After a week of using the lash serum, I've noticed that my lashes look silkier and don't break off as easily when I take my mascara off. One thing I do to keep it from clumping up my mascara is I put the lash serum on, let it dry and then carefully comb thru my lashes before applying mascara. Voila, no clumps! Good product and a decent price. Will definitely buy again. EDIT: It's been a month or so since I started using this product and it's really made a difference in my eyelashes. I only use it at night because the little clumpies that flake off irritate my eyes. Having said that, my lashes are very resistant to breakage and seem to grow in faster.
Gels/Soaps -Gold Bond - Ultimate Deep Moisture Healing Body Wash-Aloe
magpiesparkle 3/18/2011 2:17:00 PM
I really like this body wash. It's very creamy but washes off with no residue, works very well as a shaving product, and has a very light, fresh scent that doesn't clash with the perfumes I wear. My once post-shaving itchy legs now feel sleek and soft, and my skin stays hydrated and pretty all day.
Lotions/ Creams -Unlisted Brand - CVS AmLactin Knockoff
magpiesparkle 3/10/2011 2:53:00 PM
A bit on the stinky side but this lotion works like a dream on my husband's scaly elbows and on my flares of keratosis pilaris on my upper arms. One warning-DON'T put this on your legs after shaving, OWWWCH!
The concealer in this package is very nice and creamy. Works a dream on my darkest under eye circles and on the occasional zit. The only thing I don't like is the setting powder, it's kind of chunky and doesn't seem to do anything. It does work as a nice eyebrow highlighter!
Crème -L'Oreal - True Match Super Blendable Compact Makeup
magpiesparkle 3/10/2011 2:44:00 PM
This foundation has to be one of the worst I've ever wasted my money on. It settled into the pores on my nose and made them look like moon craters, settled into the tiniest lines on my face and just does not look blended no matter what I did. I thought perhaps using a primer first would help but it didn't. The powder and liquid from this collection isn't half bad but this stuff is crap. Maybe if you had super dry skin it would look nice but on my combo skin, it doesn't.
Eye Shadow -mark - Mini Mark It Stick For Eyes [all shades]
magpiesparkle 2/28/2011 1:37:00 PM
Gorgeous colors, great staying powder and portable as anything. Love it!
I never used a dry wax until I got my hair cut into an asymmetrical bob last week. I thought it would be hard to use but it's not! This product gives my hair volume, shine and control, smells nice and isn't too heavy. Even though it's kind of pricey [I paid $15 for it], you use so little a small tub will last you quite awhile.
HOLY COW DOES THIS STUFF STICK TO YOUR SKIN. I had to scrub like mad to get it off of my fingers after application. It is a bit watery coming out of the tube at first, so I squeeze a tiny amount out onto a tissue to clear up the nozzle. It is a medium-thick concealer and hides my chronic dark circles very well. It is also very good at covering up redness around my nose and on my chin. Be careful how much you squeeze out, a little bit goes a long, long, long way. I got too much out and ended up using it all over my face so as not to waste it. The formula could be a little less watery but overall, it's a pretty good concealer for the price.
Skincare - Body -Unlisted Brand - Pears - The Original Transparent Soap
magpiesparkle 2/10/2011 12:39:00 PM
My year-round go-to soap. It'll clean dry winter skin [face AND body] without stripping the daylights out of my skin, and in the summer cuts thru grease, grime and sunscreen with no problems. The smell can be a bit off-putting to some, but I like it. My husband also likes it because it's not too perfume-y and doesn't make him sneeze. It's also a great bargain because I can get a 4-pack of soap from Rite Aid for less than $3.
One coat of this nail treatment makes my nails shine and have just the tiniest amount of color. I also use it under pale pink polishes and "holographic" nail polishes. It lasts about four days before needing a touchup, and will last longer if you prep your nails beforehand with a "dryer" like is used before application of false nails. Also looks lovely under clear polish as well. Can't say enough good things about this product!
I have about a zillion tubes of this all over the place---in my office, in my purse, all over the house and my office. It never fails to make my lips soft and smooth, and keep them that way all year long. Works wonderfully under lipstick if you let it sink in a little bit, then blot before applying your lipstick. Love it!
Fragrances -Elizabeth Arden - Mariah Carey Lollipop Bling-MINE AGAIN
magpiesparkle 2/10/2011 12:29:00 PM
Sweet, somewhat spicy fragrance. Dries down to a light floral/musk. One of the few fragrances that doesn't make my husband sneeze, which is important. I like it! EDIT: Taking the package down to one lippy because not a month after I bought this, the spritzer top broke off and can't be replaced!
Clumpy, clumpy, CLUMPY. Even with wiping the brush off before application, I still got uber-clumpy lashes. Mascara also flaked like mad. Will NOT repurchase.
Misc Beauty Tools -Olay - Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System
magpiesparkle 2/7/2011 10:42:00 AM
I absolutely LOVE this product! The sample cleaning scrub is nice but the brush also works beautifully with my other cleansing products. My skin has never been so soft and clear, and my skincare products just sink right in. I've only been using the brush for a week but I just had to come rave about my experience.
This has to be the crappiest hair spray on the market. I was so disappointed with everything---the hold was wimpy, the sprayer kept getting clogged up no matter what I did, and when it wasn't clogged up, the sprayer made the product come out in a shower. I have had several cans of the Elnett from Europe and was really excited to hear that it was coming to the States because it's pretty expensive to ship here. Boy, I should have kept my $10 and bought something else because this version of Elnett isn't worth two cents.