Eye Shadow -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Duo Eye Shadows all shades
bacterium_us 5/19/2007 7:46:00 PM
Of all the PF mineral products I've tried (and I have tried the whole line) the eyeshadows are my favorites. I have two duplex (berry minerals and taupe minerals) and a quad (slate minerals), all of which are very very good. I use taupe for every day and sometimes complement it with berry for a very natural barely-there makeup approach. The slate quad is really nice, I think it's a little bit more pigmented than the duplexes, although it has a little bit of shimmer which can be off putting for some. I haven't had any problems with my eyes (some eyeshadows really make my eyes water) which for me, is a deal maker. For this price, you can't go wrong, really. It's a shame about the bulky containers, but as some reviewers have suggested, I will depot into slimmer compacts. Overall, an excellent buy.
Pressed Powders -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Mineral Face Powder
bacterium_us 5/19/2007 7:41:00 PM
I've used both the loose and the compact powder of the PF mineral line. Overall, I have to say coverage with the loose powder is much better, however the compact has SPF15, which the other one does not. One thing with PF mineral products is that all their mineral pigments tend to be orangey, which can look a tad weird in those of us who are fair skinned. Overall, I think I would maybe repurchase if I was in a hurry and desperately needed foundation, although I think that I will try other brands without the orange tint.
Powder -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Loose Powder
bacterium_us 5/19/2007 7:38:00 PM
I like this powder. The color tends to be a bit on the orange side, but then again, I've yet to find a color that matches my skin tone (I'm of mixed european background that yielded a weird color scheme...lol). Having said that, the texture is decent and coverage is good, considering the price. Unfortunately it doesn't have SPF, which is a major drawback. Packaging is absolutely horrendous, as with all PF products. One word of caution: the brush is synthetic and very VERY hard. For those of us who have sensitive skin, it's like scrubbing your face with a brillo pad. My suggestion: use a sifter container from a leftover loose powder and hair brush. Overall, OK for the price but not the best.
UGH!!!! That cypress note!!! That's all I can smell for HOURS!!! Not manly, not womanly either, disturbingly like something you would hang in your closet to repell moths. If you like woody scents (and don't think conventionally woody here, think single-note woody), by all means try this one. The drydown is nice, but I'm not willing to wait hours to smell it. I gave it away to an appreciative wood-loving perfume nut and she adored it. It's very cheap, but the cap falls off immediately and refuses to stay put. Also, although the whole T-shirt motif is very cute, the bottle design is really a pain to carry in your purse.
What a disappointment. :-I After what seemed like forever, I finally made up my mind and bought it unsniffed from an e-tailer. Mwha. It's OK, I guess, though it smells a lot like those secret body sprays. I'd definitely not purchase again, just because the smell is a little bit cringe-inducing. I've just passed the stage when I feel like smelling like a fresh armpit is acceptable. Maybe the other reviewers are referring to another version of the juice, I don't know. My bottle is orange and blue, although I've seen what one reviewer termed the "cancer cap" bottle. Oh well, another one for swapping or gifting!
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - J Del Pozo Esencia De Duende EDT
bacterium_us 5/19/2007 7:19:00 PM
This is a review for Duende by J. del Pozo. I'm not really sure if it's the same as "Esencia...", but I'll add an update as soon as I receive the bottle I ordered online. Well, on to the review... Duende is a nice, light, flowery fragrance that can pretty much be used all year round. True, lasting power may be questionable, but for me that's a plus since I live in the sweltering tropics and everything can be overpowering here. Overall, I think this is a very nice, unusual perfume which can be found for a song. Having said that, I must say it has an opening note that strangely reminds me of crap (and no, I'm not being cute here, it really reminds me of human waste, LOL). I've been wearing it for a week and thank God I only smell the crap for a few minutes now. Payoff is definitely worth it; once the malodorous note dies down, this perfume is heavenly. Some reviewers have said it has a buttery note, which I can conclude referes to the crap note. I'd say that it reminds me of magnolias, which can be off putting when smelled up close for a long time. Ladies, if you spray this generously and don't mind the weird opening note, this one is definitely a keeper!
I like this EDT very much. The scent is gentle but very refreshing, and is very versatile. As many reviewers mentioned, staying power is horrible but for the price one can easily overlook GT's shortcomings. Overall, a beautiful albeit unoriginal fragrance that pretty much everyone has worn at one point or another. I think it could be considered as a high end cheap drugstore fragrance. Not precisely what you would use when you want to go for blood, but certainly something decent when you are wearing your old jeans and cleaning up your house. I love it and will continue to repurchase it!
I love this cologne. I wear it every day (I live in the land of eternal Summer) and it is the one fragrance I never get tired of. It's impossible to overdo it with this one. I literally bathe myself in this stuff every night before going to bed, and I always keep a spray bottle in my purse to reapply if I need to be refreshed. The packaging is a little bulky (I buy the 27 oz bottles) but I simply decant into inexpensive spray bottles I get from walgreens and voila! I'm ready to go.
OOOOh!!!! I loooove cabotine! I got my first bottle around 10 years ago as a gift, and I have fond memories of it. Today I received a bottle and after 5 years of not having worn this baby, I'm still under its spell. What a nice, mild but long lasting fragrance! It has good staying power and superb sillage, and unfortunately I have to be careful because I live in the tropics and can overdo. Ladies, you can't go wrong with this one. Granted, it's no femme fatale scent but this is arguably the most versatile perfume I've ever tried. I love it and I will continue to repurchase. One word of caution though, don't expose the bottle to high temperatures. I once left it in the dashboard of my car (_what_ was I thinking!!!) and it got totally ruined. Overall, a beautiful smell at an incredible price. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
I've been using this cream every night for the past 2 months. I have to say I'm pretty impressed. It doesn't do anything in the way of an anti-wrinkle cream, but as a moisturizer, boy oh boy! This stuff is awesome! No breakouts whatsoever in the cheek area (I did break out on my forehead but that is to be expected with such a rich cream). My skin is much more moisturized, and I've definitely noticed some improvements in its color and tone. It's also gentle enough to be used on my the lid area, so I have no need for an extra moisturizer! I can't rave enough about this cream. Love love love!
Mwah. I searched high and low for this one based on reviews from a friend of mine. It's OK, I guess, nothing to write home about. To my nose, it smells a little too much like lily of the valley, a scent I'm not particulary crazy about. One would think that with a name like "Fleur D'eau" it would smell like water lily or somehow more "aquatic". I might keep this one just because as other MUAers mentioned is very unobtrusive and comfortable to wear.
Awful, simply awful. It's "eau de old lady". Nasty stuff. The bottle is beautiful, but you'd have to wear a clothespin on your nose to avoid inhaling the toxic fumes coming from it. Ugh
Fragrances -Guerlain - Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca
bacterium_us 5/14/2006 5:42:00 AM
I don't know if I would repurchase again since I got a 17 oz. flask on ebay. I do like this perfume... It's very strange, but somehow I like it. The opening is very minty as many reviewers have said, and takes about 1-2 hours to calm down. I like this stage, although sometimes I smell myself and I find it a little bit pungent. The drydown is OK, although I'm not too crazy about it. It reminds me of a subtler version of a Spanish soap my grandma used to love which supposedly smells like hay. My mother cannot abide this scent and therefore dislikes this perfume for that reason. I wear this on a regular basis and would recommend it to people who like minty & herbal scents and who don't dislike soapy smells. Overall, a keeper IMHO.
Fragrances -Yves Rocher - Fraicheur Vegetale de Bambou
bacterium_us 5/14/2006 5:35:00 AM
Why? W-H-Y??!!!! This perfume started out SO good! Why Why Why does Yves Rocher have to use that horribly base that somehow surfaces in the drydown of all their perfumes?? What a shame! This perfume started with a fresh burst of green, but somehow it wasn't sharp or unpleasant like other green fragrances. But then, the horror! That disgusting artificial note present in ode a l'amour (which I absolutely detested) came to the fore. Oh well, it was 20 minutes of absolute bliss... My only consolation is that the deodorant is pretty good, and I don't care that much about the drydown in my armpits... :-). So sad! Maybe I'll place it in my swap list (then again, it's so cheap that I can't think of anyone that would want to swap it), so most likely I'll give it away or something.
Styling Products -Pantene - Extra Liso Extra Straight Combing Creme
bacterium_us 5/14/2006 5:28:00 AM
Well, this one is not as good as the "extra liso" cream. I've found that it tends to leave my hair hard, as if I had put gel on or something if I overdo it. It's not a very good conditioner either. However, I do love the packaging and I wish all products came in a similar bottle. It makes application a snap and it's not as messy as ELC. I'm willing to put up with a little mess for ELC though, since it's so superior to this one.