Lipstick -Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti
beautifulletdown15 2/27/2013 3:03:00 PM
This was the first lip butter I picked up from Revlon and it's been my favourite hands down! The colour is perfect on me and I love that you can do a sheer wash or build it up to a more vibrant orange. The texture is creamy and moisturizing but it doesn't leave a film on my lips or feel waxy.I didn't used to like lipsticks or glosses, I was more of chapstick kind of girl, but these lip butters helped convert me! It's the feel of a lip balm with a nice touch of colour.
I got really into using bare minerals a few months back. I used to use everyday minerals foundation, but it has dramatically gone up in price since I started buying it in 2006, and with the shipping charges on top of that it seemed to make more sense to just buy from my local sephora. I really liked the BM blushes, kind of liked the foundation but I find my face looks greasy halfway through the day. On impulse one day I grabbed mineral veil without researching it at all. I used it for a few days and noticed a slight difference. Then one day I flipped it over and read the ingredients. The first two? CORN STARCH. The second two? Fillers. I paid $30 for a tiny little contained of flipping corn starch. I used to buy the same thing as a face powder by Sally Hansen, but at least they openly called it Cornsilk, charged about $3, and didn't try to pretend it was a premium blend of minerals. Ladies, you can pick up corn starch at your grocery store, and you can order zinc stearate and magnesium stearate incredibly cheap online. No joke, 8oz of magnesium stearate will run you about $4...While an entire tub of Mineral Veil is about 0.3oz of product. Don't waste your money!
When I first bought this conditioner I was unbelievably annoyed. I had meant to pick up the shampoo, which I love, but grabbed the wrong bottle because they look so much alike- the only difference is that one has a grey lid and the other beige. I got in the shower, poured out some shampoo and realised it was conditioner. Since it was already in my hands I slapped it on my head, muttering darkly about the evil tricksters from Aveeno who designed the bottles to be so similar. I colour my hair frequently and use heat on it several times a week, leaving it looking parched and brittle. For years I've been using a deep conditioner every day along with a couple of anti frizz serums and it was pretty much the only way to make my hair look like...Well, like normal human hair as opposed to something you pulled out of your drain. This conditioner rocked my world. My hair feels soft, smooth and manageable and I've tossed all my anti-frizz serums and products. My wavy/curly hair actually dries into soft waves when I use this, as opposed to being a shining halo of frizz that sticks out half a foot around my head. I love the scent as well. A lot of cheap conditioners tend to leave hair smelling like it's been dunked in a tub of liquid jolly ranchers, but this one just smells clean. Bottom line- the price is good, the results are great and Aveeno tricked me fair and square.
Shampoo -Aveeno - Pure Renewal Sulfate Free Shampoo
beautifulletdown15 2/26/2013 10:08:00 AM
This is my HG shampoo and I'm shocked at all the comments from people hating it! It's so hard to find a reasonably priced sulfate-free shampoo. I can consistently find this one at regular price (about $11 CDN) or on sale (I've gotten it as low as $4). This leaves my hair soft, smooth and smelling great. It's fairly gentle on my colour-treated hair as well. The scent is amazing- cheap shampoos tend to have a strong smell but this one smells pretty and subtle. That being said, I do not wash my hair every day- more like 3 times per week, so maybe some of the reviewers suffering from itchy scalps are washing daily?
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Oil Cleansing Method OCM
beautifulletdown15 2/26/2013 9:58:00 AM
Oil cleansing reviews range wildly- anything from “This destroyed my skin” to “this made my skin perfect and like a baby’s bottom.” If you try this method after reading a number of reviews, you’ll likely be terrified. Luckily, I am lazy; I basically read two glowing reviews and then immediately tried it. My skin was so awful at the time anyway that I had nothing to lose. For the first couple of weeks I used this nightly with about 60% grapeseed oil and 40% castor oil. I’d massage for five to ten minutes or so, wipe it off with a warm cloth and tone afterwards with witch hazel (I was terrified of leaving any oil on my face and causing breakouts).After about a week my face started purging. There are a lot of mixed messages on how to deal with this and on whether or not your face even should purge. My forehead was covered in tiny bumps, my cheeks were breaking out and getting cysts along my jawline. I’m not a doctor, but I took this as a sign to reduce and then totally drop the castor oil. I’ve since changed to using a mix of grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil and a couple drops of tea tree oil and no toner. In the mornings I’ll splash my face with water. Make sure the oil you're using is non-comedogenic, and be ready to radically adjust/completely eliminate castor oil. It's a really harsh, deep cleansing product and frankly I feel like it's kind of unnecessary if you're oil cleansing every day...It's not like I dip my face in bacon grease and poop each morning, just some light makeup. For any girls with acne prone skin- keep in mind that oil cleansing can balance your skin but it doesn’t treat active acne. I saw the most improvement when I added Bedtime for Breakouts to this routine every night. I’m not sure if that defeats the purpose or not, all I know is that my skin is better than it’s ever been. For the first time since I was 12 I can leave the house without makeup on. Good luck ladies!
Treatments -L'Oreal - EverPure Moisture Leave-In Conditioner
beautifulletdown15 5/12/2011 12:31:00 PM
I received a free sample of this in a box of hair dye a few weeks ago and I'm so glad I got to try it. A quarter-sized amount smoothed through my long, dyed blonde hair leaves it feeling quite soft and smooth. I also find that it makes my naturally curly hair dry a bit straighter than usual, which is great for when I'm planning to straighten it. I don't use this if I want to leave my hair curly, but for straight styles or curling iron, it leaves my hair feeling great. The price is a little steep, but it's a good-sized bottle and you only need a small amount each time; it should last quite a while.
Styling Products -Unlisted Brand - Proclaim Glossing Polish
beautifulletdown15 5/12/2011 12:25:00 PM
This is my go-to hair serum and heat protectant. (I have the one in the red bottle that is a heat protectant, if you have the clear bottle, it's not). It's very reasonably priced at Sally's, and it's supposed to also protect your colour. I use a pretty large amount on my hair when I straighten it and it turns out great- very smooth, soft and shiny.
I am really into coconut smells right now, so when I saw this shampoo on sale at the grocery store I scooped some right away. It smells amazing and I love that it is sulfate-free. It also lathers surprisingly well for a sulfate-free shampoo. After reading the other reviews on this product, I'm worried about the whole dryness-issue. I did notice that my hair seemed a little bit dry the other day, but I just attributed it to not using enough leave-in conditioner or something. I'm going to keep an eye on this shampoo now to see if it's the culprit behind the dry hair though.
Powder -Everyday Minerals - Foundation - Intensive formula [DISCONTINUED]
beautifulletdown15 5/10/2011 10:20:00 PM
I've been using this foundation for about 5 years now, since Everyday Minerals first came out with their intensive formula. It is by far my favourite foundation. The colour Golden Fair perfectly matches my fair and slightly yellow-undertoned skin, and it provides great coverage that lasts the whole day. What I love about this company's foundations is that you can't even feel them on your face. With normal foundation I feel like I'm wearing a mask-- this just feels like my skin. It's easy to apply and blend with a kabuki brush, and as my skin gets a bit of a tan for the summer, it's easy to mix in a little bit of a darker colour and create the perfect one for my skin tone. I use the foundation as a concealer as well (none of their concealers match my skin tone very well) and it works well for that purpose too.
Price: 3.99 CDN (on sale at Shoppers Drug mart) This is my favourite cheap self-tanner I've ever tried. I didn't find the smell strong at all. It was very faintly sweet, not the typical self-tanner smell, and the scent disappeared after the product dried. I love that it works gradually, but isn't insanely gradual. I noticed a bit of colour the day after my first application, and the colour got deeper each day. On my skin tone it has been coming out a really natural looking golden brown, but self-tanners react differently with everyone's skin chemistry. You have to use a small amount of product, work in small sections, and rub the product into your skin until it is dry. If it takes more than 30 seconds or so to rub it in, you are using too much. If you don't apply it properly, you will probably get streaks and it will feel sticky on your skin. If your first application comes out streaky, exfoliate your entire body, shave, and try again. Lastly- don't forget to break the little plastic tab on the dispenser to make it easier to get the product out. Do this by bending the little spout backwards until the tab breaks.