Wow! Other women love these oils, too! I have Alma de Alma (which means Soul of Soul, so I'm told). It's spicy and warm, like beautiful, rich incense, and it's so sophisticated and unique. The scent lasts forever, and all you need is one or two drops for the entire day. I keep smelling my wrists when I wear this. :) I'd recommend Alma de Alma to anyone who likes warm, musky Orientals. This one is perfect.
I have this in Blonde/Auburn, and I like the powdery, smooth texture and how easy it is to use. Just a few strokes of this pencil gives me soft, defined brows that frame my face without looking heavy or fake. Recommended highly.
The good--I have used so many creams, oils, and lotions to get rid of the flakiness on my eyelids (though I don't have dry skin) and this is the only thing that eliminated it. Immediately. The bad--Mine uses fish oil, so it's stinky, but the smell dissipates after a few minutes. Can't use this under makeup because it's too rich. I'm not sure if it's helping my skin or not, but it doesn't seem to be hurting it, and I like that it's cheap so I can rub it all over my face and neck and not worry about cost. Thing is, I don't know if it's the vitamin A the makes a difference, or if it's the soybean oil filler. I will continue to use this because it's convenient, and I'm sure it's at least moisturizing, and even at my young age, I try very hard to preserve the condition of my skin. Will update if I see dramatic results.
My husband bought this for me years ago, and I used to wear it every day. I stopped because I considered it too dressy for college, but I've taken to wearing it again for work. I don't tend to like florals, but I think it's because I don't like rose or gardenia scents, and many florals give me instant headaches. I enjoy this floral very much since it has such a rich, bright undertone, and I consider it to be young but sophisticated. It layers quite nicely over Burt's Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion, and just one spritz on the wrist in the morning is enough for the whole day. And I LIKE the bottle. The way it rests in the hand when you spray it is very unique.
Mascara -Cover Girl - Fantastic Lash [DISCONTINUED]
jeenathee 3/31/2004 1:50:00 PM
The formula and brush of this product reminds me of the Remarkable Mascara, except this dried out quickly and is flaky. I've used the Fantastic Lash for a couple of weeks, and it flakes so much that my eyes get irritated. It works fine as a mascara in and of itself, but the wear is lacking, and I think I'm just going to have to stick to "wetter" mascaras like Great Lash and Clinique's Lash Doubling Mascara. Too bad, because at least this product didn't smudge around my eyes, and I really like the red tube. If I only applied 1 or 2 coats, it probably wouldn't flake, but I build up coats because I have naturally long, curved lashes, and I have to take my time in applying mascara to make sure they're even and "just so" on both eyes. UPDATE: I now apply this lightly on the outer 1/2 of my eyes, and it works fine this way, but I'll need a different mascara for a dramatic, smooth effect.
Cleansers -Clean & Clear - Foaming Facial Cleanser - Sensitive Skin
jeenathee 3/31/2004 1:14:00 PM
I used this a long time ago but stopped because it dried my skin. I picked up another bottle because it was only $.99, and I liked the pump dispenser. Well, this stuff works great, and I love the new smell. It's kind of powdery and rich--doesn't smell like Purpose cleanser anymore. I don't use it to remove eye makeup because I don't want to dry out my eye area, so I just rub olive oil into my lashes and proceed with the Clean and Clear wash. Gentle, effective, quick, and the pump is so convenient. No toner required aftewards, but I do sometimes need to apply a light moisturizer to avoid tightness.
Texture--Smooth, even, moist, and comfortable. Scent--To me, negligible. Packaging--Simple and classy. Wear--Same as any other gloss. Color--On me, this evens out my lipcolor and makes my lips look a little flushed. The effect is that of having naturally rosy lips with clear gloss on top, which in my case, is better than clear gloss alone because I'm too pale for it. Highly recommended as it's versatile, natural-looking, easy-to-use, and cheap.
Lip Gloss -Revlon - Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Raisin Glaze [DISCONTINUED]
jeenathee 3/25/2004 2:43:00 PM
Got this last night since Walgreens is having a 2 for 1, and I can see why it's so favorably reviewed. The texture is smooth, even, and comfortable, and the color is beautiful, a deep rose shot through with gold and copper. The pigment kind of seems to cling to the lips while the gloss reflects off the surface, so you get a lovely "deep" effect instead of an opaque, glittery, fake look. The shade also seems to brighten up my skin and bring out my eyes. I don't detect any real scent, strangely enough, and I'm normally very sensitive to such things. Guess that's a good thing considering how some people hate the smell. I'd like to try the plum and rose shades next, and it's nice to find drugstore products that are cheap AND of good quality.
Eye Shadow -Physicians Formula - Matte Collection Quad in Quartz Quartet
jeenathee 3/25/2004 1:32:00 PM
Bleah. Not enough pigment, and the colors don't blend well. They ended up looking uneven on me, and the pigment is too flat and thin to enhance the eyes. Rather, these shadows just look dirty. I thought I could try these instead of my high-end favorites, but not so. What's the point of something being cheap when I'm not even going to use it? I'll give it another try in different lighting or something, but I'm not expecting much.
Ew. I'm returning this. Thin, greasy, almost no pigmentation, and it actually almost DRIPPED off my lips when I applied it because it's so thin and oily. It was like applying hot pink olive oil. Will not be trying others, needless to say.
Styling Products -Origins - Supermane Grooming Mist
jeenathee 3/22/2004 12:08:00 PM
I've had this for a few years, and I don't use it all that often. What it works best for in my case is spraying on dry hair then blow-drying (like the day after a wash) to create sleekness and body. This isn't good for hold or extreme styles--it's a grooming spray, not a fixative. I like the smell and the light, even mist.
This is nothing to write home about, but it's okay. I got the blue one, and the formula is very thin and watery, and it balls up over my 1/f sunscreen. It's hard to build color, too. The good thing is that it lasts all day, but I think that's because it has such a high liquid content that once the water evaporates, it just leaves sparkly, sheer pigment. This may be great for some people, but I can take it or leave it. Doesn't do much for my overall look, but I'll try using it under blue shadows as a base. Worth the cheap price, but nothing spectacular. Bear in mind that I have uberpale skin, so it may show up better on deeper complexions, and I may try the bronze shade as a general eyeshadow base.
Crème -Max Factor - Silk perfection cream to powder
jeenathee 3/16/2004 10:29:00 AM
I have this in a fair shade, Champagne-something-or-other, and it's been sitting around in my stash for a few years because I only used it during college when convenience and quick application were necessary. I pulled it out again recently, and I don't get why I ever put it away. I don't use it all over my face--I apply it only to uneven areas and under my eyes, and it pats on perfectly on top of other foundations and lasts throughout the day. So, applied as a concealer, it's awesome, and you get a huge pan of it on the cheap AND with a mirror. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants spot coverage or concealer that will be set with a powder (I always set it since I have slightly oily skin). If you check my profile, you'll see that in makeup "looks," I use it frequently. In short, it's quick and effective.
This stuff has surprised me. I bought a cake because I needed something for photos, and I expected the coverage to be heavy, thick, and unnatural. Instead it has proven to be natural-looking and fun to use. It took a little getting used to, and it's not as convenient as liquid foundation. On the other hand, you can "play" with it in application and use a brush, a sponge, your fingers, and see what results you get. I got Tan 01, and it looks too dark in the pot, but it's fine on my skin. It really does look like nothing is on the skin, and it's very light feeling, not greasy at all since it's a powder that only becomes blendable when wet. If you pile it on, it won't look natural close up, but for a night out or a photo it's perfect because it will give you a smooth, even patina that you thought only came via airbrushing. If you apply to much or if it cakes up because you didn't blend well, you can just mist or dot it with water and pat it in--it's very user-friendly. :) I'd recommend this to anyone who's willing to take a bit of time in their foundation application. This isn't the most convenient product, but when you need a perfectly even, light-reflecting matte finish, Pan Cake fits the bill.
I don't know what it is with this mascara, but I've only had it for a week, and it's already getting dried out and flaky. :( At first it was really smooth and effective, but after only a couple of days, it got thick and heavy, and I'm really only expecting it to last another few days before I'll have to toss it. Too bad, because I really like the color (I got Deep blue), and it started out really nice. The brush is excellent, and it doesn't smudge on my eyes at all. But not only is it dry, it's hard to wash off because it's so lacking in water solubility! I won't buy this again, and I'm glad I had a $2.00 off coupon so I didn't waste more than $5.00 or so. Maybe some batches are bad because other women love this stuff. *confused* UPDATE: I've taken to only applying 2-4 quick coats of this to my outer lashes, and with this technique, the mascara is fine. The effect is natural and clean. Since I really like the unique indigo color, I may buy this again in the future. I'll just have to buy a different mascara if I want full-on, dramatic lashes with no clumping.