Ok, this is my review on the generic kind that I got at Sally's, but I know they're essentially the same. This did absolutely nothing on my hair. Nothing. Well, except make it smell like man cologne. While the scent would be fine if I were a man and wearing it on my body, it is not a good smell for a lady, and not for a lady's head. I thought maybe it would fade throughout the day, but no, the man stank persisted. As for the actual hair, my hair was nothing different than without it. Really, I noticed no difference at all. It was a bit sticky too while I was blow drying, which made me a bit uneasy. In all, I'm so glad I got the generic version and not the real one, as it's way too overpriced for something that does nothing for me except smell unpleasant.
It works! Not much else to say on this, right? It is expensive, like twice the cost of a high quality fast drying polish coat, like seche vite. But it really does work amazingly well, and I could see this lasting for quite awhile. Go to Sephora and try this out yourself, you'll be impressed!
What a fantastic brush! It's super soft and nice solid quality. And at $3, it's an amazing deal. I like that while it's wide like a powder brush, it's on the thinner side. This let's you get big coverage and also be able to pinpoint around the curvy bits, like around your nose and between your eyes. I use this for powder, blush, bronzer, just about anything. It did bleed color during my initial wash, but since then, it's been fine. I don't really remember any hairs shedding either, which was a nice surprise. This is a great find and an overall excellent brush. Highly recommended!
Moisturizers -Olay - Olay complete care sensitive day cream
heejoh 6/25/2009 10:50:00 PM
This is for the sensitive skin SPF15 cream formula. I normally use the lotion version. I felt I needed more moisturization so I thought I'd give the cream a go. The lotion is my every day moisturizer with SFP. This cream version is really not much thicker (barely) and isn't any more moisturizing than the lotion. It's just more expensive and you get only about 1/3 of the product you get in the lotion form. Otherwise they're exactly the same. I'll stick to the lotion since it's much cheaper and does the same thing!
This is just a lovely silver eyeshadow. Just the right color, glides like a dream, and is a bright metallic silver, but not glittery and without any chunks. Goes on silver, stays silver! Love it! It will last me a long time and is totally worth the affordable price. I only wish their packaging wasn't square-ish so that I could depot it and put it in a palette. But only a minor negative.
Oh I had such high hopes for this kit... My friend was trying it and she recommended it, so I thought I'd give it a go. In the kit form, the price was actually quite reasonable. And I stuck with this and used it religiously for about 2 months. And you know what? It made my skin worse. It actually gave me worse cystic acne on my cheeks, and it made me break out with little zits on my chin, which didn't happen to me before starting to use this. ~sigh~ And now I have leftover acne scars that are red and will take forever to fade on me. I returned it, but getting my money back doesn't make up for new scars. Terrible stuff. Avoid it!
Eyes -Ardell - Brow & Lash Growth Accelerator Treatment Gel
heejoh 6/25/2009 2:09:00 PM
I think I've been using this for about 3-4 weeks and I can already tell a difference! I have thin and fairly short asian lashes. They're not super short, but are certainly not long. And I really do think they've grown a tiny bit, it's noticeable. The most noticeable are my bottom lashes. Normally they're fairly nonexistent. Now, I can actually see a few! Still nothing tremendous, but there are definitely more hairs and they're longer and visible. It didn't do anything for my brows though, or at least not yet. I've been putting it where I have patches, but nothing's grown. Oh well, still working wonders for my lashes! It's dirt cheap and since it actually works, I'll keep on using it to see just how long I can get my lashes!
Concealers -Everyday Minerals - Pearl Beige Concealer
heejoh 6/25/2009 11:48:00 AM
I got this as one of my samples... I really like this for an eye shadow, not a concealer. I don't know how anyone can use this as a concealer when it is so shimmery! But it is a lovely pale neutral tone that looks lovely on the eyes, with a lovely shimmer. It is annoying in its loose mineral form though, it just makes a big mess all the time. So I pressed mine! And now it's as good as a store bought eyeshadow. If you have any scarily bright or scarily dark shadows that you feel you can't really use on its own, sweep a little of this over it and it will tone it down so that it's beyond wearable. And because it's so pale, it also works nice as a highlighter for my brow bone. Concealer, no! Shadow, yes!
I really don't like this brush.... as a concealer brush. It's too wide, and way too thin. If it were 3/4ths as wide and double its thickness, it would be a decent concealer brush. But as is, it's not very good. Believe me, I know, I have way too many concealer brushes for comparison! However, its saving grace is that it's thin and stiff enough to use for applying eyeliner! Yes, you can dip the point into eyeshadow and use it to apply it as an eyeliner. Because it's so thin, you can be fairly precise and lay down a thin line. So $3 not wasted.
This is a horrible concealer brush. It's tiny, too tiny, and it's hard as a rock. The bristles are super stiff and have absolutely no give. I like a stiff concealer brush, but not this stiff. I found it to be a fairly useless concealer brush. However, to not completely waste my $1, I went all DIY and cut this brush with my scissors at an angle. And now it's a nice stiff angled brush, and it's great for filling in brows! It's a little bit too thick to use as a liner brush, but for brows, it's great. So here's to a concealer brush that is now a nice decent brow brush!
Oye, the sparkles. The color is pretty, it really is, but it's just too damn glittery and sparkley to matter. And with the bits of glitter that fly all over the place and all over your face, it looks like a glitter bomb exploded on you. It's just a mess to deal with. It would have been much better just as a frosty shadow, and not a glitter explosion. The color is so pretty! It's a shame...
I think this blush is just plain adorable. It's a very lovely and pale baby pink blush with shimmer. It's not glittery, it's just nice and shimmery. It gives you a lovely pale pink glow. I'm not super pasty, but I'm not dark either. I guess I'm a NC/NW 20-25, and this looks great on me. It gives me a nice healthy and natural glow to my cheeks. It goes on nice and smooth and has a nice consistency. I do hate the packaging though. The sliding out function of this blush is iffy at best. Sometimes it slides out fine, sometimes it's a total pain in the ass. I hope they just make it an open and close type of container with lid next time. But otherwise, I love this blush. And it's only $1! For this you might expect something crappy, but it's a great blush, pigmented, but only with crappy packaging, which I can certainly forgive.
Loose Powders -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Loose Powder
heejoh 6/23/2009 8:05:00 PM
Gosh, this really just didn't do anything for me. I put it on, but it was like I wasn't wearing it. It made no difference at all. It did none of the things it claimed to do. And it has an odd smell, very faint, but still odd. It's really expensive as well. I mean freakin expensive. I just don't think it's worth it, and certainly not for the price. I think the mac prep & prime is much nicer and cheaper, and I have a ben nye translucent finishing powder which is also very nice and pennies compared to mac and certainly compared to mufe. Save your money!
I really like this product. I'm not a big makeup wearer, or a huge MAC fan. I think MAC is great, but it's just a bit pricey for regular people. But I do enjoy this blot powder a lot. I've had it for awhile, and it's lasted me forever! It doesn't smell at all, I have it in light, and even though it's pale, it applies pretty translucent so it doesn't make me look white. I also use it as a finishing powder to set anything else I have on my face. It does just what it says, it blots up the oily bits wherver I apply it. Sure, it might make me look slightly powdery (barely) but it's better than looking like an oilslick. And really, this blot powder is great, and it's not all that expensive for how long it lasts and how well it works. I'm a fan!
Oh, I didn't like this at all. It was really watery and runny, and it didn't make a very nice solid black line. It was spotty and you would have to keep going over it again and again to get a solid black line. And whenever you would go over it, it would take off some, so it was a vicious circle of it just not working well. I hear WnW is nice, so I'll give that a go. ELF, sorry, but this one is a big no!