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LOVE LOVE LOVE
I'm on my second bottle of this stuff and still loving it! I love the coverage, I love the top notch oil control, the formula, the coverage, the color selections, everything. There is indeed a funny smell that reminds me of liquid plastic, but it has never bothered me before. My only complaint would be the lack of a pump, which can make application a bit messy. Still, forget drugstore, this is high end makeup counter quality stuff!
April 29, 2013
if only application was easier...
Of course, the packaging lies about what the exact color turnout is, but then again, we don't all have the exact same color on lips naturally. Still, this lipstain is a WIN. Such an awesome taste and color! I got Frenzy, which applied a real pretty classic red, then toned down into a nice berry.The marker dispenser needs improving, though. I have found the best way to apply is simply follow the directions we're given: start with clean, exfoliated lips still patted dry, apply lipstain with the flat side, then count to 100 before applying balm. Tadaa!
April 29, 2013
Not Very Effective
After using this cream for four more months, I have to change my review from what it was originally. First, It should be noted that this cream is quite thick; the consistency of cold creams my grandmother use to swear by, but applies very evenly for supple and smooth skin by morning. However, the cream does have a tendency to sit on my skin a little greasily before seeping in or drying completely. I have small dry patches on my chin and between my eyes, but a few days with this cream and it's like the dry patches never existed. My oily T-zone has actually gotten less shiny over time, and my skin texture has achieved a more even and pore-less look (any bumps have slowly smoothed themselves out). I should also be note that the cream has a floral and slightly powdery scent to it, which may irritate some of those who are sensitive to scent. Now here is where the bad news comes in. I have seen no results from this cream aside from the ones mentioned above. Around the 3rd month of using this cream, the results mentioned above have stopped completely. There are still small bumps, and the dry patches are back (albeit smaller) due to the winter weather. This cream was sufficient while it was still warm and less dry outside, but its effectiveness was definitely subdued when the cold rolled through. I blame the formula as well as the packaging on this point. Due to being packaged in a pot, the effectiveness of all the good ingredients have just evaporated because of how much air has gotten into the cream every time I open it! It is still thick, but less moisturizing. For the price I paid, I wish I could say my time was this cream was something Holy Grail worthy, but time as proven otherwise. I definitely wish I new this all those months back and invested in something worth my money!
March 3, 2013
To Buy or Not to Buy?
Since this is a very much talked about product and considered a little high end, I believe I should give this an extensive review. I received a few in a gift set over the holidays and I'm actually very glad I did not purchase these lip butters with my own money! That's not saying this is a bad product by any means, but I believe there are better ones out there at better prices. Starting with the formula: this lip butter is very emollient and smooth when applying from pot to lips, though I don't believe the term 'butter' comes from the way it applies, but more of how it's not as stiff and waxy as a traditional lip balm in stick form. However, it FEELS like a traditional lip balm given how it just sits on my lips like a film instead of melting into them. Here's where the hydration factor gets a little iffy because of that film-like application since it didn't actually moisturize my lips but neither did it dry them out. I can best describe it as this product 'maintained' the moisture in my lips. If my lips were dry, they remained dry. If my lips were moist (such as after washing my face), they remained moist. Formula aside, this lip butter can be considered more than the traditional balm because of it's pigmentation and shine. My lips have a color of their own and I can add this on top to give me more of a "my lips but better" sheen. The downside to the lip butters having color? Guava and Jasmine definitely give the lips an unnatural white color! Lastly, it should be said that many may not find this lip butter appealing due to its packaging and fragrance (note that the names are given based on shade and the extract added in, not necessarily the smell)! The scent varies between shades, but all came through balm-like and a little herbal-y to me and because the product comes in a little pot (with very strange sides that curve inward!), application is also a little messy and unsanitary. All in all, I must recommend another tinted balm such as Burt's Bees over this one simply for the fact that this one was not very hydrating and because I could get better results (as well as equal color) from a much cheaper product!
March 2, 2013
This is one of few cases I can cite when I have purchased a product on a whim without looking at the reviews, then regretting it later. Better believe it ladies, this dry shampoo stinks! Not literally, but I can honestly say the scent is the only upside to this product. My entire experience with this this can be summed up with one word: greasy. Completely opposite to what a dry shampoo is suppose to do, this formula weights down, sticks, and saps the volume right out of my hair! Spraying it at a distance does not help either. No matter how little or how lightly the product touches my hair, it immediately clings to all my strands and create a very greasy feeling even after brushing through. Ironically, if brushing is even attempted after applying this product, a very piece-y and shiny look takes over. Not hair commercial gorgeous-shiny, I'm talking about Severus Snape-shiny. This is completely contrary to the whole purpose of a dry shampoo! If applied to hair that hasn't been washed for a day, I guarantee that hair would feel like it hasn't been washed for a week. When I applied to washed or styled hair, it immediately becomes limp and unable to hold any shape. Formula aside, the sheer application of this product should have been an indication to exactly how bad this dry shampoo is! After shaking the bottle vigorously, the jet of product that comes out of the nozzle is more comparable to that of a rocket on first use. It does provide a continuous spray, but the amount of dry shampoo that comes out is simply ridiculous! The only benefit, I can say, that has come out of attempting to make good of this product is that I've gotten quite the arm work out and has made showering even more of a commodity on bad hair days!
March 2, 2013
Great Summer Foundation
For oily skin, this foundation is awesome. Period. Even though it doesn't do any of that shine control, full-coverage business, it's definitely light and breezy for the face; especially during hot summer months. And as a plus for those who travel, this foundation goes on great when applying during a bumpy airplane ride, and the color swatches are wide in range too. I found that even though the shade selection is fairly wide, I could easily slide between one or two shades and still no end up looking too orange or too pale. It should go without mention that "foundation" is a little misleading in the name. At most, the formula is a tinted moisturizer with slightly more pigment and less liquid-y consistency. However, I still find it a great for those who like wearing makeup, but still like the feeling of bare skin. This sinks right in to my face even after moisturizing in the mornings, and leaves behind a matte finish that doesn't oxidize into an oily mess at the end of the day. My one complaint would be the lack of SPF, otherwise I have believed I've found my Holy Grail foundation for the summer months.
January 28, 2013
In its ways, this really is a good balm. The formula is wonderfully slick and easy on the lips, and completely moisturizing too! It's not even one of those that only moisturizes for half the wear time (as in, when it dries up or wears off my lips, it doesn't take my moist lips with it and leave me with flakes). It sweeps on like a dream, but it does sit a little heavier than most lightweight lip products to the point that I can tell I am wearing lip balm. Nonetheless, it blends in very well and disguises any dryness or flakiness and leaves this lovely shine. With its clear cap and shiny, gold, twist-up tube, the packaging also makes this balm much more appealing than others in the drugstore. However, the biggest kicker that's keeping me from giving this balm 10 stars is the lack of color pay off. Some ladies with less pigment in their lips might see a little more color when they apply, but I have rose tones in my lips and I couldn't see the difference between six of the eight shades. When they say sheer tint, they weren't kidding! It really is like I bought the same balm six times over when I decided to try all of them. Because it is very sheer, it makes me believe that the only thing separating this balm from other typical twist up balms is its fancy packaging! It really is a shame because my selection has just been brought down by more than half. Variety is the spice of life, no? Still, I can't say too many bad things when it comes to recommending this balm. It contains SPF 15, which is more than most lip products and therefore can be worn during the summer, is unscented and tasteless, it looks good on the outside, feels rich, and is all together worth the money. For ladies who are looking for a little more color, though, I can only suggest trying out the Candid Coral or the Plush Plum shades as those were the only two that showed a hint of color difference on my lips!
January 27, 2013
Not the Very Best
The main seller for this lip balm is the packaging, hands down. In terms of application, it actually is quite a means more convenient to apply because of its fat and chubby shape than stick lip balms. However, I find that this does nothing to moisturize my lips nor keep them moisturized. I would go as far to say as it dries my lips out! This balm does wonders under lipstick or other clingy lip colors to smooth out any lines at the beginning of the day, but if let to their own devices on bare lips, I get loads of unexpected flakes and a slightly chapped feeling by the end of the day. I say unexpected because this balm -feels- moisturizing with its slick application! Slick lip balm should mean soft lips, right? Sadly, not the case here. In reality, this balm really just sits on top of my skin and transfers none of its moisture to my lips. Apart from moisture, the balm is also a little hard to apply at first. It took multiple swipes to feel like any balm was reach my lips at all, but that problem was quickly fixed by a few minutes of sitting in my pocket to soften up. I very much wanted this balm to work wonders like all the reviews have said it would. It is free of loads of strange chemicals such parabens and petrolatum (plastic), it smells delicious, it has a nice sweet taste and also comes in loads of different flavors. It is nice to try, but it is not a balm worth repurchasing, especially with the upcoming chapped-lips weather!
November 8, 2012
First thing's first: the results from this spray are amazing. I get shiny hair instantaneously without any greasy, limp, or over-producted hair feel! It is as simple as a spray and brush-through on both sides of my head and suddenly, my hair is "whoa, shiny!" Everything down to the packaging is well made and will receive absolutely no complaints from me. Though the spray comes in a slim glass bottle, it definitely withstands dropping, leaking, or breaking, making it ideal for traveling without travel-size necessities. The spray mist itself is light, but direct; thus, one spritz actually deposits most (if not all) of the product right to my hair! There is a very fine scent of fruit that comes with, but it disappears almost instantly when brushing through so no irritants here for those who are sensitive to scent. What else can I say about it? It's easily a must have for any lady that has been looking for that proverbial shiny hair with no strings attached!
November 8, 2012
Well, It Does What It Says
Indeed, I have not had a break out since I've included this cleanser as part of my regimen. It could be one of many factors though, such as not skipping a day of facial cleansing or the useful little exfoliating scrubby (which I am a fan of). Note: this one IS particularly drying when compared to the other formulas, has a cooling feel on the face, and smells distinctly like...cologne! Still, I will not complain because I have been breakout free except the occasional ONE blemish, and the cleanser (or could the scrubby) does clear out the blackheads around my nose daily!
September 24, 2012
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