My favourite lipstick by far! The product is smooth, silky and oh-so luxurious. The formula goes on evenly and has a really creamy texture that doesn't dry lips out. The colour is rich and nearly all the tones work well with most skin types. In addition, colour is noticeable without being too loud and has fantastic staying power. The packaging is adorable - definitely classy. It has a faint smell which is actually quite pleasant and for $45 at Australian Myer stores, isn't too pricey.
Probably one of my favourite mascaras, Lancome's hypnose lengthens and defines brilliantly. I used to use a lot of 'normal' brand mascaras like Revlon, L'Oreal and Maybelline and found that whatever formula I used, there was always a bit of clumpiness. Not the case with hypnose which pretty much defined each individual lash. In terms of volume, it definitely adds body to lashes but doesn't go quite as crazy as some other products such as Maybelline's Falsies. The all-important brush is a great shape and size (slightly longer than a lot of other brushes) and coats top and bottom lashes evenly. It's also fantastic for getting the harder-to-reach area. Unlike a fair few other reviewers, I found that it lasted well throughout the day and didn't flake or give me panda eyes. The price is a bit much - $52 at Myer in Australia which is more than I'd usually like to pay for a mascara. It is, however, a phenomenal product and since I adore most of Lancome's range, I shall be sticking with it in the future.
This product seems to have a lot of reviewers either loving it or hating it! I was a bit iffy about purchasing it because of such polarised reviews but thought I'd give it a try when I got a particularly irritating pimple. To be honest, I was really surprised. My skin is horribly dry most of the time and usually pretty reactive. It'll be dried out by anything that is even slightly drying and react to anything that has the smallest chance of causing a reaction. So from the numerous reviewers who said the product left them with dry patches and the 'if irritation occurs discontinue use' warning on the bottle, I was very apprehensive and expected the worst. So the surprise was that I didn't have an episode of contact dermatitis or even get the smallest flake of dry skin. I guess that's a mixture of luck and the product being weaker than expected. I applied the oil on top of two layers of moisturiser and coconut oil each night and the spot went down in about three days (not much shorter than the usual). I also used in on a few other tiny spots which seemed to have gotten better - but then they usually do that on their own. All up, I'm giving it a three because it worked ok. Nothing fantastic and it wasn't the magical miracle for me that it was for others. It didn't have any bad side effects but neither did it make any spots magically vanish super quickly and without a trace - (I was left with a tiny scar from the aforementioned spot but I think it may be a bit lighter than usual). Also, as a massage oil, it was pretty rubbish. The Body Shop website recommends using 6 drops but that was used up over a small area and became quite 'dry' so I had to add coconut oil too. The smell is also not really for everyone - bit too strong for my liking.
Price aside, this is a fantastic blush. It works well on my tan/light brown skin and I imagine that it would suit a fair few other complexions too. It isn't drying and didn't cause me to develop a rash (my skin is super-sensitive). Also hasn't resulted in any pimples. I found that it blends fantastically (I've never been the biggest fan of makeup brushes so I actually use my fingers to dab it on and blend - not the most hygienic method but I do wash my hands thoroughly before applying makeup while most make up brushes are washed only weekly). The packaging is great. As some other reviewer noted, the rubbery exterior does seem to prevent the product breaking up so I've been able to carry it around in my makeup bag. I considered taking off a point because I don't usually like glitter in my makeup but decided against it because, unlike a lot of other users, I didn't find it excessively glittery - I only notice it if i really look closely in a mirror, and the glitter does make me seem a bit 'glowy' which is nice. It is pretty pricey - about $45 for a small container but that said, it gives me a healthy glow that no other blush really does, works well with my skin and blushes usually last me ages anyway. Will definitely be repurchasing and also looking into NARS highlighter and bronzer.
One of my favourite nail polish colours! It's a gorgeous pale pink colour that has a tiny hint of purple. It's very flattering on both light as well as tan/darker skin and is quite demure and natural. I've never been one for ridiculously bright in-your-face nail colours so for those of you who like french manicures and neutral colours, this shade is perfect. As with most OPI polishes, it goes on well and sets evenly without being noticeably streaky. It is a bit thin though, so I found that two coats worked best. Dries very quickly and looks great with a clear topcoat to make it shine. It also looks fantastic as the base coat for a clear polish with silver glitter.
I've been using this product as a staple in my hair-care regimen for a fair few years now and I love it. It smells quite nice, doesn't leave hair looking greasy (unless you go a bit crazy with it), tames dry/frizzy hair, causes hair to dry quicker (as is the way with any oil really), and leaves hair looking beautifully shiny. A little bit goes a long way and I only need to use a drop for my medium-long hair which isn't overly thick or thin. As a result, a tiny bottle lasts me over a year so although each bottle is pricey, it's good value for money. I do recommend caution though, if you use too much, it does get too oily. Overall, i'd recommend this product for dry, frizzy or damaged hair. Not sure how well it would work in oily hair..
I may be biased about this scent, since my boss bought a bottle for everyone at work and weirdly enough, it's what his wife wears. And despite the lovely gesture, it did feel a tad strange to be swanning about work smelling like my employer's wife. That said, it actually is a bit too strong for me. For some reason, it reminds me of water. It's undoubtedly 'fresh' but for me, it's fresh in the same way that toilet air fresheners are fresh... they're a bit sterile. I don't really know when I'd wear it as it's got the strength for night use yet the scent for day wear... Overall, I'm guessing that it may just be me since it was rated very well by other users.
L'Occitane isn't usually somewhere I'd go for perfumes since I usually stick to the bigger brands, but a few friends bought me a bottle of this product for my birthday and I was pleasantly surprised. It's wonderfully light, fresh, fruity and floral which is perfectly my style for scents. It isn't quite as strong as a lot of other scents though, so I do actually use a fair bit more of the product than I usually would. It's absolutely ideal for spring and summer and a quick spritz serves well for outdoor occasions, lunch, brunch, work and anything in the sunshine really.
Fragrances -Viktor & Rolf - Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb
lawgirl07 1/10/2013 8:33:00 PM
I'm a bit torn between being in love with this perfume and being a bit 'meh' about it. On the one hand, it is very 'me'. It's quite strong so a little goes a long way, has beautiful floral notes and I adore the bottle. On the other hand though, it is very 'sweet'. And i do mean very. So I suppose you have to be in a certain mood and have a certain personality for it. It's a good summer/spring scent. It also goes well for both day and night. Day because of it's 'fresh' scent, and surprisingly night because of its potency.
Fragrances -Narciso Rodriguez - Narciso Rodriguez for her
lawgirl07 1/10/2013 8:28:00 PM
I really like this scent - It's probably one of the classier perfumes that I own. It's relatively 'heavy' and quite potent so I only need a tiny amount to last me for hours. I find that it's become one of my main scents for night, as well as the autumn/winter months. The packaging is cute - very modern and simplistic. At the moment, I'm undecided about whether I'd repurchase. While I do like it, it isn't one of my favourites.
This is one of my favourite perfumes and I've been using it for the last 4 years. I fell in love with the adorable bottle and absolutely adore the fresh, floral scent. It's perfect for spring/summer daywear, is super cute and instantly brightens my mood. I've found that it isn't overly strong or overpowering so I do tend to use a bit more than I would with other perfumes. I will concede that it isn't for everyone. It's a fun, playful scent and the packaging isn't everyone's cup of tea. A friend once saw it while I was shopping with her and commented on how disgusting the bottle it. Needless to say, she was horrified when I said that I'd purchased it because of the bottle...
Fragrances -Gucci - Gucci by Gucci (new release 2008)
lawgirl07 1/10/2013 8:20:00 PM
This scent is very sophisticated. It's quite potent, so a little bit does go a very long way. One of Gucci's heavier scents, I'd recommend it for night use or for the winter months. I'm not the biggest fan of the packaging which is a bit dull, but that said, it is quite classy and understated. Overall, it's something I'd wear on a very formal occasion rather than on a day-to-day basis.
One of my favourites, the perfume is absolutely gorgeous and certainly does it's name justice. It's beautifully fresh with it's floral notes, not overpowering and is perfect for the spring/summer months. My boyfriend adores is and I love it for going out during the day and for work. In addition, the bottle is pretty cute. I'm almost out of my first bottle, but shall definitely repurchase.
My best friend got this for me for Christmas and I absolutely love it. It's sophisticated and understated, and definitely perks up my mood. The bottle is cute and I've found the scent to work well for both day and night - I've never been a huge fan of heavy scents at night. I'm only giving it 4 starts because I think there are a lot of other perfumes that live up to this one at a lower price but otherwise, love it.
Shampoo -Organix - Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo
lawgirl07 1/10/2013 8:05:00 PM
One of the worst shampoos I've ever used. I had very high hopes since I've used argan oil products before and most of them have worked well. The Organix version however, was an absolute dud. It completely stripped my hair of oil and moisture, even without a repeat application. After rinsing it out, my hair felt rough and dry even while it was still wet and it took lathers of conditioner to get rid of that feeling. I honestly think I might've gotten a better result using the hand soaps in public toilets. Never. Buying. Again.