BB Cream -Unlisted Brand - Holika Holkia Luminious Silk BB Cream in Shade 1
candyfluff 5/16/2013 9:33:00 PM
I sit here writing yet another BB cream review! This BB cream hoarding of mine must stop! I had high hopes for this product, unfortunately this time Holika Holika has not delivered. The lightest colour manages to be a tad too dark for me. While I can still wear this BB despite it being too dark, I don't like how it makes my overall complexion seem ruddy. It somehow manages to be too ruddy and too pink based at the same time. I have the notorious grey toned SKIN79 Hot Pink and VIP Gold BBs and somehow their greyness leaves me more please with my completion than this product. This dries to a matte finish, not to matte to the point where the skin looks parched ala Cover Girl's Outlast foundation, but matte none the less. Given the colouring, and its medium to heavy coverage it is very apparent I am wearing a product as it seems to highlight any rough skin texture and it does not look at all natural in my eyes. I much prefer the finish of Misshaâ€™s Perfect Cover which has just as much coverage if not more, yet looks undetectable if you manage to find the right colour (or mix two of the shades to get your tone) and it is properly blended. I like to look like I have naturally healthy skin and I cant get that look using this product. One would not expect a matte finish from a product with Luminious in the title, I expected a bit of a glow. I will commend this product on being moisturizing, I would say it is as moisturizing as Lioele's Beyond the Solution which I appreciate having dry skin. Having dry skin however, this product clings to dry patches more than most which means I have yet another BB I cant use to just slap on and run out the door. Lasting power of this product is debatable, I dont have oily skin but it is getting hotter out and that means I tend to sweat. I find this product lasts through the day for me. I can put it on at eight in the morning and it is still there at three. However, if you wipe your face the product will come off and residue is left on your cell phone after use. It is my guess that this product would wear away quickly on oily skin or in hotter temperatures. On the plus side, this product comes off easily at the end of the day and does not clog my pores unlike Skin79. I cannot speak to its whitening powers, wrinkle treatment or any of the other benefits promised as I have not worn this product long enough for results to develop. Overall, this is not a bad BB cream if you want medium to heavy coverage, a matte finish, some moisturization and happen to have smooth skin that is not overly dry. The packaging is just lovely and the smell is not overpowering. If the colour was a better match for me I am willing to bet I would enjoy this product much more and would use it for casual days where I donâ€™t want the lasting power offered by my more preferred BBs.
Yummy! I have a hard time finding coconut scents in Canada. I find most of them are mixed with some other fruit, when I want a scent reminiscent to the sunblocks I used as a child - admittedly a fake scent but a comfort and favorite none the less. I find most coconut scents too sweet, too spicy or just plain nauseating. For instance, BBW Vanilla Coconut is far too sweet and makes me feel ill just sniffing it. BBW Exotic Coconut is nice, but can seem a bit spicy at times and is hard to track down unless it pops up at the BBW outlet. BBW Aruba Coconut is nice, but a tad too sweet and is not quite the coconut scent I am after. The Body Shop's Coconut smells almost nothing like coconut, it is just a floral perfume. Pacifica's offering leaves me underwhelmed, as does Comptoir Sud Pacifique. Back in the day Calgon had a children's scent called Cha Cha Chica, it was the closest I had come to finding the perfect coconut scent I was after, but it was quickly discontinued (no surprise it did not sell well, the packaging was silly and I am not sure the age group they were targeting are known for their use of body sprays. Seriously, it was targeted at toddlers...you should have seen the packaging!) Vitabath's Heavenly Coconut Creme smells perfect, it is identical to the lovely Hawaiian Tropic I recall as a child. It is not sickly sweet nor is it spicy. One squirt is enough for me as I dont wish to cloud people with fragrance, I like something to sit closely to the skin. Lasting power is impressive for a body spray and I am happy to report I don't smell like an alcoholic upon a fresh spray much like I recall with the Calgon scents girls would pile on in the changing room after gym in high school. Do girls still do that? I have been able to toss this in my purse for two weeks now without it leaking. I have received two complements thus far of "ohh, you smell like summer" which is nice. I will be stocking up on these if they go on sale at Shoppers, I am very impressed.
I understand the raving reviews I have found online. This is the loveliest, most natural looking black I have encountered. I have used many other brands offerings with the name "Natural Black" and none of them compare. There is no slight red nor blue tinge, just lovely soft black. Nor is this inky, so it is quite appropriate for the non angsty sixteen year old just turned goth crowed. This looks like it could be my natural hair colour, it definitely does not look boxed in any way. The image on the cover is accurate I am glad to report, it seems to have an almost healthy silver shimmer, yay for non-depressed clown black! All that said, I do have some gripes. The formula is super drippy. I am used to dying my hair at home, I am used to working with a bit of a drippage factor, but this stuff seems to melt when it makes contact with your hair. I am glad I had my ColorOpps wipes on hand as I looked like a scene from Carrie aired in black and white for effect. I have an inkling this dye is extremely damaging to the hair. I have hair that reaches mid back so I used to boxes of the stuff. It took ages for the water to run semi-clear (about an hour under the showerhead I figured things were about as clear as they were going to get). My hair was a matted tangled mess, it felt like what I imagine poorly kept dreads must feel like. I used the entire tube of conditioner provided in a single kit (which smells lovely a fun thick foamy texture) and was able to get out the tangles and restore some moisture in my hair, but it still felt rather ravaged. I applied some Bolioage Conditioning Balm and let it sit for five minutes then rinsed. I then rung out some of the water from my hair and applied four generous squirts of Bed Head`s Dumb Blonde leave in (not just for blondes, so glad I picked it up the other day at a discount store) and let air dry about 75% then finished off with a hair dryer. My hair is passable as healthy in terms of looks, but it has been left feeling extra dry - as though I have been flat ironing it without heat protection for a month. I will continue to baby my hair by going no-poo for a while in the hopes the condition improves. Would I use this product again or recommend it? Give me a month to report back. I want to see how this fades, if the dryness subsides and how it reacts to the sun. So far, I would say without a doubt this is the most natural looking black dye I have come across so if you have encountered super drying dyes in the past and know how to deal with it (I haven’t, Loreal Preference has never done this to me, my usual go-to) and want a natural looking black that looks like human hair, not boxed dye, no red, no blue just lovely - yes, go for it.
I am giving this product 4/5 because I need to use other products in conjunction with it in order to get the curls I want, I cant use the product on its own and I don't like how you can't see into the packaging to see how much product is left, I get an inkling many people are throwing away a fair amount of product and thus money. I have thick hair that I have been attacking with a flatiron since 2004. All my life I hated what I thought was wavy and unmanageable hair. Through trial and error I have recently learned I actually have curly hair (3b) and that it is just a matter of finding a routine and product combo that works. I have never used the original version of this product in the blue tube, only the newer version in the black and turquoise container and metallic label. Using this product on its own can leave me with hard crunchy wild looking hair. I could always scrunch away some of the crunch but I hated how wild and untamed my hair looked, though I will note not a bit of frizz could be detected. This is one of those products that take a while to figure out, but once you do it quickly becomes your HG. I mix a little more than a pea-sized dollop of this product with an equal amount of A/G's Curl Activator. I emulsify both products in my hands and rake through my sopping wet hair. I think applying this the moment you step out of the shower is key, I have tried using this on my hair after ringing out some of the water beforehand and the results were nowhere near as good. Once I have raked this through my hair, I will brush it out with a wide tooth comb, scrunch with a t-shirt to set up my curls then let air dry. Once completely dry, my hair will be well defined, curly with some spirals, but hard and crunchy. I take my dry hands (or sometimes I emulsify a little Tigi After Party in my hands, but not very often) and simply scrunch out the hardness. I am left with shiny, defined bouncy curls with no hardness or crunch to be found along with very little frizz. Any frizz can be tamed with a light patting of water or product (After Party or any one of my many serums from my good'ol flatiron addiction that I have kicking about seem to do the trick). When these steps are followed, I am able to get two days wear out of my hair. The second day may require a bit of scrunching with wet hands or a spritz of water to refreshen the curls. I still enjoy my previous method of using either Herbal Essences spray gel or a combo of their mouse with spray gel on top, but I find my hair appears less healthy, I don’t get enough hold and my hair begins to wilt at the end of the day. I am still happy to use this older method on lazy days but when I want to be assured of amazing curls with body, that I will likely be able to carry on wearing the next day – the mix of AG’s Recoil and Tigi’s Curl Amplifier is the route I choose. I have yet to try this with a diffuser but once I do will make sure to come back and report on my findings after a few tries.
I had high hopes here but I really did not like this product. I have tried using it various ways; one line, small strokes, small strokes then blending, stippling, light hand, heavy hand etc, and every time my brows wind up looking fake and drawn on. I have dark brown hair, almost black - it seems all eyebrow products for dark brown lean towards red. The staying power is a joke as far as I can tell, I can rub it off by licking my finger and rubbing the product away. I will stick to my Revlon ColorStay Brow Enhancer, the wax looks super natural and is a better colour match for my hair. It also truly lasts all day without rubbing off, melting away nor smearing.
I have the solid version of this perfume. As much as prefer applying a rollerball, I found the solid version of this particular scent more appealing. I love wearing this on its own but it is also great for mixing with other fragrances, Pacifica scents or otherwise. Just recently I discovered it smells quite lovely with Pacifica's Ruby Guava rollerball offering. I quite enjoy the tin packaging as it is easy to just toss in my purse without worry of it spilling, the lid has remained secure thus far. The solid perfumes are also several dollars cheaper, which is great if you want to test out a fragrance before committing to a bigger size, the only downside being that the solids can smell quite different from their liquid counterparts so keep this in mind. I found the liquid version of this particular scent to smell quite generic and overly sweet, while the solid smelled just right.
I get nasty razor bumps every time I shave my bikini area and an excessive amount of them I would like to add. I have tried waxing (professional and at home), epilators and sugaring and but I am super prone to ingrown hairs and wind up with a bigger mess than if I had shaved. I have tried depilatory creams but given my pasty Irish white skin and thick jet black hair I am always left with visible stubble. Just this week I discovered that applying witch hazel the second I step out of the shower, letting it dry then applying hydrocortisone cream leaves me bump-free for the first day which is amazing! My efforts towards getting a clean shave finally payed off, even if for just one day. However, the rash returns the second day and constantly reapplying hydrocortisone cream is going to get expensive. Bikni Zone, Tend Skin etc have never delivered. I have tried a different company’s Bump Stopper and while it worked a little, the price and the texture made it impractical. I picked up at bottle of SoftSheen Carson’s Bump Rescue this morning in the hopes it would work. I have applied it three times today and I am happy to report, the stuff actually delivers! My bumps have noticeably reduced and I have faith that they will be more or less clear within 48 hours at this rate. I quite like the texture of this cream, it is not gloppy, sticky nor gritty like other things I have tried before, nor does it leave an odd residue. If anything, my skin simply feels super moisturized or like I recently applied a body cream. This product does not sting whatsoever, a huge bonus in my books! The smell of this product is divine, no chemical nor alcohol scent whatsoever, in fact, to me it smells exactly like my Biolage conditioner. I found this bottle for $10.99 Canadian at a local discount store. To me, the price is a bit steep but given how much a small tube of hydrocorotzone cost by comparison, I really should not complain. This product also smells much nicer and applies more evenly and the packaging is perfect, I wish more products came with a capped pump! I will update this review in 48 hours and report on how my bumps are doing. For the time being I am giving this product a five out of five simply because of how fast acting it works and for the smell, texture, packaging etc. The next time I shave I plan to apply my witch hazel, the hydrocortozne cream. The following day I will be applying this Bump Rescue rather than going a day without any sort of topical cream - I am hoping this will leave me bump free entirely. I also picked up SoftSheen Carsons Razorless Cream Shave in Regular which I will be trying out, my quest for the perfect itchless, bumpless bikini line is on. UPDATE: I have applied this product for 48 hours and I must agree with the claims that my razor burn is noticeably reduced!
Foundations -Cover Girl - Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
candyfluff 3/21/2013 6:22:00 PM
Oh my goodness, an affordable, easily accessible, almost light enough to match my skin-tone foundation with a pump! I quite like this product, though I will likely be sticking with my Asain BB creams for the time being. I bought this thinking it could perhaps replace my Colorstay for the times when I rather opt for a foundation. I have steered away from Cover Girl apart from their tinted moisturizer (which they unconvincingly now call a BB cream) since my high school days given their products typically smell rather rank and typically dont perform very well. I saw countless YouTube Gurus going on about this product so I decided to give it a go. First off, this liquid feels quite powdery and silicony once dried on the skin, yet lays quite light and lets my face breathe - I like this. My usual go-to foundation is Revlon's Colorstay and while I love the coverage, tone and lasting power, it can feel quite heavy, especially in the summer. My Outlast Stay Fabulous is in the shade Ivory and I find it is a tad darker than my natural tone. I can work with it though using a small bit of bronzer. My only complaint about this product is the same complaint I seem to have for most base makeup - it clings to dry patches! I cant say my Colorstay does this, which is why it is my usual go-to foundation. I have been on a strict exfoliating and moisutring regemn all winter as my skin has been extra flaky this year. While I am not as flaky as I once was, this foundation seems determined to find bits to cling to. I also find this foundation is a tad too matte for my liking. I would say Revlon's Colorstay is also matte but unlike Cover Girl's offering, my face does not appear parched. I will try mixing this with a drop of my Lioele Pearl Base too see if I like the results better. Something tells me this could be a great lightweight summer foundation for me when my skin becomes a bit oily. I am giving this foundation 3/5 because while I do like it, the colour and formula dont seem to currently work for me.
Styling Products -TiGi - Sleek Mystique Blow Out Balm
candyfluff 2/25/2013 4:25:00 PM
There have been two products which have forever transformed my relationship with my hair : my flat iron and this product. I have had my flat iron for years, prior to purchasing it I would blow dry my hair as straight as it would go and then promptly tie it back in a ponytail or bun. I hated my hair, it was a big puffy uncontrollable mess. When I bought my flat iron I was finally able to wear my hair down, I began using Biosilk and my flat iron religiously as the combo tamed my hair allowing me to wear my hair down and made my hair glossy. I was thrilled for two years doing this, but then my hair became brittle and dry. It turns out Biosilk has little to no heat protecting qualities while also containing a fair amount of alcohol. It also made my hair a grease ball the next day, so washing my hair on a daily basis was a must. Thus, the hunt for the perfect serum began. I have tried countless brands and formulations from all ends of the price spectrum. The problem with all the serums I have tried is that I was still always reliant on my flat iron. Enter Sleek Mystique Blow Out Balm. Tigi's Sleek Mystique is fantastic. Two pumps is the perfect amount for my thick, wavy and tempermental mid back length hair. It feels super moisturizing and works like a charm with a round brush and hair dryer. The best part - my hair is left with the same results I get from using a flat iron, without having to actually use it. My hair remains de-poufed the entire day, is super shiny and radiant, smells fantastic and literally feels like silk. I feel like I belong on one of those Panteen commercials from the 90's it is so shiny and smooth! This product has cut at least a half hour out of my hair routeen and leaves me with results that last all day - with other products, even using a flat iron I would find myself tying my hair back by the end of the day either looking too big or too slimy from products in attempts to control it. Using this product I dont have to wash my hair on a daily basis either, making my life easier in the mornings. I have spent literally hundreds on hair products and finally found one that gives me the silky healthy locks I have always wanted. I highly highly recommend it!
Alright folks, I actually don't mind this stuff. No it is not the best mascara I have ever used in terms of enhancing length but it is far from the worst either. This imparts a subtle emphasized lash, it separates decently and can be built up without causing a clumpy mess. I fail to see any brightening effects - which is why I bought the product, but it works fine as a basic mascara. I will say this product does have one thing which makes it stick out from other mascaras I have tried : wear time. I have the waterproof version and while waterproof mascaras typically last much longer on the lash than regular ones, this stuff absolutely wont budge! I find I can wash my face or even take a shower and this stuff is still hanging on for dear life, eyelashes still defined and separated. I need to soak my eyelids in Neutrogena's cream (or is it gell?) eye makeup remover for at least a minute before this stuff rinses away. My guess is this would work great in the humid days of summer, not traveling a bit. As a basic mascara this works just fine. What I recommend is wearing this stuff on top of your favorite mascara to lock it on to your lash - a mascara sealer if you will.
Lipstick -Revlon - Colorburst Lip Butter - Cherry Tart
candyfluff 2/12/2013 2:26:00 PM
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! This is a great lip product and has been my latest obsession. I love the formula, it is moisturizing like a gloss or a balm but does not feel waxy or sticky, nor does it travel off my lips. I love the shade Cherry Tart, very buildable yet it is not possible for me to overdo, it always looks good against my very pale skin and dark features. My other Lip Butters are quite loved as well, but not to the extent that I love this one. Peach Parfait is lovely, but gritty on the lips and perhaps a tad too sparkly. Okay, it is a glitterbomb, but I still quite enjoy it. Cotton Candy adds a nice hint of pink to my lips along with some sheen, it looks much like I am wearing a gloss, without the heavy gloppy feeling of one, plus the added perk of not have my hair get stuck in it due to wind. Rasperberry Pie is lovely, but super pigmented and I find I must use a light hand. Of all my Lip Butters, I would say Rasperberry Pie is more of a lip stick than Lip Butter, lovely when worn sheer, transvestite-vampire-like (rather than vampy) when worn with a full swipe on my lips. Cherry Tart however takes the proverbial cake in my books, my go to "I feel like a million bucks today and want to show it" lippy, which can also be worn lighter to convey a healthy innocent look, or thicker to convey a vampy look. Versatile and lovely, this has replaced my old favorites for the time being. I feel like Snow White when I wear this, I only hope I am not nearly as pathetic a character. Who happily shacks up with a handful of men and feels honored to clean up after them while talking to birds? Lady needs help.
I dragged this product out from my ever expanding BB collection to give it a second try. I normally dont review products until i have used them for at least a week, but given this is similar to the VIP Gold version which I have quite a bit of experience with, I figured a review would be okay. This is a lighter shade than the VIP Gold and it is pink based while the Gold is more yellow. This is a heavier more matte and opaque coverage than VIP Gold, which is more transparent and leaves the skin looking radiant. Both appear to be quite moisturizing on my dry skin, VIP Gold being slightly moreso, feeling almost oily on the skin, while Hot Pink feels dry to the touch – something I appreciate as I dont need to fear it transferring (which never happened with VIP Gold, but the fear remains given the texture just the same). While the grey cast it gives can be rather daunting, it does fade or oxidize away. I also apreciate that this BB's scent is not overwhelming, VIP Gold seems slightly more fragrent while Misha's Perfect Cover is gag inducing, good thing I like how it looks! Upon swatching several of my more moisturizing Bbs on my arms to see which would be light in tone and thus suitable for use in winter Hot Pink came in a surprising third – surprising as VIP Gold is much too dark for me right now. My Missha Perfect Cover in 21 is darker and more orange, Holika Holika's Aqua Petit Jelly Bb in shade 1 came in first being a perfect match and Skinfood's Red Bean BB in shade 1 came in second, having a more yellow tone. I opted to retry the Hot Pink given VIP Gold requires less effort and prep in order to have it work on my dry winter skin and I had hoped to find the same results. I did. I mixed Hot Pink with a dollop of Skin79's Crystal Pearl on the back of my hand and applied. I added the Crystal Pearl to thin out the texture and lighten the tone slightly, it worked like a charm. Oh my goodness. I found this combo looked wonderful on my skin! It imparted an even tone, was super pale (which I am), and left a healthy but subtle glow...yep, screw the rest of my Bbs, this will be my winter go-to for the time being. Little effort and great results? Bring it. I highlighted the bridge of my nose, tops of my cheekbones and middle of my forehead with the highlighter included with the Crystal Pearl BB and my skin looked like Korean movie star perfection. Upon removing my makeup, my skin looked and felt healthier than it does with most of my other Bbs as well. All my Skin79s (VIP Gold, Crystal Pearl and Lovely Girl) have left me with lovely skin once removed, along with my Missha Perfect Cover and my Lioele Beyond the Solution – they all have thicker textures, perhaps this has something to do with it? As impressed as I am with my other Bbs; Misha, Holika Holika, Skinfood, Lioele – this one has blown them out of the water for my current skin tone and texture. I will be forgoing using others for the time being. I suppose I will have to update my other reviews.
Styling Products -Clairol - Totally Twisted Curl Boosting Mousse
candyfluff 2/10/2013 3:50:00 PM
My hair borders somewhere between curly and wavy - hard to tell as I have stretched it out over time. I have been trying to embrace my natural hair texture for the past few months as a life time of blow drying, and the past ten years of flat ironing has left me pissed at the time and money wasted at trying to achieve perfect silky locks. I have toyed with the Curly Girl Method and have found it has not worked for me. This product is however CG approved as of Feb 2013. I will wash my hair and ring out some of the excess water with my hands. I then rake one and a half pumps of Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum through my hair (Not CG as it contains cones, but they are removed through regular sulfate shampoo if buildup appears). I will then rake a palmfull of either Herbal Essences Curl Boosting or Totally Twisted Mousse thorugh my hair and then scrunch with my hands. I prefer the Curl Boosting type better, but both work pretty much the same, Totally Twisted just has a bit less hold. I know I have applied the right amount of product when my hair makes a squishing noise as I scrunch. I then let my hair dry for about two to three hours. When the hair has mostly dried it looks shiny, somewhat flat and bit crunchy. I simply toss my head upside down and scrunch my hair again with dry hands to get rid of the crunch and I am left with lovely curls and waves that are nicely defined, frizz free and not at all crunchy. I can pull my fingers through my hair and not hit any snags. I will say I can only use this for a day as my curls will fall flat by the next morning which is a pity. This is my go to product for lazy days and days when I know I wont mind redoing my hair the next morning. I love this stuff and will continue to use this product for days when I have time to let my hair dry and rather not endure the hour long battle with a hairdryer followed by my flat iron – only to have my hair bend as the day progresses
Fragrances -Dove - go fresh revive pomegranate & lemon verbena
candyfluff 2/9/2013 3:38:00 PM
I quite like this spray, I just cant wear too much of it or I get a headache - odd given I am not usually sensitive to fragrances. When this spray mixes with my body chemistry it reminds me of The Body Shop's Dewberry perfume back in the day, only unlike The Body's Shop's offering, this does not take on a smoked-ham-like scent. Yup, I swear that stuff smelled great in the bottle but turned into liquid smoked ham. Eww. I would say Dove's Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena also smells similar to Gap's old Pink Perfume, only less sugary which is a shame. I do quite enjoy this spray and I am glad I picked it up but I like Dove's Rebalance Plum & Sakura spray better. Perhaps I would like this spray better during warmer months, as right now the citrus seems to be throwing me off, it feels wrong in winter, while the Plum & Sakura is somehow smooth and comforting.
Ekk! Love this colour! When I initially purchased this, I tried it on and it was promptly tossed to the bottom of my makeup case. It was too light and looked weird with my skin colouring. This was in the summer when my face was slightly darker. It is now February and my skin is back to its pasty self. I tried this colour on this morning having found it and forgotten about it, and wow! I like! This now looks like a lovely muted soft baby pink colour...not too blue or yellow based - it makes my teeth look whiter and complements my pale skin and black hair very well. This is what I wanted Airy Fairy to look like. My guess is I be grabbing for this lipstick quite often now. I would say the formulation is light, not sticky and perhaps a bit drying.