Styling Products -Oribe - Supershine Moisturizing Cream
marina1 12/4/2011 12:25:00 PM
Love this stuff. I'm on my second bottle and can't imagine not using it every time I wash. I have thin, fine hair and can't use it when it's wet.., too heavy. But on dry hair, it's a miracle for shine and control. One bottle lasted over a year.
This cleanser works really well..except for the new packaging. When I first got it I was pumping out a clear gel and wondered where the 'foam' was. When I opened the botttle, I noticed the 'foaming ingredients' were stuck in and around the tube & nozzle. No wonder I wasn't getting the deep clean effect. So now I have to shake the bottle vigorously & pour it out making sure everything is mixed well.
Foundations -Giorgio Armani - Face Fabric Second Skin Nude Makeup
marina1 2/1/2009 10:35:00 PM
I think this is one the best TM's around. It really looks like second skin and dosen't make me oily...unline Laura Mercier's. It took a while to figure out which color works best. I'm LSF 5.5 NC30-35. According to the armani guide, I'm a #4. Well, I looked at it and thought 'no way!'..this is too dark. I bought #3 which looked like a great match but there was something wrong. By the end of the day what was left behind was a pasty, yellow sheen. I finished #3 (stuff dosne't last long) and ordered #4. It looked dark at first but, to my surprise, ended up being a great match. It certainly wasn't as yellow and looked a lot more natural. I just can't pack it on like the #3. On days when I'm really pale, I add a dab of the white one (forget the number). I end up with a shade that's a bit lighter but not as yellow as the #3. What Armani really needs is to add a #3.5.
I've had samples hanging around but the reviews put me off trying it...till today. Anyway, I was really surprised. I have thin shoulder-length hair and used about a quarter size. My hair felt a bit greasy when I was rinsing but the surprise came when I was blowdrying. My hair was shiny and had loads of body too. I was expecting shine but not soft, smooth body. Now I have to hunt around for the other samples I carelessly chucked somewhere!
Shampoo -Ojon - Tawaka Rejuvenating Shampoo [DISCONTINUED]
marina1 6/24/2008 10:03:00 PM
This is best shampoo I've ever used and I'm sure I tried every one out there. I have colored, fine hair that goes flat with rich shampoos and dries out with anything else. Fun. I need body, hate flat hair. This is the perfect balance. That said, to those who didn't like it, please make sure you follow the directions. The first time I used it, I just shampooed and rinsed. My hair felt like straw. Now I leave it in for a minute or 2 ( like the directions say) and my hair feels soft and clean...BUT NOT FLAT!
I love the light coverage especially for summer. Somehow, it covers well but feels superlight. As for the teeny amount, it's the same amount as the Armani foundation. The packaging is much more compact-less bulky for travelling. The is good for oily/combo skin.
Makeup Brushes -Trish McEvoy - Mini Powder Blush Brush
marina1 4/11/2006 9:36:00 AM
I love this brush. It does look a lot like the no. 5 powder brush (from pictures-I have no access to TM). It's dense enough for bronzer & powder, soft enough to apply blush really well.I like the handle size-not too long (think BB) so you can take it along but not so small that it's hard to work with. The Saks SA actually recommended it when I was waffling about which brush to buy & mtvsux's review below convinced me to get it. Would I repurchase? I already have!! My dog ate my first one and I only had it for 3 days!. Note to all: never leave your brushes to dry hanging over the counter if you have a dog. I actually thought about getting 2-one for blush another for bronzer..opted for the TM blush cleaner instead. Two wipes, the brush is clean and colors don't look muddy anymore.
I just got this and I know I'll use it everyday. I saw it months ago & thought..lots of $$$ for beige shimmer. The reviews made me revisit...I must be missing something. I was. Finally I can wear pigmented blush & not look like a cupie doll. Just dust Nico on top & the blush looks natural, glowy..not just sitting on top. Great highlighter for oily skins or those with large pores. The shimmer is subtle, just gives you a glow. The color actually matches my skintone exactly (armani 5.5) so I can actually dust this all over my face. Love it!!
Liquid -Giorgio Armani - Matte Silk Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
marina1 3/11/2005 4:32:00 PM
This is ONLY foundation I've re-purchased. Great for oily skin and sheer coverage. I tried LSF (also in 5.5) after the great reviews. The LSF has better coverage and the color is more natural (less peach undertone). But, the finish was slightly more slick. So, I combined the best of both. Two squirts MSF and one squirt LSF and I have the best foundation. Perfect color, no oilies and sheer natural coverage.Acually, I can get more coverage if I want by using more LSF.