Gels/Soaps -Dove - Moisturizing Body Wash - "Deep Moisture"
hahnl 8/6/2006 3:31:00 PM
I don't write many reviews but I had to review this. This is not something I would have normally bought because I have oily skin on my chest/back and I had convinced myself that shower gels were not good enough unless they made my skin squeaky clean (and consequently dry, tight and itchy). I have always bypassed products for dry or sensitive skin, but I bought a travel size of this when I went on vacation and *loved* it. It feels like I am cleansing my skin with lotion, and I love love love the fresh, clean scent (I was going to by a larger size generic brand of this, but it did not smell as good!). It is the only body wash I have used that not only makes my skin feel good in the shower, but out of the shower as well. No more itchy feeling! This product has convinced me that I do not have to strip my skin of all its moisture to come out of the shower clean! ALSO -- I have never spent money on shave gel, I just use bar soap or whatever, but since this is sooo creamy and moisturizing, I use it as a shave cream and it leaves my legs nice and smooth. I will continue to by this again and again.
I can't hate this product just because it doesn't work with *my* coloring. I love the pigment and staying power of this and the other paints. But I was wrong to buy this color for me. I have light skin with pink undertones and blue eyes and Artjam, while purplish, is too warm for me due to the brown in it that has been mentioned by other reviewers. For people who like this color, I must say that Star Violet is an excellent shadow to put over it - it is really intensified by Artjam. Just not for me though.
I was surprised that this hasn't been getting better reviews. Then again, most of the perfumes that are popular around here smell terrible on me, and this one seems to work quite well. I think I might just have whacked out body chemistry. Regardless, I think it is a lovely light scent that is fresh and casual to wear around campus everyday when I'm not real dressed up. I want to describe it as mysterious, probably because I am not quite sure what it smells like to me. I think it smells a bit like white tea and flowers with some powder. I too got this in a sample from Sephora and I have been using it every day. Staying power is not the best though. Obviously it is not for everyone, but I'd say if you can get your hands on a sample, it's worth a try.
I was on a mission to find a nice bronze eyeshadow at the MAC counter when I came across Casino in the limited edition Lustrevision collection. The color is gorgeous and I love the shimmer, and as the SA suggested, it goes very nicely with Star Violet, which I already had. As with all the MAC shadows I have tried, it is highly pigmented and wears very well. The only reason I would not buy this again is that I realized the color is nearly identical to my Milani Desert Sun (only the Milani is not as shimmery) and I can get the Milani for like $3.00. I don't think I will return Casino but as a student on a budget I think I will opt for the Milani version and stick to MAC for colors that can't be found anywhere else.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Eyes Cream Eyeshadow- #192 Envy
hahnl 12/14/2004 9:07:00 PM
I was wanting MAC Chartru paint, but wasn't sure about how it would look with my eye color. I found this for $1.70 and decided to try it since the color was comparable. I would describe the color as a celadon green with a hint of gold shimmer. I was amazed by this shadow. It still creased a bit after several hours, but so do my paints. I love the color and quality of this and no longer want to buy Chartru. However, if someone is looking for a more vibrant green, Chartru might be a better bet, as this is a bit softer.
I love the color, but it clashed as a liner with my blue eyes and made me look sickly. BUT I liked the color so much I had to find a way to make it work for me. Here's what I do: I found I can create a great look by using this pencil to draw a second line above a line of dark brown pencil (prestige dark brown) at my lashline. The two lines kind of blend together and fade and so I get the gorgeous bronze pencil color on my lids with better definition from the darker liner. Sounds weird but I'm lovin' this look!
This was my first OPI polish. I was kind of put of by the price, but you really do get what you pay for with these polishes. This color is the perfect pale nude for my light skin. Natural, but better. The quality of the polish is excellent, goes on smooth and even, lasts well, and has a shiny finish. I also find this particular color to be completely goof proof!
Styling Products -Beyond The Zone - Get N Creamed [DISCONTINUED]
hahnl 9/4/2004 1:14:00 AM
I have wavy/straight coarse, thick hair. I use this when i am straightening my hair. I still have to use a flat iron, but this stuff really improves the smoothness of my hair, and makes it very soft to the touch. The pump is so handy too! The smell could be improved but for such great smoothing properties it's worth it!
Not HG status, but this is the best foundation I've used so far on my super oily, acne prone skin. I think it goes on smoothly with the sponge applicator, and gives a smooth, even look to my face and really minimizes the appearance of my pores. It doesn't control my oilies for much longer than other foundations, but after I blot with blotting papers, it looks great again. I haven't had the slightest problem with breakouts, maybe because it is made with rice powder. I can see how this might be troublesome for people with dry skin, as it is a powder foundation and may "cling" to flakes and dry patches. One complaint for this is that I have light skin and bought the lightest shade, which is fine for now since my summer skin has a bit of tan to it, but it might be too light come winter. I paid $10 for this at a Sally Beauty Supply. Unless I find something better, I will continue to buy this.
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Sensitive Skin Solutions Oily Skin Cleanser
hahnl 7/2/2004 1:55:00 AM
I bought this when the store was sold out of my beloved Purpose facial cleanser. I found this to be similar in that it is a clear, non-irritating (for me) formula. However, I didn't think it lathered as well, and I didn't feel it removed my makeup as well as Purpose. If it was supposed to help my oily skin, it didn't do that, but I didn't expect it too. But I did like that the cleanser was gentle enough that it didn't leave my skin feeling dry as a desert. The packaging would be greatly improved by a pump, but other than that I thought it was a gentle yet effective cleanser. But it still doesn't beat my Purpose!
In the pan it isn't a color that I would be attracted to on my own, but the SA put some on me and I love it! It's not nearly as Crayola-like as it seems in the pan. It's a warm shimmery peachy orange with gold shimmer. I find it looks very summer-y when paired with some bronzer and peachy pink lips. I was also skeptical about oranges since my eyes are blue, but the contrast is very pretty. Really makes your eyes "pop".
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Satsuma body lotion
hahnl 1/18/2004 10:37:00 PM
I love love love this frangrance! It smells just like satsuma oranges with no floral or other notes. Good scent staying power. BUT, as a lotion, poor moisturizing quality. I recommend buying the unscented body cream and having the satsuma oil mixed in if you want the scent and the moisture. But a yummy smell either way!