Lip Treatments -Nivea - A Kiss of Flavor Strawberry Tinted Lipcare SPF 4
grnfaerie 1/28/2012 8:26:00 PM
I really like this lip balm, it has a nice color payoff, smells great, and even tastes good if you happen to get a bit in your mouth. It's not the most moisturizing lip balm I've ever tried, but it does an adequate job and it's a great price- I paid about $1.50.
I bought Grape Vine and I like the color payoff, it's still sheer but not so sheer that it doesn't show up at all. It has a nice fruity smell to it but kind of a waxy yucky taste if it happens to get in your mouth. The packaging is more like a lip balm than a lipstick (interesting that Maybelline chose to go this route and Revlon and L'Oreal made their balms more lipstick like.) The price is a lot cheaper than both the L'Oreal and Revlon versions- which is a big plus. The real issue here is how well it moisturizes, and I'm just not impressed. If I had chapped lips I'd still reach for Nivea's Kiss of Flavor Strawberry Tinted Lip Care- which has the same color payoff, is cheaper, and moisturizes a lot better.
I bought this in Heavenly Berry. It isn't very pigmented, the color barely shows up- even if I add a couple of layers. The last balm-type product I tried was Maybelline's BabyLips and that is a lot more pigmented, but I like L'Oreal's packaging a lot more. The tip is slanted like a lipstick but the width of the product is a bit slimmer than a regular lipstick. The moisturizing quality isn't anything special, if you have chapped lips I'd stick with Nivea or Chapstick. It has a lovely smell and a kinda waxy unpleasant taste. Overall this is an okay product, but at around $8.50 I wasn't impressed.
Moisturizers -Paula's Choice - RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator
grnfaerie 8/17/2011 4:58:00 PM
This is the first time I've purchased any "anti-aging" type product, but now that I'm 34 I'm thought I should start. I decided to try this product because I still suffer from breakouts. After my first application of this I was pleased that it didn't break me out, and after a few days I definitely saw an improvement in my skin. This worked great to even out my skin tone and reduce the redness from past breakouts. I know it sounds so cheesy, but after about a week of using this I looked in the mirror and thought my skin was "glowing". It looks better now than it has for years. I wish this was sold in gallon jugs because I don't want to ever be out of it. *Edit: I still love this product, but I can't use it every night or I get tiny white heads. It may be a bit more emollient than my skin can handle.
Cleansers -Paula's Choice - Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser
grnfaerie 8/17/2011 4:47:00 PM
I switched to this cleanser because my beloved One Step for oily skin looks to be discontinued (it's not available on the website anymore. Boo!) I feel like this was a bit too moisturizing for me, I didn't have that clean feeling to my skin after I used this. It felt like I still had kind of a film on my face, and only rubbing it with a washcloth was able to get it off completely. When I don't use the washcloth I wake up with little white heads on my face, so obviously it isn't rinsing all the way off. I don't think if you have oily skin this is the best cleanser, I guess I'll use the Normalizing cleanser from the Clear line- it's closer in consistency to the One Step although it's not available in the large size (Boo again!)
I was using a brow powder, and when I ran out I decided to try a pencil thinking I might be able to get a more precise line. This pencil is great for that. I like that the pencil is rather hard so you have to feather it on a couple of times to build up the color. I'm usually kind of heavy handed and when I did this with powder I ended up with way too much color. If I do end up with an unnatural looking line this pencil has a small brush at the other end perfect for softening it out. This is a great quality brow liner, will definitely repurchase. *Edit: I lowered the lippies on this because it seems to me like this pencil dried out a bit- the firmness of the pencil (which I initially liked) started to irritate me when I had to press really hard to get it to show up. I purchased a different eyebrow pencil from Avon that had a spoolie brush on the end. I like the spoolie brush a lot more than the brush that comes with this.
I received a mini size in Timothy when I bought the Urban Decay "best of" set (or whatever it was called). The packaging is adorable, and I'm a sucker for cute packaging. Sometimes if the packaging is really cute I'll still buy the item even if the product inside of kind of "nah". Unfortunately the smell of this gloss was so unbelievably sickening to me that I couldn't even use it more than twice. As my lips were so close to my nose all day it made me nauseated. The gloss itself is fine, not spectacular.
Tinted Moisturizer -Merle Norman - Luxiva Sheer Defense Tinted Moisturizer
grnfaerie 10/9/2009 8:44:00 PM
I get my eyebrows waxed at a Merle Norman store, so everytime I go there they try to push products on me (which is usually really annoying.) This time however, I'm so glad they talked me into buying this because it's great! I have oily skin, so I wasn't keen on using an additional moisturizer, but this doesn't make me oilier than usual and the coverage is pretty good. The best things about it are that it doesn't break me out- which a lot of things do, and the SPF in this really works well. I can be out in the sun all day and definitely tell the areas where I wasn't covered. On days that I need more coverage I'll brush on some mineral foundation over it.
This mascara really does make your lashes look super long! The "brush" takes a little getting used to, it deposits quite a lot of product on your lashes and because of this tends to clump them together. I ended up with what looked like five really long lashes per each eye. It would be helpful to use a lash brush after application, which means that this isn't just a slick on and go type of product, but one you kinda have to work with to get the result you want. But if you spend a little time with the application you'll be happy with how long your lashes look.
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Keune Intensive Hair Repair
grnfaerie 5/23/2006 9:19:00 PM
First, let me start by telling you I'm a thrifty girl. When I buy haircare at the drugstore I NEVER pay more than $7-8 for a product. Even then I usually don't go that high unless it's a buy-one-get-one-free deal. So when I was at the hair salon a few months ago having my already-highlighted hair highlighted even more, and the stylist suggested I try this conditioner because my hair felt exactly like STRAW- I thought I'd better do something about this. Now, this was a TRAINING ACADEMY (that shows how cheap I am- these are all students practicing on your hair for really low prices) so I thought that the products they sold would be super cheap too, right? Well, my stylist said that this treatment she wanted me to try was $17 but it was the BEST conditioner ever and I thought "okay, maybe just this once, since my hair is in such terrible condition I will pay this ungodly amount." Plus, I wanted to help this girl because she was doing my hair for free (the students don't get paid, the school collects a small fee) and at least if I purchased a product she would get some comission on it. So I go up to the counter and they rang up the conditioner and it was $27 dollars! Aargh!!! But I had already had them ring it up and I was too embarrassed to say "never mind, I don't want it." So I swallowed hard against the lump in my throat and handed over my credit card. Well, that was a few months ago and I've re-purchased Keune Intensive Hair repair three times now. That's how good it is, that I would pay $27 for it. It's worth every penny. I have NEVER used a better conditioner on my dry, curly, thick hair. It hasn't felt like straw for a moment since I started using it. Magic I think. I actually use this as my regular conditioner every time I wash my hair (3-4 times a week) and my hair is silky soft and gorgeous. This is the best $27 I ever spent.
Tinted Moisturizer -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20
grnfaerie 1/27/2006 2:16:00 PM
I bought this based on Paula Begoun's recommendation, it was one of her "Best Products of 2005." I liked that this had retinol, antioxidants, and sunscreen all in one. It reminds me a bit of Sonia Kashuk's HydroTint- which I also really love but I don't think it has the retinol in it. I have oily/combo skin and this works really well at not getting all greasy (I set it with powder.) For such a light product it's good at providing nice, even coverage and minimizing my large pores. This is definitely a great foundation that I will repurchase!
Lotions/ Creams -Avon - Skin So Soft Hand Rescue Balm
grnfaerie 1/27/2006 2:08:00 PM
Wow! This is my HG hand lotion! My co-worker, who sells Avon, brought this to work- it's a new product from Avon. Everytime she put it on I was like: "What perfume are you wearing? I love it!" And it's this hand lotion! So I tried it and the lotion is amazing. I love that even after I wash my hands- which I do so many times a day that they're red and rough- I can still feel this on. So you don't have to reapply every time you wash your hands (although I do because I love the smell!) I kept sneaking over to my coworkers desk to use this lotion and finally she said: "How about I order you one?" I can't wait for mine to arrive!
I had a Maybelline buy one get one free mascara offer so I tried this one and the XXL. I hate both. The formula of this is very dry, I had a hard time getting it to coat my lashes. Both Maybelline mascaras smudged under my eyes after a few hours. After application my lashes didn't look any thicker. I'm now sworn off Maybelline mascaras forever.
Wearing this antipersperant/deodorant was like leaving the house sans any deodorant at all. It didn't control wetness or odor on me. It doesn't help that after letting it "dry" under my arms it was still a bit tacky- making the armpit of my shirts a little damp feeling at the get go. I have this in Powder Fresh. Actually I HAD this in powder fresh because I'm throwing it away now after just a couple of weeks.
All the Maybelline mascaras I've tried smear under my eyes, even this one although it's supposed to be waterproof and you'd think that would make it stay put. Also, I've had this just a bit over a month and it's already pretty dried out. I think it might be because the brushes don't screw in very tightly- I couldn't carry this around in my bad because it would come unscrewed.