Eye Shadow -Smashbox - Eye Shadow Trio - Smashing On Stage
Jeni0874 1/14/2012 12:54:00 PM
I bought this to use on days when I want a more natural look. I ordered it from Sephora so unfortunately I didn't realize how small the pot was. The shadows are *tiny* and not easy to get on the brush. On top of that the color is way too sheer. I can get the same look with eyeshadow I can buy at Target or the grocery store. I wouldn't recommend this product unless you want a very light look.
Misc Beauty Tools -Japonesque - Power Curl Eyelash Curler
Jeni0874 1/7/2012 12:09:00 PM
I've been using eyelash curlers since I was 13 years old. For years I just bought whatever caught my eye at the grocery store. I read somewhere awhile back about Japonesque eyelash curlers being awesome and thought I'd try it out. I was skeptical because it does cost more and to me a curler is a curler, so imagine my surprise when I noticed a difference! It curls my lashes very nicely, no crimping, and it catches all of them so I don't end up with random lashes sticking straight out. I've also noticed my lids don't get pinched near as much with this, which is great because nothing sucks more than pinching your lid and your eye watering and screwing up your makeup! Mine came with 4 pads and so far I've only used two, and I've had this for awhile. It cleans very easily and the pad doesn't get all mushed down like it does in cheaper versions. All in all I'm very pleased and in the future I will buy nothing but this brand.
I tend to sweat a lot - especially when I'm nervous. As a shy person this led to embarrassment over sweat circles in my pits. I tried so many deodorants, including men's deodorant out of desperation, and nothing made it go away completely. I ended up asking my dermatologist about it and she gave me a prescription of a product just like this that worked like a dream. When I discovered you could buy the same thing at the grocery store I was elated! It's very important to follow the instructions or it won't work properly. I try to put it on once or twice a week after I shower, allowing my pits time to dry of course. I learned the hard way to not put it on freshly shaved skin. It's still uncomfortable regardless - your pits will itch like a MFer for awhile after you apply it - but your skin will be screaming if you apply it right after you shave. I still use a regular deodorant in the morning (I use Degree solid, powder scent) but for the first day or so after using the Certain Dri I really don't need anything else. This stuff will flat dry you up! I finally joined the ranks of women who wear light colored shirts and blouses! Yes the discomfort is annoying, but it's SO worth it.
I've been using Crest Whitestrips for several years now. I love the Advanced Seal because they stick to your teeth so well and you don't have as much slime to deal with when you take them off. I generally use them for 2-3 days then take a break for a few days to help with the sensitivity. I also use Colgate Total with Whitening toothpaste. I drink coffee and I smoke off and on but my teeth are pretty white. In fact, I've had people comment on them and ask if I've had treatments done. My practice has been to use a box, then wait 3-6 months and use another. HOWEVER, I recently read on Kandee Johnson's blog about using a mouthguard and something called 5 Minute Teeth Whitening Gel and I'm going to try it out. Her teeth are very white and the total cost of the supplies is $10-$15, depending on the mouthpiece you get. Looks like the tube of gel would last awhile, too, so that's even more savings. If you're interested in reading her technique here's the link http://www.kandeej.com/2010/05/how-to-get-super-white-teeth-for-cheap.html. I have nothing whatsoever to do with Kandee Johnson - I found her when I was searching for makeup tips on YouTube. I just wanted to let people know of options if buying the Crest Whitestrips is a little cost-prohibitive for you :) If this doesn't work I will certainly return to Whitestrips. I just had some on this morning!
Fragrances -Stella McCartney - Stella Eau de Parfum Roll-On
Jeni0874 1/7/2012 9:20:00 AM
I received a sample of this perfume with one of my Sephora orders. This fragrance is so lovely - soft, feminine, a little flowery but not too much. When I saw the rollerball of the scent I decided to buy it to keep in my makeup bag for the times I need a touch-up of perfume. It seems to last well and although it doesn't look like there's a lot, mine has lasted for awhile. In all fairness, though, I do use other perfumes sometimes. From now on I'm only going to buy this in the rollerball because it's so convenient.
Foundations -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Foundation
Jeni0874 1/7/2012 9:07:00 AM
I love this stuff! Yes it's expensive, but I only use a tiny bit at a time so it lasts a good while. It gives my fair skin a much-needed boost by evening it out and giving it a soft glow. It's fine for every day use, but I especially love to use it when I'm going out.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
Jeni0874 1/7/2012 9:03:00 AM
I tried this primer before discovering Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Had I based my opinion on eyeshadow primer on my experience with Primer Potion I would've never tried Shadow Insurance. The stuff goes on very wet and doesn't seem to fully "settle" on my skin. On top of that, it seems to dry out very quickly. And I don't like the applicator wand at all. Thank goodness I decided to try Shadow Insurance - mostly because I was curious if the tube and finger application would work out better (and it does) - because it's become one of my favorite products.
One of my best friends is a hairdresser and she recommended this product to me. I was nervous about trying it because my hair tends to get oily and it's very fine and soft. Luckily it doesn't weigh my hair down and it does make it shinier. I love the fragrance and the packaging is cute. A little goes a long way for me so I just pump out a tiny amount, rub my hands together, and apply it from about midway down my hair to the ends. Make sure you have a towel handy because it makes your hands sticky! It seems comparable to Sebastian Potion 9, which I also like a lot but since this is cheaper I've switched to this one. All in all I'm pleased with the results and have bought it several times. On that note, since a little goes a long way and I don't use it every day a bottle lasts forever.
Primer/ Corrector -Make Up For Ever - ALL MAT Matifying Base
Jeni0874 1/7/2012 8:47:00 AM
I really wanted to fall in love with this stuff. I have an oily t-zone that I've been battling with for years and this seemed an answer to prayer. MUFE is a great brand and I love their HD foundation. In hindsight I should have purchased the travel size to test this out first, but I was so eager for it to work that I bought the regular size bottle. Basically this stuff does nothing noticeable to my skin. I've tried using it all over my face and just on my t-zone. Nothing. In fact, it seemed to make my skin even oilier :-\ Oh well, at least I learned the lesson to buy the smaller size product first to make sure it works for me!
This is my favorite mascara - and trust me, I've tried a LOT of them. It gives my lashes great volume and handles two coats well. My only complaints are that it doesn't lengthen very well (although I recently discovered Maybelline The Falsies, which does a fantastic job adding length so I use the two together), and it does have a tendency to get clumpy. I've adjusted to the clumpiness by wiping the applicator off on the top of the tube when I use it - not the best thing to do, I'm sure, but it works for me. I tried the carbon black version of this and didn't like it - it's too wet and seems to weigh my lashes down.
Loose Powders -Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Loose Powder
Jeni0874 1/6/2012 4:28:00 PM
The first few times I used this I didn't like it. When you use it a fine mist of powder flies off everywhere. Also it made my skin look too dry. Then I read somewhere that the trick is to use *very* sparingly. Since then I apply it lightly to my t-zone only and I've been much happier. The cost is a bit too high for me to use it on a daily basis, so I save it for special occasions or when I'm going out. The jar is annoying to me because once you've used it a couple times every time you open it you end up with powder on your hands/legs/counter/etc. Or at least I do. I don't know if there's anything they can do to help that, though. Also don't be alarmed by the stark white color, or if you look in the mirror and feel like Casper the friendly ghost. After a couple minutes the powder "settles" on your skin and doesn't look white anymore.
I bought this after reading a rave review somewhere else. I'm a total mascara gal - if I had to pare down my makeup routine to 3 items, I would choose my eyelash curler, mascara, and chapstick. I've tried all kinds of mascara, from cheap to expensive, and always return to L'Oreal Voluminous. Voluminous is great at adding volume to my lashes, but it's lacking in the lengthening department. So I bought The Falsies to see if it lived up to the name. I'm happy to report that, on me, this stuff definitely works. I have medium length, dark eyelashes that want to stick straight out. The only way for me to make them noticeable is to use an eyelash curler, which I have faithfully used since I was 13 years old. Sadly, with pretty much every mascara I've used (including Voluminous) my eyelashes end up losing a lot of curl. With The Falsies my lashes are longer AND they stay that way all day/night. My routine is to curl, put on The Falsies, then put on Voluminous at the base of my lashes. Works like a charm! As others have mentioned, the brush is a little hard to work with and the mascara itself is very wet. I have had more than one incident where I've had to go back and blot mascara off my eyelid with a q-tip. The end results are worth it to me, though. And I'm getting better at applying it without accidents (I've learned to tilt my head back and blink slowly as I apply it, instead of looking straight at the mirror and brushing it on). All in all I'm pleased with this mascara and will definitely buy again in the future.
Eye Primer -Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
Jeni0874 6/24/2011 4:37:00 PM
I love this stuff! I used to use Urban Decay's, but would get frustrated when it seemed to dry out and quit working as well way too soon. Too Faced's tube is more efficient and it's easier to control how much product you use - and you only need a tiny dab. I've had a tube for what seems like ages now so yeah, it's a little pricey - but worth it in the long run. I have used this stuff on nights when I went out dancing or to a concert and by the end of the night (well, the wee hours of the morning) my eyeshadow was still perfect. I highly recommend!
Like so many others have said, I'm amazed not only that this product is still on the market, but that some people apparently have good results from using it. I curl my eyelashes and Great Lash is the ONLY mascara I've used (and I've tried a lot) that made them straighten back out within five minutes (all mascaras do that eventually on me, but with Great Lash it happens BY FAR the fastest). Not only that but it seemed to stay wet a long time, causing me to get smudges on my upper eyelid and underneath my lower lashes when I blinked.