Styling Products -Bumble & Bumble - Grooming Creme
amhirst 7/24/2009 3:09:00 PM
Uck. Makes my hair sticky and stiff. Would not try this again. Might work better for someone with very coarse hair? Don't know. Also, did not enjoy the smell, which I found kind of medicinal.
Moisturizers -Chanel - Rectifiance Intense Anti-Age Retexturizing Cream SPF15
amhirst 9/4/2006 3:10:00 PM
I generally like Chanel skincare. I have used a number of the other Precision products and have not had any problem with irritation or allergic reaction. My skin is pretty sensitive and tends not to tolerate fragrances that well. Unfortunately, this cream made my skin break out in itchy red bumps almost immediately. It seems to be just an average cream as far as moisturizing is concerned and I didn't really notice any anti-aging effects over the month or so that I attempted to use it. Also, I prefer to wear at least SPF 30 for the day, so the SPF in this cream is not high enough for my taste. Given the high cost, I would definitely not recommend this cream.
Conditioner -Kerastase - Elasto-Curl rinse out conditioner
amhirst 3/17/2006 7:42:00 PM
I was not impressed with this conditioner because I didn't think it was moisturizing enough. I have highlighted, thick, wavy hair. It leaves my hair feeling kind of strawlike and doesn't do a lot to tame the frizz. I will definitely not purchase again. Going back to Masquintense once this one runs out - it works a *lot* better for me!
Awesome curler!!!! I had been using Revlon's curler, but that one doesn't even compare. This both curls my lashes better and manages to curl all my eyelashes - even at the corners of my eye. Doesn't "snag" my eyelashes like my last curler did either. Highly recommend!!
This is the most *gorgeous* smoky green color! I have fair skin and green eyes, and this does a wonderful job of creating the smoky eye look & bringing out the green in my eyes. Personally, I think the Lilac shade (light brownish/purplish) complements it well - at least on me - & use them in combination. The quality of these e/s is fantastic - finely milled, blendable, great colors. And they have lots of staying power as well. I think they are among the best I've tried, including Shu Uemura & Chanel. I have a couple of other Lorac shades which I think are great - Mesmerize and Rhapsody. The packaging doesn't really bother me.
A fantastic color. I have green eyes and blonde hair and the purplish undertone in this shade really brings out the green in my eyes. This is a great everyday color that I just keep coming back to. It has lasted me forever too! Can't beat the quality of this either - super-blendable and does have pretty good staying power. Love it!
At first, this smells like orange cotton candy, as others have said. But within a few minutes, it had faded to just sweet. Nice, but I didn't find it to be that original in any way - smells like lots of other "sweet" fragrances out there - and pretty forgettable - maybe because it fades so quickly. Don't waste your money.
Fragrances -Des Filles à la Vanille - Riviere de Janvier
amhirst 2/11/2006 11:18:00 AM
Wow! I actually kind of like this, and I'm not normally a fan of fig-based fragrances. I usually think that fig fragrances are way too heavy/sickening sweet and smell artificial, so I wasn't that excited to try this, but it actually smells like a ripe fig (with a bit of vanilla and maybe some apricot mixed in there). I would probably not buy this myself (just got a sample) because I don't like fig enough, but I would recommend this to anyone who does!
Fragrances -Comptoir Sud Pacifique - Le Roi Santal
amhirst 2/11/2006 11:12:00 AM
A so-so sandalwood fragrance that fades within a few minutes of application. I find it way too light, like a lot of the other CSP fragrances.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Satellite Padparadscha
amhirst 2/11/2006 11:04:00 AM
To me, this scent is a little too cedary and harsh. I mostly smell a mixture of cedar, sandalwood, and a little bit of spice/cinnamon.
Fragrances -Hermes - Poivre Samarcande (Hermessence series)
amhirst 2/7/2006 7:25:00 PM
Thank goodness I ordered a sample of this first. I was excited to try it because I love Amber Narguile so much. Unfortunately, this is wayyyy to strong for me and smells like a big, fat, greasy pepper steak. I guess I'll give it two lippies for being unique, but this is one perfume I actually wish faded a little faster.
This definitely does not live up to the hype. I used to wear Houbigant Demi-Jour years ago but got a bit sick of it because it was too powdery. But thought Quelques Fleurs might be an improvement on that. Nope! The top notes are really nice and floral (though a bit too old-ladyish for me), but there is some truly gross urine-smelling undertone in this that I just can't stand.
I don't like this lip balm at all. It feels grainy on, doesn't do much to moisturize, and doesn't smell/taste very good either. My lips actually feel *drier* when I use it. The only good thing I can say about it is that it has SPF. Definitely would not buy again.
Treatments -Origins - Dr Weil Plantidote Mega Mushroom Face Serum
amhirst 1/13/2006 12:42:00 PM
I *really* like this stuff. I have very sensitive skin with some redness and a lot of products make me break out. I was pretty skeptical about the claims made for this product (and generally don't like Origins stuff, but I'm a sucker for new things!) So I tried it on half my face for a month ... and I really did see a difference - reduced the redness, evened out my skin tone. I also stopped getting the little red bumps that I thought were zits but I think were actually caused by products irritating my skin. So I started using it on my whole face and I don't think my skin has looked this nice in a while (I had been using Chanel Precision skincare). I have been using for a few months now and use in conjunction with the supplement, so perhaps that makes a difference as well. Will update if I change my mind!
Styling Products -L'Oreal - Smooth Intense Anti-Frizz Serum
amhirst 12/21/2005 2:12:00 PM
Hm ... I think this stuff is just ... okay. I've had it for a couple of weeks and have been using it every day, so I'm going to keep trying it. I had been using the Kerastase Oleo-Relax serum, which I guess is supposed to be similar. I like the results I get with the Oleo-Relax a lot better (more shine, makes hair silkier/more manageable), and I find I have to use a *lot* more of the L'Oreal version than I did of the Kerastase to see results. (I have thick, somewhat coarse, highlighted hair that has a natural wave/curl and a fair amount of frizz). The Kerastase version is a lot thicker - this is really thin/watery and doesn't smell as good to me. Not sure if I would repurchase - the jury's still out for me. Am planning to switch shampoo/conditioner soon, so will see if that makes a difference for me.