Lip Gloss -Bare Escentuals - Buxom Lips Lip Gloss in Bambi
chelsear 1/13/2007 9:18:00 PM
This is by far one of my favourites in the plumping lip gloss genre. Buxom lips smell like sweet coffee, give that plumping tingle, and actually do plump my lips (a little, nothing really, really plumps them, other than chile peppers). Bambi is a pretty soft peach with a very slight shimmer that on my cool toned lips turns to a soft, everyday coral. Hopefully BE will start releasing these as regular items not just in kits as I want all of them!
Lip Gloss -Clinique - Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine in Play-full Plump
chelsear 1/13/2007 7:18:00 PM
Clinique's entry into the world of lip plumpers leaves me flat, but thankfully withour a bad taste in my mouth. This barely pink softly pearlescent gloss imparted high shine but none of the promised plumping effect. Thankfully it didn't have the atrocious clinique gloss scent/flavour, so I'll at least finish my sample. Oh, and Clinique, if you're listening, "full potential lips plump and shine" is like calling tires "weight bearing rotating orbs". Hire someone.
Unfortunately Musc Ravageur is one of the many perfumes that just don't work on me. This is flat, boring, synthetic. It smells like a combination of wet cardboard (not musty wet cardboard, that would be intriguing) and some nasty "personal care" scent, like scented tampons. Not sexy, very, very not sexy.
I'm not a fan of American Apparel. I have to wear their shirts at work, and while I am annoyed by their ridiculously tiny sizing, my main complaint is with the quality. Their tees, worn and laundered once a week generally last a maximum of 3 months before falling apart. I'm a size 10/12 so I wear the more heavy duty men's/unisex shirts, which should be able to withstand washing and drying. However, it's not uncommon for them to come apart at the seams with one washing. I can't imagine the lifespan of one of their flimsier girl's shirts. To my mind, t-shirts should be easy care, throw it in the machine clothes, not dry clean or hand wash only. Get a clue, American Apparel.
This is my hg mascara, the gold standard against which I compare all others, the one I keep going back to. A couple of coats gives long, full, defined lashes that hold their curl. A couple more gives a dramatic, false lashes look. A couple more, and, well, it's clump city, but, really, why are you going there anyway? I have insanely sensitive eyes and this is a no tears, no styes, no weird painful bumps formula for me. The black is a rich, true, blackest black black. Avoid the soft black, though, unless you like grey lashes.
Generic fruity floral. I don't know why, but that's actually appealling to me right now. I think I've been around too many women wearing bombastic, pushy perfumes lately, so the idea of a coy little number that just sits quietly sucking a jolly rancher isn't so bad. Meh, what am I thinking. Dries down to that typical, hotel soap Fresh drydown.
This looks really pretty in the bottle, but against my very pink ppp skin this is a milky white with just a tiny dash of peachy pink. Maybe something you could use on the tips for a french manicure, but all over, yuck. As with the other opis I've tried, I'm not that fond of the texture - as thin as I try to apply it, it alway pools at the sides of my nails. Gah, what a clunker!
Pressed Powders -Paul & Joe - Creme Vanillee Pressed Powder
chelsear 11/21/2005 1:35:00 PM
This is a gorgeous pressed powder highlighter. My one warning is that if you are looking for a traditional touch up powder, this is not the product you want. Also, for anyone using Paul & Joe's loose powder in vanilla, you should know that this is quite a bit darker. When I 1st got it I thought it was a traditional pressed powder and blotted some on to my nose. Instant orange nose! How alluring. Since then I have started dusting this on my cheekbones as a highlighter and love it. This has just a touch of shimmering gold to it, is incredibly finely milled, and so creamy that it just melds with your skin. Paul & Joe's packaging is gorgeous as usual, so despite not being what I thought it was, this product is a winner in my books.
Blush -Paul & Joe - Face Color in BonBon Pasteque 35
chelsear 10/19/2005 8:36:00 PM
I don't know why I'm surprised how great this is - Paul & Joe is excellent generally, the blush should be no exception. Still, I'm surprised. This is a very, very bright, slightly cool pink with gold, silver, and pink shimmer. I was worried that the shimmer would be too obvious, too glittery, but it just works to produce a slightly irridescent, glowy look on my cheeks. This is a soft textured, highly pigmented blush, but it blends so well that it is very easy to buff out any over application. Oh, and it lasts all day, which surprises me too as I tend to rub my cheeks throughout the day. Altogether an excellent product.
I adore Pout blushes, but I've got to admit, this one is a bit of a letdown. Described by Pout as "warm matte apricot", my description is more of a neutral, matte fawn. Yes, this has it's place; it's the perfect blush when all you want is cheek definition, such as on red lip days. However, I don't see this blush developing a dip anytime soon. It still has Pout's gorgeous silky texture, high pigmentation, and superb staying power, and as it fills an empty niche in my blush collection, I would repurchase.
This sounds like a lovely combination and I love the idea of wearing a perfume that has stood the test of time. However, on my skin, the eau de parfum smells like nothing more than baby powder and plastic. I can't quite pinpoint the combination, but it's either Huggies or My Little Pony. Hmmm, not quite what I'm looking for.
Blush -Guerlain - Divinora Radiant Blush - Apricot Souffle 515
chelsear 10/2/2005 8:27:00 PM
Apricot Souffle D'or is one of Guerlain's 2005 additions to the line. This soft peach blush with subtle gold shimmer gives a lovely warm radiance to my complexion. The formula is sheer but buildable and never gives that cakey "blush" look that inferior products can give. I'm not a fan of the packaging, it's clunky and takes up too much room, but the brush included is of surprisingly high quality, and you know that with that much plastic encasing it, this blush is never going to break. Price is heartbreaking, but pretty much worth it.
This is an excellent red for people who're scared of red. It's sheer, has a bit of a pinky shimmer, and basically just makes your lips look like they're naturally a gorgeous, dimensional red, not like you're wearing red lipstick. So, why'd I only give it a 4 then? This is just too drying to be truly amazing, and I hate the package. The gold just makes me cringe - I'd rather have the tester packaging. Still, the product is lovely and I'll repurchase if I loose it or finish the tube (ha! like that would ever happen! who finishes lipsticks?).
I can't wear this in the summer at all due to the greasiness, but now that the weather is cooler, it's working very well for me. I've been wearing it with a layer of sue devitt's primer over top and while it's not matte, the finish is more glowey than grease pit. I know people will read this review and wonder why review spf 60 for the fall/winter rather than the summer when you need it. Well, I like to wear a high spf year round due to a family history of skin cancer, and I have a summer spf HG (shiseido) that is unfortunately a bit too drying for the cooler months. If you really want a matte look to your skin, you'll never be happy with this sunscreen, it just can't give that finish. But pair it with a primer and a desire for dewiness (who can't do with a bit of that in January), and you've got a winner. Oh, almost forgot, no breakouts, not itchiness, no readness from this, at least for me.
Treatments -Olay - Regenerist Continuous Night Recovery Moisturizing Treatment
chelsear 9/19/2005 2:00:00 PM
My skin can't handle heavy night creams, but at 32 I was starting to worry about wrinkles, etc. I've been using this for a couple of weeks now and am happy with the results. Most importantly, no breakouts! This is doing wonders for the dry patches on my cheeks and temples, but also seems to calm the oil production in my t-zone. I think the "mini lift" promise of the ad is bunk, but my skin is smoother, more even toned, and less dull - why they don't just mention that is beyond me. I'll definitely keep using this cream.