Styling Products -Unlisted Brand - Hercut The Blunt Catalyst
mumu81202 2/12/2010 1:51:00 PM
I got a sample of this from Sephora. The Blunt catalyst is a joke. It has two products that are to mixed just prior to applying, to "compact the hair and seal the ens for beautiful, synchonized movement". What a load of $%&@. This is simply a cheap hair cream on one side combined with a cheap 80's like crunchy gel on the other. My hair is dry, crunchy, and plasticized. I could've looked nicer with dollar-store product.
I purchased this item after seeing Guerlain's mascara with a similar mace-like applicator.The medieval looking brush really drew me in. Boy am I a fool. I've tried applying this in every way I can think of, with no good results. There is literally NOTHING I like about this mascara. I tried one coat, two coats, wiping off excess product, and tried a different brush. It DID reach the inner corner lashes but was so horrid that I immediately took it off (making me late) I DOES clump. Stupendously. Scary Tammy Faye Baker eyes. It DID lengthen, sort of. My lashes were a clumpy spidery gangly hot mess. You can't really layer it (due to clumping and spider tips) and it doesn't thicken at all (skinny daddy-long legs lashes) I have no idea how anyone has had any success with this product. I trashed it. I kept the brush though ( I found that it's good for smoothing baby hairs along my forehead) I'm going back to Voluminous.
Treatments -Philosophy - On A Clear Day Retinol Clarifying Lotion
mumu81202 2/12/2010 1:31:00 PM
During an especially gruesome hormonal breakout, I staggered into my Sephora desperate for something that could make me feel a little less like the elephant man. In the Philosophy skincare section I found a tube of Retinol Clarifying Lotion. I've read plenty about retinols, and decided that this could be my solution to prevent a future acnemageddon. I apply a peanut size amount after washing and toning to my most vulnerable attack areas. It's an off-white, somewhat chemically smelling cream (luckily that dissipates very quickly) that leaves my face feeling smooth (probably due to the silicone) and a little moisturized. As it is not a moisturizer, dryer areas still need attention. Two days in, I noticed that everything seemed smoother and brighter. Four days in, I noticed that pre-acne bumps had disappeared and current acne was teensy or gone. A little over a week in, and I'm still seeing hopeful results. I'm not wishing for miracles, just hoping to not again have the Quasimodo face I felt I had 10 days ago.*Update* I've almost finished this tube, and it seems that the retinol in is no mach for my hormonal acne. Also, the silky silicones gave me cystic bumps on my chin/jaw region. I'm still trying to clear those up, in addition to my older acne scars not wanting to heal :(
Accessories -Unlisted Brand - Pandora Bead Bracelet
mumu81202 10/23/2009 12:20:00 AM
I LOVE MY PANDORA!
I got the silver bracelet (silver clasp) for free at a local jewelry store's event last year. Since then, I have collected 17 charms/beads for just about every possible gift occasion. They're a great affordable luxury, and picking out new beads for my wish-list is like shopping for candy. I have murano glass, silver and silver with gold accents beads, since I'm not a yellow gold fan. But there's more of a selection of the metal I like anyway, which makes me fairly happy. My DH likes this too, b/c he's not at a loss for a gift for me for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. I just keep track of what I have at my jewelry store, and the online Pandora site(where I also have my wishlist)
Eye Shadow -Urban Decay - Matte Eyeshadow in Illegal
mumu81202 10/22/2009 11:59:00 PM
I was looking for another nice crease color to enhance my green eyes. Illegal is it. It's a nice plummy grey that accentuates my greens just enough, while still wearing like a neutral. It's great for a sophisticated look. My favorite pairing with it so far is with Stila Cloud on the lid, and it in the crease, followed by Urban Decay's 1999 as a liner. Voila! A really fast and easy elegant eye that I can wear day to night, due to its matteness. Sure, it's not the consistency of Bobbi Brown's matte shadows, but it's not the same price either.
Liquid -MAC - Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation [DISCONTINUED]
mumu81202 3/17/2008 6:05:00 PM
As usual, MAC has lousy foundations. This is no exception. Though it's texture is nicely viscous, smells like carnations, and leaves a satin finish, this crap won't blend properly into the skin for nothin'. It just sits there. You blend using a sponge. It sits. You use a brush, it sits and mocks you. It just lays there, laughing at your futile attempts to blend it. So please, save yourself the anguish of blending, or worse, allowing it to just sit on your skin all day, and skip this foundation
Terrible scrub. Far too harsh for faces, maybe suitable for feet. Feels like scrubbing with sand. Awful. If you're scrubbing this hard, you might as well peel your skin off and get it over with. Bluck.
Deodorants -Unlisted Brand - Degree Ultra Clear Deodorant
mumu81202 11/8/2007 2:55:00 PM
I strayed from my usual Secret Platinum to try this. My Secret has 19% aluminum salts to block sweat, this only has 14-15%, that said, I thought I'd give it a go anyway. Unfortunately, in order to apply the proper amount of product to help prevent wetness/smells, this leaves the same white streaks as any other deodorant/anti-perspirant. While the scent does last longer than Secret's scent, Secret's scents are far more feminine than Degree's (all the women's scents smell very manly to me). So I won't be switching deodorant anytime soon.
Scrubs -Peter Thomas Roth - Botanical Buffing Beads
mumu81202 10/22/2007 9:03:00 AM
This is hands-down my favorite exfoliator. I adore this scrub for my face/neck, and if it weren't so expensive, I'd use it on my body too. It has a very slight vaguely citris smell (through you can get other scents too), and the jojoba beads are suspended in a blue, easy to work with gel. I really like the blue color, it mades it a cinch to be sure that all of the scrub is rinsed off in the shower. The exfoliant is jojoba beads (like Benefit Pineapple scrub) , super gentle and extrmely effective. I've never torn up my face over-exfoliating (which I can be guilty of) unlike using other scrubs made of plastic or wax beads (clinique, Neutrogena, and Clear & Clear, I'm talkin' to you) And unlike Benefit's before mentioned scrub, I don't get this stuck in my hairline or brows and it doesn't get all over the shower (which is a very hard to clean sticky yucky mess). I don't care much for the price, so I've opted to buy the $10 smaller size over and over again. Also, around the holidays, PTR releases a multi-scented pack of these that gives you more ounces for more cheaply than the original packaging. Hooray!
Moisturizers -L'Occitane - Honey Face Cream [DISCONTINUED]
mumu81202 10/22/2007 8:55:00 AM
Thismoisturizer saved my face after chemotherapy. Prior to chemo, my face was normal, with 2 small patches of dry and a little acne prone (blackheads) on my chin. But chemo made me dry to very dry everywhere and very acne prone once a month. Not a pretty sight. This cream resurrected my skin to its former glory. I tried many emollient products (whole range of drugstore and health food store, BB, PTR, & Caudalie) to no avail. One generous fingertip's worth from this pretty jar (I wish it were in a pump) is all I need for my whole face and neck. My skin is now moisturized, fairly clear (I still have an monthly zit, but that's hormones for ya), and , well, pretty. It has a happy healthy glow. So much so that most days I only wear concealer under my eyes and a TM. Not foundation. Yay!
I love this stuff. I'm not good about using hand/body lotion, much less conditioning my nails and cuticles, but I do remember to use this. I hate cuticle oils, since they're messy and difficult for me to figure out how much to apply. This is super-crazy-easy. A teensy amount of balm out of the tin(say, half a small pea) is all ya need for your whole hand(sometimes both). It will melt with your body's temperature, making it easy to rub onto your nails and cuticles. I tend to continue down my finger to my knuckles if I've extra product. Leave it alone, and my nails suck it in quickly, easily less than 2-3 minutes. I like that I can take this balm anywhere without spilling, and it makes a good lip balm too (nice slight shine, light slick feel). Oh, and about the price, I got both of mine from a discount internet nail supply and it was less than $5 including shipping.
Ok, all the below complaints are true--All the colors appear nearly black, not the color they state; It's difficult to get a straight thin line witht he applicator; It dries quickly and doesn't allow for boo-boos. As an eyeliner, this sucks. However, as a temporary tattoo ink, it's great. I can draw anything I like anywhere and it dries quickly with no smearing. All the colors look blackened, and especially the teal looks like a real tattoo on my PPP skin. Great to play with!
Lip Gloss -Christian Dior - Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect-777
mumu81202 8/29/2007 2:15:00 PM
What a lovely gloss! I beautiful package--blue top with silver knob, and a great product inside. Lovely non-sticky, somewhat moisturizing shimmery mauve. A bit more color than a YLBB, and perfect for all occasions. Can you tell I like this gloss? What I don't like is the price; but it's Dior, whatchagonnado?
Cherry lip stain lipstick is beautiful. But don't let the name fool ya; it's not red. At least it's not on me. I'm a PPP/dk hair and this lippie is a berry-ish color. Like the color your lips would be if you ate a bowl of cherries. A pretty pinky red tone that applies sheer and can be built up to a deeper hue. But it never gets terribly opaque or dark, and that's why I love it. I would definately repurchase.
As a plus sized woman, I am in dire need of toning up my butt, upper thighs, and lower tummy (my upper tummy is strangely toned, and I've a smaller waist than most women of my size). That said, a couple years back I bought a pair of Spanx power panties for an event to firm up the rear and smooth out the cottage cheese hanging from my thighs. I had to fight and sweat to get these suckers on, but once they were, it was love. I had a tight, high booty, and smooth thighs. Under my skirt they were invisable, and I looked great. Restroom time was interesting. Zoom! They come off, but you really need to wriggle and pant to get them back on. That's when I discovered the secret: DON'T pul them on like bike shorts. When ya put them on, pull each leg all the way up (to your low hip), then slide them over your rear. Then, pull each leg down to cover your thigh. AHA! same results, faster and easier method. Also, the very first time I wore these I had about 5 sec. of the tummy roll-down problem. Just pull down the tummy area a little so they hit at (or a wee bit below) your natural waistline (thinnest part of waist, not necessarily where you where your pants). Problem solved. Flatter tummy, no bulges, no rolls, no discomfort. I now own 2 pairs of these and wear them for special occasions or under skirts/dresses. They're comfortable enough that I've eaten dinner, drank, danced, walked a mile, and went bowling (all the the same evening) with NO problems. Now I want to get the strapless cami for tummy and back smoothing :)