Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Royal Doulton - Doulton EDP
niveous 11/2/2011 1:37:00 AM
First launched in 1998, Doulton is described as a fruity floral. Though, make no mistake, it's a warm and sophisticated fruity floral that's more suited for the modern woman than a young lass. Because of its richness, I like to wear this one on a brisk fall/winter day than a sunny summer day. It has great lasting power and sillage. Here are its notes: Top: pear, peach, plum, melon Middle: lily, lily of the valley, narcissus Base: musk, patchouli, amber, sandalwood Is this really discontinued? That'd be unfortunate, because Doulton is not your run-of-the-mill fragrance, and not many people seem to know about it - which makes it a keeper in my book.
My HG lipgloss. A rosy, YLBB shade that moisturizes organically, and gives me a sultry gloss/iridescent sheen that's just enough for a daytime look. The consistency is smooth, not watery, but thick enough to be emollient. Not sure if this really has goji berries in it, but the taste/smell isn't offensive. I'm already done with my first tube and would happily shell out full retail pricing for another. Love this!
My go-to cleanser when I want to remove my makeup, yet doesn't leave my face dry or taut. I love how simple and mild it is - forget all the expensive cleansers that promise to do miracles! There doesn't appear to be anything harsh in this soap and I'm sad I decided to try this bar after years of washing with some pretty harsh stuff. I think the price for this bar has gone up - it's now selling for $7 in some drugstores? Still worth it though, if you buy the bonus-sized bar, as it will last you a long time.
I find this cleanser to be pretty gentle on my sensitive skin. It's my morning cleanser and does a great job of removing the oil slick from my face! The cleanser lathers well and has a faint, unoffensive fragrance. My only complaint is it seems to leave a residue on my face if I don't do a thorough washing - hence a lippy off. Otherwise I'd probably repurchase and continue using this when I feel my skin needs some basic, gentle cleaning.
Eucerin has such great products that really helped me with my eczema, so I picked up this lotion without hesitation. I mean, it's Eucerin, with SPF! And SPF 30 at that! Much better protection than my HG Olay SPF 15, right? So I started using this on a daily basis, under my makeup. I did notice that it didn't quite jive with my makeup as well as my Olay, but I ignored it for the sake of the higher SPF. Until, that is, a guy actually commented that my face looked white. Yikes! With the amount that should be used to ensure sun protection, there's no way that this lotion doesn't leave a whitish cast! Now I use it for my hands and arms - back to Olay for my face.
Skincare - Body -Neutrogena - Body Clear Body Spray
niveous 4/5/2011 12:29:00 AM
I suffer from backne and had great hopes for this product to rid me of stubborn clogged pores in the back! So far I've used up about 1/2 of the bottle and noticed a slight improvement - I'm no longer getting painful pimples on my back, and there seems to be fewer clogged pores now. However, this is no miracle cure and hasn't cleared up my back. That said, I will use up this product and make up my mind then. The 360 degree pump does work well and allows the product to be sprayed upside-down. One word of caution: hold your breath while spraying this, as it has a very alcoholic scent, unless you want to get a high!
I have many Milani lipsticks in my stash, but South Beach is definitely one of my top faves and has yet to be rotated out of my makeup bag! South Beach is a beautiful bronzy red with gold shimmer that works well on all skin tones. A co-worker from India first introduced me to this lipstick and I had to buy it because it looked so great on her. Even though her skin tone is warmer and darker than mine, this lipstick turned out to work on me, too! (NC20-25, cool/neutral toned) Whenever I feel like wearing a sexy red lipstick that's not over-the-top red, South Beach is it. It's versatile for both day and night times. Like all Milani lipsticks, it has the signature floral scent, which I think only adds to the glamour of using this product. Absolutely love this!
I'm wondering if Milani changed the formula at all, because the Sexy Rose I picked up recently isn't rosy in color, but rather a bit purple/berry/fuschia with very shimmery bits! In fact, its bright color was what made me pick it up. It looks great on either warm or cooled toned gals - I know because the gals in my family have all tried! Like all Milani lipsticks, it has the signature floral scent (which somehow reminds me of vintage makeup from the 1950s and makes me feel glamorous while applying!). Also like all Milani lipsticks, it is very pigmented and one can tone it down with gloss or use as it for a striking effect. It's one of several Milani lipsticks I own and I love them all!
On a trip to the drugstore, I suddenly got hit with nostalgia and picked up a bottle of J&J's Baby Lotion. Since then, it's been a constant companion by my bed! I like putting it on my hands before going to sleep - it smells like the baby powder and is very soothing and calming. One of the best things about this product is that it's non-greasy, so you don't have to worry about greasy fingerprints. It's also very mild and non-irritating. The downside to that is it's not for really dry/chapped skin; while I find it does a great job during the summer months, my hands need heavier duty lotions like Eucerin during the winter. Still, it's a bargain at about $3 for a whopping 15 fl. oz., and sometimes it even comes with a 4 fl. oz. freebie!
I've always been a fan of PF products, and the twin concealers have long been a holy grail of mine. When the yellow/light side on the twin concealer ran out, I was in desperate need of a good alternative to cover up blemishes! Enter Concealer RX. I purchased the Fair Light as I found it was the closest match to the twin concealer shade. This little tube works serious wonders! I use it for spot treatment on a daily basis. It's so pigmented that just the tiniest bit of concealer covers up that problem spot. It is especially heaven-sent during that time of the month when I break out more than usual. This is one of the magic weapons in my makeup bag and I won't travel anywhere without it.
A friend told me a few years back that she used to give biotin vitamins/pills to the horses that she raised because biotin is great for their manes - the same reason why biotin is supposed to be great for human hair, too! So when I saw this shampoo, and faced with all the hair in my shower drain, I had to pick it up for a try. The shampoo promises to be gentle, and I will say this: It is very gentle and makes my scalp a bit tingly when I use it. On the other hand, it is so gentle that I find myself having to use lots of it if my hair is a bit more dirty, as it is not meant to be a clarifying shampoo. Granted, I don't use it on a continual basis, since I rotate among several shampoos to prevent build-up, so I am not sure I see the difference it makes in my hair. Perhaps biotin works better when taken as a vitamin? I'm on the fence about this one, but seeing that it is somewhat pricey (if I recall correctly, $8-9 for a bottle) for the iffy results, I probably won't repurchase.
Moisturizers -Avalon Organics Botanicals - Lavender Daily Moisturizer
niveous 2/19/2008 1:22:00 AM
Previously I was using a moisturizer from Nature's Gate that contained ginkgo, but since that product was discontinued, I was on a hunt for a replacement that would equal or surpass my Nature's Gate love. For what it's worth, I have sensitive skin with slight rosacea, an oily T-zone and cheeks that tend to flake in the winter time, so I really needed something that's moisturizing yet balancing so I don't wake up with a giant oil slick! I've been using the Lavender Daily Moisturizer for 1.5 weeks and it's been keeping my face very happy at night. No breakouts, irritation, or clogged pores. No parabens, harsh preservatives, or animal testing either. The top ingredients are: lavender, chamomile, white tea extract, arnica extract, vegetable glycerin, octyl palmitate, sunflower oil, aloe, and licorice root, plus it also contains pro-vitamin B5, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, grape seed polyphenols, vitamin E, and willow bark extract. Although the packaging says it's unscented, the moisturizer actually smells like lavender, but the scent is calming and unobtrusive. The texture is light, smooth, and non-greasy. Love it. Costs USC$14.99 at my local CVS.
Blush -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Talc Free Blush Pink Glow
niveous 2/19/2008 1:04:00 AM
I've been a big fan of PF for some time, especially the Mineral Wear line. I picked up Pink Glow and Blushing Glow on my last trip to Walgreen's and paid USD $6.59 a pop. Like other PF Mineral Wear products, the blush is talc-free and very finely milled. It's soft and very pigmented as well, so do use a light hand when applying this blush.
One word of caution. Despite the name, Pink Glow isn't really pink! Already in the pan the blush looks to be peachy with some pink undertones, and it looks exactly same way on my NC20-25 face - peachy, with a hint of pink undertones. Those looking for a true pink blush would probably fare better with PF's Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in Blushing Berry or Blushing Rose. Still, it's a high quality blush that applies beautifully. Just beware of the color misnomer.
Shampoo -Alberto Vo5 - Tea Therapy Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying Shampoo
niveous 2/12/2008 1:32:00 AM
There are clarifying shampoos that simply strip your hair of everything, including the natural oils that keep your hair soft and shiny - and then there's Tea Therapy Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying Shampoo which, despite its ridiculously low price, does a wonderful job of cleaning and clarifying without stripping your hair of its moisture. The scent reminds me of a cross between B&BW's Warm Vanilla Sugar and a dinner mint. The shampoo itself is thick, not runny, and lathers quite well. The accompanying conditioner is light and doesn't weigh your hair down, though if you need an intensive dosage of conditioner - curly, frizzy, medium-textured, dry-haired gals like me, take note! - you may want to use an additional or simply another conditioner. But for 99 cents (89 on sale), you really get the bang for your (less than a) buck!
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse SPF 20
niveous 2/12/2008 1:20:00 AM
This sunscreen wasn't doing too badly in my books until it started to separate. I had let a week pass before using this sunscreen - meanwhile, it was standing on my counter - and when I opened the tube to use it, the oil came oozing out before any of the sunscreen/moisturizer came out! That does not inspire confidence despite the fact I liked the product in the past. The smell can be a bit strong for those who are used to little to no fragrance moisturizers. There is mica in this product - I noticed it on my fingers after applying it on my face - so this shiny gal is a bit leery of the fact it may add to my shine. I might have considered repurchasing if the product didn't separate after 3 months. Neutrogena, please come up with a better formula!