Misc Beauty Tools -ModelCo - Turbo Lash Wand Heated Eyelash Curler (New Pink One)
gristerz 3/25/2011 11:11:00 AM
I bought the ModelCo lash wand when it first debut in 2002 and that was the only heated eyelash curler I ever owned and swore by to curl my mascara-layered eyelashes. Many people curl their eyelashes with the traditional clamp-style curler and then apply mascara, and then perhaps clamp it again. Well, I've tried that and my lashes always ended up drooping by the end of the day. The great thing about heated eyelash curlers is that they use heat plus your mascara to "set" the curl of your lashes. The Turbo wand is a vast improvement from the original lash wand. I luv all the revamped features! First, the design of the body is more ergonomically friendly. The thick end fits comfortably in the hand, there's an on/off switch to let you know the heat is on, and (thank goodness for this one) the cap clicks into place and is quite secure. The cover for the lash wand kept falling off in my cosmetics bag and I would either need to tape it shut or place the lash wand itself in a small plastic bag to protect the curler part. Another feature of the turbo wand is that the temperature is hotter and it heats much faster than the lash wand, as it features a double coil heating system and uses a AA battery, whereas the lash wand has one coil and uses a AAA battery. Now, some of the drawbacks...the turbo wand is pricey -- probably the most expensive heated eyelash curler or eyelash curler on the market. And you'll also need AA batteries for it to work. I haven't tested how long one AA battery will last me for the turbo wand, but I can warm up the wand and curl my lashes in less than 2 minutes. The turbo wand is a great investment and will last many many years. I've had the lash wand for 9 years and it still works!
This scrub would be superb if only it were a bit milder on the skin. The exfoliants are rough on sensitive skin, and my skin's pretty sensitive, so I use a small amount and massage it gently into my face. You should only use this scrub on acne-free skin, because I can imagine how painful it'd be to irritate an oily bump, pimple, or open wound.
Toners -Estee Lauder - Perfectly Clean Fresh Balancing Lotion
gristerz 7/1/2004 7:21:00 PM
I received a small bottle of this stuff in one of the gift collections, and sadly, this toner makes my face shiny and oily. Also, because of the bottle design, it's very easy to soak a small cotton ball when you pour the stuff. What a waste!
Works well on my skin. It doesn't dry my face out and it surely doesn't stimulate oil production like other alcohol-based toners do. I refrigerate the bottle so that whenever I spritz this stuff it's cool and refreshing.
I get mixed results from this product. Sometimes the astringent leaves my face oily, and sometimes it completely dries out my pimples. I dab the formula on only the areas I want to treat, and I usually spot treat areas twice a day to shrink the pimples.
For the amount of product you get, $20 for the blemish stick is a bit high, but the trick is to use a concealer brush instead of applying the formula straight from the stick. I have this in "warm sand" and the shade blends better on my nude skin than it does on my slightly darker foundation. When the product is warm, it's a bit sheerer, making the concealing of really red spots either difficult or next to impossible. A nice thing about this stick is that it does help treat pimples -- to a certain degree.
This is a cheap, yet highly effective concealer! I have this in NC20, and I usually apply this (or BB Warm Sand) over my foundation. The formula is a bit thick and heavy, so using a little of the product is strongly advised. Sometimes, the shade is a tad light for my skin, so when I try to conceal my pimples, the makeup looks cakey and noticeable. Because it's thick, using setting powder over it might create a powdery appearance. I find that this conceals better than BB's Warm Sand Blemish Stick, but that the blemish stick blends easier for a seamless appearance.
The first eyeliner I ever bought was this pencil in Black Ebony, and I was attracted to it because of the smooth application it offered. However, I later realized the shade was way too dark for me and that the color smudged as well (giving me raccoon eyes). For $19.50, this pencil costs slightly more than the average high-end eyeliner, but the pencil is longer than other counterparts (probably because it lacks a smudger). Perhaps I will try this pencil again in a different shade of black, and I will use it in conjunction with setting powder (to prevent the color from smudging) and a heated eyelash curler (to prevent my lashes from smudging the color).
I originally bought this in "silvertaupe" with the intention of using it as a brow pencil, but quickly discovered that the shade was too light for my black eyebrows. I enjoy the natural look, and while this is a lip/eye pencil, I mainly use it to line my eyes. This shade gives me a subtle look, all the while defining my eyes in the process.
My HG eyeliner! I have this in "new black," and the shade is dramatic, yet not heavy for my Asian eyes. The formula glides on smoothly, and it's the only dark eyeliner I have that DOES NOT smudge! This product is wonderful and so is the price, since it's not as expensive as other high-end eyeliners.
I have this in "Pow" and the color is beautiful, but I do not wear it often, so to me, this eyeliner isn't a "must." Also, after a few months, the formula has hardened, making it a lot more abrasive as I line my eyes. Even though I try to heat the eyeliner to make application smoother, the pencil is still rough, much to my dissatisfaction.
I like the natural look, and I like blending lip color, so bare beige works well in helping me achieve my desired appearance. Although I like the plush applicator, I use my retractable lip brush, since the synthetic fibers allow me more (clean)control over the application.
Eye Shadow -Laura Mercier - Creme Eye Colour to Go
gristerz 4/22/2004 7:38:00 PM
My favorite e/s! I generally favor cream eyeshadows more, since they're easier to apply, but I have to admit, this one is certainly beautiful! I love the color, the shimmer, the ease of the application, the wand, and the packaging.
When a Sephora MUA first applied this concealer on me, I thought, "Wow, this stuff is amazing," so I bought it. Well, after finishing my second tube, I've decided not to repurchase the Magic Wand anymore. What I've discovered is that the only light shade offered, which is "Lightening," looks lovely when I wear it at night, but horribly noticeable when I wear it during the day. The pigments in the formula are supposedly able to "match" one's skin tone, but upon closer inspection in the mirror, I notice that the concealer is much darker than my skin tone. The Magic Wand does help treat my blemishes, which is nice, but for $18.50, it's not worth it.
Eye Shadow -Delux Beauty - Cream Powder Eyeshadow in Sheer Ice [DISCONTINUED]
gristerz 4/22/2004 7:23:00 PM
My skin tone is quite uneven around the eyes, and after foundation, I usually "lighten" up my eye area with this shade. It's nice and shimmery and light! I thought $18 for such a small amount was rather steep. Because the e/s is cream, you can easily use up the product in a short time. I do like the shape of the container, as well as its design, as I'm a big fan of compact, yet highly effective products.