First, a disclaimer. My positive review is for the Target store brand of this product. I bought the original Vaseline version of this stuff and it smelled- well- “weird.” I can’t explain how it smelled, it was kind of like an elderly lady’s perfume mixed with a really weak trace of coconut. On a whim, I tried the Target version of this lotion. Now, THIS is what coconut is supposed to feel like! It smells like coconut macaroons when I pump it out of the bottle. And the texture is nice, soothing and moisturizing without being too heavy or greasy.
**ETA** 05/27/2008 As much as I LOVE the feel of this stuff on my skin, it gave me cystic acne. I had to discontinue use and when I did my skin cleared right up. That sucks. I liked this stuff. Now I use it as a hand lotion. To be totally honest, I have no idea if this stuff minimizes my pores or helps my foundation stay on. I usually just use a dusting of loose powder instead of foundation. I love the buttery, velvet touch this gives to my skin. I have dry skin and accidently picked up the light version of Photo Finish. But I love the light too much to even think about switching to the regular.
Moisturizers -Philosophy - Hope in a Jar - for all skin types
rihannsu 1/25/2008 4:17:00 PM
I picked up a sample size of this as a lark when I was at Sephora a few weeks ago. It sat unopened for days since I thought it was just another pot of moisturizer. Boy, was I wrong. The AHA and antioxidant in this stuff has given me luminescent skin that I've never had before. I cannot get over how different my skin looks after I started using it. And it could be my imagination, but I think that it's helping to minimize the look of my hormonal zits. I actually look foward to going home and taking my makeup off at night so I can put this on my face. I went ahead and bought the When Hope is Not Enough with SPF for my daytime moisturizer, but just to be cautious I decided to wait a couple of weeks so I could be sure that Hope in a Jar isn't causing any bad effects on my skin.
These days, I'm all about buying anything with the Orgasm shade. I'm a complete convert. As a blush, this is a pretty good formula, giving a creamy sheer stain to my cheeks. As a lipgloss, however, I'm not loving it so much. The problem is that it's too much like lipstick, and it doesn't give my naturally dry as a bone lips too much moisture. I was debating whether to get the multiple or go with the lipgloss, and I think that I'd have been better off going with the lipgloss to do with the original powder blush. But the color does look AWESOME on my lips- I have to say.
I have heavily pigmented lips, which have a slightly bluish tint to them. Finding a "nude" color to compliment them has been virtually impossible for me. It's taken a while to get used to the light nude tint this gives to my lips. The first time I saw myself in the mirror, I thought I looked washed out and that this just wasn't going to work for me. But after wearing it a few times, and cranking up the color on my Orgasm blush, I think it looks polished and understated. And as with all the lacquers, the coverage and moisture is just perfect for me.
I have three of these pots now. My first was Eros, which was an impulse buy when I finally broke down and bought my first Orgasm blush. Just like Orgasm, I couldn't be happier with this product. I have dry lips that chap easily, and this just locks in moisture as soon as it's put on. It's polished enough to substitute for lipstick, which is always too drying on my lips. When I wipe it off at the end of the day, my lips are wonderfully moisturized. And the color! I have Chelsea Girls, Eros and Diablo, and the color is so vibrant that I don't have layer it on to get more than a sheer stain. But it isn't knock you over bright at the same time. It's just prefect for me. As for the price, it's expensive at about $26 per pot, but for the quality and results I think it's well worth it. I can see this stuff lasting forever.
Oh, I can tell that I'm quickly leaving MAC for NARS products! First Orgasm, and now Eros. I have dry skin and am addicted to Chapstick. So I HATE wearing lipstick since virtually all of it dries out my lips. With the Lip Lacquer I have the perfect solution- lots of moisture and beautiful color that stays. I've had Eros now for about a week, and I've got my eye on Diablo. It's expensive as heck, but it's a product that works, so I can at least say I'm getting my money's worth. Eros is my daily go-to lip color, replacing Clinique's Black Honey. The berry color is very reminscent of my natural lip color and Eros just makes them look even better.
Add me to the Orgasm bandwagon. I was hesitant to try this, since I HATE the way blush with any peachy tones make my skin turn orange. When I tried it on my wrist at Sephora, it looked too orange and sparkly for my taste. I've been wearing it now for almost a week, and I love the lit from within natural look it gives me. It looks so much more natural on my yellow toned skin than any other blush I've tried (and believe me, I've tried lots). Why in the heck did I drag my feet on buying this? Well, it could have something to do with the price. It ain't cheap. As for the packaging, it's a really sturdy compact with no brush, which is just as well since we all know the brushes that usually come with compacts suck anyway. Okay, I found my holy grail blush and the 1000s of other women were absolutely right. Now if I could just find the perfect foundation.....
Okay, on Saturday, after wearing this stuff for about a week, I looked in my car mirror to find that this stuff had settled into tiny balls on my cheeks. AND it deepened the lines under my eyes. I felt so self conscious that I immediately chunked this crap in the trash and headed to the mall to get some Laura Mercier TM. This stuff is awful. I wouldn't buy it again if it was the last TM left on earth. Cons: 1. Really dry going on. When I put it on my skin, it sticks and blending it with a concealer brush and sponge is a pain in the butt. I could layer it with my Aveeno moistuizer, but since this IS a moisturizer, what's the point of wearing two??? Plus, this was suppposed to be my cold weather protector, so the last thing I want it to do is dry out my skin. 2. The packaging coughs out too much and it's impossible to get it back in the bottle. I wasted a LOT of this product this morning since i couldn't put it back in the bottle.
Moisturizers -Olay - Nutrients Night Renewal Cream
rihannsu 11/26/2007 4:59:00 PM
ETA: Sorry, after a couple of weeks of using this it broke my dry skin out. I had to throw it out and look for another night cream. Hope in a Jar is my replacement. I've only used this once, but so far so good. Since Winter finally made it to Texas this week, I've had cold biting wind whipping at my face. So I made the decision to start using night creme to keep my face hydrated. The scent is heavenly, and the cream is so thick that I only need to smooth a little on my face. But that doesn't mean it's too heavy or oily. It gives just enough moisture to make me happy. So far so good.
Primer/ Corrector -Philosophy - The Present Clear Makeup
rihannsu 11/26/2007 4:55:00 PM
The first time I used this, I stupidly piled it on, not bothering to read the reviewer who mentioned using a "pea sized" amount on her face. Take her advice! All that slathering on gave me a greasy face, but when I used a smaller amount this really spread well on my face. I watch the clock to make sure I wait the 2 minutes before putting on my powder, and that does the trick. I started using primer in the hopes of cutting down the oil on my face. When I used this last weekend, I never even had to pull out my blotting papers. I like the creamy softness it gives my skin, especially given that it's Winter and the wind isn't too kind to my face. ETA: Over time, I noticed the same amount of oil on my skin as before. I picked up a sample size of Smashbox's Photo Finish in Light by accident and PF is doing a MUCH better job of keeping down the oily look. I'm going to finish this tube out but not repurchase.
I started using this when I swam at the Y on a regular basis. It really worked to contradict the dryness the chlorine put into my skin. The scent is lightly vanilla, and one that really doesn't linger on the skin after you dry off. So you can put on another fragrance later without the scents clashing. The gel is creamy and does a good job of keeping the skin moisturized.
Misc Beauty Tools -Sephora - Roll-Up blotting papers
rihannsu 11/21/2007 1:10:00 PM
I got so tired of the caked look repeatedly using pressed powder was giving me, so I looked at blotting papers. I went ahead and bought the roll up type from Sephora and the Clean and Clear package from Ulta. First up is the package form Sephora. It could be due to the fact that this is my first try with blotting papers, but I LOVE using them. I can pull out as much as I want and cleanly tear it off and put the rest back in my purse. I love how the package protects the rest of the paper from getting dirty. I'm kind of worried if that would be the case with the flat Clean and Clear ones, but for now I'm loving the Sephora ones. At $6.00 USD, they're only slightly more expensive than C&C, but I think the package will be easier to keep in my purse since it's less bulky and it keeps the paper clean. Love it!
My lips naturally have a blue tint, so a red with blue is just perfect for me. This shade has been getting so much positive press that both Sephoras in my town were sold out of it and I had to order it online before trying it on my skin. Since I'm still a red newbie, the color is taking a while to get used to. It's flattering and polished without looking trampy. I still need to figure out how much to put on with my lipstick brush, but the color looks great. So I found my perfect red.
Oh, my! Finally a mascara that lives up to the hype and is affordable. At about $11 USD, this is comparable to drugstore brands and for me works better than the drugstore brands (like L'Oreal). I'm a brunette with fair skin, so I opted for brown for everyday wear. The brown is perfect for me. The best part of this mascara (in addition to the price) is the fact that it curls up my lashes that usually stick straight out and keeps them curled all day. They don't go back to sticking straight out until I take my makeup off at night. And speaking of taking it off, it could be the cleanser (Clinique Take The Day Off for Eyes and Lips) or just the mascara formula, but this comes off as easily as you can ask for. And no clumps! None on the contacts, none on my evelashes, zero.