Can't add much more to the glowing reviews that hasn't already been said...just want to clarify that I have hair past my waist and these work! I was skeptical because I often see reviews saying "I have long hair..." but long hair can just mean a little bit past your shoulders, which is hard to go by if you have VERY long hair. So for others with very long hair - these work! They feel much better than hair ties too; it doesn't feel as tight on my scalp (but it feels secure). Definitely worth a shot so try them!
Eyeliner -Urban Decay - 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero
jillirific 6/17/2011 4:01:00 PM
I only use this product on my waterline, so please consider that when reading! I have used other UD 24/7 liners on my waterline and found that they really irritated my eyes - I assumed it was because they were glittery, so I tried my hand at Zero which isn't. The pigmentation is great and the lasting power is better than what I was using before (a drugstore liner)...this works great if I only use it on my top waterline. Once it goes on both, though, my eyes lose all of their moisture! I can literally hear myself blink they're so dry and if I blink hard enough, my eyes will stay shut! Very, very uncomfortable.
I have been through several of these because I've dropped and broken them but I am more than happy to repurchase it every time because it is a great glass nail file. I don't think I can ever go back to emery boards or regular files. Leaves edges really smooth, no roughness at all! I've seen other glass files go for $20+ in department stores so $10 is a good price for this.
Plink! is my favourite MAC lipstick and it's been discontinued - this is pretty close. It's a bit more pink and slightly less nude, but it's an okay substitute. I think the packaging is cute, but definitely not practical. My biggest complaint is the smell! It smells like artificial chocolate or something. So gross. Instead of buying this again, I wish I had just bought a Plink! backup.
I love Moroccan Oil! I tried it out a few times before buying it and knew I had to have a bottle of my own. I paid $41 (Canadian) for a 100ml bottle - and to my surprise, there was a pump inside the box! Awesome for home, and I still have the cap for travel. I can see why some people wouldn't like this product, but it all depends on your hair, so test it out first if you can. It makes my hair feel super light and soft, and looks really shiny. Love it! Don't want to live without it now.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - The Brush Guard
jillirific 5/10/2011 11:47:00 AM
I bought a variety pack and blush pack (after watching xsparkage's review saying that the blush ones fit MAC eye shadow brushes best). I actually only ended up using 3 from the blush pack and that's it...on my 222 and two 217 brushes. They worked really well on the 217s! Brought the shape back to its original, domed state. The sizing was really strange. The kabuki one practically broke when I tried to put it on my 187 and splayed the hairs with the rough edges from the 'breakage' of the guard. After that, I just left them alone. If I could 'buy again,' I would just buy the blush pack as I don't actually have many issues with my other brushes drying back to shape. So for most of my brushes, this was a solution to a problem I never had, but it solved my 217 issues perfectly so I'm happy with them in that sense. I don't see myself using these to 'protect' my brushes though. They're cheap, so give them a shot if you feel you need them.
Skincare -Jack Black - Pit Boss Antiperspirant & Deodorant
jillirific 5/4/2011 8:44:00 PM
I bought this for my boyfriend because he sweats profusely. We were both a bit reluctant because it was so expensive for a deodorant ($17) but we soon found out that it was worth every penny. He says it's the best one he's ever used and he's tried them all. He has fairly sensitive skin and this didn't irritate his armpits at all. He still experiences moderate wetness but moderate down from profusely (and I mean profusely) is a very big improvement, and the best improvement of any antiperspirant he's used. He experienced no odour whatsoever. The smell is nice - definitely not too manly, quite unisex...so ladies, give this a try too!
Primer/ Corrector -Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Eclat (Radiant Touch)
jillirific 5/4/2011 2:29:00 PM
I'm a believer. I put off trying this for so long, mostly because I didn't want to believe the hype due to its price, and because I didn't think I really needed a product like this. Passing by the YSL counter, I saw it on display and went to touch it. The SA saw me and asked if I wanted to try it on. Why not, I thought. She did under one eye and had me look in the mirror. I couldn't help but blurt out "wow!" My eyes instantly looked brighter which brightened up my face. I didn't want to believe the results but I couldn't deny them. I bought it on the spot. My shade is #1 and I am always the lightest shade in any foundation (and sometimes that is too dark in some brands). It's a nice consistency and blends easily. While it's fantastic, it only gets 4 lipsticks from me. Main reason being that this is not a versatile enough product in my opinion. $56 (Canadian, after taxes) should get me an eyeshadow palette with 12 full sized eyeshadows and a couple little bonuses (UD Naked palette) or a face brush with real hair that will last me at least a decade (MAC 182). At least a regular concealer will cover undereye circles, redness and blemishes - which you can get for less than $30, easily, from any brand offered at Sephora or the drugstore. This conceals decently, but I would only use it under my eyes and to "illuminate" (as the box says) certain areas, mostly my nose folds. It's not illuminating enough for me to use it as a highlighter for my face (NARS Albatross, MAC Shimpagne, etc) so it isn't a highlighter for me. I wouldn't use it on pimples because I don't want to highlight a random point on my face where there is a bump. So to me, this is pretty much just a really, really nice undereye brightener...so $56 is absurd for that. But it makes a big difference to the way my face/skin looks, so it makes the blow to my wallet a little bit less hard to take...and it will probably last a long, long time. The packaging is pretty and functional, but you've got to be aware and careful so that you don't click out too much product and waste it. It should be noted that I do not have a big issue with undereye circles, so I don't know how well this would work for someone who has really dark undereyes. Layering a fuller coverage concealer and this might get cakey but may be worth a shot. This little gold pen is my magic wand when I haven't slept as much as I should or want to look more alert. It's a subtle thing that makes a huge overall difference. The rumours are true!
Wow. If you have keratosis pilaris, you HAVE to try this. I bought this less than a week ago after reading about it here for KP and have used it about 4 times now. The difference is already amazing. It's basically an exfoliant and moisturizer in one. It's so easy and leaves little excuse to not bother treating KP anymore, which was a point I was at in my life. My boyfriend has it BAD - I have always tried to take care of mine but am too lax sometimes, whereas he would sometimes exfoliate vigorously and never moisturized, making his skin look pretty bad. This is a really simple way to get both exfoliating and moisturizing in quickly. His skin is nearly smooth now. We are both ecstatic about the results. I have never seen results like these with my old treatments (basic exfoliation and moisturizing). The pieces are big and gritty, and can be harsh, so don't scrub for too long or too hard. The moisturizing effects are pretty incredible. Water beads right off my arms after using this and I can feel a slight greasiness/filminess (not in a bad way) for a while afterwards. Then I'm just left with soft, significantly less bumpy skin! My only complaints are the price and the 'packaging.' It's $22 for the large block and $9 for the smaller one. It hasn't shrunk TOO badly yet but it's nearly new, and I can definitely see how it would disappear fairly quickly. For $22, I'd like it to last a decent while...so we will see. But for these results, I personally can't complain too much about the price because it is worth it for me. It just stings a bit to pay that much and to know that I will probably have to replace it in a month's time or so, but I'm also not used to spending a lot of money on shower products (I'm 100% a drugstore girl for those things). The 'packaging' is...non-existant. You can buy a tin separately to store it in, which I did, mostly thinking about travelling, but you can use anything (old yogurt containers even). It's slightly inconvenient to have to store this separately out of your shower or ensure it's not wet when you pack it away. Not a huge complaint but worth noting if you don't want to deal with things like that. I'm used to just tossing my Dove bar back on the soap dish in the shower so this is a bit more high-maintenance than that. I am also not a fan of the smell. There isn't really any fragrance, so it's kind of an all-natural smell of the shea butters etc in the product. Don't love it when I'm using it but it doesn't seem to stick around on the skin so a very minor detail for me. All in all, 5 lipsticks, simply because it works, and works very well. If you have KP and are getting frustrated by it, please pick this up to try! I'm so happy that I did.
What a beautiful lipstick! It's exactly the shade I've been searching for. Such a beautiful bright pinky coral. It suits my complexion so well (very fair, cool but with red hair). I about had a heart attack when the total was $33 and change after taxes - definitely the most I have ever spent on a lipstick - but it is so damn gorgeous that it's so worth it. I don't find it terribly drying and it lasts quite a few hours. I can't wait to rock this all summer!
Grosses me out to think about this on my face (not that I would) but I love this for my hands and body. It's so thick and absorbs quickly. It works really well on dry skin - I love it on my feet! I find the smell pleasant - powdery and clean. I'd repurchase this for sure...it's cheap and effective!
Nice shade - a creamy grape purple. However, the formula is really thin and streaky. Definitely requires 3 coats. Would buy it again when I run out; it's really pretty.
Polishes -Essie - Turquoise & Caicos (Resort 2010)
jillirific 4/11/2011 9:43:00 PM
This is a pretty colour but horrible formula...and Essie really needs to quit it with the tiny brushes. Tiny brush + streaky formula = bad polish. The (very beautiful) colour does not make up for the rest of its flaws. Mint Candy Apple is lighter but a better formula and China Glaze For Audrey is darker but also better (I have the three on a nail wheel and it's a nearly perfect gradient). I would rather buy either of those again instead of this one.
This is a really excellent neutral. I actually went into MAC to buy Brulé but I ended up buying this instead! It's a satin finish so it's got a sheen but it's not frosty. It's a lovely light golden brown - it seems so unassuming in the pan, but on the skin it's really very beautiful (and best of all, versatile). Highly recommend! Should be a staple in every kit.
I was upset that I missed out on OPI's Catch Me In Your Net after seeing it on my friend. It was gorgeous! I had read that Zoya's Charla was very similar, but could never find it, either. When I saw this, I knew I had to get it as it looked incredibly similar too! After buying it, I researched and found out that this is actually an exact dupe for Catch Me In Your Net, so I'm pretty happy about this purchase. It's a beautiful colour - a sparkly foil-like teal, though I find it leans more on the green end of teal, with gold flashes. In sunlight, this needs to be seen! Such a fun summer pedi colour. However, I find it chips really quickly...I think it's the formula. So glad I got my hands on this; if you ever come across this or the other two I mentioned, get it!