Styling Products -Garnier - Soft Curl Cream [DISCONTINUED]
claudiajen 11/29/2007 5:34:00 PM
I have thick but fine straight hair that is shoulder length with side swept bangs that end at my pupil... and I had always been relying on Aussie sprunch spray to give me any kind of wave or curl to my hair. I dreaded the scent and the gross feeling of touching the crunch, so I had been looking for a good cream for a while. My stylist showed me the right way to scrunch/curl my limp straight hair and used a high end curling cream, and I realized that this was probably the same stuff. I rushed home to use it
After taking a shower, I flipped my head and wrapped a towel around it without combing it. I got dressed, did makeup yadda yadda letting it air dry a bit in the towel. I took it off (once again, not combing it, so it looks like a ratty mess) and put my fingers into this tub. I DESPISE the packaging of this. Regardless I covered my fingertips and ran this all through my uncombed hair from scalp to end. I flipped my hair and dried it with a diffuser, and when I flipped it up, what did I get but awesome wavy curls? I did straighten my bangs and use a bit of hairspray to keep the hold (which was still kind of there by 4pm that day, and my hair never holds curl!) but this stuff gets an A from me. I *love* it. Only one lippie off because of the packaging--I'd love a pump or a squeeze tube!
I got this in a GWP and it convienently fits into my Stila 6-pan! Anyway, I try to use this as a liner and even when applied wet it's just too "chalky" and doesn't stay. I did try using it lightly in the crease for a matte dramatic eye and I did like it a lot.
The color itself is a matte brown. Very basic, very chalky. Not worth $13.50 so I won't be purchasing again, but i'll use up what I have of it.
EDITED: I found out this was the source of my breakouts, despite what I said before. Excellent coverage but not worth the acne I got. I switched to Lancome Teint Idole. Here's my original review:
Great foundation! Tons of colors so there's bound to be one for you. I have oily, acne-prone skin. Each foundation I've tried has been flakey, cakey, or... stakey (sorry I had to rhyme.) But this one goes on smooth with fingers or a foundation brush (I actually use a concealer brush as I only spot-check with foundation so that's my foundation brush), it doesn't leave my skin oily, and it stays most of the day. I live in Texas so I sweat a lot (ew) so naturally some of it comes off, but in the cooler months it stays on great. Unless I find something better, this is my HG.
Cleansers -Aveeno - Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser
claudiajen 7/10/2007 2:29:00 PM
After narrowing down every product I use, I have determined that this is the culprit breaking me out. I have acne-prone combo skin, and this did nothing for my acne--if anything, it may have made it worse but I don't have proof that it was this product. So I wouldn't buy again beacuse it doesn't give me a "clear complexion."
Powder -Bare Escentuals - Bare Minerals in 1.2, fairly light
claudiajen 6/8/2007 3:48:00 PM
Let me first say, I have acne prone skin. I tried this, and it did nothing. It made my zits look chalky, and it sure gave coverage--obvious coverage. I put it away for about 2 months.
When I went to the dermatologist, however, my skin cleared up significantly, and I decided to give this a try. Because my skin wasn't bumpy and chaffed, this went on very smoothly and evened out my skintone. Very buildable; if you have a red spot, just pat some extra on and it's fine! I use this as my backup foundation for when I don't have huge spots to cover up.
A nice silver-gray eye shadow. There are probably better alternatives in Milani or Jane line, but Ulta products are always BOGOF, 1/2 off, etc. so it's a great steal. Pigmentation isn't that of MAC or Milani, but it's not chalky by any means. It has AWESOME staying powder, and stayed on my lids all day. I also love the flip top, and how it fits into most eye shadow palettes. If I run out, I'll definitely be repurchasing.
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Rimmel Special Eyes eyeliner pencil - Ginger Tea
claudiajen 5/15/2007 7:41:00 PM
My mom gave me this when it didn't work for her... I can see why she gave it away. Ginger tea in itself is a copper-bronze color that I love for summer. However, the packaging I hate. The cap cracked on the side (This has happened with all of my Rimmel pencils) and the wood sharpens uneven. I also hate how they aren't sealed at the drugstore, so pretty much all the liners are probably tested by people. The liner itself was so HARD! I had to press really hard to get any color payoff, and it tugged really badly on my eyes and did not stay. This is truly a case of you get what you pay for. It's worth $1.99 but I wouldn't pay a penny more.
Did nothing. Yeah, it gave my hair "body" but that's just because the conditioner wouldn't get any tangles out after the shampoo without globbing it all into my hand! I feel like it actually pulled out some of my hair. Ugh. Definitely won't be repurchasing.
I'm really not that impressed with this. It made my hair feel a bit gummy even when washing, and it made my hair tangle like no other--even with conditioner. It has a nice verbena scent in the bottle, but it doesn't linger on hair. Just did an ok job at cleaning my hair--didn't elinimate greasies, didn't add greasies. My hair didn't feel "flat" though. I prefer my cheapy Herbal Essences, so I won't be repurchasing.
Blush -Milani - Powder Blush - Pink Craze [DISCONTINUED]
claudiajen 3/13/2007 8:39:00 PM
I'm a PPP w/blonde hair and hazel eyes. This blush gives me the perfect doll look!
Overall Rating: 4. I've noticed the staying power is weak, but for the price I can buy it over and over again and use as much as I'd like. Price: 1. Dirt cheap.
Packaging Quality: 5, just because it can fit into most palettes =)
Too bad Milani blushes are d/ced. I would buy them again, and again, and again...
Eyeliner -Jemma Kidd Makeup School - Define Stay-Put Eyeliner
claudiajen 3/13/2007 8:37:00 PM
I bought this spur-of-the-moment at Neiman Marcus when a SA dragged me to the counter... I was reluctant, but I really liked this eyeliner! I have 02 Earth. The liner is very soft and does not tug. And man, it doesn't come off! Jumped in the pool and it was still on =)
Overall Rating: 5. Stays put, color matches my skin very nicely, and I LOVE the smudger at the very end.
Price: 3-4ish... I'm a cheapo, and I didn't like paying $18 for this eyeliner.
Packaging: 4... it's very long, and doesn't fit into my traincase! :P
Unless I can find a drugstore dupe of this, I will buy again.
Hair Color -Clairol - Complements Gel Colorant Long-Lasting Semi-Permanent
claudiajen 2/24/2007 10:30:00 PM
I tried using this on my asian friend, and after leaving it on, trying multiple coats, etc. no results. Still boring black hair; not the fuchsia we had hoped. This may work with blondes and brunettes, but it didn't work for her at all.
Why does this bronzer only have one color? Weird. Anyway, I'm pretty pale, and this bronzer gave me the perfect touch when applied lightly. It's very buildable, so I think any skintone could wear this. For some reason, I do not like the texture of this bronzer, so I took a lippy off... it's kind of chalky in my opinion. Otherwise very nice!
Eyeliner -Rimmel - Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Pure White
claudiajen 1/21/2007 9:14:00 PM
Great pencil! It's about $2 anywhere you go, and it's just a kohl pencil that you sharpen. My only complaint with the packaging is that the cap has broken on all of my Rimmel pencils, so there's a large crack along the side. But about the product itself, it's a white pencil that doesn't tug and it goes on soo smoothly. My only complaint is that it doesn't last as long as I'd like, but at $2 you can use as much as you want, as far as I'm concerned :P
For the record: I don't sell Mary Kay. But I LOVE this lipgloss. It is the PERFECT nude lip for me; most nudes are too dramatic just for every day, but I can go to school wearing this. Color-wise, think of a light cappuccino (sp?). Mary Kay glosses are actually very smooth and not-sticky, and last for about an hour (even w/talking.) I just don't like the tube; I don't feel like I get enough product.