Cleansers -Cetaphil - Daily Facial Cleanser (Normal to Oily Skin)
brianx 11/23/2008 7:02:00 PM
this is my absolute favorite cleanser. i've used this for years and also tested out many other brands, high and low, but i always come back to good old cetaphil daily facial cleanser. i wouldn't want to be without it!
Eye Shadow -Urban Decay - Matte Eyeshadow in Electric
brianx 9/3/2008 6:59:00 PM
this is a total copy of mac's "electric eel"...and i love it! however, mac's is a better deal at $14.50 (ud's is $16) and you get the same amount of product (1.5g). i said i'd buy this again because i probably would, and there's no "maybe" option...LOL!!
this is my signature scent; i've been wearing it for years. the reviews below both do a great job of explaining it. the best i can say about it is that it starts off very sharp and spicy...almost masculine/unisex...and dries down into a gorgeous, soft floral with hints of vanilla. classic. also, in typical moschino fashion, the presentation is very whimsical...a tiny replica of a bottle of table wine!
this is one of my staple scents in the spring and summer. it's hard to find and also very hard to describe. it's sweet, i think i detect mango?? it's also floral. very complex. just amazing. i always get compliments when i wear it.
this is one of my signature scents. it's elegant and mature, clean and very easy to wear. when you first spray it, it does remind me a tiny bit of ivory soap as previous reviewers have mentioned. the drydown is soooooo good!!! it's kind of hard to find this in person (you can get it nearly anywhere online), but it does pop up in discount stores from time to time for dirt cheap, so i am always looking for bottles to keep as extras.
Lip Treatments -Jack Black - Intense Therapy Lip Balm spf 25
brianx 11/8/2007 3:34:00 AM
i am so so SO glad that my hunt for *the* lipbalm is over. this is it. keeps my lips wonderfully moisturised for hours, and the initial (quite intense) burst of mint is refreshing! i stockpile this, i don't ever want to be without it.
this is the only thing i've tried that remedies my dry elbows. and it truly has no scent so it doesn't clash with perfumes. def. a holy grail for me.
this is in my top 2 fragrances of all time. i wear it often, i've been wearing it for years, and i won't stop. the tuberose is such a comforting and beautiful scent for me, it takes me back to my childhood. i wear this in the winter when it's dreary outside. it is absolutely elegant & perfect day or night.
this is one of my favourite fragrances. it's beautiful in the wintertime when it's dreary, grey, and maybe even drizzly outside. for the first few hours i defintiely get the pepper and mandarine, which smell so amazing together. later on this dries down to vanilla with a hint of cedar. so gorgeous. very elegant, classic yet modern (i sometimes can't believe that this was introduced in 04!)
i agree with yuzhiyang. when i first sprayed this, i immediately thought "wow, this is exactly what i always imagined gwen would smell like!" it's obvious that she had a lot of input in this, and it's not just another celebrity licensed scent to make some quick cash. this is pure gwen. something that no one has mentioned before is the extremely unique scent this has, that i can only describe as "freshly washed hair / shampoo" .... it comes out strong at the first spritz (for me at least) and stays there. it seems to get even stronger in the drydown, especially on clothes. i've never smelled something like this before!! i wouldn't buy this fragrance because it's not necessarily "me," but i do enjoy the "freshly washed hair" scent since it's something of which i have never smelled before. the bottle is gorgeous too.
Pressed Powders -Make Up For Ever - Compact Powder
brianx 7/17/2006 1:36:00 PM
This is the best pressed powder ever. I use it myself to control shininess and it does the job better than anything else I've ever tried! It stands up to humidity exceptionally well (I'm in San Antonio, TX, terribly sticky!!), and if at all, I only need to reapply once a day. I also have this in #25 Mint Green and it is perfect for evening out any redness--just don't use too much or you'll end up looking like Herman Munster.
For a drugstore eyeliner, this is amazing! It goes on smoothly and the felt-tip applicator is very high quality, thin and allows for precise application. The liquid dries fairly quickly and stays put all day, without flaking. This rivals my old favourite YSL liquid liner, and for $5.99 how can you go wrong? I'll be purchasing this again and again...
Mascara -Jean Paul Gaultier - Tout Beau Sharp Eyes Tinted Brow and Lash Groomer
brianx 12/5/2005 9:47:00 PM
I love this mascara! It holds a curl, thickens (but not too much), lengthens (but not too much), and is just great. I use this in "dark" which is a dark brown that goes on virtually black. It's intended to be for men, so it's not as intense as other mascaras but I completely love the fact that it's so natural-looking. This can also be used as a brow gel with equally amazing results.
This is the most intense, high-shine gloss I've ever experienced. That alone makes your lips look HUGE... and on top that, it has the added cayenne in it which makes your lips tingle like crazy and turn beet red! Lip Injection really does work, it plumps up the lips quite dramatically, but you must be careful not to get it anywhere on the skin around your mouth or those areas will turn red as well. Overall a good product. I'd buy it again.
Powders -Givenchy - Prism again 01 Beautiful pastel
brianx 11/29/2005 8:20:00 PM
This is my first time using the new Givenchy makeup line, and I must say that this powder has already become a HG for me. Naturally my skin isn't so bad, and I really have no real need for a foundation, so this sheer skintone-correcting powder works perfectly. This palette contains 4 shades: blue, yellow, pink, and green (all pastels) and works great to add radiance to the skin and even out any redness. You can use each shade individually or swipe all four. I really like what it does; it works perfectly yet doesn't feel heavy at all... it is surprisingly light and translucent. The powder is fragranced, but it's something I hardly notice. I'm definitely purchasing this again.