I wanted to like Nahema so badly, on paper it was a dead cert that I would. After searching it out for a long while I finally found and purchased a bottle. In it's favour I would say it is interesting, it evolves over time, and has different angles...but I didn't like any of them! For me there is a cloying sickly smell like antibiotic syrup for kids (the peach I guess) and there is a pungent, acrid floor polish type smell (the rose)...and I get unpleasant alternating gusts of each. I've tried hard to find the beauty in it - but feel like I've been cruelly tricked. For references fragrances that I do like and wear: Mitsouko, Boucheron, Chanel No19. Coco Chanel
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Now-100% Vegetable Glycerine
f4frances 10/12/2012 8:55:00 AM
Vegetable glycerin has been my best skincare discovery ever! Vegetable Glycerin is: - unbelievably moisturising, and can be used to amp up the moisturising effect of almost any other skincare or haircare product. - totally non-irritating, won't aggravate any existing blemish, safe for acne-prone peeps like myself, safe for dry and sensitive skinned peeps like myself. I've been using for about four weeks - I use a ratio of about one part glycerin to two parts moisturiser - and my skin condition has really improved, feels more robust and less reactive, looks brighter and smoother. And as my general skin condition has improved my grumpy/dry/peely/acne prone problem area around the muzzle has receded on all fronts. My theory is that the glycerin has helped shore up the barrier function of my skin and that my skin is now functioning more appropriately across the board; to heal old blemishes, fight off any sign of infection etc etc. Since I've used it there has been a bit of non-inflamed purging, historically grumpy coarse dry areas around my nose creases have actually shed more but then skin left behind is happy and flake free. I would say that generally breakouts have been cut by about two thirds. A bit of trial and error is required to work out a concentration of product that works for you. my 1:2 ratio leaves my skin slightly tacky but I actually quite like the feel - reminiscent of how babies skin feel. Regardless of whatever other products I use in the future I know I will always have the stuff around to tailor the formulations to my needs. sorry that was long...I thought it was better to try and be detailed.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Organique By Himalaya- Hydrating Face Wash
f4frances 7/12/2011 6:14:00 PM
A nice gentle, calming and non-drying face wash. You only need a tiny amount as it lathers up really well. Initially I was ultra aware of the fragrance (think citrus, ginger, rose) because it does linger but after a couple of uses I decided I really liked it and regarded it is kind of comforting. Edit - I decided this was too drying after all. I was down to using a rice grain sized amount to avoid dryness! It's that product needs to be reformulated to more dilute concentration
A great moisturising product, a treatment that left no icky, greasy signature. I have wavy dry thick hair and this has improved the hair texture, made it softer and tangle free. Has that gross kerastase smell tho...insitutional floor polish. Although it is does fade.
An epic green woodsy floral scent, stands apart from any transient fashion trend and therefore IMO will not date. Definitely womanly not girly. And you need to be quite a self-assured woman to feel comfortable in it...since the fragrance is kinda assertively individual.
My first Mac lipstick...and bought off ebay for 7 bucks! Beautiful plum colour without any muddy or brown tones. Glides on nicely and can be built up in intensity. My complaint: the sickly cakey smell... like some kind of cheap aerosol pot pourri air freshner.
Shampoo -Nature's Gate - Organics Camomile and Lemon Verbena
f4frances 3/5/2005 3:19:00 AM
Best shampoo I have ever used. And I have used expensive stuff like kerastase, kms, rusk, redken and cheap supermarket brands like pantene (ick), Vo5, swartzcoff etc etc. This is better. Pleasant herbal smell, moisturising. and doesn't leave any nasty residue.
I generally dislike Neutrogena products. I have purchased a range of moisturisers and other items that I have been unimpressed with. So I was skeptical about this cleanser. But I really like this product. It is basically a cream cleanser that doesn't lather but you can (and I do) use under the shower and wash off. It is by far the most moisturising cleanser I have used. My skin has improved a lot in the month since I have been using it. I used to use cetaphil before - which was a pretty good product but ultimately too drying -now I wouldn't go back. My skin is - dry, allergy prone and acne prone. This works for me - cos my skin clears up when it is seriously moisturised.... I would however warn people who get reactive breakouts from emollient products that this one ain't for you.
I have very long, very dry, very thick hair. This shampoo and matching condiioner are my favourite hair combo at the moment. They are both weightless, and you hair doesn't feel coated. It is hard to describe but they seem to improve the texture of each indivdual hair.
This perfume has always intrigued me. Is it masculine is it feminine? moss or medicine? like little old ladies or young androgenous vixens. I'm still not sure. Remembering that I had said I liked it - My brother bought it for me. The first few days I felt quite self conscious when wearing it - like I wasn't quite up to the challenge. BUT IT HAS REALLY GROWN ON ME...is quite a sensual type fragrance maybe a little like mossy forest floors and clove cigarettes mixed together. I feel sexy and unique wearing it and that has got to be a good thing!!
Been using for a few weeks. It is the absolute staple for many acne sufferers using drying medications on a site I visit. So thought I would try. Very light consistency, doesn't leave any greasiness or a white cast. It contains lactic acid...but I find the formula extremely mild ...no sting no nothing. I don't get dry throughtout the day. I genuinely feel that my complexon is looking a bit more healthy. (tho I have started using several new products at the same time.) Me: sensitive/dry, acne and allergy prone.
three words: "allergic contact dermatitis"
Mascara -L'Oreal - Lash Architect Mascara [DISCONTINUED]
f4frances 1/15/2004 6:18:00 PM
I agree with most of the comments...clumpy, globby, manages to stick your eyelashes together in tipee shaped mega lashes. Just really bad.
Cleansers -Clarins - Cleansing Milk for dry to normal skin
f4frances 12/9/2003 6:03:00 PM
This product is great...cooling, soothing, calming has a slightly minty smell. My skin is prone to allergic reactions and before using this one I had been using the clarins gentle skin range which has a creamy cleanser in a tube. That was good too. But I find the one for dry skin less rich and more hydrating.
I am on my 4th bottle. A fantastic fragrance. Has an intial green bite to it when you first put it on...this fades to a mellow oriental floral. Bumped my other mainstay Coco to the runner-up position. Has staying power.