Let me just start off by saying that I used to do spray tans and stopped because I HATE the smell. The associate in Sephora applied this to my arms, chest, neck and back just to test the color. There's a faint hint of that nasty "self tanner" smell at first, but it's not nearly as strong as most self tanners and it disappears once you shower. Extremely easy to apply and applies evenly. Once washed off in the shower, all rough spots are removed to reveal an even gorgeous tan. Doesn't transfer on to clothes/sheets and dries within a minute or two. This stuff is amazing, I can't wait to buy a bottle of my own!
I got this as a sample and initally had no intent of actually trying this (I'm usually allergic to anything with the words "antiwrinkle" and "serum" in it). However, after noticing that the skin around my eyes isn't as tight as it used to be, I figured I'd give it a shot. First of all, it smells nice (which I like). Secondly, this product tightened my skin in a matter of days. No significant wrinkle reduction yet, but my skin feels much tighter. And best of all, no allergic reaction!
Lotions/ Creams -Vaseline - Aloe Fresh Protecting Body Lotion SPF 15
Kristenhonto 2/4/2013 12:37:00 PM
I LOVE that this has a pump. It leaves your skin soft and not greasy at all. I almost didn't buy this because at first it has a melon like smell (which I generally hate), but it's subtle, and either way the smell fades very quickly so I don't mind. I use this as a daily moisturizer and sunscreen. A giant bottle of this at Walmart is only $5, I can't complain!
Styling Products -Johnson & Johnson - No More Tangles - Spray Detangler
Kristenhonto 1/30/2013 12:58:00 PM
I had forgotten just how wonderful this stuff is. First of all, it smells amazing. It conditions hair while helping get rid of tangles, and doesn't leave any sort of residue. My only complaint is that I wish it was more like a mist rather than a spray, it can make it difficult to aim and get all of your hair at once. This is ten times better than the salon detangler I've used (Paul Mitchell). AND it's super cheap.
Gels/Soaps -Dove - Go Fresh Nutrium Moisture Plum & Sakura Blossom
Kristenhonto 1/29/2013 1:08:00 PM
This has been my HG body wash for a longggg time now. It suds up extremely well, smells amazing (light and fruity, not too strong), can be used for shaving and it moisturizes well. Oh, and a little goes a long way, so your dollar goes further. What more could you ask for in a body wash?
This product pretty much.... does nothing. I bought this a while ago at a beauty supply store for 50% off. I figured being Paul Mitchell, it had to be at least decent. False! First of all, I'm not sure if it's the oil or whatever in this product, but everytime I use it I have to run out of the room I used it in to avoid coughing, it's the weirdest thing. Secondly, it doesn't detangle. However, it does manage to leave a slight residue on my hair. Honestly, Johnson & Johnson detangler is way better, which is what I will most likely be using from now on.
Shampoo -DermOrganic - Sulfate-Free Conditioning Shampoo
Kristenhonto 1/28/2013 12:50:00 PM
When I first used this shampoo, I thought it was a dud. It sudded up well, but after rinsing I noticed that my hair felt very dry. When I brushed it out, my hair was super tangled. I thought that when my hair dried, it would be the same story. Wrong! (Once dried), this shampoo left my hair feeling clean, soft and healthy. I need to use a detangler after shampooing with this, which is no big deal seeing as my hair seems to tangle with any shampoo I use. The good news is you don't really need to condition when using this.
Gels/Soaps -Unlisted Brand - Summers Eve - Feminine Wash
Kristenhonto 1/27/2013 11:21:00 AM
I am SHOCKED at the good reviews this product has. I used this for quite sometime but recently attributed it's use to chronic yeast infections and an even worse smell throughout the day. Per my gyno, products like this wash away your natural Ph, which can lead to infection and worse odor. I will never use this product again.
This bronzer is too muddy for me. Didn't blend easily, although I eventually worked it enough to blend it in. Doesn't last long and oxidized quickly. I got this in a sample set from Sephora, I would not purchase the regular size.
Tinted Moisturizer -Josie Maran Cosmetics - Tinted Moisturizer
Kristenhonto 1/15/2013 12:58:00 PM
As far as tinted moisturizers go, this stuff is pretty good. Be warned, however, that it is thick, just like the consistency of sunscreen. It also smells like sunscreen, which I (personally) like. The coverage is light-medium. The only complaint I have about this product is that it takes FOREVER to absorb into your skin. I have to wait 20 minutes or so to apply bronzer. Another pro: it has a ton of sunblock, so you know that your skin is protected. Best applied with fingers or duo-fiber foundation brush.
Very nice light plum color, sheer but buildable. Wonderful texture if used over lip balm, if you apply it to dry lips it can get sticky. Lovely minty/tingly sensation, very refreshing.
Highlighters -LORAC - Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Spotlight
Kristenhonto 1/15/2013 12:51:00 PM
I freaking love this stuff. I wasn't exactly surprised at how buttery and smooth this is, considering that LORAC has some of the best textured bronzers in the industry. It has a light golden tone, but isn't too much. It goes beautifully over bronzer for that "glow" that I love so much. Great product, I have the mini size but I will purchase the regular size when I run out.
I have swatched this on my hand numerous times and was never blown away. That being said however, it is a whole different story on your face. It's not muddy at all (like I expected it to be), it blends beautifully and looks natural. I now know why this bronzer is so widely loved. I have a mini version that came in a sample kit from Sephora, but I will probably purchase the regular size when I run out.
Liquid -Cover Girl - CG Smoothers All Day Hydrating Makeup
Kristenhonto 12/2/2011 6:46:00 PM
I stumbled upon this product by complete and utter accident. I was visiting my family up north and forgot to pack my MAC foundation, so I immediately ran to the nearest grocery store to purchase a replacement. Seeing as my parents live in a small town, the only brand of makeup the store carried was CG, and this was pretty much the only liquid foundation, so I grabbed a bottle in 725 Buff Beige, and I must say that I am impressed. First and foremost, the color is perfect. It isn't pink at all and isn't orange either like MAC's NC shades. The formula is light and spreads evenly with ease... this foundation is easily applied with fingers. Great medium coverage and lasts a pretty long time. The only con is that it tends to make my skin more oily than normal, but seeing as it's cooler & dryer out it's tolerable for now.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Idol Eyes Creme Shadow - Graphite
Kristenhonto 5/14/2011 2:27:00 PM
The only reason I gave this product two lippies is because of the color... it's a super dark gray that's almost black...the perfect color to use as a base for a dark smoky eye. It applies smooth but doesn't stay, this creased like crazy on me. I don't have oily lids and I primed with Urban Decay Primer Potion. Still, a lot of creasing. :(