At home for the holidays and forgot to bring my makeup with me. My mother has this, and seems to like it. I liked the color, and decided to try it. I just spent 30 minutes scrubbing it off my lips. And it hurt. Started to look dry and flaky after about 5 minutes. I tried to wipe it off; nothing. Applied more gloss/chapstick and hoped that would make it easier to take off: didn't move. Started scrubbing my lips with alcohol, and all that happened was a few spots had faded, leaving me with patches of flaky clumpy looking areas on my lips. After a bit more scrubbing, soap and alcohol, my poor lips were finally clean and VERY sore. Worst experience with any lip product ever.
Damn close to the real thing. Decided to give the generics a try, since I love the Therappe shampoo but can't justify spending so much money on shampoo. For half the price, its almost exactly the same, and smells just as amazing. It isn't quite as thick, but thats not a very big difference
Conditioner -Nature's Gate - Rainwater Henna Conditioner
kittybearchiyo 12/22/2011 3:25:00 PM
I have to be very careful with this conditioner. If I get any little bit in my roots it makes my hair feel greasy and heavy... However, when applied just to my ends, it's perfect. A bit tricky if you have oily hair like me. I imagine this would be wonderful for someone with very dry hair. Not sure I'll get more for myself, though. I'll probably get a lighter conditioner and use this every once in a while as a deep conditioner.
Possibly the best sulfate-free shampoo I've used. Cleans well, doesn't leave any scent behind, doesn't leave residue, lathers well, verrry gentle... Not a fan of the scent, but again, doesn't linger at all. Good everyday shampoo. It didn't really wow me, but it does what I want it too. I'm not sure if I'll buy more of this; I like it but I don't love it. Still, it's cheap and easily available, so I probably will.
Magic "All-One" Body Balm. Accurate description; this stuff is amazing. I have the peppermint. Ingredients: jojoba seed oil, beeswax, avocado oil, cannabis sativa oil, peppermint oil, and vitamin e. It has a nice buttery texture, it melts onto your skin and then right into it without leaving any greasy feeling behind. The peppermint is very strong but not overpowering. Very soothing. I think I've used this on my lips, any areas of dry skin, tattoo care, cuticles, the ends of my hair, as aromatherapy (dabbed a but under my nose) A bit expensive, but that tin will last forever. I always carry this with me, you can use it for nearly anything when in a pinch. And I don't have to worry about any of the ingredients being bad for me...I could probably eat this stuff.
I think they changed the packaging of this, because I have a squeeze tube rather than a bottle. Much easier. Couldn't find the milk and honey, and needed to get a new body lotion, so I bought this. To explain the smell...well it's obviously not great. But considering the combination of some of the ingredients (buttermilk powder, aloe, olive oil, beeswax, rosemary?) that are all fairly distinct and strong, I'm surprised it doesn't smell worse. Also, the added (natural) fragrance is very low on the ingredient list, and probably couldn't be strong enough to cover the other smells unless it was extremely strong and overwhelming. The odd scent only lasts as I put it on, so I don't mind it. Especially considering the effectiveness of this lotion. It's full of good, natural oils and extracts, light, non-greasy, and good for oilier or sensitive skin. Check the ingredients though; some people are more sensitive to some plant extracts, and I think there must be an entire garden in the bottle. Contains sunflower seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, aloe leaf juice, buttermilk powder, chamomile extract, calendula flower extract, St. Johns Wort, rosemary extract, Linden flower extract, soybean oil, and canola oil. Check the ingredients, especially if you have allergies.
I was hooked by the packaging of this, I have to admit. It's so cute, and lasts forever. I got mine 6 months ago and haven't even made a dent in it. It seemed a little expensive for a lip balm (but so was Burts Bees, which I was using prior to this) but I'm beginning to think it will last forever. It is very light, and good for everyday use. My lips are never too dry; they do make a medicated formula (the orange one) which might work better for more chapped lips. I love the ingredients list (nothing I can't understand ;) ) and smells amazing; I'm tempted to take a bite out of it. The reason I would buy this again and again is the feel on my lips, and the fact that it actually gets absorbed by my lips, whereas most lip balms just sit on top. Definitely going to try the other flavors.
Hair Removal -eos - Shave Cream Ultra Moisturizing Pomegranate Raspberry
kittybearchiyo 8/19/2011 9:23:00 PM
I love this stuff. I'd been using their lip balm and came across this when I was replacing my Skintimate shave cream. It's very similar in texture, but not quite as thick (and paraben free/all natural.) This is very different from a foaming shave gel. You DON'T need to use a thick, heavy layer of this; a thin coat will do the job. I can't even really see it on my legs when I use it, but it still works great. I use 1.5 pumps for each leg, 1 for arms/underarms. I tested a small area dry; a tiny bit of irritation, but miles better than any other time I've tried to shave dry. When used wet, no irritation, no marks, just nice smooth legs. My skin is very sensitive, so this is a miracle for me. The packaging is lovely. Very simple design (but still colorful enough to catch your eye), non-slippery, no metal ring on the bathtub, and it has that same kind of soft plastic that the lip balm containers are made from. The pump is nice and easy to use. Top is secure. And, it smells delicious. I do see mineral oil in the ingredients, but it hasn't clogged or done anything bad to my skin so far, so oh well. Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glycol Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 6 Aluminum Lake (CI 15985), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035)
Foundations -Revlon - ColorStay Mineral Mousse Makeup [DISCONTINUED]
kittybearchiyo 8/19/2011 2:03:00 AM
Great so far. I love the packaging. It's very easy to control the amount that comes through the tiny opening; I've never gotten too much foundation, and as a result, waste less of the product. One thing that may be causing some problems for others: the formula tends to separate a bit, so it needs to be shaken a bit before using, or you may get some that's unevenly mixed, which could also make the color go off/uneven. This is the only thing I can find wrong/unappealing about the foundation. (when properly blended) it has a smooth, light consistency, not too orange for my skin (lightest shade matched perfectly; usually the lightest is too dark or orange.) and blends well. Works well with oily skin. I would imagine this would be too dry for other skin types, though. Coverage is medium, towards the lighter side. It's easy to build coverage with this though, without it becoming cakey.
Great mascara if used correctly. (i.e. keep the brush clean, small amount of product, etc.) Great at lengthening and separating, but not much else. The brush is great, formula is about average. Good for every day, which is what I bought it for.
This is a very lightweight conditioner. It lives up to its promises, and does smooth the hair, but does not add much moisture. Very pleasant and light clean scent. And no bad ingredients. :)
I received this as a sample pack of the shampoo and conditioner at Sephora. This was my first experience with a sulfate-free shampoo. I was very pleasantly surprised; I did not need to use much at all, and actually used a smaller amount than I usually do with my badforyou sulfate shampoo. There is a little pleasant foaming, with none of the stripping feeling. I was worried about two things when it comes to sulfate-free shampoos; one being how clean they get my hair, and also that I would end up using too much to compensate for the lack of foaming. My hair feels very clean and smooth, and there was just enough foam to satisfy me and keep me from piling it on. :) The scent is lovely. It smells very clean, natural, and does not linger too much once your hair is dry (I don't want it to compete with any other scented perfumes/products I use later) but still smells nice and makes the shower enjoyable. Just let my hair air dry an immediately noticed how much shinier it looks. I do love this shampoo and the conditioner. It's so expensive that I'm not sure about buying an actual bottle, but it I get some extra money soon, I'll definitely be buying it as a treat for my hair.
Fragrances -Lolita Lempicka - Si Lolita de Lolita Lempicka
kittybearchiyo 7/20/2011 1:37:00 AM
Tried this one out today, and I can still smell it on my arm. This is similar to the Forbidden Flower and original LL scents, but spicier and stronger. Notes: Pink Peppercorns, Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, Wallflower, Sweat Pea, Heliotrope, Elemi Gum, Patchouli, Tonka Bean, Amber. I decided not to get this one, but I may try it when I run out of my Forbidden Flower, and use it when the weather gets colder. I imagine the spicy, warm floral would be nice for winter. As always, comes in a beautiful bottle. Slightly easier to spray than the apple-shaped bottles, which I like.
Fragrances -Lolita Lempicka - Forbidden Flower/Fleur Defendue
kittybearchiyo 7/20/2011 1:32:00 AM
Notes: Absinth Flower, Strawberry Leaf, Mimosa Stem, Peony, Violet, Aniseed Flower, Almond Musk, Morello Cherry Musk. I love this perfume. I was planning on getting it online, and went into Sephora this afternoon to try it on. Let it sit on my skin for about an hour while walking around the mall and shopping, to see how it smelled with my body chemistry...and I could not stop sniffing my wrist. I gave in and paid a bit more to get it today from the store, after my boyfriend and his mom both repeatedly told me how nice it smelled. At first, it has a powdery, very green and slightly soapy floral scent, but it really shines when you let it sink in and react with your skin. After a few minutes I could really smell the notes described on the website, and it faded to a very light, summery floral scent. Not too sweet and while somewhat of a more mature scent, no "old-lady" smell. Thankfully I could hardly smell the musk though; I generally can't stand musky scents. The bottle is gorgeous, but a little tricky to spray. And it is a bit expensive; I've never paid this much for a perfume, but I will definitely buy more when I run out. It reminds me of springtime and fairytales. :)
I wanted to like this. And I did, except for the colors. Tried it in the store intending to buy it, and just about every shade was too dark and/or too yellow for my skin. I did love everything else about it. It feels very light, but pigmented. Consistency, texture, etc. was just right, but there was no shade to match my skin color/tone. :"( Probably great for people with warm skintones.