Hair Removal -Nair - Lasting Effects Ready to Use Wax Strips
saintifying 8/7/2010 1:30:00 PM
I bought these for my eyebrows and upper lip. I had some fine, white hairs that were bothering me and didn't want to pay $15 and drive out to the mall for a few hairs. So I went to walmart and bought these strips. Brought them home, followed the instructions, and yep. They suck. I applied one to my lip.. and nothing came off. I tried it on my arm to see if it was just me and I didn't rip it off right. Nope. Still didn't work. Applied a strip to my leg and nothing there either. All I was left with was goopy spots on my face, arm and leg. I bought these because they were a dollar cheaper than the sally hansen ones... I should have paid the extra dollar for something I know works.
I used bare minerals for about a year now, and I think I am over my mineral makeup phase (not to mention I don't use foundation often anymore). While I did use it, I did like that it hid my mild acne and evened out my skintone. I like that my face felt like my face and not a bunch of powder like the covergirl pressed powders I had used in the past before coming across bare minerals (i could never use liquids or creams, they just felt wrong to me). It's a good product, and though the full size price is a little high, a couple sample sizes can last you a while. I would continue to use it, had I not found Smashbox Halo, which I like better since the packaging is cleaner, easier to use, it has a mirror and I like that I can grind up the product to suit my needs, instead of how with bare minerals powder gets everywhere. I wish bare minerals would package the foundations in a compact style container rather than the screw top jars because they are just a hassle. Overall, a good product but I have found something better suited to my needs.
Kim Kardashian is like the drugstore impostor of Michael Kors. It's an "ok" smell, but not something I would pay for. I would much rather wear Michael Kors, not only because I despise all the Kardashians, but because KK smells so awfully synthetic it makes me want to hurl. Pass on this one.
Conditioner -Sally Hershberger - Conditioner for Normal to Thick Hair
saintifying 7/23/2010 1:44:00 PM
I bought this on a whim because I got tired of John Frieda stuff. I should have stuck with John Frieda. I used this for 3 weeks and I have to say that it sucks. First of all the bottle is a PITA, I have to squeeze ridiculously hard to get the product out. The conditioner is thick, and takes a while to rinse out. Not very moisturizing or conditioning at all. I felt like it left a buildup too, my hair felt heavy. For $10 a bottle I felt it should have been better than john frieda but not as good as redken or joico. It literally paralleled Vo5. Not good. Would not purchase again, would recommend you avoid this.
I bought a tub of this from Sally's. Best and fewest dollars I have spent for an acne product. I use it as a spot treatment for random zits, and an occasional full mask if I feel like it. It seems to dry out the zits just as well as more expensive treatments I have from mario badescu and philosophy. Not saying the other brands don't work, but this works well for what I use it for in addition to my skincare regimen. I would say for the price it is worth a buy and a try, and hey, if it doesn't work for you there is a huge fan base for this. I give it a 5 because it is so versatile, works well, met my expectations and beats out other junk in the same price range. I'm looking at you, clearasil and neutrogena. Also, someone mentioned the Shiseido purifying mask- I have it as well, and like it, but it does nothing for my zits, just shrinks pores. I do not think they are on the same product wavelength.
Sampled this a bit ago, and while I wanted to love it, all I could do was like it. It smelled a bit grapefruit+flower like to me. Blast of fruit, then a clean drydown. My response to the whole thing was "eh". While I do like it, I don't think I could spend the $$ Fresh wants for this. Maybe at a discount or a decant, but for what it is, I could find something similarly fruity at a bath and body store.
I bought a bottle of basic red nail polish in the skull bottle on a whim. Let me start by saying the brush in these suck bad. It's stiff, too long and makes it extremely difficult to work with. The color itself is nice, I applied one coat of it with a base and topcoat but it took a while to dry. It was also all over my hands from the brush being so terrible and dripping globs of polish at random times.. I am on day 4 of wearing it and while I do like how red-red it is, every nail is chipped and looks like I have had this polish on for a week or two. Probably won't repurchase any more of these unless they are super cheap, but will put this one in a new bottle with a better brush.
Lip Treatments -Burt's Bees - Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
saintifying 4/29/2010 2:18:00 PM
This is my favorite balm. I used to use cherry carmex, but stopped when I got one of these on a whim. This is all I buy now. Why? Because it heals my chapped lips in a day, where as the carmex would heal my chapped lips but if I stopped wearing it they would come back again. Personally I like the smell, even though it is a little odd. I like the texture and that it's not greasy or shiny. I love to use this before applying a lip product too. Keeps some of the more drying lipsticks from drying out and looking awful.
Cleansers -L'Oreal - Go 360 Clean Deep Cream Cleanser
saintifying 2/28/2010 5:28:00 AM
Okay, so I really bought this because I wanted the scrublet, Which rules and I want a million of them. The packaging is neat and I love how the scrublet can be popped back in the bottle for neat storage or even suctioned to whatever you want. But.. The cleanser, omg. Never again. I read reviews and decided the green and orange would be too harsh. Target didn't have the blue one, so I bought this one. Used it for the first time tonight, I am combo skin, sometimes oily t zone, have a few dry spots here and there. The cleanser foamed somewhat, felt tingly as I went on scrubbing. Not as "creamy" as most cream cleansers. Scrublet felt awesome. Face felt nice and smooth as I finished up rinsing.. but after I dried my face, it was so disappointing. Tight, dry, even a little itchy. Would work better for those of you with oily skin. Dry or sensitive skin? stay away. :( two lippies for the scrublet, negative lippies for the cleanser.
I used to really like this, but over time I have grew sick of it. It's nice for a night out, but sometimes it's so overbearing I want to scrub myself raw. I think this is on par with Just Me, I like it but not a regular for me. This scent just bothers me now.
I love this scent. Finally, a more matured scent from Paris. The original PH was okay, Heiress was very sweet. Can Can is amazing. I love wearing this one out to dinner, drinks or other nighttime activities. I don't think I have ever gotten sick of smelling it, where as with the original PH I wanted to scrub myself if I could smell it the day after. As far as packaging goes, the look of the bottle is nice, a bit plain, and the lettering and feather on my bottle has worn off.. but otherwise, a part of my regular rotation.
Let me start by saying that I hate the packaging. The bottle is horrendously ugly. It does remind me of cheap, old, drugstore perfume. I hate looking at it. But the smell is great. It smells kinda beachy to me, but sweet also. It really appeals to me. The first time I smelled it, I wasn't 100% on it, but now that it was gifted to me and I have worn it, it smells great. I am a fan of a few of the Paris perfumes, but I feel like this one may be my new favorite of her line. It's now part of my regular perfume rotation.
Powders -Smashbox - Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
saintifying 1/28/2010 1:57:00 PM
I had been dying to try this out, ever since I started using powder foundation. Bare Minerals was good, but I always had to use a facial moisturizer with it. I was ready to look for something better since I didn't feel like I was getting what I paid for. After a bit of searching I decided I wanted Halo, but the price put me off a bit. I was gifted it for my birthday to my delight. Upon opening, the packaging was very nice and clean. The brush included with it is a good size one for what it is. The compact was nice and not coated in loose powder, and I like that there is a mirror inside for on the go touch-ups. I love using the grinder, getting fresh makeup every time. Not to mention it's fun to do for me. On to the application and wear. It was easy to apply, same as BM. I noticed a difference right away though. Before, if I didn't apply a moisturizer with BM to my clean face, I would have a couple small dry patches. Not with halo. No dry patches at all. It looked fantastic. Touching, it felt like my face, not like powder. Great and even coverage as well. I would have to say this is now my HG foundation.. and I won't have to re-buy as frequently as I did with BM since it's a larger portion of product.
I have sensitive skin when it comes to masks. Usually they leave me with a red face, burning/tingling etc. This mask leaves me with none of that. It's really gentle, but it makes me glow after use, which I love. My skin feels so soft and refreshed afterwards. The scent is nice, too. Very light, not overpowering.
Mascara -Christian Dior - Diorshow Black Out Mascara
saintifying 1/25/2010 11:37:00 AM
This has become my favorite mascara. From the even coverage I get on my lashes to the nice brush, I love this product. The black color is really, really black, which is good on my light colored lashes. I haven't had any issues with flaking, smudges or other usual mascara problems.. maybe i'm just lucky? I really feel like my lashes are evenly coated and lengthened wearing this and I will probably stick with this one for a long time.