I really enjoy this hairspray. I know it's expensive, in terms of a drugstore product- I'll only snag it if I see it on clearance- CVS has the Ultra hold for $7.49 right now on clearance, plus use a $3.00 coupon from the Sunday supplement and you can get a great deal on this. The scent-- yes, the scent! Old school and not the best, however it seems to fade down to nothing after it dries. What I think is the best thing about this hairspray is the way it sprays-- so fine and just wonderfully coats your hair like a whisper. No sticky mess or stuck together pieces of hair.
I purchased this at Ulta- I believe it was around $17.00-I'm taking off a lippie for the price. I've used this twice and love the results. For those who loved the Savage Tan from Sally's Beauty that has been discontinued- try this! This is actually a bit better because the scent is tolerable- in fact there's not much of a lingering scent at all. 3.38 oz, so I'm sure about 4 to 5 full body applications and the bottle will be empty. The foam is orange when it comes out and orange after you've first put it on, however once the tan "morphs" it becomes a beautiful golden brown color. I'm very fair- so it looks natural, not too "much"- not muddy at all. I used my old mitt from the Savage Tan to aply and I didn't get any streaking whatsoever. I also used an old foundation brush-(the flat kind) to apply it to my face and neck and that really helps to get it blended in really well.
Makeup Brushes -Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman - Blush Brush
ProductJunkey 6/14/2011 3:36:00 AM
I've had this brush for about a month now and I love it! It's a bit too large for blush (I use a MAC 109) but that's just my preference. I do love this for my bronzer. It gives the perfect application- with bronzer it's very easy to apply it where it gets concenrated in the area where you first apply. Not with this brush- it sweeps it on evenly and makes it look very natural. I now reach for this brush everyday! I love how it stands up- I don't put this in my brush holder- so it's always nice at hand sitting on my vanity. It also looks and feels like it will last a very long time. I'm pleased! I just purchased the stippling brush today and can't wait to try it out tomorrow! Also- this brush washes great- no shedding, no color bleed and it dries quickly.
I purchased this last year- either at CO Bigelow or Bath & Body Works in the mall. It was on a clearance for $15.00, so I thought I would try it out. It's rather light- almost too light- it just isn't moisturizing enough for my face. So I set it aside and then started using it again on my neck and chest- I love the way it just smooths on- very quick and easy,and absorbs in a snap- so I've been using it daily. Now my bottle is almost gone and I've noticed an improvement in the tone and texture of my neck/chest area. So I'll be missing this when my bottle is empty. I won't be buying it again at the regular price which I believe is $39.00. I think the key to this line is to continue to use it for a few months- I think some may not see results in a few weeks, so they dislike it. If I found it on clearance again, I would pick it up! I also felt the same way about the cream cleanser from this line- at first is was "meh"-- but after using it for a time I loved it!
Got this at Walmart- very inexpensive with a coupon. I do like the finish and nice color match--however, this just didn't last all day on me. I have combo-oily skin. I'll reach for this when I don't require all day wear, not quite sure if I would buy it again. You must work quickly with this foundation. I use my fingers first, all over then go over areas (nose and cheeks) with a Sigma flat top kabuki and stipple. Looks like your skin- but better!
Lotions/ Creams -The Body Shop - Moringa Body Butter
ProductJunkey 4/29/2011 11:49:00 PM
I purchased a Groupon for The Body Shop, so I was excited to check out their products. I've never purchased anything in The Body Shop, since my favorite store is Bath & Body Works-where you can get coupons and free items. So I went and explored every scent-this one, right away- I fell in love with. It instantly reminded me of something from my youth, and later I figured it out-- this scent smells like Avon's Vita Moist face cream that my Mom used to wear when I was a kid-- mixed with old time coppertone sun tan lotion- that's what this smells like!!!! I purchased this and the body wash also. When I opened the tub, it didn't seem to be full to the top and it wasn't as dense as other body butters I've tried, but it still moisturizes nicely. I don't find it strong at all, and I love floral scents. This one is my new favorite I'm sorry that I neglected this store for so long!
Eye Shadow -Physicians Formula - Eye brightener, highlighter
ProductJunkey 4/20/2011 10:13:00 PM
I really like this eyeshadow. I have hint of taupaz. I will use this exclusively for weeks, then move on to something else, but then come back to it and wonder why I stopped using it! It's the perfect "lazy day" eyeshadow- just sweep it from lid to brow and you're all set. Think this would be most beautiful on blue or green eyes, but any color eye would work with this shadow. I'm deducting a lippie because the texture is a bit chalky. I have to put on a few layers to really get a *nice* intensity, and I hate the packaging! I've purchased more than once and every one I get the pan seems to be loose in the package and it moves when you rub your brush in it. The packaging is to bulky and the little brush is a throw-away.
I scored a good deal on this at CVS~it was on a clearance shelf for $2.25, and also the CVS generic brand was on clearance as well for about $2.00! My favorite lotion for KP was Vaseline Healthy Body Complexion, before it was discontinued and I've run out of my back ups! At least that had a scent that was tolerable. As for this....to be blunt it smells like stinky feet and ass! That is the only way to describe it, and I will only use it before bed, on my feet, arms, legs and hands. I do like the results, though. Really smooths out any rough places- it's not an overnight cure though, you have to use continuously for about 2 to 3 weeks- depending on your skin- to see results. I also tried the CVS generic formula of this and that smells even worse- like ammonia! Other posters have noted to put another lotion on top- to mask the smell- you can do that- but you're really just wasting that lotion.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Trio - Walking on Eggshells
ProductJunkey 4/8/2011 4:02:00 AM
I love this trio! Lola Marie on You Tube did a tutorial using this and I followed it and it's become my everyday eye look. Sandy color on bottom>apply to half the eye starting at the tear duct Brown shade in middle>apply to outer half and in crease Blend out from crease up with Urban Decay's Naked shade I don't use the lightest color on the top of the trio, it's just too glittery. I'll use a light color for highlight- like Mac's grain. This is a nice trio and the colors last all day when you use a primer.
Why I never tried this...I don't know... I've tried so many products at Sally's---I can spend hours in that store!! Well, I guess I'll never learn, because I started out by coloring my roots, then decided they were too brassy, then started coloring my hair again and again. The absolute worst thing I did was apply L'oreal Hair Color Remover to get rid of a green tinged ashy color I had after trying to reverse the brassiness. I've used the OOPS color remover before, thinking the L'oreal was the same- well it wasn't- it was basically straight up bleach that left me with fried out yellow-orange hair! NEVER use that stuff!!! It's evil. Anyway, once I got the color back to a normal shade, I used this --after reading the reviews- went to Sally's and bought the big bottle-- BTW- the pink bottle step 2 is free with the Sally's coupon for the month of March, so I thought that would be a better deal...I followed the directions, however I didn't wash my hair- I just spritzed it with a bit of water to get it damp- then followed the directions. I dried it with my hairdryer, then let it sit for about two hours. Yes this stuff does have an offensive smell- someone said "cat pee"-- yeah, that's right on. Once it dries, the smell goes away, then comes back once you rinse. I can deal with it, though. I did what the other poster wrote about getting in the bath and putting your head back in the water. I was terrified of my hair perhaps snapping off if I tried rinsing in the shower. I hardly have any hair to begin with! I just didn't want to touch it at all. That worked really well. I applied step two and then rinsed and let my hair dry naturally. I could tell my hair felt stronger and I could actually run my fingers through it- before it was like ratty mush. Now, it's a few days later and my hair looks and feels pretty much back to normal. I still have some fried ends that I think I will go in and get trimmed, but I'm so happy with this product. I think I will do another treatment in about a week. I've tried Nexxus Emergencee and this is sooo much better overall. Just when you think "you've really done it this time" with your hair-- go try this. You will forgive yourself. Edited to Add: I know the directions suggest to use this every six weeks-- I decided to give myself another treatment after only two weeks. Here's my advice--*wait at least six weeks*-- I think my hair had protein overload and it became dry for about a week after I did that second treatment. It's okay again. now. Just too much protein is not a good thing! I recently purchased a *bonnet style* hairdryer. The brand is Carel. I've seen them at Sally beauty supply for about $50.00. I lucked out and found one that was like new at Goodwill for $5.00. This is a great investment if you do a lot of coloring/bleaching. It works great with this treatment. It allows you to heat your hair much hotter and more evenly than when you use a hand held dryer, plus you can sit at the computer or do your nails while it's on. If it gets too hot, then I will turn it off for a few minutes, then turn it on again. It also is great for just doing deep conditioning treatments. I try to do this on a weekly basis.
I love the idea of a product that repairs your hair while you sleep. A few years back I had bought a Frederic Fekkai overnight treatment, and loved it- it was outrageously expensive, though. My hair just seemed to "drink" that stuff in, and my hair felt silky and light. So, since then I've been looking for a good dupe and still haven't found one--I've tried the L'oreal Everpure and the LaCoupe (purchased at Ulta) Overnight treatments and they failed. Same opinion with the Nexxus one---this is a creme--however it feels "heavy" so when you put it in dry hair it's a waxy, makes your hair matted, then after it dries it turns hard and crunchy. You cannot get away from having to wash your hair in the morning after using this. The next day, after washing my hair I felt or saw no difference in my split ends of softness of my hair. This just did nothing--a total fail product. I guess I had high hopes because this was a Nexxus product and was a bit higher in price ($14.99)- I will stick to using either Argan oil or coconut oil as an overnight treatment since I can't seem to find anything that really works.
Eyeliner -Physicians Formula - Eye booster eyeliner + serum
ProductJunkey 2/6/2011 8:24:00 PM
I bought this because it had a "try me free" sticker on it- and I just got the rebate yesterday- so it only took about a month. My favorite liner had been the Miliani Liquifeye pencil in brown. However, I've been reaching for this one everyday- because it draws the most precise line and it can be applied quickly- pretty mistake proof. I have been using generic Latisse (careprost) for well over a year. After time, I think my lashes hit a plateau. The careprost gave me some thickness to my lashes, but not any length. However since using this for about a month, I've noticed my lashes are very long! I love the results! So I think using the careprost at night and this during the day has really boosted the results! Even if you don't use Latisse, I'm sure you will get results from this- love it!!!
In my experience- Rimmel can be very hit or miss. I've tried their foundations, which just didn't work for me...and their eyeshadows- which I found to be chalky. CVS has several Rimmel items on clearance for 75% off, so I picked up this blush. The color in the packaging isn't anything like when it's applied. The color looks dark and a bit muddy, however when you apply it gives the most prettiest pink flush. Another reason I enjoy it is that it didn't turn red or orange-y on me which some pink colors tend to do. Plus after wearing for over 12 hours- it's still on my cheeks! You need the tiniest amount, so this is a keeper. Might go back to buy another.
Why I bought this...I don't know...Every Revlon mascara I've tried has been a disappointment. Mascara is not Revlon's forte. I guess I was intrigued by the rubber bristle brush. When I attempted to apply this to my lashes, it was like there was *nothing* on the brush! I prefer bold lashes and I like to use one coat, or two at the most. With this mascara I would have to apply five coats, and I didn't even bother.... I took it back to Ulta the very next day. Ugh. Never again for Revlon mascara!
I've tried the regular Makeup Finishing Spray and I did enjoy what a difference it made in keeping my makeup looking fresh-however, sometimes it would give me a bit of a shellacked look. I did use the bottle up. Then in summer I wanted to try another makeup spray, because I had seen the one by Urban Decay in Ulta. So online while I was looking, I saw different versions of Skindinavia- so I bought this version- Dance,because it had 100% repurchase rating. I liked this one even more than the regular! I'm almost through with this bottle, so now I've ordered the 10 years younger and the no more shine to test those out! Once you've used this, it's hard to go without!