Deodorants -Tom's of Maine - Natural Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant
bunnymug 1/27/2013 10:41:00 PM
My fellow stinky ladies, I'm afraid to say that this is yet another disappointing purchase waiting to, well, disappoint you. It's expensive, it has aluminum in it which is what buyers of natural deodorant usually want to avoid, and it flat out friggin didn't work. Maybe I got a crappy old tube of this junk but I don't think so because it was ok at first texture wise. However after just a few days it dried out even with the lid constantly on. It turned into a sweaty pit anxiety inducing trauma (ok so I exaggerate a bit, but it was hella annoying) trying to scrape enough of this junk onto my pits waiting for my body heat to melt it so I could apply a thin useless layer. So it didn't stop my stanky lady pits from sweating but ok, it's natural, maybe it's supposed to suck at that but keep me smelling lovely and fool everyone into thinking I'm a classy stink free broad, which is of course what all deodorants do because we class ladies don't sweat, we glisten, and we surely don't stink. Sarcasm alert. But no. I gave it an honest week and a half or so of diligent denial-filled effort and after the trial period, it was so crappy and became so dried out I threw this hot mess of a deodorant which doesn't deodorize into the trash. I kept perfume on my so i could spray it onto my pits because sure enough a few hours into the day the ol familiar shameful pungent BO smell wafted up to greet me. Stupid stanky armpits, how I loathe you so. So yeah, this garbage was a true new low for me. I'll usually keep something that doesn't work just to spite it and delude myself into thinking I didn't waste money after all or give it away if hygienic to do so. But no, I wanted this crap in in a tube outta my life and it was sweet justice disposing of this junk. By now you're thinking dear lord, this cynical lady hated this junk, and she has nothin better to do than write lengthy reviews about deodorants she hates. Well yeah, I retort. But I know that my fellow classy ladies out there do sweat and sometimes even stink a bit and they deserve to be warned. So in summary: don't waste your money. Go buy yourself something off Etsy like I did that's hand made and works well.
This was part of my first Lush purchase. And their website is full of rave reviews for this product so I was super stoked to try it. The first thing I noticed was the packaging. It's a powder... in a lotion bottle. Huh? If only it were in the packaging in the stock photo. So right off the bat it was weird. Never mind that, I said to myself, let's give it a whirl. So I shake a bit of product into my hand and give it a go. Application was messy but eh, I've had worse so at first I ignore this. But immediately after I pour it I take a delicate sniff. The smell is bizarre. The Lushies on the Lush site raved about the coconutty goodness. Let me tell you, I love coconut as much as the next lady, and this stuff doesn't smell like coconut, at least not until you apply it. But even then, it had a weird smell of like, cooked coconut toasted something or other, sweet and kind of nutty but definitely didn't make me go "Aww yiss, coconutty heaven." Just weird vaguely foody powdery weirdness. Strike two. It's a pleasant smell but just eh to me, nothing special and it certainly didn't remind me of a beach, nor something I'd get compliments for as the reviews said. Come to think of it who the heck is smelling their armpits anyway? I also noticed the dispenser get clogged randomly and also there's random chunks of what appears to be coconut bits in the product. So even if I apply it carefully, a random chunk of coconut crap can fall onto my shirt, leaving incriminating white powder everywhere. Strike three Lush, but I still decide to give it an honest go. So I think "well surely it must work if they adore it so much," and the dutiful makeup geek I am, I sprinkle some in my lady pits and go about my day. Now, to be fair to Lush, I rock some manly amounts of sweating. Like, seriously. I sweat in a cold room in a t shirt. I sweat a lot, what I would consider to be definitely more than average, and my right pit sweats more than the left because my body likes to be stankier on one side apparently. So I kid you not, not even two to three hours later, I was a stanky skanky hot mess in my pit regions. My right pit was a swampy nightmare of powdery icky weird smelling BO nastiness. I know this stuff doesn't prevent sweating but that isn't my beef with it. My problem was I'm at work and I smelll like a trucker dude. Mortified I sprayed myself with perfume and hoped no one at work could smell my vaguely coconut scented shame. Next day. I try it again, only this time I later the Coconut over a thin film of some random natural deodorant I'm trying. Surely this will do the trick, I say to myself. Sadly, no. The power of my armpit stank crushed the Lush deodorant like a... I dunno, actually. Insert simile here. But yeah, just another few hours later the next day it was the same sad stinky story. Despite this I try again and again, day after day, to see if my body will miraculously accept the coconutty weirdness and change. Perhaps pathetic of me but I even tried to deny the stank to myself, minimize the stink in my head but then I realized that the was very dumb because I paid for this crap and I shouldn't have to hide my stinky pits because they shouldn't be stinky! It never got any better. Perhaps If you sweat like a delicate lady fairy, this will work for you. If you sweat like a she beast though like I do, and have a propensity to get stinky, don't waste your money. I will say it did de-stankify my feet but I didn't buy a foot powder now did I, Lush? No, you sold me on promises of heavenly coconutty armpitty goodness. To the reject pile it goes.
Mascara -Physicians Formula - Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara
bunnymug 7/2/2012 1:00:00 AM
Excellent mascara! I bought this on sale at CVS, having never tried it before. Luckily this impulse buy was a win! Two coats of this mascara really does look like false eyelashes. My fiance, who's never noticed my lashes really before, even commented and said "Wow that stuff really works!" The formula is nice and creamy, and it doesn't dry to a nasty tacky / plastic-like coating like so many others do. The brush is a great size - big but not "Omg this is gunna poke my eye out" big. Packaging is cute too. The only negative is that if you have watery eyes (and say you wipe your eyes forgetting about your mascara) it can smudge a bit. Make sure you apply 2 coats and really get the brush down to the roots of your lashes to get the full effect. Get it? Full? You see what I did there? ;) Overall I really like this so far! If you can find it on sale I would definitely recommend giving it a try.
I bought this product thinking I would use it on myself, but instead I opted to use it on my best friend who needed a color refreshment. Her hair was a medium auburn to start out with. We mixed three blocks of Noir (ground very fine) with some lemon juice and warm coffee - enough to make a yogurt-like paste. It smells like... well.. something illegal, haha. And it looks like, well what it was named after! They were not kidding about that. Anyway. I caked her entire head with the stuff, making sure I got all the roots, etc. We then wrapped her head in saran wrap and THEN tin foil too. If you want more of a brownish tone from the indigo, let your hair air dry. My friend wanted more reddish tones, so we opted to trap as much body heat as possible. Poor thing, she looked like an absolute weirdo for a few hours! Haha. We made her some foil alien antennas though, to keep it professional. We left t on for three hours, occasionally attending to some drips of noir from the foil. Clean up was no messier than any other hair dye, just smelled different. The results were amaaaazing! Her hair went from a regular auburn to a dark brown with beautiful coppery red highlights. Looks like autumn leaves, as corny as that sounds. My hair is already black, otherwise I would have done it too just seeing her results. And, it conditioned her hair like you wouldn't believe. Her hair is extremely heat damaged and overprocessed, and the Noir made it super soft, shiny, healthy, and just effing beautiful. Highly, highly recommend this product! Can't wait til I lighten my hair and I can use it myself :)
Lip Treatments -eos - Smooth Sphere Organic Lip Balm in Honeysuckle Honeydew
bunnymug 10/13/2010 12:50:00 PM
This is by far and away the best lip treatment / chapstick I've ever used. It makes my lips butter soft! It completely gets rid of any chapped areas on my lips within a few minutes of applying it, and it just gets better with continued use. The flavor is sweet but not chemically tasting, or overly strong, or anything like that. It's just delicious! The packaging is both adorable and practical. I'm the biggest klutz in the WORLD and I've never, ever dropped it or had trouble with the packaging in any way. The green color is cute, too. All in all this is a HG product for me. It's a little pricey but way, way worth it because I'll actually use it and enjoy doing so. <3
Such a beautiful, intriguing fragrance. It's captivating in a way that's so hard to describe, and in a way that I don't think any other fragrance can duplicate. It's indescribably unique and young and fresh and lovely.
Luckily it works extremely well with my body chemistry. Try it before you buy it however; I can imagine if it doesn't work with yours, it could be very unpleasant.
I actually think this is a wonderful scent for winter weather, it's so warm and inviting and sexy without being overpowering.
It's not my favorite perfume ever - I'm currently in love with Prada Tendre, which is much more complex and intriguing. I don't think this is a 'mature' perfume, meaning, you won't wear it in your thirties, fourties, etc. It's very young. That said I'll be forever loyal to it, it has such a special place in my heart.
If you're on the fence about this blush, especially because of the price - seriously, buy it. It is such an HG product. It's to die for. In my opinion it's one of the few, exemplary products that's worthy of its cult status.
For one thing, it's flattering on such a wide range of skin tones. I have a hard time thinking of a skin tone it wouldn't look wonderful on. Myself, I have extremely fair, neutral-toned skin - think maybe MACNW5 if it existed - and on me, it shows up as the prettiest, most natural flush of sexy pink. I would describe it as a warm peachy-toned pink with hints of gold. There's shimmer in it, but not too much - just enough to add a subtle pop of "ooo, pretty'. My very tan friend - like a MAC NC20/30 ish - tried it too, and it was just as beautiful on her as well. Chances are, it will look wonderful on you too.
Second, the packaging is great. It's smooth, has a handy mirror, and is very sturdy. It's held up beautifully to wear and tear in my case. I haven't dropped it (yet) but I think it would stand up to the fall. Would be excellent for keeping in your purse for touch-ups if you're so inclined.
Third, the quality. The pigmentation of this blush is unparalleled. I've tried dozens of other blushes, and this blush is just the most amazing one I've come across in terms of how little you need to use. I've used it almost every single day since Christmas (2008), and I have yet to make the slightest indentation in the product. To be fair, being so pale, in general I use a light hand with blushes, but many times I've packed tons of this blush into a blush brush and again, I have yet to make a dent in it. The Clinique and other drug store blushes that I've bought haven't lasted anywhere NEAR as long as this blush will, even using a light hand. I won't hesitate for a second to buy another one when I finally finish this one.
This goes hand in hand with my fourth point. So yes, tho it is extremely expensive compared to say drugstore blushes, don't be fooled. You are 100% getting your money's worth.
If you try Orgasm and it doesn't work for you, definitely give the many other Nars blushes a shot. They have such a wide variety of shades that I can virtually guarantee you'll find one that you love. Truly an excellent, excellent product that's worth every penny.
Treatments -Clinique - Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel
bunnymug 3/8/2009 1:24:00 AM
OK. Again, I *love* this product and I am sad to see it got such a low rating. For reference, I do not have acne per se, but I do get a few spots occasionally. Being so fair, those spots tend to look like a bullseye on my face tho, so I am always on the lookout for a product that can keep them at bay. My skin is also not sensitive and I have pretty good skin. I guess my face is combo skin - neither really oily nor really dry.
For someone like myself, who does not have acne all over her face - just battling occasional blemishes: this product is worth its weight in gold. The secret is applying it FREQUENTLY throughout the day on blemishes that have NOT come to the surface of your skin yet. It doesn't do anything really after the blemish has erupted, so to speak, except burn like hell.
ETA: I just finished reading the other reviews of this product and I *have* to add: BY ALL MEANS, DO NOT PUT THIS ALL OVER YOUR FACE! HOLY CRAP! Only use a TINY amount AS NEEDED ONLY in the area of the blemish!! No wonder why so many people hate this! I can imagine if you put this all over your face you would get serious problems! It looks like quite a few of the other reviewers did this! OUCH!
You will probably notice it stings quite a bit - more so than other products I've used, but by far not enough for me to not use it. The stinging fades pretty fast tho. The only other con I can think of is that this looks terrible under foundation - I wear mineral makeup and someone told me it looked like I had oil spots on my face. They were just shiny areas where I had applied the gel, lol. So try to avoid putting foundation on/near the spot - again, another reason to put it on spots that HAVEN'T erupted yet.
All in all, I love this stuff. I had two huge very painful blind zits in the middle of my forehead between my eyebrows. I used this stuff religously (applied 4/5 times at least a day) for two days and they are GONE. Absolutely gone without a trace, and my skin looks fabulous!
Definitely worth a try!!
This ain't your grandma's perfume, lol.
I adore this perfume through and through. It's such a flirtatious, fun, intriguing combination of scents. It works really well with my body chemistry. At first it's a light fruity floral, then it fades to a rich sensuous patchouli-laden musk. There are notes of caramelized popcorn - sounds like something you wouldn't want to wear, but it's not heavy - just enough to add yet another layer of yumminess. It doesn't smell like a "food scent" tho, not at all. Just a really sexy perfume. You kind of have to smell it to believe it, haha.
If you don't like fruity / floral scents, I can see how you'd hate this. If this doesn't work well with your body, I could totally see you hating this, too. Luckily it works for me.
Perfume is so extremely subjective. But if you're looking for a flirty, sexy scent, at least give MDC a try!
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation Original Glo Formula
bunnymug 2/13/2009 8:06:00 PM
Everyday Minerals foundations are amazing, for several reasons.
First and most importantly, this is by far and way the ONLY company that makes a foundation pale enough for me that actually MATCHES my skin tone. I am about 3-4 shades lighter than MAC NW/NC15. I have been searching for a foundation pale enough for me for over 5 years, and I finally found it in EDM Fair Buff Neutral.
The range of foundation color choices they offer is extremely impressive. I've tried everything, every drug store brand, most of the high end brands, from Clinique to Lancome to MAC to Bobbi Brown - you name it, they're all orange/yellow tinted and way too dark. So just finding EDM after 5 years of having a face darker than my neck was amazing in and of itself!
If you haven't been able to find a foundation pale enough for you, give EDM's palest shades a try. You won't regret it!
Second, this foundation offers buildable coverage. Most foundations that are pale enough for extremely fair women are very sheer - as if we don't have skin problems that we need to cover up too!
Third, it's cheap. The large sizes of the foundation will last you at least 3 or 4 months, even with every day usage. Fourth, NO BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE! So if you have sensitive skin, this won't break out out like Mare Mineral or Raw Minerals can. No cornstarch either, as in Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, which feed acne-causing bacteria. So this product its very unlikely to make you break out (provided you wash it off).
Fifth, The packaging has been improved since the first time I bought it, so it's easy to store and won't spill everywhere.
So, if you've read this far, and are saying "Well I tried EDM and I didn't like it, it was too powdery," well I've been there. And then I got Fix+ from MAC.
Let me tell you, Fix+ makes ALL the difference. Spray some into your palm, about 3 sprays, then swirl your foundation brush in it so the bristles are dampened. Then pick up some of your EDM foundation and lightly buff it in small circles. Finish with a finishing powder - for me, I love Start to Finish fair - and another brush or two full of Fix+.
Voila! Flawless skin. If Fix+ doesn't work for you, you can also try Burt's Bee's complexion mists. They also get rid of the powdery look. Try to use a brush that isn't too dense or too loose - like a flat buffer brush. I would imagine a 187 brush wouldn't do a good job with powder foundations.
I have found that it's best to use a primer such as MUFE HD primer under EDM foundation. As with any foundation, it helps keep your foundation from settling into pores and fine lines.
So! In conclusion, this is amazing stuff. If you can't find a foundation that works for you, it can't hurt to try EDM. They offer a free sample kit - all you have to do is pay for shipping, which is three dollars or so. Overall, I love, love EDM and will be a faithful user for years to come!
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
bunnymug 2/13/2009 11:22:00 AM
This is another staple of my skin car regimine, mostly because I have been using Clinique's 3-step skin care for years and love it.
I really agree with the last reviewer, who said that " this is not a "moisturizer", that it is supposed to just balance the moisture level of your skin.: If you use this moisturizer by itself, you will find it really doesn't do much for your skin.
To get the most benefit from this product, you really have to use it as part of their system, especially after the Step 2 (Toner). Using it this way really refreshes and balances out my skin. I find that the only times I am blemish-free are the times I consistently use the 3 step system. I really love this product and I'm sad to see it has such a low rating...
I have to jump on the bandwagon and disagree with all the hype about this product, too. I was really excited to try it after hearing the rave reviews. I personally don't mind large mascara brushes, but the size of this brush is ridiculous. If you're like me and prone to poking an eye out already, this is something to keep in mind. It's really easy to get mascara everywhere BUT where you want to, especially if you have really long eyelashes like me. And it's hard to get those corner lashes with such a huge brush. This mascara formula itself is OK. It definitely adds a ton of volume, not a lot of length, IMO. But I personally can't STAND plastic mascaras - ones that dry to a tacky, plastic feeling finish, and this formula was the tackiest formula I've ever worn. I hate the feel of these mascaras, plus they are extremely hard to get off without using harsh makeup removers. So overall, it does add lots of volume, so I will at least give it a three. However, it's really expensive, I hate the formula, and the brush is a disaster. Some much better mascaras include Givenchy's Phenomeneye and MAC mascaras, especially X lash and Zoomlash.
Scrubs -St. Ives - Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control
bunnymug 2/13/2009 11:11:00 AM
Exfoliating is an important part of skin care. For the price (about 3 dollars), this product can't be beat. I have used high-end exfoliating scrubs, like Clinique's, and this works just as well as every other brand I've tried. That said, I find it works best to help PREVENT breakouts, not TREAT them. If you have acne, this product may not be the best for you, because it has a very weak concentration of acne-fighting ingredients (2.5 percent or so). Stronger acne-treating products have about 5, up to 10, percent of either salycilic acid or benzoyl peroxide. I wear mineral makeup, and this product removes any traces makeup on my face and leaves my skin totally fresh and soft. It is very gentle, provided you don't grind it into your face. Smell is OK too. Love, love this product - a total staple in my skin cleansing routine. gain, for 3 dollars, it is amazing.