Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Body Butter - Brazil Nut
falldream24 2/2/2004 6:13:00 AM
If I could choose one product of which to have a lifetime supply, this would be it. After moving to the northwest (eta: and now back to the northeast), my skin experienced total weather shock. I couldn't find anything that would mend my severly dry skin and stop my legs from itching! This was my savior. After about three applications, I was pretty much back to normal. I use this year-round now. The Nut is my second favorite (after Sesame). Its scent is very non-distinct after application, and I like it that way. There is the slightest sweetness but nothing overwhelmingly strong.
Powersurge is a medium brown liner with hints of gold. It has a good bit of shimmer to it as well which adds a little something different and interesting to the eye, a brightening effect almost. It is great worn on its own or with neutral shades (shroom works well).
Dig It is a taupe/gray/sometimes-depending-on-the-light silvery eyeliner. The application is smooth, as with all MAC liners, and this works well for a natural look during the day. Applied with a heavier hand, it also gives a good smokey look for night.
I read all of the reviews for this product before taking the plunge. So, after all of the raves I purchased sun/earth, and honestly it's the best concealer I've found to date. I've found that an equal blend of the two shades is a perfect match for my pale skin with yellow undertones. The coverage is adequate, but not heavy or creasing. I have very dry skin in the winter, and this actually adds quite a bit of moisture (maybe a potential problem for oily skinned girls). A definite recommendation!
BeneFit and I just do not get along. Every single BeneFit product I have tried, and that would be many, has been a huge and utter disappointment. This concealer doesn't have enough color choices. The light (which I purchased) was far too light, even for my pale pale skin. The medium was, you guessed it, too dark. But really, even more color choices couldn't save this product. The concealer is drying and hard to apply. Usually a cream concealer will warm between your fingers for easy application. Not this one. It just stays pasty and unmanageable. Just avoid this!
I know I am in the minority on this one, but I just found it too glittery for my liking. Its a pretty pearlescent pink gloss with lots of shine and good consistency but the glitter just overpowered all of the positive aspects of this product. I'd catch myself in the light and it was like I had a kalaidescope of color on my lips.
This is the perfect shade to wear when you don't have time to do a full eye. It is an instant eye brightener that'll work well for nearly everyone. The texture, like all MAC shadows, is smooth and silky. A dream to apply.
I bought this from Sephora online. It came cracked, and that should have been a sign. It works terribly on pale skin (or any skin at all, I imagine). It's dirty and gritty and blah. It is not a bronzer so much as powdery matte mud. Needless, to say I returned it- promptly.
Skincare - Body -The Body Shop - Quinoa & Soy Body Scrub
falldream24 4/18/2003 3:12:00 AM
This product is just "eh" for me. The granuals are very fine, the smell is "off" somehow (it kind of smells like tofu to me- which I love to eat, but really do not want to slather on my body), and the amount of product needed to effectively exfoliate is about 1/6 of the jar. Not very effective or exciting.
I haven't had an allergic reaction to a product since I was 14 (I'm now 24), but this product sure did bring back memories of those days! I applied the mask last night, let it dry the required amount of time, and peeled off. At first my face was smooth. "Ooh, it worked!" thought I. About two hours later I went to look in the mirror. My cheeks and forehead had a horrible, red and bumpy rash! Today, its still present- the bumps haven't gone down any, although some of the redness has dissapated. How embarrassing! Please, if you have anything resembling sensitive or dry skin- DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT! I can only hope my face will return to normal quickly...
My hairstylist recommended the entire Framesi line to me. I have dry, thick hair which has a tendancy to break. This is a great conditioner, however, I cannot stand the smell. I had to rewash my hair 30 minutes after I used this. It is a smell akin to rubber- it seeps through your hair so that even if you condition with this stuff, wash it off, and recondition with something that smells nice- it doesn't help. My so couldn't even get near me, I could barely stand myself. If only they would alter the smell...
I use this in tandem with TIGI's Bedhead After Party. I apply this to my damp hair and blow dry, then use After Party as a final setting gloss. These two work beautifully together. Outshine has a very light texture- never weighing down the hair nor leaving a film. It works equally well if applied to damp hair which is allowed to air dry, to damp hair which is then blown dry, or as a finishing product to already styled hair. It is a wonderful product- one I'll continue to use for a long time.
Moisturizers -Clinique - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
falldream24 3/4/2003 5:40:00 PM
An extremely bad moisturizer! it feels like putting juice or some other sticky substance on your skin. It doesn't improve the complexion or moisturize effectively either. There are just no positives for this product- avoid!
Eye Primer -Clinique - Touch Base For Eyes in Nude Rose
falldream24 3/4/2003 5:38:00 PM
This is much too pink for me, or anyone I would imagine. Its like an eyeshadow on its own- the color seeps through anything I put over it. As far as its ability to provide a canvas for eyeshadow- it does its job quite effectively. I'd probably purchase this again, but in a much more neutral tone!