Sunscreen -Ole Henriksen - Protect the Truth SPF 50
freshsami 12/17/2011 6:23:00 AM
So far, so good. It hasn't clogged or broken me out, doesn't sting or burn, doesn't make me red or leave a white cast, and it's SPF50! It seems to sink right in, and I always forget I'm wearing it. It is fragranced, but not too strongly. Can't place the scent, but I think it smells like...Smarties? Other sunscreens I've used that I'm comparing this to: Jurlique, Clarins (the one in the yellow tube that's also meant for anti-aging or something), Shiseido (the sporty one with the really high SPF).
owie, this kind of hurts, but to me that also means that it's working. :] i personally don't like pumpkin/cinnamon-y smells, but it's a small price to pay for what it does. i usually spread a thin layer (but thick enough so my face looks like a weird yellow color) over a freshly-washed face, leave it on until it's dry, and then rinse it off with water and follow with a soft cloth to make sure it's all off (the washcloth usually comes away orange). i find that it's especially good for those big zits that you feel like want to come out...but can't because the skin is too hard on top; this mask thins out that part and your zit is ready to pop!
sadly, it didn't do anything for me. i used it religiously once a day, every day, but i didn't notice a difference in any way after 6 weeks. i ended up throwing it out because it had started to smell sour/fishy around week 4. cute packaging with an eyeliner applicator, though.
pee-ew. i tried this on at neiman marcus today because my hands were dry, and then i wondered why i felt sick in the car the whole way home. and then i realized it was the smell of the lotion, which i couldn't get out of my skin even after i washed my hands. it smells nothing like lemon anything! i was really surprised that laura mercier's body products weren't more...sophisticated (?) smelling. this smells like something i would expect from jessica simpson's line of body products. bleh, i still feel sick.
This review is for the "regular" Kevyn Aucoin mascara. I don't know if it's the curling, volumizing, or whatever one, since it doesn't really do any of those things. What I do like about it is that it's not clumpy and it does hold a curl after I've used an eyelash curler (though I could've sworn it was straightening out my eyelashes when i first got it), and I do like it for a very natural, basic look. And the brush is tiny. In regards to how it interacts with water, though--when my eyes are watery, the mascara falls apart all over my cheeks! It looks scary. Especially if you're an innocent passer-by and have no idea what it is. But it won't come off completely when I wash my face. Not something I'd pay 25$ (or however much it is) for again. The tube's pretty, though. :) Too bad; I wanted to love it!
the only thing that gets my shiseido spf55 sunscreen off (la vitton only made things worse, though i prefer the scent of la vitton at the end of the day), so as long as i use that sunscreen, i'm going to keep using this cleansing oil. i use 2 pumps, and then a foaming cleanser afterwards.
i tried this on at neiman marcus. i loved the way the bronze showed up on my hand--a billion different kinds of sparkle--but then when i tried it on my eyes...i should've just done it myself because he tightlined with the glittery bronze side--and that's GLITTER, not just shimmer--even after he noted that i was wearing contacts! so then my eyes started hurting as soon as i left the store, and i hated the way he did my eyes anyways.. i'd like to try this again (but do it myself) and see if it doesn't work better. i want to like it!
Cleansers -Burt's Bees - Orange Essence Facial Cleanser
freshsami 10/21/2006 1:36:00 AM
i'm used to using oil cleansers to take off my makeup, and it's usually a two-step process, but with this, i don't need to wash with a normal cleanser afterwards--i just use a washcloth to sort of buff off when i rinse. i think this product got a lot of bad reviews because people either didn't use it right. it says you can use it on either a wet or dry face. when it's dry, it's hard to spread around, and the face warms up a lot (why does it do that, i wonder), but after gently massaging it in, it does get all your makeup off (use the washcloth when you rinse). it smells half REALLY good (like fresh oranges, not fake ones), and half weird... but when you use it wet, it only smells gooood. i use it wet in the morning when i don't need it to be dissolving makeup and sunscreen off my face. note: don't get this in your eyes! it stings so bad. so i use burt's bees apricot baby oil on a cotton pad to take my makeup off.
Being very impatient, I like doing things right after I paint my nails--I used to wake up in the morning with fabric texture all over my nails from my sheets, so this stuff is really great! This sounds really weird, but with Seche Vite, I like touching my nails like 5 minutes after I paint them, just to be like, "Yeah! Dry!" :) I like how shiny it makes my nails, too, like liquid glass, but it also dries out quickly and i can never use the last third of it.
i love this quad. like haruchan, i loooove blue-greens, so i got this, but i don't think i realized how nice it was until i got home (did i even try it on in the store)? the pale blue is matte and simple, but good for highlighting in a translucent skin way. the silver is silver WITH silver glitter in it, and i used this the other day mixed with armani #13 all around the eye for a "fresh" smokey look. the sea green is kinda matte but with a pearly blue irredescence. and the last color is this softly metallicky mermaid teal. pretty pretty. and at 3150yen for 4 colors, i think it's a great deal. like haruchan said, they're all very velvetty sheer, but buildable. i love/hate the packaging, though. clear red plastic--cute! but it also means i can't tell what colors are inside, so i had to tape a little picture of the colors (that i cut out from their pamphlet) on the front. and the compact with the mirror and applicator you have to buy separately (which i have not).
My sister bought this and when I saw it, I was like, "WHAT is that." But curiosity got the better of me and I tried it on.. It never occurred to me to use it subtly (it rarely does); I just piled it on. Orange all over the top lid, past the crease, and on the outer 2/3 of the bottom lid; the lighter color in the inner corners and blended with the orange. And lots of smudgy dark shadow liner. And mascara. And voila--tomato eyes! But rather than being horrifying [though I would imagine many non-mediteranee users might beg to differ], it was actually kind of...hypnotizing? Maybe because of the unusual color. But it had like a...harem look to it. Which I mean in a good way. But I wouldn't buy this again because I cannot imagine ever HAVing to, even with the two of us sharing the same one! And I gave it a 3 because I've only tried it on once and only for a couple minutes (I was about to go to bed), so I can't really tell how much I like it. But for those couple minutes, I couldn't stop staring at myself. :] (ALSO meant in a good way!)
I got this in Snowflake, which looks white in the tube but comes out milky with a pink irridescence, in a swap. I really like it. It makes my lips look like I've been sucking on a milky lollipop or something. It sounds strange (if you even know what I'm talking about), but I have been loving that look since high school. Don't know how well it stays on, because I don't really expect lip gloss to stay put. What else...oh, yeah--it's not tacky (sticky) the way LipGlass is. I want to try more colors!
I used this after having tried Neutrogena Build-A-Tan, which was working but starting to look like it was going to turn orangey if I kept piling it on. Plus, I'd seen the ads on tv and it was sold out everywhere, so I just wanted to try it. :) At first, I didn't really notice the smell that everyone's mentioned, but after a couple times, it made me feel sick. I also didn't know when to put it on--I didn't want to smell weird during the day when I went out, but I also didn't like wearing it at night because it made my legs stick together and to the sheets (unlike Neutrogena, which disappears into the skin and makes you feel really slippery smooth). I actually wouldn't've minded the smell and the stickiness if I'd started looking like the girl in the commercials, but I didn't notice any color change at all. But maybe I'm not as pale as I thought I was, so now I'm trying the Jergens in Medium.
Mnn...I have mixed feelings on this. It was my first self-tanner ever in my life (I don't know why it never occurred to me to try it), so other than with Jergens Natural Glow, I can't compare it to any other products. I loved it at first--after one application, I was no longer pale, and it was pretty easy to put on (especially with my sister doing my back for me). Dried fast, and the smell didn't bother me at all (I think I actually liked it). So I kept putting it on, and then I realized I was a little streaky in some areas, but wasn't too worried about that. Then I started using Jergens for a while, which made me appreciate how quickly the Neutrogena one worked, so I started using it again (mixed with lotion, so no problems with streaking)...but then after a couple days of consistent use, I noticed that a huge patch of color on my arm had come off! I didn't know it could do that! And then the next day, after a shower, I realized that it was flaking off in pretty large patches, but unevenly, even in those areas. My friend laughed and said I looked like a burn victim, but I don't think he would've noticed had I not pointed it out myself. Umm...even with all the flaking off, I'll probably keep using this bottle until it runs out, but I don't know about buying it again. I'm using the Jergens in medium right now, so we'll see...
Love this (so far--I just got this a week ago)! It does what it says it will--makes my lashes really long, and without that weird angular "curl" that a lot of other fiber-containing mascaras have given me. I'm surprised this worked on me, because the fibers in most mascaras do not even stick to my lashes, at least not in the right places (ex: Bourjois' Coup de Theatre). VERY good close-up mascara, frames your eyes nicely--cute (because they're kind of skinny), glossy lashes, not dry and spidery at all even after layers and layers. However, it does not hold a curl! In fact, it undoes all the work I do with an eyelash curler, unfortunately. Annoying, but nothing that can't be fixed with a heated curler. Also does not thicken at all, but it never claimed to, so... An Anna Sui girl here told me to layer it with the anna sui volume mascara, but I haven't tried it (it's like 30$ here). Umm...what else...hasn't smeared on me (and they usually do), but i Have found little broken pieces of "eyelash" on my cheeks before. Not every time...but it Has happened.