Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing NIght Cream
KatieRoxx 1/22/2013 9:39:00 PM
Not a bad night cream - but don't feel like it's the HG of night creams either. It doesn't cause my sensitive skin any irritation. It's not too heavy and it seems like it provides some decent moisture for my skin which tends to get much drier in the winter from the wind and the heating systems cranked up at home and work. Using this at night with Olay Daily Moisturizer in morning seems to be keeping skin from feeling tight, chapped or getting flaky. The smell is kind of sickly sweet for something that is marketed with the "Naturals" label - would prefer it to be fragrance-free. The smell does disappear quickly after about 5-10 minutes once it sinks in. I'd prefer it in a pump instead of a glass jar that you have to dip into. Overall, the price is not bad at all for the amount of product that is in the jar as you don't need to use that much. Beyond the surge of moisture, I don't think it does much more for anyone who might be looking for something that has more anti-aging, anti-wrinkle properties.
For $3 on clearance at Sephora it was worth a shot. Not a vivid blue when applied. Not even a navy blue. It almost looks muted and has a grayish-blue tinge when it goes on. The blunt point makes it impossible to make a really sharp defined line - it goes on more smokey and smudges fairly easily. Very compact so easy to travel with - but if you want a precise line, skip this one. Glad I did not pay full price for this. I'll save my next $3 to apply to the cost of a different kohl liner.
Maybe this is a case of you get what you pay for... The price was certainly cheap enough at Walmart for a big spray bottle that probably gives you twice as much product as Bumble & Bumble. But that's where the positives end - it did nothing for my hair which already has some natural wave to it. It just felt like I sprayed some water on my locks and that was about it... not anywhere near what my hair looks like after a day on the beach - no volume, no texture - no results...period. It was worth a shot, but would never buy another bottle of this stuff.
Another free sample from Sephora. Much prefered the sample of Saint by Kat VonD. Definitely more "earthy" than the clean, sweet Saint perfume. While I don't find Adora repulsive, there's just nothing to it that I find so sensational that I want to keep on getting a whiff of it again and again throughout the day. So this one is a no sale for me.
Received a sample of this from Sephora. Smells clean & slightly sweet with a hint of vanilla and yet it doesn't seem overpowering, which is something I like in a fragrance. I would consider getting a rollerball version of this as it is not something I'd want to wear every single day and make my signature fragrance, but for a change of pace, it's pretty good.
Moisturizers -Olay - Regenerist Night Recovery Moisturizing Treatment
KatieRoxx 5/12/2011 2:38:00 PM
This night cream sinks into skin easily and almost turns into more of a serum. Good if you have dry, aging skin. Probably not great for people with any oily patches. For sure, it's moisturizing. Don't feel that it gave me "the look of a mini-face lift" after continued use, but wasn't really expecting it to despite Olay's claim on the jar. What turns me off to buying the product again is the scent. I definitely prefer unscented skincare products, and while the scent isn't completely repulsive, it's still fairly strong and not something I want to smell as I'm trying to go to sleep. Too bad, because I am a big fan of other Olay facial cleansers and their daytime moisturizer with SPF 15.
I bought this in a Medium Brown shade. Easy to mix, easy to apply with the built in comb at the end of the applicator. Seemed like more than enough product in the bottle to fully saturate temples, bangs and part line where grey most noticible on my long, thick hair. Left it on for the longer amount of time recommended to color "stubborn" grey roots. When I rinsed, was pretty disappointed. Wondered if I should have left it on for longer than recommended, or maybe tried a darker shade of brown as only part of the grey was covered. Even the part that did get covered didn't stay colored more than another week, so really not worth the money or effort.
Fragrances -Juicy Couture - Peace, Love & Juicy Couture
KatieRoxx 12/21/2010 12:13:00 PM
Got a sample of this from Sephora when I placed an online order with them. Don't know what's in this perfume, but I sprayed it on my wrist and within minutes I had an itchy rash where the perfume had landed on the inside of my wrist. Now I do have sensitive skin to a point, but I have a number of different fragrances - from perfumes to EDTs to oils - but no scent has ever given me a rash. This Juicy fragrance also smells very strong and seems super heavy on the patchouli notes so unless you really like patchouli a lot, it may be way too much.
Palettes -Unlisted Brand - By Lauren Luke-My Smokey Classics
KatieRoxx 12/20/2010 1:59:00 PM
I got this on sale for about $16.50 from Sephora plus I got another 20% off on top of that. The original price (which I believe was about $32) would not be worth paying in my opinion as I think some of the makeup (cream eyeliner, eyeshadow primers, lipsticks) will definitely dry out sooner than the product can be used. The packaging would be great if you could pop out the eyeliner, primers and lipsticks for touch-ups or if traveling by air with only a carry-on you could put them in a TSA bag for inspection. If you are driving or taking a train for travel and simply want to pop all your makeup in a weekend bag or a briefcase, the packaging works great for that. It's slim and doesn't take up a ton of room in your bag. The colors in this kit are nice. If you have olive toned or darker skin, the blush probably won't show up that much on you. I have very fair skin and it's a pretty shade of blush - quite natural & pale, but I don't think it would translate well for darker skinned women. The primers don't apply as smooth as some others I have used (Too Faced Shadow Insurance or Urban Decay Primer Potion). The darker color works better than the lighter one which, again, even when I mix it with a little of the darker primer I think is almost too pale even for someone who is fair-skinned such as myself. The cream eyeliner is a bit drier than others I have used (Smashbox), but once you get enough on your brush the color payoff works pretty well intially. The lasting power is mediocre for the eyeliner. After about 4 hours it had worn off considerably. Eyeshadow and lipsticks had pretty good pigmentation, consistency and lasting power. At less than $15 on sale, this was a fine kit to test out, but I'd never pay full price for another kit unless they tweak the packaging or at least provide some snap-on lids to keep the eyeliner, primers & lipsticks from drying out too quickly.
Candy Pink by Boots No. 7 Natural Blush is a pretty close match to my favorite blush by Cargo (Catalina). The Boots brand costs between $7.50 (sale price) and $9 (full price) at Target, while Cargo costs $28 and (unfortunately) is no longer available at Sephora and even Ulta doesn't seem to have it online though they still carry some Cargo products. This might be a good drugstore option for my favorite color at a fraction of the price. It's my first purchase of a Boots product and so far I'm very pleased. The color looks like a bright pink in the pan, yet goes on sheer enough to provide a nice flush and is buildable if you want to add more color. The texture is not too dry like many drugstore blushes, and the color seems to stay on for hours with no fading. I'd definitely try more Boots cosmetics if they are of similar quality because the price can't be beat.
This comb isn't just for those with super curly or kinky hair. I was skeptical about spending $24 for a comb, but I have tried nearly every type of detangler spray, leave-in conditioner, hair mask, etc. but everytime I wash my hair it is such an ordeal and so time consuming to struggle getting out the tangles. My hair is mid-back in length, wavy to straight, each hair is fine in diameter but I have loads of hair and it tangles quickly into knots - especially on the back crown of my head and underneath by the nape of my neck. Where I used to need to spend more than 15-20 minutes fighting to try and get out the tangles (usually just giving up and letting the mini "dreadlock" by the nape of my neck stay where it was), this comb makes quick work of getting rid of the tangles & knots. I have even been using the comb without first having to spray any sort of detangler or leave-in conditioner in my hair before the comb out and I have been able to successfully comb through everything in less than 3 minutes. I saw the chief complaint among users on Sephora.com was that the comb is very big and heavy. Yes, the comb is large and because it's like a double rake with 2 rows of teeth, naturally it's going to be heavier to hold than a traditional wide tooth comb. It would probably be too awkward for a 10 year old girl to hold, but any normal adult could hold this comb up to detangle their hair. And if I was a mother with kids that had snarly, tangled hair, I would think this comb was a godsend at helping get the kids out the door for school. Wish there had been something like this available when I was young! I only give it 1 lippie off because of the initial $24 cost, but if I am able to continue getting this comb through my hair without having to spend money constantly on detangler sprays, then this $24 comb is worth it's weight in gold and will pay for itself very quickly with repeated use.
Received a sample size of Buxom Lash in my Sephora 500 Point Gift. I am typically of the school of thought that it's a total waste of money to buy a mascara that costs more than $7-$8 and I have found a few cheap drugstore mascaras that I really love (CoverGirl Lash Exact and Rimmel Sexy Curves), but this Buxom Lash is amazing. Fantastic results delivered for color, thickness (without being clumpy) and especially length (and I have very short, thin lashes without mascara). The brush is terrific. I would absolutely consider spending the extra money and purchasing a full size tube of Buxom Lash once this runs out.
Tried this color at nail salon. It looked more like a deep plum purple in the bottle. Got 2 coats of color put on at salon and I think it goes on way more opaque than the color in the bottle. In certain subdued lighting it looks like it could be black polish or a very dark merlot. In bright sunlight it appears a bit more purple. Nice color on fair skin.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Hampton Sun - Privet Bloom
KatieRoxx 11/23/2010 10:54:00 PM
Got a sample of this, but may consider buying a full size bottle when the sample runs out. I think this smells strongly of Lily of the Valley, which I happen to like, but it is a strong scent when first applied so I use it very sparingly and even then it seems to have strong staying power. I don't really get a beachy or green smell from this like other reviewers. And I think it would actually be a better winter fragrance as to me it's almost a heavy floral and not a light green scent that I would associate with summer.
This is going back to Sephora. Took a chance and ordered it online without getting a sample decant first. Fortunately, only bought the rollerball version for $20. The screw on cap for the rollerball is absolute crap, when you dab the rollerball against your skin a lot of product leaks out and cap doesn't seem to stay tightly shut so I could see this would either leak all over a purse or evaporate if left out. The first 20 minutes it smells strongly like rubbing alcohol, then you pick up the scent of cucumber and a light floral, in about 1 hour all trace of scent is completely gone so the staying power is by far the worst for any fragrance I've tried - it's even worse than the Clean perfume line which always seem to fade within 2 hours whenever I have tried any of their fragrances in a sample decant. I definitely would not buy any other perfumes from Bliss if this is the best they can do.