I'm a Pureology addict, and won't use anything else on my hair. I love the Super Smooth conditioner (and shampoo) and what it does for my hair, but I can't live with the overpowering scent. Working in a scent-free area I can get away with a bit of scent in my products, but this lingers so long and is so overpowering that I've actually been asked to go home and shower it out... and this with no other scented body products or perfumes! Also, I can't wear my perfume with it because the scents clash. Tragic, really, because it works very, very well.
I've been using this for a couple of years now, and I won't use anything else. I have really sensitive skin that breaks out with most shampoos/conditioners, but the Pureology line leaves my hair clean, healthy, protected, and no eczema spots or breakouts on my scalp or hairline. I will be using this until they pry it out of my cold, dead hands.
I'm on my third tube of this, having discovered it about a year ago. This stuff is AWESOME! I have decent-length lashes to begin with (although I do notice them becoming sparser as I age). This thickens just a bit, and lengthens DRAMATICALLY! When I wear it, I get oodles of comments on how long my lashes are (and I often can't wear glasses or sunglasses because they brush up against them). Removal is a breeze. If I rub at my eyes, this flakes a bit, but doesn't smudge. The only problem I have with this is that it has lengthening fibres in it, and if I'm not careful in application, the fibres can poke me in the eye. Also, as the mascara ages, the fibres thicken up a bit, and when you pull the wand out it often looks like it has some eyelashes stuck to the bottom of the wand (I just wipe these off, but it's kinda gross). Great stuff, but definitely not for contact wearers!
This stuff is my HG foundation. It looks natural, and covers just about anything I can throw at it. One point of note, though - I've tried applying this many different ways, and the only way I'm happy with it is if I use the mineral powder (flat-topped) brush that comes with it... otherwise, it just either looks cake-y or doesn't get the same coverage. But if I apply this with the MK mineral foundation brush (and then use either a foundation brush or a small brush to put extra coverage on extra spots I need it), this stuff is amazing. I have really difficult skin; rosacea, sensitivity, adult acne, flaking, wrinkles and discoloration... yup, I have it all. But when I wear this, I get all kinds of compliments about how good my skin's looking (even from my hairdresser, who sees it up close!). This stuff is amazing. Absolutely amazing. And the Ivory 02 is a perfect match for my skin in the winter. I'm glad they've come out with a Beige 0.5, though, because even in the summer when I was tanned (and Ivory 02 was too light), the Beige 01 was too dark.
Lip Treatments -MAC - Tinted Lip Conditioner- Fuchsia Fix
kimiannie 3/24/2004 6:12:00 PM
I just bought this today, and I'm in love! I personally really like the vanilla scent, but it dies out after a very short time so even if you didn't I wouldn't consider this to be a big drawback. It's a HUGE pot of colour, and I'll probably still be using this first pot when I'm eighty (unless it goes rancid by then!). The colour is fabulous - it looks pretty scary in the pot, but on your lips it's a really fresh, clean pinkish tone. Not bright at all; very natural looking. The moisturizing is a huge benefit to me; my lips are always dry and peeling (yuk). And I love that there's an SPF in there to protect my lippies from the big bad sun. Easy to put on with a fingertip even if you don't have a mirror, since it's so sheer. If I ever do run out of this (or better chance - if I ever lose it), I'll definitely be repurchasing!
Pressed Powders -Clinique - Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder
kimiannie 2/19/2003 5:28:00 PM
This is quite a decent pressed powder. It doesn't look too obvious on the face, it doesn't dry me out, and it doesn't accentuate dry flakes (unless I put it on too heavy). It doesn't, however, keep me matte for longer than a couple of hours in my T-zone, so it doesn't have the best staying power. I really DO hate pulling out the green compact, though, and would prefer a more subtle packaging. However, the Stay Neutral is a perfect match for my skin, and until I find something better, this is the one I'll be repurchasing for every-day use.
Lipstick -Revlon - Moisturous Lipcolor-All [DISCONTINUED]
kimiannie 2/19/2003 5:24:00 PM
This is a really great lipstick, and definitely the best drugstore one I've ever tried. It's incredibly moisturizing, which is a huge issue for me since my lips seem to be able to dry out even under an inch of lipbalm. It feels like slipping on a balm, but leaves a great sheer colour. The staying power isn't earth shattering, but it usually isn't with a moisturizing lippie. The packaging, however, is absolutely horrid. This won't pull me away from my all-time favourite Chanel lipsticks, but it'll certainly keep a place in my makeup bag and I'll repurchase again if I see a colour I love.
This is a great mascara! I was using a GWP until I lost it this morning, which sent me back to the EL counter at lunch to pick some up. The saleslady talked me into trying the blue, which is really a dark navy and only gives a hint of blue to lashes... which I like. Mascara is usually the only eye makeup I wear (unless I'm going out at night), and what I love about this one is that it's not too heavy and glumpy, but it really makes my eyelashes pop. It curls and lengthens dramatically (especially with the Lash Primer Plus underneath), but doesn't make me look like I have spider leg lashes. I'm not a big EL fan, but this mascara will continue to be a MUST in my makeup bag!
WOW, this stuff is GREAT! It really does lengthen my lashes even more than the Illusionist mascara alone (a mascara which is already impressive in iteself), and the mascara goes on so smoothly. Expensive, but considering that I rarely wear any eye makeup other than mascara, I don't mind spending the money on something that makes my eyelashes fabulous.
Cleansers -Olay - Daily Facials for Sensitive Skin
kimiannie 2/19/2003 1:55:00 PM
I really thought these were going to be good... for those odd evenings I just didn't have it in me to go through my regular skin routine. At least this way I was getting my makeup off, right? But I've only used them twice now on two consecutive evenings (using my regular moisturizer afterwards), and already I can see my skin reacting to them. I'm not breaking out (yet!), but I'm flaking and peeling, and my skin looks dry and blotchy. So so much for these; looks like they're going up for trade. I guess I'll stick with my regular kazillion-step program that I know works for my stupidly-sensitive skin, and skip the shortcuts. :(
I'm really not sure about this mascara. I'd heard so much about Extencil and went looking for it last night, only to discover that it had been discontinued and replaced by Flextencil. The saleslady had absolutely no information on the new product (and maybe I shouldn't have taken her advice given that her mascara application looked very "Tammy-Faye meets Crusty the Clown"), but despite my better judgement, I purchased this. Now maybe this is a mistake, but I curl my lashes BEFORE I put on mascara in the morning, and this mascara actually took most of the curl right back OUT of my lashes. I'm more impressed with this than with some of the mascaras I've tried recently, and I'm probably not disappointed enough to return the tube, but on the other hand when I'm done with this I'll still keep looking... REVIEW EDIT: Okay, after having used it now for a month, I have to revise my opinion somewhat. The key to this mascara is s-l-o-w application from lash root to tip (pushing the lash up into a curl while applying). If I do this, with two or three coats (rather than my normal one quick slap-on coat), I really do get lovely curls and longer lashes. My only complaint is that it leaves my lashes somewhat spiky, and can be more difficult to get off than I'd have expected. So I *think* I'd buy it again, now that I know how to use it to best effect, but I'm still not 100% sold.
Love Love LOVE this sunscreen!! I started getting some really ugly sunspots on my forehead and cheeks for the first time two years ago (after tanning for my wedding... made for some really charming wedding pics, may I say. NOT.). I've been absolutely paranoid of the sun ever since. Now I can just slather this on every morning (SPF 40 in the summer and SPF 25 in the winter)... doesn't cause any breakouts, gives just enough moisture, doesn't add a grey-ish cast to my skin like many sunscreens do, and I no longer have to worry about those freaky-looking sun spots that make small children run screaming. This is my desert island take-a-long!
Goop. Gunk. Ick. This was a really revolting mascara experience - thick, clumpy and gooey is the best way to describe this mascara. No fluttering coquette lashes with this tar! Do yourself a favour; run far, far away from this.