For me, this is the perfect nude shade. I have yellow/olive undertones but am fairly pale and two or three coats of this shade give me a flawlessly natural look. Just like the actual shade of my nails, but a little bit better. They sort of reminded me of the underside of seashells; a soft, glowing peachy pink. In my experience, OPI polishes really stay put so no complaints in that department. Price is steepish, but the bottle will last for a few months anyway.
Cleansers -Kiehls - Foaming Non-Detergent Washable Cleanser
melkim 5/25/2008 1:54:00 AM
Haven't used this product in months, then when I ran out of my regular cleanser I decided to give it another try. The first time around was more than six months ago. The top layer of my skin burned off. My skin was tight, dry, rough in some patches and shiny in others, and very red. It healed eventually, and I suppose it was sort of like having a chemical peel because afterwards my skin was in better shape than before the incident. Of course, I would rather have avoided the whole situation altogether. This time around, I noticed that it still left me quite red in some areas. I've decided to throw it out or give it to someone else as it has done me no good.
Mascara -Christian Dior - DiorShow Unlimited mascara
melkim 4/15/2008 6:41:00 PM
I bought my second tube of this today. Had previously used Diorshow Blackout and although I liked its consistency, I found the brush too thick for my eyelashes (I'm Asian so I've got relatively short eyelashes). Unlimited on the other hand, has the right sized brush for my lashes and volumizes, lengthens, and curls. It doesn't flake off in the middle of the day, like some mascaras do. Sometimes I wonder if I really need to be paying $20+ for mascara when I can get it at Target for $4, but I think the quality really speaks for itself. For someone like me, whose lashes are quite short, I feel like it's worth the investment.
Moon Beam works very well on my skin tone, showing up as a an pearly gold and pink. More gold in some lights, more pink in others. The end product looks very fresh and girlish. It has more color than I had been expecting in a highlighter, and I sometimes use it without blush because the pink can come on quite strong and I find it a little tricky to match the pink in it to the pinks in my blushes. The packaging gets a little messy after a while and the price is a bit steep, but I have found that it lasts for a very long time. This is my second bottle; I've eased up a little on it since I bought NARS Goldmember and Halo Effect from Origins.
I recently had a strange reaction to the Kiehl's non-detergent cleanser. It sort of burned my skin and then caused it to peel. My face was very dry and stung every time I washed or moisturized it. A friend recommended Cetaphil and since I started using it, my skin not only recovered, it improved from its pre-Kiehl's condition (which had been pretty good to begin with). It makes my skin dewy and very soft to the touch. Like many people have commented before me, the packaging is a bit of a low point, but I figure there are ways to work around that.
Eyes -Ardell - Brow & Lash Growth Accelerator Treatment Gel
melkim 8/30/2007 7:44:00 PM
Have been using this product for two weeks now. I apply it to my lashes and to my brows right before I go to sleep. It hasn't caused my lashes to grow crazily, but I do notice some difference. At the very least, I think it works well as a conditioner. I'll continue to use it, although I might start using it during the day as well.