Scrubs -Neutrogena - Energizing Sugar Body Scrub-Fresh Citrus
Pink_Ice999 12/3/2008 12:07:00 PM
I guess all the people giving this product negative reviews just don't have skin as dry as mine! In the summer, it gets so my skin all over my body feels uncomfortable and tight, even sore after a shower. This scrub is a great solution for that since it leaves a layer of moisture on my body that lasts all day, and it's a lifesaver on those mornings I don't have time to apply my body lotion. I did not find the 'film' everyone is talking about to be anything greasy or unpleasant, but simply like I had already put on a light moisturizer. It's quite a light scrub so can be used every day even on thin skin. The smell adds some luxury to what would otherwise be a utilitarian product - it's like buttery lemon, yum! The downside is it's pretty messy, so probably best saved for the shower unless you want to spend ages cleaning globs of the stuff out your tub. For the price though, I'm giving this five lippies. I actually prefer this to the much hyped Origins/Philosophy scrubs which I found too drying and soapy.
I have jaw length, fine but dense hair that is very easily weighed down, but since it's color treated still needs some conditioner. Coolaulin is great for my hair type, it leaves my hair soft, fluffy and moisturized without any buildup. The only problem with this is the smell...it smells like RUM. What a strange smell to be putting in my hair. Luckily the rum smell doesn't linger, and it does actually smell like coconuts once my hair is dried. But I still prefer Veganese and Retread, they smell much yummier. Don't buy this if you have thick or course hair that needs serious moisture...it won't cut it.
I so badly wanted to love this product, but unfortunantly the smell gave me a headache after a couple of hours - it's that strong lavender/rosemary/minty smell, which I did like in the pot but was just too cloying on my skin. On me it ended up smelling like bug spray, maybe just a bad reaction with my body chemistry? It is a very good moisturizer and felt very soothing going on though, I just wish that smell was not so strong. Lucky it was only a sample. I prefer Sympathy for the skin which does the same job yet dries to a barely-there vanilla scent. This does seem to be very helpful for some people with specific skin issues like eczema.
Mmmm, smells like a vanilla custard slice! Often with other supposedly 'natural' body lotions *cough* Body Shop Body Butter *cough* - I get a slight whiff of something artificial. Not so with Sympathy. Once applied the scent dries down to a subtle foody scent, not overpowering at all. It only took a small blob to moisturize my desert-dry winter skin and it didn't sting my legs after shaving. Sinks in nicely and finish is silky, not greasy. At first I was worried those little black banana seeds would show up on my skin but luckily they don't! This might be too heavy if you don't have dry skin.
After finding myself stuck exactly halfway between two shades in Laura's liquid foundations, I have finally found a near perfect match in Silk Creme Ivory Rose (I'm NW-25). For ages the assistants tried to steer me away from this one (Yes, omg, not all younger people have oily skin - when will they learn?) but finally I bought it and despite the price I'm glad I did. The name 'Creme' is a bit missleading, as this foundation is certainly not heavy, greasy or gloopy. It amazingly manages to dry to a weightless, semi-matte finish while also providing medium-full coverage. It covers up every single imperfection, even flakes, and does not settle in the lines around my eyes and mouth. It is pricey, but I only need a tiny dab to cover my whole face...Yes, DO go sparingly with this one, ladies. I just pat it in like I would a tinted moisturizer, and then blend with a sponge. You don't need to use a brush with Silk Creme. I don't use it everyday, but when I want that flawless porcelain look, this is the first thing I reach for.
Lip Treatments -Sally Hansen - 18 Hour Lip Treatment
Pink_Ice999 5/13/2008 1:45:00 PM
Couldn't resist trying this. I bought Clear Optimistic Opal, a gorgeous translucent, opalescent peach. It has a very nice comfortable texture, not at all sticky, comes with a nice wand applicator. Made my lips look slightly fuller. Eighteen hours, huh? Um, that's a *huge* claim for a gloss, which are notoriously short lived. Of course it didn't live up to that claim, I think in lasted more like one hour, but I was very sceptical of the 18 hour claim to say the least! For the claims though I would have wanted this to be more emoilent and thicker than it was, it's moisturizing abilities were just average for a gloss. If your looking for a gloss that is long lasting and moisturizing for sore lips then LipFusion wins hands down. LipFusion lasts me about 3 hours. Lancome Juicy Tubes are runner up. Sally Hansen 18 hour lip treatment is lovely when considered as a simple lipgloss and Opal would team nicely with nude lipstick, but it doesn't live up to any 'treatment' claims. It's similar to Rimmel glosses, which are also very good, it even has the same yummy citrusy scent. ps, my overall rating for this would actually be about 3.5.
Moisturizers -Olay - Complete Touch of Sun Daily UV Facial Moisturizer SPF 15
Pink_Ice999 5/13/2008 5:54:00 AM
Touch of Sun? What touch of sun? I remember my pale skin doing well with these types of tanning-moisturizer products a few years back. However this one doesn't give me any extra color whatsoever. What it did give me was an itchy lump on my cheek, I think it was a small hive. Plus it's sticky and gloopy and smells like an old gluestick. What a waste of $15. That will teach me not to go impulse shopping at the drugstore!
Beautiful golden peachy iridescent shade. Unfortunately this barely even shows up on me unless I apply it several times, and then it looks powdery and too frosty. I'm quite pale even, NW-25. Damn, I really wanted to love this one since the color looks so gorgeous in the pan.
Have this in no.1. When first applied this covers my dark circles near perfectly and I look flawless- however I find the staying power to be unimpressive. Fades away within two hours even on my dry skin. Tried setting with a little LM powder but then it looks cakey. Plus this is not a very versatile product, it's strictly for your undereyes. If you try to use this on a blemish, your blemish will be glowing like a beacon. The 'Secret Camouflage' is for blemishes but since I'm not acne prone it's not worth me buying it. I usually adore LM, but I hit a dud here. I'll use this up since the color match is good - then look elsewhere.
I'm always on the lookout for the perfect 'mod' nude lipstick. The closest thing I've found was called Modern by MAC, unfortunately it was a limited edition. booo hissss. Anyhow, Laura Mercier's Discretion is also very good, it's just *slightly* too pinky and too deep. Still a lovely shade though, and certainly very Angelina! For gloss this is perfect with with Satisfied by Scott Barnes and also nice with Eastend Snob by Rimmel. Smells very erm, 'retro' to be politically correct.
Ah, that elusive shade of blush that is just like the color of your cheeks after a day at the beach, (only minus the reality of sunscreen mixed with sand gunk ect :) ). Could this be it? I think it actually might be for me. I have undertones that are quite hard to match as far as blushers go, I'm on the pinky side of neutral (NW-25, but could wear NC-25 if desperate). Many blushes are either too warm (too orange or too muddy) or too cool (too mauve), and Nars Orgasm is too subtle for my taste but Coral seems to be a great match. Coral Beach does look rather scary in the pot, but if I use a light hand I can get this to look extremely natural; the "I've been outside in the sun all day but didn't get burned" look. It has a very slightly metallic finish to give you that healthy glow. Coral Beach is Nars Orgasm's more dramatic more outgoing cousin.
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet - if I had to describe my 'signature look' it would probably involve a hint of Stila Allover Shimmer on my cheekbones. This is one of the most simply fun products on the market; a beautiful multipurpose iridescent cream. I have them in #5 and #6 which are a purple and pink iridescence respectively. They go on really smooth, kinda reminds me of cake frosting, lol. This IS rather greasy and sparkly (not *glittery* though) so if you have oily skin or big pores you'd probably want to give this one a miss. Caution: a little goes a VERY long way. Lasts for ages. You can also use it on eyelids and decolletage.
Highlighters -Prescriptives - Illuminating Cream Potion
Pink_Ice999 5/12/2008 12:24:00 PM
This gives such a pretty pinkish subtle holographic sheen to the skin - it's not for use all over but as a highlighter for cheek and browbones. My pores are microscopic so I can get away with highlighters far more than most. Unfortunately, this dried out and became almost unuseable after I'd had it five months, it sorta shrunk away from the pan and started clumping on my skin. I ended up having to throw half the product out. Stila or Nars highlighters are way better.
This is a nice texturizing product for shorter, messy shag-type cuts. It provides more hold than the typical wax although not so much as a gel. It's not greasy or sticky yet still pliable enough to be easy to work with and does not leave nasty clumps in my hair. Smell is that subtle herbal Aveda smell which is great as I don't like sickly sweet smelling hair products. Lasting power is about as good as your gonna get for a product with a 'soft' finish. It gets a lippie off for the price - even though I don't mind splashing out on my products $50 (Aussie) just seems ridiculous for such a basic pomade. The appearance of the pot does not imply a luxury product -it's plain clear plastic and looks like it comes from the supermarket. I know that sounds shallow but I get annoyed when expensive products *look* cheapo. If it were a more reasonable price I'd certainly repurchace. I don't think Aveda is so expenive in other countries though. The product overall is superior to Sebastian pomades (greaseball alert) imo.
I'd had a bottle of this stuff sitting around for about 8 months even though I hated it cause I didn't want to throw it out since it was expensive. I used it again recently when I ran out of my LUSH shampoo and yep, it's still as hideous as I originally thought. This does NOT deep clean as advertised, instead it leaves a thick TACKY film on my hair. It actually felt as if my scalp was suffocating and I was ruining my hair! Total buildup city. I only got suckered into buying this because of the smell, which I have to admit is gorgeous (Like spearmint lollies). I can't believe this stuff was actually sold to me as a *clarifying* shampoo of all things. I finally threw this in the bin.