Treatments (Eye) -Nivea - Q10 Plus Wrinkle Control Eye Cream
alicemf 12/22/2006 7:07:00 AM
well this does nothing a regular light moisturizer couldn't. It doesn't seem to improve or change anything. I'd rather just use my own face moisturizer
Lip Treatments -Clarins - Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm
alicemf 11/10/2006 10:55:00 AM
This is a moisturizing glossy balm. I think it's ok. The scent is strong and could be overpowering to some, it didn't bother me unduly. As a lip balm, it is no better or worse than any other high end I have tried, such as Clarins Superbalm. Although it does give a sort of "cushion" effect, I found it wore off quickly. I use Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream now instead, and I find it has better healing/moisturizingf qualities than Clarins. The Clarins is ok, but I will not repurchase.
Conditioner -L'Oreal - Nutri-Gloss Intensive Shine
alicemf 7/20/2006 12:00:00 PM
This is a deep conditioner, or intensive masque from the L'Oreal Elvive (or Vive) range. It comes in a pink pot. The conditioner itself is a gloopy pink colour, which initially freaked me out a bit, but it has a pleasant fragrance. Rather than use this as an intensive treatment, I use this as a regular conditioner, on alternate hair-washing days. This means I just massage into the lengths of my hair and rinse straight away. Once in a hile I might use it as a treatment, for a special occasion. I was really surprised by this conditoner, as it really does do what it claims. It gives my hair a really nice sheen, without leaving it feeling coated or sticky. I find it leaves my hair pleasantly soft, and it brings out the colour of my hair too. My only criticism is the packaging. You know how it is, you're in the shower, you open your pot with the screw top, the lid falls in the tub, and the pot fills up with water. Then you need one hand for the pot, another for the lid and a third(???)to get the stuff out. Ugh. So one lipstick off for that.
Hair Color -Garnier - Nutrisse Permanent Creme Hair Color
alicemf 6/11/2006 6:51:00 PM
Love this hairdye, it's been my staple for a while. I used to use 6.6 (pomegranet) to dye my hair red. Now I'm using 4.5 Chestnut Auburn. Colour is beautiful, smell is tolerable, condition of my hair is fab. One HUGE rant though: the conditioner packaging is the absolute worst. Once hands are wet from rinsing the dye it is virtually impossible to open the sample packaging. If you have the presence of mind to open it before, it is then virtually impossible to get the stuff oput of the packet anyway. Garnier, if you are reading this, FIX IT. Now that the fruit oil bottle is gone, there is room in the pack for a proper tube of conditioner
Tinted Moisturizer -Bobbi Brown - Extra Spf 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm
alicemf 3/12/2006 7:35:00 AM
I waited a month or so before reviewing this so as to not be too hasty. My skin is slightly sensitive, combination and slightly congested. I find that most tinted moisturizers don't moisturize enough. Which is odd considering my skin isn't incredibly dry. Having tried out Bobbi Brown's Moisturizing Foundation, i found it left my skin flaky (strange...it's their most moisturozing foundation) so I asked the SA for something even more moisturizing! She was unsure about the Balm as my skin is combo...and I was unsure too... AMAZING. I absolutely love this stuff. It is emollient and sheer and leaves my skin smooth, hydrated and evened out all day. I use a dab of powder on my t zone to set it. I would purchase again in a heartbeat. And bear in mind that my skin is combination, not dry. My only slight peeve is the pot - I'm not keen on diping my fingers in. But as it is so thick, I don't think any other packaging would work. Huge thumbs up.
Concealers -Estee Lauder - Ideal Light Brush-On Illuminator
alicemf 2/12/2006 1:17:00 PM
This is just what I hoped for from the reviews below - it conceals and brightens, which is no mean feat. Having tried YSL Touche Eclat and Dior's version too, I found that a highlighter was of no use if I actually had darkness and lines to conceal. Concealers seem to sit on my skin and look like a mask. I was really hoping this would solve the problem. It did. I love it. Perfect texture, great shade selection...I might even post a before and after pic!
Conditioner -Origins - Ginger Up Aromatic Conditioner
alicemf 12/30/2005 1:10:00 PM
I like this. It doesn't feel "smooth" when you put it on your hair, but my hair ended up looking just as nice and glossy as it does with other conditioners. Every day use might not be great, but with a deep condition once a week, my haior looks lovely anyway. The smell is divine. Perfect for a pick me up if you're feeling miserable about getting up on a dark winter morning. I probably would only repurchase if I bought the shampoo at the same time, and as I use the shampoo more, I probably won't.
I love this cleanser. Finding one for my slightly sensitive combo dry crazy skin has been a long journey. This is a little too drying for winter, but I use the dermalogica toner afterwards which fixes the dry spots on my forehead. A little goes a very long way (two pea-size blobs do face and neck), it lathers well, removes dirt and make-up, and rinses clear with a face cloth or sponge. It is doing a good job of keeping my blocked pores under control, while not making my face feel itchy and dry or greasy and congested. Pricy, but lasts for ages.
One of my only repurchases. I'm not one for lip products at all - lipsticks don't last, glosses make everything sticky... This is a fabulous product. As the other reviewers, I'm not sure about the plumping effect. It makes my lips look a bit "fuller" becuase of the sheen and the tint is very close to my own lip colour so evens it all out - more an optical illusion I suppose. The taste is pepperminty, totally addictive, the colour (bubblegum) is a soft subtle pink, and the gloss is perfect. No stickiness, my hair doesn't attach itself to my lips on a windy day! Love this, for a subtle daytime gloss of colour
I'm pale but with a very golden base colour to my skin so an ideal blush is hard to find. Powder makes me look cakey, and I am so pleased I have found this. The colour is a peachy rusty colour and can be built up from very light to quite dramatic. The texture is creamy but goes to a more powdery finish on the skin, and is easy to apply without streaking (unlike cheekies by BeneFit - yuk). I thought at first it wasn't very long lasting but that's because i was wearing it on bare skin, it lasts perfectly over foundation. The packaging is mildly annoying, it can ooze a bit, and a little goes a very long way so have to be careful not to squeeze too much out.
I really like this. I don't like wearing foundation because of the feel, but this has something like silicone in it that makes it go on smoothly without tugging. It's also a nice natural powdery finish without streaks, light coverage that evens my blotchy skin out. It lasts very well (sweating running for a bus). Not entirley sure about the shade selection - sand is too dark but the lighter one is too pinky. One lipstick off, for an otherwise excellent product
streaky!! would never use on my eyelids as is compltetely the wrong colour. And on lips it's way too dark.
Primer/ Corrector -Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Eclat (Radiant Touch)
alicemf 1/14/2004 5:36:00 AM
ok, Really annoying packaging, you click it...nothing...then too much! Grr. the product itself is great for me, it lifts the eye area out of the dark and doesn't dry out the skin round my eyes.
I really wanted to like this, it should do wonders for lips, plumping, moisturising and base colour for lipstick, but for some reason it made my lips really sore and raw. Maybe an allergic reaction, but I would recommend caution all the same
expensive! Skin feels silky and looks less shiny, but for the price, I was hoping for a bit more than just blotting. It's nice but not amazing. Searching for a cheaper alternative. Good moisturiser for oily skin tho