Amazing stuff! I'm very pale, probably the palest person I know, and this is the perfect shade - not too pink, not too yellow. It's also very thick. I've tried it on a tattoo and it didn't really cover it up, but that's probably asking a lot and may possibly be done with several layers. I also like to use this mixed with my morning moisterizer/spf to make a tinted moiserizer...a little goes a very long way so all it takes is a tiny squeeze. A really good solution for very pale girls. And it's never made me break out! The best one I've tried, can't recommend it enough and I have a drawer full of concealers.
I'm really impressed! This applies amazingly well, maybe even better than China Glaze. Even the pastels go on streak-free and shiny, which is hard to find. There are millions of colours and they always quickly copy the more expensive new season shades that Chanel, etc. put out. I've never been that into nail polish but these looks so nice that I will be buying lots more of these in fun colours for spring.
Lotions/ Creams -Nivea - Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme
maxmommy2 12/31/2010 3:06:00 AM
Retin A has trashed my skin, and I noticed that spots weren't healing properly...I tried anti-biotic ointments but that didn't make a difference. Then I picked this up in the airport and started using it at night after I put the Retin A on, and my face has started healing dramatically. It's just a nice, cheap, cream which can be used on the face or body without leaving any greasy residue behind. All-purpose and doesn't make skin break out. I don't find the smell to be overpowering at all.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure - Pat on the Black
maxmommy2 12/30/2010 1:49:00 PM
This is a beautiful, deep plum color. The forumla doesn't knock me out, though--I get chips within hours of wearing. It probably needs a separate top coat.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - Softee-Coconut Oil Conditioner
maxmommy2 12/25/2010 1:28:00 PM
I purchased this thinking it was coconut oil, which it most definitely isn't...it's sort of a mix of petroleum jelly, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. Seriously greasy stuff if you put too much on. However, it's great if you're growing out awkward layers and want to make hair feel smoother; it sort of weighs hair down so that it's less 'piecey'. Costs like 99 cents. Cheapo.
Unfortunately, like a lot of people, the economic problems of the world are starting to effect my beauty routines. Right, how dare they, etc. I've been bleaching my hair platinum for ages but recently got tired of the monthly upkeep, expense of maintaining it even at home, and let's be honest--I am broke. Platinum hair can be absolutely beautiful but if you don't keep up with the roots, use a purple shampoo, etc, it can look trashy in a hurry. Knowing that it's best to use a demi-perm to color over bleached hair, I picked this up at the store in Medium Natural Blonde to blend with my dark blonde roots while I figure out what color to go with next. It came out just fine! It's on the ashy side, although that may be due to coloring over platinum (although I did use a gold filler first) and it does run a bit dark--I'd say about a shade to a shade and a half darker. That's pretty common for a demi-permanent. The shine isn't that great on my hair, but again--my hair is probably quite damaged, so I'm sure it will be shinier on virgin and unbleached hair. Pretty good stuff!
This smells like a real rose, green as well as floral, and not like scented-drawer-liner awfulness. Very beautiful. The first rose I've smelled which also has leaves and stem.
Well, I think I figured out how this "Bio Detox" thing works--it's basically a clay mask, with foundation. I'm extremely pale, and the lightest shade is way too yellow for me, although if you have yellow undertones this might suit you. I find application to be tricky, as it dries so fast, and it's very difficult to blend. Disappointing. Makes me look oddly dried out. Side gripe, but why are the colors in the testers always different to the actual color in the full size bottle? The tester colors are paler and pinker, which always fools me into buying unsuitable Bourjois foundations. Pass.
Well, I gave it the full four months before giving up. I used the .025 gel, and was hoping it would help my breakouts, clogged pores, enlarged pores, and the dreaded wrinkles which were starting to appear at 28. From the first week I began purging terribly. I also am covered in scars now, as Retin A seemed to have a really bad effect on breakouts healing--there are a couple of spots which aren't healing or going away no matter what I do, which tells me my skin isn't functioning correctly. Over all I would say this is the absolute worst thing I have ever put on my skin, however I realize that it does work for a lot of people. Just be carefuful and pay attention to your skin--sometimes things don't have to get worse before they get better, and if it just keeps getting worse and worse, it might not work for you.
Hair Color -Clairol - Professional - 7th Stage Cream Highlighter
maxmommy2 9/11/2010 4:51:00 PM
I've tried every bleach known to humanity and this is the best. It lifted my dark blonde/light brown roots to a pale yellow/white in about ten minutes. Of course, roots lighten quickly, but this was amazing! Love that you use 20 vol developer too, as I had a terrifying disaster with 40 vol and am scared to use it to bleach my hair ever again. I wish I had known about this years ago.
Pressed Powders -Cover Girl - Classic Ivory - Compact
maxmommy2 9/2/2010 4:22:00 AM
Okay, so this powder is not going to set the world on fire. It's pretty old school and smells strongly of...some kind of perfume. But I grew up watching my grandmother apply it every day, and so it is a makeup staple for me. The puff is pretty horrible, but with a fluffy brush it goes on nicely. Classic ivory is very light, more white than yellow, which is terrific when you're very pale (NW 15). I miss the old packaging, with the rounded edges--the new one is more modern but much less nostalgic for me. Do not buy if you can't stand makeup products with a lot of fragrance.
Hair Color -Clairol - Creme Toner in Platinum Beige
maxmommy2 8/15/2010 1:43:00 PM
First of all, if you're hesitating between this and number 323, Extra-Light Platinum, know that this is more forgiving. If your hair isn't quite pale enough--and it needs to be almost white before getting 323 anywhere near your head--then opt for Platinum Beige. My hair has really been through the wringer lately, sort of like the hair version of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and this finally got all of the yellow out without making it strangely blue (White Beige) or doing nothing (Extra-Light Platinum). I'm sure 323 is brilliant if you are able to get your hair that light without it falling out, but if not go for Platinum Beige. It's a really nice, almost-natural white, like the color children have. Even better, it doesn't make hair fried, yet lasts much longer and is much more effective than the semi-perm toners. If you're going platinum, I highly recommend this. EDIT: This is now discontinued, which is awful as it was such a great toner...sigh...the Clairol website has listed some equivilents among their other products, although I haven't tried them yet.
I love the smell of this--it's sort of vanilla-y and sweet, although subtle. It comes in a little pot with a tiny mirror and curved brush, which I actually find works well. There are so many colors to choose from but I have always used this one and it's really lovely, nice and natural. Lasts a really long time, too. Totally cute and they now have pots decorated with some of the original designs. Cheap in Europe, expensive in the US but also (so the rumor goes) made by the same company who manufactures Chanel's products.
Lotions/ Creams -Nivea - Goodbye Cellulite 10 Day Serum
maxmommy2 8/1/2010 1:18:00 AM
I'm really thin, borderline underweight, but I have this creepy horrific cellulite on my butt and thighs. I started exercising and dieting, but after years of smoking and eating chocolate bars for breakfast, that mofo isn't going anywhere...and I do not run unless I'm being chased. So, I got desperate and bought this. It has a silky, silicon consistency, but I found that it didn't do anything for my cellulite. The regular Good-Bye Cellulite, which I used in the past, did actually seem to temporarily improve things, but this didn't. Maybe if you have mild cellulite it will work for you, but I can only speak for my own cottage-chese-like bum, and nothing happened.
Back in November I bleached my hair into a mushy pulp, and had to chop it all off. Since then, I've been trying to grow it out and I figured biotin couldn't hurt...I've been taking 5000mcg for three months now and I haven't noticed a change in my head hair growth, it's still pretty slow. However, my arm hair has grown freakishly long, my eyebrows have gone crazy, and leg and *ahem* other hair is growing like a weed. I haven't had any problems with breakouts, and I will try to finish the bottle but I doubt I'll repurchase as this is making me a slave to the shave. It would be worth it if the head hair grew, but unfortunately the results seem to be from the eyebrows down. Yuck!