Treatments -Burt's Bees - Doctor Burt's Res-Q Ointment
lipstick_girl 1/13/2010 2:21:00 PM
I love this product. I use it for hang nails, chapped hands and split cuticles (Canadian winter -- what can I say?!). Recently I even used it when I had a head cold and had a red & raw nose from wiping and blowing my nose so often. My nose didn't get as red as usual and I didn't get the dry skin under my nose that usually follows a cold. A great item to carry with you. I like the tin but I found it really hard to pry open for the first use -- and even a few times since if it gets put back on too firmly.
I have used this for about a week and half and so far I like it. I was in the midst of a fairly substantial breakout (more than usual) and unsure of making a change, but I decided to take the plunge and bought the toner, cleanser and mask from TBS tea tree line. I see some definite improvement in my skin condition and have relatively few new zits since using these products. I'm going to plod on and hope this becomes my HG. Edit: It's been 5 months and I am on my second bottle. So far I still really like this toner. (I also love the cleanser which I use 2x a day, and the mask which I use about 2-3x a month.) I never tried the original formula that has been mentioned here, it's definately the corn starch one that I have been using. Luckily my skin seems to be okay with corn starch.
I got a Sephora beauty insider sample of Dior Addict High Shine 680 Catwalk Mauve. I'm not possitive, but I think it must be this same colour. I love it. It looks like a deeper colour in the tube, but on the lips it's sheer, but not too sheer -- a lovely berry-mauve shade with glitter. I agree with an earlier reviewer that you can feel the everso slight grit of the glitter if you rub your lips together, but it's not unbearable. The sheer colour is great when you want a lighter lip to go with a more intense eye.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
lipstick_girl 4/2/2009 2:54:00 PM
I first tried this as a Sephora beauty insider sample. I never used a primer before and wow, what a difference in shadow staying power, colour vibrancy, smooth application, etc. When I finished the sample I didn't hesitate to buy the full size tube at approx. $24 CAD. I use a tiny 2-3 mm squirt for each lid, so I think the tube will last a very long time.
Lotions/ Creams -Cake Beauty - Desserted Island Supreme Body Mousse
lipstick_girl 4/2/2009 2:36:00 PM
I tried this on my hands while browsing in Sephora and I loved the scent so much I had to go back and buy a bottle. I find it's fairly moisturizing, but probably not enough so for the height of winter. Nothing beats the body shop body butters for getting my knees and elbows softly through the winter. I agree with other reviewers that the bottle is a little too hard to squeeze. Another con is that apparently it tastes bad, according to my man after he kissed my neck! (same complaint for body shop body butters). After finishing the 66 ml bottle (plane friendly size), I decided to splurge on the giant 1L pump -- which came in a holiday limited edition gift pack that was leftover after Christmas (at Sephora). It came with a 1L pump of the bath/shower froth (same scent), which I don't like as much as the mousse. I agree with the other reviewer who said the bath/shower froth smells a little plastic-like. I got the 2 large pumps for $65 CAD, which is a lot considering I don't 'love' the froth; however, it would cost about $84 CAD to get 1L of just the mousse by buying 4 x the 250ml bottles -- so I justified spending $65 and figured I would probably use the froth or just re-gift it. I would definitely re-purchase Cake 'desserted island' supreme body mousse.
A good product for a great price. I had a N.Y.C. cheap, cheap brow palette (Browser) for a while, until the wax melted in my make-up bag (I left my bag in the car on a hot day); I have never found the N.Y.C. one again to buy a replacement. I bought this as a relatively inexpensive replacement -- more than double the price of N.Y.C., but worth it for a finer quality.
This mascara was great and I would definitely repurchase. It doesn't have the trendy rubber fine brush that many current mascaras have, so I was a little skeptical that it wouldn't give enough definition, but I was wrong to worry. I have lots of definition and length, no clumping so far and always seems to be a smooth application. I saw it for $2.99 in a recent Avon booklet so I will definitely be stocking up.
I recently bought 'warm black' and 'midnight plum'. It was my first Avon nailpolish purchase. I love them both. The only downside was that I found them lacking in shine after about a day or two (more noticable with the 'warm black') -- however, I didn't use a top coat! If I had, I'm sure I would have had lasting shine.
I bought this with a gift card, so otherwise I probably wouldn't have splurged. I love it enough now though that I will be splurging for the next bottle. The smell is authentic, and despite what other reviewers have said, I do still smell it a little on my skin afterward -- not all day though. The lather is great (I use a puff); moisturizing and creamy. I doubt I will use it on my hair though.
I got a sample vial at Sephora and so far I like how it smells on me. I will use the sample for a few more days and will most likely add it to my Christmas list this year. I usually wear L de Lolita Lempicka, which has a sweet vanilla undertone once the burnt orange wears away a little, so this will make a nice alternate to that.
The colours I have used so far are smooth, vibrant, easy to apply and to blend [Lucifer (matte charcoal black), Speed Blue (dark metalic blue), Tequila (metallic cornsilk shimmer), Sinner (metallic purple black shimmer), Rad Purple (matte purple black with purple glitter), Leather (matte dark brown).] I had some dust fall on my under-eye area as I applied, but it was easily wiped away. I have a slight crease forming at the moment, however I didn't use a base. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't mind the brushes that come with the palette; they work okay in a pinch although not as well as good brushes, but I like them better than the traditional sponge tips that come with many other eye shadows. I'm planning to buy the Ludwig palette as well.
Fragrances -Lolita Lempicka - L de Lolita Lempicka
lipstick_girl 2/12/2008 12:58:00 PM
I received two samples of the EDP as an extra in my stocking at Christmas -- and I love it! A sexy combination of cinnamon, vanilla, burnt sugar (someone else called it marshmallow which is bang on). I've asked for a full size bottle for Valentine's day -- otherwise I will buy it for myself. So far, I have only been able to find it for about $80 (cdn). Edit: after using this lovely scent for about 10 months now, I still love it, but my one complaint is that the bottle drips or leaks, so the bottom always has an oily film -- not good for the finish on my dresser! I have to keep it on a ceramic tray.
This required more coats than any mascara I've ever used before -- just to make it look like I had even a little mascara on. I didn't find it clumpy, but it definitely wasn't a "blast" of lashes with volume or length. Seriously lacking.