Styling Products -Frederic Fekkai - Technician Glaze
lucyrox 3/27/2008 5:17:00 PM
This is a luscious clear silicone formula which protects color and gives hair great shine. I have lots of thin, wavy and color-treated hair and use this color protector glaze on my dry hair. I rub a few drops between my hands and run on the ends of my hair, grabbing each wave separately. This leaves a great shine while helping de-frizz my waves. I love the fruity smell and the thick (for a silicone product) texture of this product. After running this product through my hair, I rub it on my fingernails and cuticles for moisture (because they are always dry). The user-friendly, plastic squeeze bottle is 4.2 fluid ounces for $20.00 (US), which is not expensive, considering one bottle (using a few drops daily) will last a very long time. Fekkai products are found in certain Bath & Body Works, Sephora, and Nordies.
Styling Products -Pantene - Texture and Shine Defining Pomade [DISCONTINUED]
lucyrox 3/27/2008 12:12:00 PM
This is to be used on dry hair. I just bought my second jar of this! I have lots of thin, wavy hair that naturally parts in the middle. I like for my part to be on the side. This is the ONLY product that keeps my hair in a side-part. This is a thick thick product, so I use a little and rub it between my palms, then apply gently to my part, then I push my fingers with product in upwards motions through my hair for volume, then run the rest through the ends of my hair. It gives the ends of my hair definition and makes my waves curl. You only need a small bit because too much will weigh your hair down. I don't like the scent and can't figure it out, but that's OK because I can't smell it after application. This product is about $4.00 (US) for a 1.7 ounce tub and it lasts forever. I only wash my hair every third day or so, and this product is easy to comb through on the days I don't wash my hair, so I can re-style my dry hair with a little more product; which makes me love it even more.
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorstay Soft and Smooth Lipcolor in Juicy Plum
lucyrox 3/14/2008 7:00:00 PM
I really busted on these Revlon colorstay lipcolor lipsticks in my review for ALL the colors, but one does stand out, and it deserves it's very own 5-star rating. I'm in love with juicy plum. It is my favorite red, matte, lipstick. I have pale skin and pigmented lips, so even though the name is juicy plum, it turns a cool red on my lips. I wear a Prestige wind-up red lip liner as a base, then apply juicy plum, blot, and apply a second coat of juicy plum. I still have a great red lip at the end of a night of drinking and eating, and it is NOT drying (which I do have problems with other matte lipsticks). I need to reiterate that this is a matte, cool-toned red. Absolutely beautiful and my HG. I will buy again. For reference, goes great with little or no makeup and wakes up a face; or a very light eyecolor, such as a cream or white. PIC in my profile under the title 'mac dubonnet'.
Lip Liners -Revlon - Colorstay Sheer Lipliner - Sheer Blush
lucyrox 3/14/2008 6:49:00 PM
This lipliner is invisible and very hard on my lips. I don't know if I bought an old one or not, but I'm very disappointed. I am used to Prestige brand lipliners, which are found in some Walgreens, and are very pigmented and very soft (with outstanding staying power), even over a long time. I will not buy this sheer lipliner again.
Boo to Revlon. After dying my hair this AM, I still have gray hairs at the crown of my head. I was looking for a hair-dye that is not tested on animals, and Revlon does not test on animals. Colorsilk has no amonia, so that should have been my red flag warning. Although the box claims to be a permanent haircolor and all the reviews on MUA are really great. I will have to dye my roots again tonight with Garnier Nutrisse, which covers grays for 5 weeks, and has wonderful colors to choose from. I'll stick with Garnier, which is a L'Oreal owned company, although they do animal testing.
I bought number 241, which is a turquoise, ocean blue color. I am delighted with the thin texture of this nail polish! It is so easy to apply and easy to 'blend' on the nail so that I can get an even color application! At the first coat, I was shocked the color was so sheer, but by coat 3, the color resembled the color of the bottle. This cost me .80 cents at my grocery store! What a great nail polish, I will buy more of these. There is a picture in my profile:P UPDATE: I am on my 7th day (7th!) of wearing this and still have a perfect manicure! No chips, cracks or peels. Unbelievable! FYI, I used OPI Start to Finish basecoat/topcoat on day 3 and 5.
Search no more girls, this mascara is perfection. The hour-glass wand is small enough to grab each lash starting from the base lase to the tips, and wide enough to grab all your lashes at one time. A couple of coats makes my lashes very voluminous, separated and gives me everything I am looking for in a mascara. It stays all day and doesn't run under the eyes (raccoon-eyes). It is relatively easy to remove; I coat my eyes with a liquid eye makeup remover, then wash my face rubbing gently on my eyelashes, then use more eye makeup remover to get the last bit of mascara off. I will buy this mascara again. UPDATE: 1/09: I have a new HG mascara, which is Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme, which is very much better than NYX Doll Eye volume. They are both great mascaras, but Max 2000 Extreme gives way more volume, which makes me very happy.
The very first time I used this product, my lashes were thick, heavy, lush and gorgeous! Then the second time, the results were the pits. The brush is so very tiny, that mascara clumps to the brushes tiny bristles, and there is no hope of separating your lashes because this formula is so thick. I will not buy again. This is a great, thick formula only if the brush were a tiny bit larger to keep the mascara on each individual comb of the wand. I am currently using and loving NYX Doll Eye Volume mascara, and loving it for volume!
Boo to Maybelline. This two-sided mascara stinks. One side is a white primer, the other mascara. Nothing showed up on my lashes. When I added extra coats, all I got was clumps. After reading the other reviews and seeing that other peeps let the primer 'dry first', then apply the ms; I was shocked b/c I use shiseido eyelash base and it's NOT supposed to dry before applying the mascara. I'll stick to my current faves which are: Max Factor volume couture, NYX Doll Eyes Volume and Maybelline lash stylist (for the excellent tiny brush). I won't buy again.
I really wanted to like this loose powder because it is very soft and luxurious (hence the 3 star rating) BUT it does not control shine at all. I have dry and sensitive skin, and I use an extremely emollient sunscreen (La Roche Posay Anthelios w/ mexoryl). My sunscreen is perfect for my dry skin, and leaves my skin very hydrated, yet a little too shiny. Nars snow does not control this shine. Nars snow is a great loose powder for finishing and blending makeup, and that's where it's good quality ends. Plus, the container is very clumsy and messy, all loose powders are hard to contain though. I now use the new Maybelline dream matte pressed powder to control my shine, and it works all day, without being dry or cakey.
The horrid chemical smell nearly knocked me off my chair. What the heck is in this stuff? It's not a shiny base coat. It dries to an invisible base. Doesn't help with chipping either. What a dud. If I want to spend my money on duds, it will be Milk Duds candy. OPI should skip this chip right off of their shelves. Have you figured out that I won't buy this product again? EDIT: OK, I've been using this despite the smell, and I'm thinking it does help with less chipping. So, I upped the rating th a couple more stars.
Pressed Powders -Maybelline - Dream Matte Pressed Powder
lucyrox 11/5/2007 11:27:00 PM
Wooohoooo. I finally found my HG pressed powder that controls shine all day. I have dry and sensitive skin, BUT, I use a very very emollient high powered sunscreen, (La Roche Posay-Anthelios with Mexoryl) which gives me a little more 'dew' on the face, and that is why I need a good lasting powder to control this 'dew-shine'. I am PPP, and bought the two lightest colors, "Ivory" is pinkish, and "Cream" is more yellowish; but they really both work the same, not any glaring difference in the color effect. I use both of them interchangeably, and love them. It controls shine all day! I will buy again. Thanks Maybelline.
Top/Base Coats -Sally Hansen - Ultimate shield fortifying base and top coat
lucyrox 11/5/2007 11:19:00 PM
WELL, well well. Clearly I'm in the minority here, BUT I LOVE this top/base coat. I was so confused when I looked at the SH top/base coats at the drugstore because there are thousands of them and it's so confusing. I picked this Ultimate Shield, and have used it as a base coat, and top coat, and then another top coat on day 3 of my manicure. The shine is awesomely beautiful, and last week I wore Nicole Hollypop Red (we all know that reds are hard to hide chips and breaks), and I got a whole WEEK (7 days) of beautiful, chip-free, shiny healthy red nails. SOOOO happpppy. I will buy again. P.S. I just read all the reviews and I didn't get any bubbles, I think you get bubbles because the polish hasn't had time to dry between coats. I wait about 5 to 10 minutes between coats, and have no problems with bubbles. MAJOR EDIT: Probably the 8th time I've used this, it totally ruined my beautiful manicure with bubbles. The top/base coat became very thick (hence the bubbles) and was impossible to get a decent thin coat. Will not buy again. Bad, bad Sally.
OMGawwwwwd. This lipstick is absolutely one of my very faves. I'm PPP, and flattering is a neutral brown, with pink undertones (that don't really show, but makes this a prettier brown). The texture is smooth, with decent stain and staying power. This mattene is very moisturizing and I have dry lips and drink all the time. The thin black tube is very classy, so I don't mind applying this in public (but very discreetly, no big production with mirrors and all at the dinner table, NO, so tacky). Sometimes I will apply a Mac lipglass or varnish over this and then another coat of Flattering, and the color is just perfectly and beautifully neutral. I will buy again, hopefully before they run out, since it's LE.
This is my HG mascara-for-now. The brush is dense and not to small, not to large, and I am able to grab my lashes at the very base and zig-zag upwards to the ends of my lashes (which is the trick to building great volume IMO). This mascara does not clump, and is very smooth. Does not smudge (I don't use waterproof, it's too hard to take off and grabs lashes); and stays in tact even after a nap, or a long night of festivities=no racoon eyes. This comes off easily with a gentle eye makeup remover, plus a gentle face wash. I usually apply 3 coats and I will (and already have) bought again. UPDATE: 1/09: I don't know if I have a bum bottle, but I get flakes and raccoon eyes by hour 3. What happened? Did they change the formula? Will try some other mascaras or the WP formula.