While taking melatonin for sleep, I dreamt that I had a penis, as in attached to my body, and that it was much too sensitive (I am a woman). It did make me fall asleep, however, and now I appreciate what men have to deal with everyday much better, too. YMMV.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Plus White - 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel
botoxic 2/2/2012 5:04:00 PM
If you use this with Glad Press and Seal cling film/plastic wrap, it's pretty much a Crest White Strip at a miniscule amount of the cost. I'm glad they sorted out the "watery bottle" problem from last year, because I did get a bottle of that useless mess. It works, it does make my teeth sensitive, but if I use Sensodyne or comparable toothpaste immediately following, it cuts down on that considerably. One tube lasts a long time, 3-4 months at least.
Eyes -Unlisted Brand - Careprost~Generic Brand Latisse
botoxic 1/19/2012 10:15:00 PM
Yes, it made my lashes grow long, but it also made the skin above my lash line red and irritated-looking. I have thin, purplish skin on my lids to begin with, and the extra red was no great beauty boost. If you're a makeup wearer, this would be easily covered with primer/concealer, shadow and liner. I don't often wear makeup, so the effect for me was that people thought I was sick or had been crying...not to notice my longer lashes. So, I started using it only on my eyebrows, where it also works great to fill them in, and does not give a red halo. I did not have any color change in my blue/green/hazel colored eyes with months of careful use. I would buy this again for brow use only.
Reminiscent of a freshly-opened tin of honey-flavored cigarillos from a good brand like CAO, Tatiana, or Havana Honey's. When worn, makes me want to smoke myself: not sure if that is good or bad.
This is a warm, sweet, musky scent, and seems suitable for both men and women. In fact, this would absolutely be much more delicious on a man than a woman. I prefer the dry down over the initial spraying, when it can be a little strong, synthetic and high-pitched to my nose. I get none of the florals, just wood, amber, and musk, and that sweet, root-beeresque cinnamon note that also shows up in Dior Addict and Lempicka Fleur de Corail. This is modern perfumery, and by no means should one confuse the name and lovely bottle with notions of classical perfumery and natural ingredients. It's not bad, but it's not all that, really.
Light berry vanilla eau fraiche, limited edition--if you like Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy, this starts off similarly, perhaps not as sweetly--but it's got that same warm blueberry accord to it. The dry down is a bit milder and more refined than the Spears' though. Can be had cheaper than the $95 recommended retail online. Nice.
Like other Mugler scents, it is a very strong concoction--sharp, sweet/sour, acrid, salty, fruity fig. When I tried the Fritz Lang Metropolis' robot-like bottle at Bloomingdales, I attempted a light spritz, but the spray was more a gushing stream than a fine mist. I felt an immediate, nose-wrinkling regret and made a quick reroute to the restroom to scrub it off. I can't comment on the dry-down because I couldn't wait that long. I believe if the spray delivered a finer mist, the results may not have been so overpowering. All that said, I would not find this offensive-smelling on someone else--just not for me!
Masks -Unlisted Brand - Aztec - Indian Healing Clay
botoxic 8/15/2010 3:14:00 AM
I mix this with ACV, 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. of sulfur powder (check Amazon), a few drops of lavender (or other EO like tea tree) and jojoba oils, and occasionally lemon juice and plain yogurt. I leave it on for about one hour. It's exceptionally cleansing, tightening, and purifying. I imagine you could add pureed banana, avocado, turmeric powder, herbal teas, etc. to customize for your skin type. Rather than having many expensive tubes of brand name items, it's nice to have an inexpensive, highly effective, pure, non-preservative and freshly-made mask on hand.
Skincare - Face -Unlisted Brand - Sircuit Cosmeceuticals
botoxic 7/11/2010 8:15:00 PM
I purchased two trials of their items, and I like best the Savior cleanser with 2% Salicylic and 5% Lactic acids, the SirActive scrub, the Dreamweaver night cream, the OMG serum, and the I.Cee.U eye gel. The eye gel has a particularly good tightening effect, and the night cream and OMG serums give a great glow--but all of these items are over $100 apiece full-size. There are more expensive, much less effective lines out there, however. Once I use up a pile of other stuff, I plan to invest in the Sircuit line.
I got an 8oz bottle of this from a local grocer; it's of the "organeem" brand. I like to mix it with jojoba and rosemary EO for a nice scalp treatment for when my head is dry and itchy. This instructions on the bottle give gardening instructions to make a spray to kill aphids/mites, etc. The label says, "FOR PERSONAL, PET, AND GARDEN USE." I have read online it's used for head lice, fleas, and even as a spermicidal birth control method--though if you smell like neem seed oil, I think that'd prove birth control enough. It reeks.
Masks -Auromére - Ayurvedic Herbomineral Mudbath Powder
botoxic 4/1/2010 5:10:00 AM
I like to premix in a bowl with a bit of lavender oil, plain yogurt and jojoba oil, for a more mask-like application, rather than the mud-bath use explicated in the instructions. I have also added fresh lemon juice, Apple Cider Vinegar, fruit and vegetable purees, and sulfur powder with the Auromere product as a base. It's a unique, inexpensive, and effective product which leaves my skin glowing.
I love this stuff, but it's impossible to find in B&M shops; I am forced to buy it in a three pack online from drugstore.com. It's a nice AHA/BHA cleanser, but do keep it away from your eyes, because it burns like the proverbial mofo from the apocryphal Mofo Book of Proverbs. I use it with my Clarisonic in the shower, and it's nicely smoothing if you leave it on your skin five minutes or so. I will only use it in the shower, because the quantity of water needed to rinse it completely from my face is more than the simple sink-splash amount. Oh, and don't tilt your head back and get the residue up your nose, because that's some other violation of the rules laid down in the Lost Mofo Book of Deuteronomy. It burns...so you know it's working.
Scrubs -Fresh - Sugar Face Polish with Strawberries
botoxic 3/28/2010 2:39:00 AM
I refrained from buying this for ages because of the price, not realizing how long-lasting the large jar is: I've used half in maybe 6 months of semi-regular use. Smells divine, is a nice, gritty scrub on towel-dried, cleansed skin, but also is quite moisturizing. It contains meadowfoam seed oil, among others, and leaves a light residue when rinsed off. As others have noted, as sugar dissolves, you can adjust the strength of exfoliation by using on damper skin. Since it is a water-free formula, it has a long shelf-life--it hasn't gone rancid on me. It leaves my skin with a pink, healthy glow.
From the sampler I purchased, this is the one full-sized product I bought. Full disclosure-- I'm a scrub freak. This scrub contains zeolite, which is a natural, fine-grained volcanic mineral ash, and diatomaceous earth. If you like extra-gritty scrubs such as Astara's Daily Refining Scrub, Derma-e's Microdermabrasion Scrub--tough, tiny-particled scrubbing grains--you'll like this scrub. The plastic pump-bottle is 4oz, and retails for around $50--pricey, but I don't pay retail ;). It does have a fruity/balsamic-type odor to it, but it isn't artificially perfumed, but rather from the actives in it (apple & cranberry extracts--benzyl alcohol must be what gives it the balsamic whiff). Some may not like it for it extra-grittiness or it's fruity/incensey smell, but I love this stuff.
Treatments -Nature's Gate - C for yourself Vitamin C texturizing serum
botoxic 3/10/2010 2:25:00 AM
Nice, stable, effective (Sodium Ascorbyl Phospate), inexpensive ($8 on sale at Marshall's) C serum, with a light lotion consistency. Does what the box says, refines pores, boosts moisture, etc. I'll likely buy this full price when I run out, because it's still not terribly expensive--around $25 for 1.7oz, and can be found readily online for less. Makes my skin look and behave well, and doesn't break me out like CE Ferulic does. Has vitamins A in the form of retinyl palmitate, and E as tocopherol acetate, as well as bisabolol, marshamallow,and aloe vera, which my skin finds very soothing. Does have silicones, which my skin seems not to mind. No parabens, but sodium EDTA, as a milder preservative. Smells good--like oranges, all natural, of course. Boasts 70% organic ingredients. I don't know how potent this is, all the really potent C serums I've tried, like Cellex C or Skinceutical, made my face ragged and red. Works well under sunscreen. Hooray!