Polishes -Essie - Turquoise & Caicos (Resort 2010)
dysphoricmango 4/8/2012 5:42:00 PM
The name of the polish is "Turquoise and Caicos" but the color is more of a minty-seafoam green. The color is beautiful and perfect for the summer but the nail polish is streaky and hard to apply. It takes three coats for the color to reach full opacity, and even then, the color is uneven in some areas of my nails. I would not buy this again because application is a total pain in the butt.
This is a great moisturizer in the summer for my combination-acne prone skin. It is extremely light weight and it is readily absorbed by the skin. It smells absolutely amazing. Paired with the Suki Targeted Bio-Brightening Face Serum, I immediately noticed the hyperpigmentation in my skin (from acne) lightening. My skin looks fresh, bright and smooth. I really like this product.
Skincare - Face -Natura Bisse - Stabilizing Cleansing Mask
dysphoricmango 7/21/2010 10:10:00 AM
This stuff is amazing. I didn't realize how great this product is until I stopped using it for two weeks. Within that time, the skin on my face started developing tiny whiteheads all over. I couldn't understand why this was happening and accredited the cause to a foundation (Diorskin) I was using. I tried exfoliating more to no avail. Then I realized that I had stopped using this product around the same time that I started my new foundation. Recently, I went back to using this product and number and size of the whiteheads have diminished substantially. I have dry-combination skin and I use this, at the suggestion of the esthetician at Natura Bisse, as a facewash twice a week. Wet your hands and really emulsify the product before massaging it into your face. You only need a pea size amount for your entire face. I already own a backup.
Treatments -Natura Bisse - GlycoLine Glyco Extreme Peel
dysphoricmango 9/23/2009 6:13:00 PM
Let me start off by saying that I've been afraid to leave the house since high school sans makeup because of the scars I've had from picking at blackheads and whiteheads. I've been scouring different makeup counters ever since then to find a solution. I read about the glyco peel and I finally caved in and purchased it despite the $225 price tag.....THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. During my visit to Natura Bisse at Neiman Marcus, the esthetician took me into their spa room and gave me a 30 minute facial to gauge whether the 25% or 60% glyco peel would be better for me. When I left, my skin was glowing..... I wasn't even embarassed to take the subway back home without any makeup at all. You're supposed to use this 2x a week for 6 weeks...then take a 6 weeks off before starting the process again if you want. While you're using this peel, DO NOT use any other products with glycolic acid or your skin is not going to be able to handle it. I've been following the directions of the esthetician, and the results are AMAZING. I've never had such beautiful skin before...I also feel that the peel is detoxifying my skin because the whiteheads are coming to the surface. I've learned my lesson so I haven't been picking at them anymore.... which is also furthering my results...I love wrapping a hot mask around my face after I wash this peel off....It's a 15 minute facial with AMAZING results.... Would recommend this to anyone...but please go into the store before you buy this so they can test your skin to determine whether the 60% Glyco Extreme Peel will be too harsh for you. Edit: I still love this stuff, but as a broke grad student, it's the either the peel or one month's groceries. I started looking for alternatives and found some glycolic acid solutions on Ebay at varying percentages. I bought the 60% glycolic acid solution because the Extreme Peel is 60%. It cost about 10 dollars, shipping included. I know buying off Ebay wasn't the safest or the best decision but I have to say, the results are pretty much the same at A HUGE fraction of the price. The only caveat is that the Ebay stuff feels a lot harsher on your skin so I wash it off after 2-5 minutes...The Extreme Peel doesn't sting as much and I keep it on for as long as I want -- the esthetician doing my Natura Bisse facial at Neiman Marcus says that the peel stops working after 10 minutes so it doesn't really matter if you keep it on. However, I don't think that's the case with the glycolic solution off Ebay -- it just feels a lot harsher. If you decide to try the cheaper alternative, make sure you do a patch test beneath your neck. An esthetician once told me that you should see it reacting with your skin right away if your skin is too sensitive for it. All in all, I'd totally purchase the Natura Bisse Extreme Peel if I had the money lying around, but I'm going to use the cheap stuff for awhile until I have more funds to splurge.
Skincare - Face -Revive - Moisturizing Renewal Cream
dysphoricmango 9/23/2009 6:03:00 PM
Can't say I dislike the product as I only tried a small sample of this. Can't get past the smell though...I've used some crazy smelling things like vinegar on my face, but I can't get past the smell of this cream. It's a cross between burning plastic and chemicals...
Omgosh, this conditioner smells so good! I normally dislike the smell of vanilla but the smell of this conditioner is absolutely divine. It doesn't work well as a conditioner and you would use about half a bottle each shampoo if you were to actually use it is as a conditioner...I usually use a different conditioner that doesn't have much of a smell to it, and then i'll rub a little of this on top -- the smell lingers for at least a day. I would recommend this if you like how it smells, so you can use it to make your hair smell nice - like a perfume, but not as a conditioner.
I think this product lives up to the hype. It's a lot cheaper than high end mascaras but does the same thing. It definitely lengthens and volumizes my eyelashes. I find that one - two coats are enough. I then run a spoolie through my lashes for additional separation. Works great. The only pain is that you can't find these in most drugstores where I live so I will have to order it online again next time.
This is one LUSH product that did not work well with my skin. It's supposed to be a body butter but it made my skin EXTREMELY DRY. I used it a few times, and after each time, my skin would be SOOOO itchy even with moisturizer. I also wouldn't use it directly on the skin as a body butter because it'll leave a black residue on your skin leaving your skin looking kind of gray. I love most LUSH products but I think this product would better on individuals with oilier skin??? I definitely would not recommend this to people with skin on the drier side. Update: I gave this bar to my mother and she left it by the window sill to dry overnight. The next morning, we woke up to a big puddle of black goo. If you decide to try this product, KEEP THIS PRODUCT IN A COOL LOCATION.
Treatments (Eye) -Shu Uemura - Beta-G Reinforcing eye cream
dysphoricmango 7/2/2009 12:24:00 PM
This is a pretty good eye cream for the summer but not the winter. I purchased this in the winter at the suggestion of the salesperson for my dry eyelids. While the product sinks into the skin very quickly, it did almost nothing to address the dry patches in my eye area. Overall, I like the product, but I know there's a better option exists somewhere else, so why buy this again?
Treatments (Eye) -Burt's Bees - Royal Jelly Eye Cream
dysphoricmango 7/2/2009 12:18:00 PM
This product, while not completely terrible, isn't really worth repurchasing once you finish using it. It's also a little grainy when you put it on due to the bees wax contained in the product. The wax does melt however, so the "graininess" doesn't really cause an issue. PROS: The product moisturizes pretty well and you only need a tiny bit each time (maybe a dab into the jar with your finger). You'll have to pat it around a bit before it fully absorbs, but absorbs really well, leaving a nice canvas to apply concealer/foundation with. The product is also relatively cheap, so you may look into this if you don't have a lot of money to spend on eye cream at the moment. While there aren't really any CONS to this product, it's just the type of thing where you know that a better product exists so there's no point in staying with this one.
Cleansers -LUSH - Sweet Japanese Girl [DISCONTINUED]
dysphoricmango 6/19/2009 1:04:00 PM
Some of you who don't like this product may want to consider using it dry on a freshly cleansed face. I feel that using it dry really helps to exfoliate your skin and get rid of those black heads. After applying all over your face...rinse it off. There should be a layer of the product left over on your face but what I do is I take a clean towel and pour hot water all over it. I then wait a couple of seconds for it to cool, and then I compress the hot towel all over my face until the residue is removed. It feels great and you end up with a 3 minute facial. I usually use sweet japanese girl 2-3x a week and during that time of day when I'm getting ready to drink a cup of tea. That way, I have the hot water ready. Love this product. Leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean and then I apply a moisturizer after.
I LOVE this foundation! I've tried so many high end brands, including SKII AirTouch Foundation and Chantecaille Real Skin Foundation and I would say that Revlon's Colorstay Foundation is just as good if not better than some of those brands. 1) The color match, 180 Sand Beige is one of the most perfect matches I have ever found for my skin. 2) The foundation is SOOO light weight. Add a layer of powder and the foundation stays fresh all day with no touchups even after 10+ hours of walking around in the city. 3) The coverage is great. It's medium // buildable so you can go over blemish prone areas with an extra layer. I use this with my MAC 187 skunk brush! Love this foundation and the price!
I really love the smell of the shampoo but it doesn't make my hair "big." I have medium to thick hair so that could play in as to why the shampoo isn't doing what it's supposed to do. If that's the case, maybe they should put "for fine hair" on the package. Just as many people have pointed out, the shampoo does dry out my hair. Putting in a conditioner only makes my hair even limper than usual with no lift/volume at all. I don't really see any point in buying this again.
Despite it's power to keep my shadows/liners on without smudging, UDPP REALLY emphasized the dryness of my lids, even with an eye cream which I use everyday. Not cute. Too Faced Shadow Insurance is practically the same color/formula as UDPP except it does not leave my eyelids dry and uneven looking...thus...TOO FACED SHADOW INSURANCE--- I CHOOSE YOU!
Eyeliner -MAC - Penultimate Eye Liner - Rapidblack
dysphoricmango 3/27/2009 6:38:00 PM
Pros: It's easy to use. If you want to tight-line, just use the pointy tip to fill in between your eyelashes. If you want to do a cat eye, just start from the middle, and using slow, short strokes, work your way out. Then go over it with more color. Cons: This is really terrible. The pigmentation is really bad and so is the staying power. I used this with a paint-pot as a base and this color did not last!!! I used it with UD's Primer Potion and it still smudged!!! Nothing ever smudges with Primer Potion so I don't know what's going on. If you want to use this for a cat eye, it won't look good because there's hardly any pigmentation to make a bold black line. Bottom line: They need to make another version of this with a different, longer lasting formula or just not make it at all. It's crap.