Powder -Aromaleigh - Ultra Resolution Finishing Powder [DISCONTINUED]
agingfast 6/4/2010 3:52:00 PM
I bought the Clear ultra-res first, then the peaches and cream when that came out. Use just a tiny bit on a skunk brush- you'll feel the brush move silkily over your skin as the powder lies into your skin. The clear can lighten the skin tone just a tad, but I use it in places (top of cheekbones, center of forehead, above brows) that look better a little lighter. I'm not really sure how long the soft-focus effect lasts - I just do the best I can in a reasonable amount of time when I apply makeup, and then it's out of sight, out of mind. I found this product to be much better than Urban Decay's Razor Sharp - that didn't give me the air-brush effect at all, but it DID itch.
Loose Powders -Urban Decay - Razor Sharp Ultra Definition Finishing Powder
agingfast 6/4/2010 3:28:00 PM
I purchased this hoping it would provide some coverage in addition to a soft-focus finish like I get with Aromaleigh's ultra-res - which I like quite a lot. I got neither coverage or soft-focus, and this was itchy also.
I purchased this in fair. I am lighter than your average non-tanned caucasian, but not super light. On me, this product provided almost no coverage for small blemishes or slight facial redness, but did color my skin too dark - and with a grayish cast. I think Covergirl's TruBlend powder is a better product, at much lest cost. This is going back.
I purchased this (in Trooper) based on outstanding MUA reviews, and wound up returning it to Sephora - something I very rarely do. I was hoping the MA I talked to at Sephora could tell me what I was doing wrong, but had no luck with that. The product both blobbed and skipped and sort of beaded up on me, and much of it flaked off in no time. Figuring maybe the contents weren't mixed well, I I tried shaking the heck out of the product, wiping the tip lightly before application, making sure my skin was super clean, trying it over a thin wash of primer, going over it with various brushes - just about everything I could think of - but still it beaded up. And it performed even worse on my waterline. It was also fairly shiny, and I prefer a more matte liner.
Tools -Goody - Dandruff Control Copper Bristled Hair Brush
agingfast 2/8/2010 11:29:00 AM
This brush is like no other I've experienced as far as feeling absolutely wonderful as it stimulates your scalp. It feels like an amazing massage. As for dandruff control, maybe some, but I think I'd probably have to spend a lot more time brushing than my life or my hair can take. Plus, the copper coating does wear away quickly. My family members also love how this brush feels, and I considered giving it a 5 just based on this, but I guess most folks are interested in the dandruff control claims and in that regard I experienced no definite difference.
I got this free with purchase as part of a deluxe sample bag. It was unmarked other than the word "Tarte" on its sleek packaging. I unscrewed the top and saw a mascara applicator, so i applied to one eye. Goes on wet and sloppy. So that's when I finally clue in that maybe I should try to find out exactly what this stuff is by finding a photo of it on the Tarte website. Then I looked up the product on MUA. Not happy. Yep, I can't get it off and it looks like lumpy, cheap mascara and already a few lashes have broken off. Maybe if you have very robust lashes - the kind that would never need mascara anyway - you could withstand this, but I'm thinking normal people should stay away. I dread seeing how many more lashes snap during my sleep tonight. If you also got this as a free Beauty.com sample, I hope you were smart enough to read the reviews first and not just assume it was a relatively normal mascara.
I bought this based on MUA reviews. I used it for two weeks and wasn't favorably impressed. My cuticles aren't ragged, but a thin layer of skin grows onto the perimeter of the nails and hugs on very tightly. I wanted this excess skin to be gone. I like the tube that the Poshe comes in, but it's an expensive product and it really didn't do anything for me. I switched to a product I found at Sally Beauty - European Secrets Hoofer's Choice - cheaper and you get more - and it works great.
Lotions/ Creams -Tree Hut - Shea Body Butter Hawaiian Kukui
agingfast 10/21/2009 12:50:00 PM
This review is for the KuKui body butter. I have also tried the original scent, which has a strong, but non-fakey, smelling nut fragrance. The kukui fragrance is still nutty, but lighter. I prefer kukui. I'm not the type that likes the feeling of body butter all over my skin, but these are great for your feet and hands/nails, and are of very nice quality for the price - the best I've found period for softening hands & feet without the help of hydroxyacids. Let me know if you can find similar quality and performance in a butter that isn't as strongly foodie-fragranced - for anywhere near the price. I get mine at Walmart. My jar of original is getting fairly old now, and still no rancid off-smells. BTW, I find the lotions to be just mediocre - the butters are where it's at
Eye Primer -Tarte - Lifted™ Natural Eye Primer with Firmitol™
agingfast 10/21/2009 12:28:00 PM
I'm calling this product "UDPP PLUS-UP" - it works as well as UD's primer potion for increasing eye-makeup longevity, plus it does provide additional smoothing to my lids and evens out the skintone since it's a little more opaque than PP. It has ingredients which should result in long-term improvement of the skin as well as those that are supposed to deliver short-term benefits, and I think I am seeing some of the long-term benefits as well. Here are 2 tips: 1. if you apply coloring products to your brows, make sure you get some primer on them also. It really helps hold powder or pencil, and to me, getting my brows to stay perfect is way more important than whether my eyeshadow fades. 2. The Lifted primer is nice to apply even on days when you don't want to apply full color make-up to the eye. I'm pale, and maybe thing's are different for those with darker skintones, but this takes the edge off darkness at the inner corner of my eye and any blotchiness or imperfections from lashline to brow. It gives a nice translucent alabaster effect on me, and it lasts all day. I've taken to putting some UNDER my eye also to help hold the powder color corrector that I use for dark circles. Here comes the gripe: I wish this came in a pinpoint tube dispenser. I don't like repeatedly dipping an infested applicator into a tube, and I dislike chasing the product around the inside of the tube once the product starts to run low or it all hides in one spot.
This is probably the most long-lasting foundation I've ever used on my oilier skin, and I give it high marks for looking natural, too. I thought about giving this a five, since for the price and how it behaves, I think it's way better than other foundations. However, there are some problems: even though the bottle is glass, it's really hard to pick the right shade, and I think most shades have a gray or ashy cast, but this is improved with the passage of a little time and adding some blusher or bronzer on top to bring life back to your face.
This item is one I try to stock up on when I do see it. It helps deal with the crepe-like texture I'm starting to get on my 46-yr. old hands - it plumps up the skin in the short term, AND it does longer-term repair work. I noticed after a while of smearing the excess lotion up my forearms, that the myriad freckles that started accumulating on my fair forearms from about age 30 on faded/disappeared nicely from this lotion, so now I really use it for that. I wish it came in a pump. I'm okay with the citrusy smell, but would prefer no scent.
As with many LUSH moisturizers, I find Afterlife to come into its own for skin that has gotten messed up by a reaction to something else, whether that something is the sun, another cosmetic, or poison ivy and its brethren. I had a jar that was a ways past the expi date, and really didn't want to risk brewing up extra blemishes by using it on my face, but I used it on my hands/fingernails and within a week my nails were transformed - invisible cuticles, and the nails seem full of vitality like I've never experienced before.
Lotions/ Creams -Olay - Age Transform Body Creme Serum
agingfast 7/13/2008 6:35:00 PM
I was interested in purchasing a body lotion that did more than temporarily plump up and soften the skin. I am noticing some longer-term skin texture and anti-discoloration benefits from this lotion. I dislike the smell, but it seems to dissapate quickly enough. While it's not really a five lippie to me, which I prefer to reserve for items that give really remarkable results, I did want to do my share to highlight this product which does more than moisturize, since that is so rare in a body lotion.
Crystal Flash is a gel/lotion that works on any haircolor, not just for blondes. I'm silver-haired, and it gives me very good shine. Additionally, it gives light hold and it's very hard to overapply and end up greasy-looking - that's a problem with traditional shine serums. The down-side is that Crystal Flash is going to cost you more per use, because you'll use a lot of it each time. Still, nice to have on hand when you don't have time to deal with potential overapplication. Tip: if you go overboard with a shine serum, try spritzing hair with water and hitting it with a blow dryer or just use the dryer - seems to help the serum soak into the hair. Or blot hair with white tissue paper.
Ho-hum. Yes, this will moisturize some. So will a drop or two of almond, coconut or olive oil. And it'll be a lot cheaper. Save your money for products with added benefits.