Eye Shadow -Cover Girl - Eye Enhancers Smoke Alarm
AONeal79 6/4/2013 5:37:00 PM
While there's no sparkle, there is a bit of shimmer which I imagine is there for blendability. The effect is a bit chalky and definitely veers on the blue/cool side rather than being neutral or warm. Things definitely veer towards the metallic if you use the lightest shade. I'm underwhelmed but not enough to return it.
I should have known better - any product that claims to do TEN things well is pretty darn unlikely, especially for $4. This isn't a BAD conditioner, but it's very lightweight and not deep-conditioning, so if you have any dryness or damage I don't think you're going to be pleased. I think other Pantene conditioners are far better, so I'll probably just use this one instead as a shave cream until it's used up.
Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Revitalift Miracle Blur
AONeal79 2/20/2013 12:03:00 PM
I got a sample of this and I'm impressed. I'm not sure whether it's really "blurring" anything but it DOES keep my oily, 33-year old skin matte, which is a feat! I mixed it in my hand with my usual Rimmel Stay Matte liquid foundation plus Benzaclin and applied in one step.
Eyeliner -New York Color - Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil - all
AONeal79 11/15/2012 12:11:00 AM
The packaging seems to have changed slightly, and unfortunately, the formulation seems to be different, too. It now glides on even more smoothly BUT does not stay put nearly as well as the old formula, which worked even on my very oily skin/lids. Very bummed - this used to be my HG eyeliner :( If you can, see if you can buy the older formula with the word "WATERPROOF" surrounded by an oblong silver shape on the shaft of the pencil.
I use the brunette/red version of this shampoo to maintain the warm tones in my dyed dark auburn hair. I chose this over the Quantum Riveting Reds (also at Sally Beauty Supply) because Shimmer Lights deposits more of a coppery/warm tone, and Riveting Reds is much cooler in comparison (worth considering if you're trying to decide between the two!) I do hate the scent of Shimmer Lights, though, and I'm not usually sensitive to fragrance. I just try to compensate by using a nice-smelling conditioner.
Sure, the mist is nice and fine, but I've spent all day smelling my hairspray. Even if it were a nice smell, who wants to smell a hair product all day long? Will probably give it away, as the idea of returning hairspray to Target would feel awfully silly.
Lotions/ Creams -Curel - Ultra Healing Daily Moisture Therapy Lotion
AONeal79 6/15/2012 10:47:00 PM
I love this lotion on my body but NOT on my face. Since trying it on my face, I have a massive cystic pimple the likes of which I haven't seen since high school :(
I adore these E.L.F. waterproof eyeliners, but let me be very clear - THIS IS NOT PLUM. It is black. You know how sometimes a piece of black clothing has the SLIGHTEST undertone of red or blue as it fades? Or how a marker, if you smear it, may show a tiny hint of blue or red? That's what happens here. This eyeliner is black. If you smear it, you detect a the tiniest hint of purple, but when it's on, it is a very deep black. I love deep black, and again, I love these eyeliners, but it is NOT PLUM.
Primer/ Corrector -Rimmel - Fix & Perfect Pro Primer 002
AONeal79 6/6/2012 8:50:00 PM
Man, I wanted to like this stuff. I'm 32 and have super oily, acne-prone skin. While this primer may minimize pores a bit, it didn't help mattify. Also, bummer there's no SPF!
Polishes -Unlisted Brand - Confetti # 031 The Red Carpet
AONeal79 2/29/2012 1:33:00 AM
This is a gorgeous, classic red that works well on my somewhat fair but olive skin tone. Love it on my toes, especially. Very even, dries quickly, and cheap - what more can you ask for?!
I, too, love this mask and have used it for years. I wonder if they've changed the formula a bit - my most recent bottle seems to be a thinner consistency. This is great, actually, because previously it was always a bit of a battle to get the mask out, especially towards the end. Queen Helene, if you're reading, thanks for the slight change!
Hair Styling Tools -Revlon - Revlon Ionic Hot Air Styler Kit
AONeal79 10/6/2011 8:31:00 PM
I have the model that's dark blue. I am SMITTEN with this product after only one use! I have a chin-length bob with oddball waves that I used to beat into submission with a blow dryer first, then a round brush plus blow dryer, and THEN a curling iron. Time consuming and still, I missed spots! I'd get bits that would flip out at the bottom instead of the gentle curling-under that I wanted. After just one use, this morning, I'm amazed. Not only did it cut my routine in half, my hair looks way better. I used my regular dryer to get my hair about 75% dry, and then used the hot air styler with the larger attachment. At first I wasn't sure how much I needed to guide the brush with my other hand, and it IS hot so you'll want to be careful. Still, even with a bit of heat to contend with, I'm thrilled with this purchase, especially for the price ($26 at Target.) Yes, it's a little large and maybe a tad loud, but it gives you fantastic hair!!!
Foundations -Rimmel - Lasting Finish Mineral Foundation
AONeal79 9/16/2009 1:19:00 PM
[This review is for the foundation in the bottle, WITHOUT the sponge] I'm not sure why some reviewers are saying this isn't transfer-resistant. This morning, I found a spot I hadn't blended in and it was NOT easy to blend away. A minor annoyance for a product that is obviously transfer resistant! Great coverage too - I use it mixed with a little moisturizer all over my face and then dot on as concealer. Also, it's mattifying without making your face look dull, and doesn't bother the sensitive skin around my eyes. Does not cause my skin to break out at all. All in all, a great product at an amazing price
In an attempt to save money, I looked for alternatives to my usual Benefit PlayStick in the shade called Spin The Bottle. I picked up Mac Pan Stik in the closest match - True Beige. Color: True Beige is a tiny bit darker than Spin The Bottle. Texture: The Benefit stick is silkier and easier to blend. Pan Stick requires more effort. Coverage: I know Pan Stik is supposedly full coverage, but I'd consider it medium coverage compared to the Benefit PlayStick. In the end, the pros outweigh the cons and I'm happy with the switch from Benefit to Max Factor because of the money I'm saving. If the prices were equal, though, I'd choose the Benefit PlayStick as my top choice. (I have oily skin so I wasn't surprised when I didn't get a particularly matte effect from either. Setting either foundation with Sally Hansen pressed powder helps.)
I had low expectations of cream depilatories in general (none of them seem to get very good reviews) but I decided to give this one a try.
I spread a thick layer on my bikini line and left it on for the full ten minutes. No burning, no itching - the smell wasn't even that bad. And when I wiped the cream off with a warm washcloth I was really impressed with how much hair came off with it!
I don't have particularly sensitive skin, so while I don't expect my skin to have an adverse reaction, I'll report back if anything happens. So far, though, this seems like a really great, inexpensive, painless alternative to waxing!