Lipstick -Bobbi Brown - Rose Petal Creamy Lip Color
coolbabe377 3/7/2013 5:41:00 PM
I really didn't like this color all that well on me when I first got it in a sample set in 2008. I thought it was too pink with no depth. And then last year, I thought I'd try it in a tube (not the little palette I got), and it's absolutely lovely. I truly don't look like I'm wearing lipstick. It just looks like I have the best natural lips and lip color. Sadly, I'm out of it, and will definitely reorder. It isn't anything spectacular, and it isn't for anyone who wants to make a dramatic statement with their lips. It's for people like me who want the "No make-up" look.
Styling Products -Wen by Chaz Dean - Fig Styling Creme
coolbabe377 4/20/2012 1:35:00 PM
Yes...I think I would buy this again if it were very very cheap, and came with other things like in a beauty test tube;) I would NEVER buy it on its own. A little of this mixed with a little Hair One or Feria condtioner after I'm all rinsed provides me w/ just enough body, and a little more moisture. I received it in a Fig kit with the cleanser/cond, balm, and oil. This is the 3rd styling creme I've tried. SAM and lavender (too drying) were the others.
Concealers -Senna - Totally Transforming Concealer
coolbabe377 1/13/2012 11:22:00 PM
I've reviewed so many things, and I can't understand why I've never reviewed this product, or any of Senna's wonderful things. About five years ago, a lady on QVC's message board recommended getting Senna's Totally transforming eye primer, and that Shop NBC sold it. Well...it was on sale along with the TTC and their #12 concealer brush. I got it in Neutral Light, and it was great. Best concealer brush, good eye primer, and this wonderful little tube of concealer. It just melts into my skin. No powder required, and looks amazingly natural. Since that time...Senna has left the shopping channel, and so I've ordered from other places. I've tried Warm Light and Cool Light too, and all of the shades work really well. I keep on straying because I'm a sucker for advertising and I keep trying others, but I truly believe that Senna's is the best...HG material for me. There is a lot of product in that little tube, and it is valuable stuff. When I finish the Eve Pearl and a couple of others I have (none of them bad...just not as good as Senna's), I'll once again order a new little tube of the TTC...this time in Cameo. I hope they don't eventually discontinue this wonderful line of cosmetics. I've had so much success with them.
Conditioner -L'Oreal - Feria Color Moisturizing Treatment.
coolbabe377 1/12/2012 3:46:00 PM
YES...YES! I just bought two tubes of this at Sally's (they're on sale...yeepee!) and I can no longer use any other condioner on my hair. When I get low...I panic. I have fine hair, so it's hard to condition and moisturize without looking flat and greasy. I used to buy a conditioner from my stylist that was only sold in salons. It was from Japan, and no matter what kind of shampoo I used on my hair...well...if I used this...It looked great. AND...like a lot of good stuff...they discontinued it, and I've been searching for a comparable product ever since. My search is over. This is just as good as that expensive Japanese conditioner, and one fourth the price. When I use the Feria, my hair is like I used WEN, but without the side effects of WEN...like the weighing down of my hair...the limp look, the greasy feel that I sometimes got in the end, AND...it smells fresh and clean. My cuticle is tamed yet my hair looks sensational with a lot of body and bounce. Just can't say enough good things about it. HG!
Primer/ Corrector -Eve Pearl - Priming Moisturizer
coolbabe377 12/20/2011 3:39:00 PM
I really like this product. I'm one of those people who cannot use regular moisturizer on my face except maybe on my cheeks, but that's it. I feel like I'm smothering with most moisturizers, so I use serums, eye creams, and primers. This is kind of a creamy gel. It goes on nicely and moisturizes and primes. Any makeup goes on better with it. There's only one down-side to it. It has fragrance in it, and I HATE to put anything on my face with fragrance. It's light (kind of like old fashioned cold cream), and it dissipates, but still... Other than that, it's perfect, so I won't take off a lippie, just wish she'd take out the fragrance. Edit-122911: I'm taking off a lippie. The fragrance has gagged me the last couple of times I've used this, but then...I'm EXTREMELY sensitive to fragrances. Will purchase again if she takes the doggone fragrance out. Edit-011212: I'm taking off another lippie. The smell is bothering me more and more, so I've decided to use it as hand cream (works amazingly well for that purpose), and it's WAY too expensive for hand cream. Why would anyone put fragrance in something made for the face...yuk! HTH's
Blush -Eve Pearl - Blush Trio-Sweet Cheeks (Light)
coolbabe377 12/20/2011 3:25:00 PM
Sweet Cheeks is pretty. It's the lightest of EP's blush/bronzer trios. I didn't use it at first, because to be frank, it didn't show up all that much unless I put some cream blush on underneath and didn't use a fan brush (used a regular blush brush). Then, I watched her on Shop NBC, and she did it differently, and so...I tried it, and it looks really pretty if you want a totally natural look. The difference was the placement, bringing out the cheek bones and highlighting the face. In her previous videos she just kind of slapped the blush on high on the face. At any rate, it's really pretty and I've used a lot of it up since her debut on Shop NBC. With Sweet Cheeks you have to use all the shades at once or it just doesn't show up, and the bronzer on its own looks orange on my face (most light bronzers do). I will use this up and then most likely go back to my Tarte Amazonian clay blushes, Park Avenue Princess bronzer and BB bronzers because they're just prettier than than this trio, and the texture is better. To be honest, though, I've never tried some of EP's other trios. The deeper colors are more vivid and are much livelier, colors that are worthy of fan brush application. If she has another sale (and she will somewhere very soon), I may try one of them.
Foundations -Eve Pearl - High Definition Dual Foundation with CosmeNutrients
coolbabe377 12/20/2011 2:36:00 PM
"Would you buy this product again?"...maybe. I purchased this in the Light when EP had a promotion thing on Haute Look. I like the packaging and that it's two shades (for sculpting), but like the Salmon concealer, it's still too expensive for what it is. There are other products (like Senna's Slipcover) where you can use the same method (the reverse contouring) that aren't as expensive and produce better results. The makeup actually doesn't look like anything on my skin in the Light. I've used the wet sponge method (and every time I do this, I take all the makeup, moisturizer, serum and primer off my face leaving my "normal" skin parched), I've tried the dry sponge method (not a good look), and then I've just tried my fingers, and weird as it may seem, that blends it the best. The problem may be that I ordered the Light and I should've ordered the Fair. My neck is very Fair even though my face has color (like most people's). One thing, it hasn't made me itch or broken me out. I feel for those who had that happen. It happened to me with another foundation. So...if I ever get the chance to get this foundation for less again in the Fair, I may just try it. You can get it on Shop NBC now, but they don't offer the Fair. Eve Pearl says that the Light would work for Nicole K. I don't think so, Eve. HTH's
Concealers -Eve Pearl - Dual Salmon Concealer & Treatment
coolbabe377 12/20/2011 2:02:00 PM
I bought this in the Light/Medium combo about 6-7 months ago when Haute Look had a sale (just like everyone else). I'm glad I got the discount, because I would have been a disgruntled customer had I paid full price. I can't say that it is horrible or that it doesn't work, because it does erase my under eye circles, and I can't say that it creases because it doesn't (but then nothing creases on me) The reason that I give it such a low rating is that 1. The color isn't right...not in the Light or the Medium. It's too orange. I'm Fair, and my under eye circles are best corrected by either Bobbi Brown corrector in Light Bisque (pinker and a way better product) or Senna Totally transforming concealer in Cool Light or Cameo Light (you don't even need a powder with the Senna TTC...it's gooood). There are other corrector/concealers that work too that are way less expensive, but I bought a lot of her products because I believed the YouTube hype. 2. It doesn't really make my eyes look bright. Even with the Light side, I look kind of dull, and I use very little, and I KNOW how to use it. Have watched all the vids, and I'm creative and good with makeup. 3. It smears all over the place, and I set it with BB's light yellow powder. The first time I used it I had a cold and couldn't blow my stupid nose for hours without getting all this orange stuff on the tissue, and another time, I put on a pale blue T-Shirt and the concealer rubbed off on it (didn't even think I touched my face, but I guess I did) I haven't been able to get that stain out yet, and it doesn't come out of my favorite concealer brush which is white. I've tried the olive oil and dishwashing liquid treatment on both the shirt and my brush, and alas, the stains will always be there. Now, I make sure that my pull-on T-shirts or whatever are dark. 4. Way too expensive for a product like this. Even Bobbi Brown is less. And I really don't care whether it contains the food that salmon's eat because I'm not a salmon;) I am still working on it, because with the S&H, it was still expensive at Haute Look, and I don't waste stuff. I DO tweak it with other products like a Touche Eclat knock off that lightens it up. I've almost hit pan. It DOES last. I CAN see this product being used for television. Where you wear HD makeup and then take it off. I can see why she won the Emmys, but honestly...those people are loaded with makeup, and if you've ever watched the EP vids...she just keeps on putting layer after layer...not too good for everyday. HTH's Honestly people...you can do better for less. I DO wish it was sold in stores so people could try it out beforehand, and if you love it...well...good on ya.
The first couple of times I used this on my hair...well...it wasn't all that great, and I found that my roots faded pretty quickly in spite of using my gray magic drops. Also...my hair was getting redder and redder. I was a coppery blonde and was using the 7NN and 8NN half and half combination. The last time I did it, I thought..."Hey...cut out the gray magic and just see what happens." This took some guts as I was using the drops as kind of a crutch and didn't want to do my whole head again. I used the developer by Clairol created for this hair color and used a 2 to 1 ratio of 7NN and 8NN, and voila...just a really nice neutral blonde, and it has been 2 weeks and very little fading. This product never made me itch, but then very few things do. I'm finding that using the developer made for the product and dropping those gray magic drops (they're really awful for you anyway) helped me to get the color I wanted (neutral medium/dark blonde). The coppery blonde was very pretty, but not what I was going for. Also, I went a little darker, and then framed my face with some highlights the next day. Really pretty. I also left it on for over 50 mins. When they messed me up in salons...they would always leave it on for 20-30 mins, and couldn't understand why the color faded to canary blonde roots in a couple of days. Also...in the good old days (the 80's and 90's), they used to just dye my roots brown, and they would lighten in no time. So...no more gray magic drops, use dedicated developer, go slightly darker, and leave it on long enough. Also...I only touched up the roots (well a little past them), and then with my remaining WEN (I still have a bunch left)...I added it to the rest of my mixture about 45 mins in. I still have my quarrels with WEN, but it's great for coloring your hair (during and right after...locks the color in like nothing else, and you can mix what's left of the color with it, and I have NO color stripes. You can also get that dye out of there with the WEN. And my hair is in beautiful condition. Enough said.
If you read my WEN review, you know that I've been on a quest to replace it, and that quest has really paid off. The first thing I needed to do was to really purify clarify my hair. I tried using other shampoos from Sally's (am now a fan and a member:), and although my hair REALLY felt clean for the first time in a long time, I didn't really feel that all the junk was out. Asked a lady at Sally's and bought a huge bottle of this shampoo. Wet, shampoo, leave on a little while, and rinse. Voila...My hair is so much clearer, and it doesn't dry it out. I now use this at least once a week and my hair feels wonderful.
Blush -Tarte - Tarte Glow your way to gorgeous QVC collection
coolbabe377 7/21/2011 11:26:00 PM
I hadn't ordered a beauty TSV from QVC in a really long time, and then I ordered the LG one (see review), and I was so disappointed, then...the Tarte TSV came on, and when I saw what you got...I just couldn't resist, and I'm so glad I got it on AD. I'm a true Ivory...fair/light neutral skin, and I ordered the Light in the concealer. It works. Not my favorite concealer in the whole world, so essentially, I use it on my face because it's very sticky and stays where you put it. It really covers around my nose and the few spots I have on my face. Doesn't cover as well under the eyes, and is a bit too thick and shiny. To make it work, I use a corrector first, and it works that way. Everything else in the kit was a home run. I've been wanting a paddle blush brush (for contouring) for a very long time, and this is a nice one. The cream eye shadow brush is comparable to my BB one, so now I have an extra. As I put each item from the set on my face...I looked better and better. Maybe these were just colors that went with me, but I really couldn't find fault with this set. My eyes became a deep bright green, and my whole face lit up. The eye shadow is nice. A little shimmer but just looks very natural. The chubby eye and lip pencils were impressive, and I didn't expect to like either one of them. I just use the eye pencil on my upper lash rim (kind of a tight line) and a little on the outer edge of the lower lash, and it's a good look. The lip pencil is a lip balm with some nice color. The first lip product I haven't had to use a lip balm under. The blush...gorgeous!!! I plan on purchasing more of these individually. Peaceful (was called a rose shade and it isn't) is a neutral peach color, and these blushes DO last longer than others. The extras were so nice. Lovely bronzer. Just lights up my face with kind of a golden hue. The maracuja oil. Well...I'm not a fan of oils, and I wouldn't purchase it separately, but I will find uses for it. I am so happy I got this on AD. It's bound to come on QVC again on AD, and it's really an unbelievable bargain. The Oct shipment has a deeper coral blush with matching chubby lip pencil, and khaki green eye shadow. Interesting. Sorry to go on and on, but it's been a really long time since I've been this impressed with a beauty kit. As one reviewer wrote...It's a no brainer! HTH's
Treatments (Eye) -100 Percent Pure - Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream
coolbabe377 7/7/2011 2:39:00 PM
Yes...I would buy this eye cream again...and have, I think four times now...and it's the ONLY eye cream that I've ever reordered that many times. I am NOT going to tell you that it has made my under eye darkness better, because it really doesn't (well...maybe a tad), and I'm NOT going to tell you that it lifts and tightens the skin around my eyes because it really doesn't (well...maybe a little). What I love about this product is that it's a really good moisturizer for around the eyes, and even on the lids (if you use it sparingly). For reducing puffiness or getting rid of under eye circles...I use cold water, tea bags, exercise, cut down on salt and use a good concealer. I will admit, however, that except for the dark circles...my eyes are in beautiful shape for my age, but if I did have extreme issues, I would probably be saving my pennies for more expensive procedures than what ANY eye cream can deliver. Eye creams/treatments aren't miracle workers...they can only do so much. This cream has a wonderful slip, so that I can apply concealer easily. For me, at least, it isn't too greasy and it isn't too drying (some of the gels actually are drying)...it's just right...ahhh:) I've only ordered it in the 1 oz bottle so the pump HAS always been an issue, but if I get a little too much...I work some out on my cheeks and always use some over the top of my lip to prevent the verticals. About 2/3 of the way through...I have to unscrew the pump and scrape out the rest. The scent doesn't bother me at all, it disappears by the time I'm doing my makeup and each time I've ordered it, it smells just a little bit different. AND...this is the first eye cream I've ever had that doesn't sting my ultra sensitive eyes (except for the chamomile eye gel at the health food store). I realize that this will not be the case with everyone. Heck...I'm sensitive to things that no one else seems to be bothered by. AND...the price is right. I've tried other eye creams in between (deluxe samples I received...really good ones), and I went right back to 100 percent Pure. Will try the little tubes next purchase. Less muss and fuss with the stupid pumps. HTH's
I ordered the Lighness of Beauty kit in the Fair, and while I didn't have the problems with the B-n'-B that a lot of QVC reviewers had with the Fair, I did have enough issues that it's going back. I've used it full face three times now, and I look better without the kit. Pros: 1.The charcoal eyeliner is nice...really creamy, and I was surprised by the quality. 2. The eye colors are very nice in Amethyst Skies. For me they're not too shiny. I can deal with it, and matte them down. There's a light lavender, a dark purple, and a charcoal/dark lavender color. Was so looking forward to these as I'm tired of different versions of brown, brown brown!. 3. The highlighter (contained in the eye palette) is a very shiny peachy gold color, and I would never have liked this before about six months ago when I got my first two really nice fan brushes. My "magic fan brush" makes everything look subtle, so it's not too shiny on my face. 4. Very pretty packaging...always nice. Cons: 1. The whipped blush in Mulberry. I didn't mind the color or the application. It actually gave my face a really natural glow. It was the packaging. You have to keep replacing this stupid cap (to keep the product moist). I stained a white T-shirt w/ this. Let's see if it comes out in the wash. However...once you have it on...it looks very nice. 2.The whipped lip color in Praline. The color's okay. It's warm, and I like warms and cools together, but after you have it on...it feels dry and gritty, and it looks shiny and cheap on my mouth. I don't mind the scent...smells like...well...caramel and nuts, but mild. 3. Balance-'n-Brighten in Fair. This is the main reason I'm returning this kit. I read other reviews before I received this. It's been years since I tried the B'nB, and I thought I'd wind up with an orange one like so many others did, but actually mine wasn't. There WAS way too much of a cocoa brown in it, and it really didn't look good even as a face powder (certainly wasn't Fair), but I thought I'd use it kind of as a contour or slight bronzer. The problem with this was that each time I put it on...it irritated my skin, and I felt so dry. I DON'T have dry skin. It's normal...a little on the oily side, and I prepare it well. And last (and certainly not least) reason that I don't care for this kit is that I look prettier without it than with it. I gave it three stars for the products that did work and for LG's ingenuity in trying to invent really innovative products. Others have loved this kit...especially the people who ordered it in the Regular (who have way darker skin than myself). I wonder what happened with the Fair that so many are complaining.
I was one of the first women to purchase Balance-'n-Brighten, so I purchased it in the Regular (only color it came in for years. I had been fairly impressed by her Bronze-'n-Brighten, so I thought I would give this a try. Now...just so ya know...I usually don't really use a foundation...just concealer in the necessary places (you know...around the nose, under my eyes, or any other place that's not looking so hot that day, and light yellow powder in those same spots. It seemed creamy on my then late 50's face, and worked for me as a setting powder. Looked good in the rear-view mirror too. I thought...nice...a little coverage, creamy for a powder convenient...AND then... I went to see a movie with some friends, and they have a restroom (you know the kind) that has zero beauty lighting in it...the kind of restroom that you try to wash your hands and leave as soon as possible;) But...thank goodness for this awful restroom. I caught a glimpse of my face in the mirror, and I looked as if I had smeared a combination of Goulden's and Grey Poupon mustard on my face. It was terrible. I took a wet paper towel and wiped it off my face, and I looked so much better. I also tried it in my own bathroom, and the awful tint was there...just a lot more subtle. Since that time...I've learned that you match your neck as far as foundation is concerned, and my neck is Ivory...not grey/green/orange. With LG's baked products, it's the luck of the draw, and it also shows up differently depending on the lighting you're in and what part of the compact you've reached. I just ordered her more recent TSV (w/ the SPF) in Fair, and I'll review that separately. I think that the Porcelain is too light and pink for me.
I actually purchased the first contouring kit that Laura made, and it was great...pretty expensive, but very nice. It was pressed powder and finely milled and the two shades were a light vanilla and like a taupe color and they were both matte shades. My face looked so pretty with these two products on my face, and strangely...not dirty. It was, I think, the first product she brought to QVC. This baked product is just all right...nothing special. I really don't mind the sparkle. It actually doesn't show on me, but it just sits there, because the contour in the baked makes my face look very dirty. I did learn how to contour my silly face from Laura, but I use different products now. In the morning (when I'm always in a hurry)...I use my trusty Senna color wash brush (the best fan brush, and no longer available), and I dust Bobbi Brown bronzer (no orange) in all the right places. After makeup...I use the "Glow Box" to highlight and add some color. This is a very pretty product. But the best contour shade you can use is a darker version of your foundation (no gray...no phoney bronzer color). The creme foundations are...well...time consuming, so I am considering buying the B&B in the tan shade. One reviewer did just that and was very pleased...no glitter...just a real natural skin tone...unlike this kit.