I love this stuff! I'm generally not one for store-bought facial treatments, but I'm out of my own supplies and was getting desperate. All this heat and need for sunscreen was clogging up my face like mad. Fortunately, I saw this masque at Sally's last week and snagged a container for testing. It's a thick green mud with a strrooonnnngggg spearmint scent. It goes on very well (and straight out of the jar, which is a plus), dries in a reasonable amount of time, and rinses off easily in the shower. My face feels smooth, clean, and not too dried out afterwards. Total thumbs up. :)
Always in the lookout for an eyeliner that stays put on my lower, inner lash line, I gave the powerpoint a shot. All I can say is thank goodness they take returns. First off, it went on decently, but didn't stick to my lids any more than cheaper liners. It actually was difficult to get a line on my lower lid, and then it smudged off within twenty minutes. Layering the Fluidline over top managed to stretch the lasting time to nearly an hour...but still, an hour?? Honestly, Revlon's Colorstay line of liners works better than these, for half the price. When will I find a high-priced makeup line that is *actually* worth it??
My mother included a white one and purple one with my bday present (last year?) and at first I was skeptical. Turns out though, that the white one is *wonderful* at using just under my eyebrows for a shimmery highlight. Sometimes I'll smooth it over my eyeshadow for a little extra shimmer. Although I don't much care for the purple one. It's suuupppeerrr light and I generally prefer my shadows to be darker. Ah well, I'm sure it'll be fine for people who like light, shimmery shadows.
For $.88 at Walmart it's hard to beat this deal. I find this is *very* similar to Covergirls Wet Shine (or whatever) lip gloss in a pink color (damned if I can remember the name). The smell is strong at first, but vanished in less than a minute and it wears just as well as any other gloss. I definitely recommend checking out Bonbons displays for cute little products at great prices. Sure they're not the best, but they're fun and not as crappy as you'd think cosmetics under a dollar would be. :)
Top/Base Coats -Unlisted Brand - INM - Out the Door Top Coat
Aijin 10/4/2005 2:27:00 PM
I have a simply horrid time finding and using topcoats. They either don't dry fast enough, don't last longer than a day, or a mixture of both. The last one I got was like Nutra Nail "Chip proof strengthening top coat" or some such, and it literally took *hours* to dry. If I managed to keep my hands "ding-free" in that amount of time, then I was guaranteed around 3 days before chips showed up. Three days is a pitifully small amount of time (albeit better than a day, which is what I get with normmie topcoats, less than a day w/o one), but hopefully Out the Door will do better! I was at Sally's yesterday and asked the chickie what she would recommend and she immediately pointed out "Out the Door" and it was $5 for .5FlOz, but I thought "what the hell, if it works it'll be awesome" and grabbed it. Sure enough, it dried crazy fast. Like in a minute it had the "just dried, but still might ding" feel, and twenty minutes later I'm clanging my nails back and forth on each other - almost like I'd applied it hours or even a day ago! The shine isn't quite as good as others I've tried, but the drying time definitely makes up for it. This weekend I'll be gone from Friday to Sunday and I'll paint my nails Thursday evening. If it can last until Saturday or Sunday without major chippage, I shall sing the praises of "Out the Door" for ages. :p ETA: Unfortunately, this top coat isn't quite the wonder I'd originally thought. Sure, it dries amazingly fast....but it chips off next day (or end of the first if I do them in the morning). I've tried using another top coat and then this one, multiple coats of this one, etc...doesn't do a damn thing, this stuff still chips like the rest of them. :(
Good stuff: This gloss is the shiznite! It's got a nice, thick consistency and a ton of sparkly shine. The smell is pretty good as far as glosses go (thankfully not "old lady stank" like my juicy tube in Miracle) and packaging is solid with a decent applicator. Bad stuff: This isn't so bad as just, not for me. The color is darling in the tube, but on my skin it's a bit too..umm.. "fruit punch" and clashes with my skin-tone. So I wouldn't purchase (or even completely use) this color, but I'll definitely be picking up another shade. The color is a bright, yet deep pinky-red color that would go well with warm skin-tones, but could be picky on cooler ones. Although, it is totally tits when layered over a dark plummy liner or lipstick. :)
This is a great, light-weight moisturizer with spf. Granted, I'd prefer the spf be a little higher, say 30 at least, but I'll take a 15 in place of nothing. The smell isn't so bad, not citrusy or anything, more or less reminds me of clean clothes or something. So far my skin hasn't rebelled against it, which is always a plus, but because it's super dry, I have to use another moisturizer over top. Ah well, still just fine n' dandy for most folks I'd wager.
I've got this one in the silvery shade and love it to pieces. Yep, they do crease if you use them on your eyelid, but guess what? I paid three or four times as much for Revlon eyeshadows of a similar texture and they freaking crease faster. It just seems to be an eye gloss shadow thing. Anyway, the silver one is *perfect* for just under your eyebrow to highlight. It doesn't crease there and adds a bit of light-reflecting shine to liven up your eyes a bit. I love it to pieces and wouldn't want to be without! :)
Got this for $3.97 and can't tell the difference between it and the XXL mascara I was using before for two or three bucks more. This mascara doesn't flake, smudge, or clump on me at all. I'll probably stick with it from now on since it's cheap and that means I can spend more money on other stuff. :p
Cleansers -Skindazzles - Glacial Clay & Rosehip Facial Soap
Aijin 5/2/2005 3:10:00 PM
This is a wonderfully gentle soap that removes my makeup at the end of the night without drying my poor face. I'm sure this would be a splendid soap for folks with dry/sensitive skin - which I have - but it might not be enough to keep the breakouts at bay forever. :p But using it in conjunction with a weekly exfoliator should go well. I also use this in conjunction with the Evening Primrose and Orangeflower Moisturizer and my face couldn't be softer. :D Oh, and using this soap on your makeup brushes will leave them super soft, fluffy, and awesome feeling.
Dude, this stuff is the *shiznite*!! It's very soft and "gel-like" in the little jar. A brush is needed for application (so if you don't have a good one, chances are you're not going to be impressed with this product), which is just beautiful and smooth. I've got it in Blacktrack and it can apply either medium gray (with a light hand and smudging) or a rich black (no smudging), it wears like a liquid, yet comes off easily at night without scrubbing. This is the most fabulous liner ever and I wouldn't want to be without it!
Ok, this was only a dollar - a dollar people!! A huge, 15 oz. bottle of conditioner for a dollar, it's just unbeatable. Now, having said that, you do get what you pay for. This doesn't particularly "condition" well, *but* it doesn't harm hair and it doesn't weigh it down. I'm sure people who do CO (conditioner only) washes would totally dig this stuff. Love the scent, love the price, and will buy again. Besides, if you really need an extra bit of conditioning, use a leave-in or some coconut oil (best ever).
LOVE THESE NAILPOLISHES!! They're sooo cheap, dry very quickly, and two coats is perfect. Mania is my favorite color of all time (reviewer below mentioned it as well, along with my other favorite, Torrid) and I try to wear it often. Sure they don't wear as well as the more expensive brands, but in my experience, no nail polish lasts more than a day before chipping. Whether I use Orly, Revlon, Rimmel, Sally Hansen, etc.. my polish is chipping the next day - *with a base and top coat*. So really, these are just the perfect bargain for someone like me. Did I mention the great drying times? :p Nothing ruins a polish better for me than shitty drying times, too often my nails are all dinged up five minutes after painting. Oh, and I haven't had any experience with them "gooping up" after a week or even a month later. In fact, I still have many of my original Rimmel polishes over a year (probably 2 at least) and they still work just fine. True, in this extreme amount of time there is some goopage, but a little polish remover as a thinner works just fine (or a few minutes in the bra for warming ;) ).
I've used the Nourishing Shampoo/Conditioner combination, and also the Clarifying Shampoo. These are fabulous Shampoos, very cleaning, non-stripping, and don't harm my hair at all - instead leaving it soft, fluffy, and clean. Downside? Good god this stuff stinks. I'm not overly fond of the "So Sexy" scent in the first place...I will admit though, this has some *serious* staying power. If you like the perfume, you won't need to wear it with this shampoo. I can just feel the cloud of scent surrounding me after shampooing (for days).
Eyeliner -MAC - Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack
Aijin 3/13/2005 5:19:00 PM
I've since decided that my fluidline in blacktrack is just not worth the money. In the beginning I thought it was great, but really it's basically disappeared halfway through the day and the black is more of a dark charcoal. It also dried up about two months into use (yes, the cap was tightly closed when not in use, and only open for a few seconds every other day or so). It did not work on my water line, either.