As with many Lush products, Buffy does not come with any packaging which makes it a bit more effort to use. I chopped my bar into four and keep a quarter in a container near the shower so the rest doesn't melt. I usually use this after I have already washed with a shower gel, and rub it along my legs, arms and torso in circular strokes. It smells, like other reviewers have said, earthy, nutty and flowery and the smell lingers for a while after its been washed off. The exfoliating granules in the bar work wonders for scaly or rough skin, however, it does leave an oily film on the skin and you can actually see water from the shower beading on your skin because of the film. So be prepared for some residue, as it is a body butter and designed to moisturise. I think the oiliness soaks into the skin after about 10 mins from hopping out of the shower and leaves your skin wonderfully supple and smooth. What I like about Buffy is that is cuts out one step for me when I am too lazy to moisturise after showering and scrubbing (I normally use Dream Cream). If you give it a go and are put off by the oily feeling afterwards, don't be - you will get used to it and reap the benefits of soft and smooth skin!
Like many other reviewers, I found that this leaves a film over the skin after cleansing, and you really need to wash thoroughly to get rid of it. I did like the smell and the texture though, but will not repurchase as it is just so difficult to completely wash off - to the point where at times I felt like it wasn't leaving my skin clean at all.
Eyeliner -MAC - Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack
candiello 8/7/2012 10:30:00 PM
I really loved the idea of a gel liner so I decided to purchase MAC's Fluidline in Blacktrack. Having used a crayon (Maybelline's Unstoppable in Onyx) as my daily eyeliner, I was extremely disappointed with MAC's FL. I bought the eyeliner pot as well as the slanted eyeliner brush recommended by the MAC SA. I find that when you paint the eyeliner on the colour is not strong, and I have to go over the line several times with the brush before I get a solid black anywhere close to what I could get with a crayon. I'm not sure if it's my brush technique or how I apply the eyeliner, but I have been using this product for a few years now and I still find that my Maybelline Unstoppable gives much better pigment and solid colour. I will say though that MAC's FL does have supreme staying power if you use a primer and power, and after a few years the pot still hasn't dried out at all. But if you are purchasing this thinking that the gel is very heavily pigmented, be warned that it is not. I will not repurhcase and will stick with my Maybelline crayon, or perhaps try a conventional liquid liner for that strong pigment I like in an eyeliner.
Bought this on a friend's recommendation - I have very short, straight Asian lashes and decided to try this before embarking on lash extensions. The product definately lengthens lashes and gives them a more dramatic look - I only generally use this if I am going out at night as I don't have time for all the required steps in the mornings. You first apply the mascara, then the fibres (which are like cotton wool and add extra length/thickness) and then cover up the white fibres with more mascara. I find you do have to be careful when applying as the fibres do clump, and you also have to be quite delicate with the application of the mascara over the fibres so as to not sweep the fibres off the lash. I have applied two layers of the fibres (building up the lash) and it has worked well - though inevitably there was some clumpiness. Would recommend to anyone who is not blessed in the eyelash department but who can't be bothered applying fakies.
This foundation is definately my go-to foundation and I'm hesitant to try anything else. It glides on and blends beautifully - I am a #8 Caramel and the colour is perfect. However - there are cons. This foundation slips/transfers very easily and I find that throughout the day at work I am smudging the foundation onto my hands when I touch my face and it can end up on my paperwork - so if you are combination/oily, like me, you will need to powder up in the morning and blot throughout the day. Also, this is in no way a heavy coverage - while it does a beautiful job of evening out the complexion, if you have acne scarring or severe blotchiness, I would stick with something like a EL Double Wear or Revlon CS. Yet I still will not try anything else due to its lovely finish and colour match. All in all - gorgeous, natural finish that glides onto the skin - but this is certainly not a long-wearing, high coverage foundation.
Crème -Giorgio Armani - SPF20 Shaping Designer Foundation
candiello 10/3/2011 6:49:00 AM
I'm still in two minds about this foundation, after using it about five or six times now. It has a very full coverage, so I only use it at night and always with a foundation brush. I find that it does give fantastic coverage and makes most of my skin look flawless, however, I have mild acne scarring in one area, and I find that it does spread strangely over the scars and I really have to blend to get it to look smooth. Not sure if it is because of the brush that I am using but it definately doesn't go on as smoothly as I'd like. I have combination skin and I do find that halfway through the night the product starts to slip and my skin feels quite greasy - so if you tend to get an oily t-zone and you are using this foundation, make sure you make loose powder your best friend. I am quite happy to finish off using the jar (which is a pain to travel with) but not sure if I would purchase again.
I'm actually quite a fan of this product. For an eyeliner of this price, I find that it stays on all day, rather like a liquid liner when applied to the top lashline. I do set it with powder before applying mascara though, perhaps this is why I find it lasts so long. The crayon is slightly annoying to use though, very rarely do I get a clean line, especially when I'm rushing to get to work. However, I would recommend it to someone who wants a long-lasting liner at a reasonable (well not so reasonable now that it's gone up) price. And I'll probably continue buying it until someone tells me they know of something better that won't break the bank.
No where near the rave reviews this product has received, but it did an adequate job on my short, straight and sparse lashes. I did enjoy using the rubbery brush and now that I'm back to a bristle brush mascara I'm finding myself smudging mascara everywhere during application. But I probably won't go back to it again.
Foundations -Shiseido - The Makeup Cream Foundation
candiello 6/17/2011 12:30:00 PM
As per some other reviewers, I was recommended this foundation by the SA even though the skin on my T-zone can get quite oily throughout the day. When I first used it, I was alarmed at the thick texture of the foundation so made sure to set it with a loose powder. The colour match and coverage were amazing - and I was really impressed that it didn't actually make my skin as oily as what I thought it would. In fact, I am using Chanel Mat Lumiere now, and it is oilier than what I remember Shiseido's Cream to be. I'm still searching for my perfect base, but in the event that I don't find it, I may come back to this one.
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tin
candiello 6/17/2011 12:13:00 PM
I absolutely can't live without my Burt's Bees tin. Like other reviewers I've tried a million lipbalms, with Lucas' Paw Paw Ointment coming a close second. This one doesn't feel sticky and I never get sick of the scent - which is a natural pepperminty smell - like I do with artificially flavoured balms like Chapsticks. I also don't feel like I need to reapply it every 5 seconds as with some others as well. I think it's because all the ingredients in it are natural. It seems a lot of people have had trouble getting the product out of the tin. I've found that when the balm is new it has kind of a wax crust over the top. Once you break through it, it's a lot easier to get the balm out. Plus I think the little tin with the bee on it is cute. I could probably rave about this balm for days.