Yes, yes and yes. I've used this product for years and have purchased it over and over again. I've actually had pedicures last over 2 months with a combination of this, sticky base coat and OPI polish. One reviewer stated that it worked well, then became hard to use. It does get thick, but I don't try and spread it on, I just use a very large amount and just move it around with the brush (if that makes sense). It's not really a spreadable product, and seems to last longer the thicker I apply it. It takes forever to dry completely, but when treated right, lasts FOREVER. I'm horrible at fingernails, but can make a mani last a month or more, easy. I find that if you try and paint it on, the color of your nails will actually be seen in the bottle, actually tints the clear top coat. Just let it almost drip onto your nails and let it dry forever, you won't regret it. The price is worth the year or more that it will last me! Come to think of it, i've had this bottle for over 2 years. My mani's last so long, I hardly have to use it!!!!!
*meh*, that's about all I have to say. I bought it because it was sulfate free (for my dyed hair), very poor product. Leaves my hair feeling "dry", even when it's wet in the shower (if that makes any sense). It's almost like the product make my hair tangle after using it. Thank goodness I only bought one bottle, they didn't have the conditioner. Only reason it deserves 1 lippee is because the smell is AWESOME. Too bad they can't make a decent product to back up the heavenly smell. :(((
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Shea Whip Body Lotion
kahillrn 6/7/2011 5:40:00 PM
Easily absorbed, super rich all-over moisture made with Community Trade babassu oil and Commnity Trade shea butter. Soaked into my skin quickly, no greasy residue. Does have a slight masculine smell, not enough to prevent me from purchasing it again. Not a huge fan of the smell, just like how throughly it absorbs. Comes in an 8.4oz pump, that's always nice and sanitary as well as helping in prevent too much waste. If the smell was better, I'd give it 5 lippies for sure!!!
Sunscreen -Boscia - Oil-free Daily Hydration SPF 15
kahillrn 6/7/2011 5:31:00 PM
Very light feeling sunscreen. No heavy feeling left on your face. Controls oil as well as being oil-free. No typical strong "sunscreen" smell. Only reason I didn't give it 5 lippies is because it's relatively expensive. I really like the package, it's dispensed thru a very small hole, you don't waste any and can build coverage.
Typical sunscreen, very heavy, strong sunscreen smell, leaves skin very oily. States for face & body, I wouldn't use it on my face, ick! If you want a typical sunscreen, buy a drugstore brand rather than spend $20+ on this!
Sunscreen -Peter Thomas Roth - Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion
kahillrn 5/14/2011 6:24:00 PM
This smell and acts like any old drugstore sunscreen, actually smells just like the Coppertone from my childhood. I'm not impressed, sad, but true. I did, however, love the packaging. Pump that dispenses just a small amount at a time. No waste and very sanitary, but not enough to repurchase. $45 for 1.7oz, ouch!!! Pros: Packaging Vitamins A & E Smells like Coppertone Cons: NOT fragrance-free AT ALL !!!!! Greasy Heavy Took forever to absorb, if at all (not sure, I ended up sweating it off) Made my bangs greasy (hate that) Huge disappointment !! Don't bother, but if you do, try and get a sample first!!! Save yourself the time and aggravation of wasting all that money. If you like heavy, thick sunscreen that smell (I actually like the smell) go out and buy Coppertone for $6 at Walmart.
Yes, yes and yes. Love, love and love this blush. This is the first product from theBalm that I've owned. Oh, how I love her, she's a gentle, soft, peach w/pink undertones. She gives a lit-within glow. She makes me happy to look at her adorable packaging (get's me every time). Think, Benefit goes Stila. I know, I'm sure that's blasphemy in some cultures, but I can't help it. That's what it reminds me of. A touch of kitsch, a touch of girly-girl. The color is comparable to Nars Orgasm, just more peachy, less glitter, more of a slight golden shimmer. Not vulgar, not harsh, just right. 0.25oz, larger than Orgasms 0.16oz, so way more for your money. If Benefit Coralista and Nars Orgasm had a baby, Hot Mama would be her name.
This is a review for the newest version of Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen SPF 40, not the E3P. From Clarins website: April 2011 A major renovation to our best-selling UV Plus HP 40. This renovation ensures triple protection against sun, pollution and daily stresses with an added botanical benefit at an exceptional value. Non-Chemical, 100% mineral filters day screen has ultra lightweight, oil-free formula that easily blends into the skin. So far, so good. But better.......... I really like this sunscreen. It's a thin, milky, even silky liquid. Per Clarins, they added a cantaloupe melon extract to this version. If your allergic, be aware! It absorbed like a dream, felt silky and smooth. I was amazed.....but, after 10 minutes I needed to add a moisturizer. My face is not dry, I have normal/combo skin. I would repurchase it for sure if I didn't have to put separate moisturizer on. But none-the-less, here's how I feel: Pros: Weightless No white residue No greasy residue 100% mineral protection Nice scent Antioxidants Doesn't expire quickly like chemical blockers Only takes a small amount Cons: Needed additional moisturizer Price Makeup would be hard to blend without additional primer/moisture For those of you that love the older E3P version, I'd definitely get a sample size before spending $38 for 1.7oz. I'm still kind of on the fence d/t the price, if I never found any I like better, I buy it again.
I really would have rather given this product a 3.5, but since that's not an option, it received a 3. I sat here for a few minutes trying to think of a reason to give it a 4 lippie, but couldn't think of one, so a 3 it gets. Here's what I've come up with so far....... Pros: Refreshing (Even though I didn't keep it in the fridge) Not sticky after I had it on for 15 minutes Goes on easily Can go close to eyes/gentle Suitable for all skin types Doesn't contain: - Sulfates - Synthetic Fragrances - Phthalates - GMOs -Triclosan Only have to use a small amount Cons: Doesn't do anything spectacular Seems to do no more than regular aloe Jar you have to dip your fingers into (pump would be better) My skin didn't feel moisturized after removal I certainly like this product, does what it claims, but nothing more. To fork over more than $45, I expect something more. I read on Sephora that one customer had it dry out and become foul smelling after less than one month. I will keep mine in the refrigerator so that doesn't happen. I could have purchased a very large bottle of aloe vera and still had dinner out with my husband :) I just used it after plucking my eyebrows and it was cooling and refreshing, but again, needed moisturizer after my skin dried. Will put my next $45 to better use :) I feel that if you have a skin condition/redness/irritation/an unlimited supply of cash......go for it !!
This is a very nice exfoliating scrub. We all know many nice scrubs, but not worth the price IMO. $8.82 per ounce is a bit steep. Pros: Cleanses AND exfoliates (does make the price seem better) Creamy composition Smell awesome (creamcicle, light citrus-y, yummy) Softens skin Intense exfoliation (if you need it, great for winter blah's) Brightens harsh winter skin No greasy feeling afterward Cons: NOT gentle (sensitive skin be careful, start slowly) Price If I had severely dry and or damaged skin, I would love this scrub. I have normal/combo skin that needs gentle exfoliation. I feel the need to warn anyone with sensitive skin. I would start slow, maybe even every third day in the beginning. I also should state that I do use a hydroxy acid or retinol product on a nightly basis, so I don't really need deep exfoliation. If the price was easier to swallow, I might buy this again, but, it isn't. :( A homemade sugar and honey scrub would be just as good and cost effective as well. Even if you bought organic honey and raw sugar you could make 10x as much for the same price.
This is the only version I've ever used, I cannot compare this against the 55 but this is what I think so far: Pros: Very lightweight Thin consistency (easily absorbs) Provides a matte/smooth finish Smells nice (slight "normal" sunscreen smell, better fragrance than most, sunscreen smell dissipates quickly) Non-greasy Very water-resistant Contains antioxidants No white residue Skin felt very soft after absorption Cons: PRICE !!!!!!! If this sunscreen were cheaper, I'd purchase it in a second. $11.80 an oz is a bit much. You can find a comparable sunscreen for less $$$.
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Tinted Lip Balm - Pink Blossom
kahillrn 5/8/2011 2:24:00 PM
What a wonderful lip balm! Both easy to apply and gives just a kiss of color. I normally don't wear lipstick and very seldom wear tinted lip balm or gloss. My lips are small and lip products usually look stupid on me. A wonderful swapper sent me this as an extra in my package. It was love at first sight. The packaging is adorable (usually fall for that anyway), Burt's Bees has a hit on their hands IMO. Pink blossom is a wonderful color on my NC20 skin. Holy crap, I just looked up the price, it is a bit expensive. Anywhere between $5.59 and $8.59. I''m not sure I would have bought it for myself so, thank you, thank you, thank you to the swapper that sent it to me. The texture is smooth and creamy and lasts a good while. I wear it around the house I love it so much! Pink blossom is my new HG lip product (at least for today).
I'm not a fan of MAC matte shadows, they always seem hard. The luster and shimmer are very soft and velvety, all I can say is "meh". Don't love it or hate it, it's fine.
I, personally love this shadow. I RIS and am so happy I did. I don't have any problems with creasing if I use UDPP. It is slightly greasy but with preparation it will last all day. I love the look of Nars packaging, sleek and modern. I will purchase if and when I run out!
I'm not normally a huge fan of MAC products. I usually feel you can get better quality at cheaper prices (ie:urban decay, too faced, benefit, stila). However, with that said, I love this shadow. I do love MAC packaging, cute pots keep shadows safe, while being both sleek and stylish. In the pot banshee looks like it has huge glitter particles, it's catagorized as a lustre' finish. It doesn't come off glittery at all. It's a "dirty" pink, which to me seems like pink with a brown undertone. Although it doesn't look like it in the pot, its a very neutral tone. I'm a NC20 with auburn hair and blue/grey eyes. It looks nice with any chocolate brown in the outside V. I would certainly buy this shade again if I ever reach the bottom of the pan. I usually purchase so many shadows, I never get a chance. Maybe this will be the first :) Although I'll have to swap for it, it's LE :( If you have blue eyes, give it a try, it makes them pop and look even bluer!!!!