A collegue of mine had this on and all I could smell was the delicious mint. As a lover of mint I went out and got this. After I put this on, I felt a very nice cooling/tingling sensation that lasted for a few minutes and the scent was very refreshing and sweet. The lip balm itself is moisturising. I love this to bits. I would repurchase over and over again.
Treatments -Redken - Smooth Down Butter Treat [DISCONTINUED]
elusivelotus 11/7/2009 12:26:00 AM
This is a fantastic at home treatment for my hair. I leave it on for 15-30mins depending on how much time I have and wash it out. I always use this after a protein treatment (by Redken as well) and it has restored my hair. My hair very silky and never tangles. I also use the Redken shampoo and conditioner so that helps as well. I sometimes use this as a conditioner when I don't have the time to do a treatment and I leave it in for about 5mins. I don't use it near my scalp as I'm on the oily side. All in all, its by far the best moisturising treatment I've used and will definitely repurchase.
Mascara -Shiseido - The Makeup Mascara Base [DISCONTINUED]
elusivelotus 11/7/2009 12:16:00 AM
This is by far my best buy of the year. I've tried everything to keep the curl in my lashes but now with this its so damn easy. It dries very fast to lock in the curl and keeps it curled until I take it off. It doesn't plump my lashes but that's not a big drawback for me. It doesn't irritate my eyes. The price isn't an issue since I've found my HG and will definitely repurchase.
This brow gel keeps my unyielding eyebrows in shape. I was concerned it wouldn't last at first since I've tried other clear mascaras and it didn't hold for very long. One application lasts me the whole day in the hot and humid Singapore weather. It doesn't feel hard nor flake and doesn't irritate my skin. A couple of strokes does the trick and I fill in the gaps with MAC's eyebrow crayon in spiked. The only con is that the gel gets dirty very quickly from swiping your foundation and brow pencil.
Lotions/ Creams -L'Occitane - 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream
elusivelotus 5/2/2009 11:27:00 PM
This cream is great! I got a small one (15mL) from my bf's mother and had to buy the full size version after realising how nice it was. Set me back a good $50 (AUD) and is certainly a must in the dry winter months or after using a harsh handwash. The smell is ok, I'm not too fond of it but it does disappear after a few minutes. I have the Body Shop Hemp hand cream and its not as good as this one even though its thicker. I find the hemp hand cream takes longer to absorb and doesn't moisturize as well. Will repurchase and recommend to others.
Very nice cool-ish pink that worked well on my rosy pigmented lips. I find wearing lighter shades difficult to pull off since my lips colour overpower the shade. The MA that served me had it on as well and on her it was a very nice cool pink while for me it was more darker but still pretty. I'll try it with concealer on my lips and see how that goes.
This is an amazing product. By far the best scrub I have used. I can see how people with sensitive skin may find this too harsh but for me it was perfect. I used this wet and gently rubbed all over my face. The end result was velvety soft skin. My skin has never felt this soft nor smooth before. It's rather pricey but worth it. The only con was after washing off the scrub, I was left with this weird waxy film on my face. I then cleansed my skin with my normal face wash and that seemed to get rid of it easily enough. Will definitely repurchase and highly recommended.
This was what woodwinked should have been for me. Great brown that did not turn orange on my lids. When used with UDPP it blends easily. It has certainly become a staple and great for my everyday look.
Great conditioner if you have very dry/damaged hair. The best conditioner I've tried so far. I only had to use half as much as normal conditioners and it really did the job. Normally when I leave my hair down I find after a few hours my hair tangles up but with this it didn't tangle as much and they came free very quickly. The only con with this is it left me with really flat hair and oily roots after 24hrs.
I've always wanted to try Redken, so once my KMS color vitality shampoo & conditioner ran out I got All soft shampoo and conditioner. I'm not keen on the smell but at least once your hair is dry it's very subtle. My hair is very thick and dry from all the bleaching and hair dyes, but I also suffer from oily roots. I've also noticed this shampoo doesn't lather very well and you'll need to use a lot. I found it does what it advertises but for me it was too heavy and I ended up with flat/limp hair. I also had oily roots after 24hrs whereas for KMS my hair had volume and stayed oil free after 2 days. Sad to say I won't be repurchasing.
Conditioner -KMS California - color vitality color revitalizer
elusivelotus 2/17/2009 12:52:00 AM
Great conditioner. Always left my dry thick hair feeling soft and silky. I followed the instructions and left it in my hair for 2 or more minutes. I got this in the large 750mL bottle with a pump. I have already repurchased.
My hairdresser recommended this to me after I dyed my hair and had blonde highlights. First off, the smell is subtle and really nice and soothing. This shampoo doesn't strip my hair of all its moisture but does leave it feeling clean. I don't use any styling products apart from serum and the occasional leave in conditioner so my hair doesn't need much heavy cleaning. The shampoo is actually really nourishing because my boyfriend used it on his non treated thick hair and found it very soft afterwards. I didn't get any irritation from this which was a bonus since most shampoos give me dandruff. It's on the expensive side but I bought it in bulk (750mL) so it worked out ok. Colour maintenance wise, it was ok, nothing spectacular but I didn't really expect it to do an amazing job either. I would definitely repurchase along with the matching conditioner.
I was disappointed with this product. I specifically bought one with a lot of gold veining and it hardly showed up. The gold flecks just fell off my face nor were they as finely milled as I thought. I wanted this to be a golden version of Shimpagne but it turned orange on my skin. The positives about this is the packaging and the large amount you get.
Love this! I've finally found a deep brown that doesn't go red on me (ala woodwink). It's extremely pigmented so the lightest touch of my brush is enough to work with. It's also very easy to blend. Works really well with MAC's Soba or Era as a wash and I blend galapagos on my outter V and lid. This would be great as a smokey eye since Pandora was a disaster no matter how much I tried to make it work. The pan is tiny but since I don't need much at all I can see myself not needing to repurchase for a long time even if I use it everyday.
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Hemp Hand Protector
elusivelotus 10/9/2007 6:19:00 AM
Pros: heavy duty creme; even used it on my face (sparingly) and my skin was well hydrated; best hand cream I've used - very moisturizing. Cons: didn't like the smell, I have to clean the tube because it gets greasy from squeezing out the cream - pump would be better; hands stay greasy for 20mins before I can pick things up etc. Overall: great for dry winters and I'd repurchase if I couldn't find a better cream.