Lipstick -Clinique - High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 - Cider Berry
TarinM 2/7/2013 6:25:00 AM
A lot of people seem to say this is a red, I really don't really see it that way, I think it's more pink then red, a cool deep berry red, but the funny thing is I don't usually suit that colour but this one just seems to work, it's really flattering, not too bright, not to dark, not too pink, not too red, it's just perfect, I think you could wear this any season as well, whether it be spring, summer, autumn, winter.
I've tried two of their blushes, the Outback Primrose is one of my all time favourites, I keep buying high end brands to see if I can find something better but I keep going back to this one, it's such a beautiful natural pink, blends easily and has a nice sheen to it, no glitter, makes you look glowing. I used to own Outback Nutmeg as well and again it was a really natural, terracotta colour, it was a bit of a cult product that everyone used to rave about, but I went to buy it again recently, it had been a couple of years since I last bought one, and they must have changed it because it was really bland and unflattering on me, so I wouldn't recommend it any more, I cant see it doing much for anyone.
So far I've really loved all the Live Clean hair products I've tried, the apple cider shampoo, the fresh water conditioner and the argan oil smoothing cream, but I didn't have much luck with this one, it has the consistency of beeswax so I found it really hard to wash it out of my hair and I think the processes of scrubbing my hair to get it out was probably undoing any of the good the treatment would have done. Great ingredients and beautiful smell though, its a shame really, but then it might still work for other people.
I really love this lipstick, its hard to describe but it's like a natural rosey berry colour on me. I agree with one of the earlier reviews that its good if you're going for a natural/nude lip but you don't look good with the really pale, flesh coloured lipsticks, this is quite neutral so you can play up the rest of your features. Having said that it's by no means a dull colour, I don't wear heavy make up so this is a really nice colour for me to brighten up my face. I have pale skin though,so I think with darker skin tones it might not stand out as much, but still a nice natural colour.
Liquid -Max Factor - Xperience Weightless Foundation
TarinM 12/9/2012 2:18:00 AM
I was freaking out because my usual foundation was discontinued and I couldn't find anything that matched my skin colour and was the right consistency but I tried this and the colour was perfect but I felt it was too sheer and didn't cover enough, so I nearly binned it, but I'm glad I didn't because all you need to do is go back over the parts of your face that need a little more coverage and it works really well that way. So its a great colour, doesn't oxidise/turn orange or pink, nice matte result, lasts all day and sinks into your skin so you don't look like you're wearing make up. It's SPF 10 as well, and I think it does break me out little, but not enough to outweigh the good results of this foundation.
Hair -Kiehls - Olive Fruit Oil Repairative Hair Pak
TarinM 12/9/2012 2:10:00 AM
This was disappointing. I was given a gift card and because my hair usually responds well to olive oil I thought this might be a good choice, I was still cringing at the cost of it though, over $50 for a hair mask, even though I wasn't actually paying for it. So I tried it and it did nothing special, my hair was softer and shinier, but it made it quite lank and sat flat on my head and became greasy quickly, and I have thick hair. Even when I tried it again and didn't put it on the top of my head it made the rest of my hair seem limp and thin. So it was just a average conditioner, you could get the Garnier Nutrisse 1 minute hair mask for $2 and get a better outcome.
Lip Gloss -Burt's Bees - Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers - Raisin
TarinM 12/9/2012 2:02:00 AM
This is my favourite Burt's Bee's lip shimmer, I see it as a berry/gold colour. I wear it nearly every day. A lot people say it's very dark and over the top, but I have really pale skin and I don't feel that way about it, it just seems to brighten my natural lip colour. Having said that I tend to dab it on lightly, not smear it on thick. I have yellow based skin as well so cool colours don't look very good on me but I don't see this as a cool shade, it has a bit of a gold shimmer to it which I think suits warmer skin tones. Perhaps it's one of those shades that looks different on everyone. The other good thing about it is it leaves a stain so I don't often have to reapply it. The downsides would be that I also don't like the peppermint oil smell, people must think I'm always brushing my teeth or eating tic tacs, I think it also makes the formula drying and can get in my nose and make me sneeze. I also wouldn't really call it a moisturising lip balm or anything, it's more just a colour.
I really wanted to like this because the ingredients sounded so nice, but it just seemed to have the consistency of beeswax, like it was quite difficult to spread over my face and then there was a fair bit of dragging to try and get it off, I had to use a face cloth as well, I don't think you could get it all off with water but I think it wasn't designed for that. My skin looked okay afterwards and it didn't seem to add to any breakouts, but I imagine if you didn't get it all off properly, which was quite an effort, you could get clogged pores from it.
This is just okay, does take my make-up off but I wear quite light make up so I can understand why people say it doesn't, it's quite a light, milky consistency. It doesn't break me out or dry out my skin but it does nothing amazing to it either. Could be a good option for sensitive skin like mine, but I did have a scratch on my nose and it stung a little when it got on there so I thought that was a little strange. I was previously using Kosmea's purifying cleanser but felt like a change and am a sucker for their pretty packaging, but I think I'll go back to that after. EDIT: I take that back, it is quite amazing! I think I didn't use this for long enough, only a couple of days before I wrote the review, and looking back my skin was quite sun and salt water affected from a recent holiday. I stuck with this for another few days and I started to notice when I brushed my hand past my face it felt so soft, like silk, and that's when I realised it was this cleanser! My skin had never felt like that before! And after the previous sun and salt water damage it was amazing that it had fixed it up so quickly. I also didn't seem to be getting any breakouts so I would recommend this to anyone, though again if you wear heavy make up you might not find this effective at removing it.
Cleansers -Olay - Total Effects Anti Aging Anti Blemish Cleanser
TarinM 8/11/2012 7:00:00 AM
I owe so much to this cleanser, it really saved me! I was having an awful few months with my skin, I was just constantly breaking out, nothing seemed to heal, I was getting little scars everywhere, my skin seemed all congested and dried up at the same time, and it was the first time I noticed 'crow's feet' as well, so I was getting the best of everything! I usually only like to use more natural products as well but nothing seemed to be working and I read the good reviews on here and thought I should try it, it was so cheap as well. But I can honestly say I went into the shower with awful skin and came out with skin about 90% better, I couldn't believe it. It was like it just dissolved off the top layer of awful skin to show the fresh, clear skin underneath. And I don't mean that in a harsh, abrasive way, because I also have quite sensitive skin which worried me about this and I did get a little burning around my nose, but all those months of awfulness and after every other product I had tried, my skin was just fixed and over the next few weeks my scars were fading really fast and my blackheads were disappearing, and my crow's feet as well so I can say this is a miracle product BUT unfortunately, like a lot of products with me it seems after a few weeks/months they don't seem to work as good on me anymore, so I actually stopped using it because it wasn't really having much of an affect on me, but I wonder if perhaps I overused it and my sensitive skin struggled with it over time, but its fine because my skin never went back to being how bad it was so I keep it for emergencies if I ever end up there again, but if you are having skin troubles I really think it's worth try!
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Wild Honeysuckle EDT
TarinM 8/11/2012 6:44:00 AM
Love this! When I first spray this on it smells just like honeysuckle, not fake at all, and I have a hard time with floral perfumes, they always give me a headache and this doesn't, even though at first it can be quite strong. Then a little while later it starts to smell like peaches and I love that too. Then I remember the first time I wore this I was at work and it was the afternoon and I kept smelling this beautiful smell, like chocolate, though not quite chocolate, and I couldn't put my finger on it, but then I realised it was me! It turns into this beautiful smell, I read that it has 'creamy musk' in it, so maybe that's what it was? Anyway, it is probably my favorite perfume of all time, there is nothing else like it.
This was okay, I didn't really feel it gave enough colour and it has a bit of a vaseline texture about it, so it would kind of bleed around the edges of my mouth. It was quite moisturising though, but it would still annoy me a bit when I wear it because of the bleeding around the lips messiness of it. If I had a choice over this and Benefit's Benetint lip pot it would be Benetinit for the colour and the stayability.
I think this was a bit overhyped, to be fair it does smell just like a real flower but I still found it a bit too strong and floral and maybe even 'old lady.' The first and last time I used it I got it on my coat sleeve and it was there for a few days and the smell was actually really annoying me. In Essence makes a Tahiti Flower body lotion and a few other products with that scent and it reminded me a lot of that, but I actually think that smells nicer and is more affordable.
Lotions/ Creams -Bodycology - Brown Sugar Vanilla Body Cream
TarinM 4/25/2012 6:06:00 AM
I usually use The Body Shop vanilla body moisturiser, more for the scent than anything else, so I thought I would get this thinking it might be better and a little bit different plus you get such a large amount and it's pretty cheap too, but it wasn't as good as the Body Shop's, it was actually pretty close but had a bit of a chemically, metallic smell to it, but I guess besides that it is okay if you want something cheaper that you get a lot of and the metallic smell did seem to eventually fade. Another good thing about it is the Body Shop version is really strong, so if you were to put it all over yourself people would probably smell you from miles away, whereas the Bodycology version was quite subtle so you could get away with doing that. So I wouldn't buy it again, not that I would need to because I have such a big bottle of it, but it's a good cheap option.
This saved my butt so many times when I was an acne riddled teenager! I got if for a gift when I was 12 and I've been buying it ever since (I'm 28 now). The reason why it I love it so much is for the fact that if I ever had one of those days where my acne was terrible and I could do nothing to cover it, I would use this mask and it would make such a huge difference, all the redness, oiliness and flakiness would be gone, it would be such a huge improvement and my skin would no longer be an issue that day. I don't know if it's a great scrub, it doesn't really seem to have much of a scrubbing action, and I don't think it would get rid of blackheads and things like that, though I think it does reduce the appearance of them, I just would recommend it as being a quick fix if you're having a bad break out, it just calms everything down and seems to dry everything up, it makes it a lot smoother and fresher too. The only downside is it quite stings around my nose, but I have sensitive skin, and it can be quite hard to remove, but it's a small price to may for the results you get.