Pros: Didn't flake, decent for price Cons: Didn't do anything special or live up to the hype I'm always on the lookout for a better mascara, so when I read the reviews for Volume Flash The Max, I knew I had to try it. Sadly, I was VERY disappointed. It doesn't do anything special to my lashes. The bristles are very spaced out, so it doesn't surprise me that it didn't separate my lashes at all or give me significant volume. I expected so much more out of this, so I was very disappointed. Will not buy again.
It worked pretty well for me! I still had to use a flat iron, but my hair straightened faster, easier and stayed straight for a little longer.
I'm actually surprised with this product. I didn't really expect anything from it seeing as it's probably one of the most basic cleansers one can buy, but it's actually pretty great! My skin is sensitive and breaks out if I overdo it with different products. This cleanser was nice and basic. Just cleansed my skin and prepped it for toner. I liked how my skin felt after I cleansed it too. Not dry or stripped, just clean.
Potion 9 makes my hair INCREDIBLY shiny! Like nothing I have ever used before. It also helps me with my very minimal frizz and makes my hair very soft. For reference, I have thick-ish hair, but every individual hair is fine. It is also a little dry because I heat style it everyday. Potion 9 never fails to make my hair look healthier and it is a staple in my hair care regimen.
"You get what you pay for." That saying is entirely true with this product. I'm not bashing drugstore products, but I do think that it's worth investing in a good foundation. Foundation can be the difference between a good canvas for other makeup and a cakey, fake looking face. Pros: It's a good concept and it's inexpensive. Cons: Cakey, accentuates dry/flakey areas, oxides very quickly, doesn't last for more than two hours, unhygienic packaging, smells weird and just flat out doesn't deliver as a foundation. Although it's cheap, I'd save my money and invest in a good quality foundation that will actually deliver on its promises.
I really hated this shampoo. My hair felt like it was coated with grease right after I rinsed it. I immediately washed my hair again, but with a different shampoo. I only used it once and I don't recommend it.
I have NW15 skin. Obviously I'm pretty pale and I expected Love That Pink to show up as a nice rosy glow on my cheeks. I was sadly mistaken. No matter how much I layer Love That Pink on my cheeks, I can't see it! It just makes my cheeks look powdery and unhealthy. I'm still on the lookout for my HG blush.
Accessories -Unlisted Brand - Ugg slippers and boots
xmikimagoo 7/1/2008 4:51:00 PM
Yes, they're hideous, but they're insanely comfortable and keep my feet warm when it's -40 outside. Just don't wear them with shorts, skirts or anything that actually shows your leg. They don't look half bad when worn with tucked in dark skinny jeans. All in all, I think they're well worth the price. They're great quality and as I said before, keep my feet warm in -40 weather. Did you hear that? MINUS FORTY! I do recommend these.
I have no clue why there are so many negative comments and reviews about Diorshow. It's one of the best mascaras I have ever used! Mine hasn't dried out and it NEVER makes my lashes clumpy. The only reason I can think of for the drying out issue is that people are "pumping" the mascara wand into the tube to get more product. That's a HUGE no-no.
Onto the review.
My lashes are naturally pretty long, so I don't particularly need something that lengthens. The main things I look for in a mascara are:
01. It volumizes my lashes without making them look clumpy.
02. It holds a curl well and doesn't smudge.
Diorshow is my saviour. My lashes look AMAZING whenever I use it. Granted, the look isn't really "natural", but I like a bold lash and this always delivers.
I really do like this mascara and think that it's worth a try. I only took one lippie off because it flakes a little bit after a few months of using it.
This is a pretty good conditioner for dry/damaged hair. When used with the adjacent shampoo, my hair is left soft and shiny. I like the smell of this line, but it's starting to get a little nauseating. I straighten my hair everyday, and this keeps me from frying it completely. It doesn't "repair" my hair, but nothing ever will.
The one thing I hate is that it's packed full of silicones. It does contain "good for your hair" ingredients, but it always gives my hair that silicone "slip". I'm going to try something new when I finish my bottles of All Soft, but this will always be my "backup" conditioner.
This shampoo is pretty good. My hair is damaged from daily straightening, and this helps me from frying it completely. I use the matching conditioner and my hair is always left soft and shiny. It didn't "repair" my hair, but I'm starting to realize that nothing will.
My only complaint is the silicone content. Did they really have to put them in the shampoo too? For that, I took off one lippie. I'm going to try something new when I run out of this, but it'll always be my "backup" shampoo.
Toners -Clinique - Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion
xmikimagoo 6/8/2008 11:03:00 AM
This is a pretty good toner. It did nothing for my oiliness like it had promised, but it did work a bit for my pimples. I didn't get any large ones, but my blackheads remained. The alcohol content scares me though. This reeks of alcohol and it burns when it's applied to your skin. I guess it's hard to find a toner for acne- prone skin that doesn't contain that harsh ingredient, but I'm still trying to look for one that does.
I would recommend this because it DOES work, but if you slightly sensitive skin like I do, you might not like it as much. Update: I recently realized how red this makes my skin. I was having a bad breakout on the sides of my nose and this just made those pimples even angrier. I didn't wear foundation because I didn't want to clog my pores even more, but I looked like I had a disease because my face was so red. Down to two lippies.
Let me give you a little history. I have teenage skin. It's oily, prone to clogged pores and gets the occasional pimple. I can't really complain about my skin as it's not by any means "bad", but it's nowhere near perfect.
I bought a block of Fresh Farmacy from my local LUSH store in hopes of calming down redness and getting rid of any pimples that decided to reside on my face.
At first, I thought it was a miracle worker. I hadn't gotten any new pimples, old ones had been dried up, my skin was literally "glowing" (and it's wasn't because I was oily!) and old acne scars were disappearing! That lasted for about two weeks.
After that, I got these weird pimplebumps (as I like to call them). They're not really pimples as they have no white "gunk" in them, but they are little red bumps. Nothing new had changed in my routine except for the Fresh Farmacy, so I knew only that could be causing the pimplebumps.
I quit using it for a while and my skin leveled out. I decided to give Fresh Farmacy one more shot because of the good results it had given me before, but the same thing had happened. The dreaded pimplebumps had returned. I guess Fresh Farmacy just isn't for my skin. I'm hoping that my new regimen of Aqua Marina and Herbalism will clear up my skin, but until that happens, I'm still on the search for my perfect cleanser.
Mascara -The Body Shop - lengthening and defining mascara
xmikimagoo 4/30/2008 2:13:00 AM
I don't understand why people would consider this mascara flaky at all! The tube I had was great. It wasn't dry and it gave my lashes a natural, yet defined look. I like to use it on those days when I'm too tired to use anything else but blush, powder and mascara. It pulls the whole look together and just slightly defines my eyes. I don't know about it's lengthening power as I already have super long lashes, but it really brings that out. The only 'beef' I have with this mascara is that if it's a bit humid outside, it gets a bit smudgy. Rubbing your eyes is a definite no-no. The great thing though is that it's easily removed by your regular cleanser. If you're looking for a natural, yet defined look, I'd definitely recommend this mascara.
Cleansers -Neutrogena - Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser
xmikimagoo 4/25/2008 3:37:00 PM
I'm always on the lookout for a new (and better) cleanser. My skin is oily, but if I'm not careful, it turns into a flaky mess. That's why I tried Neutrogena's Oil- Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser. It claims to be an effective, yet gentle cleanser for acne- prone skin. I would definitely agree with that statement. I don't get really bad acne. It's actually very mild. But acne is acne and we all know that's it's annoying. This cleanser keeps most of my acne under control, but you really need to know how to use it. It's a "picky" cleanser. I just put a quarter sized amount in my palm, add water to make a very light lather and rub it all over my face. I always leave it on for a minute or two just to make sure that everything is deeply cleansed. It never leaves my skin dry and does a great job at washing off makeup. Give this a few weeks to work. You won't notice an immediate difference, but it's effectiveness comes with time.