Generous bottle with a spray dispenser. I don't know why companies use a spray if the toner should not go anywhere near your eyes (like this one). I spritz into a cotton pad to use. It leaves my skin clean and refreshed, not stripped or irritated. For reference, I have combination skin (tending towards oily), that is also sensitive.
I really like this mascara a lot --- and for the reasons that others have stated. I have dark, straight lashes, and they are neither full nor plentiful, unfortunately. This mascara makes my lashes darker, fuller, and longer, but the really remarkable thing is that they curl my lashes --- and I don't have to use a curler. Amazing! I just follow the directions, pushing my lashes gently against the brush to "hold the curl", after applying a coat. One interesting thing about these mascaras that come off with water -- is the severity of the message that you need to replace them. With both this one and the Fiberwig, I'll use the mascaras happily for about 2-3 months, and JUST when I think "I wonder if it's time to throw these out", my eye will hurt like hell one day and that's it - flakes in the eye means it doesn't work like it was fresh. Duh. Overall, Fairydrops is a really good product that I will look forward to using again in the future!
Lip Treatments -Fresh - Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
SunnyK 6/18/2011 3:56:00 AM
I have the Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15. It has similar packaging to the picture, but it's a brown metal case. The product itself is flat, not tapered as shown. Yes, I know I should start a new listing, but I can't believe that the lack of sunscreen (presumably the only difference) would make a big difference. I used it a few times (or at least tried to), but I really hate this stuff. I don't like the taste & smell, and - the worst part - once I remove this "treatment", I find that my lips are dry and irritated.
A trial size of "long lash" mascara was included with a LM palette that I purchased near the end of 2010. The palette is ok (will write a separate review later), but I decided to write the review on the mascara now, so I can throw it away. The formula is very thin. It makes lashes a tiny bit darker but CERTAINLY NOT longer. It smudges very easily, and the brush is ridiculous. I like a lot of LM m/u, but this mascara is really very sub-par.
Treatments (Eye) -Unlisted Brand - Wei East Intensive Herbal Eye Treatment
SunnyK 7/19/2010 2:36:00 AM
Nice! I received a sample of this product, so I only used it one time. However, with masks and such, it's usually easy enough to tell if it's worth a repurchase - it either works or it doesn't (and hopefully doesn't case a massively gross skin reaction). In this case, it works - the packet contains 2 pads soaked in the treatment for your eyes. It's a lovely, cooling treatment for your eye area. I thought that it reduced the puffiness around my eyes and left me feeling more "awake". I went to find it online, which shows you how much I liked it. Wish it was easier to find in B&M stores, as well as online. Ingredients are "soybean germ extract, green tea leaf extract, Tibetan chrysanthemum flower extract, seaweed extract, mulberry leaf extract, peppermint extract, DMDM hydantoin, methylparaben".
The Cryste Marine Firming Cream is a decent night cream. I got a deluxe trial size (.25 oz.), so I could use it over the span of several nights. (I just used a pea-sized amount for my face every night.) I didn't have any funny skin reactions to it, and it seems like a decent moisturizer. The reason I'm only giving it 3 stars? It just seems like a reasonably good moisturizer, but not a "firming" one. Seems like a lot of hype?
Treatments -Kinerase - C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment
SunnyK 6/11/2010 1:54:00 PM
As the other reviewer has noted, this serum has a nice light consistency. It is not runny. Goes on evenly, and the small bottle actually lasts a long time. I like that it works well with my sensitive, combination skin, and it can/should be worn under makeup. You can see the full ingredient listing from the first review (thanks!). I bought one bottle (w/ a discount) and then got another as part of a limited offering from Sephora (they packaged a bottle of C8 with the Clarisonic). When I started using it, I thought I saw some evening of skin tone (less blotchy, skin looks clearer, etc.). Perhaps even some of my unwanted pigmentation (sigh) has faded a bit. To be honest with you, though, I wonder if the improvement has come from a number of things, including regular use of the Clarisonic and also a fabulous Le Metier product that I started using (where the change was very noticeable). I selected "yes" on the question of repurchase, b/c this one that I just finished was my second. Would I buy a third? I don't know. I want to see if omitting it from my routine results in a setback. If possible, sample first....
For a limited time, Sephora packaged the Clarisonic with a full-sized Kinerase product that I love, plus 3 trial size tubes of the (Clarisonic) cleansers. When it was time for F&F, I jumped at the opportunity. While I like the Clarisonic brush and (still love) the Kinerase C8 treatment, I dislike the cleansers, so far. This cleanser is meant for normal-oily skin, and it does feel like my skin gets cleaner than with the "gentle hydro" cleanser (yuck). However, I have also very sensitive skin (pretty common for those of use that are prone to breakouts) - and this stuff has a LOT of fragrance in it. Even after I rinse (thoroughly) the smell hangs on my skin & my skin seems much more irritated. (I know that It's not the brush, b/c when I use it with other cleansers, my skin is fine.)
It's so "gentle"... that it doesn't work. Like others have noted, my face does not feel clean after using it. I think it does remove m/u, but then it leaves a funny film that is irritating to my skin. I also agree that it has a really unpleasant smell (cucumber gone wrong!). Seems like something that claims to have cucumber and green tea (as the labeling on this cleanser indicates) would be great, but it's really very mediocre.
A beautiful shimmery red - I believe this one is part of the Holiday 2009 collection by OPI. My manicurist keeps the most recent collection front-and-center, and this one leapt at us as the perfect one for toes. It's gorgeous (I love vivid reds on my toes) - it reminds me of satiny red ribbons. The perfect Christmas red & will probably be perfect again for Valentine's Day.
Polishes -Sephora - Sephora by OPI - Worth my Weight
SunnyK 12/21/2009 2:08:00 AM
Fabulous glittery gold polish! It's glitter and not shimmer, so expect your nails to have some "texture". I haven't tried layering it with anything, b/c there is quite a bit of color - with two coats, you can't see the white or any of your natural color. I think it looks perfect for this time of year & all the holiday parties and such. In the summer, I think it'll be a fun polish for toes.
I'm not sure how much more I can add. I can also just agree (wholeheartedly!) that this shower gel is a really nice cleanser - perfect for my sensitive skin. Yields a nice lather that "rinses clean" & has a very mild, tropical (coconut!) smell. The smelll is neither overwhelming nor "synthetic-y". YR products are so cheap that they are almost free ... there are a lot more expensive shower gels that are not even half as good. Excellent product.
Fabulous, rich creme polish, as already described by the other reviews. As the others have noted, the color is a "berry-red", or something that I would say sits exactly between the darkest raspberry and a true red. I think that it is fabulous on toenails. Pretty much perfect as a fall-winter shade...
Although a reasonably effective "mask" or deep conditioning treatment for my hair, I have a hard time with the smell. My hair is coarse and also very porous (according to at least one stylist), so my little sample of this product did its job (very shiny and soft!). But, I hate the smell. It smells like smoke and/or cigarettes of some sort.
Overall, an effective toner! Botanicals are front and center - aloe, comfrey, burdock, lemon balm, gotu kola, lavender, sandalwood. Works well to keep my combination-tending-towards-oily skin (also very sensitive!) clean and smooth. My only real complaint is the packaging - and really, it's not so much a complaint as my personal preference. I like toners w/ the "splash" or "pour" top. I.e., just a hole so that I can put a bit onto a cotton pad. This toner is packaged with that stupid pump spray (so you can "mist" your face). I think this idea is stupid, because I don't like to spray toner into my face if there's a chance that it'll sting my eyes (and this one DOES sting if you get it in your eyes). Relatively minor thing, though - and again - it's just my preference. Overall, a very nice toner!