This is a very pigmented dark black. It's a bit hard to blend, and the glitter is almost un-noticeable. I was hoping it would be a shiny black, but it's actually matte. I doubt I'll use this much. I must have gotten the older version or something. I only see silver glitter, very little of it, it's not silky at all, and it's very black and matte.
I really like Studio Fix powder. I'm on my 5th or 6th compact, been using this for several years now.
One compact lasts me several months, and I like the coverage. I like that I can wear this alone over moisturizer, or lightly over liquid foundation. I'm an NC30, and I like that it has a slightly yellow tone to it which helps cancel out redness.
I once had a pretty long crying episode after applying my long wearing liquid foundation and a light layer of Studio Fix powder, and afterwards, my makeup was still as if I had just put it on.
I don't know if this is the best powder out there, but it's the best I've tried and I've tried quite a few. It can be a bit drying if you apply too much or have dry skin, so moisturize well first.
I do notice that I look pretty dull in photos with flash when I have this on though, so it's not the best for picture taking indoors. I've yet to find a powder that looks good in photos, though.
I said I'd buy again, but I'm not 100% sure on that. I'd been wanting this gloss for a long time, so I ordered it w/o trying it first.
I'd give this a 3.5, I like the glitter & the thickness, but there's basically no color on my lips. It's almost a clear gloss with glitter. It looks nice over a light pink or nude lipstick, but I'd prefer this to have more color. It's pretty expensive considering it's just a clear gloss with glitter, and there's so little in the tube.. anyone with any clear gloss could duplicate this look by adding some glitter to the gloss.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Exotic Coconut body splash
bobbictx 7/2/2009 10:43:00 PM
I've mentioned before that I am a coconut freak. I love anything and everything coconut. I'm constantly searching for that perfect coconut scent, and still haven't quite found it.
This scent is way too fake and powdery. Perhaps the EDT would be less powdery and slightly richer, but I'm not pleased with this scent.
I definitely prefer the Creamy Coconut over this one.
Maybe a little of this mixed with the creamy coconut would be a little closer to the scent I'm looking for. The Creamy Coconut seems to be a bit more tart and less powdery, perhaps the two together would balance out somewhat.
This one alone is not worth wearing. Glad I only paid $4 for it.
OH MY GAWD! This is THEE MOST beyoooootiful thing I've ever seen. I can't remember if it's a mica powder or what, I'd say it's similar to a MAC pigment with some small glitter flecks. I can't believe how gorgeous it is. I can't describe it well, no description could do it justice, but I'll try. It looks like white metallic powder flakes with a metallic baby pink sheen, with some fine, light pink glitter. When you put it on, it's about the same, but it's a bit translucent. I put it on my eyes, and it looks like in the package, beautiful, and I don't think ANY shadow *ever* looks good on my eyes. And I've tried them ALL. When I put it on my lips, omg. It was this gorgeous sheer pink. A bit metallic, but you can apply lightly for less metallics on the lips. It is absolutely stunning on the lips, either over lipstick, primer, liner, or even in a gloss. It would make the most beautiful lip gloss ever. Since I HATE when my lipcolor doesn't last for more than a few hours, I fill in w/ a liner, apply a tiny bit of a nude lipstick, and pat this powder on top, which gives me hours of shine and gorgeous color. I like the shine of gloss, but hate how it doesn't last at all. This gives me the high shine and color w/o the smearing or wearing off. I've been looking for something that does that *forever* and this is perfect. It would also be stunning added into clear nail polish. I ordered the sample, but I wish I had ordered an ounce or more, it's so beautiful I want to use it for everything and never ever run out. This exceeded my highest hopes or expectations. I've ordered lots of things from CS, some weren't too great, but this is beyond rave-worthy. And I'm not easily impressed. I'm sooo ordering more of this!
UPDATE: My skin has been super dry, and I sleep on my face, so my pillowcase sucks all the moisture from my skin while I sleep. I've been putting a thick layer of this all over my face at night before bed, and I've even been smearing it on my pillowcase where I lay my face so that it doesn't suck up all the moisture from my face. I wake up with the softest, most hydrated skin now. Before this, I'd wake up in the morning & my face would be totally dry & tight, as if I never even put anything on, and I moisturize like crazy. I've tried smearing other moisturizers on my pillowcase before, but none were thick enough to stay all night and not get sucked up into the fabric. The side of my face that isn't on the pillowcase is soft & hydrated as well, since this cream is so thick & moisturizing. Love Love Love it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I'm reviewing the thick white cream in the big, blue glass tub. This stuff is way more moisturizing, better and thicker than vaseline, Aquaphor, Crisco, or anything I've tried or heard of. You can apply a very thick coat to your feet and put some socks on for super soft feet. With any of the others mentioned, it's impossible to apply a super thick coat, as they kind of melt and they're way more greasy, and they don't stick as well. It also feels much cooler going on, petroleum & crisco can feel warm, sticky, & gross. I like to use this on my face sometimes when it's super dry. I apply a thick coat & let it sit for a few hours. It's great for basic moisturizing, too. Way less greasy than Vaseline or Aquaphor too. I love this cream and will definitely buy again. I've yet to find anything like it. Just to note, this is not a lotion-like cream. Some creams are super thick lotions, this is actually more like Aquaphor or vaseline, but way better. Maybe kind of like a mix of super thick lotion & super thick vaseline. It can feel somewhat greasy if you use too much, but I don't use it for lotion, I use it in place of Vaseline.
Misc Beauty Tools -Tweezerman - Tweezermate 10x magnification mirror
bobbictx 6/6/2009 2:05:00 AM
This is okay, but I found a 15X mirror for about the same price, and I like it better for tweezing.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - DUO eyelash adhesive
bobbictx 6/3/2009 10:43:00 PM
This glue sucks. My lashes would come off very easily when using this glue. Any humidity or watery eyes, and my lashes were gone. Not only that, but with the white glue, it turns white again when it gets wet & looks bad.
I wear my falsies for a week straight, but with this glue I was lucky if I got 4 hours of wear a lot of the time. It's too thin, and not sticky enough.
The glue I use and love is the same kind of glue as this, but it's a bit thicker and adheres much better. It's the black glue that you'd use to glue extensions in your hair. It can be found at most beauty supply stores, and a huge bottle (about 1 oz) costs about the same as (or less than) this itty bitty tube.
I like these okay, BUT, I personally wear falsies all the time, therefore I keep one pair on for about a week. Makes no sense for me to take them off every night & reapply in the morning. This particular brand gets messed up, frizzed, and out of shape when I sleep with them on, as my cheaper ones from the beauty supply store keep their shape for a week. For that reason, I'm giving a 3.
If you want to go through the hassle of taking off & putting on again & again, these are pretty good though, but all the removing & reapplying does also cause them to lose shape quite a bit of the time.
Also, the ELF lashes are only a dollar, and I can also wear them all day & night for about a week, and they look really nice & pretty natural.
Hair Color -Unlisted Brand - Colorful - Neutral Protein Filler
bobbictx 6/1/2009 5:47:00 PM
Didn't do much for me. I have pretty damaged hair, the ends are split, and I have quite a bit of breakage. Mostly the ends are damaged and the rest is okay. I followed the directions to the T, and used the moisturizing stuff afterwards, then I deep conditioned. The next day, my hair felt a bit dry, so I washed & conditioned, and then my hair felt a bit better, the breakage seemed lessened some. However, after a week or so, my hair was exactly the same as before. Perhaps using this every 6-8 weeks will show some result over time, but there was no instant miracle as some describe. I tried to 2-minute keratin reconstructor as well, and it didn't do much, if anything, either. I'll try the joico k-pack next, but I'm not expecting any miracles. I think I may just stick to doing a deep conditioning & joico pack weekly, not sure that I'll use this often, if at all, again. I think I will try it on my extensions when they get all tangled & ratty, & see if it makes any difference on them or not.
I like this mascara. Yes, the brush is too big, but I like that this doesn't get all gloppy. I've only had mine for a while, and it seems almost too dry already, but I'll take dry over gloppy. What I don't like, is that I have to apply bunches of coats because there's so little on the brush, so it takes some time, but I think that helps me add some lift & curl that way, and keeps me from applying too much at once, which would cause clumps. I would probably buy again, but I like my Volume Couture a bit better.
I've tried a lot of mascaras, and this is one of my faves. It stays on well, I have no flaking or smudging, and it gives decent length & volume. I like this one better than Lash Blast, but my only complaint is that it takes forever to dry completely. Sure, it will feel dry, but when I try to curl my lashes, they stick to the curler. I have to wait about 15-20 minutes for them to dry to where they don't stick. All in all, it's pretty great though, and I will repurchase.
Well. Let me first knock on wood.
I have tried EEEVVERRYTHIIIING lately to improve my skin. I don't have acne, but I have been breaking out a bit lately. I have a few clogs & a few semi-enlarged pores, some dryness, a few fine lines, and lately my face looks dull.
Nothing, and I mean nothing has made an improvement, I've even tried a TCA peel and nothing. When I say I've tried everything, I mean it.
So, I've tried the aspirin mask before, but it didn't do much.
This time, I added honey, which I've also done before, but I scrubed this time, as the aspirin I use turns into a sand like powder, rather than dissovling completely. So, I applied the honey & aspirin, let it sit for about 20 minutes, scrubbed well, and waited about another 10. Rinsed, and my skin is glowing. Hardly any redness, my skin looks amazingly clean and fresh, and just glowing. My pores don't look smaller, but that, of course, can take months to achieve, if at all.
I'm sure the effects will only last a few hours, but I plan on doing this every couple of days, maybe even daily if my skin can handle it, although I'll probably only scrub every few days.
Misc Beauty Tools -E.L.F. - Mechanical Eyelash Curler
bobbictx 5/29/2009 2:08:00 AM
OMFG!! I just ripped out 2/3 of my eyelashes on my right eye!
It wasn't the spring, it was that it slipped out of my grip, to the side, because there's no holes, and it totally plucked my lashes out!!
I look like a FREAK! Thank god I wear falsies or I'd have to stay home for a few months! It still lokks a little weird even with my falsies and I had to apply two pairs to my right eye to look normal. omg this sucks! I'm still going to use it though, it was my own slippage that caused it, but it wouldn't have happened if this curler had finger holes, I think. You just have to be careful when using it.
I have this curler and the Shesheido curler. Overall, I like them both, but they both seem to do slightly different things. I can't desrcibe it well, but this one lifts w/o crimping, and the Shesheido one curls more, if that makes sense.
For a dollar, it's a damn good curler. Better than any of the other DS curlers I've used, and I've tried most of them.
EDIT: OMG! After reading some of the spring horror stories I'm scared to use this now!! BUT, I don't think the spring really serves any purpose. It is actually the hard rubber strip in the curler that gives the tension. I think the spring just keeps it from opening too far, if you know what I mean. I think the spring could be removed, and it would still work.
I'm not even sure mine has a spring?? I'll have to check that. I know that the one I have works great though, and the secret to not crimping is the hard rubber strip, most curlers have a soft strip, which allows the curler too much "push", causing crimpage. Okay, yeah, mine has no spring.
Love this lotion. It was the only lotion I used on my kids when they were babies/toddlers, it has that true "baby" smell. I now use it for myself as well, on my body, hands, feet when my skin is dry. It's so comforting. I really love the scent too, and it makes my skin really soft. I'm even tempted to put it on my face, but haven't tried that yet. It used to be super duper cheap, but the price has gone up somewhat, like everything else lately. It's still pretty cheap, in the grand scheme of things as far as body lotion goes though. As far as scent & moisturizing, the knockoffs don't come close to this.