I'm sitting here chuckling at the "THIS SMELLS LIKE MARIJUANA" reviews. Take it from someone who has dabbled for a very long time. Just because you *think* you smelled it at a party 20 years ago, doesn't mean you know what it smells like. So no, you don't have to worry about smelling like a dopehead when you wear this. While on that subject... thankfully the patchouli isn't a prominent note in this fragrance. It does open up with a very recognizable sandalwood scent. I gotta admit, the rest of it confuses my nose. I can't pick out any individual note, especially after it dries down. I can tell you this. While it is a very nice unisex scent, I prefer this on a man. REALLY prefer it. Smelling this on a man makes me want to do naughty things to them. Yessirree. A bit pricy at $75 USD... Sephora is now selling a smaller version for $35 USD. Which is the perfect size. Just a little is needed. Definitely not recommended for those who like to BATHE in their fragrance!
I quite like this perfume. I was expecting it to be some nasty, sweet, cookie-cutter celeb perfume (think Britney and Paris). I was VERY pleasantly surprised! This is a must for those of you that like gardenia. In fact, this smells exactly like a less sharp/bright version of Chanel Gardenia-- one of my favourite perfumes. The initial spray of this perfume smells like Chanel Gardenia's drydown. I wore it around my mother, and even she said, "I thought you ran out of that perfume!" I'm psyched, because Chanel Gardenia is one of my favourite fragrances. I just can't justify spending that much money! This is a much cheaper, similar alternative.
Going off the previous review, regarding the allergic reaction/millions of itchy bumps... I've had this happen, as well; both with the massage bar and the Vanilla Dee-lite lotion. I definitely think it's the fragrance. Mind you, I'm not one that is sensitive to products. My skin is pretty iron clad. I came to the conclusion that it happened when I used these products immediately after shaving. I am writing this review so that consumers can perhaps keep this in mind. Oh-- I quite like this massage bar. The scent is lovely, and it's very moisturising. I'll buy it again-- I'll just be sure to use it long after I've shaved :-)
This stuff is a joke! The main thing that put me off is the fact that the first ingredient is palm oil. I've stopped using products that contain palm oil-- just read about the environmental destruction it causes (from its cultivation). The smell isn't fantastic, either. It has this burnt cocoa scent, mixed with a stale coffee essence, with a bit of pipe tobacco for good measure. My main issue: The price! This works no better than straight avocado oil, or even cheaper, monoi oil. I HAVE to use oil on a weekly basis to keep my coarse, thick, dry hair in check. I usually apply and then wear a 'do rag to bed. I can't imagine using this on a daily basis (and it takes quite a bit to coat my hair for some reason) due to the price. In fact, I found this less moisturising than my normal oils. Big, fat NO to this one.
Korres body butters are GOOD. Thick, moisturising, luxurious feeling. I love the way my skin looks and feels when I use these. I have several different scents, but this one is the BEST. I really hate phony jasmine scents, but Korres did an excellent job when coming up with this one. It smells exactly like the real thing! It gives me pleasant flashbacks of sitting in my old garden at dusk, waiting for the jasmine to bloom. I sometimes wish that the scent from this was a lot stronger, but I'm sure many people will appreciate that it's not. It's just I love this smell! I now live in a region where jasmine won't grow... so I suppose I can get my fix this way!
I received this product as a freebie, as I was selected to review it for a woman's magazine. I was a little skeptical about the kit, as I've experienced issues with Neutrogena products before in the past, and with retinol in general (products contain this)... but I took the plunge, since it was free! I could already tell after the first use that I was in for a complete treat! Basically, this kit is designed to help your skin look healthier and younger in two weeks. It consists of a cleanser for a.m. and p.m. use, a 30 SPF broad-spectrum skin cream for day use, and a night time moisturiser containing retinol. For the first week, one is supposed to use the night rescue moisturiser only every other day. Then, as week two begins, it is to be used every night. Me, being the daredevil I am, I used it every night from the get-go AND around my eyes (it instructed not to do it). I noticed a difference in my skin as early as the next morning after the first use. It definitely looked brighter and smoother. By the time my 14 days was up, I liked what I saw. My skin looked completely rejuvenated. The night cream worked brilliantly around my eyes! I tend to be very dry there, and the skin very dull. This sorted it out quickly! These products were very gentle and effective. I have dry skin, and it didn't seem to get worse with these products. The cleanser is very good-- it removes even tough eye makeup in a snap. Didn't dry out my skin. I treated the day cream more like a sunscreen (well, that's essentially what it was) and used it in conjunction with my normal moisturiser. This product/kit did what it promised. It retails for $25. It definitely lasted me longer than two weeks. I've run out of the cleanser, but am still using the two creams (a little goes a long way). Highly recommended if you're looking to give your dull skin a radiant boost! Ingredients: 14 Day Skin Rescue Cleanser: Water, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Lauric Acid, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Oleate, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Cocamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance (1329-98) 14 Day Skin Rescue Night Cream: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Steareth-10, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, Tocopherol, BHT, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ascorbic Acid, Retinol, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Ceteareth-20, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycolic Acid, Citric Acid, Erythorbic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (1329-006) Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product for a week after use. 14 Day Skin Rescue Day SPF 30: Active Ingredients - Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 4%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.35%, Oxybenzone 6% Inactive Ingredients - Water, Dimethicone, Mucor Miehei Extract, Trisiloxane, Diethylhexyl 2,6 - Napthalate, Glycerin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol
Styling Products -Living Proof - No Frizz Medium-Coarse hair
boogiedisease 5/9/2009 4:14:00 PM
I received two full-sized tubes of this free, as part of a Sephora promotion. I thought that this was the answer to all of my hair woes; I have thick, frizzy hair and I was so sick of using flat irons and silicone-containing hair products to try to tame my mop. I will agree with previous reviews in saying that it WAS good, at first. My hair was straight, frizz-free and lovely looking for about the first week. Then, things changed. My hair got dull-looking. I already had a problem with fly-aways, but they seemed to get worse. It felt like there was this horrible build-up on my hair. The texture felt gross. I can't even begin to describe it! My thick hair looked limp and flat. It felt like I had used undiluted setting lotion on my hair, and a lot of it. At least setting lotion washes out easily! I had to stop using it. It took almost three weeks of washings (every 3 days) to get it to look semi-back to normal. This left my already parched hair SO DRY. I'm blaming this product for dehydrating my hair so badly, that it started to break. I attribute this to its ability to lock humidity out (thus banishing frizz). It literally locks every bit of moisture out... even those from conditioners. I have a full tube left. I *might* use this on a rare occasion, but I doubt it. I don't like the results. I'm so disappointed with this product. I honestly thought it would be a miracle in a tube. I'm just glad that I didn't spend the $48 it was worth!
What was BeneFit thinking when they came up with this product? Blue lip gloss... yeah. It doesn't make the teeth look whiter, it just make whomever is wearing it look oxygen-deprived or severely cold. Oh, let's not forget the horrible-looking big flecks of blue glitter. Look dead/dying AND sparkly! Freshens breath? Sure, if you eat it! The gloss itself (colour and flavour aside) isn't even that good. The cheap ones from Victoria's Secret beat the pants off this one. Save your $18. BeneFit-- get a clue! Yet another one of their silly, gimmicky products. I'd give this a 'zero' rating if I could.
I HAD to have this. I've always been a fan of Stila's eyeshadows, so this part of the kit was a big attraction for me. I was also eager to try out their eyeliner, as well as their lipstick. This '59 Barbie seemed like it would be a fun look (right up my alley). Well, the eyeshadows, as expected, are nice). It comes with a deep blue (similar to Besame's Alluring Eyeshadow in Peacock Blue and Mark's Retro Peacock), and a black shadow that is labeled as a liner (I haven't and won't use it for that!) It also comes with a nice coral-coloured blush. All are soft and pigmented, and blend easily. The palette has '59 Barbie on it. Very cute! That's pretty much all I like from this kit. The liquid liner (in black)... check my reviews, as I did a separate review on it. Bottom line, I hate it. It's the worst liner, ever. The lipstick (shade: Ponytail) is also horrible. It was described by Stila as being matte. Truer words HAVE been spoken. This was the furthest thing from matte. I wouldn't call it semi-matte. Nor cream, nor satin. It applied very shiny on my lips. The SMELL was the worst thing. It reminds me of cheap quality kids' play makeup. Even then, that smells better. Almost like it had gone off? A strong, waxy pungent smell. Horrible! It's a shame, because it's a deep red colour, a bit on the brick-ish side. Therefore, this only gets three lippies. They should have just sold the eye/cheek palette, and canned the can idea. The other two products, in my opinion, are completely worthless.
This is by far THE worst liquid eyeliner I've ever used. Geez, where do I begin? Application was NOT a snap. It's felt-tipped. But it seemed I could never get it saturated enough with liner liquid. Even though it appeared to be fully saturated, it would drag and skip, making for an uneven line. The formula was very watery. I like bold and black. Not weak and watered down. Right, so the line isn't bold enough. I've just applied a line and I can still see my eyelid, for the most part. So, I reapply, to darken the line. Well, that doesn't work, because it's now removing the line I just drew on. When I finally got it to work (shaking the liner to saturate the tip), I had to just touch the saturated tip to the lid and sorta press. Shake, repeat. Again and again. Took forever to dry. Oh great, it transfered to other parts of my eye after an hour. Guess I'll need a makeup sealer. NO THANKS! Not worth the price, not worth the hassle. I will gladly stick with my Blacktrack Fluidline from MAC. Also, this is quite small... I can't see this lasting very long. What a crap item.
I'm basing this review on the FR, UK and US versions of this hairspray. Personally, I see no difference. I basically use Elnett as a working spray-- it gives me just enough hold to get my hairstyle to where I want it (I often style it in elaborate 1940s hairdos), and gives me just enough time to get REAL hairspray on it. I like it in that it easily brushes out if I don't get an area of my hair exactly how I want it. It doesn't leave buildup. However, I could never use it other than a styling spray. I would have an ugly, limp hairstyle in no time at all. It has little to no hold. The price in the US is ridiculous! I've seen it for about $16 a can. It costs £3 or so at Boots in the UK. Even when the dollar was in the crapper, it was still a heck of a lot cheaper than what it's being sold for now. The smell is horrible. The other reviewers said it smelled very old-fashioned... yes, it is. Not in a good way! The spray is very fine. Do use in a well-ventilated area. It will choke you! I really don't understand all the hoopla around this hairspray. The only reason I bought it while in the UK/EU-- it was cheap! I also couldn't find TreSemme over there. That, and it's reputation for brushing out easily. You bet it does... I think I will stick to TreSemme Tres Two. I can use it as a styling AND a finishing spray. The hold is a bazillion times better.
I usually use Suave conditioners to wash my hair. This one performs well, as the others do... removing all the gunk/buildup from my hair. The horrid smell, however, negates all of that. This smells JUST LIKE Glade's Vanilla Breeze carpet sprinkle stuff... and I hate that smell so much!
I saw this polish as part of a Revlon display and was immediately drawn to it. It's a vibrant pink/coral... sort of salmon-ish. It looked gorgeous! It didn't really translate the same onto my nails. It's far too bright! I don't like bright. In fact, it looks neon in certain light. It definitely looks more muted in the bottle. The worst part of all, it took FOUR coats for the nail to look adequately covered (so it is completely opaque). I used Seche Vite topcoat over it and thought that would sort things out. Many hours later, it was STILL not dry. I have a lot of dents and dings in my nails. I don't have the time to sit around like a prima donna and wait for my nails to completely dry. I wish this wasn't so bright :-( I'm also shocked at how many coats it took, as well as the long drying time. I have plenty of Revlon polishes, and none of them have behaved in this manner.
I'm not displeased, but am not entirely impressed with this conditioner. I bought this so I can essentially wash my hair with it (I do the conditioner-only thing). It does work well for that... but I'm not at ALL keen on the scent. It smells rather cheap. It's like phoney-baloney coconut, and a scent that is rather reminiscent of liquid fertilizer for plants! Thankfully, that scent doesn't linger in the hair. I understand these Lush conditioners don't contain 'cones (natural!)... but this one could definitely benefit from them! This leaves my hair rather dull. I have to make sure to further condition after rinsing with something loaded with silicones. I don't have to do this when using American Cream nor Jasmine & Henna Fluff-Ease. Still, this makes my dry, coarse, frizzy, colour-treated hair look calm and tamed. I bought the biggest bottle possible, and will happily use it up until it's all gone. I did buy it for cleansing purposes, afterall. It does the trick for that... but I'm sure I'll be trying out another Lush conditioner when this one runs out. I'm just not feeling this one.
Moisturizers -Korres - Sugar Crystal Cream Multivitamin Skin Shield
boogiedisease 4/27/2009 12:54:00 AM
I hate to say this, but I think I've finally found it... After all the Korres products I've tried, loved and reviewed (there have been a lot of them!), I think I have finally found one that I didn't like... and that would be the Sugar Crystal Cream! I was really let down by this moisturiser. I kind of figured that it wouldn't be heavy-duty enough for my dry skin. I was right! It didn't provide the amount of moisture I need. Strike one. This one felt like it didn't apply evenly-- you almost have to pat it on, and do it quickly. Trying to rub it into the skin just resulted in it balling up. It also went on sticky and stayed that way. Strike two. Speaking of balling up... (I used this at night time, by the way), I woke up in the morning to all these little 'pills' of product on my face. I literally rubbed my hand across my face and removed all of the moisturiser. I didn't put a ton of it on my face, either. I can't imagine trying to apply makeup over this stuff! It would NOT go on even, and would look extremely cakey. STRIKE THREE! I disliked the smell, either. It reminds me of something containing saccharin, and almost has this chemical-like odour to it. It's quite gross, really, and I'm not one to complain about scents. I will definitely stick to using their Wild Rose or Thyme Honey moisturisers. They aren't sticky, they don't ball up, they do a better job of hydrating my skin, and they smell wonderful!