So far, so good. The ingredients remind me of a cross between an oil regulating product such as Decleor's Hazelnut & Ylang-Ylang oil and a more moisturizing one like Rodin. It seems to be the best of both worlds. My skin isn't breaking out, and yet it feels more hydrated than when I was only using the Decleor. The price and bottle are neither Whole Foods crunchy nor Barneys chic. It really does seem to be the Yin Yang of face oils!
Treatments -Davines - Oi Oil - Absolute Beautifying Potion
miele2007 4/28/2013 7:46:00 PM
So far, I think this works slightly better than Kerastase Elixir Ultime. It doesn't coat the hair as much, leaving a lighter feel. I also like that the pump for the bottle dispenses a smaller amount at a time. I often had to wipe away excess with the Elixir Ultime, else be stuck with greasy hair. I will say the scent is quite... potent. It reminds me of an Aveda type smell. Earthy and sweet. I'll give credit to the Kerastase for having a nicer, less obtrusive scent. But, overall, the Davines wins. It's a special product to apply it and to instantly look like you have better, healthier hair. EDIT - Bumping this to a 5. It's now my favorite hair oil. My hair is soft and hydrated looking and even when I apply more than I anticipated, it doesn't get greasy!
Shampoo -John Masters - Zinc & Sage Shampoo with Conditioner
miele2007 3/8/2013 9:17:00 AM
So weird that in a sea of natural smelling products from the John Masters line, this shampoo/conditioner smells identical to a Caramel Macchiato. Combined with the dark, syrupy color, it really feels decadent. I personally love the softness I get from this shampoo. For those of us who wash their hair daily (if not twice,) having built in conditioning properties really cuts back on the dry and stripped feeling. I still use condition on the ends, but, I could imagine those with short styles being able to get away with just this one product.
Polishes -Lippmann Collection - Money Now Sleep Later
miele2007 3/6/2013 9:05:00 AM
Gorgeous color, horrible formula. Took 5 thin layers to get decent coverage and it still seems a little lighter in some patches.
This now takes first place for best lip balm/treatment. I had a terrible experience recently where I used a sample of Natura Bisse's exfoliating face mask. I had smeared the mask on, it's texture like a soft wax, and within minutes it had liquified on my face and began to drip everywhere - including over my lips. Well, by the next morning my lips were chapped beyond belief and peeling like crazy. I picked up the lip balm the next day at the Barney's Beauty Event and less than 12 hours later, my lips were back to normal! A Miracle! While I think By Terry's Baume de Rose plumps more, the Cle de Peau has the advantages of having no scent and a handy tube form. It's actually the best of both worlds now - I keep the BdR at home in my medicine cabinet, and bring the Cle de Peau stick in my purse.
Primer/ Corrector -Sunday Riley - Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer
miele2007 12/20/2012 11:21:00 AM
The Bad: I haven't found a single moisturizer or serum I can use with this. As soon as I apply the EBTP over anything else, the pigment balls up and it's useless. Also, as others have noted, the cap pops off almost constantly, and keeping it in a makeup bag is a guarantee to have this happen. The Good: Used alone, the coverage is beautiful and yes, a dot of concealer on tougher areas and you have a flawless face. It also smells great, a little citrusy. Overall, I feel the good qualities far outweigh the not-quite-so-great and will repurchase when I run out.
Conditioner -Pantene - Expert Collection Age Defy Conditioner
miele2007 11/14/2012 9:32:00 AM
Smells good and feels nice going on. Not too slippery, but, it makes the hair feel pleasantly coated and nourished. My hair has been looking great since I've been using this along with the leave-in spray. My next purchase will be the matching shampoo and I am hoping my hair will look even better!
Treatments -Pantene - Expert Collection Age Defy Advanced Thickening Treatment
miele2007 11/12/2012 12:13:00 AM
So far, so good. Works pretty well... my hair has noticable body. As much as when I use my Oribe texturizing spray. It came out to $15 with my Ulta coupon, so, it's still a little pricey for a drugstore line. I will be buying this again when I run out, and trying the matching shampoo and conditioner. Only real flaws are that it comes out in goopey spurts, like a gel - and has a noticable Niacin smell. If you've ever used products from Nioxin or similar, you know what I'm talking about.
Bought my usual CdP concealer stick at Saks and was given two samples of this bad boy. Despite the price tag, I fully intend on buying a full size once I run out. I have never been so impressed with a "wrinkle" treatment before. As I have oily skin, I usually slap on some very light Tracie Martyn skin serum and call it a day. I actually see, (or rather don't see - get it) a difference in the faint lines by my eyes and forehead from using this. It also feels great. Neither heavy or oily, but, makes the skin feel loved and moist. Adore this!
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - TRIA Laser Hair Removal System
miele2007 11/2/2012 5:16:00 PM
My comments reflect those of previous reviewers. The Tria is a miracle. However, just like "dieting and exercise" are miracles to losing weight, you have to work at it to get the results you want. The treatment tip is tiny, and especially when you are first starting out with lots of dark hair, it seems to take forever and is painful. When I was doing it originally, some of the "zaps" brought tears in my eyes. Do not get discouraged! My best suggestion it to just do 10 minutes a a day, at the highest setting, (hurts more, but, you will see results faster.) My bikini line is hair free for over a YEAR now. Now, I never have to do emergency wax/shaving before visiting my fiance out of state. It's the best money I've ever spent on a beauty item - and the most lasting effects.
Another blush win for me, by Chanel. This may even replace Espiegle as my favorite of all time. I kept seeing people's FOTD pictures, or celebrities at events, and the notes always included Tempting Beige. What drew me to the photos, was how subtle the color looked. It made them look alive, but, without that oft typical "drunk flush" of color that pinks and corals can give. I'm wearing it now with a dark, berry lip, and it looks as lovely as when I wore it with a heavier eye and a nude mouth. Wonderful, perfect, sublime!
Need.Bottle.Now. I'll be extra good if I can have it with Swarovski crystals? This is the tubereuse scent I have been looking for. Warm, rich and the tubereuse beautifully and subtly present - this is not a white floral that will club you over the head. There is an almost effervescent champagne note that bubbles up at the end of a waft. Probably the mandarin/citrus notes, which read like a mimosa in my brain. Imagine a cocktail party in the garden of a Manhattan townhouse: Chanel jackets and pearls, mingling in a heady night. While it does smell a little "classic" and uptown for my Helmut Lang/Isabel Marant style of dress, the leather and spice give it just enough edge, and I can't help but adore it.
Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The Mega Plush
miele2007 9/15/2012 5:05:00 PM
I like the gel formula of this mascara. It has a noticably lighter feel on the lashes - way less spidery/gloppy than traditional ones. However, if any water gets near it, a huge mess ensues. I normally wash my mascara off at night when I clean my face. I never use specific eye makeup remover. However, I have to with the Mega Plush, as it creates a raccoon mess under the eyes which only comes off with something oily. I'll stick with my L'Oreal Voluminous Collagene mascara for now.
Lipstick -Sephora - MANIAC MAT LONG WEARING MATTE LIPSTICK
miele2007 9/15/2012 1:56:00 PM
While I liked the above average lasting power, and the slender tube, the awful grape scent turned me off entirely. I tried to get beyond it, but, I eventually broke down and returned it to Sephora.
I waver on my opinion of this. On the saleswoman at Saks, it smelled soft and sweet. On me, too much of the sharp cedar hangs around. If you really want to know what this reminds me of, it's LUSH's "Silky Underwear" powder. Vanilla mixed with an almost damp woodchip smell. Odd, but, sexy and intruiging for sure.