Cleansers -Borghese - Kirkland Signature Pure Moisturizing Cleanser
lily11 10/17/2008 10:45:00 PM
The closest in performance to Paula's Choice Skin Recovery cleanser, which is my HG. or say, they are interchangable. I have tried many cleansers for sensitive skins, including expensive ones. Foaming ones dry out my skin, no matter how gentle they are, it's just a matter of time; cream/cleanse oils leaves residue, but these two are the only ones that clean very well without drying out my skin.
I got it 2-3 years ago and forgot about it, until my handcream at the office ran out. One week into using this, I noticed my skin is much softer and smoother. I use lotion all the time due to dryness, but never watch the products too closely. With this lotion, I am feeling comfortable all the way until next wash. Yes, skin is a little bit tighter too. I will use it for my body lotion from now on. Products I previous used include ¡V Avon, Vaseline, Aveeno, and Yves Rocher ¡V some do hydrates, some dries out, some greasy, but non of them made my skin feel so much softer ¡V my coworker compliment on my hands today ¡V we¡¦ve been together for a year and she touched my hands before, this is the first time she give any compliment to my skin :-)
I was hesitate giving it 3 lippie or 4. The brush is really a good invention - it helps create a high curl and separate well, curl like using a curler. I really like the immediate result. But it starts to stains my lower lid in the afternoon. I believe holding up 8-5 is a must for a mascara. But it's still not bad compare to Maybeline's Great Lush, which will make you look like a panda just past lunch. I wish Revlon make higher end mascara using this brush.
Polishes -Rimmel - Lasting Finish nail polish in Fever
lily11 12/9/2005 11:41:00 AM
My favorite Red color! So bright that it light up your feet, but not too overwhelming cheap. Paired with my black strip sandal, I just feel like a star:) It's a delightful red color, has a hint of yellow. The color makes my yellow tone (nc20) skin look bright and even toned. It also looks so attractive on my finger that I feel younger...
Fever has a creamy texture, no shimmer (which I like). It's slightly thinner than OPI's and similar to some of Essie's. Easy to apply and flows smoothly (a little bit runny).
My only complaint is the brush applicator. The bristle of the brush is uneven in the bottle I've got. You can tell immediately this is a cheap product from the brush. But the color is definitely shoulder to shoulder with Essie. For just $2, I am very happy.
P.S. As for chip, I used Nicole Base Plus and Top Plus like I did with all other nail polish, it last me over two weeks until I clip, without any chip at all. Without a topcoat, the color will become dull quickly though.
It's a wonderful rose petal color, highly satuated. I love the way it's applied, creamy flow... This one doesn't have glitter, which is a plus. Color looks better on nail than in bottle. It remind me of a rose petal color seen on a magazine. This is not too dark while still bright enough for the holiday. You can get if free with $15 OPI purchase from Ulta.
It can be very good for someone who has light colored eye lashes, wants 'natural', no-makeup look, and who has sensitive eyes. It gives a thin light coat to eye lashes, but seperate them well, and has some wet, lash by lash result. But it definately not for a dramatic look. I have black lashes, so it does almost nothing on me. Just feel like a clear mascara, without the sticky feeling. Lashes are comfortable and soft enough. The packaging is great.
Horrible!!! I can't believe this is what Paula Begoun has given a smile face to. The color (pale) is too pinkish when fresh on skin, and turned more gray/ashy when dries. The texture is too creamy/thick to cling to skin. If you try to blot/rub a little bit to spread it out, everything is end up in your finger, nothing left on blemish. Or, if anything is kept on the blemish, your face looks even uglier - the blemish is more prominent with a mess of discoloring on it than just leave the way it is. Another failed product from Paula's good review ( I sometimes think the cheaper a product costs, the higher rating Paula gives).
Shampoo -Garnier - Fortifying Shampoo for Fine Hair
lily11 5/6/2005 5:46:00 PM
Works on my fine hair very well. Hair is bouncy, clean and body added. Only concern is the build up. This one contains slightly more silicone than another salon brand I was using, but at 1/3 price, you can't go wrong.
May not be the best available, ColorVive is definately a winner over most shampoo. It works well on my picky hair (most shampoo won't work on my hair), keeps my hair color vivid for long long time. My hair will get tired to a certain shampoo after a while ( build up?), won't with ColorVive. I have been using it for 3 years, although I try something else in and out, I found myself always come back with ColorVive. This one constantly give me consistant results. You won't see miracle with this shampoo, but it won't build up, won't damage your hair at all. Finally something you can trust.
Pros: Very gental, does not irritate my sensitive skin. Does not dry skin even with frequent use. Cons: Does not remove make up well. I wear water soluble mascara only, those smeared immediately under water,but I need to use another cleaner to completely clean my eye area after using this one. This one beats most lower end cleansers, but I will stick to Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Cleanser.
Shampoo -Paula's Choice - All Over Hair & Body Shampoo
lily11 5/6/2005 5:00:00 PM
This doesn't work for me. I have fine, straight hair, very picky on shampoo. My hair lost luster after using this (and most other mass-market shampoo, except L'Oreal). Although it does less harm to my hair than a lot of other grocery store brands, it does not worth the money. I would rather go for L'Oreal or Garnier. The result is much better after using the conditioner. But hey, doesn't Paula suggest people with fine hair use shampoo only? She herself couldn't make it work alone?
this one irritates my scalp!!! I started to see flakes, feel itchy at scalp when started using this product. At the beginning, I didn't reallize it's the cause, so continue using it. Until an afternoon a month later, I played with my hair and saw flakes like snowing! Horrible! Also noticed my jacket had seen flakes very often lately (never happened before), and my scalp became so oily, and itchy all the time. I decided to stop the mossee for a while. My scalp resumes normal in a week or so. I tried start using this mossee again to see if it is the blame. Yes, itching started within 24 hours! Be aware!
Styling Products -Matrix - Amplify Volumizing Mousse
lily11 5/6/2005 4:37:00 PM
I love the mossee - it instantly creates volume, adds shine and keeps my hair in shape the whole day. I have straight fine hair, they all like to stay really close to my sculp, and hardly hold any style. The fat style created in salon won't stay before I arrived at home. But this mossee works! At midnight, my hair still looks good. (well, don't try too dramatic style though). A big plus - it does not irritate my sensitive scalp! Altough I use it mostly at root, with frequest use, I still do not see any flakes or itching feeling.
This one has sodium lauryl sulfate ! I wish I knew earlier. My hair became so dry, unmanageable starting from the moment I rinse it off. I have natually straight fine hair, it always stay in place even let it air dry. But after using this shampoo, hair became so frizzy that I could hardly comb through, wet or dry. I could have use soda to wash my hair to arrive at the same result!
I can't believe this shampoo can do a mess on any one. It's very gental and my hair feels silky immediately in the shower. I have very picky hair, very fine, very sensitive to any damage. I have tried so many shampoo that friends recommanded, most of them do not work on my hair, I can see my hair turn unhealthy immediately. Catwalk is one of few that I really see good result on my hair.