Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Moonlight Path Body Lotion
arp4235 1/21/2006 11:00:00 PM
I got this as a gift from my DBF- and suptrise- I love it! To my nose (and to his as well) it has a very light mellow scent. To me, it smells like musk, violets, lavender, and roses. I really like the quality of the lotion, it goes on very smooth and I do not find it to be greasy. I will definitely repurchase this! (P.S., as a side note, I have noticed that *most* guys really like the smell of this stuff... )
This was awesome! I used to have a Rimmel "Colour to Go" thingee that was just like this, but with gold shimmers in it. When I could no longer find it I was so crushed- but now I have this to replace it with! It is creamy, and looks like "real" blushing action, rather than some powder that looks like it is sitting on top of your face. I love this stuff- it is so cheap that you should rush out and try it NOW! As a bonus, it can also be used on eyes and lips, and it comes in a small package so it is great to keep in the purse or for travel.
Liquid -Rimmel - Recover illuminating anti-fatigue foundation [DISCONTINUED]
arp4235 1/15/2006 11:20:00 AM
Ok, so I bought this yesterday since I was going for an evening out and I needed to look nice. In the past I have had good luck with Rimmel products, and this did not let me down. I have applied it twice, and both times it went on smoothly and had medium-light coverage, and it did give a slightly "glowy" look rather than a matte one, which was what I was going for. It has a slight scent to it, but as with all of Rimmels products (in my opinion) it was extremely subtle and delicious-smelling. The packaging is a bit different, it has a bright pink lid. Overall, I will buy this again as long as it doesn't break me out during long time use (and I don't expect it to, it doesn't seem to irritate my skin in the slightest, rather it seems to be quite moisturizing and calming). This might not be good for those with very oily skins or those looking for full coverage. Great for a special night out!
Powder -Estee Lauder - So Ingenious Powder Foundation
arp4235 12/20/2005 12:13:00 AM
Well, I have bought this two times, in two different shades. The first time, I got warm light, which looked to yellow on me (amazing, I thought that wasn't possbile). The second time I got cool pale, which is a much better match for me. Funny, I always thought I was more of a neutral, not a cool. Ah well. This stuff is SO velvety. It is expensive, but it is extremely fine powder in a very elegant deep blue compact, and the applicator is "luxuriant." As in many cases, the good old L'Oreal or Rimmel pressed powder will do the trick, but if you need a pick-me-up product or if you have some extra dinero, this is a good purchase that I don't think you will regret.
Oh, a relic of my childhood. Who doesn't love aspartame-laden lipgloss. Tastes so yummy. I have to say, I use this out of pure nostalgia. Try it, there is something to be said for sweet lips! (Plus, it does moisturize well.)
Conditioner -Regis - Design Line Olive Oil Conditioner
arp4235 12/19/2005 11:50:00 PM
I love olive oil, so I had to try this out. My hair is fairly fried right now, well, not really visibly fried, but it is dyed. So I need to use a good conditioner. I like this, but I probably would only get it as a treat, and stick with my Thermasilk most of the time (solely due to cost considerations).
Lotions/ Creams -Aveeno - Daily Moisturizing Lotion
arp4235 12/19/2005 11:48:00 PM
Well, I used to use Curel, but I have such gosh-darn-sensitive skin that even the scent from that was bothering me. Plus they changed the formula on me which, well, just made me mad. What were they thinking? This feels just like the Curel (has similar ingredients) yet it is fragrance free, and it has oatmeal in it, which I guess must agree with my ultra-sensitive skin, since it hasn't been itchy or dry at all since I have been using it! I might want to try the one with menthol next, just because...
Loose Powders -Maybelline - Shine Free Oil Control Loose Powder
arp4235 12/19/2005 11:26:00 PM
Well, I have tried Prescriptives, Estee Lauder, NYC, Cover Girl, and Coty loose powders; and I have tried this. This one is my favorite so far, followed only by the Coty powder. It gives me sheer coverage with no strange casts of color, and it does control shine on me very well. The best part is that it is not irritating whatsoever and does not make me breakout at all. I like this a bit better than the Coty powder because the scent of the Coty sometimes makes me sneeze, and this is Fragrance Free. In my opinion, this is a great basic (non-irritating, non-breakout causing, fragrance free) at a very good price. It even comes in reasonable packaging that is not too ugly to sit on my dresser!
Hair Color -L'Oreal - Couleur Experte -hair dye / highlight
arp4235 9/5/2005 6:18:00 PM
So, I finally used this after many moons of comtemplation! I have naturally very ashy medium blonde hair. It can look green. So, I like to dye it various warm shades in order to counteract that greenish cast. I have always had good luck with Loreal hair dyes in the past, and this was no exception. I used 7.3 Butterscotch Creme. My hair turned out pretty darn close to the box- maybe a little bit lighter if anything. The process was very very easy to do, and it really did take just one hour. I would definitely use this again, but I think that I might want to try a different shade. UPDATE: I used this stuff again and it is definitely a good hairdye. Great color!
I got this cleanser when I needed something gentle for winter skin care/ times when my skin was acting sensitive. It is a white milky cleanser with little to almost no fragrance. It takes of makeup well and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean. Although I usually use it with water, if my skin is really dry I will just put it on dry skin, massage, and then wipe off. I don't feel the need to use toner or moisturizer after this product: I feel that it does it all. I really like this cleanser. It is so hard to find good milky cleansers in the U.S.- especially one made without mineral oil like this Lumene cleanser. If they ever stop making it or if CVS ever stops carrying it I will be devastated! Holy grail.
Moisturizers -Kiss My Face - Peaches and Creme moisturizer with AHA
arp4235 5/11/2005 6:16:00 PM
I am already biased because I love the smell of fresh peaches... when I found this stuff I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It is the first moisturizer that I can use for my body and my face. Has not clogged my pores at all (and I am acne prone), if anything it has cleaned them. Makes everything soft and smells so so good. Another bonus? It costs like 8-10 bucks for a HUGE bottle- what other facial moisturizer is such a bargain?
This soap is my all time favorite bar soap to use in the shower. I use it for body and sometimes for the face- Yes, it does look like the color of olives, and it smells like olives too. What else could you expect?? I mean, it is fairly basic and that is its appeal for me- less is more! I think that the olive oil and aloe bar is less drying than their other formulas...
Cleansers -Biore - PORE PERFECT Warming anti-blackhead cream cleanser
arp4235 4/25/2005 9:45:00 PM
I have never tried anything like this product before. Being acne and blackhead (I hate that word, btw) prone, and DESPERATE... I gave it a try simply because I have already tried everything else to no avail. Usually, if I get an anti-acne cleanser it is way to drying and harsh. This cleanser, I am assuming because it doesn't lather, is a lot gentler than your garden variety salicylic acid product. It smells good too! I would have to say kind of cucumber-melonish. And I haven't even mentioned yet that it has a very unique 'blast of heat' feeling for an instant when you apply it to your face. It is clearing my pores, and since I am a perfectionist that is a GOOD thing. So, if you want to try something a little on the different side, this is it. Have fun.
I love this stuff. It is the best moisturizer that I have ever used. In fact, I have been using it for night and day time even though it doesn't have spf (I am soooo bad). It really heals up any redness that I have and that is what I like the most about it. As another plus, it doesn't leave my face shiny and greasy looking like most other moisturizers that I have used. It leaves you moisturized but with a matte look. It does smell a little on the strong side at first, very lemony and maybe a little bit buttery too but it does fade fast and does not irritate like floral fragrances do. It is thick and a little will go a long way, so even though it costs 10-12 bucks it will last 4ever. The jar is awesomely blue and looks more like the jars my moms expensive Estee Lauder night creams come in. Oh, and btw I have tried her EL night cream and I actually like the scent and the results of the Nivea better, if that tells you anything. So go try it!!!
Pressed Powders -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Powder
arp4235 3/24/2005 6:50:00 PM
Got this in a neutral color- soft ivory. Purchased when I was away from home and needed more powder. This stuff is costly for drugstore~ almost $10, but I think that it may, just may be worth it. This stuff matches my skin tone very well and goes on very sheer looking. It looks more natural than my other drugstore powders. That being said, I don't think that it keeps my face as matte for as long. Trade offs people! If you are looking for something sheer and natural looking this may fit the bill. Just watch out for the orangey shades that others seem to be reporting! (Maybe err on lighter side.) Will consider repurchasing.