Moisturizers -Sisley - Hydra Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration
heatherblossom 10/12/2006 8:11:00 PM
oh, i wanted to like this stuff so much. the tesxture was right, the consistency lovely, it seemed to moisturize at just the ight amount, and it made my skin glow, before it made me break out with at least 20 pimples on my face. I have combination, mostly dry skin, and apparently one of the cheaper main ingredients irritated or clogged my pores. no joke, if you look at the ingredients you will be shocked at the cheapness for $300. it's almost laughable. anyhow, i used it for almost two weeks until dh said to throw it out it was wriecking my skin, and it took a good two omnths for my skin to clear up.
Styling Products -Jonathan - Leave-In Glossing Creme
heatherblossom 5/14/2006 7:30:00 AM
having tried other jonathan products, I wasn't sure what to expect with this. I find if you are not used to using natural products you will probably rate his products low because you haven't had time to learn a) how to properly use them. although simple to use, they are different than complete chemical ones B0 there is a detoxification your hair needs to go through. that said, some of his products were just ok for me, but 99% of probably fabulous for other people products are as well so I don't judge him harshly. this stuff however, is FABULOUS! it doesn't make me break out, and actually works. Mind that you MUST A) use it when hair is damp B) apply the right amount for your hair type and length C) use a conditioner beforehand especially if you have dry hair. this is not a substitute for reg. conditioner. I've tried everything out there, and there is simply NO WAY A DRUGSTORE PRODUCT IS BETTER OR EVEN CLOSE to this. my hair is shiny, not frizzy and not weighed down, something most leave in cremes, no matter how much i play with them, don't deliver. that said, I wouldn't be surprized if there are some hair types that this isn't an holy grail for, nothing works for everyone because we are all so different. The one big dissapointment is that this does have several chemicals which could be easily replaced by effective natural substitutes- maybe it would cost more- but shame on jonathan for not trying to be as natural as possible. oh, i have mostly straightish, slightly wavy, very fine, frizzy hair with some corser hair mixed in.
Eye Shadow -Scott Barnes - Illumineye Eyeshadow in Mermaid
heatherblossom 5/2/2006 1:08:00 PM
When i first saw this and then read the review below, i thought, dear god, WHAT a dud. but then i played with it a few times, and got a good rec on the makeup boards for how to wear it and it is truly glowing and stunning! (read rec below). First, the packaging is heavy, sleek, and I can't imagine would ever break, unless you took a hammer to it. the containers also include a mirror. YAY!. The quality of the eyeshadow is the best out there. it literally glows- no frost sparkle, shimmer, flakey powder, matte crepeness, etc. it is a creamy powder in the way dior and chanel wish they were. it applies tre smoothly, even on bare skin, is velvet soft, and glows once it sets. In the container, it looks like a light medium (no way is this pale by ANY standards) crayola crayon baby blue which veers aqua in the sunlight. on my lids if I apply lightly, it mutates more aqua and almost, but not quite with a teal tinge. It's vivid, yet muted. If i apply wet, I could get a job as a las vegas showgirl- well if i were taller anf had a boob job. I think this could work for anyone, but you should look at it before buying because it is an unusual shade. I have found applying this over a good concealer like revlon colorstay in the inner 1/3-1/2 of my eyes and applying maharishi on the outer 1/2-2/3 with milani ocean blue eyeliner (lightly) looks fabulous, not too 80's, just soft and beautiful. p.s. you also get 2x's the amount of product in these for $5 more than urban decay or stila.
Eye Shadow -Scott Barnes - Illumineye eye shadow in Maharishi
heatherblossom 5/2/2006 12:59:00 PM
First, let me say when i finally saw this i was SO disaapointed. I mean i already have a meeeellion other copper shades and hardly wear them because most turn an unflattering orangy rust. Maharishi does not. in fact, on my lids it is not copper or bright at all. It is the prefect your lids but definitely better tan with copper and gold and bronze highlights, not shimmery, sparkly, frosty, crepey, just glowy and perfect. I look like a celebrity with this, which explains how j lo always glows. I think for medium to dark skin you'd have to wear this wet or use as a highlighter rather than a base color. Scott barnes e/s are the best. I like them better than even my chantecaille shine, UD, shu and cle de peau (don't get me started on how chanel and dior and most armani sucks in comparison). these e/s apply like a cream and set like a powder, but with no chalkyness, flakey powderiness or crepeyness. EVery women deserves to own at least one scott barnes e/s. If you have lighter skin, I recommend this one! p.s. these are ALOT of pruduct for 20 dollars more than twice what you get in urban decay eyeshadows and also bigger than chantecaille eye shades.
I agree with heather below, but with one caveat- it's easy to overdo this and and up too frosty and sparkly if you try to build color, so accept that it's more of a whisper shade and it will be fabulous. I don't know if this would work for true medium skin, as i imagine it would probably be too frosty, but it would probably make a nice highlighter for darker skin.
Powder -Bare Escentuals - Bare Minerals in 1.2, fairly light
heatherblossom 4/28/2006 10:05:00 PM
I will update if i break out etc. I used this product for the first time today with their foundation brush and had zero issues with it at all. that in itself was amazing. super easy to apply. I shook a bit onto the lid swirld with the brush, pushed the foundation onto my face (buffed?)and then stroked downward with the brush when finished. perfect GLOWY skin all day. no oxidizing or orangyness on me and most f/x does that to my skin. no complaints- just celebrity skin! I definitely reccomend. if you need more coverage try philosophy supernatural, but i believe that has parabens. oh, and i wore fairly light 1.2 and am a neutral to cool toned lll/fff chantecaille chamomile with extremely combination skin.
Although this shade is sheer and very sparkly dry, when used damp or wet, holy hannah, it is the mother of all vibrant fuscias, and beautiful. it is definitely not coral or orange-y red. a true violet pink. fabulous texture. not crazy about the shakers, but they do seem to dispense a perfect amount of product. reminds me of nars twisted, i think- but i like it much better.
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Covet
heatherblossom 4/27/2006 9:15:00 PM
these are creamy and beautiful. I don't if this particlular one would last all day because i had to take it off the color clashed so badly with my eyes, and that is pretty hard to do. I think that what keeps urban decay from being a higher end brand is that most of their colors are just a little off when applied (although beautiful), and this was no exception. it looked like en emerald green mixed with crack on the pencil and mutated into a peacock green on my eyes (over primer, on bare skin, over beige e/s etc.) and somehow managed to clash with my eyes, something only urban decay blues or greens manage to do, as I have discovered. not a great color although pretty nars makes far better colors, and armani makes better lasting pencils.
The packaging is an heavy squared glass jar with a small opening so you don't spill pigment everywhere (which i like). i just dip clean e/s brush into it, ot put my finger over the opening, shake and pat onto my lid and it works easily. The texture is divine, smooth creamy powder with no nasty chemicals- it's all minerals hallelujah!. they layer for intensity or apply sheerly over my bare skin! and they never look trashy, chalky or crepey colorwise, scott barnes is in league with nars lipstick, even if you don't like a particular shade in the package, it somehow suits almost everyone. SB also has fewer shades, and is supposed to be fabulous for all skins and i think if you have had problems with colors for women of color being too garish, or for white girls being too chalky/not showing up etc, these ARE fabulous. they are playful, but not hookerish. very much how i always wanted pigments to be. On to this specific color. In the jar it's a weird medium cool chocolate brown with what appears to be green almost blue but not and yellow gold irredescence. On my bare light-fair olive skin it's the same color, but the emerald-peridot- citrine irredescence is definitely more noticeable than some of the other eye ices, however, I think this would be work apppropriate because it doesn't make me look like a fiteen year old wannabe porn star. It's awesome. my eyes are gray/blue/yellow and brown which makes them look greenblue, greengray, etc, and instead of clashing, this heightens the green..overall, a very unique, and satisfactory shade!
Run, don't walk to saks NY (or call them) and get this shade before it's gone. It's only available at the saks NY location, and the SA I spoke with believed it was LE, so get it now ladies. The packaging is an heavy squared glass jar with a small opening so you don't spill pigment everywhere (which i like). i just dip clean e/s brush into it, ot put my finger over the opening, shake and pat onto my lid and it works easily. The texture is divine, smooth creamy powder with no nasty chemicals- it's all minerals hallelujah!. they layer for intensity or apply sheerly over my bare skin! and they never look trashy, chalky or crepey colorwise, scott barnes is in league with nars lipstick, even if you don't like a particular shade in the package, it somehow suits almost everyone. SB also has fewer shades, and is supposed to be fabulous for all skins and i think if you have had problems with colors for women of color being too garish, or for white girls being too chalky/not showing up etc, these ARE fabulous. they are playful, but not hookerish. very much how i always wanted pigments to be. On to this specific color. In the jar it's a deep robin's egg blue with what appears to be lighte goldish sunlight irredescence. On my bare light-fair olive skin it's a teal with gold and green irredescence that amazingly doesn't make me look like a fiteen year old wannabe porn star. It's awesome. if you thought meditteranean lights was fabulous, YOU MUST TRY THIS!. my eyes are gray/blue/yellow and brown which makes them look greenblue, greengray, etc, and instead of clashing, this makes the amazing. dh who hates mu actually likes this! overall, a very unique, and satisfactory shade! p.s. wear this with armani e/l in navy #3
this is much more flesh tones than peachy pink to me. On my skin this gave a fleshy glow, but i could get that with laura mercier's hazelnut, any of my scott barnes nudes, or a couple of sue devitt nudes. And if you want a true pinky peach that doesn't turn orange, stila tutu or chanel tea rose are better imo. However, armani texture fabulous and applies easily smoothly and with no streakyness. so if you are a ppp i reccomend. For reference I am a chantecaille camomile, lsf 5 mixed with fluid sheer 2.
I suspect that there may be two versions of this and GA may have reformulated, as this is NOTHING like #2. It is definitely a brownish mauve plum, The texture fabulous and applies easily smoothly and with no streakyness. It was ok, but for $40 nars sin (which imo, is much prettier), or shu uemura M brown 78 Or an ENTIRE scott barnes palette in brandywine could get far more looks. For reference I am a chantecaille camomile, lsf 5 mixed with fluid sheer 2.
i was supposed to receive #10 from armanicometics.com but they sent this instead. It is definitely a neutral, flesh leaning SUPER pale pink, like if this were e/s it would be nothing but white on most ladies. i honestly don't see how anyone but a ppp could wear this (i was a ppp before i moved here as I lived in New England). basically this didn't show up on me lll/fff at all, nothing, not a glow, not a sparkle, nothin! The texture is amazing and fabulous, however, and I imagine for the palest princess it would lend a beautiful glow. a better alternative for ll is shu uemura sakura.
of the four armani e/s i bought from recs, sight unseen, this is the ONLY one i kept. the texture is good, however, it is noticeable if i put too much on (i.e. unlike scott barnes, the pigment doesn't seem to be as buildable). what mkes this product fabulous is the color, not the texture, imo.chantecaille shine, scott barnes, the new shu all have better texture. it is a light grayed mushroom color that somehow makes me look polished and natural and sophisticated and doesn't disappear. for reference i have gray eyes with green and blue and yellow in them, and am an lll/fff olivy skinned gal. 2 thumbs up!
Eye Shadow -Giorgio Armani - Sheer Cream Eyeshadow #1
heatherblossom 4/18/2006 1:42:00 PM
basically the cream version of 53 powder e/s. unless you are a pp skip this, otherwise, it's just sparkles. decent texture, but not as nice as chanel's ombre unique creams.