Scrubs -St. Ives - Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control
Prada971 1/23/2006 12:33:00 PM
I have just started using this and I am loving it. I decided to try this after my forehead broke out, and it has cleared things up nicely. I actually prefer it to the regular apricot scrub and find it to be less harsh. I do have sensitive skin, so I just gently massage into the skin. I love the scent of this too!
I have tried lots of different mascaras in seach of the perfect one. I have also found that drugstore brand mascaras are almost always better than any department store brand. That said, I really like this mascara. It separates lashes nicely. The packaging is good and it doesn't get all over the rim of the tube. I prefer really dramatic lashes and for that I have always loved L'Oreal Voluminous, but this one is definately going to be a staple for me. Give this a try.
Misc Beauty Tools -L'Oreal - Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
Prada971 1/21/2006 8:16:00 PM
I have repurchased this eye makeup remover many times, and I absolutely love it. My favorite thing about it is that it is completely non-greasy (unlike so many removers). It's definately the best I have tried (department store and drugstore brands). I also like the blue plastic bottle it comes in.
I have had this shadow for quite some time and have had little use for it until now. I adore everything about MAC's Lingerie Collection, and Night Fairy ended up fitting right in! It's a very sheer lavender with microfine gold glitter (it's kind of like the lavender version of MAC's Slip Pink but with less color intensity). I apply Night Fairy to the whole lid area and pair it with MAC's Flirty Number in the Crease. I use NARS Multiple in Copacabana as a highlighter and then line the eyes with a lavender liner and smoke it all out. Voila. . .perfect lavender smokey eye! I am loving this look, plus I have found a good use for Night Fairy. Great packaging. Not a must have, but still pretty.
I'm in love. . .this is an amazing shower cream! It's so wonderful and creamy and makes for a great mood lifter. This is the perfect alternative for a day you want something lighter than Angel EDP. Definately worth the splurge!
Bath Treatments -Thierry Mugler - Angel Bains Magiques (Magic Bath)
Prada971 1/20/2006 11:00:00 PM
This makes for a luxurious bubble bath that's true to the original Angel fragrance. I tend to use more of the bath flakes than I really need to! After adding the flakes, the water turns a lovely light blue with wonderful fine, creamy bubbles. Highly recommended for relaxation!
This is a fragrance that I don't wear everyday. Like another reviewer mentioned, some days I am in the mood for Angel and other days it's just a bit too overwhelming. If it wasn't quite as strong I could see myself wearing this a lot more often (and I would have given it 4 lippies). I first smelled this on a friend of mine (it's been a signature scent of hers for years) and knew immediately I had to have it. Although I think it doesn't work as well with my body chemistry as it does with hers (it smells amazing on her, but not quite as good on me), I still enjoy it. From my experience, the scent from bottle to bottle seems to vary a bit more with Angel than with most other fragrances. . .some bottles tend to be a bit more woodsy than others or vice versa. The star shaped bottle is absolutely fabulous! I think it's the most beautiful fragrance packaging on the market. I keep all but a couple of my bottles put away, but Angel is one that I keep displayed all the time. . .it's like a decorative piece to me. It's a yummy, alluring, exotic fragrance, but I always use sparingly. If you like the scent, but find it a bit heavy, try some of the other Angel products like Magic Bath or Celestial Showers (see my reviews). All in all, it's definately worth having in your collection.
Highlighters -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Petticoat [DISCONTINUED]
Prada971 1/20/2006 6:06:00 PM
Petticoat is exactly what I loved about Urban Decay X when I first began using it, but the top layer of gold shimmer soon faded away so I don't get this look from X any longer. Petticoat, on the other hand, is the perfect rose pink with beautiful gold shimmer! Currently, I have just been wearing it by itself on my cheeks, but plan on layering it over other blushes as well. I used too heavy a hand on my first application, but since then I simply build the color a little bit at a time with my MAC #116 blush brush. Beautiful glow!
Body Suit is a lovely mauve/nude color. I wear it by itself, or for a glossier, amped up look I line the lips with MAC Beurre Creamstick Liner, then add Body Suit topped with Dame In A Dress Lipgelee for added shine with the slightest (but not garish) shimmer.
When I first saw this color in the tube I though it was not going to work for me. WOW, was I wrong!!! I absolutely love, love, love this color. After first trying it layered on, I have decided that the key is to not apply it too heavily otherwise it can get a bit chalky. With just a light application this color is gorgeous!! Don't pass this LE up!
I didn't think I needed this color because I already have a lot of highlighters, but I am so glad I decided to purchase it. It's a peachy-pink ivory color with excellent staying power. As I have mentioned in my other reviews from the Lingerie Collection, this works great as an all over wash before you apply color to the lid and crease. I also apply it to the brow bone and inner eye "v" with my MAC #219 pencil brush.
I fell in love with this dusty plum taupe color! I love wearing it with Sunday Best as a wash from lash to brow, Flirty Number layered to a nice smokey plum all over the lid, and a plum liner (Prunella or Wet'n'Wild makes one I use too). I find myself reaching for this shadow all the time!
This shadow is a very, very pretty light, rosey pink with fine gold microglitter. I love wearing this with Sunday Best as a wash from the lash line to brow bone, Slip Pink on the lid, and Flirty Number in the crease. I usually use a plum (like Prunella) or brown (like Coffee) liner with this look. It does take a bit of layering to get a solid pink color. I also love creating more of a smokey eye with it by adding Milani Mercury in the crease.
This is a fabulous rich, deep plum polish. I looked at all the drugstore brands for the perfect deep plum and this was the only one that even came close to what I was looking for. Looks lovely on fingernails or toenails. This is also the only polish in the purple family that I have found that doesn't give me that "frostbitten toe" look. . .a major plus!!!
This blush is fabulous! I have had a difficult time wearing blush in the past because of the red tones in my cheeks; however, X goes on perfectly sheer with a hint of rosy gold color. . .nothing streaky or too heavy! **UPDATE** The wonderful gold glow. . .which I loved about this blush. . . you get on the top part of the blush no longer seems to be there as you continue to use the product.