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wish it was a larger tube for the price
BareEase & Cream is a bikini wax prep-kit created by a Beverly Hills anesthesiologist that contains a 4% lidocaine topical cream to help de-sensitize the area and relieve some of our pain-anticipating anxiety. BareEase requires some strategic planning since youâ€™ll need to apply it about 30 minutes prior to your appointment, but can start numbing in as little as 15 minutes and reach itâ€™s peak in about 45. While I know the product wasnâ€™t created for thisâ€“I also used some prior to a threading appointment on my upper lip, where it helped curb some of the involuntary nose-twitching and tears that escape from my eyes I usually experience, which was a very welcome relief. (It might be tempting to use near the eyes, but please donâ€™t!) You may find the tube a little small at 0.3 oz for $24.99, but for those of us who donâ€™t go by the motto â€œpain is beautyâ€, it could be a price youâ€™re willing to pay.
November 16, 2010
more like aromatherapy to me than perfume!
Have you ever had the chance to visit a Bliss spa? It doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™re at Bliss in Dallas, South Beach, or Singaporeâ€”they all have this incredible, distinct scent wafting through the air. You could walk me past their front door blindfolded and I would still know where I was, based on the scent alone. You always know youâ€™re at Bliss because it just smells like Bliss! Iâ€™ve always wanted to capture that dewy fragrance in a candle and burn it at home, so I just about flipped out when I spied Bliss Eau de Toilette at Sephora. This signature fragrance was inspired by the unmistakable essence of their spa locations. I picked up a rollerball for $18 (a 1.7 fl. oz spray will set you back $54) and I cannot get enough. Itâ€™s more like aromatherapy to me than a perfume to be perfectly honest. While this isnâ€™t going to wind up my signature scent anytime soon, I adore the crisp cucumber and fresh greens mixed with violet and lily to boost my mood when Iâ€™m in a funk. Itâ€™s very summer-y, unique, and super fresh. I think this is something that fans of cucumber melon body mists would enjoyâ€”but steer clear if you arenâ€™t fond of them. I probably wouldnâ€™t purchase the full size, but itâ€™s kind of nice to have a rollerball around to roll on my wrists when I just need to chill out.
November 16, 2010
Good for multi-tasking!
Right away, you can spot the blue-green micro-beads and see that this is a creamier texture. This formula is kaolin-clay based so itâ€™s really helpful in pore-purification due to kaolinâ€™s oil-absorbing benefits. The micro-beads feel pretty small and arenâ€™t overly abrasive, and Iâ€™m pretty sure that theyâ€™re polyethylene (a standard ingredient in many physical exfoliating products with â€œbeadsâ€) since I see it in the ingredient listing. For my particular skinâ€™s liking, I wouldnâ€™t be able to use this in both my morning and evening cleansing rituals because I found it to be just a little drying outside of my t-zone area after a few uses. This may actually be excellent news however for someone who is constantly struggling with oily skin. On the other hand, I would be able to use it on alternating days as a mild exfoliation treatment or as an oil-absorbing mask in my t-zone area once a weekâ€“so it definitely is a 3-way multi-purpose product. One of the things I really enjoyed when using it as a quick purifying mask was a little bit of a cooling sensation. Youâ€™ll find menthol and peppermint leaf extract in the ingredients, which I love in skincare treatments for that very reason. In my experience with trying out the Resurfacing 3-Way Cleanser, it wasnâ€™t the best choice for a facial cleanser from the Skin Renew collection for meâ€“my skin actually preferred The Brusher Gel-Cleanser, and your skin may be completely the opposite.
September 29, 2010
Fun "eww!" factor!
This is a unique mineral-rich peel-off facial mask, and the first of itâ€™s kind from the Japanese skincare lineâ€”known for their preservative-free and botanically based product formulas. The purpose of the product is to help refine the look of pores and reveal a bright and smooth complexion after peeling off. The product dispenses from a tube, and you might be shocked by itâ€™s appearance and texture. Montmorillonite clay contains 67 beneficial minerals and contributes to itâ€™s unique color. The â€œfeelâ€ of the mask in itâ€™s liquid form is a thick and gooey glue-like texture. When applying the mask, I have to make sure I apply it in a thick, even layer. The first time I used it, I didnâ€™t have it coated very evenly on my face which made it a little bit difficult to peel off completely. You might wish to keep this in mind with your first use in order to achieve the full â€œpeel-offâ€ experience. It takes about 15 minutes to dry completely on my face, and it dries down to a shiny, rubbery appearance. I have no experience with liquid latex, but for some reason the sight of my face made me think I had painted my face with it! It could take a little bit longer to dry on your skin, depending on your climate and how thick you apply your mask. Itâ€™s almost like I can see impressions of every single little hole left behind from all of my ginormous pores when I look at the mask I've peeled off! Thereâ€™s a completely fascinating â€œeww!â€ factor involved with this product for sure. Results: I will say that while it does not remove all of the debris thatâ€™s clogging up my pores in one shot, there are often a few spots visible on the mask after I remove and carefully inspect it (of course!) that are indicitive of the trapped sebum and gunk that plague my complexion. Iâ€™m happy to bid that junk adieu! My skin definitely feels softer and smoother after use too. Iâ€™ve come pretty close to removing the mask in one piece by starting at my forehead, babying it around my temples, and then pulling down very carefullyâ€”and each time I use it I challenge myself with how few pieces I can remove it in, the least is two. Itâ€™s kinda fun in my own demented way! Words of caution: Iâ€™ve experienced a few ouchie-dance moments when Iâ€™ve applied it too close to my hairline and I ended up pulling some of those baby hairs while peeling it off, and letâ€™s just say that wasnâ€™t fun. I definitely recommend being mindful of the peach fuzz on the sides of your face too. This mask definitely adheres to the skin and causes some pulling when removing it, so I wouldnâ€™t recommend applying it to any peeling or broken skin.
September 15, 2010
not quite 10 days, but...
While this formula didn't quite make it 10 whole days on my nails, it didn't start to show any signs of stress until day 3, and did not actually chip at all until day 5. When I say signs of stress, I mean wear and tear on the tips of my nails which was most likely the result of typing. When it did begin to chip, it was more like little nicks versus the huge, peeling chips that just sign the death warrant on my whole mani right then and there. I will say this formula is different, it's kind of like it's rubberizedâ€“-and remains pretty flexible which I'm sure prevents it from chipping as easily as other polishes. I used the same base coat and top coat I generally use for my at-home manicures, so I didn't do anything out-of-the-ordinary special for Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro. I would repurchase this polish in the future.
July 25, 2010
The textures of the glosses were pretty smooth, even for the shimmering shades. There wasnâ€™t any gritty feeling at all, which surprised me for how sparkling Pulse and Baby Pout are. I would say itâ€™s a medium weight formulaâ€“itâ€™s not thin, but not too thick so itâ€™s just right. For flavor/fragrance, I detect a very slight vanilla-ish fragrance that quickly dissipates. While these arenâ€™t considered to be long-wearing, they are better than the average gloss. What I was most impressed with was the crazy shine these throw off! Theyâ€™re full of dazzling shine-inducing polymers that donâ€™t leave the lips dry or sticky. Longer wear and a little more fragrance/flavor would have scored this gloss more stars.
July 25, 2010
My new fave Dior mascara!
First, I think the tiered brush is fabulous. The shape allows me to grab several lashes at once and doesnâ€™t miss the tiny ones on both the inner and outer corners. Itâ€™s a nice glossy black that doesnâ€™t look dry, and I had zero flaking. It lengthened, thickened, curled, and defined my lashes with little effort on my part other than applying a few coats. I havenâ€™t been using it long enough to speak to any of the treatment benefits, but my lashes do not feel brittle or dry after makeup removal. Iâ€™d love to see what the end result is after several weeks of use, as Dior has a patented ceramide formula in Extase, SR 38. A single swipe on my top lashes had me sold, but two was great, and three was perfect with no eyelash curler required. With continued use, DiorShow Extase might be well on itâ€™s way to becoming one of my HG mascaras.
May 22, 2010
smoothing product with a huge point of difference!
If you think about an orchid's lifecycle itself, it's a pretty resilient plant. It takes a lot to kill an orchid and the flowers do last much longer than those of most other plants. Their genetic makeup is geared for longevity due to their unique cells. Why I'm pointing this out is because Orchids Oil does contain real orchid oil (with a few other ingredients) to improve hair health over time with consistent use, instantly add shine, and reduce frizz. Eventhough my fine hair wasn't the ideal candidate for this product (it's geared for more coarse or curly hair types), I was extremely satisfied with how lightweight it was when used on my hair wet as a styling product, or when used on my hair dry as a finishing product. I also used it as an overnight scalp treatment and it reduced scalp tightness and itching. I can't say for sure whether my hair is actually healthier because I don't have a way to quantify that claim, but it does appear healthier to the eye immediately after using. It feels soft, it reduces frizz, and adds great shine when used in moderation. Meaning--don't use a lot if you have fine, limp hair! I think the orchid oil is what makes a point of difference when compared to other smoothing and shine serums, and I'm curious to know if we'll be seeing more orchid oil used in the beauty industry to boost the longevity of the health of hair and skin! It would have earned a perfect score from me if I didn't find it a little difficult to get the product out of the bottle. I think the nozzle could be improved, or maybe it could be in a squeeze bottle to make it a little easier. But that's just me!
May 22, 2010
Secret temporary weapon against gray roots
Despite the fact that scrubbing black hair color out of my shower every 2-3 weeks isnâ€™t one of my favorite past times, I havenâ€™t been able to keep up with my recent root re-touch because my scalp is very upset with me. It seems it just knows when our shower filter needs to be replacedâ€¦apparently sooner than I do! I had an event to attend over the weekend and I didnâ€™t want to go with my lovely gray roots showing, but I couldnâ€™t color my hair either because my scalp is extremely sore and irritated. And that was when the hair fairies reminded me (or more like I remembered) that I had the perfect product for the situation just waiting for me to evaluate. TouchBack is a temporary hair color marker that claims to instantly and effortlessly disguise gray roots until your next shampoo, so it was a perfect time to put it to the test! Somewhat resembling a big fat Sharpie, TouchBack contains a temporary hair color (available in 8 shades) without any ammonia or peroxide that actually bonds to your hair and will stay put through brushing. In bona fide hair color emergencies, Iâ€™ve used hair mascaras before but they flake and are a serious pain to use! Being realistic, I knew that if I was going to get away with this little secret of mine over the weekend that Iâ€™d have to make a sacrifice on my hairstyle. So I opted to wear it up and applied TouchBack (in Rich Black) only where my hair parts and to a few spots around my hairline. And what do you know? It totally worked and got me by without looking obvious or consuming a lot of time to camouflage my gray. It washed out easily this morning and now Iâ€™m back at square one waiting for my scalp to behave so I can stop this madness once and for all (wellâ€“at least for 2 weeks) and properly color my hair. The TouchBack marker should last for about 40-50 uses and retails for $29.95, itâ€™s something I personally would consider purchasing to keep on hand as part of a beauty first aid kit for use when I canâ€™t carry out the whole drama of coloring my hair. It was easy, mess-free, and quick. Now only if we could get hair color brands to make our at-home color re-touches as painlessâ€¦
May 1, 2010
Not your average gritty-feeling glittery gloss
When I first spied these Milani lippies, I figured they were just another collection of chunky, glittery glosses that I wouldnâ€™t find very wearableâ€¦and I guess itâ€™s true that you canâ€™t judge a book by itâ€™s cover (or a lip gloss by itâ€™s tube for that matter). Imagine my surprise when Milani 3D Glitzy Glamour Gloss ended up pretty much rocking my world, it was true love at first swipe! Believe it or not, I actually dig it when Iâ€™m wrong about things like this. I guess it would help if I told you what I found so awesome about them, right? Beautiful twinkle! Almost like I had thousands of little stars on my lips, an enormous amount of shine with a glass-like finish, Smooth texture--not sticky or tacky at all. Typically, this might not be your everyday lippie of choiceâ€“especially for an office setting. But these are super fun to amp up boring glosses and lipsticks without the MAC Dazzleglass price since these go for about $6.99. (Iâ€™ve spotted them at CVS on sale too.) I didnâ€™t detect any flavor but I did think the scent was pretty pleasant, it was a little on the vanilla side. I was especially impressed that these glosses didnâ€™t have one trace of a gritty texture for being so glitzy as the particles are extremely fine.
May 1, 2010