I wasn't that impressed. Well, not $54 impressed. What I loved: The smell! My hair felt like silk. I have very fine hair and it did not weigh my hair down at all. What I disliked: While my hair "felt" great, it certainly didn't look any different after styling. I had to apply quite a bit to my dry hair to smooth it down. If my hair had looked as fantastic as it felt, I would have said this product is liquid gold.
These are phenomenal if you depot your MAC shadows. The quality is so much better than what you'd expect for $1. I've had the same compact last me over 4+ years. I would buy this over the expensive MAC 4-palette because ELF includes a good mirror. I toss the applicator that is included, though. That is pure junk.
Sweet and flirty but not juvenile. Smells like sugar but I don't smell the "cotton candy" part of the description. Warning: the bottle leaked and ruining the finish on my dresser. I didn't notice that every time I sprayed, a little bit dripped from the piece below the nozzle.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Eden
mandms08 4/1/2010 7:55:00 AM
Not nearly as good as the original UDPP. The original is my HG and helps my shadow stay on my oily eyelids for 12+ hours. This version has a good consistency and great color but the effectiveness is awful. It works for maybe 4 hours before my eyeshadow starts disappearing.
Conditioner -Suave - Professionals Almond & Shea Butter
mandms08 4/1/2010 7:50:00 AM
Not even remotely comparable to Aveda's Dry Remedy. The consistency was thick but that is the only positive I can find. When I applied it to my hair, it still felt dry and was difficult to comb through before rinsing out. A comparison to other drugstore brands would probably be more fair. In that case, it's still terrible. I would not recommend this for someone with dry hair.
Shampoo -Suave - Professionals Almond & Shea Butter
mandms08 4/1/2010 7:46:00 AM
Not even remotely comparable to Aveda's Dry Remedy (my HG). The consistency was very runny compared to other drugstore brands. It was not moisturizing at all and my hair didn't really feel clean after rinsing it out. A comparison to other drugstore brands would probably be more fair. In that case, it's still terrible. I would not recommend this for someone with dry hair.
I was dragging my feet about trying this product. Despite its great reviews, I refused to try it because I hated all rubber tip applicators. I am loyal to regular bristles and a fan of really plush (and large) brushes like DiorShow. On a whim I tried it and feel in love. The brush is larger (though some people complain about it, I think that's one of its best parts!) The application goes on perfectly with no clumping, which is why I hated these types of applicators for so long. You get lash separation and volume but not spidery lashes. The formula stays on all day whereas most brands wear off on me by mid-afternoon. No flaking either. It washes off easily it eye makeup remover or a little bit of gentle soap.
My eyebrows are a bit sparse and thin (due to years of overplucking). Even though they've started to grow in, they aren't very defined and tend to disappear on my face. The ends tend to stick up every which way. I've used powders and liked them except it doesn't help the hairs stay in place. Waxy pencils are better for that but I don't like how harsh they can sometimes (and easily) look. I really like this brow gel because the color is good (Beguile works for my blonde hair) and my hairs stay in place. It takes much less time to apply than powder or pencil. I really like the smell as well.
Love! A very pigmented dark gray. The texture took a while for me to get used to because it applies very densely. But after a few tries, the application is much easier. I like to use it on the lid for a smokey eye. The coverage is buildable so it doesn't have to look very dark if you use a light hand. It is also dark enough to use as a liner.
I have oily skin and used the Cetaphil cleanser for my skin type first. It was too drying during the colder months so I switched to the Gentle Skin Cleanser. At first I didn't feel like my skin was getting clean. But I think that's because I'm used to strong cleansers that tend to strip your skin. I found that it doesn't totally remove makeup unless you use it with a washcloth. But other than that, it works great!
Eyeliner -MAC - Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel in Blacktrack
mandms08 10/19/2009 7:43:00 PM
This is a fantastic product. For those who have problems with it smudging, I'd recommend using Urban Decay's Primer Potion first. I have very oily eyelids and it has never smudged. (I never even knew this was a problem until I started reading reviews.) The color is a great glossy black. The staying power is amazing. It lasts all day and night. I would say the product is very water-resistant, but not waterproof. When my eyes water profusely from allergies, it does wear away in the corner of my eyes. Otherwise, it stays perfectly in place no matter the conditions. My HG for liquid/gel eyeliners.
The Good: HG! Completely gets rid of oil on your roots. My hair is very fine and it HAS to be washed every day. I can go 2-3 days with this. My hair looks a little dull after applying but that is to be expected when you use a product like this. (I'll take that over greasy roots any day!) The Bad: It clogged on day 2. (My travel size container never did.) The only difference is that I stored it on its side. I finally got it to work but I'll exchange it if it happens again. Has anyone just tried cleaning the nozzle like you do when a hairspray nozzle clogs? Perhaps I'll try that first. The Ugly: The smell. I switched from the Oscar Blandi because I didn't like smelling like a can of Pledge. Now I smell like an old lady.
Conditioner -TiGi - Bed Head Dumb Blonde Reconstructor
mandms08 3/1/2009 2:48:00 PM
This is my HG. My hair would be straw without it. My overprocessed hair needs lots of help or it will be dry with split ends all over. This is the only product that helps my hair become less damaged.
Conditioner -L'Oreal - EverPure Moisture Conditioner
mandms08 3/1/2009 2:43:00 PM
The shampoo from this line is fantastic but I wasn't impressed with the conditioner. It left my overprocessed hair still dry. However, it did not weigh down my fine hair.
Shampoo -L'Oreal - EverPure Sulfate-free Color Care Shampoo
mandms08 3/1/2009 2:40:00 PM
Love love love! Very similar to Pureology's line. (But much cheaper!) There aren't many inexpensive sulfate-free shampoos out there. You only need a little bit because it lathers very well. My overprocessed hair loves this shampoo.