Hair Styling Tools -Remington - T-Studio Pearl Curling Wand
CHLee916 8/26/2012 12:05:00 PM
I have Remington's Pearl blow dryer with diffuser and love it. It is a thing of beauty but this thing is AWFUL. It's useless, it's a waste and did not work on my hair. Perhaps my curls were too much for this wand but it didn't even "bend" the hair and I ended up with a horrible burned hair smell. I played around with the controls - ultra high, high, medium, low and still nothing. I saw reviews on youtube and here so I bought it Friday night and decided to use it Saturday morning. No matter how I wrapped my hair - I ended up with limp, lifeless pieces of hair. I used thick pieces, I used thin piece of hair and still nothing. Just a lot of limp something (I can't even call them curls or waves) - no definition - no anything. Sorry girls, the only thing I can say good about this item is that it is not hard to use. This is so bad - I'd give it a zero if I could. I am headed back to Ulta to return it today and look for something else.
Styling Products -Unlisted Brand - Miss Jessie's Curl pudding
CHLee916 2/26/2012 4:51:00 PM
Used Miss Jessie's years ago on my daughter's natural hair and it was gorgeous. I had locs at the time and couldn't use it. I cut my locs last year and have tried every product imaginable. When I saw her products in Target I said "what the heck" and bought the curly pudding. Everything was awful! The product looked like it curdled up in my wet hair. I never attained any type of curl and had to shampoo the product out. I talked to another natural friend of mine and we wonder if she changed her formula. It simply does not work.
Saw this product in Allure. Thought it was gorgeous so I headed to ULTA and found it. It's amazingly beautiful in the package and on the eyelid. From the package it is a beautiful rich green with flecks of shimmer. Sweep it across the eyelid and it looks green black. This shadow is very smooth and goes on well. There is no need for a lot of control on this shadow - it goes where you put it. I am liking it as a wash. It can be layered or used as a sheer single shade. I think it enhances my brown eyes too.
This lipstick has me confused. For starters, it's gorgeous! It's light, creamy, non drying and just pretty. I can't tell if it is red, orange or hell in some light pink. I don't care. It's pretty.
I love this trio! The colors are beautiful and I think they will go quite well for this time of year. I'm a NC44/45 with cognac color yes and curly 1B hair color and this palette looks amazing on me. I love the yellow one. It's not gold...it's yellow! It's sunny and bright and looks great with the lusicous orange (which is my fave). These colors are pigmented and don't have much a of a shine/sheen. I hate glimmery/glittery eyeshadow. These go on well and last. I think this would be a great year round palette. It would look stunning with warm chocolates and beiges.
I've been looking for a shade of orange/coral. Let me start by telling you that I normally line my lips with my lipstick for seamless color. This shade was so pretty that I had to get it. It's warm and shimmers just enough to impart a pretty pretty glow. The formula is creamy and doesn't pull the lips. Goes on smoothly and the color is so fall/autumn. It's not too orange and I would use it on shades ranging from pale coral to bright orange - quite versatile.
Eye Shadow -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Professional The One Sweep Eyeshadow
CHLee916 10/14/2011 4:55:00 PM
This is the STUPIDEST concept of all time and yes, I fell for it. I've been a fan of the smoky eye for a long time and can never get mine to look right so I bought the black smoky eye palette. I was so excited to get it home and try it. I read the directions, I practiced the recommended downward swipe and then...I ended up looking like Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard. There was too much shimmery light grey on my lid and not enough black. It also takes an act of congress to get the shadow off. I find the shadow to be chalky and hard to manipulate. This was clearly a waste of $10!!!!
BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) - I like this. I've been wearing Trish McEvoy foundation for years (her real skin). It's light and airy and works well for me. I am running out of my last bottle and tried this one. I love it. It is thicker than Real Skin BUT it doesn't give my skin the appearance of wearing a heavier foundation. It goes on great, covers thoroughly and still looks natural and dewy on me. The color matching system is right on. I always end up with too dark or too light. As a MAC C5/6 and NC 44/45 the 13 really matched. That was an area of concern. This foundation is pricey but oh so worth it.
I am on an eyebrow kick and I've been buying products like crazy. I love this one! The word marker conjures up all kinds of images - little old ladies with severely drawn auburn brows comes to mind. So when I found this little number...I cringed. Marker is NOT a good word and I kept thinking I'd end up making a mistake or looking like Gloria Swanson. None of these fears came true. The pencil is easy to use and you can layer it. You can use it to fill in sparse areas or to create the type of brow you want. It goes on natural and it lasts all day. Great job on this one, NYX!!!
I am generally not a "one size fits all" type girl (e.g., light, medium, dark) - it just never works for me. After spending a small fortune on eyebrow items that were too light, too dark, too cakey, too chalky - along comes this one. 1. I LOVE the name. Push up bra - it doesn't get much better than that, does it? Nope!!! 2. This pencil is really universal. I bought NYX's brown powder in black because the Milani dark brown eyebrow powder looked fake. This pencil goes on perfectly and blends as well as layers with great ease. The lighter end/concealer end is amazing in itself. I use it per the directions AND I use it on the bridge of my nose and on the small turned down portion on the corner of my lips. This is amazing and quite versatile.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - 8-pan Palette "Comfort Zone"
CHLee916 8/11/2011 8:57:00 AM
OMG! I forgot I had this palette and I broke it out this morning. I use it and get to work, log onto MUA and see the review of it front and center! I love the shades in this one. They are neutral but potent. I tend to agree with the name...Comfort Zone. I tend to gravitate to nude/neutral palettes and I have far too many of them. What I like and hate about this palette at the same time is the amount of shimmer. The shades are rich and iridescent (IMO). One of the shades looks dark green but then it looks to have hues of black and dark brown. This palette is highly pigmented and the colors blend perfectly and look natural yet provide punch on my C5 skin tone.
Okay...I'm torn. Does it work? Heck yes! After three weeks, lashes are soft, full, luxurious and long. I have had no problem using it and I rather like the brush as opposed to the mascara wand. I've poked myself in the eye a few times but nothing to write home about. It brushes on quitely easily and I don't get much product waste. Sometimes and I can't tell what will set it off, I get a dried gunk on my eyelashes (my only con - so I took off a lippie because it is unsightly if you don't catch it before you go to work - like I did this morning). It was embarassing to hear my Admin ask "What's on your lashes?" I have to watch it because this doesn't happen every time. Overall, I'm impressed.
I was shopping for something to tame my curls and found this palette. I know, go figure! I normally do not apply eyeshadow. My eyes are often neutral or not made up at all but my friends and have been slowing coaxing me to try new things. So with that said, I was drawn to this trio. Let me begin by saying - I don't have anything that contains these colors in all my palettes so I was smitten by the greens and the eggplant purple. I bought this at a Dollar General for about $3 USD so I didn't care if it didn't work out. I was so intrigued that I ripped it open in the car and made the mistake of applying the shadows with the cheap brushes that were included. BAD IDEA! The eye shadow went everywhere and it was a booger to blend. Needless to say, I went home looking like a sparkling Kermit the Frog! Once home, I cleansed my eye area and face. Moisturized and decided to apply my face. I used my LM and BB eyeshadow brushes and deliberately muted the shades. I now know I need an eyeshadow primer. The colors blended well and looked great! The purple really set off the greens which really set off my brown eyes. I wore this to a meeting and the shadow fading and creasing was minimal. I really love the colors and how they work together. At this price I don't mind experimenting with shades.
They ONLY reason I gave this lippie a 5 is because I got it off eBay. Now, I didn't pay a ridiculous amount for it but I did pay more than what a MAC lippie retails for. I am NOT complaining because I've been lemming this lippie forever! It is an awesomely, sexy and desirable red. I'm a red lippie whore - and have tried every red lippie from here to Timbuktu with PS Kiss being a favorite. This red is daringly sexy with flecks of beautiful gold that give your lips punch. The lippie is indeed drying but it just gives a gorgeous lip. It goes on pretty well and it lasts. I "slather" my lips with a balm and then glide this color over it and blot a bit. I have a Revlon red gloss that really makes this color pop. This is a pinup girl red!
Lipstick -Trish McEvoy - Classic Lip Color in Natural
CHLee916 3/18/2011 3:02:00 PM
Love this. It's creamy and matte. Not drying and it is the perfect inbetween shade - pink and nude. I have tried to find nude lipsticks but they were either too pink or too brown and washed me out. This one strikes a perfect balance - giving me enough color to not make me sallow, dirty or washed out. Love it!