Styling Products -Bumble & Bumble - Thickening Spray
dumbdegenerate 1/5/2013 5:50:00 AM
I'd never used Bumble and Bumble until my store got a new counter. I'm now working my way through most of the range and haven't yet come across soemthing I don't really like! Thickening spray was the first product I bought after the consultant used it to stye my hair. I got the trial size, an liked it so much I went back for the full size. Yes, its pricey and I probably run through it pretty fast, but for me the results are worth it. I normally use it on wet hair. I have pretty thick, dry, curly hair that is very colour processed and a bit of a pest to keep in place. I spray this all over the roots where I want to add volume and hold, particularly the crown and lightly in the front on my longish, sideswept fringe. I think the trick is all in the blowdry - when used properly this helps add volume without looking like I've stepped from the 70s and also natural hold. The other nifty thing is that I can let my hair dry naturally if I'm washing it on my day off, then use this on the roots the following day for a quick blast with the hairdryer for the same results. Basically, for me, this product re-creates a proper salon blowdry at home which nothign else has done for me. I only need to wash my hair every 2-3 days. Using Thickening Spray basically helps it keep its shape and bounce that entire time. Win!
An absolute must, I'm never without this. I bought it as I read somewhere that the name comes from its ability to sooth and heal in 8 hours. That may be an urban legend, but I definitely think it speeds up healing. I have very dry hands and they get a fair beating in my job - I'm always chapped and covered in scrapes and scratches. I load this on overnight and everything is calmed down dramatically by the time I get up. I pretty much use it all over the place whenever I have a scrape or dry skin. Its also very soothing for eczema. The tube is great for dispensing a little at a time, but I think I may have to see if it comes in a pot version as its so thick that once you are nearing the end its tricky to get much out. It does come in a handy lipstick form though, If you are only using it for lips. For the price, I think its great as a tube lasts aaaaaaaages!
Cleansers -Soap and Glory - The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser
dumbdegenerate 1/31/2011 9:38:00 PM
Eugh. Bought this looking for a cheaper alternative to the fabulous Liz Earle version. At first I loved it. The squeezy tube means you can get every last drop of product out, it has a pleasant lavender scent, nice creamy consistancy and it took all my eye makeup off. I used it for a couple of weeks, then started breaking out. I also got a couple of those horrible under skin spots. In desperation I tried my bliss toner and discovered the problem. It's not the cleanser that is making me break out. The cotton ball came away full of foundation. While the cleanser makes my face look clean, its not taking off all my makeup, so I've spent 2 weeks sleeping with clogged pores. It's going in the bin.
Meh. I can't really figure out the point of this product. It's no use as a moisturiser. I've tried it as a highlighter, but get better results with benefit. I've tried smoothing it over my fingers and patting it on. I've tried it under foundation, and mixed with foundation. Any sheen it gives you is completely cancelled out by powdering. It's pricey. If you can get it to work its fine, as you really don't need much, but as I can't I feel it was a waste of money! I'm now mixing it with foundation to lighten the shade a little, but that's really only to use it up!
This is a fab mascara for pretty much everything you want your lashes to do. I got a sample and at first glance was unimpressed - the brush was quite slim and the formula seemed quite dry. However once I tried it my lashes looked long, full and dark. It's probably one of the best finishes I've ever had, and I never get it all over my contacts like I have done with wetter formulas! Took of one lippie, and also probably won't buy the full size, because it is impossible to remove. Tried the clarins remover (and their technique) as well as my usual L'Oréal one and it just refuses to come off properly. Brilliant for nights out and events, but too much effort for every day!
This is one of my staples. Not amazing as a balm, and feels a little grainy but gives a nice subtle red colour. I tend to use it as blush - blends well and a little powder takes out the greasyness. Smells nice and looks cute. Super cheap too!
Beautiful tube, otherwise rubbish. Clumpy, hard to cover, does nothing for my lashes. I'm going back to Estee Lauder.
I love love LOVE this, it is absolutely the best scrub I've ever tried. You put it on dry skin, buff, add a little water and work it like a face wash then rinse. I use it twice a week and my skin is baby soft. I've heard some people don't like the smell but I think it has a subtle, natural lemon scent. Not wildly impressed with the price (28 quid) but you literally need a pea sized amount so it lasts ages. My only complaint is that they switched the packaging from a tub to a tube.