I like most of Sugar's perfumes...but on me this one was....ew. EXTREMELY green and woodsy with my body chemistry, to the point where it smelled like I was wearing men's cologne. Very masculine - and I appreciate a unisex scent, but on me this was just wrong.
Moisturizers -Cetaphil - Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF15
drewthomsen 10/24/2011 1:22:00 AM
Bought this product today because I thought it was the same thing as the other Cetaphil moisturizer that came in the larger package without the pump. IT IS NOT THE SAME THING...or else they changed the formula or something...because the old moisturizer I used when I was younger was fine, if a bit thick. This, as many other reviewers have said, left my face feeling like it was on fire. It's still burning now even after washing it off. Also I looked in the mirror and my pores around my nose looked massive - and appeared to have black heads! While I have acne from hormones, I never get black heads on my nose and my pores are small. Once I exfoliated my nose a little, they were gone. I'm blaming this moisturizer. Hopefully my face will stop stinging and I won't wake up tomorrow with a lumpy, bee-stung face.
I bought this after seeing it on the Into the Gloss blog - it looked so great on the model that I had to have it! The color is a bit out there, for me at least. I never used red toned eyeshadows before - but this one looks great. I have green eyes and the color sets them off extremely well. It can look great as a lid color, a pop of color in the center of the lid, along the lashline, or in the crease. As long as you don't slap it on top of your entire eye (could look like a bad rash) and keep it blended, you can't go wrong.
Bronzers -Chanel - Bronze Universel De Chanel Sun Illuminator
drewthomsen 9/27/2011 1:06:00 AM
I can only think of two reasons someone would not like this product: they are too pale for the one shade (or perhaps too dark)...or they are applying it completely wrong. Sometimes if I'm too heavy-handed with this stuff it can end up looking muddy and mask-like, but if you use the correct brush and apply it correctly it gives a very natural, glowing tan. It's subtle, again if you use a light hand and don't jam your brush into the jar, but gives a good glow without being a tan glitter bomb or a muddy matte mess. Also I think it would be great for girls who go without foundation - just to give a little glow to tired looking skin. Sadly I am not one of those girls...but it would look beautiful on bare skin. Be careful when purchasing this at the store because I lot of Chanel counter girls (especially at Macy's) have no idea what this product even is and may claim they don't have it when, in fact, they do and it's right there in the case.
This is a good foundation. It almost pains me to say that because I have acne scarring and always choose full coverage foundations, but I use this one very often just because it is easy to apply and wears well. The coverage is lighter than I usually choose, but because of that you get a more natural look with a flawless finish. It doesn't transfer onto things (like your hand, phone, shirt) like some other foundations might. Also I find the B20 shade matches my fall skintone perfectly. I bought it at the beginning of summer, and it matched perfectly then, but by midsummer it was too pale and looked bizarre. Now it's back to matching. Really great option for girls who like a lighter coverage like a tinted moisturizer, but something a bit more substantial. Be warned though...if you use too much of this it will start to look very bizarre and paint-like. Use sparingly and remember to shake well. If you want something comparable, the Lancome Tient Idole gives a similar look and wear.
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Aquaphor Healing Ointment
drewthomsen 9/27/2011 12:50:00 AM
(Am I the 1,000th review?!!?!?) I own the big tub of this stuff, rather than the tube. This is best used, I think, as a lip treatment. I bite my lips horribly, and at night I love the feeling of slathering on the chapstick to try and repair the damage I've done during my waking hours. This stuff leaves my lips plump looking and well moisturized. Good deal. Also I put some on my cuticles. I've heard you can use aquaphor to turn powder eyeshadow into a cream formula if you want, but I can't say I've tried it - seems like it would crease.
This polish leaves me so torn....I love the color on my nails, but the texture, yikes! So thick and gloopy and difficult to apply. If I owned polish thinner I would probably add it to this just to see if it would help. The shimmer, as others have said, is subtle; but the color really pops against a tan so it's great for summer or when you have a little color. Usually I have problems with Chanel polishes chipping, but this one had average wear.
Finally got this after it not being stocked in my store for months! The price is kind of ridiculous ($26 for the biggest size....cmon it's body wash!) but I adore the scent of Honey I Washed The Kids but I don't really like using bar soap. The lather on this is good, a little on the thin side (I wouldn't use this to shave my legs if I were you) and I like feeling clean after I use it. A good buy if you love the honey scent.
The scent is to die for - literally one of my favorite scents of all time. I could take or leave the effect it has on my skin - it doesn't lather the best either in my opinion - but I get it for the scent. The thing is I hate keeping bar soaps in my bathroom, they always get gross and Lush ones get kind of weird. I wish I had the shower gell because that would be infinitely better. Also I don't really understand the point of the beeswax bit on the end. If you like bar soaps then do not hesitate to try this one!
THE BOMB MASK. Smells like wet brownie mix and dead roses and my family makes fun of me when I wear it around the house but I really don't care because it controls oil, clears blemishes, and leaves my skin looking great with no irritation. For what it does I would say the price is also extremely reasonable compared to other masks. I love Lush masks and this one is probably the best one. I wish I could get a huge pot that would last longer than a week or two, but they go bad. I've gone through tons of these.
Nice, but not an HG. The finish on me is a bit plain and kind of shiny. I may give it another go this winter, as the color I have is a smidge too pale for my summer tan....but I wish I knew where the above commenter was that she got this product for 4 dollars!!!! My god. As far as the insane hype a year and a half ago over this foundation, it's not that great but it is good...maybe not for the price (unless you got it for 4 then I would say get every shade). Packaging gets a 3 because of the no pump.
Blush -Laura Mercier - Cheek Colour (powder blushes)
drewthomsen 9/2/2011 8:31:00 PM
Good quality blush - I bought this because I couldn't stand to use my NARS ones anymore. The packaging is tiny though - I'd like a little more product, but that's a small gripe. Great pigmentation and finish, easy to blend.
Thought I would like this mascara but the formula is SO wet and god forbid I got any on my waterline because it would make my eyes burn and water so badly! It made my lashes look alright but as far as the "tube" or "fiber" mascaras, I have to say I prefer the MAC false lashes. I wanted to love it, but this got returned.
Ughhh this package sucks. I bought it because I love doing nail art and I thought it would be a good dupe for the WAH nail pens sold by Models Own. NOT EVEN A LITTLE. It's difficult to get a good flow going without too little or too much coming out - and the formula is super runny and bled once I put on a top coat. For dots it also doesn't look as good as a simple round pin stuck into a pencil eraser. Try that if you need a dotting tool, not this crap.
If you're into plumping glosses then this is the HG. I'm not going to lie and say it doesn't burn because it does - but it's not that painful. It doesn't have that minty feel that lip venom does...to me it tastes like red bull energy drink. This makes my lips swell and gives them a sort of reddish color to where I usually don't need lip stick. (though I already have pigmented lips).