Lotions/ Creams -Perlier - Perlier Olivaruim Treatment Butter with Pure Olive Oil
bablondie32 11/28/2007 12:32:00 AM
Yes the company is a GREAT company and for moisturizing and packaging. But this lemongrass scent is soo gross. Not what I want to smell when I imagine olive oil...I would want more of a mediterreanean or clean scent this is gross.
Gels/Soaps -Perlier - Perlier White Almond Cream Bath
bablondie32 11/28/2007 12:30:00 AM
What can I say. I love Perlier or Elariia from Italian Bath and Body and usually get mine from HSN. It's a dream. It's a powdery-scented almond. Some people say they detect the ever-so slightest hint of cherry but some days I do and some I don't. Anyway, it is similiar to that of Jergen's Cherry Almond lotion. I love this but my fav is by far the Shea butter Almond from Elariia and not this White almond but this is a close 3rd to their Dark Choclate.
I'm not sure if I would buy this again or not. It is very soft and luxurious and feels very high-end. Mine was new and rec'vd in swap but I hear they are very inexpensive. With that said...I feel it's too huge. I cannot figure out how to use it on mineral makeup and my face with it having so many bristles (I mean literally thousands of them). If you pick up mineral makeup with it, it will use way too much and waste it. I can only see using this to "buff" the makeup all together at the end as a last step in the makeup routine..with that said I don't think that I would need it then..b/c my little retractable mark kabuki works excellent. It is also hard to store being that it's so big. If anyone knows how or what you use it for...PM me please! I will update this if I figure it out : )
Makeup Brushes -Mary Kay - Retractable makeup brush
bablondie32 11/20/2007 12:18:00 PM
I would say it is a 2.5 or 3 out of 5. I rec'vd in a swap. It says it's a retractable blush brush. It is pink and looks like a lipstick tube with cap. I really wanted a retractable brush. The bristles are okay, they are kind of harsh and long and don't pick up and buff mineral makeup too well, in fact I don't think it blends blush too well (picking up too much pigment and not enough buffering of the pigment). With that said..it is practical, cute, and easy to travel with. But it feels extremely cheap (maybe it was .50 cents to make it China-says Made in China) and so with it being Dollar-store quality I'm sure it will break or fall apart soon. But I'll keep using it until then and be much happier with my mark retractable Kabuki (which btw is the best deal there is). I'm okay with it b/c I rec'vd in a swap. Would not buy again, though.
I felt compelled to write about this. This is the RETRACTABLE mark Kabuki Brush. It sells for 5$ on meetmark.com and sometimes has promotions to get it free with purchase. I rec'vd in a swap new and I'm in love. It's my fav. I was on the lookout for a kabuki brush. I have an Essence of Beauty which is huge, soft but just not practical for my face or travelling. I rec'vd a Mary Kay one, which is just cheap. This is amazing...totally stumps the 30$ higher end kabukis. It is an awesome size, you can pull it full out or retract it inward to use for smaller area coverage. It has a lid and so the bristles will never get deformed. Awesome, compact thing. I would recommend 1 or 2 in any makeup kit. Too bad I don't get comission for it b/c that's how much I like it!
I wish L'occitane would bring its old Amber back, it was soooo good. This doesn't even compare. Same with their vanilla. Why mess w/a good thing? They're nuts. I won't ever buy this one and I"m mad b/c I can never find a yummy match to their old amber.
Moisturizers -Avon - ANEW Retroactive plus night repair cream
bablondie32 10/24/2007 3:47:00 PM
If you get this on sale or on ebay, you can get it cheap. But buy at full price, no! It is my HG of moisturizers and anti-agers. No, I don't use it ALL the time but I switch with it sometimes. HG for Avon that is. My list of moisturizers I like are: SSC Olive Oil, Avon's Nutura, Avon's Retroactive (and Clinical), Derma E's Retinol face cream. When I find a better moisturizer, I'll let you know. But those are it for me for now and I've tried everything.Decent ones are: Sig Club A's 5 essential cream, Philosophy's face creams. I think I'm real turned onto Derma E right now though and this Retroactive. If anyone has a HG anti-ager face cream that works on sloughing skin and renewing skin cells (glowy) and moisturizes for inexpensive then I want an email from you!
Great stuff. I wonder if the emollient properties are just the Palm Oil if that's the case, I can get cheap wholesale palm oil on the internet somewhere for a few bucks, but if it's a combination of stuff then this stuff is GREAT! It rocks. I tried it on my hair at Sephora and fell in love. I HATE the price. RIDICULOUS. Thirty something dollars for a 5oz thing of it. It'll last a few months. I haven't tried as a conditioner but it's my new fav hair sleeking/shiner oil. I have tried biosilk (good stuff), and d/s brands of hair serums/oils and avon is really good (their advanced techniques serum). You only need a half a dime size or maybe 1/4, rub through hands and then start in the middle and work up and down b/c if you start at roots or use too much: grease slick city. I am not sure about it actually reconstructing hair. It smells good to me. Everytime I wear it my husband sniffs my hair and says "mmmm what is that?" and so he must think it's sexy. It's musky, sensual. Sort of like sipping a drink in a dark, smokey dimly-lit bar. It sometimes has that "smoke" smell most smell. But I think it's more sensual/musky. Intriguing. I like it. It smells like smokey, musky, coffee. It actually is a pretty good scent if you're in the mood. It stays with you so if you DON'T like it don't buy it!
It seems a bit pricey at 13-16$ (I got mine at Nordstrom) but they last me like 2 years or longer. I only usually have to cover up under my eyes and redness around my nose. This is the BEST I've found besides Morgan Schick's highlighter concealer palettes. I am an NW20. I tried the NW15 when they ran out of the nw20 and it was too light for me. (I am cool toned/neutral/beige with pinkish tint, light skinned, green eyes). The only problem I have with this is that it is a bit drying. I think you need to be super moisturized (but I like that it's not so wet b/c it has staying power). I've been having problems with flakes/redness around my nose. It covers it well but I stop from time to time b/c I'm not sure if the chemical ingredients in this is actually CAUSING the redness and flakes. Good things are it's got spf 15 (yeah) and frag free and non acne-genic. I just wish it were all natural and no chemicals to irritate red noses LOL> but all in all my HG in concealers. P.s. I wish they'd make a version with "highlighters" in it that would be cool.
I like this hairspray. It's gentle on my hair and non-drying. The only thing I don't like is the smell. It takes some getting used to at first, maybe a strong powdery rose smell or something (at first I think old lady) but it disappates within a minute or two and you won't smell it again for the rest of the day, so no worries that it will mix with perfumes. It works great, and I love that it has no alcohol in it and good ingredients. Best one I've found so far even better than regular 99cent hairsprays at the store with alcohol.
Treatments -Jason Natural Cosmetics - Jason Thin to Thick Hair and Scalp Therapy
bablondie32 10/24/2007 2:20:00 PM
I'm confused...is this the elixir that you massage onto scalp? If it is...I bought it yesterday and I'm in love with it. It is around 7$ at a discount vitamin shop and so far it's enjoyed. I doubt or don't know it will help regrow some of my thinning hair up front (but I don't care)...it has great ingredients in it, I put it on my scalp b4 bed and I "tingled" my way to sleep, it smells tea-herbally nice and tingles, plus if you have dandruff or psorasis, it helps make that feel better. I would buy again.
They usually sell this onlin or vitamin health stores. I have a bunch on hand for craft making projects: soaps, scented perfume oils, massage oils, sugar scrubs, etc. I like to add my own fragrance and it works well for all that. Also I'll put it in an under eye serum mixed with jojoba and aloe oils. Great stuff. On my face? I probably wouldn't use except under my eyes. I'll stick to jojoba on my face.
Okay on a budget this winter and my skin is acting up: dry and flaky around the nose, dry under eyes, around scalp lines, etc. I don't have 70$ to spend on a Serious Skin Care Olive Oil skincare set for winter (which would be my preference for moisturization during winter). So I was thinking of an alternative. Since I make perfume scented oils and body butters, I happen to have lots of wholesale Jojoba oil on hand. Last week I started slathering it on and Wala, I am sooo moisturized. By the 3rd day under my eyes there's a big difference. No breaks outs ,makes skin more clear and not dry! Love, love this stuff if you can find it, put some on all over at night, go go sleep, wake up to fresh skin. Use it nightly during winter, that's my advice. Or if you get over 30. Save tons of $ too. I've tried Dessert Essence brand in the past, too it's a good brand to try.
Eye Shadow -Unlisted Brand - Larenim Mineral Eyeshadow in Bewitched Sand
bablondie32 10/24/2007 1:12:00 AM
I love this product, a great staple I wouldn't mind keeping. On me, it shows up a champagne with slight light pinkish tones to it, I think Bewitched Sand is a perfect name, it reminds you of a sandy beach with those little shimmery things in the sand reflecting. It is shimmery, but not overly done. Love it!
I tried a sample kit. All I know is I kept inhaling the stuff instead of getting it on my face. But once I figured it out, I broke out worse than I ever have in my life just from these minerals. I did not like it at all! Plus the colors are so-so, I really like shimmers and glitters (so a basic kit won't work for me) but I did seem to like the mineral veil, not sure why. Can't use it if I don't use other minerals, though.