Tag Archives: Gloss

Why, Kiehl’s, why?

23 Jun

Why must you discontinue the products I love most?

First it was your pretty, scented lip glosses. I could handle that, though – I have a million lip glosses, and yours really were no better than many others.

But your Milk, Honey & Almond Scrub? REALLY, KIEHL’S? REALLY???? One of two facial exfoliators I use constantly – the other being Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate┬á– and you’re taking it from me? The girl at the store told me it “wasn’t as popular” as some of your other scrubs, but the reviews on your website seem overwhelmingly positive. She recommended some other scrub of yours that’s unscented – the smell of the Milk, Honey & Almond Scrub was half the reason I loved it!

I have run out of reasons to go into your store now. Thanks for nothing, Kiehl’s.

Anastasia Hydrafull Gloss

1 Aug


Sephora was giving full-size tubes of this stuff in “Moi” away for free (I dunno if they still are, but you can try – the promo code is MOI). That should have been a clue that maybe I wasn’t going to love it (nothing good comes free in full size, in my experience). But enough parenthetical statements (okay, just one more, for funsies).

The gloss is thick and a little sticky, which is okay. The color is nice, a good neutral on me. And the smell is nice – a kind of pleasant vanilla sugar smell. But the applicator ruins it all! They show it above – see the image in the upper right that looks like it’s going BOI-OI-OI-OING? That’s it. The applicator is a paddle (?) type – flat plastic. I have used this type of applicator in the past with success but there’s something different about this one – perhaps it’s the width of it, or the thickness of the gloss itself. Either way, me no likey. It gives NO precision, which is pretty imperative with a semi-opaque gloss, and I ended up either applying too much or too little and then having to smooth out with my finger, which completely defeats the purpose of the applicator. After two uses, it’s being relegated to my giveaway pile, which is sad, because it has everything else going for it.

Re-release in a foam-tipped applicator wand, Anastasia! Do it!

Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish: The best lipgloss I have ever used.

16 Mar

I talk in superlatives. That’s the best cheese I’ve ever had. That is the funniest thing I have ever heard. Those are the cutest cats I have ever seen. For some reason, this made my ex-husband crazy, and he tried to break me of it. He failed.

One of the only things I can honestly say I do not typically use inaccurate superlatives to describe is product. If I could honestly find something I thought was “the best” in the product world, I would tout it high and low. Usually, I find things that are okay, pretty good, awesome, etc. – but not “the best.”

That said, I would now like to present you with the best lipgloss I have ever used.

Look at the name of my blog. I have tried some lipglosses. Like twenty billion zillion lipglosses. I have tried lipglosses before Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish and since. And I still just keep coming back. My favorite colors are Brandi and Starr, but I have an entire makeup bag full of allll different colors.

Why do I love this gloss so much? There are a host of reasons:

  • pleasant smell and taste
  • minty fresh/tingly feeling on my lips
  • not too sticky, yet still thick enough to stay in place
  • lots of colors with SPARKLES!!!!! (I love sparkles.)
  • best staying power of ANY gloss I have EVER tried
  • easy, comfortable packaging with foam-tip applicator (IMHO, the best type of lipgloss applicator)
  • amazing range of colors
  • frequent mini-gloss pack releases
  • sheer enough to be a gloss with enough color to work on its own

I bet I could keep going, but you don’t need me to. There is nothing about this gloss I don’t like. My husband does find the tingliness when he kisses me a bit strange, but doesn’t seem put off by it – he just finds it odd that a gloss should tingle. I believe it’s meant to “plump” your lips and maybe it does, although I can’t say I have noticed. It doesn’t really matter to me one way or the other – this gloss is the shiznit.

AND they’ve just introduced Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Cream and it’s just as awesome!