I'm a total sucker. I bought a couple of the new pastel shades from the Versailles collection because I fell for the cute color arrangement. I got "legally regal" (violet) and "laze in the maze" (coral). They are terrible. They are not pigmented enough to actually show up as the color in the stick, on your lips. Instead, they end up making your lips a paler, unnatural shade of your normal lip color. It ends up looking like sickly corpse lips. Bleh.
I bought this because it claims to fade scars. I had two small scars I tried it on simultaneously: one a small pitted scar from a cut and the other a small burn scar. For the burn scar, it appeared as though the scar looked lighter right after application of the oil. However, after the oil had worn off, the scar looked just as dark as it had before. It also made my skin have this odd slick, slightly greasy feeling For the cut scar, it really made no difference at all. The scar didn't look any lighter or less pronounced directly after application or over time. It is also very heavily perfumed and contains dyes. The main ingredient is mineral oil. Further down the list, are some plant oils, sunflower oil being the first appearing. The packaging touts "breakthrough ingredient purcellin oil" however I don't see this purcellin actually listed as an ingredient. Another website mentions this is supposed to recreate the oil that coats duck feathers to cause water to bead. If that's true then itmay explain the strange slick feeling I get after applying this. Overall, I think this did not help my scars fade at all. Costco sells this for $20 for the big + small bottles.
Lip Gloss -L'Oreal - Colour Caresse Shine Stain / Shine Caresse
ixxy 12/29/2012 2:54:00 PM
I bought there in 3 colors: Lilac ever after - not sure what is lilac about this. It is a nude/mauve pink, very close to my natural lip color Rose on and on - sheer/light pink. Infinite fuchsia - this one is BRIGHT and blue toned. The lilac and rose are not very noticeable on me so I can't tell if they last well. The fuchsia does seem to last several hours. However, it "feels" like you have something on your lips. They are sticky and gunky and by the end of the day, my lips were peeling slightly so they dried them out. However, this is better than the felt tip lip stains, which cause peeling after a couple hours. Immediately after opening the tube, you get an alcohol smell, and this seems to linger for a long time after putting the stain on. Overall, I'd say these are average. They do last well and are only mildly drying. However, I don't like to "feel" my lip products and for that reason, these are unpleasant and not recommended. These are $10 at RiteAid and $11 at CVS.
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum Express The Falsies Flared
ixxy 12/29/2012 2:33:00 PM
This had potential. The shape of the wand separates my lashes nicely and it doesn't seem to clump much when applied. Unfortunately, after about 3-4 hours of wear, it flakes off. I end up with black specks under my eyes and it falls in my eyes, making them sting and water. It also has a noticeable smell.
Powders -Guerlain - Météorites Perles Du Dragon Illuminating Powder - Pure Radiance
ixxy 11/28/2012 12:04:00 PM
These are the first meteorites I've tried and I am disappointed. I tried using them as a finishing powder. The only discernible effect this had after application was to deposit flecks of glitter all over my face. There was virtually no actual powder deposited and I didn't find any of that "radiant glow" people usually gush about with meteorites. However, I have oily skin so perhaps what people with dry skin think of as "glow" just looked like oil to me. These are also noticeably perfumed in the container. All these do is cover your face with glitter so unless you prefer that look, I'd suggest to pass them up.
Mascara -Maybelline - Illegal Lengths Mascara (2011)
ixxy 11/18/2012 1:43:00 PM
I wanted to try a fiber mascara so I gave this a shot and I'm disappointed. I was looking specifically for length. If you can get the fibers to line up properly on all your lashes, this does indeed lengthen them. However, I'm never really able to do this well and instead it looks like some of my lashes are longer than others. If you try too many coats, your lashes stick together. After a short while, the fibers begin to flake off, fall in my eyes and sting. Which makes me rub my eyes, making the rest of the mascara flake off in a big mess. The fibers actually sting more than just "regular" mascara flakes falling in your eyes.
Lips -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
ixxy 7/11/2012 10:19:00 AM
I don't know why so many reviewers claim it is gritty. I find the texture pretty smooth on my lips and not grainy or rough at all. However, this does have more glitter than I would like and the base color is too sheer.
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle
ixxy 6/30/2012 3:00:00 AM
I was looking for a MLBB color and I was first drawn to this since it, the tube, it looks like a nice nude. However, on my lips, it turns orange and nothing at all like the natural color of my lips. I think this may work better for somebody with a warmer complexion but since I'm cooler toned, this orangy color did not look natural. I ended up getting berry smoothy next and it was much closer to my natural lip color.
Lipstick -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - Honey
ixxy 6/29/2012 12:32:00 AM
This reminds me of the "mood" lipsticks you could buy ages ago. They were yellow/green/blue/etc in the tube, but no mater what color, they always ended up the same bright pink on your lips. This behaves the same way. When you first apply this, it appears to be a nice pinkish nude color. However, after an hour or so, the nice, subtle color disappears and you're left with an unflattering, bright fuchsia shade. If it remained true to color, it would be a great product. It applies easily, and is not drying. But when I'm buying a nude pink lipstick, I don't want to end up with fuchsia lips.
I've used this for years as a hand moisturizer. It is what I reach for when my hands are very, very dry and nothing seems to be working and I like it for that purpose. Then I read some rumors on the skin board that the German Nivea (I have this version) is "90% the same as Creme De La Mer". So I tried using this under my eyes. BIG MISTAKE. I have used Creme De La Mer and I have tried this and even if the ingredients look similar, they are nothing alike when applied. While I don't think Crem De La Mer is a miracle product, I did not have any problems at all using it. When I tried the Nivea under my eyes, I got all sorts of breakouts and millia in all over my eye area. And this was after using the Nivea for only 3 or 4 days. It is too greasy and clog inducing to be used on your face. Good hand cream. Horrible face cream. Use it for what it is meant for and ignore the rumors on the skin board.
I've tried this a few times and for the most part, it does a whole lot of nothing except the one odd time when it spits out a big patch of white powder over your hair. I've tried shaking this vigorously before attempting to spray but it just seems like air comes out of the bottle and nothing else. Then, there was the one time where it splattered a whole lot of something obviously white all over my (dark) hair and then went back to spraying air, no matter how much I shook the bottle.
Shampoo -Suave - Professionals Almond & Shea Butter
ixxy 10/16/2011 2:58:00 PM
I tried this and the matching conditioner because of the rave reviews it has been getting but I found it completely ordinary. I didn't make my hair any softer, shinier, or less dry than it was with my regular shampoo. I also didn't care for the smell. It has that artificial "almond essence" smell that makes you think of cheap baked goods. EDIT: after using up about 3/4 of the bottle, I'm lowering my rating. I think this dried out my hair. It also seems to be breaking more.
I bought this for the oil control claims but I find it is mediocre in that respect. My t zone only stays matte for about 30 minutes after applying this, about the same as I would get from Coty Airspun, at a fraction of the price. Perhaps the pressed version works better but I tend to find lose powders easier to apply so I chose this. At the time, I didn't know the two versions had completely different ingredients. The loose contains talc while the pressed contains clay so if you're sensitive to talc, I'd pass on this.
Misc Beauty Tools -Olay - Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System
ixxy 4/2/2011 2:33:00 PM
I used this daily, for about 2.5 weeks. I tried it with the supplied cleanser and with the cleaner I regularly use. I was hoping that this would help to clean out some of the pores on my nose but I did not notice any difference at all in their appearance. I also did not find that it made my skin feel any smoother (but I already use a retinoid and a silicone scrubber regularly so I feel my skin is exfoliated to begin with). What this did do is give me white heads all over my face. I almost never get this type of breakout and they stopped shortly after I stopped using this brush. In other words, I feel that this did more harm than good and is not a worthwhile purchase. Like other reviewers, I also found the battery compartment to be a real pain to open.
I tried this in the translucent color. Unfortunately, I think it makes me look chalky and I'm quite pale to begin with. It also gives very little coverage, especially since you can't apply very much because of the chalkiness. It is very heavily fragranced. It has an old fashioned perfume smell that just billows out as soon as you open the container and overwhelms you. Blech. I don't find that this does very much to control oil either. I have oily skin and I end up looking oily in about 2 hours with this. On the positive side, it is inexpensive. A big tub costs under $6 at Walmart.