I don't understand the hype over this mascara. I found it to be mediocre at best. Right after I applied it, my lashes looked great, but within 5 minutes it made my just-curled eyelashes stick-pin straight (and my lashes naturally have a curl to them). At lunch after having a good laugh with friends, I found the mascara smeared under my eyes. And now, after 5 hours wear, it looks like I'm hardly wearing any mascara and my lashes look thin and limp. WTH?!! This is going back to Sephora ASAP!
Treatments (Eye) -Freeze 24/7 - Anti-Aging Eye Serum
islandgirl_001 6/12/2008 2:31:00 AM
I got suckered into buying this by the sales pitch from an obviously excellent SA at Nordstrom. To put it simply, I didn't like this eye cream at all. For $115 US you'd think that they could at least make the packaging efficient. But no, everytime I tried to use this serum, the pump squirted the product all over the darned place. It was impossible to just get a little of the product out; either you used a full pump (much too much) or got nothing out at all. Worst yet was the actual product itself. I used the product for over two weeks, night and day, to give it a chance. When you first apply (after cleaning the excess off your fingers), it felt nice and silky. Then within minutes it felt like I had dry egg whites under my eyes: all tight feeling and actually "cracking" if you use too much. And forget about putting makeup over it. The serum would come off in little white balls. Overall, the only thing this serum did was make my undereye area super dry and flakey, which in turn, made the fine lines even more pronounced. It took weeks for the dryness to go away. In fact, I haven't used the product for over 3 weeks and I still have a patch of dryness under my left eye. This went straight back to Nordstrom. Thank goodness for their excellent return policy.
This is the one fragrance that makes me physically ill, literally. Back in the early 90's a guy I dated drenched himself in this stuff. One evening, it was stronger than usual; five minutes in the car with him and I had a raging migraine and needed to throwup. Needless to say, that was the end of that date ... and us since he insisted on wearing this darned awful stuff. Now, whenever I get a whiff of this cologne, I think of him and that night. Not good memories.
Lotions/ Creams -Trish McEvoy - #9 Blackberry and Vanilla Musk Lotion
islandgirl_001 10/12/2006 4:45:00 AM
Love, love, love this lotion! It sinks right in and leaves my skin soft and silky with no greasy feel. And the scent is to die for; smells like the Trish #9 EDP but with maybe a little more vanilla to it. But why is it soooooo expensive??!! $45 for a small 5 oz bottle at Nordstrom! Not too sure I'll buy is again because of the price. But then again, maybe I will.
Cleansers -Shu Uemura - Cleansing Beauty Oil Balancer
islandgirl_001 9/13/2006 6:56:00 PM
I love it! This is my HG cleanser. It removes all traces of makeup --- waterproof eyeliner and mascara included --- but washes away cleanly without leaving my skin tight and itchy. Sometimes I follow with a gentle foaming cleanser to get my skin super squeaky clean. The only con about this is the cost. It is way expensive. But one large bottle will last a long time. I bought my bottle last December and I'm only 1/4 of the way through it. Will definitely buy again when I run out.
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Shelley Kyle - Tiramani
islandgirl_001 9/7/2006 7:12:00 PM
This is my new favorite fragrance. It has everything I look for when choosing a scent: it's fresh, light, citrusy-floral, and unique. The reviewer below is right; this fragrance doesn't announce itself before you even step into the room but stays fairly close to the body. Someone would need to step in close just to smell it ... which is how I prefer my perfumes anyway. The blood-orange smell is really strong at first but dries down to something that is just completely superb. The staying power is quite long on me; I spray one spritz on my décolletage in the morning when I dress and I can still smell it when I come home at night. I think I've found my new signature scent.
Bought this fragrance at the B&BW annual sale. I like it; it smells sweet and slightly powdery on me. And at $12 for 1.7 ounces, it was dirt cheap. It doesn't seem to have much staying power but that could be because I do the spritz-and-walkthru rather than spray directly on my skin. It's a great warm weather fragrance but I don't think I'd buy it at the full $48 price tag.
Lipstick -Clinique - Almost Lipstick - Black Honey
islandgirl_001 6/14/2006 6:38:00 PM
Love, love, love this lip color! I've been using this for about 10 years. I'm a lipstick/lipgloss fanatic but keep this in my collection as a staple. Very flattering on almost all skintones.
I love this fragrance and have been wearing it for years. It's fresh, clean, and feminine and garners me nothing but compliments whenever I wear it. Men seem to like it, too. I guess you can say it's my signature scent.
Lotions/ Creams -L'Occitane - 100% Pure Shea Butter
islandgirl_001 6/6/2006 9:17:00 PM
I used this on my belly during my two pregnancies and, lo and behold, no stretchmarks whatsoever! It's greasy, a little hard to apply (you have to melt it in your palms first), and made me feel like a greased up turkey after application but it was well worth it. The skin on my abdomen is as smooth as before my pregnancies (though, I admit, a little looser). I used this only after my showers in the evenings; I wouldn't want to get this stuff on my regular clothes. During the day, I used the body butters from The Body Shop to keep my skin from itching. I would definitely by this again if I decide to have another baby. Now that I don't need it for my belly, I use it as a nighttime hand/foot moisturizer and lip balm. Works well.