I am pleasantly surprised. I removed a dark red brown with ion color corrector, then immediately colored with this product in color 56, true auburn. I did add a few drops of no grey but other than that I didn't mess with the formula. I was worried I would end up with a pinky auburn, but it is that perfect auburn which is not quite orange, not quite brown not quite red or gold. It's just auburn. I'm psyched! Hair texture is good and not fried! I left the dish on a while, I guess that smoothed down the cuticle. No hot roots, a miracle.
Moisturizers -L'Oreal - Advanced Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair Night Creme
mochakitty 2/21/2012 12:37:00 PM
This is an excellent product. I use this about 4-5 nights a week on my off nights from Retin-A. It is moisturizing, and I think offers a good value in that I can keep up retinoid use while whittling down my Retin-A use, which has become hard for me to procure. Although this product is heavily scented, I don't mind the odor, and my husband has complimented me on it. It is very moisturizing and when I wake up my skin is glowing, firm and moisturized. I love it, I think it's the best night cream available for the price.
Bought this in Ruby today and love. It's a sheer, cool mid tone red and I love it. A color that is hard to find. The last lipstick I wore which had this color was Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Rich Cherry. That's been long discontinued and I've been looking for a dupe ever since. This might be the ticket! So far, no peeling, drying out or smearing. No color or flavor that I can detect. I think it's perfect. And organic! Can't beat that since most lipstick is actually ingested by the wearer.
Hair Color -Clairol - Professional Premium Creme Demi Permanent
mochakitty 8/14/2011 8:17:00 PM
I used this in 3G, medium golden brown and my hair came out exactly like the swatch, except for the very ends of my hair which are damaged from multiple colorings, henna, clairol natural instincts in a dark eggplant and then stripped with Ion color corrector prior to coloring with this demi. Yes my hair has been through a lot and I can't believe it came out like the swatch. I'm impressed. By the way I used it with the developer marketed by Clairol for this product. *******update****9/6/11 I just used this to retouch my virgin (greying) roots. I left it on 30 minutes. Mixed with the same 10 vol developer marketed for the demi product by Clairol. I would say they're only about 50-60% covered. Not sure if this will do it in the long run. I threw out the directions so now I don't know if I can leave it on longer than 30 minutes...am going to look into that and possibly try that next. Dang.
Hair Color -Unlisted Brand - Roux Fanci-Full Mousse
mochakitty 1/28/2011 6:43:00 PM
I thought I would try this in Chocolate Kiss (or whatever Brown color they have), to see if it could camouflage my grey roots in-between colorings. I have analyzed all the other products out there (Hairmarker, etc., ) and I felt that this would present the best solution for me *if* it actually toned the grey down. Wow, I am impressed. It's not perfect by any means, however, following washing and towel-drying, I went ahead and spread the product throughout my whole hair. I blow-dried and styled, and it did the trick. Grey roots are sufficiently dulled down, and if I can get away with a dry shampoo for a day or two, awesome, I won't have to go through it again. It wasn't very messy and didn't have a noticeable scent. You must wash your hands vigorously after using this product, but for the price and effectiveness, it's all systems go for me.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Color Sensational in Plum Perfect
mochakitty 1/10/2011 4:48:00 PM
Nice product for a drugstore price. For the record, I have thin lips and prefer dark lipsticks, it's just my overall look. I bought this color, and mauvelicious (or something like that) - both colors are plums. This tone is a bit more red/brown but overall a plum. Deeply pigmented with a creamy texture that doesn't feel cheap. I didn't notice any odd smell, either. I wouldn't call it incredibly moisturizing but I like a dryer lipstick anyhow, something with staying power. I bought it at Target for about 5.50, don't buy at CVS or Walgreens - it's overpriced there.
Wonderful product. I found my skin too sensitive to use straight-up rosa mosqueta (see my review for Aubrey Organics' oil), however, this oil from Burt's is a good blend of borage, rose hip, jojoba, wheat germ and other extracts which soothe and moisturize the skin. The scent is delightful but is subtle and fades rather quickly. The product is natural enough to eat, which I love. And it gives me a glow like no other serum. I wish I could buy it in a 2 ounce container, however, as this depletes quickly. I like to use this both at night and during the day, just after washing my face. Sometimes I will even dab a smidge of the oil on my crow's feet AFTER I've done my makeup. It just softens everything and makes me look younger and more glowy. The oil sinks in nicely to no ill effect, but that being said, my skin is on the drier side. John Masters has a similar product in a larger container, but I think this oil from Burt's has more Rosa Mosqueta, which is high in Vitamin A and could perhaps be considered a very weak retinoid. That I like, because even though I use Retin-A and/or Taz, I find that utilize multiple retinoids gives me the best results. I plan to keep buying this in the future. UPDATE::: I will probably not buy it again in the future, after using for a few months, it's not doing anything for me, in fact, lines look the same if not worse. Back to retin-a, which works, and possibly Kiehl's line reducing concentrate.
I don't think it has cones, which I was excited about. I've had good results with the matching shampoo and thought I'd try the condish. Someone mentioned they didn't work so well together, and ODDLY, that is true for me as well! I like to alternate this with my Biolage Cond. Balm or Aura Cherry Bark, neither of which have cones as well. This conditioner leaves my straight shiny fine hair even straighter and shinier. It gives it good slip and detangling capability. I like the scent too. The bottle design is dreadful and hard to open in the shower, but for the price and results, I'll deal with it.
Cleansers -St. Ives - Make-Up Remover & Facial Cleanser FRESH SKIN
mochakitty 8/25/2010 9:35:00 AM
HG status. The thing is, it doesn't rinse off, you have to remove it like cold cream. Massage it into damp skin/eye makeup/etc, then remove gently with a very warm, wet facecloth. It is perfect for those with dryer skins. Does not break me out or clog, but occasionally, I alternate with St. Ives Apricot Cleanser which contains BHA to deep clean my pores.
Eyeliner -Jordana - GlitterRocks retractable eyeliner pencil
mochakitty 6/24/2010 4:48:00 PM
These are great eyeliners for the price. Not *too* glittery, but there is some glitter in the liner which makes it pop. I have two of these, one in purple, and one in green, and I generally use one or the other everyday. The major pros are that: the pigmentation is pretty good; the eyeliner goes on very smoothly (no tugging); and, the color doesn't smudge. While these are not waterproof, I do find them pretty long-lasting, even though I am an adamant high-ppd sunscreen wearer and those are generally greasy. In summary, you can't beat this for the price; some of the best automatic liners I've ever used.
Highlighters -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping [DISCONTINUED]
mochakitty 12/9/2009 10:55:00 AM
This is my first MSF and I bought it at a CCO after debating for a few days whether or not to buy. I don't normally use foundation, blush or powder so I couldn't really reconcile buying a highlight powder -- but I knew this was a unique product. It's great for paler, cool-toned skins, just gives me a nice glowy edge. I'm so glad I bought this. This morning, I woke up and put it on just as an experiment (haven't showered yet). WOW, it does wonders. This is a HG.
Hair Color -Unlisted Brand - Light Mountain Natural Hair Color & Conditioner
mochakitty 6/14/2009 2:31:00 PM
This review is for the original Light Mountain Natural (Henna), not for their 2-step product, Light Mountain Color the Grey. I used the pure henna product in "light brown" and "medium brown." Firstly, let me mention I have used henna before and it was not pure, turned my hair green (it had been previously processed, yes, but with 100% pure henna, you should not have a green result), and completely destroyed my hair. This time, however, I did my research at hennaforhair.com; and learned that I could use 100% henna to tone my greys, and if this henna were mixed with natural indigo, it would not turn my head into a lucille ball lookalike. The product is messy, yes. If I didn't have a hot day in the backyard, I probably wouldn't use this product. Especially in an apartment. But i have a backyard where I can get messy in my bathingsuit. I mixed mainly the light color with the medium and added some lemon juice. I basically followed the directions, no interaction with metal pans, spoons, etc., and applied it first to my greying roots, then after an hour or so, to the rest of my head, where the color had been previously lifted somewhat with store bought box dye. The result is amazing. My hair is a better texture, and the color is grand. the greys are tinted a dark gold, the rest of my hair is reddish, which I like. If you don't want reddish hair, see hennapage for others' experiences and recommendations. You CAN avoid getting a completely red result with the right combinations of henna, cassia & indigo. here here for natural haircolor!! saved the day. My darker-haired sister is now going to give it a shot with a mixture of the dark brown and the black henna from Light Mountain.
I forgot about this mascara, and I've been using drugstore as well as high-end brands for a while now. I spotted this at WF for 15.00 and grabbed it, as I remembered how natural looking it made my lashes. I don't wear a lot of makeup so this is the right look for me, particularly the brown Ecco Bella mascara. This mascara simply makes me look as if I have gorgeous natural long lashes, and it shapes them. It does not add a lot of volume, but I'm alright with that, I'm not interested in that look. It lengthens and adds structure, which is what I want. A very successful natural product which I highly recommend.
Lip Gloss -Jane Iredale - Pure Gloss Lip Gloss in Cherry Sparkle
mochakitty 4/21/2009 5:06:00 PM
HG status, a perfect sheer, cool-toned red that I've been looking for since Clinique discontinued its Sheer Cherry Almost Lipstick. This gloss is not sticky, the texture is comparable to that of Chanel Glossimer lip gloss. It has some staying power, and the slightest hint of sparkle. Unfortunately, the amount of product is very tiny for $19.00, it was a splurge and I'm so glad I bought it even if I run out quickly.
Very similar to Jane Iredale's Circle/Delete concealer. I like the lighter color in this one better for my coloring however. Really moisturizing, does not flake but settles into cracks somewhat. I've always had problems with flakies around my eyes from concealers, but I make sure to use eyecream a few minutes before putting this on. Then I apply lightly with a brush over my dark circles. Works great and the color is very natural. As far as packaging, I'd probably like a flip-top better but this does the trick. Very good product, possibly the best concealer I'll ever find.