Love Urban Decay eyeshadow, but this color will only work on certain people. It is super fuscia bright pink. If you're not careful you look as if you have pink eye or a sore black eye. Not a good look.
Never in a million years would I have thought that this foundation would be holy grail material, but it is. I bought three shades darker than I typically would buy and it's perfect (thanks to a reviewer's suggestion). Covers my 40-something sensitive skin like a dream. No accentuated pores or skin flakiness. Not too mate, but not too dewy. Buildable, but not mask-like. Blends beautifully. I haven't had any problems with the packaging as I've read on other reviews. I can see where a better makeup sponge would work nicely, but the one provided is convenient and works fine. I usually use a primer, but I don't need to with Simply Ageless. I've tried dozens and dozens of foundations--both drugstore and high-end this is the best drugstore foundation by far. It's $15, but always on sale somewhere.
I've tried all brands of nail polish and I like the Orly polishes the best. They don't streak, they wear evenly without chipping, long lasting, and great bottle and brush. Most polishes wear or chip after a day or two. Orly polishes will last me all week and when they do wear it's more evenly at the tip instead of chipping. The polish goes on thicker than most, but I've read in several fashion magazines this is a better application. It takes longer to dry, but in the end it will last much longer. You can purchase at Sally's Beauty and sometimes they have specials too. Color selection is great especially if you like a French Manicure or bridal colors (light pinks, white, pales, etc.). Great selection of both frosted and solid colors. I like Orly better than OPI and Essie. A neat trick is to hold your nails in ice water as long as you can after applying. It sets the lacquer.
I typically use OPI polishes, but was on vacation and picked up Revlon's Raven Red. I was really impressed by the application. The brush is not stiff like OPI's brush, but I was able to get a very precise application. Typically when doing my own pedicure, I get polish on my skin or too close to the cuticle. This brush seemed to flow better. No streaks, no clumps--just a nice even and full coverage. I only needed one coat and very little touch up. If I did miss a spot, it was easy to touch-up without clumping. The brush has a lot of flex, but I think that's good since it fans out better on the nail. I just hope it lasts as long as OPI. I'll edit if it does not. The color is a very true red to me. Leaves a high gloss shine (again, I'll edit if it fades too quickly). It is not sublte, that's for sure. It's a fire engine red that really pops. EDIT: Typically polish lasts forever on my toes, but not this one. I took a lippie off for chipping after just a couple of weeks.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish
WendyW 4/17/2010 11:15:00 PM
The problem with this nail polish is that it is very thick and when it chips (which all nail polishes do) it will take a layer or piece of your nail with it. I have hard nails and this nail polish makes them peel. Great color selection and accessibility, but I don't want a polish that will make my nails peel. I may keep some colors I bought for toenails only. The brush is tapered which is nice, but the formula is so thick that it defeats the brush.
I've always had strong nails, but recently I had three nails that were continually peeling. Most likely from all the snow shoveling, keyboard typing, and paperwork I did this winter. I tried oils, colorless iodine, no formaldehyde polishes, cutting them short, buffing them down, etc. and they still peeled. Nail Envy Original has done the trick. It was more expensive than I thought it would be $16 at Ulta, but coupons help. I polished all my nails with it and then used some on the tips and under the nail. Every other day, I reapply doing the same thing. So far, so good. The peeling has stopped and I'm seeing new growth without the peeling inching down the nail. I was concerned that Nail Envy would make my nails too strong and easy to break or snap, but I haven't had that issue at all. Glad I saw the reviews on MUA.
My gyn recommended Crisco for preimenopausal vaginal dryness. At first I thought she had to be kidding. However, after many attempts to stop the itching, Crisco is the best so far. I've used A&D ointment, Vaseline, CeraVe (worked second best to Crisco), hydrocordone cream, coconut oil, etc. and the Crisco is the best so far. I use a small Pampered Chef glass container with lid to store about a 1/4 cup This way I don't have a tub of Crisco in my bathroom or bedroom. It's working great on my hands and feet too. Makes them soft and suprisingly not greasy. Haven't tried on my face yet, I think I may.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure - Pat on the Black
WendyW 3/21/2010 8:55:00 AM
Pat on the Black is a perfect match to OPI Lincoln Park After Midnight. Will only use on my toes because when this polish chips, it takes a layer or piece of your nail with it. Not good.
Makeup Brushes -Sonia Kashuk - Bent Eyeliner Brush
WendyW 3/15/2010 8:39:00 AM
Perfect eyelilner brush at a wonderful price ($6 at Target). Use it with gel liner and it gives a perfect line every time. No worries about stray bristles. Love the ergonomic bent handle. Can see my whole lid the entire time.
If I still had oily skin then I think this would be a good foundation. I'm giving it 3 lippies because of that. However, I have combination skin. If you have wrinkles, dry skin, flaky skin, uneven skin, then this foundation will not work for you. I love the pump bottle. Great to keep your foundation clean and for traveling. One pump is all you need. I like the fact it's easily bought at a drugstore. It gives good coverage and blends pretty well. But let's get to the negatives. If you have any flaking at all, it will emphasize it. You must be entirely exfloriated. Because of this, if you're using Retin-A or any type of acid peel, this foundation will be a problem. Also, it will emphasize dryness, wrinkles, and lines. This foundation worked well on my oily parts, but was aging around my eyes. Also, it does settle into the pores a bit. After application you can see it sitting into the pore instead of minimizes them. Little foundation dots if you know what I mean. It will be interesting to see how this foundation performs in the summer months. Because of this, I'm holding onto it for those hot humid days. I don't see the sparkles in this foundation. However, I haven't been photographed with a flash with this on. I do notice with other foundations that you'll see shininess on some photos due to the flash's light reflecting off the foundation's luminescence particles. Sometimes it looks good, sometimes it just looks shiney and strange in the photos. For oily young skin, I think this foundation may be a winner. It costs about $13 at Walgreen's. Right now, my favorite is Stila Luminating Foundation.
Eyeliner -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner - Black
WendyW 1/16/2010 11:09:00 AM
If you want a smooth application without skipping this liner is for you. I would never in a million years have bought this if it wasn't for MUA reviews. Cheap (about $3.99 at Walgreen's if not on sale). I use my Bobbi Brown liner brush and have a very easy beautiful long-lasting line. I even use it on my lower rim which I've never done before (with a light hand). Doesn't sting; doesn't bleed; doesn't settle in wrinkles. I have tried every liner imaginable, high and low end, and this is by the far the best. I have oily eyelids and this doesn not end up on my upper lid. Perfect liner. You can't go wrong giving it a try--it's so inexpensive.
Treatments -DermOrganic - Leave In Treatment with Argan Oil
WendyW 1/6/2010 9:36:00 PM
My stylist recommended this after I told her I was using coconut oil on my hair. I love DermOrganic Argan Oil. It smells delicious. Not perfumey, but a little fruity. The smell doesn't linger though. It does not make my hair feel or look greasy. I have very long, fine, but a lot of it, wavy hair. Sometimes I use this after shampoo and conditioner on towel dried hair; sometimes I skip the conditioner and just use the Argan oil. One bottle will last you at least 6 months probably a lot longer if you have shorter hair. Easy to travel with and makes your hair look and feel healthy. Less tangles means less breakage. Plus, my hair dries very quickly after I use this so less blow dryer heat styling. I sometimes use on dry hair when I really want to keep the fly aways at bay.
I'm giving the packaging quality a 1 since it has no pump or squeeze tube. It has a large opening that is even too large for a finger tip. Unsanitary if you use your fingers, so I used a Q-tip. The coverage was interesting. It was matte, no luminous look at all. Looked flat and dull on my skin. Didn't settle into my pores, but didn't minimize them either. Felt mask-like and cakey to me, even with a light amount. This may be good as a spot concealer, but I will stick with my Stila foundation. Felt that Super Stay Makeup aged me 10 years--emphasized wrinkles and lines. Staying power was okay, but not wonderful. I'll take less staying power for a more flattering look and finish.
Treatments -Boscia - Antioxident Recovery Treatment C
WendyW 12/22/2009 9:13:00 AM
My skin loves this! I have rosacea and also use retinol three times a week. I use Boscia Antioxident Recovery Treatment C in the morning and night and my skin is smooth, even, and calm. Love the pump bottle which keeps from contaminating the contents and give you just the right amount with one pump. Not greasy and sinks into my skin. I put this on before my sunscreen in the morning. At night, I put on after I cleanse my face or after I apply retinol (three times a week). No breakouts at all. No irritation. The smell is pleasant, but not strong at all.
Hated it! The scent is way too strong. When it's on your head, you just can't get away from it. Very strong perfume smell--not a shampoo or clean smell at all. Could not wait to get home and wash it out of my hair. My hair felt dry too.