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Sweet & yummy
One of my fave fragrances! With notes like caramelized popcorn and strawberry leaves--it's sweet and delicious! It only smells better throughout the day and I receive compliments every time I wear it.
December 20, 2009
Vitamin A rocks!
With the proprietary blend of gentle acids and 2% AGP Complex in CosMedix Define, Iâ€™ve experienced some smoothing and resurfacing benefits with cumulative use on a nightly basis. The lightweight moisturizer goes a long wayâ€“just a little dab spreads easily on my freshly cleansed skin before bedtime, and then it starts a little remodeling job! The first few times I applied it, I felt just a little tingling sensation but nothing intolerable or anything that caused me alarm, it did dissipate with continued use. I highly recommend the use of a sunscreen whenever youâ€™re using any product like this as it can cause increased sun sensitivity with daytime sun exposure. Define has a fresh citrus scent and also provides mild hydration benefitsâ€“my skin really loved that I used it and I saw visibile results after 2 weeks which improved into week 3.
November 29, 2009
Modern meets classic
When I think of YSL fragrances, I think of classics like Opium and Paris, both of which my Mom wore ages ago! The newest Yves Saint Laurent perfume, Parisienne seems to be more a modern take on classicâ€“ the damask rose-based floral has a slightly mysterious and edgy side with all things feminine in between. My first impressions of Parisienne were favorable, the sparkling blend of blackberry and cranberry was unmistakable! As the middle notes began to take shape, a more classic fragrance was revealed through the harmony of damask rose, violet, and peony notes. Once Parisienne reached the base notes, it became more reminiscent of the old YSL classics to me and got just a little too heady with patchouli and vetiver. It was pleasant after dry down, but in a perfect worldâ€“ if it would have stopped in the middle I would have been as pleased as punch! After some time had passed, I was left with a faint touch of cranberry, rose, and blackberry which was a nice finishing touch, so all was not lost! The Parisienne bottle is one part classic, one part modern as is the fragrance itself and has a nice weight to it. Slightly etched, the bottleâ€™s surface is said to resemble the labyrinth of Parisian streets. For me personally, Parisienne wouldnâ€™t be my â€œeverydayâ€ fragrance of choice because of the bottomâ€“ but once it wears down and everything comes together, Parisienne becomes very feminine and delicate again.
October 10, 2009
sweet & fruity!
My fave Harajuku Lovers fragrance has always been Love, but lately I've been wearing Lil' Angel and I really enjoy it. It's really got a fruity zing to it with top notes of raspberries and cranberries-- very tangy and tart right off the bat which warms up nicely on my skin. It's a nice change of pace from florals which can sometimes be a little on the boring side!
October 9, 2009
Using their shade selection tool, I chose my foundation color by matching a card of transparent swatches against the inside of my arm. Iâ€™ve seen this color-matching card available at some drugstores on the Lâ€™Oreal display itself, but not at all of the places Iâ€™ve spied True Match. As I started to apply the foundation, I got scared! My first thought: â€œI should have gone one shade darker!â€ Flashbacks of junior high are often traumatic, especially when youâ€™re already incredibly pale and you choose makeup that makes you look even moreâ€¦ shall I sayâ€“ ghastly? The tone looked just a little too pink right out of the bottle which made it seem light, but once it was all blended that wasnâ€™t the case. Most foundations turn incredibly warm and yellow on me, and this one actually stayed true on my face without shifting. I donâ€™t know what got in to me, but I actually forgot to wear primer yesterday morning when I applied this and surprisingly enough, it didnâ€™t slip-slide around or separate once my oil production started kicking in for the day. True Match liquid provided a natural finish with medium coverage that warmed up very nicely throughout the duration of wear. I did find that it had a tendency to gather slightly on the smaller dry spots on my face around my nose. Drier skin-types may wish to use the cream foundation version of True Match or use a specific primer or moisturizer prior to application to combat that.
September 25, 2009
unlike anything else!
I donâ€™t see myself passing on a yummy smelling bottle of shampoo in lieu of concocting my own baking soda and vinegar rinse anytime soon, so I took Chaz at his word and trusted the Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner for the job! WEN is TOTALLY different than anything youâ€™d expect, at least it was for meâ€“ a habitual shampoo offender. Check your pre-conceived shampoo notions at the door, WEN doesnâ€™t lather or suds at all and will take some getting used to! You may even think there is no way that the thick and creamy concoction is even touching the oils that have taken over your scalp. Youâ€™ll also use much more of this product than what we consider normal, so donâ€™t be alarmedâ€“ it takes about 30 pumps to ensure the product is evenly distributed for my hair texture and length. The process is more involved and time consuming than just lathering some shampoo in my hair and rinsing it out, and the longer you leave WEN on the better it works. Keeping these things in mind, I was really impressed with how light my hair actually feltâ€“ it was almost bouncy. I canâ€™t forget about the shine! The Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner left behind a shimmering shine on my black hair that I ordinarily canâ€™t achieve with traditional shampoos and conditioners alone. And the fragrance? Heavenly! I know this may sound impossible, but the Cucumber Aloe is both soothing and invigorating at the same time. I donâ€™t get to say that very often! For something that conditions so much, it cleanses incredibly well and builds volume at the same time. Itâ€™s definitely not your everyday shampoo! If you just donâ€™t think youâ€™ll ever be able to kick your sudsy habit and youâ€™re hooked on it, this honestly may not be for you and it could end up being a â€œwashâ€. If youâ€™re on the product-adventurous side and want to explore other shampoo options, or have hair that screams for lots of TLCâ€“ give WEN a shot. While itâ€™s not a permanent shampoo solution for me since Iâ€™m perpetually testing new products, I do enjoy the change and so does my hair!
September 24, 2009
good, but not perfect
First, letâ€™s go over the pros of this baby. The little funky Medieval Times-looking ball at the end makes it possible to get every last lash that a cumbersome mascara wand would miss. Thatâ€™s a huge plus to me since I have such a hard time reaching the corners of my lashes like you probably do, itâ€™s a pretty common complaint we share! I also really liked how the formula stays a little wet and allows you to work with it a bit before it dries. So many times a mascara will dry before you can even get past a first or second coat to perfect it. You know I like to experiment so I have to share this discoveryâ€“ I tried this over another mascara and it looked incredible! Itâ€™s not an ideal use and I wouldnâ€™t recommend purchasing it for that benefit alone, I just thought it might be good to know. *wink* Like Phenomenâ€™Eyes, Telescopic Explosion isnâ€™t without itâ€™s faults either. Eek! Right away, I noticed that it will definitely deposit a few clumps if you donâ€™t wipe the ends of the brush on the lip of the tube when you take it out. If you are mindful of this, it shouldnâ€™t be an issue with applicationâ€“ but the fact that itâ€™s even a probability is no bueno! Additionally, the black isnâ€™t very darkâ€¦ it actually looks more like a dark graphite-grey in my opinion. I LOVE a shiny blue-black on my lashes and this one isnâ€™t the answer for me. Another issue that may be of importance to you is the fact that weâ€™re all so used to swiping a mascara horizontally across our lashes pretty quickly, you probably wonâ€™t really be able to do that with this one right off-the-bat. I found this applied best when holding the wand vertically and that can seem a little intimidating. Be prepared to take some time! If you always wanted to try Phenomenâ€™Eyes but cringed at the price, you might consider giving this a shot! In all honesty, I loved the final result but it was a process of trial and error like all things new. It curls my lashes and gives them noticeable volume, so at the end of the day it meets my needs and thatâ€™s not a bad thing!
September 21, 2009
Is it possible to actually fall head-over-heels in love with a hand cream? Ohmygosh, YES! Last week I was traveling, and Iâ€™m getting ready to do it again later this week. It goes without saying that my skin is in for a rude awakening! As a result of my obsessive hand washing, being in a different climate, and flyingâ€“ my poor little hands and cuticles are ridiculously dry to the point of being tight and uncomfortable. One of my regular fave hand creams just wasnâ€™t cutting it! I picked up a tube of Kiehlâ€™s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve on a whim, and as I was unpacking I re-discovered it and had a â€œEureka!â€ moment! Itâ€™s so Amazing, it deserves the capital â€œAâ€. Kiehlâ€™s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is a true salve in texture, so itâ€™s probably not suitable for use during the day if youâ€™re going to be clicking away on a keyboard or trying to grasp anything. Itâ€™s also got a medicinal scent, similar to Vickâ€™s VapoRub yet much, much lighter due to one of the soothing ingredients being eucalyptus leaf oil. I do find this extremely beneficial for applying immediately before bedtime, because hey! Who cares at that point, right? The dense, rich texture of shea butter with avocado and sesame oils in a glycerin base forms a nourishing barrier on my hands that I can actually feel. It completely envelops my hands and makes them much softer and more hydrated when the morning rolls around. Iâ€™ll definitely be reaching for this as Fall temperatures drop and my skin gets drier!
September 15, 2009
I picked this one up as a last resort at the drugstore because they were out of my fave drugstore brand self-tanner of choice. I paid a little under $7 for it which I thought was inexpensive compared to the $9 brand sitting right next to it! During application I almost became overwhelmed by the "fresh citrus fragrance" and had to take a few breaks during applying that night! But when I woke up in the morning, it was probably the best low-end spray tanning result I've ever had. My husband kept remarking that it was the best he's seen my pale skin faux-tanned-- EVER, but that it had the WORST smell that night I've ever put him through with all of my products! It did smell pretty darn bad, I admit. But I rate it so high due to the end result on my pale skin and the low price in contrast to it's competitors. There was a little over one full-body application in the can for me with just enough left over for next-day touch ups. If it didn't have that dreaded smell, this would have been perfect!
August 31, 2009
wish it had just a tad more color!
While I don't think the color I tried added much color to my lashes (Black Ruby-- slight aubergine tint), I do think it added a subtle sparkle which drew extra attention to my peepers without screaming "disco ball"! The mascara formula itself worked well for length, definition, and basic volumizing effects.
August 31, 2009