Liquid -Rimmel - Recover illuminating anti-fatigue foundation [DISCONTINUED]
awful_cherry 7/2/2007 11:45:00 PM
Love love love. Especially for the price -- in fact, I never really considered buying drugstore foundation until I geniusly left my makeup bag sitting on my counter at home when I went on vacation. I went to walgreens to stock up on some cheap basics to last the week and happened to pick up this. I actually took it home, kept using it and have nearly finished the bottle, and will repurchase when it runs out. It is somewhat "sparkly", so maybe not the best look if you have very oily skin. However, the finish is matte, so there isn't any overwhelming or unnatural shine, just some luminescence. This reminds me of MAC studio fix fluid in its matte but natural and light finish, only with lighter coverage and the aforementioned "illuminating" sparkles (and about $20 cheaper). I did use tinted moisturizers all winter, but have recently returned to this for the summer, as it goes on lightly over my heavier sunscreen and never makes my face feel greasy or heavy (or at least, more so than it already does because of the sunscreen). Love the utter non-greasiness, the light coverage, the natural finish. Another random thing I appreciate about this product is that they didn't follow the silly trend of putting SPF in makeup. This is a pet peeve of mine because you don't apply foundation heavy enough to provide significant protection, they never actually include sufficient suncreen anyways (just SPF sunscreen that is usually not UVA-protective or photostable), so all the SPF ingredients do is make the stuff greasy like sunscreen for no reason at all. That's possibly one of the reasons that this stuff feels so light on my skin. I also like the plastic squirt tube packaging. It won't look fancy on your counter but it's great for travel -- there's not any extra bulk to waste space in your quart-size ziploc baggy, you don't have to worry about it breaking like a glass foundation bottle, it's hygenic because you're not dipping your sponge in it over and over, and if you happen to forget your sponge it's easy to squirt out a bit onto your fingers and apply it that way. Overall one of my favorite drugstore products.
Toners -Alba Botanica - Hawaiian Hibiscus Facial Toner
awful_cherry 4/21/2007 2:45:00 PM
This is one of the better toners I've used. I give it a four only because I'm not sure that it does anything that great for my skin -- there are no ingredients to clear pores, stop breakouts, etc etc etc. It doesn't irritate my skin at all, which is a good thing. I buy it at CVS, and this is one of the few drugstore toners that isn't alcohol based. The first time I used it was a bit disconcerting -- it smells like lemon juice, so I was expecting it to burn on my skin, but no discomfort whatsoever. It does do a good job of removing leftover cleanser residue, which is the only thing I really need it for as I don't wear heavy makeups that don't come off during cleansing. Whether I would repurchase would depend on my budget at the time -- I'm not sure that it does much more for my skin than plain witch hazel, but it smells better, is pleasanter to use, and looks better in my bathroom than witch hazel, so I would repurchase it if I could afford to but go for the $5 witch hazel if money were tight.
I was given a treatment of this at an Aveda salon (not a facial - my stylist just left it on my face while she detoxed, shampooed, conditioned, and deep conditioned my hair). I noticed no difference afterwards - no real exfoliation, my skin wasn't more glowing, if anything it was greasier and dirty feeling. Which is unusual, since I don't have particularly oily skin and she didn't put a moisturizer on me afterwards (besides the Aveda tinted moisturizer foundation, which I use at home and love). Perhaps one would notice more results after repeated applications but based on this experience I wouldn't buy it. There are cheaper masks out there that give good results after just one application (besides, isn't the point of a mask the instant gratification?)
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - Fresh Cooling Body Mist Sunblock SPF 45
awful_cherry 3/18/2007 6:21:00 PM
I couldn't take the scent of this stuff. It is weird, chemical and nauseating. Also, if you have just shaved your legs, this stuff burns like mad. I'm not even sure how this stuff protects from the sun, to be honest, because I returned it to CVS. The sticky feeling and weird smell were too much.
This would be a great moisturizer for someone with incredibly sensitive skin. It is basically just a "plain" moisturizer, with no dyes, perfumes, or parabens to irritate, but also no sunscreens, antioxidants, antiirritants, aging or acne fighting ingredients, or anything else. It is also not that moisturizing, it is very very light. I can use other moisturizers just fine so I would not repurchase this one. I got a small size as a GWP, but to me $38 is way too much money for such a basic moisturizer unless you literally cannot use anything else. There are hundreds of decent basic light moisturizers on the market (one favorite - Paula's Choice hydrolight) and I can use most of them so I see no point in paying for this one. I am giving it a 4 rating only because of its uniqueness in not having any additive ingredients and how much of a lifesaver it may be for people who cannot tolerate any extra additives on their skin, since most moisturizers on the market currently come with, if not dyes and fragrances, antioxidants, plant extracts, and/or SPF. For myself, I give it a 3 - it does nothing harmful to my skin, but is nothing special and way overpriced.
Moisturizers -Paula's Choice - HydraLight Moisture-Infusing Lotion
awful_cherry 2/25/2007 6:09:00 PM
This is a great, light lotion, just as advertised. I don't use it often enough to know whether it will break me out, but it hasn't caused any short term problems. The only thing is I'm not sure how useful it is for me. I use something heavier at night and I use sunscreen during the day, so I have no real need for a light lotion without SPF. I could see myself using this during the day when I'm not going outside or possibly at night during the summer. I have 5 sample packets so whether I repurchase will depend on how often I use those. I do like that Paula avoids fragrances, dyes, and other useless but irritating ingredients in her products. If you do prefer a very light moisturizer at night or like a light moisturizer under your sunscreen during the day, I recommend this one for the antioxidants.
Lipstick -MAC - Lure Lipstick from Lure Collection
awful_cherry 2/6/2007 2:16:00 AM
This is a gorgeous lipstick! One of the first lipsticks I bought and wore, actually, as until recently I was a gloss girl. It is a soft plum, with a touch of shimmer. On my lips it is a perfect YLBB color. I can't repurchase but if I could, I'm still not sure I would, as it is almost the exact color of my lips so I think I would rather try something I could actually see on me. The color itself is lovely though.
Lip Gloss -mark - Glow Baby Glow Hook-Up Lip Gloss - Pink Crush
awful_cherry 2/1/2007 1:35:00 AM
First, I love the texture of these glosses. I dislike sticky lipglosses, even though they wear longer -- I would rather have a gloss that feels nice on my lips and reapply more often. I just wish they came in more colors. I have Pink Crush and Hot, and all the other swatches on the website like variations on nude colors. This is not a miracle color, though I can see how it is the most bestselling gloss, as it seems like one of those "universally flattering" glosses. There is not much color to it on me. Those who think it does have color must have very lightly pigmented lips. I'm pale, but my lips are a pigmented rosey-mauvey color, and on me, this lipgloss just adds shine and a bit of shimmer, maybe the slightest tinge of pink. This is not a must have lipgloss but I do use it quite a lot. Since it's so sheer, it's foolproof, and I can apply it anywhere without a mirror, plus there's nothing that it doesn't "match." I might repurchase, but more as a staple item, I don't think there is anything terribly exciting about the color.
Sunscreen -Avene - Very High Protection Sunscreen Cream SPF30+ UVA/UVB
awful_cherry 1/21/2007 3:32:00 PM
This is thick and pasty, the color of calamine lotion, and smells like urine. Totally unusable. There are much better physical block sunscreens on the market for much less.
Sunscreen -Neutrogena - sensitive skin sunblock spf 30
awful_cherry 1/15/2007 1:25:00 PM
This did protect me well from the sun. I don't tan at all while I'm using it. But, the white cast it leaves is really bad. I have fair skin, yet the white cast is so light that it makes me look sickly unless I'm using full-coverage foundation. It's also not waterproof or sweatproof, so I don't recommend using it for the beach or swimming or exercise. It didn't irritate me and protected me well, so I would like to use it, but I'm going to try to find a sunscreen that doesn't leave that pasty white look instead.
Treatments -Advanced Skin Technology - Green Cream by AST
awful_cherry 1/5/2007 1:25:00 AM
This product did absolutely nothing for me. Normally I only give 1-lippie reviews to products that actually affect my skin in a negative way, but for a product to have such high claims, hype, and cost, I expected something. It gave my skin that retinoid sensitivity and flakiness so that everything I tried to apply to my skin burned, but made no difference in terms of pore size or cloginess, skin tone/evenness, acne or acne marks. I used level 6 and used it for several months without result. Because the salon I bought it from -- according to the website, the only salon in the San Diego area that sells it, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it there due to their return policy -- doesn't accept returns, it was $50 down the drain. That's nearly twice what much larger tubes of rx skin treatments cost under my insurance! I would expect this from a $10 antiaging treatment but $50 is too much to pay for absolutely no result. Meanwhile my Alpha Hydrox souffle does everything I expected the Green Cream to do based on these reviews for $16, without making my skin overly sensitive.
I love this formula. It smells like Sunny Delight to me (an orange-flavored kid's drink, in case they don't sell this in some countries), and I love that it's not sticky. The lack of stickiness means that its lasting power is lower than, say, a MAC lipglass, but I'm willing to deal with that as I hate sticky tacky textures. I purchased Velocity and had to return it -- I loved the formula but the color was too dark for me (cool-toned PPP). The other color I have is delirious, which I love and is very flattering, if a little sheer. I just wish there was a larger color selection.
I had to return this. I liked the color in the tube, and my lips are fairly pigmented for a pale girl, so I thought I'd like the darker color. But it was way too dark for me and made me look dead. I'm NW15 for reference.
I found this pretty worthless. It promised thickening, and was cheaper than the other Rimmel mascaras, which is why I bought it. It made my lashes "pop" a little, but wasn't dramatic or volumizing at all. I already have black lashes, so "tinting" mascaras are worthless to me. I could see someone who really just wants to color their lashes and keep them natural looking enjoying this product, but I like a dramatic, volumizing mascara, which this just isn't. I'm sticking to my Loreal Voluminous. Too bad, because I do love Rimmel, and it's cheap.
I'm a little disappointed in the lippies. There is a light whitish pink shade, a pinky-nude shade, a berry shade, and a red shade. They're moisturizing, but very sheer, not pigmented at all. Even the two darker ones (red and berry) don't have much color. I wanted them to be somewhat sheer, since they look pretty dark, but I can barely tell the red shade and the berry shade apart. The lighter two basically have no color on my lips, just sheen.
The e/s are nice, though. There are two light highlighting shades, which I don't like -- I tend to find those boring and would have preferred another dark shadow. They're great for the price, some of the better d/s eyeshadows I've ever used. They're not incredibly pigmented, I would be disappointed if I had paid a lot for them, but they're great for a $5 palette. I do wish there were one really shimmery/frosty shade, because I love shimmery shadows. The two highlighter shades are fairly matte with a little sheen, the taupe is slightly shimmery, and the plum shade is matte.
I wouldn't pay Sephora prices for this palette, but for $5, I'll keep it. I can see myself using this plus a blush and maybe a dark liner for FOTDs and taking it as a convenient palette for travel. The packaging isn't very cute but it seems durable, and I like the nicely-sized pullout mirror.