In general, I only wear mascara. I'm not a make-up person by any means (lazy). But when I'm going out and I want to put in the tiniest amount of effort, I use the champagne colored side as a beautiful highlight under the brow bone and next to the tear duct. Instantly brings so much light into my eyes! The formula is soft and finely miller, sparkly without massive chunks of glitter. As long as I have moisturized before, this does not budge.The brush it comes with sucks (obviously), but the neat mirror compartment that houses the brush is awesome! It will take me forever to finish, but I don't mind. It does not irritate eyes either. I was having a problem with that, but my friend gave me this and problem solved. The orange color is gorgeous, vibrant and equally as wonderful texture wise as it's companion. However, it is difficult to wear. But the champagne color makes up for that.
I was walking around Winners the other day, when this caught my eye. I'd never seen a felt tip eyeliner before, so I opened the cap and drew a line on my hand (no one was looking). I rubbed and rubbed to see if it would come off. It did, but slightly with no smudging, so I purchased it for $3 CAD. I practiced a couple of times in my house and was finally able to use it. So i planned to use it for my one night out in a long time. It died, before I could draw anything. Just out of no where. So beware, these do not last at all. But their staying power is pretty impressive and the smell is not overbearing. The formula does sting a bit on the eyes and the felt does tug if your not experienced. But I would still pass regardless of the cheap price, because it runs out so fast.
I have horrible chemistry when it comes to perfumes, so everything amazing ends up smell down right disgusting on me. This is one of my few exceptions. I first spotted the black bottle in Sephora, as it stood out against a sea of pink and lavender. Next, the name. My name is Jasmine, so of course I had to try something with my namesake ;) I'm so glad I did. For once, the tonka bean was really present, deepening the lighter gardenia and alluring jasmine. A few hours later, I could smell a little green base note, the green sap I'm assuming, although the main three where still solidly present. I did not get any almond, nor did the licorice come through. But that's ok. For hours and hours (even into the next day) all I could smell was this amazing elixir. If you have a lot of perfume troubles, try this scent. It's a sophisticated treasure!
Fragrances -Lolita Lempicka - L de Lolita Lempicka
P3achyK33n 12/8/2010 5:22:00 AM
I never have much luck with perfume, as most become reminiscent of cat pee with my less then ideal chemistry. This is no exception. The orange notes really came through, although they were not refreshing orange, more along the lines of tangy artificial orange soap. Then, out of nowhere, the orange turned almost salty. 2 agonizing hours later there was the slightest hint of something sweet and an hour after that, the perfume was gone. No cinnamon, no musk. Just salty fake orange. It was such an odd experience that I tried it again when I happened to be at Sephora. The exact same thing happened again, so this juice gets a 0 for me. On another note, the bottle is to die for beautiful, like some prized mermaid treasure.
My lashes are fairly ordinary. Straight, medium length, medium full. So I was surprised when the results from this mascara where so horrible! I know it wasn't my technique, because mascara is the only make-up I wear and I practice frequently, so it must be the formula itself. First thing I noticed was the overpowering smell, then the intimidating brush, then the uber wet formula, then the lashes that all stuck together into 3 insect legs and finally the smudging/smearing underneath my eyes. There was not a single redeeming quality in this mascara. So instead of throwing it away, I kept it (don't ask), tried it 4 months later, still hated it. Not worth it in my humble opinion.
Unfortunately, the moment I put this on my skin, it burned. Badly. For hours on end. Needless to say, I didn't use it again and I'm so glad I asked for a sample. It must be the essential oils or extracts. Anyone who is ultra ultra sensitive should stay away. Also, it dried my skin out on top of it all :( Definitely a flop; although I liked the texture...
Moisturizers -St. Ives - Collagen-Elastin Essential Moisturizer
P3achyK33n 12/8/2010 5:01:00 AM
Over the years, I have read countless good reviews on this cream, so I eventually got around to trying it last year. As usual, it gave me a rash. But if you've read any of my other reviews, you can pretty much guess that water gives me rashes on occasion (not-too-far-off-the-bat sarcasm). However, the cream itself was pretty decent. It did not have a particularly offensive or strong scent, it smelt a little like milk to me. The consistency is thick, but not difficult to spread. It absorbs quickly and does not leave anything behind. The tube is very sanitary (yay!). However, I would not use this, even if I hadn't gotten a rash, because it did not moisturize my dry skin at all. I still had the tell tale flakiness and dry lines. This would be good for oilier skin though :D
Good old St. Ives. This product has been around for a while (I still remember the old packaging). First, the smell. Yummy! I'm pretty sure everyone else has already summed it up, so I need not say more. But it's amazing. The best thing about this lotion. The consistency is nice, not too thick, but not watery. It spreads wonderfully and absorbs without a greasy residue. But I find that in half an hour, I'm dry all over again. So while I love using this cream, it is not even close to enough moisture for me :( But if you don't need a heavy duty moisturizer and love smelling like cookies, try this!
Let me start by saying that I do not like the smell of Candy Fluff. So skip this review ;D But in all seriousness, CF smells exactly like Snow Fairy to me, a cough syrupy, sharp, gaging sweet that can smell a little sour at times. I can never really get into the scent. The powder itself is nothing special either. The texture is finely milled and the glitter is faint, but it doesn't make anything smoother, all that scented (thank gosh) or special. It's fairly run of the mill. The container doesn't help either. It leaks everywhere and is impossible to close. It's really hard to get a brush in their too, for those times when i don't want to dump it all over my hands and the floor. The cherry on top was the rash it gave me... Those who are sensitive to fragrance of any kind should beware. I'd rather just stick to baby powder.
So this might not be the best review because I did not use this cream for it's intended purpose. While it is marketed as a neck cream, I use it as an eye cream because it promised all the benefits I was looking for around the eyes. Made sense at the time. Anyways, the packaging is great so far, although it will probably be a pain to get the last drops outs. It dispenses the perfect amount with half a pump and requires no finger dipping in jars. The smell is very unique, although not unpleasant. It absorbs immediately into the skin and leaves no residue or greasiness. In fact, nothing is left behind, that's the problem. I saw no improvement what so ever in my eye area after using half the bottle (quite a few months of daily use). No short or long term effects. So it might work on horribly scaly necks (physically possible?), but skip it for the eyes.
In an effort to grow healthy long hair, I've stopped using shampoo. So after a lot of Co-Wash research, I ended up leaving the drug store with this little guy. The smell is really fake, but somehow addictive. It does not linger in your hair after rinsing. The texture is watery, but it coats the hair really well in the shower so that you can effectively clean every strand. It didn't lather at all, but that's the point ;D That being said, I found that my hair felt weighed-down and not entirely clean. I figured I wasn't used to Co-Washing just yet, so i kept using it. Eventually, I used a different conditioner to switch things up; lo and behold, no icky residue. So while this is cheap and smells yummy, it might be too much for those with baby fine hair, even if it does curl.
Mascara -Maybelline - Full 'n' Soft waterproof mascara (vitamin E)
P3achyK33n 3/22/2010 6:39:00 PM
Full N Soft performs. Though not the most dramatic or packaged contestant, this mascara delivers slightly longer, fuller, soft lashes. The 3 lippy rating? Within about an hour, the product is missing in action. I tend to prefer cosmetics that do not come equipped with disappearing acts. This an excellent beginner mascara for those newly transitioning into the world of makeup.
Unfortunately, this soap does not create shower magic or whatever else you might expect for the price. It smell and cleans the same way a nameless brand would. The seeds which garner so much hype were not present in any of my large chunks. The main reason aside from price and performance that ceases my need to repurchase? There seems to be a irritant that caused an uncomfortable itch for the entire day. Not on my favorites list, even though LUSH is the best store since... Comparison please? ;)
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Aquaphor Healing Ointment
P3achyK33n 10/28/2009 9:13:00 PM
I have been wanting this product for a loonngg time, but could never find it. In Canada, I finally found it behind the counter in Wal-Mart. They only had the HUGE tub for $30, but I bought it anyways, already liking the giant jar. Well, I brought it home and slathered it all over my face, relishing the feeling of protection it gave me. 10 minutes later, I looked in the mirror to see if it had sunk in (regular Vaseline doesn't for me, and I was testing against it's cheaper competitor... the Aquaphor that is. Wait, I was comparing Vaseline and Aquaphor :D) Anyways, when I glanced in the mirror, I saw that not only was it still sitting on the surace of my skin, I also had huge red marks that turned into hives. All. Over. My. Face. The hives went away and I looked at my skin again. I might as well not have put anything on it since my skin was so dry and flaky. Incredible sadness :( I even tried it on my lips and it didn't do anything special. Sorry gals, I'm going to have to pass on this one (although I loved the simple ingredients)
So disappointed! This was great at first (the smell, texture, tint, slight shine). After about a week of use, my lips became really dry :( Can;t use this although I love keeping it in my pocket to smell. I think that when the label wears off, it looks more authentic. Ah well, I'll try the other flavours and see what happens :)