First, I have to say that I have been waxing my legs and bikini line exclusively for about 2 years. I hate shaving; it made my hair coarse and dark. Waxing has been wonderful, but the wait time when the hair stubble grows back can stink because you have to live with hairy legs for a week or two. So, I recently decided to get a Braun Silk Epil for touch ups. It was well worth it. If you have never used an epilator, I strongly encourage you to get waxed at least three times first. It will really hurt if you don't. That being said, I found it to be minimally uncomfortable and works very well. You'll see some strays that didn't get tweezed here and there. I just pluck them out. I like the convenience, I have waxed myself at home, and even though it is effective,it is very messy and hard to reach the backs of your legs. The epilator allows you too reach every part without any gooey mess. I do not recommend trying this on you bikini line! Some people can do it, but I find it hurts too much, so I just wax. I am saving for laser treatments, but this is still great for touch ups. Travels well too. Overall, a solid investment even if I do find it a bit pricey at $52.00USD
Eyeliner -Delux Beauty - Nilla Black [DISCONTINUED]
glamella 12/26/2005 10:47:00 PM
This is a fantastic eyeliner! I have oily lids so I can never find a pencil liner to tight line or use on the lower lash line. I love my MAC fluidliner, but even they were hard to apply tothe bottom lash (maybe my eyes are abnormally watery, but not this liner. It is a true, dark black. The consistency is very smooth and soft, but not so soft that it breaks. You can leave a neat line or smudge it out. It stayed put all day! I will definitely get other colors.
Blush -Flirt - Peek-A-Blush Sheer Powder in Dapple Apple
glamella 6/9/2005 1:49:00 PM
Comparable to NARS! The cost about $11-12, which is only a dollar or two mor than L'oreal and Revlon, but the colors are way better. Blends beautifully, stays on all day.
I love this! Pros: it really does spray at any angle, dries quickly, gives nice, believeable color that you gradually build on, the color lasts a week. Cons: Only comes in one shade: medium. I wish this came in dark because I would love a deeper tan. Use: I always moisturize first because it help to keep the color even. The bottle says not to rub it in, but I always do. I think you may get streaks if you don't rub it in.
Treatments -L'Oreal - Dermo-Expertise ReFinish Micro-Dermabrasion
glamella 3/14/2005 9:06:00 AM
I held off on buying this because of the price, but I caved and I'm glad I did. It is definitely a great face scrub. I never like face scrubs in the past because they never really did anything, and I preferred AHAs & Retinol. I still use my AHA moisturizer & Retinol treatment, but I like using the scrub to keep blackheads at bay. I only need to use this 2x per week, and keeps my skin soft. I took off a point because I wish they sold this separately from the moisturizer (which I don't use). I use the moisturizer as a hand/body lotion so that it doesn't go to waste.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
glamella 3/10/2005 10:19:00 AM
I love this primer because it holds my shadow like nothing else! There is no creasing or fading from morning to night, which is a miracle. I have tried many of the other primers and this is far and away the best. Now the cons: the packaging stinks! The wand is terrible for application so I use a taklon brush. I find that if I use my finger, I end up removing most of the product as I blend. The bottle itself makes it impossible to tell how much is left. I learned a trick from another MUAer: take out the little plastic part in the neck that scrapes the wand. You'll be amazed at how much product gets stuck at the top! I was about to throw mine away thinking it was empty, and it was still 70% full! Another trick is to use this sparingly. To much will make it hard to blend shadows and will create harsh lines.
I love, love, love this product. I have tried BB, Stila, Smashbox, and Lorac creme & gel liners and this is the best. It has a texture that makes it easy to apply and lasts all day with no smudging or smearing. The other brands either had a funny texture or smeared everywhere. The colors are fabulous. They are vibrant & true as aopposed to the blackened colors of the other brands. I have dipdown, waveline, and sweet sage, and I plan on getting a few more colors.
Pressed Powders -Physicians Formula - Mineral Wear Mineral Face Powder
glamella 3/10/2005 10:05:00 AM
I was excited to see mineral powder finally hit the drugstore. I have had great success with BE foundation, but thefinish is slightly to shiny for my t-zone, especially during the summer. I tries mineral veil, but it didn't really impress me. I picked this up at CVS for about $11-12USD in light and bronze. I love that it's matte & and evens out my skin tone. It's a pressed powder, not foundation so it's not meant to give a lot of coverage, which is fine for what I need. It keeps my forehead from shining without touch ups all day. You need a light hand, otherwise you will pick up too much powder. It has not broken me out or clogged pores. I will definitely keep using this. The only mini complaint I have is the price. It is pretty pricey for a drugstore item, but still a good value compared to dept. store prices.
I love this stuff. It is light and evens out my complexion. I also love the dewy finish. I have normal skin with a slightly oily t-zone. This is not for someone with oily skin because you will get shiny. However normal to dry skins would like it. The pump is great and sanitary. I took off a lippie for price. It's about $37USD, which is a bit pricey.
This was not a wonder product for me. It was an okay base, but not better than UD primer potion or Paula Dorf primer. I had to take off a lipstick for the price.It's between $11-12, and definitely won't lastany longer UD since you need to use quite a bit each time. Another lippie had to come off for performance. My shadow faded by mid-day. I can get similar wear by just using concealor. Will not repurchase.
This definitely gives nice length, but also gave me the worst spider lashes ever. It looked like I had 5 long lashes on each eye. Maybe it's the brush? I won't repurchase this becuse I think Loreal (part of the company that makes Lancome) actually has better mascaras.
Eye Shadow -Chanel - Lumieres Facettes (Iridescent Effects Eyes) Spotlight
glamella 12/19/2004 10:27:00 AM
I'm inthe minority here. The texture and pigmentation was horrible for these shadows. I tried using a brush, spong applicator, and my finger and still was unable to get any pigment out of the two lighter color. I did get some color from the bronze & brown colors but barely. The texture is very chalky, hard to blend or layer. The packaging is fine, but frankly I don't thin it's any nicer than any other brand. For $54US you'd think the product would be exceptional. I can't even use it! I prefer Milani shadows to this.
So much for not being clumpy. With any thickening mascara, you have to expect some clumping but the whole point of this mascara is that it thickens without doing so. It's nothing special. Adds some length and thickness, but I get the same exact results with Loreal Voluminous, except Voluminous is easier to work with.
Mascara -Maybelline - Full 'N Soft Mascara Waterproof
glamella 8/4/2004 6:45:00 PM
I bought this based in the reviews and was disappointed. Maybe it's because I bought the WP version, but I didn't get any volume at all with this mascara, although I did get some length. I have long, medium full lashes to begin with and this made them somewhat spikey. It's also not any softer than any other mascara. Total bust for me.
This by far the best eyeshadow base I have ever used. It puts FY eye to shame. It's waterproof so it works for the oiliest skins. It goes on smoothly, makes shadow last all day, and one pot will last you a very long time.