I bought this after hearing Lisa Eldridge's raves. It was way too light for an under-eye concealer for me, so it sat in my makeup drawer for a long time. Then yesterday, I decided to try just putting it on my areas of hyperpigmentation from old breakouts. I put a bit on the red areas of my cheeks, chin and middle of my forehead. It covered the redness beautifully, as well as the large pores on my cheeks. It definitely has highlighting/brightening capabilities. So I will definitely continue using it!
This is my #1 HG lipstick, and whaddaya know--it's the first Clinique lipstick I ever bought in 8th grade! I think it was something about the cute name "Shy" that initially drew me in, but when I brought this beauty home, I was happy to discover the shade looked lovely with my skintone and grey-green eyes. On me it's a muted, sheer berry. I love that it's so easy to wear. I also love that it is softly glossy with no shimmer--polished yet natural. The packaging is pretty. All-around a great lipstick!
Shampoo -Acure Organics - Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell Shampoo
fuchsiaheart 10/26/2012 1:28:00 AM
I bought both the Lemongrass and Moroccan Oil shampoos to try. I don't like the Moroccan Oil shampoo for three reasons. 1) It is HEAVILY scented. I am sensitive to fragrances and I like my organic products to have very light, natural scents from essential oils, but this is as scented as a conventional shampoo like Herbal Essences. It's not a nice, light cherry almond scent. It's a rather overpowering cherry Tootsie Roll Pop-like scent. 2) I don't know if I am allergic to something in this shampoo, but about an hour after getting out of the shower, my scalp starts to itch, and I can also feel a buildup on my scalp. The itching continues until I shampoo with a different product a couple days after. 3) My hair gets greasy faster (1st or 2nd day after shampooing) when using this compared to other shampoos (3rd day after shampooing). I DO, however, love the ACURE Lemongrass shampoo and have already bought a second bottle for when my first one runs out. I have none of the issues with the Lemongrass that I do with the Moroccan. The scent is much lighter (just a subtle, refreshing citrus), I don't experience any itching or buildup and my hair is left shiny, bouncy and smooth for days. I highly recommend trying the Lemongrass, but I won't be repurchasing the Moroccan Oil shampoo. Edit: Just found out that there is Cassia Bark Oil in this, which, according to Aura Cacia's website, is "highly irritating and should not come in contact with the skin." That explains my problem!
This works really well for me as an exfoliator when I start to break out around that time of the month. It keeps my skin smooth and the acne at bay. The smell is very medicinal, almost overwhelming when you first squeeze the stuff out of the tube, but I deal with it. The cream is really nice--it's a shimmery pearl color. Unfortunately, the packaging is ugly.
Moisturizers -Yes To Carrots - Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer
fuchsiaheart 1/25/2012 12:00:00 PM
I love this moisturizer. I've been having big problems with roughness, redness and flakiness, and this remedies all of those problems. I use it at night, because I tried it once during the day and it got too greasy by evening. As for the scent, I was definitely thrown off the first time I used this, since I thought it would have a cucumber-ish veggie scent, but I really enjoy the rich, sweet smell. I also love the velvety matte finish after I smooth it on. Will repurchase!
I just received this in a swap today, and it's gorgeous! It is a creamy, dramatic deep berry on me that looks perfect with my light, cool olive complexion and gray-green eyes. The color is muted but not overly brown which I like, because browned lippies tend to look really muddy on me. The best part is that you can really sheer this color by using a light application or adding lip balm, so it's versatile. The packaging is feminine yet understated. This will probably become a HG for me. :)
I love this powder! I was looking for a natural-looking, simple powder to give my face a matte-ish appearance after applying my jojoba oil moisturizer. This tones down my oil (not sure why people are saying this is a bad powder for oily skin, because I think it's great) and lightly evens out my skin tone. This doesn't provide heavy coverage, so I need to also wear concealer to cover blemishes. The subtle shimmer in the compact doesn't really show up on my skin, so if you don't care for shimmer, no need to worry because it's almost imperceptible in this powder. I really like using the powder puff, but, as other reviewers have mentioned, having to flip up the mirror is annoying. The best thing about this product is the affordability. I will repurchase a lighter shade for winter (I'm currently using 230).
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Extra Strength Hair Color Remover - Color Oops
fuchsiaheart 11/29/2010 10:17:00 AM
Absolutely amazing. Took all the dark brown out of my hair and left me with light brassy brown from my previous dye job. I didn't even care that it was brassy because I was so glad to have the too-dark brown gone! Note: My hair is very thick and past my shoulders, so I bought two boxes which was the perfect amount to really saturate my hair. You don't want to end up with too little product. One caveat: The nasty sulfur smell. It's a good idea to be in a room with very good ventilation when you're applying this stuff!
I had almost exactly the same experience as sarajean77. I first used Color Oops to get rid of a nasty salon dye job that left my hair way too dark brown and had become warmer and warmer as weeks went by. I have been attempting to get back to my natural color of dark ash blonde, and Color Oops did a great job of getting my hair lighter again, but it was very warm/orange. So two days later I tried Brass Banisher. I was nervous so only left it on for 5 minutes. It did a great job of taking out much of the warmth, but not all of it, which is sad because I want my old ashy color back. So I think next time I would try leaving it on for 10 minutes. Overall it worked pretty well and did not damage or dry out my hair. Recommended, but if you have lots of warmth, try leaving it on longer than 5 minutes.