Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express Cat Eyes Waterproof in feline black
closetrebels 9/24/2012 11:43:00 AM
I generally like Maybelline mascars, but I hated this one. Sure, it does make spread your lashes out and give it a fan-like (or cat-eye) appearance, but it does not hold up a curl at all. I get horrendous stick straight elephant trunk lashes. Moreover, it starts clumping and the formula dried out within the week.
I've only used this a handful of times but I absolutely adore it. I like using foundation and getting a flawless finish, however I'm just too darn lazy. Generally, my skin's pretty clear except for some redness near my nose, and uneven skin tone. This product is extremely light coverage, but it does enough to give your skin a light glow. With some concealer in the right areas, it almost looks as if I am wearing a light coverage foundation. It hasn't broken my out yet, but my skin is more on the dry side and not as acne-prone. Smells alright, however it is not that moisturising. I usually prep my skin with rosehip or argan oil before. Overall, a really great product.
I like this a lot as I'm a big fan of lip balms that hydrate and provide a nice hint of colour. The pigmentation on this is actually quite good. Obviously it's not going to be as pigmented as a lipstick, but it's easy enough to apply without a mirror. In the moisture department, my lips do feel hydrated while I wear it, but once the balm wears off they do dry up again. Though I do have chronically dry lips. I'd def buy this again, possibly in other colours too.
When I went into Origins, the sales lady created a skincare regimen for my combination skin. Previously, I hadn't really been taking good care of my skin; a few manuka honey masks here and there, and moisturising with argan oil. However, when I started using this cleanser (along with Modern Friction) I have to say my skin has improved. It's not as flaky as it usually was, and feels cleaner without being feeling to stripped and taut. I can't exactly say if this is the best cleanser ever because there are other components in my skincare regimen. However, this has been working well for me. If you don't want to commit to a full size, I'd recommend trying to purchase a travel sized one. They're easily available online. For the 150ml size, the price is not expensive as I feel it could last for a while. A little goes a long way!
I was always a bit weary of toners as many in the industry claim it's simply a marketing ploy. However, I do believe it really depends on the skin type. I only realised how important toner is for me now that I started using Breath of Fresh Air, and then stopped. My combination skin started drying out, and when I started using BFA again it felt so much more hydrated and smooth. I use it morning and night and it feels really nice on the skin and helps my serum and moisturiser sink in better. Four pounds for a bottle that lasts for a few months is a bargain in my opinion.Being a bit of a stickler for clean products though, I have to take a lippie away for the parabens. Overall, I'm really happy with this toner and would definitely purchase another bottle, unless I find one I like more!
Lips -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Stain Balm- Sweetheart
closetrebels 9/7/2012 7:48:00 PM
I love love love these balm stains, I have 6 in total and this is definitely my favorite. This applies really smoothly, similar to lovesick but I find the purple undertones make it more difficult to wear. Sweetheart is just a beautiful, and wearable bright pink. The stain is also pretty good as opposed to shades like Rendezvous and Honey, fades evenly and does not settle into lip lines, which I find crush does. So, Sweetheart is for sure my favorite balm stain so far!
I have been obsessed with these for such a long time! I sometimes find it hard to wear lipsticks on days where my lips are extra extra dry. This formula is moisturising, and fades evenly, does not settle into lip lines and has great pigmentation. They get a lot of rap for not packing a punch but shades like fuller fig, chunky cherry, two ton tomato and pudgy peony are amazingly pigmented! Great colours and so easy to wear. Doesn't last very long, 1-2 hours but I find reapplying is pretty fuss-free. Oh, and a little expensive, but I feel they're worth it!
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Tinted Lip Balm - Hibiscus
closetrebels 9/7/2012 7:31:00 PM
I love this! I suffer from dry lips and CLS (corpse lips syndrome) so I like something that is hydrating while giving a boost of colour. I have to say though, this isn't super moisturising, as in if I put it on at night by the morning my lips will still be dry. however, whilst I am wearing it my lips feel extremely soft. That may sound like it doesn't make sense, but I've never had a great relationship with my lips. Anyway, great soft colour and texture, I want to try red dahlia next.
Let me just preface this by saying, it's extremely pricey, especially for a student in London, but I honestly think it's worth it. I have really fine hair, aggravated by developing SD a few years ago, and this product really helps provide a bit of volume. I've only been using it a couple of months but my hair has been falling out a lot less and it has helped improve the condition of my scalp. The bottle has lasted me for about 2 and a half months, and I use about 8 sprays per day.
Oh my, I had such high hopes for this. Let me just say I've suffered with a dry, flaky, itchy scalp for at least 4 years now. A couple of months ago I started using Giovanni Tea Tree Shampoo and my condition has improved by about 80%. The white patches on my skin have disappeared by quite a lot, and I only get about a few minutes worth of itching now and then. I put this mask on in the morning and it felt really nice, clarifying and tingly. Doesn't smell that amazing, but I don't mind if the product helps improve my scalp condition. However.... about 8 hours later my scalp started itching like crazy, the way it used to before I started taking care of it with clean and organic products. I haven't seen the white flakes appear in my scalp like crazy, and can't believe when I started scratching and saw the flakes start falling. Sorry this is so gruesome. Anyhow, I still have 3/4 of a tub left and might give it a couple more chances.
I'm 99.9% sure that I have SD (I've never been diagnosed, except by Dr. Google) but I have experienced a dry, itchy, flaky scalp every day since I was around 15. I've been told by hairdressers that you should wash your hair every day if you suffer from scalp problems. This is the only shampoo that I can use daily without getting buildup by the end of the day. With most shampoos, I wash my hair in the morning and by the evening it would be extremely itchy and flaky. The shampoo is a little drying, but I find that using an argan oil mask twice a weeks helps restore some moisture. It's not too expensive so I would recommend on giving it a try.