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Friday, November 20th, 2009
2:29 pm
Another Four Fragrences
As I slowly work my way through Sephora's fragrence kit....from worst to best:

Kenzo (Flower): This claims to have a lot of smells in it. All I smell is baby powder. Bad baby powder. With a chemically finish. Why not just wear baby powder, which is cheaper and doesn't smell like chemicals on top of it? I am mystified that people would buy this...

Michael Kors (Very Hollywood): Again, ick. It starts with a chemically musk smell, then ends overly sweet. There are worse smells out there, true (see Kenzo, Pink Sugar, Harajuku Lovers, and Emilio Pucci), but it's just not appealing.

Stella McCartney (Stella Nude): This is probably the first one that I'm listing that I liked! It starts off with a warm amber scent that then moves to a darker dusky rose. It's quite appealing in an intimate, sexy, way. I'd think that it would be something that I'd like...generally I like the warmer scents. But something about it isn't quite right on me, and I'm not sure what it is (maybe a bit too much sandlewood in the finish, that makes it a bit more New Age shop than I'd like? Not sure.) But I'm sure that it's the perfect scent for someone else. Just not me.

Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue: This one is sweet, floral, and citrusy, without the slightest hint of musk or chemicals. Usually I hate citrusy - it smells like you've been doused in orange juice. But in this case, it makes me smell like I'm wearing an orange blossom tucked behind my ear, perhaps with a spritz of jasmine. It smells completely natural, fresh, and beautiful. I'm not sure that it's for me. I think that it's a bit lighter than I usually like. But I will not be entirely sad if I end up with this one. And I can see it being absolutely perfect for someone who would like a citrusy scent that isn't icky.
Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
12:46 am
Review: MAC lure lipglass & pink eyeshadow
Hi! I'm a newbie to this community- my friend evilbob23 pointed it out to me, and I thought this was right up my alley. I'm a makeup junkie and I love trying out new products. I am also investigating moisturizers occasionally, although I've been facial cleansers/clay masks/moisturizers made by Origins for about a year and a half now. I haven't had much inclination to try anything new in that area.

Anyway, today I will talk about the new purchases I made at my local MAC counter. Recently, I was attracted to their Lure collection- the pretty pink colors and lovely packaging sold me! I tried out the new blushcremes and found both of the colors to be very nice, although they didn't add much color, mostly shine/highlighting (For highlighting I use Benefit's High Beam/Moon Beam).

The new lipglasses are very nice! The consistency isn't bad; a little goes a long way. I picked up their lipglass in 'Bait'- a soft pink shade that goes on light but stays on for a good 2-3 hours.

I also purchased a new eyeshadow, although it's not a new color- Pink Venus! It's a lustre shadow and has some shine/sparkle to it, but it's subtle. One thing I love about MAC shadows is that layering affects the depth of the color. For most of my shadows, I use a MAC paint as a base (shade- "Untitled") and put the shadow over it. Anyway, tangent aside, Pink Venus is a very nice color.

The lipglass is $14.00 and the eye shadow was $13.50!
Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
9:53 am
Schick Intuition review
So I thought I'd post a product review so this community comes back from the dead, eh? :D

Schick Intuition razor

My sister gave me a Schick Intuition razor (hooray for buy one get one free sales) and I thought I'd check it out. I am always seeking the perfect razor. Initially, I thought it looked absurd, since it's HUGE compared to other razors. (In case you don't know what I'm talking about, this is the razor with the "conditioning solid" block attached to the part with the blades.) It's actually quite light and easy to shave with, despite its size.

I decided to give it a try this morning in the shower. (You can only use this product when wet, by the way.) I wasn't expecting much, but I will say I was pleasantly surprised. The conditioning solid eliminated the need for shave gel, which saved me a lot of time, and smelled good. However, it didn't work up a lather at all, so I missed a couple of spots because I couldn't tell where I had shaved. Yeah, TMI. Don't tell me you've never missed a spot on your legs. :P Where this product really rocked was the bikini area. I was impressed. More TMI. Aren't you sorry you read this review? XD

Overall, it gave an okay shave for the legs. My legs didn't feel as moisturized as they do when I use shave gel, though. I don't think the conditioning solid will last too long--only time will tell. It's probably a gimmick to get you to change razor blades more often. I won't be using this product unless I'm in a hurry or shaving the bikini line, though--I simply get better results from my current razor and shave gel. But it was fun to try!

Pros: no cuts, no shaving cream, great for travel or when in a hurry
Cons: no lather, missed a few spots, too large for some areas, not as moisturizing as shave gel

I think it's about $9.00 at drugstores. Comes with a shower hanger, cap for the razor head, and an extra blade.

Current Mood: busy
Saturday, April 30th, 2005
1:11 am
Buttery soft and smelling "scrumptious", courtesy of Tree Hut Mango Butter
While at Wal-Mart with my husband, I decided to pick a body cream, and after some searching, we found this lonely orange jar with the words "Mango Butter" displayed on the lid, since I like mangoes, I opened and one sniff made me decide that I was buying it; my husband pointed out that there was an empty space where the other jars should be, signaling that it was popular.

I read that body butters are supposed to have the consistency of, well, butter and melt on the skin as butter, but, without it's greasiness, in that aspect, this one delivers.
This butter is the most moisturizing product this VERY dry gal has found so far, I used to use Burt's Bees Apricot Oil, but it took a while to absorb, it stained my clothes and by night I needed to moisturize again, not so with this one!.

The fragrance is delicious, it smells like a mango smoothie, it is a little strong when putting it on, but it mellows out into a faint scent that lasts quite a long time.
Since it is so moisturizing, a little bit goes a long way and since it softens up when in contact to the skin, it is easy to spread.
It comes in a big 7 oz. jar, made entirely of plastic, with a big screw on lid, easy to scoop out, no worries if you drop it, a great choice if you want to have it with you in your bag, your car, or suitcase, although is a little to big for a purse.
And the price?: it costs 5 dollars, I know what you are thinking, the price isn't that good, but, let me tell you, I have been using it all week, after every shower and in my hands every time I wash them, and it still looks like brand new, hardly any butter missing from the jar (gah!, did I explained myself here?).

I learned that this brand; Tree Hut has three other body butters, Shea Butter, Nut Butter and Kiwi
Butter, and you can find them at Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon.com, I think I might just try them all!.

Current Mood: bored
Saturday, April 16th, 2005
6:03 pm
Product Update!

1. Biore Cleansing Cloths

They're pretty nice. They are about as thick and big as those really nice kleenexes. I was really pleased with them! The only downside, is that they don't take off makeup as well as you would think. If you want to take off all day makeup and the works, you're better off with a scrub. That being said, they would be really good after a workout, or in the mornings. Nice scent, and they don't dry out your skin (actually, my skin was really soft and clean after using them ^_^). I probably won't be getting them again, but i'd really recommend them to anyone that works out or doesn't wear heavy makeup.

2. St. Ives Scrub

I love this stuff. I use it on my face and shoulders, and after about a week my skin is nice and soft! Some people have said its too harsh for them, but it works really well for me. The smell isn't too overpowering, and the price was reeeally nice. ~$2.40 for that, and it will last me a while. I give it a thumbs up.

3. Deodorant

I won't be getting this again. Its a twist up gel with a 'cooling' effect, and it just makes me feel like i've got a cold ocean under my arms. It does have a nice smell, which is its only saving factor.

The mousse and the curling iron I haven't used much, but I don't forsee much problems. I don't know how to fix my hair properly anyway. >_>;;

Current Mood: chipper
Monday, April 11th, 2005
9:54 am
Hair product review~
Pantene Color Expressions
Blonde Expressions (platinum to sand dune)

I bought this yesterday and tried it out this morning, and I thought I'd write up a little review of it. I've got very fine, stick-straight hair, just for the record.

The shampoo appears to work like a clarifying shampoo to remove buildup, and the conditioner has color enhancers. Or so the packaging says. I found that it made my hair very shiny and the color did seem enhanced, much better than what John Frieda's Sheer Blonde line of shampoo and conditioners did for my hair. My hair is uber-conditioned now, which is great, but with my particular type of hair, that means it gets very flat. Be prepared to use body-boosting products on your hair if you want to both use Blonde Expressions and have hair with any body at all. XD

One thing I don't like about this product, though, is the smell. It kind of smells like chamomile tea, which some people love and I don't much care for. However, my hair feels so nice and looks so good that I'm going to overlook this fact, and simply put on a perfume I like to cover it.

Pantene's other products in the Color Expressions line are for brunettes and redheads, too.


4 out of 5 stars
$8.99 at Costco for full-size shampoo and conditioner pack, plus free packet of deep conditioner.

Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
10:47 pm
so, i went on a little beauty spree today. purchaces include:

Biore Cleansing Cloths
St. Ives Scrub Stuff
Garnier Fructis Voluminizing Mousse (something like that)
Adidas Deodorant (there was a special or something)
A Revlon Ceramic Curling Iron
Bobby Pins

I plan to use the cloths in the morning, and the scrub at night and in the showers. The cloths aren't really made to get alot of makeup off, and you find yourself searching for clean spots that don't already have makeup on them. Hopefully it'll work well in the morning, when i need to get up and go, and i won't have to worry about leftover makeup. The deodorant says its for sporty people, and even though i do no physical activity, i sweat too much >_<. the girly shower fresh powder stuff just doesn't cut it for me. It smells pretty good too.

After about a week or so, i'll post my findings and see how this stuff works! Hopefully it does well.

Current Mood: tea
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
7:51 am
Shiseido Facial Skincare
Everytime I step out of the shower, my face usually dries up in a way that it's noticeably peeling.. but very lightly.. which means it's not hydrated enough. So I guess this review serves those who are interested in healing out dry skin, or trying to hydrate their facial skin.. which is pretty important for those who spend their time out mostly in the daytime(sun)..

My mother introduced me to the Shiseido skincare once, and I've been a faithful user eversince. I would like to try out other products, but this has treated me so well that it doesn't persuade me want to try out other things.. unless, it's a little cheaper than what my mother would spend it on.. but also, my face cannot always afford to be experimented with other products due to certain reactions I would get.. So here are my reviews on two products of their line.

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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005
4:58 am
I have found that St Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub is too harsh for the face, but it is wonderful for the rest of the body, especially for the feet.
And the tub is so big, that it last a long time.
Does any of you use a product that is specifically for something yet you use it for some other purpose?.
Monday, March 14th, 2005
11:47 pm
DHC from Japan
I keep receiving these catalogs with free samples from the japanese cosmetic brand DHC, they seem to like olive oil a lot.
I had never heard from them up until I started getting the catalogs, and honestly, they are too expensive for me to just buy some concoction and discover that my skin hates it.
Does any of you ever heard or use this brand?.

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, March 9th, 2005
5:45 pm
Welcome! I need to advertize this thing.

I do have a question...

Has anyone tried Clean and Clear's Morning Burst? I'm contemplating getting it, but only if it really feels different than regular facial cleansers. :p


Current Mood: yes?
12:36 am
L'Occitane Solid Perfume
Talk about cosmetics??.

Anyway, yesterday, I purchased a little 0.3 oz of L'Occitane solid perfume.
I got the "Eau du Val", which is magnolia scented.
It is a very feminine floral, very subtle, but strong enough for people around you to comment about it, it lasts all day and it's 8 dollars a tin.
Now, it seems like a lot for 0.3 oz. but that is a lot of perfume, since you only need to dab a teeny bit on your skin.
They have a variety of scents to try out and the tins are very pretty, not to mention practical, since you can drop them in your purse without fear of extra bulk, leaks, breaking the container or accidentally spritzing your boss in the eye while applying some perfume!.
Not too shabby.
You can find L'Occitane store locations at usa.loccitane.com or, directly shop for products there and at Sephora.com

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, March 8th, 2005
11:39 pm
Let's get this party started! :D
Well, just to get the ball rolling, I'm reposting the review I did a few days ago about moisturizers. Specifically, moisturizers with sunscreen. (Cross-posted from my personal journal.)

Oil of Olay vs. Aveeno~Collapse )

Current Mood: good
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