Mascara -Maybelline - Volum' Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara
1017 7/3/2010 1:36:00 PM
UPDATE: Still a good mascara for drama...but as much as I am not a waterproof mascara fan, I would suggest using the waterproof version of this over the regular. The regular is very messy and wet. ORIGINAL POST: I am not usually a Maybelline fan, but this is a pretty nice mascara. I love dark and dramatic when it comes to lashes and this does a good job of delivering. I am using the wp version now with summer, I have not tried the regular version yet.
Wow...this stuff is a lot like Aveda's. And just like Aveda's it made my head itch soooo bad! My wavy fine curly hair also felt very dry after using this. I don't understand where all the love for this comes. Yes, it is a great Aveda dupe...but it is still very bad for my hair. FYI- All other items remained the same in my routine...I just changed the shampoo. So I know that the hair that followed was due to the Aura Pure Shampoo. I would love for some of the past reviewers to note if they are still using this or not...it can't just be hair it is drying out.
Eye Shadow -BeneFit Cosmetics - Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in R.S.V.P.
1017 6/30/2010 12:00:00 PM
This reminds me sooo much of MAC's Naked Lunch, but this has less frost and more shimmer to it. A pinky champagne color. I also like this better than MAC Bare Study that was WAY too frosty for me.
Concealers -Make Up For Ever - Full Cover Concealer
1017 6/30/2010 9:08:00 AM
I bought MUFE Lift and Full Cover concealers to try to use on dark under eye circles only. Lift felt better in this area & was slightly brighter, but didn't offer as much cover as the Full Cover. The Full Cover however is a bit dry and dull. Full Cover would be great on trouble spots on the face, but not for the under eye area...it seemed to accentuate my wrinkles. Since neither one was HG status, I returned both and will be returning to my Benefit Erase Paste (it looks better in pictures than either MUFE). I will say that the Full Cover would be GREAT if you are really trying to hide trouble spots...it does cover nicely. It just is not great for under the eye..which is where I need all my help.
I bought MUFE Lift and Full Cover concealers to try to use on dark under eye circles only. Lift felt better in this area & was slightly brighter, but didn't offer as much cover as the Full Cover. The Full Cover however is a bit dry and dull. Full Cover would be great on trouble spots on the face, but not for the under eye area...it seemed to accentuate my wrinkles. Since neither one was HG status, I returned both and will be returning to my Benefit Erase Paste (it looks better in pictures than either MUFE).
I bought three concealers at once to try. MUFE Full Cover, Lift and Milani's HD. Milani's HD is the only I kept. I am NW20 and #2 seems fine for me. Mine you I only use concealer for dark under eye circles. This seems to just as a good of a job as both MUFE concealers in this case and was much cheaper and easier to get. For the price...this is a nice little concealer.
If you are in your 20's or younger (or have no problem with frost) this is a beautiful color. It looks icy champagne in the pot, but goes on with a slight golden sheer champagne tone to it...no icy feel at all. It sounds like heaven on my NW20 skin. But I am (as I write this) almost 36. I have vowed to avoid frosts as they are not my friend and creat a major crepey eye. Now sheen is ok (love Veluxe Pearls buttery feel), but Bare Study is pure FROST. So the major frosty feel partnered with the a bit more than I want to do in application led me to return this. Bottom line - If you are younger and love to play w/makeup...this is a keeper...4 lippies. If you are a bit more mature or just don't do makeup like you did back in the day...this is really a waste of money...2 lippies.
Shampoo -Alba Botanica - Rainforest Acai Antioxidant Shampoo
1017 6/21/2010 1:05:00 PM
UPDATE 4/20/12: Still using this with the same great results...so much bounce and body w/out that dried out or weighed down feeling. I have tried so many others, most recently ABBA Color Care poo (that was awful), and this is still the best. So cheap, but so hard to find. At least drugstore.com still carries it :) FYI - As mentioned, it is runny, but just pour some in one hand, rub your hands together and then apply to your wet hair. I see so much lather this way. I recently went on a new shampoo spree trying some others that I bought on discount. Well, I am back to Alba. And just because this one is good, don't assume or judge all Alba shampoos the same. This one is a standout product, in general and in the Alba line. ORIGINAL POST: I am very intrigued by this...so far I am really impressed and surprised. I expected it to be "eh" but tried it for something different. I was completely blown away. It lathers (but takes a bit to work in) and leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth. With this shampoo, I even have good 2nd & 3rd day hair! This NEVER happens (or hasn't with any other shampoo). I love the scent..not too sweet, not too herbally...some where in the middle. The label says it "Cleanses and helps protect hair from damage". All I care is that it seems to be a great daily shampoo for my very fine wavy locks. It seems to be the perfect balance between moisture yet still keeping volume (a huge challenge for my hair type). I hope this keeps working so great...cuz after a week, I really like it. I think the ingredients look pretty good too. Here are the ingredients: Alba Botanicals Rainforest Acai Antioxidant Shampoo: Water, Aloe Abarbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Fruit) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (jojoba) Seed Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa (Brazil Nut) Seed Oil, Panthenol (Vit B5), Allantoin, Guar Hydroxypropltrimonium Chloride, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Ethylhexlglycerin, Potassiium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum).
Shampoo -Sexy Hair Concepts - Volumizing Dry Shampoo
1017 6/16/2010 7:44:00 PM
I would not call this a dry shampoo. I would call this a Volumizing product. Yes no white residue and Yes you get volume. But it does not make your hair feel "fresh". Your hair will feel very, very dirty like you have industrial strength hairspray in your hair. Seriously, this was like Backcomb in a Bottle with out the white stuff and a bit less hold. So if you just want volume and don't care about gunked up hard to wash later hair...this is good. Be warned though, my head itched and itched after I used this. It felt awful (itchy, dirty, gunked up). I much prefer Pssst for a dry shampoo. That smells fresh and clean and leaves my hair feeling fluffed, not gunky. Also Pssst doesn't make my head itch the way BSH Vol. Dry Shampoo did...I mean it really, really itched!
Concealers -Kevyn Aucoin - The Sensual Skin Enhancer
1017 6/16/2010 9:04:00 AM
The is the single most disappointing product of my makeup junkie life. I FINALLY get to check this out and what I expected was a creamy, high coverage, decent color selection product that was a kick butt concealer/multipurpose product. What I realized when I finally checked it out was that it is PASTY, not creamy, the colors all skew insanely yellow/orange (the MA couldn't find a decent match for my NW20 skin). It is very pigmented and you would only need a dot to do the trick, but OH BOY...everything else was a hot mess for. I walked out of Nordies...sooooo disappointed. I took a sample home but it isn't getting any better. I guess if you had serious things to cover up, this may be good, but not for me.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - Wear Infinite - Shroom Shimmer
1017 6/3/2010 7:07:00 AM
Shroom Shimmer is a very nice satiny neutral beige color-kind of champagne-ish. I love it for when I first wake up and need to go, but don't want my eyes to look so tired. I just slap some of this on and bam, instant awake eyes. I actually use MAC's Shroom the same way. Either way, not a bad price for a great basic color/highlighter/all over wash. I use it daily. FYI I do hate the packaging though...so cheap. I am MAC NW20 brown eyes, dark brown, almost black hair.
Paul Mitchell products are so understated (no fancy packaging), been around so long, people forget about them in the hype of all the "new" stuff. I bought this shampoo for a measley $7 at Ulta. It has a pleasant coconut type smell and is a clear liquid. It lathers wonderfully, cleans well without any dry/stripped feeling and rinses leaving my hair feel clean. I always use Pureology Hydrating conditioner and that is what I used with Shampoo One. It also says it is safe for color treated hair. The only con I am noting is that this shampoo is loaded with cones. I usually don't run from one or two, but there seem to be a lot in here. I don't know if that will be a problem in the long run. UPDATE: Mammit! The heavy, heavy cones (I can handle lighter ones) just started to build up and take their toll on my very fine locks. Only use this if you are prepared to clarify at least once a week.
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - Inecto: Pure Coconut Oil Moisture Infusing Shampoo
1017 5/31/2010 7:33:00 PM
My hair isn't silky smooth wavy locks. It isn't straw. It's somewhere in between, a bit more on the dry side. There is minimal frizz and I have some volume, but my hair feels thirsty still. I think this shampoo may be drying with regular use, but I will give it a few more tries. This shampoo sounded so good in theory, but I don't know if it is as good as it sounds. If I see any major changes I will edit. But right now, kind of mediocre with potential for drying. FYI - I have fine wavy curly hair. Also, please note that I only used the shampoo not the conditioner. I use Pureology conditioner as my staple so I can judge how just the shampoo is doing. I found the shampoo at Ulta.
Shampoo -Pantene - Pro-V Restoratives Frizz Control Shampoo
1017 5/31/2010 9:42:00 AM
UPDATE MAY 2010: DISCONTINUED THIS LINE WITH NEW PANTENE REDESIGN/FORMULATION.
I just discovered this little gem! This really is the perfect spring/summer pink/red color. I love the matte finish (well, not frosty or metallic). I needed a fresh toe color and I think I have just found it! It looks great on my NW20 skin and can look classy and fun!