As with all Chanel nail polishes, it's all in the prep. I only go to a good manicurist to put on a red of this shade (true french red, blue undertone). Pros: 1) Vibrant color that works well with my neutral wardrobe 2) Lasting, if put on correctly Cons: 1) Red is hard to do on your own, and when you take it off, you have pink nails. Neutral: 1) Cost, seriously? yes it's double the price but if you use it at least 4 times, you definitely have your money back, it's ROI. I only buy colors I would wear more than just once or twice.
Palettes -Burberry - Complete Eye Palette in Pale Nude No. 03
Kallisandra 5/20/2013 4:57:00 PM
I won't be able to describe my experience with this palette as detailed as the person above me. Burberry is really understated makeup with little color, something I look for. The art of looking natural. So from my perspective: Pros: 1) 4 shades that allow me to have a nude eye for work. I can play around with this but it's really a standout nude eye. Burberry single shadows are a nicer quality but they did bring a lot of that to this palette. I also don't like buying a palette where I don't use all the colors (wasteful), here I use them all... yes all four colors... less is more if you use it all! 2) The color lasts a full work day for me (10 hours). I have fair-medium skin (Trench 203 - not too pink, or brown but more like a golden skin tone). 3) Packaging - sleek, sophisticated and no wasted room for applicators (that no girl really uses) 4) Easy for travel - as much as I love single shadows they are not travel friendly Cons: the price is a whopping $59 USD (April 2013)
Pros: 1) Scent, it's divine something I really adore (it's very light and soothing) 2)Very moisturizing and not overpowering (compliments my perfume, I do not like heavily perfumed creams) Cons: 1) Price, obviously a ridiculous $46 for the large as of (4/2013) except I was silly enough to buy it and continuing to buy it for the scent alone Extra: I know others do not like the heavy glass jar but it's something I don't mind because I'm old fashioned and I like nice packaging. Recommendation: try a sample first, it will hook you and you'll contemplate the price, but if you have the money... dive in. A little goes a long way
Shampoo -L'Occitane - Repairing Shampoo (Dry & Damaged Hair)
Kallisandra 5/20/2013 4:33:00 PM
On vacation in Hawaii, my hair was not agreeing with the hotel shampoo (this is very rare for me) and in order to travel light I generally do not pack shampoo or conditioner. The SA at the store was kind enough to give me a few samples because I was so desperate. I ended waltzing back in after running out of the samples to buy the large size bottles. I would compare the quality and smell to pureology. Shampoo has some nice suds but not too much which would strip the hair. I've already been using this for a few months and I still love it.
Lotions/ Creams -L'Occitane - 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream
Kallisandra 5/20/2013 4:29:00 PM
This is my HG handcream for night and even day. It seems heavy and greasy when you put it on but it soaks in fast as long as you only rub in a pea size amount. My picky brother in law grabbed it out of my handbag and even gave it a try. It doesn't have an offending smell either which makes it unisex friendly. The packaging needs help though, it's very vintage with the metal tube (but I guess that makes it more environmentally friendly).
Lipstick -Yves Saint Laurent - Rouge Pur #34 Golden Copper
Kallisandra 5/20/2013 4:24:00 PM
I recently discovered this in my GWP stash as I was trying to de-stash (a serious addition to GWP). Since I have such vibrant coloring anyways I don't find this too heavy for day since I heavily put on lip balm before applying. It is drying but since it's so heavily pigmented it goes on really smooth and the color is fantastic. Most colors give me hesitation and this color did when viewed in the tube but it is beautiful on. Give it a try!
Masks -Kinerase - Kinerase Clear Skin Regulating Mask
Kallisandra 7/3/2012 1:06:00 PM
I gave this product a lot of tries (bought it 3 times) and it's pretty pricey (over $50) for something that DOES NOT WORK well at all. It's a grey greenish color out of the tube, more on the grey side. Has an overpowering scent. But I was desperate and thought it could bring me miracles. When I would put the mask on, it dried out all the skin but the skin it needed to dry out. I even just put it on my t-zone but it made it even greasier. My personal opinion is that masks don't do much and are a waste of money, just invest money in products you use daily.
Lotions/ Creams -La Roche Posay - Posthelios Hydrating After-Sun Gel
Kallisandra 7/3/2012 12:59:00 PM
I got two of these as samples (75ml size) when I bought the Anthelios XL 50+ Melt-in Cream and I love the shea butter feel. It's not overly greasy but the fragrance is leaves much to be desired. Simple plastic squeeze tube with flip up top (which can break). It's definitely a night time cream since it seems heavy more like a body butter than a lotion.
I generally love Avene products but I'm not a huge fan of this eye cream. There isn't anything wrong with the texture but it doesn't seem to do anything after using this for the past couple of months. I've had other eye creams and they have worked with better success. So I won't be buying this again.
Lotions/ Creams -Glytone - Ultra Heel and Elbow Cream
Kallisandra 7/2/2012 1:52:00 PM
At $48 this cream is a bit pricey to try. My heels are usually pretty dry because of constant wearing of sandals and no socks. This review is only for heels because I have yet to try it on my elbows. I've used it 3 times in the past week and my heels are definitely softer. I kept the cream on for about 15 min each time and then showered off. The dead skin indeed rubs off and gently reveals a few layers below. So now my cracked heels are gone. This cream is a lot better than pumice scrubs and pumice stones because it is very gentle. It requires a lot of patience, because you won't instant results.
I've received this as a gift twice am not a fan of the plastic jar because it's awkward.... I usually grab some out of the tub and close it before turning the shower on. The salt granules are bit too big like everyone says, but hey it's a scrub. Also, the reason why it's big is because it's dead sea salt! I love the fresh minty scent and it's not extremely overpowering like toothpaste. I'm a huge fan of the macadamia nut and kukui nut oils in this scrub. It's not overly greasy if you use it in the shower and towel off. Just heed the warning about not using it on cut skin or right after shaving. Scrub first then shave.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - Dr Scholls Skin Eraser
Kallisandra 9/5/2011 11:33:00 AM
This is definitely a topic of contention for me since I'm into being very active. Lots of hiking, running, rock climbing... etc leaves my feet to be in sad sad shape. Yes... the dreadful calloused feet drive me nuts.... and I've tried everything. Until this product.. which actually does soften feet. It's pretty nasty though, rubbing the liquid lotion on your feet until the skin peels off. It's not very harsh because I was afraid of rubbing my feet until they bled.. but that's not the case. I'm surprised at how well it works for $6.99. Since I am now on my third bottle over the course of 6 months, I decided I would share this secret with everyone. We can have soft smooth feet even though we're terribly rough to them. Not to mention, I love wearing open toe shoes. Pedicures couldn't cure me of these rough feet but now I've found my trick :).
Sunscreen -La Roche Posay - Anthelios XL SPF 50 Lait Veloute
Kallisandra 8/20/2011 9:50:00 AM
Lait Veloute means Velvet Lotion, and in France I was told this is for dry skin. For all others please use the regular Lait lotion so that you don't bring down the rating for a fabulous product. Over time, my combination skin has become dry due to stressors and a move to Northern California, so I changed over to this Sunscreen. La Roche-Posay makes the best sunscreen in the world. All the ingredients are always top of the line and they are ahead of the game when it comes to providing Europeans, Canadians and Australians this sunscreen. For the rest of us in the US, we purchase online or when abroad. I have a lot of skincare sensitivity issues and I found this to be the least offensive in chemical sunscreen smell compared to all the rest out there.
I love this product. I started using the conditioner first and once I was done with my old shampoo I bought this! It's pretty cheap for being sulfate-free. Smells delicious and leaves hair soft with tons of body. I also love the tube packaging, because I don't like to have to turn my shampoo bottles over and balancing them to get the last few drops out. It already is the correct side down!
It's $6.99 and works just as well as Pureology. I'm glad there is an inexpensive conditioner that is sulfate-free! I think I am one of the only people out there without color-treated hair. The only thing I want is weightless conditioning to add body to my hair. This does the trick! With a coupon this is quite a deal, under $5 for 8.75 oz! It smells exactly like Aveda products. Love the Rosemary Mint that isn't overwhelming for 1/3rd the price! Thanks L'Oreal!