Alright - It's true, at first I hated this stuff. I thought it did absolutely nothing for my hair prior to using my flat iron and I couldn't stand the musky, old perfume smell. After months, I decided to try it again. This time instead of using it prior to flat ironing, I used it prior to blow drying - and oh my goodness! It made my hair look shinier, it felt SO much softer and made it more manageable. I rarely use the blow drier because I like to lessen my heat damage, but this stuff works so much better (in my opinion) with the blow drier. After my shower, I put a little less than a dime sized amount in my palm and work it through my hair - mostly the bottom half to my ends, so my scalp won't get oily. Then I blow dry my hair a little bit until it's 50% dry. Then, I'll let the rest air dry and when I use my flat iron to curl or straighten, my hair looks so much healthier and has more body. I've started to actually like the smell. It smells sort of like mens cologne. It doesn't linger anyway - from what I can tell at least. Will continue using! :)
This is a pretty good compact for $1. It fits MAC shadows, which is the reason I purchased it. Even though the MAC 4-pan compact is only $6, I wanted to purchase the ELF compact because of the large mirror & the sponge applicator (you can obviously replace it with your own, better one). The one I purchased, unfortunately was a defect. After I de-potted my shadows, I realized it doesn't close that good. It's suppose to "snap" shut, but mine merely shuts. I asked several people who own them, and nobody had that problem.. so I'll be purchasing another the next time I'm at Target.
Brun is described on the MAC website as a blackish-brown with a satin finish. I love that its a deep brown with no red/orange or yellow/golden undertones. It makes for a great smokey eye or for a brow filler for brunettes. Many have trouble finding that right shade of brown to match their brows, that isn't too golden, red or gray and this is perfect! Great pigmentation too.
Lip Treatments -eos - Lip Balm Sphere - Summer Fruit
nattyngeorge 4/30/2011 4:37:00 PM
This sadly didn't work at all for me. My lips need a product thats very moisturizing, or they will chap all day long. I love the packaging, and the smell of the balm, but it just does nothing for me. I layer this on my lips and I never feel like my lips absorb the moisture.. Within minutes... Its gone and my lips are dry again. I literally have to apply it all day long.. And it does a very mediocre job at healing and moisturizing my lips. For those of you that dont suffer from chapped lips everyday... Try it! But it didnt work for me and I will not repurchase or reccommend.
I've tried numerous cheaper brands as well as several different styles of Revlon lash curlers.. and the Shu is the best. I've had mine for a few years and it still does a fantastic job curling. It's very well made because I'm sure it's been stepped on from carelessly being tossed around and it usually gets tossed in my handbag every day.. but it's still in perfect condition. I haven't even had to change the pad. Highly recommend! It's worth it.
Lip Treatments -Victoria's Secret - Very Voluptuous Lip Plumper Extreme
nattyngeorge 4/26/2011 10:51:00 PM
$26 for .12oz. That's ridiculous. Especially for Victoria's Secret. But because this product has "EXTREME" in hot pink cap locks printed on the packaging, I caved in, hoping it would plump my lips better than other lip plumpers I've tried (Sally Hansen, DuWop, Etc). Well, this stuff did absolutely nothing. It didn't plump what-so-ever. I thought it would burn more.. but it just slightly burned for a few seconds.. then the sensation was gone. Nothing extreme about this.. except for the fact that I was extremely broke after purchasing it. I returned to using Sally Hansen's Lip Inflation Extreme, which is much cheaper and works better for me.
Perfect is a sheer pink with multicolored/golden fine shimmer. The consistency is very smooth and moisturizing - it's not at all sticky or gritty. It smells/tastes like cherry cough syrup.. which I don't really care for, but it doesn't bother me at all. I really like NYX Mega Glosses because I think the formula is good, and I really like the slanted applicator. I don't find myself ever reaching for this color in particular because it's so sheer. It practically looks clear when I apply one coat.. but with a few coats it gives a nice glossy pink hue. I mainly use it over my pink/nude lipsticks because I don't really like sheer lipsticks/glosses on their own. I do like that this makes my lips looks very juicy..LOL once I apply this. I'm not sure if I'll repurchase this.. because it just doesn't wow me - but it's nice.
Lip Gloss -Revlon - Colorstay Mineral Lipglaze in Perennial Pink
nattyngeorge 4/26/2011 10:33:00 PM
This is one of my favorite pink lip glosses. I find it difficult to find the correct pink lipsticks and glosses for my skintone (NC30-NC37, yellow undertones. MAC Hue & MAC Creme Cup are a couple of the only pinks that look good on me). I was very happy that this lipgloss suits my skintone well. It's a little bright and "barbie" looking when first applied.. but it does lighten up a bit after wearing it for a bit. I really like the way it looks after it's been on my lips for about an hour. I don't mind the "gooey" texture of this gloss. With a thin coat of lip balm prior to application, it feels much better. It also lasts longer than any other lipgloss I own. Highly recommend you to try it! (Here's a photo of me wearing it for reference: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pzsU590FOmY/TaykaqjcqEI/AAAAAAAABaY/PWbSPm0f2uY/s1600/monday1.jpg)
Lip Gloss -Wet 'n' Wild - Glassy Gloss - This Too Shall Glass
nattyngeorge 4/26/2011 10:27:00 PM
I love this gloss. I think it's a great every day shade, thats flattering on my medium skintone. It's a sheer pink with a golden sheen. The color itself is very sheer.. I wish it was more opaque to be worn alone.. but i'll be pairing this up with any of my nude lipsticks. I love the way it looks with my favorite MAC Shygirl. The formula is really nice. It's not sticky or thick.. watery or runny. It's the perfect smooth consistency & it doesn't dry out my lips.
When I first bought this lipgloss, I thought it was going to be the vibrant, coral pink it looks like in the tube. Once the product is squeezed out, it looks completely different (which is by no means a bad thing, but you'll be disappointed if you want the color you see from the outside). The color is a light, milky bubblegum pink. The color is sheer, and it works great alone for a natural wash of light pink - and it looks great applied over a pink, peach or coral lipstick. The consistency is pretty thin - it's not sticky at all and it tastes (or smells) a little bit like grape. I really like the brush applicator as opposed to the typical slanted plastic tube applicator.. and you can squeeze as much product as you want out. Not sure if I'll repurchase because I don't find it anything out of the ordinary, but if you're looking for a sheer, light pink gloss.. you may like this one. :)
I have the shade #106 PLUMPED PINK. It's a pretty light pink with subtle multi colored shimmer. The lipgloss itself is pretty sheer.. but the color can be built if you apply a coat, let it dry for a minute or two and then apply another coat. When you apply it all at once, the color doesn't build as well. Considering it does dry on your lips, it's not hugely moisturizing (but long lasting lip colors never are anyway), so I usually apply a lip balm first. I think it's a great every day color for all skin tones. I also love the fat, flat, slanted applicator. It applies a good amount of product (not to mention it feels good to apply it). I don't find the actual color to be long lasting.. but long-er lasting than regular lip glosses. Will repurchase when on sale.
Makeup Brushes -Essence of Beauty - Foundation Brush
nattyngeorge 4/26/2011 9:49:00 PM
**I am reviewing the Synthetic Foundation Brush** What first drew me to purchasing this foundation brush after I own so many, is that it is very large. Much larger than any of the other standard foundation brushes I own. The bristles are very soft and it's very easy to use. I can finish my face much quicker with this brush because of its large size.. and I can still get into small areas with the tips because it's a fairly flat brush. I love this brush for applying powder over my foundation as well!
Makeup Brushes -Ecotools - Bamboo Foundation Brush
nattyngeorge 4/26/2011 9:43:00 PM
I think this is a great foundation brush for the price. The bristles are very soft, and stay very soft while there is foundation on the brush. It doesn't apply my makeup streaky and it's very easy to use. I love that it's small so I can use it around my eye and nose area. I sometimes just use this brush for concealer and it does an awesome job for that as well.
The consistency of Benefit Erase Paste is quite different than any other concealer I've tried. You would think it would be similar in texture to your average pot concealer (MAC Studio Finish, NYX Concealer in a jar, etc). But, actually, it's what the name says.. "paste". When you touch the concealer with your finger, instead of leaving a dent in the product, a small amount of product will stick to your finger. It's very thick, but it isn't at all dry like many cream or cake concealers. It is very creamy. I find that it requires a little work to blend into the skin, and a little does not go a long way. Because the product is very dense and thick, it doesn't smooth across my under eyes as well as I thought it would. I found this product works the best when it is dotted under my eyes and then blending it with light tapping motions of the tip of my finger. The "window washer" sweeping technique isn't as effective, and I found myself having to go back for more product. The finish is a bit dewy and can settle in your fine lines if you don't set it with powder. Because of the products milky pink color, it works extremely well at brightening the under eyes. I found that my eye area looks much more illuminated when wearing this. I do have to mention that I was a little disappointed with the coverage. When I swatched the product on my hand when I was at UTLA, I thought that it was going to provide full coverage because of the product density. Once this concealer is blended under the eyes, it sheers out quite a bit. The coverage is definitely buildable to a heavy medium, but because of it's texture, when it's built some may experience a problem with it "settling" or "caking". I didn't notice caking under my eyes, but I did notice it doesn't stay put well. I have to apply my foundation very carefully under my eyes after I've applied the Erase Paste or it will get swept away with the brush, and I'll end up having to apply more. I personally love using it in conjunction with another concealer. I've tried it under (as well as on top) of Hard Candy Glamoflauge and the end result is 100% coverage with a brightening effect. Overall, I do like this concealer, but I don't think it's a must have for myself. I think it gives me a similar effect as YSL Touche Eclat #1 (Benefit has more coverage though). Luckily I nabbed a trial size through a swap. The retail price for the full size (0.15 oz) is $26. I do find that price to be a little steep, but you can nab a trial size (0.11 oz) along with an eye primer and cream shadow for $10 in the "Stay Put Set" from Sephora. When using this concealer, I do recommend using a concealer brush or "tapping" the concealer on with your finger tip to avoid tugging your skin. Because it doesn't spread very easily, it would be a good idea to moisturize beforehand. The main complaint among reviewers is that they find this concealer creases, so it may be a better concealer for those with minimal fine lines.
Gray’s Anatomy #237C, is a silvery gray with light purple and green pearly undertones. Depending on the lighting and angle, Grey's anatomy can appear as a silvery light purple or a silvery green. I notice in lower light, the purple is very prominent and when I bring my fingers in the sunlight, the green shows much more. It's slightly holographic, and reminiscent of the colors you may find inside a seashell. As for the polish itself, because it's a pearl, you have to be careful when applying it, because it shows all of your brush strokes once the polish is dry. A base coat may be a good idea for a smooth application. The polish is incredibly sheer, and to build the color to it's full opacity, you'd need three coats minimum. This polish claims to be dry in 60 seconds, but I think it takes a bit longer than that. After a couple of minutes, I tested it out and touched my nail and was able to make a fingerprint. So, I wouldn't compare this at all to OPI. I applied three coats, and although the color wasn't completely opaque, it was alright. I don't think I waited long enough between coats, otherwise the outcome may of been better. The finish is quite dull, so a top coat is very necessary. I personally, didn't like this polish at all. I was disappointed with the stroky application and the sheerness. I am not going to sit and paint 5 coats of any nail polish. Also, the color wasn't at all as cool as I thought it would be. I thought the greenish yellow pearl looked ugly in certain lighting. Don't let my opinion effect yours though, this shade is actually very popular and many love it! It's actually a cheaper dupe for OPI "Not like the Movies" nail polish from the Katy Perry collection.