I bought this because I have Coco pigment and I seem to be on a shimmery brown/taupe eyeshadow kick right now. If I have my information correct, Coco is discontinued so I figured I'd stock up on a similar color of product. Honestly, I can't tell the difference between my jar of Coco and my new jar of Subtle. I think Coco is a bit darker and maybe more metallic, but the similarities are just too close to each other. I'd definitely repurchase Subtle, but a jar of MAC pigment lasts SO long, I don't see myself having to worry about running out anytime soon.
Shampoo -L'Oreal - Vive Pro Nutri Gloss Normal to Fine Hair
clairelfhs02 9/30/2007 3:16:00 PM
*Update: I ended up hating this product so much, I returned it to Ulta for a refund. I've been wanting to try this shampoo (and the conditioner) for the longest time, and I've just gotten around to buying some. I like the smell of both products (it's sort of cross between fruity, floral, and clean smelling). The shampoo bottle packaging is fine, but I can't say I like the conditioner bottle. It's a stand up bottle with the cap at the bottom. Product rushes to bottom of the bottle and when you open the cap, you get a handful of conditioner (95% you end up wasting). As far as washing my hair with this, it did leave it nice and soft and feeling clean. I can't see myself using the conditioner every day. I have a feeling it would weigh my hair down quite a bit. Overall, I wouldn't consider this a HG product and I'm not sure if I'd buy it again (I guess I'll wait and see how my hair adapts to this stuff), but for $3.99 each, it's cheap and I can see myself using the rest of this product. It smells good and comes in a cute pink bottle, but it's by no means amazing.
Even though I've only used this product once, I have a feeling I'm really going to like this. I like the smell of this, the way it cleaned my face (no tightness or tingling), and a pump bottle is pretty nice IMO. I'm sure I'll buy this again!
Styling Products -Pantene - Texturize- Ultimate texture hairspray
clairelfhs02 6/10/2007 12:54:00 PM
I bought this to use in conjunction with the texturizing wax and I just can't use both of them together. This is a very heavy hold hairspray and when used with the texturizing wax, it turns your hair into straw! I'm sure this is good for some things, but not for everyday styling. I think I'll go back to using the Dove hairspray in the pump bottle.
Styling Products -Pantene - Texture and Shine Defining Pomade [DISCONTINUED]
clairelfhs02 6/10/2007 12:51:00 PM
I just got a layered haircut and needed some kind of styling product to get the layers to stand out a little bit. I went to the drugstore and had a really hard time finding something reasonably priced (I didn't want to buy Paul Mitchell, Tigi, Redken, etc.) because there are a lot of smoothing products out but not many texturizing products. Until I found this stuff! It's the best! It cost like $5 and comes in a little tub. You need only the slightest amount of this (too much will make your hair look greasy) and it works great. Oh! And it smells really good too! If I need more of this at some point, I'll definitely re-buy this. But if I let my hair grow out again, I won't need more but I would definitely recommend this to friends.
Highlighters -Milani - Glimmer Stripes in Pink Glimmer
clairelfhs02 5/6/2007 9:42:00 AM
I just got back from CVS, where I picked up a Milani Glimmer Stripe in Pink Shimmer. I think this is a FABULOUS, much more affordable alternative for those of us who can't afford or simply do not want to spend $40 on a Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick. I have a BB Shimmerbrick and I'm still deciding which one I prefer better. I downgraded and rated this a 3 as far as price, because $6.99 for drugstore blush is starting to get on the steep side. For those of you who claim that this is just chalky shimmer or whatever, yes it is definitely all of that. I think this is a product that would only work for people in their teens and 20's or anyone who doesn't have problems with fine lines and wrinkles. I'm sure this product would just accentuate them even more. Overall, I really like this product and I can see myself buying the Honey Shimmer for a summer bronzer! I'm sure it would work great!
I've tried Cargo eyeshadow singles, but not the duos (until today). I always look at them when I'm in Sephora and I've used the testers, but again I've never actually plunked down the cash on any of them. I got the Kentucky duo in swap today and I absolutely love it! This duo contains 2 colors (one is a murky cream color with some extremely subtle pink-ish irredescence, and the other color is a mossy green color). I put the lighter color all over my lid and then the mossy green color in the crease and around the outer edge of my lid and it looks really pretty! This is a great everyday color to wear for going to school, work, out with friends, pretty much anything...I can't think of too many places you couldn't wear these colors. The only downside is the tin. I've never had a problem with Cargo tins, but my Kentucky e/s duo tin is awfully tight. The lid definitely stays on when it's suppose to, but it's a bit hard to remove at times. But maybe that's just me.
Who would have ever thought that a company best known for cheapie nail polish and eye/lip pencils would ever creat a skincare line that is actually good!! I've questioned this line from the get go, but when I found the Cleansing Cream and the Exfoliating Scrub on clearance at Target for $1.98 I just had to buy them both. The cleanser is a very gentle creamy cleanser. It removes makeup pretty well and left my skin feeling (and looking) great! I'm not really sure what skin type these products are suppose to be for, but I have oily skin and it totally did the job! Don't let the brand name scare you or fool you...this is great stuff. I actually like it better than my MK TimeWise stuff!
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Star Secrets Kerrys Rosewood 225
clairelfhs02 3/29/2007 2:31:00 PM
I just got this lipstick and I love the color and it looks great on me, but I HATE the texture. It's feels like there's sand mixed into the lipstick and it's all gritty feeling on my lips. Definitely not a repurchase...if you like colors along this line, go for Laetitia's Champagne instead!
Lipstick -L'Oreal - Color Riche Star Secret Aishwarya Beige
clairelfhs02 3/22/2007 6:44:00 PM
I've seen a lot of the L'Oreal Star Secrets lipsticks lately and I'm always scared to by any of them, because I have this impression that the colors work best with people for varying skin tones (based on each celebrity they're named after). Boy! Was I wrong! Aishwarya's Beige is not a color that would only work for people with coloring like Aishwarya Rei! This color is actually a very pretty fleshy/nude/tan color that is great for everyday wear. I have a tube of this now and would definitely repurchase this and hope that L'Oreal adds this color to their lineup.
I bought this because I wanted to try something new and one of my friends uses it. Although, it's a little bit pricey compared to some other brands ($3.99 for a 4.1 oz. tube), this really is the greatest toothpaste ever! It cleans well, the mint taste isn't overpowering (Vivid White Night actually has a vanilla mint kind of taste), and it brightens my teeth nicely too. This is also good at removing any kind of tooth stains (coffee, tea, food, whatever). I will continue to repurchase this every time I'm out.
Blush -Cover Girl - TruBlend Naturally Luminous Blush in Pure Romance
clairelfhs02 2/15/2007 1:20:00 PM
I bought this blush yesterday and so far, I really like it. This is a loose powder blush that comes in a tub with a little powder puff (but I prefer to use an actual blush brush). Pink Romance is a very light pink, perfect for fair-skinned people. When you look at the product from the outside of the tub, it doesn't look like it has any shimmer...but it does! When applied, there is definitely a slight golden shimmer in this blush. But overall, this is nice stuff and if you can find some, buy it. I have a feeling that this might be on its way out, as I found mine in the clearance bin at the drugstore for $2.00.
I'm not sure wheither or not this is considered blush, bronzer, highlighter, self-tanning product, or what but for this review I'm going to call it blush. BeneFit 10 seems to be the newest cheek product from this line. It sells for $26 (which is definitely a bit much). It's half blush (a light shimmery pink) and half bronzer. I guess the concept here is that you blend the two together and you get this blushy bronzey glow on your face. I just got some of this and I really like it. I'm a MAC NW20 and I have the worst time ever finding a bronzer that looks good (usually too muddy looking). This is appropriate enough to wear during the winter when my face needs a little warming up. I'm sure this would look even better during the summer. One little bit of advice, avoid using the little brush that comes in the box. A regular blush brush will work much better and excess product will tap off more easily.
I have a Copacabana Multiple at home and I've been so fearful of the thing because it's so white and shimmery (how could this possibly look good (or halfway decent) on me???). Well, I was at Sephora over the weekend and I asked one of the salesgirls about this product and I told her I had one but have never used it because of it's weird whitish shimmery color. She showed me how to use it and basically told me to go home and play around with it. WOW!! I really like this! If you apply this sparingly you can get this really pretty shimmery glow (not disco ball shimmer...pretty shimmer!). But I'm sure if you put too much it won't look good. This color looks great during the winter when your skin looks kind of blah and dull from the cold, and is in need of a little brightening. Will I repurchase this? Possibly...but not for awhile because the one I have now will probably last me a long time.
I just got Cubic through a swap...and it's OK. I was expecting to like this a lot more after reading reviews. I'm an NW20 and either this barely shows up on me or it looks a tad bit muddy. I'll probably hold onto this for awhile and try it out as a summer blush (when I have more color in my face...this isn't the case during winter). Maybe it'll work better then.