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Winter Skin Savior
This is the third mask that I have tried from Lush. I am really beginning to think that there is a Lush face mask out there for everyone, no matter what kind of skin you have or what specific concern you want to target. The others I have tried and loved are the Mask of Magnaminty and Catastrophe Cosmetic. I picked up the Oatifix because it is now winter and I have been suffering from dry patches and some redness due to the weather change, a cold and seasonal allergies. Oatifix has bananas in it which are meant to moisturize and nourish the skin which is what drew me to it considering my current concerns. The ground oats help soothe red and/or irritated skin as well. Spreading this on your face is like sticking your head in a big bowl of banana bread batter...in a good way! It smells amazing, and not at all fake. This mask has ground up almonds in it for a light exfoliation. You don't need to leave this mask on for long, just 5 to 10 minutes and it is fairly easy to rinse off. The mask does not harden or tighten at all. I rinse this off with warm water using circular motions to get the exfoliation benefit from the ground almonds. Once I wash the mask off my skin feels super soft and nourished. I use a night cream afterwards, but I really don't feel like I even need one after using this. The dry patches and redness on my face were gone immediately after the first use, although they did return the next day. I have since used this two more times and the days following the second application, my dry patches stayed gone. So I think it takes a couple uses to get the full (and more long lasting) benefits. That is ok by me for Lush's Fresh Face Masks because they expire after two weeks so you need to use these frequently anyway. I have been using this two times a week but could even bump it to three. It is so gentle and nourishing that you don't have to worry about overusing this like you would with masks from other brands. I will now turn to Oatifix when the temperatures drop and my skin starts feeling dry and/or dehydrated. Another winning mask from Lush!
January 22, 2013
Not MAC's best eyeliner
I have purchased a couple of these eyeliners in the basic black. I justified repurchasing these, even though I didn't like them much because they do an OK job and the twist up plastic pencil is eligible for the Back to MAC program. Stupid reason to buy an eyeliner that just isn't very good. These don't apply very smoothly or precisely at all. I would only use this if you want to smudge it out for a smokey eye look. When I use this on my water line, it has no staying power and just runs. This eyeliner is kind of the worst of both worlds because it isn't very creamy so it doesn't glide on easily or give precision. But even with its drier formula, the eyeliner doesn't last. I get raccoon eyes when I use this. I ended up just tossing this in my on-the-go makeup bag for when I'm in a pinch and need some liner, but now have put it in my Back to MAC pile even though I haven't used it all up because I already have enough other basic black eyeliners on hand that do a much better job. MAC's eye kohl pencils that you manually sharpen are a more creamy, easier to use option for someone who is looking to MAC for a pencil liner. Skip this one.
January 18, 2013
Nice colors but wish the formula was better
Essie is known for great creamy pastel and neutral shades, both of which I love wearing on my nails. The problem with these kinds of colors is that they can be difficult to apply if the formula isn't just right. They tend to go on streaky. Essie is no exception. It is particularly disappointing because this brand is known for these types of shades. For a brand that is known for great shades like this, they should work on a better, easier to apply polish so you can get the creamy, solid color you see in the bottle. I have even brought Essie nail polish into a nail salon for them to apply on my nails (because I have a hard time doing it myself) and the manicurist complained that it was difficult to work with. It took three coats to get a solid color that was presentable and that was by a professional! Now, not all Essie shades are like this. I have several darker, creamy shades that apply easily and wear well. I just wish they would work on making it easier to work with the lighter shades. I have very light creamy shades from Deborah Lippmann and Illamasqua that go on like a dream, so I know it can be done.
January 17, 2013
Wonderful Clarifying Mask
I have tried quite a few clay-type masks meant to extract all the gunk from your face to help minimize the appearance of pores and aide breakouts. While I have yet to try a real dud, many of them are just OK and often times they can be quite uncomfortable to use, leaving skin overly tight and dry. The Origins Charcoal mask is one of the greats. It may feel look like you are applying wet tar to your face, but it is easy to smooth over everything and so comfortable to use. While the mask is on, you seem to feel that something is happening, but still without any tingling or tightness. It has a very slight cooling effect that feels really nice. This is not a total hassle to remove either, like many other clarifying masks can be. It does help to use a warm washcloth though and then you get the added benefit of a light exfoliation. When I wash this off my skin looks and feels really nice. My skin looks fresh, new and clear. Although I don't suffer from many blemishes, I am prone to blackheads and my pores look larger than I would like. This mask makes a noticeable difference. Using this once a week has helped minimize the amount of blackheads on my nose and cheeks. This won't be a total fix for the problem, but no skincare product is. This is not just for those with oily, blemish prone skin in my opinion. I have combination/dry skin and it works well for me, using it once every one to two weeks. The bottle is $23 and will last quite a long time. If you only use this on your t-zone or problem areas, it will last even longer. I love the affect that this mask gives my skin, but I especially love that I don't have to undergo an uncomfortable and potentially irritating experience to benefit from the lovely affects of such a clarifying mask. If you suffer from large pores and/or blackheads or any sort of congestion, this is worth testing out. Origins makes a smaller bottle of this too if you don't want to commit to the full size. You have nothing to lose!
January 17, 2013
Nice brush, but not the best for precise gel eyeliner
I have had my 266 brush for years. I originally bought this to use with potted gel eyeliners (MAC's fluid line, Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner, Clinique brush on cream liner, etc.). At first, this brush was great for that purpose. It won't give the most precise, thin line, but it was excellent for creating a winged look. Over time, however, the hairs began to fray a bit. This made it that much more difficult to get a precise line and made the flick at the end look sloppy. When I wear gel eyeliner, I want a very clean look so this is a deal breaker. For the price and alleged quality of MAC brushes, I do expect them to last longer than mine has without fraying and such. I take great care of all my makeup brushes, cleaning them gently, reshaping them and drying them over the edge of my bathroom counter so I doubt this is due to my own treatment of the brush. I still rate this brush decently because I can use it for other things. It still works well for brow powder and powder eyeliner despite its frayed point. I have since moved onto a Louise Young brush for gel eyeliner application and it is amazing. To anyone considering the 266 brush, just keep in mind what you plan to use it for and that it has the tendency to fray. I have a couple friends who also own the 266 and have said the same thing about it.
January 16, 2013
Effective Multi Use Product but Expensive for What it is
We all hear so, so much about Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream that it is difficult not to get wrapped up in the buzz that surrounds this "cult" product. I recently purchased the unscented version for the winter months when my lips are extra chapped, my cuticles are extra dry and seasonal colds and allergies leave my nose raw and peeling. For all of these uses, I absolutely love this product. You can use this on dry elbows, heels and cuticles. You can even use this to set your eyebrows in place (who would have thought?!). Being sick, I have been using this all around my dry, flaky and sore nose. This is helpful when other lotions and such would just burn. It is misleading that this is called a "cream" because it is more of a gel or salve. The texture is in no way creamy. A little bit of this goes a long way so one tube will last a very long time. Still, this is an expensive product and the only active ingredient listed is petroleum. I do find this to be less greasy and slippery than regular 'ol Vaseline. My skin absorbs this more easily than Vaseline too. This is a high end petroleum product, somewhat similar to Smith's Rosebud Salve. It is not the same as Vaseline, but it also isn't anything particularly innovative. Nonetheless, it works. It is nice to use, it is conveniently packaged in a tube (thank goodness!) so you do not have to dip your finger into it. If you are willing to pay the price for this, you will certainly use it in many ways and find it effective. If you don't want to spend the money, get a tub of Vaseline and you will most likely still be satisfied. Me, I will use my tube and as long as my budget allows, when the time comes I will repurchase this multi use product.
January 15, 2013
Expensive, but Uniquely Amazing
NARS makes a mean blush! I passed over their blushes so many times because they don't look like anything special in the pan. If you can get past the initial lackluster appearance of these and swatch them, you will start to see how special and dynamic they are. I first bought the blush "Luster" which is a beautiful peach color with gold shimmer. I usually opt for matte blushes, but the gold sheen that runs through this is so beautiful and flattering on the skin. This blush in particular is great for summer time with more nude looks, but also looks great when paired with a bolder lip. It looks fab on my pale skin, but I also think it would look lovely on darker skin tones and could perhaps even be used as a highlighter. The next blush I purchased was "Sin" which is a plummy color that also has gold shimmer in it. Having such light skin, I would not think to purchase a plum blush because I would assume it would be too harsh or obvious on me. That gold shimmer really helps offset the darker plum color making it extremely wearable. This blush look stunning on the skin. Again, it is so unique, unlike anything else I own or have seen from other makeup lines. If you are typically put off my blushes with shimmer, you should still give these a try. They are so finely milled that they are not overly sparkly or in your face. The shimmer just adds a lovely dimension and catches the light beautifully. I would love to try more blushes from NARS, particularly "Deep Throat". These are quite expensive so you will certainly want to test whichever blush you are considering. I do think that $28 is worth it for blushes that are as unique, beautiful and flattering as these. Because NARS blushes are so pigmented, just a little product is plenty, and each blush should last you so long. The blushes from NARS are a real standout product from the makeup line and I look forward to using the two that I own and love as well as purchasing a few other special colors.
January 14, 2013
Hydrating without being heavy
I bought the mini version of this mask for use during the winter when I need a bit more moisture. I typically use a retinol treatment followed by the Origins Night a Mins, but I like this for days that my skin feels extra dry or has some flakes. It is also great for preventative use, on nights that I do a clarifying mask or chemical peel and want to restore the moisture to my skin. The scent of this mask is wonderful. I love most Origins products, but don't like their scents and this is a major exception. It smells light and fresh, a bit like pink lemonade with a splash of grapefruit. This doesn't feel thick or heavy and absorbs really nicely into my skin. It is easy to smooth over my entire face without having to use too much product. It doesn't feel the least bit greasy either. When I wake up, my skin feels extra soft and looks youthful. All signs of dry patches are gone. If you are in need of extra moisture from time to time, this is definitely worth checking out.
January 11, 2013
Love this Scent!
I first tried a sample of the shower gel in this scent and found it to be so intoxicating. I was thrilled to find out that they had this in perfume form. I got a tester of the fragrance and after the boyfriend gave it a major thumbs up, he bought me the large bottle for Christmas. This is a lovely, mellow and complex scent. It is so warm and sophisticated. I have never been a fan of really in-your-face perfumes so I love that this is a very subtle fragrance. The only bummer about this and why I have to knock a couple of stars off is that the scent does not last long at all. I am used to fragrance wearing off through the day, but this lasts just a couple hours. I have filled a travel atomizer with the scent and refresh it a couple times during the day, but I have never had to do this with any other perfumes I have used. It is worth it to me, because this is such a perfect scent for me and I enjoy it so much, but I truly wish this had more staying power.
January 11, 2013
Great if you have fair skin
Being so pale, it can be difficult to find a nice bronzer for contouring that doesn't make my face look muddy or too orange. The Lancome Star Bronzer attracted me because the color looked so natural. This is the lightest bronzer I have ever used, making it great for those with super pale skin. The color is matte (like the name suggests) and it is a more cool-toned brown than most bronzers I have seen and tested. This is great because it looks like a more natural shadow on the face. I use this to contour my cheeks, along my jawline and on my temples and it works wonderfully. The color is very subtle, but you can build it up for whatever affect you are going for, making this such a versatile and useful product. If you are like me and have been frustrated with bronzers that look too obvious, too warm, or just plain bad, give this a test. It is a really unique bronzer. The packaging on this is also top notch. It's a very pretty compact and the mirror is generously sized. This closes tightly but doesn't actually latch, so you won't have to worry about a latch breaking in your makeup bag. This bronzer is sleek and useful in so many ways. I just wouldn't recommend it for those with darker complexions because it is such a light bronzer and you may not be able to build it up enough to get a great affect.
January 11, 2013