Sunscreen -Kiss Me - Sunkiller Baby Milk SPF 38 PA+++
ckristen 7/7/2011 5:33:00 PM
One of my favorite sunscreens. It is hard to find a japanese sunscreen that is all physical. The sunscreen does come in a small bottle but lasts quite a while for me - I do face application only and use other sunscreens for my body. The consistency is a really watery milk that absorbs rather quickly and is clear. I prefer using this sunscreen since it won't interfere with my mineral makeup (mineral makeup by nature has SPF due to it likely containing one or both of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide). I feel the mineral makeup adds a lot more protection to the baby milk. When I am wearing other chemical sunscreens, I won't wear mineral makeup, since mixing chemical and physical sunscreen can degrade the SPF protection. A definite favorite of mine and recommended. Try Ebay if not Sasa to buy.
I wasn't expecting to like this product so much. I have the one in strawberry. It is pretty watery yet you can easily control the amount to apply. It does reminds me of Benetint and Posetint but without the huge price tag and is vegan and natural. The Strawberry color is soooo natural looking and easy to blend on the cheeks. My skin has been sensitive lately and gets irritated when I apply powder blush, so this product felt so soothing and cool on the face. I love the packaging also, it comes in a squeeze tube and is quite sanitary compared to Benetint which is in a nail polish like bottle. I also apply the product to my lips (I believe it's lip safe since the ingredients are all natural). My worry is the shelf life, but I haven't had it long enough to tell you and the packaging does not indicate when expiration would be. I am in love with this product and am excited to try their other colors. Ingredient list as appearing on their website: 100% Natural Ingredients:Aloe Vera Gel, Vitamin E (a-tocopehrol), Pigments of Raspberry, Strawberry, Blackberry, Pomegranate, Red Wine, Plum and Cranberry, Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), Avocado Butter, Extracts of Acai Berry, Rosemary, Grapefruit Seed, Japanese Honeysuckle, Oregano, Thyme, Goldenseal and Lavender, Witch Hazel
Blush -100 Percent Pure - Sheer Cheek Tint Stawberry
ckristen 1/30/2011 8:00:00 PM
I wasn't expecting to like this product so much. It is pretty watery yet you can easily control the amount to apply. It does reminds me of Benetint and Posetint but without the huge price tag and is vegan and natural. The Strawberry color is soooo natural looking and easy to blend on the cheeks. My skin has been sensitive lately and gets irritated when I apply powder blush, so this product felt so soothing and cool on the face. I love the packaging also, it comes in a squeeze tube and is quite sanitary compared to Benetint which is in a nail polish like bottle. I also apply the product to my lips (I believe it's lip safe since the ingredients are all natural). My worry is the shelf life, but I haven't had it long enough to tell you and the packaging does not indicate when expiration would be. I am in love with this product and am excited to try their other colors. Ingredient list as appearing on their website: 100% Natural Ingredients:Aloe Vera Gel, Vitamin E (a-tocopehrol), Pigments of Raspberry, Strawberry, Blackberry, Pomegranate, Red Wine, Plum and Cranberry, Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), Avocado Butter, Extracts of Acai Berry, Rosemary, Grapefruit Seed, Japanese Honeysuckle, Oregano, Thyme, Goldenseal and Lavender, Witch Hazel
I also picked this up at CVS's sale at 75% off but would gladly pay full price for it. I have the color jaded green. It is a fabulous deep green color that is dark enough to wear without black liner added. You can definitely tell the liner is green though. It is the prettiest shade of green I have ever seen. I hope they are not discontinuing this color as it was the only shade on sale at CVS. I already picked up a spare, just in case. The wear is similar to Urban Decay's 24/7 liners but I would say the Sally Hansen's has a better stiffness about it. Urban Decay's tends to get blunt really quickly and requires frequently sharpening. This pencil on the otherhand, is a perfect stiffness, it applies very well, creamy but holds its tip very well. I prefer it over other UD dupes such as the covergirl liquiline blast which is also a favorite of mine, loreal's intense liquid pencil or prestige's intense liner. On my top lid, the wear holds very well, but it does smudge a bit on my lower liner (ALL lines smudge on me as I have pretty oily skin). LOVE this product, the green looks perfect matched with a nice coral lip and cheeks.
Eyeliner -Physicians Formula - Shimmer Strips Gel Creamliner (all)
ckristen 10/24/2010 9:53:00 PM
I used to HATE gel liners. I bought two MAC ones years ago and promptly gave them away. I started seeing these around my local drugstores and was fascinated with the packaging and the fact that you get some pretty awesome colors in each pack. I chose the green eye set because I thought the purple and green liners were gorgeous. They definitely do not disappoint! The black color also has green glitter in it, very fine, no one will be able to see it except for you. I have been wearing this liner almost everyday. I love the packaging, so cute and each cube is removable for easy traveling or connect them if you have a larger makeup bag. I also love the brush included with the set. I am really picky with makeup brushes and I was surprised to love this one. The brush is better for a wider line on the top lid, if you need to make a finer line, defintiely get a more fined tipped brush. Since buying these, I also got the Wet N Wild cream liner. They are both great but I really think the Physician's Formula is a better value since for around $10 regular priced, you get three colors AND an awesome brush. The Wet N Wild brush I really don't like and the packaging isn't as nice as the Physician's Formula. The top does not screw on as perfectly as the PF. The PF is also a softer, easier to work with formula. Definitely buy this liner, you will not be disappointed.
I have been using this cream along with Osea's eye cream for close to 4 years now. The Advanced Protection cream is a definite staple for me. I have to use it at least 3 times a week. I used to be a skin care addict and will have about 5 face creams in rotation with tons of serums, oils, etc. After adopting a more simplistic skin care routine, i find that my skin is still young looking and I credit this cream (along with retin-A and my triple vitamin C serum). I introduced the cream to my mother, and she also cannot be without it.
I have been using this eye cream for close to 4 years now and it is something I cannot be without. At first, I did not like the cream, since I felt it wasn't "oily" enough to be moisturizing. But after I was done with my first tube, and moved on to a new eye cream, I found myself missing this eye cream. It keeps my eyes looking very young despite my stressful work environment and a little goes a long way. For those with drier eye-area skin, you might want to layer a carrier oil such as jojoba oil for more moisture. I simply love the idea of algae in skin care. I think Osea is able to combine anti-aging with the concept of natural skin care. I really love the packaging, it is in an airtight pump bottle and you really get a LOT of product. The price may seem steep but a bottle lasts me about one year plus.
Hair -Jason Natural Cosmetics - Natural Jojoba Shampoo
ckristen 3/4/2007 4:37:00 AM
This shampoo was initially too thick which caused me problems dispensing the shampoo through the narrow cap opening. but after diluting it with a couple capfuls of jojoba oil (redundant i know) and shaking vigorusly, the texture was perfect. I like this shampoo because it is absent of harsh surfactants and the ingredient list is pretty natural and jason doesn't test on animals. I am usually very picky about natural shampoos since some of them just do not have any cleansing power, but i find this one cleans my oily scalp very well. highly recommended.
Shampoo -Jason Natural Cosmetics - Jason Shampoo Henna Hi-Lights
ckristen 3/4/2007 4:34:00 AM
I tried this shampoo after trying Jason's Jojoba shampoo which I love (after tweaking it a little because it was too thick by adding, surprise, more jojoba oil in). I like the consistency of the henna shampoo a lot better than Jason's jojoba which was thicker. Both are SLS and SLES and other harsh surfactants free, which i like a lot. I henna my hair monthly so i thought a henna shampoo would be appropriate. I can't tell if it is adding highlights to my already highhlighted with henna hair, but I like the formula a lot. I recommend. I plan on trying other Jason shampoos, but I am careful since I found out a couple of their shampoos has the harsher surfactatnts.
Eye Shadow -Flirt - Whipped Eyeshadow Mousse in High Maintenance
ckristen 10/21/2006 12:55:00 PM
I was on the lookout for a dark grey eyeshadow and originally had wanted to purchase the grey mousse eye shadow in midnight disco, but kohls was completely out. I bought high maintenace instead since i was excited to try the formula on a recommendation from an online fellow makeup user. The I'm Whipped Eyeshadow Mousse is described as soft and creamy, leaving eyes gleaming. i have to say it does deliver! High Maintenance seems dark in the pot, but on application is rather sheer, i wanted something darker but i am sure layering would be no problem at all. there's sparkles in it but nothing over the top, just really pretty. The texture is to die for though, so light and airy, easy to apply. I am definitely going to try to find midnight disco (the grey shade) because i simply love these. I wish they would just come out with darker colors since I am not a pastel type of girl and their color selection is quite light. The SA recommended that I keep the pots sealed tightly or else risk drying the product out--it is a mousse.
Cleansers -Freeze 24/7 - Freeze 24-7 Ice Shield Face SPF 15
ckristen 9/14/2006 8:49:00 PM
After looking all over the place for reviews of this new product, i just went ahead and bought it myself . It arrived today and i was excited to write a review, so here i am. warning--this is an early review, if i notice any adverse effects, i will update. I bought this for my dad who is very lazy with skincare, but I am trying it myself also. Freeze 24/7 I believe is the first company to come up with the idea of a face wash that has an spf in it. I think this idea is awesome and great for the lazy person or a religious skin fanatic like myself if i ever have to rush somewhere in the morning and don't have time to apply sunscreen. I initially thought the face wash would leave behind a film as i can't quite imagine a protective layer of SPF being left behind otherwise. From the reviews i have read, the main complaint with Freeze products is that they tend to leave a white film behind. i wasn't confident about the wash and expected a residue, but i was pleasantly surprised by the wash. The wash itself is white smooth milky cream. i squeezed a little too much out (i think a dime size would be sufficient for the face), and massaged it into my skin for about 1-2 minutes just as instructed, and rinsed off the cleanser. I then PATTED my face dry with a towel. I was amazed how soft and nice my skin felt. no sticky films, my skin is just incredibly soft. i didn't apply a moisturizer afterwards, and my skin is still soft and smooth hours after washing. I wish the SPF were higher on this product, i hope freeze decides to make one with an spf 30 or 50. The wash does provide UVA as well as UVB protection. from the ingredients titanium dioxide seems to be the filter they use here, but it is pretty low on the ingredient list. The Freeze 24-7 Ice Shield Face Wash with SPF 15 retails at $48 for 4.8 oz bottle, which makes it kinda pricey, but considering the face wash is actually a moisturizer (i think) plus sunscreen, the price is pretty good. this is a fun concept and i hope other companies will catch on . anyhow, i think this christmas a lot of my "lazier with skincare" family and friends will be receiving this face wash! anyone have any questions, please let me know! i gave the face wash to my dad, but i will be stealing it occassionally, when i feel lazy!
Sunscreen -Kiss Me - Sunkiller Clear Water SPF 50 PA+++
ckristen 8/9/2006 2:27:00 AM
Love this product, it is truly light like water. The ingredients are very stable and the texture is amazing. The only terrible thing about this sunscreen is getting a hold of it in the states is truly a pain. i can't find it on ebay or any other online sites. and for people breaking out from sunscreen--i wonder if it is the sunscreen breaking them out or if they are not properly removing the sunscreen. sunscreen (especially waterproof versions) need to be removed using a cleansing oil (i use DHC's) or a good cleansing milk or cream then your regular cleanser.
Lip Treatments -Badger - Badger SPF15 Sunblock Lip Balm
ckristen 8/8/2006 4:13:00 AM
Oh goodness, i bought this based on the reviews here and i must say, i am totally let down. the pluses for this product was that it offered a physical sunscreen--zinc oxide which is pretty stable and the packaging. i like the tube packaging as i don't like dipping my fingers in a tub. the positives end there. this product will turn your lips white no matter how little you apply. i ended up with a white film on my mouth that would not rub off. although i was getting, i am sure superior protection, that was it. truly disgusting product in terms of aesthetics. i wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless the person did not care at all about their lips being white. pass over this one, and save your $5 for something else. i am back to looking for a good lip balm with spf.
Treatments (Eye) -Clarins - Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care SPF 30
ckristen 8/5/2006 10:50:00 PM
love this eye cream. it has a spf which is incredibly hard to find in the states, has a mineral filter (titanium dioxide, though i prefer zinc oxide), and is nongreasy and a great makeup base. my eye makeup hardly smears now. i recommend this for daytime wear only as i think you'd need something more moisturizing at night. this a must have ladies, we wear sunscreen on our faces, and many of us ignore our eyes, and that's usually the first place where age shows!
Lipstick -Shiseido - Perfecting Lipstick - P16 Tahiti Pink
ckristen 7/23/2006 2:22:00 PM
tahiti pink p16 looked kinda scary pink when i saw the tester, especially compared to shiseido's other colors, but my sister persuaded me to buy this since it looked so pretty. well, i got home and applied it and i love it! the shade is very nice on my skin tone and is not outrageous at all. tahiti pink is my new favorite (this is coming from someone who loves the reds!). shiseido's lipsticks never disappoint, they apply like a dream and never flakes or dry the lips, and the perfecting series is neither too matte nor is it shiny. it has a slight plumping effect too, which my sister pointed out. the packaging is pretty too, a nice shiny bronze metallic metal tube. usually, i wouldn't spend more than a few dollars on lipstick and i do consider this expensive for lipstick at $22. but i guess now that i am convinced that a more expensive lipstick can be better overall. try this, lovely shade AND formulation!