Eye Makeup Remover -Bourjois - Express eye makeup remover
Kayraven 4/15/2013 3:27:00 PM
Great! Price-value score 100! I'm a Clarins Instant Eye Make Up Remover adept and this is SO similiar, i can really hardly tell the difference! Also very similiar to Lancome's Bi-Facil (animal testing + too pricey) and L'Oreal's Dermo Expertise Gentle Eye Make Up Remover for Eyes and Lips - WATERPROOF (worn out my eye area so even gentlest products burned and stung afterwards). It's quite the same idea: dual action remover with oil and cleansing agent but this is the most gentle from the cheapest removers I've tried. I also tried RoC's Multi-Action MU Remover Milk, which stung my eyes and wouldn't get eye MU off without rubbing hard. It is very gentle, doesn't sting the skin, doesn't require any long rubbing, doesn't smell much and conditions the lashes and skin with the oils. It does a great job removing waterproof and strong MU like gel and liquid eyeliners and mascara. I also use it for removing long-wear or matte lipstick, also works great. The packaging sucks though, the ball on top broke off instantly, it has a cap that I need time to pick at so it would open and it leaks if it falls. TIP: first, shake well before use. Then apply to a cotton ball or pad and press it gently to your lid. Hold it for a couple of seconds (depends on how much eye MU you have on) and wipe it all off. Most probably all of it won't come off with one wipe and you might want to wipe once more to get rid of everything. I would not recommend using it on your entire face because the oils in the liquid could clog pores or break out sensitive skin, eyes and maybe lips if you have a long-lasting matte product on. I am not sure I'll be switching from Clarins, but I might be using this as a backup and in case I'm broke. Ingredients AQUA/WATER/EAU, ISOHEXADECANE, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, GLYCERIN, SODIUM BENZOATE, METHYLPARABEN, TETRASODIUM EDTA, CITRIC ACID, ETHYLPARABEN, CI 61565 (GREEN 6)
Eye Makeup Remover -Clarins - Instant Eye Make-up Remover
Kayraven 4/15/2013 3:23:00 PM
I am on my second bottle of this and absolutely love it! I have been using Lancome's Bi-Facil (animal testing + too pricey) and L'Oreal's Dermo Expertise Gentle Eye Make Up Remover for Eyes and Lips - WATERPROOF (worn out my eye area so even gentlest products burned and stung afterwards) before until I found this. It's quite the same idea: dual action remover with oil and cleansing agent but this is the most GENTLE and natural of all. I also tried RoC's Multi-Action MU Remover Milk, which stung my eyes and wouldn't get eye MU off without rubbing hard. It is very gentle, doesn't sting the skin, doesn't require any long rubbing, doesn't smell much and conditions the lashes and skin with the oils. It does a great job removing waterproof and strong MU like gel and liquid eyeliners and mascara. I also use it for removing long-wear or matte lipstick, also works great. TIP: first, shake well before use. Then apply to a cotton ball or pad and press it gently to your lid. Hold it for a couple of seconds (depends on how much eye MU you have on) and wipe it all off. Most probably all of it won't come off with one wipe and you might want to wipe once more to get rid of everything. I would not recommend using it on your entire face because the oils in the liquid could clog pores or break out sensitive skin, eyes and maybe lips if you have a long-lasting matte product on. Verdict: Keeper! INGREDIENTS: Cyclomethicone, Aqua/Water/Eau, Isohexadecane, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Tetrasodium EDTA, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, CI 42090/Blue 1.
I have gotten this as a gift and I totally love the packaging and the texture, but I can not say the same about the color. The product looks luxurious in a sleek brown tube with gold trim and a Tom Ford logo on the packaging and the lipstick. It has a medium durability and lasting power. The formula is not drying and quite rich I would say, it is nicely moisturizing, but not as a good lip balm would. It is not sticky or tacky, goes on smoothly and does not get clumped in the corners of the lips or the creases of the lips. It is a very bright orangey coral, I would even say it looks like neon orange in the sunlight. With my NW15 pale alabaster skin it looks too bright and I do not fancy this type of look. Maybe if I wear something bright or get tanned it would look nicer. I believe it would look nice on the beach with a bright swimsuit. For the lipstick itself I would rate it as 5, but this particular color does not win me over, so 3. It is a tad pricey considering you can get the same thing from MAC or BB, but I guess you pay for the packaging and the brand allure in this case. Not repurchasing because of the shade.
Scrubs -The Body Shop - Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator
Kayraven 3/12/2013 6:23:00 AM
I have gotten it as a scrub, but feel like it is more of a cleanser with exfoliating properties. I like the gel texture and the fact that it leaves the skin squeaky clean. Feels like it is quite dehydrating and rips the skin off of the oils so you would need to moisturize well afterwards. It would be perfect for combo to oily skin and in the summer. Would not recommend using this as a daily cleanser since I think it is too harsh and drying for that, but using this two-three times a week instead of your regular cleanser would seem sensible. That would not cancel out using a proper scrub or exfoliator. The packaging is great, I love squeeze tubes for scrubs and cleansers, it is convenient and hygienic. I guess I might repurchase, but I lean towards maybe on this one. It is on the pricier scale, but I would not think it's too expensive. It does a nice job, but I can not say I am impressed.
Lotions/ Creams -L'Occitane - Rose Velvet Hand Cream
Kayraven 3/12/2013 5:59:00 AM
I got this as a gift and I am entirely in love with it! I hate greasy hand creams that take centuries to absorb and then you leave greasy prints everywhere if you don't wait. It is a waste of product to wipe it off. This is very lightweight, absorbs immediately, has a beautiful cream-gel texture and quite runny so you don't need to use a lot so the tube lasts longer. It is best for daytime or mornings because it provides enough moisture but does not take a lot of time to absorb so you can just massage it in and carry on doing whatever you need. It leaves the hands silky and smooth feeling comfortable and moisturized. The smell is divine and beautiful, subtle enough not to be overpowering, but strong enough to last on your hands that would smell like roses. I would not use this overnight since it is not rich enough, but if you do not need much moisture, then go with it. All of L'Occitane creams come in a metal squeeze-tube which I find very convenient and just great to carry around. They have different sizes for home and travel versions. I am not going to purchase this since L'Occitane does animal testing and there are cheaper cruelty-free alternatives available.
This is a review for the Vitamin C Microdermabrasion Scrub. I think it was either renamed or reformulated. I was sceptical about it at first because the particles are so small when I like harsh scrubs with screamy texture (think St.Ives apricot scrb). But I gave in and got it with a 10% off Body Shop loyalty card. It reminds me very much of the Chanel's Gommage Eclat Express - lots of small particles in a cream-gel texture. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. I would rather say I like it quite much. It is an effective polish, not gentle, but not too harsh or abrasive. The only drawback is the vitamin C, which stings my sensitive skin in some areas so I have to use this very quickly and carefully otherwise I get a burning sensation around my nose and eye area. I don't get any instant glow or anything like that. I do feel squeaky clean and very polished, which is exactly why I need a scrub in the first place. I actually enjoy using this very much. The packaging is lovely, I adore skincare in squeeze-tubes or bottles. Would totally repurchase and continue using it unless I find something in the same price range (or cheaper) which would be similar but not have irritating components. The product is worth the price because you don't need a lot of it at once and the tube would last me several months.
I got a sample of this and ran out of all my scrubs and exfoliators so I had to give it a go. I was sceptical about the small beads and gentle exfoliation, but I LOVED it! I mean, I never thought I would, but it does the job very well. It is a very good exfoliator if you want your dead cells removed fast and be squeaky clean. It is not moisturizing or gentle, it is quite effective (not too harsh though) and does not have much moisturizing oils as it is a cream-gel scrub. Worked fine for my combo skin though, did not dry out or break out. This is pricey and high-end, good packaging though. I would not purchase this as Chanel tests on animals and there are natural and cruelty free solutions that are almost identical. Try Body Shop's Vitamin C Microdermabrasion facial scrub for a change.
This is great! I got a sample but I refuse to buy it cause it just costs WAY too much for the small jar. Smells divine, I can not accentuate this enough - the smell is fabulous. It exfoliates well, but I would rather use it on dry skin rather than in the shower since it is a tad gentle for my liking. It is not too creamy, not oily either. Gives nice moisture so I don't need to use body lotion post-scrub and does not make me want to wash it off. I do need to use quite much of it so that one jar does not last long enough! I think this is really the best scrub from Body Shop, so don't hesitate and go for it! I really can not say anything bad about this product, but the only way I am ever getting this is as a present or on a Body Shop sale. I can justify the price only if it's a promo or would come in a bigger package.
Scrubs -The Body Shop - Africa Spa Body Salt Scrub
Kayraven 3/12/2013 4:50:00 AM
As a body scrub this is rubbish. The only way to use it is on dry skin and in the case you wish for VERY gentle exfoliation. I personally hate scrtubs that don't do anything but moisturize.Love the packaging of a glass jar, it's totally like some salon treatments look like. Reminds me of British marmalade jars too. This costs waaaay too much for what you're getting, but I still don't regret at all. I am a DIY body scrub team member but at times I want to splurge or experiment with different products. My usual is a mixture of oils (almond, cocoa, coconut, shea, olive) and coffee grains, salt or sugar with optional honey. TIP: I made great use and worth of this product.In a bowl I mixed this scrub out of the jar with post-brew coffee grains and it was fantastic! It smells divine and exfoliates very well while still providing moisture so I could skip body lotion afterwards, but not does not go on too oily so that I would have to use showel gel or body wash after the scrub. You can vary how harsh you want the scrub to be by adding more or less coffee. But, please, DON'T ADD OIL! It will ruin the product and make it too runny or it just won't blend together. It does get a bit messy in the shower, but nothing compared to olive oil+coffee grains scrub. I might want to repurchase because I love how great it is with coffee grains and how little of this product I need for my entire body. But I think I'd rather find something organic and cheaper.
Treatments (Eye) -Estee Lauder - Time Zone- Anti-Line/Wrinkle Eye Creme
Kayraven 7/27/2012 4:48:00 PM
This is one of the worst eye creams I have ever tried! After I put it on my eyes stung like crazy, they turned itchy and red and watery. i literally started to cry, there were tears from my eyes. After I washed it off and put on L'Occitane's Eye Balm (which never stung my eyes) they were still itchy and stung like hell. I do have a sensitive eye area though. It is quite moisturizing, but it takes some time to absorb. But when I wake up in the morning my under my eyes there are dry patches, which feel rough. Terrible!
Top/Base Coats -Sally Hansen - Advanced Hard as Nails Strengthening Topcoat
Kayraven 5/24/2012 3:40:00 PM
Okay, I came here just to write a review for this. NEVER AGAIN! Sorry for the caps, but THIS IS THE WORST TOP COAT EVER! I got this by accident, and this is the worst buy of 2012 for me. At first I thought my Essie polish was shit, it cracked like hell after 2 days. I had no idea because that was my second Essie polish. Then I tried this over OPI and watched in terror as it bubbled up before drying up completely. That was it for me. Pro's: - dries up really fast Con's: (everything) - bubbles up in seconds - makes even expensive polishes (OPI, Dior) crack in two days - does not prevent from chipping, like I wore no top coat at all Please, don't waste your money on this!! If you want a good cheap Sally Hansen topcoat go for the Insta-dri no-chip topcoat, that one truly rocks
This is a great moisturizer for oily or combo skin. It sinks right in. I have a problem finding a non high-end moisturizer, which would not leave an oily residue, and this one is the third natural moisturizer that works for me. The others are not available in my country, sadly, so I stick to this one. I didn't feel like it gives really much moisture, but it's still quite good. It's organic and natural and that is the main reason I got it. I don't feel like I need much chemicals to work on my skin, since I don't have any fine lines or many problems in my 21. It also doesn't clog pores and doesn't feel heavy. The only thing I dislike about the product is the really strong vanilla/caramel smell it has. I mean, it doesn't linger or anything, and you get used to it after a while, but I nearly chocked when I first apllied it. And well.. the sad thing, I could really get pretty much the same value from Neutrogena or St.Ives for less, but my faves are discontinued, so I will be on a hunt for another moisturizer, and stick to this one for now.
I'm on my second tube of this. I don't feel like I can add something to what everyone has said here, but this is my HG concealer. It's the best thing I've ever tried, and I have tried a thousand heavy-duty concealers over the time since at times I have terrible breakouts that not many concealers can cover Pro's: - comes in a huge amount of shades and you would always be able to find a match, I am NW15 (very fair) and I have trouble finding something this light, so it's a great luck for me - heavy-duty - covers up everything! really, anything - dark areas under the eyes, bright red break outs (which I squeese all the time, so it's a mess), even scars (I've covered up bite marks and scratches with this) - buildable, if you would need more than two layers (wonder why) it doesn't cake much - stays put all day. This wouldn't budge unless I get really sweaty in the summer - could be used multi-purpose: eyelids, lips, over the body. - lasts forever, a little tube goes a really long way Con's: - Not a fan of the packaging, i keep on getting too much out - It stinks, literally, really bad smell, but it doesn't stay at all. just smells in the tube CAUTION: If you use it on your lips, moisturize, it can be drying and it can look messy if you layer too much on foundation, and then use a good layer of powder - don't do that! UPDATE: I've switched to MUFE Full coverage and in comparison this is so much cackier than MUFE. It really spreads too thickly and I can not really use setting powder on top cause it looks like a mask. Apply with sponge or MAC concealer brush only!
This is a review for the 05 shade, which is bright pink with glitter in it. I initially got a PUPA MU pallette as a present, and this gloss was in it. I found that I used up this the fastest, given that I HATE pink. This doesn't look too pink on my lips, it just kind of enhances their color and adds shine. But I use it only lightly, I believe you would get a more color, but it still won't look bright pink. It's not as pigmented as it looks in the tube. And gives me a fuller lips effect, which is due to the glitter and sparkles, I believe. About the lip perfection ultra reflex in general: - sticky! very very much, heavy on the lips. If I didn't like the color I would never get it - the exact reason I hate Lancome's Juicy tubes - this is quite like much it - has a sitrucy fragrance, which is quite nice, but barely noticable and vanishes in a glimpse - not pigmented, so if you're looking for something more on the color side, you might wanna try something else - come with a brush applicator, what I like, it's soft and the bristles don't fall apart or hurt your gentle lips Hence, 4 lippies just for the color and full lip effect it has on me (don't think that would work for everyone). Would repurchase just for the shade.
I wish I could buy this again! They have changed the product line, therefore, this is discontinued. I got this on swap with a blue-purple e/s, I haven't touched that one, but used up the tea biscut really really quickly. It's the perfect illuminator for the eyes. I usually go for MAC's Shroom, but this is even better! It has a beautiful frosty finish and is the perfect shampagne color. It has a beautiful light texture, easy to blend and layer. Very easy to apply the exact right amount to the lids. I would be willing to splurge on this only if hadn't been discontinued. Such a shame!