Cleansers -Philosophy - Purity Made Simple (Real Purity Cleanser)
formerfatty 4/5/2010 6:17:00 AM
I finally tried this even though Philosophy packaging annoys me with those silly messages. I like the scent - fresh slightly lemony. It foams lightly and is easy to rinse, It doesn't sting my eyes, it removes light make up (though I haven't tried removing mascara). Overall it doesn't take anything from my skin and I can use it as a one-step if I'm in hurry, it doesn't add anything either, e.g small blemishes didn't improve. I regard it as something to remove surface dirt nothing more. Not sure if I'll re-purchase.
This is a lovely natural looking pinky beige - the colour of healthy flushed lips, It's sheer but pigmented. If you've ever tried Chanel glossimer in Praline this is like the lipstick version, though less glossy, less sticky and longer lasting. I wasn't sure about the almond smell at first but it disappears quickly. If you want an easy natural but polished look this product is idiot proof grooming at it's best.
My hair is fine, straight and around shoulder length, the slightest hint of grease or product overload is very noticable. This stuff is great, it gives a very natural level of hold but doesn't weigh my hair down and I can blow dry serious volume into the layers, it doesn't dull shine either.I only need 2-3 pumps, I found more than this made my hair a bit stiff. It pumps out as a foam but turns to liquid rapidly as you rub your hands together to spread through hair, so don't hang aound. I got this as a Freebie but will purchase myself when it runs out. I only ditched a star as it seems to be going down quickly so may not be good value in the long run.
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Vanilla Birthday Cake 3-in-1
formerfatty 3/27/2010 7:33:00 AM
I don't usually go for food smells but loved the smell in the bottle so I bought this on a whim. Unfortunately the smell is strongest in the bottle and practically disappeared the minute it was added to a running bath. I closed the door as the bath ran expecting a lovely steamy scent to greet me when I opened the door, but... nothing! As this is just an average gel/bubble bath the scent is the thing that may justify paying £13.90 for it, in this case it doesn't.
Moisturizers -Boots - Botanics Oil free moisturiser
formerfatty 3/8/2010 1:36:00 PM
I bought this after reading a review elsewhere that said it gave great results for someone who was older but still prone to hormonal breakouts. I've been using it about 2 weeks now and my skin is clear, calm and soft. It is a clear gel which, after it is smoothed on, seems to disappear into a matt finish. It doesn't 'sit' on top of the skin but feels like it has been absorbed. I haven't used moisturiser anywhere but my cheeks for ages but this I use all over and it doesn't make me oily at all. It seems to achieve that rare trick of dealing with breakout prone skin without leaving a tight dry feeling that accentuates fine lines. It claims to be for sensitive/oily/breakout prone skin and it deals with all of those admirably for me. There is a very faint smell which is oddly herby but not unpleasant but I find it goes when the product has been absorbed. Will definately buy again.
It's described as a milk on the packaging but is a thin cream. A good consistency for massaging over your face. I bought this because my face was suffering the effects of dry air and my normal products were aggravating it. It calmed my irritated skin so it does have soothing qualities however normally my skin isn't particularly sensitive. I wash this off with a microfibre cloth and it rinses clean, leaves my skin soft and balanced. It's also ok to use for eye make up though I don't think it would cope with heavy applications. All in all a nice product, pleasant to use but pricey and doesn't work miracles, It's quite similar to Liz Earles cleanse and polish.
This removed my cuticles but after using it about 3 times over a few weeks my cuticles were in terrible shape, very hard, dry and snagging, flaking etc. I'm usually a fan of Mavala products but I got such poor results I think maybe I was just very sensitive to the chemicals in this. I've gone back to my old remover and my cuticles are now back to normal.
Primer/ Corrector -Laura Mercier - Foundation Primer
formerfatty 1/16/2010 8:29:00 AM
This smooths my skin and appears to minimise pores, it also fixes my foundation like glue. I've used it under BB skin foundation with no balling. I like the fresh look it leaves on the skin so sometimes just use this and concealer where needed with no foundation.
Eye Shadow -Laura Mercier - Paris By Night Eye Shadow
formerfatty 1/16/2010 8:17:00 AM
This is a flat matte plum/purple with a slight hint of brown. It is exactly the shade of black eye bruises which unfortunately is how it looks on me. This is probably better suited to those who use many shades on their eyes with careful blending and other colours it would probably be fine, I just smudge e/s around my lash line hence the bruised look.
I got this in a swap and am so pleased with it. It is grey enough to do a smokey eye but the hint of green takes the coldness off. My eyes are that weird bright geen/blue but can also look cold and grey with certain colours. This really enhances the green in them. It's slightly pearly (?not flat not frosted) is easy to blend and nicely pigmented. Love it!
This is quite frosted and towards the more golden end of the champagne spectrum. It does give a pretty wash of colour on my lids and I'm pleased with the quality and value of the product, I will try more NYX e/s.
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - a'kin sandalwood & neroli cleansing gel
formerfatty 1/13/2010 3:19:00 PM
This is a gentle low foaming face wash. At first I thought it would be ineffective as it seemed too gentle but it did keep my skin nice and balanced, shame it's so hard to get more of here. I think you would have to use a make up remover first if you use heavy base. The packaging seemed like the sort that is used to sell old lady lavender soaps in stately home gift shops and nearly put me off, but I would buy it again as it was a nice effective product.
This is amazingly effective at removing blackheads (or at least the oxidised bit) and deep cleaning the skin without being too drying. It can separate a little so give the tube a few good squidges to mix it up before you use it (and store it lid up). I paint it on with a foundation brush then it doesn't get too messy. It dries hard but is easy to remove with warm water and a cloth or in the shower. A really good value effective product for combo/oily or clogged skin.
Shampoo -Frederic Fekkai - Full Volume Thickening Shampoo
formerfatty 1/10/2010 9:34:00 AM
My hair is definately bouncier and fuller after using this shampoo. It's lightly scented and leaves my hair shiny which is always a plus with volumising products. This is also the most expensive shampoo I have ever used, It retails at £18 in the UK. The results are good but the price really puts me off, There are cheaper shampoos which are just as good, I think you are mainly buying into the exclusivity of the brand. EDIT; The bottle actually lasted just over 3 months and that is with washing my hair every day, This makes it better value than I first thought so I will buy it again.
Treatments -Frederic Fekkai - Technician Color Care Mask
formerfatty 1/10/2010 9:25:00 AM
I was given some samples of this, my hair isn't coloured but it has left my fine hair very soft and shiny. A little went a very long way and it was very easy to comb through my damp hair. It has sorted out the dryness caused by our recent very cold weather, I'm outside a lot, however this is really just too heavy for my fine hair, the price is extortionate so I won't be buying it. It's nice but there are just as nice products for a fraction of the price. EDIT:- Maybe I didn't rinse this enough or maybe it is just too rich for fine hair however the days after using this (I shampoo and condition the ends every day) my hair has looked fantastic, shiny, bouncy and lush. Maybe once the excess treatment had gone I could see what it had done to the condition of my hair and it's good so I increased from 3 to 5 lippies.