I keep looking for better and better lip glosses for colour and staying power. So far, this has surpassed lip glass by MAC. It has the longest staying power of any lip gloss I've used and although thick and very moisturising (perfect for winter or summer dry lips) it is not sticky! I have three shades - a light pink, a pale plum and the deep red, all with glitter. the opalescence in all three gives amazing 3-D glam to lips and makes it look almost like lip vinyl but with depth. I will keep buying! I love the new colours that have come out and am going to purchase the gloss russian-red (without glitter) - amazingly high gloss in the shop and good colour for my complexion. And they smell lovely too! This is by far the best formula gloss. I'm well and truly sold on this. I'm not a GOSH fan but I will always come back to this product.
EDIT: very disapointed. It went clumpy after three weeks. I'm finding this very irritating with mascaras these days. I used to be able to buy mascara that would last 6 months without clumping but it seems no matter what I buy, it goes clumpy within a month. exactly what I wanted from a mascara: lengthens like mad. It adds fibers onto the tips of my lashes and looks like I've had extentions. It defines and I get slight volume but not a lot. It does go on wet and I do need to be careful about smudging until it dries. I also *cannot* even lightly rub my eye by accident with this product or I have to clean my under eye and reapply as all the fiber tips will have broken off and one eye will have very noticably shorter lashes than the other. I can tell that it will be the kind to get a bit clumpy as the tube starts to dry, which peeves me about most mascaras. I hate buying new mascara when I've only had it three or four months. I have no idea about it's claims to conditioning as I don't use mascara every day. 3/4 times a week. but it does what I need it to - which is make my lashes almost touch my eyebrows :D
Scrubs -Dermalogica - AGE Smart multivitamin thermafoliant
piratefemme 12/16/2010 7:15:00 PM
absolutely fantastic. got it for my birthday and have been using it for 6 months. I use it twice a week, but not every week. I found that if I left it on longer than two minutes, like it suggests, I got blemishes. So I stuck to the directions. I use it dry. it really smooths and softens my skin and I use it before I go out on the town with heavier make up. I'd buy it again and again. One tube has lasted me six months. So I don't think it's that expensive!
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - DUO eyelash adhesive
piratefemme 8/14/2010 7:03:00 AM
12 Euros?? really? I had big huge full on blue and black lashes from NYX to wear for Amsterdam Pride party. Went to the theater shop and got Duo. I could not even get them to adhere in the first place let alone having them fall off later. I've had cheap glue stick better than this. next product to try - shu emura. something has to work for large theater lashes - my wedding is coming up in two months and I've got beautiful pink lashes to match my dress. They need cement like glue!
Conditioner -Redken - Extreme Conditioner [REFORMULATED]
piratefemme 7/13/2010 1:50:00 PM
I feel a bit bad giving it a two cause I don't think it's the conditioner's fault. My hair really does not respond to anything but aveda's moisture conditioner. I got this for my birthday and I did as people suggersted - I used it every other time. then just once in a while. but every time I use it, my hair comes out like knotted, dried straw. I have fine, bleached, chemically damaged hair. Which should be the type of hair that likes protien based conditioners. It doesn't. It seems to much prefer oils. I remember when gals used to put raw egg on their hair to restore it... or mayonaise. And that wasn't that long ago -it not like I'm ancient, I'm only 41. Anyway, unfortunately it's a miss. too bad it smells lovely and it's priced a bit better than aveda, however my hair won't behave for anything but aveda.
Moisturizers -Olay - Regenerist Night Recovery Moisturizing Treatment
piratefemme 7/10/2010 8:14:00 PM
lovely thick cream. It's heavy but I like that, it's a night cream. my skin slurps it. My skin is no longer young, I'm 41, I don't have problems with oil or break outs, I do have sensitive skin but I've applied it three nights running with no rash and it doesn't irritate my eyes. I don't this this cream would be appropriate for young (< 25) skin or skin that is oily. there is a slight fragrance so I think I'm just lucky, having sensitive skin that this isn't giving me a rash. I dunno about all the claims of firming. I never believe that stuff on any cream. I buy moisturiser really to just moisturise and protect. I quite like this. But it's only been three nights. I may come back to update.
Love!! I have five (out of over 25) lip glosses that I wear normally. This is in the top three. They took it off market??? it's suited my complexion to an absolute perfection :( well, *lame.* It's not easy finding the perfect shade of opalescent light pinkish lavender. I do take lippies off MAC's lip glasses for the sheer screaming HOW MUCH??? Paying high price for hair saving product, a really good serum or a perfect foundation I will grudgingly accept. But not for a tube of lip gloss.
Moisturizers -Aveda - Tourmaline Charged Protecting Lotion SPF 15 Oil-Free
piratefemme 6/23/2010 4:20:00 PM
it's one of the very very few moisturisers with an spf in it I can bear to have on my face. It actually feels pleasant to put on rather than something I have to grit my teeth through. and I love the way it smells. no moisturiser is going to reverse sings of aging. That's what peels are for :p but a good one, along with a serum, helps keep my skin healthy and protects it from London pollution and filth. You should see what comes off my skin after taking the tube twice a day. And I really like this one.
Treatments -The Body Shop - Almond Oil Nail and Cuticle Treatment (click pen)
piratefemme 6/17/2010 5:37:00 PM
I have very horridly dry cuticles. I normally buy Nails Inc avacado oil pen - but there's isn't a nails Inc on my way to or from work and my cuticles were sharp, cracked and slightly bleeding. So bought this. It's good for it's purpose, almond oil is a very good healing oil (for cuts and grazes and chapped skin) so after applying it several times a day for a few days my cuticles were totally healed. I still need to put it on every day a couple times. The avocado pen was better though and I didn't have to apply it much - it being a thicker oil and more oil in the pen meant it lasted longer. It may have been a couple of quid more (£10), but it was worth it. I will buy this product only as a second choice. it works, it's handy, it's a nice smell, but it's not as good as avocado oil.
Conditioner -The Body Shop - Honey moisturizing conditioner [DISCONTINUED]
piratefemme 6/11/2010 2:56:00 AM
this is my fall back conditioner if I can't make it to the aveda shop or I'm broke that month. It's the only other thing that helps my bleached hair. I've been bleaching my hair since I was 14, and I'm 40, so I need deep end conditioning to keep it in-line. I do eventually have to go back to aveda products, as nice as this stuff is, it doesn't work over the long haul as well. But it's great for up to 3 weeks or so. I imagine it's exceptionally good for those who don't have very dry, chemically damaged hair.
I've only had it a week. I bought Folligen for blondes rather than the blue/green kind. I stopped applying with an eyeliner brush and just started applying with a spiral brush - but not from underneath like mascara. From above, on the lid side of the lash, so brushing down with the eye closed. I have the 1 oz squeeze tip bottle, so I can put a very thin line into the bush, swipe down with a closed eye, open my eye and wipe the product off my under eye area with cotton wool. takes about 10 seconds to do both eyes. This doesn't bother my eyes. Putting it on with an eyeliner brush I got far too much product along the lash line and it made my eyes irritated. I don't reccomend you apply with an eyeliner brush. I've only just started this week, so will report back with results after a month. EDIT 17/06/2010 wow. I was hopeful but skeptical. it took a few applications to get the jist of how to apply without it bothering my eyes - and I have very sensative eyes. I've VERY glad I got the Folligen for blondes as it's less irritating/pigmented You DO have to apply it with a closed eye and a clean, dry, spiral lash brush, NOT an eyeliner brush.And push the product into the brush before swiping on. less is more in this case. Does it work? omg, yes. and relatively fast. I was getting some results from the l'oreal eyelash serum in the way of have more lashes and them being stronger, but no increase of length. And it wasn't helping my over plucked eyebrows grow back. My eyelashes have taken off when I used this. they now brush against my glasses at work if they are up on my nose. My eyebrows are staring to grow in. I am mixing the two products but I was getting no length and no brow regrowth until about one week of using this. I use a lash conditioner in the morning and folligen at night. There's no need for me to repurchase for a long time because a 1oz bottle is going to last me many many months. and it was cheap for how much I got. Full marks because it actually works and the squirt tip makes it easy to put on a brush.
I only bought this a month ago, so it may go up in lippies as time goes by - it's supposed to take 4 months to work. After one month my lashes aren't longer, they aren't thicker, but there's a lot more of them. My bottom lashes are far more noticeable. that's all that's changed for now. I'm seriously hoping for length. I put it on once a day in the morning.
I'm using this instead of the mini kabuki brush they have for mineral powder as I found that one to be slightly too dense - this brush is slightly packed looser. I bought it for my MAC studio finish powder - works amazingly well. Spreads much more even than the other large powder brushes I had. I threw the others out. And SUPER soft against my face. And, it's small enough to put in a little tiny case and take with. I love the way it sits in my palm as well. Reasonably priced for such a good brush. I also heard it washes up well. I'll add that in a few months - I only bought it last week.
Scrubs -Neutrogena - Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Scrub
piratefemme 5/28/2010 5:50:00 PM
I gave this a higher score even though I wouldn't buy it for myself. I did by it for my wife as she was looking for a scrub and I saw some good reviews here. I used it myself, twice, over two mornings. I got a very bad rash. I should know better by now that things like this will give me a rash! It's a good product though, felt lovely - not as abrasive as I like - but I'm sure it's for daily use. My wife loves it!! I won't be using it though. so those with sensitive skin, it's rash territory. But you would probably have figured that out just by smelling it...
rather heavy handed mascara... but the brush is "adustable" - you use the shorter side for thicker coat and the longer side for more natural lash (though far from natural looking, other products much better). I only use it when I go out clubbing as it goes on quite thick. Doesn't clump though, which is a nice attribute. But there are other, better, mascaras out there. Did like the packaging though.