I'm not blown away by this mascara- I don't see any of the little fiber things and my lashes end up looking clumpier and stumpy. I'm not sure if it's just the way I'm using it so am reluctant to give it less than 3 lippies since it makes my lashes look fantastically thick and I love that. Will keep playing with the brush until I figure it out, but for now im not sold.
So far this is the best foundation Ive ever used. I am NC40 and I have this in C4- its like liquid skin! No chalky look in natural lighting, no ashiness- just 'good skin' which is all I'm asking for. I apply this with my fingers and press it into my skin and even up close my nose and cheeks look poreless- a huge victory for me! Yes, it is very sheer and allows freckles to shine through, but that is what I was looking for so its ticking all the boxes for me. I use Mattify powder over all fdtns just because my face is seriously oily, so I cant comment on its oiliness, but the area outside my t zone looks fantastic after a full 8 hour day. This costs $75 nzd but its worth it if it continues to hold up this way - it could easily last a year if you refrigerate it. Looks fantastic on camera too! Edit: this fdtn is the best thing ever. I've been wearing it daily for a month and my skin hasn't reacted in any way. Going to the beach, swimming and being in full sun my skin just looks pore less and even. I don't want to ever be without this <3
After reading all the glowing reviews on here, I had to try this. The SA matched me with the shade Shell Beige, which I wasn't too sure about- even under the very flattering lights at the counter I looked a bit dark (NC40 is like liquid skin to me) so I asked to take a sample of Tawny as well. PROS: Lasts really well- around 10 hours without discoloration or melting. The smell is mild and pleasant. CONS: For my skin tone, the closest shade options are Shell Beige (too dark and beige) and Tawny (too light). They are both ashy. It is also really hard to apply this lightly, so you end up looking very made up. All in all, the theory is good but the color selection is too limited. Also, I want to look natural and flawless, not flat and chalky.
I bought the smaller container of Mattify Ultra after reading all the positive reviews, and I am so so pleased with it! My skin is super oily~ no exaggeration, my face is slick with oil 2 hours after I wash my face in the morning. I have been trialing this over the past week and it is fantastic- after moisturising I wait about 10 minutes, then dust this on my T zone and buff it in with a kabuki. I have only used 1 or 2 blotting papers a day since I started using Mattify, whereas before I was using between 10-20 just during work. I haven't had any issues with breakouts or pore clogging so far. I've also tried a layer of this before and after my regular foundation, and when I got home 6 hours later my "face" looked as fresh as it did when I put it on. EDIT: I've started trying this out under and over the foundations I've bought and never been able to wear because of how greasy they make me look. This little container of powder means I haven't wasted 7 bottles of liquid foundation! EDIT 2: Upgraded from 4 lippies to 5 - I ran out of this powder a month ago and haven't been able to get any more until now. I forgot how greasy my skin was until I stopped using mattify! Ultra. So happy I've got more now :)
Highlighters -MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Gold Deposit (Rococo)
KittyBaditty 5/10/2011 8:56:00 PM
Ooh I love this! Applied very lightly in the right places, this makes my cheekbones pop out. I put it on my cheekbones, under my brow, and on my collarbone and it is just perfect. There is a bit of glitter that shows when you are in bright sunlight, but in normal lighting it just gives a glowy warmth. I am NC40+ depending on the season, and this is always my go to highlighter. Do I dare say this is my HG? Time will tell.
I use this once a week, by tying my hair up and just rubbing the oil into the ponytail (totally avoiding my scalp and roots). Then I comb it through with a wide tooth comb, plait loosely and leave it in overnight. In the morning I shampoo my hair as normal at the roots, and give my hair a really, really good rinse out. Once my hair is dry it looks shiny, healthy, is easy to run a comb through, and doesn't feel heavy at all. In the beginning I was shocked at how pretty my hair could look! The only issues I've come across is that I have stick straight, long fine hair, and if I curl it (which is normally once a week) the curl is not holding at all, and also dirt and dust seem to be attracted to my hair now. Apart from that, coconut oil is wonderful. I use the Cerebos Extra Virgin coconut oil, if this makes a difference.
I use the conditioner through the midlengths and ends, and towel dry my hair before blowdrying. I left it loose to air dry this time (thinking maybe that was the problem) but it's literally been 24 hours and my hair is still damp, it looks stringy and the roots don't look like they were washed. I know I rinsed it all out because my shower is a miracle (it has insane water pressure). When I blowdry my hair instead, it goes fluffy and flyaway through the length of it, and the roots look limp and greasy. The scent of the shampoo IMHO is way nicer than the scent of the conditioner (shampoo smells like strawberry nesquik, conditioner smells like Kenzo flower and generic strawberry lotion). I will keep trying to find a way to use this stuff because I hate to think I've just blown NZD$59 on a product I hate.
I am so disappointed in this shampoo :( I have fine hair but lots of it, just short of waist length- and after reading all the reviews I thought this would be perfect for me. The scent is ok, I wouldn't say I love it but it doesn't bother me, but when I rinse my hair out it feels unbelievably dry and rough. I can't even separate it out with my fingers to apply the conditioner, I just have to slap it on one huge rope of hair! I use the conditioner through the midlengths and ends, and towel dry my hair. Even though I left it loose to air dry this time, it's literally been 24 hours and it's still damp, stringy and the roots don't even look like they were washed. I know I rinsed it all out because my shower is a miracle (it has insane water pressure). When I blowdry my hair instead, it goes fluffy and flyaway through the length of it, and the roots look limp and greasy. I will keep trying because I hate to think I've just blown NZD$59 on a product I hate.
Lip Treatments -Unlisted Brand - Lucas' Papaw Ointment
KittyBaditty 9/13/2010 8:40:00 PM
This has literally been in every bathroom cupboard of every home I've ever lived in since I was a baby. My parents used to slap it on itchy bites, cuts, scars, on my brother for nappy rash, and I used it on blisters when I started running. It really does work at minimizing scarring- a few weeks ago I slipped at the supermarket and grazed the top of my foot, and I started applying this as soon as I got home, and 2 or 3 times a day since, and I can't tell now where the graze was. Most grazes I leave untreated go a funny purple colour for a few months before they fade. It's not my favourite thing to use on my lips, but it does help them out if they are dry or rough. This stuff is dirt cheap here in NZ, at the moment I have a large tub of it that has about a 1/4 left, and I've been using it for the past couple of years. I would buy it, but my parents have so many tubs around their house that I normally just swipe one of those :)
I have selected "No" under would I buy this again, but that's just because maybe wasn't an option. I like this product for smoothing out my midlengths-ends, it leaves my hair lovely and shiny, soft and silky, and the smell fades really quickly. My only issue is that this really weighs my hair down, and if my hair is down and has this product in it, I get a pimple or 2 on my back or shoulders. When I stopped using it and left my hair down with other products, the pimples went away. Maybe it's a fluke, but it's enough to make me limit my use, which means I probably won't get through this tube.
I love this product! I have very fine, long hair and if I don't use any products after I wash it in the morning it goes totally flat by lunchtime. This is a super long review and I'm sorry, but this stuff is pretty pricey and I don't want you to waste it like I have! Cocky cost me NZD$39, and took me a while to get used to so I'll try and explain how I use it: 1. Wash hair & towel dry the ends so the roots are still quite damp. 2. Flip my hair upside down and take a teeny tiny amount (like a half of a pea?) and rub it quickly between the pads of all my fingers. 3. Now that my fingers are coated in the stuff, I slide them in at the roots at my crown where I want the extra lift, and rub it in all over the roots in a back and forth motion. 4. Blow dry hair upside down, detangle my hair gently, then flip back up. 5. Lifting at the roots, spray a bit of hairspray (I've used 4 different brands, they all gave the same result) And voila! Beautiful, poof-y hair with huge volume that normally sees me through the day and most of the night. I've tried using Cocky on dry hair and it made it look greasy and dandruff-y and a bit Something About Mary-ish. If you need volume at more than just the crown repeat with another half pea-size amount before you blowdry...sometimes I like a bit more body at the sides of my hair, but if you do my trick with a whole pea-size at once it gets gummy. Honestly, this stuff dries like glue so you have to work really quickly, but when you get it right it's awesome. One lippy off because the packaging isn't practical... it really should come in a pump bottle because you have to work really quickly with this stuff, there isn't a lot of time to put the cap back on or put the tube in a position that stops all the juice from leaking out.
I had this recommended to me by my hairdresser a few years back, but I never really got the hang of using it on my long, very fine, virgin (at that time!) hair. I tried using it the way she did when she styled my hair, but it always seemed to look greasy and flat within a few hours. I tried using it when my hair was wet/damp/dry, it always came out the same. The only time I had any success with it was when I used it on the ends of my wet hair, and let it air dry. It gave me lovely shine, made it feel soft, and I really loved the smell of this stuff. Unfortunately, I didn't buy it for any of these benefits~ I wanted something to help with body and volume~ so I gave this to my brothers girlfriend (FYI, this worked great in her thick, curly, waist length hair~ it made her hair super shiny and soft~ I could kill her! lol)
I got this free with the Rockaholic Dirty Secret dry shampoo, so the price was great! As always, TiGi products have really pretty packaging. Whilst I do need a detangler for my hair (waist length, fine, tangles like cotton candy within a day) this one hasn't worked for me. It made my hair hard and stuck it together in clumps so the ends look stringy. I also don't like the smell, it isn't fresh and girly like other TiGi products, IMHO it smells like vomit. I'm glad this was free, I'd be gutted if I wasted $$ on it. I'm getting more and more disappointed with TiGi everytime I try it. Fortunately they still have some unbelievably fab products, so I might just stick to those and not try anthing new lol. EDIT: I put this in with my laundry (like a fabric softener) to use it up, and it did a great job! I still wouldn't pay money for it.
Ok, yet again I bought something without checking MUA first... and yet again I've learned my lesson. This was a great dry shampoo for my fine, dark brown hair~ it really seemed to absorb the oil at my roots well and I liked the smell, too. As an added bonus, it gave my hair unbelievable body! This would easily be an HG product for me, if not for what happened next. At NZ$47 a bottle (can/spraycan/whatever) I was able to use it twice in the past 2 months and it was gone. Totally empty. Now that I've read all the other girls reviews, I'm boycotting TiGi because they must be making serious $$ ripping us off. It's such a shame because this product was so great! EDIT: I don't know if they're doing this in the US, but here in NZ every purchase of this product comes with a free, full size Rockaholic detangler. According to the SA, the leaking issue is now fixed, and if I have any problems I can return the can within 12 weeks for a new one, no questions asked. So for now, I'm back onto this stuff and have given 4 lippies because it is an excellent product... but we shall see.
I got this in Tempting Toffee and I'm really pleased with it. I think maybelline have really stepped their game up when it comes to their l/s and l/g lines. Tempting Toffee is a creamy, near-nude colour on my lips, and the smell is yummy! This has been my go to gloss for the past month, so I will definitely be buying another one soon. PS. I didn't like Cranberry Crave, which I bought at the same time. It smelled cheap and was more pink than cranberry. Just thought I'd add that!