After lusting over YSL Touche Eclat for years, I still cannot handle the price tag. Now, I have lucked out - I don't have undereye circles. Before scorning me for boasting, however, consider that I am battling hormonal acne at the moment. I bought this last week in Ivory (I'm NC15/NC20). It is fantastic. Applies like a dream, looks natural, and brightens without any shimmer, and without the reverse-panda look. I apply it after my Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream, and it doesn't crease, nor does it dry out. One click to two clicks, and the perfect amount of product comes out. Fantastic.
After running out of my beloved NARS Orgasm, I decided to give this a whirl. I have to admit, my affair with Orgasm ended because after prolonged use, the "shimmer" to me seemed like pure glitter. I couldn't stand it anymore. Although this looks odd in the packaging, it looks AMAZING on my skin. I am NC15/NC20 at MAC. This is pigmented, but buildable - which I adore. I had to put a lot of work into blending out Orgasm to make it look at least somewhat natural. With Santa Rose however, I can get the perfect, natural glow with minimal effort. Brilliant.
I use this shampoo along with the line's conditioner and RUSK's Deep Shine Oil. - I find the smell pleasant because my hair dresser uses this shampoo. It reminds me of being pampered. - The shampoo doesn't lather in abundance, but it lathers well. - The conditioner unravels my hair wonderfully. I was shocked to find a few hairs in my paddle brush after brushing through my wet hair, instead of hundreds. I have very thick hair so I have some to spare, but I was still frightened by the amount of hair I seem to find everywhere lately. Seeing minimal hair breakage was a huge win for me. Next, I applied a few drops of the RUSK oil on the ends of my damp hair and went to bed. (I don't blow-dry. It makes me faint.) Now, my hair is thick and straight but not coarse. Since I don't blowdry and am a restless sleeper, there are bound to be a few kinks in the morning. After the night's routine however, there were practically none. When I quickly (and I mean it took me 1 minute) ran my straightener through the ends to get the style I want, the straightener moved easily through my hair and easily smoothed the few kinks. My hair usually develops a slight wave if its humid or windy. Today, it was humid and windy and I took buses to and back from work. My hair stayed exactly the way I wanted it to throughout the entire day. I would definitely recommend this for people with thick or coarse hair. I have never dyed my hair so I've never had a problem with damage - I cannot speak for this line's capacity to solve colour damage. My problem was dry hair, that normalized only by the time my roots got oily. This problem has been solved entirely by my new routine. My hair is now healthy, thick, manageable, and shiny. I'm so glad to have finally found a routine that works for me!
A fantastic conditioner. Unraveled my hair wonderfully. I was shocked to see only a couple of hairs left in my paddle brush instead of - what seemed like - half of my head. Didn't weight down my hair at all. I would definitely recommend this for people with thick or coarse hair.
Lip Gloss -Victoria's Secret - Beauty Rush Minty Lip Shine
irinas29 5/12/2011 4:26:00 PM
This gloss is fantastic. However, apart from the others below, I find it sticky. It changes overtime however. I starts out really minty, shiny, sticky and synthetic-tasting. As it soaks in though, it leaves your lips super soft, with a slight sheen, and it tastes deliciously sweet. This lipgloss will NEVER leave odd, white residue on the sides of your mouth. That is a huge bonus for me because I find that a peeve with many lip balms I've tried. Currently, I am on my 4th tube. Will repurchase again, and again!
Mascara -Maybelline - Full 'N Soft Mascara Waterproof
irinas29 3/24/2011 8:48:00 PM
This is a fantastic every day mascara. The brush makes application easy and flawless. Holds a curl perfectly. A great natural look. AND this was the first mascara I had worn everyday, without having a single lash fall out. However, my lids are RIDICULOUSLY oily. 30 minutes after I put this on (in waterproof) I had black, smudged streaks on my brow bone and some smudging under my eyes. So unfortunately, it didn't hold up to par on me and I doubt it would on girls with oily skin. Any other skin types though - BUY THIS.
Oh how I love this. But, it creases in MINUTES on my lids. And in 3 hours, there's NOTHING on my lids but 2 creases. :(
I ADORE this scent. I got it last year from my parents as a graduation gift. I use it on special occasions but I feel it's a bit of a waste for everyday. But that's just me and because I want this scent to last and last. I don't think it's strong at all. Trust me, I HATE strong, concentrated perfumes. This is very fresh, citrusy at first and then warm, yet still fresh when it settles. GREAT scent.
Tinted Moisturizer -Stila - Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
irinas29 3/5/2008 7:11:00 PM
This moisturizer is okay. Nothing grand really. I feel like it's a bit greasy when you put it on but nothing that a bit a of powder over it can't solve. If you apply too much of it though without blending it in, it will definitely turn orange so you have to be careful. And, this does come off VERY easily. But, overall I do like this product just fine since it doesn't cake and doesn't break me out. When it finishes though, I'm looking forward to getting Lancome BIENFAIT MULTI-VITAL TEINTE.