Home » Community » Elite User » GigiSD's Profile » Reviews
Here are all my reviews:
  • Senna Lipstick - Cream
    9.0

    Senna Lipstick - Cream

    Lush, Lovely, Long-Lasting

    Senna Cosmetics reminds me greatly of Hourglass Cosmetics and Neutrogena--they always seem to place quality before number of items produced or concern with following trends. I have this lipstick in a ruby, a magnificent shade for fall. It is inviting and warm. It glides on, comforts my lips in luxury, and keeps on going for several hours. This is Senna's lipstick for maximum color impact and wear. Among the ingredients are hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E, shea butter, and jojoba oil (yes--a beauty treatment at the same time!) . It is a rich, lush formula which never results in those tiny "balls" of crusted lipstick I detest and lasts through long hours, coffee, water, and lectures I give. With the weather turning cooler, I'd definitely recommend Senna Cream Lipstick to keep your pout gorgeous and comfortable all fall and winter long.

    October 22, 2013

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • SpaRitual Nail Lacquer
    10.0

    SpaRitual Nail Lacquer

    Gorgeous, Healthy Beauty on Your Hands and Feet

    I've been happily doing my nails since I was five years old. Manicures increased with age--in middle school, high school, college, and when I began to work I was never with bare nails. My parents would very lovingly ask me if the smell of the polishes and polish removers were bothering me; they kept telling me that they were harmful to my health. In my ignorance, I didn't notice a thing except the fanciful colors. Now that I don't have time to do my nails quite as often, the overwhelming fumes nearly make me sick (I'm not sure when I became so aware of them). I am grateful for SpaRitual. It is 100% vegan, with no DBP, toulene, camphor, formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin. It feels good to beautify my hands and feet without potent chemicals. What a difference it makes--manicures and pedicures are completely pleasurable now! They are a bit pricey, but I do believe they're worth the money spent. These polishes come in shades for every taste, from timid to bold, apply evenly and beautifully, and remain without chipping for a long time. I'm hooked on this brand now. Thanks, Mom and Dad! You were always right, anyhow.

    October 22, 2013

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Estee Lauder Modern Muse

    I was most anxious to smell this--and I fell for it! I find this floral, soft, and feminine and sensual at the same time. Estee Lauder has created some of the scents I will never live without ("White Linen," for example), and I applaud its new creation!

    October 16, 2013

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • E.L.F. Studio Complexion Brush
    9.0

    E.L.F. Studio Complexion Brush

    Treat Yourself to The Decadence . . .

    ELF continues to amaze me with its deals. Their "Studio Brush" is hard to tell from a natural-hair brush. It is incredibly lush, soft, and dense. The bristles don't fall out, even after washing. The versatility is incredible, and so is the ridiculously low price ($3.00!).

    October 11, 2013

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • LaRocca Vitamin Repair Mist
    9.0

    LaRocca Vitamin Repair Mist

    Revitalizing, Beautifying Mist!

    What is better than a cool spritz of water for refreshment on a hot, humid day? (Think of the beach here, an amusement park, or the zoo.) Few things, unless they are LaRocca's "Vitamin Repair Mist" ($25.00 and definitely worth it). I have always carried Evian and other spritzers for times when I knew I would be hot and wilting, but LaRocca's is by far the most refreshing and helpful to my complexion! LaRocca's version includes pure 24K gold, which some research has shown to be beneficial to skin in many ways. Also in this formula are green tea leaf extract, aloe leaf juice, grape seed extract, (are you FEELING the comfort yet?), sodium hyaluronate and squalane, both emollients to keep you glowing. BUT WAIT--this pick-me-up spray includes an SPF factor of 15, helping to keep you beautiful. I find this enormously hedonistic and luxurious. The scent is fresh, much like new-picked cucumbers. It is a lightweight liquid which keeps makeup intact, revives your skin and your spirits, and goes on to give you a beauty treatment while on the go (how wonderful is that?). Don't save this just for summer, however. LaRocca's "Vitamin Repair Mist" is wonderful if you are out at parties or with friends. Keep this in mind for the upcoming Holidays when you may find yourself stifled in hot, stuffy rooms, restaurants, or clubs. Your senses are awakened, your look instantly renewed. I do have one issue with this--the dispenser itself. Instead of a fine mist, you sometimes wind up with awkward squirts of this excellent lotion. I don't want to waste it, not a drop. Not to worry. Go to a local five and dime or dollar store and find another spray bottle which works more effectively. I'm taking one star away for the dispenser; otherwise, this is a 10 all the way!

    October 11, 2013

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Vincent Longo Illumina Concealer Pencil
    9.0

    Vincent Longo Illumina Concealer Pencil

    Unique, Easy Concept in Coverage

    I'm truly shocked that this unique, effective concealer hasn't been reviewed many more times. I own it in "Light," as my complexion is fair. Half of this dual-ended pencil is pure concealer which matches my skin exactly and makes short work of dark circles and blemishes. The other half is just a half-tone darker, still natural looking, with a tiny bit of shimmer which is used to highlight and bring out my best features (I dot on the inside of my eyes at the top, around my mouth, you name it). I LOVE the formula--it is completely non-oily but gel-based, and so it glides on effortlessly. The concealer and highlighter never call attention to tiny lines and wrinkles but, instead, work with the mineral mica to draw awareness away from them. I recently used my Longo concealer for a swollen eye which a fruit fly(?!) had bitten--shades of red and blue were immediately disguised and for a very long period of time! Sometimes I mix the concealer with the illuminator to add an extra dimension for the aura of perfect, flawless skin anywhere on my face. There is only one small drawback to this otherwise perfect product: The ends do become dull over time and require sharpening (a sharpener is $4.00 at Vincent Longo). You may--just a suggestion--want to "set" the concealer/illuminator with a great HD face powder, but I still find that powder around my eyes ages me, even when applied with a wonderful Beautyblender dampened sponge. Use powder carefully and sparingly and glow on!

    October 11, 2013

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Clairol Professional Repair Daily Shampoo

    I was anxious to try Clairol's "Professional Repair Daily Shampoo." It is intended to repair color-treated or plain mistreated or dry hair, moisturizing and protecting from color fading. The scent was reminiscent of a styling salon but didn't bother me. While it did handle my hair gently, it could not compete at all with Neutrogena's "Triple Moisture Cream Lather Shampoo." The latter gives a much more lush lather, keeps hair voluminous, repairs injury to tresses, and encourages growth. This is a nice product but definitely not my all-time favorite one.

    October 8, 2013

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

    I like Korres products but am somewhat disappointed in their "Wild Rose and Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial" ($48.00 at Sephora). Let's begin with the positive aspects: I wondered if sleeping in this cream would leave an oily residue on my skin and linens--not at all. Though it is replete in moisturizing ingredients like wild rose oil, rose water (for weightless hydration), imperata cylindrica root extract (a nutrient taken from grassy blades which flourish around the African coast and help skin absorb water), glycerin, jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed wax, and sodium hyaluronate, among many others, it smooths on easily and seeps well into skin. It is a substantive, medium-weight cream which immediately comforts. I particularly enjoy the scent of roses in this and all of Korres' products. After testing it extensively, I found that I awakened to consistently softer, smoother, more velvet-like skin, but there was no marked change in my complexion's brightness. Other products have been far more effective in getting ridding of discolorations and giving me a noticeable luminosity. Sorry to say that I didn't have that with this; perhaps there isn't enough Vitamin C to help with discoloration. If you are looking for a nice overnight moisturizer, this is for you. If you are expecting a major change, you won't find it with this.

    October 8, 2013

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Eco Cotton Rounds
    10.0

    Eco Cotton Rounds

    Soft, Strong, Highly Useful

    These are wonderful, sturdy cotton pads to use from everything to removing makeup with your favorite cleanser to apply other lotions. They are extremely soft yet strong enough to stand up to use and capably hold liquids and/or cleansers. They will never harm your face; they are most kind to face and body, and I highly recommend them.

    September 30, 2013

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

  • Alba Deep Sea Facial Mask
    10.0

    Alba Deep Sea Facial Mask

    Sit Back and Get More Beautiful!

    One thing I detest on my face is enlarged pores. Despite the fact that I use Clarisonic regularly (okay, some days I forget or am too rushed), my nose and chin recently became hotbeds of imperfections. Enough! I can't stand this. I reached for a new product for me, Alba's "Deep Sea Facial Mask." I had read some good reviews about it, and my local drugstore featured it. So I picked it up for less than $10.00. Alba uses kaolin, a clay which has been used as an ingredient in skin care for many centuries. Kaolin gently draws grime and oil from deep within pores. This is not just for oily skin--it works well for dry skin as well. Alba adds glycerin, aloe leaf juice, and safflower seed oil to ensure a velvety feel when you have rinsed it from your complexion. Alba also includes a marine complex to hydrate, stimulate cell regeneration, and nourish. After several treatments, my pores are cleansed and greatly diminished. The mask gives a "taut" feel to skin when it's applied and even after, and skin has a radiance and clarity which is to be cherished. I love this mask. I recommend it for anyone who wants to relax to a subtle, menthol-type scent for about twenty minutes and wind up glowing!

    September 30, 2013

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

Welcome to TotalBeauty.com!
Ready to unleash your inner beauty junkie? Enter your email and check the boxes below to get free samples, exclusive deals, discounts at Total Beauty Shops, and expert beauty tips delivered straight to your inbox!
Email to a friend