I got no further than testing a small patch on my leg before swearing never to try it again. At first it's fine; smells quite pleasant. But after a few minutes, my leg felt itchy. By the time I removed it, I had a fairly nasty burning sensation. After scraping it off, a smell which can only be compared to eggy farts filled the air. The skin on my leg looked as if it had been bleached, quite an acomplishment considering how pale my skin is. The burning sensation subsided after a while, but the ultimate insult was it removed less hair than my razor did? I had a distinctly stubbly feeling left. Not impressed at all. Think I'll stick to shaving for now.
I love the Karma Soap, and none of the spin-offs seem to do it justice. The smell is obviously very personal, but I adore it, and love having the smell on my skin after a bath.
I have very mixed feelings on this perfume. I absolutely adore the soap, it's a big family favourite and the smell is amazing. The perfume just doesn't do the soap justice; it's far too concentrated and the first spray makes me feel slightly ill, with citrus being overwhelmed by bitterness. However, my boyfriend seems to love this scent and likes me wearing it more than any other, and after an hour or so the smell has calmed down. But it doesn't do the actual soap's scent any justice, which is a disappointment.
This product is highly advocated by teen magazines, but also more 'grown up' magazines, with Cosmopolitan rating it very highly. I can see why it would appeal to the teen market; a brightly coloured bottle, and cheap. That is the marcara's only good points. It clumps, provides poor coverage, does very little to emphasise my eyelashes, and flakes easily, which is a pain for a contact lens wearer like myself. Not worth it at all, 3k poor reviews say it all.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Vitamin E Hand and Nail Cream
Skillpadde 1/18/2010 4:29:00 PM
In the winter I get dry, peeling patches of skin all over my hands, and after trying multiple other handcreams, I tried a sample of this in The Body Shop to amazing results. The next week I purchased a bottle, and I love it. It softens skins amazingly, as well as moisturing and helping dry, sore skin. However I've not really noticed any differences to my nails, which are very thin and prone to splitting, so it would be better branded/advertised as just a hand cream.
Vaseline is absolutely amazing. It is the most versatile product I have in my posession. It's amazing for dry, cracked lips over winter, as well as giving a natural, gentle shine. It helps smooth and add a shine if applied over a small amount of a harsh coloured lipstick. When I have a cold and have been sniffing/blowing my nose, it helps soothe chapped, flakey shin under my nose. It even helped sort out a dry, sore red patch on my eyelids. As a bonus, you require so little no matter what you use it for, so it lasts forever. An absolute must for anyone, for both practicalities and aesthetics!
I first smelt this perfume when a friend brought it into school. I was drawn in by how the scent would catch me at random intervals throughout the day, and decided to invest in my own bottle. It is considered a 'teenage' fragrance, and I suppose I can't dispute that as I qualify for that age range. But I totally adore it, and encouraged my boyfriend to buy the male range a few months ago too. The bottle and the box are both aqua blue, and the bottle shape is aquatic, if that is possible. This matches the scent, which is fresh and reminicent of the ocean. It lasts all day and the smell has a habit of hitting you throughout the day at strange points, and I couldn't get enough of it. It's a very summery scent, and once I've worked my way through my other perfumes I definitely plan to buy a new bottle.
I had been seeking out a decent mascara for ages, and decided instead of buying blindly it was time to read some reviews. I never stumbled across MUA at this point, but several other websites (including the retailer I purchased it from) had several rave reviews by Diorshow. Spending a lot of money on one product had always been an issue with me. In theory, I know more money=better quality, but as a teenage student I'm torn between being frugal, and wanting good eyelashes. I decided to risk it with this mascara, despite it's extreme (for me) price. I purchased it for £20 (roughly $37?) which was the most I had ever spent on a mascara. Although it is touted as the God of mascaras, my feelings were mixed. Admittedly it was a lot better than any of my previous ones; it provides good, dark colour and coverage (I have blonde eyelashes so this is a huge, noticeable factor), the brush allows for easy application, and I found it very easy to adapt to, and the smell was different, but quite pleasant in my opinion. However, it isn't absolutely gobsmaking, and I feel that it worked better straight after opening the package than it does now 2 months later. But it is a good mascara- you can apply one coat and have dark but natural lashes, and with several coats you can achieve fairly long lashes (albeit clumpy, unless you utilise an eyelash comb). But for its price, you are ultimately paying for a brand, and although good, it is overrated. But I'm yet to find a better mascara, and until I test a better one I'll stick with Diorshow.
Fragrances -Donna Karan - DKNY Be Delicious Parfum Spray
Skillpadde 1/18/2010 4:03:00 PM
This scent was a favourite of a girl in my high school. She would carry it around and reapply it every lesson. I had also read so many rave reviews I decided to purchase it on an impulse buy. I can't stand it. The smell is so strong that in the morning on an empty stomach it makes me feel ill, turning my stomach, and is sickly sweet and sticks in your throat. I find it a totally unappealing scent. I gather it is meant to be based on apples, but the scent is anything but appley to me. The box is fiddly, and bleary eyed at 7:45am the last thing I want is to spend ages wrestling it back into its box. After a few half hearted attempts to like it, it is at the bottom of my drawer full of discarded cosmetics and boxes, where it'll stay until it is turfed, one day.
Anais Anais is a perfume I have no idea how I discovered, but somehow enchanted me enough to buy it; a very rare quality, as I'm fairly picky about perfumes and find myself hating 90% of what I try. However, there is something lovely about this scent. It is very floral, without feeling old-ladyesque, and reminds me slightly of talc- not a bad thing. The packaging I find a bit naff, with flowery designs, and the bottle is also fairly off-putting, but that makes the scent all that much more of a surprise when tried!
I first discovered this when receiving free samples after purchasing another perfume, and initially I wore the sample more than the one I bought! I couldn't get enough of it. The scent is subtle, light and reminds me of flowery strawberries (for want of a better description!) The packaging is vivid pink, with a navy blue lining. The bottle itself is a bit of a let down, being very tall and slim, with quite a cheap feeling lid. The shape of the bottle also leads you to think there is less left than there actually is. However, I've liked this perfume for over 5 years, and it is a great scent for the Spring.