I am shocked that the reviews are so low. I'm impressed with the staying power of MAC polish, which rivals OPI. It's GOTH, so it's supposed to be dark. the baby part means that there's s twist. And the twist is that is lighter with some cool flecks in sunlight. It's cool.
I have to say that I'm a sucker for this product. I love that it warms up on my wet skin. It IS messy. I get undressed, apply it, and leave it on while I shower, rinsing it off in the shower. My skin looks less ruddy and is as soft as when I use an at-home beta peel or microdermabrasian. If I have a breakouts, it shrinks it a little, but doesn't eradicate it. I'm getting a second tube.
I had high hopes for this product because they promised to smooth without silicone in some special way that would evenly cover every strand. They also said it was excellent in humidity and that it would help me go without washing longer. I only began straightening my hair this winter and this was the first decent product I tried. But on the third day, even with a dry shampoo, it was a little too oily. I thought I'd get at least three days. Then on rainy, humid days, even when I kept my hair dry - my normally curly ringlets that had been flatironed would poof. I read the good reviews about Paul Mitchell's Super Straight Gel and tried that. It's so much better! With a dry shampoo, I get three full days without washing and can almost get a fourth. It holds up MUCH better in humidity. I wanted to like this, since MIT is down the road from me. But it's not worth it for such a hefty price tag. It's better than a drugstore brand I tried, but it costs about five or six times more.
Scrubs -St. Ives - Renewing Collagen Elastin Body Polish
tmilstein 9/25/2009 5:34:00 PM
I tried to like this. No parabens and is supposed to make my thighs look better? But when water gets in there, the scrubbing granules melt. I got more water that usual by accident and wound up with a lot of goo. It wasn't scrubby enough to begin with, anyway. I won't bother with this one again.
Treatments -L'Oreal - Skin Genesis Pore minimizing Skin Re-Smoother
tmilstein 9/16/2009 10:55:00 AM
I like to try new products, my I'm skeptical about whether they'll actually work. For over a year, I've been putting various c serums on my face in the mornings, hoping the antioxidants will boost my sun protection and to keep my skin from getting blotchy. My former night routine was to use L'Oreal Skin Genesis Serum one night and a retinol product the next. To try this, I decided to keep using the retinol product every othery night and the c serum every other night. This Pore Minimizing Serum seemed better for day. After a little over a week, I was shocked to notice that my whole chin area had no little bumps left. I've had them for YEARS and nothing else has gotten rid of them. They'd always linger on either end, under my lower lip. Every once in a while, one of them would get bigger. Ugh. My skin overall looks the best it's been in about five years. We'll see if it holds during ovulation and PMS (my two breakout times).
Moon extract along with crushed up fairies? I agree with that description by a previous reviewer! Perhaps a better description (for the poor fairies) would be to think of capturing the color of dragonfly wings with the glow of the moon. It's periwinkle on my fair-medium skin, though it does look more gray-lavender in the bottle. I love the two-tone effect on my nails - like white lightning polish from the 1970s. I have two coats on so far. I haven't had a problem w/ streaking - just make sure not to put it on too thick. I'm sure by the third coat it will be less sheer. But I don't think the sheerness will completely go away - that's the point. Very pretty. Ethereal.
I tried this and Saint at Sephora. I just did a review of Saint, which I prefer. This isn't bad. It's a little too strong for me. I do like strong scents: Shalimar, Angel, and Amour, but this has something too in your face for me. Sinner reminds me of the old Cinnabar, which has some note that I really detest. Sinner doesn't have that note, but because of the Cinnamon, reminds me of it. I guess there's nothing to balance this and make it smoother. In that way, it reminds me of MaDame, which is also brash. But this in your face scent doesn't last. Although Saint is lighter, it lasts much longer. Like Saint, this bottle is pretty too.
I was impressed by this. I think that angels would wear this because it has such an ethereal quality. It's not one of those ones that smells like you just took a shower - it's more complex that that. It's not a soft, disappear in an hour scents either. Nor is it too sweet. This lasted on me at least six hours. It's such a nice mix - not too flowery or sweet or strong. It's a bit too light for me, but has great lasting power for such a light scent. It's very well-composed. Who knows? I may keep sniffing it and need one for myself. My seven-year-old daughter and husband liked the scent. The bottle is beautiful too.
Lip Gloss -L'Oreal - Infallible Plumping 6 Hour Lipgloss
tmilstein 9/5/2009 4:17:00 PM
I think this is a big improvement over the first Infallible gloss, which used to get flaky. I got this in 206 Plumped Rose. It's a pretty neutral pink color. The problem is that I get the slight tingle, like I do with Clinique Full Potential, MAC Plushglass, and LipFusion, but no actual plumping. Nice, long-lasting gloss, but it gets matte fairly quickly too. It's not too sticky. But it's just okay.
I discovered this use for sea salt on Makeupalley, and had to try it. I got a cheap box of it at Trader Joe's. I just wet my fingers, dip them in bowl to get salt, and apply it to my face. If I put it on before bed, some falls off when I'm sleeping, but most of it stays. I also put it on just before a shower and rinse it off at the end. I don't use it everyday. I've noticed that if you use anything everyday, it loses its magic. It's as if your skin figures out how to fight it. I either target the blemish areas, as needed, or do all my skin if it's being particularly bad. I'd say I've used it 5 or 6 days in the last couple of weeks. I don't rub it around. I think it's too harsh for my skin. It's very good at shrinking a particularly large blemish more than any other mask I've used. Great, cheap product.
Treatments -Neutrogena - Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Serum
tmilstein 8/30/2009 4:03:00 PM
Neutrogena is one of the few brands with retinol that have a couple of products without parabens. I've used the Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Intensive serum for the same reason for years. When this one came out, I was excited b/c it also has antioxidants. It also smells better. I've been happy with the results. Neutrogena has been making a bunch of new products, but many have parabens. They had a new one with C and soy, but I had to pass on it for that reason. I had also loved Roc's Deep Wrinkle, but that had parabens too. I like the packaging on this one because you turn it to keep it airtight. When it no longer pumps, screw it open to get out the last drops. Here's what they say it does: Works hard on even the most frustrating wrinkles to uncover vibrant, healthier-looking skin starting in just 2 weeks. Ageless Intensives™ brings you concentrated daily skin treatments proven to help repair the look of the most stubborn signs of aging for noticeably younger, healthier looking skin. Smooth. Repair. Control. Multi-vitamin complex - Boosts skin with anti-oxidants to help neutralize skin-damaging free radicals. Retinol SA - The patented Sustained Action works to continuously renew the look of skin throughout the day, helping smooth wrinkles fast and diminish the look of age spots. Skin conditioners - Cushion skin as they hydrate, replenish and revitalize with line-plumping moisture. Potent, fast-absorbing formula is clinically proven to deliver notable results: 97% saw significantly reduced appearance of deep wrinkles including: crows feet under eye laugh lines forehead What is Retinol SA? Retinol SA is a established, highly refined form of retinol that works through a sustained release action. Retinol SA is scientifically superior to other forms of Vitamin A, such as Pro-Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, in penetrating the skin. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic Questions? (USA Only) 1-800-582-4048 Made in USA Here's the ingredient list: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Adipic Acid/Diethylene Glycol/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Dimethicone PEG 10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Bisabolol, Squalane, Oat Kernel Extract (Avena Sativa), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Retinol, Tocopherol, BHT, Glycerin, Erythorbic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Chloride
I'm surprised most people wouldn't buy this again. It's such a pretty color. I agree with previous reviewers that it's like denim blue, lavender, metallic color. It's shiny, but the shade makes it wearable. I didn't have problems with streaking with my two coats. It's very pretty. Highly recommended.
I just bought my third can of this. I had planned not to review this because I've had little experience with dry shampoos. I have curly hair, and only began straightening it five months ago. I haven't tried another dry shampoo because the rest are too expensive. I begin using this product on day two, and use it again on day three. It works very well - it makes my hair smell fresh, absorbs the oil, and makes my style again without dulling it (just don't overdo it). The reason I decided to review it was that yesterday, on day three, I went to spray this product in to refresh my hair, but I used sunscreen by accident! It was the new Aveeno spray one, and I gave my BANGS a huge spray, just before I went out. I screamed, "Aack!" and quickly sprayed Psssssst in the same spot. I fluffed, waited a few minutes, and then brushed. All the oil was gone! So a third day without washing/sunscreen filled hair can be saved with this cheap dry shampoo can. I'm only giving it four lippies because I want a product that gets me beyond three days. Maybe that's asking too much. Highly recommended.
I LOVE this blush! I use Lancome Magique subtle blush in the winter on my NW20 skin, and then this in the summer. When I have a little tan (I wear sunscreen faithfully, but some color still happens), Pink Parfait is perfect! It blends easily, looks like a real flush, and stays on my oily skin. I usually have to reapply once during the day, but that happens with every blush I use. It also doesn't make me break out. I love blushes, and have many. This is perfect for a natural look all summer - Summer HG!
I got this product for free or I never would've tried it. Normally I never try drugstore foundations b/c they're too hard to match, and I can never find one to mattify my oily skin. I'm always looking for something that looks natural and is buildable for more coverage. I also want SPF - this product is SPF 22. I was using the very expensive Tarte Smooth Operator and Tarte Recreate. With both, I had to blot and add powder, but still became oily. And that was as good as I thought it was ever going to get. I've tried powder foundations before, but have been disappointed. Make sure you go much darker than you normally would. I'm fair-med, and often wear the first or second color in. This one, I wear the fifth, Buff Beige 225. Maybe I'll need the fourth one in during the winter. I'm matte all day, but not in a too dry way! I've used it two days, and no breakouts. Normally I'll break out in one day if it's going to happen. This is my new HG. *** Edit **** It's the end of August. I've used it every day since I bought and have been very satisfied. I reapply around my nose once in the afternoon, and otherwise supplement with Philosophy Supernatural in Natural if I need another shot of SPF.