This comes in the form of a solid pinkish chunk with little peices of dried leafy/herby things on one side. As a cleanser it was just average. It wouldn't take away a lot of makeup, but it was enough for simple cleansing. It didn't leave my skin dry and bare-feeling. The scent was pleasant and not too strong. The texture was soft although it didn't lather much. The one thing that bothered me about this is the fact that it melted and got quite messy. I tried to keep it dry, and when I did it would crack and go totally dry, and if I forgot to keep it in a dry place even for half a day it would start getting mushy. It would start with the surface getting slippery and soft - like a peice of clay watered down. This got worse until in the end it was just a pool of pink mushiness. I did use it till the end, since I'm like that and as a cleanser it wasn't that bad, but the mess and the trouble it gave me was just a big bother, so I won't be getting this again any time soon.
This powder is very natural without any powdery-ness or cakey-ness. It doesn't make my skin look dry either. It goes on very lightly. Has no scent. The case it comes in is a shiney silver one and the puff is nice and soft.
I bought Never a Dull Moment but had an allergic reaction to it. I'm allergic to peaches and apricots - but I'm okay with The Body Shop's apricot scrub so I thought that Origins' would be okay too. Unfortunately not the case. Anyhow... I got Swept Away instead (Actually I'd wanted this in the first place but the lady at the store convinced me to buy the other - goes to show you know what's good for you) This is a light green gel with little beads in it. It doesn't have any soapy/sudsy ness to it. I feel I need to cleanse with something else beforehand. The scrub particles are nice and gentle, the smell is light and fresh as is the consistancy of the product. Over all I liked it. The tube it comes in is simple and convenient but the snap cap on mine kinda broke a bit. Nothing functionally wrong though.
This is a nice overall mascara. It applies nicely - even, smooth, clean - and it has nice lengthening properties(which is generally what I look for most in a mascara). It smudged just a little at the corner of my eyes where my lashes touch my skin, but not too much. I prefer Lancome mascaras though - not sure if I have great reason to, though.
This product is a light white colored cream that you put on your eye area for a while, then wipe off. It actually absorbs into your skin quite well, so you don't have that much to wipe off in the end. I have dark circles and a few lines but I don't think there was much improvment there, though this is pleasantly moisturizing - I like to use it when my eye area feels particularly dry. I found that if I got any of it in my eye, it would make them water and sting - not good! I couldn't get it on my lids w/o getting into my eyes, so it was just for the undereye area for me. Even after wiping the left over with a tissue, I would sometimes have some of it peel off(like an eraser) if I touched/rubbed my eye area. My eyes would start watering again if any residue got in my eye. I got a small size of this at a cheaper price than the actual product. I probably wouldn't buy it again at the retail price.
This was too greasy for me. Even though I have dry/combo skin - that is not so dry in hotter months. Also it has color to it, which doesn't really show up, but I still didn't like it - I have pale/fair skin that's lighter than the color of this product. I actually have a friend who has a darker complexion, and she uses this kind of like a tinted moisturizer. It felt like it 'covered' my face. Also it has a strange smell that wasn't that great either.
I got a sample of this from a lovely swapper. It looked very interesting and when I dabbled a little bit on the back of my hand it gave a very striking sparkle of blue/brown. But when I tried putting it on my eyes, it just looked way to dark and in your face for me. Also becuase it is in a powder form, and not that fine, it fell off my brush onto my cheeks. I couldn't get it off without getting some brown on my cheeks which was not fun. Next I tried just lining my eyes with it, but I had the aformentioned problem of it falling all over my face, and also it just came out a reddish/orangish/brown w/o the blue. I think it's b/c in order for me to line I had to rub it a bit - this made the blue disappear. I did not like the reddish/orangish/brown tone. All in all, I think if this is applied more skillfully - no rubbing! just lightly applying - and you are looking for a striking look, this may be the thing for you. It just wasn't for me.
This is a beautiful sparkling powder. I bought it in a shade of deep pink (with gold shimmer). It ends up looking lightly pinkish peach with a lot of very fine shimmer/sparkle on me - I have light, almost pale, yellow toned skin. The shimmer is noticable but yet subtle and not OTT. Because the powder is very fine, it stays on quite well and doesn't fly all over your face. It's also possible to use it to line your eyes. I recommend it very highly.
Pressed Powders -Estee Lauder - Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder
celedine 2/9/2003 11:02:00 AM
I used this for touching up during the day. It tends to look powdery, so you have to be careful to not overdo it. The puff that comes in the compact is like a sponge but there isn't a seperate compartment for it so the mirror gets all smudged up. Although the mirror in the compact is nice and wide. I ended up giving this to my mother b/c the scent was too strong and bothered me too much. I'm not even sure what it was supposed to be, but it wouldn't fade away, and made me want to sneeze. But I have a friend that liked the scent so I guess it might just be me.
Lipstick -Estee Lauder - Pure Color Crystal Lipstick- Crystal Rose
celedine 2/9/2003 10:48:00 AM
The packaging is very pretty - a gold square tube with a clear plastic bottom with a bit of color showing through. But the color in the plastic is not like the product, but is rather the color of the iridescent pink/lavender shimmer that coats the lipstick. The lipstick itself is a natural rose/mauve/pink that goes on like a sheerish gloss. I love the color and the sheer/natural finish. Almost defines YLBB! It gives a nice polished look and will probably go with anything. (note: I have a yellow based pale-fair complexion and my lips are very pale so most lipsticks show up the exact color they are on me.) The only thing I don't like about this product is the scent. It reminds me of raisins(I think it's supposed to be fig?) and I generally don't like lip products with scent. It's just so in your nose all the time! But it is infinitely better than the Chanel lipsticks that smell of roses - I hate that smell! 2004.12.10. For some reason, this looks a tad bit dark to look absolutely natural. I never noticed this back when I wore it more often.
This is a light foaming wash that I use for washing my face in the morning or on days when I didn't wear make up. It's quite mild, so it doesn't strip my skin bare like some washes tend to do. But it does make me skin feel pleasantly clean. Though people who like the feel of 'squeaky clean'ness may not find this product satisfactory. It smells lightly of mint, which I don't mind. The product comes in a bottle with a plain round opening, which would be a bother to use, but they gave me a pump to use it with so I didn't have to deal with that problem. The pump also has a fastening device so I can travel with it if I want, without the worry of it being pressed by accident.
Moisturizers -Origins - Look Alive Vitality Moisture Cream
celedine 2/9/2003 10:28:00 AM
I have skin that becomes quite dry in the winter and I was looking for something more moisturizing/emollient. Origins was selling a set of 3-4 products for oily/combo/dry skins and this product was included in the set for dry skins, so I bought it to try out. It has a herbal scent which I found pleasant, and is pretty much what I was looking for. Emollient but not too heavy. After I ran out, I ended up trying out a different product, though I think I will repurchase this in the future.
This is a serum to use before your moisturizer. It has a thin consistancy so it feels quite light. It is a 'brightening face firmer'. I didn't see any amazing effects, but I did enjoy using my whole bottle. It comes in a pump dispenser, but the little bit of product that is in the tip of the pump dries to form a little 'plug', which was kind of a waste, and also kind of annoying. I wish they'd think of a way to rectify this problem. I probably won't buy this again not b/c it was particularly defective, but b/c there are many other products I'd like to try out.
I was looking for something moisturizing with SPF for everyday use and this is just that. It comes in fluid and cream form. I have the fluid. The package is in pump form and it doesn't dry to form a little 'plug' in the tip like some products do. I usually use this after my moisturizer since I'm quite dry during the winter, though I could probably just use this on its own if I had to. It gives you a matte kind of feel rather than a moist/oily/slippery feel. It can also be used as a base for makeup, it says. It is supposed to have grape polyphenols or something like that which is supposed to be and antioxidant. I'm not sure if this is true. But this feels nice and light, and smells pleasant - like grapes - too.
This is a very sticky!! and goey clear lipgloss - lasts forever! - that gives amazing shine. I like to use it over dark lipsticks applied very sheerly, or over lipsticks that look too flat. I have a Chanel lipstick (Malice) that is a strange opaque lavender shade which doesn't suit me, but when I use this lipglass over it, it changes into a sheerer pinker shade that looks nice. It doesn't seem to change the color of other lipsticks though. The downside of this product is that it makes my lips feel dry after a time, and on days when my lips feel sensitive, this product can make them peel. (But that's totally b/c I have very sensitive lips) Also the package is a tube with a domed applicating tip which isn't very useful. I usually use a brush or my fingers.