I have super long, straight, fine hair that is dry at the ends, and oily at the roots. My dermatologist recommended I start washing my hair only twice a week to help reduce the oiliness, because she thinks it may be due to my daily washing drying my scalp and it overcompensating with oil for the dryness and stripping away of the natural oils washing causes. I hate my hair looking even slightly oily, and my Dr. recommended I try a dry shampoo or powder to keep it looking fresh between washings. This was several years ago and I have been using baby powder with great results. The only problem I have had with the baby powder was it is extremely messy and gets allover the place, so I have been trying different formulations of dry shampoos. I have tried powders and sprays. I tried Suave dry shampoo as soon as they debuted it, and found that to get the results I wanted, I had to use a sizeable amount of the product. It smells exactly like lemon peel... not pineapple as someone else mentioned... it in fact includes lemon extracts in the formulations fragrance. It is a very overpowering scent, but does smell fresh and clean... kinda like lemon scented dishwashing detergent. My issue with the scent is that overrides any perfume I happen to be wearing, and in some cases, mixes with it and produces a putrid smell. So when I use this product I have to not wear any other fragrance. As with most other fragrances, when my nose gets used to a scent I find I no longer smell it. Not so with this spray. I smell lemon all day and night until I wash the stuff out. For people who enjoy lemon scented products.. this is a cheap and wonderful way to fragrance yourself. As far as how the dry shampoo spray works... it takes about five minutes to fully blend in to your scalp and start to dry up the oil... but after applying I wait a few minutes and then brush... and by fifteen minutes post application my hair looks very voluminous and ungreasy. It leaves a film on my hair that does make it obvious that my hair has product of some sort applied, but definately does not look greasy. I find this item is wonderful for making a pouf when I do a ponytail. The results last for about a day and a half to two days for me. One can lasts me for about five applications (roots only), or about 3 weeks. I have re-purchased about five times... when I am looking for something cheap and effective. I have also tried Ojon dry shampoo powder from Sephora, Oscar Blandi, Big Sexy Hair, and Pssssst. The suave works almost if not as well as any of these, and without the powder mess... but I just have a hard time dealing with the strong smell, and the clay like feel it gives to my hair. The Ojon and Oscar Blandi products do not have the clay feel but you have to brush very well to keep from having powder residue. For the price I recommend the Suave, I havent had issues with any of the spray nozzles but one, and even then I just switched nozzles with an older can. I will continue to buy it, due to the affordable price... and save my more expensive and slightly better products for when I want to actually wear my favorite fragrance or am going someplace I do not want to smell like a pan of dishwater.
I really don't feel like I need to add a whole lot to what everyone else has said, except that I suffer from such dry cracked skin in the winter that my hands are covered with small cuts where the skin has split. I have severely dry patches, and wrinkles allover my hands from dryness and I am only 33! I have tried everything over the years to at least try to keep enough moisture in my skin that it doesnt split open every time I make a fist. I have tried hand moisturizers from Korres, Philosophy, Clinique, Avon, Gold Bond, Jergens, Olay, Estee Lauder, Boots- and a whole host of other items, you can see what I mean. Most of the products have burned upon application and turned my already inflamed skin red... didn't help at all. There were only three items I have tried that helped soothe my skin. St Ives Collagen Elastin in the pump bottle actually seems to give my sore dry skin some elacticity where I can actually make a fist without it breaking skin after application. I wont say that it is healing my skin, but it makes it very bearable, doesnt burn upon application, doesnt irritate my skin, and literally makes it feel better. It may not heal my skin, but it helps it stay calm so it can heal on its own. It leaves my skin feeling very soft as well, even with the flakes and rough patches. Yes, it may be cheap, and that is why I thought there must be something better out there thats more expensive, but in this case, it is worth much more than what I paid. I keep going back to this product year after year. So if you suffer from dry cracked inflamed skin, give this a try. It may make winter much more bearable for you too. For those interested, the other two products that helped were Gold Bond Ultra Healing hand cream, and Vaseline Intensive Rescue lotions. I also tried Boots Perfect and Protect Hand Cream. All of these seemed to add some moisture to my skin, the Boots I used every few hours for a few weeks until the tube was gone but I didn't notice it doing anything beyond superficially, and didnt help my hands heal at all. Same with the Gold Bond. The Vaseline Intensive worked about as well as this St Ives.
I used half the bottle and just couldnt use it anymore. It made my normally very voluminous fine hair flat and matte. It almost looked as if I had washed my hair in dish water. I just really wasnt impressed. I normally like pantene products but this just didnt act like pantene. I really think they are beginning to roll out sub quality new products working off the good name of pantene just to make a few bucks off the 'new'. I say that because if they actually tested this stuff and it were really they next great thing like they say, it would work!!
I have purchased this lotion for years because it works. I have extremely dry skin from overwashing (work related), and this lotion does a great job of making it feel moisturized. As to whether it actually hydrates the skin beyond the upper layer, I dont know, but I do know when I use it daily, my skin is not as dry as when I use many other lotions. It is extremely thick and emollient, smells kind of melon like, and a small amount goes a long way. Yes it is expensive, around 30 bucks for 5 oz. but it comes in a great pump bottle at that size, and a little goes a long way. I use it daily and a bottle lasts me a couple months. I also have smaller containers I pump the lotion into to carry it in my purse since the small flip t op container they sell of it is even more expensive per ounce, but I go to the drug store and get a little travel flip top container to fill. This works great for me. The smell lasts for about 30 minutes after applying, but everyone that smells it asks to try it and loves it. It is not the most moisturizing thing I have ever used, but it is close, and my sensitive skin has absolutely no issues with it. Sephora has it on sale sometimes in a set. Recently they had the 5 oz bottle for less than 20.00. I first tried it as a free deluxe sample a couple years ago so they may also still offer that sometimes.
I am on my third compact of this blush. As everyone says, it is a bright almost neon pink in the container, but unlike most other fair skinned ladies, I love it. I am NW15 with very light blonde hair and I have no problem making this blush work for me without looking garish. I use a small fluffy brush and swipe the blush once lightly then blend on my cheeks. It gives a lovely flush of color. Obviously a color such as this is not going to look completely natural and unmade up, but for women who really like a pretty look who make friends with their makeup, this is perfect. I am one of those people who just dont wear makeup or only wear foundation when I want a nude unmade up look. When I do my eyes and cheeks and everything I like my makeup to show without looking clowny. This is by far the prettiest cheek color I have found. It is very pigmented so remember, light hands ladies!!
I really wanted to love these candles because they are so pretty, but I just cant. I bought several from Wal-Mart because they smelled delicious in the jar, and having Paula Deen's name on them made me think they would have to be of great quality. The jars are very heavy and have antiqued bronze looking metal lids with handles. As far as looks go, some of the nicest candles I have ever seen. They smell great in the jar, the peach cream smells like fresh peaches, the apple smells just like apples, etc. but the throw is awful. I have tried burning them for short periods as well as longer periods ( a couple hours) but they cannot be smelled unless you are within several feet of the candle. I set a candle on my desk only three feet from the entrance door and asked each person that walked in if they smelled it. Every one said no, until they bent down to smell it closer to it. I am really disappointed in this candle line. The price was not cheap either. The pint size was about six dollars. If I could return them, I would. If you are planning on buying some candles from wal-mart, I recommend the GREEN line of soy candles, they have great throw and lightly scent several rooms at a time.
Highlighters -Too Faced - So Smurfy Illumination Face Powder
honeyangel77 3/6/2009 10:10:00 AM
Jerrod at Too Faced has vision, he comes up with great products that really helps a girl feel girlie. This highlighter is fantastic, it has a nice dewy sheen as opposed to a garish reflective quality. It helps keep the oilies away too. There is nothing about this highlighter that I don't like. I've been carrying it around in my purse for two months, it lasts a long time, the package is sturdy, the makeup has lasting power, costs 26.00 at Sephora (not available thru the TooFaced site). The product picks up on a brush easily too, no scraping required. Much easier to use/blend than any liquid I've tried. Highlight Powder Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Magnesium Myristate, Polyethylene, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol. (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007) Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850)
Eye Shadow -Kat Von D - Rock N Roll Eyeshadow Duos
honeyangel77 3/6/2009 9:47:00 AM
I got this from Sephora a few days ago in Groupie (the purple violets) and all I can say is UGH! This has so much potential to be a great product because I absolutely adore the packaging and the colors. The case is almost rubberlike, a very generous size (which surprised me as its almost twice the size I expected it to be), and sturdy. The eyeshadow colors look beautiful in the pan I almost couldn't wait to try them. I apply makeup everyday, and have for thepast twenty years. I adore makeup, I try almost anything, but this really let me down. It took several layers to get any color payoff on my lids, and it wore off after only three hours. I usually do a smoky eye, which I did all three days with this product, but could never get the colors to show up enough to make an impact. I hope her tattoos last longer than this eyeshadow. The glittery side looks the same color as the matte once applied, the glitter doesn't stick at all. This makeup seriously reminds me of makeup marketed for preteen girls in quality, especially when compared to my favorite eyeshadows from Urban Decay. Save your 20.00 and don't buy this product, get a beautiful color from UD. UD deluxe in Ransom is a great deep purple/blue shade for those that love to play up hazel/green eyes. UD may be smaller, but it pretty much lasts until you take it off and blends like a dream. I willl use up this e/s since I paid for it, probably just for everyday kickin around makeup, and if I see anything change I will update.
I agree with others that say that the name does not fit the fragrance. This definately smells nothing like a Notorious. It smells like an avon fragrance. Strong, long lasting, but pleasant enough. Not worth the money. Save the extra bucks for something really worthy of the name!!
Foundations -MAC - Studio Stick SPF 15 ] [DISCONTINUED]
honeyangel77 3/4/2009 3:05:00 PM
First, for reference for those that are like me and grew up learning that cool undertones are blue/pink based skin, and warm is yellow or olive toned, MAC is backward in their packaging. Meaning, what is referred to as NW (Neutral Warm) is actually the cool blue based shades, and the NC (Neutral Cool) shades are the yellow based for warm toned skin. I have no idea why they do this because every other foundation brand that I have checked refers to their blue based cool skintoned products as C and the warm based as W, those with in the middle tones usually are referred to as N (neutral). Having said that, I had no idea which to order from MAC because I am cool/pink toned and the website offers very little help in choosing the correct shade for ones self. So, I will tell you :). NW is cool toned, the NW 15 is the very lightest/palest, NW20 (what I bought) is exactly the same tone as MAX FACTOR PAN STIK in True Beige, only a lil less yellow. I normally wear light beige or ivory, and the NW20 is almost a little too dark for my winter skin. It costs 29.00 USD per stick, which is really overpriced for what you get because honestly, I can't tell the difference between wearing MAX FACTOR PAN STIK or MAC STUDIO STICK once it's applied. The application is even a little more difficult than with MF, but it does have some staying power and buildable coverage. I really wanted to try this to see if the very few things I dislike about the MF stick could be fixed by the MAC stick, but they're pretty much the same. I won't repurchase because I see nothing about it that the 4 sticks of MF I can get for the same price can't do. MAC does offer great lipstick shades though that are hard to find elsewhere, I just wish the PRO line of MAC was more readily available.
Moisturizers -St. Ives - Collagen-Elastin Essential Moisturizer
honeyangel77 3/4/2009 11:41:00 AM
A general everyday moisturizer with no bells and whistles, no promises to diminish, erase, etc. only to restore moisture to the skin. It is great for night use or to apply with sunscreen under makeup, doesn't interfere with any of the sunscreens or foundations I have used. Does as it says, just a great everyday moisturizer to keep skin supple and hydrated. I think it works alot like cold cream, but with a runnier consistency. The tub it comes in has a screw top lid which can be hard to remove if your hands are wet from cleansing. It isnt very sanitary to scoop it out with ones fingers, I wish it came in a pump like its big sister body lotion. Overall I love the lotion for what it is, but don't expect any miracles except in hydration of which it is tops! Hasn't broken me or my mother out, doesn't cause any itchiness, or flakes. Sinks into the skin easily and quickly, works great on the throat area. It costs under 8.00 each time I have bought it... note: it works great as a hand moisturizer as well!
In winter I have very dry skin that gets itchy if I use the wrong foundation. In summer, I get oily, which causes itchiness if I wear mineral makeup. I typically have clear skin so I don't use foundation to cover blemishes, only a little ruddiness or discoloration. I prefer good coverage as opposed to tinted moisturizer of my youth, and have been using MAC stick and Max Factor Pan Stick foundations for the past few years. I love these, but was looking for something that also offered treatment for beginnings of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots since I am now in my early thirties. I have tried several 'treatment' foundations to no avail, they either didn't have any coverage, any staying power, or just plain didnt 'treat' anything. I then decided to try Avon's age transforming foundation, even though I have had problems in the past with some of their products causing minor breakouts on me. I have to say this foundation has surpassed my hopes. It has marvelous staying power, doesn't feel mask like, has good coverage, looks velvety, and has even improved the appearance of some of my fine lines around my eyes. I have only been using it for about a month, so even more improvements may occur. Avon is re-debuting the product in a couple of weeks with different color options, some of the older colors are no longer available, and there is a couple of new ones. It comes in a sanitary pump bottle, which can never be a bad thing with makeup, that always releases just the right amount of foundation. It is easy to apply, blends in well with the moisturizers I have tried (collagen and elastin face cream, ponds cold cream, mark chocolate orchid face cream, and neutrogena healthy skin). I have even tried white paper tests to see how much transfers after a few hours of wear, and it is very little. Is it the very best foundation I have used? I have no complaints thus far, and it hasn't even broken me out at all. It runs around 12.00 through your avon representative, or online at avon.com. I am about to buy my second and third bottle to make sure I don't run out in case they decide to discontinue this (which avon likes to do from time to time!) According to the website: Description: Natural finish, full coverage luxury foundation featuring Anew skin care technology to outsmart the aging process. 1 fl. oz. Instantly—minimizes fine lines, wrinkles, pores and age spots are visibly diminished for a more youthful finish. After 1 week—over 90% of women showed improvements in skin texture and clarity. After 4 weeks—over 90% of women saw a reduction in fine wrinkling and a more even appearance in natural skin tone. Ingredients: ACTIVE INGREDIENT: OCTINOXATE 7.5% TITANIUM DIOXIDE 4.0% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: WATER/EAU CYCLOPENTASILOXANE GLYCERIN PROPYLENE GLYCOL ISOCETETH-3 ACETATE GLYCOLIC ACID ISOCETYL STEARATE BUTYLENE GLYCOL C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE GLYCERYL STEARATE DIMETHICONE OCTYLDODECYL NEOPENTANOATE STEARETH-21 SILICA PEG-75 STEARATE STEARETH-2 OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) SEED EXTRACT PUNICA GRANATUM EXTRACT DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA (CARROT) ROOT EXTRACT YEAST EXTRACT/EXTRAIT DE LEVURE PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT PADINA PAVONICA EXTRACT SAXIFRAGA SARMENTOSA EXTRACT VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) FRUIT EXTRACT SODIUM METHYLPARABEN TILIA CORDATA WOOD EXTRACT CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE AESCULUS HIPPOCASTANUM (HORSE CHESTNUT) SEED EXTRACT BIOTIN MORUS NIGRA ROOT EXTRACT SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT EXTRACT FOENICULUM VULGARE (FENNEL) FRUIT EXTRACT MEDICAGO SATIVA (ALFALFA) EXTRACT PORTULACA OLERACEA EXTRACT XYMENYNIC ACID HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN MANNITOL HYDROLYZED HIBISCUS ESCULENTUS EXTRACT MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE NYLON-12 XANTHAN GUM PROPYLENE GLYCOL PEG-12 DIMETHICONE METHYLPARABEN PARAFFIN TETRASODIUM EDTA TALC POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE PHYTOL ALUMINA GLYCOGEN PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL AMMONIUM HYDROXIDE IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA PROPYLPARABEN SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE PARFUM/FRAGRANCE MAY CONTAIN: TITANIUM DIOXIDE IRON OXIDES MICA BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE
Gels/Soaps -Softsoap - SoftSoap Naturals Milk&Honey hand soap
honeyangel77 1/20/2009 7:30:00 PM
I have sensitive dry skin, and sadly this product gives me a rash on my wrists. This is about the only soap except some from bath and body works that does this to me, I have no idea which ingredient it is, perhaps the shimmer, but it does. I was able to use it for a couple of days before the problems started and it did smell lovely, rinse cleanly and get my hands clean without overly drying, but the rash made it a no no. It is reasonably priced, usually about 1.50 per small pump bottle, however 64 oz refills are available for around 6 dollars.
Palettes -Too Faced - So Smurfy Eye Shadow Collection
honeyangel77 1/20/2009 7:24:00 PM
Midnight cowboy by urban decay is not a good comparison to the brownish glittery shade, as cowboy is much pinker. The shade is a glittery medium taupe, with no pink undertones at all (the glitter is multicolored in direct light). The other glittery shade is actually a glittery gold shade (with gold glitter) both of which go on with a sheen interspersed with glitter much like many of urban decays shadows. The effect is much like midnight cowboy, however the shade is not. The blue is a deep royal blue sheen with no glitter, almost a navy, and the pink is a pepto bismol pink shade with sheen. Neither the blue nor pink have glitter. The sheen shades blend effortlessly, and do smokey eye as well as blends with no problems. The two neutral shades with the glitter do not blend as well, but work great as highlighter, on the lid or alone. As another reviewer said, the glitter does tend to fall allover the face as the day wears on, so this is not for any person that fears attention or a youthful look with their makeup. The sheen colors are beautiful but not gawdy. I appreciate the Too Faced brand for its staying power and trendy approach to color. The quality is equal to urban decay, but offers more packable kits than UD. These shadows are each 1 inch circles, in a 3x3 inch black and pink thick cardboard carrying box with mirror. It is decorated with smurfs, how cute! Truly, the shades are gorgeous and wearable, for those that can wear trendy color. As a woman in my thirties who has a few facial lines, I will warn you that the glitter migrates to them and draws attention to them. I would buy this again mostly for the pink sheen. I am not taking a lippie off for the glitter on the face problem simply because any makeup with glitter will do this, and one should know before going in that this is a side effect! :)
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Dancing Waters Body Cream
honeyangel77 12/30/2008 6:31:00 PM
This body cream is one I picked up at B&BW for 3 bucks during their 3 dollar body cream sale but the regular price is 12.00 which is a bit pricey. This is apparently a limited edition, and smells divine. I typically have problems with Bath and Body Works scents because they dry down to something completely different and 'off' from their intended fragrance, but this is lovely. While wearing it for an hour or so, and standing outside on a cool windy evening, I closed my eyes and sniffed my hand and could have sworn I was at the ocean on a december night. The smell is very fresh and clean but not soapy, smells alot like spring water with a dash of water lilies added in. It is rather conditioning with almond and avacado oils. I have very sensitive skin that flakes and dries so badly in winter that it cracks and bleeds, but this cream used on my hands does a fair job of protecting them with regular application. It smells so lovely that reapplying every couple of hours is no problem however! I will list the ingredients for those that are sensitive to certain things, but being a person with sensitive dry skin I highly recommend this body cream both because it is non reactive, but also because it smells relaxing and calming. I point out that this does contain linalool, which while being a natural ingredient, can cause problems for some people with sensitive skin. The product comes in a large plastic tube with a flip lid that can come open if carried in your purse or bag, so be mindful of that. The only reason I did not give it 5 lippies is because it could be cheaper on a regular basis. INGREDIENTS: water, mineral oil, glyceryl stearate SE, Isopropyl palmitate, stearic acid (A colorless, odorless, waxlike fatty acid, CH 3 (CH 2 ) 16 COOH, occurring in natural animal and vegetable fats), glyceryl stearate ( a natural fatty acid), fragrance, sweet almond oil, avacado oil, honey extract, lemon extract, calendula flower extract, hops extract, pinus (pine) cone extract, rosemary leaf extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, bromelain (enzyme in pineapple), papin (fruit extract), cetyl alcohol, dimethicone, lanolin, triethanolamine, propylene glycol, disodium edta, imidazolidinyl urea (antimicrobial preservative used in cosmetics), methylparaben, propylparaben, alpha-isomethyl ionone, benzyl alcohol, benzyl salicylate, butylphenol methylpropional, citral, citronellol (found in oils of rose and geraniums), limonene ( a natural chemical in citrus fruit rinds that give them much of their smell) , geraniol (geranium), hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellol. hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene, carboxaldehyde, linalool (naturally-occurring terpene alcohol chemical found in many flowers and spice plants that commonly have scents of floral with touch of spice).