Styling Products -TiGi - S-Factor Heat Defender - Flat Iron Shine Spray
lolilea 4/16/2013 11:37:00 PM
This is quite simply 'the best heat spray'. I live on the hair board and try everything. This was probably the 5th heat protectant I tried a few years ago and since I have tried many more and it's still the best. -smells great, like watermelon and strawberries -gives great shine that rivals most glossing serums -lightweight yet helps keep my hair frizz free I used to spritz a few sprays on my brush then brush it through damp hair starting at the ends, working up so not much product got near the roots. I feel this method not only helped seal in my hairs moisture but also ensured even distribution. This stuff works well layered with other styling products and leave ins. The packaging is cheapish, it looks stylish but is flimsy. I dropped it once and it split, covering the floor... My room smell great afterwards lol. I've repurchased twice, each bottle lasting around a year. I only use low heat settings and silicones sparingly now but I will always have a bottle of this stuff around. It's a staple. The price is medium and is worth the few extra pounds compared to tresemme from performance and ingredients. This stuff contains a couple of conditioning ingredients such as vitamin e.
natural skin type is sensitive acne prone oily. Issues were a couple sun damage forehead lines, wanting to even tone and texture and acne. im in mid 20s. I started off with a retinol cream just on forehead lines about 4 months ago. then i started using this cream on whole face too. the cream wasnt doing much except clogging pores so i picked up some 0.1% a ret and dilute by half along with using cerave pm underneath. been using this 3x per week for about a month or 2. i think im almost done with the uglies i was experiencing (dry skin, flaky patchiness, sensitivity, a couple new breakouts). Overall tone is much glowier, my pores seem to have emptied themselves. Most notably on the sides of cheeks/nose, which i was not expecting, especially since just a week ago they had plugs and were very oily. My forehead lines have unmistakably reduced by half. The bumpyish texture on cheeks and cheekbones is almost gone, i guess this was clogged pores too. Im still having issues, mostly nasolabial folds and eyes, which get dry flaky and look wrinklier. i only started using it on them specifically around a month or 2 ago, so im hoping they just need a lil time to catch up and get through this stage. it's v scary to see sudden wrinkles around the eyes, but with enough moisture they go away. I had a lot of issues finding moisturisers that didnt sting or irritate, hada labo super HA moisturising lotion, followed by cerave pm and then olay sensitive beauty fluid it working for me now. it's dirt cheap off the net. im giving it a 4 for now, since there is quite a lot of irritation and im not over the uglies yet... my forehead looks 5 years younger and my eyes look 5 years older. EDIT: Holy guacamole!!! My face looks awesome today, sorry i doubted you retin a!!+ I was having issues with the few wrinkles around my eyes looking worse for the past few weeks. I been hydrating v well but still doubtful, thought there was a possibility i'd ruined some parts of my skin and prematurely aged myself. Kinda avoided paying attention and stressing about it since then, holding out hope and what not. Anyway i did my routine and just put on my m/u for the day and frikk, i look like a teenager again around the nasolabial and forehead area. the eye lines are back to how deep they were when i first started. for ref im only mid 20s and damage was sun induced and a genetic predisposition to sagging muzzle look. so looking like a teen again isnt that far away for me... but holy frikk, glowing almost lineless firm skin. been using 0.01-0.05 for 2/3 months every other night and used retinol for 2 months beforehand. using cerave pm also. i used around the eye and got burning, puffiness and raw peeling skin there. my skin gets pretty dehydrated and lines looked worse (presumably because the top layer of skin has been exfoliated and the area dried out). had to change up all my previous sensitive skin products because even they stung my skin. played around with 0.05 but it was just too strong and unnecessary from my research. had muddy looking skin from purging, wasnt too bad, just looked like i was run down for a few weeks but now all my pores are empty, any seb filaments wash away with my cleanser like poof! texture of skin is much smoother and softer now. Almost 0 hormonal jawline acne anymore. any jaw/mouth area slackness is almost fully gone. soft nasolabial lines that i had are now just subtle indents. found a comfortable level with a 0.25 application every other night and using what film is left on my fingers to press under the eye instead of straight applying there. still get minor peeling even with following 'rules' regarding timing and moisturiser application. SORRY FOR THE NOVEL THIS STUFF NEEDS EXPLAINING!
Don't understand the hate for this, I was expecting to come on here and see rave reviews for this awesome lil gem I found. I was on the coast and forgot to bring half my makeup. Found this lil thing and tried it that same night. I was disappointed with the colour range at first but it actually works for my neutral leaning warm ppp skin. It's coverage is medium, can be blended out to a matte sheer. I apply after a sheer fdtn, to any areas that i have redness, acne scars and to eye area. I've found this stuff looks so natural i can actually draw big lines on my acne scared cheeks, blend out and everything looks perfect and natural yet covers those up a treat. For the price, I can afford to be extravagant with the product unlike bobbibrown or ud 247 that I usually use.for under eye, this probs isn't the best as I have to apply a second layer with the ud247, but then I do that with almost any concealer even lm or bb... heavy dark circles here. Redness at sides of nostrils are almost completely covered despite this not being yellow toned. If I don't wear much makeup I can use this and again it looks natural. Good product. I wish they made a bigger, slightly more emollient version but still retain the coverage and matteness, that would make the perfect stick fdtn!
i just posted this on skinboard "I've been using clinique city block 40 under makeup more religiously and even back in summer when i was just using it for like 1/2 months then stopped. i noticed both times that the next day my skin would be clear. even if i accidently slept with makeup on after a night out, which would usually make me break out like mad. it took a while for me to click that it was when i was wearing it. anyway so for the past month i've been using it like everyday and my skin has like 2 teeny blemishes at most, even though it was my totm. what is in it that is clearing up my skin? is it the zinc? or is it because its acting as a barrier from my makeup meaning less clogged pores? this is most weird because ss makes me break out usually" Anyway as you can see not only am i enjoying this as an spf in texas and english weather, im also getting miraculously clear skin from it. It does give a white cast, so i like to wear this with foundation to avoid looking like a ghost. with m/u it doesnt give white cast in photos, infact i rather like how it makes my skin look in photos and real life. it gives shine so i always follow up with powder but i agree with another poster that this makes my skin look more even and healthy. i stepped up my skincare in the last month and noticed one morning after applying this that my skin looked so great as if i were already wearing tm or f/d. i was going to switch up to boire but i think i'm going to stick with this stuff for a long time now :)
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Witch-Foaming Face Wash
lolilea 10/21/2012 5:06:00 PM
Pretty decent cleanser. I have uber sensitive skin that breaks out and clogs from anything. Pleasantly surprised since other witch products like their moisturisers gave me rashes. Takes off all makeup too, I use extremely waterproof mascara and this stuff takes it right off in seconds and no stinging. It's a tad on the stripping/drying side, so yes have a moisturiser in your arsenal! My skin looks more glowy after a few days of using this.
Lipstick -Maybelline - Cololr Sensational Popsticks in Crystal Pink 040
lolilea 8/9/2012 6:23:00 PM
Fits a gap in my MU stash!! It was buy 2 products get one free at the store, I needed new falsies wp mascara so got this for free :D My lips are pigmented so I never need lipstick. I'm also scared of bold lip colour or drawing attention to my lips because I usually wear big lashes. By afternoon my lips look ashy and kind of meh, paler than usual for some reason. This is where this product shines! It perks them right up without looking like I have anything on. Goes on more evenly and natural than a lip stain and is most definitely a balm. Isn't greasy or patchy. Smells amazing but tastes lipsticky :/ It's a glowy pink colour perfect for summer. Coverage is balm or built up to sheer stain. It's cute and does a great job, handbag staple for me now. Edit: this snapped, the lipstick rolled around in the car so i cant even melt it back together. idk if i would buy again at full price... probs not. for half the listed price, then yes. im also dropping it to a 3, it's not moisturising enough to be a balm and it's not good enough to be a full priced lipstick even if i did like the lipglow.
Conditioner -John Frieda - Go Blonder Lightening Conditioner
lolilea 6/8/2011 7:41:00 AM
I frikking love this line! see review for shampoo for more details. The conditioner is lightweight, doesnt build up, volumizes, hydrates adequately, softens, delivers highlights and SHHHINNNE! Gonna put it out there: my hair is amazing! In large part to using this for 2 years, unfortunately i require more moisture so have to alternate this poo and dish with another line, if only i could reap the benefits of this every wash. Edit: still loving. i switched up to more moisturising conditioners for a while (gvp balm, triple mega moist, ethnic hair stuff, co-wash) once my hair got past waist but noticed that my hair had no body and less swoosh when i walked. I'm switching back to using this every other wash.
Shampoo -John Frieda - Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo
lolilea 6/8/2011 7:33:00 AM
I frikking love this line for anyone with golden blonde/light brown/auburn hair! It makes hair sunkissed with actual multi faceted shine and volume without dryness or the need to buy other volume products when using this. I have 2c auburn hair that is pourus, dry and thinning from medical issues. This is so lightweight and creates golden multi-tonal shine like no other! Unfortunately i need extra moisture and this shampoo is not that. I alternate with either pureology or all soft and find this clarifies any build up without striping hair and negated the need for an additional clarifying poo = less money out and less bottles on the shelf while delivering the unbelievable sparkly lightweight hair. This can be used with other conditioners but i find works best with its mate