Lotions/ Creams -Demeter - Holy Water Calming Body Lotion
Rivercat0338 6/24/2012 6:02:00 PM
Back in the late 80's there was a line of upscale kid's bath products called William & Clarissa. This smells exactly like those did: watery and clean with a hint of floral note. I've not tried the Holy Water PMU spray, but the fragrance in the lotion is quite long-lasting, and after applying in the morning after my shower, I got whiffs of it throughout the day. The lotion itself is reasonably moisturizing, if a little pricey.
In a hurry and needed a blue mascara, and Target only had 2 brands with a blue shade. The less expensive brand was sold out so I bought this for $19--far too much for the quality. Sticky, clumpy and ridiculously hard to remove.
One of the best volumizers I've found for my thinning, baby fine hair (my hair is so thin I can't even use mousse--it just looks limp and dirty). I spritz 3-4 squirts at my roots near the part and finger comb through before blowing dry. Doesn't leave brittle sticky clumps like other volumizers usually do (even B&B Thickening Spray, the only other one I like). The fragrance is nice but strong. It's also on the pricey side.
Treatments -Ole Henriksen - Invigorating Night Gel
Rivercat0338 8/2/2009 12:34:00 AM
Have been using a Sephora sample for about a week now and actually pretty impressed with this. I have fairly deep "worry " lines in my forehead and between my eyebrows and this is the only product that makes the slightest difference. Goes on a little sticky, and you immediately feel the tightening, but not in a drying, stretchy egg white mask way. My skin still feels soft and not dry hours later. A little goes a long way. Doesn't really do anything for my large pores or slight discolorations., and I still get some zits along my hairline. Not fond of the jar packaging nor the icky scent, but those complaints wouldn't stop be from buying it.
I used a Sephora sample for several nights and while the product did some nice things for my skin in terms of softening and smoothing, I just could not get past the smell. It was like stagnant water or rotting garbage. It only lasted a few minutes, but yuck. I could also feel a slight burn on my face for a good half hour afterward.
Review for the Root Lifting Spray. An average volumizer that makes my very fine, limp hair a little sticky without adding much lift. The scent is surprisingly masculine.
Treatments (Eye) -Garnier - Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller
Rivercat0338 12/17/2008 3:23:00 PM
As far as I can tell after using it for three days straight, this product has no effect whatsoever on under-eye puffiness. I bought it after my mom swore it worked, but then she liked the clear mascara a few years back too. Another disappointment from Garnier, although the roller ball wand is pretty cool.
Fresh floral peachy opening that quickly settles into a sharp powdery patchouli that's almost unisex. I'm surprised at all the reviews that say it has no staying power because it lasted nearly 24 hours on me. Nice casual weekend scent. Hate the weird bottle top design.
Smells exactly like my friend's kids (ages 3 and 7) when it's been several hours since their last bath: soapy, but with a little muskiness creeping in. Stick to the original.
I really like this stuff--soft enough to go on evenly without having to warm it up between my fingers first (avoiding that dotted line look I just adore first thing in the morning), and I love, love, love the smudger tip. Why don't other liners have this? Good colors, too: the Sueded Brown and Brushed Pewter are staples in my cosmetic bag.
Concealers -Avon - Personal Match Concealer in Neutral
Rivercat0338 3/23/2008 5:41:00 PM
(review for Fair shade) It's an ok concealer, very moist and almost oily, which makes it easy to blend without stretching the skin under your eyes every which way, but also makes it pretty messy for the twist-stick packaging. Seems like a consistency more suited to a pot. The Fair shade is a bit darker than what I usually use, but it blends well with my makeup. Will probably buy again out of the sheer laziness of not wanting to search for something better, and to appease my Avon rep friend. Update: my rep replaced my broken one and it looks like they've changed the formula to make it less soft so doesn't go on quite as easily now. The shade is also a bit lighter.
Finally, a good basic brown mascara for daily wear. I used to wear Origins Fringe Benefits, but since they've gradually dc'ed all my other favorite products it's a pain to head over there just for a $13 mascara. After trying a lot of other mascaras, both cheap and expensive, I was relieved to find Ecco Bella's, which just goes on without fuss or gimmicks, looks good, and doesn't flake or clump or make me look like I'm heading out to a goth club. The little mirror is a nice touch. I really hope Whole Foods continues to carry it.
Moisturizers -Estee Lauder - Future Perfect anti wrinkle
Rivercat0338 3/23/2008 5:20:00 PM
I received a sample of this at the EL counter with a fragrance purchase, and got two uses out of the packet, once after using the Perfectionist treatment, once without. It's pretty rare that I have to follow up an application of moisturizer with another moisturizer, but that was the case with this. I have combo skin that tends toward oily, but this just made my skin dry all over, less so when I did not use the Perfectionist beforehand, but still pretty dry. I'll be sticking with my Olay Total Effects 7x, which is still the best daily moisturizer I've found for my face.
Fragrances -L'Artisan Fragrances - Patchouli Patch
Rivercat0338 6/4/2007 6:21:00 PM
I generally prefer patchouli well-blended with other notes so as not to be instantly recognizable, but about once a year I go through a phase (usually around the time the weather warms up) when I really crave it a lot. I had a small sample of this as a swap extra sitting around and decided to try it--wow. Opens as a very loamy, fresh green patch that gets sweeter and sweeter until it settles into a soft, powdery, "antique" patch. Very comforting. L'Artisan has done it again.
Cleansers -Boots - No7 Quick Thinking 4 in 1 Wipes - All Skin Types
Rivercat0338 5/16/2007 6:40:00 PM
These are great! Purchased on a whim at Target when Whole Foods stopped carrying my usual Comodynes, I threw them in my suitcase on a trip as a backup to my usual cleanser (Cetaphil) knowing we'd be busy. Then at the airport, a TSA agent in a pissy mood took away my tiny bottles of Cetaphil, Olay Total Effects lotion, shampoo, body lotion, toothpaste, etc. (all in tiny bottles in a bag!), leaving me only with the Boots wipes. Turned out, they were all I needed! They take off makeup and dirt quite well and leave my skin soft and smooth. Many cleansers are very drying on me even though I have oily skin with huge pores. The scent is very light and inoffensive as well. For under $5 on sale, this was the buy of the year. I'd give it 4.5 lippies if possible, only because eye makeup removal could be better.