Styling Products -Lancome - Hair Sensation Gentle Hair Spray
sher 4/1/2007 12:08:00 AM
While this product has all the right buzz words written on the aerosol can - "Healthy Shine", "Fixation & Brilliance", and "Strong Hold" - it delivers none of those things. I bought this at TJ Maxx for $5.99, thinking, hmm. . Lancome is a nice brand, this can't be bad. I could not have been more wrong. This is truly the worst hairspray I have ever used. It is at TJ Maxx for a reason - worthless moisture in a can. It did next to nothing, and the only reason it did anything was because I piled it on and on and on. . . After my last haze-induced coughing spell with hair that immediately went flat as soon as I walked outside, I threw the can away with probably half of it left over. I'm the type who uses every last bit of an item, too. I rarely find a product I actually loathe, but this one is truly awful.
I have never been partial to sponges. I'm usually a finger-application girl with the occasional use of a brush for foundation. I figured I would give this a whirl though after reading about other people's experiences with it. I'm glad I did! It really give me a good application with good control and just the right amount of coverage. I use it dry (but maybe I'll have to try it wet after reading one of the earlier reviews!).
Eye Makeup Remover -Lola Cosmetics - Soothing Eye Makeup Remover with chamomile
sher 2/22/2007 1:01:00 AM
I *so* wanted to love this eye makeup remover, but it just doesn't do the job fully. It comes in a super cute container - black with red writing, including a cute lil Lola heart. It is indeed soothing, as the name implies. My only problem is that most nights, it doesn't seem to remove my eye makeup completely. I'll think I got it all, yet when I wake up, I'll inevitably have a bit of mascara under my eyes still. I'm definitely going to use up the rest of the product, but I'll probably stick with Lancome BiFacil.
This mascara is not for me. I like a lot of different mascaras, and I can usually get different formulas/brushes to work for me, in conjunction with another primer or mascara, even if the mascara doesn't work by itself. This one just isn't working for me, period. I don't like the brush. I don't hate it, but it's just "eh". My biggest complaint is that this mascara ends up smudging under my eyes by the end of the day. This is my biggest complaint, because I don't think I have had this problem with any of the mascaras I have tried in the past few *years*. As far as length and volume go, again, it's just "eh". It's does a little, but it's just not worth it for the black eyes at the end of the day.
I really love Lola's Eloise lipstick. Although it is one of the "Lip Sheer" lipsticks, it does have some pigment. It is described on Sephora as "violet gold shimmer"; I would describe it as a light pinky-mauve with gold shimmer. The gold shimmer really shows up so I'm not sure it would work for anyone who has complained about any lip product that "shows up only as gold shimmer" (though I do not believe that it does that). I left my Eloise lipstick in my pocket one day and accidentally washed and dried it. It was ruined. I have tons of lipsticks, and the only one I've ever rebought was MAC Twig. I *had* to buy another Eloise. It is that pretty and unique. The packaging is very interesting. It's a bit bulky, but it's that cute Lola red metal, and a little mirror pops up when you remove the cap. A friend of mine who is NOT into makeup at all says that she loves that lipstick because the packaging is cool.
Philtre D'Or, a limited edition lipstick from the Holiday 2006 collection, completely rocks my world. It goes on a beautify pinky-corally-peach with discernible gold shimmer on me, and it may indeed be a Holy Grail (unfortunate as it is LE). I am LLL, warmed-toned with blonde hair and hazel eyes for reference, usually the second to the lightest yellow-based foundation color in any given line. The packaging is red and very pretty. I *love* this lipstick. It is not only beautiful to look at in the tube, but lovely on me as well.
Rave, rave, rave! I love this light, shimmery purple blush! This one is *so* unusual! I have literally nothing even close to it in my 100+ blush collection. Most amazingly, I am completely warm-toned and yet I can still wear this! If you gravitate to the unique, this blush is worth a look-see. I find that it doesn't look as purple on as it does in the pan - more mauve. It goes on like a dream, like most Shu P blushes - smooth and finely milled.
I absolutely love this brush! This is an incredible bargain - a high quality brush for a great price. I love the cut of the bristles, they are soft, and it distributes product evenly. Rave, rave, rave!
Heart glimmer is a medium shimmery mauve. My favorite mauve eye is Trust glimmer lash to brow with Heart in the crease. It's a lovely shimmery, soft look with some color but still very wearable.
Trust glimmer is a pale mauvey color with golden shimmer. My favorite mauve eye is Trust lash to brow with Heart glimmer in the crease. It's a lovely shimmery, soft look with some color but still very wearable.
Lip Gloss -Tarte - Gilt Trip Lip Plumping Gloss Set
sher 11/18/2006 10:09:00 PM
The glosses themselves in the Gilt Trip set are really pretty, all containing varying levels of gold shimmer/glitter. The case is very cute also. Overall, it is a good value. The problem for me was that the plumping agent was just too strong for me. I swiped one on my hand, then put it on my lips. The spot on my hand turned bright red and became swollen for an hour. My lips seemed plumped as well, so it does what it says, but it felt fairly unpleasant to me. Up for swap these go. I can see these working out for others, but they aren't for me. Again though, the colors are beautiful.
Palettes -Tarte - Peep Show Smokey Eye Palette - Amber
sher 8/14/2006 11:36:00 PM
Tarte's Amber Peep Show palette comes in an adorable purple compact with a little drawer on the bottom that holds a pencil eyeliner and two brushes. The palette contains an eyeshadow primer, and shimmery eyeshadows in beige, bronze-gold, and dark brown. The pencil eyeliner is Madame X, a dark brown, and the two brushes are double-ended, with one being a all over shadow brush/crease brush and push liner/smudge brush. The set retails for $37, and the brushes are really nice and make the palette a bargain. The pencil eyeliner is okay, but not brilliant. The eyeshadows are nice, but easily recreated. The beige color is extremely close, if not the same, as Bathtub Gin. The bronze-gold shade is the standout color of the palette. The dark brown goes on with a bit of a black tone to it, and is nice but not really special. The eye primer is the one disappointment of the palette. The first day that I wore the eyeshadows, I used the primer, and my e/s creased by lunch. The next time I wore them, I used them over UD Primer Potion, and they were crease free 14 hours later. Overall, this is a nice palette. The packaging and the inclusion of the brushes are what really make it stand out to me. It was a bit more bronzey than I expected, as opposed to gold.
Palettes -Stila - Perfectly Plum Fall 2005 Palette
sher 4/13/2006 1:14:00 AM
This is not my favorite Stila palette, but it's nice. It has shimmery white, plum with pink tones, and a slightly cool-toned taupe/bronze eyeshadows. The blush kinda throws me, because the blush looks really warm to me, while the eyeshadows are cool-toned. The texture of everything is great in this palette though, and the eyeshadows work well together. Again, not a favorite for me, with my warm-toned LLL skin, but the purple-plum color looks good on my hazel eyes. I like the cute tweed palette, too.
Oasis is a very shimmery peachy-gold that is super soft and very blendable. I own tons of Stila eyeshadows, and this is one of my favorites (perhaps even the favorite). I love using Oasis as a wash on days when I'm feeling lazy, but it also works well paired with any of Stila's warm-toned browns or bronzes. I adore this eyeshadow, and it is a definite re-buy for me (warm-toned, LLL, NC20, Stila B/20 watts).
Stila's Pecan lip pot (retail - $16) is a light nude color in the pot. Unfortunately, there is next to no pigment in it, and even with my non-pigmented lips, it barely shows up (LLL, NC20, Stila B/20 watts, FWIW). I do, however, love Stila lip pots, so I'm still gonna give it a 3 for the texture and feel. The lip pots seem more like a tinted balm than a gloss to me, though they do leave a bit of a shine. They are unscented and non-sticky. I'm not overly fond of pots for lip products, but for some reason, these don't bother me. Maybe it's because they are cute - glass with a floral lid, or maybe it's because you don't have to press hard to get the product on your finger so you never have the product-under-fingernails issue. I do, generally, love Stila lip pots, but this is one that even I won't rebuy (along with Citron), because there just isn't enough pigment in them!