I've spent upwards of $200 on a base color and highlights. While I know it's not easy - in these uncertain economic times I thought - be brave and try this! I purchased L'oreal Coulor Experte in Truffle 5.1 for about $14.00 at Ulta (before $3.50 coupon). All I can say is WOW! This is the only haircolor I know that combines the base and highlights in one package - so this is a great deal! I wanted a medium/dark brown with NO brassiness (my natural color is red - which at times salons have made orange). This is EXACTLY what I wanted/got for the base. With any hair color - I always do the patch test because I have tattoos. I feel the success of the hair color depends on coverage. I have fairly long hair and this covered completely. Beautiful! So beautiful I almost skipped the highlights and I am glad I did not. I studied all of the warnings on this site and other Internet sites. I knew to leave the hightlights on the full 25 minutes - unless I wanted orange highlights. They also turned out beautifully! Some caramel, some blond. I did a little chunking but was too chicken to do full chunking. I will next time. My only error was to not put enough highlights in the bottom half but it looks like reverse ombre. I cannot recommend this product enough. I lost track of some of the highlights, so I will use foils next time. The fingerpad got the thumbs down on this site, but it worked for me. I am truly happy with my hair - much more so than when I leave the salon. GREAT PRODUCT!
Shampoo -Pantene - Expert Collection Age Defy Shampoo
ktkemp33 12/25/2012 6:27:00 PM
Got a bad case of roots going on now, and waiting for the patch test to complete before the touch-up. I bought this shampoo based upon the great reviews on MA, hoping to salvage my hair somewhat for Christmas. It was $8.00 at Target - not cheap but well worth it! My hair looks fantastic! Shiny and full and the roots seem non-existent. This is a great one - a good way to tide me over until I can color.
Eye Shadow -Wet 'n' Wild - Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection - Petal Pusher (736)
ktkemp33 8/27/2012 9:33:00 PM
Love this one for $6.00 - (got a BOGO50 eyeliner for $2.00). The colors are ALL beautiful. I have had it for a week and cannot decide which ones to wear each day - they are that beautful! Pigmented, long-wearing. . . for $6.00!
Eye Shadow -Hard Candy - Meteor-Eyes Baked Glitter Eyeshadow Supernova
ktkemp33 8/18/2012 2:11:00 PM
Beautiful! A dark purple glitter eyeshadow. This does look more like a flat purple on my eyes - a GREAT smoky eye look. But I did see a fair amount of glitter on the Kleenex when I took it off - besides - I'm 56 - I should probably stay away from the glitter. I know the Urban Decay settles right in the creases - but I put this on the lid only and LOVED it!!! Going back for more!!! And only $6.00 at Walmart
No pigment and no staying power (even over my NYX lid primer). Both this and the Scandaleyes will go back if Walgreens will take them.
I have never tried Rimmel before. It was BOGO50. I like drugstore cosmetics - usually no need to buy the high end department store but I do NOT care for this mascara or Glam Eyes Purple Reign (see my review). I will stick to Wet n Wild - it regularly gets beaten up on this website but I find it to be a much improved product. I may take both Rimmel back if Walgreens lets me.
I was looking for a 'crayon type purple' and this is it. I love wet n'wild anyway - they are really on their game. They have really improved their product. This is a great -'blue purple' beautiful! At first I though 'whaaa' when I saw the brush but it is actually easy to use. Great product and color.
Pressed Powders -Revlon - PhotoReady Powder - Translucent
ktkemp33 7/21/2012 2:00:00 PM
This was a part of a BOGO 50% off at Walgreens. It was kind of steep - $14.00? But it does absorb the oil and adds a nice no color finish.
Lips -Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain- Smitten
ktkemp33 7/21/2012 1:58:00 PM
This is fantastic! It is a LONG lasting stain, with moisturizers. Smitten is a pink/red color. Most of these were sold out at Walgreens but I LOVE this color. It lasted on my lips until the next day. It's bright, but I layer a lighter color lip gloss over it. Going to go buy some more colors! It was a BOG1 50% - about 4.99 - WELL worth it!
Lips -New York Color - Smooch Proof 16-hour stain in 494 Smooch Proof
ktkemp33 6/24/2012 3:11:00 PM
Beautiful raspberry pink - it lasts forever! Great buy for $7.00!!!
Treatments -New York Color - Lip Stain in 496 Forever Fuscia
ktkemp33 6/24/2012 3:08:00 PM
I have Pop Stain Stay in Pop Pink. It was kind of expensive ($16.00) and the brush has gotten shredded after about 20 uses. But it did last. This NYC was only $7.00. It is FANTASTIC. It lasts until the next day. It looks great with a lip gloss on top.
I bought this because it is supposed to be a dupe of NARS Orgasm. It is truly beautiful - pink/peach shimmery with great lasting power! I have not worn blush for years, but these beauties (Dolce Pink) have me wearing it again.
Beautiful pink shimmery blush with GREAT lasting power. A great buy!
Shampoo -Suave - Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Shampoo
ktkemp33 6/24/2012 3:01:00 PM
Read all of the good reviews on MA and thought I'd try since they are always on the mark. Phenomenal - my hair looks great - it's for color treated hair - so no stripping. $2.74 at Walmark. Amazing.
This is part of the Gem Crush line. $6.25 at Walmart - then a .50 coupon. It was almost all sold out but Blingtastic was left. It is a beautiful silver microglitter with medium/large aqua glitter. Beautiful, showy, glittery!!!! Two coats and it's opaque! No need for a base coat color!