I have very mottled skin from seven years in the Southern California sun. If you want a seriously flawless looking complexion, or the next thing to, this is your foundation. I do "feel" it on my face. It's not bothersome but it's not 100% lightweight either. For me it's a tradeoff and I will buy this product again. I would like to see: more lightweight feel higher SPF better delivery system I still gave it four stars because really, this is the best coverage I've ever had. It's even better than my pan/solid foundations.
Hair Color -Ion - Color Brilliance - Demi Permanent Hair Color
GlennaGirl 2/5/2012 10:25:00 PM
Oooo! Went on easily (I always do the brush and bowl method), rinsed out easily, hair still felt soft afterward. Right now it's 2.5 weeks later. The color faded a hair (yar har) after the first couple of washings, which was/is expected. Since then it's been holding very well. Lighter in color but still very golden-y, which is what I was looking for. I am surprised! ** I have blugh colored hair (anyone who has this not-brown, not-blonde shade knows exactly what I mean) and I used the 7W-7.7 medium golden blonde knowing the colors come out a bit on the dark side, with 10v developer (also Ion). It came out light to medium golden brown, probably a little closer to medium, and is now sort of sparkly golden caramel, mmm. I love the color. I will update after another week or two.
No. Oh no, no, no, no, no. Non, nyet, nein, negatory. This is not the product for me. Washed w/poo, put on the JF Glaze, waited 5 minutes, rinsed, used conditioner just on the ends, let it dry. Or wait. *Is* it dry? Because I mean it just looks so wet. And limp and gross...Honestly, the last time I had my hands near something this greasy, I was preparing to drop coated chicken pieces into it. Bear in mind that I have very fine hair. But seriously. Not being into the 1920s mobster look, I would not buy again. And yes, my lovelies. I rinsed very very well. :)
Hair Color -Clairol - Beautiful Collection Semi-Permanent Hair Color
GlennaGirl 7/20/2011 3:17:00 AM
Oh, boy. I have thin, fine hair. I loved the color I got, which was a touch darker than the description, typical of semi-perm colors. But the waxiness, holy candle-head, Batman! I have washed for times and my hair is still coated. By the time the waxiness is gone, the color will be too, since it has already lightened considerably. So this product doesn't work for me. I'm thinking it may be good for someone with coarse and/ or damaged hair, someone who does need a solid coating on his or her hair. Because of this possibility, and because the color really did come out pretty and natural-looking, I gave it two stars rather than one even though I personally won't be repurchasing.
This is an initial review which I will update in a few weeks or so. I couldn't give this five lippies because I haven't tested its staying power yet nor its feel on my hair over time, but so far, I love this product. I have henna-and-indigo'd hair. The top couple of inches are about three applications of henndigo. It has lightened to a weird ruby color. My starting color is very light, ashy, non-dimensional brown (about a 6 for the level; very very ashy, almost grayish cast although I have no actual gray hairs). I have used several products to try to transition from henndigo as I simply keep getting this very red result over time and nothing (including amla, greater concentrations of indigo, etc.) stops that from happening. Meanwhile, I found out I'm sensitive to PPD. :( I tried this product in Medium Natural Brown (5N) this afternoon on about 2" of roots all around my head. The application was nowhere near as complicated as I'd been dreading --base first all over, color next all over. And holding the hairdryer over the cap on my head for 40 minutes wasn't so bad either, though if this becomes my go-to product, I'll invest in a heat bonnet thingie. The result was PERFECT. I was not able to color over this henna with Clairol Loving Care or with Robert Craig (the latter is how I found out about the PPD issue) even though I was going darker, but this product, Palette by Nature, did cover and looks gorgeous! It is a warm, delicious nutty color...or sort of a milk chocolate. Deep, pretty, but not too dark and COVERAGE...yay! The color is absolutely perfect with my skin tone, which is neutral leaning toward pinkish (cool). I will be back with an update after I've "test-driven" this for a while. :) My update: It lasted perhaps 3 weeks and that included fading -- the color didn't stay true for more than a couple of washes. But some color did stay in for about 3 weeks. Took a lippie off.
I have the barest of little sun spots (very very small in diameter), not very dark, on the left side of my face. This concealer did nothing to cover them, zip. Well, it may have blurred them a tiny bit. The concealer also feels slippery, and it does in fact slip down my face. It's not like I'm working out five hours a day or lifting bricks or something. I'm not even sweaty but it's slipping off. Just terrible. I am so sad. This product seemed like it would be so great.
Powder -Sheer Cover - Sheer Cover - Mineral Foundation
GlennaGirl 5/27/2010 8:38:00 PM
I am really disappointed in this product. I expected it to be my HG of foundations. If not...I expected it to at least stay on. I have a few rather small, not very dark but bothersome to me sun spots on the left side of my face. This product did not cover those at all. Isn't that weird? I mean what was all that with the woman in the infomercial with the strawberry birthmark whose mark just disappeared on camera??? My marks are nowhere close to that dark. But no. Didn't make them disappear. It blurred them, somewhat. My entire face feels a combination of greasy and itchy. I used very little of the product each time I have put it on, so it's not overapplication. I "feel" it there all the time. What's more, if I so much as brush my hands anywhere near my face -- say, to brush my hair back -- of it goes. I am so, so disappointed. I will not be reordering. I may keep the makeup for a while to try as a setting powder or something, but definitely over another foundation so that layer is in between.
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Old Morocco
GlennaGirl 12/27/2009 10:02:00 PM
This is an interesting fragrance. I'm not sure whether I'll buy a vial of this, but I might. It's spicy yet sweet, but not cloyingly so. It's not head-shoppy AT ALL (I have gotten a head-shop vibe off quite a few BPALs). Just...not at all. It's welcoming and comforting. I like it...might buy it.
Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Vechernyaya
GlennaGirl 12/27/2009 5:00:00 PM
Unfortunately, this makes me sneeze. It "prickles" my nose. Actually, the scent is exactly, and I mean exactly like the flower page in "Pat the Bunny" ("Smell the pretty flowers"). That page made me sneeze, too, so I guess they're similar in more than one way. I'm not one to have that reaction easily...my system is pretty tough...so I would have to think that those sensitive to fragrances might really have a problem with this scent.
Tea! A steeping bag of Earl Grey tea. (Early Gray? Can't remember the spelling.) Non-offensive and wearable but probably very niche/hippie (not that there's anything wrong with being hippie-ish...I have my hippie days). Not a holy grail but interesting and different. I probably won't buy the actual vial but I'll use up the imp. Fades a little quickly on me.
I am not getting powdery. On me, O is sexy, intriguing and fun. On me it says, "Hey, guess what! Come here and I'll tell you" or "Follow me"...at least I personally feel that it is. I get VERY "sexy" out of this...not sure what the note is but...it smells like sex only clean. I hope that makes sense. That's the impression that jumped out at me immediately. Sex somewhat cleaned up. I am intrigued. This is wearable. I would buy it; I may purchase the smallest size (not the imp--I have that--it's what I have just tried).
I wasn't sure at first what to make of Alice. It went on very Lemon Pledge-y with what I thought was becoming a drydown of nailpolish remover. I'm not being insulting, those were the actual fragrances I was smelling. Then it suddenly DID become Alice to me. It smells like I'd picture Alice in Wonderland smelling--so innocent yet so not. It's a young girl coming of age scent (to me), not in a cotton candy way but in a more feminine and dramatic way. I won't use this as an everyday "me" fragrance but I definitely will use it when I want to get in the Alice mood. Beware; this disappears kind of fast, or at least it did on me. Oddly, it did not smell at all of roses on my skin...and I have no idea where the lemon came in.
Hair -Wen by Chaz Dean - Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
GlennaGirl 12/20/2009 7:05:00 PM
I'm shocked that this product did not work for my hair when the Sally version worked (works) so well. To be fair, it could be that I bought the wrong formulation (my hair is very fine and prone to limpness), but it did say on the Wen website that this was for "all" types of hair; that's why I bought it. My hair is unprocessed and healthy, just limp. * I bought this product because I thought if Sally's was so great, this one should be even better. After washing/rinsing (I definitely rinsed for quite a while; I'm an old pro by now about leaving conditioner on my hair for a good 10 minutes and rinsing very very very well), my hair ended up very limp, absolutely nothing special at all. I could get (and have gotten, many times in the past) these identical results COing with Suave, only for 1/28 of the price (and then of course there's shipping tacked on there).
Starts off more old-lady-ish, dries down to a bit more spice and less powder. It's a very nostalgic scent. When I put it on, at first I feel like my Mommy is in the room with me. Then later, I feel like a teenager again, but not in a "like, OMG" kind of way (not dissing teenagers--it's just that I myself was a like-OMG teenager...hey, it was the 80s, sue me). A good keep-it-in-your-purse-just-in-case scent. And CHEAP, oh my. * EDIT: Oh no, oh no no no. A couple of hours into wearing this (and not much of it): here comes the perfume headache. I don't get these with a lot of products (I remember I did with Tatiana years ago) but I recognized it the moment it came on. The fragrance itself is nice but this will be going up on the Swap Board as I just can't do the headache thing.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - ExpertWear Eyeshadow Quad in Chai Latte
GlennaGirl 12/13/2009 12:27:00 AM
Well, I just love these colors with my green-yellow eyes. The combination really makes the green "pop" more. I am surprised at how pigmented these shadows are. This is not exactly an expensive product! I'm thrilled with the pigments and with how they're wearing. My only qualm would be that the fourth color (for the "outer corner") seems repetitive. It really doesn't seem necessary. When I did try the darkest/brown color, it looked kind of...bleh. One-dimensional. The crease color looks light but goes on quite dramatically and is plenty of depth, IMHO. It also layers darker each time. As for wear, I've had these on for six hours through overseeing my children in the bathtub and cleaning the house and I can definitely still see the colors, except the highlight color which by now is basically gone. A good product for the extremely cheap price; I'd buy it again.