Blush -Tarte - Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface
FiestyFemme 9/11/2011 3:16:00 PM
Blissful was my first foray into the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes, and I loved it so much I knew I needed to try more! Dollface was my next choice. MAC's Pink Swoon has been one of my favorites for years, and I thought this color might be similar. It's not actually, it's much more neutral and appears a dusty pink on the cheek versus a bright barbie pink. It goes with all my looks, and it's a good everyday blush shade for me. Like all the other Amazonian Clay blushes, this lasts close to all day on my skin, which is a feat in the summer heat and humidity.
Conditioner -Suave - Professionals Almond & Shea Butter
FiestyFemme 9/11/2011 2:18:00 PM
I like this conditioner, but I wouldn't call it my HG. It smells lovely, and it leaves my hair soft and detangled. The only downside is that it's just not moisturizing enough for my extremely dry ends. My hair is almost bra strap length, and the longer it gets, the drier my ends seem to be. I like this, but I definitely still need a deep conditioner in my haircare routine. I'd love to find an everyday conditioner that took care of my dry ends too, but for now, I still really like this conditioner.
Shampoo -Suave - Professionals Almond & Shea Butter
FiestyFemme 9/11/2011 2:13:00 PM
Who knew for $2 this would work so well? I was using salon shampoo before I picked this up on a whim, and I have to say it works just as well as the salon versions for a fraction of the cost. I don't mind paying high prices for things that work well, but I'm yet to find a salon shampoo that makes it worth the price. This smells lovely, lathers well, and leaves my hair soft and silky. My hair is naturally wavy, prone to frizz, and of a medium thickness and texture.
I was thrilled when I ran across this gorgeous nail polish in Ulta. I'd been looking for a dupe for Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday for awhile. There's no way in the world I'd pay that much for any nail polish, much less one that I wouldn't be wearing all the time. From all the reading and looking at swatches I've done, I'd say this is a passable dupe. I'm tickled with it myself! It looks gorgeous over most any color, and I tend to use it as a topper and only as an accent color. As the previous reviewer mentioned, this stuff is an absolute bitch to take off. I typically hate glitters for that, but this seems to be worse than normal. It definitely requires pure acetone and scrubbing. It's fun for every once and awhile though, especially considering I paid less than $3 for it.
Gels/Soaps -Unlisted Brand - creamery creek goat milk soap
FiestyFemme 9/10/2011 11:06:00 PM
I love these soaps! Love, love, LOVE! <3 I found out about Creamery Creek soaps from ginabinawina99 on YouTube. We had been using Dove soap, but since I knew my husband liked goats milk soap, I decided to order a few bars and give it a whirl. I could not have been happier! First of all, these bars are huge. HUGE. I typically cut our bars into 1/4 chunks so that the whole thing isn't sitting in the shower getting wet and wasting away. That 1/4 chunk will last a good two weeks. I placed our first order in April (3 bars), and I didn't need to order again until July. Secondly, the lather is amazing on these. Gina had said it was creamy, like Dove soap but better, and I couldn't agree more. I think it lathers better than Dove, but it's not at all drying. I have quite dry skin, and these make my skin feel so soft after using. I also love how many amazing scents these come in! My husband's favorites are Dragon's Blood and Honey Almond Oatmeal, while so far I really love Lime Sugar and Morraccan Nights. There are so many scents that I think everyone could find something to please them. I plan to order different scents next time, just until I've tried all the ones I'm interested in. Last, but not least, the price and customer service is awesome! $5 per bar, and one bar will last 2 months for me. Every order is shipped out promptly, and its also wrapped very nicely in tissue paper. They always include several sample slivers of soap in each order. That's how my husband discovered his love for Dragon's Blood. Highly, highly recommend these if you like goats' milk soap. I haven't touched another soap or bodywash since we started using these 5 months ago!
Styling Products -Paul Mitchell - Super Skinny Serum
FiestyFemme 9/10/2011 10:53:00 PM
I really like this product. It does what it says it will do, but it doesn't do anything amazing for my hair. I love the smell. It makes my hair dry faster, and it seems to combat frizz and fight humidity. That's honestly all I ask for from my hair products. It's a little expensive, IMO, but I use a pump to a pump and a half for my almost bra strap length hair. I apply this mostly to my ends and work what's left through the length, and this does not make my hair greasy or weigh it down. My hair is naturally very wavy, and I apply this whether I wear it wavy or straight. I would definitely repurchase, but by the time I'm done with this bottle, there might be some new, better serum to try. But for now, I am a happy girl!
I like this product, but it's not perfect by any means. I have oily lids, so there is absolutely no wearing this on it's own, ever. I apply this over TFSI, using my finger. Then the key is to apply the thinnest layer possible, blending out enough that the white is still visible (to make colors pop) and tacky enough that colors will stick. I've had no issues with sharpening mine. I use a NYX sharpener, and despite using this quite regularly, I've only needed to sharpen it twice. You really need so little each time, that if it works for you, it's quite economical. Lately I tend to use MAC Painterly p/p over TFSI, but for days when I need something to really make my eyeshadows pop, Milk does the trick!
Lustres used to be my favorite MAC lipstick finish, and while that has changed, I still have love for this lipstick. It's an incredibly pale pinky peach shade, leaning more peach than pink. It's perfect for wearing with smokey eyes, but I've found that it looks good even with my typical neutral eyes. I'm ashamed to admit that I've owned this thing for years, but it's still in top shape. It still smells like vanilla and wears as well as they day I got it. It's such a shame they don't have this shade in their permanent lineup.
One of my rare HG's. I'm actually on my second pot, which is entirely unheard of for me! I use this daily on a MAC 227 to blend out my crease color and highlight my brow. It also makes a perfect tearduct highlight when I already have enough shimmer on my lid. I can't think of anything more to say about this workhorse! It's just great, and a total staple in my collection.
I can't believe I haven't reviewed Soft Brown yet! It took me forever to purchase it, but it was an instant HG. I use it daily, either as a crease color or transition color, and it is perfect for both. It's such an unassuming color, and one I was sure wouldn't work for me. If you're thinking about trying it, definitely give it a shot! It works wonders for me :)
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Trio - Silent Treatment
FiestyFemme 9/9/2011 8:39:00 PM
I love this beautiful trio! It would've been a hit with me just for the taupe color alone, but the taupe and dark brown blend beautifully together, which makes it an A+ in my book. I apply this over MAC's Painterly p/p or NYX Milk e/p, and it lasts all day! The only cons about WnW e/s is that the packaging can be hard to open, and the e/s are soft and often very fragile. I wouldn't travel with them, and I'm afraid if I dropped them, they'd shatter. Though those are small matters! For the price point, this trio can't be beat.
Styling Products -TRESemme - Instant Heat Tamer Spray
FiestyFemme 6/28/2011 10:45:00 AM
I won't say that I love this heat protectant, but I definitely like it. I'm almost done with my first bottle and plan to repurchase. I don't use a ton of heat on my hair. I can't really tell a lot of difference when using this, but I think that's because my hair was healthy to begin with. I do like the idea of protecting my hair though, and I love the way this smells. It also seems to make my hair a little sleeker. Also love the spray bottle it comes in because the mist is so fine. For the price, you can't beat it! Edit 9/02/11: I repurchased this last week. I love the new bottle design with the lock on the spray nozzle. Much better than the plastic piece that was so easy to lose on the first version.
I used to not like Woodwinked very much. I felt like it was gorgeous in the pan and swatched on my hand, but it seemed to go orange on my eyes (which was not flattering with my skintone). I had found a way to make it look like it does in the pan by applying Indianwood p/p first, then Woodwinked over top. Lovely! I'm not sure if my tastes have changed or my skin, but now I can use Woodwinked over my usual Painterly p/p and it's gorgeous. I like it best combined with Bronze in the outer corners and some black liner. So sexy and easy for summer!
I only have a handful of Orly polishes, but their quality is on par with China Glaze, IMO. They don't wear nearly as long on me as OPI or Essie, despite wearing the same base and top coat. I had to have this beautiful rosey bronze foil as soon as I saw pics online. The plus side is that it looks just like it did in the pics I saw... the color really is that pretty! However, the downside is that it chips SO easily, moreso than the normal Orly polishes. I think it's the foil finish, as each time I've painted my nails with this color, it starts chipping within a day or two. Most polishes I don't even get chips with, just minor tip wear after 4-5 days. Anyway, I love the color, the formula applies smoothly, and I would repurchase this, knowing that I will need to repaint my nails in a much shorter time frame.
I'm not sure how most people use this, but I use a dab to brighten the innermost corner of my under eyes before I apply concealer. This is love! I have hereditary dark circles that are made worse by my horrible allergies. I've tried for years to find something I was satisfied with, and Eye Bright is it. I honestly think I could just apply Eye Bright since it lightens that corner so much, but if I throw a little Tarte Dark Circle Defense over top, those bad boys are gone. Gone! I bought this in a duo of Eye Bright/Boi-ing at Ulta, and I've already hit pan after a few short months. It's worth it... total repurchase (and soon)!