Other -Unlisted Brand - Braun 7280 Silk-Epil Xpressive Epilator
banjaxed 7/6/2012 5:55:00 AM
I bought the 7280 to replace my old Braun Silk-Epil (Xelle) from 2007 and I can't believe the difference! The 7280 is very fast, it has 40 tweezers whereas my old model only had 20. I epilated my lower legs yesterday and it only took me about 10 minutes. My old model would probably have taken nearly an hour. Pain: The pain experienced was very bearable on the legs. I'm used to epilating so I just feel a slight pinch, and since it's so fast it's all over very soon. However, my underarms are a different story... It was very, very, sore and I almost stopped because of the pain. I'm used to epilating my underarms too but that area never seems to get used to it and therefore hurts more. Construction: The head of the epilator is pivoting and it makes such a difference when going over areas such as your knees. Before I used to have to take it slow and go over the area many times, but with the pivoting head I just go over my knees once and it's all gone. Extras and attachments: This comes with pre-epilating wipes which I don't really know what they're for. I've never seen them sold in any shops so when I run out I won't be replacing them. They look just like baby-wipes to me. Other attachments that come with this epilator are a shaver head/trimmer which I haven't used yet so can't comment. However, I'm sure it's fine and similar to the one I had on my older model. Price: Very expensive. I specifically wanted a corded model and as I couldn't find a good model here in Ireland I had to get this one from the UK Amazon site. With the £/ difference I ended up paying around 110 for this. It really is too much, I would have been happier spending about 70 for this machine. Annoying things: The cord keeps popping out of the back of the epilator whilst epilating. Another annoying thing is the plug. It's one of those shaver plugs, which only work if you've got a shaver plug installed in your bathroom (which I haven't), so you need an adapter. I would have preferred it if they had a european plug on it even as that's an adapter I already have for travelling. All in all, I do recommend this epilator, despite the price and the plug. It makes defuzzing your legs so much easier. I was even contemplating getting my legs lasered but I couldn't be bothered now as this works so well!
This mascara was a huge disappointment as I love the original Hypnose mascara. The brush is pretty good at separating the lashes and I really like that it's very thin at one end - it makes getting at those corner lashes a lot easier - but the formula doesn't seem as good as the Hypnose as I get panda eyes after a few hours!
I really hate being a party pooper but I found this didn't work at all! I've been using UD Primer Potion for about a year but although I found it great I did have a few issues with it: hard to blend eyeshadows over it, bad packaging and difficult to find here in Ireland. Art Deco is sold closer to home here and packaging seemed good (little plastic jar with a screw top lid) and I was hoping it would be easier to blend several eyeshadows over this base. Price: Contrary to a reviewer below from Greece, I had to pay 11 euros for it which works out about the same as UDPP here. Availability: Found it in a town near me while Urban Decay can only be found in bigger cities or online. Overall impression: It went on very smoothly and sheer and eyeshadows blended perfectly over this. I was so happy, I thought I'd found the perfect base! After about an hour I noticed my eyeshadow was disappearing just over my top eyelashes and another hour after that all my eyeshadow had migrated to my crease, not a good look. Since then I've experimented with more primer, less primer, left it to dry longer on the eyelid or while still damp. Nothing works for me so I'm forced to realise that I've yet again made a bad purchase and I'm stuck with a 99 % full jar which I can't use...
Palettes -BeneFit Cosmetics - Primpcess [DISCONTINUED]
banjaxed 10/1/2011 6:04:00 AM
Palette contains: Bad Gal Lash Mascara Eye Shadow Creaseless Cream Shadow Liner Boi-ing Eye Bright Double Ended Eye Shadow/Liner Brush Concealer Brush I got this set as a Christmas present from my sister in law (which was very sweet) as she loves Benefit cosmetics and wanted me to try some. The box is lovely, it's made of cardboard but seems very sturdy and durable. My only gripe is that it's quite big and bulky - not something to slip into your handbag... Bad Gal Lash Mascara: Not a fan of this mascara at all, but then I don't really like mascaras with big brushes. This mascara was very dry and flaky, maybe I got a dud? Eye Shadow: There are 3 shadows included, a matte beige colour, a sparkling champagne colour (reminds me of UD Sin) and a creamy brown shadow for use as a liner. These are very plain and I don't really care for either of them to be honest. They crease on me, even with UDPP and seem quite sheer. Creaseless Cream Shadow Liner: This I quite like, and I was sure I'd hate it before I tried it! It's definitely not creaseless on me (I need UDPP and even with that it doesn't stay on all day) but I like the formula and colour so I don't mind too much. I'm happy if I can go half a day without creasing :-). Boi-ing: I wonder what they were thinking when they designed this box, did they really think all women have the same colour skin? This shade is quite dark. I'm fair but not very fair, and I can just about get away with this if I put this on very sheerly (which kind of defeats the purpose as it doesn't cover very well then). Formula is ok, it slides off my spots after a few hours but then I've yet to find a concealer that doesn't ;-). Eye Bright: I like this! This light pink creamy "concealer" actually does brighten up my eyes when I dab some on the inside of my nose, in the corner of my eye. Makes me look more awake and draws attention away from my under eye circles. Brushes: The concealer brush and the double sided eye shadow brush/liner do the job OK, only they are way too small to be of any use for more than the quick touch up. The eye shadow brush is also way too fluffy, I find it deposits eye shadow on my cheek rather than on my eye lid. Overall Review: There are a couple of products I like in this palette, but not enough to repurchase and I'm not really sure I'd bother buying them separately either. I'm very disappointed with the quality of their powder eye shadows and the mascara and I think they need to rethink their colour choice for concealer (or have a couple of choices available for purchase, eg, a light and a dark version of the palette). The cream eye shadow was nice but not spectacular, and even though I liked the Eye Bright it's not HG for me and I can live without it. As I got this for a present I haven't thought much about price (and subsequently value for money) but I saw this for sale on www.asos.com for £24.50 which is quite expensive. And considering I really only like two of the products it's quite wasted on me!
I was in my local health food shop when I met a lady doing a promotion of Laveras products. After talking to her for some time about my VERY difficult skin, she recommended this sunscreen for my face since my face is very sensitive and I break out from absolutely everything (including essential oils). In the past I've tried Dermalogica, Vichy and LRP sunscreens and the only one that so far seems to work ok is the Dermalogica sunscreen. But since I'm forever thinking there's something better out there I wanted to try Laveras range. The lady in the health food shop gave me a sample of this and I am so glad I didn't go ahead and buy the bottle straight away. Bear in mind that I intended to use this for my face so my review is based solely on this use. The cream is very, very thick and gloopy. It's very hard to spread and leaves a white cast after application. I was recommended to blot with a paper towel after appliying this creme to take away the shinyness and white cast and after doing that it looked a bit better. Or so I thought until I looked at a bigger mirror - hello Casper the ghost! After half an hour I still looked white so I tried to rub some off which kinda defeats the purpose of sunscreen but what can you do? A couple of hours later this sunscreen was balling up on my skin so I actually ended up washing it off. I would not recommend this for facial use, it probably works grand on the body but on the face it's far to heavy and the white cast it leaves is just not a pretty look. I got a sample of Laveras anti-age sunscreen too so I'm going to brave the essential oils tomorrow and see how I fare with that formula!
Hair Styling Tools -Unlisted Brand - Tangle Teezer
banjaxed 9/30/2011 6:55:00 AM
This did not work for my curly, but thin, hair. After brushing with this I have just as much hair falling out (if not more!) as with a regular wide toothed comb. I actually find a wide toothed comb much easier to use for my tangles as the tangle teezer doesn't seem to be able to cope with my curls. I also found it quite expensive (about 10 in Ireland) so I wouldn't recommend it, especially as you can get a wide toothed comb for a couple of euro!
Makeup Brushes -E.L.F. - Studio Line Eyeshadow 'C' Brush
banjaxed 9/22/2011 7:28:00 AM
This is a very good brush for the price. I've had no issues with shedding at all, which is what I was afraid of seeing as my other E.L.F. brush (from the regular line) sheds like mad and is useless. It's quite big so I mainly use if for all over colour on the lid. I would have preferred it a bit smaller - it would have been more versatile then. Price is 4.00 so cheap as chips and I've had no problems washing it either. Would definately recommend people try this one - especially since it's so cheap!
Terrible quality, it sheds like crazy! I like the size of this brush but that's about it. I have the Studio Eyeshadow C brush which is miles better for just a little bit more money!
I got this eye shadow brush as part of the Naked palette and I definately wouldn't buy it separately. It is very hard to pick up any eye shadow with this brush and I find I'm wasting product as I have to swipe several times to get any colour pay off on my lids. My Mac and E.L.F. brushes are so much better! I like the fact that it's synthetic and cruelty free but unfortunately it lets me down on usability.
This is the only lipstick I have ever used up - and repurchased! When I first bought it I was not happy, I didn't like the pale colour at all and didn't think it suited me (probably because I was used to wearing darker reds). I have, however, grown to absolutely love this pale pink with golden shimmer (a MLBB shade definately)! It's great for those "no makeup days". I will definately repurchase and I'd recommend everybody to at least try it once!
UPDATE 14/9/11: Unfortunately I spoke too soon... For some reason this has stopped working its magic and for a week now my eyeshadow has slid into my eye crease after only a few hours. I will amend my rating and I won't repurchase. I'm so happy I found this primer as UDPP is not working for me anymore! I'll start off by listing the eye primers I have tried so far: UDPP: Good for the first few years, but my skin must have changed as the last few months my eyeshadow is not staying put (and this is with the old formula, not the new tubes). TFSI: Eye shadow just slid off within hours, didn't work for me at all. Art Deco: See TFSI. Didn't keep my eyeshadow in place for more than a couple of hours. NARS: Good, but very pricey and hard to get here in Ireland. ELF Mineral: Useless. Very oily and didn't help keep eye shadow on. I bought this in my local chemist (drugstore in the US) for 4.49 which, in my opinion, is dirt cheap. The primer comes in a black oval tube with a doe foot applicator. The primer itself is beige and quite opaque so helps even out any discolouration on my eyelids. I've worn it for 3 days now and my makeup looks the same in the evening at 6 pm as it looked at 8 am in the morning when I applied it! I'm really pleased with this and I'm going to buy a few backups just in case it's reformulated or they discontinue it! Would definately recommend trying this!
This is the most gorgeous colour I've ever had on my eyelids, it really brightens up my brown eyes and makes them pop! Unfortunately the glitter content in this shadow is incredibly annoying and I've stopped wearing it because of that. I've been scouring the Internet trying to find a dupe without the glitter because it really would be the most perfect eye shadow for my eyes if it weren't for the glitter! Please Urban Decay, can you not see all the complaints? Please take out the glitter and you'll make me a very happy woman!
In hindsight I shouldn't have bought this palette, there's just too many warm colours in it and I like to mix cold and warm shadows. I do use this palette almost every day but only the same three shadows, Virgin, Sin and Hustle. The rest are just sitting there and I can't see myself using them, especially Sidecar which is full of glitter which I hate. I'm also not a fan of matte eyeshadow, I really like shimmer, so Naked and Buck will not get used. Therefore, taking into account all this, this palette hasn't been value for money for me. I like the colour Smog and also the idea of Half Baked, but HAlf Baked is way too yellow for my skin (my skin tone is more neutral than warm) and I already have Smog in two other palettes from Urban Decay. Gunmetal and Creep are very dark and not something I would use so I'll probably try and depot them and give them away. I won't be buying this again and I'd only recommend it to somebody with a very warm colouring.
Eyeliner -E.L.F. - Cream Eyeliner - Metallic Olive
banjaxed 4/24/2011 8:04:00 AM
Please don't buy this and expect it to have any kind of green colouring in it. This is really a bronze shade with maybe a hint of olive, but no more than a hint. It's absolutely gorgeous for daytime wear and lasts a really long time on the lids, even without primer. The colour is nice and subtle which makes it ideal for work in my view, whereas black eyeliner can look really harsh in daytime, even on me and I am quite dark in colouring. This is my first time trying an ELF eyeliner and I am really impressed by the quality. It cost £3.50 on the UK site which is extremely cheap. I was at first sceptical towards the little brush that it comes with but I must say that it's absolutely fantastic to work with, especially for an eyeliner newbie like myself. I don't have much experience with gel eyeliners but I have bought the Maybelline one and found that I can't use that brush at all. The ELF brush works so much better and I get an even line every time. I've worn eyeliner maybe 5 times my entire life so if I can do it, anyone can!
Why did this not work for me? Did I get a dud? After reading all the great reviews here I decided to try it out and bought it from the UK site for £3 + shipping to Ireland. It's really cheap when compared to my favourite eye shadow primer (NARS) which costs about 24. I was a bit shocked to discover how oily the primer felt on my skin the first time I used it, but thought that maybe that was the way it was meant to be. However, that also meant that after 2 hours my eyeshadow was completely gone into my crease, not a trace of it left on my actual eye lid. In my folly I bought two of these thinking it would be my new HG eyeshadow primer (plus I didn't want to pay for shipping an extra time) so now I'm stuck with two eyeshadow primers I can't use! I just can't believe everybody else seems to love this and it's absolutely terrible on me... I think I'll try the second tube to see if the first one perhaps was faulty and I'll update this review if the second tube works better.