Primer/ Corrector -L'Oreal - Studio Secrets Anti-Redness Primer
leopardskinny 5/11/2013 3:10:00 PM
I love this primer. The packaging is very sanitary first of all, so big plus there, I don't have to worry about bacteria transfer with a pump. The price at first was a little much, but after using this for about half a year I am yet to run out, so I would say actually reasonable. The product itself is runny, which makes it easy to blend in when applying. I first apply my usual face primer to fill in my pores and acne scars, and then a very thin layer of this over my red marks and wherever required. Then foundation to finish. The result is a significant decrease in redness compared to the same products without this primer. On days where I'm in a rush and forget this, I can really tell the difference. This is an HG product for me for sure, so I'll be repurchasing.
Bronzers -Rimmel - Natural Bronzer - 22 Sun Bronze
leopardskinny 4/26/2011 1:54:00 PM
When I first tried this bronzer I hated it, I used a kabuki brush to dust it on all over my face and neck. However it must have picked up too much as I ended up pretty orange! Using a soft powder brush I dusted on the lightest coat possible, and ended up with a pretty bronze glow- very natural looking and not at all fake or orangey. One of the best points for me was the matte finish, trying to find a good matte bronzer is so hard these days. It was only £5 so it was pretty cheap, but one thing is that the packaging SUCKS. The lid is flimsy and there is no way I would put this in my bag, the lid would just pop off! I did give it an extra lippie as there was no irritation here, so this is one of the best points for me!
This is my own personal favourite blush I've ever purchased. I have pale skin naturally, however I am partial to fake tan, and I'm impressed by how well this suits my skin when it's pale and when it is tan. The colour is a rich plum, with reddish tones through it. It looks very dark in the pan, however comes out on cheeks as a natural flush. It can be built up from barely there to a noticeable flush, and not much product is needed to achieve this. It is very pigmented, therefore this lasts me ages. Breath of plum is my go to daily blush, love it.
Conditioner -Unlisted Brand - Lee Stafford - Bleach Blondes Conditioner
leopardskinny 3/19/2011 2:34:00 PM
Love this conditioner (and the shampoo). I have natural blonde hair, but get highlights to make it slightly lighter and more ashy. This conditioner ensures I have no brassy tones, knocking out the gross yellow 'fake bleach' look. The conditioner itself is lovely and thick, and I don't need much to smooth on my hair as a little goes a long way. After I style my hair it feels gorgeous and soft- without being weighed down. I find the biggest plus for me is how light and fresh it leaves my hair, no greasies here, yet still my hair is soft, and moisturized. I also love the scent, packaging and the price is very reasonable. This lasts for ages, as I don't need much. I would reccomend this, I love it.
Shampoo -Unlisted Brand - Lee Stafford - Bleach Blondes Shampoo
leopardskinny 3/19/2011 2:24:00 PM
I am in love with this shampoo and the matching conditioner. I have natural med/light blonde hair, but have highlights to take it to light ash blonde. Needless to say my highlights get brassy after the toner from the salon wears off, and there is no way I'm spending £10 on a Wella toner every two weeks. This shampoo is so pigmented I would call it a toner, but with the added benefit of washing your hair! Straight away after even one wash the brassy-ness gets knocked right out my hair. The lather is rich, and my hair feels lovely when dry- soft and clean, without feeling stripped of moisture. The colour I get is beautiful- a very true ash colour, absolutley no hint of yellow/ fake brassy tones. The packaging is also fantastic, the squeezy tube means the product is always ready to be dispensed, no leaving it upside- down to get the last drop out! Another thing, I only need a small amount to wash my hair, and the tube lasts for ages. However take heed of the warning and do NOT use it everyday, your hair will become over toned! I love this line in general, but this shampoo and cond. are 5/5, and I am never satisfied with my hair products! I can't reccomend this enough.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Sin
leopardskinny 1/29/2011 6:32:00 PM
I am a devotee of the original Primer Potion, it keeps my eyeshadow on all day no matter how hot it is in our sweaty office. After I had finished my tube I went to buy another as usual, and spotted this Sin version. Sin is easily my favourite eyeshadow from UD so I snapped this up straight away. First of all, I wish they would get the squeezy 'pro' tube design and make it universal, packaging sucks. That aside, I was instantly happy with my purchase, as on the basis of my results with the original I knew this would work. Well that's what I thought. For some reason, and who knows how, this doesn't keep my eyeshadow on all day. About 4 hours into the day my lids were oily and my shadow was creased as if I hadn't even used primer. I was so surprised that this was so sucky, I might have been better just using a thin layer of colourstay as primer! On its own, no shadow, it looked really natural, pretty and gave me that polished look. However it didn't last either. Maybe my lids are just too oily for this, but I wouldn't buy again just for the pretty look it gives for a few hours. Personally I would rather buy a bottle of regular UDPP and a single Sin eyeshadow. Very disapointed, would not buy again or reccomend.
I bought this mascara as it was on sale at trial price (£4.99) and I'm so impressed! The formula is very wet, which can be irritating when applying in a hurry. However my lashes get a rich black coating (I have blonde lashes) and I absolutley love the curved brush that allowed me to reach all my lashes with ease. I would say I got great length and volume and this provided thickness as well though, without clumping! I did however have to take my time to avoid the clumping due to the wet formula, and as well it has a tendancy to like to stick to my lids! I gues this can be avoided by pumping this brush in and out until it gets a bit drier if you would prefer it. I however adore this just the way it is, I'm so pleased to have found a fab, cheap mascara that makes my lashes look fantastic!
Eye Shadow -Bourjois - Ombre Stretch 01 Intense Black
leopardskinny 10/6/2010 1:05:00 PM
I thought I would really love this eye shadow, but I only liked it. First of all, the packaging was the best point about the shadow- it comes in a little plastic snap- shut case, with a brush and mirror inside. The mirror is good, and actually I LOVE the brush. The brush is soft and the perfect shape of my eye socket for contouring. Anyway, onto the shadow itself. I found that the pigment could be stronger. It comes out a grey colour, and I usually have to pack on quite a lot to get a proper black contour. I gave it 3 lipsticks because I find when I do a black smoked out eye it provides a great grey base so my black contour stands out. Personally I didn't find it stretched any better than an average shadow, but I wasn't really buying it for that- I mean application was great if that is what that meant. The shadow itself is fab, but the pigment simply isn't there for me. I would try other shades from this range without a doubt, as the formula itself is creamy and easy to work with. I'll keep this as a greyish black but I wouldn't repurchase this shade again.
Deodorants -Unlisted Brand - Mitchum - Smart Solid - Powder
leopardskinny 9/27/2010 12:17:00 PM
I sweat a lot, I play a lot of sports and workout, and when I'm not there I'm in a sweaty office or house. Basically my life is one big recipe for BO. I have tried Mitchum roll on (too wet and sticky- didn't dry and also didn't stop sweat) and the spray (good, but got through it fast and more ££) so now this. Firstly, I like applying an anti- perspirant better than spraying. This seemed like a great alternative to the roll on which is sooo wet. This dried fast, and smelled faint which I like. By the end of the day I had sweated a tiny bit, but I still smelled surprisingly fresh. This was cheap also, something like £2.70. For me I sweat buckets, and nothing is going to beat this except injections of botox. I'll definatley be re purchasing.
Okay so I bought this because the Colossal mascara is the best mascara I have ever tried- and the packaging was almost identical. I thought the Falsies was a sort of 'upgrade' of Colossal. Firstly, I hate the spoon brush. It is scratchy and impractical. I tried it the way the instructions said, as you have to use it an exact way for it to work. My lashes we coated with an average amount, but the brush is awful at separating. You have to really work at not clumping. When I put about 4 coats on it was average length and volume, but nothing that would ever constitute being described as 'falsies'. I have had much longer lashes from other mascaras. Also it flaked like nothing on earth! No I would not reccomend or buy again, but I guess this would work well for those with slightly longer lashes. I was so sure I would love this as well!
Did I get a bad one or something? Seriously this did NOT work for me. Right now I have quite short nails, square tipped but with enough nail to do a French tip- that sort of length. This pencil was hard, chalky, and left me with very little colour pay off. After applying you couldn't tell I had even put it on, my nails were no different. When they did seem slightly whiter within about 2 minutes it would have just brushed off. When I was in a hurry I swiped some on (pressing so hard I thought I was going to break my nail!) and put a teeny amount of topcoat on, as I thought it was make it last longer- but it just brushed off! For me this was a total waste of my money.
I LIKE Lush but I don't LOVE it. You have to pick your products very carefully, as some are not up to standard. For example, I have had some really rubbish soaps, that don't lather and smell awful. On the other hand I have had fabulously creamy scented bars of soap that do the job. The thing about Lush, is that when their products are good, they are great, and when they are bad, they are awful. I have had more good experiences than bad. I love their shampoos, soaps, body moisturizers and bath bombs. My skin is sensitive, and also horribly dry. I find that with these more natural products my skin feels better. The eco- friendly aspect is a huge plus. The choice of unique and individual items is fab. No other company yet comes close to the quality their natural products deliver. The big negative for me is.. price. There are a ton of things I would use regularly (like that I love juicy shampoo and American Cream conditioner) with a few of the soaps and moisturizers. However, the soap is like £4 for a decent chunk, and the shampoo & cond. together are like £18.00. The products for me are generally great, hence the 4/5 but the price is... a lot. Samples- bad. I have recieved ONE and I am a Lush addict. You have to pay for them- I purchased a tiny tin (lipbalm sized) today for £1 of moisturizer, which really should have been a freebie concidering the size. SA's differ. They can be pushy, and I get what others mean about following- once I asked for help and they helped (great) but then like.. shopped with me, as if they were on of my friends? It was weird. I doesn't bother me too much though, I'm just firm with them, and find telling them I'm fine generally does the trick. All in all I do love Lush, just not everything. Products can be a hit or miss, but mostly hit. I like Lush when I want a treat for myself, or when I go in to buy a staple item. However, they really need to start giving out free samples!
Okay so I bought this before, and had really good memories of it. I had just finished my tube of Maybelline Colossal, and was out to buy their 'falsies' mascara, but alas there was none, so I just picked up this instead. To keep it short, it isn't as good as I remember, but not bad. My technique is actually NOT to wipe it, I tried the wiping and it worked, but my lashes weren't very long or thick. When you don't wipe it you reeealy have to concentrate on not clumping it together, which is soooo hard with the crazy brush and the thick formula. Overall though I got good looking lashes. However I prefer my maybelleine, I get the same results but without the extra time concentrating and combing out clumps!
Hair -Sexy Hair Concepts - Big Sexy Hair - Volumizing shampoo
leopardskinny 12/9/2009 1:38:00 PM
Okay so I am sort of on the fence with this product. The pros are that I think it does give my hair a bit of volume, and makes it look slightly thicker. I quite like the smell and it doesn't make my hair look dry or strips it. I'm basically giving it a four because it really does give my hair a volume lift. The reason I took a lippie off was for price, and also for lather. The price in the UK is £10/ around $20. That is a little steep for shampoo, but hey I'll pay it if I feel it it worth it. It WOULD be worth it if it wern't for the lather issue. You need a LOT to get a good lather. My hair isn't even super dirty or long- I was it every second day, and my hair only just touches my shoulders. I've tried adding more water etc but nothing helps. I have 3/4 of the conditioner left and 1/4 of the shampoo. If they cut the price or improved the lather this would be an HG. Sadly I feel another shampoo could match my results and be more cost effective. Oh, the conditioner that matches this though is AMAZING!
Pressed Powders -Rimmel - Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder
leopardskinny 9/21/2009 2:32:00 AM
I really didn't like this powder. It wasn't awful per se, just not good enough to warrant buying it again. I always use products up unless I find them to be completley unuseable, and I am finding it hard to keep on going with this. Firstly I have this in transparent and it is anything but. I wear the sheerest cover of this- I blot my puff after I put powder on it. So you can imagine I am not putting much on at all. However mine comes up orange. I'm talking properly able to see orange- not just a little tint. The compact doesn't respond well to a puff and it is hard to get any out. The powder doesn't do anything for breakouts, which I expected but a bit disappointing. The coverage is light which is a bit rubbish as people using this likely have spots or red marks they want help with covering. I find that the powder sits on my skin too. Not to mention the gross- powdery rose scent that it has. I won't be buying this again.