin there was still dry and scaly. I have used other hand cremes that immediately soften those particular dry patches. Also, the scent reminds me of Playdoh, which I am not particularly fond of.