Hair Styling Tools -Sedu - Revolution Tourmaline Ionic TGR 4000i Hair Dryer
lolawants 8/8/2012 6:23:00 PM
I bought this dryer during a Folica sale after reading some board reviews of it (in particular by MiaMoore), and I love it! I think the ion generator really calms down the frizz and poofiness of my wavy hair. It's much smoother & shinier than usual. The dryers I've used in the past include the T3 (have only borrowed not owned), Babyliss (owned), and SuperSolano (owned). They were all incredibly 'meh' in comparison to the Sedu Revolution. The only downside is that it doesn't dry any faster than with any of my old dryers, but it also doesn't dry any slower. It might speed up if I use the hotter setting, but I'd rather not because I don't want to totally fry my hair. I really like the compact style of the dryer too. It's pretty much perfect!
Lotions/ Creams -Eucerin - Eucerin PLUS Intensive Repair Hand Creme
lolawants 8/5/2012 10:17:00 AM
I read a random comment on MUA recommending this hand lotion, stating that it had transformed her hands/nails and like the MUA sheep that I am, I had to have it of course! I have super dry hands and cuticles, so I'm always on the lookout for something that will moisturize and maybe even repair. This stuff is great. I love that it has AHA because it leaves my skin feeling softer afterwards. It absorbs really quickly too so there's no greasy feeling. Major thumbs up. I have a tube of it at my desk, in the car, by the sink, by the bed...
I have been meaning to write a review of this product since the week after I first bought it--after reading reviews on MUA. I have Keratosis Pilaris on my lower legs and it is BAD. I've tried everything. Every single thing I read on MUA, I tried: Amlactin, a million different products, scrubbing, not scrubbing, dry brushes, and on and on and on. Then I read the reviews on this product, looked it up on Amazon, noted the price-tag, *SIGHED*, and took the plunge. It is definitely pricey, but like others have said it is the only thing that has even helped clear my Keratosis Pilaris at all. And if you have it, you know this is worth the $$$. I do tons of work that requires me to be in lululemon leggings for long stretches of the day and that was making the KP worse, but if I use the body wash/lotion every day, the KP is GONE. About the price: I am very careful with how much I use. I use regular body wash on other (non KP) parts of my body and save this stuff for my legs and back, which is also affected a tiny bit. I only use a drop of the body wash on the sponge. You really do not need to use very much for it to be affective. I use more of the lotion, but I also only use it on my legs and not very much. I just checked my order history and I received my shipment November 18 and I still have a lot left of both and it is about 2 months later! Basically, totally worth it.
I used Redken Shades EQ for the first time yesterday but I have been dyeing my own hair for about 5 years, with a couple different hair colors, mainly Ion Demi. First of all, I am about a natural level 7 with warm tones and like to go about a level darker and to stay warm. I used a formula (rec by Miamoore) for a warm/rich tones: 9NB Irish Creme, 7NB Chestbnut, 7CB Spicestone with equal part Clear. I also added a tiny bit of 06RB Cherry Cola for a bit more red. It turned out nice--definitely not too dark for me much more like a glaze of color and it fixed my roots, which were growing in. I was concentrating on my roots, but I brought it all the way through to my almost boob length hair to the ends just because I wasn't sure about the color match. It colored my hair super evenly too. Next time I might add less clear to get a stronger color? Not sure because I do love the shine. And I will probably play around with the colors... This is a nice medium dark auburn color, but I feel like it's the color I always end up with. Post coloring my hair feels a *tad* dry--it's shiny but a little dry anyway.... Like post-coloring coated. And as I was applying the color it was less conditioning feeling than Ion Demi. Also, much more watery and runny. I was using a brush to apply and it got everywhere. Overall I would definitely use this color again because it has such a wide range of shades and options. Oh and I ordered from sleekhair.com (not affiliated) and my order came super quickly!
I bought this product based on all the glowing reviews here and was excited to try it on my long, fine, wavy hair. I've tried to use it many times, in various ways (more product, less product, just on the ends, when hair is super wet, when just damp, etc.) but I never notice it doing anything special. If anything it seems to leave my hair looking a little dry? The smell is pretty strong but not awful to me. I don't know. Every once in a while I reach for Nectar Thermique just to try something different on my hair and to give it another chance, but then I will forget about it again for another month. It's just not great and doesn't make my hair look any better when I use it before I blow dry or air dry.
This product is NOT for those with sensitive skin issues, like rosacea or SD-prone skin. (I wish I would have taken my own advice instead of spending a Sephora gift card on this puppy!) Big surprise: my skin hated it. Even with the most gentle brush and using it every third day or even once a week. I ended up giving it away.
Ugh, I hate even thinking about this stuff! Made my face itch terribly and look shiny and oily. And after using it just once--having my makeup done by their MU artist--I broke out in cyst-like acne. Sooo gross and bad. I'm also allergic to their eye makeup. Basically, me and Bare Escentuals just don't get along. :(
I really wish I could wear NARS Orgasm (or any NARS blush!) but they break me out. Boo. It is a pretty color though.
I've used this mascara on and off since high school! It's a great, basic mascara. I'm back to it these days because my eyes have gotten to be super sensitive lately and they react to everything, especially eye makeup. I read that Full 'N Soft was good for sensitive eyes, so I thought I'd give it a try again. It's been perfect! No eye irritation at all. Yay.
This brow pencil and gel is "meh". The gel is kinda gross and makes your brows appear crusty unless you just use a tiny bit. The pencil is easy to overuse too and can appear fake looking. It's not horrible, but there are way better eyebrow products. Oh also, the cap to the pencil ALWAYS falls off.
I am pretty obsessed with brows and have tried many eyebrow products over the years. This is my favorite! I use the Light Blonde duo and actually use a mix of both the lighter and darker colors to do my brows. Depending on the intensity, I can do a more dramatic look (using a bit of water on the brush) or something super subtle. But this product does not make your brows look fake or makeup-y. Love, love, love this stuff and it lasts forever.
Makeup Brushes -Sephora - Professional Natural Smudge Brush #11
lolawants 6/15/2011 2:00:00 PM
I bought this brush at Sephora based on the reviews here. And, wow. It's the BEST smudge brush I've used. Love it! It makes creating a smudged smokey eye very simple! The first time I used it, I just applied a little bit of dark shadow on the brush and applied it like a shadow liner, extending it outward. Viola! Cute smokey eye in a snap!
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Salux Nylon Japanese Bath Towel
lolawants 6/15/2011 1:55:00 PM
I started using this about a year ago thanks to MUA! It's a great and inexpensive product. I was having issues with clogged pores on my legs from shaving and on my back from hair products and this towel has really helped me exfoliate. I just need to say though, I cannot believe people use this on their faces! My skin would never recover from that. [Edited on 8/5/12: I no longer use this because it was bugging the KP on my legs. I bounced down the rating because I wouldn't buy it again. I use the Glytone Keratosis Pilaris Kit to control the KP on my legs and it's my HG!]
Really nice loose powder that provides a nice matte affect without covering you up too much. Chantecaille products are great and don't make my skin react or break out, which is awesome. Perfect color match. Thumbs up. [Edited on 8/5/12: I no longer use this because it irritated my skin and broke me out. I plugged it into Cosdna and Mica is the second ingredient. Mica really bugs my skin, so I'm surprised I didn't have a worse reaction. It's probably because I never used this powder regularly. I gave this to my mom whose skin doesn't react at every little thing! (Why didn't I get her skin?) I'd still recommend this if Mica is ok for your skin.
Love this stuff! I have tried a bunch of similar spot treatments that lead to major dry, red, peeling spots on my skin, which are just as bad, if not worse, than a blemish. This stuff is a little more laid back, but it works great. I do agree with the other comments that the pump bottle/liquid is a little tricky to deal with. I do like that it is a pump for sanitary reasons though, so I'm not sure if I'd want them to change it. You just have to press the pump down veerrryyy slowly to get a small amount of the product onto the cotton bud or your clean finger tip.