Self Tanners -Jergens - natural glow express medim/tan
Mita0309 7/10/2011 12:38:00 PM
I bought this a while ago and just used it recently. I applied it at night (I had exfoliated and shaved my legs earlier that day) and let it dry for a while before going to bed. I woke up to a noticeable tan. I did make the mistake of applying a bit to my the tops of my feet and ankles where the skin is thicker and I go have alot of orange splotches all over this area. I am hoping I can scrub them off. Other than that I am satisfied with the color payoff but not thrilled. I have medium brown skin and was hoping for just a bit more color for my legs for the summer. I can definitely detect some orange notes, although not overly so. But when I compare my legs to my naturally tanned skin on my arms I can definitely see that the color is not that natural looking. I will likely finish the bottle but will not repurchase. I have heard Bare Excentuals Faux Tan is better and may try that when I run out of this. Also this stuff stinks in my opinion and I had a hard time falling asleep with this on!
The first time I bought this I was in Paris back in the late 90s and I loved it. It was floral and unique but a tad strong so I only wore it on special occasions. I didn't buy it after I ran out though. A few years ago I remember I liked it and got the Summer version which was much lighter. I loved it even more and wore it everyday for years. It was my signature scent. By the time I ran out they Summer version wasn't sold anymore so my boyfriend bought me the original version. It was soo strong and overpowering! I don't remember if the intensity has changed over the years or my tastes have just changed. I tried to like it but it was so strong. I still have a majority of it left over. Maybe I can wear it only in the evenings for a night out. I prefer the Summer version and I also really like Tocca's Florence over this.
I love the smell of this. I wear it whenever I remember to put on perfume and everytime I do I have ladies asking me what it is. This woman I was sitting next to said it smelled like the garden of eden! I can understand that many people are saying that the fragrance is more appealing to other women as opposed to men, but my boyfriend seems to really like it on me. Anyway, don't we women usually dress for other women anyway and not for the guys!
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
Mita0309 1/13/2011 1:16:00 PM
Does what is it supposed to do...prevents creasing of anything you apply on lids. I don't wear eyeshadow regularly but this prevents my eyeliner from migrating into my crease and keeps it from fading throughout the day. Apply lightly as it will cake up otherwise. I took off a lippie because the wand design in terrible. It's impossible to use the remaining product once you get halfway through because the product sticks to the sides of the tube and the wand is unable to reach it. So I feel like some of the product is wasted.
Treatments -Nailtiques - Formula 2 PLUS Nail Protein
Mita0309 1/13/2011 12:19:00 PM
I just bought this product yesterday, so I cannot comment whether this works yet. I got this after reading the positive reviews. I was trying to decided between Formula 2 and 2 Plus. I had gotten an Axxium Gel manicure about 1.5 months ago and after removing it, my nails were horrible! They were thin and splitting apart. Even after 3 weeks after removing the gel and letting my nails grow without applying anything on them except nail oil to keep them moisturized they kept breaking and splitting. They were so weak that they would hurt when I used my nails/fingers for anything. I decided on Formula 2 Plus since I figured my nails were beyond just weak. I put on a coat last night before bed and applied a bit on cuticle oil around the edges to keep my nail beds from drying out. I was happy how fast it dried unlike regular polish. I washed my hair this morning and got dressed and by the time I got to work they were peeling pretty badly. But as others said I think washing hair or using your nails directly on things will make them peel regardless. I applied a coat right on top at work and the peels disappeared. There aren't any drastic improvements to the deep splits yet (I wasn't expected a miracle overnight but I figured atleast they should bond the splits a bit so they wouldn't snag that easily). I will use for a few weeks and see if there is any improvement.
Eyeliner -L'Oreal - Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner
Mita0309 1/12/2011 10:28:00 AM
This pencil had it's pros and cons. The black color is very deep and dark and the color payoff is great. Achieving a nice thick black line is easy with this pencil. It does not blendable after application (which I did not prefer). But if you want a very solid dark line this pencil is great for that. Unfortunately its creases like crazy. By the middle of the day I had dark black eyeliner creases on my eyelids, which didn't wipe off easily since this pencil is not very smudge-able. I do have pretty oily lids, so I may have better luck with this using UD primer underneath. I also hate that you have to sharpen this pencil, because I have never been able to get a fine point with this. No matter how much I sharpen it the point is always chubby. I always have to sharpen it every few days as a lot of product seems to come off with every use. With all of that sharpening I feel like a lot of product is wasted. I put this on early in the morning before work and it creased before midday and had to be reapplied before I went out at night. Bottom line: Great color payoff, thick line, very dark black, not very blendable (which could be good or bad depending on your preference), creases alot on oily lids, cannot get thin line.
So I have had both the CND Shellac manicure and pedicure and Axxium Gel manicure in the past few months. I know that they are slightly different products but in my opinion is that CND is much better and more gentle to your natural nails. When I had the CND manicure it truly did last almost 3 weeks with very minimal chipping. With the Axxium french manicure I experienced cracking of the polish within a day. I am not sure if this is normal or if was due to the inexperience of the salon. The clear polish and white tips had visible cracks in it the next day and progressively got worse. They were basically ruined within a week. I didnít even want to get Axxium but apparently this is all that the salon had for french manicures. Anyway, when I had the CND manicure, the polish was VERY easy to get off (at home) with remover. The polish basically peeled right off. I think this is because the manicurist did a very good job of only applying 2 very thin, even coats while applying like itís supposed to be done. My natural nails looked very healthy with a bit of light buffing. I got the Axxium manicure almost a month ago (at a different salon) and I still canít get all the polish off by myself. I tried the foil method and literally nothing came off. I then filed of the remaining top coat, soaked in pure acetone for 10 minutes and filed the rest off as best I could (unfortunately, along with my natural nail) and there still seems to be some remaining! The polish did not easily soak off as it was meant to. And now my natural nails are completely thin, scratched up, weak and raw. There are portions of my nail bed that are literally red from filing. My nails have never been this weak or thin in my life. My nails now hurt doing everyday things...like shampooing my hair and opening a package! I am just going to have to wait for my nails to fully grow back to really heal. Again I am not sure if I just had a bad experience with an inexperienced technician, since it seems like many people like the Axxium. In my opinion Axxium needs to go on much thicker than Shellac to get an even color/coat and is much harder to remove with soaking alone. I hate that my natural nails look ravaged after 1 Axxium manicure. Back to Shellac or traditional polish for me! I recently read somewhere that Axxium is not meant for natural nails but to be applied to acrylics. I am inclined to believe this because it was basically impossible to remove without filing off all of the polish with a heavy grit file and removing layers of my natural nail in the process.
I have used this eyeliner for a few years in both black and charcoal. Pros: -Easy to find at most drugstores -Retractable (I find that most non-retractable tips break more easily) -Very smooth application and smudge-able -Charcoal color is beautiful and looks nice and smoky when smudged a bit. -Relatively inexpensive Cons: -Fades very easily and needs to be reapplied 1-2 times in a day if you want to maintain the look. Horrible fading on waterline (after a long day of work it's basically non-existent). Fades on eyelid also near inner corners. -Creases easily on oily lids. Unfortunately I have very oily lids and no matter how close to the lashline I get, it always ends up creases after a few hours of wear. When I apply an eyelid primer (like UD) it creases less, but I think even alone eyeliners shouldn't crease this bad. -Black is definitely not the richest black, even amongst drugstore brands. And along with the fading and creasing, the black turns into a greasy grey by the end of the day. Unfortunately I am still on the search for a good retractable pencil eyeliner. If your don't have oily lids and don't want a very deep color payoff this may work for you.