Self Tanners -St.Tropez - St.Tropez Tinted Self Tanning Mousse/Whipped Bronze
katehoo 2/28/2005 1:21:00 PM
Totally agree with reviewer below. I'm a complete self-tanning junkie and have tried virtually every self-tanner on the shelves, from Clarins to Neutrogena. St. Tropez provides the most natural (i.e. won't turn your skin pumpkin-orange) color of them all. The mousse formula glides on smoothly, dries quickly and doesn't streak. It does, however, stain hands. I have not yet tried the special $15-per-bottle St. Tropez remover. Instead, I try to scrub as best as I can and keep my palms facing down! I realized how much I love this when I ran out and, in desperation, turned to an old bottle of Neutrogena instant self-tanning foam -- my skin was an orange, streakey mess. Reminded me of my early days experimenting with sunless tanner in the early '80s. No thanks!
Liquid -Neutrogena - Visibly Even natural look makeup [DISCONTINUED]
katehoo 2/28/2005 1:13:00 PM
I'm now on my second bottle of this foundation in "softest gold." Provides nice moderate coverage, feels light on skin and doesn't cause break-outs. My skin feels softer and smoother after having worn it for several months. Overall, it's a very good foundation for the price (about $11). My only complaint is that it's tough to pick a correct shade in the drugstore, though "professionals" often have steered me to the wrong shade. I'm sticking to this for the price and splurging on other makeup "must-haves."
This mascara gives ultra-long drag queen lashes, especially when used with an eyelash curler. Also has an amazing floral scent, though the scent hasn't created any problems with my contact lenses. Seems to last well throughout the day without flaking or smudging. I love this mascara!
Totally agree with reviewer below: this shampoo has a nice soft floral scent and does seem to brighten my highlights, but it absolutely ravages my hair! I look like Medusa when I get out of the shower -- my hair is a dry, tangled mess! It takes a good 20 minutes (and a great deal of endurance) to de-tangle my locks. My poor hair can't take much of this stuff, and frankly, there wouldn't be much left if I continued to use this.
From its velvety texture to its shimmery beige color, this eyeshadow is pure Marilyn Monroe! I love it with dark eyeliner on my upper lid just along the lashes, and ultra-lengthening mascara. This look brightens my entire face and garners maximum attention with minimal makeup. I'm hooked!
Treatments -Olay - Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum - Fragrance Free
katehoo 1/11/2005 11:18:00 AM
I've been using this "serum" as a daily moisturizer for about three weeks now, and my skin has never felt softer or looked healthier. I'm in my late twenties and have tried virtually every department store and drugstore moisturizer to combat the fine lines that are beginning to creep insidiously across my face. Most products I've tried so far have managed to cause break-outs or irritation. But, Regenerist provides the perfect level of moisture while making my skin feel softer and smoother - without causing break-outs. My skin looks younger and healthier - glowing, even. I highly recommend for those with sensitive, combination skin in search of age-defying products.
Deterred for many years by the cheesy purple and green packaging and fairy-tale-themed ads, I recently picked up a sample and fell in love with this "licorice-based" scent! While a bit sweet at first, the top notes fade into a sexy, subtle musky scent. It reminds me a little of Thierry Mugler's Angel, which I love but can't wear (it gives me a ferocious headache). This probably won't become my everyday perfume, but I'll definitely add it to my bath and beauty arsenal.
Cleansers -DDF - Pick-Me-Up Pink Grapefruit Foaming Cleanser
katehoo 10/1/2004 5:37:00 PM
Nothing earth-shattering, but a great basic daily cleaner -- gentle enough to use twice a day, yet effective enough to prevent breakouts. Leaves my temperamental (i.e. sensitive), combination skin feeling soft, clean and refreshed.
I spent more than $100 on a drugstore-brand retinol night cream before switching to ROC. While the expensive product was heavy and greasy and yielded no wrinkle-fighting benefits, ROC is amazing! Though it feels slightly sticky and leaves my face feeling a bit tight at first, it absorbs into a weightless finish within less than a minute. I'm on my third tube now, and not only has it made my face feel smoother and diminished my fine lines, it's helped brighten my complexion and prevent breakouts. Though my skin is slightly sensitive, I've been able to use this nightly without any dryness or adverse reactions. Not sure this would be effective enough for someone in need of major wrinkle-fighting, but this is perfect for someone looking for preventive care. Cosmetic consultants sneer when I tell then that I'm a ROC devotee, but I'm convinced pricier is not necessarily better.
A new obsession! I love this! It's super light yet moisturizing enough for me to wear as a moisturizer under foundation (I have combination, slightly sensitive skin). And it's packed with antioxidants and other great-for-your-skin ingredients. It's tempting to spray away, but be careful not to go overboard, as this does become sticky with overuse.
Moisturizers -Murad - Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer SPF 15
katehoo 10/1/2004 5:02:00 PM
Though this moisturizer is lighter than most with sunscreens and didn't cause breakouts, it left my skin feeling unbearably sticky. I used it for about a week, and it's been gathering dust in my medicine cabinet ever since.
Cleansers -Peter Thomas Roth - Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash
katehoo 10/1/2004 4:57:00 PM
I have fairly sensitive skin and found this too harsh for daily use, but I do like it as a semi-weekly exfoliator. I'm not sure it's a particularly effective wrinkle fighter, but it does make my skin feel taught and refreshed after use. I also like that it's free of added dyes and fragrances. And I've found that it's terrific for preventing body breakouts, though it is a little pricey for everyday use as a body wash. Not likely to become a staple of my beauty regime for years to come, but I'd be willing to buy it again.
Made my fine, color-treated hair feel dry, fly-away and sticky. Left my hair dull and did not help with tangles. I wouldn't recommend it, though it does have a nice light floral scent and might work for someone with "virgin" hair in need of a light, daily conditioner.
I'm hooked on this entire line...the first I've found for color-treated but fine hair. Provides the moisture I need and keeps my hair tangle-free, while turning my baby-fine locks into full, bouncy '70s shampoo commercial hair. Best of all is the scent. Vaguely familiar and sweet, it reminds me of a toy I had growing up in the '80s. I can't get enough of it...nor can my friends who try it. Also great is that it's cruelty-free and made with lots of natural, organic ingredients. It's not inexpensive, but a bottle lasts me 4-6 months, and I wash my hair every day. I used to be a product whore, but I will not be straying from Pureology any time soon.
I'm hooked on this entire line. I'd been searching for a product for fine but dry, color-treated hair for years to no avail until I stumbled upon this line at my salon. Leaves my hair feeling super soft and tangle-free without weighing it down. Gentle enough to use every day, and I love that it is cruelty-free and made with lots of natural, organic ingredients. At $20, this shampoo is on the pricey side, but it's well worth it.