Moisturizers -Trilogy - Very Gentle Moisturising Cream
cheekypig 1/7/2011 8:35:00 PM
Trilogy Very Gentle Moisturising Cream is part of their latest collection of products designed for super sensitive, picky skin. This is a gorgeous addition to their fantastic line of products; it provides gentle nourishment without leaving skin greasy, instead provides a lovely natural glow. The scent is just soft and neutral, not necessarily fragrance free, but to me, it's not harsh or unpleasant (besides, you can't even smell it after you put it on). The price isn't all that bad, considering it is of so much higher quality than many other skincare products out there and you only need a pea sized amount to cover your face and neck. I'm actually only halfway through my second bottle within 8 months or so, which I think is really long lasting. I do alternate with using pure oils to moisturise, such a rosehip or avocado, but in all, it is such a wonderful product to have on hand. It soothes easily irritated skin and leaves it super silky smooth and hydrated without breaking me out.
Trilogy Very Gentle Cleansing Cream is one of the three products in their Sensitive Skin range designed for super picky, easily irritated skin. I actually adore all of the products in their sensitive skin range, which is no suprise, seeing as I love every Trilogy product I've tried (which is many!); they always seem to create wonderful, high quality products that create a foundation for beautiful skin using only the best of ingredients. This cleanser leaves skin impeccably clean and removes my very light makeup, normally just a little liner and washable mascara. The texture is super smooth and creamy; if you haven't used creamy cleansers like this, it does take a while to get used to the feeling after rinsing off. But it so much more gentle and better for your skin than the cleansers that provide super bubbles and foam; it actually leaves your skin feeling nourished and silky smooth, especially if you follow up with their Very Gentle Moisturising Cream from the same range, which I also highly recommend or their rosehip oil.
Trilogy Smooth Shine Conditioner is such a pleasure to use and is perfect for hair that is in need of light, yet rich moisture and shine. This combination of being non greasy and light with rich moisturising ingredients creates a beautiful balance that many conditioners lack. I have thick hair with oily roots and coarse ends and have a hard time finding a shampoo and conditioner that agrees with my hair type. But I've been using this in conjunction with their Botanical Body Wash (it works beautifully as a shampoo, as well as a body and face wash; I love it!) and together, it leaves my hair perfectly clean and balanced as well as keeping my ends nourished and silky smooth; I'm really impressed. Many conditioners struggle to make my hair soft and silky, but this one manages to do everything I've ever wanted in a conditioner. I can even use this on my scalp to keep it healthy without being one bit greasy. It rinses out wonderfully and doesn't cause any build up; it truly is a fantastic product.
Trilogy Botanical Body Wash is such a fantastic treat to use in the shower for an indulgent, pampering experience. Personally I think that the scent is wonderful, although I imagine it being either a love it or hate it scent. To me, it's a lovely uplifting, soft botanical scent that is soothing, yet refreshing. The scent reminds me of their Everything Balm and Nourishing Body Lotion, which are both lovely products, too. This gently cleanses the skin without leaving you feeling dry and I really like the fact that it is so multi tasking. I like to use it as a gentle shampoo to cleanse my hair which has oily roots with coarse ends and it works beautifully (I use it in conjunction with their gorgeous Smooth Shine Conditioner) and I also use it as a face wash, too during a shower. It doesn't produce massive foamy bubbles, but rather a softer lather that makes me feel like I'm doing something better for my skin; it's never stripping, but leaves it silky smooth and refreshingly clean.
First of all, let me say that I am a huge Trilogy fan and have simply adored all of the products I have tried in their range (quite a few) and this definitely doesn't disappoint. Personally, I think that the smell is wonderful; a soft, botanical scent that doesn't linger (in my experience), but is wonderfully uplifting as you slather it on. If you enjoy the smell of Everything Balm or the Botanical Body Wash (both are fantastic products), then you'll most likely enjoy the scent of this lotion, as they're very similar. Also, mine came in a very suitable plastic pump bottle (not glass as one of the previous reviewers stated, Trilogy might've changed the packaging?) You only need a small amount for it to be sufficient, especially if you're still damp from a shower. It's light and non greasy, yet hydrates beautifully, leaving skin nourished and super silky smooth.
Styling Products -Wella - System Professional Sleek Essence
cheekypig 6/28/2009 2:39:00 AM
Wella Sleek Essence is such a wonderful, gorgeous treatment that leaves my hair feeling like I've just come out from a professional hair salon. I have just below the shoulder length hair; my scalp is extremely sensitive and oily, yet my ends are normal to dry. It's fine, yet there's lots of it. It's naturally straight and normally quite dull and limp. After using Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner, I run a few drops of this miracle liquid through towel dried hair, prior to blow drying. The smell of this is just lovely; it smells lightly of clean, fruit oils and the bottle is simple and sleek. You don't need much product, it's lovely and rich. The results on my hair after using this (and Redken) is significant; it feels healthy, nourished and extremely soft and silky with a glossy shine. It's quite pricey, but completely worth it. I've seriously never seen my hair so shiny and sleek and feel so soft and silky; it's absolutely amazing. I don't know how I lived without this earlier; it just makes my hair so easy to manage and style.
Shampoo -Toni & Guy - Straight and Protect Shampoo
cheekypig 6/28/2009 2:06:00 AM
Toni & Guy Straight and Protect Shampoo is just an okay shampoo. I find that the smell is really strong and it takes a while to get used to. I have naturally fine, straight, shoulder length hair that's oily at the roots, yet quite dry near the ends. I thought that I liked this at first, until I splurged on some Redken products (I purchased their All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner and Cleansing Cream to use once a week to clarify). When comparing this shampoo to Redken, Toni & Guy left my hair dry and frizzy and it also gave me build up after a while. I noticed, that my hair is just so soft and silky after using Redken for a few weeks. My hair is in a much healthier condition and is super shiny and sleek without being weighed down. I never realized how ineffective Toni & Guy Shampoo was before I used Redken; their products are well worth the price. I wouldn't recommend this Toni & Guy shampoo, there are much better options out there to manage your hair and keep it silky.
** Click for pics ** >> OPI You Don't Know Jacques is such a gorgeous, unique and extremely flattering mushroom brown grey. I love the way it can look like a warm, deep brown to a lighter shade of grey taupe. I really do think that this is a fabulous addition to any nail polish collection. It's fun and quirky, and takes on a lovely warm brown grey colour with a twist. It's chic, modern and conservative, yet has an extra edge that takes it up one level; it's just so unique and different in the best way possible. I haven't seen a colour quite like this one and although the colour in the bottle looks flat and dull, once on your nails, it turns into this beautifully rich, opaque creamy mushroom grey brown. I know that this looks amazing on a wide range of skin tones, never making them look ashy, but instead, complementing hands and nails in a striking, chic colour. I love this to bits and I just can't get enough of it!
Eyeliner -MAC - Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack
cheekypig 5/26/2009 4:12:00 AM
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline is such a beautiful liner that creates perfectly defined eyes. I use this with their 208 angled brush and the results always come out flawlessly. The very first day I wore this, I got complemented on how great my eyeliner looked; that's a first for me! You only need a small amount on the brush for each eye, meaning this will last me ages. This is my favourite eyeliner for tightlining and it works wonderfully with my 208 brush. I never knew how much of a difference tightlining made your eyes look; it makes them pop in an incredible, yet subtle way; providing fully defined eyes and leaving them looking fabulous. (Tightlining just means lining right along the upper lashes, so there's no gaps in between your lashes, making them appear thicker). I love the consistency; it's thick and creamy and just glides along your skin, creating the perfect line of jet black inky goodness. It lasts all day without a hint of smudging or wear and remains looking flawless and fresh even through heavy rain. Before this, I was using Revlon Colourstay and it made my eyes all itchy and irritated. But this is gentle and non irritating and I absolutely love the way it makes eyes look beautiful and perfectly defined.
Words can not express how much I absolutely love this tiny little brush! It's absolutely amazing for both filling in brows and lining the eyes. The size is simply perfect for the brows, as it fills them in evenly and super quickly without any mistakes. Before this, I was using a random brush from the art store (something similar to the 242 brush) to fill in my brows, but it always took me ages to get them looking decent. But with the 208, I can have gorgeous, defined brows in a few minutes. The bristles are short and precise and they're stiff enough to get the job done quickly and easily without being one bit scratchy. Lining eyes has never been easier with this brush. I use Blacktrack Fluidline to line my upper lashes and lower waterline and the 208 provides a perfect, clean line every time. It's small enough to fit my waterline and create a smooth, even line. They say that using a flat brush is best to tightline, but with the 208, I can get into the lashes and upper waterline so easily, creating perfectly defined eyes. I always apply my liner (with eyeshadow) on my lower lashes with this and it creates a smooth, precise, clean line every time. I just absolutely adore the 208; it's simply perfect for both filling in brows and defining the eyes, creating stunning results every single time.
** Click for pic ** >> MAC Silverthorn is such a beautiful blue toned silver grey, laced with a warm gold iridescence. It looks gorgeous over Cakeshop Shadestick, bringing out a slight mossy green glow, but it's dominated by the frosty blue silver. The pigmentation is lovely; only a couple of swipes creates the perfect, vibrant colour. I love how Silverthorn looks amazing with pretty much everything. Plummy browns, such as Sable, look wonderful with this, as well as rich, vibrant colours. I've tried this with Shimmermoss layered over Freshwater in the crease, deepening out the two colours with Carbon. This created a gorgeous, intense blue, green look. I've also used this with Carbon, resulting in a sultry smoky eye. But my favourite way to wear this, is using it all over the lid with Satin Taupe in the crease, with classic blue liner on the lower lashline (I used Freshwater deepened slightly with touch of Carbon). This creates a beautiful neutral eye with a twist and a soft pop of colour. It's just such a versatile, unique colour that's a lovely addition to anyone's collection. Who can resist an absolutely beautiful grey silver with a flattering blue undertone, laced with warm gold shimmer? It's just amazing!
** Click for pic ** >> MAC Summer Rose is such a beautiful powder that emits a gorgeous, healthy flush to your cheeks. On my NC40 skin tone, it does require some building up to create the perfect glowy flush, but it's completely worth it; it's just beautiful. I love how it builds up so smoothly; no streaking or caking. This would look amazing on fair skin; only a few swipes of this will create a lovely pink flush. I love to pair this with Perfect Topping MSF; dusting it lightly over the apples of my cheeks where I placed Summer Rose, to add a lovely glowy sheen or using Perfect Topping as my highlight. Refined MSF also works beautifully over this; distributing a warm, peachy glow over the lavender toned pink. The rose embossed print is absolutely gorgeous; it makes it such a pleasure to use. I think that the people that have been complaining that it's rock hard and doesn't pick up any colour, have only swiped their finger over the tester in the store. A brand new Summer Rose will distribute a beautiful pinky lavender. You really have to try it with a brush (or sponge) on your cheeks to see just how beautiful this really is.
** Click for pics ** >> MAC Lollipop Loving is such a gorgeous baby pink coral with a soft green and gold shimmer throughout. On my very pigmented lips, this shows up more of a baby pink rather than coral. I don't mind, as it's still a beautiful colour and the green and gold shimmer adds a lovely, unique touch. It does require some building up on my lips to achieve the perfect peachy pink pout. I like how the shimmer doesn't make lips look overly frosty, instead a lovely soft sheen. It's best to apply this on very smooth, moisturised lips, preferably gently exfoliated beforehand with a mixture of sugar and honey. I like to apply really moisturising balm before I start doing my makeup, leaving lips until last so that the balm has time to sink in. It applies so smoothly and creamily and the vanilla scent makes it such a pleasure to use.
** Click for pics ** >> MAC Cakeshop isn't getting much love here, but I absolutely love it! It's a gorgeous shimmery mossy silver that catches the light beautifully. The texture isn't the creamiest, but it's still easy to work with. I find that there's a waxy coating at the very tip of the Shadestick, so there is tugging at the start. But if you just wipe it away on the back of your hand, the texture will be nice and smooth. I apply this by gently pulling my lid to the side and applying Cakeshop from there. I know some people like to rub some on their (ring) finger and apply it to the lid like that. You don't need a lot, only a few swipes will provide enough coverage per eye (even if it doesn't look as though it's enough). It's somewhat patchy, but it doesn't matter, because you're going to apply eyeshadow over it and it never looks streaky or patchy at all once the eyeshadow is on. My favourite way to wear this is under Aquavert, as it creates the most beautiful spring, mint green. Cakeshop never creases and eyeshadow stays on vibrantly all day without any signs of wear. It's just a beautiful sage toned silver that I love to bits.
** Click for pic ** >> MAC Aquavert is the most beautiful spring, mint green that I absolutely love to bits! I adore using this over the Cakeshop Shadestick (which I love so much, even though the reviews aren't so hot). These two create an absolutely beautiful, softly shimmering, clean mint green with a gorgeous soft sheen. I love pairing it with a soft purple pink in the outer V and crease. For now I'm using the lavender veins in the Perfect Topping MSF, until I get my hands on Stars n Rockets. Then I smoke out and deepen the outer V with a touch of Sketch (a soft black or charcoal would work well too). Aquavert also pairs nicely with plummy browns (Sable, Satin Taupe) and looks lovely just on its own. It applies so dreamy smooth and distributes a lovely wash of colour onto the lid. I just love Aquavert so much; it's such a flattering, soft mint green that brightens up your eyes and adds a gorgeous touch of colour.