I have had my hair colored with permanent color for almost 30 years due to premature white, see-through hair. I used to be a hair model (no biggy...just let them work on me at some nice salons) I have really fine hair but lots of it, and a nice face. They loved experimenting with my hair...different styles...colors, and well...I became really spoiled because in my 20's and 30's, I had my hair done for free. Come my mid thirties and my hair was getting to be over 50% white (inherited)...not a good look., I wasn't getting any younger, and I had a full time job (really full time), and no longer had the time or the inclination to do shows, but I had the money. It wasn't too expensive either in the late 80's and 90's, but today...well the cost for base color is way too much for me. And most of the less expensive salons have done some really awful things with my color...grrrrrr:( In fact...even more expensive salons have at one time or another...well...really messed me up. I never used the boxed color from the drugstore. I was too used to having professional color put on my hair (Redken, Framesi, professional Clairol, Matrix and Wella). Some of my friends at work used the box color, and while some had really nice results...others...well...not so good, and a lot of times...damaged hair. One day the lady at Empire Beauty Supply store near said "Why don't you just do it yourself!" She fixed me up with Wella Color charm (gel in the tube), and I began doing it myself, but every once in a while I had it professionally done, and that's when I ran into Wella Kolestin Perfect. I asked the stylist what she used on my hair, and she gave me the colors in Kolestin that she used. I ordered it online, and it's much easier on my hair than Color Charm. It's very thick (like pudding), so I use brush and bowl. I've mixed 77/0 and 803 to get the most gorgeous natural golden blonde, and recently 77/0 and 88/0 for a more neutral look. I was a medium to dark honey blonde before it went white. I still use my gray magic drops which gives my hair a slightly reddish cast at the roots the first day, but that washes right out. I leave it on my almost totally white roots for 45 mins...sometimes bringing some of the color to the ends after 35 or mixing the rest with a little shampoo to even the color, AND...my hair looks so good with this stuff. I just can't find anything wrong with it except the price. On sale...it's a little over $10 for a tube, although there's a sight that sells them for $7+. The tubes ARE cumbersome, but it's worth it for good hair color. Kolestin "Intense" color is a double dye. That's why the absolutely perfect coverage when I use at least half in my mix. And...even at my age...people think my hair is still natural, and it's in excellent shape. I don't have the problem that some of you do with wiry gray hairs. Mine are the same texture (very smooth) as the rest of my hair, but they're resistant merely because there's absolutely NO pigment in the strands. I must admit that with ANY Wella hair color I've used that I've never had any white hair showing through, and sometimes that happened in the salon with other brands. I really need to color every 3 weeks, and it's a pain, but I look really odd when I don't and hate those crayons, and most times...I just do a root touch up. You do have to order this online, and I'm getting it from a really nice sight where it comes in a couple of days. Also ordered the developer that went with it, and it's so creamy that the color literally sinks into my roots. I've also gotten much better with the brush and bowl application (used to miss spots) I MAY try Framesi because I remember that as being the most beautiful stuff, and also...Clairol professional creme from Sally's (in the rich shades) The Clairol colors are so pretty, and I can easily get them from Sallys. I'm sorry for such a long review AGAIN, but hair color is something you really need to get right, and if someone is doing your hair color and you like what they do and they're amenable to it...Get them to tell you exactly what they use so you can do your own base color. That's what I did and it's saved a LOT of $$$$'s. HTH's
Hair Color -Wella - Color Charm Conditioning Permanent Gel Haircolor
coolbabe377 5/22/2011 6:51:00 PM
I started turning white (and I do mean white) when I was in my late twenties (although my first gray hairs came when I was 19). First I tried having it highlighted and that looked really good for years (I looked naturally just highlighted), except that by the time I was 34, my almost totally platinum hair washed me out. I was totally hightlighted...lol So...I became a slave to hairdressers. About four years ago, a lady at the Empire Beauty Supply store told me that I needed to do it myself. I was frightened, but I had watched so many times. She also gave me the "grey magic" drops to use and all the other things that one needs (gloves, developer, etc.). Well...I've been doing my hair with color charm (usually a mix of 7 neutral and 8 neutral...my natural color... for years now. I only color the roots and sometimes a shampoo cap), and except for the first day or two...my hair is in great condition. I use a bowl and a brush, although sometimes...I use the bottle and then make sure that all the roots are covered. Even use that little brush from one of the root touch up kits that I purchased in an emergency (that helps out a lot). My hair is almost totally white now...well not white, but see-through...really terrible (if you have it..,.you know what I mean.) It's really awful, and it's inherited (thanks grandpa and grandma). My hair is very healthy, and it grows like crazy. In fact...it's never been healthier. The trouble is that I have to color just the roots every three weeks or it REALLY SHOWS. The only thing better than the Color Charm that I've found for resistant grays (or whites) is Wella Koleston. You can order it online, but it's quite expensive ($10+ a tube...on sale). It's really worth it, though and I buy it when I can afford it. This permanent color REALLY thinks it's a conditioner, and NO gray hair whatsoever. When I use that again...will write a review. By the way...I've used the Color Charm in the bottle. And while it's easier (more of a liquid so I can use a bottle and get every last white hair)...it's a bit more drying to my hair. And...the secret I've found to covering the gray hair is to use the one to one ratio used for other permanent hair color such as Koleston. When I use the 2-to-1 (developer to color)...well...sometimes it works, but other times the color fades within days (even with the gray magic), and I'm left with the same ugly root problem. And...by the way...even though I'm older, my hair looks totally natural. It gets natural highlights in it, and once in a while when I do treat myself to salon color, I'm usually disappointed. THEY have actually missed spots!...like around my hair line. And...if you need to find the right color, and still get your hair done in a salon...just ask what they use...gray or not...just ask them. That's what I did. HTH's
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Inner Grace Shampoo Bath and Shower Gel
coolbabe377 4/22/2011 4:58:00 PM
I agree with some of the former reviewers of this, and I have to say...yuk...yuk...yuk! I think I've only smelled SJP's Lovely once, but don't really remember it. That said...I always try the shampoo or body wash before I get serious and purchase the fragrance, as I did with this. You can see by my age...that I'm not young...in fact...I'm over 60, and I HATE this fragrance. Usually when I really don't like a scent, I just use up the rest of the product in the 3-in-1 for a hand wash. Not so with this one. Had to return it at The Q's awful charges, so you can see how much I HATED this stuff. And to me...most old ladies smell heavenly in comparison to this. This fragrance smells funerial to me...that's right. My husband couldn't stand it on me either. And it's supposed to be for people who are meditative. I've been meditating since I was 15, and honestly...if I were meditating with a group...they'd throw me out...lol! NO SCENT is really best when you're in meditation...even alone. And then...this fragrance probably DOES smell good on some other people (as Blue smells great on others...not me)...just not this person. AWFUL with my body chemistry. Made me feel sick every time I smelled it. Triple YUK! Oh, and I love Pure Grace, Amazing Grace, and even Falling in Love and Unconditional Love are really nice...just not Inner Grace.
Shampoo -Wen by Chaz Dean - Cleansing Conditioners - All
coolbabe377 4/18/2011 3:53:00 PM
I am almost an expert on WEN since I've been using it on and off (mostly on) since the third showing of it on QVC in early 2006. I tried the first set of it (as a matter of fact)...six ounce bottles of Fig, TT, and SAM, and except for the TT...I was VERY impressed. I have tried most of the products in the line and many different configurations (usually TSV's), and the ONLY one I come back to is the cleanser/conditioner...(well...I do use the fig oil for my hands when they get really dry in the winter...and the stuff lasts years...believe me) I have a love/hate relationship with WEN. It was the 2nd shampoo (oops cleanser) that left my hair tangle free. The first being L'Occitane...yes...just the shampoo left my hair tangle-free. I don't know why it has taken me this long to review it. I guess it's BECAUSE my feelings are so ambivalent. I've written about it extensively on the "Q" beauty forums, and I really know how to use it. Chaz Dean got a lot of his tips from people like me...like the one about needing a LOT of water...before, during and after...what a mess if you don't rinse, rinse, rinse. I have fine, color-treated hair, but lots of it. It's shoulder length, and has always tangled easily, and WEN gives me the luxury of being able to comb through my hair and most of the time...it looks like it it did when I was a teenager...very rich and healthy. It's acually a lot thicker than it was five years ago, and that's saying something. All of the different kinds react very differently on my hair. The SAM on its own leaves MY hair chalky, Cucumber Aloe cleanses my scalp, but can leave my hair limp, FIG is great sometimes...sometimes too heavy, TT...yuk!...hate the smell (along w/ CCA) and it leaves my hair greasy, and nasty unless I mix it with other WENs. Lavender seems to be ideal (but don't really care for the menthol smell and it CAN be drying), and the new one...the Pomegrante...it's very nice...almost more of a gel, but it too CAN BE kind of drying, and now...both the SAM and the POM suds in a peculiar way, and I really don't care for that. So...I'm stuck. I can't really find one that totally suits my hair, tried mixing and that does work (esp when you do a total cocktail), but again...the cost, and even then...it doesn't work ALL the time. There must be something out there that works just as well, and keeps my color in that isn't priced as ridiculously as WEN. I've tried washing my hair w/ a good shampoo and then the 2nd one is WEN. I've also done WEN light (that's when you mix 1 part WEN with 1 part water. The results on my hair are sometimes good...sometimes not. I've also tried it as just a leave-in, and my hair feels kind of stripped and limp. And so... The cons: 1. The scent of most of them 2. The cost--obscene 3. The pump and general useless nature of delivery (at this price, it should be in a squeeze bottle where you can get every last drop) 4. The cult-like nature WEN. It's just a hair product people...not a religion. 5. Eventually...especially when I get sick...like the flu or something...I get build-up with WEN...in fact...I get build up with WEN anyway, and when I get the build up, my scalp frankly stinks (something I've never ever had happen to me before) I continue to use it and I keep trying other things. I have used one sulfate free shampoo from Trader Joe's, and it was really nice. If I were very well off...I would just USE it, but my hair can't stand in the way of all my other necessities in this economy, so I'll keep looking for something else, and maybe hoping (yeah...right), that Mr. Dean will lower his costs. Friends don't let other friends use something that's going to break the bank. Edit: Right after writing my review...I read one by mousefans. Thank you...thank you! I just ordered the Sallys in the Cucumber and have ordered samples of the others. It gets great reviews, and even so...It contains cones that coat the hair (you can feel that your hair is almost waterproofed...weird, eh?), but then so does Hair-One. I'll write a review of it after I receive it, and get a really good purifying shampoo. I read the review of Frederick Fekkai's (sp?) Apple cider one and it sounds good, and then, of course...Trader Joe's and other places have some really great inexpensive purifying shampoos. Right now...I use Purity Made Simple on my hair once every month...I know...sounds odd...but really purifying,. Update-121311:After trying a myriad of things, I doubt that I will ever be into the WEN thing again. There's so much out there, and I'm saving money. The only times I use it now are when sometimes when I'm initially doing the base color of my hair, and when my hair feels terribly dry. I still have 1/2 of the 23 ounce Pom that I bought in a TSV, and I really dislike the smell, so slowly, slowly...it's going down, AND...I've really gotten fed up with the whole WEN thing now. They're always on TV...either the informercial or QVC, and it's a never ending thing. Chaz now even has his own porcupine brush that he charges an arm and a leg for. The old Spornette one is just great for $7 and change on amazon. Yet another update-042012: I've finished off my WEN (yes!), and wasn't even tempted by the recent TSV on QVC. I've tried it since I last updated it on 121311, and it ALWAYS leaves my hair feeling slimy, and makes it look dull. I sometimes wonder if they didn't change the formula when it went into mass production. Believe me ladies, I've found so many things out there that leave my hair feeling so good. They're inexpensive, really do cleanse my hair and are healthy too. Mr Dean and his hairdressers must use some special purifying cleanser that he has yet to present to the public, because these women could never look that good, and do you notice that some of them stop being WEN girls? I'm waiting for his new purifying cleanser/conditioner that's named for another homeless lady. I'm not kidding.
This was my second fan brush. The first one was totally useless. It was the Laura Geller one that came with the Matte and Happy kit a long time ago. I thought it would be huge. It's large, but not that big. I got it on sale at Amazon, and it was really a steal. Now I can use all those really pigmented blushes and bronzers that have just been sitting there. And there's a trick that I learned from a beautiful Russian YouTube lady. If you want it evenly distributed on the brush...all you have to do is gather the bristles tightly together (so that there not fanned out) and brush across your color. It's easier to do or to watch than to describe it. The result is that you have all the tips of the bristles in your hand and that way, you can stroke all of them in the smallest blush or bronzer. Tap off the excess and you're set to go. I would've given this a five except that I received another fan brush by Senna, and, well...it's just a better brush. This one is a little more scratchy and not as well shaped. This brush does come with its own brush guard, and was beautifully packaged
Lipstick -Bobbi Brown - Creamy Lip Color - Rose Garden
coolbabe377 2/18/2011 3:26:00 PM
Another lipstick favorite that has been discontinued! I purchased this one at the beginning of 2011 on BB's website and had to return it because it had a slightly bad odor (have never had that happen...but I guess it does sometimes...with everything) I didn't want to return...loved the color! Loved!...but back it went...and then...it began disappearing from all the vendors save one...QVC, and I hope it's still there. The reason I'm going to pay the horrible S&H charges to get this lipstick back is that it's so perfect! I always wanted it. It came out with the Nude look of 2009. It is really my lips but better...a little pink...a little peachy...a little shine. You don't need a lip gloss at all...and it brightens my face. For some of you...it's too subtle, but for this mua'er...It's perfect. HTH's
Lipstick -Bobbi Brown - Berry Mauve Creamy Lip Color
coolbabe377 2/18/2011 3:12:00 PM
Yes...I would buy this lipstick again...if I could! Like everyone else...I puchased this with the Cocoa Mauve set at Nordstrom, and I wasn't all that impressed with it at first, but then I found myself reaching for it all the time. It's just the right shade, has just the right amount of soft shimmer (just a touch), is slightly sheer (I like that), and it isn't brown. Browns look terrible on me. I suppose it's kind of a cross between Blue Raspberry, Pale Mauve, and something else that's really good, but that she doesn't make. It's so pretty, and like a lot of great stuff BB carries...it was LE! (and worse yet...in an expensive set), and now...I'm getting that last little bit out with my lipstick brush again! It seems that every time I buy something from BB that I really love...it's either LE or she discontinues it! And then...there are some truly awful shades that every one hates that have been on there forever. WUWT?
Yes...I will be buying this lip color again, because (like the BB colors that I love)...this one is gone. I've been taking my lip brush and getting the last little bit out. So sad when that happens. I'm surprised that I never reviewed this lipstick on Makeup Alley. It is one of my favorites. When it came out (quite a while back)...I tried it on at Nordstrom, and looked in the mirror. It looked horrible...just horrible (like I had put that sixties white lipstick on with a little pink/violet), so I walked out of the store without it. When I went out to my car, I thought I'd look at it again, and...wow!...the most beautiful innocent color. I usually can't wear light lipsticks (and this is light) on my pigmented lips, but this one is sheer, pulls no browns (thank goodness...a lot of hers do), and looks just right. My own natural lip color shows through, so I look polished but it's that "no makeup look". And...even though I always write that most of the Creamy Lip Colors are creamy...that doesn't mean that I don't put lip balm under them. They have balm-like qualities, but I really need a lip balm underneath (I use Burt's Bees). I've always used one...since my teenage years...a long time ago;) Guess my lips have always been dry. The only thing about this lipstick that I didn't like was that it was extremely soft, and a part of it broke off...awwwww! When I wear it under fluorescent lighting...I wear something darker and more colorful with it (I remember what it looked like under the store lights), so it's also a great mixer...to lighten things up a bit. HTH's
Pop and Play Bobbi Brown’s palette system is so simply brilliant. It makes even an unorganized person like me…well…organized Pop ‘em in and out…make up looks and collections. Have what you need for tomorrow’s makeup ready to go the night before. The Four Pan was the first palette I purchased. Got two of them. Kept my Bronzed Pink Collection in one, and all my blushes in the other. I’ve changed them up as needed, and that’s what they’re for. A small price to pay for having everything at my fingertips. Gone are the days of looking for all those little containers of shadow and blush. AND…the names are easily viewed without even having to open the palette. There are only two things that I don’t care for about the 4 Pan Palette. The first is the mirror. I hate the square shape (just personal preference). The second is that this is the only one (I own all of them…even the 2 Pan) where the hinges loosen up after a while. Other than that… Very Nice!
The Big Daddy The 6 Pan isn’t meant for your purse though a woman could easily take it on a trip. I use mine to house a complete look. I purchased it for the Blush Pink Collection. I had everything I needed in the palette for color including my Blushed Pink Lip Compact. It has now changed to “My Basics” palette, and includes my brow powder and Foundation Stick Compact, favorite “go-to” shadows and basic blush. As BB continues to make her products available in interchangeable square compacts…I’m hoping that an even larger compact may be offered by itself (there’s a 9 Pan already housing the latest look). I’ve also heard rumors of a two tier…Yes! If either of these come out on their own…I’ll be the first to buy.
Personal Palette Favorite I love the other sizes, but for some reason, this little 3 Pan is my favorite. I guess it appeals to the minimalist in me. I like the mirror in this one the most, and it’s so small that you can take it anywhere. I use it for a three-shadow eye, or…for my brow powder and two blushes (one basic and one to pop) when I’m using Cream Eye Shadow. It can also house a blush, single eye shadow and lip compact for an overnighter. How about filling it with a Foundation Stick Compact, Lip Compact and single eye shadow, and putting it in a makeup bag with Pot Rouge, mascara, and a Creamy Eye Concealer Kit? You get my drift…even in this small size…it’s very versatile. And when the two-in-one square shadows came out in the Nude Eye Shadow Palette and then a four-in-one eye shadow premiered in an exclusive Norstrom palette, I began to suspect that this might become an even more versatile piece.
Not just for Shimmerbricks I never thought I would purchase this brush because when I first discovered Bobbi Brown, the whole Shimmer Brick idea wasn’t very attractive to me, and I was under the impression that that would be the only reason to purchase it. One day I was watching Bobbi Brown doing makeup on television and she was using it for everything …powder, bronzer, blush, and SB of course. Every time she put powder eyeshadow on a model she would swipe underneath her eyes with this brush. It looked like she found it so easy to apply bronzer and blush…and…everything had a really soft look to it. To make a long story short…I purchased it, and I love it so much that I now own three of them. I also own three of the shimmerbricks. Changed my mind on those too;) This is a great brush…BB yellow wooden handle, well-balanced, soft bristles, and so versatile. A good investment.
Highlighters -Bobbi Brown - Rose Shimmerbrick Shimmer Brick Compact
coolbabe377 9/23/2009 12:25:00 AM
This gives me back a little of the look I had when I was a teenager and in love with a new boy every week. I wasn’t into Shimmer Bricks when I first started my collection from Bobbi Brown, and I really didn’t think that my cheeks were all that important. I always emphasized my good skin and eyes (They’re large and sultry looking). Blush and especially highlighters were always hard for me with fair skin so I used the lightest most neutral colors on my cheeks. I saw this Shimmer Brick on QVC. It was a good deal, and came with a mini Face Blender Brush, so I thought I’d give it a try to see what all the fuss was about. The Rose color seemed safe, but I was very skeptical. I received it in the mail, and it wasn’t anything like I imagined. Whenever I had used shimmer before…it was always too shiney (have always hated shiney), too cutesy, or made me look like I was trying way too hard. The Rose Shimmer Brick just gives me a pretty glow, quite a bit of color (can wear it with or without blush), and well…it makes me look a little happier. I don’t feel that any of the Shimmer Bricks are a necessity, but they certainly are a wonderful accessory. And the colors in the Rose SB can be used on the eyes (individually or a subtle swipe of all the colors) if I wear a dark liner. People always comment on how pretty I look when I wear my Rose SB and that always makes me feel good:)
I almost didn’t get this Shimmer Brick. I own the Rose and the Platinum Pink, and love them each in their own way. What I needed was more warmth…like…gee…something nude. Come July…there it was! I forget where it first appeared. I think it may have been Bergdorf Goodman…can’t be sure, but I digress. The first reviews on the Nude SB were half glowing and half, well…not so good. Some ladies claimed that this SB was too dark for lighter skin tones. Others said that it was too shiny for medium skin tones, some said it was made for cool tones, others for warm…Yikes, very confusing! Even an online BB makeup artist told me I should purchase the Beige SB as the Nude would surely give me a dark, dirty look, so I almost resisted the Nude one, until… I went to my favorite Nordstrom to try on and purchase the Nude Eye Palette and while I was there, I wanted to try on that Nude SB for myself. The SA applied it lightly on my cheeks and brushed some on my eyes. She said it could be worn all by itself for a natural look but it was a little too natural for me so I asked her to warm it up. She used Nectar over it and I looked so pretty. I tried it on two more times with two other blushes (Sand Pink and Pale Pink), and it always looked stunning. And so…I purchased it, and was very excited to use it the next morning. I got up, did my makeup and applied the SB lightly over my blush, and ugh! There was the nastiest, frostiest look on my cheeks:( I thought I had the wrong product until I remembered that the SA’s would always add just a little blush over the SB. So, I took out my brush, dusted a little blush and there was the beautiful look I remembered. If your having trouble with frostiness or a dirty shine with this SB…use a light hand or a fan brush like Julia178 and if that doesn’t work…try adding just a little something matte with color over it (blush or bronzer) I think you’ll be pleased with how it looks. For a completely natural look, I use Bronzer, Nude SB, and my blush du jour. I’m so glad I bought this:)
I know what you’re thinking. This palette came out months ago, and here’s this person just getting around to reviewing it. It’s so 15 minutes ago! I have reviewed this eye palette twice on different sites, but when it comes to MUA, I want my reviews to be especially helpful. I’m sometimes slow and painfully thorough, but I’ve noticed that a lot of the reviews I wrote right after purchasing no longer applied once I had really test driven the product. This palette is very important, because it is the first to use the exchangeable palette system with smaller shadows, the colors are really unique for a nude palette, and let’s face it…$60 is a lot in this economy. I wanted to see what I used and what I didn’t really care for. Happily, I had some negative misconceptions when I first purchased it. I’m proud to say that nearly every well has a sizable dent in it. This is a first for me with powder anything (except my BB bronzer and light yellow powder) The shade I found to be the most “Bobbi”, and the most boring, Chino, has the largest dent because it’s such a neutral and yet such a flattering shadow. I also use it for brow powder. I take this palette out almost every day even when I’m doing a completely different look. I use the Caviar eye shadow for eyeliner more days than not. I thought Caviar would be boring too. It is so NOT. It defines my eyes and yet looks natural. I apply a very fine line and then smoke it out or use it lightly (very lightly) in the crease. Finally…a black I can wear. I love Navajo as a base, and use it as a highlighter even when I’m wearing Cream Eye Shadow. Linen shimmer goes with EVERYTHING and keeps my eye shadow from being boring. I dip my brush into one of the metallics (Pebble or Maple Sugar) when I want to give a cool/frosty or a warm/sugary accent to my makeup. Every eye shadow in this palette is a winner. There’s not a dud in the bunch. I really think I’m finally going to hit the bottom of the well on most of these shadows. That’s how much they’re used, and that’s money well spent:)