Fragrances -Trish McEvoy - #3 Snowdrop and Crystal Flowers
momwom 2/25/2012 2:16:00 PM
This is the only fragrance I've ever worn that made people actually stop me on the street and ask what it was. And that's happened several times. Not to mention my facialist, a couple of sales people, and various others. I've worn it for years, and while I enjoy an occasional change to something a bit more floral in the summer, this is just a great fragrance--on me. I know that body chemistry affects fragrance, so try it at the counter first. I think it's wonderful.
Skincare - Body -Sally Hansen - Airbrush Legs in Light Glow
momwom 8/23/2011 2:14:00 PM
Agreed--this is terrific stuff and the answer to many a prayer. I do think, however, that it was originally conceived as a spray-on (directly to legs), or else why not a tube or a bottle? I remember when it first came out--the directions said nothing about spraying into your hand. That change happened, I believe, after too many people complained about the residual mess. They just changed the directions on the can. If you do have a location that enables you to spray it on directly, I recommend it. I go outside--on the roof of my apartment building. It cuts application time in half and, I think, leaves a more even application. It does dry rather quickly, which I think is a plus--so spraying it on really is ideal if you can pull it off. Place the sprayer about 8-10 inches from your leg and keep it moving for best results. Being outside also enables you to better judge how you're doing (evenness of application etc.) Other than that, I second all the enthusiasm--it covers just enough to still look authentic--like those could be your actual, real, unblemished legs.
Brows -Anastasia Of Beverly Hills - Anastasia Brow Powder
momwom 8/18/2011 5:07:00 PM
I am another woman who, faced with suddenly skimpy brows in later life, figured a pencil was the way to go--to imitate hairs for a more natural look. But honestly, those pencils stay sharp for one-half an eyebrow, and finding the right color was frustrating. I always thought the powders would produce a solid, silly-looking brow--like I was trying too hard--in a color that would never match (whatever that might be). I was wrong. I am "formerly blond," now with highlights and a little gray, and use medium ash. I love that these colors aren't yellow-ish. Very grayed back, which is just what I needed. As others have said, follow the directions (dark in the bare patches, light all over). Get the proper brush--the right tools always matter. It's so easy--almost foolproof. I do also like the Laura Geller combo with the tint at one end and the gel at the other--sometimes I add that, but it's not really necessary. This is another "a little goes a long way" product--always a plus.
A couple of years ago when this product was new, I e-mailed Linda Rodin (the creator) through the website to ask when in the endless sequence of product application the face oil was best applied. She e-mailed right back--the MOST cordial note, with her thanks for my interest and all the info I needed, including how and when she uses it. It's little things like this that one remembers. One thing I love about this product is that the scent (which I am very fond of) kind of comes back and hits you in the nose as you walk down the street on a New York morning. I also love the fact that it does everything it says it will do. At my age, there's no point in worrying about anti-aging, as I have already aged. Between this and Renova, with occasional Skinceuticals C E Ferulic, I have everything I need. Although I regret the price, I am willing to pay it for the results and the pleasure of application.
I've given up on this product. It may be fairly good at priming, but Smashbox has got to work out their packaging issues. This bottle just doesn't work--you always end up unscrewing the pump and digging it out with a Q-tip. Ridiculous. Put the stuff in a tube or something! Sephora is so used to exchanging these that you hardly have to say anything when you take it back--you just hold up the bottle. I know there are better primers--am trying Nars next.
Lotions/ Creams -Aqua Glycolic - Hand and Body Lotion
momwom 6/22/2009 2:44:00 PM
As with others, my dermatologist recommended this to me for "old lady chest." You know, those vertical wrinkles you get in your decollete/decolletage (I'm never sure which is correct.) This has absolutely smoothed out that area--both wrinkles and sun spots--all the stuff we get if we had a lot of sun exposure back in the 60's and 70's, pre-SPF. The pump action is perfect--and it's great for age spots on hands as well. Even if you don't have these issues yet--start using this lotion now. I'm a big believer in proactive long-term treatment--ward off the problem before it presents itself. Price is absolutely appropriate. Great stuff.
Treatments (Eye) -Kiehls - Imperiale Repairateur Moisturizing Eye Balm
momwom 6/18/2009 4:13:00 PM
This is the first Kiehl's product I ever bought--about 25 years ago. I have used it faithfully ever since. Now, of course, it's impossible to say how I'd look without having used it, but I can say that the area around my eyes is wrinkle-free. Completely. It does migrate if you use too much--I usually dot it on top and bottom (3-4 dabs each) and then just keep dabbing it around until it's sort of gone. As others have said, it's thick and Vaseline-y, so it doesn't really disappear, and I wouldn't use it under makeup. But I do believe in this product and will use it as long as Kiehl's makes it.
I'm feeling like my age group is a little under-represented on this site, so here goes the first review. It is mainly inspired by the ridiculous packaging for this product, which endeavors to make a thimbleful of stuff look like a lifetime supply. I understand that it's also about shelf space, but really. I'm quite sure that manufacturers read the reviews on this site, and I think it's important to support the ones who manage to use responsible packaging. This packaging is the height of irresponsibility. Another issue is that it's difficult to get this pump to pump out an appropriate amount. You don't need much, and once it's out, it's out. I'm sure that wasn't entirely unintentional on the part of Olay. I respect the Olay product line, but this item, in my opinion, is not up to their normally high standards. Even in small amounts, it can get that clumpiness under your makeup, and once I've encountered that, I'm basically turned off and back to the search. I've not tried Pro-X, but I will soon. Allure says that Definity reduces dark circles, but I haven't noticed any difference at all in this area either. So this is a total no-go for me.