Lotions/ Creams -Elizabeth Arden - Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream
Orbital 2/22/2011 12:00:00 PM
Very rich body cream which leaves my skin well moisturised. The scent really lasts and has a lovely fresh smell to it, even though it is rather strong.
Herbashine Light Brown shade 600 I get my hair dyed permanently at a salon every couple of months, as I have a sprinkling of salt and pepper throughout, but one section at the front where the roots come through practically white. I can't afford to get the roots retouched between salon visits, but as I have a bit of curl to my hair and no definite parting the roots don't really show or bother me until the wind blows to reveal the half inch of regrowth,so I tried Herbashine semi permanent as a temporary measure and I am very pleased with the results. Even though I would have described my hair as mid brown, according to the hair dresser I'm officially light brown, so I use shade 600 and find It blends the grey hairs into my natural colour very nicely to tide me over until the next permanent colour. I didn't want to use a product that had amonia in it in case it reacted with the stuff the hairdresser uses, so this seems to fit the bill and hasn't caused any problems. I leave it on 10 minutes, the gel is easy to apply and doesn't drip. I find It can look slightly dark to start with, but after the first wash it settles into a very natural looking colour that lasts well and blends away the grey until the next permanent colour at the salon. I like it because it doesn't make my hair appear a 'solid' block of colour, unlike some dyes I have used in the past, which made me look like I was wearing a wig!
Mascara -Elizabeth Arden - Double Density Maximum Volume Mascara
Orbital 6/8/2007 3:39:00 PM
This is a pretty good mascara and I've tried quite a few in the quest for one which will do something with my eyelashes which appear to be straightening and thinning as I age. It manages to thicken and separate, making them look full but not artificial. Two coats makes them appear quite dramatic. Eyelashes remain soft too which is nice, as some I've tried have looked good but left my lashes feeling stiff as bristles. The brush is a bit thick and clumpy but perhaps it is the design of the brush which manages to apply the mascara so nicely. This also comes off easily with remover at the end of the day without the need to rub. I'll definitely repurchase.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
Orbital 6/7/2007 3:22:00 AM
This primer really gives eye shadows staying power. I like to wear pale colours on the lid with darker colours in the crease but normally I find by the end of the day they have blended into one drab colourless stain. With the primer the colours stay true for hours. You need very little, so I dot small amounts on the lid and then blend all over with a fingertip rather than the wand, which I think would spread too much primer. One thing to remember after using it is to apply powder shadows carefully with a light touch, if you dab too much on by mistake hoping to blend it out later, it is harder to do. Also, when you think you have used it up, prise out the neck ring so that you can access right into the tube, there is a lot more product hidden inside.
Samples -Everyday Minerals - Free Sample Makeup Kit [DISCONTINUED/REPLACED]
Orbital 6/6/2007 12:11:00 PM
Getting to try 5 EM products for just the price of postage is an excellent idea. Postage to the UK was only about £2.67 at the current exchange rate (June 07) and I was extremely pleased with the generous sizes, all the small pots filled to the top, unlike some companies who eke out about one eighth of a teaspoon into a small plastic bag. If you are not quite sure which foundation shade you should go for its a great way to experiment. Colours that don't quite work can always be mixed or added to your main shade to tweak the colour according to the season. I switched from using Bare Escentuals because I found it too shiny. EM's Original Glo formulation is the most similar to BE. I am already a fan of EM's semi-matte finish but wanted to try the Intensive. Having tried it I still prefer the more natural look of the semi-matte on my skin as I thought the Intensive looked a bit too 'solid', so that's settled my mind without having to fork out for a full size.
I find this too pale to wear on its own but love it over other lipsticks that need brightening up.
I only bought the Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Body Treatment to get a free gift goodie bag but I'm very glad I did. I had previously tried the regular 8 Hour cream which I found a bit greasy and the smell overpowering, but this is a lot better. The smell is lighter, slightly more lemony rather than herbal. It absorbs well, leaving skin feeling very soft and moisturised. Very good for the dry spots on my elbows! I have found an even better use for it though - taming my dry, over processed hair. I'm 50 and now dye my naturally thick wavy hair. It can become very dry and coarse looking on the ends between trims, and conditioning treatments didn't seem to be having much effect. After using the cream on my body once I happened to run my hands through my hair and immediately noticed how the residue left it looking much better. I now use it regularly on my hair, first rubbing the tiniest amount into the palms of my hands to distribute it evenly, and then lightly smoothing it over the top of my hair, taming frizzies and paying particular attention to the crispy ends. It doesn't leave hair looking greasy and absorbs into the hair shaft well, making it much more manageable, soft and conditioned. I will be buying this product again for a multitude of uses.
Cleansers -Elizabeth Arden - Elizabeth Arden Intervene 3-in-1 Cleanser
Orbital 6/6/2007 5:20:00 AM
I take my make-up off with other products at night but use the Intervene 3-in-1 Daily Cleanser Exfoliator Primer as a quick and easy wash first thing in the morning. It foams nicely and feels soft and creamy. When I have inadvertently got some in my eyes I haven't noticed any stinging at all. You can just about feel tiny particles of the exfoliator as you use it, but they are rounded and not harsh at all. How good they are at exfoliating I can't make my mind up about. I think the Primer part is more an advertising play on words rather than being an actual primer that leaves a base for makeup, but it leaves my skin looking clean and fresh. Its nice, but I think its expensive for what it is and there are probably cheaper products that would work just as well, so I wont be rushing to repurchase.
Eye Makeup Remover -Gatineau - floracil eye makeup remover
Orbital 6/3/2007 3:54:00 PM
I only bought this because the beauty expert on QVC kept raving about it, but in all honesty I still prefer my Clinique one (blue version that you don't have to shake to mix) for getting all eye makeup and mascara off completely. The reason I tried this is because its safe to leave on the eye and doesn't have to be rinsed off like the Clinique one does. I do find the pump dispenser on the 400ml bottle very handy and it is refreshing to use as an eye compress on cotton wool pads, (the PH balance is supposed to be the same as natural tears.) It takes off light eye makeup fine but I find that colours with dark pigmentation are still difficult to remove and it does still leave a slight smudge of mascara under my eye by morning.
I'm very glad I tried this product and would purchase it again. As other posters have commented, it does give a light base so might not be good for somebody who prefers or needs better coverage, but if all you need is something quick and easy to balance your skin tone out with a few quick sweeps of the brush, then I would recommend this. I use mineral makeup in the morning (used to use BE then switched to Everyday Minerals Fairly light) and use this as a top up later in the day as its much easier to carry around than a pot of loose powder. It helps take the shine off and ..well...brightens the face. I can't comment on the brush as I got a bargain on ebay that came without the retractable brush.